Sunday, April 29, 2018

(Mostly) Happy Tears

It's that time of the school year! As we head into our last month of school, it's mostly a time when we are so happy and proud of the many accomplishments of our students and staff. There is so much to celebrate! It's also bittersweet as we start thinking about and honoring those who will soon begin a new chapter in their lives. (Cue the tears.)

Mrs. Lane, our awesome administrative assistant for 24 years, will be retiring at the end of this school year, so we made Administrative Professionals Day a special celebration of Mrs. Lane. Our 500 students drew 500 portraits of Mrs. Lane and lined our hallways with these drawings. Mrs. Lane is a talented artist, so it was fitting that we shared our gratitude for her service through the children's artwork. It was a fun morning for the students and staff to see and hear Mrs. Lane's pleasant reactions as she visited each classroom and the children personally said "thank you" to her.


Our fifth-grade students will also soon be moving on... to middle school! To prepare for this next chapter in their lives, they participated in the World of Work. For World of Work, our PTA partners with many local businesses and services, so that students can experience creating resumes, dressing for success, and many different kinds of careers. We are very thankful for the work of our PTA and the generosity of so many local businesses to make this possible for our students. 

After World of Work, our fifth-grade students were welcomed back to Dryden by the South Middle School Cardinal and treated to a special luncheon celebration from our PTA. It was all so very special!

Hats off to our volunteers! This year, Dryden has been over 209 volunteers strong! Our students are fortunate to have so many more enriching experiences, socially and academically, thanks to the positive efforts of so many volunteers. We expressed our gratitude to our volunteers during a special appreciation breakfast for them. Our students and staff made this special video for them. Then, our students clapped, cheered and personally thanked our volunteers as they walked through the halls of our school. 

Hats off to our awesome crossing guard, Mr. Poteracki, too! Rain, snow or shine, we can always count on Mr. Poteracki to help our students get to and from school safely. We wished him a very happy birthday this week, and many more to come!

Friday was not only Mr. Poteracki's birthday, it was also Arbor Day! With spring finally showing its presence in the Chicago area, we were especially happy to be hugging trees! 

Here's to many more happy spring days to come!

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