SPOTLIGHT – Sunday May 6, 2018


SPOTLIGHT is a FREE event to CELEBRATE the children in our state. This event is open to ALL CHILDREN and FAMILIES in Illinois. This afternoon of celebration, held on Millikin University’s Campus in Decatur, Illinois, will open up the ARTS to children of all ages through the various Workshops available for them to participate in. Adults and children alike will be inspired by the gallery displays of pieces created by Pre-K students through High School Seniors. SPOTLIGHT has something for everyone. Bring the whole family and help us celebrate our children and their contributions to the Arts and Community.
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Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7th-11th, is just around the corner! With your help, we would like to make this an extra special week for teachers and staff. Attached you will find a menu for the entire week filled with tasty meals and treats!

The PTA is seeking some assistance with preparing soup/chili, providing supplies, set up, clean up, and purchasing $5 gift cards. Gift cards may be turned in at the school office via backpack mail through May 7th. All gift cards should be placed in an envelope labeled “PTA Teacher Appreciation.” Soup/Chili and supplies can be dropped on the dates specified on the Sign Up Genius form below.

To assist the PTA in making Teacher Appreciation Week special, click this link:

Teacher Appreciation Week Volunteer Sign Up

Thank you for your support and gratitude for the staff at Dryden!

If you have questions regarding Teacher Appreciation Week, contact Denise Tripp or Amy Reed.

2018-2019 School Supply Packs Sale


It’s time to order your 2018-2019 School Supply Packs! Our supplier passes quantity discount savings along to us, so the packs are usually less expensive (even with shipping costs), more accurate, and more convenient to order. Custom name labels for your supplies are included.

Orders are due by Friday, June 15, 2018.

The shipping charge is per order, not per pack, and supply packs will ship directly to your home the week of July 30.

Questions? Contact Deb Closs.

To order, click on the link below and enter Dryden School ID, DRY005. Be sure to select the grade your child will be in NEXT year.

2018-2019 School Supply Pack Ordering Link

Dryden School ID: DRY005

Thank you,
Dryden PTA

Last PTA meeting of the 2018-2019 school year! Vote on the PTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SLATE – May 15th

2018-2019 PTA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SLATE – Vote is at May 15th Meeting

On Tuesday, May 15, 2018, join for the last Dryden PTA meeting of the school year at 7:00 PM! We are meeting to discuss all of the exciting end of the year events! Mrs. Sessler will be facilitating a Principal Open Forum at 6:30 PM. We hope to see you there! We will be voting to elect this new executive committee on May 15, 2018. A quorum of 18 members must be in attendance at the meeting for the new officers to be officially elected. Here is the 2018-2019 slate:

President: Heather Tebbe

President Elect: OPEN

VP of Administration: Rachel Conklin

VP of Administration: Leila Matusiak

VP of Children’s Programs: Mindy Turner

VP of Children’s Programs: Jennifer Ubert

VP of Ways and Means: Kristin Trudeau

VP of Ways and Means: Jennifer Walter

Treasurer: Jillian Sheehan

Secretary: Liz Nierman


Spring is here and the time is right to plan your gardening needs while supporting the Dryden PTA!

The annual Dryden Elementary Plant Sale offers a beautiful selection of high quality nursery plants from Zeldenrust Farm Market.

The sale officially begins today and will run through Friday, May 4th.


Pick-up day is on Thursday, May 10th in the Southminster Church parking lot from 10:15 am to 3 pm.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit Dryden PTA to support your family activities.


To order online, please place your order using the Dryden PTA Plant Sale Link!

For questions regarding Plant Sale, please contact Katie Morris.

Happy Spring!


Each month, the PTA provides a book to each Dryden student whose birthday is in that month. Summer months are included throughout the year as well. Promoting Literacy while celebrating Birthdays. Check! We got you covered!


If you’d like to become a member of Dryden PTA, please visit our webstore link! As a member of the PTA, you help provide Dryden School with enriching programs and memorable events! Join today to become more involved! If you have questions about PTA membership, contact Lauren Noble at

Introducing A.C.E. It 25 (All Children Excel)

Introducing A.C.E. It 25 (All Children Excel)

“ACE It 25” is a PTA council committee that has been established in District 25 to support families of children with identified physical, behavioral, emotional, and intellectual needs. The committee’s primary goals are:

● To bring together parents, families, and teachers of children with special needs for sharing of experiences

● To be a resource to local unit PTAs and their communities on the needs of these

● To help provide important education for the PTA Presidents to take back to their schools

● To help support PTA communication in understanding the best way to provide support
for children with special needs while attending PTA functions

● To help improve the lives of the children by providing cultural, social and physical enrichment through PTA programs

● To advocate for children with special needs

● To foster parent involvement by providing opportunities for parents to get to know each other, communicate information, provide a forum for exchanging ideas and suggestions across the district

If you have a child who could benefit from accommodations at Dryden PTA events, questions, or concerns, please contact the Dryden ACE it 25 school representative: Lauren Noble at

Please also visit and like the ACE it 25 Facebook page:

SAVE THE DATE – Friday, April 27th – Family Bowling Night , 6:30 – 8:00 PM

For current families of SD25 children with identified physical, behavioral, emotional, or intellectual needs

CLICK HERE for more info.