Dresden has been a very BUSY place!! COSI on WHEELS showcased hands-on learning about renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Our students learned the pros and cons of all kinds of energy generation that power their homes, kindles and computers. We had 18 students compete in our spelling bee. The top eight students (Taylar S, Madison, Cameron, Emily, Taylor, Brady, Reily and Jadyn) represented us well at the district spelling bee. Several of our sixth grade students are really excelling in our virtual learning of Chinese. Our library just received 20 Kindles. We are loading several books that will give our students a new avenue for reading. We’re gearing up for the Ohio Achievement Assessments in April with intervention two days a week to meet the needs of all of our learners. Our 5th/6th grades choir performed before a large audience in March. Our first and third graders performed at the Celebration of the Arts along with our 5/6 Band. There were hundreds of art projects on display for families and the community to see.
Coming up - we’re starting up a 4th/5th grader Girl Scout Book Club. Our PTO’s Spring Festival is just around the corner on April 13. Our kindergartners will perform at the April PTO meeting on April 8 at 7:00. Our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders will be taking the Ohio Achievement Assessments the week of April 22. The library will visit our students and share about the Summer Reading Program. Our stage will come alive with our annual Talent Show the last week of school. Last, but not least, will be our 6th grade graduation in May.
Our students experience learning beyond their classroom with field trips and assemblies. Kindergarten went to Pizza Cottage, while 4th grade visited the Statehouse and Supreme Court. 1st grade is planning to visit The Works and 2nd grade the Wilds. Fifth grade had a wonderful three days at Camp Ohio, while 6th grade will do Science Days at Kings Island. The Columbus Children’s Theatre was absolutely awesome with their productions of the Ugly Duckling and Scrooge. Renowned author Jerry Pallotta from Boston, Massachusetts shared his enthusiasm for writing and engaged our young writers with his many books.
Our students and staff reach out to help others as well. PTO sold Valagrams to raise monies for Dresden families in need.
Our staff couldn’t accomplish all they do each day without our wonderful volunteers (parents, aunts, grandparents, and community members) that give hundreds and hundreds of hours each year. We appreciate each and every volunteer! If you can volunteer at home or at school, please write a note or call your child’s teacher. We’ll find a place for you.
Accelerated Reader – Read to Me Nights are sponsored by the Title 1 program every month. These special evenings for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade families allow students to read to/and with their families, take AR quizzes and go home with a new book at each event. We average about 100 participants each night! You’ll find the dates for our monthly nights on our building calendar.
Hundreds of students are recognized at our Quarterly Awards assemblies. Students are praised for academic achievement for All As; appreciated with great Effort Awards; acknowledged for their skill in art, music and band, as well as noted for their sportsmanship in physical education class. Perfect attendance is also celebrated. We also gave additional awards this year for specific improvements and accomplishments.
Our students are reading all the time. Our students have already read over 15,000 books and taken those AR quizzes!! If you haven’t checked out the home connection site to see what books your child has read and how well they have done on tests, please do so at: https://hosted210.renlearn.com/104148/HomeConnect/Login.aspx. The login name is your child’s lunch number and their password is abc.
Students have opportunities for leadership in the classroom, as well as at the building level. Student Council leads our building in many ways, and sponsors a variety of projects throughout the year. They too volunteer many hours before, during and after school to make Dresden Elementary a great place to be!
Dresden Elementary PTO continues to work hard to enrich the lives of our students. They are striving to make sure every parent at Dresden Elementary feels they are a part of the PTO, and has input into the decisions made by our PTO. Thank you for your support. Please do save your Campbell’s Labels (UPC codes) and Box Tops for Education. Both provide us with money and school items at no cost to families. PTO is also beginning to plan for our annual Spring Festival in April. Please let us know if you would like to be involved.
You’re always welcome to join us for lunch or to spend time in your child’s classroom. Please do come and visit us!