Welcome to Dryden Elementary School

The qualities of resilience and confidence are fostered in students by holding high expectations throughout their academic careers. When our students are taught to think critically and creatively using all of their resources, they tackle problems with confidence. 


Principal’s Message

Spring has sprung here at DES. We are enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine! Here are some exciting things happening here at DES.

Lion’s Den
Congratulations to the following classes who have earned their 15 Golden Paws for cafeteria behavior:
Mrs. Powell’s Class and Mrs. Knout’s Class
These classes were responsible and respectful in the cafeteria. Keep up the great work!

Calendar Update
Please note there is NO Art Show at DES on May 21st. Instead, there will be magician that evening. The Scholastic Book Fair will also be open that evening. More information will be coming soon.

State Testing
Math Exams will be May 1st and 2nd. Breakfast will be provided to ALL 3rd – 5th grade students on those days. Thank you for having your child participate in these exams.
The performance section of the Science Exam for all 4th graders will be held May 22nd and 23rd.

Tree Planting
Thanks to Cornell Buildings and Grounds, Mrs. Brown and Mr. Vitale’s class were able to plant a tree here at DES in celebration of Arbor Day. They were able to learn more about trees from Dan Schied, Director of Cornell Grounds, and two other Cornell employees. Each student was also given a packet of seeds to take home with them.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Dawn Wenzel, Principal

Cub Band Sign Ups

Greetings all 3rd and 4th grade parents! An exciting opportunity is coming to all 3rd and 4th graders on May 13th. On this day, all students will observe an assembly and be introduced to the instruments of the band. Students who wish to join band for the first time, will leave the assembly with a packet that explains everything about the band program and how to sign-up as a new band member. Students are only able to enter the band program in the beginning of 4th or 5th grade, so please take a moment to consider this opportunity. After the assembly, students that are interested in band must turn in a permission slip. Mr. Phillips-Burdge will meet personally with each student that returns a permission slip. Band can be an exciting and rewarding experience that builds self-confidence, creates a sense of belonging and teaches the fundamentals of reading and playing music. For more information visit the band website—search for “Join Dryden Cub Band.” Email Mr. Phillips-Burdge with questions. Please consider joining the band!

~Mr. Phillips-Burdge, DES Band Director


Please remember there is NO PARKING in the Fire Lane at anytime. There is also NO PARKING or DROP OFFS in the Union Street bus circle between 8-9am and 2:30-3:30pm.

If you are dropping off your child off please use the James Street Circle or park in the parking lot on Union Street.

Dryden Police have been monitoring this and they will issue tickets to those people not following the parking regulations.

Dryden Police also monitor traffic (Stop signs and speed) around Dryden Elementary School. Please come to a complete stop before entering the parking lot and also coming out of the bus circle. Please be aware of your speed when driving near the school and watch for those STOP signs.

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School Hours

9:00 AM - 3:22 PM

Student arrival time is no earlier than 8:40 AM. 

Any student arriving after 9:00 AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

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