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. 

Ski Club

Attention Skiers & Snowboarders!  It's time to sign up for Ski Club.  If you are in grades 3-5 and are interested in joining, please ask your classroom teacher, see Mrs. Wojcik, or click the link to download a ski club information packet.


Principal’s Message

Dear DES Families and Community,

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual PK-2 Halloween parade. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you, too, for all of those who helped with any parties classes may have had. We were very lucky this year, and had many high school and middle school students spend a half-day with us here at DES as part of their service learning project. We appreciate their help as well. This is another example of one of our Core Beliefs that positive relationships and partnerships are essential.
We started two PBIS initiatives this past month. Several classes earned their Popping with PRIDE popcorn party. This has been an exciting time for all those involved. Thank you to the DES PTA for purchasing an electronic popcorn machine for our use. In addition to earning Popping with PRIDE classroom parties, several students have earned a Lion PRIDE Award. I am proud to announce the following PRIDE winners for the month of September:
Kindergarten – Brennan, Madison, Mila, Ryder, and Charlotte
Grade One – Curtrell, Colin, Ross, Willow, Elliott, and Ross
Grade Two – Natalie, Olivia, McKenzie, Promyss, and Kayla
Grade Three – Jaleighsa, Noah, William, Emili, and Colton
Grade Four – Gianna, Wyatt, Alyson, Bryce, and Justin
Grade Five – Anthony, Rebecca, Kennadie, James, and Owen
We are excited by both of these celebrations, and look forward to many more to come. As always, if you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Dawn Wenzel, Principal

Fire Prevention

If it is October, it means Fire Prevention Week! Our outstanding and supportive Dryden Firefighters were on hand at Dryden Elementary School on October 9th to help students and staff understand ways to prevent fires and what to do in a fire emergency. Each day during Fire Prevention Week, our local firefighters greeted students and staff as they entered the building. This was a great way to start each day. The firefighters assisted students and staff during a fire drill. The firefighters also conducted several presentations for students. Dryden Elementary School appreciates everything our Firefighters did for us this year during Fire Prevention Week! We look forward to next year!

Picture ID

Please bring picture ID with you every time you come to the school. Even if you are a person who comes to the school regularly, it is important for you to be prepared to show ID every time you arrive. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our school community safe.



Volunteers are an important part of our school. Parents volunteer in many different areas from assisting in the preparation for school celebrations/events, to reading with individual students to chaperones on field trips. All volunteers that work directly with students must complete a volunteer registration form and be approved by the school administrator and the Board of Education prior to any volunteer events. The registration forms will be sent home in Friday folders the first week of school or you may pick up a volunteer registration form at the school office. The approval process does take a few weeks. We encourage you to register as a volunteer as soon as possible. Volunteers must complete a new form every school year.

Dryden School Age Child Care Program

We have openings in the Morning and Afternoon programs.

We open at 7:00 A.M and go till bell rings at 8:40. We have a snack, play games, have a craft, and go to gym. Cost is $5.50 per day per child. A $50.00 enrollment fee and a 2 week deposit is required before starting.

We start a 3:20 when bell rings and are open till 6:00. We have homework club, snack, a craft, games, and outside time in good weather (gym if not). Cost is $9.00 per day per child. A $50.00 enrollment fee and 2 week deposit is due before you start.

If you do both only one $50.00 enrollment fee is required.

Call Joyce Chamberlain at 607-229-8900 or email me at jchambe2@dryden.k12.ny.us


Counseling Corner

Welcome Back! We hope you had a great summer and are ready to start the school year. We will be providing you with information throughout the year about opportunities to help enhance students’ social and emotional growth.

If you have any concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact one of the elementary social workers. We look forward to working with you and your children.

Ellen Stelick
School Social Worker
Grades K-2 at Dryden, Freeville & Cassavant Elementary Schools
Dignity Act Coordinator, Freeville & Cassavant Elementary Schools
607-844-8694, ext 1424

Mary Hicks
School Social Worker
Grades 3-5 at Dryden Elementary, Dignity Act Coordinator, Dryden
607-844-8694, ext 1444

Allison Peyus
School Social Worker
Grades K-5 at Dryden Elementary, Dignity Act Coordinator, Dryden Elementary School
607-844-8694, ext 1483


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.

Car & Pedestrian Reminders

Please encourage your children to use the sidewalks to ensure their safety as they move to a car in the parking lot or walk home.
The small lower lot by the bus loop is Permit Parking Only.
Please refrain from parking in the handicap parking spaces during drop-off and pick-up times unless you have a certified handicap sticker on your vehicle.
Dryden Police 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.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to improve our facilities to support safety and accessibility.

Upcoming Events

6:00PM - 7:00PM
(DES Library)
6:30PM - 7:30PM
(DES Cafeteria)
6:30PM - 7:30PM
(DES Cafeteria)
6:00PM - 6:30PM
(DES Library)

School Hours

8:55AM - 3:22PM

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

Any student arriving after 8:55AM will be considered late and must sign in at the main office.

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