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

Dear Dryden Elementary School Families and Community,

February seems to have slipped right by with a blink of the eye. I hope you all enjoyed the time with your children during our snow days and winter break. It seems that we have turned a corner, and spring will be here soon. I’m looking forward to less cold, longer days, and more sunshine.

Dryden Has Heart
The annual Dryden Has Heart campaign was held during the month of February. During this event, perishable food was collected for our local food pantries. Everyone did an amazing job helping with this event. This event is one of MANY reasons I am proud to be a Lion!

Parent-Teacher Conferences
On March 18, 2019 we will have Parent Teacher Conferences. There is no school for students that day. Please know that for this round of conferences, not all students will have a conference. Your child’s teacher will contact you if they would like to set up a conference.

State Testing
I hope you all have decided to “Opt In” for the upcoming state assessments. These assessments are important for a variety of reasons, and are used in a multiple of ways. If you have any questions or concerns about these assessments, please contact me. I would love to see 100% of our third, fourth, and fifth grade DES students participate this year.

Art Show
Due to a variety of reasons, we have decided to cancel this year’s Elementary Art Show normally held in May. The PTA will still be holding its Scholastic Book Fair during that time, and there are plans for another event to be held during that time. Be on the lookout for further information.

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

~Dawn Wenzel, Principal


At some point this Spring, Dryden Elementary School will test its protocols for a Lockdown by conducting a Lockdown Drill.  For Lockdown Drills, DES partners with local agencies such as the Dryden Village Police Department, the Dryden Fire Department, the Sheriff's Office and the New York State Police.  These local agencies offer us valuable support and feedback before, during, and after our drills that help us to maintain a high level of safety for the students and staff.  We will have two more lockdown drills before the end of the year and six more fire drills.  In the event of a true emergency, the School Messenger System would also be used to communicate the nature of an emergency and its current status.  We understand that Lockdown Drills can produce some questions and anxiety from students and the staff does an amazing job of addressing these concerns.  Please do not hesitate to contact the office or your child's teacher if you have any questions about the upcoming Lockdown Drill.

Dr. Seuss Night 

During the month of March, DES like many elementary schools throughout the country, celebrate Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel, who was born on March 2, 1904, is an American author who wrote many children's classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat. Many people know these great works by Dr. Seuss, but Dr. Seuss worked in advertising as an illustrator and was also a political cartoonist. Before he was an award winning author, Dr. Seuss won an Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1947. During World War II, Dr. Seuss then known as Army Captain Theodor S. Geisel created comics about a mosquito named "Ann" who infected soldiers with malaria. The comic's purpose was to keep soldiers from contracting this deadly disease. This work helped to save many lives. For these and many more reasons, we stop to celebrate this icon's birthday. The celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday often leads to a broader celebration of reading. DES will host a Dr. Seuss Night on Friday, March 1, 2019.


Every school year, each First and Fourth Grade class from Cassavant, Dryden, and Freeville Elementary Schools are able to experience starry nights through a portable planetarium that is brought to the District by BOCES and set-up in the upstairs gym at Dryden Elementary School. First and Fourth Grade students study astronomy as part of their Science Curriculum. Students are able to observe key constellations in a clear night sky in school during daylight in relatively comfortable temperatures as opposed to trying to observe constellations in the overcast, cold weather of February. The planetarium experience is one of the many benefits that a school district receives when it partners with BOCES to provide Science Kits on key topics related to that grade level's Science curriculum. The planetarium is an educational tradition that we look forward to each year.

Recess Reminder

It’s that time of year again…when the weather gets worse and we need to think about appropriate dress for outside play in the snow and cold. Please note that we try to get the children outside every day unless it is raining or too cold (below 15 degrees) so warm dress is important for the children to enjoy this one time of day that they are free to play.
Once the snow starts, we do require students to have boots in order to play out in the snow. Students who forget boots will still play outside, but they will be restricted to playing on the blacktop behind the school. We also encourage the use of snow pants so that children do not have to be wet and uncomfortable for the rest of their day. One alternative to snow pants is to send in an extra pair of pants and socks for your child – that way they can change to play outside and still have dry clothes for the rest of the school day.

If you need a winter coat, boots or snow pants for your child, please let us know in the office. We are here to help you in any way we can…please let us know what you need


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.

Upcoming Events

7:00PM - 8:00PM
(Cassavant Elementary School, 775 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville, NY 13068, USA)

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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