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 Dryden Elementary School Families and Community,

Thank you to everyone who attended parent-teacher conferences. As one of our core beliefs states, “positive relationships and partnerships are essential”. We are proud to partner with families, as together we strive to educate and empower each learner to achieve excellence and build a better world.

Congratulations to the following PRIDE winners for the month of October:
Pre-Kindergarten – MaKenzie, Macen, Kacey, Lara, and Madison
Kindergarten – Jayce, Addie, Guliana, Aiden, and Wyatt

Grade One – Willa, Jolynne, Kairi, Emilia, and Zola
Grade Two – Penelope, Dax, Hayden, Zane, and Sam
Grade Three – Rylie, AJ, Isaac, Emily, and Kailie
Grade Four –
Curtera, Kenny, Luke, Andrew, and Mariel
Grade Five – Zoe, Tyler, Quintin, Joshua, and Kaylee

If you have not done so already, please feel free to stop in and see their photos displayed on our “Lion PRIDE” bulletin board.

Lost and Found – Our lost and found is overflowing. Please encourage your child to check the lost and found if they are missing any clothing, etc. To avoid having so much lost and found, we ask that you label ALL clothing, boots, etc. coming to school. Then if it’s misplaced, we know who to return it to.

Facebook – Dryden Elementary has a new Facebook page. Please feel free to like and follow our official Dryden Elementary FB page at https://www.facebook.com/DESLionPride/?hc_location=ufi

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

Dawn Wenzel, Principal

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

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.

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

Current Weather

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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