Dolphin Update

Samuel R. Donald Bi-Monthly Update 12/4/20

12 Days of the Holiday Season Fun

MBD and SRD will be offering free drop-in LIVE or PRE-RECORDED holiday activities to match our 12 days.

Please view the Powerpoint below for what is offered each day and the materials needed.

12 Days of Holiday Fun

Monday, December 7 .....Gingerbread Day....Wear Brown

Tuesday, December 8 .....Holiday Cheer Day....Wear Holiday Colors, Sparkles, or Stars

Wednesday, December 9.....Candy Cane Day.....Wear Red and White

Thursday, December 10.....Holiday Hat, Socks, or Scarf Day....Wear Hat, Socks, and Scarf

Friday, December 11.....Hanukkah....Wear Blue and Yellow

Monday, December 14.....Grinch Day.....Wear Green

Tuesday, December 15.....Frozen Frosty Day....Wear Blue and White

Wednesday, December 16.....Penguin Day....Wear Black and White

Thursday, December 17....Polar Express Day....Wear PJs

Friday, December 18.....Ugly Sweater Day....Wear an Ugly Sweater

Monday, December 21.....Santa’s Workshop Day....Santa, Elf, Reindeer, Mrs. Claus or a Toy

Tuesday, December 22.....Winter Wonderland Day...Wear White

Wednesday, December 23.....Sounds of the Holiday Seasons Day....Wear Holiday Cheer

A Note from the Counselor - Mindfulness in Remote Learning

Practicing mindfulness with your family during the holidays can be difficult but it is very important! So many parents report feelings of being stressed during this time of year. There are more holiday-related responsibilities and with shorter days, managing changes in your children’s school schedule stress are inevitable. To add to the stress, we are SUPPOSED to be joyful and happy so we push our more negative feelings aside. Here are some parenting tips for a calm and enjoyable Holiday Season:

1) Intentionally slow down to get more done. When we hurry, we become forgetful and resentful. Focus on one thing at a time and your to-do list will be more manageable and you will feel more accomplished.

2) Show empathy towards yourself and say ‘no’. It is o.k. to decline an invitation and replace it with alone time to read, go for a walk or take a lavender-infused bath. Self-care is a great value to model to your children.

3) Create traditions that fit your family. If baking cookies from scratch is not something you enjoy and have no time for, create another tradition that is better suited to your family. Perhaps it is watching a holiday movie and making homemade hot cocoa or chocolate-covered popcorn.

4) Delegate chores according to everyone’s strengths. Does your son love to help with cooking? Let him plan and prepare a simple dinner. Is your daughter creative? Have her help with decorating or wrapping presents.

5) Make room for Mindfulness. Create space to do mindful moments with your family. Before a meal, before bedtime, a few moments of mindful breathing can be relaxing and calming.

Mrs. Krol

Bloomingdale PTA Gertude Hawk Fundraiser

Calendar Splash

December 23: Half Day

Session A 8:00-9:30

Session B 9:40-11:00

December 24 - January 3rd: Schools Closed for Winter Break


Students need to attend all live Meets to be marked present

LIVE Specials - PE, ART, & MUSIC

We had requests for live special classes and we were able to move around schedules to accommodate this mode of instruction. One special a day can be completed live and the other will still be asynchronous OR you can do both asynchronous. The choice is up to you, but you MUST complete your 2 specials each day.

Go to your special classroom for the link for LIVE instruction at the times above.

You cannot attend a special instead of your normal classroom times. You CAN ONLY attend the correct cohort's live sessions (A or B)

Dive into the Classrooms

Parental Information on Child Care and Food Services

Dolphin Health News

If your Daily COVID Questionnaire response necessitates a remote day, please call or email the nurse's office for attendance purposes.

To report an absence please call (973) 838-5353 press 1

Samuel R. Donald Elementary School

The Samuel R. Donald School is an inclusive and respectful community dedicated to the growth of individuals who are curious, confident, empathetic and resilient. This 160 + student school houses grades two through four.