Donovan Family Digest

March 21st, 2021

Good morning LDS Families,

As we enter our final week prior to spring break, we want to wish all of you a peaceful and joyous break. We hope that spring weather brings sunshine our way, allowing for more opportunities for outdoor experiences with our children!

Many of our students have shared the exciting destination plans while school is in recess. As a reminder, please take a moment to complete the travel question below if your family intends to leave the state over break. We are counting on everyone to be forthcoming in an effort to keep everyone healthy and eliminate possible student/staff quarantines. Thank you for helping us to do this!

When we return from break, we will be beginning fourth Marking Period (April 12th).

We are SO excited to see almost all of our students in school every day. Each week we have had more and more Tiger Cubs returning and it brings us such joy to see. If you would like to discuss your child's return, do not hesitate to reach out. Remember, you do NOT have to wait by marking period. Students can return at any time once you have reached out to me and we have made arrangements.

With spring comes outdoor Physical Education time and outdoor snacks. Please dress your child for these daily outdoor excursions! As long as the weather is dry and above 33....we will be outside!

Snacks: Please remember to send your child with a small healthy snack daily. Since we are still not permitted to allow drop offs during the school day, we often find many students without a snack. As you can imagine, we are going through a LOT of water bottles and pretzels daily! If you are interested in donating a case of water bottles and mini bags of pretzels, we would absolutely appreciate it! It is distributed to students daily. Thank you in advance. (you can reach out to directly to Mrs. Armstrong if you would like to donate)

8:25-12:25 + afternoon instruction

Students who have indicated they are remaining virtual will log on as usual.


It is extremely important to report if there is any change in your child's school attendance. While it is important to tell the teacher, we ask to notify the front office as well to avoid multiple phone calls home.


* Your child is supposed to be in school but will now be working virtually from home.

* Your child will not be on Zoom or in person.

Please be sure to leave the reasons for either



Please remember to complete the Covid Screening form each day that your child is scheduled to attend school in person.


See below for important updates regarding:

  • Mr. Dickstein's Community Update
  • Free Breakfast and Lunch for all students
  • Pawlie's Student Shout Outs
  • Travel Reporting
  • Fifth Grade News


Please remember to fill out your child's daily health form. Also if you have been traveling, or plan to travel, please email the nurse at to make sure you are complying with the 10-day travel advisory quarantine.

Mr. Dickstein's Community Update


March 26 - Spring Recess - No afternoon classes

April 6 - District Reopens - Students All Virtual

April 6 - 7 - All Students Virtual

April 8 - Students return to in school learning


When you walk into Laura Donovan School, the first thing you notice is the striking artwork tile mural created by our students and families from 2 years ago when we celebrated our 50th anniversary. It is stunning and representative of our families from now and from the past.

Upon return from break, we will be sending home information on another legacy adventure that all of our families can participate in....DONOVAN STRONG LEGACY WALL. We will forever remember 2020-2021 for a variety of reasons. However, the one thing we have always said is that our school community is like no other. We are truly Donovan Strong, and a family that sticks together throughout the thick and thin of it all. Students will be receiving a packet with information on how to bring their artwork to life and be part of the legacy wall. Mrs. Puntolillo will be sharing ideas and techniques during the month of April and then the package will arrive home for everyone who would like to participate. We are so excited to splash our school with even more student centered artwork that will live on for many years to come. Thank you in advance for being part of this special project.

Penny Wars Spirit Day- Thursday, March 25th

Thank you for supporting Penny Wars! We raised funds that will support the World Wild Life Organizing and the Monmouth County SPCA. We also collected canned goods that will be donated to Freehold Open Door.

You voted and the results are in...

On Thursday, March 25th, our student selected spirit day will be Career Day! Be sure to dress as your dream job!


A very Happy Birthday to all of our Tiger Cubs! We hope your special day is as amazing as YOU!

Mar 24

Brandon Cox

Giuliana Dafnos

Mar 25

Gabriella Shain

Ava Trebotica

Mar 26

Spencer Kreizman

Mar 27

Charlotte Craven

Peyton Petrenko

It's hard to believe that it's time to think about next school year already, but here we are. If you have a child that will be 5 years old before 10/1/2021, it's time to register for kindergarten. Below is the first step to registering your child for kindergarten for the 21-22 school year. Click the link below and begin the process by filling out the form. This will add your name to a list managed by the main office. Once you complete the online portion, more information will be sent via email in regards to the next step of the process. As always if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

21-22 Online Kindergarten Registration Form


LDS Tweets March 15th

Tweets from our Virtual Week

If you would like to share any pictures of your Tiger Cub to be included in the video, please email Danielle Parella at

Thank you!

Follow us on Twitter @DonovanSchool

YMCA Counseling partners with FTS

Are you looking for a counselor for your child? FTS has partnered with the Counseling and Social Services department within the YMCA in order to provide counseling for our students. Sessions can occur right here at school or virtually! Please take a look at the flyer for more program details and if you are interested in getting more details or would like your child to participate please contact Mrs. Harris




This is a reminder that the district is offering breakfast & lunch, at no cost, for every enrolled student, regardless of need. If you aren't already receiving the meals and would like to, please fill out this brief survey. Meals are available for all students for pick-up on Mondays between 12:00pm - 6:00pm behind the C.T. Barkalow School at Door No. 8. Students eligible for Free/Reduced lunch are eligible for delivery if requested. The application for Free & Reduced lunch can be found here. We will continue with this program until we can serve lunch in school again. School Lunch & Nutritional Info.


If you need a quick reminder of what letter day it is, be sure to check it out here!
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