Donovan Family Digest

May 2, 2021

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Happy May LDS Families!!

I wanted to take a moment and personally thank all of the families and students for making Principal's Day so memorable. Friday kicked off the weekend feeling like a birthday with flowers, coffee, cards, posters, performances, generosity from our families, PTO and staff. The gratitude was overwhelming. Though I am more comfortable and prefer to be the one to shower others with gratitude and appreciation, the day brought me many happy tears and smiles. Something very much cherished after this most unique year!


While the day was truly beautiful, I am grateful for every other day of this year as well. This school year has been nothing short of challenges, but many of them have helped us all to grow as educators, as human beings, and to have even more value for many of the things we have taken for granted over the years. I have always known how lucky I was to work side by side with your children every day. Gratitude for the dedicated staff, PTO, parents and community was always in my heart. However, this year more than ever we cherished every moment that our students were in school, laughing, learning, and doing things that we took for granted previously. While this year felt so very difficult in so many ways, it was truly remarkable to see the resiliency of our students and staff. It takes my breath away when I watch it in action daily. And this is exactly why Donovan Strong is the most fitting descriptor of our community. Thank you for all that YOU do for our school. We never could do what we do without your support.

REMEMBER THE DATE

May 1-7 Physical Education & Sports Week

May 4-9th Plant Sale (please visit Patterson's Greenhouse and mention LDS!)

May 3-7 Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7 Legacy Tiles Due

May 12 School Nurse's Day

May 28 LDS Field Day

May 31st Memorial Day (School Closed)

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PROJECT LDS SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED

Greetings LDS Families,

Have you heard the news? This week we are going to be celebrating our amazing LDS Staff for Teacher Appreciation Week.

It has been quite the year and there is no better time to show extra love and appreciation for our fabulous staff than during their special recognition week.

We are looking for our Tiger Cubs to bring sunshine to our school. Would your child(ren) be willing to send in a hand written note of thanks or appreciation for our teachers next week? Our goal is to post the notes all around the building to show how much they are appreciated.

We know how much the staff would truly appreciate this special touch! Feel free to be as creative as possible or keep it simple.

The most important piece is that it is from the heart and student created.

Please send in your notes/letters next week no later than Wednesday. It can be delivered directly to the teacher(s) you would like to show appreciation to and these rays of sunshine and love will be scattered throughout the hallways.


Thank you so much for taking the time to make Project LDS Signed, Sealed, & Delivered a success!


8:25-12:25 + afternoon instructionlog on at 1:50PM daily


REPORTING ABSENCES

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.

WHEN SHOULD I CALL AND EMAIL THE FRONT OFFICE?

* 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


EMAIL LBELFIORE@FREEHOLDTWP.K12.NJ.US & DRUSTERHOLZ@FREEHOLDTWP.K12.NJ.US

732-431-3321



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


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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 jarmstrong@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us to make sure you are complying with the 10-day travel advisory quarantine.

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Let the games begin!!

What better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than with a fun filled LDS Field Day?! This year, more than ever before, we are DONOVAN STRONG!! Our students will be sporting the LDS Field Day T shirts on Friday, May 28th. If you did not purchase a Field Day Shirt, any LDS or spirited attire is fine.


Mrs. Campfield, Mr. Cantelli and LDS Staff will be coordinating this year’s Field Day activities to continue to provide our students with a fun-filled activity oriented day. Due to the Covid restrictions , Field Day will run a bit differently this year, but it will not be short on FUN!


Students will compete in Field Day activities in a safe manner. Each student will be given their own personal equipment bag filled with equipment to use and keep! These amazing items were donated, bought by PTO or with credits from our Kids Heart Challenge. Thank you to Hazel Boutique for donating all of the frisbees!


We have developed a jam packed schedule for the entire day, but unfortunately due to Covid restrictions and district guidelines, we can not accommodate any visitors during the day.

Please remember that students should dress appropriately for Field Day and wear any necessary sunscreen. In addition, students should bring their own personal water bottle that is labeled with their name. In the event that weather conditions do not cooperate with us on Friday, the rain date will be Tuesday, June 3rd if needed.

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DONOVAN STRONG LEGACY WALL PROJECT

Last Chance! We will not be doing another legacy tile whole school project again. This is the last opportunity to be part of the 2020/2021 Donovan Strong in History wall. Tiles and payment are due no later than Friday, May 7th


You should have received a packet home giving you details about our 2020-2021 Legacy Wall Project. We hope to have every student/family participate as we create this beautiful piece of artwork to show that we are Donovan Strong! Please see the details below if you have not yet had a chance to read all about it! We are excited for the possibilities.

Donovan Strong" Leave A Legacy Tile Project ($15 per tile)

* Each student received a folder with information

* We have a goal of 100% participation

* Families may do more than one (a family one and a student one)

* Please return your folder to school when completed

* ALL folders should be returned, even if choosing not to participate.

TIGER CUB BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

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

May 6

Alyssa Panella

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not having in person registration appointments. All information will be submitted via email at this time. 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

FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS

UPDATE

The district wants to thank everyone who has participated in our free student meal program. We are excited to share with you that we will be continuing this program through the summer months. To find out information about the program, you can check the district website on the Parents tab in the "School Lunch & Nutritional Information" page. If you have any questions, or would like to participate in the program, please email Aly Williams at AWilliams@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us.
Tweets from Week of April 26th

Tweets from our Week

If you would like to share any pictures of your Tiger Cub to be included in the video, please email Danielle Parella at dparella@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us

Thank you!


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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 jgoldberg@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us.
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.

LETTER DAY OF THE WEEK

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