Dolphin Update

Samuel R. Donald Weekly Update 4/1/21


We want to wish everyone a happy and healthy spring break, and we will see you back in school or online on Monday, April 12th.


Over Spring Break, breakfast and lunch will not be dropped off or available for pick up, since Maschio's will be closed during Spring Break

Kindergarten Registration - SPREAD THE WORD

If you have or know of a child who will be 5 on or before October 1, 2021 please register them for this fall now.

Click the link below for the online registration information


Shining a Light on Positive Behavior

SRD Spring School Pictures-UPDATED

SRD Spring Pictures will take place in April.

April 28th - Cohort A & B in school

April 28rd - Cohort C (100% remote students) 12:45-2:00

More information to come......


Cohort A and Cohort B will both return to SRD on April 26.

  • School day remains 8:15-12:15
  • Lunches will be sent home with each student daily
  • Small-Group instruction and Specials will happen in the afternoons 1:00 - 2:15

Calendar Splash

April 2 - April 9: SPRING BREAK -no school

April 12: Cohort A attends school for the week

April 15: Asynchronous Day (Teacher Training)

April 19: Cohort B attends school for the week

April 22: Asynchronous Day (Teacher Training)


Dive Into Our Classrooms

SRD Specials

Second Grade:

Monday - Tech/Library (pre-recorded)

Tuesday - Spanish (pre-recorded)

Wednesday - Music (live)

Thursday -Art (live)

Friday - PE/Health (live)

Third Grade:

Monday - Spanish (pre-recorded)

Tuesday - Music (live)

Wednesday - Art (live)

Thursday -PE/Health (live)

Friday - Tech/Library (pre-recorded)

Fourth Grade:

Monday - Music (live)

Tuesday - Art (live)

Wednesday - PE/Health (live)

Thursday -Tech/Library (pre-recorded)

Friday - Spanish (pre-recorded)

From the Counselor - Ms. Mac Iver

Ways to Have a Safer Spring Break 2021: How to Travel and Where to Go

Spring break is a welcome respite from work and school routines for families, but COVID-19 concerns still mean precautions are necessary when choosing how and where to travel as a family this year.

If you've been longing for a break from the endless winter weather and the work-from-home, hybrid, and virtual school, hamster wheel of the past 12 months, we feel you. It's been a long year and all parents and kids alike could use some sort of mental health break. But the question is: What kind of travel is reasonable for Spring Break 2021?

Unfortunately, we can't tell you quite yet that now is the time to hop on a plane and take off for far-flung vacation. William Li, M.D., physician and scientist, sums up what we heard from experts across the country: "According to the CDC, it is wise not to travel this spring break—the world is still in the middle of the pandemic, vaccination is still in the early stages, deadly variants are emerging, and we have proof that holiday gatherings and celebrations lead us directly to increased hospitalizations and more deaths."

We know, we're bummed, too. But all is not lost. We've put our heads together with travel pros and medical experts and found safe alternatives and off-the-beaten-path family friendly destinations so kids and parents can get a much needed break.

The Do's and Don'ts of Spring Break Travel 2021

First, however, before we share where you can go, it's best to talk about how to go. Dr. Seema Sarin, director of lifestyle medicine at EHE Health, offers some easy to follow "do's" and "don'ts" for safe and responsible travel:

  • Don't travel to attend a party, festival, or large event.
  • Don't travel to a crowded destination where it's difficult to maintain social distancing.
  • Don't eat at restaurants with indoor seating.
  • Don't take a bus, the train, or fly if at all possible.

On the other hand:

  • Do drive. In short, our experts all say to stick to road trips, since your car is the safest way to travel.
  • Do plan to bring groceries so that you can cook and eat at your rental house.
  • Do book private accommodations at a ski resort for a ski or snowboard trip.
  • Do plan a road trip and drive with only your household.
  • Do go camping, hiking, and spend time outdoors in areas where it is easy to maintain social distancing.
  • Do continue to follow all social distancing, masking, hand washing, and CDC outlined precautions.
  • Do get the COVID 19 vaccine when it is available, and continue to follow all guidelines, even after being vaccinated.

"If you decide to travel, there are ways to lower your risk," says Dr. Li. "First, get a COVID test before you go so you know your health status before setting out. Test the whole family if everyone is going. Bring documentation of your test results with you. If there is any health incident while you are traveling, you'll have a record you were negative."

Bring extra masks, and wear them, adds Dr. Li. Recent guidelines suggest that wearing double masks can be much safer than wearing only one. While traveling, you'll want to have extras in case you lose or misplace your masks. Finally, try to plan to be outdoors as much as possible.

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Parking Lot Safety!

To keep students safe at all times please follow the rules below for dropping off and picking up your child:

You may drop off near the grade level door but for pick up please park and meet your child at the door. Teachers will release students to parents/guardians at the door only.

Thank you

Parental Information

Dolphin Health News

You MUST complete the Daily Health Questionnaire each day your child is IN-PERSON FOR SCHOOL.

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

PLEASE do not send your child to school with symptoms or if someone in your household is being tested for COVID due to symptoms.

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

Warmer Weather, Healthier Habits

As the weather gets warmer, activities move outside. Although being outdoors is less risky than being indoors, we are still fighting the spread of COVID-19. These strategies will help children and families build healthy habits before they head out to local playgrounds and parks or play on sports teams this spring.

Activities Move Outdoors

• Springtime’s warmer weather calls for more outdoor activities! The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that outdoor activities are less risky than indoor ones, where there are less ventilation and space. However, maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet, wearing a mask, and limiting the time you are spending with others are still recommended for all outdoor activities.

Where You Should Visit

• Visiting a park, a beach, or an outdoor recreational center is likely to be at the top of everyone’s list of activities as the weather keeps getting warmer. To help prevent germ spread and limit overcrowding, it is recommended that you visit locations that are close to your home, and make sure to check any site-specific policies before traveling.

Playground Tips

• It can be difficult to ensure safety at playgrounds in communities where there is an elevated risk of spreading COVID-19, due to crowding and difficulty maintaining clean and disinfected surfaces. If you choose to visit a playground, maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet and handwashing before and after the visit are highly recommended.

Sports Tips

• If your child decides to play an outdoor sport, talk to the coach, and let them know you support measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Ask the coach to reduce physical closeness between players in practice areas and on the sidelines, and pack extra masks in your child’s sports bag in case one gets wet, dirty, or sweaty.

Handwashing Tips

• Washing your hands is highly recommended when playing outside, and it is especially important as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. Encourage handwashing after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Make sure your child is using soap and water and washing for at least 20 seconds.

Lysol Welcome Back Packs

• Teaching healthy habits at school will reinforce what children are learning at home! Encourage your child’s school to use Lysol Welcome Back Packs this spring. These packs include fun and educational materials, posters, stickers, and more to support schools that are in-person learning. Welcome Back Packs are available to download and print at

Content Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 1. 2. 3.

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