Dolphin Update

Samuel R. Donald Weekly Update 3/21/21


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

Shining a Light on Positive Behavior

SRD Spring School Pictures

SRD Spring Pictures will take place in April. * DATE CHANGE*

April 28th - Cohort A & B in school

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

More information to come......

Dive Into Our Classrooms

Calendar Splash

March 22: Cohort B attends school for the week

March 29: Cohort A attends school for the week

April 2 - April 9: SPRING BREAK -no school

April 12: Cohort A attends school for the week

April 19: Cohort B attends school for the week



Due to the inclement weather for most of February, the cohort in-person days are now unbalanced. Cohort A was in school for 4 days and Cohort B was in school for 9 days during February. In order to rectify this Cohort A will start after Spring Break to make up in-person days missed in February. Please note Spring Break is April 2nd through April 9th.

See the Calendar above for a week by week outline

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)

A Note from the Counselor - Ms. Mac Iver


How Can I Help My Child Adjust to Daylight Savings?

By Sittercity Editorial Team January 27, 2021

Daylight savings with kids is rough. It happens twice a year and is a gut-punch to new parents across America. It’s one of those things that you truly don’t understand until you are a parent.

Here are a few facts about daylight savings time for kids and tips for parents alike.

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When is Daylight Savings Time for 2021?

Begins Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2 AM. It’s the “spring ahead” date which means you’ll need to set your clocks forward one hour before you fall asleep on Saturday, March 13.

Ends Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2 AM. This is when we “fall back” and you’ll need to set your clocks back one hour before you fall asleep on Saturday, November 6.

Why Does Daylight Savings Time Exist?

It didn’t just happen overnight (pun intended).

Ideas Introduced

Benjamin Franklin wanted to save money on candles, a New Zealand entomologist wanted more daytime to go bug hunting in the summer, a British builder (Chris Martin of Coldplay’s great-great-grandfather!) was rejected by Parliament when asking for more daylight working hours.

Action Taken

The German government wanted to save energy (coal) during WWI and every other country involved in the war followed suit. In 1918, Congress put into law our system for saving daylight and defining our time zones in the U.S. However, Arizona, Hawaii, and Florida have their own relationships with daylight saving.


Now that coal is no longer king, Daylight Savings doesn’t really save energy anymore. However, people’s feelings about the time change most likely align with where they’re geographically located. The closer to the equator you are, the more likely you’re going to want less hours of sunlight. Whereas those farther away will take as much sunlight in the winter as they can get.

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Tips to Prep Your Kids for Daylight Savings Time

1. Plan Ahead

As the saying goes, the best defense is the best offense. It’s good to have this date on your radar more than a day or two in advance. Start pushing bedtime in the direction of the time shift 5 mins at a time the week before. An hour change is something fully sleep trained adults even have trouble adjusting too. Give little ones a little more buffer time in the week leading up to it.

2. Blackout Curtains

The time change will affect the amount of light that comes into your little one’s room. Invest in blackout curtains to help easily control their baseline for darkness in the peak years of sleep training.

3. Kid-Friendly Alarm Clocks

Pick up an alarm that’s tailor-made for kids who aren’t yet able to tell or read time. They’re absent of sound. They use soft light signals to tell kids when it’s ok to get out of bed or when they should try falling back asleep. At the very least, it’s one way to say “don’t wake up your parents yet!”

4. Take It Easy

Even if you lean into all the tips and tricks, a daylight savings Sunday is bound to feel “off.” Avoid scheduling hectic plans that will trigger meltdowns. Have a little more quiet time baked into the schedule to give plenty of room and space for your little one to adjust to the transition.

Remember, it’s only a small bump in the sleep journey road and you’ll get back on track. Good luck!

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


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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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