Dolphin Update

Samuel R. Donald Weekly Update 2/14/21

CHROMEBOOKS ARE IN ! ! !

We will be distributing Chromebooks to all kindergarten through 4th-grade students at Samuel R. Donald School on:


Tues., Feb. 16 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wed., Feb. 17 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Thurs, Feb. 18 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fri., Feb. 19 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Parents you MUST acknowledge the Student Handbook and the Acceptable Use Form in Realtime on the Parent Portal before a device can be distributed to your child. If you have a district device, that MUST also be returned when you pick up your Chromebook. Please see the information below or the email with the clickable links.

100th Day of School is Approaching - February 18th

We will be collecting 100 items to donate to the Bloomingdale Animal Shelter. Please see the flyer below with all items that can be donated. Your child may bring them to school or you can drop off the items in the Animal Shelter collection box outside the front door.

IMPORTANT Valentine's Day Information

Cohort A in-person Valentine Party - Tuesday, Feb. 16


Cohort B in-person Valentine Party - Thursday, Feb. 11


Cohort C will join remotely




Please see the document below for more detailed information.

Shining a Light on Positive Behavior

SRD Spring School Pictures

SRD Spring Pictures will take place in April.


April 16th - Cohort B in school

April 16th - Cohort C (100% remote students) 12:15-2:00

April 23rd - Cohort A in school


More information to come......

Dive Into Our Classrooms

Calendar Splash

February 12 (Friday): School Closed. Mid-winter break


February 15 (Monday): School Closed. Mid-winter break


February 16 (Tuesday): Cohort A attends school for the week


February 22 (Monday): Cohort B attends school for the week

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 - Valentine's Day Ideas

As we continue forward in the next chapter of this global pandemic, Valentines Day may be the perfect opportunity to get an extra boost of togetherness, safely. There are several creative and safe ways for you and your family to celebrate love and Valentines Day at home. Consider some of these fun ideas;

Make Valentines day cookies and cupcakes! Who doesn’t love a craft project that ends with a sweat treat? Make it even better by setting up a video chat baking date with loved ones or family members that your kids are missing and have everyone decorate together! You and your children may get the connection you all need while building resiliency at the same time. Step by step instructions are available from this

Get outdoors and make your own version of kindness rocks! Find and paint rocks with Valentine’s Day messages on them. You can get simple ideas from “Sweetheart” candies. On Valentine’s Day go on a walk around your neighborhood or nearby trail and place the rocks in special spots to surprise passing hikers, walkers, or joggers.

Get creative with DIY house decorations! Feeling gloomy after all the holiday decorations have been taken down? At the beginning of the month begin a few DIY Valentine’s Day decoration crafts. By Valentine’s Day you’ll have plenty of homemade and heartfelt decorations to put in your windows or around the house. Right now, construction paper hearts in windows also doubles as showing love for healthcare workers! You can find some craft ideas to get started here.

Write valentines! It’s an old one, but a good one. Writing Valentines Day cards is a fun arts and craft project and a gratitude exercise rolled up into one! Help your child make cards for family members, friends, and neighbors, and include a special note about one thing they appreciate about them.

Plan some heart-healthy fun! February is also American Heart Month so get your family moving throughout the month. Find ideas for home activities on kidcentral tn!


Source: https://www.kidcentraltn.com

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.


Please exercise caution when waking and driving in the parking lot, especially with the snow.


Thank you

Dolphin Health News

Daily COVID Questionnaire - Starting on February 1st

As we did in November, parents must complete a Daily COVID form in Realtime by 7:30 AM - prior to sending their child(ren) to school. Students will NOT be allowed into their classroom until it is completed for the safety of all students. You will receive a phone call from the school if it is not completed. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


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

Parental Information

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.

Report Cards and i-Ready

2nd Marking Period Report Cards are viewable in the Realtime Parent Portal under "Grades".



i-Ready mid-year benchmarking progress reports will be mailed out on or around Feb. 16th.