Dolphin Update

Samuel R. Donald Weekly Update 3/28/21


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 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 15: Asynchronous Day (Teacher Training)

April 19: Cohort B attends school for the week

April 22: Asynchronous Day (Teacher Training)


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

Social Networking Websites

"It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?"

Remember that phrase from your own childhood? It’s still a valid question, but now, it comes with a twist: "Do you know where your kids are — and who they’re chatting with online?"

Social networking sites have morphed into a mainstream medium for teens and adults. These sites encourage and enable people to exchange information about themselves, share pictures and videos, and use blogs and private messaging to communicate with friends, others who share interests, and sometimes even the world-at-large. And that’s why it’s important to be aware of the possible pitfalls that come with networking online.

Some social networking sites attract pre-teens — even kids as young as 5 or 6. These younger-focused sites don’t allow the same kinds of communication that teens and adults have, but there are still things that parents can do to help young kids socialize safely online. In fact, when it comes to young kids, the law provides some protections — and gives parents some control over the type of information that children can disclose online. For sites directed to children under age 13, and for general audience sites that know they’re dealing with kids younger than 13, there’s the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). It requires these sites to get parental consent before they collect, maintain, or use kids’ information. COPPA also allows parents to review their child’s online profiles and blog pages.

Parents sometimes can feel outpaced by their technologically savvy kids. Technology aside, there are lessons that parents can teach to help kids stay safer as they socialize online.

Social Networking Sites: A Parent's Guide (PDF) -

Talk to your kids about the risks

Explain that online information and images can live forever. It can be very hard and sometimes impossible to take down information that is posted, and photos and information may already have been copied and posted elsewhere.

  • Tell your children not to post any identifying information online. This includes their cell phone number, address, hometown, school name, and anything else that a stranger could use to locate them.
  • Explain that anyone in the world can access what they post online. Tell your children that some college admissions boards and employers are checking social networking sites before they admit students or hire people.
  • Remind your children never to give out their passwords to anyone but you – not even their friends. Explain that if someone has their password, they could post embarrassing and unsafe information about them on their personal pages and even pose as your children to talk to other people.
  • Make sure that children understand that some people they meet online may not be who they say they are. Explain that on the Internet many people are not truthful about their identity and may even pretend to be someone else. It’s important to stress that young people should never meet people face-to-face that they met online.

Protect them from Dangers

  • Most social networking websites require that young people be at least 13-years old, and sometimes even 18, to create an account. Don’t let younger children pretend to be older to use these websites.
  • Facebook and some other social networking websites let users set their profiles to private so that only their friends – usually defined as people that know their full name or email address – can contact them. Make sure younger teens’ profiles are set to private.
  • Go online with your children and have them show you all of their personal profiles. Ask to see some of their friends’ profiles too. If they have a blog or share photos online, ask to see them too.
  • Treat your children’s online activities like you do their offline ones. Ask questions about what they do, who their friends are, and if they have made any new friends.
  • Set clear rules that you can all agree on regarding what your children are allowed to do online. Make sure you decide if your children are allowed to post photos of themselves and open accounts without your permission.

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.

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.