DONOVAN DIGEST

Events & Announcements - Nov 4 - 15, 2019

IMPORTANT Weekly Announcements

  • Nov 7-8 NO School
  • Nov 12 TNT Basketball
  • Nov 13 2nd Marking period begins
  • Nov 14 Chess Club
  • Nov 14 PTO Meeting 7 PM

Oh the weather outside is frightful....

As we begin to approach cooler days ahead, indoor recess during lunch time becomes more of a daily occurrence. Each year our collection of entertainment for the students begins to slowly dwindle. We are looking for donations for our indoor recess entertainment station. If you are willing to send in NEW or Like New games (minimal pieces that does not need a lot of time) such as Checkers, Jenga, UNO, Guess Who, Connect Four, Boggle, Apples to Apples, etc and crayons/colored pencils and coloring sheets (not coloring books). Thank you in advance for your donations.

Last call for Kindness Rock!!

We begin our Rock Garden activities in a week. If you have not yet sent your child in with a large decorating rock, please do so. Thank you for helping us to grow our garden of kind.

Notes from the Gym

Our physical education program is up and “running” !. Fall intramurals have begun with 4th and 5th grade students enjoying mornings filled with multi-sports and soccer games.

Our backyard games unit culminated with a family fun night. Over 50 families attended with special thanks to Mrs. Nicole Cherney and Mrs. Jodi Marinich. For information on joining the LDS wellness council and helping our students be Donovan Strong contact Nicole Cherney at ncherney@me.com. The 4th and 5th grade students not only played our backyard games but have made videos to share with a particular school in Japan. Later in the school year, Japanese students will share their games with us!

The haunted gym has come to a close with excitement brewing in the hallways before the students entered. At each station students were given physical challenges such as graveyard bowling, rattling the bones of our resident skeleton “skelly bones”, and stomping the bats that fly overhead. “This is the most amazing place to be” said a kindergarten student as the left the gym!

Our next school wide event will be our turkey trot on Wednesday, November 27. This event is a community and wellness council fundraiser. Students along with other family members, ‘trot” around a designated path while promoting fitness and helping others More information will follow shortly.

A reminder to check your child’s physical education schedule so your child is prepared to participate when it is their day to come to the gym. Thanks to the PTO we do have a sneaker library just in case.


Feel free to contact us with any questions at 732-431-3321

Mr. Michael Cantelli x6442 mcantelli@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us

Mrs. Tami Campfield x6443 tcampfield@freeholdtwp.k12.nj.us

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News from 4th Grade

Fourth graders have had a busy two months of school! Our Language Arts, Math and Science Units are in full swing. The students have been working hard on their multiplication strategies and are really excited to begin learning about multiplying double-digit numbers! They’ve also been playing a game in Number Corner called “Race to the Millions” this month, which has them making numbers using place value with digits they spin. We still don’t know yet which teams will have the larger number. We will find out on Halloween!! Stay tuned!

In Language Arts students have been working hard on realistic fiction and personal narrative stories. They have added in meaningful dialogue, figurative language and inner thoughts and feelings to bring their small moments to life. The students are working on their first writing piece and are almost ready to publish! They have also read intensely, The Tiger Rising; learning about story structure, character traits, themes, and how these can also relate to their writing. They have begun reading groups and word work where they meet in flexible groups based on interest and ability.

In Science, students created a plant that can adapt to a particular biome of their choice. It was fun to see their creativity shine through on this hands on activity. We are now moving on to our energy unit, learning about different forms of energy and how it is transferred. This will culminate in students applying their understanding by creating their very own Rube Goldberg machine! It has certainly been a fun filled, busy two months of school!

SAVE THE DATE

  • Nov 19 - Picture Re-Take Day
  • Nov 22 - Report Cards
  • Nov 27 - Bagel Sale
  • Nov 27 - Turkey Trot
  • Nov 27 - Early dismissal 12:50 PM
  • Nov 28-29 - School Closed

Laura Donovan Golf Outing

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Visitor and Item Drop off Information

In keeping with the District's Security Policy, all visitors/volunteers must notify the office prior to their visit. If prior notification is not made, your entry may be delayed as administration approval is required.


  • All visitors must show ID at the front door prior to entry.
  • Visitors will exchange their ID for a FTS Visitor Badge for the duration of their visit.
  • Student items may be dropped off and left in the bin at the main entrance. Items should be labeled with the students name and homeroom teacher.

Early Dismissal Days 12:50 p.m. - No Lunch or Breakfast served

  • November 27
  • December 20
  • January 9
  • January 15
  • January 21
  • February 13
  • March 4
  • April 8
  • May 22
  • June 16,17,18