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Welcome Back Donovan School Students and Families

Hello Donovan Families!

It is time to return to school and we are so very excited to be welcoming everyone back to the building!   Whether you are new to the Donovan or returning, we are confident the 2021 – 2022 school year will provide: a supportive experience; a challenging learning experience; and a chance to grow and develop through interesting new experiences.   So many new opportunities have been created to ensure that each child has the support and the challenge necessary to grow as a learner.    We will continue to push the focus on perseverance and growth through experiences and mistakes. 

Each day for several years we have started the school day with our Donovan Promise – and that will not change. “I commit to saying: Not Yet, but I will because I can if I keep working” clearly communicates the importance of a growth mindset.   As you may notice from the sign my character is holding up, the Donovan has a new logo and a new set of behavioral expectations.  We are the Donovan Dragons and we strive to be safe, be respectful, and be responsible each day.  

We want to encourage all families to join us for Back to School Night on Monday, August 30th, from 5:30 to 7pm.   
It will be a wonderful opportunity to see classrooms; meet the teacher; get your car sign, handbook, and calendar; sign off on the forms for your child’s computer; and many other important items!   Just make sure to wear a mask when you join us!

School starts for grades 1 – 5 on Tuesday, August 31st.  The day begins at 8:35am – please remember students can not be dropped off prior to 8:20am, as there will be no supervision before 8:20am.   We will serve breakfast and lunch to all students.   At the end of the school day dismissal begins at 3:20pm.   More information will be available soon with maps to review the dismissal policy. 

K screening will happen on Wednesday, September 1st or Wednesday, September 8th – sign ups will be available at Back to School night

Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 6th and the Jewish holiday on Tuesday, September 7th there will be no school either day.

Kindergarten students will begin on Thursday, September 9th.

Finally, I am strongly encouraging and truly hoping we will have a dramatic increase in family participation in PTO.   The Parent Teacher Organization needs new ideas and new life, it is an enormous challenge for a small group of invested parents to attempt to supplement our student’s learning experience.  With your help, ideas and voice we can grow and stretch into new and creative experiences for our children.   I believe your participation in school and groups like PTO makes all the difference in your child’s school experience.

Thank you and see you on Monday, August 30th at 5:30pm! 

Principal Gannon