550 Barnegat Blvd. North | Barnegat, NJ 08005

Phone: (609) 660-7510 | Fax: (609) 698-5708



Dear Parents/Guardians,

The 2016/2017 school year has gotten off to a wonderful start!  It has been a pleasure meeting all of you and getting to know your children. I could not have been happier with our school opening and how the first couple of days have gone. The students have been amazing, truly seem excited, and happy to be back. Our teachers and support staff are already hard at work meeting the needs of our students and getting them acclimated to their new routines. I would like to personally thank everyone for your understanding and working with us on our drop off and pick up procedures. Because of your support and cooperation, we have been able to get the students into the building safely, feed them breakfast in the cafeteria, and get them into class on time to start the educational process with limited distractions.

As we move forward with the school year, please remember to contact your child’s teacher and keep the lines of communication going (via teacher web pages, e-mail, phone, notes, etc.). Open communication between parents and teachers is the most effective way to ensure a successful and productive school year for all. I would also like to remind everyone to please continue to check the school calendar located on our website for upcoming school and district events.   Also, please follow me on Twitter via @JToddings for updates, news and school highlights. Thank you again for your continued support!


 Josh Toddings, Principal

Joseph T. Donahue School

September Dates:
19th - Back to School Night 6:30pm
 20th - Picture Day
21st &22nd - PTA mum sale 
26th-30th - Book Fair
27th - Gr. 3 trip to Tuckerton Seaport
29th - PTA Pizza Night 
Buddy Bench Dedication Ceremony 
Buddy Bench
Buddy Bench Dedication
Dear Parents/Guardians/Students,
I would like to welcome everyone to the 2016/2017 school year! We are so excited to begin the new year and are looking forward to working with all of the students. I'm excited about the passion and energy that our teachers are demonstrating for the school year! Our teachers have been busy this summer attending numerous professional development workshops in an effort to learn new and exciting ways to educate your children in this ever changing world. Our focus this year is "Innovation and Critical Thinking." We are focused on introducing new content to the students while developing opportunities for them to apply their new found knowledge through teamwork, collaboration, and creative activities. We will also continue to stress the importance of reading/comprehension by having the students participate in grade level reading initiatives throughout the school year. 
Your children will be receiving important information to be filled out on the first day of school. Please complete and return these packets in a timely manner. Please note that the student handbook has been updated and is located in the "Students & Parents" tab on the school website. Lastly, please note that some of the student information paperwork can be completed online. If you choose to complete it online, please follow the directions for doing so from the letter sent home by our Superintendent, Ms. Wood.
I would like to thank our PTA for all of their efforts last year. As a result, we were able to add two new basketball hoops for the students to use during recess, we have a new portable PA system to use during the year, and we will also be implementing our new "Buddy Bench" on the playground to help teach students about empathy and compassion towards others. I would like to encourage all parents to get involved in the PTA and help in raising money for our school to give back to the students and top last years amazing events.
*Tuesday, 9/6 and Wednesday 9/7 will be early dismissal days for the students ending at 12:50. Full days will commence on Thursday, 9/8 with school ending at 3:30. 
*The school doors will open at 8:40. Please do not drop your children off and leave them unattended until then. Thank you for your cooperation. 
More important upcoming dates/events will be posted shortly. Please remember to check the website/teacher web pages for information.  
I hope that everyone had an amazing summer and is looking forward to the new school year. I am excited to see everyone and get back into a normal routine! I am looking forward to working with all of you in the educational development of your children. Thank you for your time and your commitment to your children's education. Go Diamondbacks!!
Josh Toddings, Principal 

K-5 Summer Reading Challenge




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turtle talk   

Episode 1 Introduction    

Episode 2 Grandparents Day     

Episode 3 Book Fair    

Episode 4 Pumpkin Patch   

Episode 5 Spaghetti Dinner
Episode 6 Chicken Soup and Rice