Main Office (973) 334-2861
Lower/Middle School (973) 334-4375
Craig High School (973) 334-1234

Week of December 7th

Before Thanksgiving Break, we wrapped up our Craig School Community Coat Drive. Led by our CHS National Honor Society and our Craig Middle School Leadership Council, we were able to donate over 70 coats to Denville Social Services. Way to go Craig Community!


Wednesday-Friday, December 9-11
12PM Closes: Trimester Exams and Parent-Teacher Virtual Conferences

Tuesday, December 15th
1st Trimester Report Cards Coming Home

Thursday, December 17th
CHS Annual Ugly Sweater Contest

Friday, December 18th
12PM Close: Winter Spirit Day

Monday-Friday, December 21-January 1
School Closed: Holiday Break

Monday, January 4th
Classes Resume



December Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences: As we shared before we broke for Thanksgiving, our fall conferences would be virtual conferences.  We will be using Zoom so here is how it will work-

  • You will receive an email from Mrs. Maas with a schedule with specific times and specific Zoom links to each of your teen’s teachers whose classes meet 5-days a week.
  • You will click on the designated Zoom Link at the designated time and that will bring you to the Zoom waiting room where the teacher will invite you to join the virtual meeting
  • You will have 5 specific zoom links and each meeting will be for a potential of 10 minutes. 
  • In order to maximize your time, you could email any specific topics that you would like to discuss directly to that specific teacher prior to conferences. 
  • There will be a two-minute virtual travel time between conferences to allow you to pull up the next link
  • All conferences with Mrs. Blount (one-on-One Reading), Mrs. Brown (Counseling), and Mrs. DeSimone (College Counseling) will be in addition to your conferences and be scheduled after your hour block
  • You DO NOT need a Zoom account to join a Zoom meeting so you should be good to go just clicking on the links

We hope you found the conferences informative and unifying.  When it comes to your teen, we are truly in this together. 



Art Studio-Instagram:  A few years back, the  Art Department led by Mrs. Tartaglia created a school art Instagram account that students, teachers, parents, family members, and friends could follow.  Each year, we have tacked on a couple of new features that make being a member of the Craig High Instagram a must.  In addition to pictures of student artwork and upcoming art events, Mrs. T has added Art Videos and GIFS (animated images).    

Instagram is a free mobile, desktop, and internet-based photo sharing application that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. ​ We have chosen privately so you will need an instagram account to follow us.  Once you set up your account, type in Craigartstudio and we will give approval for you to be a member of our Instagram family and to see what’s happening in our art studio!  



Badger Intramural Soccer On Hold: With the Governor’s mandated shut down of all indoor sports through December, it looks like we will be tabling our indoor soccer league for the time being.  We will ride this wave out and see where we end up in January with the hope that Basketball and Bowling are in our winter future!  Stay tuned.



PACS Presents “Trimester Treats”:  PACS is excited to bring back a wonderful initiative that they began last year-Trimester Treats!  The motivation behind Trimester Treats were to both nourish and encourage our  students on their upcoming exams (Dec 9-11).  Our Trimester Treats will be an assortment of their favorite single serve snacks labeled with encouraging messages to keep them upbeat and positive.  Just enough to keep them from being hungry and to let them know that we believe in them! Just another amazing example of your PACS membership at work.  Thank you PACS for your thoughtfulness.



Calling all students! Please help us – REDESIGN OUR SCHOOL MASCOT!

All students of The Craig School are invited to participate in creating a new signature Badger mascot for The Craig School. The Craig School logo and crest will remain the same, this project is only a redesign and rebranding of the BADGER MASCOT. The winning entry will be adjusted to a digital platform to be used in all communications, marketing, and printing of materials at The Craig School. Once all entries are received, they will be judged by The Craig School Board of Trustees Marketing Committee panel with outside expert consultation. The new Craig School badger will be revealed in May 2021!

We ask our students who wish to participate to consider the spirit and meaning of The Craig School in the design and to follow the guidelines below:

. Use The Craig School colors in your design: Red, Black, and White
. Create the Badger sitting, standing, running, or doing any activity; use your imagination and have fun with the creative process!
. Design a full-body rendering of a Badger.
. Use the medium of your choice (pencil, oil, pastels, 3D model, etc.). Entries that are hard copies may be dropped off at the “Blue House.”
. If using a digital design program, submit entries in a vector file or jpeg file. Digital entries may be submitted to Debra Gallo, Marketing and Communications Director,
. Submit entries no later than Friday, January 15, 2021.

Students will have opportunities to work on their badger designs during art classes with Mrs. Kutcher and Mrs. Tartaglia. We also encourage students to spend time during the Winter Break to work on this project. This is a great opportunity for our students’ expressive creativity to shine and to leave their mark on The Craig School for decades to come!


Students in Mrs. Brown’s 9th grade Social Dynamics class will begin learning about HOW they learn best. This new unit will focus on Learning Styles. Over the next few classes- students will learn about three different learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic and visual). They will also reflect on themselves and what their areas of strength or challenge are. A personal Learning Styles Inventory will be taken which will give the students insight into which learning style is their preferred style of learning. Many lessons and conversations will have students think about what works best for them in the classroom in order to achieve optimal learning. All of these conversations and topics are the stepping stones to building greater self awareness for our students with the ultimate goal of academic and personal independence.

Click on the link to learn more about the 3 different types of learning styles:


Thank you so much for your support of The Craig School during Giving Tuesday! We not only achieved our match, but we also exceeded it thanks to your generosity!

The Annual Fund will continue until June 30th, 2021. Every gift counts, so please consider a donation today! Almost 100% of faculty, staff, and administration have already donated and we’d love to get 100% from current parents too! Please reach out to me at should you have any questions and thanks so much for your continued support of The Craig School!

Click the donate here button below.


Ordering Lunch Delivery for January: As crazy as it sounds, we need to order our January lunches before we head into Holiday Break in mid-December.  The ordering window for January Lunches is now open.  It will close the last Friday before our Holiday Break, December 18th so if you were planning on ordering Lunch Delivery for January here is your two week window.  To register, place orders, or to re-order,  go to  If you have any questions, reach out to our Lunch Program Chair and Parent, Amanda Jahn at




COVID-19 & Travel During Breaks

The Craig School is asking families who choose to travel outside of the state during Winter break notify the school of such travel. Per New Jersey state guidelines, if one travels to a state listed as restricted for travel due to COVID-19, a self-quarantine is advised. More information regarding out-of-state travel for New Jersey residents may be found here: Travel Advisory. Per medical guidance, testing upon arrival back into the state of New Jersey does not replace self-quarantine as one may spread COVID-19 to other people including family, friends, and community after exposure to the virus, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms. The NJ Department of Health provides a rationale for this: Why can’t I test out of COVID-19 quarantine? 


Daily attendance recording is a vital housekeeping task here  that keeps us all organized, communicative and running smoothly.  It is imperative that the school be informed and updated on each student in our care.  To that end, I’d like to remind parents to please let us know at Craig if we are to expect a change in your child’s status:  distracting mornings and changes in schedules aside, please remember your child’s welfare matters greatly to us and we need to be informed if they will not be in attendance as expected.  Call or e-mail us regarding attendance as follows:

High School Communication-Student Absences and Late Arrivals: If a student is going to be absent or late you can call the school at (973)334-1234  or email our school attendance specific email at, both of which will go directly to Mrs. Maas.  If we don’t hear from you by 9AM, you will hear from us!  

Please indicate if your student is:

(a) absent and is unable to attend virtually. This student will be marked “Absent.” 
(b) absent AND attending classes virtually. This student will be marked “Present.”

Main Office
The Craig Lower/Middle School Campus

15 Tower Hill Rd
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.4375 | Fax 973.334.2861

Craig High School

24 Changebridge Road
Montville, NJ 07045
Phone 973.334.1234 | Fax 973.334.1288

The Craig School Admission and Administration office

10 Tower Hill Road
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone 973.334.1295 | Fax 973 334 1299


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