Craig School New Jersey
Deb Gallo

HS Newsletter

Week of November 16th

This week’s Newsletter will lead us into Thanksgiving Break and cover us for the next two weeks.  We guess that means it might make sense to read it twice!  Just a gentle reminder that we will be closed on Tuesday, November 23rd which is a change from the original 12PM close.  If you haven’t already, please let your transportation company know about the scheduling change or they will be outside your house that morning! 

Dr. Cap



Tuesday, November 17th

   Afterschool Volleyball Intramural League (3-4:30PM)

Monday, November 23rd

   Afterschool Volleyball Intramural League (3-4:30PM)

Tuesday, November 24th

   Closed: Thanksgiving Break

*Change to School Calendar. Contact Transportation Companies

Tuesday- Friday, November 25-27

   Closed: Thanksgiving Break


Program Spotlight

Student’s Poems Published:  Earlier this year, students from Ms. Gallagher's writing classes submitted poetry to a nationwide writing contest.  The contest was entitled Through Their Eyes and was offered by Young Writers USA.  Their challenge was to create a poem that was written from someone or something else’s point of view.  The Craig School-High School is very proud to announce that all of our students' submissions, selected from over 5000 entries, were chosen for publication.  Below is a group picture of our published writers and their proud teacher, Mrs. Gallagher.

Left to right: Aidan Marshall (Music), Derek Veal (The Rescue of the Princess), Julianna Christern (JC, Me Described), Nicole Murphy (Halftime)

Common Clubs Fall-Winter 2020: Last Thursday, we held our Fall-Winter Common Club Fair.  Our club leaders whose proposals were approved, set up shop in the gym and shared the goals, protocols, and processes of their clubs with prospective club members.  We held our first club meetings on Friday and are proud to share our official clubs for the 2020 Fall-Winter Session: ROBOTICS, PHOTOGRAPHY, INTRAMURAL SPORTS, GAMING, CASINO CLUB, and CROCHETING/KNITTING.

  Students signing up for their Fall Clubs 


HS Events

Craig 8th Grader Shadow Program: As a part of our school tradition,The Craig School 8th graders spent part of a day last week touring and seeing our high school up close and personal.  The purpose of our shadow program is to allow our 8th graders to experience a High School setting.  For some, it was their first high school visit so what safer and better place to start the high school exploration process than right here at The Craig School- High School.  Our guests did a walking tour, had a little  Q and A, enjoyed our Student Break Bar, and played a little volleyball with one of our PE Classes!   

Some of our 8th Grade guests joining in on a little Volleyball! 


December Parent-Teacher Conferences: It is hard to believe that we are bringing up the month of December already!  During the second week of December (W-Fr, Dec. 9-11), we will be hosting our Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences.  For our new parents, you can choose a one-hour block in either the morning or afternoon and have the opportunity to visit your teen’s classrooms for one-on-one conversations with your teen’s teachers.  Days and Hour-Blocks to choose from are:


WEDS, Dec. 9th 






THURS, Dec. 10th 






FRI, Dec. 11th 



To schedule a conference, you can email Mrs. Maas at or call (973)334-1234 to set up your hour block window. Also, let Mrs. Maas know if you would like to also touch base with any of our specialists (Mrs. Blount, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. DeSimone-WEDS and FRI only) during your conference block. For those parents whose schedule doesn’t allow you to attend, you also have the option of a phone conference. Let Mrs. Maas know this and provide her with a phone number and time within our conference blocks that teachers can touch base.




Today, after many months of change in our world, our mission and core values endure, and the need for The Craig School is greater than ever before.  This is why we are encouraging our community members to participate in the Annual Fund in  a capacity that is meaningful to you.  All gifts received go right back into the school we all love by supporting our teachers  and specialists, providing cutting edge technology and programs, a safe and secure campus environment, and continuing growth of all of our students.

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COVID-19 & Travel During Breaks

The Craig School is asking families who choose to travel outside of the state during the Thanksgiving and/or 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 of 14-days 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 for 14-days 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.”

Deb Gallo


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