Craig School New Jersey

Lower Middle School Important Info for Parents

Craig School Emergency Contact System:  

The Craig School uses a multi-tiered communication system that provides to our families, the highest level of certainty that you are made aware of any change in the opening or closing status of Craig Lower Middle School and Craig High.  Our various communication tiers include:

  • Craig Notification Call System:  The Craig Notification call is a voice activated system so you need to say HELLO once and allow the system to activate.  If you say HELLO followed by another HELLO in rapid succession, the system will not activate and not start the recorded message.  If you are unable to take the call, it will leave a message.
  • School Email Blast:  We will send out an email blast to all of our families and students.  Keep in mind that emails are dependent on the internet so if that’s down, so are emails.
  • News12:  We also post any change in our status on News12 on Cablevision.  It scrolls along the bottom of the screen and updates regularly (      
  • Twitter and Facebook: Follow us at THE CRAIG SCHOOL on twitter and facebook


Please be mindful of our Mountain Lakes neighbors. All vehicles entering campus for morning drop off or afternoon pick up must use Martin Lane to access Laurel Hill Road. In addition, as good neighbors, please do not block driveways while you wait in the car lane.  Drop off: Please schedule student arrival no earlier than 8:00 am. Classes begin at 8:20 am. Pick Up: Any change to dismissal should be reported using This account ensures that even if school personnel are absent, the message is received in a timely manner. 

The Mountain Lakes Police Department recommends the following procedures  Morning drop-off and Afternoon pick-up

  • All vehicles enter Laurel Hill Road from Martin’s Lane and travel south on Laurel to the School.
  • All vehicles turn left onto Tower Hill Road when exiting the school driveway.
  • Buses may drop off in the school driveway, but they must pick-up at Island Beach.
  • Our driveway/parking area is ONE WAY ONLY.
  • Numbered parking spaces are for Craig employees only.
  • Visitor parking is for up to one hour.  If you are staying at the school longer, please park across the street at the beach.
  • Tower Hill Road is off limits on both sides of the street for parking, stopping and standing.
  • Laurel Hill Road is off limits for parking, stopping and standing.
  • Due to the congestion of the parking lot, we ask that you do not leave your car unattended.
  • Please make every effort to keep the car line moving.
  • Do not block cars in the parking lot.
  • Please continue using Martin’s Lane traffic pattern.  Tower Hill Road is a one-way (out) between 2:20 PM and 3:20 PM.  This is enforced by the Mountain Lakes Police Department.


Please note: We understand that some children want to share a “birthday treat” with their classmates on their special day.  If you are planning to have your child bring food items into school for sharing please abide by the following:  

  • Notify your child’s homeroom teacher prior to the day so that we are aware
  • Remember we are a “nut-free’ facility and food items containing nuts,nut oils,nut butters and/or peanuts are not allowed in the school
  • Each item is to be individually wrapped/packaged and can not be distributed from a communal box or container
  • Please provide the ingredient list with the foods as several of our students have food sensitivities
  Treats will be shared at snack time or homeroom (at the teacher’s discretion) and not during lunchtime or recess.  We have more than one group-and sometimes grade- together at those times and it is difficult to single out only certain children for the treat while others are present. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ellen Meisenbacher at   Thank you for understanding.


  • Lunch orders are placed weekly, or monthly, and can be canceled up until 6:00 am on the day of service in the event your child is out sick. (See the Frequently Asked Question tab for detailed information and instructions)
  • Orders for the upcoming week open each Wednesday and closes on Sunday at 6:00 pm
  • No Fuss Lunch offers a variety of nut-free and allergy-friendly options for your children
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Gab Beck at   SWIM classes will begin the week of Monday, September 19th. Gym will be in place of swim until then.


All absences and late arrivals should be reported to our main office. Please send an email to or call our Main Number, 973-334-1234 x 100, before 7:30 a.m.

Students, join your teachers each Friday as we celebrate being part of this great Badger community by wearing Badger gear, or any red or black clothing. Go Badger Nation!


Lost and found items are located on the table in the Wilson Building by the Front Desk. Please stop by and check to see if your child is missing anything. Items in our lost and found include water bottles, jackets, sweaters, swim gear, and more. Please make sure all student items are labeled with their first and last name. Please email Gabriella, to verify if your student’s item is in the lost and found. Items left unclaimed will be donated to charity.


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