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Week of November 16th

CALENDAR

Thursday, November 19th - Girls Basketball Starts  - All paperwork must be completed to participate 

Monday, November 23rd - Trimester 1 Report Cards emailed to parents & districts

Tuesday, November 24 - School Closed: Thanksgiving Break

      * Change in Current School Calendar. Contact Transportation Companies

Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27 - School Closed: Thanksgiving Break

 

NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Craig Parents,

Thank you for attending our first ever virtual parent / teacher conferences. I appreciate how prompt and available everyone made themselves. I am happy to report that there were very few technological glitches. I hope that your conference provided you with some valuable insight into your child’s progress at school. Thank you for sharing with us your concerns and for being strong advocates for our students, teachers and school. I find that the fall conferences set a great pattern for success leading into the new trimester. When parents, teachers and students work together for a common goal and then work to achieve that goal great things can occur.

I would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that our Craig teachers have demonstrated during this unusual start to the school year. We are all involved in a new learning curve and the teachers have needed to put in countless additional hours to help our students become successful.

During the month of November, we often think of things we are grateful for. I am grateful for the great work our teachers and parents do together to help our students reach their potential.

Sincerely,

Janet Cozine

COMMUNITY NEWS

Leadership Council 

It was an honor to welcome Gunnery Sergeant Monaco to our Craig stage on November 10. He generously gave of his time so we could provide three socially distanced presentations. Sergeant Monaco shared with the students his funny and heartwarming  stories about his experiences in the Marines. He ended each talk by reminding the students that they should strive every day toward a realistic goal. “It won’t be easy , nothing in life worth it ever is , but if you work hard you will succeed, he”  he told the students. He reminded us that we live in a great land with numerous freedoms that we should all be proud of. 

Stephen Dublanica, Denville Township Social Services Coordinator, came to pick up our coat donations. Thanks to all the families and staff that participated. We had over 35 coats!  Go Badgers!

 

Artist Student Spotlight for October
Noah Popowitz

CONGRATULATIONS NOAH! - STUDENT ARTIST FOR OCTOBER

Welcome to the Artist of the Month Student Spotlight
Are you trying your best and never giving up?
Are you keeping a positive, with an "I can do this mindset"?
Are you always polite and kind to everyone around you?

 

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS

Mrs. Rosky’s 4th grade reading class has been digging into their non-fiction class book entitled, What Was the  by Yona Zeldis McDonough. The children are learning about real brave American heroes and the various modes of transport as well as different routes to freedom that these enslaved people were forced to endure.

 

 

The students also read a few related extension books, The Drinking Gourd and Henry’s Freedom Box, for which they completed some hands-on projects. The children created “Freedom Boxes”, like the one Henry Brown mailed himself in, to get to freedom. The students created shipping labels, to Philadelphia Pennsylvania, for the boxes, and enclosed letters, which they wrote from Henry’s perspective. They also mapped out the various routes to freedom from the slave states moving north up to Canada.

 

ATHLETICS

We are extending Cross-Country again! The season will continue into next week. Practice Tuesday 11/17 and Thursday 11/19. Go Badgers!

Girls Basketball forms are available for sign-up. Our 1st practice is Thursday November 19th from 3:05 to 4:30.

BASKETBALL FORMS

HOMEWORK HELP

Homework Help Dates Week of November 16th

Monday, November 16th

Wednesday, November 18th

Thursday, November 19th

 

If your child is leaving early or not coming to  Homework Help, please contact Mrs. Butter by email at bbutter@craigschool.org or via call/text message on the Homework Help hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!

DEVELOPMENT

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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.

Click the donate here button below.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

COVID-19 & SCHOOL 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?

NURSE
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  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:

ATTENDANCE: 

Please send an email to Kimberly McGroarty kmcgroarty@craigschool.org OR call our Main Line (973-334-4375 x101) for student absences before 7:30 a.m. We need to know:
 
(a) If your child is absent and is unable to attend virtually. This student will be marked "Absent." OR
 
(b) If your child is absent AND attending classes virtually. This student will be marked "Present."

 

 

Goals and Objectives and Report Cards

Trimester Schedule 2020-2021

Marking Period 1 September 3- November 15 

Goals and Objectives  -  November 2

Reports Cards -  November 23

Marking Period 2 November 16- March 13 

Goals and Objectives - March 8 

Report Cards  - Friday, March 22

Marking Period 3  March 15- June 17

Goals and Objectives   - May 31

Report Cards  - June 18

 The Craig School Calendars - Weekly/Monthly View

LS/MS STUDENT HANDBOOK

COMMUNITY COMMITMENT CONTRACT

HEALTH FORMS CURRENT 

PACS INFORMATION

PACS MEMBERSHIP FORMS

HOMEWORK HELP LETTER FOR PARENTS

HOMEWORK HELP SIGN UP FORM

HH LATE PICKUP FORM

 

 

Deb Gallo

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