Message from Head Of School
Thank you again for your support over the last three months. All of you and your children were terrific, not only when we moved to emergency online learning, but after the several weeks that will come to an end shortly.
I have been working with a “ School Reopening Committee” formally for the last several weeks, and informally since we left our campuses in March. I asked Niles Furlong, Assistant Director of the Lower School and Middle School to chair this committee. He has involved several others as we plan for September.
In July, The Craig School will begin sending specific information about school for September. There are two things that will be consistent in the messaging. First, safety and health issues are paramount and will drive each and every decision. Second, the State of New Jersey school requirements will be followed. There cannot be an exception to those protocols.
I am confident that over the next almost three months, when school is set to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year, there will be many scenarios presented. Please be assured that Craig will continue to be proactive during these unprecedented times.
Message from Janet Cozine
Next Monday June 15th will be our last academic day. As promised the rest of the week will be filled with events and activities. There is a premiere event scheduled for this Friday night June 12th, our virtual talent show “Craig’s Got Talent”. Get the popcorn ready and have the whole family enjoy. The event will begin promptly at 7:00. There will be a private YouTube link sent to you Thursday Night.
In case you were unable to view our virtual Talent Show Friday night we have scheduled a viewing for Tuesday June 16th from 11:00 to 12:00. Don’t be late or you will miss an act. Also, on Tuesday will be a virtual field trip to Rizzo’s Reptile set for 9:00. We will send out a zoom link to all of you .
Every summer during Craig enrichment the students create their own movie. We will be showing one of our classic Craig features from 1:00 to 2:00 Tuesday June 16th. This will also be a private YouTube link. Some of you will enjoy seeing yourselves again in the production. Others will enjoy watching your talented teachers and friends in action.
Wednesday June 17th is our 2nd through 7th Grade Awards Assembly. A separate letter has gone out with the schedule for this event. Our circumstances may be unusual but we can’t forget to celebrate our students’ accomplishments.
Thursday June 18th is Badger Virtual Spirit Day. You will be given specific instructions on what you will need and how to log in to the event. Meet in your homeroom at 9:00 and your homeroom teacher will remind you what supplies to collect and how to be ready for the 11 o’clock kick-off. At the kickoff time you will find out whether you are on the red team or the black. Let the competition begin! Mr. Furlong will be online all day to let you know which team, red or black is in the lead. All supplies needed for the event are simple household items so no need to shop.
Thursday afternoon June 18th from 2:00 to 6:00 we will have a drive-through where you can return all novels, library books and textbooks. You will be able to get your artwork, class binders and Platinum awards. If there are any locker items let us know and we will have them ready for you as well.
For the students not attending virtual Summer School be on the lookout for summer homework details. Wednesday June 10th the reading teachers will email directions for summer homework. Thursday the LA teachers will email their plan for summer and Friday will be math. We wanted you to have summer assignments a week ahead in case you had questions. There is a lot going on during our last two weeks so please be looking for email explanations.
Friday June 19th is our virtual graduation. Sadly, not all can attend. Please wish your fellow classmates well. We plan on celebrating their diploma receipt live during our fall Craig 40th Anniversary Party. There will be time then for our underclassman to say their personal Goodbyes.
I realize this letter is a lot to digest. We will be sending continual email reminders throughout the last week of school. Please mark your calendars and put aside the time for your student to celebrate the end of their school year.
Don’t forget we still have two fun electives planned for this Friday. Mrs. Rosky’s Old School Ice Breaker and Memory games are sure to keep you laughing. Mrs. Schilling will be hosting a Pet Parade. Bring your favorite pet, real or stuffed. There will be a guest appearance by Mrs. Schilling’s very own George. Enjoy your last art and mindful classes of the year. Remember all log ins for electives will be sent out on Thursday. We are all looking forward to a very unique but enjoyable end of the school year.
Janet M. Cozine
Mrs. Miller’s 5th & 6th Grade L.A.-
With exactly 1 week of class left and all of our objectives met, (How about a round of applause for all of our kids who just rocked virtual learning!) it seemed only fitting to end the year by writing thank you letters to our frontline workers! Some children wrote to family members across the country and in other parts of the world while others wrote to their local police departments, fire departments, or hospitals! The children were so reflective and thanked all of our frontline workers for their selfless acts of bravery while acknowledging their personal sacrifices. What a great way to complete our year!
Letter From Debra Gallo - Marketing Director
Your continued partnership and collaboration in supporting our student’s education and well being has been incredible. Thank you for your feedback and sharing your many achievements and countless stories of students and teachers finding success through grit and determination. This was not easy and there were unique hurdles and challenges that all of our staff and families faced.
This is the last regular weekly newsletter. Over the summer, we will communicate information as it becomes available. Please continue to check your email and our website for updates.
Enjoy your summer!
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