Monday, October 19th – Friday, November 13th – Winter Coat Drive
Wednesday- October 28th – Interactive Workshop with Dr. Loftin – 7pm
Friday, October 30th – Trunk or Treat/Halloween Parade, 1:30 PM
Friday, October 30th – EXTENDED! Last day for shorts
Monday, November 2nd – Goals and Objectives emailed to parents & districts
Thurs-Fri, November 5-6 – School Closed, Parent Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 13th – Trimester 1 Marking Period Ends
Monday, November 23rd – Trimester 1 Report Cards emailed to parents & districts
Dear Craig Families,
With the recent surge in Coronavirus cases in New Jersey we feel the need to take an abundance of caution and therefore our parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually. This was a difficult decision because all of us at Craig are missing those special touch points with our families. The most important factor that tilted the scale to virtual conferences was the success we have had keeping our school doors open to provide the students with direct, in person instruction. Could we consider an added bonus to virtual conferences to be that you might enjoy the convenience of being able to do the meeting from home or work?
Starting the week of November 2nd through the 13th we will have 2 conferences per morning. The rest of the conferences will be held all day Thursday and Friday November 5th and 6th. A conference sign-up schedule with instructions will be emailed today in a separate document.
On Monday November 2nd you will receive your child’s first trimester goals and objectives. For our tenured families you will be excited to see the revised format. After a summer of collaboration, we have created what we feel are “Parent friendly” progress reports. They are clear, concise, and measurable. To clarify for new families to Craig these are not your child’s report card. The report cards are also sent out on a trimester basis with the first being emailed on November 23rd.
As we get closer to the week of November 2nd we will send explicit instructions for the meets and also our expectations for the conferences. Please be thinking ahead as to questions you would like answered. It is our goal to give you important information about the whole student, gather information from you, and create solutions together. Let’s use this time to learn and share to best help our students.
Pumpkin Chunkin’ 2020 is coming to The Craig School!
This year, our annual STEM competition will be an optional, at-home activity. Kits for those who choose to participate will be available from your child’s science teacher starting Monday, October 26th. The machines will be tested in science classes beginning on November 9th. The specifics about the competition will be included in the kits. Upon request, kits will be mailed home to virtual learners who choose to participate.
Leadership Council –
RED RIBBON WEEK October 26-30st
Monday, October 26, 2020: Wear Red to School
Tuesday, October 27, 2020: I am a “Jean-ius”
Wednesday, October 28, 2020: College Gear
Thursday, October 29, 2020: Favorite Sports Team
Friday, October 30, 2020: Trick or Trunk
TRUNK OR TREAT DAY
Winner announced for door decorating contest
Phonemic awareness is an awareness of how our speech sounds match the print we read. It is important because it helps readers sound out new words and understand that letters are systematically represented by sounds. Here our fourth graders are using phoneme/grapheme mapping to “map” out the sounds in words before they spell them.
In the coming weeks, the Language Arts Department will be beginning its transition into paragraph writing using the Project Written Expression program. As an introduction to this next step, we thought it would be enjoyable to do a pumpkin-themed activity the week of Halloween. This project will be cross-curricular with our science department as well, looking at the life-cycle of a pumpkin. Your child’s LA class will be focusing on the writing process using a brainstorming sheet, our graphic organizer program Mindomo, Google Docs, and our editing tools of Read and Write and Grammarly. Certainly, everyone has a spook-tacular time!
Badger X-Country Lower/Middle School
It’s official, our team has surpassed 30 Badgers! The Badgers are working very hard to build both stamina and leg strength. They are also working on new friendships and team work. We are very proud of our team!
Cross Country Season Extended:
Homework Help Dates:
If your child is in school and is leaving early or will not be coming to Homework Help, please email Mrs. Butter at email@example.com or text/call the Homework Help line at 1-862-207-9863. Thank you!
FROM THE NURSES DESK
A possible silver lining of the pandemic may be the understanding that our wellness belongs to all of us. We as individuals can make decisions and choose behaviors that have potential to go beyond ourselves and affect the well-being of those around us. It’s in this spirit of responsibility and group wellness that I express my gratitude and pride of belonging in the Craig School community. Through the collaborative efforts of school and home, we have been able to provide in-person learning to our students with a school day that resembles our “pre-COVID norm” as much as possible. A large part of this is the understanding that the student who is ill should not come to school. Thank you for evaluating your child before sending them to school; any one with cough, difficulty breathing, muscle ache, headache, sore throat, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, runny nose, and/or new onset smell or taste disorder should not come to school. The student can return to school when they are symptom-free (regarding fever:24 hours without fever and without using fever-reducing medication) and have not, within the past 14 days to the best of your knowledge, been in contact (within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) of anyone infected with COVID-19. If someone in the child’s household is being tested for COVID-19 please keep them home until the test result is known. If traveling, please honor the NJ travel advisory lists and the recommended quarantines after returning home. When your child is kept home from school because of illness, a negative COVID test result is not required for return, but, if while unwell you and/or your child’s health care provider make the determination that COVID testing should be done, please notify the School of a positive result as per our Community Commitment Social Contract. Parents, thank you again for your cooperative partnership in providing a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone!
Parents, please be advised of the following travel restrictions for NJ residents:
Goals and Objectives and Report Cards
Trimester Schedule 2020-2021
Marking Period 1 September 3- November 15
Goals and Objectives
Emailed to parents and districts – November 2
Emailed to parents and districts – November 23
Marking Period 2 November 16- March 13
Goals and Objectives
Emailed to parents and districts – March 8
Emailed to parents and districts – Friday, March 22
Marking Period 3 March 15- June 17
Goals and Objectives
Emailed to parents and districts – May 31
Emailed to parents and districts – June 18
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