Craig School New Jersey

HS Week Of February 15, 2021



I have been a part of the Craig School weather forecasting team for over twenty years.  If I have learned anything during all of my late night/early morning weather monitoring sessions, it is that weather is a tricky thing to predict which makes decision making in changing our school day an even trickier thing.  We have six counties in NJ represented at Craig High, over 30 towns that our families come from, students that travel over 40 miles to get to school in some cases, and working parents whose schedules might need to be reshuffled. As you can guess, there is a lot to factor in.  But if we could share one constant in all of this potential uncertainty, it would be that we do and always will err on the sound of caution and safety for our students and teachers. 

Dr. Cap



Friday, February 12th-Monday, February 22nd

March Lunch Delivery Ordering Window Open (


Monday, February 15th

School Closed-Mid Winter Break


Tuesday, February 16th  

Afterschool Hoops Practice (3-4:30PM)


Tuesday, February 23rd

2nd Trimester Progress Reports

Afterschool Hoops Practice (3-4:30PM)


Wednesday, February 24th   

Afterschool Bowling Week 3 (3-4:30PM)




High School Chapter of the National Art Honor Society 

In the spring of 2012, Craig High School proudly announced the formation of its own chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), a nationally recognized organization that inspires and acknowledges those students who have demonstrated a love and aptitude in the visual arts. Led by our NAHS Director, Mrs. Tartaglia, the goals of the NAHS chapter are to celebrate and guide our NAHS members to achieve their potential in art, develop their art portfolios for college pursuits, and bring greater awareness to art in both our school and our community through art publications and national art competitions.   We are proud to share the NAHS class of 2021-

  • 11th grader Jules Christern loves to paint and draw and has been a member of our NAHS since 10th grade ( our youngest member in history!).  She created a cat for last year's Dog Days of summer entitled "Sun and Moon" which will be displayed this summer. This year her photograph of a pink flower was one of the winners of the Pictoberfest photography competition 2021. She is currently working on commissioned paintings for the teachers at Craig High School and her work often includes the themes of the supernatural and mystical.
  • 12th grader Esmeralda Osbourne loves to draw and work in colored pencil. She has been a member of NAHS since 11th grade. She created a dog for last year'sDog Days of Summer  entitled "Rosie", which will be on display this summer.  She is an avid sketcher and has created stunning and colorful figural works. She also designs colorful mermaid tails in colored pencil and is currently working on an embroidered portrait project  
  • 12 grader Jessica Laguna loves to paint. She has been an NAHS since 11th grade. She submitted a cat in last year's Dog Days of Summer titled "Un Chat de Province" which will be on display this summer. She is well known in the Craig community for her sunflower series that can be seen throughout the rooms of our high school. She is currently working on independent painting projects which collaborates with Mrs. T on and also one of her proudest patrons- her dad!

See our photo in the photo gallery.

Pictured from left to right: Jess holding one of her many sunflowers, Jules painting a Keith Haring Inspired homage to equality in arts, Essie embroidering a portrait of a favorite celebrity. Work following is Esmeralda- mermaid tail, Jules and Jess Dog Days of summer submissions, Jules flower submission for Pictoberfest, Esmeralda Dog Days of Summer submission, Jules Keith Haring Inspired Art



Rebuilding the Craig High School Pet Wall   

A tradition that dates back to the early 2010’s is the “Pet Wall”.  We are asking all of our fellow pet owners in the Craig Community to share your furry or scaly roommate and we will post them on our newly anointed “Pet Wall”. We have had hamsters, horses, goats (not the Tom Brady kind), snakes, and some wise guy who tried to submit a picture of their little brother.  All Pet Pictures can be sent in or emailed to Dr. Cap at  

Make sure to include with your picture the name of the pet and they will have a place in immortality!  And your teen can visit the wall for daily inspiration and to get a quick smile anytime they would like! 

See our Pet Wall 2019-2020 in the photo gallery.



Dear Parents and Guardians, 

The new year has begun, and we know you are navigating this semester in the context of COVID-19. We know you are balancing so much, and we hope you will take some time to let us know how we’re doing and how COVID-19 has affected your experience as a part of our school community. 

Please complete a short survey by February 19th, 2021 to help us understand your experience right now. 

The survey, hosted on the website of the National Association of Independent Schools, will only take about 5 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us improve the way we deliver programming and communicate with our community.

Thank you for your partnership and ongoing support of our school community.


Go Badgers! 

Dr. Kara A. Loftin 

Head of School 


SPECIAL SPEAKER EVENT - March 3rd, 2021 7 pm


Mark your calendars now for an upcoming webinar featuring Robin O’Shea from Key2Ed, a nationally recognized leader in facilitated IEP training. The webinar will take place virtually on March 3rd at 7 pm. More information to follow in next week’s newsletter. 

Conflict in Special Education: Conflict Resolution, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, and Facilitated IEPs

The Individuals with Disabilities Act strongly emphasizes the importance of an effective family-professional partnership in creating the student’s educational program (IDEA, 2004). The IEP meeting is an opportunity for the team of experts, including parents, teachers, related service providers, and the child (when appropriate), to openly communicate and collaborate. However, there may be times when the participants come to the table with varying perspectives or disagreements. This session presents an overview of how the team can use research-based facilitation techniques to promote communication, prevent conflict, and reconcile differences so that the team can focus on the student's needs and craft a robust and unique program for the child. Participants will leave with tools and techniques they can implement at their next IEP. 

For those of you who would like to register for the event now may do so by clicking on this link: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



Re-enrollment contracts for the 2021-2022 school year will be emailed this month.  After receiving your students contract, please log in and electronically sign the document to hold your students placement for next year.  Whether your student is attending The Craig School privately or through your district, every student is required to be re-enrolled through our portal system by a parent/guardian signing their enrollment contract.  This process and your signature ensures that your student will have a space secured for next year.  Any questions, please contact Nicole Moon, Director of Admission at







Plastic bags and other plastic wraps require different processing equipment that traditional town recycling programs just do not have so these plastics usually end up in the trash and then ultimately, our landfills.  TREX, a major manufacturer of alternate wood decking, has developed the ability to take over 140,000 recycled plastic bags (also the average number of bags that many of us have stored in our pantry) and turn them into a 500-square foot composite deck! 


Our specially marked TREX recycling bin is located outside Dr. Cap’s office at the bottom of the middle down stairwell.  We will be collecting now through April and will be accepting the following (all plastic must be clean, dry, and free of food residue):

  • Grocery bags
  • Bread bags
  • Dry cleaning bags
  • Newspaper plastic sleeves
  • Ziplocs 
  • Produce bags
  • Bubble wrap
  • Cereal bags

In addition to our plastic recycling being turned into composite decking, we have joined other schools from across the country and brought awareness to our students on how they can be an active participant in protecting and preserving our planet.  Last year, we set the bar at 88lbs of plastic collected that otherwise would have ended up in landfill and taken hundreds of years to decompose! This year, we are going for 99lbs (a little less pressure then hitting the 100 mark but that is really our goal!).   



HS Reminders

Ordering Lunch Delivery for March:  The ordering window for ordering March Lunch Delivery is now open through Monday, February 22nd.  To register to place orders or to re-order,  go to  If you have any questions, reach out to our Lunch Program Chair and Parent, Amanda Jahn at 



Giving at Craig

For more information on ways of giving to Craig, please contact Katie Burke, Director of Development, at 973-334-1234 or make a donation online by clicking here.


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