Craig School New Jersey

HS Week of November 15th



This week we officially start what will be a year long celebration of the CSHS Class of 2022 with our very first college acceptances for this school year!  It is two post-secondary programs that we know well and have had other graduates attend with an impressive degree of success.  

Also this week, we re-introduce our annual school wide photography contest aptly named “Pho”vember (patent pending), and share that our Lunch Delivery Program Reordering window is open for ordering your teen’s DECEMBER lunches.  The ordering window is open now through Monday, November 22nd.  

And last but not least, we share some important upcoming dates.  Our December Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences are just around the corner (Dec 8-10) so you will find dates and times to check your schedule against and choose from.  Enjoy your last 60 degree day for a while!


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Tuesday, November 16th 

Afterschool Intramural Soccer (3-4:30PM)


Friday, November 19th 

Student Phovember Photography Contest Final Submission Date 


Monday, November 22nd

Afterschool Intramural Soccer (3-4:30PM)


Monday, November 22nd

Online Lunch Delivery Orders for December Due! 


Tuesday, November 23rd  

12PM Close: Thanksgiving Break 


Wednesday-Friday, November 24-26 

School Closed: Thanksgiving Break 




Senior, Aidan Accepted to UTI:  Senior, Aidan, was accepted to Universal Technology Institute (UTI).  UTI is a private technical college founded in 1965 whose motto is “Chosen by Industry, Ready to Work”.  They have over 11,000 students, 12 campuses across the US, and provide technical training for students seeking careers in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine and collision repair industries.  One of our recent grads is a UTI student and is currently enrolled in their NASCAR Technical Institute, the only NASCAR endorsed program in the country that trains students on engine fabrication, welding, aerodynamics, and pit crew essentials. 

UTI ( has direct relationships with approximately 30 manufacturers, such as Ford, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Cummins, and Harley-Davidson.  Aidan will be attending the Bloomfield branch, and he will be enrolled in the Automotive and Ford Training Program. Throughout the program’s curriculum, he will learn how to work with diesel, hybrid, and electric vehicles. The Bloomfield branch is UTI’s newest trade school campus with state-of-the-art classrooms and labs.  All instructors have real-world experience in their field and upon completion of the program, Aidan will be prepared to pursue a career in the automotive or diesel industry.  Way to go Aidan!


Senior, Julianna Accepted to Franklin Pierce University:  We are proud to share another Class of 2022 acceptance!  Senior Julianna has been accepted to Franklin Pierce University (FPU).  FPU ( is a private university located on a 1200 acre campus in Rindge, New Hampshire hence the nickname of its undergraduate campus, The College at Rindge.  


Their undergrad campus houses 1400 students and has three college institutes: the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication; the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place, and Culture; and the New England Center for Civic Life.  Founded in 1962, as Franklin Pierce College, the college gained university status in 2007 and was renamed Franklin Pierce University. They are Division II and known in sports circles as the Ravens! Way to go Julianna!!!


December Parent-Teacher Conferences: It is hard to believe that we are bringing up the month of December already!  During the second week of December (W-Fr, Dec. 8-10), we will be hosting our Fall Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences.  For our new parents, you can choose a one-hour block in either the morning or afternoon and have the opportunity to Zoom with your teen’s teachers one-on-one.  Days and Hour-Blocks to choose from are:


WEDS, Dec. 8th 






THURS, Dec. 9th 






FRI, Dec. 10th 



To schedule your virtual conference, email Mrs. Maas at or call (973)334-1234 with your one hour block day and time.  Also, let Mrs. Maas know if you would like to touch base with any of our specialists (Ms. Blount, Mrs. Brown, Mrs.Skerker) immediately following your scheduled hour conference block. We will send out the specifics on our Zoom PT conferences (ie: links, specific schedule you will be following)after Thanksgiving but it all starts with you picking your day and hour.  


Great Pumpkin 2021 Wrap Up: The mail in votes have finally been tabulated and we are ready to bring this year’s Great Pumpkin 2021 to a close. As a special treat thanks to Mrs. Tartaglia, we have included in our picture gallery a Student Collage of our award winning pumpkins and a Teacher Collage of our amazing staff's pumpkin creativity!  View our photo gallery!


Ordering Lunch Delivery-December Lunches:  In order to be a part of the Craig High School Lunch Delivery Program, we need to place our orders mid-month of the month prior.  The ordering window for December is now open, Friday, November 12th through Monday, November 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 





December 17th, 2021 Winter Wonderland 

PACS-  HS Events

  • December 8-10 - Tri-mester Treats during exams - organized by PACS for CSHS
  • Friday December 17 - Winter Spirit Day - PACS sponsored breakfast for CSHS


Log onto our store, browse our items, order for your student and your family and The Craig School receives 20% of the order! All of the proceeds from this go towards the community events that we have planned throughout the year for you and your students to enjoy!


PACS Executive Committee information along with membership forms are on our website.

It is not too late to join our membership drive, please email Angelina Bright, PACS PRESIDENT at




“Pho”Vember is Here!- High School Photography Competition: Last year's “Pictoberfest” was such a pumpkin smashing success that Mrs. Tartaglia has decided to do it again, November style!  Welcome to “Pho”vember!!!  


Phovember is a school-wide themed “pho”tography competition that provides our student shutterbugs the opportunity to share their craft and unique perspectives with the Craig Community.  And did we mention there would be prizes? Our top three prize winners will receive an all-expense paid lunch from a local Pho restaurant. If you don’t know what that is, get busy googling because it's delicious!


Our Phovember Theme is what brings you happiness during the month of November? Is it nature? Perhaps a family pet? A classic car or a simple “Have a nice day” sign at your favorite diner? Mrs. T will be providing our students tips on how to create a great photo of a moment that truly reflects what sparks fall joy for them.  Our ultimate goal is to cover our designated Phovember wall with pictures that are guaranteed to make others smile! 


Our Phovember Guidelines:

  • Submit up to 3 pictures via EMAIL to Mrs. T by Friday November 19th (
  • Pictures should show something that brings you happiness in November/sparks joy for you in the fall. 
  • Images can ONLY BE Objects, nature, animals, or insects.  NO PEOPLE ALLOWED!


Phovember pictures can be submitted now through Friday, November 19th.  Remember, objects only, no people, Friday November 19th, 3 max, email to Mrs. T!  Our winners will be announced after Thanksgiving Break!. 


Craig School High School 8th Grade Shadow Program: As a part of CSHS tradition, our Craig 8th graders spent part of a day last week visiting and experiencing us up close and personal.  The purpose behind the CSHS shadow program is to allow our 8th graders to experience a high school setting.  For some, it was their first high school visit so what better and safer place to start the exploration process than CSHS! Our guests did a walking tour, spent time in our classrooms, joined in on a Q and A, hung with some of their former classmates, and enjoyed the CSHS Break Bar.  




Afterschool Intramural Soccer League-Week 1 Results: Last week was week one of the Afterschool Intramural Soccer League.  Our 10 player League began our practice with passing, shooting, and defending drills and then it was game time.  In a high scoring affair Team Red made a 2nd half comeback to take down Team Black 11-8.  Red was led by the offense of junior striker, CJ and the defense of junior Matt.  Team Black was led by sophomore sensation, Sam and freshman phenom, Max.  Our final two sessions leading us into the Thanksgiving Break will be this Tuesday November 16th and the following Monday, November 22nd. 




The Craig School Annual fund is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts.  It provides the crucial additional funds that are needed by our students and faculty. Every gift to The Craig School, no matter the size, ensures that we are providing the very best to all of our students!!! 


YOU!  Everyone, from staff, faculty, alumni, grandparents, friends, foundations and even corporations all provide support to The Craig School by giving to the Annual Fund!  


  •       Write a check to The Craig School
  •       Pledge to give to The Craig School by June 30, 2022, by emailing Katie Burke at
  •       Donate to The Craig School via PayPal
  •       MATCHING GIFTS:  Many companies will match some or all of an employee’s charitable contribution. Once you donate, check here to see if your employer has a matching gift program. You may obtain a form from your company’s personnel office and send it to Craig. We complete the form and mail it to the company’s matching gift office.



If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Burke, Director of Development at or 973.334.1295 ex. 229.


DROP IN OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Dr. Loftin, Head of School

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- LS/MS Campus  2:00pm -3:00pm

Thursday - High School Campus - 2:00pm- 3:00pm

These hours are open for parents to schedule a meeting, drop in and discuss any issues or concerns or to just say hello.




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