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HS Week of October 25th

THE CRAIG SCHOOL

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR

For our students, parents, and teachers, there is a lot of great stuff happening this week!  November lunch orders are due this Monday (Oct. 25th).  Picture day is this Wednesday and all students will be getting their picture taken for student IDs at the very least.  

Our Fall trimester progress reports will be coming home this Thursday but rest assured, your teen will be actively involved in reading them, understanding the whats and whys, and game planning from there.   

We have a 5K race on Sunday, our Great Pumpkin contest around the corner and our Halloween bash on Friday which students and teachers are welcome to dress up for.  To all of the Craig Community, we wish you a Happy Halloween and a quiet Mischief Night! 

  

Dr. Cap

CALENDAR INFO

Sunday, October 24th 

XC Team: New Beginnings for Tomorrow 5K (Fairfield, 9AM)

 

Tuesday, October 26th 

PSAT (11th Grade Only)

 

Wednesday, October 27th 

Picture Day!

 

Wednesday, October 27th

SAVE THE DATE - Postsecondary Planning in the Age of COVID Parent Webinar (7PM). REGISTER HERE

 

Thursday, October 28th

Fall Trimester Progress Reports Coming Home

 

Thursday, October 28th 

Annual “Great Pumpkin” Entries Due 

 

Friday, October 29th  

Annual High School Halloween Bash: “Great Pumpkin” Winners Announced and Halloween Costume Contest 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS
SAVE THE DATE! October 27th, 7pm- Postsecondary Planning in the Age of COVID Webinar:  Join us for our first College Counseling webinar for the 2021-2022 school year, Postsecondary Planning in the Age of COVID Webinar! 

 

Ms. Lindsey Skerker, Director of College Counseling and Placement at The Craig School, will walk us through some of the sweeping changes to the college admissions & post-high school landscape that have occurred since 2020. One silver lining that we will certainly focus on will be the vast move to "test-optional" or "test-blind" admissions policies. This year, upwards of 80% of colleges do not require SAT or ACT scores as part of the college application process. We will examine how this will impact future generations of students, and how this will hopefully remain a more holistic process, which will surely benefit our LD student population.  

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Annual “Great Pumpkin” 2021: Last week was “idea” week where students and teachers alike did their research to see what’s the latest craze in Pumpkin design!  Next, comes picking out your pumpkin, visualizing your plan, and making it happen.  Entries can be brought to school starting this Thursday, 28th and can be submitted through this Friday morning (October 29th).  On Friday, we will hold a community vote to designate “The Great Pumpkin” for 2021!  (pic in the gallery of last year’s pumpkin finalists).    

 

Picture Day THIS Weds: Wednesday, October 27th is picture day.  Few things you need to know specific to your teen’s grade:

12th Graders- Do NOT place an order. All seniors will have 2 different portraits taken - with and without a cap/gown - which will then be posted online. You will receive instructions for placing your orders when you receive proof of the portraits.

9th, 10th and 11th Graders- Complete the order form that was sent home with your teen and return with payment by Picture Day or you may order online by:

  • Going to www.mylifetouch.com
  • On the left you will see a box that says “Order Your School Pictures”
  • Below that enter the Craig High specific Picture ID code which is EVTSQPKVT
  • Click on SHOP NOW
  • Then a window will open where you enter STUDENT First and Last Name and Grade
  • Choose your package, pick your background color, and you are good to go!

We do have a retake day scheduled in December for any students who are absent or would just like a do-over. All our students will be getting their picture taken regardless of ordering pics or not.  We need to create student IDS for the new school year so as we tell our students, if you are going to have to get your picture taken anyway, you might as well look good so dress the part! You can always change right afterwards.  Any questions about the Lifetouch website, ordering pictures or picture day itself reach out to our Picture Day Coordinator, Mrs. Tartaglia at KTartaglia@craigschool.org

MONDAY Last Day Lunch Delivery Program-Ordering for NOVEMBER Lunches: The ordering window for November Lunches closes this Monday, October 25th so get those orders in this weekend! To place orders, go to www.myfooddays.com

 

If you have any questions, reach out to our Lunch Program Chair and Parent, Ms. Amanda Jahn at amandajahn77@gmail.com

 

PACS

PACS LS/MS EVENTS

Friday, October 29th Trunk or Treat

November 23, 2021  GrandFriends Day at Lower School

December 17th, 2021 Winter Wonderland 

 PACS-  HS Events

  • Friday, October 29th - Annual High School Halloween Bash - PACS sponsors prizes to the winners
  • December 8-10 - Tri-mester Treats during exams - organized by PACS for CSHS
  • Friday December 17 - Winter Spirit Day - PACS sponsored breakfast for CSHS

 PACS EVERYDAY!

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!

CRAIG SPIRIT WEAR STORE

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  pacs@craigschool.org

PACS PAGE

 

 

CRAIG WEBINAR SERIES

Postsecondary Planning in the Age of COVID Webinar

 October 27th, 7pm- :  Join us for our first College Counseling webinar for the 2021-2022 school year, Postsecondary Planning in the Age of COVID Webinar! 

Lindsey Skerker, Director of College Counseling and Placement at The Craig School will walk us through some of the sweeping changes to the college admissions & post-high school landscape that have occurred since 2020. One silver lining that we will certainly focus on will be the vast move to "test-optional" or "test-blind" admissions policies. This year, upwards of 80% of colleges do not require SAT or ACT scores as part of the college application process. We will examine how this will impact future generations of students, and how this will hopefully remain a more holistic process, which will surely benefit our LD student population. 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER GALLERY
ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS

Student Poem Published:  Earlier this school year, Ms. Gallagher encouraged Sophomore, Alyssa to submit one of her poems to a national writing contest.  The contest was entitled “Imagine: Thought Provoking Poetry” and was offered by Young Writers USA.  The Craig School-High School is very proud to announce that Alyssa’s work was selected from amongst over 5000 entries that were submitted and was chosen for publication.  Congrats to Alyssa!  (pic in gallery) 

 

Fall Trimester Progress Reports:  Fall Trimester Progress Reports will be coming home with your teen this Thursday, October 28th.  If you have any questions or need clarification on a progress report, please feel free to email that teacher directly (teacher email addresses are on each progress report).  

 

Each student’s COACH will be reviewing the progress reports with their COACHees during afternoon support starting this week through next week.  This will allow our students to be an active participant in understanding their progress in specific classes, gain clarity on areas they need to continue to work on, and to be a part of the game planning necessary to set and achieve any decided goals.  

 

 

 

ATHLETICS

Junior Shines at Annual Beavertown 5K in Lincoln Park:  This past Saturday, the Cross Country team, led by Coach Crum, ran in its first live race of the season, the Lincoln Park Beavertown 5K.  The race attracted over 100 runners on a beautiful fall Saturday.  Junior Josh not only ran a career best time but he also placed 3rd in his age category which included all runners aged 15 to 19.  Way to go Josh! (pic in gallery)   

 

Badger Afterschool Intramural Soccer League Begins First Week in November:  Indoor soccer is back! We have enough interest to make this official. Our intramural season will begin the first week in November and run through Thanksgiving, is CO-ED, open to all high school students, and a great opportunity to improve basic soccer skills in game like situations while being a part of a dynamic and supportive team.  

Our season will include afterschool practices from 3-4:30PM on the following TUES in November:  

  • November 2 
  • November 9                      
  • November 16 
  • November 23 

We are hoping to coordinate a game or two with another HS before we break for Thanksgiving.  

 

 

DEVELOPMENT

 

THE CRAIG SCHOOL ANNUAL FUND

The Annual Fund helps to make up the difference between the cost of tuition and the cost of educating each Craig student. We use donations raised through the Annual Fund to not only provide the very best educational program for our students but also do many incredible things on campus that your tuition dollars don’t cover such as:

  •       The implementation of a more robust music and drama program on the Lower School campus
  •       Enhance our signature program, Orton Gillingham
  •       Hire additional faculty
  •       Provide advanced teacher training

 

WHO DONATES TO THE ANNUAL FUND?

Everyone! All constituencies are encouraged to participate (faculty, staff, parents, alumni, friends, grandparents, foundations, corporations) at whatever financial level they feel is appropriate. Historically, 100% of faculty and staff donate to the Annual Fund each year.

 

HOW CAN I DONATE 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 kburke@craigschool.org
  •       Donate to The Craig School via PayPal https://www.craigschool.org/giving/annual-fund/
  •       MATCHING GIFTS:  Many companies will match some or all of an employee’s charitable contribution. Once you donate, check here https://ww2.matchinggifts.com/craigschool 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.

 

QUESTIONS?

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

IMPORTANT INFO

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

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- LS/MS  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

kloftin@craigschool.org

973-334-1234

 

Reporting Absences and Late Arrivals: All absences and late arrivals should be reported to our main office.  Please send an email to Deborah Maas dmaas@craigschool.org OR call the office at  973-334-1234 ext. 300 before 7:30 a.m. She will let your teens’ teachers know.

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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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