Craig School New Jersey

HS Week of September 20, 2021



To all our returning and to all our new CSHS families, welcome to the new school year and the first official edition of the Newsletter for 2021-2022.


This Wednesday, September 22nd, is our annual Back-to-School-Night.  Gym Doors open at 6:30PM, overview of the evening at 6:45PM, classes begin at 7PM.  The evening should wrap up around 8:30 PM.  Parents will follow their teen’s school day schedule and have the opportunity to meet and hear from the teachers that their teen has every day.  Masks are a MUST.  More info is below. Please RSVP to Mrs. Maas at


Also on Wednesday, the CSHS Class of 2022 will be hosting their annual Senior Bake Sale fundraiser.  The bake sale will happen both during Break during the school day for their classmates as well as at Back-to-School-Night for you, our parents.  Everything is $1 and all donations are appreciated.

Dr. Cap



Friday, September 17th 

CSHS Lunch Delivery Ordering Window for October OPENS (


Tuesday, September 21st and 28th       

Cross Country Practice Begins (3-4:30PM)


Wednesday, September 22nd      

12PM School Close: Back to School Night (6:30PM) & Senior Bake Sale


Thursday, September 23rd and 30th 

Cross Country Practice (3-4:30PM)


Monday, September 27th 

CSHS Lunch Delivery Ordering Window for October CLOSES (



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




October 13th 7pm (parents) and 15th (faculty) 1pm

Leslie Josel - Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Coach

Late, Lost & Lagging Behind: Demystifying Executive Functions

Executive functioning skills are essential to how we learn and act. They're the brain’s ability to self-regulate, complete tasks, be time aware and remember information.  In essence, they control EVERYTHING we do! Leslie will break down the six pillars of executive functions, including time management, working memory, effort and mood regulation. She’ll highlight the importance of understanding where your student sits on the Executive Age scale, and provide insight in how we can help our students strengthen their EF muscle. Leslie will also detail specific scaffolding, strategies and systems and provide practical solutions using case studies to help support organization, time management, procrastination and focusing weaknesses.

Sign ups will be coming soon.



Welcome to the new year! Our initial membership drive has been so successful and we want to thank everyone that has signed up. We are so happy to offer our Craig Gear Spirit Wear for our community to order. Log onto our store, browse our items, order for your student and you family and The Craig School receives 20% of the order!



Next week we will be sharing the complete calendar of PACS events along with a sign up sheet so everyone has an opportunity to join and become a part of the fun we have planned for our community.

Visit our PACS page for the announcement of our PACS Executive Committee.


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



This Wednesday, September 22nd: This Wednesday, parents will have the opportunity to put a teacher face with a name/email address as well as find out a little bit about many of the courses at Craig High School.  Here is how our evening unfolds-

  • Parking:  We will be starting in the gym so parents are welcome to park anywhere near the middle side door.  You will see our official Craig High School sandwich sign as you get closer to the gym entrance!
  • 6:30-6:45PM-Arrival, Sign In, Pick-Up Class Schedules and enjoy our Senior Bake Sale (everything’s $1):  Upon your arrival, Mrs. Maas will make sure you have your schedule for the evening and guide you to our student run senior bake sale.  Our seniors will throw in a free cup of coffee or bottle of water with every Craig purchase!
  • 6:45-7:00PM-Welcome and Overview of the Evening:  Dr. Loftin, Head of School and Dr. Cap, Director of The Craig School High School will share a quick overview and field any question.  
  • 7:00-8:30PM-Classroom Visits and Conversations:  Parents will be following a five-period class schedule with each class meeting for 15 minutes. Like our students, you will have a 5-minute travel time between periods.  Our student ambassadors will be stationed throughout the hallway to help guide you to your classes and let you know when it is time to move onto your next period.
  • Skipping Classes: During your classroom time, you will have the option of “skipping” a class and visiting with some of our specialists and classroom teachers who might not have made your schedule for the evening: 
    • Mrs. Brown, School Counselor, Room 207
    • Ms. Blount, Reading Specialist, Room 207A
    • Mrs. Skerker, College Counselor, Room 102
    • Mr. Norton, PE/Health, in the Gym
    • Mrs. Tartaglia, Art, Room 107 



 Junior, Josh Jehu-Appiah Summer Adventure in Ghana: CSHS 11th grader, Josh Jehu-Appiah spent 6-weeks of his summer abroad in West Ghana where his father is the Director of a school.  During Josh’s time there, he volunteered at a bible school where he led twice daily puppet shows for both the students of the school and the local town children.  He shared that he added special sound effects to the bird, dog, and monkey puppets!  


In addition, he also led a series of devotionals, did bible readings with the middle school students, was a lead singer at the evening church programs, and used his charisma and enthusiasm to get all of the volunteers out there dancing at the evening services.  All in all, Josh amassed over 40 community service hours but even more impressive, he left a lasting and loving impact on all of those that he encountered in his weeks abroad.  We are so proud of Josh!     



We are excited to welcome our new Director of College Counseling, Ms. Lindsey Skerker, to our CSHS Team. Ms. Skerker received her Master of Science in Education in School Counseling from Monmouth University, her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, and her College Advising Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership through Monmouth University.  


Ms. Skerker was formerly the college & career counselor at the Purnell School, an all-girls boarding and day school for students with learning differences located in Pottersville, NJ.  Welcome to the CSHS Family, Ms. Skerker! 




Badger Cross Country Season is Here:  Badger X-Country starts up this week with our first official practice on Tuesday.  Practices will be held from 3-4:30PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays into late October.  Our cross country race schedule for the season traditionally includes two to three 5K races usually held somewhere in Morris County.  Races are on the weekends (Saturday or Sunday) starting in late September and we wrap up our final race usually in late October-early November.  

Last season we were very fortunate to find and run in two live 5K races.  Races are optional but are an amazing experience.  We will register our student runners but parents will be responsible for the cost of the race ($30 per).  The cost for all races and our x-country team shirt is $75 (checks made payable to The Craig School).  Parents, siblings, friends, and relatives are welcome to register on their own and run with us!  Our race schedule will be announced during our first week of practices.  Any questions, contact CSHS Cross Country coach Ms. Crum at




The Craig School’s 2nd Annual Drive-In Movie

At The Craig School High School

Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Arrival 5-5:30

Movie will Begin at Sunset



ORDERING CSHS LUNCH DELIVERY-OCTOBER LUNCHESIn order to be a part of the lunch program, we need to place our orders mid-month of the month prior.  That means the ordering window for October Lunches is now open, Friday, September 17th through Monday, September 27th.  To register to place orders or to re-order,  go to  If you have any questions, reach out to our  Lunch Program Chair, Amanda Jahn at 





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