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LS/MS Week of April 12, 2021

THE CRAIG SCHOOL

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Craig School Families,

 

On Thursday, March 25th about 40 of the Craig Lower/Middle School families joined Mrs. Guthrie, Mr. Finn, Mr. Furlong, and me on Google Meet for our virtual Family STEM Night. This yearly event, usually in-person, has been held since 2017 to promote our STEM program. 

 

STEM is an engaging part of the science curriculum in which students work on enhancing collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity skills; the 4C’s of 21st-century skills employers and college recruiters have deemed the most necessary for success. Using an exciting format to build the foundational elements of these skills in the elementary years and then continuing to practice and refine them in the middle school years has been a real benefit to our students. Family STEM Night gives the families a sense of what the students do in the classroom during a typical STEM project. 

 

For the 2021 STEM Night, the families had a kit supplied by the science department and were challenged to use the materials to design, build, and test a wind-powered sail car. Each family worked through the design process as a team and the students were very proud to share their prototype with the group at the end of the night. This night has become a fun community event at The Craig School and we were thrilled to be able to see and experience this with our families online this year. In the photo gallery of today’s newsletter, you will see the photos of the event sent in by families.

 

A very special thank you to Mrs. Guthrie for organizing and heading up another successful Family STEM night. Your efforts were so appreciated. Wishing you all a happy end to winter and the arrival of a warm and sunny spring break.

 

Sincerely,

Janet Cozine

 

CALENDAR INFO

Friday, April 2 to Friday, April 9 - School Closed, Spring Break

 

Monday, April 12 - Classes Resume

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Admissions

Registration is open for The Craig School Summer Academy in grades 2-12. 

The Craig School Lower and Middle School program will be in person on our Mt Lakes Campus.  The Craig High School Summer Academy will offer either in person or virtual learning on our Montville Campus.

 The enrichment program for both divisions will located on the Mountain Lakes Campus.  Please see the registration forms for times, dates and cost.  Spaces are limited and we need you registration form ASAP to hold your child's spot.   Please do not delay and come join us for a great summer program!    

Registration forms at  https://www.craigschool.org/academics/summer-academy/

 

Re enrollment contracts for the 2021-2022 school year were sent via email, please log in and sign your contract as soon as possible.  If your child is sent by yout district, you still need to log in and re enroll for next year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Nicole Moon, Director of Admission. nmoon@craigschool.org

 

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS

Mrs. Brielle Miller, 2nd / 3rd Grade Language Arts

 

What is an adjective? Hmmm... What is a subject describer?  Well, a subject describer describes a subject of course! Using the Project Read Written Expression Program by Victoria Greene, The Language Arts teachers help students take a very abstract concept and make it concrete. This goal is achieved using body language and symbols to make each part of the sentence come alive! While discussing a lesson on subject describers, we help the children recognize that a subject describer helps us add information to the subject (noun) in four ways: looks like/physical, behavior/personality, number (how many), and ownership. There is no better way to assist a child in creating a connection than to use themselves and their classmates as the subjects. Using subject describer reference sheets, Kami, and a web-based thesaurus the students were eager to get started on their subject describer assignment.

 

Look how much fun we had describing our friends!

 

Photos in our gallery.

 

Mrs. Brielle Miller, 2nd / 3rd Grade Oral Language

 

Our 25 minute Oral Language class gives students the opportunity to put their ideas into words. On Mondays, the children play a game called Memory Monday. Using a list of transition words, each child shares an event from their weekend with their peers. Last week, the class extended this activity to verbalizing “how to” brush your teeth or make a pizza using the same transition words. This week, we added on further by using sentence strips (with transition words) to organize a paragraph about “how to” make a PB&J sandwich! 

First, each child received one sentence strip. After that, we took turns reading them aloud. Once everyone shared, the students began saying things like, “I think mine goes first because it introduces the topic.” Or “I’m thinking mine goes near the end because it says after that!” Finally, the children used our hamburger pieces to make sure all of the parts of a paragraph were represented. As you can see, the children had a great time working together constructing a well-organized paragraph. 

 

Photos in our gallery.

ART

 Congratulations Gabriella and Genevieve for being acknowledged as Artist Student Spotlight for February. They always come to class ready to learn with an open mind and great attitude. They are both always kind to their peers. Our gallery highlights a few selections of their artwork. Congratulations again and keep up the great work.

Ms. Kutcher 

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ATHLETICS

Congratulations to grades 2nd, 3rd, and  4th grade basketball! We just completed our season and this group showed great improvement. We are so proud of the hard work, teamwork, and overall effort of this group. The future looks bright for Badger Basketball next year!  

 

Cross Country Sign up 

Badger Cross-Country Spring 2021

Cross Country Health Questionnaire

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Please email Mrs. Calvano mcalvano@craigschool.org if you have any additional questions.

 

 

Go Badgers! 

 

HOMEWORK HELP

HWH Scheduled Week of April 12th

 

Monday, April 12th

 

Wednesday, April 14th

 

Thursday, April 15th

 

If your child is leaving early, not coming to Homework Help or will be virtual and wants to participate in Homework Help, please contact Mrs. Butter by email at bbutter@craigschool.org or via call/text message on the Homework Help hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!

 

DEVELOPMENT

Golf/Auction Save The Date

Join us on Tuesday, June 15th for the 15th Annual Craig School Golf Outing!  This year in addition to the golf outing, non-golfers can sign-up for a wine tasting and/or spa services while at Ballyowen.  There is also a special hotel rate available!  After golf (or wine/spa), all will come together for cocktails, dinner and our virtual Auction (which is available to those who are unable to attend as well!)  It is sure to be fun for all and will be a great way to support our Craig students.

 

 

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