Dear Craig Families,
I hope you all had a restful spring break and are ready to sprint to the end of the school year. We have been fortunate to be able to maintain that strong academic pace thus far, largely because of the integration of programs and strategies across our curriculum.
One of the most commonly used reading and writing strategies is RACE, a design that helps our students support their written responses with evidence from the text. Parents, I know you have all seen the RACE acronym posted almost everywhere at Craig.
R: Restate the question
A: Answer the question
C: Cite the text to provide evidence
E: Explain your citation
Readily seeing the mnemonic helps students remember which steps, and in which order to write a constructed response.
We start the RACE strategy in reading classes as early as fourth grade, understanding that our emerging readers may only get as far as R (restating the question) and A (answering the question). It’s not always easy for students to answer questions in a formal style. Often their language tends to be more informal, so explicitly teaching the skills of putting thoughts and answers into more formal writing early on will position the students for middle school and the next step to RACE the C (citing evidence from the text).
Students are taught to highlight the question words to be used in Restate. When answering the questions teachers are pointing out the connection to Project Read Written Expression as well. The more opportunities the students have to recognize the interrelationships of the strategies the greater the chance for generalization.
In sixth grade, we pull the instruction of Restate and Answer into Science and Social Studies classes. Teacher modeling is still required, but we are now looking for the skill of Restate and Answer the question to become more automatic. When students are ready, Citing the source is introduced in all of the content areas tying in Project Read Report Form, to support where examples and details are found in the text. Scanning for information can be challenging so we start simply, giving the page number to find the evidence and then scaffolding from there. The students are then taught to underline the evidence from the text that supports their answers. This will prepare them for the hardest part of RACE - E - explain. Students need to be taught to explain their evidence without just restating. We present simple sentence stems that help support their explanation. The stems will eventually be removed once the students understand how to show why the textual evidence matters. We use the detective analogy. A detective collects a lot of the evidence and then has to explain how each piece of evidence proves his case.
The process of using RACE is woven throughout the Craig curriculum and throughout the student’s years at Craig. It becomes more sophisticated as time goes on and requires lots and lots of practice. With that practice, we have found that our students learn to do what every good writer does.
Tuesday & Thursday, April 20 & 22 - Spring Cross Country Starts
Monday, April 26 - Plant Sale Orders Due
The 4th Annual Leadership Council Plant Sale began this past Monday. The flowers are spectacular and priced competitively. Orders are due Monday April 26. They will be delivered Thursday May 6th just in time for Mothers day gifts and plantings! Pick up is between 3:15-4:30. Click on this link, 4th Annual Plant Sale to view and print the form . Please make checks payable to The Craig School. Anyone can purchase, you do not need to be a Craig family so please share with your friends and family! If you have any questions contact Laura Given firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOLDEN
Mr Furlong and our 2nd and 3rd grade Badgers give Golden hugs for his 2nd birthday!
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Last call! 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/
Cross Country starts on Tuesday. (3:05-4:30) If you have not signed up yet, please email Mrs. Calvano at MCalvano@craigschool.org All Badgers should have comfortable shoes to run in and a water bottle.
Dates the Week of April 19th
Monday, April 19th
Wednesday, April 21st
Thursday, April 22nd
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 email@example.com or via call/text message on the Homework Help hotline
AMAZON WISH LIST
One of the ways that you can help insure that The Craig School Golf Outing/Auction, which will be our biggest fundraiser of the year, is a success is by donating items to the Auction through our Amazon Wish List. The Amazon Wish List is similar to a gift/wedding registry – there are an assortment of items of varying price levels available for you to purchase for the Silent Auction which will be delivered directly to the Blue House. Should you decide to purchase an item(s) through the Amazon Wish List, please make sure all items are at the Blue House by May 15th and please list yourself as the donor so we can properly give you credit for your donation(s).
HOW TO ORDER FROM THE CRAIG SCHOOL AMAZON WISH LIST:
Make sure you are logged into your Amazon Smile account, so Craig received the benefit of your shopping!
Click here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/R6ZYBVR92E3T?ref_=wl_share
Please send purchases directly to Craig at 10 Tower Hill Road, Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 Attn: Katie Burke.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Amanda Jahn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Katie Burke at email@example.com.
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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We have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that parents or students have encountered when working with technology. Use this resource to help navigate any challenges you encounter. If you are still stymied, reach out to John Chismar, Director of Technology, at Jchismar@craigschool.org or the technology integration specialists, Tracy Rosky firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Given email@example.com
HALF DAY AND DELAYED OPENING SCHEDULES
Below are the schedules for your reference.
Please send an email to Kimberly McGroarty firstname.lastname@example.org OR call our Main Line (973-334-4375 X101) for student absences before 7:30 a.m. We need to know:
(a) If your child is absent and is unable to attend virtually. This student will be marked “Absent.” OR
(b) If your child is absent AND attending classes virtually. This student will be marked “Present.”