Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week Of February 1, 2021



Dear Craig Families, 

It is so nice to be back on campus. There are just some things that can’t be done virtually, one of which is testing. Every September, January and May we access our students’ fluency levels. We use grade level passages from curriculum based measurements.

It is important to keep on top of whether or not students need fluency instruction. Those of you who have already had an IEP or ISP this year have seen the results of the September assessments and have questioned the importance of fluency testing. Most assessments done in the reading department are diagnostic and not nationally normed like the GMADE and GRADE. We do the testing for planning and adjustment purposes so that a student’s program never stagnates. We are continually monitoring progress. So what students need fluency instruction? 

  • If the student reads ten or more words below the 50% percentile on what is most commonly used, the Hasbrouck and Tindal Oral Reading Fluency Norms Chart
  • If you ask the student to read orally from a text that he or she has not practiced; and the student makes more than ten percent word recognition errors
  • If the student cannot read orally with expression
  • If the student’s comprehension is poor for the text that he or she reads orally

We use the established guideline and then all of the reading teachers work on fluency activities right in the classroom for all the students who need it. Generally, fluent reading increases comprehension but parents, what you need to realize is, if we push students to read faster than they can comprehend, it is counterproductive. It is all a balance that the teachers watch carefully. As we do formal and informal fluency assessments we are always mindful of what good readers do when they read a text. For example, good readers pronounce all the words correctly and in cases where they don’t, they quickly correct their own mispronunciation. Good readers neither skip words nor do they insert words in the text. Competent readers do not replace a word in the text with a similar word in meaning or one which is similar in appearance (ex. when for where).

Finally, good readers use an appropriate pace and read with expression. Craig reading teachers constantly strive to make their students the best readers they can be. The job can be challenging when you consider how many adjustments and follow ups that need to occur for each individual student, but the results are so rewarding.



Janet Cozine



Friday, February 12 - 12:00 Dismissal (Faculty Forum)

Monday, February 15 - School Closed (Mid Winter Break)

Tuesday, February 16- Classes resume



Dear Parents and Guardians,

The new year has begun, and we know you are navigating this semester in the context of COVID-19. We know you are balancing so much, and we hope you will take some time to let us know how we’re doing and how COVID-19 has affected your experience as a part of our school community.

Please complete a short survey by February 19th, 2021 to help us understand your experience right now.

The survey, hosted on the website of the National Association of Independent Schools, will only take about 5 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us improve the way we deliver programming and communicate with our community.

Thank you for your partnership and ongoing support of our school community.


Go Badgers!

Dr. Kara A. Loftin

Head of School


Last week the Craig Campus News began!  Thanks to Ellie, Addison and Riley who made a guest appearance for your efforts. The Craig Campus News will continue each Friday live, at 10:25 on the Craig Announcement Google Meet so tune in! January 29, Ellie, Cooper, and  Addison  will be hosting while Zenya will be our guest. Please tune in. 

January 29 , is a PJ spirit day and another first, this year, our newly developed Buddy Program began. Leaders were paired up with 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders and met in the cafeteria or gymnasium to enjoy some books. Leaders brought picture books, while the lower school students brought the books they are currently reading. Students who don’t typically cross paths had an opportunity to get to know one another and strengthen our Craig community. 

I  met with Montclair State University to reflect on the fall leadership  pilot program. We are refining the program a bit from this year, but I am happy to report this program will be offered next year to interested Leaders. More information will be coming in late spring.


All the best, 

Laura Given



Thank you to everyone who submitted a Badger Design. We have wonderful artists in The Craig School Community. We will update you on plans moving forward!


Ms. DellaFave’s 4th grade Math class enjoys using virtual manipulatives to assist them with their fraction unit. Fraction strips give students a concrete way to understand this unfamiliar, abstract mathematical concept. They have been working diligently to compare, order, add, and subtract fractions. Virtual manipulatives build students' confidence by giving them a way to test and confirm their reasoning.

Please view the photos in our gallery.




Girls Basketball Grades 5th to 8th- Tuesday and Thursday 3:05 to 4:30

Boys Basketball Grades 5th to 8th- Wednesday and Friday 3:05 to 4:30

For those of you that would like to purchase The Craig School basketball gear, please check out our Squad Locker Store set up for both girl and boy basketball players. It is not mandatory to buy, but it is encouraged to show your Badger Pride!  Please use this link provided to order:

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Mr. Furlong at


Dates Week of February 1st

  • Monday, February 1st
  • Wednesday, February 3rd
  • Thursday, February 4th 

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 or via call/text message on the Homework Help hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!



Please send an email to Kimberly McGroarty 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.”



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For more information on ways of giving to Craig, please contact Katie Burke, Director of Development, at 973-334-1295 or make a donation online by clicking here.


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