Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of February 22, 2021



Dear Craig Families,

Snow days, delayed opening and half day schedules can be so confusing. Hopefully frequent snow storms are behind us. I would like to take this time to review how these schedules unfold.

A snow day is a virtual school day for all. The schedules remain as a typical day with the exception of the 25 minutes classes. Those will continue to be teacher office hours. Students must login no later than 8:30. Parents can email teachers on or before homeroom time (8:00-8:20) requesting extra support for their child. Teachers will email you back by 9:35 with an arranged meeting time for the student. Please have your child take advantage of teacher office hours to add clarity to what they are learning online. Students should be logging in to all classes as well as related services that are scheduled for that day.

Delayed openings have a slightly altered schedule. Students log in for first period at 10:00am and remain in first period till 10:45. Snack will be eaten there and announcements will be made at 10:40. Students will proceed to second period class which begins promptly at 10:50 and ends at 11:25. After second period the schedule remains our typical day. 

The half day schedules are completely different and involve rotations of class blocks. The half day schedules are preset for the year. Our goal is not to impact any one class period too often. Therefore, we have equally rotated classes through the yearly calendar. In order to help you best prepare, a link for the half day schedule will remain posted on the Craig Newsletter under important information. 

If you have any questions feel free to email me or your child’s homeroom teacher. Here is hoping for an early Spring.



Janet Cozine



Friday, February 26 - Spirit Day (Sports Theme)  


Monday, March 8 - Trimester II Goals and Objectives Emailed to Parents 


Wednesday, March 10 - 12:00 Dismissal (Parent Teacher Conferences)


Thursday, March 11 - 12:00 Dismissal  (Parent Teacher Conferences)


Friday, March 12 - 12:00 Dismissal (Parent Teacher Conferences)


Friday, March 19 - 12:00 Dismissal (Parent Teacher Conferences)




Friday, February 19, Leaders joined with 5th and 6th graders to work on our Postcard Project, dubbed, Operation Gratitude. Although Leaders recognized 5th and 6th graders didn’t need their assistance to write these cards, they thought it would provide an opportunity to get to know other Craig students better. Cross graded opportunities do not arise during the school day too often, so Leaders wanted to embrace this opportunity when creating the program. Additionally, it allows 5th and 6th graders to participate in Operation Gratitude thus making it a school wide endeavor. 


Leaders have been planning our upcoming Read Across America Week. Due to Covid we will have to make adjustments to the way we have celebrated in the past but we look at it as an opportunity for new ideas. Be on the lookout in the next newsletter for their new plan!


Lastly, February 26th is a sports themed spirit day. Students can wear school sports gear or professional teams, whichever they prefer. We can’t wait to see which teams the students root for!

All the best, 

Laura Given



Discount for Craig Students and Families Fri Feb 26th

Due to COVID, the Craig School Annual Ski Program has been put on hold so our friends at Mount Peter have extended a special skiing discount offer to The Craig School community.  Next Friday, February  26th, Mount Peter in Warwick, NY ( has put together some special pricing for Craig Families only.  The pricing for twilight skiing (3PM-8PM) includes three options: One, $95.00 for Lift, Lesson & Rental.  Two, $70.00 for just Lift & Rental and for our veteran skiers who own their own equipment, $30 for just a Lift ticket.  Just share that you are with the Craig School and they will provide you with the special pricing and the safety/rental forms you would need to fill out. They do ask that you pay by check or cash to receive the discounted prices.  


This is not a formal Craig School event but it is a great opportunity to get together with other Craig families to share some powder!  If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Mr. Furlong at


SPECIAL SPEAKER EVENT - March 3rd, 2021 7 pm


Mark your calendars now for an upcoming webinar featuring Robin O’Shea from Key2Ed, a nationally recognized leader in facilitated IEP training. The webinar will take place virtually on March 3rd at 7 pm. More information to follow in next week’s newsletter. 


Conflict in Special Education: Conflict Resolution, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, and Facilitated IEPs


The Individuals with Disabilities Act strongly emphasizes the importance of an effective family-professional partnership in creating the student’s educational program (IDEA, 2004). The IEP meeting is an opportunity for the team of experts, including parents, teachers, related service providers, and the child (when appropriate), to openly communicate and collaborate. However, there may be times when the participants come to the table with varying perspectives or disagreements. This session presents an overview of how the team can use research-based facilitation techniques to promote communication, prevent conflict, and reconcile differences so that the team can focus on the student's needs and craft a robust and unique program for the child. Participants will leave with tools and techniques they can implement at their next IEP. 


For those of you who would like to register for the event now may do so by clicking on this link: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



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 22nd, 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 






Mr. Corderos’s 4th grade Math class enjoys using hands on manipulatives to assist them with their decimals unit. During this decimal activity students use dice and white boards to create decimal numbers. They then compare their decimal numbers and compete for points. By the end of the lesson students are able to compare two decimal numbers by using place value to determine whether one is greater than, less than, or equal to the other. Working with peers, helps students gain confidence by giving them a way to test and explain their reasoning.

See our photos in the gallery!



Grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, Girls and Boys Basketball-  Mondays from 3:05 to 4:00


February 22nd and March 1st. Please see the attachment for sign-ups 


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:


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


These two seasons have been extended until the 1st week of March


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





Schedule the Week of February 22nd


Monday, February 22nd


Wednesday, February 24th


Thursday, February 25th 


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!




Below are the schedules for your reference.



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.”



Giving at Craig

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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