Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of February 8, 2021



Dear Craig Families,

On February 3rd we celebrated World Read Aloud Day. The kick off at Craig was last Friday when the peer leaders buddied with younger students to enjoy read alouds. Leaders brought picture books while younger students brought books that they were currently reading - and everyone wore pajamas. It was a great success.

During the school week many reading teachers reached out to families asking what the favorite family books were, so the teachers could read passages in class. Some of our parents even joined their child’s reading class through Google Meet and shared some of their cherished favorites. 

World Read Aloud Day or not, most of the Craig Reading teachers spend time every Friday reading aloud to their students providing enjoyment as well as promoting bonding. Picking books that they know may be slightly above their students’ reading levels, but are so interesting and motivational has captivated the students. They can’t wait for the next chapter to be read. While Mrs. Imperatore’s third graders are engrossed in Charlotte’s Web, her seventh grade group are on the edge of their seats listening to Raven’s Gate, a science fiction novel. Who wouldn’t love hearing Mrs. Wallace read Wild River to her 5th grade class?

Read alouds are not just for school. Every day can be a read aloud day in your home. Did you know that children are exposed to a larger vocabulary from picture book read alouds than from conversations with adults? Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents and teachers can do with children. Besides building foundational skills, introducing vocabulary, providing a model of fluent, expressive reading it helps our students recognize what reading for pleasure is all about. Making reading fun fosters a love of reading. Captivating our kids with great stories is where true magic begins.



Janet Cozine



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

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

Tuesday, February 16- Classes resume



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 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 






Organizing the characters and setting when students first begin to read a novel can help them comprehend that novel better.  In the book, Six Days at Camp, by Cigdem Knebel there are many characters to organize for better understanding.  There are two different storylines in the book that eventually join at the end of the novel.  Here Mrs. Schilling’s 5th grade class students are learning to group the large cast of characters by drawing identifying traits on the stick figures.  

Jack and Todd are best friends.  Students have drawn drums for these musical characters.  

Max and Cliff are best friends.  Students have drawn basketballs for these athletic characters.  

See our photos in our photo 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 8th


Monday, February 8th

Wednesday, February 10th

Thursday, February 11th


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.”



Giving at Craig

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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