Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of March 1, 2021



Dear Craig Families,

Next week we celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’s birthday. We have lots of plans in place to honor the joys of reading. Read Across America week continues to help bring awareness to the importance of reading. It is an effort to help motivate students to read more. So what do we have in store for our Craig School kids? Mrs. Given and the Peer Leaders have created a fun filled Spirit Week. Every day the students will be allowed to dress to a spirit day theme, culminating on Friday with dressing up as your favorite character from a book of choice. (You will find the agenda linked to the calendar in the newsletter). Every day at lunchtime there will be Dr. Seuss trivia questions hosted by our Peer Leaders. There will be prizes for our winners. We will also be working on a collage for the Library. Parents, here is where we need your help. Could you send in a picture of your child reading in their favorite place? The collage will be a personal tribute to our love of reading and will remain in the library all year.

Art classes will be spending the week designing projects around Dr. Seuss’s birthday. There are so many special quotes from his books that we plan on displaying in an artful way. Friday will be our biggest day of celebration and every class whether math, LA, reading or science will be incorporating Dr. Seuss in their lessons. How much fun will it be to make OObleck in science or play Even and Odd Things (One and Two) in math? When the individual puzzle pieces come together from our 2nd through 6th grade reading classes two unique Dr. Seuss banners will evolve. A special snack of Thing One and Thing Two donuts will be provided by PACS. Thank you for your continued Support. After lunch the Peer Leaders will be hosting homeroom parties with the Dr. Seuss theme to continue. Throughout the day our favorite Dr. Seuss books will be displayed and read. 

Dr. Seuss books still bring out the child in all of us and Read Across America is just an excuse to embrace our passion for reading. If you can, take the time next week for some family reads, whether it's Dr. Seuss or another favorite book. I promise it will be time well spent. Get caught reading. Our children imitate what they see the adults around them do. As a wise man once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”.  

Happy Read Across America Week!


Janet Cozine



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)



Read Across America Week

Leadership Council had to reimagine Read Across America week to be in line with Covid. Please refer to the calendar below for our spirit days which will be every day next week. We are hopeful for full community support. Additionally. leaders created Dr. Seuss trivia questions for students to answer during lunch this week. If a student is correct they will receive a treat bag from a leader the next day. Our week will culminate on Friday with a full day of Dr. Seuss activities and a Read Across America party run by the leaders in each homeroom. 

Dr. Seuss wrote, “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Our Craig Leaders demonstrate through their effort and service that when you put care and attention into your community the benefits unfold before your eyes. We have a strong community even with social distancing, and remote learning due to the intentional planning of our Leaders who help ensure our culture at Craig is warm and welcoming to all its members. Thank you Leaders for your continued commitment and service. It is my pleasure to work beside you. 

All the best, 

Laura Given

The Leadership Council 

Read Across America Spirit Week

March 1-March 5


  • Wear fun or crazy socks.


  • Wear your favorite hat


  • Wear your clothes backward or mismatched.


  • Wear a high school or college t-shirt or sweatshirt.


  • Dress as your favorite book character


Friday, March 5 we have a fun full day of activities planned. During snack students will enjoy a delicious donut provided by PACS for our snack. The day will end with Leadership Council going into homerooms from 1:10- 2:10 to host Read Across America parties.



I wanted to share that I have begun to utilize other therapy techniques and tools for our students. I have recently introduced Thera putty into our therapeutic practice. Many people use hand fidgets to relieve stress and anxiety, to help focus, or just for plain fun. Stress balls, putty, and anything squishy and squeezy are helpful because they're soothing, calming, and enjoyable to fidget with.  At the Craig school we have numerous fidgets available throughout the day. Utilizing Thera putty as a "calm down" tool works tremendously when a child becomes frustrated and unable to regulate themself down to a calmer state. The movement and soothing feel of the putty quickly eases most kids (and adults). 

     High grade silicone putty can be used for all your finger strengthening and exercise needs. This is a non toxic, unscented putty and is extra clean and non oily. It has been used to build hand strength and for kids can be used to draw out resistance (like a stress ball and to expel energy/stress) and also strengthen finger muscles which help enormously with writing skills and lethargy when it comes to writing essays etc. As we move along the school year, more tools will be added to help our students navigate the stressors that arise daily. 

See our photos in our photo gallery.

Alessandra Edwards

 Social Clinician




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.



6th Grade

As words get more complex, students need to learn that letters can have different sounds in different situations.  At first students learn the letter [t] says the sound /t/ as in the word [top].  Today Mrs. Schilling’s 6th grade class is learning how the sound of the letter [t] changes with the letter [u] before many suffix endings.  [tu, says the sound /choo/ before a suffix ending]

     First these 6th graders have learned many suffix endings, prefixes, and roots to Latin words.  

Suffix endings in this example.  [al, ize]

1st identify the suffix or suffixes at the end of the word.

mutual- mutu-al

actualize- actu al ize


2nd find the letter pattern [tu says /choo/] before the suffix in the words.



See our photo in our photo gallery.



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





Week of March 1st


Monday, March 1st


Wednesday, March 3rd


Thursday, March 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!




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.


Quick Links

Follow Us

Online Inquiry
Submit an Inquiry Form
Highlight text to read and push play.
Top pencilenvelopeeyegraduation-hatlicensepicturephonecalendar-fullbubblemagnifiercrosschevron-downbold