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LS/MS Week of March 22, 2021

THE CRAIG SCHOOL

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Craig Families,

Spring is almost here and with the warmer weather comes the opportunity for your children to join our Cross Country team. Historically, the spring sport at Craig has been lacrosse. While there are on-going discussions, no one knows when sports will be returning and what restrictions will be implemented upon return. For our lacrosse enthusiasts, we do plan on running lacrosse clinics, having some of Craig’s tenured lacrosse players assist Mr. Furlong. Yet, we do not want you to consider Cross Country a Plan B. We already took advantage of the fall season with 35 active members. Several of our virtual students even joined and were given running assignments. A season that started in September and was scheduled to end mid-October, stretched through till Thanksgiving, with students joining all the way up to the last week. The students worked on speed training with short distances. Their times were charted with the goal of beating their own time, not the times of others. Even the virtual students would come back online to share their results. Those students demonstrating improvement earned Badger Paw recognition. 

Along with the immediate benefits such as improved sleep and physical health, running is an excellent outlet for our students to reduce stress and build emotional resilience. They socialized, maintained active play, and breathed in fresh air. Even if your child feels running is not their idea of fun, think of the value of building up stamina and moving away from the “Screen”. Besides, when do you recall a time that your child didn’t have a great time with Mr. Furlong at the helm?

Sign-ups will be at the end of March with the season starting after Spring Break. So, parents plan your pep talks and get your children ready for Spring Cross Country at The Craig School. Let’s double our fall numbers for participation!

 

Sincerely,

Janet Cozine

 

CALENDAR INFO

Monday, March 22 - Trimester II Report Cards Emailed to Parents

 

Thursday, March 25 - 7:00 pm Virtual STEM Night

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

ART

February Art Student Spotlight goes to Gabriella  from the Middle School and Genevieve from the Lower School. They go above and beyond in their artwork and always bring a positive attitude to class. Please check out some of their artwork by clicking the link below.

Thank You - Ms. Kutcher

https://classroom.google.com/u/1/c/MTgxNjE2MTE4ODM4

 

 

ADMISSIONS

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/

 

Re enrollment contracts for the 2021-2022 school year were sent via email this week, please log in and sign your contract as soon as possible.  If your child is sent by yout district, you still need to log in and re enroll for next year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Nicole Moon, Director of Admission. nmoon@craigschool.org

 

 

 

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS

Math March Madness

These past two weeks were busy weeks for the Math Department. First was “Read Across America” where we honored Dr. Seuss’ “One Fish, Two Fish…” by using the students’ estimation skills to guess how many Swedish fish were in each math classroom’s fishbowl. The department winners were Addison, William, Evan, John, Julian, Michael, Lynn, and Christina. See attached photos.

This event was followed by Pi Week which is celebrated across the country on or close to March 14 (3.14). All 8th graders started by reviewing the parts of a circle.

In the Stubaus group, the students used Pi to find out which is the ‘better buy’? They used A = πr2 to determine which of the following 2 choices was the better buy for the same price –1-18” pie or 2- 13” pies. The 18” pie contained more pie area, therefore, was the better buy.

In the Ranieri 8th grade group, they used basic geometry to identify diameters, radii, central points and central angles. Next, they used Pi formulas (C=2πr and C=πd) to find the circumference of various circles.

The rest of the grades celebrated Pi week in various other ways. Some students made Pi mobiles that are now displayed from a classroom ceiling. Many others created frequency tables and bar graphs representing the first 100 digits of Pi.  Ms. Dellafave’s classes created a “NYC Skyline” bar graph using the first 17 digits of Pi. Most all of our students used their artistic creativity to decorate the Pi symbols that are currently decorating the walls in the Math area.

Please see pictures  of all these amazing projects. Our proud students are very excited to have these pictures included in the Newsletter.

 

ATHLETICS

BASKETBALL

Congratulations to our Badger Boys Basketball Team! Great Season, we look forward to next year! 

CO-ED Basketball Clinic Grades 2nd to 4th, Monday, 22nd 3:05pm-4:00pm

Bonus Day Added - Monday, March 29th!

 

BADGER CROSS COUNTRY

Spring 2021

All Students:  Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8th 

Welcome to our 2nd season of Cross-Country here at The Craig School! We are very excited to provide an opportunity for our Badgers to get outside, socialize, and exercise! Spring Cross-Country will be another first in our long history of pride in Badger Athletics.

The format for Cross-Country is the same as with all sports here at The Craig School.  Student-athletes are required to commit two days a week to our program. For this season, those days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our current plan will have the team train and compete right here on our Mt. Lakes campus. 

All students must have a current academic year physical on file with the health office in order to participate. They must also maintain satisfactory grades in the classroom in order to be eligible to compete on the team. This also includes homework, as academics must come first. 

If you are interested, please email Mrs. Calvano at  MCalvano@craigschool.org

Please include your child's full name and grade. 

 

The season will start on April 20, 2021, from 3:05 pm to 4:30 pm. 

We will be  looking to do some lacrosse dates in the spring. More information to come.

 

Thank you,

Mr. Furlong

CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE

HOMEWORK HELP

Homework Help Week of March 22nd

 

Monday, March 22nd

 

NO HWH on Wednesday or Thursday, March 24th and 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 bbutter@craigschool.org or via call/text message on the Homework Help hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!

 

DEVELOPMENT

We invite you to a parent get-together over Zoom held March 23nd at 9:00 am. We will meet on Zoom and then divide into grade-level break-out rooms (e.g. 5th-grade parents with other 5th-grade parents). Click here to register: Parent Community Time: Parents Meeting Parents

 

IMPORTANT INFO

HALF DAY AND DELAYED OPENING SCHEDULES

Below are the schedules for your reference.

https://www.craigschool.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/THE-CRAIG-SCHOOL-LS_MS-Half-Day-Period-Rotation-Schedule-2020-21-revised-2-16-21-2.pdf

 

ATTENDANCE  

Please send an email to Kimberly McGroarty kmcgroarty@craigschool.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.”

 

 

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