Dear Craig Families,
Do you remember when children would say, "Math is boring or when will I ever use this anyway?" Hopefully, you will not hear that coming from the mouths of our Craig students, because we make math real and alive. Ask two of our second graders who worked at the Pizza Fraction Shop where Miss Della Fave ordered different fractional amounts of pizza in her very best Italian accent. Evidence shows that hands-on learning and real-world application are most effective at engaging students’ interests and in establishing recall of material.
As parents, we worry about the times when our children will face those real-life math situations. Will they be successful? Will they get the right change? Can they order online? Will they understand the value of that sale without my support? That is why our math teachers start very early on, teaching skills in relation to real-world math scenarios. Of course, all the state standards continue to be met, but skill and drill can be obtained through personal experience. For example, the fourth and fifth graders learn decimals through money. The sixth graders work on percents, while they shop at their favorite stores, tying in discount and sales tax. What can be more motivating than a good sale? Using a page out of the newspaper ad. section, Mrs. Ranieri's 6th and 7th graders learned about apartment hunting. They estimated the total rent and cost of utilities and then checked to see if they had enough in their budget to rent the apartment. They also had to figure out which was the most affordable apartment, even if it wasn't their favorite.
Kids love to build, create, and apply what they learn to the real world. Mrs. Stubaus found a great way to engage her eighth-grade students was through design and construction. If they did a scale drawing of a kitchen with an 8' x 10' floor space how large a table plus four chairs could fit into the design? Her students cut out scale sized furniture and moved it around on the scale drawing. They then tested their theory, creating the floor model. One of the students commented that she was going to use the scale drawing concept to arrange the furniture when she moved into her new bedroom. Projects like this offer a wide range of interesting and challenging real-world applications.
When students' interests are piqued they will be more motivated and engaged in the learning process. Direct involvement activates the memory channels. At the Craig School, math is no spectator sport. Our students learn the power of math.
Friday, April 2 to Friday, April 9 - School Closed, Spring Break
Monday, April 12 - Classes Resume
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, 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday Basketball grades 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Final Day Monday, March 29th!
Cross Country Sign Ups - Please email Mrs. Calvano at email@example.com if you are interested.
Dates Week of March 29th
Monday, March 29th
Wednesday, March 31st
NO HWH, April 1st
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via call/text message on the Homework Help hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!
HALF DAY AND DELAYED OPENING SCHEDULES
Below are the schedules for your reference.
Please send an email to Kimberly McGroarty email@example.com 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.”