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LS/MS Week of May 10, 2021

THE CRAIG SCHOOL

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Craig Families,

What a surprise when we pulled up to school Monday morning to see a massive “We love our teachers” sign. We were all greeted with thoughtful messages and treats. That was the start of a week of amazing tokens of appreciation. Thanks to all of you! A special thank you goes out to the Teacher Appreciation Committee co-chairs: Susan Gross, Heather Soufan, and Angelina Bright.

 

Tuesday, National Teacher Appreciation day historically is a day on which everyone takes the time to show appreciation for all of the hard work our teachers do, but at The Craig School, teacher appreciation was a week-long celebration. We have had a lot of heroes to celebrate over this past year, among them has been our Craig School teachers. We owe them our thanks for their unwavering devotion and commitment to our students and our families. Everyone went above and beyond during the COVID year, that was riddled with change and uncertainty.

 

A little over a year ago our teachers had to make the switch to remote learning with little or no notice. They did it with grace and a sense of humor, sometimes having to learn new technology platforms on the fly. When the new school years started, a new learning curve began, in-person learning and virtual classroom at the same time, Craig’s hybrid model. Our teachers took the lesson plans they had developed for in-person instruction and made them work for the remote students as well. Faced with teaching new models, our staff quickly developed creative virtual classroom ideas to engage both sets of students. They delivered learning supplies, rallied around remote learners who were having difficulty with virtual instruction, and never showed anxiety or frustration over what no one could control. The academic and emotional well-being of their students always came first.

 

This week our Craig families remembered and praised our teachers for their unmatched dedication, especially over the past year. Messages, treats, plants, food trucks and so much more were provided to acknowledge an incredible staff. Let’s all remember to praise the way our teachers rose to the occasion over the past year and appreciate them every day!

 

Sincerely,

Janet Cozine

 

CALENDAR INFO

Tues-Thurs.,May 18-20: GMADE/GRADE Testing

Friday, May 28: 12:00 Dismissal (Faculty Forum)

Mon., May 31: School Closed (Memorial Day)

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

The Parents of The Craig School appreciate teachers EVERY SINGLE DAY, but this week gives us a chance to show it.  In what's been the most challenging year, they have gone above and beyond to keep our children engaged, motivated, learning, and thriving!

This year we appreciate them more than ever and on your 

behalf this is what the week entailed:

The teachers were welcomed on Monday with a large

“We LOVE Our Teachers Sign”

 

A “Treat of Appreciation” was waiting in their mailboxes each morning

 

The Colonial Grill Food Truck Provided Lunch 

On Thursday (LS/MS) and Friday (CHS)

We Presented the Teachers with our Word Art Project

We had a tremendous response to our Word Art Project.

We asked our students (and parents) 

“In a Word, Describe Your Teachers”

In creating this artwork, more often a word was used, the bigger it became.  What more can we ask than for our children to feel that their teachers are: AWESOME, NICE, KIND, and SUPPORTIVE.  But what is more heartwarming is the next largest-size words: Attentive, Engaging, Dedicated, Calm, Brilliant, and Amazing.  These are our teachers… for whom we are endlessly thankful!

 

This Word Art has been framed and will be placed in the school for all to see. 

The LS/MS students asked how they can join in the celebrating

The teachers… so we had the Kona Ice Truck. stop by.

 

Finally, the Week of Appreciation came to a close with a Happy Hour. Teachers and faculty 

from both campuses were invited to join for Happy Appetizers & Happy Conversation

at a local patio restaurant. From all accounts, the teachers have truly 

appreciated this special week, and it has been an honor 

to appreciate the teachers on behalf of the Parents of the Craig School.  

Sincerely,

Susan Gross, Heather Soufan & Angelina Bright

Teacher Appreciation Week PACS Co-Chairs

 

See our photos in our photo gallery.

 

Leadership Council 

What a week! Leadership has put a good deal of time and effort into Teacher Appreciation Week. They created a slideshow, wrote letters and gave special treats. Taking the time to reflect and show your gratitude is a worthy endeavor. Thanks to all the Leaders for your time, energy and thoughtfulness. The teachers truly appreciated all your efforts. 

 

This is the last month for our Buddy program. Friday, May 7th the 2-4 grades will meet with their buddies to write postcards to the residents of St. Francis and the 5-6 graders will join the buddies on May 14. 

Laura Given 

 

Library  

This week while checking books back in and reviewing the overdue books I was struck by the number of books I noticed a student had taken out of the library. I began to investigate further. Over the past two years Daniel, Ellie and Alex have collectively taken out 169 books!  That is an extraordinary number. I began wondering what the average was per student each year. After some quick tabulations it appears on average students take out 15 books per year. Our library is a vital component of our school. It helps fuel our emergent and reluctant readers. 

Laura Given 

 

Talent Show 

 Currently we have over 35 students that have expressed interest in performing in our virtual talent show. Please note the following dates: 

 

  • All acts must be approved by Friday, May 7th.
  • Next meeting Tuesday, May 11th at 7:30 pm 
  • Final videos must be submitted by Monday, May 17th 

 

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS

Mrs. Brielle Miller Language Arts 2nd - 5th

 

As language arts teachers, it is our job to help The Craig School students learn how to write and publish organized paragraphs and essays. Regardless of the student's grade or level, the writing process is continually stressed even more than the shiny, finished composition.  Each family receives paragraphs or essays throughout the year. It is so important for the learners to see that it is not only the final product that is valued but that all of their effort throughout is noticed, including the planning sheet, checklist, drafts, and  peer editing that they worked on so diligently in order to arrive at that final product. With that being said, we don't want to ignore that shiny final copy either. Once at home, it is important for students to read this aloud to family members, Facetime grandparents, or sit with the family dog to share what they have worked so tirelessly to complete.

This final step in the writing process allows the children to see that all their hard work doesn't just get stuffed in a binder for no one to look at past the classroom. They will observe that it is noticed, appreciated, and has helped them grow as a writer. The attached photos not only show your children sharing their work with their peers before it is sent home to you, but what they have learned behind the scenes. Students learned that presenters must stand tall, keep their paper away from their face in order to project their voices, and speak in a loud, clear voice. The audience also has an important role. They should sit and listen quietly, keep eye contact with the presenter, and maybe even end with a few cheerful claps and a smile.

 

This journey, in the end, is a rewarding experience even for those students who still haven't found joy in writing. To see that they have created something that others can enjoy sparks a sense of pride in even our most reluctant students.

See our photos in our gallery.

 

ATHLETICS

Cross Country

Good Day Badgers! We are  now up to 43 Badgers running Cross-Country! Now that we have so many new Badgers, we have opened a Squadlocker Store for Badger gear. Please use  the link below to purchase optional Cross Country gear. 

 

https://teamlocker.squadlocker.com/#/lockers/spring-cross-country-2021

 

HOMEWORK HELP

Dates Week of May 10th

 

Monday, May 10th

 

Wednesday, May 12th

 

Thursday, May 13th 

 

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 all love the opportunity to come together and support this school that we love so much!  This year both golfers and non-golfers will convene at Ballyowen Golf Club on Tuesday, June 15th.  Golfers will start the day with lunch and then hit the links for a round on New Jersey's #1 rated golf course.  Non-golfers will eat lunch and then have an afternoon of relaxation enjoying a massage, manicure, pedicure and/or wine tasting. After the day spent golfing/getting pampered, we will all join up for refreshments,  dinner and our virtual auction.  It is sure to be a fun day for all in support of The Craig School!

 

Register today and show your support of The Craig School!

https://www.craigschool.org/giving/annual-events/

 

IMPORTANT INFO

HALF DAY AND DELAYED OPENING SCHEDULES

Below are the schedules for your reference.

Half Day and Delayed Opening Schedule Rotation

 

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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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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