Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of May 3, 2021



Dear Craig Families,

For the past four years, students at The Craig School have planted, tended, and harvested vegetables in their school garden as part of their hands-on Science/Social Studies learning. The garden was first developed by a former Craig student as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Under the guidance of Mr. Furlong, our Craig garden continues to flourish.

If you are new to gardening, you may think the growing season doesn’t begin until May, but that is not true at The Craig School. In order to excite our students about the growing process, Lower School Science classes started planting seeds in heating trays over a month ago. As most plants do not grow overnight, one of the most important things our students learned about gardening was patience. What a pleasant surprise to find after spring break our seeds had become seedlings. Students were able to bring home beans, broccoli, and even brussel sprout seedlings to plant in their own backyards. 

As more seeds were cultivated the students were taught where food comes from and how much energy it takes to grow it. More importantly, students were taught valuable life skills such as responsibility, problem-solving, caring, and teamwork as we started preparing the soils for our Craig garden. Every part of planting the garden is tended to by the students from rotating the soil to adding nutrients, to everyone’s favorite, weeding. Discussions on what to plant occurs regularly. We have learned from our years of experience that cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes grow quite well in our garden, so why not try four varieties of each!

Some crops will be harvested before summer break, and others will be ready when the students return in September. Students can’t wait to sample the fruits of their labor. Parents, I know you will be happy at the thought of your children eating lots of fresh vegetables for snacks. When you garden you make things grow, you create food and you transform spaces. What better way to learn new skills that are great for your health and well-being.


Janet Cozine

See our photos in our gallery.


Mon-Fri., May 3-7: Teacher Appreciation Week

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

Friday, May 21: Red Nose Day (Peer Leaders)

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

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



Leadership Council

Plant Sale update: This was our most successful year with over 50 orders!  Thanks to the families and staff who participated. Plants will be delivered Thursday, May 6. Leaders will sort and label the 312 flowers and vegetables ordered so they are ready for pick up between 3:15-4:30. If you have any trouble with the pick up day email Laura Given, to arrange an alternate time. 


Teacher Appreciation Week 

 It’s here!!! After weeks of prep we are excited to share our appreciation with our teachers. 


Reading Buddies 

Friday, April 30 Leaders joined with 2-4 graders to enjoy some terrific books and work on a secret project.

Reusable Water Bottles 

Please  remember to have your child bring a reusable water bottle to school daily, or weekly.  Our drinking fountains are locked down and only accessible by refilling bottles.  It is important to stay hydrated throughout the day, especially as the temperatures rise.  


Talent Show

The Talent Show is back and open to all The Craig High School and The Craig Lower/Middle School students. We are so excited to offer this opportunity to our students. We will work through Google Classroom.  If you are interested,  please email Mr. Furlong, and a Google Classroom link will be provided to you. 


Quick Facts on Talent Show:

  • If interested, please email by Monday, May 3rd. 
  • The show is virtual
  • All acts must be approved 
  • Students will submit a 2 to 3 min. video
  • The videos, once complete, will be featured in the show
  • The show will take place on Friday, June 4th (6:00 pm)
  • Mr. Furlong’s email 



The library is thriving!  Students are taking books out, and for the most part returning them. Currently we have 68 overdue. Could you take a peak in your home and see if you have a Craig library book in your home, car, child’s backpack etc?  We would love to have them back in our library. Also some of our books come back “well loved”. While I am happy that some books become so beloved that they look a bit like the Velveteen Rabbit, as you can imagine I can’t put them back on the shelf. Please remind your children to take care of the library books they check out. 

On another note, Angelo and Anabelle were the lucky library lunch winners for the month of April. Congratulations to you both!



It’s official, The Craig School record for participation on a sports team has been crushed! We now have over 40 students on our Cross Country team. We will divide into two pods to practice here on campus. 


Go Badgers!!!  




Dates Week of May 3rd


Monday, May 3rd


Wednesday, May 5th


Thursday, May 6th


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!



It’s so exciting to think that in a little over a month we’ll have the opportunity to come together as a community and celebrate this school that we love so much!  There are opportunities for golfers and non-golfers during the day and we will all join together for dinner and the virtual auction at night.  Please register and plan to join us on Tuesday, June 15th at Ballyowen for a day full of fun and a night where we can raise money for our beloved school.

To help us make this the best Auction yet, you can donate items from our Amazon Wish List.  Should you decide to purchase an item(s) through the Amazon Wish List, please make sure all items are at the Blue House by May 15th, and please list yourself as the donor so we can properly give you credit for your donation(s).

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me at or 973.334.1295 ext. 229.




Below are the schedules for your reference.

Half Day and Delayed Opening Schedule Rotation



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.


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