Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of May 16th



Dear Craig School Families,

As you can tell from my recent correspondence, our leadership council has been hard at work this month. The Earth Day community clean-up was greatly appreciated. Pennies for Peace raised $1,018 for Ukraine. We were hoping for $6oo, and we broke $1,000! This year’s Mother’s Day plant sale far exceeded the amount from last year. All of the leaders’ efforts thus far have centered around giving to others, but last Friday night’s dance was designed for pure enjoyment.

Throughout last year and this, the leaders have longed for a school dance. Finally, the lifting of COVID restrictions allowed the proposal to come to fruition. This was a great opportunity for the leaders to become involved with all of the seventh and eighth grade Craig students and be a part of planning, fun, and participation. In most middle schools, dances are a tradition, almost a right of passage. Craig School should be no different. The leaders went to work deciding on a Tropical theme and announced the dance well in advance. They recruited as many students as possible to participate in the planning and decorating. They carefully thought out food, music, and even a cover charge to offset the cost. Their excitement was contagious, displayed by the number of parent volunteers.

The gym was beautifully decorated with balloons, centerpieces, and tropical backdrops. Fortunately, Friday was a half-day in-service, and the parents were able to start decorating at noon. When I walked in at 5:15, they were just completing the finishing touches. 

One of my eighth grade families set up a photo booth following the tropical theme. Students were taking pictures all through the night. We had a volunteer DJ from Craig High School who came fully equipped with a smoke machine, special lighting, besides a fabulous play list.

The leaders decided that this affair would be formal attire. I hardly recognized our beautiful and sophisticated students. Everyone danced, ate, took pictures, and just had a great time. I walked away with a glow. It was an event to be remembered and one to certainly be replicated.  Thank you to Laura Given and her leadership council for planning this special night. 

Thank you to Mr. Furlong, Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Flayderman, and Dr. Loftin for chaperoning. A huge thank you goes out to all of my parent volunteers. You made the event magical for our students.  


Janet Cozine



May 16, 18 & 19 (Mon, Wed, Thurs) - No Homework Help due to testing

May 21, 2022 (Sat) - Walk for Janet M. Cozine [10:00] 

May 25, 2022 (Wed) - GrandFriends RSVP’s Due

May 30, 2022 (Mon) - School Closed [Memorial Day]

May 31, 2022 (Tues) - Classes Resume

June 1, 2022 (Wed) - Last Day for Badger Homework Help

June 3, 2022 (Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal 

June 8, 9, & 10 (Wed-Fri) - 8th Grade Celebration [Daily Events]

June 3, 2022 (Fri) - GrandFriends Day & Craig Expo [8:30am-12:00pm]

June 21, 2022 (Tues) - Annual Golf & Auction Event 





Leadership Council - Red Nose Day 

Thursday is May 26. It will be a full day event during school. The Leadership Council has selected Family Promise of Morris County to be the benefactors of our fundraising efforts that day. We will have representatives from Family Promise come and speak to the school, lessons on food insecurity and housing challenges, and art activities.  The day will culminate with a student designed carnival. Each game ranges from .25 cents to $1. The money raised from the carnival will be given to Family Promise. 


Buddy Program 

On Friday leaders and 2-4 graders joined during mentoring and participated in team games, then enjoyed snacks together. Our last Buddy day will be June.


2022 Craigs Got Talent

The Talent Show is back for 2022! This year's show will be pre recorded videos. We are hoping to showcase the Talent at Grandfriends Day 2022! 


Here’s how this will work; 

  • We will operate like we did last year through a Google Classroom. 
  • All meetings will be scheduled for after school.
  • All ideas will be discussed at the meeting. 
  • Once an idea is approved, students can go film their act. 
  • All videos will be reviewed for approval
  • We will edit videos into a The Craig’s Got Talent Show 


Here are some examples of past acts; magic, comedy, singing, dancing, martial arts, basketball, dog tricks, hockey, bike tricks, cheerleading, gymnastics, and many other acts.


If you have questions please contact Mr. Furlong at


If you want to sign up please contact Ms. Arena at

8th Grade Families 

It's been a crazy few years! As we approach the final weeks of the 2021-2022 school year, we would like to let you know that we are planning three special days of celebration for our 8th graders. Please keep the June 8th, 9th, and 10th open. We hope to be able to have day trips to celebrate our Badgers! Stay tuned for more information to come.


Badgers for Life,

Mr. Furlong 



Dear Lower School Parents,

A treasured event is returning on Friday June 3rd - Grandfriends' Day!  PACS is helping to make it festive with decorating and sandwich making on Thursday June 2nd and "hostessing" on Friday June 3rd.  We need your help to make the event special.  We have created a sign up genius for the decorating team - the link is below.  Next week we will have another sign up genius with timed slots for the "hostessing".  Further details regarding those duties will accompany the sign up.

As always, PACS appreciates the support of our parents!

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Jahn at


Log onto our store, browse our items, order for your student and your family and The Craig School receives 20% of the order! All of the proceeds from this go towards the community events that we have planned throughout the year for you and your students to enjoy!


PACS Executive Committee information along with membership forms are on our website.

It is not too late to join our membership drive, please email Angelina Bright, PACS PRESIDENT at



 Students Represented in NJ 11th district Congressional Art Competition:  Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated. Students submit entries to their Representative’s office, and panels of judges select the winning entries.  On May 5th, 9th grader Chloe and 12th grader Aidan showcased some of their finest work in the NJ 11th district Congressional Art Competition, held at Montclair State University, and were personally honored by Congresswomen, Mikie Sherrill.  

Aidan submitted his Petals and Scales, a large-scale drawing that took over 6 hours and is made in graphite and charcoal. Chloe's Sightseeing is an incredibly detailed, panoramic style drawing created with pen and ink and sharpie.  We are so proud of our student artists and all of their hard work leading up to this prestigious event. Excellent job Chloe and Aiden!



It's time to enroll in The Craig School Summer Academy!  Please fill out the registration form to enroll your child in the full-day or half-day program. The dates of the Summer Academy are July 5th- 28th and 29th, depending on whether your child is enrolling in the morning or afternoon program. Prices and times for the camp are on the registration form.  Spaces are limited for the Summer Academy, so please enroll right away. Click this link for a full description of the program.

If you have any questions regarding re-enrollment or The Summer Academy, please reach out to Nicole Moon in the Admissions office.   (973) 334 1234.





Mr. Cordero's 6th grade Math class enjoyed a lesson that involved plotting points on a coordinate plane. This unit was the first time many students have been exposed to ordered pairs and coordinate planes. Understanding the difference between the X-axis and Y-axis prepares them for learning about rotations, reflections, and translations of geometrical figures. These are a set of skills they will begin to use more as they progress through middle school.





Lacrosse is back at The Craig School. We are going to run lacrosse as an in-house program as we reintroduce the sport after a two-year pause. The program will include girls and boys in grades 5th to 8th. Our goal will be to teach the lacrosse skills needed to have a competitive team or teams next year.  See schedule below.

May 17 (Tues), 19 (Thur)

May 24 (Tues), 26 (Thur)

May 31 (Tues) & June 2 (Thur) Last Day


Practice runs from 3:05-4:30 pm.

Your child will need a lacrosse stick and a water bottle to start. 


If you are interested in team gear please go to Squad Locker. We recommend that each player purchase a reversible pinnie from the store.

If your child is interested please email Mrs. Calvano at

Any questions please contact Mr. Furlong at 




The Craig School will be hosting a walk on Saturday, May 21, 2022 to honor Janet M. Cozine’s 42-year career at The Craig School with this school-wide celebration!


Activities will kick off at 10:00 am with music and greetings followed by a stroll down the Boulevard with Janet as well as our students, parents, alumni, alumni parents, and friends.  After the event, we will meet back on campus for more festivities and refreshments, which includes the Kona Ice Truck!  All participants will be eligible for prizes that day.  


We would love to see you and your families joining us on this special day to celebrate the one and only Janet  M. Cozine.

To let us know that you will be joining us:


or  contact me at or 973-334-1234 ext. 229.




Please use this link to purchase items from the Amazon wish list -

Items may be shipped directly to The Craig School at:

10 Tower Hill Road

Mountain Lakes, NJ  07046

If you have any questions or are having problems accessing the Amazon Wish List 

please email Amanda Jahn at or Katie Burke at


TUESDAY, June 21 at Ballyowen Golf Club!

Registration at  Craig School Golf Outing Registration and learn more about the event at  Our Annual Golf Outing is looking for support!  You can join us for golf, sponsor a faculty member, join us for dinner or even become a tee box sponsor!   Information about how you can help with our Golf Outing Auction will be forthcoming.  Please reach out to Katie Burke, Director of Development, at if you have any questions. I hope you'll join us for this fun day on the links



Thank you for all of your support for the Janet M. Cozine Auditorium renovation. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to this project, and for those who have gotten involved and shared their experiences at The Craig School.


Our campaign continues and as of today we have raised $165,000 with gifts from every constituency of the school: students, parents, faculty, staff, former faculty, alumni, alumni parents, and grandparents. A testament to Janet's 42 year career and the impact made on the lives of so many families that are a part of Badger Nation.


Our goal is to raise $265,000 for the completion of the project.  If you have not given to the campaign, please consider a gift today to celebrate our esteemed Director of the Lower and Middle School, Janet M. Cozine.


You can pledge here:

Donate to the Janet M. Cozine Auditorium,

pay via Text2Fund by texting Badgers to 71760,

pay via Paypal at 

or send a check made payable to The Craig School. 





NO Homework Support Scheduled the Week of May 16th - GMADE/GRADE Testing

UPDATE TO CALENDAR: In order to prepare for Grandfriend’s Day on June 3rd, our last day of Badger Homework Support will now take place on June 1st instead of the 2nd. Thank you!


Please remember to follow the same traffic patterns at homework support dismissal that you do at regular dismissal. Thank you!

If your child is leaving early or not coming to Badger Homework Support, please contact Mrs. Butter by email at or via call/text message on the homework support hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!



Craig School Emergency Contact System:  The Craig School uses a multi-tiered communication system that provides to our families, the highest level of certainty that you are made aware of any change in the opening or closing status of Craig Lower Middle School and Craig High.  Our various communication tiers include:  

  • Craig Notification Call System:  The Craig Notification call is a voice activated system so you need to say HELLO once and allow the system to activate.  If you say HELLO followed by another HELLO in rapid succession, the system will not activate and not start the recorded message.  If you are unable to take the call, it will leave a message. 
  • School Email Blast:  We will send out an email blast to all of our families and students.  Keep in mind that emails are dependent on the internet so if that’s down, so are emails.


DROP IN OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Dr. Loftin, Head of School

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday- LS/MS  2:00pm -3:00pm

Thursday - High School Campus - 2:00pm- 3:00pm

These hours are open for parents to schedule a meeting, drop in and discuss any issues or concerns or to just say hello.




Birthdays: Please note:

We understand that some children want to share a “birthday treat” with their classmates on their special day.  If you are planning to have your child bring food items into school for sharing please abide by the following:


  • Notify your child’s homeroom teacher prior to the day so that we are aware
  • Remember we are a “nut-free’ facility and food items containing nuts,nut oils,nut butters and/or peanuts are not allowed in the school
  • Each item is to be individually wrapped/packaged and can not be distributed from a communal box or container
  • Please provide the ingredient list with the foods as several of our students have food sensitivities


Treats will be shared at snack time or homeroom (at the teacher’s discretion) and not during lunchtime or recess.  We have more than one group-and sometimes grade- together at those times and it is difficult to single out only certain children for the treat while others are present.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Ellen Meisenbacher at


Thank you for understanding. 



  • Lunch orders are placed weekly, not monthly, and can be canceled up until 6:00 am on the day of service in the event your child is out sick. (See the Frequently Asked Question tab for detailed information and instructions)  
  • Orders for the upcoming week open each Wednesday and closes on Sunday at 6:00 pm  
  • No Fuss Lunch offers a variety of nut-free and allergy-friendly options for your children

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mary Calvano at




Drop Off

Please schedule student arrival no earlier than 8:00 am. Classes begin at 8:20 am.

All absences and late arrivals should be reported to our main office.  Please send an email to Kimberly McGroarty OR call our Main Line (973-334-1234 x 101) before 7:30 a.m.




Giving at Craig

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