Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of May 9th



Dear Craig Families,

You made our Teacher Appreciation Week extraordinary. We were overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness. Although not as challenging as last year, times have been tough, but our teachers are tougher. We owe them our thanks for their unwavering devotion and commitment to our students and families.


During Teacher Appreciation Week we enjoyed everything from breakfast to lunch and cookies in-between. Such efforts were made to make everyone feel special, but can I take a moment to address an appreciation to all of you? Parents, you too have gone through an unbelievable two years. You have been teachers, caregivers, coaches, and more. You have received phone calls from our nurse on Wednesdays that have set your week into a tailspin. You have become masters in technology and experts in flexibility. As we celebrate our remarkable teachers, let’s celebrate all of you. The entire Craig family should be honored for going beyond the call of duty to make the positive impact we have had on our students’ learning and development. Educating is heart work. I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing Craig School Community.



Janet Cozine



May 17-19, 2022 (Tues-Thurs) - GMADE/GRADE Testing

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

May 31, 2022 (Tues) - Classes Resume

June 3, 2022 (Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal 

June 3, 2022 (Fri) - GrandFriends Day & Craig Expo [morning]




Community News  

  • Thank you to all who participated in the Pennies for Peace fundraiser. We are in the process of wrapping up the coins. We can report next week how much we collected and will send to Global Giving’s Ukraine Relief Fund. 
  • We received the most orders yet for our 5th annual Plant Sale . Flowers will be delivered Thursday, May 5 from 3-4:15 on the Craig campus. If you are unable to pick up at that time please email to make other arrangements. Proceeds from the sale will go directly back to Craig. The Leadership Council votes on how they would like the money to be used then makes a presentation to the administration for approval. See our gallery of photos of the plant sale.
  • The first annual school dance for 7th and 8th graders is almost here!  Friday, May 6th from 5:30-7:30 students will come to campus and dance the night away surrounded by the tropical hawaiian decor. 
  • Teacher Appreciation Leaders created special small surprises each day for our teachers to demonstrate their appreciation. On Friday we will give the teachers an additional gift and a letter of appreciation.  
  • Buddy Program - Friday, May 13th. Leaders will join with their buddies for 30 minutes in the am. Brynn and Gabby are designing the morning. 
  • Red Nose Day, is 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. 


Library - WOW! Thank you to the families that checked their homes for over due books. We had over 25 returned last week. A big thanks to Lana who has been our library aide champion. She comes each week and works on any project I request. She is extraordinary. If you would like to become involved in the library next year I would LOVE to have you join us. We typically have 4-6 people who are aides each year. You can chose the time and day you volunteer. Typically volunteers come for 1-2 hours a week. If interested in getting involved email



Art Studio Website: Spring has arrived in the  High School Art Studio, and led by Mrs. Tartaglia, our students are busier than ever creating their own personal masterpieces.  From Monochromatic Landscapes to Print Making to Architectural Design, please check out all of the happenings in the art room at our official Craig Art Studio website:



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



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.




LA Newsletter

Framing Your Thoughts Sentence Structure teaches the children at The Craig School to write detailed sentences that include all sentence elements. Starting with bare-bones sentences which only include a subject and a predicate is the beginning of the process. We gradually add the different types of predicate expanders to add interest to the sentences. These expanders will answer the questions where, how, when, and why.  Next, the receiver of the predicate can answer what or who does the action. For more detail, subject descriptions are added so we know what the subject looks like, how it behaves, and how many there are. Furthermore, connectors can be added if there is more than one subject or predicate, or if we have a compound sentence.  We use special symbols to diagram the sentences. The children are given picture prompts to inspire writing the best sentences ever.  See what great diagrammed sentences we can write.

See our photo gallery.



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 10 (Tues), 12 (Thur)

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 



A letter from a parent sharing her experiences.

Hello Craig School Parents!

It’s hard to believe that after 10 years as a Craig School parent, my second child to attend Craig will graduate this spring.  My whole family has been so positively impacted by The Craig School. The skills learned here and the friendships formed will remain with all of us for the rest of our lives.   Although next year I won’t be at The Craig School quite as much, I will continue to be involved and support this school that has given my family and me so much.  

As I reflect on this big change, I recognize that the world is constantly evolving.  As new people come into our lives and cherished friends move on to other endeavors, it is incredibly important to keep Craig strong.  The best way that I know to help Craig continue to grow and thrive is by supporting their fundraising efforts.  The Craig School’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Golf Outing, will occur on Tuesday, June 21st at Ballyowen, New Jersey’s number 1 rated golf course.  You do not have to be a golfer to participate in this fundraising event.  You can attend the dinner and auction which is a wonderful opportunity to meet other Craig families, alumni and friends and help support this school we love so much!

If you’re not able to golf or attend dinner on Tuesday, June 21st, you can still support the school by helping with the silent auction.  You can donate items to the auction through our Amazon Wish List. The Amazon Wish List is similar to a gift/wedding registry – there are an assortment of items of varying price levels available for you to purchase for the 2022 Golf Outing and Silent Auction which will be delivered directly to the Blue House.   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 20th and please list yourself as the donor so you can properly receive credit for your donation(s). 

There are other ways that you can support The Craig School’s biggest fundraiser of the year too.  You can make a monetary contribution - checks can be made payable to The Craig School and dropped off at the Blue House or your son/daughter can give it to their teacher.  You can purchase a tee box, sponsor a teacher or  you can donate an experience for the auction (tickets to a sporting event, vacation home, hotel package, etc.) Finally, you can volunteer to help put together the donations once all the items have been received at Craig.  There are so many ways to help make this year’s Golf Outing and Silent Auction the best fundraiser yet!  

Thank you so much for your support of The Craig School.  Any donation of items, cash, or time that you’re able to provide for this event would be wonderful!   We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 21st  to celebrate Craig!                             

Amanda Jahn, Craig High School Parent



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. 



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.





Dates the Week of May 9th

Monday, May 9th

Wednesday, May 11th

Thursday, May 12th 

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.




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