Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of April 25th



Dear Craig School Families,

        During the parent/teacher conferences,  every reading teacher thoroughly described how morphology is woven into reading instruction. I, of course, am in total agreement with this approach, but then began to wonder how well all of you understood the importance of morphology instruction. No parent would argue that a student who struggles with decoding would need daily practice in phonological awareness, but what about morphological awareness? Morphology is the study of how words are formed from building blocks called morphemes, the smallest units of meaning in a word. Morphemes include roots, prefixes, and suffixes. When students learn to recognize these word parts, it makes them more efficient readers and spellers.      

       All of the reading teachers at Craig are quite familiar with the most common Latin  and Greek morphemes, and at which grade you typically introduce each one.  Grade level lists only offer an order in which the morphemes would be taught and are not used as a set standard. As the students are taught how words are made up of word parts, they start to see how words are related in meaning and spelling.  When our students come across an unfamiliar word, they have learned to break it apart and use their knowledge of the root, prefixes, and suffixes to infer the meaning of the whole word. 

         So should morphology instruction only be utilized with struggling readers? Absolutely not. Most of the general academic words our students need to learn are derived words with word parts. By taking a systematic approach to teaching morphology in reading, the content area teachers can then be more in a position to point out examples of words that have certain roots, prefixes, and suffixes from their content reading materials. Our commitment to morphological instruction extends so much further than decoding.  

        As you can see,  there is such value in addressing morphological awareness as early as possible in our students’ reading development. Morphological awareness enhances students’ existing skills by providing them with an additional tool to use when they encounter a challenging word. Because strong correlations have been found between morphological awareness and success in reading, writing, and spelling, all the teachers at  Craig have developed a strong morphological awareness program that every student participates in. 


Janet Cozine



May 6, 2020 (Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal

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

May 21, 2022- ( Sat) Walk for Janet M. Cozine

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)





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.



Counseling Corner:  The LD Wall of Fame project will begin this week for the 9th grade Social Dynamics class.  An annual, unique project where students select a well known person of their choice who is recognized for their talents in their area of fame (actor/actress, athlete, singer, politician, inventor, businessman etc.) and also lives with a learning disability.  

Students will learn about their chosen person through a systematic process of research, outline writing all which culminates with a poster.   

The goal of the LD Wall of Fame project is for our students to realize that despite having additional struggles in an area of academics or attention etc. that it should not stop them from working towards their goals and dreams for their future! 
Poster boards will be displayed upon completion at the entrance of our school for all to see!



Faulty Appreciation Week is just around the corner!

Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th PACS has planned some wonderful events and treats for our fantastic teachers and staff to show our appreciation for all that they do! In addition, you can help PACS celebrate our teachers and faulty…so please feel free to show the teachers appreciation with a more personal expression from you and your child. Monday: Candy Buffet in the Staff Lounge at the LS/MS and HS

Tuesday: Cookies in the Staff Lounge at the LS/MS and HS

Wednesday: Colonial Food Truck - Lunch provided at the HS Campus

Thursday: Colonial Food Truck - Lunch provided at the LS/MS Campus

Friday: Doughnuts and Coffee in the Staff Lounge at the LS/MS and HS


Parents and friends who wish to volunteer and lend a hand with Faulty Appreciation Week should contact Angelina Bright, PACS President,


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





The Language Arts Department

As our Craig badgers are about to skip into the month of May, it is hard to believe the year is drawing to a close. With that in mind, our 8th graders will end their year with special celebrations such as a formal dance on May 6th, as well as a special luncheon planned for June. However, their 8th grade Graduation is the pinnacle. Graduation marks a special time in a student's life as accomplishments and memories are celebrated. At The Craig School, we offer a unique experience for each 8th-grade student who is about to leave the doors of The Craig School to begin the next chapter of their lives. The students of the graduating class are given the opportunity to draft a speech to deliver to their classmates, family, and the faculty and staff of The Craig School. With the help of Mrs. Charniga and Mrs. Butter, in their language arts class, the students will be learning about what goes into writing a speech. In addition, the graduates will be taught the aspects of delivering a speech, from approaching the podium as rehearsed, standing with confident posture and using intonation and inflection.  We look forward to watching these students on Friday, June 17 take the next step into adulthood. Congratulations to the class of 2022!  GO BADGERS!




Let’s Go Badgers! 

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.   


We plan to run Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 26, 2022. Practices will end at 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 



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 April 25th

Monday, April 25th

Wednesday, April 27th

Thursday, April 28th 


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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