Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of April 11th



Dear Craig School Families,

Today was School Spirit Day and your children had fun showing off their favorite sports jerseys. What a variety we had, from football, to hockey, to basketball - high school, college, and professional. School spirit is in many ways the heart of a school and our peer leaders continue to help us foster that sense of belonging among students and staff. When it’s at its strongest, school spirit inspires active participation in school activities and events. We are hoping all of our Craig families will feel the motivation and enthusiasm to participate as we kicked off the peer leaders’ service project, Pennies for Peace next week. The very first Pennies for Peace donation came from a group of elementary school students in Wisconsin in 1995. Students collected pennies, sent them to the Central Asia Institute, and Pennies for Peace was born!


After much research using Charity Navigator as a resource, and studying the current climate, the peer leaders voted to use the concept of Pennies for Peace, but the donation of funds would go to the Ukraine, under Global Giving. This program focuses on raising cross-cultural awareness through education to promote peace around the world. Our donation to this fund will support Ukraine's current need with the focus on the most vulnerable, which includes children.  The leaders have their containers to support the donations ready, and are prepared to explain the charity effort to each homeroom Monday, April 18th. It is difficult to understand that pennies in the United States may have small worth, but in the Ukraine, just a few pennies has a great impact on the many families displaced by the war. The drive will run through the end of April, so send in your change. Together we can cultivate peace, nurture hope and change the world - one child at a time.



Janet Cozine



April 18, 2022 (Mon) - Classes Resume

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

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

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.




CSHS Ladies Leadership Luncheon-Webinar on NJ Women in Government, Inspirational Judges and their Journey in Leadership:  In honor of Women’s History Month, The Craig School High School was invited to join a special live webinar sponsored by the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey.  This webinar was entitled Women in Government: Inspirational Judges and their Journey in Leadership.  The members of our CSHS Ladies Leadership League (otherwise known as L3), participated in this online event and held a Lunch and Learn meeting.




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





On a quest to continue to increase their expertise in the instructional methodology of Orton Gillingham, three Craig teachers, Lynn Imperatore, Karen Pompillo, and Janelle Kenny-Johnson spent the last year becoming Orton-Gilingham Certified instructors. Although all three instructors were previously Orton trained, they wanted to best serve the Craig School students with this additional certification. Research shows that one of the best ways to raise student achievement is to continue to strengthen teaching professionals' knowledge and skills in order to help students learn at the highest levels. 

The three teachers embarked on a year-long, supervised practicum.  It was not only a year of additional training, on top of their already robust teaching schedules, but also marked their personal investment in student literacy and education. This practicum process entailed working 1:1 with a focus student. 45-60 lesson plans were created, executed, and were observed with the Orton Gillingham methodology. The teachers received ongoing feedback throughout their training. Additionally, these Craig teachers had to pass a final assignment, as well as take and pass the KPEERI, an exit exam that requires an 80 percent or higher in order to receive certification.  All three teachers took, and passed this exam on their first attempt. Congratulations Mrs. Imperatore, Mrs. Pompilo, and Mrs. Kenny-Johnson on you certification and thank you for your commitment to the Craig School students.



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 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 18th


Monday, April 18th


Wednesday, April 20th


Thursday, April 21st


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.




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




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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