Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of March 7th



Dear Craig School Families,


Parent/teacher conferences will be starting next week, every morning from March 7th through March 25th, and half days Wednesday, March 9th, Thursday, March 10th, Friday, March 11th, and Friday, March 18th.  You will receive a follow up email from Kimberly McGroarty confirming your date and time for your conference as well as your login. 


The following subject teachers will be at the conferences: Reading, LA, Math, and Science or Social Studies (depending on who was present in the fall). If your child has an additional Orton pull-out that teacher will also be attending.


The Goals and Objectives were emailed Thursday, March 3rd. Since time is of the essence, while viewing your objectives think of questions you might want to ask the teachers. If you have any specific questions or topics you wish to discuss, you may want to open with those during your conference.


Parent/teacher conference is a time for parents to receive important information about their child and for teachers to hear your perspective about your child’s needs. Therefore, the most productive meeting would be without the student present. This may be a challenge with the virtual meeting and may require some creative planning. Our main goal is to explain and answer questions about your child as well as address your concerns. The parent-teacher connection truly helps the teacher-student connection.


Below are some helpful tips to consider for virtual conferencing:


  • Familiarize yourself with Google Meet before the conference.
  • Check your volume setting before beginning.
  • Log in during your scheduled times, not earlier. We will be ending each conference after 25 minutes to ensure that two families are not on the same meet.
  • If you have connectivity glitches, try logging off and then coming back to the meet.
  • If your wifi is lagging, you can turn off your video which helps consolidate resources and facilitate processing speed.
  • Do not worry if time does not permit all questions to be answered. A follow-up email or phone call to either myself or the teacher is more than welcomed.


Remember, parent/teacher conferences are for you. We want you included in our conversations because you are an integral part of the equation. We look forward to meeting with you and sharing so our children can learn and grow in the best way possible.



Janet Cozine




March 9-11, 2022 (Wed-Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal [Parent Teacher Conferences]

March 16, 2022 ( Wed) - College Counseling Webinar

March 18, 2022 (Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal [Parent Teacher Conferences]

March 24, 2022 (Thur) - STEM Night [Virtual Event - 7:00 pm]





PACS is so excited to be able to present the Scholastic Book Fair on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday March 9th to 11th.  The Book Fair is open from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm each day.  These days are half days and we encourage parents to visit the Book Fair after drop off or before pick up.  If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up for a time slot using the QR code in the flyer.  In addition, there will be books for purchase to support the library, if you wish.  Book Fair is coming and the kids are getting excited seeing the countdown calendar!  Hope to see you there!




On Tuesday, February 22nd your child's re-enrollment contract for the 2022-2023 school year will be emailed to all parents.  Please log in and electronically sign the contract and submit it. Contracts are due back by March 14, 2022.  


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.


Family STEM Night 


March 24th: Virtual event starting at 7:00pm. Be on the lookout for sign-up information from your child’s science teacher next week. 


100th Day Challenge!

The Social Justice Club, which meets during club time on Friday afternoon, has been learning about social justice - what it means, different issues within social justice and how they, as students, could be active participants regarding social justice issues. The members of the club decided that they wanted to focus on food insecurity in the local community, so they challenged members of the Craig student body to meet the 100th Day Challenge! Members of the club came up with a plan, made posters and fliers, hung them around the school, and made daily announcements to keep students excited about the challenge. 


The Social Justice Club challenged all Badgers to donate a total of 100 items to the Denville Food Pantry by the 100th day of school which was Wednesday, February 23rd. The grade that donated the most items would win a pizza party! As we know, Badgers ROCK!!! A total of 207 items were donated in less than 2 weeks, in time to meet the 100th Day Challenge! The sixth grade donated the most items and will celebrate with a pizza party in the next couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone who donated to this project and to the members of the Social Justice Club for their enthusiasm and hard work!

See our gallery!



Would you like your art featured on the front cover of our

First Annual Literary Magazine? 

For the design of our front cover, Ms. Kutcher, Ms. Tlack, & I will be looking for a collage of images such as books, nature, cameras, a badger, pencils, paint brushes, sculptures, musical notes, and any other images that represent the Arts at The Craig School. 


There is a firm deadline of Wednesday, March 30th!


Final Opportunity to Participate

Our first Craig School literary magazine is ready to start being assembled! Our deadline for entries was this Tuesday, March 1st.   If you would like to participate you have until 5 pm today to send a permission slip and email me your entry.


Important Reminders: 

  • Submit all pieces by email via March 1st @ att. Lit. Mag. + Child’s Full name
  • Art subscriptions require a short description of the inspiration and/ or materials used
  • All submissions must be previously edited and ready for publication


If interested, please ONLY choose one of the following: 

____I’d like to enter a photograph of an art project: drawing, photograph,  painting, or sculpture. *Along with your emailed piece, please provide a short description or the inspiration behind your piece. 

____I’d like to enter a handwritten piece         ____I’d like to enter a typed piece


____ I’d be interested in participating in the Lit. magazine creation: *creating videos that will be shared with our school community. Lit Lunch, meet during a club period or after school

____If space becomes available, I’d be interested in entering a second piece.

Child’s full name: ________________   Grade ___   Parent signature: __________________



11th Grade English Study Edgar Allen Poe:  Our 11th graders recently read Edgar Allan Poe's short story, The Pit and the Pendulum.   Written in 1824, it is a powerful first-person narrative inside the mind of a man imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition.  It is said by many readers to be one of the most effective pieces of literature at inspiring fear because of its uncanny ability to impact our five senses while reading it!.  

After reviewing the story and embracing their inspired fear, our students discussed the literary concepts of suspense and the power of sensory language. They then used these discussions to develop and create movie posters that would capture the story’s essence and entice people to the movie theater.  Each original poster includes a reimagined film title, current actors and their roles in the film, and subtle insights into the story.  Their movie posters are on display in our 2nd-floor English Department Wing!  




By Anthony Finn


Hands-on projects and research are an important part of solidifying learning. They give students a chance to apply the concepts they are learning about and synthesize information to use in new ways. What better place to do that than in Science! 


When our third graders finished up their unit on organisms and habitats, they completed a project on dinosaurs. They made and presented a poster on the habitat, location, diet, and size of the dinosaur of their choice. Currently they are hard at work on their weather unit, taking daily weather readings and reporting them to the school each day on the morning announcements. In the fourth grade, students are learning about the earth's crust, and how it changes due to such events as weathering, erosion, volcanic activity, and plate tectonics. They designed systems to help prevent landslides from destroying homes, and are currently working on problems involving soil erosion. In the fifth grade, students have just concluded their space unit, during which they made posters from their research on the planets. In addition, the students learned about how governments and the private industry are exploring the colonization of other planets that could be habitable for humans. Their unit finished with a fun STEM project in which they built moon landers. The challenge was to have the contraption land on its feet and to keep the marshmallow astronauts inside. We have some talented Badger engineers! At the culmination of our unit on cells, sixth graders are making models of plant and animal cells out of many types of materials to present to the class. While learning about the periodic table of elements, the seventh graders are becoming the experts on their chosen element. They are gearing up to make their presentations mid-March. Finally, our eighth graders are just getting started on their unit on evolution, which includes the evolution of the earth itself. They will work together to create a Geologic Time Scale, an eye-opening perspective for many. 


These various learning opportunities are valuable experiences for our students on many levels. Not only do they give the students a chance to apply what they have learned, but they are practicing communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving every step of the way; essential skills for all. 


Please see the photos in the Newsletter Gallery. 



Boys Basketball


March 8, 2022 - Home Game [Red vs Black]


Coed Basketball Clinic - Grades 3-5


Monday, March 7, 2022

Monday, March 14, 2022          

   Practice time: 3:05 pm to 4:00 pm 

If you are interested, please email Mrs. Calvano 

Please have a water bottle for the clinic    




As the temperatures begin to rise and our desire to be outside increases, consider registering to spend the day on one of the most beautiful golf courses in New Jersey while supporting your favorite school!  Registration is now open for our Annual Golf Outing which will occur on Tuesday, June 21st at Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg.  There are various levels of support including sponsoring a faculty member, joining us for dinner and the auction or sponsoring a tee.  Use this link to register: Craig School Golf Outing Registration and learn more about the event at  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!



A Walk to Honor Janet M. Cozine

Saturday, May 21, 2022


Thank you for participating in The Janet M. Cozine Fund.  We appreciate all of the gifts and messages received from our current families, alumni families, alumni, faculty, and staff.  Although we are well on our way towards raising the $265,000, there are still funds to be raised.

Please consider giving by using the donate button on this page.


You can also share our campaign mission with others. on social media, ask your company for a matching gift, or speak to others that may be interested in the Janet M. Cozine Auditorium.


Thank you again for your support of The Craig School.






Monday, March 7, 2022

No Homework Help - Wed., 3/9 and Thur., 3/10 - 12:00 Dismissals 


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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