Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of February 28th



Dear Craig School Families,

At Craig, the writing process begins with utilizing Project Read Written Expression. There are brainstorming and sequencing sheets for each genre of writing. Each sheet includes the subject, key point, synonyms for the subject, and transitional words for sequencing.

The writing process continues with the software program, Mindomo. Students brainstorm ideas using the LA brainstorming sheets beginning with a subject and key point, and supporting details. They then transfer into Mindomo. Mindomo displays their ideas in an organized outline format. The Mindomo organizer helps students prioritize and sequence information and explore relationships among ideas.

The second through fourth graders students are provided Mindomo templates created by their LA teachers. In fifth grade, the students begin learning to create their own Mindomo maps, but not without a lot of teacher modeling. As the students become more comfortable with the program, they learn that different outline formats are used for different types of writing assignments, for example, one kind of outline might be used for a narrative exercise, another for informative writing.

By middle school, the students are using Mindomo to set themselves up for what they are going to write, but the teachers will continue sharing templates with the class using the Class Assignment feature. Teachers can pull up everyone in their classes Mindomo outline and be able to edit in real-time. Sharing the template as a Class Assignment feature also allows for the ability to share feedback as well.

Students are taught the importance of flexibility in using the outline. An analogy Mrs. Butter shares with her students is “You travel using your GPS. You have a route given, but sometimes there is traffic or an accident, and you are rerouted. Use your outline as a road map, but be ready to reroute where it makes the most sense in creating cohesive paragraphs.”

Why did we select Mindomo as our digital organizer? After Inspirations closed its doors to educators, the Craig teachers went to work researching the most efficient, user-friendly mind maps. After a full summer of investigation, it was found that Mindomo integrated the best with Google Classroom, but most importantly the template allowed students to work individually when summarizing and organizing their writing pieces.  As our students became more and more comfortable creating their Mindomo outlines, we encouraged the use of Mindomo mapping for researching in the middle school science classes. Our future goal is to have students use this tool across the disciplines. 


Janet Cozine



March 3, 2022 (Thur) - Goals and Objectives emailed to home & district

March 4, 2022 (Fri) - Dr. Suess Breakfast [PACS]

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

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

March 24, 2022 (Thur) - STEM Night [Details to follow]






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.


Many people including many of our students can get caught in a web of negative thoughts- about themselves, their friends, their classes, etc. In the midst of these thoughts, it can be difficult to differentiate between those that are true and those that are not. Our brains do a great job of convincing ourselves that all of our negative thoughts are real. As social clinicians, a big part of our job is helping students to sort out these thoughts and be able to tell the difference. Although this is not easy, it can be accomplished with practice, just like most things can be. Below is a video that can be helpful to watch with your child if you notice them getting caught in the web of negative thoughts:


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Senior Blake Accepted to West Virginia University:  We are overjoyed to announce that  Blake is the first Craig Badger student ever to be accepted to West Virginia University! Blake shared that he selected WVU as one of his possible schools based on their strong computer and business programs.  


WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, is approximately six hours from Northern NJ, and has over 26,000 students. They offer 145 undergraduate majors in addition to graduate programs. They compete in Division I athletics in the Big 12 Conference for sports. Students enjoy cheering on the WVU Mountaineers in football and basketball especially while singing the unofficial song of the university, “Take Me Home Country Roads.” WVU offers accommodations through its robust Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) and has a strong on-campus support program through the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities.  Outside of the classroom, the university has over 450 clubs and organizations, including a Quidditch Team, outdoor adventure groups, and gaming clubs. 







Coed Basketball Clinic - Grades 3-5

Co-Ed Basketball Clinic 2022

Grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th

Event Dates:

Monday, Feb. 28, 2022

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

If there are any questions please contact Mr. Furlong at 973-334-1234 Ext. 110


Boys Basketball 


March 1 (Tuesday) - Home Game [Red Vs Black]  3:05-4:30 

March 3 (Thursday] - Home Game [Red Vs Black]  3:05-4:30 



Save the Date!

Saturday, May 21, 2022

A Walk to Honor Janet M. Cozine


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.






Date the Week of February 28th


Monday, February 28th


Wednesday, March 2nd


Thursday, March 3rd



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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