Dear Craig School Families,
Do you remember when you were in elementary school and your music teacher pulled out the beloved plastic recorders? You practiced “Hot Cross Buns” until the day came when you could finally perform for your parents. Mr. Snowdon remembers those days vividly, and that is why he treats teaching his music classes very differently. Because of Mr. Snowdon’s love of music he is passionate about making music fun. He doesn't just teach music, he engages the students, and that doesn't mean cramming notes into memory. His mantra continues to be “Teach them what they like.” Whenever a new instrument is introduced, the students get ten minutes to just play with it, then instruction begins. The students are not taught to read music in a traditional manner, but are taught by creating melody. The pattern to creating a melody is consistent, easy to replicate, and only involves five simple steps, but the product is fantastic! Students have already learned to create their own melodies using xylophones, drums, piano, and guitar.
Another unique teaching method used incorporates the use of technology. Everyone brings their laptops to class and time is first spent on virtual lessons with each instrument leading up to the real ones. Mr. Snowdon has even created his own drum track and combined with the students’ melodies from varied instruments, has made the finished product, “Rap tracks”, music the seventh and eighth graders find very relatable. Soon the classes will be making their own drum tracks to share, embracing the musician within.
Study after study about education reveals the importance of music classes. The training not only helps students develop fine motor skills, supports focus and attention, but also improves cognitive skills. If you asked the students at Craig what the benefit of music class is they would concur, “We get to have fun”.
February 16, 2022- Virtual Grad Panel Webinar
February 18, 2022 (Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal
February 21, 2022 (Mon) - School Closed [Mid Winter Break]
March 3, (Thur) - Goals and Objectives emailed to home & district
March 9-11, 2022 (Wed-Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal [Parent Teacher Conferences]
March 18, 2022 (Fri) - 12:00 Dismissal [Parent Teacher Conferences]
This Friday during mentoring, students were given the opportunity to practice mindfulness with their homeroom. Each student is an individual when it comes to mindful practices that are most helpful for them. Many students enjoy coloring mandalas to get in touch with their inner peace, while others prefer listening to music or meditating. Some of our older students used this time to journal about their day or their feelings. The teachers and clinicians will be working with students over the next several weeks to figure out what works best for each child in order to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. If you notice a way that your child is able to calm down while home, let us know so that we can help adapt it to the classroom!
Craig School Grad Panel 2022
Tuesday February 16th:
Craig School High School Virtual Grad Panel 2022, Weds Feb 16th (11AM): We are excited to extend an invitation to all of our Craig parents to join our 11th and 12th-grade students for our 2nd annual virtual grad panel this Wednesday, February 16th from 11-11:40AM. To register in advance for the grad panel go to:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Feb 16th Zoom.
We have assembled quite a special team of former Craig grads who will be sharing their insights into navigating the college landscape from choosing a school and major to the challenges of college to the resources available to students with learning disabilities. We hope you will join us. Below are mini-profiles of this year’s grad panel speakers:
Wesley- Class of 2021
Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island (www.bryant.edu)
Malya - Class of 2021
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey (www.monmouth.edu)
Kevin - Class of 2021
County College of Morris, Randolph, New Jersey (www.ccm.edu)
Amanda - Class of 2020
Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire (www.franklinpierce.edu)
Maya - Class of 2020
Centenary University, Hackettstown, New Jersey (www.centenaryuniversity.edu)
LIT MAGAZINE VIDEO
Be sure to watch out Lit Magazine Outreach! We are so excited!
Lower School - Dr. Seuss Breakfast is coming up soon on Friday March 4th and we need volunteers to help make it spectacular! Below is a sign up genius where you can volunteer to either help us decorate the cafeteria and make Dr. Seuss themed treats on Thursday March 3rd OR volunteer to serve the breakfast on Friday March 4th. This is a super fun event and we need your help to make it happen. Any questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Seuss Breakfast - set up and serving sign up
PACS- HS Events
High School - Read Across America is a much loved event by our students. We want to make it special for them by providing fun Dr. Seuss themed treats that we will be making / assembling in our Craig High School kitchen. We need your help to make this a super fun event. We are looking for volunteers to come to the kitchen Thursday morning March 3rd from drop off to 11:30 am. You can sign up using the link below. Any questions, please contact Amanda Jahn at email@example.com.
Read Across America - treat creations
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, please email Angelina Bright, PACS PRESIDENT at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing have begun! To bring this worldwide event into the classroom, Mrs. Butter, Mrs. Wiederlight, and Mrs. Miller will be working on an LA and math cross-curricular project with the Butter and Feldmann groups. They will be choosing a country in math and will have the opportunity to compete in mathematical Olympic events. The decimal numbers collected from each event will be used to compare, order, and compute decimals. In language arts, the students will use a collection sheet to brainstorm information about the country that they have chosen in math class. They will then use that collection sheet to sequence in Mindomo and then type an organized paragraph using proper sentence structure they learned from Framing Your Thoughts. Afterwards, the students will edit their paragraphs with their LA teachers and the self-editing tools they use daily, Grammarly and Read and Write. Go Team USA!
Girls Basketball - Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8
February 15, 2022 (Tues) - Away Game [Peck]
February 16, 2022 (Wed) - End of season party
Games 3:05-5:00 if attending games, 5:30 if picking up at school
Boys Basketball - Grades 6, 7, & 8
February 15, 2022 (Tues) - Practice
February 17, 2022 (Thur) - Home Game [Red vs Black]
February 22, 2022 (Tues) - Game TBA
February 24, 2022 (Thur) - Game TBA
Please visit the SquadLocker Basketball Store at SquadLocker
Coed Basketball Clinic - Grades 3-5
The clinic is on hold, more information to follow.
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.
https://www.craigschool.org/giving/janet-m-cozine-auditorium/ 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.
BADGER HOMEWORK SUPPORT
Dates the Week of February 14th
Monday, February 14th
Wednesday, February 16th
Thursday, February 17th
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 email@example.com 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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for understanding.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mary Calvano at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org OR call our Main Line (973-334-1234 x 101) before 7:30 a.m.