Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of February 7th



Dear Craig School Families,

The students in Mr. Furlong’s Social Studies classes have always enjoyed their Skypes from around the world. As Craig parents traveled to such interesting places like Malaysia, Australia, Qatar, China, Hungry, Brazil, Portugal and so many more they scheduled times to Skype, giving our students remarkable visuals and backgrounds into places far away. How proud the students were to see their own parents up on the “screen”. Everyone had a chance to ask questions about these unique settings while we added to our bulletin board, “Oh, The Places We’ve Skyped.”

With the onset of COVID and far more travel restrictions, the Social Studies classes have not had the same opportunities for around the world Skypes. Yet, we continue to be fortunate that our Craig parents have found other ways to share their background knowledge and experiences. Through a Google Meet, one of our moms introduced the students to one of the most famous festivals in India - Holi. She read a beautiful children’s story about the origin and meaning of this Festival of Color. The students learned about the celebration and even the foods associated with Holi. After the presentation, the students completed an art project reminding them of what they had just learned. 

Another parent helped our fourth graders to have a deeper knowledge of Hanukkah through an interactive Google Meet. Students explored the history of this special holiday. They learned about traditions and ceremonies associated with Hannukah.  Everyone walked away with an understanding of the menorah and the symbolism of the eight candles. As a culminating activity, all were given a dreidel and were taught how to play this very enjoyable game.

This week we had our first in-person presentation since COVID struck. With masks on, social distancing, and windows opened we were a captive audience as we learned more about four prominent African Americans, Katherine Johnson, Serena & Venus Willims, and Robert Smith. Both fourth grades enjoyed a slide presentation hosted by yet another fourth grade parent. I learned a very interesting fact, that Robert F Smith, businessman, investor, philanthropist, and financially the wealthiest African American in the nation is a close family friend to one of our very own Craig students! The children heard about Katherine Jones’ adventures as the first African American woman to work as a NASA space scientist. Of course, everyone was familiar with tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams, but did anyone know that sisters a year apart in age were born in two different states? The presentation ended with a Q and A, correct answers received treats. 

All of these experiences mean so much to The Craig School children. We are grateful for the time our parents gave to us, and encourage any and all parent involvement as it continues to enrich the lives of our students.



Janet Cozine



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 week in Mind Up, students practiced Sun Breathing as another tool to practice mindfulness. They enjoyed the combination of physical movement to coincide breathing in and out. We then spent some time talking about the brain! Students shared fun facts that they already knew about our brains. We then moved into a discussion about the important parts of our brain and their functions. For example, we discussed the difference between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex in responding to emotions. For many of our students, this was their first exposure to the parts of the brain and it was exciting for them to think about. In coming weeks, we will be building on this information to better understand why we behave and act in certain ways based on our situations.




Craig High School Grad Panel 2022 Tuesday February 16th: We are excited to extend an invite to all of our Craig parents to join us for our annual grad panel on Wednesday, February 16th from 11-11:45PM.  We have assembled quite a special team of former  grads who will be sharing their insights into navigating the college landscape from choosing a school and major to the challenges of college and resources  available to students with learning disabilities.  We hope you will join us. The panel will be Virtual so we will share the Zoom Link and speaker bios prior to the panel so in meantime, save the date!  


Friday Twilight Skiing and Snowboarding at Mt. Peter

When the snow hits NJ that means three things!  Shoveling, snow days, and afterschool Skiing!  It's that time of year again, time to head up Mt. Peter (  Mt. Peter is located in Warwick, NY (51 Old Mt. Peter Road, 10990), about 30 miles from Craig.  This is a Craig community event open to all students, family members, staff and friends of The Craig School.  Families must provide their own transportation or car pool with others to the mountain.  

We have coordinated to ski/snowboard after school (4 PM start) on Friday, Feb 11th.  In order to join us and to take advantage of the Craig Group Discount, you must submit all forms and pay online by using the following link and the group code: Craigschool 

Helmets are a must for all skiers and snowboarders. Any questions reach out to Mr. Furlong at



The Global Citizenship Student Conference: Thanks to one of our Craig Middle School Parents, the students of Craig High will have the opportunity to be a part of the upcoming Global Citizens Challenge (Global Citizenship Challenge 2022)!  The Global Citizenship Challenge is an interactive conference experience where students virtually meet and work with other students from around the world.  Our seven CSHS participants will gain skills in digital collaboration, social impact, and cross-cultural understanding while learning about career opportunities in tourism and hospitality from professionals in the field. And it will look awesome on their student resume and college applications!  


On Thurs., Feb. 10th, our global student team led by our Director of College Counseling, Ms. Skerker, will attend a welcome session and orientation where they will learn what they can expect and hear more about the conference. Then on Friday, Feb. 11th, they will each join a “Penpal” session where students are broken into small groups to meet with other students from around the world. On Saturday and Sunday, they can join a variety of live and interactive leadership workshops and hear from travel leaders from Canada and the UK. It should be an amazing and enlightening experience! 



***Please note the location.  Meeting at the high school (not the LS/MS)


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




Girls Basketball  - Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8


February 8, 2022 (Tues) - Away Game [Villa Walsh]

February 11, 2022 (Fri) -  Home Game (red vs black)

February 15, 2022 (Tues) - Away Game [Peck]

February 16, 2022 (Wed) - End of season party


Practice 3:05-4:30

Games 3:05-5:00 if attending games, 5:30 if picking up at school


Boys Basketball - Grades 6, 7, & 8


February 8, 2022 (Tues) - Practice 

February 10, 2022 (Thur) - Home Game [Unity Charter] 

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 


Practice 3:05-4:30

Games 3:05-5:00 


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. 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.






Dates the Week of February 7th 

Monday, February 7th

Wednesday, February 9th

Thursday, February 10th

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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