Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of November 22nd



Dear Craig School Families,


Your children may have mentioned the lovely lady that has been observing in the reading classrooms. That person is Pattie Gordon, our new hire for the Orton-Gillingham department. Pattie is a Reading Specialist with seventeen years of experience. She has been a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner since 2017, and holds the Orton-Gillingham Method for Dyslexia Studies, MSRI-IV from Fairleigh Dickson University. As the number of students grows at Craig, we will continue to look for those highly trained educators to support our program.

Ms. Gordon will be shadowing several of our Orton/reading teachers to help her to understand the target population. She will also be working under the guidance of Jen Schilling and Linda Wallace, the Department Heads. Our plan is to have Ms. Gordon working directly with the students in December. We want Pattie to have an opportunity to understand the “Craig way” of educating the total child, the mission of the school. 

We feel fortunate that Pattie Gordon is a part of our team. She comes not only with skill but with a passion for helping students become confident readers. Please welcome our newest addition to our Craig staff, Pattie Gordon.


As Thanksgiving is just around the corner, I want to express how grateful I am to our Craig School community. I feel the nicest part of Thanksgiving is remembering and wishing special people like you the best of everything.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Janet Cozine



November 22, Monday – Picture Retake Day 

November 23, Tuesday – 12:00 Dismissal 

November 23, Tuesday – Report Cards Emailed to Parents & Districts

November 24-26, Wed.-Fri. – School Closed [Thanksgiving Break]

November 30, Tuesday- GivingTuesday- Wear your Craig Gear

December 3, Friday - 12:00 Dismissal

December 17, Friday - 12:00 Dismissal [Holiday Break Begins]

December 20, Mon.-Frid. - School Closed [Holiday Break]






Clinician’s Corner

This week during Mind Up, students learned about and discussed the many different organizational skills that could be helpful to them throughout their lives. We talked about the many different parts of life that require good organization including binders, backpacks, and bedrooms. With the older students, we also worked on more abstract topics such as organizing thoughts and time. Many students were in agreement that better organization will make their lives much easier to navigate. Students shared things that have and have not worked for them from past experiences. We talked about how to properly clean out our binders when they start to get really heavy. We also explored how using calendars and timers could be helpful when trying to better manage our time. We will revisit this topic frequently throughout the year so that students feel confident about their organizational skills. 






December 17th, 2021 Winter Wonderland 

PACS-  HS Events

  • December 8-10 - Tri-mester Treats during exams - organized by PACS for CSHS
  • Friday December 17 - Winter Spirit Day - PACS sponsored breakfast for CSHS


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





Mrs. Pompilio’s first period Orton Gillingham Reading class had fun playing “Name That Diphthong” this November. The students listened to words and picked out the diphthong in the words to score points. There was a come-from-behind victory in which a student won when he knew that the diphthong oi was in the word boisterous. Learning can be fun!





Fall Cross-Country- Grades 5th to 8th.  Starts Tuesday November 9th. From 3:05 pm  to 4:30 pm Every Tuesday weather permitting. Please email Mrs. Calvano at  if your child is interested. Please visit the Squadlocker Cross Country Store at SquadLocker


Girls Basketball  - Grades 5, 6, 7 & 8

Information & Sign Ups

Season starts Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (3:05-4:30)



Tuesday, November 30th, is GivingTuesday! In honor of this special day, we are asking all students, faculty and staff to wear their Craig Gear! 




No BHWS the week of November 22nd. Happy Thanksgiving!

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!



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.




Giving at Craig

For more information on ways of giving or to make a donation online you can clicking here.


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