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LS/MS Week of November 15th

THE CRAIG SCHOOL

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER
NOTES FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Craig School Families,

The fall parent/teacher conferences are nearly behind us as we come closer to our first-trimester report cards. Even though the conference days were long for me, I enjoyed having that time to discuss our students. I never tire of hearing how reading skills are developing, or students are starting to build sentences with mobility. So many of you expressed that one of the best changes thus far was to finally see your child happy with school.

I find coming together with a full team of teachers helps my parents to understand how we integrate our reading and writing curriculum across all content areas. Strategies such as RACE and Visualising and Verbalizing are just a couple of the techniques we use to help the students to generalize reading and writing skills. Starting with our youngest grades, where the structure words are used in Oral Language before written, and in listening comprehension before passage comprehension, offers those building blocks for establishing good reading and writing habits.

When it comes to building blocks and background knowledge, I would be remiss not to mention math. All of the math teachers spoke not only of the real-life math experiences used in their classrooms from lower grades through middle school, but the departmental organizational plan that helps the students to refer back to prior knowledge, content, and skill. The color-coded reference sheets for each unit, uniformly developed for each grade helps the students’ level of independence as the students learn to retrieve and reconnect to units they have previously completed. 

Although we still have another week of morning conferences, I want to thank my teachers for all giving such a clear vision of what happens in their classrooms. Their knowledge and passion was so apparent. Thank you to my parents for partnering so beautifully with us as we make our way into the second semester.

Sincerely,

Janet Cozine

 

CALENDAR INFO

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]

December 3, Friday - 12:00 Dismissal

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

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

 

 

COMMUNITY NEWS

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

A select group from the Leadership Council went to MSU to participate in a Leadership Summit. Students met with their college mentors and participated in a number of leadership and team work exercises. We ended our day learning about the diverse academic offerings MSU has and taking a tour of the campus. See our photos in our gallery.

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

PACS LS/MS

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

PACS EVERYDAY!

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!

CRAIG SPIRIT WEAR STORE

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  pacs@craigschool.org

PACS PAGE

 

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS

ACADEMICS

Mrs. Wiederlight’s 2nd/3rd grade math class is using the TouchMath strategy to develop automaticity with their addition facts.  TouchMath is a multisensory math program which uses auditory, visual and tactile strategies for understanding numbers and operations. TouchMath helps students build a strong foundation in math by using the numeral as a manipulative. It is part of the student's daily routine to utilize their reference sheet to aid them in their math activities. This is a strategy that will help the students work on their math facts independently.

 

 

 

ATHLETICS

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 MCalvano@craigschool.org  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)

 

HOMEWORK HELP

BADGER HOMEWORK SUPPORT

Dates the Week of November 15th

 

Monday, November 15th

Wednesday, November 17th

Thursday, November 18th

 

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 bbutter@craigschool.org or via call/text message on the homework support hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!

 

DEVELOPMENT

THE CRAIG SCHOOL ANNUAL FUND

The Craig School Annual fund is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts.  It provides the crucial additional funds that are needed by our students and faculty. Every gift to The Craig School, no matter the size, ensures that we are providing the very best to all of our students!!! 

WHO DONATES TO THE ANNUAL FUND?

YOU!  Everyone, from staff, faculty, alumni, grandparents, friends, foundations and even corporations all provide support to The Craig School by giving to the Annual Fund!  

HOW CAN I DONATE TO THE ANNUAL FUND?

  •       Write a check to The Craig School
  •       Pledge to give to The Craig School by June 30, 2022, by emailing Katie Burke at kburke@craigschool.org
  •       Donate to The Craig School via PayPal https://www.craigschool.org/giving/annual-fund/
  •       MATCHING GIFTS:  Many companies will match some or all of an employee’s charitable contribution. Once you donate, check here https://ww2.matchinggifts.com/craigschool to see if your employer has a matching gift program. You may obtain a form from your company’s personnel office and send it to Craig. We complete the form and mail it to the company’s matching gift office.

 

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Burke, Director of Development at kburke@craigschool.org or 973.334.1295 ex. 229.

IMPORTANT INFO

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.

kloftin@craigschool.org

973-334-1234

 

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 emeisenbacher@craigschool.org

 

Thank you for understanding. 

 

NO FUSS LUNCH WEBSITE

  • 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 mcalvano@craigschool.org.

 

CALENDARS

ATTENDANCE  

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 kmcgroarty@craigschool.org OR call our Main Line (973-334-1234 x 101) before 7:30 a.m.

 

 

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For more information on ways of giving to Craig, please contact Katie Burke, Director of Development, at 973-334-1234 or make a donation online by clicking here.

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