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.
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]
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Season starts Wednesday, November 17, 2021 (3:05-4:30)
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 email@example.com or via call/text message on the homework support hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!
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?
If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Burke, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973.334.1295 ex. 229.
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 email@example.com
Thank you for understanding.
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mary Calvano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com OR call our Main Line (973-334-1234 x 101) before 7:30 a.m.