Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of 8th



Dear Craig Families,


What a wonderful Halloween celebration we had last Friday! There are so many people to thank, besides Mother Nature. A very special thank you goes out to Angelina Bright, our PACs president. Not only did Angelina help to organize the event, but she also came up with a Plan B if the weather wasn’t kind to us.


Thank you to all 27 families whose creative trunks made Halloween complete. What good sports you all were to not only prepare your trunks, but to dress for the occasion. I reluctantly put on a Halloween costume each year, and all of you dressed for the occasion with smiles included.


Most of my time Friday afternoon was spent at the class parties. Everyone was having so much fun. The Peer Leaders must be commended for not only making the games for the parties, but facilitating all of the activities. Parents, you would have been so proud of the leadership qualities your students exhibited. Of course, it was important to them to run the parties smoothly, but more important and so much more thoughtful, was their desire to make sure their homerooms were truly enjoying themselves. I particularly loved watching the Tlack homeroom playing Pass the Pumpkin to music. They could have played for hours. The sense of fellowship by all was so apparent. I want to thank all of my Craig School community for bringing the spirit of celebration to our campus.

See our photo gallery of photos!



Janet Cozine



November 12, Friday – 12:00 Dismissal [Faculty Forum]

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]





The Craig School and GD Goenka World School located in Sohna, a city outside of New Delhi, India, gathered a small group of teachers and administrators via Zoom to exchange ideas on the shifts in education seen since the beginning of the pandemic. Topics focused on student emotional well-being in this new era of education. It was evident that even though GD Goenka and The Craig School are on opposite sides of the globe and each school’s mission is very different, so much of what we are seeing in the classroom is the same, such as the awareness of building relationships with students and families to foster learning and tuning into the social and emotional well-being of students. The two schools plan on continuing this exchange throughout the school year through facilitated dialogue and teacher training opportunities.  

View our photo in the photo gallery of our participants!




Badger Boutique (School Store) News

We are pleased to announce the 2021/2022 Grand Opening for the Badger Boutique. Our students have been working so hard at going above and beyond not only in the classroom but amongst their peers as well. We have noticed a great deal of kindness, honesty, teamwork, and support daily which does not go unnoticed. Our students earn “Badger Token’s” for being a star student and displaying these types of attributes daily. The “Badger Token’s” are held in the students' “Badger Wallet” in either homeroom or in the student’s binder. On Tuesday November 2, 2021 we will hold our first “shopping day” for students during recess. The students will come to the physical store with their “Badger Wallet” and shop with the “Badger Token’s” they have earned. Our store has snack items, plushies, squishies, pop it’s, fidgets, gift cards and more. This is always a fun day for the students. We cannot wait to see everyone’s items. 




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



School-wide Art Project for Spring:

We will be continuing our bottle cap collections for our mosaic mural in the springtime. All sizes, colors and materials welcome. The students can bring them in bags or small boxes.

Thank you,

Suzy Kutcher




Many people can look back to a time in their life when they first started reading,  That memory might include a well-meaning person standing next to you, pointing to the words and encouraging you to “sound it out”  Here at The Craig School, Our Orton Gillingham teachers encourage our readers by guiding with prompting and cueing based on the concepts their students have mastered or are learning.  But what happens when a student faces a word that they cannot sound out, how does a student learn to read a sight word, or what we often refer to as a “red word”?  

Often, educators may refer to a red word as a “high frequency or a sight word”(IMSE, 2021). These words are irregular and can not be sounded out, instead, they are stored in our orthographic lexicon, or the storage system found in the brain which consists of individual word spellings.  Red words are not always words that are irregular, for some learners, red words will include words that contain concepts the learner has not yet learned or mastered. 

Teachers here at The Craig school can often be found teaching a red word by acknowledging and emphasizing the irregularity of the word.  The teacher asks the student what sounds he or she is hearing, and then we share how the word is actually spelled, It becomes quite clear on a word like “above” which sounds like /u/b/u/v why the word is included in the red word list.

Orton-Gillingham is a direct and systematic approach to teaching reading that utilizes multi-sensory strategies and teaching a red word is no different.  Students use a red crayon, lined paper, and a bumpy screen to write the red word. After the word is written correctly, the students use one finger to trace the letters, saying them out loud while feeling the bumps, and saying the word. Students then stand, hold their paper in front of them with their non-dominant hand while using their other hand to tap out the letters of the new red word on their arm three times.  After this practice, the students place the screen over the written letters and trace again three times with their fingers.  All of this practice allows a student to flip over the sheet and re-write the word they have started pushing to their memory.  

Two to three red words are taught each week with a daily review of these words will allow these irregular words to end up committed to the memory of the student.  There are many activities that a child can participate in both at school and at home to make red word practice fun.  Practicing red words can be fun.  Ask your child’s teacher for games and activities they can suggest to help your child practice his or her red words at home!  

Janelle Kenny-Johnson- Grade 2-8 Teacher

Orton Gillingham Reading * Language Arts* and Technology

See our photos of our 8th graders in our gallery!



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


Coming soon - Sign ups for Girls Basketball




The Annual Fund helps to make up the difference between the cost of tuition and the cost of educating each Craig student. We use donations raised through the Annual Fund to not only provide the very best educational program for our students but also do many incredible things on campus that your tuition dollars don’t cover such as:

  •       The implementation of a more robust music and drama program on the Lower School campus
  •       Enhance our signature program, Orton Gillingham
  •       Hire additional faculty
  •       Provide advanced teacher training



Everyone! All constituencies are encouraged to participate (faculty, staff, parents, alumni, friends, grandparents, foundations, corporations) at whatever financial level they feel is appropriate. Historically, 100% of faculty and staff donate to the Annual Fund each year.



  •       Write a check to The Craig School
  •       Pledge to give to The Craig School by June 30, 2022, by emailing Katie Burke at
  •       Donate to The Craig School via PayPal
  •       MATCHING GIFTS:  Many companies will match some or all of an employee’s charitable contribution. Once you donate, check here 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.



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




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 Meisenbacherat


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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