Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of October 25th



Dear Craig Families,

Last week the Leadership Council under the guidance of Mrs. Given, launched the first of many partnership activities with their 2nd through 4th grade buddies. I hope you all had an opportunity to read about and see the “Rocking with Kindness” creations. Next month the leaders and buddies will place their kindness stones around the town of Mountain Lakes. You might be fortunate enough to come upon a special stone that I am sure will put a smile on your face. Smile and the world smiles back at you.

The Leadership Council is composed of 30, seventh and eighth grade students, our highest number ever. All students must apply to be a leader and demonstrate a commitment to the mission. The Leadership Council serves the Craig Community and surrounding towns. The Council strives to find ways to make our community more welcoming, supportive, and inclusive. The goal of the council is to collaborate effectively on focused, agreed-upon goals in order to achieve desired outcomes. Members attend weekly meetings and during that time work on different projects. Each leader can choose one or all of the projects throughout the year. 

October is a busy month for our leaders as they prepare activities for Dyslexia Awareness month, the buddy program, and our Halloween celebration. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Given for the extensive work she does to continue to make this program as successful as it has been. Isn’t it telling when thirty of your thirty-eight, seventh and eighth graders commit to the Leadership Council? We are so proud of all of our members and their commitment to making our world a better place.



Janet Cozine




October 27, Wednesday - SAVE THE DATE (7th & 8th grade parents are welcome to attend!) Postsecondary Planning in the Age of COVID Webinar. Stay tuned for sign ups! - REGISTER

October 29, Friday – Trunk or Treat/Halloween Parade (1:00 pm)

November 1, Monday – Goals and Objective Emailed to Parents & Districts

November 4-5, Thur.-Fri. – School Closed/Parent Teacher Conferences

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]






Hello Craig Parents!

Our annual Trunk or Treat is taking place Friday, October 29th @ 1:00pm.  Your child/children can either come to school dressed in the morning or bring their costume to school and change after lunch.

If you would like to participate in the Trunk or Treat and will be decorating your trunk and handing out candy, please sign up via (please see the link below). Also, please be in the parking lot by 12:30 to set up your trunk.  Please make sure to have nut free treats. There will be someone coming around to refill your candy supply when needed.  

Parking spots are not assigned, so you may pull into the next available spot (leaving ½ space empty between cars please).  

If you would like to donate (nut free) candy to our Trunk or Treat, please bring it in to the office no later than October 22, 2021. We look forward to a Spooktacular Trunk or Treat!


PACS’ Spooky Committee

November 23, 2021  GrandFriends Day at Lower School

December 17th, 2021 Winter Wonderland 


PACS-  HS Events

  • Friday, October 29th - Annual High School Halloween Bash - PACS sponsors prizes to the winners
  • 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





Postsecondary Planning in the Age of COVID Webinar

October 27th, 7pm

Join us for our first College Counseling webinar for the 2021-2022 school year

Lindsey Skerker, Director of College Counseling and Placement at The Craig School will walk us through some of the sweeping changes to the college admissions & post-high school landscape that have occurred since 2020. One silver lining that we will certainly focus on will be the vast move to "test-optional" or "test-blind" admissions policies. This year, upwards of 80% of colleges do not require SAT or ACT scores as part of the college application process. We will examine how this will impact future generations of students, and how this will hopefully remain a more holistic process, which will surely benefit our LD student population.




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



Mrs. Brielle Miller & Mrs. Kenny-Johnson 2nd  & 3rd Grade Language Arts:

A critical part of the Language Arts Curriculum is using Project Read Written Expression to help students make a very abstract concept concrete. Through the use of multi-sensory body language and written symbols that represent each part of speech children become more familiar with sentence structure and written language. This week our 2nd and 3rd graders created their own barebone skeletons. Each bone of the skeleton was a bare bone sentence. What is that you ask? Well, it is the two parts a sentence must have to be a complete thought; the subject and action predicate. To plan out ideas for each bone, we created a Mindomo Map as a class. This outline helped us brainstorm ideas and organize our thoughts. Make sure to check out the photos in our gallery to see our students in action!



Hello Badgers,


We are so excited to announce that we have scheduled three soccer matches with other schools. We will take a bus to the game and back to The Craig School.  This is the Soccer schedule for next two weeks. We will not have practice Wednesday or Friday. 


Tuesday October 26th  at Newark Academy,  Livingston. Start time 3:45pm

Thursday October  28th at Far Hills Country Day,  Far Hills. Start time 3:45pm 

Tuesday November 2nd at Peck School. Morristown. Start time 3:45pm

Wednesday November 3rd Soccer Party 


Please let Mr. Furlong know, as soon as possible, if your child is available to play in these games. We need a final count for transportation purposes. All students will be required to wear masks on the bus. 


Pick up at the game site is at 5:00 pm. Pick up time at The Craig School 5:45 pm

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. The  Squadlocker Cross Country Store will be available soon!




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. 




Dates Week of October 25th

Monday, October 25th

Wednesday, October 27th

Thursday, October 28th

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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