Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of October 18th



Dear Craig School Families,

Once again, thank you for your involvement in the Back to School Night program. It was a huge success as a virtual event, with very few technical difficulties. During my screen time many of you voiced an interest in having an in-person parent/teacher conference. I feel fortunate that with the new state guidelines we can make that an option. Although other families did comment that last year’s virtual model worked out well. Working families could manage a half an hour Zoom break. Families that had a considerable commute to The Craig School did not have to battle the traffic. Both parents could log-in even if they were in different locations, and babysitters were no longer necessary.

I am in the process of planning for the November parent/teacher conferences, and I would like to offer both an in-person and virtual model. In order to plan appropriately, I will need a count of who would like in-person and who would prefer virtual. All evening conferences on November 4th and 5th will be virtual. All families who have scheduled ISPs in conjunction with parent/teacher conferences on November 4th and 5th will also be virtual, otherwise, the calendar is open. Your child’s homeroom teacher will be emailing you an RSVP so we can tally interest in virtual or in-person. It is important that you respond back to the homeroom teachers by Wednesday, October 20th so a schedule with assigned times for the conferences can be created.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility. Conference scheduling requires a lot of organization because there are so many teachers involved. Once the schedule is established, I will send out an explanation of the format and expectations for your parent/teacher conference. We all look forward to this special time to give you updates on your children.


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! 

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.

Stay tuned for sign ups! 



Middle School parents are invited to our in-person Open House on our High School Campus in Montville, Wednesday, October 20th. The Open House begins at 9 am.  Please RSVP to Nicole Moon, Director of Admission, 

The Craig School High School, 24 Changebridge Road. Montville, NJ 07045

To learn more




Emotional Intelligence  

Students in Mrs. Brown’s Social Dynamics at The Craig High School are  learning about Emotional Intelligence.  Brought to the public by psychologist Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence or EQ refers to the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.  


This topic is an extremely important one that is not always directly taught anymore in school- especially at the high school level.  As a class, we will be focusing on the different aspects of EQ, the importance of understanding our own emotions along with recognizing others and having empathy and building better communication to start and strengthen relationships.  There are 4 core areas of EQ which are, Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management.  Below is a chart that gives a better visual of EQ and these important categories:

Leadership Council Project
52 Leaders and their buddies working together to create kindness rocks. It was a great success thanks to the great team at Craig. Thanks to  Ms. Kutcher who helped make sure I purchased the right supplies and walked around offering helpful hints to the students. Also a big thanks to Ms. Santiago, Ms. Pompilio, Ms. Tlack, and Ms. Feldman who were right there ready to jump in and help. I can't forget to thank Mr. Febrero who helped get everything back in order. I am grateful to each of you for ensuring our first event was a success.
Next month we will be walking, so wear comfortable shoes!
Check our gallery for photos.





Thank you to all of you that joined us at the 2nd Annual Drive-In Movie!  Over 50 families joined us to watch Space Jam. We are grateful to  PACS and to all those who provided the snacks for us to enjoy.  What an amazing community event! Go Badgers!




Dates for the Week of October 18th 

Monday, October 18th

Wednesday, October 20th

Thursday, October 21st 


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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