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.
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]
PACS LS/MS EVENTS
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 Signupgenius.com (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
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
CRAIG WEBINAR SERIES
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, email@example.com
The Craig School High School, 24 Changebridge Road. Montville, NJ 07045
To learn more https://www.craigschool.org/academics/high-school/
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:
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!
BADGER HOMEWORK SUPPORT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
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 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.