Craig School New Jersey

LS/MS Week of October 11th


Dear Craig School Families,

Back to School night had such a wonderful energy. Thank you all for your participation. The teachers enjoyed sharing their plans and expectations for a successful school year. Hopefully, next year we can return to an in-person evening, which I know all of us desperately miss.

Now that testing is behind us, we are better ready to dive into curriculum. Testing offers us diagnostic information, particular to each student, as well as the class. The teachers use this information to generate the most appropriate student and classroom goals.  Families will be receiving those goals and objectives a week before parent/teacher conferences begin. By receiving the Goals ahead, you can preview and prepare for questions for your conference. The goals give you a clearer barometer of the expectation for skill development during the course of the year. Of course, the goals are only a blueprint and can be readjusted and fine tuned at any time.

Although parent/teacher conferences are right around the corner, please do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns. Often new families will begin communicating with me, and if necessary I can direct the questions to the best resource. I have been speaking to many families, as we make adjustments to students’ schedules and groups. Changes to student schedules are common practice at Craig, as we continually look to enhance learning and individualize instruction. Whether your question is directed to me, the social clinician, the nurse, or a classroom teacher, we make sure the message is clearly communicated to all of the players. As they say, “It takes a village”. We are the Craig School village and you are an integral part of the partnership. Together we will make the difference in the positive growth of our children. 


Janet Cozine



October 13, Wednesday - 7:00 pm Speaker Series - Leslie Josel

October 15, Friday – 12:00 pm Dismissal (Faculty Forum)

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/Grandfriends Day

November 23, Tuesday – Report Cards Emailed to Parents & Districts

November 24-26, Wed.-Fri. – School Closed (Thanksgiving Break)



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




October 13th 7pm (parents) and November 12th (faculty) 1pm

Leslie Josel - Award-Winning Author, Speaker, Coach

Late, Lost & Lagging Behind: Demystifying Executive Functions

Executive functioning skills are essential to how we learn and act. They're the brain’s ability to self-regulate, complete tasks, be time aware and remember information.  In essence, they control EVERYTHING we do! Leslie will break down the six pillars of executive functions, including time management, working memory, effort and mood regulation. She’ll highlight the importance of understanding where your student sits on the Executive Age scale, and provide insight in how we can help our students strengthen their EF muscle. Leslie will also detail specific scaffolding, strategies and systems and provide practical solutions using case studies to help support organization, time management, procrastination and focusing weaknesses


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.





Here are additional dates to mark on your calendar! 

Be on the lookout for more information soon!


October 29, 2021 Trunk or Treat at Lower School

Please join us for The Craig School's Annual 


Friday, October 29th at 1:00 PM

Calling all spooky cars!  We need parent volunteers to decorate the trunk of their car and provide treats for the students. This will take place in the parking lot of the LS/MS. Volunteers should arrive at 12:30 to line of the cars and begin decorating.  If you cannot make the event, please help by donating nut free treats.


November 23, 2021  GrandFriends Day at Lower School


December 17th, 2021 Winter Wonderland



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!


We will be sharing the calendar of PACS events along with a sign up sheet so everyone has an opportunity to join and become a part of the fun we have planned for our community.

PACS Executive Committee information is on our website.


It is not too late to join our membership drive, please email Angelina Bright, PACS PRESIDENT at



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



Developing Word Recognition          

How do children move from decoding words sound by sound to being able to read words quickly and easily?  Learning quick recognition of sight words is not done through memorization as once thought. We can thank a process called orthographic mapping for  the  ability to automatically recognize words. When you can  read a word quickly, it has been “orthographically mapped” into your permanent word storage system. In David Kilpatrick’s book, Equipped for Reading  Success, he explains that in order for students to orthographically map words, they actually need to reach advanced levels of phonemic awareness. Through phonemic awareness exercises, students learn how our speech sounds match the print we read. The student listens to a word and then is asked to quickly manipulate the sounds in the word  i.e. “Say track.  Now say track without the /t/  (rack).  Now say track  without the /r/ (tack).”  Kirkpatrick states that  students with good phonemic awareness can associate the sounds  in spoken words with the letter strings that are used to represent them in print. This allows the student to make effective use of the fast oral dictionary we use for spoken language. The reading teachers in the Orton Gillingham Department at the Craig School are aware of the important role that phonemic  awareness skills play in developing  fluent reading. All the  students are assessed to see what skills they need to work on.  Then the teachers routinely  incorporate  activities in their lessons  to help students develop these crucial reading skills. 

Linda Wallace



Hello Badgers!

Soccer is off and running. We are so excited to say that, currently we have close to 40 students participating.  As far as our schedule will go, we will maintain Wednesdays and Fridays for now. We hope to add games against other schools during the month of October. There is a good chance that our students  will be divided into two teams. More information to come.

Quick Soccer Facts:

  • Please have your Badger bring a refillable water bottle
  • If it rains or the field is muddy we will not have soccer
  • Soccer ends at 4:45, we will do our best to return by that time

Go Badgers





Dates the Week of October 11th 


Monday, October 11th - Date Added to Calendar


Wednesday, October 13th


Thursday, October 14th

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!




We are hoping you will be joining us for our School-Wide Drive-In Movie Night!

This Saturday, October 9th at 

The Craig School High School 

24 Changebridge Road Montville, New Jersey

Please RSVP to


Few things for our Saturday Night Moviegoers: 


  • MOVIE: Our Movie (Space Jam: A New Legacy) will start at dusk.  The running time of the movie is 1 hour and 55 minutes.  Here is a link to the trailer of the movie Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • ARRIVAL: Arrive at the Craig High Parking Lot at 6:00 PM. CSHS is located off of Changebridge Road.  There is a school sign right at our turn (Ashland Drive) and the school lot is located down a few 100 yards on the right.  
  • PARKING: A Craig lot attendant will greet you at the lot entrance and point you towards our team of car space consultants who will then guide you to your socially distant safe parking spot 
  • PACS SNACK BAGS: The Free PACS Snack Bag Table will be set up in front of the school.  You can't miss it!  
  • BATHROOMS: Bathrooms are located on the CSHS first floor and can be accessed through the 1st-floor middle doors. Ladies room is located upon entry into the school hallway (straight ahead)  Take a right to the end of the hall for the men's room which will be located on your left. Masks are required upon entry into the building. 
  • AUDIO: The Movie's audio will be a large speaker system so bring lawn chairs and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors!

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.




Giving at Craig

For more information on ways of giving to Craig, please contact Katie Burke, Director of Development, at 973-334-1234 or make a donation online by clicking here.


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