Dear Craig Families,
The first week of school has been such a success. Having already gone through a full school year with COVID requirements has made this year’s start seamless. Although I may not be able to see those smiles, I know our students are happy just the same!
There have been many nice additions to The Craig program, which I plan to write about weekly. One near and dear to my heart, is the addition of performance arts. As you look at your child’s schedule you will notice that they have either music or drama. We all know that Craig has a strong academic program, a well-developed art curriculum, and many after school sports options, but historically performing arts has been lacking. By piloting drama and music classes on a small scale, we can evaluate and expand the programs each year. Students who may be challenged by reading and writing often respond more positively to the imaginative and multi-sensory learning offered by drama and music. This in turn will help them develop such skills as creativity, inquiry, communication, cooperation, and even leadership.
Mrs. Tlack, our drama teacher will begin by getting the students comfortable with the dramatic elements such as emotion, projection, articulation, and body language. Quoting Mrs. Tlack “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” Throughout the year she will be moving into monologues and then skits. Drama class will give our students opportunities to explore and express their emotions in a supportive environment. It encourages them to think and act creatively.
Mr. Snowdon, a musician himself, will throw his hat into the music ring. The students will delve into different areas of music such as guitar, percussion, and the creation of music through technology. We will be looking to develop foundational knowledge of the students’ abilities as we expand the program for years to come. As educators, we recognize the need to teach students as a whole in order for all students to learn best. Craig’s curriculum must acknowledge children’s multiple intelligences, such as music.
As the school year continues, we will be giving families an opportunity to see what is unfolding in both of these programs. I personally witnessed the second and third grade classes playing a pretty impressive game of charades. Broadway watch out!
September 22-24, Wed-Fri - Frost Valley Trip Postponed
September 22 & 24, Wed & Fri - Badger Soccer Practice (3:00-4:45)
September 21, Tues - Spirit Day, World Peace ~ Wear PURPLE
September 28-30, Tues-Wed - GMADE & GRADE Testing
October 1, Friday - Picture Day
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 15th (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.
Sign ups will be coming soon.
I was thrilled to see how many students were interested in joining the Council. If your child is interested but did not submit a contract, tell them to see Mrs. Given. I will give them a contract to fill out. A guardian also needs to sign it.
Welcome to the new year! Our initial membership drive has been so successful and we want to thank everyone that has signed up. We are so happy to offer our Craig Gear Spirit Wear for our community to order. Log onto our store, browse our items, order for your student and you family and The Craig School receives 20% of the order!
Next week we will be sharing the complete 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.
Visit our PACS page for the announcement of our PACS Executive Committee
It is not to late to join our membership drive, please email Angelina Bright, PACS PRESIDENT at email@example.com
How do we teach our students how to comprehend narrative and expository texts? At the Craig School, we are committed to using research-based reading comprehension programs. Project Read Story Form and Project Read Report Form teach our students how to read and organize what they read. These programs utilize multi-sensory learning using the principles of Orton Gillingham. Our students learn narrative and expository text that require different sets of strategies to read and comprehend. Project Read Story Form teaches students the elements of plot and how to comprehend narrative text. Project Read Report Form teaches students to organize and comprehend nonfiction text. At The Craig School, our Science and Social Studies teachers also use Report Form to help our students navigate textbooks and other content areas reading. Below are the pictures that show the differences in the structure of fiction and nonfiction.
Story Form teaches students the structure of narrative text.
Report Form teaches students the structure of nonfiction text.
See our examples in our photo gallery.
BADGER SOCCER - Boys and Girls Grades 5, 6 , 7, & 8
The format for Soccer is the same as with all sports here at The Craig School -
The first three practices will be on September 17,22 & 24, from 3:00 - 4:45 pm.
A full practice and game schedule will be provided at our 1st practice.
BADGER HOMEWORK SUPPORT
We are excited to be offering homework support again this year! All Badger Homework Support forms are due on September 16th but can be submitted until 20th. This will give us time to create groups for your children. The program begins on Monday, September 27th when homework starts.
BHWS Dates - Week of September 27th
Monday, September 27th
Wednesday, September 29th
Thursday, September 30th
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!
2ND ANNUAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE
At The Craig School High School
Saturday, October 9th, 2021
Movie will Begin at Sunset
If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mary Calvano at email@example.com.
Please schedule student arrival no earlier than 8:00 am. Classes begin at 8:20 am.
Please send an email to Kimberly McGroarty firstname.lastname@example.org OR call our Main Line (973-334-4375 X101) for student absences before 7:30 a.m.