Dear Craig Families,
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the welcome breakfast sponsored by PACS. Last year was difficult for all of us not being able to have parents on campus. I am now hopeful that we can begin to have more morning gatherings beginning next week. I feel there are many programs that are unique to Craig and all of you would welcome an in-person explanation.
Tuesday, September 28th from 8:30 - 9:30 in the cafeteria you will have an opportunity to meet our Social Clinicians, Alessandra Edwards and Arielle Berkley. The clinicians are an integral part of the Craig community. They help set the stage for a safe environment for all to learn. The Craig School has social thinking programs such as mindfulness that some of the students have already participated in. Many of the new families I’m sure will be interested in finding out more about the point sheets, Monthly Platinum, Badger coins and store, and the famous Badger Wheel. Tuesday is a chance for you to come armed with questions.
Mark your calendars for September 28th at 8:30. Drop your child off and join us in the cafeteria. Because of COVID restrictions, we will need you to RSVP to Kimberly McGroarty email@example.com by Monday, September 27th. I look forward to seeing you.
September 28, Tuesday - 8:30 am, Meet & Greet with Social Clinicians
September 28-30, Tues-Wed - GMADE & GRADE Testing
October 1, Friday - Picture Day
October 7, Thursday – 12:00 pm Dismissal
October 7, Thursday – 7:00 pm Virtual Back to School Night
October 13th and 15th ( Wednesday and Friday) - Speaker Series - Leslie Josel
October 15, Friday – 12:00 pm Dismissal
October 29, Friday – Trunk or Treat/Halloween Parade (1:00 pm)
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.
This is the biggest response to Leadership EVER! After the initial interest meeting I received 28 contracts from eligible 7th and 8th grade students. I am delighted to see the amount of students that want to participate in our program. Our first spirit day was a great success, with students wearing purple to show their support of International Peace Day. This week 12 of our new leaders began a collaborative project with Montclair State University. This will run approximately 12 weeks. They will meet over Zoom to learn about leadership and take some leadership assessments which will inform them of their strengths and weaknesses in this area. They will develop an action plan for each student to further develop these skills.
Next week we will begin our Buddy program which was developed by two leaders last year. We match leaders up with 2-4 grade students and do activities with them the first full Friday of each month during mentoring. The goal is to continue to ensure we are creating a community that is warm and inviting to everyone. Our first activity is Rocking Kindness.
Sept 28, Tuesday - Lunch meeting
Oct 1, Friday - Buddy Program begins during mentoring
Hello Craig School Family!
PACS is in full planning mode and here are a few sign ups of upcoming events for you to enjoy with your students!
Library Helper Orientation Thursday, September 30th, 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Please sign up as a parent/family/friend volunteer and commit to 30 minutes to 1 hour each week.
October 9, 2021 The Craig School 2nd Annual Drive In-Movie
We are looking for volunteers to help donate snacks, sign-up below
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lindamood Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing program is a program that The Craig School has utilized for some time for imagery-language connection. This summer, faculty members from the Language Arts department and some Reading/Orton department teachers were trained in this program. Its goal is to help build comprehension skills in students. Albert Einstein once said, “ If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.” Utilizing this program in LA and reading classes will foster comprehension in what the students are reading as well as helping them create stronger sentence and paragraph structure using structure words starting with a simple image and eventually connecting it with their reading/writing non-fiction texts, and math. V and V is a comprehensive program, and our goal as an LA department is to work with our reading and Orton teachers, along with the other departments, to help our students see the bigger picture.
With the start of each new school year brings about many uncertainties and worries. Our students fortunately at the Craig Lower School have the opportunity of attending weekly Mindfulness classes/ SEL classes to assist them in learning why our minds/bodies react the way they do, find new ways to cope and handle our stressors, as well as learn tools to assist us when these situations/feelings arise. Our clinical team provides in class as well as individual support to our student body. The month of September has revolved around getting to know one another, having discussions on what our triggers may be, and what tools we already have that may or may not have worked for us. One technique that has many tools contained within it is Grounding. Grounding is a set of simple strategies to help our students detach from anxiety, stress, sadness, and anger. Please have a look at this link which explains Grounding and many useful techniques https://www.winona.edu/resilience/Media/Grounding-Worksheet.pdf
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:
Upcoming practices dates:
Friday, September 24
Wednesday, September 29
Friday, October 1
BADGER HOMEWORK SUPPORT
Dates for the 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 email@example.com or via call/text message on the homework support hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!
Please join us at our Schoolwide
SECOND ANNUAL DRIVE-IN MOVIE NIGHT
The Movie - SPACE JAM
Saturday, October 9th -6:00 PM Arrival
Movie Begins at Sunset Snacks Provided by PACS
The Craig School High School
24 Changebridge Road Montville, NJ
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.