Parents' Association of The Craig School
Commonly referred to as "PACS", we are a volunteer organization made up of parents who want to support the Craig mission by becoming actively involved in the Craig community. PACS is run by its Executive Committee, which works closely with the school's administration to target ways that parents can become active participants in Craig life.
PACS Executive Board 2019-2020
PACS President: Susan Gross (5th Grade Parent)
PACS Vice President: Lee Guy (8th Grade Parent)
High School Liason: Susan Veal (10th Grade Parent)
Treasurer: Amanda Jahn (10th and 11th Grade Parent)
Secretary: Lea Velocci (10th Grade Parent)
Lower School/High School Communications Coordinator: Debbie Sammon (10th Grade Parent)
Lower School Volunteer Coordinator: Mary Ellen Mikula (6th Grade Parent)
High School Volunteer Coordinator: Lorie Acciarito (11th Grade Parent)
PACS Sub- Committees:
Book Fair - Michele Olinto
Library - Susan Veal/Amanda Jahn
Sunshine - Debbie Sammon
It goes without saying that an engaged and active parent body, contributing its time and ideas, is a strong asset to an independent school. For parents, however, the most important reason to become involved is your children - to contribute in ways that will enrich their school life during their years at Craig.
We urge all of our parents to become members of PACS and participate in its many activities listed below.
PACS SPONSORED EVENTS
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL COFFEE – at the Lower/Middle School
Renew acquaintances over a cup of coffee and treats with other parents immediately after you drop off your student. It is a great way to relax once the kids are dropped off!
CRAIG GEAR – available to Lower/Middle, High School students and parents
"Be True to Your School!" Craig Gear clothing, accessories and supplies offer students, parents and faculty the opportunity to show their school spirit!
HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TRUNK – at the Lower/Middle School
Come join in the festivities by hosting a “trunk”, participating in the activities or just enjoying parade. After the costume parade, the students will trick or treat at the imaginatively decorated trunks. Festivities for all grades are planned for after the trunk visits. All parents and friends are welcome.
FACULTY HOLIDAY GIFT – covers Lower/Middle and High School
Each year PACS organizes a school wide holiday gift for the Craig School faculty and staff on behalf of our parents, as a means of expressing our deep appreciation for their dedication to our children throughout the year.
WAFFLE BREAKFAST AND READ ACROSS AMERICA – at the Lower/Middle School
Breakfast, Dr. Seuss and reading – what a combination! The kids enjoy a waffle and bagel breakfast with a Dr. Seuss theme. After that, they participate in Read Across America. It is a wonderful morning where parents are invited to join in.
BOOK FAIR – at the Lower/Middle School
PACS organizes a Scholastic Book Fair with the proceeds going directly to the school with Scholastic Dollars to spend. We also use it as an opportunity to acquire new library books. Our reading teachers do a wonderful job guiding the students in their selections.
BREAKFAST CELEBRATING READ ACROSS AMERICA – at the High School
There is always some inventive breakfast for the high school students that has a Dr. Seuss theme. After breakfast, the high school students find reading nooks and read to celebrate Read Across America.
CELEBRATING DROP EVEYTHING AND READ – at the High School
After a yummy snack of hot chocolate and cookies, our high school students drop their regular work for a reading break.
TEACHER APPRECIATION – at Lower/Middle and High School
Each spring, PACS honors The Craig School faculty and staff with a luncheon and other festivities, as a way of thanking them for their efforts all year long on behalf of the children. Parents are encouraged to participate in the celebration by sending in food and treats, serving lunch or decorating for the luncheon.
PACSACS DAY – at the High School
Breakfast of bagels, muffins, coffee, juice and other treats are served to start PACSACS Day – a celebration of PACS, Awards Ceremony and Science fair! A lot of action is packed into one morning in May.
HOMECOOKING SERIES – at the High School
On designed days, Craig High School parents cook lunch for the fortunate students. These lunches cover days when the cafeteria is not open to give our students a tasty option. It also gives the students an opportunity to sample other types of foods!
PACS SUPPORTED EVENTS
Lower/Middle School Library
PACS organizes volunteers to help keep our lower school library organized and
PACS takes on the hostess duties for this truly wonderful event. It is heartwarming to see all our Grandfriend come and share special moments with the students the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. It is a most special event.
Craig School families gather to enjoy an afternoon of food, "catching up" and conversation. PACS lends its support to this fun-filled event.
PACS runs the wildly popular Teacher Features which are experiences for students outside the classroom that are run by the teachers. The proceeds from Teacher Features benefit the school and over the years have become a significant part of the Annual Auction.
Annual Spring Auction
The Spring Auction is Craig's largest fundraising event, and PACS assists the Development Department by recruiting its members to join the Auction Committee. There are many different jobs that we need people to help with to make our auction the success it is. Additionally, PACS, through its communications, provides the parent community information and updates as the Auction Committee prepares for this spectacular event.
PACS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteering for PACS is a great way to meet and get to know other Craig parents, and to become a more integral part of the Craig community. If you can fill any of the open positions below or would like to know other ways you can help out, please contact the PACS President or anyone on the executive board.
- Class Parent
- Craig Gear
- Trick or Trunk
- Grandfriends Day
- Waffle Breakfast at Lower/Middle School
- High School Breakfasts
- Book Fair
- Annual Auction Committee
- Faculty Appreciation Luncheons
- Home Cooking Series at the High School
- Library Committee
- PACS Executive Board
WAYS TO SUPPORT PACS WITHOUT WRITING A CHECK
While PACS primary source of funding is membership dues, PACS also provides a number of opportunities for parents to contribute to PACS. This includes Amazon Smile, online shopping sites through iGive.com and through Boxtops for Education. Please become a member and support PACS through these other ways mentioned above.