|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.
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 email@example.com
Few things for our Saturday Night Moviegoers:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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.
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:
BADGER HOMEWORK SUPPORT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via call/text message on the homework support hotline 1-862-207-9863. Thanks!
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.