Craig Hill Parent Update



We are in this together! Thank you to those who attended Open House/Curriculum Night. It was wonderful seeing our hallways full again with families. We have a lot of work to do to recover from the COVID learning loss, but I am confident that with families and school members working together, we can do this.

In this week's newsletter, you will find information on:

-New Parent Coordinator

-Red Ribbon Week

-Last Chance for Parent Conferences

-Picture Make Up Day


-Sports Clinic Opportunities

-Academic opportunities for home

and more...

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you :)

Your Proud Principal,

Brandin Jones

New Craig Hill Parent Coordinator

Please welcome, Val Jonas, as our new Parent Coordinator! Mrs. Jonas role is to help build relationships between families and the school. Mrs. Jonas is a member of Craig Hill's PTA and she is a part time teacher assistant here at Craig Hill where she works with students daily providing academic support. See the picture below of Mrs. Jonas working with two of our student. We are excited for Mrs. Jonas to take on this role!

Feel free to reach out to Val Jonas at

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Chromebooks Will Start Staying at School

As shared at Open House/Curriculum Night, Chromebooks will start staying at school beginning November 1st. Your child's teacher will determine when the Chromebooks go home for assignments.

This decision was based in data. Our data shows that when the Chromebooks go home, the majority of students are not using them for instructional reasons. In addition to that, Chromebooks are damaged more frequently when they go home.

Red Ribbon Week 10/25-10/28

Next week is Red Ribbon Week! Our theme for the Red Ribbon Week this year is "Drug Free Looks Like Me!" Red Ribbon Week is designed to promote a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. During this week, students will participate in learning activities around peer pressure and how drugs and alcohol impacts the brain and more. In addition to the learning activities, we treat Red Ribbon Week as Spirit Week. Therefore, each day, students are asked to dress in certain décor or colors. Check out the flyer below to see what the theme for dress is each day.

For more information on the Red Ribbon Week campaign check out this website:

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Parent Teacher Conferences and No School on Friday, 10/29

This past week we provided two opportunities for Parent Teacher Conferences, if you were unable to attend this past week, you have one more opportunity the week of 10/25.

Please reach out to your child's teachers via email to schedule an appointment. They will offer either virtual or in-person conferences. Most teachers are offering parent conferences the evening of 10/27 from 4-7:30. However, due to scheduling conflicts, some teachers may have an alternative date and time. Again, please communicate with your child's teacher to schedule a conference.

There is no school for students on Friday, 10/29, due to parent conference release day.

Reading With Your Kiddos

If you were at Open House/Curriculum Night last week, you heard me share that we need "all hands on deck" to help our students recover from the COVID lost. One suggestion shared was having your child read to you each night for 20 minutes and then asking some follow up questions to help them with comprehension.

Here is a really cool article from "Scholastic News" entitled The Sky’s the Limit. This is a fun article that your child can read to you. Once they are done reading, ask them the following questions to see what they understood from the article:

1. Why does the author refer to Sky as a professional skateboarder?

2. What is the section "Born to Skate" mostly about?

3. What is the purpose of the sidebar "Olympics on Hold"?

Math Resources for Home

Parents- we all know it "takes a village to raise a child." Please encourage your child to practice their math skills at home! Check out the resources below that could help you with that:

  • This family visual will help you access Ready information at home. This can help you see your child's progress!
  • The link to a parent math bookmark will help you navigate the GCSD website so you can find math resources that your child can do at home.

Free Sports Clinics Being Offered

The below Sports clinic are free to Greece families. Families must register ahead of time. For more information, please go to the Craig Hill Facebook and Twitter page, see the flyers posted with more details.

  • Basketball Clinic for students aged 5-16 at the Arcadia Campus tomorrow, October 23rd, 9-10:30. Register at
  • Soccer Clinic for students aged 5-12 at Olympia High School, Sunday, October 24th, 9:30-11am. Register at
  • Lacrosse Clinic for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade at Olympia High School on Saturday, November 6th at 9am. Register at

Picture Make Up Day

If you missed picture day, no worries! Make-up day for pictures is scheduled for Friday, November 19th.

GCSD Food Drive

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Reminder of Electronic Devices In School Policy

Students in grades K-8 are not allowed to use personal electronic devices during the school day. We strongly believe that personal electronic devices distract students from their learning and can cause disruption. Our goal in school is to create an ideal environment for learning and promote student social-emotional growth.

From the districts Code of Conduct:

Personal electronic devices include but not limited to, cell phones, smart watches, music/media players.

  • Personal electronic devices can be used before and after school.
  • All personal electronic devices must be turned off and stored out sight during the school day.

We ask that parents/guardians remind their students of these expectations.


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Facebook: Craig Hill School (@Craighillschool)

Twitter: @CraigHillGCSD

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