HAS Weekly Update

September 4, 2023

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Dear HAS Community,

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend. We are excited to welcome the students back to Hillside Avenue School this Thursday to begin another wonderful school year. Below are some reminders and announcements.

See you soon!

Kevin Deacon



Kindergarten Orientation - 9/6/23

Our Kindergarten students are invited for an orientation on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. AM students' session is from 9:30 -10:00 and the PM students' session is from 1:30 - 2:00. Students will enter through the kindergarten door.

Elementary School First Day

On the first day of the school elementary students should line up outside their entry door behind the cone with their teacher's name. Please see the map below for entry locations.

Middle School First Day

On the first day of school when students enter the building they will report to their homeroom/EI classroom. (Homeroom and EI are in the same location).

Students will enter through their grade-level doors. Please see the map below for entry locations.

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PTA Book Fair - 9/12/23 - 9/13/23

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Hillside Avenue School, September 12-13, 2023. What a perfect time to get back into the swing of things! Please make sure to send your child in with a tote bag, and cash/checks or have eWallets ready (please remember to plan for sales tax!). If you decide to use eWallet, please note that money deposited in eWallet is non-refundable. If any funds are leftover after any purchases, it will remain in the eWallet account and can be used at the next Scholastic Book Fair or on the Scholastic Online Shop anytime. Click for eWallet set-up and here for general FAQs. Parents/Guardians, please also consider helping out. We need your help to make this a success! Volunteer sign-ups are coming soon!

School Photo Day: 9/22/23

School Photo day is 9/22/23. Click here for information about school photo day.

Supply Lists

Please click here to access the 2023-2024 School Supply Lists.

Medication Drop off

If you need to drop off medication with the nurse you can come on Wednesday, 9/6/23 from 8:30-11:30 or 1:00 - 3:00. You can also come on the first day of school from 8:00-11:30 or 1:00 - 3:00. For your convenience please come to the Nurse's window to drop off medication.

School Lunch - Pomptonian

Click here for information from our school lunch provider Pomptonian.

Upcoming Events

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9/6/23 - K-AM class Orientation - 9:30am

9/6/23 - K-PM class Orientation - 1:30pm

9/7/23 - First Day of School

9/12/23 - 9/13/23 - PTA Book Fair

9/13/23 - Elementary Back to School Night - 6:30pm

9/20/23 - PTA Meeting (In-Person) - 7:00pm - Cafeteria

9/22/23 - School Photo Day

9/25/23 - School Closed - Yom Kippur Observance

9/26/23 - PTA Class Parent Tea - 3:00pm

9/27/23 - Middle School Open House - 7:00pm -

Community News


Registration for the Cranford Public Schools for the 2023-2024 school year is open. Click this link for more information.

9/11 Memorial Service

The Cranford WTC Committee and the Cranford Clergy Council will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Service. Click here for more information.

Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence

What is the CFEE (Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence)?

Started nearly 30 years ago by members of the community interested in supporting innovative educational initiatives in the Cranford Schools, the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence has awarded more than $325,000 in supplemental funding for educational grants that empower our teachers and impact our students. These grants support ideas that are aligned with the goals and focus areas of the district schools, but are outside the scope of the regular school budget. Please click here for details.


District - Go Green Folder


Regular daily attendance is critical to effective learning and a successful school experience. Once a student reaches 10 absences we will be sending home letters to notify parents/guardians that their child has reached this threshold.

Punctuality is also a habit HAS strives to expect and support. Middle school students who arrive after 8:10 a.m. are considered tardy. They must obtain a late pass from the office. After the sixth tardy, a student will receive a lunch detention each time they are tardy. Parents/Guardians will be notified if their child has been tardy five or more times. On February 1st tardy counts will reset and the process will begin again.

No Dogs on School Property

Please do not bring dogs to school during entry and dismissal.

Parking Lot Safety

During morning arrival and afternoon pick up please make sure you are alert, driving slowly, and looking before driving in and out of the parking lot. Many students and parents walk to and from school and are crossing the street using the crosswalks. Even if you are running late it is imperative that you take your time and proceed with caution to ensure the safety of all. Thank you all for helping to keep everyone safe.


Please make sure you email the attendance office (HAS-attendance@cranfordschools.org) or call 908-709-6229 or 908-709-6983, if your child has to be signed out early to attend an appointment.


If your child is absent for any reason, please call our absence line at 908-709-6983 (24/7) or email has-attendance@cranfordschools.org.

Kindergarten Single Sessions

**Kindergarten single sessions will alternate between AM & PM classes according to the following schedule:

Monday, 10/9 - AM only (no PM session)

Wednesday, 11/22 - PM only (no AM session)

Friday, 12/22 - AM only (no PM session)

Monday, 2/5 - PM only (no AM session)

Monday, 3/11 - AM only (no PM session)

Tuesday, 6/18 - PM only (no AM session)

Wednesday, 6/19 - AM only (no PM session)