HAS Weekly Update

May 12, 2023

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Dear HAS Community,

Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing moms at HAS!

Enjoy the weekend.

Thank you,

Kevin Deacon

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Art Service Club Mural

Every year the HAS Art Service Club creates a mural here at Hillside. This year's mural was a big one! Mr. Deacon commissioned us to update our cafeteria walls with some school pride. From design to execution, the middle school Art Service Club members had complete control of the creative process. Amazing job HAS Art Service Club! It's going to keep our school looking awesome for years to come!

To see the painting process, follow Miss Nord on Instagram @missnord_hasart

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NJSLA Testing Reminder

Beginning May 15-19, our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will be taking the NJSLA ELA and Math assessments. Below are a few reminders for these assessments.

All students are required to bring the following items to school every day:

  • District Issued Chromebook (fully charged)
  • Wired-Headphones with a standard jack to plug into their Chromebook (airpods and wireless headphones will not work)
  • Pencil / Recreational Book (to read after testing)

8th Grade Social, Friday, 5/19th

The 8th Grade Masquerade Social is on Friday, May 19, 2023. The 8th grade students are invited for a night of fun that includes a DJ, Games, Painting, and Mask Decorating. The event will start at 7:00 pm and will conclude at 9:00 pm.

For more information and to register your child for this event please click on the link:


May Spirit Week

The week of May 22 we will continue our celebration of Mental Health Month with a spirit week. Please see below for an outline of the week:

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PTA Book Fair - BOGO

The BOGO Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Hillside Avenue School, May 22 - 24th, 2023. What a perfect time to stock up on books for summer reading! Scholastic Flyers with your child's class date/time reservation will be distributed soon.

The day of the sale, please make sure to send your child in with a tote bag, and cash or have eWallets ready. When deciding on a book allowance for your child, please consider the added cost of taxes, which was recently imposed by Scholastic this past fall.

If you decide to use eWallet, note that money deposited in eWallet is non-refundable. Any funds leftover after purchases will remain in the eWallet account and can be used at the next Scholastic Book Fair or on the Scholastic Online Shop. Click for eWallet set-up and for general FAQs.

Parents, please consider volunteering to help with the Book Fair. We need your help to make this event a success! Sign-ups will be available soon.


Hello CHS families of the class of 2027!

Course selection for CHS courses is now complete for the 2023-2024 school year. Teachers have revisited recommendations. Please check Powerschool, then click on Class Registration to review course requests.

If you were not recommended for the level course you wish to take next year, the COURSE WAIVER FORM is available for you to complete and the deadline to submit is Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Any course request changes after June 7, 2023 must be made at the Schedule Change Committee Meeting on August 30, 2023.

More information to follow in the summer to sign up for an appointment in August.


Please make sure you email the attendance office has-attendance@cranfordschools.org (please copy paste) or call 908-709-6983 (voicemail 24/7) or 908-709-6229 (HAS main line) ahead of time, if your child is going to be absent or has to be signed out for early pick-up.

Community News

June Balloons Fundraiser

The Class of 2024 at CHS is proud to announce the "June Balloons" Fundraiser.

Your CRANFORD graduate (CHS, 8th Grade, 5th Grade, Kindergarten or Pre-K) will receive a balloon bouquet of as many blue and gold Mylar helium balloons as you order, along with your personal message, delivered directly to their home or available for pickup!

Please click below for the order form: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uKZb_kHfp83bWZBPQ73Dy2s4w75zWzrYbPVpU7b1hIs/edit.


Please reach out to Mrs. Willner (willner@cranfordschools.org) or Ms. Perello (perello@cranfordschools.org) at CHS with any questions. Thank you for your support.

Art Design Contest by the Cranford Library

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🎓Cranford Schools Graduation Lawn Signs🎓

Congratulate your Hillside Avenue School graduate with a lawn sign to celebrate their commencement !

Signs are available for all Cranford Public Schools.

Sale runs through June 5th (Expect 2-3 weeks for processing)

For more information and to place an order visit

Cranford Project Graduation Fundraiser 2023 CougarHQ.com


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Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, 5/16/23, 6:30pm - 2023-2024 Kindergarten Parent Orientation

Year End Events

Kindergarten Stepping Up - Wednesday, June 14, 2023 at 9:30am - School Auditorium

5th Grade Moving Up- Thursday, June 15, 2023 at 10:00am - School Auditorium

8th Grade Class Night - Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 7:00pm - CHS

Details on all the events above to follow at a later date



Starting on May 2, 2023, the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA) will be administered. This computer-based assessment matches the content and skills outlined in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards that guide instruction in the classroom and provide valuable information about student learning. All students enrolled in appropriate courses at the tested grade levels are required to take the NJSLA.

Below are the dates for NJSLA testing at HAS.

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Message from Mrs. Siciliano, School Counselor

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

May is Mental Health month. Here at HAS we believe that talking about our feelings is a healthy thing. We aim to reduce the stigma around mental health and promote positive communication, conflict resolution, and healthy coping skills.

During the Month of May, we will be working with our students on normalizing big feelings and how to talk to a trusted adult about our feelings, as well as what is stress and how to manage it.

Please help us by continuing these important conversations at home.

Thank you,

Stella Siciliano,LCSW

School Counselor/ Social Worker

School Closed due to unused snow days

Friday, May 26th

Tuesday, May 30th

Monday, June 5th

Dress Code

Spring is in the air and with the warmer weather upon us, please remind your children of the school dress code.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Student Chromebooks

Please make sure your child brings their Chromebook fully charged to school every day. The Main Office has a very limited number of loaners and doesn’t have flat chargers available to loan

Chromebook Chargers

Some students have shared recently that they have lost their Chromebook charger. If your child is in need of a new charger you can use the links below to purchase the correct charger.

Dell USB-C 65 - https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-usb-c-65-w-ac-adapter-with-1-meter-power-cord-united-states/apd/492-bcnw/pc-accessories

Dell 7.4 mm 65 - https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/kit-65w-ac-adapter-3-pin-halogen-free/apd/492-bbkh/pc-accessories

Daily Annoucements

There is a new section on our school website where you can access our daily school announcement. Just hover over the "For Parents/Guardians" tab, go to the bottom of the list, and then click on "Daily Announcements".

Pomptonian Offers Payschools Central

One of the most unique features available in PaySchools Central is the Meal Restrictions screen. On this screen, you can set a daily spending limit as well as place restrictions on specific items, meals, and food groups. 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

Bringing along the family dog, especially with such pleasant weather, during arrival and dismissal has become a common practice for many. However, it does pose some safety concerns for students who have a fear of dogs.

Thanks to everyone for being mindful of keeping the school grounds free of any dogs so that all students can move about freely without worry of having to come in contact or pass by a dog on the premises.

Notes from the School Nurse

Visitors/Forgotten Items

  • Please know that when items for middle school students are dropped off the students will be called at the end of the period to pick up their belonging. This is to help limit interruptions.

  • If you are coming to the building for a meeting or to pick up a student please be aware that will not be allowing anyone to enter the building while the middle school students are passing between classes during period changes. We appreciate your patience.

  • You must have your ID to enter the building. If you are dropping off your child and you don't have your ID ring the bell and had your student enter the vestibule. Your child will then ring the second bell and the office staff will bring them in and direct them to class.

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.


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:

6/21/23 (AM), 6/22/23 (PM)