HAS Weekly Update

March 10, 2023

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  • Please don't forget to set the clocks one hour ahead, or you may find yourself an hour late to everything!

Dear HAS Community,

Monday, March 13, 2023 is Single Session day.


K-PM Class only - Dismissal: 11:20am

Grades 6-8 - Dismissal: 12:25pm

Grades 1-5 - Dismissal: 12:40pm

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you,

Kevin Deacon


Middle School Spirit Week - 3/13/23 - 3/17/23

Middle School students are invited to participate for next week's spirit week.
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Mary Poppins, Jr. - HAS Spring Musical Production

Mark your calendars!

Performance dates are the following:

Fri, 3/24/23 - 7:00pm

Sat, 3/25/23 - 7:00pm

Sun, 3/26/23 - 2:00pm

Use this link to purchase tickets, http://has.booktix.com/

Author Audrey Vernick Visit

Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring Audrey Vernick, author of over 24 children's books on March 6. Our elementary students listened to her stories and learned all about her journey to become an author.


Please make sure you email the attendance office (HAS-attendance@cranfordschools.org) or call 908-709-6229 or 908-709-6983 ahead of time, if your child has to be signed out for early pick-up.

Community News


Bullies to Buddies

Parent presentation grades 3-8

Wednesday March 15th, 2023

Location: Orange Avenue School Auditorium

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM

In this workshop, you will learn how to teach your child how to respond to verbal aggression from others. The Bullies to Buddies method, developed by psychologist Izzy Kalman, is a social skills program that uses role-playing to teach children how to respond to bullying. Most anti-bullying programs are based on identifying and punishing the bully. Bullies to Buddies teaches how to respond to verbal aggression in a way that immediately decreases the incidence of bullying and increases resilience. This method doesn’t just change the lives of individual children; it has the potential to change the entire culture of a school and its community.

RSVP to attend here


Connie Palmer is an experienced teacher, therapist, and school counselor with thirty years of experience working with children. Throughout her career, she has been on a quest to find a solution to the problem of bullying and is now on a mission to share the gold she has found in the Bullies to Buddies curriculum. This seminar will help you understand the causes of bullying and will give you techniques that will make a difference in your child’s life.


Learn what you can do to bully-proof your child

Help your child know how to respond when other children are mean

Empower your child to become more resilient


Please click here for the Google meet link.

A recording will be made available after the presentation.

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Upcoming Events

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Fri, 3/10/23 - PTA Pajama Bin-Glow - 6:30pm-8:00pm - School Cafeteria

Mon, 3/13/23 - Single Session for Students

Wed, 3/15/23, 7:30pm -8:00pm OAS audi - Parent Presentation "Bullies to Buddies" Grades 3-8

Fri, Sat, Sun, 3/24-26/23 - Mary Poppins Jr. (HAS Spring Musical Production)

Sat, 4/1/23 - PTA Tricky Tray

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


Counselor's Corner

In the month of March, 6th grade students' usual schedule of SEL lessons with Mr. Petruccelli will include a focus on the Full Value principles of ‘Be Here’ & ‘Be Safe’ in acting as an upstander against gossip & rumors, aggression, and bullying. Students will work to develop the skills of identifying negative & potentially harmful situations and of crafting age-appropriate, meaningful responses to employ as an upstander in these situations.

In the Month of March 7th grade students will discuss relational aggression and how bullying and conflict differ. They will work with the counselors on how to resolve conflict and understand healthy friendship boundaries.

8th grade students received lessons on healthy relationships. Students discussed how to recognize toxicity in a relationship, their rights, and how to communicate in different relationships, as well as how to get help when in an unhealthy relationship.

Grades 1-5 will receive peer and counselor-led lessons on conflict resolution with a focus on the difference between bullying, bothering, and conflict. The students will be taught conflict resolution skills through read-alouds and discussions, as well as 8th grade peer role plays.


March is National Nutrition Month. To celebrate we have created our next edition of the Pomptonian Nutrition News series, Healthy School Lunch Challenge. At the end of this video, we invite your students to submit a recipe for Pomptonian’s Healthy School Lunch Challenge. Healthy School Lunch Challenge Flyer.

Cranford Film Festival

Please click this attached information link regarding sponsorship opportunities and film submissions for this year's 3rd Annual Cranford Film Festival, which will be held on Saturday, April 22.

PTA Tricky Tray

Mark your calendars for the HAS PTA Tricky Tray, Saturday, April 1, 2023 - In-Person at the HAS gymnasium.

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


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

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:

3/13/23 (PM), 6/21/23 (AM), 6/22/23 (PM)