HAS Weekly Update

September 9, 2022

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Dear HAS Community,

The first week of school is in the books and it was great to see the students again. The smiling faces, the engagement in the classrooms, and the socialization at lunch made this first week an amazing and great way to get back to school.


Picture Day - Friday September 16, 2022

Picture Day is next Friday. Click here for more information.

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  3. Order your perfect package—and don’t worry about returning anything on Picture Day!

Haphazardly Ever After

Hillside Avenue School's Fall Play is "Haphazardly Ever After"

Auditions are Monday September 12th and Tuesday September 13th at 3pm in the auditorium. Auditions are open to all middle schoolers, and everyone makes the show.

Rehearsals are after school, Monday-Thursday, 3-5:30pm.

If you have any questions, please email the director Kathy Gordon at gordon.kathleen@cranfordschools.org

Middle School Arrival

Starting Monday the back parking lot by the 7th and 8th grade doors is off limits for student drop off. The main drive horseshoe in the front of the school is open until 8:15 for middle school drop off. Please use the horseshoe instead of the back staff parking lot.

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 have your child enter the vestibule. Your child will then ring the second bell and the office staff will bring them in and direct them to class.

Cell Phones/Smartwatches

Our cell phone policy is that students' cell phones need to be off and away and smartwatches are only to be used to tell time. Please refrain from texting your child during the day to help limit distractions for our students. If your child feels ill please remind them to report to Nurse Dias and she will contact you. Students should not call their parents from the bathroom if they are feeling ill.

Middle School Reminders

This week Mrs. Vaccaro and I met with the middle schoolers to review our school expectations. We reviewed our cell phone policy, dress code, tardies, hallway etiquette, cafeteria procedures, entry/dismissal, and a few other topics. We also ask that you please familiarize yourself with our student handbook to help promote a positive learning environment for our students.


Please click here for a price chart for lunch items.

A Note From the Tech Department

For students in grades 3-12 who have issues with their school issued Chromebook, you can now have that addressed in the school instead of going to the Central Office. Have your child stop in to the main office at HAS and they will assist in getting the Chromebook repaired. In the meantime your child will receive a loaner Chromebook.

Upcoming Events

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September 16 - Picture Day

September 21-23 - Book Fair

September 22 - Elementary School back to school night

September 26 - School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

September 27 - School Closed for Rosh Hashanah

September 28 - Middle School back to school night


Back to School Night

Elementary School: Thursday, September 22nd

Middle School: Wednesday September 28th

These are in-person events which will start promptly at 7:00pm.

Details to follow.

Riding to School

Many students ride their bikes to school. Bike racks are located by exit 13, near the back parking lot, and by the playground. If students choose to ride a bike or scooter to school, they must do the following:

1. Wear a helmet.

2. Make sure that they lock up their bike or scooter outside.

3. Obey all traffic laws and not ride in the parking lot.

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:

10/10 (PM), 11/23 (AM), 12/23 (PM), 2/6 (AM), 3/13 (PM), 6/21 (AM), 6/22 (PM)