HAS Weekly Update

September 30, 2022

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Dear HAS Community,

It was wonderful seeing everyone at our Middle Open House. We hope you had a wonderful time and were able to learn about your child's classes, and the curriculum.


4th and 5th Grade Chorus

Last call for any 4th or 5th grade student that is interested in joining the HAS elementary chorus. Click here to sign up and for more information.

6th Grade Social

The PTA is excited to announce the HAS 6th Grade Fall Ball! The event is scheduled for Friday November 18th from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The kids are sure to have a (Fall!) Ball with a DJ, games, and a selfie station. An allergy-safe snack & water will be provided (see list of snacks below).

If your HAS 6th grader would like to attend, you MUST complete the permission slip by clicking here.

Please note: Drop off is at 7:00 pm at the Main Door and all students must be picked up by an adult promptly at 9:00 pm at the Main Door. Students will NOT be allowed to walk/bike home.

**List of snacks: Cheez-its, Snyder's Gluten Free Pretzels, Welch's Fruit Snacks, Individually Wrapped Twizzlers

Click here for the flyer of the event

Week of Respect

Every year Hillside Avenue School joins other schools across the state of NJ in celebrating The Week of Respect. HAS will be participating in whole school activities and interactive lessons. This year our students will be watching the videos below so they can learn about growth vs. fixed mindset and the power of the word "Yet". Cranford Schools believes in educating the whole child and we are a Full Value district. We will encourage the principles of Be Here, Be Safe, and Care for Self and Others with this week’s activities. We also teach the importance of Respect yourself, Respect others and Respect our school.

We encourage you to continue these discussions at home and feel free to use the below video’s to further your discussions.

Power of Yet Lyric Video. C.A.P.S. C.J. Luckey

We Are All Different - and THAT'S AWESOME! | Cole Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED

The Mindset of a Champion | Carson Byblow | TEDxYouth@AASSofia

CHS Opening Gala

The CHS Opening Gala will be held at the Union County Performing Arts Center on October 13, 2022 at 7:30. Admission is free and open to the general public with an RSVP. Click here for more information

Pomptonian Lunch Information

Please click here for information from Pomptonian, our food service provider.

Pink Out - District Wide Pink Out Friday 10/7/22

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer. Join the district by wearing pink to school on October 7th to support this initiative. If you want more information on spreading awareness visit the Cranford Relay For Life website by clicking HERE.

Union Count Vocation Technical Schools

Please see the information below regarding the application process for the UCVTS Academis.

  • Attending an information session is a mandatory part of our application process. The Information Session dates for the Class of 2027 are listed below, and are all presented virtually. Students must register for an Information Session here.

Monday, October 3 at 6:30pm

Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30pm

Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm

Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm

The application deadline for the Class of 2027 is December 15, 2022. This admissions process will require students to submit a records release form to their middle school, to allow the school to submit supporting documents to the Admissions Office on the students’ behalf.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Office at ftadmissions@ucvts.org.

Upcoming Events

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October 5 - School Closed in observance of Yom Kippur

October 6 - PTA Class Parent Tea (Elementary)


District - Go Green Folder

Middle School Yearbook information

Use the link below to order the Middle School Yearbook.


Click here for information about the 8th grade ADs/Well Wishes.

7th grade social

The PTA is hosting a 7th grade social on Friday, October 14, 2022. The event will start at 7:00 pm and will conclude at 9:00 pm. We are excited to offer a DJ, games, and an allergy-safe snack & water (see list of snacks below). There will be plenty of parent volunteers!

Please click here to complete the permission slip and electronically sign the form.

Please note: Drop off is at 7:00 pm at the Main Door and all students attending must be picked up by an adult at 9:00 pm at the Main Door. Students will not be allowed to walk/bike home.

**List of snack: Cheez-its, Snyder's Gluten Free Pretzels, Welch's Fruit Snacks, Individually wrapped Twizzlers

Parent Academy - Signs of Suicide Parent/Guardian Training

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

7:00-8:30 PM

Parents will participate in the SOS training from Signs of Suicide, a Sandy Hook Promise program in this safety workshop. Also to be discussed will be the Cranford initiatives for mental health as well as services provided for student assistance.

Presenters: Toni Anthony, CHS Student Assistance Counselor, Christi Carducci, Orange Avenue School Social Worker, Gayle Colucci, District Coordinator of Culture and Climate

Parent presentation grades K-12

Location-CHS Library

RSVP to attend here

Parent Academy Flyer

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

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.

Middle School Arrival

Effective Monday, 9/19/22, 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 till 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 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.


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)