HAS Weekly Update

September 15, 2023

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Dear HAS Community,

Thank you to all the parents/guardians who joined us this week for our Elementary Back To School Night. It was a great event and the teachers did a fabulous job of presenting and providing information about their class.

Kevin Deacon



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

Middle School Club Fair

The middle school students are invited to the Middle School Club Fair on Thursday, 9/21/23, from 3:00 - 3:45 in the cafeteria. Students will have the opportunity to visit the club tables to learn more about each club. You can also click here for more information about each club.

Attention Grades 6, 7, 8 Students for HAS' Fall Drama Production

Auditions: 9/18th & 9/19th - 3pm-5pm

Performance Dates:

12/8 - 7pm

12/9 - 7pm

12/10 - 4pm

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Elementary Chorus

Dear Parents,

I would like to invite all 4th and 5th grade students to participate in the Elementary Chorus Program for the 2023- 2024 school year. Elementary Chorus rehearsals will be conducted after school and are set to begin on 9/19 for 4th Grade and on 9/20 for 5th graders. I plan to rehearse 4th Graders on Tuesday afternoons and 5th Graders on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00- 3:45.

Elementary Chorus Rehearsals will take place in rm. 47 and are as follows:

4th Grade Tuesday 3:00-3:45

5th Grade Wednesday 3:00-3:45


Fall/Winter Rehearsal Schedule

Here is a link if you need to access the Rehearsal schedule manually:



****Please fill out the Google Form to sign your child up for 4th and 5th grade Chorus.

Here is the Google Form Link if you need to access it manually:


During rehearsals, singers will work on vocal technique, be introduced to various singing styles and learn to follow music scores.

Our performance dates are as follows:

Winter Concert, Tuesday, December 5th

Spring Concert, Wednesday, May 1st

For questions, please feel free to contact me at martinez@cranfordschools.org.

Thank you,

Ms. Cristina Martinez

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Upcoming Events

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

9/22/23 - School Photo Day

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

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

9/28/23 - Class Parent Tea - 3:00pm

Community News

Building Bridges

Building Bridges is a program which helps connect Cranford students from the lower elementary schools with high school mentors. We seek to help students foster friendships with students in their grade from the other schools in our district as well as high school Ambassadors that run activities for their group. Our program meets twice a month on a Wednesday and a Thursday. Your child does not have to participate in every session to attend; however we encourage participation in as many sessions as possible to get the full experience.

This program is open to students in Kindergarten through 4th grade. We are welcoming 5th graders to participate as Ambassador Assistants to work with the younger grades. The program meets at Cranford High School from 3:30-4:30pm. The registration fee is $20 per student.

There are limited spots so please submit your digital form and registration payment by September 29th.

Here is the link to register: https://form.jotform.com/232148382532050 Feel free to email the program advisor, Mrs. Savino Mulcahy with any questions: savino@cranfordschools.org

Family Academy

The first Family Academy program will be hosted at the CHS Library and Learning Commons on Thursday, October 26th at 7pm regarding the Signs of Suicide. This is a K-12 Program.

I appreciate your support in sharing this information with your school communities and families.

Here is the shareable Calendly Link for family sign up to the SOS Event: https://calendly.com/willner-ccc/signs-of-suicide-thursday-october-26-7-00pm

Here is a shareable link to the Updated PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aTzpSnQaJGeGQgcdGSYfQc4wKUZf1Ytz/view?usp=sharing

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Cougar Pride Fundraising for Class of 2024 & 2025

Cranford High School's Class of 2024 & 2025 are teaming together to bring COUGAR PRIDE rally towels to town! Use your towel at your next sporting event or wave your towel in the stands to support our athletes and event participants. Please click the link HERE for information regarding ordering! Sale ends 9/26.

Thank you,

Class of 2024 and Class of 2025

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.


Visitor Protocols

The safety of our students is of the utmost importance and we ask that all our visitors follow our procedures.

  1. If you are picking up your child for an appointment please notify the office ahead of time by emailing (HAS-attendance@cranfordschools.org) or calling 908-709-6229 or 908-709-6983. The nurse may also call to have you pick up your child if they are feeling ill.
  2. During pick up have your ID ready and ring the main entrance intercom bell. State your name and the reason for your visit then present your ID to the camera.
  3. You will be buzzed into the vestibule.
  4. Please wait in the vestibule.
  5. We will bring your child to you in the vestibule where you will sign them out.


Please make sure you child's chromebook is charged each night. 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


Parents/Guardians please remind your children to walk their bikes through the tunnel and on the tunnel path. Please also remind your child to wear a helmet when riding their bike. Helmets are research-proven to reduce the risk of serious injury.

School Lunch - Pomptonian

Click here for information from our school lunch provider Pomptonian.

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)