Road Runners (starts Jan 18!)


We are excited for the return of New York Road Runner’s (NYRR) activity based recess program, Rising New York Road Runners (formerly know as Mighty Milers—feel free to check out NYRR’s website for more specifics about this fantastic program ).  This new program will be very similar to the Mighty Milers program.  On a specific day of the week (Thursdays 11:45-12:50 for 2nd-5th gradersMondays 12:15-12:50 for 1st graders), children will have the option meet in the gym during recess to run laps around the indoor gym.  At the end of the period, the # of laps are documented and submitted to NYRR where they are tallied up and incentive prizes are sent to the school for the children.  Parents are needed to hand out popsicle sticks while the kids are running, which helps the children remember how many laps they ran and to also cheer the kids on as they complete their laps.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact email Mariah (  This program could not run without parent support, thanks so much for helping out!

Sign ups can be found here:Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on or on @SignUpdotcom today!


Order HAS Yearbook (January 25)

Order your 2018 Hillside Avenue School Yearbook
Deadline extended to January 25

Yearbook orders, personalized nameplates and 8th grade baby ads have been extended to January 25, 2018.  There are only a handful of spaces left for 8th grade baby ads, so if you plan to purchase one, do it as soon as possible.  Click link for ordering (info is also available on the school’s website):

This is not a PTA gig – so if you have any questions, please contact Lynne Davis, yearbook advisor at


6th Grade Social (Feb 2)

Our special 6th Grade Winter Palooza is quickly approaching!  Come join us on Friday, February 2nd from 7-9 for a night filled with music, games and prizes! Allergy friendly snacks such as popcorn, and Oreos will be served along with water.

Click the link below to sign up! Please include your student’s name, and your cell phone number!
We also need parent volunteers to help us with the night!  Whether it is coming to help set up the gym, staying to clean up, or just coming to chaperone and watch the kids have a blast, we welcome you!
Click the link below to volunteer.

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration (Feb 5-9)

January 9, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Central registration for both full day and half day kindergarten, as well as first graders new to the district, will be done online followed by an in-person appointment at the Cranford Board of Education, Administrative Offices, 132 Thomas Street (playground entrance – rear of Lincoln School). Registration will take place between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m Monday, February 5, through Friday, February 9, with limited appointments available on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Please read and carefully follow the instructions below:

1. Go to to schedule an appointment for registration.
2. Please select the date and time that you would like to come to register your child and press submit and sign up.
3. Once you have submitted your appointment request, you will receive a confirmation email and a link to InfoSnap.
4. Enter all of your information on the InfoSnap site making sure to hit “submit.” Please make sure you print out the Affidavit of Residency, Medical Information Form and Parent Medical History Enrollment Form before closing the program.
5. All information must be entered on InfoSnap ONE WEEK prior to your scheduled appointment.
Please bring the following to your scheduled appointment:
● Original Birth Certificate with raised seal (we will copy).
● Affidavit of Residency (downloaded from InfoSnap-please have notarized prior to your appointment).
● Mortgage commitment, deed, property tax bill, lease (please provide landlord contact information).
● Utility Bill (electric, gas,water); phone bills will not be accepted.
● State-Issued Photo ID with address (i.e., Driver’s License).
● If you are a single parent, please provide documentation that verifies you as the custodial parent.
● Both Medical Enrollment Forms (downloaded from InfoSnap). The physician’s form need not be completed by registration but must be supplied to your school’s nurse by the first week of school.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please contact my assistant, Michele Cammarata, at 908-709-6202. Toward the close of this school year, you will be notified in writing of the date and time of kindergarten orientation. We look forward to welcoming your child to our schools.

Best regards,

Dr. Scott Rubin Superintendent of Schools
Cranford Public School District
132 Thomas Street
Cranford, NJ 07016

Tele: 908-709-6202
Fax: 908-272-7735


Tricky Tray (March 3)

It’s time for the biggest event of the HAS PTA school year…. TRICKY TRAY is almost here!

On Saturday, March 3rd, the HAS PTA will be hosting our annual Tricky Tray!  It’s a fun and exciting night and we need a lot of help to get ready!  We are asking all Hillside Avenue School parents to donate at lease one thing to this event:  items, money, time:  whatever you can give will be most appreciated and vital to making this the most successful year yet!

Remember how much fun your child had at Trick-or Trunk?  Or STEM night?  Or how awesome those middle school socials and pool parties are going to be?  This is how the HAS PTA pays for those awesome events!  Here’s your chance to help keep these events going!  It’s time to help give your child the best Hillside Avenue School experience ever!

There’s a ton of ways to help!  Have holiday gifts you don’t want and can’t return?  How about your company?  Do they have any box seats or gift certificates/cards they are willing to donate?  Can’t think of anything to donate?  Checks are awesome and easy to write! Or you can donate online!   In the main office at HAS there is a “Tricky Tray” table and folder for any and all donations you’d like to give!

Have an hour to spare and want to chill with some awesome people?  Come to the Tricky Tray “Wrapping” session on February 24!  Can’t make it that day? No worries!  Come help set up on March 2!  And if you just can’t stop giving?  Volunteer to help the night of March 3rd, when you come to the Tricky Tray!!  The possibilities are endless!

Here’s the link to volunteer your time:
Here’s the link to volunteer your dough:  (It’s on a “Membership” page… but it’s for Tricky Tray donations! Just click the “Contribute” button” You’ll see it there!)
Any and all Tricky Tray questions/concerns should be forwarded to:
Thanks in advance for all you do for the kids at Hillside Avenue School!