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Weekly Blast 10-22-2018

HAS PTA Events & Activities for the Week of 10-15-18

Please do not reply to this email. For any PTA related inquiries, please email [email protected]


Hi Everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. We have some urgent volunteer needs this week:  This Friday, 10/26, we need Red Ribbon Day volunteers, and we need a lot more trunks and candy donations for Trick or Trunk to operate. Right now we only have 12 trunks and not many candy donations. Please see below for more information on how you can help. Thank you!


  • Middle School Red Ribbon Day, is this Friday and we still need several volunteers for the afternoon time slot!! –  Please sign up to help!  – The Red Ribbon Carnival is a joint endeavor between the Cranford Police Department and both Cranford Middle Schools to educate our Middle School students about substance abuse during Red Ribbon Week. HAS Middle Schoolers will be attending the event during their PE classes where they will learn about the dangers of substance abuse in an engaging way. We need volunteers to make it happen! Parent volunteer information sessions will be held immediately following the October PTA meeting (10/25). It is highly recommended for volunteers to attend one of these sessions. Thank you!


  • TRICK OR TRUNK 🎃 Friday – 10/26/18

  • Elementary Students attend from: 4:30 – 5:30

  • Middle School Students attend from: 5:30 – 6:30 – We are excited to announce that we have extended Trick or Trunk so that middle school children can join us after the elementary kids have taken their turn. But this means we need more trunks and more candy donations. As one of our most popular events for attendance, many decorated trunks are needed to make this event a success! Your vehicle does not have to be elaborately decorated  and it is really easy to participate. We provide the candy and it’s lots fun for the kids to have a variety of trunks to visit. Please Sign up here:

  • If you decide to decorate a trunk: On Friday, 10/26, please report to the Teacher’s Parking Lot at 4 pm. We will provide each car with candy to pass out. The cars are assigned numbers, and votes will be taken throughout the event. The 3 most popular cars will be awarded a prize.

* IMPORTANT –  If you are attending this event but are not decorating a trunk:  We ask that you donate a bag of allergy safe candy or non food items. Here is a list of some acceptable donations:  Haribo Gummies, Mike & Ike’s, Utz Halloween Pretzel Treats, goldfish, Skinny Pop popcorn, Dots, Surfs Sweets, Enjoy Life Cookies, Tootsie rolls/pops, PEZ, Charms Blow Pops/lollipops, Skittles, Smarties, Double Bubble Gum, Sour Patch Kids, DumDum Lollipops, Swedish Fish, Ring Pops, Twizzlers, Jelly Belly Jelly beans, Airheads, & Starburst. Non food giveaways, such as pencils, erasers, stickers, tattoos. etc. *PLEASE BE ADVISED: Any candy that is donated, that cannot be distributed due to allergy concerns, will be donated to the Cranford Police Department.


Here is where you can drop off candy donations:

  1. At school inside the main doors during drop off & pick up.

  2. Outside HAS by the elementary doors during drop off & pick up.

  3. 7 Cranford Terrace – There is a box on the front porch, drop off anytime.

  4. 18 Collins Street –  There is a bin on the front steps, drop off anytime.


Middle School Students – Earn service hours by helping at Trick or Trunk! – Send an email to [email protected] to let us know you are interested.



  • Special PTA Meeting – 11/15/18 @ 7 pm in the HAS Auditorium.

All Hillside Avenue Families are invited to attend a special PTA meeting on November 15th, at 7:00 pm in the HAS auditorium, with the Superintendent, BOE members, and other District administrators to discuss the proposal to “Reimagine Cranford Public Schools.”   This will be a special event for our school community allowing the opportunity to engage in conversation and have our specific questions and concerns addressed. This meeting will be in addition to the larger community meetings that are taking place at CHS on October 30, November 28, and December 17.

It is highly recommended that prior to any of the meetings you view the original presentation introducing the proposal in order to be well informed and current on all information presented.


  • Holiday Shoppe – ( Spelled the old fashioned way ;) – It’s never too early to sign for our annual Holiday Shoppe! We need lots of helpers especially for the little ones!  Elementary students will come to the shoppe with their teachers during the day and middle schoolers will be able to shop before and after school. We need help setting up on Wednesday evening 12/4 and during the store hours of 8:30am-4pm on Thursday, 12/5 and Friday 12/6. Signups are set in shifts, but feel free to work a double or triple!


  • Box Tops – Contest Deadline: Send in your box tops with your child until 10/24. Please send all box tops in an envelope or baggie labeled with the student’s name and grade. Don’t miss the opportunity to earn free money for our school. Top 5 collectors will win a prize.


If you haven’t already signed up, we need you to join the HAS PTA today! The PTA is a membership organization and we rely on your support. Membership is $10 per individual. We offer different levels of membership that include donations to Tricky Tray, the largest fundraiser at HAS. Please visit and select the membership level that is right for you.  Your membership dollars go directly back to the students. Each year we contribute $10 per child for field trips. We also sponsor many events & activities during the school year such as: Picture day, Trick or Trunk, Stem Nights, Classroom parties, Book Fairs, Pool Parties & much more. We need you, please sign up today!


Volunteer Opportunities/PTA Committees – Our children benefit from your involvement. Please visit this signup link to browse through upcoming activities & committee opportunities.  Even a few hours of your time can make a huge difference toward the success of an event.


Amazon Smile – When you shop through Amazon Smile, the HAS PTA earns .5% of your purchase. (This only works in your browser, not on the mobile Amazon app for your phone/device.)

Shutterfly/Tinyprints:   – 13% of your purchase goes to HAS PTA.


Other Things Happening Around the School: ( Non- PTA Events)


  1. Pretzel Sale – Tuesday 10/23/18 @ 3pm in the HAS Main Hallway.

  2. Yankee Candle Sale – Attention 8th grade families: Yankee Candle fundraising information was sent home last week. Sale Ends 10/26. The sales your family make goes directly towards cutting the cost of your child’s DC ticket. Email Amy with any questions or concerns. [email protected]t

  3. Middle School Yearbook form is attached. Yearbook Form Page 1 and Yearbook Form Page 2


Have a wonderful week!



The Fine Print ⬇

Each week, the PTA will send an email blast like the one above which will include information regarding upcoming HAS PTA events. Occasionally, we will include other school/community events, not run or organized by the PTA, that we think would be helpful to share. Both PTA members and Non-PTA members receive this email.

Please do not reply to this email message. All PTA inquiries should be sent to our email: [email protected]

For “Other Things Happening Around the School,” please reach out to the sponsor of those events. Thank you.