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Weekly Blast 10-29-2018

HAS PTA Events & Activities for the Week of 10-29-18

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


  • The PTA Board would like to say a HUGE, heartfelt thank you to the chairs and volunteers who ran this past month’s PTA Events! Without you, the students would not have enjoyed the following wonderful events at school: 4th Grade Bike Rodeo, Walk to School Day, Book Fair, 6th Grade Social, Pumpkin Patch, Red Ribbon Day and Trick or Trunk.


  • Halloween 🎃 – 10/31/18 – The Elementary Halloween Parade takes place after lunch @ 1:30 pm, followed by in classroom parties. Allergy specific information regarding food being served, will be sent home to parents for review prior to the class parties.



  • 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 – 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 12/5 and during the store hours of 8:30am-4pm on Thursday, 12/6 and Friday 12/7. Signups are set in shifts, but feel free to work a double or triple!


  • Tricky Tray – 2/23/18 – Please donate! The HAS PTA’s largest fundraiser will be here before you know it!  Please donate any unwanted new items you may have at home that can be raffled off at the event. All items can be brought to the HAS main office. We combine these items to make beautiful baskets and prizes to raffle. As long as it is new, no item is too small or too unique to use.


  • 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.  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 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.


  • 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. HAS School Spirit Week – Monday – Sports Jersey, Tuesday – Crazy Hat Day, Wednesday – Halloween Costumes, Thursday – Dress to Impress, Friday – Blue & Gold Day.


  1. Community Meeting to discuss Proposal to Reimagine CPSD – October 30, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm at CHS auditorium. Presentation Topics: K-2 buildings with full-day kindergarten, comprehensive grade 3-5 school, comprehensive middle school, high school career academies, budget, and Q&A.

  1. Girl Scout Troop 40332 and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Union County are celebrating National Adoption Day as part of November’s National Adoption Month! As courthouses across the country hold celebrations and finalize adoptions, Union County’s will be Friday, November 16, 2018 Troop 40332 members are working on their Silver Award, collecting games, popcorn and popcorn buckets for Family Fun Night baskets for each adoptive family. After all, family memories make the best memories! HAS families can drop items off at 7 Cranford Terr. Please see attached flyer for additional details.

  2. CHS Food Truck & Music Festival – Will be held on Sat. Nov. 3rd. Please see attached flyer for details.

  3. Yankee Candle Sale – Attention 8th grade families: Yankee Candle fundraising information was sent home last week. Online sales will continue through December. 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]

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


Thank you and 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.