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Weekly Blast 11-5-2018

HAS PTA Events & Activities for the Week of 11-5-18

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  • 4th Grade Family Engineering Night: Tuesday,  Nov 13, 2018. Join us for our 7th annual Family Engineering Night! FEN is a fun evening for parents and 4th graders to work together at self-paced stations that will engage you in collaborative problem- solving. Students and parents work together during the second half of the night on an ultimate design challenge! To sign up please visit:

  • On Wednesday, 11-14-18, 7pm @OAS Auditorium, Cranford Public Schools, with the help of the OAS and HAS PTA, is proud to be hosting a special parent evening. Brooks Gibbs, Bullies to Buddies: Raise them Strong. Brooks Gibbs is an award winning social skills educator who teaches students, parents, and teachers how to build emotional resilience and live by the Golden Rule. He is the author of Raise Them Strong and featured speaker for the 2018/19 Global School Assembly. Over 2,500 schools have hired him to speak allowing him to reach 2 million students face-to-face. His viral videos have amassed more than 200 million views worldwide. We hope you can join us for a special educational event. Please see attached flyer.

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 – Volunteers spaces are filling up fast! Don’t miss your chance to participate. 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,  6-8 pm, 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 – Donations wanted! The HAS PTA’s largest fundraiser will be here before you know it! (2/23/18). Please donate any new (unwanted) items you may have 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.

  • Where to find PTA information, Calendar and Forms for Class Parents:

PTA Website:

PTA Calendar:

PTA Forms for Class Parents:

Find us on Facebook – Search for: Hillside Avenue School PTA

  • Join the HAS PTA today! The PTA is a membership organization and we rely on your support. Annual Membership is only $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.

  • Ongoing Fundraisers:

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.

Box Tops – Please continue to save your box tops. The HAS PTA collects Box Tops 2x a year. The next Box Top collection will be March 2019. For a list of participating products, please visit: items:

Recent contest winners will be announced soon.

  • HAS PTA Volunteer Opportunities & Committees – 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.

Other Things Happening Around the School:(Non- 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. For questions about these events, please reach out to the event sponsors.

  1. Yankee Candle Sale – Yankee Candle online sales will continue through December. Please support the 8th grade. Please email Amy with any questions or concerns. [email protected]t

  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 please drop items off at 7 Cranford Terr. Do not bring to HAS.

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

Thanks for Reading.

Have a wonderful week!


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