Weekly Blast 1-22-2018

Hillside Avenue School


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PTA News and Event Reminders for the Week of January 22, 2018


Thank you to Julie Jackson for putting together the K-8 Skate Night!  It looked like everyone was having a great time!


·       Monday and Thursday, Road Runners (Grade 1 =  Mondays  and Grades 2-5 =  Thursdays): We are excited for the return of the New York Road Runner’s (NYRR) activity-based recess program, Rising New York Road Runners (formerly known as Mighty Milers).  Feel free to check out the NYRR’s website for more specifics about this fantastic program.  http://www.nyrr.org/rising-new-york-road-runners#WhatIsRisingNYRR. This new program will be very similar to the Mighty Milers program. On a specific day of the week (Mondays for 1st graders 12:15 to 12:50 and Thursdays for2nd-5th graders, 11:45 to 12:50), children will have the option to meet in the gym during recess to run laps around the indoor gym. At the end of recess, the number of laps are documented and submitted to NYRR where they are tallied 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. The parents also cheer the kids on as they complete their laps. If you have any questions or suggestions, please email Mariah ([email protected]). This program could not run without parent support. Thanks so much for helping out. Sign ups can be found here:  http://signup.com/go/UznBVEb.

·     6th grade: 6th Grade Winter Palooza is coming up! Come join us on FridayFebruary 2nd for a night filled with music, games and prizes! Snacks such as popcorn and Oreos will be served along with water. 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!  Parent volunteer sign up:http://signup.com/go/fzoTJNN Student sign up: http://signup.com/go/DRhtTQE

·    TRICKY TRAY 3/3:  Tickets now on sale!! Click here for order form for tickets to the event and also you can buy raffle tickets in advance by purchasing a “Good Buy” bag– that order form is also attached.  In order to pull this off, we need your help!!  You can help by donating money or (NEW AND UNUSED) items, donating your time, and/or going to the event and buying lots of tickets to support the PTA and maybe even win something great!!

§  Donate your money by going to http://signup.com/go/JCLTawx and clicking the “contribute” button.  Or you can send a check (made out to HAS PTA) or cash in an envelope marked “Tricky Tray.”

§  Donate your stuff by dropping it off in the main office (tell them it’s for Tricky Tray).

§  Donate your time by signing up here:  http://signup.com/go/eFTVuRz

§  AND you can help support the event by attending (and buying lots of tickets!!).  See attached forms for tickets.  Note:  people tend to get tables of people together to go to the event, but you don’t have to join a table to go!  If you are joining a table, we ask that one person submits the check to make it easier for our dedicated volunteers!


·       THURSDAY, JANUARY 25:  New deadline for yearbooks:  Yearbook orders, personalized nameplates and 8th grade baby ads are now dueThursdayJanuary 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. See attached for ordering (and info is available on the school’s website as well as the PTA website: http://haspta.digitalpto.com/non-pta-activitiesfundraisers/order-2018-has-yearbook). If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Davis, yearbook advisor at [email protected].

·       Kindergarten and 1st Grade Registration will be Feb. 5-9, with limited hours on Saturday Feb. 10. See attached for details. 

·       Breaking Points, a presentation for parents on Why Kids Say Yes to Drugs, presented by Cranford PD and the Cranford Jaycees, will be onTuesday, Feb.13 at 6:30 pm at the Cranford Community Center. See attached flyer for details.

Have a wonderful week!  ~HAS PTA

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