BAS/OAS Trunk or Treat 2021

On Friday, October 29 from 6-8pm

Bloomingdale Avenue School and Orange Avenue Elementary School will celebrate our


in the parking lot at Orange Avenue School

BAS parents: please sign up to take part in this ‘spooktacular’ evening by volunteering to decorate a trunk, or just by lending a hand. Let’s make this Halloween celebration a ‘howling’ success for our kids!

Each school will have 20 parking spots available for decorative trunks. The spots are first come first serve and will fill up quickly-so sign up today!

Please note: In an effort to minimize large crowds, BAS students will “trick or treat” from 6-7pm and OAS Elementary students will have the 7-8pm time slot. Cars with decorated trunks will be expected to stay for the duration of the event- both time slots.  If you have students at both schools, we ask that you kindly choose a trick or treat window.

**We are kindly asking for a LARGE amount of candy donations this year from our BAS families!!  Please send in bags of candy with students starting Wednesday, October 20th.  This will ensure we have enough candy and trinkets to hand out to all participating students during the event.

**Additionally, We are asking for volunteers to help provide non-candy options for our students with allergies (Halloween inspired “trinkets” such as; pencils, erasers, fidgets, etc.)  Items can be dropped in the bin at your school prior to the event.  We appreciate as much as you are able to contribute!

*Please note this event is for elementary students and their families only.

Follow up emails will be sent to volunteers closer to the event with specific spot numbers, timing, and details.  Questions?  Please contact Benee Meade at

October 2021 PTA Meeting Minutes

General PTA Meeting Minutes 10/13/21, 7pm


Welcome, Pledge, Board Introductions

Mrs. Murphy Updates:

Introduction of Mrs. Cascone, Speech Teacher and Miss Bagniewski as Teacher representatives for the PTA this school year.

COVID Update/clarification

  • Per Superintendent email; If your child is sick/has a positive test, they must quarantine (siblings as well) for 14 days. This is dependent on the level of the region, if levels go down- this changes weekly- quarantine time goes down.

  • Please communicate all illness with Mrs. Laxo

  • It is not mandatory to quarantine after travel, but it is recommended. There will be no home instruction for voluntary quarantine, only for those students who test positive or are in close contact


  • PTA meetings, in person events are KEY to a tight-knit BAS Community

  • Please reach out with any questions, get familiar with all teachers, specials teachers and who to direct specific questions to. Phone/in person correspondence is better for larger issues, email works is good for quick notes to the teachers

  • School and PTA are streamlining communication this year via email blasts (less frequent with more information) and the BASPTA website

School goal of Whole Child Development

  • This year school is seeing more issues with the independence of the students.

  • Parents are encouraged to guide children to advocate for themselves while at school (ie. Speak up when they have to use the bathroom, pack own backpacks and snacks, etc.)

  • This year with full day school is a first for ALL BAS students and with this comes new experiences

President Updates:

Special Recognitions/Thank you’s:

School Supply Kits – co chairs Meredith Goldblatt & Claire Henderson

Spirit Wear Sale – Christine DelRe

Walk/Bike to School Day – Nikki Savino Mulcahy

5K – Chair Laura DiChiara and her team Meghan Cuthbertson (sponsorships), Laura Holcomb (ad marketing), Catherine Venditti (print marketing), Nikki Savio Mulchay (social media), Sanjeevanee Vidwans (t-shirts)

Member at Large position – Jen Jurkowich

Where PTA $ have gone so far this year:

  • Refurbishment of the library (special thank you to Mr. Nick for painting)

  • Small Welcome Back $10 Amazon gift card for our Teachers

  • Mums for the exterior of the school

  • Lunch for our custodians for Custodian Appreciation Day

  • Outdoor recess kits (4 kits total, mesh bags filled with outdoor activities) that will be delivered to the school within the next 2 wks.

Why join the PTA? To fund all the experiences that enhance our children’s classroom experience! As well as Teacher/Staff Appreciation & beautification both inside & out. Just a reminder to be a class parent or other volunteer as a chair, must be a PTA member. Link is on our website as well in our communication emails.

Gratitude for Teachers & Staff – major focus of our PTA $’s last year, will continue to plan small gestures throughout the year (in addition to Teacher Appreciation week in May). Courtney Byrne will give more details as to what’s planned for immediate and in the upcoming 1-2 months.

Adding in Fall Spirit Week – week of 11/15 (leading up to Spirit Day on 11/19 – which is also the holiday boutique). More details to come!

Lawn Signs – “Thankful for our Teachers & Staff”; look out for ordering information coming soon; will be put up the week of Thanksgiving

How to stay up to date? Website (, Monthly Email Blasts, Remind – Thanks to all that have signed up – can still sign up (send text to @basptak, @baspta1st, or @baspta2nd to 81010)

In need of Lunch Aides throughout the district- 2 hours per day; $25 per hour. Will help facilitate a smoother experience for lunch & recess for our kids; Please click here to see the flyer and volunteer – Preview attachment Lunchroom Assistant Flyer.pdfLunchroom Assistant Flyer.pdf162 KB  90% of BAS Lunch Aides have returned but other schools in the district are still in need.

Standing Rules – Taking place of By-laws (which are now standard across all NJ PTA’s); Rules passed unanimously at 10/13 meeting

Here’s the link to view:

Claire, Treasurer Update:

Membership information, budget must be approved every year at the first PTA meeting

Budget for 2021-2022 was reviewed and approved unanimously at 10/13 meeting

– Current: 156 members $1,560 – $624 = $948

– Donations as of 10/13 $3,434 (13 $100 donors, 2 $75 donors, 14 $50 donors)

– 2021-22 Estimate:  Revenue $28,460 – Expenses $27,440 = Net $1020

Nikki, VP Update:

Upcoming Events, Thank you to all volunteers this year!

  • Informal ‘Playground Playdate’ 10/15, stay and play if your around and bring $ in case the ice cream truck stops by (approximately 3pm)

  • 5K Update (Laura)

    • Record high sponsorship in only 1 month including 3 Elite sponsors and 1 Super Elite sponsor

    • 314 runners signed up as of 10/13

    • Advance registration is now closed, but sign up day-of is an option

    • More volunteers along the parade route are welcome, still in need of a photographer

    • Thank you to the team of volunteers

  • Pretzel Sale

  • Pumpkin Picking/Decorating- more information closer to the date

  • Trick or Trunk (Benee)

    • Still in need of trunks and volunteers

    • BAS time slot to trick or treat is 6-7pm

    • No bathrooms/water distribution this year

    • DJ Confirmed

    • 10/20 bins will be available outside the office for candy collection- in need of a LOT of candy this year from both schools

    • Thank you to the team of volunteers

  • BAS Halloween Parade- confirmed for 2:15. Students may not wear their costumes to school in the morning, they can either go home for lunch and change or change at the school (going home is recommended)

  • Holiday Boutique (Claire Henderson)

  • Kindness Day & Cranford Family Cares Collection- further information closer to the date

  • STEAM Night- further information closer to the date

Update on Class/School Directory- must opt in-to the directory via google form

Benee, Recording Secretary Update:

Website is updated on a regular basis and includes all information, flyers, links related to BAS happenings. PTA meeting minutes will be added to the website this year

Courtney, Corresponding Secretary Update:

  • Teacher & Staff recognition will continue throughout the year

  • Week of 10/4 Halloween candy was dropped off for the teachers’ lounge and coffee for the front office staff

  • Push this year to acknowledge the Specials Teachers since they often bounce around the different schools; specific gifts/notes are being planned targeted towards what they teach

  • Thank you lawn signs will be back closer to Thanksgiving


Julie, Class Parent Update:

Class parents joined a call the week of 10/13 to discuss the school year

Christine, Monthly Email Blast Coordinator Update:

Spirit Wear sale not only has BAS merchandise but Cranford blankets as well

Using S’more this year to enhance and streamline information to the parents

Member Questions:

  • For families new to Cranford, is there a way to explain more about the goings-on at the school so they have a better understanding of our events, etc. How can we help them be better informed about things they may not know about?

    • Document with blurbs about each event is being generated to help inform all families

  • Request for the teacher Wish Lists to be sent again this year

    • PTA will request

Class Directory and Class Parent Volunteer Form

BAS Parents…

The PTA are currently compiling information for the 2021-22 Class Directory.  Please fill out the form below to be included!

Interested in volunteering to be a class parent this school year?  Interested in signing up for text reminders for school activities and events?  Click the link for all the information you need to opt in!

Deadline for inclusion in all of the above is September 24th.  Thank you for your continued support!

This Month at BAS- September 2021

This Month at BAS

September 2021

Welcome to BAS and welcome back to all of our returning families! We are so happy to be back in school and we can’t wait to make many memories together this year at BAS. We are here to help make this a wonderful year and we look forward to your partnership to make that happen. Please reach out with questions, concerns, or suggestions. We can be reached at Together we will make this another year of learning and growing together at BAS!

Meet the PTA Board

President: Nicole Feeley

Vice President: Nikki Mulcahy

Treasurer: Claire Henderson

Recording Secretary: Benee Meade

Corresponding Secretary: Courtney Byrne

Monthly Email Blast Coordinator: Christine DelRe

Class Parent Liaison: Julie Bridge

Member at Large: Jen Jurkowich

We Need Your Help!

Open Chair Positions:

  • Pretzel Sale Co-Chair: Co-chair with Meredith Goldblatt. Would entail organizing our monthly pretzel sale. Pretzels will be pre-ordered via a google form, chairs will need to bag for each student, sort by class, and deliver to BAS. Morning/Daytime commitment once a month.
  • Cranford Family Cares Collection In November; Chair would need to create flyer and pick up donations from BAS and drop at Cranford Family Cares.
  • CASA PJ & Book Collection – Takes place during the first week of March; Chair would need to create flyer and organize pick up of our PJ & Book collection benefitting CASA Union County

Please reach out if you have questions about any of the above open chair positions!

BAS PTA School Directory and Class Parent Volunteer Form

Please fill out this form to be included in your class directory. Class parent volunteer information is included in this form as well!

BAS Back to School Night

Virtual Back to School Night will take place on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Each class will be assigned a half-hour time slot with additional times for Special Activity Teachers and Related Services. The Google Meet times for homeroom classes are listed below:

  • Grade 2 (6:35 PM – 7:05 PM)
  • AM/PM Kindergarten (7:10 PM – 7:40 PM)
  • Full Day Kindergarten (7:10 PM – 7:40 PM)
  • Grade 1 (7:45 PM – 8:15 PM)
  • K-2 Mrs. Roberts (7:45 PM – 8:15 PM)

A more detailed schedule with Special Activity Teachers, Related Services, and the Google Meet Links has been sent via email.

BAS/OAS Fall 5K and Fun Run

The BAS/OAS Fall 5k and Fun Run is back!

Registration is now open at…/Cranford/BloomingdaleOrangeFall5K

This year, for the first time, 5k runners can now have the option to participate in-person or virtually, from anywhere at any time! Register before 9/26 to guarantee a cotton t-shirt for fun run participants and technical shirts for 5k participants (in-person only).

Additional BAS reminders

Yearbook Photos:

Please send your full-size (high/original resolution) back to school photos to with the event, student names, and class/teacher of the students pictured. It will help ensure that we are able to include as many students in the yearbook as possible. Don’t forget to send your first day of school photos!

Yearbook Ordering Info

You can save 10% by purchasing your yearbook before September 20th!

Go to Bloomingdale Avenue School’s passcode: 1014769111342711

(*If you have a second grader at BAS, please do not purchase a yearbook for them. They are gifted a yearbook by the PTA.)

Box Top Collection

Easy – just download the Box Tops App and select our school by zip code. Then snap a picture of your grocery receipts and the fundraiser money loads right into our school’s account!

Amazon Smile

If you use Amazon Smile ( for your Amazon purchases and select Bloomingdale Avenue School (146714 Bloomingdale Avenue School PTA), 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible products goes directly to the school! Perfect way to support BAS doing the shopping you are already doing!

A Look Ahead – BAS PTA Events for 2021-2022


6 – Walk to School Day

13 – General PTA Meeting Please join us for our first (virtual) meeting of the school year. Link coming soon!

15 – Spirit Day and Pretzel Sale. Show your school spirit by wearing your BAS t-shirt or any Cranford blue and gold gear! Please snap some pics to send to the yearbook!

17 – BAS/OAS 5K and Fun Run

29 – Trick or Trunk


15 – Kindness Day and Cranford Family Cares Collection

18 – STEAM Night

19 – Holiday Boutique (Happy Holidays!)

19 – Spirit Day


17 – Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale

TBD – Toy Drive


12 – General PTA Meeting 7pm

14 -Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale


18 – Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale

TBD – Skate Night (TBD)

16/17 – Art Night


1 – Dr. Seuss Week and CASA Book & PJ Drive

3-4- Book Fair

9 – General PTA meeting 7pm

18 -Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale

23 – Variety Show Rehearsal

25 – Variety Show


8 – Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale

29 – Arbor Day (TBD)


2 – Teacher Appreciation Week

6 – Plant Sale

11 – General PTA Meeting 7pm

20 – Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale

TBD – Spring into Summer Events

26/27 -Field Day


10- Spirit Day/Pretzel Sale

*Dates are approximate. More information on these events coming!

A Special Thanks to. . .

Allyson Konzelman, Picture Day ChairMeredith Goldblatt and Claire Henderson, School Supply Kit Co-Chairs

and the following volunteers who helped to organize the school supply kits: Jennifer Glackin, Jackie Zaccone, Christine Gill, Kate Lydon, and Jennifer Jurkowich

BAS/OAS Fall 5k & Fun Run is BACK!

The BAS/OAS Fall 5k and Fun Run is BACK!

Sunday October 17th

Fun run begins at 8:00am

5K begins at 8:30am

Registration is now live at…/Cranford/BloomingdaleOrangeFall5K

Can’t make it 10/17?  This year, for the first time, 5k runners now have the option to participate in-person or virtually, from anywhere at any time! Virtual registration can be found via the link above.

Register before 9/26 to guarantee a cotton t-shirt for fun run participants, and technical shirts for 5k participants (in-person participants only).

Join the BAS PTA Family!

Have you joined the PTA yet?  Its just a click away!

Joining the PTA is one of the first and most important ways to get involved with and contribute to our children, teachers, staff, and enhance the classroom experience at Bloomingdale Avenue School!

With your membership dues, the PTA funds everything from assemblies, class celebrations, student enrichment events, teacher mini-grants, and indoor/outdoor beautification of the school and MUCH MUCH more!

We truly appreciate your continued support and generosity!

A few examples of where your PTA dollars go:

  • Assemblies
  • Class Celebrations (including end of year/moving up)
  • Book Fair
  • Art Night
  • STEAM Night
  • Field Day
  • After School Clubs
  • Arbor Day Celebration
  • Yearbooks and OAS spiritwear – 2nd grade
  • BAS Spiritwear – K, new students, and new teachers
  • Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day Celebrations
  • Teacher Mini Grants (additional supplies, technology memberships, etc)
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation and Celebrations
  • Beautification of the School both inside and out:
  • Flowers and plants around school property (Annually)
  • New Playground Border and Mulch (2019)
  • Reading Garden (2018)
  • New Bike Rack (2018)
  • New School Sign (2017)

May Updates!

This Month At BAS – May 2021


Teacher Appreciation Week – Week of 5/3 – 5/7🏫

On behalf of the PTA, Courtney Byrne & Benee Meade planned an incredible full week of special treats, activities, & gifts for our teachers and staff with the overarching theme of “Thank You For Helping Us Grow”. There will be something each day of the week, including a breakfast, a grab & go lunch, cookies from Cake Artist, a copy of “I Am Peace, A Book of Mindfulness” for each teacher, personalized mason jar planters, and a staff yoga class. Please also be on the lookout for additional information from your specific class parents!

Plant Sale Pick Up – Friday 5/7 💐🌸🌺🌻

Pick-up will be on Friday May 7th in the BAS Parking Lot between 3-5pm!

Thank you to all who supported the PTA during our Spring Plant-a-Palooza sale.

General PTA Meeting – Wednesday 5/12 7:00 PM

Last general PTA Meeting of the year – Wed 5/12 @ 7pm; Google Meet Link to follow.

Relay For Life🎗

Bags for decoration (and donation if you choose) will be coming home Tuesday 5/18 and due to return back to school Thursday 5/20. All the bags will be displayed outside at BAS for the children to look at on Friday 5/21 and then also at Cranford High School on Saturday 5/22.

Spirit Day – Friday 5/21🐾

Show your school spirit by wearing your BAS or Cranford gear! Remember to snap those pictures for our yearbook.

Field Day – Wednesday 5/27 & 5/28📣

Information forthcoming.

Additional BAS Reminders

Yearbook Purchase📚

Last day to purchase a yearbook is Sunday, May 9th. See attached flyer to purchase your yearbook.

Reminder 2nd grade students will receive their yearbook as a gift from the PTA (includes 2 customizable pages, any additional customized pages will be an additional charge).

Box Top Collection🗳

Parents simply download the Box Tops app and select our school by zip code. Then snap a picture of your grocery receipts and the fundraiser money loads right into our school’s account.

Additional Community Reminders


Beach Towel Sale: Support GS Troop 40035 by purchasing a personalized Cranford Beach Towel. These would make a great birthday, graduation or end of year gift! 100% of the proceeds will go to Turning Point Community Services, which provides emergency shelter and support services for homeless women and children in NJ.

Graduation Lawn Sign Fundraiser🎓

Celebrate your Kindergarten or 2nd Grade Graduate! Orders due June 1st (see attachment)

A Special Thank You to…..

-Courtney Baginski – Yearbook Chair

-Jennifer Glackin, Nikki Savino Mulcahy, & Laura DiChiara – BAS/OAS Drive In Movie Night

-Courtney Byrne & Benee Meade – Teacher Appreciation Week

-Jen Rodriguez, Nikki Savino Mulcahy, Jennifer Glackin, and Allyson Konzelman – Plant-A-Palooza Flower Sale


📅 A Look Ahead – June Save the Dates 📅

6/11 – Spirit Day

6/4, Rain Date 6/7 – (More details to come!)2nd Grade Moving Up & OAS Walk Over

6/10 – Kindergarten Graduation Celebration

6/17 – Last Day of School

Yearbook Reminder!!

Good news!

There is still time to purchase a yearbook. Deadline has been extended to Sunday May 9. Remember to also customize your 2 Free pages.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful keepsake!

BAS/OAS Spring Drive-in Movie

The BAS & OAS PTA want to hear you SING at the Drive-in!

Join us for a night of music and laughter as we premiere 

the Sing on the Orange Avenue Pool big screen!

UPDATE: Spots are currently full, however there is a wait list.  

Please remember to make payment for your spot within 24 hours of your sign up to finalize your registration.

We will also be taking up a collection of goods for Cranford Family Care.  You will be able to drop off your donation upon entry to the theater.  

Your donation will enter you into a raffle drawing and a winner will be announced that evening via email!


**Payments will be made via Venmo as instructed on the email link**

April Updates

This Month At BAS – April 2021


Spirit Day – Friday 4/16 🐾 🥨

Show your school spirit by wearing your BAS or Cranford gear!

Arbor Day – Thursday 4/30 🍦

More details to come.

Additional BAS Reminders


See attached flyer to purchase your yearbook. Reminder 2nd grade students will receive their yearbook as a gift from the PTA (includes 2 customizable pages, any additional customized pages will be an additional charge). Last day to purchase a yearbook is April 30.

Yearbook Pictures 📘

Keep those yearbook pictures coming! Please send high-resolution photos (select actual size if you are sending from your phone) to Include the event/activity, student names, and class/teacher of the students pictured.  Any community events, sports, playdates, etc. including current BAS students whether at school or not will most likely be helpful. PHOTO SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 16.

Amazon Smile😀

If you use Amazon Smile ( for your Amazon purchases and select 146714 Bloomingdale Avenue Sch PTA, .5% of the purchase price on eligible products goes directly to the school! Perfect way to support BAS doing the shopping you’re already doing!

Box Top Collection🗳

Parents simply download the Box Tops app and select our school by zip code. Then snap a picture of your grocery receipts and the fundraiser money loads right into our school’s account.


Thank you families for making art night a success! As promised, here are the winners for this year’s art night raffle. Each will receive a $15 Vanilla Bean gift card next week when they are back in session. Thank you to all who submitted photos for this entry.


  1. Emily Turon

  2. Liam Jurkowich

  3. McKenna Oldfield

First grade

  1. Josephine Lionetti

  2. Samantha Daly

  3. Amelia Reily

Second Grade

  1. Sergio de Jesus

  2. Cecilia Konzelman

  3. Cole Bernier

A Special Thank You to…..

Heather Rosen – Art Night

Claire Cooper & Kate Ryan – Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Nicole Mulcahy (March Staff Appreciation)

Last but not least, THANK YOU to ALL who donated to our pajamas & book drive. Please see the attached thank you note from CASA of Union County.

📅 A Look Ahead – May Save the Dates 📅

5/3 – Teacher Appreciation Week

5/6 – Spring Movie Drive-In

5/7 – Plant Sale

5/12 – General PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

5/21 – Spirit Day & Pretzel Sale

5/28 – Field Day

March PTA Meeting Minutes

March PTA Meeting Minutes – 3/10/21

Nicole (President): Welcome, Pledge

  • Special Thanks:

    • Claire Cooper & Kate Ryan – Virtual book fair

    • Xiomara De Jesus – coordinating PJ & Book Drive benefiting CASA of Union County

    • Benee Meade – coordinating the partnership with 4th grade OAS to also collect books (and bookmarks) to benefit our book Drive (100 books & bookmarks collected/donated)

    • Staff Appreciation: Xiomara De Jesus – Jan (to go snack bags); Courtney Byrne – Feb (heart shaped cookies from Cake Artist)

    • Heather Rosen – Virtual Art Night Chair

    • Selene Carey – By-Law Renewal

  • Upcoming Staff Appreciation: March – Nikki Mulchay

  • Will be sponsoring additional assemblies (TBD, Mrs. Murphy coordinating, still have $900 reserved in the budget to fund)

  • Murphy & teachers are working on additional mini grant requests for us to be able to fund; 1 request is to purchase paint for library (request from LY)

  • Brainstorming additional ideas for virtual family activities

  • Supported the highschool Junior class fundraiser “You’ve Been Shamrocked” – be on the lookout March 16th

  • Yearbook Needs – keep sending in pics; look for email w specific needs; April 30th order deadline

  • PTA By-Law Renewal: Review proposed changes (Selene Carey) and vote

    • By-Laws were unanimously approved by the board and all attendees

Nikki (Vice President): Current and Up-Coming Events

  • Book Fair – Final Week, ends Friday March 14th, 25% of proceeds go back to school

  • Virtual Art Night – Give details (Kits will be send home 3/15, will have a week to do and have a chance to win a Vanilla Bean gift card; will also be able to send back into school for it to be displayed)

  • Plant Sale – Partner w Dreyers; Need at least 1 to 2 volunteers to chair.

    • Will take place close to Mother’s Day. Possibility of deliveries directly to homes

  • Plan Spring 1 mile walk/run challenge in lieu of 5K this year

    • Family Challenge

    • Raffle entry with photo submissions

    • Spring Drive In Movie Night – OAS on board to co-host again, need to pick date and movie

      • UPDATE: Sing confirmed for Thursday, May 6 at 8pm- BAS sold out!

Claire (Treasurer): Balance of $8,618.32 in the bank account.  Started the year at $8,997.16, so pretty much flat so far this year.

  • We have paid our dues to national and paid taxes for the year this month.

  • End of year parties etc are usually about $800-1000 and Mothers’ Day/Fathers’ Day is usually around $600-$700 (might have to offset the low class budgets)

  • If we can figure out some fundraisers to offset those expenses that would help us with the bank balance

    • Variety Show- still pending, we need that money (approx. 2k at stake)

      • Brainstorm ways to make that money up

    • Spiritwear Sale and Plant Sale are on the budget as past income makers of $600

      • Spiritwear might be pushed to a fall sale

Benee (Recording Secretary):

  • Website up to Date

  • Any additional information parents would like to see on the website?

  • Chairs can be requested via BAS PTA Website

Courtney (Corresponding Secretary):

  • Janitor thank yous

  • Teacher appreciation week chairs

    • We need to recruit. Class parents?

    • Budget?

Xiomara (Monthly Email Blast Coordinator):

CASA of Union County collection stats

  • Organization stores items and the children shop for them

Thank you to everyone who donated Books & Pajamas for our CASA collection. Between OAS and BAS, we collected around 151 books and 51 Pajamas!

  • Make this an annual tradition

Julie (Class Parent Liasion):

  • Teacher Appreciation Week: Week of May 3rd; Will send out some guidelines/suggestions to class parents

  • Mothers Day/Fathers Day: Plan common projects by grade, buy supplies in bulk. Each class can still execute on their own along with class parent and based on teacher schedule as in previous years. Ask the class parents for each grade to come up with an idea and then I can coordinate buying the supplies.

    • Coordinate the execution of the projects with the teachers and class parents

    • 1 class parent per grade to brainstorm

Mrs. Murphy (BAS Principal):

  • Thank you to the parents for continuing to show up for the meetings

  • Thank you to the PTA for the Teacher appreciation tokens each month

  • The assembly was very well attended by students, especially since some students had to log back on at home

    • Looking to stagger the next assemblies to alternate mornings and afternoons

  • The annual Book Tournament kicked off this week

  • The Second grade winter concert, led by Miss McDonald was a success. Students filmed themselves and uploaded videos to Flipgrid

  • Guest leader for the Pledge of Allegiance in celebration of Girl Scout Week

    • Exploring ways to allow more students to lead the pledge for the remainder of the year

  • PTA is funding the facelift of the library which hasn’t been updated in years. Mr Nick and Mr Mark will handle the painting which is expected to be done by September

  • For Kindergarten parents- Emergency remote single session days will now be 1h40m for AM and PM students. Regular single session days stay the same

  • End of the Year

    • As many in person events as possible. Must be outdoors, distanced, and follow all Covid protocols- these may include:

      • Kindergarten end of the year celebration

      • Second Grade moving up ceremony

      • Field Day- split into 2 days

      • Second Grade ice cream contest- happened with time slots

BAS Art Night!

BAS Art Night will take place the week of March 15!

‘Dream Big Dream Catchers’

  • Art Night Kits will be distributed on Monday, March 15, 2021

  • Detailed instructions will be included with each kit (also below)

  • Complete the project at home and bring in your Dream Catcher by Friday, March 19th.

  • Write your name on the back of your project. All Dream Catchers will be displayed in the hallway.

  • Don’t forget to show off your work for a chance to win a gift card to Vanilla Bean Creamery! *Submit a photo (include student name, grade, class) working on your project or of your dreamcatcher:

BAS Virtual Book Fair!!

It’s BAS Book Fair Time- and this year we are Virtual!!!

Our BAS Scholastic Book Fair will run online from March 1 through March 14.  25% of the proceeds from purchases made through the link below will go directly back to our school!

This year our wonderful teachers have created wish lists to help build their classroom libraries.  See the flyer link below for the wish lists (also listed below), AND if you purchase any of the titles listed, please be sure to add your name to the Google Doc to show that the specific title has been purchased!  Thank you as always for your support!

Please contact Claire Cooper or Kate Ryan with any Book Fair related questions!


Ms. Bagniewski’s Wish List

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by, Ryan T Higgins

 Not Quite Snow White by, Ashley Franklin

The Little Butterfly that Could by, Ross Burach

Can I be Your Dog by, Troy Cummings

Mrs. Ruszkowski’s Wish List

Elephant and Piggie: Waiting Is Not Easy by: Mo Williems

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by: Mike Thaler

The Magic School Bus Presents Wild Weather by: Sean Callery

Not Quite Snow White by: Ashley Franklin

Meet a Firefighter by: AnnMarie Anderson 

The Story of Ruby Bridges by: Robert Coles 


Mrs. Cruz’s Wish List

Look and Find Out Creepy and Crawly Predators  by Author Alice McGinty

 The Dodo: Little but Fierce by Author Joan Emerson

 Hibernation  by Author Tori Kosara

Petting Zoo By Gail Tuchman

Pets at the White House By Marge Kennedy

Families, Families, Families By Suzanne Lang

The Wish Tree By Kyo Maclear

Mrs. Ferraioli’s Wish List

The Couch Potato by: Jory John and Pete Oswald

Not Quite Snow White by: Ashley Franklin

I Promise by: Lebron James

The Little Butterfly that Could by: Ross Burach

Speak up by: Miranda Paul

Big Feeling by: Alexandra Penfold

Alma and How she got her Name by: Juana Martinez-Neal

Mrs. Toddings’ Wish List

Sloth Life by Joan Emerson

National Geographic-Wild Animals


Fangs by Jessica Lee Anderson

Big Feeling by: Alexandra Penfold

Speak up by: Miranda Paul

Mrs. Zabludovsky’s Wish List

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright

Brave and the Fox by Nicola Davies 

Book Title: The Paperboy by Dav Pikey

Paddington by Michael Bond

One Little Bag by Henry Cole

Joey by Nic Bishop

Roy Digs Dirt by David Shannon


Ms. Kloc’s Wish List:

The Little Butterfly that Could by Ross Burach

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

 Junie B. Jones’s Second Boxed Set Ever! (5-8)

The Bad Guys Box Set #1-5 by Aaron Blabey

Dog Man: The Epic Collection by Dav Pilkey

Mrs. LoGiudice-Alfano’s Wish List

Hair Love by Matthew Cherry

I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Brave and the Fox by Nicola Davies

When I Grow Up Misty Copeland by Lexi Ryals

Ms. Morreale’s Wish List

The Bad Guys Box Set #1-5 by Aaron Blabey

Dog Man: The Epic Collection by Dav Pilkey

The Never Girls Collection #1 by Kiki Thorpe

Bad Kitty Pack: Books 1-5 by Nick Bruel 

Branches Press Start 

Who Would Win? 

Mrs. Nudelman’s Wish List

Ada Twist, Scientist  by Andrea Beaty

Book Title: Junie B. Jones’s Second Boxed Set Ever! (5-8) by Barbara Park

Who Would Win? Ultimate Rumble Pack by Jerry Pallotta

There Was An Old Mermaid/There Was an Old Pirate (2 Pack)  by Lucille Collandro

Mrs. Oricchio’s Wish List

 Who Would Win: Ultimate Rumble Pack

Puppy Place #50 Spirit

Heroes of Black History: Who Was Set

I am Love: A Book of Compassion

Lotus Lane Value Pack

Narwhal’s Otter Friend


Mrs. Roberts’ Wish List

 I Am Enough by Grace Byers

 All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey




March Updates

This Month At BAS – March 2021

Join the BAS PTA!!!!! 🐾 🥨

Show your BAS support by joining our PTA today!

Please make sure to follow us on Facebook, visit our PTA website ( and check your monthly email blasts to stay in the loop! Click  HERE  to join the BAS PTA! (Make sure to click “View Cart” to complete checkout and add payment information).

Other ways to join if you are having issues with Membership Hub:

General PTA Meeting – Wednesday 3/10 7:00 PM 🎙

Link forthcoming.

VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR – 3/1 – 3/14 📚

The Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place from March 1st to March 14th. BAS gets 25% of the proceeds from purchases from March 1-14.

Teachers will be creating “Wish Lists” for their classes. Thank you for your support of this great fundraiser for our school! More information will be forthcoming.

Art Night – Thursday 3/18🎨

Information will be available soon and will be sent out as soon as finishing details are finalized.

Spirit Day – Friday 3/19 🐾

Show your school spirit by wearing your BAS or Cranford gear! Remember to snap those pictures for our yearbook.


See attached flyer to purchase your yearbook. Reminder 2nd grade students will receive their yearbook as a gift from the PTA (includes 2 customizable pages, any additional customized pages will be an additional charge).

Yearbook Pictures 📘

Keep those yearbook pictures coming! Please send high-resolution photos (select actual size if you are sending from your phone) to Include the event/activity, student names, and class/teacher of the students pictured.  Any community events, sports, playdates, etc. including current BAS students whether at school or not will most likely be helpful. Thank you for your support!

Amazon Smile😀

If you use Amazon Smile ( for your Amazon purchases and select 146714 Bloomingdale Avenue Sch PTA, .5% of the purchase price on eligible products goes directly to the school! Perfect way to support BAS doing the shopping you’re already doing!

Box Top Collection🗳

Parents simply download the Box Tops app and select our school by zip code. Then snap a picture of your grocery receipts and the fundraiser money loads right into our school’s account.


We are looking for VOLUNTEERS for the following events:

By-Law Renewal Committee: 1 additional volunteer needed to help with the by-law renewal process. Small time commitment – review current by laws, and propose any changes. Ideally will be voted on at our March 10th PTA meeting.

Virtual Spring 5K – would like to plan virtual 5K for Spring but need at least 2 volunteers to help coordinate. Responsibilities would include: organizing and setting up a virtual site for registration, marketing the event, and coordinating T-Shirt ordering/distribution.

Additional Community Reminders

CHS Project Graduation St. Patrick’s Selfie Scavenger Hunt🍀🍀🍀🍀

CHS Project Graduation 2021 is sponsoring a great family-friendly activity for leprechauns of all ages! Try your luck at gathering as many points as possible to win one of several St. Patty’s themed prizes!

Included in registration is a personalized bag o’goodies along with a map to find Cranford’s Irish best such as decorated homes, bagpipers and Irish dancers…you may even spot a real life leprechaun! See attached flyer for more information on how to sign up!

A Special Thank You to…..

Courtney Byrne (February Staff Appreciation)

📅 A Look Ahead – April Save the Dates 📅

4/16 – Spirit Day

4/30 – Arbor Day/Ice Cream Social (TBD)

January PTA Meeting Minutes

January PTA Meeting Minutes, 1/13 @ 7pm

Nicole (President): Welcome, Pledge

Recognitions: Benee Meade (Support Staff Holiday Gifts and December Staff Appreciation); Claire Henderson and addtl volunteers (Holiday Boutique); Kristin Ferrera/Benee Meade/Liz Jackson – Virtual STEAM night, Courtney Byrne (Halloween Candy Drive), Megan Scanielo (Cranford Family Cares Drive)

  • Need to renew bylaws at or before our May 12th meeting

    • Needs to be done by May 16th to stay in good standing.

    • Should be straight forward, can’t change much.

    • Looking for 2-3 volunteers to be on the committee (just review current by-laws; propose any changes to board)

    • Goal to have bylaws reviewed and resubmitted within the month of February.

    • Will be voted on ideally at our March 10th PTA meeting.

  • PJ and Book Drive benefiting CASA of Union County.

    • Collection 2/15-2/26 (bins at each of the entrances).

    • These are the 2 wks leading up to Dr. Seuss week as well as virtual Book Fair.

    • Collecting new pajamas and books for children ages 0-21 to support the fostered youth of Union County.

    • Flyer to follow.

  • BAS Spiritwear sale, timing for Spring.

    • Will contact Cougar Headquarters and Think Design Print in town to partner.

    • Proposed merchandise – T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, and Car Magnets.

    • Looking for a volunteer to help coordinate.

  • Teacher Appreciation On-Going:

    • Lawn Signs (huge hit!)

    • Monthly “Grab n Go’s/Surprises” for faculty lounge (Nov = individual packaged snacks and seltzer, flowers, Dec Hot Cocoa Bar)

    • Will continue each month through the balance of year (PTA board Member signed up for a month)

    • Published out teachers Amazon Wish List in the Dec PTA blast, will send out again.

    • Discussing additional ideas/initiatives for Spring, would like to plan something “big” like we did with the lawn signs for post spring break.

  • Looking to send out a survey sometime this spring on how you would like to stay up to date on PTA information and event reminders for next year — Social Media (ie: Facebook), email blasts (monthly and addl as needed), PTA website; want to make sure we communicating the best way we can with all our families.

  • Schedule Virtual Assembly – Mrs. Murphy reviewing possible options and we will be getting at least one on the calendar as soon as possible.

    • In discussion with St Huberts Animal Shelter to present to students how to care for animals (would be a 30 minute assembly) TBC

Nikki (Vice President): Update on events

  • There will be no skate night (orig TBD on calendar for Feb). Exploring addl. virtual or socially distant options for Spring.

  • Spring “Scavenger Hunt”?

  • Potentially another Drive In movie if it opens back up

  • Art Night on calendar for March (virtual, how do we keep it engaging)

  • Virtual Book Fair scheduled for early March (our co-chairs Claire Cooper and Kate Ryan are planning and more info/details coming soon).

  • We would like to plan a virtual 5K for Spring, but need volunteers. Traditionally partner with OAS, will reach back out to them for interest in Spring but will be a very pared down event previous years with no sponsors. Thinking just a great way to encourage our families to get out for some exercise after the long winter.

    • Plan to support businesses who have sponsored in the past.

Claire (Treasurer):

  • 144 families have joined so far this year.We also have 19 teachers that have joined.  There are 202 families at BAS, so we have 72% participation (up 12% from the last PTA meeting in October.

  • We have received $2,400 in dues (half is paid to national, which we still owe) and $710 in donations.

  • Current balance of the account is $9,925.40

    • Pending items

      • Cash Deposit of $36 from Holiday Boutique and Teacher Signs

      • Check of -$114.52 to Benee for Support Staff Holiday Gifts

    • We made $340 from the Drive In Movie Night

    • We made $150 from the Holiday Boutique and we have a box of gifts to be used for next year.

    • We made $25 from the Teacher Appreciation Sign sale

    • We paid $213 for STEAM Night

    • We paid $671 for Support Staff Holiday Gifts

    • We paid $150 to sponsor the Souperhero Stroll

    • We spent $406 on November and December Staff Apprecation

    • We collected $900 from parents for support staff gifts for the year

  • No concerns for the budget so far this year.If we do have some bigger expenses still on the budget that we should look into fundraising events in the spring to offset their costs

    • Backyard Bash – $2,200

    • Assemblies – $1,000

    • Afterschool Clubs – $1,000

    • 2nd Grade Show – $600

Benee (Recording Secretary):

  • BAS PTA website is up to date and will continue to house any pertinent information, calendar and event updates and flyers.

  • Feedback from parents as to any additional information that would be helpful to keep them up to speed in between email blasts

Courtney (Corresponding Secretary):

  • Continuously updated by Mrs. Hardman with any needs for Congratulatory gifts, retirement gifts, etc.

  • Great feedback from all who have received gifts.

Xiomara (Monthly Email Blast Coordinator):

  • Will continue to send out monthly PTA emails (along with additional emails as needed for reminders or special events).

Julie (Class Parent Liaison):

  • Food is allowed at class parties.

  • Paper Valentines will be allowed, however items that are sent in will need to quarantine prior to the parties.

Additional General Topics:

  • Murphy- Students have continued to do amazing during the school year.Parents are encouraged to reach out if they need anything

  • Discussion about holding a truncated Variety Show for May

    • Bring up the topic at the next PTC meeting

    • Nicole will reach out to Variety Show Chairs to discuss

    • Explore using the outdoor stage in Union (via the Freeholders)

  • Discussion about alternatives to the Backyard Bash

    • 1 class per day could do Bash related activities

    • Potential to create stations (ie. Science, art, field day) to keep it distanced and safe.

    • Requesting other ideas

General PTA Meeting (Virtual)- Wednesday, January 13 at 7pm


As a reminder, our next General PTA Meeting will be held virtually on

Wednesday, January 13th at 7pm

The link to the meeting can be found below, hope to see you there!

‘Parenting in the Not So New Normal’ Presentation Link

In case you were unable to virtually attend, please see below the link for John Mopper’s- Parenting in the Not So New Normal that originally aired on November 19.

This virtual presentation for parents of students in grades K-12, is based on coping with COVID, however  the topics discussed will translate into all aspects of parenting. John will offer tips and strategies in understanding  the impacts of COVID and quarantine on our mental health, how to handle homeschooling and families with different social distancing rules than yours, how to put your oxygen mask on first before helping your children, how to establish a reasonable structure in the household while still maintaining the relationships within the family. Q & A to follow.

Presenter: John Mopper, MA, LPC, Co-Owner and Therapist at Blueprint Mental Health

Thank you Teachers and Staff!!

Thank you to everyone that decorated a sign to celebrate and thank our incredible teachers and staff.  We were blown away by your creativity!

Didn’t get a chance to see all the signs before they were taken down due to the rain?  Don’t worry, they will be popping up again.

Here’s just a few pictures we snapped, feel free to send your own into the yearbook!

BAS STEAM Week 2020

Holiday Boutique


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