Bloomingdale Avenue School Weekly Blast

Monday, October 7th is World Day of Bullying Prevention: Let’s see if we can all wear the color blue on Monday, October 7th to show support for the anti-bullying movement. By wearing blue, we can be united in kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

This past Thursday we kicked off the Week of Respect and Bullying Prevention with an assembly titled Rising Above.  Students learned about how to be kind and inclusive. Next week, we will continue to celebrate the Week of Respect through additional classroom lessons.

Grade 1 and 2 After School Clubs:  Sign ups can be located on the BAS Website.  Sign ups will remain open until Wednesday, October 9th or until a club is full.  Once sign ups have closed, you will be notified of the specific dates you child will attend his/her club.

BAS/OAS Fall 5K and Fun Run November 3, 2019 at 8:00am

Join us for the 8th annual fun run and 5K and help to support our wonderful schools! There will be kids activities, snacks, COFFEE, prizes and more! Register by October 15th to guarantee a race t-shirt.

Register at: www.bestrace.com/Bloomingdale5K 

Building Bridges,

Building Bridges is a Cranford High School club that provides the opportunity for high school students to plan and implement activities that build relationships with younger students in the community. Please see attached for more information.

Reminders:

October 11, 2019- School Picture Day

October 14, 2019- Single Session

FDK, Grade 1 & 2 (8:20 AM -12:20 PM) and AM KDG ONLY(8:20 AM- 11:00 AM)

No lunch is served on Single Session Days.

 

Picture Day 2019 Flyer (2)

Building Bridges 2019

BAS Quick Tips and Drop Off Procedures 19_20

KidStuff Coupon Book

The BAS PTA KidStuff & SaveAround Coupon Book will end on Friday October 4. Thank you to all of the families who have already sent in payment or unwanted books.
Books are $25, payable by check to the BAS PTA, or by credit card, online at SAPayNow.com/267847.
If you have ordered a book in addition to the Central Jersey book that was sent home, your additional books will be sent home with your student over the next two weeks.
If you have ordered a book from a different county or state, but are not keeping the Central Jersey book, please send it back before Friday 10/4. Out of area books will not be ordered until unwanted Central Jersey books are returned.
Please return payment, or unwanted books, to your student’s teacher by Friday October 4. Contact Tricia Ulicki at tricialopes@hotmail.com with questions.

October at BAS

This Month At BAS – October 2019


Reminder – Backyard Bash – This Thursday 9/26 – 5:30-7:00 PM 📌

Come on over to the back fields behind the school for the party! There will be a food truck for anyone who would like to purchase dinner. In an effort to cut down on plastic water bottles we are asking that everyone bring their own reusable water bottle with them.


Picture Day – Friday 10/11 📷

Ordering will be done online. Additional information will be sent out separately.


General PTA Meeting – Wednesday 10/16 3:00 PM

Please join us for our first meeting of the school year. The meeting will take place in the BAS gym.


Pretzel Sale & Spirit Day – Friday 10/18 🐾 🥨

Wear your BAS shirts today! Pretzels will be sold after school at each pick up door and on the playground for $1 each. Children attending aftercare will be able to purchase pretzels before they get on the bus. Students in the AM kindergarten classes will receive a form to send in money prior and the children will get their pretzels at dismissal.


Trick or Trunk – Friday 10/25 – 6:00 PM 🎃🍬

Join us for our annual Trick or Trunk event! Come dressed in your costumes for a fun night of trick and treating and Halloween activities. This is a family event and siblings are welcome! Please see the attached flyer for additional details.


Candy for the event will be collected between Friday, October 11th through Thursday, October 24th. We kindly ask for one bag to be sent in to school with each child. The collected candy will be divided up and distributed to each family with a decorated car to hand out during the event.


Halloween Parade – Thursday 10/31 – 2:00 PM 👻

Our Halloween Parade is always a favorite event! Details will be sent out separately from Mrs. Murphy.


Additional BAS Reminders


KidStuff Book Sales

KidStuff Books have been distributed and will be on sale through 10/4. Books are $25, payable by check to the BAS PTA, or by credit card online by clicking here. Please return any unsold books to your child’s teacher. Contact Tricia Ulicki at tricialopes@hotmail.com with any questions.


BAS/OAS Fall 5K & Fun Run – Race Signup Open🏃

The BAS/OAS Fall 5K and Fun Run will take place Sunday, November 3rd. This is our biggest event of the year and such a great family day. Click here to sign up to run!


Volunteers are still needed! If you’re interested in volunteering, please email basoasfall5k@gmail.com


Yearbook Pictures 📘

Please send us your pictures from any school events, parties, the playground, or any other activities throughout the year! Simply snap and send to BASyearbook2020@gmail.com.  To help our yearbook chair, Courtney Baginski, please include the event, grade, teacher, and student name in the subject line, along with any other classmate information in the email. If sending directly from your phone, please select original resolution so we have the highest quality photos available.


Box Top Collection

This year the collection process has changed. 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. Please note, paper Box Tops will be accepted until January so please send in any that you’ve already collected!


Additional Community Reminders


Cranford Jaycees September Blood Drive – Saturday 9/28

Please see the attached flyer for details.


A Special Thank You to…..

Erin Egan – Kindergarten Tea with Mrs. Murphy Chair

Claire Henderson and Meredith Goldblatt- Pretzel Sale Chair

Megan Scanielo, Jessica Lee & Nikki Mulcahy – Backyard Bash Chairs


 A Look Ahead – November Save the Dates 

11/3 – BAS/OAS 5K

11/13 – Kindness Day and Cranford Family Cares Collection

11/14 – STEAM Night

11/15 – Pretzel Sale & Spirit Day

KINDNESS!!! and other updates…

This week Bloomingdale Avenue School will be celebrating “Start with Hello” week. The goal of “Start with Hello” is to encourage all of our students to practice kindness every day by making sure to include others and notice when friends or classmates are feeling lonely. This week the students will participate in different activities in the classroom that reinforce how to be kind to each other and make Bloomingdale Avenue School an even better place to come to every day.

Please see below for some important information, reminders and resources.

 

Information:

Attached to this email, you will find BAS’ Parent/Student Handbook.  Please refer to this resource if you have any procedural questions. The handbook will also be located on our school website.

 

Kindergarten Parents/Guardians:  Please remember that the single session days will alternate with AM Kindergarten attending one full session while the PM Kindergarten does not have school and then the next time there is a single session the PM Kindergarten will attend from 8:20 AM-11:00 AM and the AM Kindergarten does not have school.  Please see dates below.

10/14 (AM), 11/27 (PM), 12/20 (AM), 2/10 (PM), 3/30 (AM), 6/19 (PM), 6/22 (AM), 6/23 (PM)

 

Reminders:

September 25, 2019 – District Safety Presentation (CHS Auditorium at 6:30 PM)

September 26, 2019- PTA Backyard Bash from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

September 30, 2019 and October 1, 2019- Rosh Hashanah: School Closed

KidStuff & SaveAround Coupon Book UPDATE

The BAS PTA is once again selling the super valuable KidStuff & SaveAround Coupon Book. The book has a new look and tons of unique coupons good for use at local and nationwide retailers, restaurants, and destinations made for family fun. Purchasing the book is a win-win! You save money AND you help to raise money for our PTA to provide amazing student activities and school

Books are $25, payable by check to the BAS PTA, or by credit card, online at SAPayNow.com/267847. The BAS PTA will make 50% of sale profits! Check those backpacks, as a book, purchasing envelope, and informational flyer will be sent home with students between 9/18 and 9/19.

Our sale runs through Friday October 4th, but please return payment to your student’s teacher as soon as possible. Unwanted books may also be returned to your student’s teacher (with their name label still attached) as soon as possible. Families with more than one student in the SAME class, will only be receiving one book. Contact Tricia Ulicki at tricialopes@hotmail.com with questions.

Safety Presentation and Training

As part of the District’s commitment to provide safety updates, as well as an open forum for the community to have input into the District’s safety initiatives, this year’s annual safety meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 pm in the Cranford High School Auditorium. This meeting will be presented in partnership with the Cranford Police Department, Cranford Fire Department, and Cranford’s Office of Emergency Management.

Additionally, as part of our strategic planning wellness initiative, Cranford Public Schools has been awarded a grant through Sandy Hook Promise, to provide information and training on a Signs of Suicide Prevention Program.  The training program for parents/guardians about the warning signs of youth suicide and how to intervene will be provided immediately following the District safety presentation. 

Safety is a shared responsibility; the District and our Public Safety Partners rely on stakeholder input to help inform safety and security measures for our schools. We greatly appreciate your partnership!

Best,
Scott Rubin

September Updates!

Welcome Back! We’re looking forward to a great year ahead with all of our new and returning families!

Back to School Night – Tuesday 9/10 🍎📝

Please see the attached schedule for Back to School Night. Also, please join us afterward for the Annual BAS Parent Social at Kilkenny’s. Everyone is already out and about so it is the perfect time to come and cheers to a new school year with everyone! Appetizers on us 🙂

Welcome Back After School Playdate, Pretzel Sale & Spirit Day – Friday 9/20 🐾 🥨

Wear your BAS shirts today! New students: your BAS shirts are on the way so feel free to wear a BAS hand-me-down shirt if you have one or a Cranford shirt with the same colors to join in the spirit. Pretzels will be sold after school at each pick up door and on the playground for $1 each. Children attending aftercare will be able to purchase pretzels before they get on the bus. Students in the AM kindergarten classes will receive a form to send in money prior and the children will get their pretzels at dismissal.

Backyard Bash – Thursday 9/26 – 5:30-7:00 PM 🎉🎈

Come on over to the back fields behind the school for the party! There will be all sorts of inflatables and music. We will also have a food truck there for anyone who wants to buy dinner. It is always a great time to catch up with everyone. Look for the flyer coming home next week! Also, to cut down on plastic water bottles we are asking that everyone bring their own to go water.

 

Additional BAS Reminders

Yearbook Pictures 📘

Please send us your pictures from the first day of school and any school events, parties, the playground, or other activities throughout the year! Simply snap and send to BASyearbook2020@gmail.com.  To help our yearbook chair, Courtney Baginski, please include the event, grade, teacher, and student name in the subject line, along with any other classmate information in the email. If sending directly from your phone, please select original resolution so we have the highest quality photos available.

KidStuff Book Sales 

KidStuff Book sales will start on 9/19 and run through 10/4. Books will be distributed to each classroom soon along with additional details on the sale.

Box Top Collection

This year the process has changed. Parents simply snap a picture of the grocery store receipts and the fundraiser money loads right into our school’s account. Stay tuned for the super easy directions!

Additional Community Reminders

Jersey Gators Swim Team Tryouts 

Tryouts for the Jersey Gators swim team are being held this week at the Centennial Avenue Pool. Tryouts will be held at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, September 10th for ages 10 and over and at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, September 11th for ages 9 and under. Check in at the back of the pool when you arrive. Come on out and give it a try!

📅 A Look Ahead – October Save the Dates 📅

10/11 – Picture Day

10/16 – General PTA Meeting – 3:00 PM

10/18 – Pretzel Sale & Spirit Day

10/25 – Trick or Trunk – 6:00 PM

10/31 – Halloween Parade – 2:00 PM

WELCOME BACK!!!

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!! Some important info below – see you all on September 5!

 

School Scheduling Information (1) Aug 2019 – Annual HIB letter from Dr Rubin (4) 5512 – Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Visitor Entry Protocols 6142.10 Internet Safety and Technology Emergency Procedures

BAS Field Day Is Here!!!

BAS Field Day: Field Day will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd.  (Rain Date is May 29th). Please have your child wear a BAS shirt and sneakers. Also, please put sunblock on your child prior to coming to school. All events take place on the field behind the school.  All families are invited to attend.

CLASS SCHEDULE:

9:00 – 11:00 am

KamB

KpmB

1C

1F

1K

1T

 

12:40 – 2:40 pm

KpmB

FDK

2K

2LA

2M

2O

Reminders:

May 22, 2019- Field Day

May 24, 2019- School Closed

May 27, 2019- School Closed- Memorial Day

Variety Show Video Link!

2019 Variety Show Video Download Link

The video for the variety show is ready!  The download is free for everyone and this year the show has been separated into two files, the first half and second half of the show, allowing you to download only the section that your child is in or the entire show.  Please make sure that you download the links by July 29th.  The links will expire after that date and will be unable to be viewed.

The password to access the files is: 2019. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nhgefo7ok0fw8u1/AADDXdthPRz-Ggk5H_xpSb-Ka?dl=0

If you have any trouble or questions, please contact:

Catherine Venditti: cevenditti@gmail.com

Susan Burke: susanelizabethburke@gmail.com

MAY updates!

Bike to School Day – Wednesday 5/8 🚲

Wednesday May 8th is National Bike to School Day! Bike to school day is great family fun that can lead to changes in how children move and live within our community! We look forward to biking to school with all our BAS classmates on May 8th!

Plant Sale – Friday 5/10 🌺

Children will be visiting our annual plant sale with their classes. If your child will be purchasing a plant, please have them bring their money in an envelope as well as a shoebox to carry their selections home. A paper flyer with additional details will be sent home with your child closer to the event date.

General PTA Meeting – Wednesday 5/15 – 3:00 PM

This meeting will take place in the BAS gym.

Pretzel Sale & Spirit Day – Friday 5/17 🐾

Wear your BAS shirts today! Pretzels will be sold after school at each pick up door and on the playground for $1 each. Children attending aftercare will be able to purchase pretzels before they get on the bus.

Field Day – Wednesday 5/22 🏃

Parents are invited to come and watch their child participate in our annual BAS Field Day. Details will be sent separately specifying the time slot for each class. All students should wear sneakers and their BAS shirt.

Additional BAS Reminders

Yearbook Reminder 📘 – ❗Deadline Extended to May 3rd ❗

Don’t forget to place your yearbook orders and customize your personal pages. Please visit www.treering.com/validate and copy and paste our school’s code (1014769111342711) to start working on your complimentary customized pages and complete your order. The deadline to order has been extended – orders must be placed by May 3rd. Don’t forget, 2nd graders do not need to purchase a yearbook. They will be gifted a yearbook from the PTA. However, you will still need to login to complete their customized pages. Please see the attached flyer for details.

Box Top Collection

Just a reminder to keep collecting and sending in those Box Tops! You can send them in ziploc bags or cut and paste them to the attached form. These add up quickly and the money is always put to good use! Thank you!

Additional Community Reminders

Cranford High School Fundraiser – Personalized Yard Signs

CHS is partnering with Cougar Headquarters for their annual fundraiser benefiting Project Graduation. Celebrate your graduate from any of Cranford’s schools with a personalized Congratulations lawn sign. See the attached flyer for details.

A Special Thank You to…

Susan Burke & Catherine Venditti – Variety Show Chairs

Meredith Goldblatt & Meghan Snyder – Pretzel Sale Chairs

Meaghan McGonigle and Jen Bernier – Ice Cream Social Chairs

Katie Tierney of HOME Power Yoga for the donation to our PTA for future playground improvements.

📅 A Look Ahead – June Save the Dates 📅

6/5 – 2nd Grade Walk to OAS

6/10 – 2nd Grade Spring Spectacular

6/13 – Backyard Bash

6/14 – Pretzel Sale & Spirit Day

Spring Updates!

Cranford Parent Academy Presents Mindfulness: Respond Don’t React on Tuesday, April 9th.  This presentation is an opportunity for Cranford parents to be introduced to Mindfulness, the science behind it, its benefits for our students and community, and to experience its stress reduction effects.

Mindfulness: Respond Don’t React

Springfieldholisticwellness.com

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Brookside Place School at 7:00 pm (parents grades K-5)

RSVP HERE

Spring Break: Schools are closed April 15, 2019- April 22, 2019 for Spring Break.  Classes resume on April 23, 2019.

Reminders:

April 15th-April 22nd: Spring Break-School Closed

April 25, 2019: Take Your Child to Work Day

April 26, 2019: Arbor Day/Ice Cream Social

Variety Show Tickets on Sale Wednesday, March 20th @ 9am

General sale tickets to the variety show will be available on Wednesday, March 20 at 9 AM via the BAS homepage. Please use the link that will be posted on the homepage by Mrs. Murphy at 9 AM on March 20 to purchase tickets. Tickets are $7.25 each (including site fees) and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Families are able to purchase a maximum of 4 tickets. There are no refunds or exchanges, so please select carefully.

Please note that you do not need to purchase tickets for any children performing in the show. They will be sitting with their class. If you need more than 4 tickets, please contact Susan Burke (susanelizabethburke@gmail.com) and Catherine Venditti (cevenditti@gmail.com) to be put on a wait list for any extra tickets that may become available.  No tickets will be sold on the night of the performance. Thank you!

March PTA Meeting and more…

BAS Dance FTK: The Dance-A-Thon to support Embrace Kids Foundation was a HUGE success.  BAS surpassed our initial goal of raising $2500 and reached $3035. Thank you for your generosity.  The students (and staff) had a wonderful time dancing it up to support a great cause.

Lost and Found: There are a number of sweatshirts and jackets in our lost and found (located right outside the main office).  If you are missing one of these items, please stop by to check out the bin. All items will be donated after March 15, 2019.

Reminders:

Daylight Savings Time starts on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

PTA Meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Friendly Reminders – April Edition

A Look Ahead – April Save the Dates📅

4/3 – Variety Show Dress Rehearsal

4/5 – Variety Show

4/12 – Pretzel Sale & Spirit Day

4/26 – Arbor Day & Ice Cream Social

March Reminders

Single Session:  March 7th and March 8th will be single session days for students.  No lunch will be served. Please see schedule below .

AM Kindergarten: 8:05 AM-10:45 AM

PM Kindergarten: 9:45 AM-12:15 PM

FDK, Grade 1 and Grade 2: 8:05 AM- 12:15 PM

Dr. Suess Week!!! Feb 25th – March 1st

Get crazy and have some fun!!

 

100th Day

BAS has planned a school wide event to celebrate the 100th Day of School.  If there are no snow days, the 100th day will be on Thursday, February 14, 2019.  The activities planned during this celebration are designed to implement our research on learning with movement.  Each class will participate in activities that provide a grade appropriate experience with numbers.

100th Day of School Schedule:

AM Session is from 9:00-10:30: KAMB, KAMBA, 2K, 2LA, 2M, 2O

PM Session is from 1:00-2:30: KPMB, FDK, 1C, 1F, 1K, 1T

 

Volunteers will be in charge of each activity. If you can volunteer, please sign up through the link below.

100th Day of School Volunteer Sign Up

Please sign up by Thursday, February 8, 2019.  The 100th day of school is a highlight of the school year and cannot be successful without your help.

Please know that most activities will take place in the gym and some in the classrooms.  Please no siblings for this day.

 

Thank you in advance for your support in celebrating the 100th Day of School!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lourdes Murphy

February Update!

This Month At BAS – February 2019

 

100th Day of School Celebration – Thursday 2/14

Please consider volunteering to help out during BAS’ Annual 100th Day of School Celebration.  Information will be sent out by Mrs. Murphy on Friday, February 1st.

 

Spirit Day – Friday 2/15 🐾

Wear your BAS shirts today!

 

Skate Night – Thursday 2/21 – 5:30-7:30 PM

Join us for a night of skating and family fun! This event will be held at Woodbridge Community Center. There will be free admission and skate rentals for all BAS students. Admission for parents and siblings in advance is $5, Skate rental is $4. We kindly ask that you RSVP by completing and sending in the attached form, along with your payment, by February 8th.

Book Fair – Thursday 2/28 & Friday 3/1 📖

The annual BAS Book Fair is coming! Children will have the opportunity to visit the fair with their classes on Thursday, February 28th and Friday, March 1st. We will also be open after school on Thursday February 28th and before school on Friday, March 1st so that parents and grandparents may join in. More information about your child’s class visit to the Book Fair, including our new online payment system, will be coming soon.

January Updates!

BAS PTA Meeting on January 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Wear yellow on Friday, January 18, 2019 (instead of Spirit Day)

No School on Monday, January 21, 2019

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