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

 

November Updates

This Month At BAS – November 2020

 

Join the BAS PTA!!!!! 🐾 🥨

Show your BAS support by joining our PTA today! We have 64% participation with 128 out of 201 families. Help us reach our goal of 100% membership participation! Thanks to your contributions so far we have been able to move forward with the following items/programs:

  • BAS Shirts for all the new and Kindergarten students

  • Grant for the 1st grade sit-upons

  • Grant for the Brain Pop subscription

  • Parent Academy Workshops

  • BAS Staff welcome back gift bags

Please make sure to follow us on Facebook, visit our PTA website (baspta.com) 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:

https://forms.gle/y96FR1MNNg5E7ML68

See attached doc for more information on PTA Membership.

Kindness Day and Cranford Family Cares Collection- 11/16 🍞🍝🍯🧀

November 16th is Kindness Day and the PTA will be running a collection for items specifically in need for Cranford Family Cares on behalf of our school. Please consider donating one or a few of the items below via your child’s backpack so they can make the donation at school. The collection will take place all week and the delivery will take place on Friday after school. As always, we thank you for being so kind!

Items in need of are: Individually wrapped snacks for kids (any), Instant boxed pancake mix, Syrup, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Boxed bake good mix, Boxed mac and cheese

STEAM Night – Thursday 11/19 VIRTUAL 🐉🔬📏

STEAM Night is now STEAM Week!! Interactive, action packed, filled with fun- and this year Virtual!!

Talewise (fka ScienceTellers) will take BAS Students on a daring journey to save the Kingdom from the evil Ice Sorceress.  This Dragon themed live action story will take place virtually during Library class.

On Thursday, November 19, students will come home with a pre-packaged STEAM project kit* and step-by-step instructions for families to experiment with together. Parents are encouraged to photograph the finished projects to share on social media and in class.

*Some materials will be provided.  Parents should plan to have baking soda, vinegar and a wide-mouthed plastic bottle on hand.

Additional details to follow!

Spirit Day – Friday 11/20 🐾 🥨

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

Holiday Boutique – Friday 11/20🌲

It’s almost that time of year again! Our Holiday Boutique gives kids the chance to shop and purchase gifts for family members. Information will be forthcoming on this very special annual event!

Additional BAS Reminders

Yearbook Pictures 📘

Keep those yearbook pictures coming! Please send high-resolution photos (select actual size if you are sending from your phone) to basyearbook2021@gmail.com. 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!

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 NEED Your HELP!

Open chair positions:

BAS/OAS Virtual 5K

Contact Nikki Mulcahy (nicolesavinomulcahy@gmail.com) and Nicole Feeley (nkrucina@gmail.com) if interested!

Amazon Smile😀

If you use Amazon Smile (http://smile.amazon.com) 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!

Additional Community Reminders

Cranford Equity and Inclusivity Initiative Conference 11/12

The Cranford Equity and Inclusivity Initiative invites you to a virtual conference, “Working Towards a More Equitable and Inclusive Cranford.”  It will take place on Thursday, November 12, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  The conference will feature presentations from Mayor Giblin, the Cranford Police Department, Cranford Public Schools, and the Cranford Interfaith Clergy.  Please RSVP through the following form by Tuesday, November 10.  Please expect to receive a zoom link the day before the conference.

Cranford Parent Academy – Thursday 11/19

Thursday, November 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Parent virtual presentation grades K-12

This presentation 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. MUST RSVP to receive a meeting link.

Next Parent Academy presentation

Cranford Inclusivity Project

The Cranford Inclusivity Project  is a grassroots community initiative that was formed to increase inclusivity and diversity in the town of Cranford, New Jersey. The organizers of the group are Cranford residents who came together because of a shared passion for inciting positive change in our community.  Please visit their website to learn more and become involved on upcoming events and ongoing projects.

A Special Thank You to…..

Nikki Mulcahy & Jennifer Glackin – BAS/OAS Drive in Movie Night Chairs 🎥

📅 A Look Ahead – December Save the Dates 📅

          12/18 – Spirit Day 🐾

BAS/OAS Halloween Drive in Movie

The BAS & OAS PTA’s invite you for a night of howling laughs at the Cranford Drive-In

as we premiere 

the Addams Family on the Orange Avenue Pool big screen!

There are limited spots and sign ups close on October 20th!

Please use this link to sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449ABAA23A0FA7-halloweenthemed 

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

October Updates

This Month At BAS – October 2020

Back to School Night – Tuesday 9/29 🍎📝

Back to School Night will be held virtually this year. Parents/Guardians will join through their child’s Google Classroom. Click the BAS Back to School Night Schedule for the specific time to log on to meet the teacher, as well as additional information on the special activity and related services schedule. The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten and Mrs. Roberts (K/1)

6:35 PM – 7:05 PM

1st Grade

7:10 PM – 7:40 PM

2nd Grade

7:45 PM – 8:15 PM

Join the BAS PTA!!!!!📣

There are many different ways to be involved and volunteer throughout the year, from just joining the PTA, to attending a PTA meeting, chairing or helping at an event, becoming a class parent, and more depending on the time that you have to give. We are grateful for all of you, as well as our extremely supportive principal Mrs. Murphy and the teachers and staff that work with us, so our children can have the best experience during their 3 years here. Show your BAS support by joining our PTA today! Please make sure to follow us on Facebook, visit our PTA website (baspta.com) 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).

Walk Your Child to School Day- Wednesday 10/7🚶

BAS will participate in National Walk to School Day on October 7th. The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.

General PTA Meeting – Wednesday 10/14 7:00PM 🏢

Please join us for our first meeting of the school year. This meeting will take place virtually. Link coming soon!

Spirit Day – Friday 10/16 🐾

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

BAS/OAS Drive in Movie Night TBD🎥🎞📽🎬🎦

In an effort to support our local businesses and raise funds for our school, we are partnering with Cranford Movie Theatre. This event is currently in the works, so please be on the lookout for more information on what will be a fun Halloween themed event.

Additional BAS Reminders

Yearbook Pictures 📘

Keep those yearbook pictures coming! Please send high-resolution photos (select actual size if you are sending from your phone) to basyearbook2021@gmail.com. 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!

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 a low time commitment chair to coordinate this process. Please reach out to us if you are interested in helping!

Amazon Smile😊

If you use Amazon Smile (http://smile.amazon.com) for your Amazon purchases and select Bloomingdale Avenue School (146714 Bloomingdale Avenue School 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!

We NEED Your HELP!📣

Open chair positions:

BAS/OAS Virtual 5K

Box Tops

Cranford Family Cares Collection

Contact Nikki Mulcahy (nicolesavinomulcahy@gmail.com) and Nicole Feeley (nkrucina@gmail.com) if interested!

Class Parent Volunteers🏫

Interested in becoming a class parent?  Be on the lookout for additional information coming soon about volunteering to become a class parent!

Additional Community Reminders

Cranford Inclusivity Project💓💓💓

The Cranford Inclusivity Project  is a grassroots community initiative that was formed to increase inclusivity and diversity in the town of Cranford, New Jersey. The organizers of the group are Cranford residents who came together because of a shared passion for inciting positive change in our community.  Please visit their website to learn more and become involved on upcoming events and ongoing projects.

13th Annual Scarecrow Stroll🍁🍂

The Scarecrow Stroll runs Oct 14th – Nov 1st, go check out all the amazing scarecrows created by Cranford Families, business owners, and local organizations!

A Special Thank You to…..

Christine Del Re – BAS Kindergarten & New Student T-Shirt  chair👕

📅 A Look Ahead – November Save the Dates 📅

11/1 – BAS/OAS 5K Virtual Race (TBD)

11/16 – Kindness Day and Cranford Family Cares Collection

11/19 – STEAM Night (TBD)

11/20 – Spirit Day

Picture Day- Monday, October 5th, 2020


OAS/BAS Virtual 5K


The OAS/BAS 5K will be VIRTUAL this year!

We are looking for at least 1-2 volunteers to collaborate with the OAS volunteers to organize race details including setting up online registration and ordering race t-shirts & prizes.

Please contact Nicole Feeley (nkrucina@gmail.com) and Nikki Mulchay (nicolesavinomulcahy@gmail.com) if you’re interested!

Back to School Night

Back to School Night – Tuesday 9/29 🍎📝

Back to School Night will be held virtually this year. Parents/Guardians will join through their child’s Google Classroom. Click the BAS Back to School Night Schedule for the specific time to log on to meet the teacher, as well as additional information on the special activity and related services schedule.

The schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten and Mrs. Roberts (K/1)

6:35 PM – 7:05 PM

1st Grade

7:10 PM – 7:40 PM

2nd Grade

7:45 PM – 8:15 PM

BAS PTA Calendar 2020-21

Welcome Back!

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

The PTA is making every effort to provide BAS students with fun events and memorable experiences. This year we ask for your flexibility and patience, as some events might change or be postponed last minute based on district direction.

Below you will find our working PTA Events Calendar, which will be continously updated within the Calendar tab on our website once dates/times are confirmed.  We thank you all in advance for your support!

Join the PTA Family!!

Q: Why join the BAS PTA?

A: To support our children, teachers, and staff and enhance the classroom experience at Bloomingdale Avenue School!

Our budget is based on a mix of membership dues along with fundraisers throughout the year. This year our fundraisers will be VERY limited, so your PTA membership dues (and any additional donations) will be imperative to our continued success! Even though this year will look different, rest assured the entire PTA board will be working hard planning activities and events for everyone to be able to participate in safely and responsibly.

We truly appreciate your continued support and generosity!  Click HERE to Join Today!

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)

PTA Members 2020-2021

New PTA Board Members:

Nicole Feeley – President (nkrucina@gmail.com)

Nikki Mullcahy – Vice President

Claire Henderson – Treasurer

Benee Meade – Recording Secretary

Courtney Byrne – Corresponding Secretary

Xiomara De Jesus – Monthly Email Blast Coordinator

Julie Bridge – Class Parent Liaison

Welcome Back to BAS!

Hello families and welcome back to BAS for the 2020-2021 school year!

Please read carefully the new school protocols from Principal Murphy and let’s get excited for a safe, fun and awesome new year.

Mid February Updates!

FERPA: You can access FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) notification of rights here.

National Children’s Dental Health Month: Thank you Mrs. Lazo, School Nurse, for bringing in Dr. Gersch and Dr. Karlin to speak to the students about the importance of dental health.  The students learned a lot and actively participated during the presentation.

Random Acts of Kindness: Keep the Kindness coming! Please continue to send in your Kindness Stars.  BAS has almost met our goal of 500 stars!

Read Across America Week:  BAS will celebrate Read Across America Week March 2nd – March 6th.  School wide activities have been planned throughout the week. In addition, all students are asked to participate in Wacky Spirit Week.  Please see attached for more details.  The PTA Scholastic Book Fair will also take place on Thursday, March 5th and Friday, March 6th.

Pomptonian Recipe Challenge: Please see attachment for more information.

 

Reminders: 

Reminder Milk/Snack Order:

Milk and Snack orders must be placed online by February 21, 2020.  You can order online at https://cranford.pomptonianmenus.com/order.

 

Reporting an Absence:  

Please be sure to call if your child is absent and will not be in school.  You can call 908-709-6969 to reach the main office or 908-709-6973 to reach the nurse.  If an absence is due to illness, it is important to share that information with the nurse.  Also, if there are any changes in your child’s health needs, please contact Mrs. Lazo, School Nurse, at 908-709-6973 or lazo@cranfordschools.org.

 

Important Dates:

February 24, 2020: Grade 2 CogAt Testing (AM)

February 25, 2020: Grade 2 CogAt Testing (AM)

March 2, 2020-March 6, 2020: Read Across America Week

March 5, 2020-March 6, 2020: Scholastic Book Fair

February Updates

This Month At Bloomingdale – February 2020

Skate Day– Sunday 2/16

The votes are in and ice skating won! Bloomingdale Avenue will have a private skate session on Sunday 2/16 from 3:00-4:30 at Warinanco Ice Rink. The PTA will graciously pay for the ice time and the whole family is invited. Skate rentals will be $5 if you need to rent. Flyer attached.

Spirit Day – Friday 2/21 🐾

Wear your BAS shirts today!

Please note pretzel days will pick back up in April when the warm weather returns.  There are no pretzels on spirit days in the winter.

 BAS GOES ICE SKATING

Additional BAS Reminders

Yearbook Pictures 📘

We need pictures from class parties, winter sports, and scouts! 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 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. Our last check from Box Tops was $199! Thank you to all who have been submitting their receipts!

📅 A Look Ahead – March Save the Dates 📅

3/2 – Dr. Seuss Week

3/5 – 3/6 – The Book Fair

3/12 – Art Night 6:30-7:30 PM

3/18 – General PTA Meeting 7:00 PM

3/20 – Spirit Day

3/25 – Variety Show Dress Rehearsal

3/27 – Variety Show

100th Day of School

100th Day of School Celebration:  

BAS’ Annual 100th Day of School Celebration will take place on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Please click HERE for the volunteer sign up link.  We need a lot of volunteers to make this day an unforgettable experience for the students. If you have any questions regarding the event, please don’t hesitate to email or call.

100th Day of School Schedule:

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

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

Valentine’ Day Cards:  Please remember that as part of our district regulations, Valentine’s Day Cards may not be sent in with food or candy.  (This also applies to birthday goodie bags.) Thank you.

Reminders: 

Central Student Registration:

Central registration for students who will be new to Cranford (kindergarten, first grade, SNAPPY, READY, or any other grade level) for the 2020-2021 school year will be done online followed by an in-person appointment at Lincoln School (playground entrance) between the hours of 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 21.  There will be limited appointments available on Saturday, February 22, 2020. If your child is currently enrolled in the district, (i.e. SNAPPY, READY, kindergarten) you DO NOT need to re-register.

Please carefully read the attached letter and follow the instructions. Please share this correspondence with neighbors who have school- aged children.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michele Cammarata at 908-709-6202.

Important Dates:

February 10, 2020: Single Session for Students/PM Kindergarten Only

February 14, 2020: Valentine’s Day and 100th Day of School Celebration

Update Week of January 17th

Information:

Copy of P2E ID letter Grade 2Central Student Registration:  

Central registration for students who will be new to Cranford (kindergarten, first grade, SNAPPY, READY, or any other grade level) for the 2020-2021 school year will be done online followed by an in-person appointment at Lincoln School (playground entrance) between the hours of 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18 through Friday, February 21.  There will be limited appointments available on Saturday, February 22, 2020. If your child is currently enrolled in the district, (i.e. SNAPPY, READY, kindergarten) you DO NOT need to re-register.

Please carefully read the attached letter and follow the instructions. Please share this correspondence with neighbors who have school- aged children.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Michele Cammarata at 908-709-6202.

Grade 2 – Cognitive Abilities Test

Please see the attached letter from Dr. Heineman regarding the CogAt Test for Grade 2 students.  The original letter was emailed in December. Students at BAS will take the CogAT on February 24th and 25th.

100th Day of School Celebration:  

BAS’ Annual 100th Day of School Celebration will take place on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Please be on the lookout for the volunteer sign up link which will be emailed separately next week.  We need a lot of volunteers to make this day an unforgettable experience for the students.  We hope to see you there.

Reminders: 

Morning Drop Off: Please adhere to the drop off procedures attached below.  It is important that students are being dropped off at the designated drop off zones. Doors are open from 8:20 AM to 8:25 AM. The front door will remain open until 8:30 AM.  Any student arriving after 8:30 AM will be marked tardy. Please make every effort to have students use their assigned doors from 8:20 AM- 8:25 AM. Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe. * Please do not park/idle in the coned off area on Albany Ave.

Attachments: 

Registration Letter

P2E ID Letter Grade 2

Important Dates:

January 20, 2020: School Closed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 10, 2020: Single Session for Students/PM Kindergarten Only

Week of Jan 10 Updates

Governor’s Educator of the Year Program: 

Congratulations Mrs. Cruz on being named BAS’ Teacher of the Year.  For over 14 years, Mrs. Cruz has positively touched the lives of children by meeting their academic and social/emotional needs. She promotes academic success while supporting independence, problem solving and other important life skills.  Mrs. Cruz is a lifelong learner who is an active member of the community in and out of school.

Congratulations Mrs. Bober on being named BAS’ Educational Service Professional of the Year.  For almost 20 years, Mrs. Bober has supported students and teachers as a Kindergarten Classroom Assistant and Lunch Aide. Mrs. Bober is dedicated, reliable and loving. Her commitment to BAS comes across in all that she does.

Thank you from Lafayette: Thank you for your extreme generosity!  The BAS Family made a difference in many lives this holiday season.

Reminders: 

Kindergarten/New Student Registration: Registration dates for both half-day and full-day kindergarten, as well as anyone who will be new to the Cranford Public Schools (i.e., grade 1, SNAPPY, READY, and incoming freshmen), will be announced in mid-January with registration taking place mid-February. If you have neighbors with children who will be entering the school system, please share with them that registration information will be emailed to parents and posted on the Cranford Board of Education website, TV35, and TAPintoCranford. (Please note that the full-day kindergarten program involved a tuition-based lottery.) If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Michele Cammarata at 908-709-6202.

 

Morning Drop Off: Please adhere to the drop off procedures attached below.  It is important that students are being dropped off at the designated drop off zones. Doors are open from 8:20 AM to 8:25 AM. The front door will remain open until 8:30 AM.  Any student arriving after 8:30 AM will be marked tardy. Please make every effort to have students use their assigned doors from 8:20 AM- 8:25 AM. Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe. * Please do not park in the coned off area on Albany Ave.

 

Attachments:

Troop 40744 is requesting donations to create Birthday Boxes which are boxes containing Birthday Party supplies for people in need. These boxes will provide families with all that is needed to throw a Birthday Party for a loved one.  Please send in donations by 1/17/2020.

 

Cranford LAX Club: Clinic on 1/13/2020.  Please see attached.

 

Important Dates:

January 15, 2020: PTA Meeting at 3:00 PM

January 17, 2020: Spirit Day

January 20, 2020: School Closed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Cranford PASE

Save the date! We will welcome an SLP and an OT from our schools at our next meeting. They will provide information about the services provided by their disciplines and will answer parent questions.

 

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome back everyone, hope the winter break was awesome!

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

Information:  School Opens on Thursday, January 2, 2020.  Please remember to order lunch online.

Outdoor Recess:  Please know that we will go outside for recess when the “real feel” temperature is 32 degrees and above.  Please have the students dress accordingly.

Reminders: Please adhere to the drop off procedures attached below.  It is important that students are being dropped off at the designated drop off zones. Doors are open from 8:20 AM to 8:25 AM. The front door will remain open until 8:30 AM. Any student arriving after 8:30 AM will be marked tardy. Please make every effort to have students use their assigned doors from 8:20 AM- 8:25 AM. Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe.

Resources:

Online Lunch Order- Pomptonian

BAS Website

School Scheduling Information

BAS Quick Tips

2019-2020 Cranford Public Schools Parent Academy Flyer

Happy New Year!

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