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  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 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.


9:00 – 11:00 am








12:40 – 2:40 pm








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.

If you have any trouble or questions, please contact:

Catherine Venditti:

Susan Burke:

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 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

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


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


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 ( and Catherine Venditti ( 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.


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.




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

BAS Art Night

Full Day Kindergarten Announcement!

We are excited to announce that the Cranford Board of Education will continue to hold two tuition-based full-day kindergartens for the 2019-2020 school year, pending sufficient enrollment.  In anticipation of high interest in the program, your child’s participation will be based on a lottery.

Children who will be five years old by October 1, 2019, and are Cranford residents are eligible for the full-day kindergarten program. The application can also be downloaded from our website at (click on the “For Parents” tab or under “Latest News”).  Your application must be submitted to the Superintendent’s Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019.  Applications submitted after January 4, 2019, will be placed on a waiting list.

If your child is selected, you will be notified via email after January 9, 2019.  Applicants should be aware there is a tuition charge of $720 per month.

For additional information or if you have any questions, you may call the Office of the Superintendent at (908) 709-6202.

**Please note that the locations of the full-day kindergarten programs are Bloomingdale Avenue School and Walnut Avenue School. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for transportation.  Children attending the full day program will be placed in their home school for first grade in 2020-2021.

****Registration for half-day, full-day kindergarten and first grade children will be conducted at a later date.  Additional information will be on our website, Facebook page and TV35.

Let’s Recognize Our Amazing Teachers

Governor’s Educator of the Year Recognition Program:

The state of New Jersey would like to recognize educators who go above and beyond the call of duty to support our young children.  Please take a moment to nominate a special educator from BAS. Nominations can include the classroom teacher, special activity teacher, and special services like Speech.  In addition, it may be the school nurse, counselor and/or child study team member. Since the nominating process takes place in December, you may think back to your experiences last year and nominate that person as well.  If you have someone that you would like to nominate, please fill out the attached form and return it to the main office (or email it to me) by Thursday, December 13, 2018.

BAS Nomination Form 2018

Variety Show Time of Year

Don’t forget to register your child for this year’s BAS PTA Variety Show on April 5! Even if your child is not participating in the show, you must still fill out one form per child.

Click HERE to sign up today

December Reminders!

December 13, 2018: Grade 2 Chorus Concert(Doors open at 1:45 PM/Showtime is 2:00 PM)

December 18, 2018: Grade 1 and Grade 2 Report Card Distribution

December 21, 2018: Single Session for Staff and Students

December 24, 2018-January 1, 2019: Winter Break-School Closed

January 2, 2019: School is Back in Session

2019 Variety Show – Volunteers Needed

🎵2019 BAS Variety Show💃

There is still time to sign up to be a director for your child’s class for this year’s Variety Show!  CLICK HERE to fill out the volunteer form and see the attached flier for more information about being a director. Our show will be on April 5, 2019.

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