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.

https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1014769111342711

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🏖

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.

https://forms.gle/aEg67nxn2LE6s2ht7

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

YEARBOOKS

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 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. PHOTO SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY APRIL 16.

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!

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.

ART NIGHT RAFFLE WINNERS 🎨

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.

Kindergarten

  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: https://tinyurl.com/BASArtNight2021

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!

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/bloomingdaleavenueschool

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!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-ZA18uVwJKPMgTwLvonKX8nY_eRwcuXUqCOFPzNHQm8/edit?usp=sharing

Please contact Claire Cooper clairegcooper@gmail.com or Kate Ryan ryan.kate.t@gmail.com with any Book Fair related questions!

KINDERGARTEN

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 

FIRST GRADE

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

Kittens 

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

SECOND GRADE

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

LLD

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 (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

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.

YEARBOOKS📚

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 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!

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!

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!🎙

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR BAS FAMILIES AND WELCOME BACK!!

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!

https://meet.google.com/qts-gkiu-tah

‘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.

https://cranfordtv35.viebit.com/player.php?hash=7tKqMJOy3f3U

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

 

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

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