Walnut Avenue School

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    Summer Reading Information



    The library media specialists have updated the K-8 summer reading recommended book list. Here is the link to that information.  Happy Reading!
    Summer Math Packet
    Summer math assignments are now available on the Cranford Mathematics Department website.  For direct access to the assignments please use the following link:




    May 25, 2017


    Dear Friends: 

    I suppose many of you already know that I will be retiring at the conclusion of this school year.  There’s no point in denying that I have avoided confronting this reality until now.  I’ve worked with children in the public schools for more than 42 years and preparing for this next chapter in my life has been difficult for me on many levels.  At any rate, it is a fact and it’s time to bid you all farewell. 

    I have enjoyed my 22 years in Cranford and I will be forever grateful for the support of the Walnut Avenue School community.  I honestly don’t know how to begin to thank the countless parents and teachers who have helped me create and maintain the warm family friendly atmosphere that has come to characterize our school.  Whatever success I have enjoyed here could not have been achieved without your support and understanding.  

    The district is actively working to secure a new principal for Walnut Avenue School with every expectation of having someone in place by September.  As this year draws to a close, I want you to rest assured that I will do everything in my power to make this transition as smooth as possible.  Given your continued support, I’m confident that the new principal will inherit a truly vibrant program staffed with talented and caring individuals who understand how important their jobs are and who always put children first.

    Cranford has been a big part of my life for a long time and I know I will carry this little town around in my heart and head for a long time to come.  I can only hope that I succeeded in doing some good during my time here and that this little school continues to be an exciting place for children to learn and grow.



    Angelo F. Paternoster





    June Information


    • Central Registration: The district is continuing to accept new student registration for 2017 – 2018.  All registrations are done centrally.  Complete information about Central Registration can also be found on the district website under “Latest News” and also under the “For Parents” tab.
    • Single Session Days: June 20, 21 & 22 are Single Session Days.  School hours are as follows:

    Kindergarten AM:  8:30AM– 11:00 AM/ Kindergarten PM:  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Preschool AM:  8:30 AM – 10:15 AM/ Preschool PM:  10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

    Full Day Preschool:  8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    Grade One & Two:  8:20 AM – 12:30 PM

    • Preschool Seats Available: We have openings available for the P.M. session of our READY Preschool Program The hours of the program are 12:30 pm – 3 pm.  Cranford does NOT provide transportation to students in this program.  Children who will be 3 years old or 4 years old by October 1, 2017 and are Cranford residents are eligible for READY.  The tuition charge for this program is $390.00 per month. First and last months tuition is due upon acceptance into the program and is non refundable.  More detailed information can be found on the district website.  Interested parents can also call the Office of Special Services, 908 709 6217 with any questions.
    • Help Us Plan for Next Year: If you expect to change address or transfer your child out of the Cranford Public Schools, please notify the school office ASAP.
    • BEST WISHES TO ALL FOR A SAFE AND HEALTHY SUMMER VACATION. The Cranford Schools will reopen for all students on September 7, 2017.   Parents can expect to receive information about the opening of school during the final weeks of August.


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