Elysian Charter School
A Positively Different Public School
June 11, 2018 Vol. 13 Issue 37
The school newsletter is sent out on Mondays. When there is a holiday, the newsletter is sent the following day.
Welcome to our new Director, Susan Grierson!
This article was written by Susan Grierson, the incoming director of Elysian.
Schools that Work
The world has changed dramatically since we went to school. It has even changed during the time our grade 8 students started kindergarten at Elysian. The role of school needs to be flexible enough to meet the ever-changing needs of our students. We work to meet those challenges to make sure that Elysian is a place where students learn to think critically, to collaborate, generate hypothesis, cooperate and to love to learn.
As we prepare our students for a world we have yet to imagine, the role of school becomes even more critical. The challenge is to make learning relevant for our students to ensure that they have the necessary tools to become active citizens in our democratic society.
Elysian is a great example of a school that works. Elysian is dedicated to developing young people who learn how to question, analyze, develop an idea and work with each other. In the short time that I have been at Elysian, I have observed students who enter the building excited about what they are learning and happily share their thoughts. The commitment to educating the whole child – including field trips, visual and performing arts is exciting to witness.
I am honored to join the Elysian School Community! I look forward to being a part of the dynamic staff, getting to know the students and watch the learning unfold during the 18-19 school year. I couldn’t be happier to join Elysian – a dynamic school that works – and a community that is child centered and focused on learning.
Elysian Services - End of the Year Update
All families using the Elysian Care Program, should be advised that all payments for 3 days a week & 5 days a week programming is due by June 7th for June care packages. All hourly accounts will be billed weekly, until the end of the year.
All accounts for lunch, aftercare and trips must be brought up to date. All families can review their accounts on orgsonline.com. For small balances, you may write a check to each individual program for the balance. (Each program maintains a separate bank account for each activity, so please do not combine services.)
All credits and unpaid balances will be rolled over into next year's account at the end of the year.
Thank you for bringing your accounts up to date.
This Week's Enrichment Clubs
Debate Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 11 (Field Trip on June 20)
No Baking Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 18
Broadway Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 18
Drawing Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 12
Create It and Make It Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 12
Anime Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (1 1/2 Hour) - End Date June 12
Basic Baking Club - 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM - End Date June 13
Clay Creations Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 13
Lego Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 13
Chess Club - 3:00 - 4:30 PM - End Date June 13 (Award Ceremony)
Yoga Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 14
Dance with Derrick Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 14
Game Show Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 15
Hola Amigos! Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (1 1/2 Hour) - End Date June 15
Jewelry Making & Craft Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 22
Rock Climbing Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 15
Field Day NEW Date!!
Field Day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 19! We are still looking for volunteers to help out that morning.
Please note that this is a full day of school. After the Field Day is concluded the children will return to school for the rest of the day. Any parent who choses to may sign his/her student out for the day at the end of the events. If you want another adult to pick your child up you must inform the teacher in writing. prior to Field Day.
It's Time To Return The Glockenspiels!!
Dear 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Parents,
I am so proud of the work that your children concluded this year, especially in the spring concert!! I hope you are too.
Now that we are almost at the end of the year, I am asking you to send back to school the glockenspiel that was loaned to your child at the beginning of the year. It is very important that I get all instruments back no later than June 22nd. Please remember that all these instruments (almost 100 in total) must be cleaned and packed for the summer.
Please make sure that your child returns the instrument in its case, with all the regular keys on it (12 brightly colored keys), with all the note magnets (12), 4 mallets (two with black heads, two with pink heads) and the three chromatic keys (black metal keys: low F sharp (f#), low B flat (B ), and high F sharp. It is very important that all accessories come back with each instrument!!!
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Field Day NEW Date!! - Field Day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 19! We are still looking for volunteers to help out that morning.
Picnic Thank Yous! - It was great seeing so many families, old and new, at the Year-End Picnic last week! Thanks to everyone who came and brought their delicious dishes! And, a special thank you to our many volunteers who made the evening a success. Shout out to everyone who helped, including (but definitely not limited to!) Lauree Barnes, Nicola Hoelzl, Stephanie Gaasterland, Pam Laden, Cecilia Bejar, Saira Soto, Michele Linder, Alex Williams, Stephanie Craft, Kevin Goldberg, Diana Pavlov, Nicole Murphy, Eileen O'Brien, David Mello, Lisa & Mark Spear, Bob Maltese, Anna & Chris Stanin, and event chair, Sara Green. Thanks also to Carrie and Michael Granit, who brought all of the leftovers to the Hoboken Shelter. And, a special thank you to Pete Burnett, car loader and unloader extraordinaire!
Thank you also to our littlest Elysian fundraisers, who formed a park band to raise money for the school: Jimmy & Tommy Cook, Caleb & Nate Goldberg, Mattan Levy-Merchand, Liam Carroll, George Spear, Creed Schreiber, Cole Thomas, Johnny Craft, and Luke Glynn. And, it was great to see Directors Harry and Susan there to celebrate with us!
Friends of Elysian 2017/2018 Annual Appeal — Acknowledgment Update
A huge thank you to our Elysian community for your generous contributions and continued response to our Annual Appeal!
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our ‘all in Tuesday’ highlights about the opportunities Friends of Elysian has been able to finance with your contributions.
Our thanks to the following recent donors for their generosity (as of 6/10/18):
Jon & Mona Auerbach
Brian & Nina Blake
The Goodman Family
Steve & Jenn Napolitani
The Stanin Family
Let’s keep our school growing, ensuring academic success for all of our 288 students!
Make your donation today! Every dollar counts!
To contribute, simply use the pledge sheet enclosed in the Annual Appeal mailing to make a donation by check or credit card. Or, if you prefer, you may make a secure on-line donation by visiting our website here.
Additional copies of the pledge form are available online. MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS!
A number of companies match employee gifts. Please be sure to check whether your employer offers a matching program. We will provide any information needed to complete your request form. (Any questions? Please email email@example.com.)
Nearly 15% of funds raised in last year’s Appeal came from company matching! It has been a HUGE part of the Appeal’s success!
Thank you for your support!
Skinny Pigs Available For Adoption
Would you like to welcome two unique and lovable pets to your home? The skinny pigs, Woodward and Bernstein, are hairless guinea pigs who look like tiny hippos. They have charmed and delighted the Elysian community all year as they love to be held and most people think they are adorable. However, because they don't have hair, they seem to be a bit more allergenic than regular guinea pigs and their metabolism is faster because their bodies need to work harder to keep warm. The fact that people with dander allergies are allergic to them and the fact that they need more food than regular guinea pigs make them not the best pets for school. If you'd like to take a look at them, they are in the Room of Requirement, next to Harry's office. Please contact Diane Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested. If you want to wait until after the summer to adopt them, that can be arranged.
Reminder: Elysian has a nut-free policy
Any lunches, snacks, classroom treats, etc. must be a nut-free product.
Please call Diane DeSombre, RN with any questions. Thank you.
News from the Office
If your child has an appointment during school hours, an adult must come to office to sign him/her out. No student may leave on their own. This is a Department of Education regulation.
Elysian Collects Box Tops and LABELS for Education
Look for the container near Deb's desk in the office! Thank you!
Lost and Found, we found lost items...are they yours??
There are many things in the Lost and Found. If you lost something, it might be here!
Please come by the office and take a look.
Anything left at the end of the school year will be donated to charity.
As per state law, we no longer publish the exact location of trips for security reasons.
Please read the calendar weekly, as changes are updated regularly.
Tuesday, June 12
- 3rd Grade Trip
- 5th Grade Overnight Trip
Wednesday, June 13
- Town Hall Meet and Greet - New Director Susan Grierson, 6:30 PM *See below
Thursday, June 14
- 6th Grade-a-Palooza: The 6th Grade's Morgan Book Project Books (with original music) will be exhibited in the 5th Grade classrooms, 3rd floor, 8:30 AM. Also on exhibition, in the 6th grade classrooms: Science Innovator Reports, Dream Vacation Projects, and Civil War Projects. All are invited. Books will be on display throughout the day.
- 4th Grade Trip
- 5th Grade Return from Trip
Friday June 15
- Community Meeting, 8:45 AM - GYM
Monday, June 18
Tuesday, June 19
Wednesday, June 20
- 1st Grade Trip
- Debate Club Trip - 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday June 21
Friday, June 22
Monday June 25
- 1/2 Day 12:30 PM Dismissal
Tuesday, June 26
- 1/2 Day, 12:30 PM Dismissal
Wednesday, June 27
- 1/2 Day 12:30 PM Dismissal-No Aftercare
- Last Day of School, Report Cards Distributed
*Save the Date
Town Hall Meeting and Meet and Greet
This Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM
This will be an opportunity to meet and greet Elysian’s new director, Susan Grierson.
There will also be a presentation by Donna Siminski and Rick Pressler of the NJ Charter Schools Association on funding and other issues that directly affect Charters.
- Because we have exceeded the number of built in snow days, we are required to extend the school year. The last day of school, as of now (i.e. if we have no more snow days), will be Wednesday, June 27th. The regulation is that we must have completed 180 school days prior to June 30th of the school year.
- June 25, 26 and 27 will have 12:30 dismissals
- 8th grade graduation has been moved to Thursday, June 21st.
Every year we build two or three days into the calendar to account for possible snow days. We also designate a number of days after the scheduled end of the school year as “snow day makeups.” This is designed to let everyone know, up front, of the possibilities.
A note about attendance: The New Jersey State Law is very specific about school attendance. By law, children are expected to be in school every day unless they are ill. There is no room in the law or regulations to excuse any children who have prior plans. We must mark all children absent who are not in attendance.
1460 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director