Newsletter 11-26-18
Newsletter 11-26-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

November 26, 2018                  Vol. 14  Issue 11
The school newsletter is sent out on Mondays. When there is a holiday, the newsletter is sent the following day. 

Please note:  Send news to by 9:00 AM on Mondays.
Reading Buddies
One of the goals of Elysian is to do as much as we possibly can to create a community of learners. Having reading buddies is a longstanding tradition to meet that goal. Reading buddies is a time when our youngest learner’s class partners with an older grade. Students are given a partner who the teachers think would be a good personality match - and they meet as often as possible to read, learn new things and complete projects together. 
This partnership helps our youngest students connect and get to know our older students. While the upper grade students can seem really big and tall to them, they quickly become almost like family to the younger students.
This partnership also helps bring out the very best in our older students. To see them nurture and read to the littlest learners is one of the joys of my day. The smiles on both sets of faces when they are together reminds me about how quickly our students grow. I think going back to the kindergarten or first grade classrooms is a delight to revisit the place where their educational journey began. 
Time To Register Siblings For Kindergarten In 2019-2020!

As you know, Elysian Charter School has sibling preference. In order for a spot to be saved for a sibling of a current Elysian student for next year’s Kindergarten class of (2019-2020), you must let us know BEFORE the lottery. Your child must turn five (5) by October 1st in order to qualify for registration in your district.

We need to know how many places to reserve for our siblings. Please let us know now!

The lottery will be held this year on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  In order for your spot to be guaranteed, you must turn in your application by the deadline of January 11, 2019.

                         PLEASE CLICK THE BOX BELOW FOR A FORM
click here for printable form

Friends of Elysian

With the 2019 Annual Party and Auction just a few months away (Friday, March 1, 2019), we’re starting our planning efforts and would love your help.
There are plenty of ways to participate!
1. Attend our kick-off planning meeting. Join us on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 7:00 PM, to share your ideas and get involved. Being held in Room # 324 (Ashley Shirazi's 6th Grade Classroom).  Please drop a line to if you are planning to attend. If you can’t make the date, but would still like to participate, let us know! 
2. Consider making a donation-in-kind to our silent auction. We are always on the lookout for fun and interesting experiences or services to add to our silent auction roster. If you think you might have an item that would fit the bill, please don't hesitate to reach out to .Your support is always welcomed and appreciated.
3. And don’t forget to save the date! Friday, March 1, 2019!

Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and PayPal are matching donations up to a total of $7 million! As part of the current Friends of Elysian matching appeal, please consider making a donation on this day via our Facebook page. In addition to helping Friends move closer to its goal, your donation may be matched! If you aren’t yet following the Friends Facebook page, please join us at
Thank you for your support!

PTSO Corner

PICTURE RETAKE DAY TOMORROW, TUESDAY NOV 27- Picture Retake Day will be tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, from 9 am – 12 pm in the Gym. If you would like to retake your child's photo, please send an email to with the student name(s) and classroom(s), so we can add them to the list. 
By now, everyone should have received their Picture Day proofs with instructions for ordering. If you did not receive them, please reach out to your child's teacher ASAP. 
We still need volunteers to help - sign up here:
CHILI COOK-OFF - Save the date and get your recipes ready for Saturday, January 26, at the Elks Club! Interested in helping plan and judging the contest? Email
                      LUNCH ORDER REMINDER!

                                          Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 27th
Place order at:
Remember, you can order both Dec & Jan at the same time and pay only one service fee!
Food Drive Update
Thank you to everyone for their contributions during the Elysian Charter School Food Drive benefiting the clients of the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.  We delivered two full carloads of food including many boxes of the students' favorite cereals!  Thank you to the ECS climate team for organizing these efforts.
In an effort to build on our support of the shelter, we will be collecting reusable grocery bags for the next two weeks. These bags will allow clients to bring food home and allow you to get rid of some extra bags before the holidays. We will also deliver books to families at the In Jesus Name pantry.
We hope that these efforts help others and give children a sense of community and the importance of giving back.
Enrichment Clubs This Week with End Dates

  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 26 
  • The Game Show Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 3 
  • Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 26
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 3

  • Clubs finished
  • Chess 1 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Jan 23 (Club runs 14 weeks)
  • Chess 2 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Jan 23 (Club runs 14 weeks)
  • You Too Can YouTube - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Dec 12 (No Club Dec 5)

  • Lego Engineering (Grades 1-3) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 29
  • Tennis - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 6
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 6 (No Club Nov 29)

  • Jewelry Making & Crafts - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 7 (No Club on Nov 30)
  • Rock Climbing – (off site at Gravity Vault) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 30
  • Lego Engineering  (Kindergarten) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 30

If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
I am reaching out to remind you of our upcoming Open House on Dec 6th at 6:00 pm at 360 1st st. 6th-11th graders are welcome to attend with their families and learn about our high school program.
As a small, learner-centered, social justice oriented school, we may be the right choice for your students with a particular passion, a drive to make the world a better place, or for whom a small environment would be best. Please let me know if you have any questions.
--Joanna S. Weintraub
Principal 9-12
Hoboken Charter Upper School
360 First St -2nd Floor
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Tel: 201-963-3280
Fax: 201-963-0695
Dear Prospective Parents and Students,
Thank you for your interest in Hoboken Charter School. We are delighted you have chosen to learn more about our unique learning community. We sincerely hope you will attend our Open House December 6, 6-8 pm, at 360 1st St. and apply to become a part of our diverse, dynamic learning community.  
For the high school student who is looking to be seen, and to find their purpose in the world, Hoboken Charter Upper School is a small, public, learner-centered high school that focuses on service learning to develop the skills for academic, artistic, personal and civic growth.
      Our Cougar Creed
We Learn and Grow 
As a Supportive Community
With a Service Mindset
And an Open-Minded Attitude
Hoboken Charter Upper School is a community.  We provide opportunities for students to learn the skills and knowledge they will need for college and the workplace as well as those that allow them to be global citizens.   We want students to pursue their passions and to engage with their world.  Through learner-centered curriculum in courses like Social Justice Lab, Civics, Criminal Justice, Forensics, Psychology, Journalism, Independent Studies, Internships, and an extensive advisory program- we are a truly different kind of high school.  
Joanna Weintraub
9-12 Principal
 Be sure to ask about our new building!

Dressing for a Fire Drill

We perform monthly fire drills in which the students have to quickly leave the building without their coats.

Please make sure your child is dressed warm enough during these upcoming cold days.

Lost and Found 
Can't find your child's jacket?? Their sweater??  Their sweatshirt??  

Come to the main office and take a look at our Lost and Found bin. 
It's growing and growing and growing still.
These articles will soon be donated to charity.
      Elysian Collects Box Tops and LABELS for Education
          Look for the container near Deb's desk in the office!  Thank you!
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 regul
    Monday, Nov 26
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Open House, 6:00pm
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Nov 27
    • Picture Re-take Day
    Wednesday, Nov 28 - Friday, Nov 30
    • 6th Grade Trip
    Thursday, Nov 29
    • Friends of Elysian Auction Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room #324
    Saturday, Dec 1
    • Open House, 10:00am
    Monday, Dec 3
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #21
    Wednesday, Dec 5 - Friday, Dec 7
    • 7th and 8th Grade Trip
    Thursday, Dec 6
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Monday, Dec 10
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Dec 12
    • 1/2 Day
    Monday, Dec 17
    • Rock Band Practice, CANCELLED  For today
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Friday, Dec 21
    • 1/2 Day, Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, Dec 24 - Tuesday, Jan 1
    • Winter Break
    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
    Susan Grierson, Director | | Phone:201.876.0102 | Fax:201.876.9576
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