Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
www.ecsnj.org friendsofelysian.org
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director
Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

February 6, 2017         Vol. 12  Issue 22
The school newsletter is sent out on Mondays.  When there is a holiday, the newsletter is sent the following day. 

Please note:  From January 3 to February 10 send news to deb.rosner@ecsnj.org by 10:00 AM on Mondays.

The weekly newsletter is archived on Elysian's website, www.ecsnj.org, so that you can always access both the most recent newsletter as well as all previous ones.
Harry's Corner
Cell Phones and School
Recently I was shown cell phone pictures of students who had used their phones to take selfies in the bathroom.  There was also a video of a classroom that had been secretly recorded.  All of these were posted online.
Getting a cell phone has become a rite of passage.  The children become excited when they are finally old enough to have their own phone and then they become very attached to them.  In addition to all the positive communication that the cell phones allow—the ability to find out where your child is, the knowledge that he/she had arrived at school or a friend’s house, the quick availability of sharing a thought or event with your child—there is a darker side that can lead unsuspecting children into trouble.  Here are a few safety rules that can help to keep everyone safe:
  • When you first allow your child to have a cell phone set up certain safety rules.  It is much harder to add rules once the cell phone is in hand.  The rules should include:
    • Cell phones must be charged at night in the kitchen (or anywhere but your child’s room).  It is not unusual for preteens and teens to wake up in the middle of the night and check and respond to their social networks and text messages.  We have also had reports of children sleeping with phones under their pillow.
    • Parents should check cell phones to be sure that only known and approved people are texting or emailing your child.  Pictures should be reviewed to ensure that these are appropriate.  A few years ago, during a discussion of cell phone safety, a 7th grader indicated that she was pleased that her parents cared enough to check her phone every night.  When I mentioned this to her father, he said, “Wow, she always gives me such a hard time.”
    • Tracking should be turned on so that you may check on your child’s location or find a missing phone.
    • Children need to know—and this has to be reinforced over and over again—that they must never give out any personal information including addresses and phone numbers.
    • They must not answer texts or phone calls from unknown numbers.
  • In school our cell phone policy is being strictly enforced (and all parents and students sign off on it annually):
    • Students may not have cell phones out at any point during the school day, unless approved by the teacher.  
    • Phones must be turned off and placed in lockers or backpacks during school hours. 
    •  Any student with a cell phone out during the school day will have it confiscated and held in the school office.  For repeat offenders a parent must come to the school to retrieve it.
    • If you need to communicate with your child during school hours, please contact the main office. Please do not text, call or email your child during the school day.  A child with the phone out will have it confiscated.
The prevalence of smart phones and the fact that children get phones younger and younger (right now it seems that the most common age is as the children enter fifth grade) means that we have to team up to ensure that the children are using them safely and productively.


10th Annual COOK-OFF! -
Saturday, February 11th at the Elks Club in Hoboken from 5 pm – 9 pm. Get your taste buds ready and your chili pots shined, because the 10th Annual Elysian Chili Cook-Off is just around the corner! Come one, come all, and invite your friends to the Hoboken Elks club to compete or just to relax and enjoy great chili. There are prizes for judges’ choice and people’s choice and NEW THIS YEAR – judges’ pick for the most UNIQUE chili, so bring on the veggie, turkey, chicken, curry or whatever you consider UNIQUE!!
 Amenities include a supervised kids' room, live musical entertainment, a wine and beer cash bar for adults, and of course all the chili you can eat. To register as a cook, a baker of sweet treats, or to help at the event, please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C44A4A629A2F49-10th. Please be sure to email your chili description or direct any questions to elysianchilicookoff@gmail.com.
CHOCOLATE ROSE FUNDRAISER - Milk chocolate roses for Valentine’s Day are being sold to raise money for the Middle School Spring Fling. THE COST IS $2 PER ROSE. Please look for order forms in your backpack early this week. Supplies are limited, so fill out the order form and tags provided, and return along with payment to your teacher no later than Tuesday, February 7th. Any orders received after the 7th may not be processed and if so, your money will be returned. The chocolate roses will be delivered on Tuesday, February 14th. 
Friends of Elysian
We have a great start to this year's Auction! So far we have sold more than 100 tickets, bringing in nearly $11,000 for our school! Thank you to everyone who responded so generously!
For those planning to come and who still need tickets, please buy them as soon as you are able. We have new planning requirements this year and we need our final headcount as early as possible. 
Tickets are still available and so is the special $75 price per guest for all Non-Elysian parents/guardians. Please consider reaching out to friends and extended family to join us for an extra special event this year! 
2017 Annual Friends of Elysian Fundraising Party & Auction to benefit the Campaign For Elysian
Friday, March 10 • 7 – 10 pm
HUB 16 Hudson Place • Hoboken, NJ • 07030
$125 per guest in advance
$135 per guest at the door
$75 per guest for all Non-Elysian parents/guardians
• Paying Online: www.ecsnj.org/support-ecs/auction-2017/  (Scroll down on web page.)
• Paying By Check: Click this link to download a pdf of the registration form (new this year!): www.ecsnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/AuctionTicketsRegForm-2017.pdf
Please put this form with your check (payable to “Friends of Elysian Charter School”) in an envelope labeled “Friends Auction” and give to Deb or Susan in the office. (Extra registration forms are also available in the school office.)
* Tickets for:
Concerts: Lionel Richie / Mariah Carey, The Weeknd, Bastille, NKOTB with Paula Abdul & Boyz II Men, Justin Bieber, Florida Georgia Line and Iron Maiden!
Sports: Yankees, Giants, Rangers, Jets, Nets and Devils!
* Weekend at Townhouse in West Dover, Vermont, minutes away from the Mt. Snow mountain resort and ski area (for 2018).
• Thank you very much to everyone who has already donated auction lots!
• If you are able to coordinate a donated auction items, it would be greatly appreciated! We are ideally seeking new items or unique experiences, valued at roughly $200 or more. (But if something is less than that or unique—or if you’re unsure of the value—please email us at friends@ecsnj.org.)
• Our goal is to have a variety of items that can help raise significant funds for the school. While we hope to be able to include all donations, we may not be able to accommodate all items, or may have to group items together. We want to make sure to avoid duplicate items, so if you’re thinking of approaching a Hoboken business, please email us as well since committee members have already reached out to several places.
NOTE: This year we’d like to include a few more Manhattan restaurants and experiences, so if you have a special connection to something in NYC, please let us know.
  Thank you very much for your consideration of this request and for your support! 

  Thank you to everyone for beginning to return your raffle tickets!  A few reminders:
  TICKET PROCESS: When tickets are sold, please have the buyer fill out the stub with their info, and then turn in those stubs and the payments to your teacher. (Each class will have an envelope for collection.) If you receive checks, please have it written out to “Friends of Elysian Charter School.” If you need more booklets, please email Cynthia Ng-Villaluz at cynthia.ng.villaluz@gmail.com.
  CLASS PRIZES: As in past years, there are prizes for the top three classes that sell the most tickets. But this year, you get your choice of a prize! You can choose a pizza party, ice cream party or a collection of games for the classroom.
       Most important, though, the 50/50 will also raise valuable dollars to help support Elysian. We certainly hope that all families will participate, but for anyone unable to sell or purchase all of their raffle tickets, we simply ask that you return any unused tickets to your class parent.
  DEADLINE: The final deadline for all advance 50/50 raffle ticket sales is Wednesday, March 8, but you can of course submit stubs/payments to your teachers as you sell them. (In other words, please don’t wait until the last minute!) Tickets will also be sold at the event on Friday, March 10 and the drawing will take place at 9:30 pm at HUB. (You do not have to be present to win.)

Student Dress
Parents, please be sure to dress your children appropriately for winter weather. When we have our monthly fire drills, students do not have time to get their coats.
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 regularly.
    Monday, February 6
    • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Multi, 7:15 PM
    Wednesday, February 8
    • 5th Grade Trip
    Friday, February 10
    • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 7:45 PM
    Saturday, February 11
    • Chili Dinner, The Elks Club
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 5:00 PM
    • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 5:50 PM
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:40 PM
    • Girls Basketball at Multi, 1;00 PM
    Tuesday, February 14
    • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    Wednesday, February 15
    • Report Cards distributed
    Thursday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 21
    • Elysian closed for February Break
    Wednesday, February 22
    • Elysian back in session. 
    Thursday, February 23
    • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    Friday, February 24
    • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 7:45 PM
    Saturday, February 25
    • Basketball:  3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 3:20 PM
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 5:00 PM
    • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 7:30 PM
    Monday, February 27
    • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Tuesday, February 28
    • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM

    1460 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director | harry.laub@ecsnj.org | Phone:201.876.0102 | Fax:201.876.9576
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