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Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

September 26, 2016         Vol. 12  Issue 3
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Harry's Corner 
One of the joys of being the Director of Elysian is the fact that I am downstairs almost every day for drop off and pick up.  I love watching the interactions of families and noticing how things change as children get older.  The youngest children start the year out by often wanting someone to walk them upstairs.  As time goes on, and as children get more comfortable, this becomes less and less of an issue.  Children in the early elementary grades often hug their parent and share “I love you” type comments.  As they get a little older, the children become more focused on seeing which of their friends are around and often need to be prompted for a good bye—or perhaps run off without saying anything.  By mid to upper elementary, it becomes important to the children to find and communicate with friends.  As they walk away from the parents they are already shifting their thinking to peers and the school day.  Preteens and teens often arrive at school separately from a younger sibling who may be accompanied by a parent.  They often only acknowledge the parent with a brief nod, but focus totally on peers. 
One of the nice aspects of the school is the big window that allows parents to watch the children as they walk up the stairs.  So many parents just watch until they see the feet of their children disappearing on that last staircase that can be seen.  Of course so many parents are looking for one last wave, but the children are already engaged into their school day and talking with friends.  Sometimes they just don’t notice. 
This scenario, of course, is an example of a child’s growth and development.  Some of the changes are based upon brain growth, but some are also based upon social and cultural norms.  A recent documentary on the middle school years pointed out that middle schools really didn’t exist until the early 1900’s because, before that, so many teens had to go to work.  If you think about what is occurring during these various ways of saying good bye in the morning you see a child’s shift towards independence and towards broadening his/her personal sphere.  In 1956 Erik Erickson published his eight stages of development, which covers the entire life cycle.  Here is a chart summarizing his research.
    According to the Child Development Institute website
    Each stage is regarded by Erikson as a “psychosocial crisis,” which arises and demands resolution before the next stage can be satisfactorily negotiated. These stages are conceived in an almost architectural sense: satisfactory learning and resolution of each crisis is necessary if the child is to manage the next and subsequent ones satisfactorily, just as the foundation of a house is essential to the first floor, which in turn must be structurally sound to support and the second story, and so on.
    If you are interested in additional information this website has clear and concise explanation of his thinking.
    Watching my own children grow up gave me new respect for the work of my parents.  Looking at their growth through the lens of Erikson’s research helps me to understand their current struggles.

    The Elysian Book Fair runs Tuesday, September 27 until Friday, September 30, 8:30 am to 4 pm daily. It will also be open until 8 pm on Thursday, September 29 (Back to School Night)! The PTSO is still looking for volunteers throughout the Book Fair. If you are interested, please go to to sign up! 
    Please note: The Chili Cook-Off date has been changed to Saturday, February 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Elks Club!
    A BIG thank you to all those who came to our PTSO Kick-Off Meeting! For those who couldn't attend, please e-mail with your level of interest for any upcoming PTSO events or leadership roles.
    Also, it's not too late to pay your PTSO dues!  We are at 62% participation!!  To help fund the PTSO, we are suggesting all families contribute $25 per child in dues.  You may leave cash or a check made out to Elysian PTSO in the main office.  Your dues help pay for fun Elysian activities, programs and materials. Last year, we donated an additional 72 Chromebooks to our children's classrooms, funded the Arts to Grow program, and were able to provide meals to our teachers and staff on special days! 
    KidStuff Coupon Books - 8th Grade Fundraiser

    This year the 8th grade is selling valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books filled with hundreds of national, regional and local coupons for all ages! The KidStuff Book is conveniently organized, offers incredible savings and is sold exclusively through schools! Our class earns 50% or more profit for every book we sell!
    Use just a few coupons and easily save more than the $25 cost of the book…Remember to keep KidStuff in your car! Most coupons are long-term and valid for 16 months! You will enjoy fabulous savings from: BowTie Cinemas, Macy's, H&M, Dorney Park, and Francesca's (just opened in Hoboken). 

    Order forms were sent home with your child last week, or you can find us on Back to School Night at the book fair, or in the morning in front of the building. Please make checks payable to Elysian Charter School (include a memo: Kidstuff for 8th). If you have any questions, please contact Regan or Hillary. KidStuff does not promote door-to-door sales by children.

    POST and TWEET! Family, friends and co-workers will love saving with KidStuff...The books are great for gifts too! Check out all 26 valuable editions listed on the first page of your KidStuff book or visit Your family earns 1 FREE book worth $25 for every 5 books you sell!
    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.

    September Calendar

    Monday, September 26
    • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
    • After School Enrichment Clubs, Fall Session - begin this week.
    Tuesday, September 27
    • Book Fair, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Wednesday, September 28
    • Book Fair continues, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Thursday, September 29
    • Book Fair continues, 8:30 - 8:00 PM
    • Back to School Night

    Friday, September 30
    • Book Fair continues, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

    Monday, October 3 and Monday, October 4
    • Elysian closed, Rosh Hashanah
    Tuesday, October 5
    • New Victory Theater visits the 6th grade
    Thursday, October 6
    • 6th grade trip
    Friday, October 7
    • New Victory Theater visits the 6th grade
    Monday, October 10
    • Elysian closed, Columbus Day
    Tuesday, October 11
    • Third Grade Trip
    Wednesday, October 12
    • Elysian closed, Yom Kippur
    Thursday, October 13
    • 1st grade trip
    Friday, October 14
    • Elysian picture day
    • 1st grade trip
    Wednesday, October 19
    • Half Day of School for Staff Development
    • 7th and 8th grade overnight trip
    Thursday, October 20
    • 2nd grade trip
    Friday, October 21
    • 7th and 8th grade return from overnight trip
    Monday, October 24
    • 7:00 PM Board of Trustees Meeting
    Wednesday, October 26
    • 5th, 7th and 8th grades on a trip
    • 2nd grade trip
    • Middle School Night, 6:00 PM
    Thursday, October 27
    • 4th grade trip
    Friday, October 28
    • Community Meeting
    • Halloween Party

    301 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director | | Phone:201.876.0102 | Fax:201.876.9576

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