Newsletter 5-28-19
Newsletter 5-28-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

May 28, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 35
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.
                    This Week at a Glance
Wednesday, May 29 - FIELD DAY - Meet at 1600 Park Avenue at 8:30am. This is a full school day.
Wednesday, May 29 - No Chopped Jr. Enrichment Club this week
Summer Camp Registration closes on Friday, May 31.
Please get your forms in asap. Limited spots available in all weeks. 
Summer Camp application on

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and the school calendar is jam packed with events. Field day, a picnic, trips! Students are very aware of the limited time that they have in school until summer break. Most see the end of the school year as positive and exciting. That’s wonderful.
Regardless of the excitement that the end of the year brings, students - no matter if they are in Kindergarten or Grade 8 - are capable of having deep, big feelings about the changes in routine and may even begin to wonder what the next school year will bring. Will my new teacher like me? Will I be in the same class with my best friend?
You may want to show your child that talking through emotions helps. A part of raising an emotionally intelligent child is creating a safe space for them to share their emotions.
Thank you, PTSO and Sunshine Club
We wish to extend a grateful thank you to the PTSO for their generosity in helping to host the staff appreciation lunch, held on May 21st.   
The staff Sunshine Club organized the event, which involved a salad bar extravaganza.  
A very good time was had by all, with enough left overs for another lunch! 
Rebuild by Design Meeting
Elysian will host a REBUILD BY DESIGN meeting on Thursday, June 6th from 6-9pm.
We need your support and input.
This plan will impact where our students have recess for many years to come.
At this meeting you will: 
• Be updated on preferences for park components that emerged from community input during the last round of Design Zone Workshops;
• Be updated on two design concepts that have been further developed for Cove Park in
Design Zone 2 based on community input;
Note: we will not be finalizing the plan, but rather selecting a park concept (from 2) and features that we’d like to include in order to move forward with 1 design for the park. 
Notes From The Nurse
Dear Parents,
Warm weather has finally arrived! There are a few health reminders for the warm weather season:
● Please apply sunscreen to your child in the morning before school. They go outside for recess weather permitting.
● Send reusable water bottles in order for students to remain hydrated.
● Make sure your child wears appropriate weather attire and shoes that will not slip off.
Diane DeSombre, RN
Track Practice Update
Track is scheduled for May 30, June 6 and adding June 13, from 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park.
Thank you. 

Adam Froimowitz, Coach
Friends of Elysian - Race to the Finish!
We are off to a strong start for our "Race to the Finish" leg of the Annual Appeal! Thank you to the many members of the Elysian community for their generous contributions and quick response to our call!

Please be on the look out for tonight’s All-In Newsletter in which we chat with Susan Grierson about the new literacy curriculum. In addition to highlighting the academic and technological programs that Friends of Elysian has been able to finance with your contributions, the All-In newsletters also provide status on the appeal,  give "Donor Thanks," and include special features, such as our new “Donor Spotlight.” In case you missed last week’s newsletter, you can find it here: May 21 All-In Newsletter.

Let’s keep our school growing, ensuring academic success for all our 288 students!

Every dollar counts! Please, make your donation here.

Or, to make a donation by check, a pledge form is available here. Simply return it by mail or in-person to the school office.

Don't Forget 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

More than 10% of funds raised in last year’s Appeal came from company matching! It has a huge impact on making our annual goal!

Thank you for your support!

PTSO Corner
FIELD DAY - Elysian Field Day is Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 29, and we need volunteers!!  Please come out and join us for what is sure to be a great day! Sign up here:

- The Elysian annual picnic is Wednesday, June 5.  Every family is asked to bring something to help make this a success (please see flyer below!). We also need volunteers! Sign up here:

DUES NEWS! - Now there are TWO ways to pay your PTSO dues (it's not too late!!)! We are making it easier than ever to contribute before the end of the year. Dues are continuing to go toward costs such as new Field Day equipment and shirts for all staff, students, and volunteers, and various items for the annual picnic! 

If you've been waiting for online payment options, here you go! You can now pay dues via VENMO and ZELLE. Our Venmo account is @Elysian-Ptso-1460 or log onto your personal bank's app or website and click on the Zelle money transfer option (not all banks have Zelle), then direct your $25 per child in dues to
Payments can also still be made the old-fashioned way, in an envelope to the office with "PTSO Dues" and your contact information on the outside. Checks can be made out to Elysian PTSO.
Spring Sessions of Enrichment Clubs This Week
  • Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Yoga Workshop - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Back to Basic Board Games - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Fitness Fun - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
  • Chopped Jr. - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - NO CLUB TODAY!!
  • Introduction to Karate - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Airplane Explorations - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Lego Architecture - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Let's go Green-Recycling Craft - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Introduction to Modern Art - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY !!
  • Health Minds in Active Bodies - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Cartooning & Comic Book Drawing - 3:00pm - 4:15pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY !!

    If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
Lost and Found
Please write your child's name in their outerwear/sweaters and label their water bottle so if it is lost we can return it to them. 
We have a collection of sweaters and jackets.
Please come to the main office and take a look to see if anything looks familiar.
Things left behind at the end of the school year will 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
    May Calendar 
    Tuesday, May 28 
    • 6th and 7th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, May 29
    • Field Day - Raindate June 11th
    Thursday, May 30
    • Rugby Practice -3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park 
    Friday, May 31
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    • Melissa's 2nd Grade Trip
    June Calendar
    Monday, June 3
    • Play - Dress Rehearsal
    • 7th Grade (partial class) Trip
    Tuesday, June 4
    • Play - 1st Show at 9:30am, 2nd Show at 10:45am, 3rd Show at 1:30pm.  Evening Shows at  5:30pm and 7:00pm. Shows are 1/2 hour long.
    Wednesday, June 5
    • 8th Grade Trip
    • Picnic
    Thursday, June 6
    • Rebuild by Design Meeting - 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Gym
    • Rugby Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    Friday, June 7
    • 6th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    Saturday, June 8
    • NYC Rugby Cup - 8:30am - 3:00pm
    Tuesday, June 11 - Thursday, June 13
    • 5th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, June 12
    • Debate Club Trip
    Thursday, June 13
    • Morgan Book Project Presentation - 5th Grade Classrooms
    • Track Pratice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm -1600 Park
    Friday, June 14
    • Community Meeting - 8:45am - Gym
    Monday, June 17
    • 8th Grade Trip
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 18
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    Wednesday, Jun 19
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    • 8th Grade Graduation
    Thursday, June 20
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - No Aftercare
    • Last Day of School
    • Report Cards Distributed

    2019-2020 School Calendar

    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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