Newsletter 2-25-19
Newsletter 2-25-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

February 25, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 23
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

Tuesday, Feb 26 - Last class for Calligraphy - Time change 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday, Feb 28 - Community Meeting - 8:30am - Gym
Thursday, Feb 28 - Board Meeting - 7:00pm (re-scheduled from Mon. Feb 25
Friday, Mar 1 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm - Annual Party and Auction - Cadillac Cantina
**Summer Camp Info Below - Now offering 4 weeks of summer fun!!

The 2nd community meeting of the year will be a schoolwide celebration of Black History month. It will be held in the gym at 8:40am on Thursday, Feb 28. Please join us. 
Below is a note from Mary about our music program at Elysian.
At Elysian, Students study music not only for the joy of making music but also to gain an understanding of music as a powerful and highly expressive language. Students study a piece of music, whether vocal or instrumental, in order to gain experience and understanding of emotional content, musical concepts and physical mastery.  The self-discipline, creativity and development of skills required in music can be transferred directly into other areas of life, and will support our students’ other academic endeavors.
I use an approach called Dalcroze Eurhythmy. It provides a rigorous framework for learning by using playful, challenging games and improvisation to teach all the musical concepts. In addition, Dalcroze Eurhythmy places a child not only in the role of student, but also in the roles of peer and teacher.
In grades K-3 classes meet twice a week for 45 minutes. Students study the fundamentals of rhythm, pitch, form, improvisation and composition through free movement to music, the singing of traditional folksongs from around the world, the playing of various kinds of Dalcroze and traditional singing games--which teach music concepts-- and explorations on various percussion instruments including the Orff and drums. Music history studies related to Classical and Jazz genres are also introduced.
In grades 4 through 6, students continue to study music fundamentals at a higher level with more and more emphasis on using specific techniques for improvisation & composition and the reading and writing of staff notation. The children continue sing more difficult traditional rounds, ballads and songs that relate to important social issues. Students sing and play (on Orff ) a variety of pitch patterns that form the “words” of our musical language. The students also start to explore more current styles which may include songs from popular musicals and/or age appropriate, Pop, Rock, Rap,etc. through singing and music history. Movement continues to be an important component of the program. By the sixth grade, the children are composing the music for their Spring Concert. Last year (and this year too) the sixth graders composed and notated their music for the “Morgan Book Project” (more about this in a separate article).
In seventh and eighth grades, the students participate in half-year long seminars which meet twice a week for 45 minutes. The seminars are designed to give a short but more in-depth look at music from different vantage points. Music Seminars that have I offered are: “The Broadway Musical”, “Explore and Compose” and “Let’s Play the Piano”.   Seventh and eighth graders can also join, by audition, the ECS Rock band which meets once a week after school for rehearsals all year long.

    Friends of Elysian

We are so excited to see many of you at this Friday's 2019 Annual Party & Auction!  

For those who have not yet purchased your tickets, please join us! An amazing team of dedicated volunteers has planned a really fun party, not to mention procured an incredible array of items for the auction — and we are looking forward to celebrating with the Elysian community.

loincredible array of items for the auction, from  amazing sports, theater, and concert tickets; pool passes, hotel stays, and getaways; health, beauty, and wellness certificates; excursions for the kids;

As of today, we are at just a little over 25% participation in ticket sales, and we know Elysian can do better than that!

So don't delay:  purchase your tickets today at and join us in support of Elysian Charter School.
Thanks to all who have already particpated in Elysian Loves Literacy (ELL)! Your support is key to our success, so whether it's the return of a single sticker, ten, or more, it all makes a difference!
Online orders can be processed at or completed dedication stickers, donor sheet, and a check for the amount collected (cash accepted if needed) can be returned to your child’s teacher.
If you do not need the dedication stickers your child received,  please return the blank stickers so that Friends can reallocate the stickers to fulfill online orders. 
Thank you for your support!
Elysian Summer Camp 2019 --- Save The Date
ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER AWAITS YOU.....Elysian Summer Camp is now offering 4 weeks of fun-filled, action packed activities and summer fun.  
Camp will run the weeks of July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th & August 5th.  You can sign up for one, two, three or all four weeks! Camp enrollment information to follow in the next few weeks. 
In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can email
What is Elysian Charter Day Camp?  Elysian Charter Day Camp is a fun-filled 4-week program for students entering kindergarten through 7th grade this upcoming fall.  The program will include activities such as arts & crafts, sports, science experiments, cooking, field trips and more. 
What are the weeks that camp is being offered?  For the summer of 2019, camp will run the weeks of July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th and August 5th.  Your child(ren) may attend one, two, three or all four weeks.
How much is the camp tuition?  The tuition is $450.00/week per child.  Any additional siblings can attend the camp for $400.00/week.
Who can attend the camp?  The camp is open to any student entering kindergarten through 7th grade this upcoming fall 2019. You do not need to be an Elysian Charter School student to attend the camp.
Will my child be served lunch at the camp?  No, we do not have the ability to serve lunch.  Your child will need to bring lunch with them everyday that they attend camp.  The camp will provide two snacks daily.  If you have a picky eater, you may send your child(ren) in with their own snack. Please note that our camp is completely nut free. 
Who are the camp counselors?  Overseeing each group of campers, and leading the special activities, are some of our favorite Elysian teachers and staff members... but, they're not allowed to give homework over the summer!
What are the camp hours?  Camp will run from 9:00am - 4:00pm each day.  Early drop-off will be available starting at 8:30am for an additional $10/day.  This summer, we are happy to also offer “after-camp” from 4:00pm -5:00pm each day for an additional $20/day. 
Where will camp be held?  Camp activities will be held in the air-conditioned classrooms and gym at Elysian Charter School, as well as our nearby outside play areas.  In addition, each week will include off-site field trips, which will provide our campers extra adventure and fun!
*Registration forms will be available shortly on our website. Camp enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. 
What should I do if I still have questions?  If you still have questions about the summer camp, please email, and we will respond as soon as possible.
Menus for March are now available for ordering on
 Please note the deadlines:
    *  March deadline -  Wednesday, February 26th 
All orders must be paid in full to be processed.
Winter Sessions of Enrichment Clubs this week
  • Debate - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Game of Games - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Dance with Derrick (Hip-Hop) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Modern Calligraphy - 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Last Class,  please note time change...
  • Crafty Kids - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Backgammon Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Teamwork - 3:00pm - 4:00pm  
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Dance with Derrick (Broadway) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Beyond Baking Basics - 3:00pm- 4:30pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Magic - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Robots - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Video Game Design - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Create like Picasso - 3:00 - 4:00pm
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Back toBasic Board Games - 3:00 - 4:00pm

If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email

Remember, we will not be holding Chess on the 1/2 days for the Winter session.  

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
Please write your child's name in their outerwear so if it is lost we can return those items. 
We have so many items left in the Lost and Found bin in the main office.
Can't find your child's jacket??  Sweater??  Sweatshirt??  

These articles that are left behind 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
    February Calendar
    Monday, Feb 25
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. White 7 - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Green 6 vs. Hudson 6 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball- Kelly Green 8 vs. HOLA Black - 7:15pm - Multi
    • Please Note: Board Meeting Rescheduled to Thursday, Feb 28
    Tuesday, Feb 26
    • 3rd Grade Trip
    Wednesday, Feb 27
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Hoboken Charter - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-All Saints vs. Kelly Green 8 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Thursday, Feb 28
    • Community Meeting - 8:30am -Gym
    • Homework Help
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm (changed from Monday, Feb 25)
    • Basketball-White 5 vs. Wallace Black - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. Stevens Red 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 6 vs. Mustard Seed 6 - 8:45pm - Wallace

    March Calendar

    Friday, March 1
    • 2nd Grade Trip
    • Friends Auction - 7:00pm - Cadillac Cantina

    Saturday, March 2
    • Basketball-Stevens White vs. Girls - 2:00pm - Muli
    • Basketball-Green 3 vs. HOLA - 4:00pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 4 vs. Wallace Grey 4 - 6:30pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 4 vs. HOLA Back 4 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 3 vs. Hoboken Charter 3 - 9:00pm - Wallace
    Monday, March 4
    • Basketball-Green 8 vs. Stevens Red - 7:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 5 vs. White 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Tuesday, March 5
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Mustard Seed - 6:15pm - Multi
    Wednesday, March 6
    • Board Candidate - Parent Meet and Greet - 4:00pm
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Stevens White - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Thursday, March 7
    • 3rd Grade Trip
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 6 vs. Green 6 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Monday, March 11
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. Wallace Grey 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 5 vs. Stevens Red 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Tuesday, March 12
    • Annual Meeting - 6:00pm - GYM
    Friday, March 15
    • 6th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, March 20
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    Friday, March 22
    • 8th Grade Trip
    Monday, March 25
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    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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