Newsletter 2-11-19
Newsletter 2-11-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

February 11, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 21
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

Wed. Feb 13 - Rebuild By Design Meeting - Open to the Public - 7:00pm - Gym

Thurs. Feb 14 - No enrichment clubs 

Thurs. Feb 14 - 1/2 day - 12:30 Dismissal - Aftercare until 3:00pm

Thurs.  Feb 14 - Report Card Distribution

Summer Camp Info Below - Now offering 4 weeks of summer fun!!

Thanks to all of you who were able to join me for a wonderful conversation last week. I appreciate everyone who turned out for sharing what is on their mind -the positive and concerns - and ideas to make Elysian soar. I will host another roundtable in the spring. 

Pedestrian Safety
Hoboken is collecting data and resident input to send to the county traffic engineer. We are hoping that the information collected will help change the design of 14th street and other heavy pedestrian crossing areas. 
The email address is:
The Hoboken traffic department is  taking all feedback about the surrounding roads into account. The more people speak up, the more we have an impact!

The Community Meeting will be held in the morning at drop off on 2/28. The time was changed to accommodate most parents. 
Please join us in the gym for a schoolwide celebration of Black History month activities including poetry, music and dance. Everyone is invited!

Snow Day Notification
Please note that Elysian follows Hoboken District Schools for weather related closures or a delayed opening. 
You will be notified by Elysian by phone as well. 

Have you ever wondered what learning is taking place in art class
Below is a description from Nikki about the work she does with her young artists. 

In art class, young artists learn how to create thoughtful art by using the Elements of Art and Principles of Design (line, shape & form, color, value, texture, space & perspective, and pattern, rhythm & movement, proportion & scale, balance, unity & variety, contrast & emphasis).  The curriculum is divided into units that each focus around an element or a principle, as well as the art standards and integration with other subjects, while touching on aspects of other cultures and incorporating artist/illustrator studies. Throughout the lessons, students gain excitement and confidence while exploring their creativity through trying new approaches to creating art, participating in group discussions where they can share ideas and analyze art, experimenting with materials, practicing skills and techniques, and expanding on their artistic repertoire.  

Art is possibly one of the most difficult subjects because there is no “right answer.”  This is a special class where students practice the tools and theories needed to create solutions and express themselves through art.  Artists play a part in the design of everything you use throughout the day. From your morning coffee cup to your new outfit, from your house to your office building, an artist made all of those things or, at least, made them better.  It is likely that someday our students will be employed in a creative field and the skills they learn in art class will help them succeed. Meeting deadlines, research, planning, communication, and dedication to the task are all non-art skills reinforced in art class and used daily in the workforce.  Art class gives students of all learning types the opportunity to be creative and excited to tackle new challenges.
Nikki Berger

    Friends of Elysian

PARENTS!  The 2019 Annual Party & Auction is Friday, March 1st!

Our team of dedicated volunteers is working extremely hard to make a memorable event, and we can’t do that without YOU.

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.

And for tomorrow, please be on the lookout for our next “All-In Tuesday” newsletter detailing even more of the exciting auction prizes made available through our generous parent, staff, and local business communities.
While we reach out to our generous local business community for its help in providing a varied selection of services and restaurants for our silent auction, it is often our FAMILIES that provide the most sought after and unique experiences.
We are looking for:
EXPERIENCES: Tickets (concerts/theater/TV tapings/sports etc.), behind-the-scenes tours, exclusive access to special locales or opportunities, NYC restaurant certificates, etc.
EXCURSIONS: A weekend in a vacation home, hotel stays, golf outings, boat tours, etc.
EXPERTISE: Home services (landscaping, design, carpentry, etc.), health & wellness etc.
ITEMS: gift cards, gift baskets, small appliances/electronics (new-in-box please), jewelry, shopping certificates, sports/entertainment memorabilia etc.
Might you have access to similar items or opportunities? If so, please email us at
Please know that while we hope to be able to include all donations we may not be able to accommodate all items, or may need to group items together.
Thank you very much for your consideration of this request and for your support!
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. 
The ELL campaign officially ends on February 27; however, we would be especially grateful to receive your completed orders and/or blank stickers before February break begins on February 14. 
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
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 - 4:30pm
  • 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 

If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
The new chess session begins on Wednesday, Feb. 13th. 
Remember, we will not be holding Chess on the 1/2 days for the Winter session.  

For those who like to plan ahead, we will NOT be holding clubs on Feb. 14th (the Thursday 1/2 day before our February break).   

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 11
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Kelly Green 8 vs. Hob Middle School Nets - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. HOLA Teal - 7:15pm -Multi
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. Wallace Black 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 5vs. Wallace Grey 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Tuesday, Feb 12
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Hoboken Charter - 6:15pm - Multi
    Wednesday, Feb 13
    • Rebuild by Design Meeting Open to the Public - 6:00pm - GYM
    Thursday, Feb 14
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - Aftercare until 3:00pm
    • Report Cards Distributed
    Friday, Feb 15 - Tuesday, Feb 19
    • School Closed - February Break
    Thursday, Feb 21
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Stevens White - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball -Green 5 vs. Stevens Purple 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Saturday, Feb 23
    • Basketball-Girls vs. Hoboken Charter - 3:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 4 vs. Green 4 - 3:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 4 vs. Wallace Black 4 - 4:50pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 3 vs. HOLA 3 - 7:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 3 vs. Wallace Black 3 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    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
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm 
    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 - 1:15 pm -Gym
    • Homework Help
    • 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
    • Friends Auction - 7:00pm - Cadillac Cantina
    • Basketball-White 5 vs. Stevens Red 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace

    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
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Stevens White - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Thursday, March 7
    • 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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