Newsletter 4-1-19
Newsletter 4-1-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

April 1, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 28
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
Friday, April 5 - Waffle Day - See Blurb below
Saturday, April 6 - One Art Hoboken - IssyaGallery - 300 Observer Hwy, See Blurb below

Summer Camp - 4 weeks of summer fun!! Registration now available on ecsnj.orgEnrollment is first come, first served.
Tomorrow night, 4/2 from 6:30-8:00 pm is a Town Hall Meeting for parents to provide  input into developing our strategic plan. The strategic plan will provide the direction for the next 3-5 years at Elysian. Many of you filled out the parent survey and that helped a great deal. Now we take all of that pertinent information, synthesize it to determine priority areas and develop goals to achieve those priorities. 

We can’t create a meaningful plan without you. No matter if your child is graduating or if your child is just getting started at Elysian, this plan is important to all of us. Please make every effort to attend. By working together, we can help make Elysian the best school that serves all students. 
See you tomorrow night!

Charter School Awareness

Like you , I’m a proud New Jersey public charter school supporter. We represent our kids who are part of 52,00 public charter school students across the state getting a top notch education. As a proud public charter community, we need to do more and speak out on behalf of our kids and their schools. We need to make sure that our elected leaders know that charter schools are public schools and ensure that we’re treated and funded fairly.

That’s why Elysian is participating in Charter Awareness Week! For one week in April (April 8-12), we want your help to raise awareness and support for public charter schools in New Jersey.

Here is a couple of things you can do to spread the word:

1. Follow Elysian Charter School, New Jersey Charter School Association and Charter Strong Nj on social media to see and share what is happening during Charter Awareness Week!

2. Write a post about why you support Elysian Charter School and why it deserves fair funding. Tag a state representative in your post on social media. Hoboken is represented by Senator Brian P. Stack, Assemblywoman Annette Chaporro and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji. You may also use @GovMurphy, @NJSenatePres,@SpeakerCoughlin #CharterAwarenessWeek on twitter. During Charter School Awareness Week we will be sharing classroom photos with the Charter School Awareness logo on our social media page and tagging our legislative leadership.

Thank you so much for your support in ensuring our kids are being represented and treated fairly.

Susan Grierson
Director Elysian Charter School
Diane DeSombre, RN
Nurse Elysian Charter School

Friends of Elysian - Spectacular Sign-Ups!
(Plus a couple of auction items still available)

In case you didn't attend the 2019 Annual Party & Auction, or simply missed the sign-up section of the auction website, there are still a number of opportunities for kids, adults, and families available. 

  • ECS Goes Positively Pilates: Friday, April 26, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Parents Night Out hosted by Angela and Josie: Friday, May 10, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Weekend Jewelry Workshop with Abra and Melissa: Saturday, May 18,
    11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Basketball Tourney: Thursday, May 23, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Chromebooks for the Classroom: Help expand Elysian's ability to equip every student with a Chromebook.  
A quick link for more information, or to register, can be found HERE.
We also have a couple of items still available that didn't receive a bid which are available for purchase at the above link.
Thank you for your support!
PTSO Corner

WAFFLE DAY IS COMING! - Get ready, Waffle Day is coming THIS Friday, April 5! Waffles will be sold during lunch in the hallway outside of Hillary's room for $2 per waffle and an extra $1 for toppings! Proceeds go toward the Middle School Spring Fling!

DUES NEWS! - Good news, there is now another way 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. We still have so many great events planned: Spring Fling, the Elysian Block Party, Field Day, the Annual Picnic, and Teacher Appreciation Week!
If you've been waiting for an online payment option, here it is! 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 Fling Fundraiser
Today on *National Waffle Day*, we would like to announce our upcoming Spring Fling fundraiser on Friday, April 5th!
See flyer below for details.
One Art Hoboken
Please come see 2 of our Elysian Artists, Lynne Shapiro and Roberto Rosa III at IssyaGallery on Sat. April 6, 2019, from 8pm - Late
Help us Promote Literary Weekend
We really want it to be a giant hit and to make sure everyone knows about it.
Please share the link!
Winter Sessions of Enrichment Clubs This Week
  • Game of Games - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Last Class April 1
  • Dance with Derrick (Hip-Hop) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Last Class April 1
  • All Tuesday Clubs have ended
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Last Class June 19
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Last Class June 19
  • All Thursday Clubs have ended
  • All Friday Clubs have ended

    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 current session. 
Elysian Rugby Club
The Elementary (grades 4-5) and Middle School (grades 6-8) Elysian Rugby Club are accepting registration forms for the spring 2019 season.  Registration is open to all Elysian students in grades 4-8. 
The Elysian Rugby Club will meet for weekly practice on Thursdays from 3:00-3:45pm at 1600 Park.  The first practice will be Thursday, April 25th and run the following dates (weather permitting) – 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30 and 6/6.  Please have students dress appropriately for outdoor practices and bring a water bottle.  With the field so close, I am able to walk the club members to practice.  Pick-up at 1600 Park is promptly at 3:45. Students attending aftercare will be brought back to the park/school at the end of practice.
I’m also in the process of coordinating time to scrimmage against some other rugby clubs from Hoboken. All Saints has an elementary team and there is a middle school team run out of the Demarest building that would be fun to compete against as well. More details on this coming soon…
The annual NYC Rugby Cup is being held on Saturday, June 8th from 8:30am–3pm. This is the highlight of the rugby season! We’ll field a maximum of 12 players for both our middle school and elementary level teams. In order to be a part of this tournament, you must first and foremost demonstrate good sportsmanship and be a team-oriented player. In addition, you must be able to play rugby at a competitive level.
Complete the attached registration form and return to your classroom teacher by Friday, April 12th
It promises to be an incredible spring rugby season and I look forward to seeing you on the pitch!  
Coach John Rutledge
**Please be aware that all school medical forms must be up to date for your child to participate.  Please contact Diane DeSombre with any questions regarding these forms.
Student Name ____________________________
Age ________             D.O.B. ___________                 Grade/Teacher _________
Parent/Guardian #1: __________________________ Cell# __________________ 
E-mail address:  _______________________________
Parent/Guardian #2: __________________________ Cell# __________________ 
E-mail address:  _______________________________
After practice, my child has permission to:
___  Self-Dismiss                  ___ Picked-Up by: ____________________________
___ After-Care
Does your son/daughter have any medical problems or allergies that we should know about?___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________
If yes, please describe the type of medication, dosage, frequency, and 
administration; as well as authorized to administer.  ______________________  ___________________________________________________________________

________________________________                         _________                                      SIGNATURE OF PARENT/GUARDIAN                             DATE

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 cold days.

Lost and Found
Please write your child's name in their outerwear/sweaters, so if it is lost we can return those items.
      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
    April Calendar
    Monday, April 1
    • Seaquest Seminar Trip
    Tuesday, April 2
    • Town Hall for Strategic Planning - 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Hillary's Room # 316
    Friday, April 5
    • Waffle Day Fundraiser - at Lunch - proceeds towards Spring Fling
    Saturday, April 6
    • One Art Hoboken - IssyaGallery - 300 Observer Hwy, Hoboken,  from 8pm - Late
    Tuesday, April 9
    • 6th Grade Trip
    • 2A Only Trip 
    Thursday, April 11
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Friday, April 12
    • 1/2 Day -12:30pm Dismissal - Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19
    • Elysian Closed - Spring Break
    Tuesday, April 23 - Friday, April 26
    • 5th & 6th Grade NJSLA Testing
    Thursday, April 25
    • Rebuild by Design - 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Gym
    Friday, April 26
    • Friends Fundraiser - ECS Goes Positively Pilates - 7:00pm - 8:30pm - Monroe Movement Space
    Monday, April 29 & Tuesday, April 30
    • 3rd & 4th Grade NJSLA Testing
    Monday, April 29
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm

    May Calendar
    Wednesday, May 1
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - No Chess Club
    Wednesday, May 1 & Thursday, May 2
    • 3rd & 4th Grade NJSLA Testing
    Friday, May 3
    • Middle School Spring Fling - 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Kolo Klub
    Tuesday, May 7
    • 1st Grade Trip
    Tuesday, May 7 - Friday, May 10
    • 7th & 8th Grade NJSLA Testing
    Tuesday, May 14
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Tuesday, May 14 - Wednesday, May 15
    • 5th & 8th Grade Science Testing
    Friday, May 17
    • 6th Grade Trip
    Sunday, May 19
    • 2nd Annual Block Party
    Monday, May 20
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, May 21
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Thursday, May 23
    • Friends Fundraiser - Basketball Tournament - 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Gym
    Friday, May 24
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30 Dismissal - Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, May 27
    • Elysian Closed - Memorial Day
    Wednesday, May 29
    • Field Day- Raindate June 11
    Friday, May 31
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    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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