Newsletter 1-28-19
Newsletter 1-28-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

January 28, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 19
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

Monday, Jan 28 - Board Meeting 7:00pm

Wednesday, January 30, 7:00 pm – 2019 Party & Auction Meeting (see below for location details)
Summer Camp Survey
By now you’ve all received an invitation to Friends of Elysian’s Annual Party and Auction on Friday, March 1st, 2019.  
This will be my first time attending the event, and I am really looking forward to it! Having worked in charter schools in previous roles, I am well aware of the uphill battle we all face in fundraising for our school.  
Now, more than ever, we are faced with increasing infrastructure costs, demands for technology and curriculum expansion, staffing needs and many other areas.  With the limits we face in state funding, Elysian, as a community, needs to roll our sleeves up and work smarter to supplement the difference.  
Friends of Elysian works very hard to accomplish this year after year, and I’ve really enjoyed meeting with Jenifer and her team to identify what our school will benefit from most right now. 
I’m excited about the new “Elysian Loves Literacy” campaign.  The idea of infusing our classroom libraries with new materials and technology is paramount to our students’ success.
I am looking forward to the party, and hope you all join me there!
Note from the Nurse
Just a quick reminder we are a NUT FREE school. That includes all nuts and peanuts (including Nutella products).  There have been several reports that students are still coming to school with foods containing peanuts and nut products. Please review our policy and snack safely food list on our website. 
Thank you,
Diane deSombre, RN

    Friends of Elysian

We are off to a great start for the 2019 Annual Party and Auction with nearly 100 tickets sold during our one-day sale! Thanks to all who responded so generously, not only with your own ticket purchases, but with additional donations towards faculty & staff tickets. While we have raised just over $12,000, we still have quite a way to go – so if you haven't yet made your purchase, please do so as soon as possible!

It's guaranteed to be a great night of fun, food, and fundraising, so please consider inviting friends and family to join you at our special guest rate. Additional details and registration information for all attendees can be found at
With the 2019 Annual Party and Auction just ONE MONTH AWAY we continue to need the help of our generous volunteers.
Please consider joining us THIS Wednensday, JANUARY 30, at 7:00 PM. Please note that the meeting will NOT be in the school building, but at 132 Monroe Street, #5B.
An RSVP is not necessary – and last minute attendees are welcome! – but if you know you are planning to attend, please drop a line to
We look forward to seeing you!
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 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
Our goal is to have a variety of items that can help raise significant funds for the school and we can only do that with your help. We are ideally seeking new items or special experiences, valued at roughly $200 or more. (However, if something is less than that, unique, or you are unsure of the value, please don't hesitate to contact us.)
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!
The Elysian Loves Literacy campaign has gotten off to a great start!  In fact, so far, we have received support from donors in 5 states!
To help your child(ren) with their sales pitch, here is a way to explain the ELL campaign: "Elysian would like to purchase lots of new books for school. To cover that expense, I wanted to find out of you would like to make a donation. In exchange for your $10 donation, you can write a message on a Dedication Sticker which will be placed inside a new book. The students who read that book will see your message!"
Please remember to return the completed dedication stickers, donor sheet, and a check for the amount collected (cash accepted if needed) to your child’s teacher.  If you do not plan to sell the dedication stickers, please return them to your child’s teacher so that they can be used by others.
Stop by the office or reach out to Elissa at if you would like to receive more dedication stickers or if you have any questions.
Simply click HERE to purchase online. Thank you for your support!
PTSO Corner
Chili Cook-Off Thank Yous - Hope everyone had a great time at the 12th Annual ECS Chili Cook-Off! Thank you to everyone who made Saturday night's event such a huge success...there were 25 amazing chilis to sample!! 

Congratulations to the winners:
1st Prize: Real Texas Chili from Chef Michael Granit
2nd Prize: Hillbilly Chili from Chef David Mello
3rd Prize: Where's the Beef? from Chef Carrie Campbell
People's Choice: Pigs in a Brisket from Chef Jason Moss
Most Unique (a tie!): Kickin' It, Buffalo Style and Southwest x Far East, both from Chef Sara Green

There are many, many people to thank for their help with this event. The biggest thank you goes to our fearless PTSO president, Sara Green, for putting the whole event together and making it run smoothly! She coordinated the entire event, from permits to playlists. Thank you to Mike Rodriguez of House of 'Que, who donated the prizes and guest-judged the contest. Thank you also to Wine Dad's in Hoboken for a generous discount on our wines. Thank you to our judges: Craig Linder, Stephanie Gaasterland, Michael Granit, and Jim Vargo. Thank you to all of our chili chefs: Lisa Gale, Carrie Campbell, Marisa Simon, Eduardo Gonzalez, Mark Spear, Dan Glynn, David Mello, Stephanie Craft, Andy Maggio, Elizabeth Woodford, Alex Neophytou, Anna Stanin, Jilliana Watson, Craig Linder, Michael Granit, Stephanie Gaasterland, Sara Green, Sheila Di Gasper, Stephen Schreiber, Jennifer O'Callaghan, Frank Oliva, Jason Moss, and Ann Murphy. And thank you to all of our volunteers who brought supplies, set up, cleaned up, bartended, brought desserts, and generally made it a terrific night, including but not limited to: Michele Linder, Craig Linder, Kevin Goldberg, Devon Maggio, Andy Maggio, Elizabeth Woodford, Carrie Campbell, Matt Campbell, Courtney Gazaleh, Stephanie Gaasterland, Danielle Moss, Jason Moss, Meredith Hayes, Maria Fazio, Sheila Di Gasper, Anna Stanin, Chris Stanin, Lisa Gale, Nina Blake, Nathalie Crews Vargo, Michael Granit, Alex Neophytou, Jennifer O'Callaghan, Mary Beth Alter, Matt Laskowski, Deb Rosner, Kristina Brandon, Jen Weiss Vassallo, Benat Facquet, Jenifer Semenza, Lisa Spear, Elissa Aaronson, Bridget Glynn, Jay Savulich, and many more!  We also received a lot of help from students -- thank you to Noa Linder, Jacob Linder, Maya Linder, Emma Linder, Caleb Goldberg, Nate Goldberg, Nolan Goldberg, Danielle Katell, Hunter Gale, Charlotte Whelton, Poppy Thomas, Grace Campbell, Charlotte Polemeni, and Alexander Maggio. 

If anyone left any items, PTSO may have them. Send us an email at Thank you again for coming!
Menus for February and March are now available for ordering on
 Please note the deadlines:
    *  February deadline -  Tuesday, January 29th
    *  March deadline -  Wednesday, February 26th 
All orders must be paid in full to be processed.
Elysian Summer Camp is back for the 2019 summer season!! We would like to gauge interest to possibly extend our camp to run for a 4-week period. Please complete the Summer Camp survey below to help us better prepare for what promises to be another awesome camp experience!
Completing this survey in no way commits you to enrollment in Elysian Summer Camp. This data will be used to help determine the number of weeks camp will be offered. 
Kindly respond by Friday, February 1st.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions/comments.
John Rutledge & Pam Gorode
Co-Directors, Elysian Summer Camp
Winter Sessions of Enrichment Clubs
  • 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 1 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Continued Fall Session END DATE Jan 30
  • Chess 2 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Continued Fall Session END DATE Jan 30
  • Dance with Derrick (Broadway) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Baking - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
  • Debate - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Magic - 3:00 pm - 4:00pm
  • Robots - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Video Design - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Picasso - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Board Games - 3:00pm - 4:00 pm
If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
This Wednesday is the LAST day of the Fall session of Chess. 
The new 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
    January Calendar
    Monday, Jan 28
    • Rock Band\Practice
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Kelly Green 8 vs. Hob Middle School Knicks - 6:15pm - Multi 
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Jan 29
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Hudson - 6:15pm Multi
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Mustard Seed - 7:15pm - Multi
    Thursday, Jan 31
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 5 vs. Green 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace\
    • Basketball-Kelly Green 8 vs. Hob Mid School Warriors - 7:15pm - Multi

    February Calendar
    Saturday, Feb 2
    • Basketball-Girls vs. HOLA - 1:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 3 vs. Wallace Black 3 - 2:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball- All Saints vs. Green 4 - 6:30pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 4 vs. Hoboken PAL Purple 4 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 4 vs. HOLA Teal 4 - 9:00pm - Wallace
    Monday, Feb 4
    • Homework Help 
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. HOLA Teal - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Hudson - 7:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 5 vs. Stevens Purple 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Tuesday, Feb 5
    • Basketball-All Saints vs. Green 6 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Wednesday, Feb 6
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - Report Writing
    Thursday, Feb 7
    • Homework Help
    Saturday, Feb 9
    • Basketball-White 4 -Wallace Grey 4 - 2:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Girls vs. Hoboken Middle School - 3:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball- Brandt 3 vs. Green 3 - 7:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball- All Saints 3 vs. White 3 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-All Saints 4 vs. Green 4 - 9:00pm - Wallace
    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
    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
    • Homework Help
    • 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
    • Basketball-Green 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
    powered by emma
    Subscribe to our email list.