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Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
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Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director
Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

January 3, 2017         Vol. 12  Issue 17
The school newsletter is sent out on Mondays.  When there is a holiday, the newsletter is sent the following day. 

Please note:  From January 3 to February 10 send news to deb.rosner@ecsnj.org by 10:00 AM on Mondays.

The weekly newsletter is archived on Elysian's website, www.ecsnj.org, so that you can always access both the most recent newsletter as well as all previous ones.
Harry's Corner
The Spirit of Giving Comes to Elysian

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. 

Lao Tzu

This past holiday season our Elysian families came together to support some in our community who were seriously in need and to say thank you to others who go overboard to help us on a daily basis.  Every year a quiet collection of money occurs amongst the staff to support Elysian families who are down on their luck during the holiday season.  This year that collection was expanded to include the money raised by the PTSO fundraiser, The Coin Challenge.  An amazing $2700 was distributed to the families of 32 of our own students.  One parent said that she has been out of work for six months, had a family member in the hospital and didn’t know how she was going to have money to celebrate the holidays with her children.  She was about to call upon her sister for help, when she received the call telling her about Elysian’s support.  Her tears and warm thanks said it all.
Since our move to the new building, some of the most appreciated people in our new community are the wonderful crossing guards (technically they are actually traffic control officers, which gives them more authority over traffic).  Somewhere around fifth grade most children begin to move around the neighborhood on their own.  Streets such as 14th and 15th Streets, with car rushing to make the next light or turning from one major street onto another with complicated configurations of the traffic lights, are scary for most children and their parents.  No matter the weather—heat or cold, rain or snow—these officers are reliably at their posts, guiding both the traffic and the pedestrians.  They are always friendly and helpful to both children and adults and provide a safe passage across very busy streets.  A group of children, led by one of their parents, took up a collection to express the school’s appreciation for all that they do for us.  Our community donated over $1,000 as a thank you.  One of the children was carrying home the decorated bucket that she had used to collect money.  A woman on the street—with no connection to Elysian—stopped her to ask the purpose of the collection. When she found out it was the crossing guards, she pulled out a $20 bill because she so appreciated these folks.
Of course the children love the holidays, the warm family feelings and the presents.  But our children have learned the joy of saying thank you to those who help or giving to those who are in need. 
Have a wonderful new year!
PTSO Corner
MORE COIN CHALLENGE THANK YOUS! The PTSO would like to thank Sara Green for all of her hard work with the coin challenge. What a success! We raised more than $2,500 for families in need. Congrats again to the fourth grade, kindergarten and third grade for their amazing efforts. And, thank you to all for your participation. Everyone should be proud of their efforts. Last, thanks to Diane Sasso for letting the PTSO join in her efforts to help out our community during the holiday season!
Alumni News
Karena Chazin at High Tech is interested in studying chemical engineering.  She is maintaining a 4.25 GPA.  She swims competitively and plays volleyball and lacrosse.
Nathan Blumenfeld earned First Honors, an Honor Pin and a Silver Medal in Mathematics at St. Peter’s Prep.
Jason Davidoff earned Second Honors and an Honor pin, also at St. Peter’s Prep.
Sebastian Haas, his brother Griffin, Zach Oswald and Shep Swift all earned Second Honors
Tyler Krauth earned First Honors.
Notice To All Families With A Kindergarten Sibling For Next Year

Earlier this week, confirming emails were sent out to verify receipt of Elysian sibling applications. You do not have to respond to this email.  It is to verify to you that Elysian has your application and you are guaranteed a spot.  If there is any family who has NOT sent in your application for Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year, we ask that you do so now.  

 The deadline for all applications is Jan. 9, at 5:00 pm. If your sibling application is not in by this time, we cannot guarantee placement for the following year.  

We need to know how many spots are available to families who are participating in the lottery. Knowing ahead of the cutoff date will allow us to plan for spots available to the public. 

Please turn in all applications to Susan Gilbertson.  You can hand applications into the office or email Susan at: susan.gilbertson@escnj.org
Student Dress
Parents, please be sure to dress your children appropriately for winter weather. When we have our monthly fire drills, students do not have time to get their coats.
Upcoming Parent Forum
Save the Date: January 30th at 6:00 p.m.  There will be a parent forum where Dr. Paula Rust (from Spectrum Diversity) will report on the results of the 2016 School Climate and Bullying Prevention Student Survey.
Homework Help/Test Preparation
The Homework Help/Test Preparation Program for Grades 3 to 8 will begin on Monday, January 9th.  Applications have been sent home in backpacks.
Elysian Selected to Pilot Section of PARCC
The New Jersey Department of Education has selected Elysian as one of the schools to pilot an additional section of the PARCC Language Arts Test.  As a result adjustments will be made to our test schedule.  
Fall Session After School Enrichment Clubs

Please note that Chess is a 14 week club and will run through Jan. 18th.  A second session of Chess will begin late January along with the Winter Session of after school clubs.....

And, speaking of the Winter Session, we are looking for parents to share their talents, hobbies and interests with our students.  If you are thinking you might like to volunteer to lead an after school club, or just want to hear more about it, please email Pam at pam.clubs@ecsnj.org for further information.  
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 regularl

JANUARY CALENDAR
Tuesday, January 3
  • Elysian back in session
  • Basketball: 5th Grade White team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Wednesday, January 4
  • Basketball: 7 & 8 Grade team at Wallace, 6:45 PM 
Saturday, January 7
  • Open House for prospective parents, 10:00 AM
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green team at Wallace, 5:00 PM
  • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 5:50 PM
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade White at Wallace, 6:40 PM
  • Girls Basketball at Multi, 1:00 PM
Monday, January 9
  • All Lottery Applications due by 5:00 PM for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Basketball: 5th Grade Green at Wallace, 6:45
  • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 7:45
Tuesday, January 10
  • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Multi, 6:15 PM
Wednesday, January 11
  • Half Day of School for staff development. 12:30 dismissal.  After School program available as usual.
  • Elysian Lottery for Admission, 1:30 PM
  • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Thursday, January 12
  • Basketball: 5th Grade Green team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Friday, January 13
  •  Basketball: 5th Grade White team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Monday, January 16
  • Elysian closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 17
  • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Thursday, January 19
  • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Multi, 6:15 PM
Saturday, January 21
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade White and Green teams at Wallace, 1:50 PM
  • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 2:40 PM
  • Girls Basketball at Multi, 1:00 and 3:00 PM 
Monday, January 23 
  • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 7:45 PM
Tuesday, January 24
  • Basketball: 5th Grade Green team at Wallace, 7:45 PM
Wednesday, January 25
  • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Thursday, January 26
  • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Multi, 6:15 PM
Friday, January 27
  • Basketball: 5th Grade Green team at Wallace, 8:45 PM
Saturday, January 28
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 1:00 PM
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:40 PM
  • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 7:30 PM
  • Girl's Basketball at Multi, 3:00 PM
Monday, January 30
  • Parent Forum: School Climate/Bullying Prevention, 6:00 PM
  • Board of Trustees meeting, 7:00 PM.
Tuesday, January 31
  • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 7:45 PM

FEBRUARY CALENDAR
Wednesday, February 1
  • Half day of school for report card writing, 12:30 dismissal.  After School Program available as usual.
  • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grades at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Friday, February 3
  • Community Meeting
  • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 7:45 PM
  • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 8:45 PM
Saturday, February 4
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 12:10 PM
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 1:50 PM
  • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 2:40 PM
  • Girls Basketball at Multi, 2;00 pm
Monday, February 6
  • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
  • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Multi, 7:15 PM
Friday, February 10
  • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
  • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 7:45 PM
Saturday, February 11
  • Chili Dinner, The Elks Club
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 5:00 PM
  • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 5:50 PM
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:40 PM
  • Girls Basketball at Multi, 1;00 PM
Tuesday, February 14
  • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Wednesday, February 15
  • Report Cards distributed
Thursday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 21
  • Elysian closed for February Break
Wednesday, February 22
  • Elysian back in session. 
Thursday, February 23
  • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
Friday, February 24
  • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
  • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 7:45 PM
Saturday, February 25
  • Basketball:  3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 3:20 PM
  • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 5:00 PM
  • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 7:30 PM
Monday, February 27
  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, February 28
  • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM

1460 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director | harry.laub@ecsnj.org | Phone:201.876.0102 | Fax:201.876.9576
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