Newsletter 10-15-18
Newsletter 10-15-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

October 15, 2018                  Vol. 14  Issue 5
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.
Elysian Charter School is one of the proud, original charter schools in New Jersey. It has been more than twenty years since the enactment of the Charter School Program Act of 1995. The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is embarking in a statewide special review of the charter law to gather public feedback on New Jersey’s approach to charter schools, reevaluate what aspects of charter school implementation are most important to communities.
 This review could lead to cuts in charter funding, loss of access to school buildings, and more charter school closures and we need you to make your voices heard! The deadline to sign up to attend a public meeting is Friday, October 19th! 
WE NEED YOU to act now and get involved. 
 We do not know what will ultimately happen, what will change in the regulations or law but we do know that unless we speak up and advocate, those who don’t appreciate Charter Schools will have their voices heard by the DOE and not ours. 
Here’s how you can get involved NOW:
• We need at least 10 parents to attend a town hall, public meeting in Jersey City on November 2nd from 5-7pm, location TBA. If you can attend, email us at The deadline to sign up to attend is Friday, October 19th. 
• You can submit written feedback by going to:
• Register to attend a focus group or webinar. 

Check your student’s back pack for additional information sent home today
I Love My Charter
Because of the way New Jersey’s school funding laws are set up, public charter schools receive zero dollars in facilities funding from the state. This means they are forced to spend dollars on facilities that could be used in our classrooms - more than $47 million in 2017 alone.
This means our children are being funded like second-class students. They’re being funded at just 73 cents on the dollar compared to other public school students.
The state of New Jersey is about to embark on a comprehensive review of charter school laws.
We need to mobilize, to make sure Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet knows that we won’t stand for our students being treated unfairly, and demand fair funding now.
Over the course of the next few months, we need you to get active. Here’s how you can help:
● Visit to sign up for our email list and contact the Commissioner
● Follow CharterStrong on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
● Sign up to speak at a public meeting and demand fair funding for our kids

Join us TODAY at!
To participate in charter review events, visit
@strong_nj @charterstrongnj

Friends of Elysian

Trivia Night Fundraiser Ticket Info:
Tickets are for Elysian parents only through Friday, October 26, after which, if any tickets are unsold, sales will be opened to non-Elysian friends, extended family, and the public.
• No tickets will be sold at the door since teams need to be set up in advance.
• Each team will be made up of six (6) members, but you can buy any number of tickets.
                                     Click here to buy tickets & register:
Creating Teams: 

You can put together a full team of six members yourself, either buying the tickets in one purchase or, if the tickets are bought separately, utilizing the registration form (or emailing us at to list your team’s players.

You can also include less than six names, too, and we’ll add others to your team to round it out. Deadline for emailing all team preferences is Friday, November 2.

Teams will be created for everyone who buys a ticket. (In other words, you don’t need to come with your own six-member team. We’ll put people together.) We will do our best to accommodate team requests, but as it is first come, first served, please let your team members know that their spots are not guaranteed until payment is received.

PTSO Corner
PICTURE DAY 10/19 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Picture Day is this Friday and we still need volunteers! Please sign up to help Picture Day to be a success. Click here to volunteer:

HALLOWEEN PARTY - The Elysian Halloween Party is Friday, October 26, from 6:30-8:30 pm...Be there (the Gym) or be scared! We'll have the Doughnut Tree, Haunted House, Costume Contest, Games, DJ and more! BUT, we need volunteers and donations to make it all happen.  Sign up here to volunteer:

PTSO DUES - Did you know that your dues go toward funding the free Halloween Party, as well as the many free or low-cost events that the PTSO puts on every year? PTSO dues envelopes have been sent home, but if you did not receive one, please email or send in your donation in a regular envelope, with your contact information on the outside. To help fund the PTSO, we are suggesting all families contribute $25 per child in dues. Please return the envelope with cash or check made out to Elysian PTSO to the main office. PayPal is still not accepting payments, so at this time we are suggesting sending your donation in an envelope to the office. We're sorry for the inconvenience.
KidStuff Coupon Books

We have one week left of our KidStuff Coupon book sale. If you are interested in purchasing this money-saving coupon book stop by room 317 and speak to Regan OR simply send in $25 with your child to Regan's attention and a book will be sent home in coordination with their classroom teacher. 

Thank you for supporting the 8th grade and our graduation activities! 
A Big whooo hooo to Lynne Shapiro & MaryBridget Martin!
“Congratulations! Elysian Charter School has been chosen to receive a 2018-19 BASF Science Education Grant of $5,000
We were impressed with your proposal, Stewardship and Sustainability:  Classroom Exploration of Coastal Ecology and Water Management, and your efforts to foster students’ interest in the sciences”.

Basketball Registration forms for grades 3 - 8 are due back by Oct 19, for this year's basketball registration.  Hoboken Recreation must know how many children wish to participate so that they can create teams by the end of the month.   In order to do this, we must have your child's form back asap.
Please be advised - Elysian requires all the following documentation to participate:

      -Hoboken recreation registration - $25 - 
      -Completed current physical form
      -Parents must sign off on the "Student Physical & Sports Participation" Form.
Tentative date of tryouts is October 24, 3:00.   Games start in early January.   You will be notified as to when ECS practices will begin. 

Enrichment Clubs This Week

--Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm  (starts Oct. 18) 
--The Game Show Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
--Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
--Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

--Creative Clay Creations - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
--Baking Club – 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
--Logic Puzzles – 3:00pm - 4:00pm
--Healthy Minds in Active Bodies - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

--Chess 1 – 12:45pm - 2:15pm
--Chess 2 – 12:45pm - 2:15pm
--You Too Can YouTube - 12:45pm - 2:15pm

--Lego Engineering (Grades 1-3) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
--Tennis – 3:00pm - 4:00pm
--Debate Club –3:00pm - 4:00pm 

--Jewelry Making & Crafts - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
--Rock Climbing – (off site at Gravity Vault) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
--Lego Engineering  (Kindergarten) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Homework Help

Every Monday and Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:00pm
New Boxtops for Education smartphone app
Box Tops Bonus App

To Register Elysian for a sweepstake
Monsters Cereal Madness Sweepstakes
      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
    Monday, Oct 15
    • 5th Grade Trip
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Homework Help, 2:45pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct 16
    • 1st Grade Trip
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Oct 17
    • 1/2 Day - Staff Development
    Thursday, Oct 18
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    • Homework Help, 2:45pm - 4:00pm
    • Hoboken HS Panel, 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
    Friday, Oct 19
    • Picture Day
    Monday Oct 22
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Homework Help 2:45pm - 4:00pm
    • High School Fair, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct 23
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15 pm, Music Room #219
    Thursday, Oct 25
    • 7th Grade Trip
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    • Homework Help, 2:45pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, Oct 26
    • 2nd Grade Trip
    • Halloween Party - 6:00pm 
    Monday, Oct 29
    • 4th Grade Trip
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Homework Help, 2:45pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct 30
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Music Room #219

    Thursday, Nov 1
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    Monday, Nov 5
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Tuesday, Nov 6
    • 5th Grade Trip
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Nov 7
    • Trivia Night, 7:00pm, Cadillac Cantina
    Thursday Nov 8
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    Monday, Nov 12
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm -3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Monday, Nov 12 - Friday, Nov 16
    • Coin Challenge
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    Tuesday, Nov 13
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, Nov 14
    • 1/2 Day - Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Monday, Nov 19
    • 4th and 5th Grade Trip
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Nov 21
    • 1/2 Day, Aftercare Ends at 3:00pm
    Thursday, Nov 22 and Friday, Nov 23
    • Elysian Closed - Thanksgiving
    Monday, Nov 26
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Nov 27
    • Picture Re-take Day
    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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