Newsletter 10-22-18
Newsletter 10-22-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

October 22, 2018                  Vol. 14  Issue 6
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.
Quite a few things are blowing in the wind at the corner of Garden and 15th.
  • Goblins and ghouls will be out in full force on Friday night. I’m excited to attend my first Elysian Halloween party.

  • Elysian Basketball teams are forming now. If you would like your Elysian 3-8th grader to participate, send in the form ASAP. Try outs are on the following day/time:
10/24 Wednesday
Grade 3 – 3-4pm
Grade 4 – 4-5pm
Grade 5 – 5-6pm
All other grades will be next week – 10/29.
  • The cold weather is on its way like it or not. It’s imperative to dress your learner accordingly. We will go outside for recess unless it’s bitter cold or icy. Layers, gloves and a warm hat always help.

  • We have reached out many times for your support of Elysian. If you haven’t sent in an email or participated in the NJ DOE written survey in support of Elysian – please do. We have no way of predicting what the outcome of the town hall meetings will be or what changes will be forthcoming. We do know if you don’t speak up NOW we will not have the chance  to share the ways that Elysian makes a difference again. Visit the Charter Outreach webpage to engage and provide feedback.

Friends of Elysian

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Trivia Night fundraiser thus far! We currently have 11 tickets remaining (one complete team of six plus a few open spots on other teams). If you haven’t yet registered for this fun event, make sure to do so soon!
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
Halloween Party
The Elysian Halloween Party is THIS 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. 

Picture Day Thank Yous
A huge thank you to all of our wonder Picture Day volunteers: Carrie Campbell, Katrina Virtusio, Alex Neophytou, Blanca Duran, Anne Marie Schreiber, and Sara Green! 

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.
Fun and Yummy Fundraising
Happy Halloween everyone! This year’s Halloween party is going to be spectacular! To add to the awesomeness, the 7th and 8th graders are going to be selling EMPANADAS. Who doesn’t love empanadas?  We’ll also be having a bake sale at the same stand, and there will be Halloween face painting. Shout out to La Casa in Hoboken on Newark street for being our empanada supplier and generously donating the empanadas.
Thanks for all of your support!
Hope to see you at the empanada and baked goods table at the party!
Happy Halloween to all!
ECS Basketball Participation Forms Due ASAP

Basketball Registration forms for grades 3 - 8 are due back now 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-Athletic and Parent/Guardian Sign-Off" Form.
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  
--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 – 3:00pm - 4:30pm
--Chess 2 – 3:00pm - 4:30pm
--You Too Can YouTube - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

--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. 
Please make sure you have a permission form filled out.

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.

Thank you.

Lost and Found

There are many items in the Lost and Found. Please come by and see the many things we have in the Lost and Found.  You lose something? Maybe we found it.,
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 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
    • 6th Grade Trip
    • Halloween Party, 6:00pm - 8:30pm - Gym 
    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
    Friday, Nov 9
    • Community Meeting
    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
    • 6th Grade Trip
    • 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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