Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
www.ecsnj.org friendsofelysian.org
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director
Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

May 9, 2016         Vol. 11  Issue 33
Please note that the school newsletter is sent out on Mondays.  When there is a holiday, the newsletter is sent the following day.  Please send news to lynne.shapiro@ecsnj.org by 1:00 PM 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
An Audio Mother’s Day
Give yourself a Mother’s Day treat…listen to the book Love Your Forever as read by its author Robert Munsch.  Also enjoy the blurb on the right side of the screen in which the author provides background to this story.  Although it is framed as a children’s book, it is warm and moving.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Elysian's School Play, We Are In a Show is Tuesday, May 24th
We Are In A Show, starring 3-5 graders, will be performed at Mile Square Theater: 9:30 AM, 1:15 PM and 6:30 PM. 

Volunteer to be a welcoming presence for all new families coming into Elysian
This is NOT a time consuming job and it can be done on your own time
Can you make or receive a phone call?   Then you can be a mentor!

What are your responsibilities?

  • Elysian will provide you with the family you are to mentor.  Kindergarten orientation will be coming up on May 18th
  • We ask that you make initial contact by phone to say hello and welcome your new family to our community.
  • Let them know you are available to answer any questions about our school or  direct them to the perso  where they can find the information they seek.   
  • If possible, personally invite them to the end of the year picnic (June 8)  and then introduce yourself and others.  There's no better way to feel welcomed than by meeting and speaking with someone face to face.

·        We ask that this be more personal, rather than an email or texting connection.  Although it is fine to exchange email addresses, we would like the initial contact to be by phone.

·        Anyone who might be willing to take on more than one family should indicate that preference. Sometimes during the year we will have families leaving or new students coming and we might need more support. 


YES!  I want to be a family mentor! (We need before May 18, Kindergarten orientation day.)


NAME:  ____________________________________           

EMAIL: _____________________________________


BEST CONTACT NUMBER:    ___________________________________________


CHILD/CHILDRENS NAMES & GRADES:   ______________________________________


How many families would you like to sponsor?  (Please circle)     

1       2         as needed


Return to the office or email this information to:  Susan Gilbertson – susan.gilbertson@ecsnj.org   (Carter Craft will be assisting in compiling this information. )

★ ★ Ben & Jerry’s School Spirit Night | Thursday May 19! ★★

We have 4 scoopers from Elysian who will be scooping ice cream between 7:00 and 7:30 PM on May 19.  They are:  Abra Kessler & Melissa Landera, 2nd grade teachers, and Paul Ballantyne & Ashley DePascale-Lore,  board members will be there.  Stop in and see them and get some ice cream - there's a chance you will help win an ice cream party for our entire school! 

Please note:  all visitors need to sign in at the 2nd Floor Desk before proceeding into the office or classrooms.
 “6th Annual Swing Fore The Schools”
Golf Outing and Fundraiser 
Do you love playing golf?
(Or know someone that loves playing golf?)
Then your game can help support Elysian!
On Thursday, June 2, 2016, golfers of all skill levels can help out Elysian and five other Hoboken schools by registering for the “6th Annual Swing Fore The Schools” Golf Outing and Fundraiser.  
Last year, Elysian received more than $10,000 from the event. And this year, you can make a difference by spending a day on the award-winning golf courses at Crystal Springs Resort in Hardyston, NJ.  
By joining together for one golf fundraiser, we hope to maximize community involvement, camaraderie and fun!  
• 1:30 pm Shotgun Start! Registration opens @ 11 am. Lunch available @ 12 pm
• 36 Holes (Wild Turkey & Crystal Springs courses)
• Exciting contests, prizes and giveaways, including “Hole-in-One,” Closest to the Pin” and “Longest Drive” competitions
• Lunch and dinner included!
• Amazing Prize Raffle & 50/50 Cash Raffle
• Bus transportation available
(These prices are for an early bird discount, which expires on Saturday, May 14.)
• Individual Golfer - $235
• Two Golfers - $470
• Three Golfers - $700
• Foursome - $900 - Best Value!
Go to: www.swingforetheschools.com and click on “Register.”
Then select “ECS” under “school affiliation.”
If you own a business, don’t miss out on this incredible promotion opportunity while supporting the diverse educational opportunities in our area! We hope that you join us in sponsoring what will surely be a spectacular event and a great way to help schools
Elysian’s First Ever eBay Store
The Elysian eBay Store has a dedicated email address to contact directly the “student team”: ebay@ecsnj.org when you have item/s in mind to donate.
We will first ask you to submit a photo and a description of your donated item/s to sell so we can evaluate the item/s to make sure they will sell well for us.
A “drop off”and also “pick up” arrangements will be provided. Please consider that the articles you wish to donate are not too heavy or large for us to ship.
Keep us in mind! You might just have $$$ sitting there that we can sell for you and your children at ECS.  Proceeds from sales will also benefit Friends of Elysian Charter School (the school’s 501c(3)) so it is a win-win for all!  More information will follow shortly.  If you have any questions and/or already have items/s that you wish to donate, please contact the team right away at ebay@ecsnj.org
 Give your items away …  to Elysian eBay/   Let us make money $$ for our School
Friends of Elysian Charter School is recognized as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c) (3) of the internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
After School Enrichment Clubs:

PARENTS!!  We request that you ONLY pick up your children on the 2nd floor lobby following after school clubs.  It is for their safety so that the staff knows who is being dismissed and when.  We ask that you do not go directly to their club room for pick up.  Thank you for your cooperation.  
Please note:  Scrabble Club is canceled this week due to a class trip..
ARE YOU RETURNING? Form is due today

We appreciate your answering in an honest and timely fashion.  
  • Complete the form, below, and return it to your child’s teacher or e-mail susan.gilbertson@ecsnj.org. 
  • If you have more than one child, please fill out one form only but include information about both children.
  • Please include any in-coming siblings on the form as well.

My child/children (please print name/names clearly): ONE FORM PER FAMILY  
name                            current teacher               
name                            current teacher  
name                            current teacher                
_____     Will be attending Elysian for the 2016 - 17 school year.  
_____     Will not be returning to Elysian for the 2016 - 17 school year.  
_____     I am not sure of my plans for the 2016 - 17 school year.  Save my
            place… I'll be sure to let you know as soon as we decide!    
Parent Signature  _____________________________________Date_____________________
Art Room Wish List - From Nikki
Saran Wrap
Index cards
Baby wipes
4 Muffin pans (aluminum are fine)
Elysian Middle School Spring Fling, Friday, May 20, 6:00 - 9:00, ROOM 84

Calling all ECS Middle Schoolers….GET READY TO GLOW IN THE DARK!  The annual Middle School Spring Fling will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at Room 84 on Washington Street from 6-9PM.  This event is open to all Elysian middle schoolers (grades 6-8)  and includes a DJ, dancing, games, snacks and even a red carpet arrival!   Permission slips with event and location details will be sent home this week.  We still need 8-10 volunteers to help with preparations and on-site supervision.

Volunteers are needed to help with preparations and on-site supervision. Please contact Kim Demopoulos at kimdemo@icloud.com if you can help.
PTSO Corner
Shop At Little City Books the week of May 16!
Get ready for a “mini” book fair to gear up for summer reading, help build teachers’ libraries and support local business.  For the week of May 16th, people can shop at Little City Books (or online), mention Elysian, and our school receives a portion of the proceeds.  You may shop for your kids, for yourself and/or for your teacher.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details.  

All year long we have been advertising the No Brainer Money Makers.  These regularly bring in money to the PTSO from places such as Amazon Smile and our box tops collection.  The money collected goes back into the school.  This year, for example, we purchased an additional 72 Chromebooks that were distributed through the grades.  What a nice surprise when we opened our mail one morning last week and found a $5,000 check from Box Tops for EducationIn conjunction with Shoprite, they give us money back for all of our community members who have registered with them and they also run a sweepstakes.  We won two of the drawings for that sweepstakes, for a $5,000 total plus an additional $245 based upon our box tops collection. 
To learn more and sign up for this program (and please do!) go to http://www.shopriteformyschool.com and please continue to turn in those box tops!!
Extension of After-School Homework Help  
After-School Homework Help will be extended as follows:  
  • Grades 3 through 6 will meet on Thursdays, May 12 and 19.  
  • Grades 7 and 8 will meet on Thursdays, May 12, 19 and 26.
The Club will meet for weekly practice on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:45pm at 1600 Park.  The first practice will be Tuesday, April 19th and run the following dates (weather permitting) – 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31 and 6/7.  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.   
Elementary Schedule                               Middle School Schedule
                        Sunday, May 22nd Time TBD
                                                                Location TBD            
Sunday, May 15th 12-2pm                          Saturday, June 4th Time TBD
Chelsea Waterside Park, NYC                      Randall’s Island, NYC 
Saturday, June 11th 8:30am–3pm                Saturday, June 11th 8:30am–3pm
Randall’s Island, NYC                                Randall’s Island, NYC
It promises to be an incredible spring rugby season and I look forward to seeing you on the pitch! 
Coach John Rutledge, john.rutledge@ecsnj.org
**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.
Spring Track Info

Coach Jason Morales  (contact:  551-556-6169 

  • Track practices will take place at 1600 Park ave. in Hoboken, N.J. from 3:00 - 4: 00 PM on the following Wednesdays: (May 11th, May 25th, June 1st) 

  • Students may be walked over to practice by an aftercare staff member or Coach Jason.  
  • Students who self dismiss from school may walk there on their own.

  • Dismissal procedures from track practice will be based upon the registration form (indicated by the parent/ guardian). Students returning to aftercare will be walked back to the building by an aftercare staff member or the coach.    
    *** The track in Jersey City is currently under going renovations therefore, track meet dates are still to be determined.***
Information About Class Trips/ORGS ONLINE
 Effective immediately, class trips that incur a fee of $25 or less can only be paid for BY CASH OR CHECK (payable to Elysian Charter School).  We will NOT be posting trips with fees of $25.00 or under on ORGS ONLINE any longer.   Many of you have expressed concern over the $4.00 surcharge when paying for trips online, so this will no longer be a factor when paying for those less costly trips.  It will also make it easier for teachers to track trip payments and be less of a burden on parents to remember to log on to pay.  When returning a permission slip to your child's teacher, please remember to attach the cash or check payment. Thank you.    
Lost and Found
Please check out the large pile downstairs by our entrance.
Elysian Collects Box Tops and LABELS for Education                Look for the container near Deb's desk in the office!  Thank you!
MAY Calendar (and some of June)
Monday, May 9
  • Are you Returning Forms are due today, see above for form
Tuesday, May 10
  • Rugby, 3 - 3:45, 1600 Park
Wednesday, May 11
  • Track Practice,  3:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, May 12
  • 4th grade overnight trip
Tuesday, May 17
  • Rugby, 3 - 3:45, 1600 Park

Wednesday, May 18

  • Half Day of School for staff development, 12:30 PM dismissal.  After School program available as usual

Thursday, May 19

  • Ben and Jerry's School Spirit Event, 405 Washington Street, 3:00 - 9:00 PM.  Buy your favorite flavor and win a chance for a free ice cream party for our ENTIRE SCHOOOL
Friday, May 20

  • Community Meeting starring Elysian's Rock Band
  • Spring Fling Dance (6-8th grades), Room 84
Tuesday, May 24

  • 3rd - 5th grade school play
  • Rugby, 3 - 3:45, 1600 Park
Wednesday, May 25

  • Track Practice 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Friday, May 27

  • Half Day of school, 12:30 dismissal.  After school program available as usual
Monday, May 30

  • Elysian closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 31

  • Rugby, 3 - 3:45, 1600 Park
Wednesday, June 1

  • Track Practice, June 1, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Friday, June 3

  • 3rd/4th/5th Grade Spring Concert, 9:00 AM in the Elysian Gym

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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