Newsletter 5-20-19
Newsletter 5-20-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

May 20, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 34
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
Thursday, May 23 -Friends Fundraiser- *See Under Friends of Elysian
Summer Camp Registration closes on Friday, May 31.
Please get your forms in asap. Limited spots available in all weeks. 
Summer Camp application on

As I approach the 1-year mark of serving as Director of Elysian Charter School, I have a lot to reflect on.  It’s been an extremely busy year of learning, not just for our students, but for myself as well. 
The students, staff and families who represent our community have offered me equal parts a welcoming environment, along with a “let’s get to work” mentality.  It has been a terrific year!
And it is with this idea in mind that I wanted to mention our school’s fundraising efforts.  
Last week, letters were mailed out for Friends of Elysian’s “Cross the Finish Line” leg of their 2018/2019 Annual Appeal.
Having been at the school a full year now, I am acutely aware of the uphill battle ours, and all charters, face with state funding.  And I’ve closely witnessed how hard Friends works to raise crucial funds for Elysian.  
We’ve already been able to purchase new literacy and phonics curricula, thanks to Friends of Elysian’s support.  Their “Elysian Loves Literacy” campaign was also a huge success.  
As the year quickly comes to a close, let’s keep the momentum up and help Friends of Elysian hit their $150,000 Annual Appeal goal!  
Rebuild by Design Meeting
Elysian will host a REBUILD BY DESIGN meeting on Thursday, June 6th from 6-9pm.
We need your support and input.
This plan will impact where our students have recess for many years.
At this meeting you will: 
• Be updated on preferences for park components that emerged from community input during the last round of Design Zone Workshops;
• Be updated on two design concepts that have been further developed for Cove Park in
Design Zone 2 based on community input;
Note: we will not be finalizing the plan, but rather selecting a park concept (from 2) and features that we’d like to include in order to move forward with 1 design for the park. 
3rd Notice - Are You Returning To Elysian Next Year?  
  • "Are You Returning Next Year to Elysian?" forms went out 3 weeks ago.  
  • Please fill out and return to the office or your child's teacher as soon as possible.
  • If you are unsure, please know that you can retain your spot until you are certain of your plans.
  • It is helpful for us to plan ahead, so that we keep our school fully enrolled.   
Dear Elysian Families,
We are in the midst of planning for the next school year and need to know your plans.  
All Elysian students are guaranteed a spot next year, as are siblings (space permitting).  
If you tell us there’s a chance you might not return, we’ll hold your child’s place until you make a final decision. This information enables us to encourage wait-listed families to “hang on” since there's a chance a space might open up.  In this way, you help us achieve full enrollment for the next school year. 
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
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. It is helpful to let us know now if you will have an incoming kindergartner for the 2020-2021 school year. 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My child/children (please print name/names clearly):
__________________________________       Sibling for 2020-2021: ____________
name                              current teacher
name                              current teacher
name                              current teacher
_____  Will be attending Elysian for the 2019-20 school year.
_____  Will not be returning to Elysian for the 2019-20 school year.
_____   I am not sure of my plans for the 2019-20 school year.  Save my place… I'll be
sure to let you know as soon as we decide!
Parent Signature________________________________Date____________________
High School Information Night
There is a HS information meeting for 7th grade students and their parents at 6:00pm on Monday, May, 20th - TONIGHT! 
At this meeting students and parents will hear from the middle school  teachers and the guidance counselor about how to get ready for the high school application process. 
We hope that 7th grade students and their parents will make this meeting a priority.  
Middle School Teachers & High School Guidance Counselor
Notes From The Nurse
Dear Parents,
Warm weather has finally arrived! There are a few health reminders for the warm weather season:
● Please apply sunscreen to your child in the morning before school. They go outside for recess weather permitting.
● Send reusable water bottles in order for students to remain hydrated.
● Make sure your child wears warm weather attire and shoes that will not slip off.
Diane DeSombre, RN
Lunch News!
If you haven't participated in the food survey please do so now.
We would like some feedback - would you like us to stay with Red Rabbit? Return to our previous vendor? Or do you not care? 
Just email me at: with only two words -

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. 
Susan Gilbertson
Elysian Food Service

Order at:
Please note:  Red Rabbit has told us they hope to not make changes to the June menu. We can only keep our fingers crossed! We think it will be more on target this month, but we can't guarantee it. Thank you for your patience while they work on trying to accommodate our request for menu transparency!  
Track Practice Update
Track Practice will be cancelled this Thursday, May 23.
Track will scheduled for May 30, June 6 and adding June 13, from 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park.
I just got word from the track coordinator that there will not be any track meets this spring season.
Sorry for the confusion. I will look into possible alternatives for the years to come.

Thank you. 

Adam Froimowitz, Coach

Friends of Elysian - Basketball Tourney - This Thursday!

THIS THURSDAY, MAY 23! Just two spots left!
Thursday, May 23, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join other Elysian Charter School families for a basketball shoot-out and tournament, including some special Elysian staff guest stars.
DETAILS: $100 per family. Includes pizza and beverages to keep that energy up!
A quick link for more information, or to register, can be found HERE.
Thank you for your support!
PTSO Corner
FIELD DAY - Elysian Field Day is Wednesday, May 29, and we need volunteers!! 
Please come out and join us for what is sure to be a great day! Sign up here:

YEAR END PICNIC - The Elysian annual picnic is Wednesday, June 5! Every family is asked to bring something to help make this a success (please see flyer below!). We also need volunteers! Sign up here:

DUES NEWS! - Now there are TWO ways to pay your PTSO dues (it's not too late!!)! We are making it easier than ever to contribute before the end of the year. Dues are continuing to go toward costs such as new Field Day equipment and shirts for all staff, students, and volunteers, and various items for the annual picnic! 

If you've been waiting for online payment options, here you go! You can now pay dues via VENMO and ZELLE. Our Venmo account is @Elysian-Ptso-1460 or log onto your personal bank's app or website and click on the Zelle money transfer option (not all banks have Zelle), then direct your $25 per child in dues to Payments can also still be made the old-fashioned way, in an envelope to the office with "PTSO Dues" and your contact information on the outside. Checks can be made out to Elysian PTSO.

Enrichment Updates 
Monday Clubs
--Crazy Chemistry - To make up for the missed class on April 8th, the following class will be extended to 1 1/2 hours on June 10th.
--Dance With Derrick - To make up for the missed class on April 8th, the following classes will be extended to 1 1/2 hours each on June 3rd and June 10th.
Wednesday Club
--Chopped Jr. - The make up class will be held on May 29th.
Thursday Club
--Recycling Club - To make up for the missed class on April 11th, an additional class will be held on June 13th.
Friday Clubs
Due to the school closing on Friday, May 24th (before the Memorial Day weekend), we will need to extend some of the Friday classes to an 1 1/2 hour each, to ensure that all clubs have a total of 8 hours. The schedule will be as follows:
--Rock Climbing - Classes on June 7th and June 14th will run for 1 1/2 hours each.
--Healthy Minds in Active Bodies -  Classes on June 7th and June 14th will run 1 1/2 hours each.
--Intro to Modern Art - Classes on May 31st, June 7th and June 14th will all run 1 1/2 hour each. 
--Anime & Cartooning -  Add in 15 minutes extra on  May 31st, June 6th and June 14th.
Spring Sessions of Enrichment Clubs This Week
  • Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Yoga Workshop - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Back to Basic Board Games - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Fitness Fun - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
  • Chopped Jr. - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
  • Introduction to Karate - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Airplane Explorations - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Lego Architecture - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Let's go Green-Recycling Craft - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Introduction to Modern Art - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Health Minds in Active Bodies - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Cartooning & Comic Book Drawing - 3:00pm - 4:15pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY !!

    If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
Lost and Found
Please write your child's name in their outerwear/sweaters and label their water bottle so if it is lost we can return it to them. 
We have a collection of sweaters and jackets.
Please come to the main office and take a look to see if anything looks familiar.
Things left behind at the end of the school year will 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
    May Calendar 
    Monday, May 20
    • Seaquest Seminar Trip
    • High School Information Night for current 7th graders and parents - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, May 21
    • Incoming Kindergarten Orientation
    • 3rd Grade Trip
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Thursday, May 23
    • Abra's 2nd Grade Trip
    • Rugby Practice -3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Friends Fundraiser - Basketball Tournament - 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Gym
    Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27
    • Elysian Closed - Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 28 
    • Emily's 4th Grade Trip
    • 6th and 7th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, May 29
    • Field Day - Raindate June 11th
    Thursday, May 30
    • Rugby Practice -3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park 
    Friday, May 31
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    • Melissa's 2nd Grade Trip
    June Calendar
    Monday, June 3
    • Play - Dress Rehearsal
    • 7th Grade (partial class) Trip
    Tuesday, June 4
    • Play - 1st Show at 9:30am, 2nd Show at 10:45am, 3rd Show at 1:30pm.  Evening Shows at  5:30pm and 7:00pm. Shows are 1/2 hour long.
    Wednesday, June 5
    • 8th Grade Trip
    • Picnic
    Thursday, June 6
    • Rebuild by Design Meeting - 6:00pm - 9:00pm - Gym
    • Rugby Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    Friday, June 7
    • 6th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    Saturday, June 8
    • NYC Rugby Cup - 8:30am - 3:00pm
    Tuesday, June 11 - Thursday, June 13
    • 5th Grade Trip
    Thursday, June 13
    • Morgan Book Project Presentation - 5th Grade Classrooms
    • Track Pratice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm -1600 Park
    Friday, June 14
    • Community Meeting - 8:45am - Gym
    Monday, June 17
    • 8th Grade Trip
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 18
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    Wednesday, Jun 19
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    • 8th Grade Graduation
    Thursday, June 20
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - No Aftercare
    • Last Day of School
    • Report Cards Distributed
    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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