Newsletter 3-11-19
Newsletter 3-11-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

March 11, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 25
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
 Annual Meeting for all Members on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:00pm 

**Summer Camp Info Below - Now offering 4 weeks of summer fun!!
Registration now available on Enrollment is first come, first served.
Tomorrow night is the Annual Meeting at Elysian. Your presence is not only needed and appreciated but necessary. You will have the opportunity to elect 3 Board of Trustees members, hear about the Strategic Planning process and results from the parent survey as well as hear about the Rebuild by Design plans that will have a direct impact on Elysian students for many years to come. 
Meetings this important only come around once in a year. It is a way for you to participate in the democratic process and make a difference in our school. One of our goals is to educate students to be productive members of our democratic society and be well informed critical thinkers. 
Be a good role model and attend the meeting!
PTSO Corner
Annual Meeting Bake Sale - The middle schoolers will be running a yummy bake sale during the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 12. Sales will begin at 5:30 pm (the meeting starts at 6) and will continue until the meeting ends. All proceeds will go toward the Spring Fling (the middle school dance).
Movie Night Coming Up - Drop-Off Movie Night is coming Friday, March 29, from 6 - 9 pm at Elysian! This is a fundraiser for the Middle School Spring Fling. Parents, make your date night reservations now! More details to follow.
News on the Lunch Front! 
Red Rabbit is busy updating the menu.  Good news for some...Tofu & Egg Fried Rice is now OFF the menu.  However, there are some delicious new additions - hope you can all try them out! 
Classic Challah Grilled Cheese w/ Tomato Soup (this was an absolute hit with the kids!)
Spinach & Cheese Lasagna
Chicken Tacos al Pastor w/ Soft  WG Tortilla Shells
Cheddar Omelette w/ Home Style Potatoes
All lunches are made from scratch, with fresh vegetables and cut fresh fruit.  Did we mention that they are also delicious? 
Red Rabbit welcomes feedback.  We are trying to work with them to see if we can post menus prior to ordering, we'll keep you posted.  Red Rabbit welcomes feedback.  Every week when the menu is posted, right under the link to menu, is a link for a "Menu Feed Back Survey".  You can post your concerns about the menu visibility, posting days for vegetarian lunches, or menu items there.  Positive feedback is also welcomed! 
Elysian Summer Camp 2019 
THE TIME IS HERE!!  Elysian Summer Camp 2019 registration forms are now available on our school website at
To access all camp registration forms, click on "Summer Camp" under the Quick Links category on the front page of the website.
Please print the forms, fill out all necessary information and sign BOTH the registration form and the Summer Camp Code of Conduct page.
Forms should be returned to the main office to the attention of Pam Gorode or via email to
You may also pick up registration forms from Elysian's main office.
Remember, enrollment is on a first come, first served basis.
We hope your'e ready for another awesome summer!!!
Please e-mail with any questions.
What is Elysian Charter Day Camp?  Elysian Charter Day Camp is a fun-filled 4-week program for students entering kindergarten through 7th grade this upcoming fall.  The program will include activities such as arts & crafts, sports, science experiments, cooking, field trips and more. 
What are the weeks that camp is being offered?  For the summer of 2019, camp will run the weeks of July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th and August 5th.  Your child(ren) may attend one, two, three or all four weeks.
How much is the camp tuition?  The tuition is $450.00/week per child.  Any additional siblings can attend the camp for $400.00/week.
Who can attend the camp?  The camp is open to any student entering kindergarten through 7th grade this upcoming fall 2019. You do not need to be an Elysian Charter School student to attend the camp.
Will my child be served lunch at the camp?  No, we do not have the ability to serve lunch.  Your child will need to bring lunch with them everyday that they attend camp.  The camp will provide two snacks daily.  If you have a picky eater, you may send your child(ren) in with their own snack. Please note that our camp is completely nut free. 
Who are the camp counselors?  Overseeing each group of campers, and leading the special activities, are some of our favorite Elysian teachers and staff members... but, they're not allowed to give homework over the summer!
What are the camp hours?  Camp will run from 9:00am - 4:00pm each day.  Early drop-off will be available starting at 8:30am for an additional $10/day.  This summer, we are happy to also offer “after-camp” from 4:00pm -5:00pm each day for an additional $20/day. 
Where will camp be held?  Camp activities will be held in the air-conditioned classrooms and gym at Elysian Charter School, as well as our nearby outside play areas.  In addition, each week will include off-site field trips, which will provide our campers extra adventure and fun!
*Registration forms are now available on our website, Camp enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. 
What should I do if I still have questions?  If you still have questions about the summer camp, please email, and we will respond as soon as possible.
Diane Murray (6th Grade) Asking for Help with 3D Printer
Is there anyone out there with MakerBot 3D printer expertise? Ours hasn't been working all year and we would love if someone with some knowhow could take a look at it. 

Please email if you can help. Thanks!
A  Taste of Hoboken
The Hoboken Community Center, a non-profit formerly known as the Hoboken North-Hudson YMCA, will host the 25th "A Taste of Hoboken" event on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 to support the renovation of the building’s recreation wing, including its beloved Art Deco pool. Tickets can be purchased online at
Featuring live music, wine, beer, and cuisine tastings from Hoboken’s top restaurants, the event will be hosted on the Stevens Institute of Technology campus in the Howe Center’s Bissinger Room, featuring magnificent Manhattan skyline views.
“The renaissance of Hoboken has seen many great things like the restoration of the waterfront, several new parks and the addition of the light rail on the west side. What Hoboken still desperately needs is a community center that serves everyone,” said Ken Nilsen, president of the Hoboken Community Center. “With broad support from our elected leaders and members of the community, we have real momentum towards restoring and reopening the recreational facilities at the former Y. All proceeds from A Taste of Hoboken will go toward that effort.”
The event begins with a "Prosecco Preview" at 6:00 pm, where guests pay a premium to be in a less crowded room and an opportunity to mingle and talk to chefs and other restaurant representatives about their cuisine. General admission begins at 7:00 pm, and the event runs until 9:00 pm.
This year, Hoboken chef Maricel Presilla is up for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef, and both of her restaurants - Cucharamama and Zafra - will be present. Other participating restaurants include Anthony David’s, Carlo’s Bakery, La Isla, Karma Kafe, Tutta Pesca, Madison Bar and Grill, Choc O Pain, Court Street, Charitto’s, Leo’s Grandevous, and Elysian Cafe. 
Wine and beer will be served compliments of Giannone Wine and Liquor, a longtime supporter of A Taste of Hoboken. Giannone has two great locations - in Hoboken and West New York. 
Live music will be provided by Hoboken’s own Swingadelic - the NYC area’s greatest “little big band.”
We are happy to have as one of our early event sponsors Bijou Properties, with their emphasis on green building standards in our community.
About the Hoboken Community Center
The Hoboken Community Center (formerly the Hoboken North-Hudson YMCA), has been a community treasure for over 135 years. The center provides affordable housing for nearly 100 men, many of them veterans. Now the focus is to again serve the entire community by revitalizing and reopening the recreation wing of the building, which includes program spaces, a pool, basketball court and track.
We have real momentum for this important project with $2 million in seed money from a developer's community giveback. The goal is to create a vibrant cultural center that serves every demographic in Hoboken. Our vision of the community center is a smaller version of the 92nd Street Y with programs that can nourish body, mind, and spirit.
Winter Sessions of Enrichment Clubs this week
  • Debate - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Game of Games - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Dance with Derrick (Hip-Hop) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Crafty Kids - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Backgammon Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Teamwork - 3:00pm - 4:00pm  
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Dance with Derrick (Broadway) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Last Day March 14
  • Magic - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Magic Show Performance - Last Day March 14
  • Robots - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Last Day March 14
  • Video Game Design - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Last Day March 14
  • Create like Picasso - 3:00 - 4:00pm
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Last Day March 15
  • Back to Basic Board Games - 3:00 - 4:00pm - Last Day March 15

If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email

Remember, we will not be holding Chess on the 1/2 days for the Winter session.  

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 cold days.

Lost and Found
Please write your child's name in their outerwear so if it is lost we can return those items.
      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
    March Calendar
    Monday, March 11
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. Wallace Grey 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 5 vs. Stevens Red 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Tuesday, March 12
    • Annual Meeting - 6:00pm - GYM
    Friday, March 15
    • 6th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, March 20
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    Friday, March 22
    • 8th Grade Trip
    Monday, March 25
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    April Calendar
    Friday, April 12
    • 1/2 Day -12:30pm Dismissal - Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19
    • Spring Break
    Tuesday, April 23 - Friday, April 26
    • 5th & 6th Grade PARCC Testing
    Monday, April 29 & Tuesday, April 30
    • 3rd & 4th Grade PARCC Testing
    Monday, April 29
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    May Calendar
    Wednesday, May 1 & Thursday, May 2
    • 3rd & 4th Grade PARCC Testing
    Tuesday, May 7 - Friday, May 10
    • 7th & 8th Grade PARCC Testing
    Tuesday, May 14 - Wednesday, May 15
    • 5th & 8th Grade Science Test
    Sunday, May 19
    • 2nd Annual Block Party
    Monday, May 20
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    Friday, May 24
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30 Dismissal - Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, May 27
    • Elysian Closed - Memorial Day
    Wednesday, May 29
    • Field Day- Raindate June 11
    Friday, May 31
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    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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