Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
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Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director
Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

September 11, 2017         Vol. 13  Issue 1
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 deb.rosner@ecsnj.org by 9:00 AM on Mondays.
Harry's Corner
On February 1st, 1971 I took over as an 8th grade leave replacement English teacher at JHS 43 in Manhattan.  I have been working as an Educator ever since—almost 47 years.  At the end of this school year (June, 2018), I will be retiring.  During that time, I have been a teacher, a department chair, an assistant principal a curriculum director, a funded programs director, a principal and lastly, the Director of Elysian.  I have learned a tremendous amount about how children learn, how effective teachers impact the lives of their students and how to wend the way through the bureaucracy that is our educational system. 

For me, everything has come together at Elysian.  Children’s individual growth is valued and supported, children’s academic growth is nurtured, the sense of family and community is a key motivator for what we do and the nine values that undergird Elysian provide a vision for what we hope to be the environment of our children. 

The children and their families who have passed through Elysian on my watch have been wonderful.  The teachers are inspirational; and the rest of the staff have cared deeply for each individual.  I am truly honored that Elysian has been the last stop on my career. 

On the practical side…The Board has outlined a plan for selecting a new director.  I will be supporting that effort.  The Board will establish committees that will include all stakeholders from our community.  Shortly they will be reaching out to you, describing the selection criteria and process. 

Elysian is a unique school.  The staff focuses on each child, ensuring his or her socio-emotional growth along with academic growth.  The task of the next director will be to grow these values in the context of an ever changing society.
Hoboken Public Library Exhibition of Last Year's Third Grade's Illuminated Morgan Book Project Manuscripts
Now through the month of September
Reception: Monday, September 18, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
 Elysian Charter School is pleased to announce the Hoboken Public Library exhibit of manuscripts created by last year’s third grade, in conjunction with the Morgan Library & Museum’s Morgan Book Project.  The books will be on view through the month of September on the Library’s 2nd Floor.  Twelve books are in glass display cases and 21 books are displayed in the main computer room.  A reception will take place on Monday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. – all are invited.  On Wednesday, September 20, the library is inviting current 4th  graders (who made the books last year) to share their knowledge.  After speaking about the process, their experiences and sharing their books, there will be three book stations and an opportunity to make three kinds of mini books – folded, sewn, and accordion.  All are welcome. 
The program, designed by the Morgan Library & Museum in collaboration with the New York City Dept. of Education, offers a model for the integration of book arts into the classroom.  As part of the program, Elysian teachers were introduced to the art of creating a handmade book during a workshop in the Summer of 2016. In the Fall, the third grade visited the Morgan to analyze manuscripts, learn historical context, and have the opportunity to utilize historical techniques, traditional tools, and ingredients used in traditional manuscript making.  
Back at school, the 3rd grade began a year-long project to create their own handmade illuminated books.   They wrote and edited stories, created mock-ups of their designs, ground pigments by hand - with which to paint – malachite for light green, spinach for dark green, saffron for yellow, and cochineal for red, mixed colors in mussel shells, and applied the paint their final books.  They applied gold leaf, lettered their books, folded professional grade watercolor paper, and applied traditional binding techniques. 
Harry said, “I am grateful to the Hoboken Public Library for displaying the 3rd grade’s books. Now the larger community will be able to see how the Morgan Book Project provided such a rich experience to our students. Exposure to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts helps foster an appreciation for artistic expression and the written word.  I am very proud of all our students and the unique stories and illustrations that they created.”    

The Morgan Book Project, This School Year

This year’s 3rd grade will participate in the program during our second year working with the Morgan Library.

The 6th grade will join the project, visiting the Morgan Library and embarking on a year-long project to write their own music and create a manuscript of notation and text.  6th grade teacher Ashley, Mary (the music teacher) and Maureen (Basic Skills) attended the Summer 2017 Morgan Book workshop.

Last year’s 3rd graders - now in 4th grade - will have the opportunity to join a club to apply what they know to the practice of new book-making techniques.  This club will be run by Maureen and Lynne (Shapiro).

Class Parents Needed

If you have any interest in being the class parent for one (or more) of your child’s classroom, please email elysianptso@gmail.com with your name and teacher’s name.  If too many parents volunteer for a given classroom, it will be up to the teacher to select among them.

Class parents duties may include helping to facilitate snack weeks, emailing the class on school events, communicating with the class when the teacher needs help and collecting for holiday gift giving.

 Interested in Joining a Women's Choir?
Cantigas Women’s Choir- is a diverse, multigenerational ensemble performing classical and international repertoire. We are seeking new members for the 2017-2018 season! We rehearse on Thursday nights in Hoboken at the Mustard Seed School and are beginning September 14.  Please contact Joan Litman, Artistic Director if interested. joanlitman@gmail.com

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 regularly.
    Monday, September 18
    • Hoboken Public Library exhibit of manuscripts created by last year’s third grade, in conjunction with the Morgan Library & Museum’s Morgan Book Project. 
    Thursday, September 22 to Friday September 22
    • Elysian closed for Rosh Hashanah
    Monday, September 25
    • 6th grade trip
    • Board of  Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Thursday, September 28
    • 3rd grade trip

    Monday, October 2 to Friday, October 6
    • PTSO Book  Fair, Elysian Gym, hours TBA
    Thursday, October 5
    • Back to School Night, begins 5:45
    Monday, October 9
    • Elysian Closed for Columbus Day
    Thursday, October 12
    • 3rd grade trip
    Wednesday, October 18
    • Half Day of School for Staff Development, 12:30 dismissal.  After School Program available as usual.
    Friday, October 20
    • Picture Day!
    Monday, October 23
    • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
    • 6th grade trip
    Saturday, October 28
    • Tentative date of Elysian Halloween Party
    Monday, October 30
    • High School Night for parents of students 6th, 7th, and 8th, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

    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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