Newsletter 3-5-19
Newsletter 3-5-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

March 5, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 24
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.
A message from the Friends Of Elysian Board of Trustees:
Unbeknownst to her, (and likely against her wishes!) the trustees of the board of Friends of Elysian wanted to take a quick moment to celebrate our incredible Chairwoman, Jenifer Semenza. 
She works tirelessly as the spearhead of all of Friends’ fundraising initiatives.  Seeing her vision and hard work come to fruition at Friday evening’s cocktail party and auction further deepens our appreciation of all that Jenifer does for Friends, and for our school.  Our school benefits so greatly from it all!
We thank you, Jenifer!
Amy, Ann, Bridget, Elissa, Jonathan, Lindsay & Lisa 

This Week at a Glance
Important Reminder for Next Week: 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.
Absences and Lateness Matter
Our school door opens at 8:20 and students are expected to be in school by 8:30. While we don’t issue a tardy slip until 8:35, it is advisable that all students arrive by 8:30 in order to get settled and ready for learning by 8:35. 
Our youngest students do not have any control of what time they get to school and they rely on you. Some of our classrooms have a very small number of students present at 8:30. 
School breaks – long weekends, mid- winter, spring break and summer break are times for family vacation. By extending your vacation by only a few days or taking a week off when school is in session, you are putting your child at a disadvantage. Learning is sequential—an absence is a missed opportunity to learn something your child will need in order to understand more difficult material later.
Additionally, when students apply to high school their attendance is considered along with grades. 

Excessive absences also harm the school as well since absences are tracked by the state. 
Two absences per month can add up to a child missing a whole month of school. We do not want a child to come to school sick or ill – that is not the goal. We fully understand that we all get sick at times and have no choice but to stay home to recover. 
This is a reminder to get your child to school by 8:30 and refrain from planning extended trips when school is in session.
Please help your child by sending them to school on time and scheduling family vacation during time off from school only. 

    Friends of Elysian

We hope everyone enjoyed themselves on Friday evening at the 2019 Friends of Elysian Party & Auction, as much as we did. Please be on the lookout for our "All-In" newsletter this evening where we’ll be sharing some of the event highlights (and a LOT of thanks!)

For now, please read on about some additional opportunities still available for sign-up!

Sign-Ups! We still have plenty of spots available for our spectacular sign-ups, including gatherings for adults (Pilates Happy Hour, Hip-Hop Moms with Derrick, DAOU Wine Tasting); kids (Parents Night Out with Angela & Josie, Jewelry Making with Melissa & Abra, Hamilton Party with Diane & Leah); families (Basketball Tourney); and school support (Chromebooks for the Classroom!). Don't miss out!
A quick link for more information, or to register, can be found HERE.
Thank you!
PTSO Corner

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.
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!
10 am - Meet at Pier A Park
March to Union Dry Dock/Maxwell Place Park for Rally 
The Union Dry Dock site is at risk. The multi-year effort to make it an integral part of Hoboken’s waterfront park would be forever lost if Governor Murphy decides that it should be the home of a ferry maintenance/refueling facility. This industrial use is incompatible with the kayaking, fishing, skateboarding, jogging, cycling and other public recreational uses at this site as well as the residential housing nearby.
Join the march & rally to send a message to Governor Murphy that this is absolutely the wrong place for this kind of activity at this unique, ecologically important site, especially given the fact that there are other far more suitable locations for this ferry facility.  All welcome. Bring your kids, pets, bikes, scooters, etc.
Sponsored by the Fund for a Better Waterfront, Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse and Resilience Paddle Sports  
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 
  • Beyond Baking Basics - 3:00pm- 4:30pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Magic - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Robots - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Video Game Design - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Create like Picasso - 3:00 - 4:00pm
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Back to Basic Board Games - 3:00 - 4:00pm

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 upcoming cold days.

Lost and Found
**If you have a pair of boots that don't belong to you please return to the office. We have your size 13 black boots.
Please write your child's name in their outerwear so if it is lost we can return those items.

We have so many items left in the Lost and Found.

These articles that are left behind will soon 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
    March Calendar
    Tuesday, March 5
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Mustard Seed - 6:15pm - Multi
    Wednesday, March 6
    • Board Candidate - Parent Meet and Greet - 4:00pm
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Stevens White - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Thursday, March 7
    • 3rd Grade Trip
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 6 vs. Green 6 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    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
    Monday, April 29
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    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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