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

A Positively Different Public School

November 27, 2017         Vol. 13  Issue 12
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
Over several years, the Elysian community developed a five year strategic plan that will run through the 2019-20 school year.  One of the outcomes of the plan was a description of the core values that undergird everything that occurs at Elysian.  The entire plan was developed under the leadership of Dr. Ann Murphy, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor at the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology and an Elysian parent.

ECS Core Values

Through open exchange with all constituencies of our community (faculty, staff, students and parents) over the course of multiple meetings, a list of 9 core values was developed. Our values reflect what we collectively as a community care about and what we want to drive our behavior. Our values underpin our school culture. Like our mission, our values do not change from person to person or from year to year – they endure.

We strive to live these values through our curriculum and pedagogy, and all other school activities.  We have and will continue to assess how well we exhibit our values, e.g., through staff/teacher and parent surveys.  Where we fall short of our desired state, we took those gaps into account in our strategic goals and strategies.

When identifying the values, the community spent considerable time discussing the meaning of each value and examples of how we live the values. These discussions served as the basis for the value descriptions provided below.

Community Engagement
We value strong participation and engagement of community members (faculty, students, staff, alumni) in school activities and events. We want community meetings and events to be celebrated and to enrich the school culture. We appreciate when other community members such as parents or older students, where appropriate, are involved with educating children. Strong communication is important to us, and we want all community members to be well informed of important school activities, events, and developments.

Diversity and Inclusion
We value all forms of diversity (e.g., ethnicity, socioeconomic, types of learners) in the classroom and throughout the community, and want all members of our community to feel included. We seek to foster a culture whereby people – big and small - feel safe to be who they are and express themselves. It is our responsibility to actively engage with our external Hoboken community to attract diverse groups to our school.
We value a child-centric culture that makes the needs of our students the first priority. We appreciate our small class sizes, which allow for close observation of our students and in-depth assessments of their skills and abilities as expressed in narrative feedback and parent-teacher conferences. It is important to us that, in keeping with our mission, that we educate each and every child to his or her fullest potential. 

Experiential Learning
We value a learning environment where students actively learn. Rather than a traditional environment where children sit behind desks quietly listening to their teacher’s lessons, we want our students to problem solve and learn through open and spirited exchanges with the faculty and fellow students. We encourage students to be creative and innovative through our emphasis on the arts but also in core academic subjects through the use of projects and progressive teaching. We provide opportunities for students to move around in the classroom, and explore our outside world through field trips and other experiences.  

Learning as a Process
We value an educational approach that emphasizes learning as a process. We believe our students should not be afraid to make mistakes, and should appreciate the role mistakes have in enriching their learning. We want our students to have time and space to solve problems, and understand that there are multiple pathways to solutions. It is important to us that our students become lifelong learners.

Authentic and Interconnected Curriculum
We value a curriculum that relies very little on traditional textbooks and instead includes material customized by our faculty to address the specific needs and learning styles of our students. We believe that much can be learned through exposing students to primary source materials. Opportunities are provided throughout the curriculum for students to read literature in different settings, including reading logs, quiet reading time and read-aloud experiences. We understand the importance of the ensuring the curriculum is aligned well between and within grades and across academic subjects.

Teacher Leadership in Learning
We value the leadership role that our teachers play in the education of our children. We respect their expertise and appreciate them as professionals. It is important to us that faculty have a strong influence over the important decisions made at our school.

Social, Emotional, and Physical Development
We value more than just the academic development of children; it is also our responsibility to nurture students’ social, emotional and physical development. We help students build meaningful relationships and develop skills for managing differences. We help students be aware of their emotions and the emotions of others, and how to constructively communicate. It is important to us that students understand the importance of physical wellness and that our education includes learning about healthy eating and living, and that students engage physical exercise and activity. 

Social Awareness and Responsibility
We value helping our students develop into good citizens. Our curriculum builds their awareness of the world around them and those less fortunate, and we provide opportunities for students to make contributions to social causes. We want our students to have strong character and ethics, and be inspired to do the right thing inside and outside of the classroom.

Basketball Try-Outs Starting Next Week

3rd Grade, Monday, December 4, from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4th Grade, Tuesday, December 5, from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (2 Teams)
5th Grade, Wednesday, December 6, from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Girls Team, Wednesday, December 6, from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
7th Grade, Thursday, December 7, from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
8th Grade, Thursday, December 7, from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
6th Grade, Friday, December 8, from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

All Sibling Applications For Next Year's Kindergarteners Due Now

Please hand deliver application to the office.  Please do NOT submit online.   Forms can be found in the office or at ecsnj.org.  Look under enrollment.  

Helping Hands

Elysian Charter School has a long standing tradition of helping families in need.  During this holiday season the ECS staff requests that you consider making a donation towards the purchase of gift cards to help our Elysian families who could use a helping hand to purchase gifts for their children.   

If you know of a family in need, or are one yourself, please call me (201)-876-0102, email tara.dublanica@ecsnj.org or leave a note in my mailbox in the main office.   All referrals can be anonymous and are confidential.   

Please give your contribution to your child's classroom teacher by 3:00 PM Monday, December 18th,   

Thank you in advance for your generosity.  It is very much appreciated 

Tara Dublanica, LCSW

More Opportunities To Donate

In addition to donating to Elysian families in need, there are also more opportunities to give to those in need in our Hoboken community.  Anthony Reimer, from the Hoboken Grace Christmas Exchange, explained it further, for those of you who might be interested in becoming "adopters".  His explanation is as follows:   

We strive to really put on a community event with the Christmas Exchange. People in our community who'd like to give and people in our community who find they need more help this season. 

We get recommendations from local organizations, shelters and entities for names of children and families who could use some extra help this Christmas. They are invited to submit a wish list. Once we receive their lists they are paired with an "adopter" those who have signed up in our community to purchase gifts. Those people are directed to www.hobokenchristmas.com

Once people are paired, the "Adopters" shop, wrap and drop off the gifts either Dec. 8 or Dec. 9th and the "Receivers" can pick up their gifts from 4pm-8pm at 301 Garden on December 9th. 

If you'd like to chat further or meet with someone, please feel free to reach out to Outreach Director, Anthony Reimer at anthony@hobokengrace.com
Next Afterschool Performance at The New Victory Theater: Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic
Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic – Wednesday, December 20, 4:30 PM Performance
Returning with even more tricks (and wry one-liners) up his sleeve – and new acts designed especially for New Victory audiences – Jason Bishop will convert any skeptics in this marvelous, mind-blowing magic show.
New Vic Jason Bishop Workshop is the day before the trip, Tuesday, December 19, 3:15 - 4:15 PM.   (All students attending the After School performance of Jason Bishop are invited to participate in this pre-theater workshop.)
Ticket Info:
  • If you accompany your child to the theater, you do not need a permission slip. Please contact lynne.shapiro@ecsnj.org. re: number of student tickets ($2) and adult tickets ($5).  You pay your own transportation. 

  • If you wish your child to go to the theater with Aftercare, you must be registered in the Aftercare program and have a signed permission slip for each show.  Permission slips are passed out during After Care and at pick-up.

Show is 60 minutes/no intermission.  Suggested for 3rd grade and up.

Friends of Elysian

The 2018 Annual Fundraising Party and Auction is just a few short months away and we need your help to make it a rousing success! Please join us for a planning meeting next Tuesday, December 5, at 7:45 PM in the residents' lounge at 1100 Maxwell Lane

A quick note to friends@ecsnj.org to let us know you’ll be attending would be appreciated.
And, if you can’t make the meeting but would still like to get involved, just drop us a line! There are plenty of ways to help.

Thank you so much for your support! 
PTSO Corner
Photo Retake Day THIS Friday - School photo retake day will be this Friday, December 1. Individual codes and pre-ordered packages will be available via email in the next few days, with detailed information on how to view pictures in advance of retake day. We are still working on the details with the new company. Thanks for your patience! 

A Few Other Things

Chili Cook-Off - Save the date and get your recipes ready for Saturday, January 6, at the Elks Club! 

Tiny Prints and Shutterfly Discount Codes Available - For all of your holiday needs, the PTSO has available 40% off and FREE shipping for Tiny Prints and $10 off an order of $50 or more and FREE shipping from Shutterfly! Send an email to elysianptso@gmail.com to get your code(s)! Elysian will also get 13% of your purchase as a donation from both Tiny Prints and Shutterfly when you shop through our exclusive storefront: ElysianCharter.ShutterflyStorefront.comCodes expire December 31, 2017.
      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, November 27
    • Open House For Prospective Parents, 6:00 PM
    • Board Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Tuesday, November 28
    • Play Practice, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
    Wednesday, November 29 - Friday, December 1
    • 6th Grade Overnight Trip
    Friday, December 1
    • Picture retake day
    • Community Meeting, 8:30 AM - Gym
    • 6th Grade Return from Trip
    Saturday, December 2
    • Open House, 10:00 AM 
    Tuesday, December 5
    •  Play Practice, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
    Friday, December 8
    • Aftercare available until 5:00 PM
    Tuesday,  December 12
    • Play Practice, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 
    Wednesday, December 13
    • 1/2 Day of School - Staff  Developement
    Saturday, December 16
    • Kuumba Day - Gym
    Monday, December 18
    • Board Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Tuesday, December 19
    • Play Practice, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
    Wednesday, December 20
    • Afterschool to New Vic 4:30 PM -- 6:00 PM
    Thursday, December 21
    • 3rd Grade Trip
    Friday, December 22
    • 1/2 Day of School
    Monday, December 25 - Monday, January 1, 2018
    • Winter Break, Elysian Closed

    Mark Your Calendars
    Saturday, December 16 is KUUMBA Day!  More Info to Follow

    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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