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

February 26, 2018                  Vol. 13  Issue 23
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 Wednesday night I spent two hours watching the CNN Townhall that focused on the shooting in Florida and on the issues surrounding gun control.  I have been horrified by these events and worried about everything from how this will emotionally affect our students to the safety in our building.  
In the middle of all of these terrible events and emotions, we are seeing the rise of the young people being thoughtful and strong—making demands of us, the adults, to ensure that their future is secure.  They are fighting for themselves, because we, as the older generations, have failed them—has anything changed since Columbine or Newtown?  In looking throughout the world, it has always been the younger generations who brought about change.  Think of the changes that came about in American policy to Viet Nam—it was the college students.  In China, the Tiananmen Square protests were a watershed moment for changes in that country. 

These students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are well-spoken, thoughtful and open to ideas.  They are not accepting excuses and are fighting against the ongoing discourse that has framed this debate until now (see this article from the Los Angeles Times for a review of the students’ reactions http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-rude-kids-20180223-story.html). Our students, too, are thoughtful and skilled in analyzing situations.  They feel the events strongly and react to them with both feeling and intelligence. 

Yes, we need to make our building safe—and we are taking steps to ensure our security is the best that it can be.  But this invasion of a safe space—school—in Florida, has resonated throughout the country and throughout our school.  Even scarier are some of the solutions being floated—arming teachers and staff, for example.  We don’t need more guns; we don’t need shootouts occurring around our children. 

I hope that our students join the national debate.  As our younger ones get older and become more analytical, I hope that they too speak up.  
On A Related Note:
Moms Demand Action, an anti-abuse, anti-gun group, will be holding a meeting Monday night at the Hudson Tavern at 7 o’clock. 
Save The Date
Public Charter School Parent Action Day
With a new governor our voices need to be heard.  We are currently frozen at the budget that we had in 2008.  The more we speak up, the more we can gain!
The New Jersey Charter School Association will be sponsoring Public Charter School Parent Action Day. Please see the information below.  If you are interested in attending please let Diane DeSombre (diane.desombre@ecsnj.org) know.  She will pass along more information as it becomes available.  
 What:             A Rally to Celebrate Public Charter Schools 
When:              Monday, March 26th
Where:            Trenton- Steps of the State House Annex 
Who:                Parents, Educators & Supporters
Join us in Trenton to help celebrate the positive role of charter schools in public education.  On March 26th, we are bringing together all members of New Jersey’s charter school family to tell lawmakers our story, celebrate the success of our schools and students, and ask for fair funding for ALL schools. Please join us for this day of charter school pride in what our schools and our families have achieved.

Elysian Advisory Grievance Committee
The Board has established an Advisory Grievance Committee consisting of both parents and staff.  The purpose of the Grievance Committee is to investigate concerns that arise that cannot be resolved by meetings with the classroom teacher and/or the school administration. The Advisory Grievance Committee will make a non-binding recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
The Advisory Grievance Committee consists of three members, selected by the membership of the Elysian Charter School. At our annual meeting we will be voting on the members of the Grievance Committee.  The three candidates are as follows:
Paul Jung, parent and former Board Member
Ann Murphy, parent and the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor of Management at the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology
Angela Dunckley, kindergarten teacher at Elysian
There will be a separate ballot at the March 13th Annual Meeting to elect the members of the Grievance Committee.
Harry Laub

Friends of Elysian 2018 Annual Party & Auction Update

We are off to a great start for the 2018 Annual Party and Auction. So far we have sold more than 100 tickets, bringing in more than $11,000 for our school! Thank you to everyone who responded so generously! If you haven't yet purchased your ticket, please do so as soon as you are able.

We want to go "All-In for Elysian" and need your support to do that! And, with a special non-Elysian guest rate of $75, we encourage you to invite friends and family to join you for what is guaranteed to be a great night of fun, food, and fundraising!

Tickets are available online http://www.ecsnj.org/auction-tickets-2/ or to pay by check, please download a form http://www.ecsnj.org/wpcontent/uploads/2018/01/Ticket_Registration_2018.pdf and follow the instructions within.

We look forward to celebrating 20 wonderful years of  Elysian Charter School with you on 
Friday, March 9!
Auction Items Needed!

Do you have an item, experience, or special opportunity you’d like to donate to Friends of Elysian for our upcoming 2018 Party and Auction?

Or, would you be willing to ask local stores, restaurants, and business contacts for items?

Our goal is to have a variety of items that can help raise significant funds for the school and we can only do that with your help. We are ideally seeking new items or special experiences, valued at roughly $200 or more. (However, if something is less than that, unique, or you are unsure of the value, please don't hesitate to email us at friends@ecsnj.org.)

Additionally, if you'd be willing to help in the procurement of items from local businesses, please drop us a line at the email address above so we can get you started.

Please know that while we hope to be able to include all donations, we may not be able to accommodate all items, or may need to group items together. 

Thank you very much for your consideration of this request and for your support!

With just over 100 tickets sold, and under two weeks to go till our big event, we need your support!  If you haven't yet purchased your ticket, please do so as soon as you are able. And, with a special non-Elysian guest rate of $75, we encourage you to invite friends and family to join you for what is guaranteed to be a great night of fun, food, and fundraising!

Tickets are available online at http://www.ecsnj.org/auction-tickets-2/ or to pay by check, please download a form at http://www.ecsnj.org/wpcontent/uploads/2018/01/Ticket_Registration_2018.pdf and follow the instructions within.

We look forward to celebrating 20 wonderful years of  Elysian Charter School with you on Friday, March 9!

PTSO Corner 

REST of the Classroom Pictures Coming Soon - Grade-wide photos of 7th, 8th, and kindergarten will be delivered to Elysian in the next week or so. They will then be sent home in backpacks. Thanks for your patience!

Basketball Practices
Grade 3: Tuesdays: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Grade 4: Green Team: Wednesdays: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM - OR 1/2 Day 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Grade 4: White Team: Fridays: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Grade 5: Fridays: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grade 6: Mondays: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM  (Including Intramural Game)
Grade 7: No more Practices. Did not make Playoffs, but did amazing job this season.
Grade 8: Thursdays: changed to 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Girls 6-8: Wednesdays: 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM - OR 1/2 Day 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
Children waiting for a practice to begin will be able to attend Aftercare at no cost.  Any child attending Aftercare must start right at the end of the school day and may not leave the school building and then return.
***Games will be listed in the calendar below***

This Week's Homework Help and Enrichment Clubs


     Homework Help - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Guitar - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
     Mosaic - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
     Debate - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Mad Science - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
     Dancing with Derrick - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Baking - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Anime - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Dancing with Derrick - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesdays                                                            Wednesdays 1/2 Days
     Karate - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM                                 Karate - 12:45  PM - 1:45 PM
     Movie Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM                        Movie Club - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
     Lego Bricks - 3:00 - 4:00 PM                               Lego Bricks - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
     Chess - 3:00 - 4:30 PM                                         Chess - 12:45 PM - 2:15PM
     Homework Help - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Magic Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Gravity - 3:00 - 4:00 PM
     Lego Bricks - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Liberty Science Center Free Community Event


Attached please find the flyer for our free Community Evening on Wed., February 28, 2018, 5:30 - 9:00 pm. 
Please share with students and families! This is a great opportunity for families to see a film in our brand new Planetarium!
Feel free to reach out to me with any questions. We look forward to seeing your community at LSC!

Associate Director, STEM Partners/Events
Liberty Science Center
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305
lrose@lsc.org | LSC.org

Paper Goods Drive for the Hoboken Shelter
     For many years, our school was next door to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.  Over the years, we did many drives on their behalf.  They are still in our thoughts, even though we are now uptown.   Every year, Jaclyn Cherubini, the director of the Shelter, volunteers her services to help us administer the vote counting for our board candidates during our Annual Meeting.   This helps Elysian to ensure community transparency and oversight on one of the most fundamental aspects of public education.
We asked Jaclyn how we could help and she suggested that the Shelter is always in dire need of paper goods.  They especially need forks. Rather than having them grapple with assorted sizes of small household size packages, we thought that   Elysian could purchase large cases of these supplies through our vendor, Karson Food Service.  Here is a list of the cost per case.  Anyone choosing to donate funds toward the purchase of goods can write a check to Elysian Charter School (ECS).  Please note if there is a specific item you are sponsoring or just for the fund.  Please contact Susan.Gilbertson@ecsnj.org with any questions.  
Thank you! 
           Here is a list of case sizes and prices:         
9” paper plates – regular – 1000 ct. - $19.85
9” paper plates – pulp (like Chinet) – 500 ct. - $50.88
6” paper plates, small - 1000 ct. -  $12.70
Case of plastic cereal bowls – 1000 ct. - $48.94
Case of 5 oz plastic cups – 2500 ct. - $46.75
Case of coffee cups – 8 oz paper  1000 ct. - $56.49
Case of plastic forks – 1000 ct. - $12.24
Case of plastic knives – 1000 ct. -  $12.24
Case of plastic soup spoons – 1000 ct. - $12.24
Napkins – 12 units of 500 ct. - $38.39
Case of paper towels – 30 rolls -  $48.79

School Directory 

If you wish for a whole school or just a class directory, either a hard copy or by email,  please contact Deb.Rosner@ecsnj.org.
Please note: some of our Elysian families requested that their personal information not be published.
Elysian Summer Camp 2018 --- Save The Date
ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER AWAITS YOU.....Elysian Summer Camp is back for another 2 weeks of fun-filled, action packed activities and summer fun. 
The camp will run the weeks of July 30th and August 6th.  You can sign up for one or for both weeks. Camp enrollment information to follow in the next few weeks. 
In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can email summercamp@ecsnj.org
Notes From The Nurses Office
Please be sure that you or your emergency contact may be reached during the day in case your child gets sick at school. We have had several children with a fever and we were unable to reach anyone.
If your child has a fever, or if you think that your child may be getting a fever, please keep your child home.  It is uncomfortable for the child to be in school if he/she is not feeling well.  It also spreads germs to other children and staff.
Please be sure to call the school if your child is absent.  You may leave a message on our answering machine at any time.  Our number is 201-876-0102.
If you would like to speak with me, I am available. Call the school phone number 201-876-0102 or email me at nurse@ecsnj.org
Diane DeSombre, RN
      Elysian Collects Box Tops and LABELS for Education
         Look for the container near Deb's desk in the office!  Thank you!

Lost and Found

We have many items (jackets, sweatshirts/hoodies, gloves, hats, etc) that need to find their way back home. Please come and take a look in the Main Office. 
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
    Please see above under "This Week's Basketball Practices" for grades, dates and times of practices.
    Monday, February 26
    • Game - Elysian Charter Green 7 vs. Hoboken Middle School Bulls, 6:15 PM, Multi
    • Game - All Saints vs. Elysian Charter White 8, 7:15 PM, Multi
    Wednesday, February 28
    • 4th Grade Trip - 8:45 AM - 2:45 PM
    • Game - Elysian Charter Green 7 vs Mustard Seed, 6:45 PM, Wallace
    • Game - Elysian Charter White 8 vs. Hoboken Middle School Bulls, 7:45 PM, Wallace
    Thursday, March 1
    • Game - Elysian Charter 5 vs. HOLA 5, 7:45 PM, Wallace
    Friday, March 2
    • Community Meeting - 8:30 AM, Gym
    • Game - Elysian Charter 6 vs. Hoboken Charter Red 6, 6:45 PM, Wallace
    Saturday, March 3
    • Game - Elysian Charter Girls vs. Stevens Co-op Red, 2:00 PM, Multi
    • Game - Elysian Charter Green 4 vs. Wallace Black 4, 3:10 PM, Wallace
    • Game - Connors Calabro 3 vs. Elysian Charter Green 3, 6:30 PM, Wallace
    • Game - All Saints 3 vs. Elysian Charter White 3, 7:20 PM, Wallace
    • Game - All Saints 4 vs. Elysian Charter White 4, 8:10 PM, Wallace
    Tuesday, March 6
    • Game - All Saints 5 vs. Elysian Charter 5, 7:45 PM, Wallace
    Friday, March 9
    • Friends of Elysian Annual Auction & Fundraiser, 7:00 PM-10:00 PM, HUB-16 Hudson Place 
    • Game - Elysian Charter 6 vs. HOLA 6, 8:45 PM, Wallace
    Tuesday, March 13
    • Elysian Annual Meeting - 6:00 PM, Gym
    • Game - Elysian Charter 5 vs. Wallace Black 5, 6:45 PM, Wallace
    Wednesday, March 14
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30 PM dismissal, Staff Development
    Monday, March 19
    • Game - All Saints 5 vs. Elysian Charter 5, 6:45 PM - Wallace
    • Game - All Saints 6 vs. Elysian Charter 6, 7:45 PM - Wallace
    Wednesday, March 21
    • Game - Elysian Charter 5 vs. Wallace Grey 5, 7:45 PM - Wallace
    Monday, March 26
    • Board Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Thursday, March 29
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30 PM dismissal
    Friday, March 30 - Friday, April 6
    • Spring Break - Elysian Closed

    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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