Newsletter 1-7-19
Newsletter 1-7-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

January 7, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 16
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.
For the past 20 years Yahaya Kamate has been part of the Elysian community. His African Dance Artist in Residency work is amongst the most endearing and memorable project that all third grade Elysian students have and will participate in. I have watched our third graders master a series of difficult African dance sequences and steps that would challenge many. Not our kids! They greet Yahaya each week with joy and hugs. What is most lovely to observe is how Yahaya ties in mindfulness, positive thinking and helping our kids make  connections to dance, body and soul.
Don’t miss the demonstration of the third grade residency on Friday.
KUUMBA Day is Friday!
Please make sure kids get to school on time so they’re ready to KUUMBA!
All Kids should wear clothes to dance or make art in.  Beware: they may be using  paint and Sharpie markers!)
Dance Schedule 
  • Families are invited to the 3rd grade demonstration of what they learned during their African Dance Residency.  After drop-off, please come to the gym.  
Dance begins around 8:45 PM
  • The 3rd grade repeats their dance, demonstrates their moves for Elysian students and teachers.  Anyone unable to attend in the morning, is welcome to join the audience in the afternoon, around 1:45 PM.
Wear Elysian Swag!
  • The special order KUUMBA shirts (designed by Issa Sow) will arrive on Monday and will be distributed soon after!
  • If you didn’t order a KUUMBA Tee, that’s okay – but be sure to wear anything Elysian!
  • Don’t forget to dress your kids in their KUUMBA shirts from years past (if they still fit) or anything else from Elysian’s clothing collection.
URGENT:  We need the following for workshops!  
  • Cardboard from paper towel rolls
  • Empty cardboard egg cartons
  • Used (and clean) heavy, white plastic bottles with  or without handles (from kitty litter, large juice bottles, etc.)  Please see photo below....
      Bring them to the office, please!    
Notice: Elysian Board of Trustee Elections
Dear Elysian Community,
The Board is formally announcing available openings on the Elysian Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees is the governing body which oversees school policy and its budget.   There are 3 Trustee seats up for election this year and each term is a commitment of three years.  Interested candidates should pick up a nominee packet during school office hours 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2019 from Deb Rosner in the main office.  Please return the notice stating your commitment to run along with your bio to the school office no later than Monday, January 28th at 4pm.   Nominations will not be accepted after this date. 
If you have any questions feel free to contact:
Jennifer O’Callaghan at  Ken Nilsen at
New Board members are elected at the Annual Meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Blood Drive
Scout Troop 146 are sponsoring a blood drive in the new year.
They need 40 people to make this a successful event.
Saturday, January 12th, 2019
10am to 3pm
308 Jefferson Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
or visit and enter keyword Hoboken Boy Scout Troop 146
Thank you!

Friends of Elysian

The 2019 Annual Fundraising Party and Auction is just seven weeks away and we need your help to make it a rousing success! Please join us for a planning meeting TOMORROW, Tuesday, January 8, at 6:45 PM in Room 324. 
A quick note to 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.
Do you have an item, experience, or special opportunity you’d like to donate to Friends of Elysian for our upcoming 2019 Party and Auction?
Or, would you be willing to ask local stores, restaurants, and business contacts for items?
If so, please reach out to us at
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 contact us.)
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!
PTSO Corner

CHILI COOK-OFF SIGN-UPS - Save the date and get your recipes ready for Saturday, January 26, at the Elks Club! 

Interested in competing with your best recipe or volunteering at the party?

Want to judge the contest and help plan the most fun event of the year? Send an email to
Hop Bus Pool Looking for 1-2 Downtown Families
A group of downtown families has had great success getting our kids to school in the morning by taking turns chaperoning the kids on the Red Hop, and we are looking for 1-2 additional families who might be interested to join our Hop pool. 
We meet on the corner of 2nd and Grand at 7:55am, and each family is responsible about once a week for chaperoning the group on the Hop and walking the kids to Elysian (and on the other days, your kids will ride and walk with another parent). 
If you would like to learn more, please contact Elissa   
Enrichment Clubs This Week with End Dates

  • Chess 1 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - END DATE - Jan 30
  • Chess 2 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - END DATE - Jan 30

    If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
Sign up Forms for the next Enrichment Club session will be sent home at the end of this week.

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
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 bin in the main office.
Can't find your child's jacket?? Sweater??  Sweatshirt??  

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
    January Calendar
    Monday, Jan 7
    • Rock Band Practice
    • Homework Help
    Tuesday, Jan 8
    • Friends Auction Meeting - 6:45pm - Room TBA
    • Basketball-Green 6 vs. Stevens 6 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. White 5 -6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 6 vs. HOLA 6 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Wednesday, Jan 9
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Hoboken Charter - 6:45pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Stevens White - 7:45pm - Multi
    Thursday, Jan 10
    • Homework Help
    Friday, Jan 11
    • Kuumba
    Saturday, Jan 12
    • Basketball-Girls vs. Stevens White - 2:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Green 4 vs. Hoboken Charter 4 - 4:00pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 4 vs. White 4 - 7:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 3 vs. White 3 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 3 vs. PAL Orange 3 - 9:00pm - Wallace

    Monday, Jan 14
    • Homework Help
    • Rock Band Practice
    • Basketball-All Saints vs. Kelly Green 8 - 6:15pm - Multi
    Tuesday, Jan 15
    • Middle School Play
    Wednesday, Jan 16
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30pm Dismissal - Staff Developement
    • Lottery, 1:00pm
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Stevens White - 6:45pm - Wallace

    Thursday, Jan 17
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-All Saints vs. White 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. HOLA 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Monday, Jan 21
    • School Closed - MLK Day
    Tuesday, Jan 22
    • Basketball-Green 6 vs. Wallace 6 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Wednesday, Jan 23
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Mustard Seed - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Thursday, Jan 24
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Kelly Green 8 vs. Stevens Red - 7:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. Hoboken Charter 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 5 vs. HOLA 5 - 8:45pm - Wallace
    Saturday, Jan 26
    • Basketball-White 4 vs. Hoboken PAL Purple - 1:30pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Girls vs. Stevens Red - 3:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 3 vs. Hoboken PAL Orange 3 - 4:00pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 3 vs. Wallace Grey 3 - 4:50pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 4 vs. Wallace Black 4 - 6:30pm - Wallace
    • Chili Dinner - Elks Club - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, Jan 28
    • Rock Band\Practice
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Kelly Green 8 vs. Hob Middle School Knicks - 6:15pm - Multi 
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Jan 29
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Hudson - 6:15pm Multi
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Mustard Seed - 7:15pm - Multi
    Thursday, Jan 31
    • Homework Help
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 5 vs. Green 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace\
    • Basketball-Kelly Green 8 vs. Hob Mid School Warriors - 7:15pm - Multi

    February Calendar
    Saturday, Feb 2
    • Basketball-Girls vs. HOLA - 1:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 3 vs. Wallace Black 3 - 2:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball- All Saints vs. Green 4 - 6:30pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 4 vs. Hoboken PAL Purple 4 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 4 vs. HOLA Teal 4 - 9:00pm - Wallace
    Monday, Feb 4
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. HOLA Teal - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Hudson - 7:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 5 vs. Stevens Purple 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Tuesday, Feb 5
    • Basketball-All Saints vs. Green 6 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Wednesday, Feb 6
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - Report Writing
    Saturday, Feb 9
    • Basketball-White 4 -Wallace Grey 4 - 2:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Girls vs. Hoboken Middle School - 3:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball- Brandt 3 vs. Green 3 - 7:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball- All Saints 3 vs. White 3 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-All Saints 4 vs. Green 4 - 9:00pm - Wallace
    Monday, Feb 11
    • Basketball-Kelly Green 8 vs. Hob Middle School Nets - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. HOLA Teal - 7:15pm -Multi
    • Basketball-Green 5 vs. Wallace Black 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 6 vs. Wallace Grey 5 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Tuesday, Feb 12
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Hoboken Charter - 6:15pm - Multi
    Thursday, Feb 14
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - Aftercare until 3:00pm
    • Report Cards Distributed
    Friday, Feb 15 - Tuesday, Feb 19
    • School Closed - February Break
    Thursday, Feb 21
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. Stevens White - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball -Green 5 vs. Stevens Purple 5 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    Saturday, Feb 23
    • Basketball-Girls vs. Hoboken Charter - 3:00pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Connors/Calabro 4 vs. Green 4 - 3:10pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 4 vs. Wallace Black 4 - 4:50pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-White 3 vs. HOLA 3 - 7:20pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-Green 3 vs. Wallace Black 3 - 8:10pm - Wallace
    Monday, Feb 25
    • Basketball-Green 7 vs. White 7 - 6:15pm - Multi
    • Basketball-Green 6 vs. Hudson 6 - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball- Kelly Green 8 vs. HOLA Black - 7:15pm - Multi
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm 
    Wednesday, Feb 27
    • Basketball-White 7 vs. Hoboken Charter - 6:45pm - Wallace
    • Basketball-All Saints vs. Kelly Green 8 - 7:45pm - Wallace
    Thursday, Feb 28
    • Basketball-Green 6 vs. Mustard Seed 6 - 8:45pm - Wallace
    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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