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Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

October 5, 2016         Vol. 12  Issue 4
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Harry's Corner
Social Emotional Learning
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, with the first week of October designated by the State of New Jersey as the Week of Respect.  The point of these designations is to call to everyone’s attention the importance of the issues of school climate and social emotional learning (SEL). 
The Collaborative for Social Emotional and Academic Learning defines social emotional learning as: “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
In other words, social emotional learning is what allows students to control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them to empathize and collaborate with others.  From (Playing Nicely With Others: Why Schools Teach Social Emotional Learning, By Jessica Lahey, The New York Times, December 4, 2014
At Elysian we have a number of instructional strategies that we use to develop this message for the children.  Based upon workshops and publications from the New Jersey Bar Association, developmentally appropriate lessons are taught at each grade level each year.  The topics include:
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Reflective listening
  • Dealing with peer pressure
  • Brainstorming solutions to conflicts (including anger management)
  • Mediating conflicts
Last October 5th Diane Sasso, our Social Worker, wrote a column in this space that provided some important information for parents.  It bears repeating:

Possible signs and symptoms of a bullied child:
  • Is your child afraid to walk to or from school?
  • Does your child appear apprehensive about going to school, complain of headaches or feeling ill prior to leaving for school in the morning?
  • Does your child come home with clothing or personal items damaged?
  • Does your child appear sad or depressed about going to school?
  • Does your child seem socially isolated with few, if any friends?
  Warning Signs that a child may be bullying at school:
  • Does your child have a strong need to dominate and subdue others?
  • Is your child intimidating his/her siblings or children in the neighborhood?
  • Does your child brag about his/her actual or imagined superiority over other children?
  • Is your child hot-tempered, easily angered or impulsive with a low frustration level?
  • Does your child have difficulty conforming to rules and tolerating adversity or delays?
If you have any concerns about your child please contact your child’s teacher or Diane Sasso, LSW.
While bullying incidents are reportable to the Department of Education, there is a quirk in the legal definition of bullying that is sometimes confusing.  This quirk specifies that incidents with certain characteristics be reported, while other incidents, that would normally be considered typical bullying, are not reported to the State.  All incidents, however, are handled through the school’s disciplinary process.  Below is an excerpt from Elysian’s Policy Manual which provides the legal definition of incidents that are to be reported.  I have added italics for emphasis.
 "Harassment, intimidation or bullying” is defined as any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability, or by any other distinguishing characteristic.
At the end of last year we conducted a survey of students focusing on the school climate.  While we have not yet received the results, previously conducted surveys have indicated very positive feelings on the part of the students.  Any areas where concerns surfaced are being addressed.  Once the results are in we expect to publicize them widely.  
    Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make the Book Fair a success!  Thanks to Mary Beth Alter, Cecilia Bejar, Carrie Campbell, Elma Crabbe, Bridget Glynn, Carrie Granit, Sara Green, Meredith Hayes, Natasa Kanlic, Shana Lee, Michele Linder, Miroslava Minkova, Jenn Napolitani, Andrea O’Connor, Maureen Phalen, Jenifer Semenza, Angela Soo-McDermott, Daniel Spiegel, Anna Stanin, Brittany Vogel, Dusty Weideman, Amy Whelton, Bobby Auld and special thanks to Bob Maltese who stayed late for both Monday set up and pack up Friday!  Extra special thanks to Anne Marie Schreiber who not only chairs this event, but was there every day, all day doing what needed to be done!  We are lucky to have all of you!
    BOOK FAIR SECOND CHANCE!! For those who weren’t able to visit the fair or would like to buy additional books, please visit our online book fair at  You may purchase books until Wednesday, Oct. 12th.  The books will be delivered to school for free and distributed at the end of our online fair.
    School Picture Day is Friday, October 14!
    City Running Tours is organizing a Beer Run Tour of Hoboken on Sunday, October 23 at 10:45 am.  Proceeds to benefit Elysian Charter, but anyone can join.  Please go to for more information.
     Elysian Halloween Party this year will be held on Friday, October 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the school gym. Watch your email for more details/info coming soon.
     No Brainer Money-Maker: Especially with the close of the Target RedCard for Education Program, please consider signing up for the iGive button at, where you can earn money for Elysian Charter just by shopping as you normally do online at a variety of stores.  Use the link below to register, choose Elysian and next time you shop online, you may see a banner letting you know you are supporting our school!  IT DOES NOT COST YOU ANYTHING!!  And, if you sign up by October 15 and simply visit any iGive store by October 31, Elysian will earn an extra $1, no purchase necessary.  
     Also, it's not too late to pay your PTSO dues!  We are at 62% participation!!  To help fund the PTSO, we are suggesting all families contribute $25 per child in dues.  You may leave cash or a check made out to Elysian PTSO in the main office on any day or tomorrow at Back to School Night!  Your dues help pay for fun Elysian activities, programs and materials. Last year, we donated an additional 72 Chromebooks to our children's classrooms, funded the Arts to Grow program, and were able to provide meals to our teachers and staff on special days!  
    For Parents of Basketball Players
    Basketball season is just around the corner.  We have many students who are excited to play this year and we are hoping that the city will allow us to have more than one team at some grade levels.  
    Please make certain that you send in school form and that you sign up online with the city as soon as possible so that the city knows how many players we will have this year.

    Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Regular Club Schedule
    Thursday, Oct. 6 - Regular Club Schedule
    Friday, Oct. 7 - Regular Club Schedule (Fencing begins today!)

    Mon, Oct. 10 - No School
    Tuesday, Oct. 11  - NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
    Wed, Oct. 12 - No School
    Thur, Oct. 13 - Regular Club Schedule
    Fri, Oct. 14 - Regular Club Schedule
    Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM
    The Hudson School Theatre
    601 Park Avenue
    Hoboken, NJ 07030

    Stevens Cooperative is thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.  Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. 

    As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.Tickets must be purchased in advance. (As seen on Good Morning America/ Watch the Movie

    WHEN:    THURSDAY, October 13, 3:45pm
    WHERE:   Stevens Cooperative School 
                    (enter on 3rd between Bloomfield & Garden)
                     301 Garden Street
                     Hoboken, NJ 07030
    RSVP:  See below.              
    Questions? Email event organizers directly.
    Jessica Delgado, School Counselor
    Allison Lemberg, School Counselor
    KidStuff Coupon Books - 8th Grade Fundraiser - Due Friday!

    This year the 8th grade is selling valuable, family-friendly KidStuff Coupon Books filled with hundreds of national, regional and local coupons for all ages! The KidStuff Book is conveniently organized, offers incredible savings and is sold exclusively through schools! Our class earns 50% or more profit for every book we sell!
    Use just a few coupons and easily save more than the $25 cost of the book…Remember to keep KidStuff in your car! Most coupons are long-term and valid for 16 months! You will enjoy fabulous savings from: BowTie Cinemas, Macy's, H&M, Dorney Park, and Francesca's (just opened in Hoboken). 

    Order forms were sent home with your child last week, or you can find us on Back to School Night. Please make checks payable to Elysian Charter School (include a memo: Kidstuff for 8th). If you have any questions, please contact Regan or Hillary. KidStuff does not promote door-to-door sales by children.

    POST and TWEET! Family, friends and co-workers will love saving with KidStuff...The books are great for gifts too! Check out all 26 valuable editions listed on the first page of your KidStuff book or visit Your family earns 1 FREE book worth $25 for every 5 books you sell!
    Halloween Costume & Coat Drive at Elysian
    The York Street Project is a facility in Jersey City that houes, educates, and nurtures homeless women and children in Hudson County.  
    Hoboken's Girl Scout Troop 12001 is collecting gently used children's costumes and winter coats for adult women, children, and teens October 6 - 21.  Please find the drop off box in our school.  The Hudson School, Hola and Hoboken Catholic Academy are also participating in this drive.
    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.

    Tuesday, October 5
    • New Victory Theater visits the 6th grade
    Thursday, October 6
    • 6th grade trip
    • Back to School Night ,5:45 PM meet the specialists in their rooms (Spanish--304, Art--306,  Music--219,Physical Education/Health--2nd floor gym),  6:30 PM - K to 6 teacher presentations in the classrooms.  Parents of 7 and 8the graders meet in Hillary's room, 316.  

    Friday, October 7
    • New Victory Theater visits the 6th grade
    • Due date for KidStuff Coupon Books
    Monday, October 10
    • Elysian closed, Columbus Day
    Tuesday, October 11
    • Third Grade Trip
    Wednesday, October 12
    • Elysian closed, Yom Kippur
    • Last day to shop Elysian's Book Fair, see above for website.
    Thursday, October 13
    • 2nd grade trip - Melissa's class
    Friday, October 14
    • Elysian picture day
    • 2nd grade trip - Abra's class
    Wednesday, October 19
    • Half Day of School for Staff Development
    • 7th and 8th grade overnight trip
    Thursday, October 20
    • 1st grade trip
    Friday, October 21
    • 7th and 8th grade return from overnight trip
    • Last day of Girl Scout Troop 12001 Halloween Costume & Coat Drive.
    Sunday, October 23
    Monday, October 24
    • 7:00 PM Board of Trustees Meeting
    Wednesday, October 26
    • 5th, 7th and 8th grades on a trip
    • 2nd grade trip
    • Middle School Night, 6:00 PM
    Thursday, October 27
    • 4th grade trip
    Friday, October 28
    • Community Meeting
    • Halloween Party. 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    301 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
    Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director | | Phone:201.876.0102 | Fax:201.876.9576

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