Newsletter 12-3-18
Newsletter 12-3-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

December 3, 2018                  Vol. 14  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 by 9:00 AM on Mondays.
At Elysian we ask that student’s cell phones are off and away during the school day. 
There are very few times when phones are used in a middle school classroom during the day. Usually it’s to take a quiz or for use during a seminar. 
The link below has a Q and A with an experienced educator who has ideas to share. Those of you who have children in the early grades who may not yet have a cell phone, take heed and plan carefully for the future. Those of you with children who may already have a cell phone – there are some useful ideas to live by. 
Time To Register Siblings For Kindergarten In 2019-2020!

As you know, Elysian Charter School has sibling preference. In order for a spot to be saved for a sibling of a current Elysian student for next year’s Kindergarten class of (2019-2020), you must let us know BEFORE the lottery. Your child must turn five (5) by October 1st in order to qualify for registration in your district.

We need to know how many places to reserve for our siblings. Please let us know now!

The lottery will be held this year on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  In order for your spot to be guaranteed, you must turn in your application by the deadline of January 11, 2019.

                         PLEASE CLICK THE BOX BELOW FOR A FORM
click here for printable form

Friends of Elysian

Thanks to everyone who attended our first planning meeting for the 2019 Annual Party and Auction (scheduled for March 1). If you were unable to attend, but want to get involved, there’s still plenty of opportunity to participate! Drop us a line at and we can get you caught up, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for our next meeting, the evening of Tuesday, January 8.

PTSO Corner

CHILI COOK-OFF - Save the date and get your recipes ready for Saturday, January 26, at the Elks Club! Interested in helping plan and judging the contest? Email
KUUMBA DAY is coming- Order your T-shirt now!
We are thrilled to present this year's KUUMBA Day T-shirt!  Custom designed and generously donated by artist Issa Sow, proud Elysian parent and owner of Issyra African Art Gallery, here in Hoboken. Graphic design support by Jenifer Semenza, fellow Elysian parent, and Nikki Berger, superstar art teacher.  A huge thank you to Issa, Jenifer and Nikki!
KUUMBA Day is one of Elysian's most unique, memorable and special traditions!
ELYSIAN community- please purchase and wear these shirts with pride on KUUMBA Day- show your support of our talented 3rd grade dancers and your Elysian spirit.
IMPORTANT: due to custom nature, the campaign will only be open for 2 weeks.  It will close on Monday, December 17th, 2019. (After which, you will not be able to purchase.)  
Here's how:
1) visit the fundraiser link.  Click here to support Elysian Charter School for KUUMBA DAY 2019
2) place your t-shirt order!
3) SHARE the link with any friends/relatives planning on attending!
4) All shirts will be delivered to the school on Friday, January 4th. (you have the option to ship directly to your home, for an additional charge)
Thank you,
KUUMBA Committee
A Message from Kuumba Teacher Yahaya
Recently, Yahaya Kamate, our wonderful and inspirational Kuumba teacher and part of our extended Elysian family, lost his dear friend and fellow musician, Sheik Fall. Yahaya and several other musicians are taking part in a benefit to help Sheik’s family and for a project near to his heart, a school for special needs in Senegal with his brother Oumar. 
“A true legend has been taken away from us,” says Yahaya. “But he touched our hearts and shared things with us as tools to strive. He was a great man. I hope that you will find time to be a part of this journey and join us for a wonderful tribute.” 
Issyra Gallery presents Benefit Honoring Sheik Fall
Date: Saturday, December 15th @ 6 p.m.
Place: Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Highway Hoboken, New Jersey 
Donation requested for admission. Bring a drum if you have one!
Music performances from: Kamate Traders, B-sides, Joe Reynolds, and a special tribute by Muddy and Amy Shewchuk. 
Drum circle at 6 p.m.!
Food Drive Update

Thank you to everyone for their contributions during the Elysian Charter School Food Drive benefiting the clients of the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.  We delivered two full carloads of food including many boxes of the students' favorite cereals!  Thank you to the ECS climate team for organizing these efforts.

In an effort to build on our support of the shelter, we will be collecting reusable grocery bags for the next two weeks. These bags will allow clients to bring food home and allow you to get rid of some extra bags before the holidays. We will also deliver books to families at the In Jesus Name pantry.

We hope that these efforts help others and give children a sense of community and the importance of giving back.

Enrichment Clubs This Week with End Dates

  • The Game Show Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 3 
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 3
  • Tuesday Clubs are finished
  • Chess 1 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Jan 23 (Club runs 14 weeks)
  • Chess 2 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Jan 23 (Club runs 14 weeks)
  • You Too Can YouTube - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Dec 12 (No Club Dec 5)
  • Tennis - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 6
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 6 
  • Jewelry Making & Crafts - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 7

If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email

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
    December Calendar
    Monday, Dec 3
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Homework Help
    Wednesday, Dec 5 - Friday, Dec 7
    • 7th and 8th Grade Trip
    Thursday, Dec 6
    • 4th Grade Trip
    • Homework Help 
    Monday, Dec 10
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Homework Help
    Wednesday, Dec 12
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30pm  Dismissal - Staff Developement
    Thursday, Dec 13
    • Homework Help
    Monday, Dec 17
    • Homework Help
    • Rock Band Practice, CANCELLED  For today
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Thursday, Dec 20
    • Homework Help
    Friday, Dec 21
    • 1/2 Day, Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, Dec 24 - Tuesday, Jan 1
    • School Closed - Winter Break

    January Calendar
    Thursday, Jan 3
    • Homework Help
    Saturday, Jan 5
    • Open House, 10:00am
    Monday, Jan 7
    • Homework Help
    Thursday, Jan 10
    • Homework Help
    Friday, Jan 11
    • Kuumba
    Tuesday, Jan 15
    • Middle School Play
    Wednesday, Jan 16
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30pm Dismissal - Staff Developement
    • Lottery, 1:00pm
    Thursday, Jan 17
    • Homework Help
    Monday, Jan 21
    • School Closed - MLK Day
    Thursday, Jan 24
    • Homework Help
    Saturday, Jan 26
    • Chili Dinner - Elks Club - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    \Monday, Jan 28
    • Homework Help 
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Thursday, Jan 31
    • Homework Help
    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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