Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
www.ecsnj.org friendsofelysian.org
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director
Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

February 22, 2016         Vol. 11  Issue 23
Please note that the school newsletter is sent out on Mondays.  When there is a holiday, the newsletter is sent the following day.  Please send news to lynne.shapiro@ecsnj.org by 1:00 PM on Mondays.

The weekly newsletter is archived on Elysian's website, www.ecsnj.org, so that you can always access both the most recent newsletter as well as all previous ones.
Harry's Corner
Last weekend I saw Michael Moore’s new documentary, Where to Invade Next.  This movie spends a great deal of time discussing schools in Finland, where, on international tests, they have consistently scored ahead of most or all other countries, including the United States on the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment)—often scoring first or second in the world.
As I watched this section of Michael Moore’s movie I compared what we do at Elysian to those characteristics that were identified as the reasons for Finland’s success.  I felt such pride in the fact that we follow so many of the tenets discussed as characteristics of successful schools.
In another video, The Finland Phenomenon, Harvard professor Dr. Tony Wagner explains the Finnish phenomenon.  The IMDB website describes the movie as
Finland's education system has consistently ranked among the best in the world for more than a decade. The puzzle is, why Finland? Documentary filmmaker, Bob Compton, along with Harvard researcher, Dr. Tony Wagner, decided to find out. The result of their research is captured in a new film, "The Finland Phenomenon: Inside the World's Most Surprising School System". In the 60-minute film, Dr. Wagner guides the viewer through an inside look at the world's finest secondary education system. A life-long educator and author of the best-selling book "The Global Achievement Gap," Dr. Wagner is uniquely qualified to explore and explain Finland's success. From within classrooms and through interviews with students, teachers, parents, administrators and government officials, Dr. Wagner reveals the surprising factors accounting for Finland's rank as the #1 education system in the world. Written by Robert Compton

This video may be viewed in its entirety at
I encourage you to watch.
Auction & Raffle Tickets: IT’S THE LAST MINUTE! 
If you’ve been thinking about going to the auction fundraiser, it’s definitely time to buy your ticket! Don’t forget, all proceeds help our school. Plus, it’s going to be a lot of fun and there are some really cool items this year! And a photo booth!
> Tickets: $125/guest or $135/guest at the door
Paying Online: Go to www.friendsofelysian.org/fundraising.html.
Paying By Check: Please give your check—payable to “Friends of Elysian Charter School”—to Deb or Susan in the office. IMPORTANT: Put the check in an envelope labeled “Friends Auction.” Inside, include a note with the name of each guest and your email address. Thank you!
* Please turn in your raffle tickets to your class parent or teacher by WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24!
* IMPORTANT: Please coordinate with your class parent if at all possible and do not leave cash in the Friends of Elysian mailbox. Either write a check, payable to “Friends of Elysian Charter School,” or coordinate with your class parent to pool all cash in a larger check. Thank you.
* LOST YOUR TICKET BOOKS? But still want to buy some? Please either see Deb or Susan in the office, or contact Cynthia Ng-Villaluz at cynthia.ng.villaluz@gmail.com.
* If you’re returning UNSOLD TICKET BOOKS, please turn them into Deb or Susan in the office. Please do not leave them in the office without either of them personally taking them from you.  
PRIZES: There are PRIZES for the top three classes that sell the most tickets. First prize is a pizza party, second prize is an ice cream party and third prize is a collection of games for the classroom.

Basketball Updates
Snow Day Make-Up
Grammar (7th./8th grade boys) make up game is scheduled for Monday, February 29, at the Multi-service Center, 7:15 PM. Elysian vs All Saints
Confirmed Play-off Dates
Friday, March 4, 6:00 PM at Wallace
Monday,March 7, 7:15 PM at the Multi
Tentative Play-off
If Elysian wins previous play-offs, we will have a game Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 PM at the Multi
 PTSO Corner 
Thank you to ALL who made the chili cook off on Saturday a wonderful Elysian community event!!  A big thanks to our celebrity judges: Eugene and Joyce Flinn of Amanda’s, Elysian Café, and Schnackenberg’s.  They also provided the gift certificates for the winners so please be sure to visit one of their local restaurants and say thank you!  Thank you to the judges: Melissa Landera, Wil Hinds, Natalie O’Brien, Miles Savulich, Molly O’Callaghan and Elizabeth Lee.  Thank you to Grace Leong, 7th grade parent, who donated all of the wine for the bar and gifts for chili entrants!  Thanks to Eddie Madigan at the Elks Club for letting us hold our annual event at their lodge.  A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped with set-up, clean up, bartending and front table – too many of you to list!
Congrats to this year’s winners:
Judge’s Picks
1st – Jen Marsh
2nd – John Fischer
3rd – Michael Blumenfeld
People’s Choice
1st – John Fischer
2nd – Ted Mauseth
3rd – Eileen O’Brien

To all the chili entrants, dessert makers and Elysian community for attending – you made this gathering great!


The Chili-Cook off Committee,
Ted Mauseth, Regan Michaels, Jay Savulich, Michael Granit and Lauree Barnes

Please Check Out the Lost and Found in the Main Office

We have coats, hats, scarves and gloves.  Come, take a look....

The pile is reason enough for placing your childrens' names inside their coats (makes it easier to return them).
Good News
Welcome Hiro Adonis Rosa!  Born 2/21/16 at 1:33 AM, 8 lb and 1 oz.  Congratulations Rob and Grandma Brenda!
REMINDER: Parent Workshop - Helping Your MS Child Navigate Tough Choices, Tuesday, March 1, 6:30 - 7:30 (for parents of children from grades 5 to 8)
Stevens Cooperative School in collaboration with Hoboken Charter School and the Elysian Charter School (sponsored by our PTSO) invites families to a parent education workshop titled "Helping Your MS Child Navigate Tough Choices." Hallways (http://www.hallways.org/) provides parents/caregivers with the latest research, information and tools to effectively communicate with teens around challenging issues, such as navigating social media, responding to peer pressure and coping with stress and anxiety. The workshop will discuss how to initiate these challenging conversations and equip children with the skills to manage increasingly complex social dynamics and situations.
Hosted by:
Hoboken Charter School
Demarest Building, 158 4th Street, 4th floor, Room 407, Hoboken        201-963-3280
*Entrance on 4th Street between Bloomfield and Garden
Elysian Collects Box Tops and LABELS for Education:  Look for the container near Deb's desk in the office!  Thank you!


Tuesday, February 23
  • Arts to Grow performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream for families of participating students and others, at Mile Square Theater's The Edge.  More info to follow.
  • Middle Division Basketball Game (5th Grade), Elysian Charter 5 vs. Hola 5, 6:00 PM, Wallace School
  • Sixth Grade Basketball Game, Elysian Charter 6 vs. HOLA 6, 7:00 PM, Wallace School
Friday, February 26
  • Friends' Auction/Fundraiser (see above for information).
Saturday, February 27
  • Girls Basketball Game, Elysian Charter vs. Stevens Co-op, 1:00 PM, Multi
  • Small Fry Basketball Game (3rd grade) , Elysian Charter 3 vs. Stevens White 3, 5:00 PM, Wallace School
  • Small Fry Basketball Game (4th grade), Elysian Charter 4 vs. HOLA 4, 7:30 PM, Wallace School
Monday, February 29
  • 5th Grade Basketball Game, Connors/Calabro 5 vs. Elysian Charter 5, 8:00 PM, Wallace School
  • Grammar (7th./8th grade boys) make up game at the Multi-service Center, 7:15 PM. Elysian vs All Saints

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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