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

June 6, 2016         Vol. 11  Issue 36
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  
Do you recognize this picture?

This is the tree that was painted on the wall in the Rue building.  A big thank you to Rob Jenkins for photographing it and taking three walls of the tree and putting it onto a flat surface and cropping all of the extraneous material out of the way. Thanks to Peter Tomasso for mounting and helping us to hang this picture. If you come into our new office, you will see the tree straight ahead of you.  
This tree is a symbol of our history and in our pride of the children as they have entered the middle school years.  Every child who entered the 7th grade in Rue, since the inception of Elysian, has developed a goal for him/herself which was publicly pronounced in front of their peers.  The children then wrote their names on a leaf.  Siblings would often look to see where the name of an older brother or sister was and find a leaf nearby.  Over the years, the tree grew to three walls.  If you look closely, you can see the names on the leaves. 
The idea of the tree was to acknowledge that as children approach the teen years they take on more and more responsibility for their own actions and their futures.  Setting a goal and announcing it to your peers is a way of thinking about your own values and committing to a course of action that, over time, will help you to achieve it. 
The tree also records the names of all of our students (as they enter the 7th grade) who have passed through Elysian’s doors.  It was a rite of passage.  While at Rue, graduates would come back and know exactly where to find their names.  When we moved so many of our former students asked what would happen to the tree.  At Rue the tree has been painted over.  But it lives again on our office wall.
PTSO Corner: 
This year’s school picnic is set for this Wednesday, June 8th, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Columbus Park.  Bring your blankets and your appetites!!  Please note there is no rain date. 
It is a potluck so we ask that you bring food according to the grade(s) of your kid(s).
K – 2nd Grade:  Entrees – pasta, pizza, sandwiches, chicken, etc.
3rd – 5th Grade:  Salads, Sides or Fruit 
6th – 8th Grade:  Dessert, Water, Juice Boxes 
We are looking for volunteers to bring certain items and help with set up/ clean up so please go to  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c44a4a629a2f49-year  to sign up.  Please email elysianptso@gmail.com with any questions.
Thank you to those who participated in the Little City Book Fair!  We raised about $250 and were able to purchase books from the teachers’ wish lists!  All teacher books purchased will be distributed this week!
Save the Date- Monday June 20th for Elysian Field Day!  To be held at 1600 Park.  Details are coming!!
After School Enrichment Club End Dates:

Hope your children have enjoyed the after school enrichment clubs this year.  Following are end dates for the Spring Session:

Chess -  June 13th
Dance with Derrick - June 13 (make up class this Tuesday or Friday)
Hola Amigos - June 13
Newspaper -  June 13
Debate Club - June 13 (2 hour final class)
Violin -  June 14 (both remaining classes are 1 1/2 hours long)
Glee Club - June 14
Programming in Scratch - June 14
Culture Club - June 7 (2 hour class)
Fashion Lab - June 14
Baking with Chocolate - June 8
Aviators - June 15
Scrabble - June 16
Bracelet Making - June 16
Healthy Mind & Body - June 16

We will have a brand new selection, along with some returning favorites, to offer in the Fall Session.  Have a great summer!


Campaign For Elysian – Year 2!
9 Days Left!
If you hope to contribute to the Campaign, please consider making that gift TODAY (or even in the next few days)!
We are all in this together and no matter the amount, every donation really does make a difference. Our participation rate is important to the school! Thank you!

$118,703 – Grand Total for Year 2 of the Campaign
$55,969 – Funds raised by the Annual Appeal, separate from the auction – TO DATE!
> As mentioned last week, we are very close to our goal of $125,000 for this school year, but it’s important to remember that if we surpass that mark, there are lots of “wish list” items for the school that become so much more possible. This includes:
• New classroom furniture
• Additional Chromebooks
• A new math program and materials
• Supplemental security features
• New music instruments
• And much more!
We can reach our goal—and even build on it—but we can’t do it without your help! (DEADLINE is June 15!)

If you’d like to contribute, please go to the following urls:
Online: www.friendsofelysian.org/donate.html
By check: www.friendsofelysian.org/CampaignElysianPledgeForm2016.pdf
Please print the pledge form, fill it out accordingly and enclose a check (payable to “Friends of Elysian Charter School”). Envelopes can be either mailed or dropped off in the school office to Deb or Susan.
Our thanks to the following donors for their amazing generosity and support!
Harriet Fitzpatrick
Milly Lee and Wasim Choudhury
Jen and Pat O'Callaghan
Masha Pyshkina and Michael Volpert
The Shaytin Family
Lisa and Mark Spear
Marcia and Drew Wholf
Lastly, don’t forget those company-matching donations! They make a HUGE difference!
Elysian’s First Ever eBay Store
The Elysian eBay Store has a dedicated email address to contact directly the “student team”: ebay@ecsnj.org when you have item/s in mind to donate If you have any questions and/or already have items/s that you wish to donate, please contact the team right away at ebay@ecsnj.org
 Give your items away …  to Elysian eBay/   Let us make money $$ for our School
Friends of Elysian Charter School is recognized as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c) (3) of the internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law.
All year long we have been advertising the No Brainer Money Makers.  These regularly bring in money to the PTSO from places such as Amazon Smile and our box tops collection.  The money collected goes back into the school.  This year, for example, we purchased an additional 72 Chromebooks that were distributed through the grades.  What a nice surprise when we opened our mail one morning and found a $5,000 check from Box Tops for EducationIn conjunction with Shoprite, they give us money back for all of our community members who have registered with them and they also run a sweepstakes.  We won two of the drawings for that sweepstakes, for a $5,000 total plus an additional $245 based upon our box tops collection. 
To learn more and sign up for this program (and please do!) go to http://www.shopriteformyschool.com and please continue to turn in those box tops!!
Our final practices will take place on June 7th at 1600 Park from 3:00-3:45.  
Elysian's elementary and middle school teams will compete once again in the NYC Rugby Cup on Randall's Island on Saturday, June 11th.  This tournament will host over 70 teams from throughout the NYC area.
John Rutledge
Information About Class Trips/ORGS ONLINE
 Effective immediately, class trips that incur a fee of $25 or less can only be paid for BY CASH OR CHECK (payable to Elysian Charter School).  We will NOT be posting trips with fees of $25.00 or under on ORGS ONLINE any longer.   Many of you have expressed concern over the $4.00 surcharge when paying for trips online, so this will no longer be a factor when paying for those less costly trips.  It will also make it easier for teachers to track trip payments and be less of a burden on parents to remember to log on to pay.  When returning a permission slip to your child's teacher, please remember to attach the cash or check payment. Thank you.    
Lost and Found
Please check out the large pile downstairs by our entrance.
Elysian Collects Box Tops and LABELS for Education                Look for the container near Deb's desk in the office!  Thank you!
JUNE Calendar

Monday, June 6

  • 6th/7th grade trip

Wednesday, June 8

  • Elysian Annual Picnic

Friday, June 10

  • Community Meeting in the Elysian Gym, 8:45 AM
  • 4th grade trip

Monday, June 13

  • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM

Tuesday, June 14

  • 3rd grade trip
  • 5th grade trip

Wednesday, June 15

  • 5th grade trip continues

Thursday, June 16

  • 8th grade trip
  • 1st grade trip
  • 5th grade returns

Monday, June 20

  • Field Day
  • Half day of school, 12:30 dismissal

Tuesday, June 21

  • Graduation, save the date, more info to follow
  • Half day of school, 12:30 dismissal

Wednesday, June 22

  • Last day of school, half day, 12:30 dismissal.  No afterschool program today.
  • Report Card Distribution.  Report cards not picked up at dismissal will be mailed home.

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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