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Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

November 28, 2016         Vol. 12  Issue 13
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 by 1:00 PM on Mondays.

The weekly newsletter is archived on Elysian's website,, so that you can always access both the most recent newsletter as well as all previous ones.
Harry's Corner
Why Do We Do What We Do?
This is the time of year where we hold Open Houses for parents who are interested in applying to Elysian.  Part of my role is to talk about Elysian’s philosophy and approach to education.  To that end I discuss key precepts of progressive education and how those characteristics are carried out at Elysian.  I thought that I would share a few of the slides that I use.  Charters are granted because they provide a unique vision of how children learn as well as the ability of the orgaizing group to govern and manage the school. For close to twenty years Elysian has been carrying out that vision, with huge success. 
Fall Session After School Enrichment Clubs

Please note the remaining dates for this session of after school clubs:

Movement & Fitness:   Nov. 28, Dec 5, Dec 12
Debate:  Nov. 28, Dec 5 (1 1/2 hr final class)
Clay Club:  Nov. 28, Dec. 5
Origami:  Nov. 28, Dec 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19
Newspaper: Nov. 29
Babysitting: Nov. 29
Brixology:  Nov. 29
Karate:  Nov. 29
Chess:  Jan. 18 (this is a 14 week club)
Dance w/ Derrick:  Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec 14 (1/2 day)
Fashion Lab:  Nov. 30
Essay Writing:  Dec. 1
Magic --  club has ended
Fencing:  Dec. 2, Dec. 9
KUUMBA Day is Saturday, December 17!
Buy a Shirt.  Wear it to KUUMBA Day!  
Please click on image to order.
From 11:00 - 1:00 there will be the traditional cake walk, drumming circles, art workshops, and International foods.  (More details to follow post-Thanksgiving.) 
At 1:30 PM, everyone gathers to watch the 3rd grade demonstrate what they learned in their African Dance Residency!  
Afterwards - have a piece of KUUMBA cake!
Mother Africa: My Home at The New Victory Theater
Wednesday, December 7, 4:30 PM
Get ready for KUUMBA  DAY...
This holiday season, experience the joyous spirit abundant in MOTHER AFRICA: MY HOME, a circus spectacular set in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha. Daring acrobats, jubilant dancers and mind-bending contortionists fill the New Victory stage when the sensational Drama Desk-nominated Circus der Sinne (Mother Africa, New Vic 2013) returns to NYC with electrifying live music and feats of extraordinary strength and dazzling skill. With performers representing African nations from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, to South Africa and Ivory Coast, this radiantly rhythmic production exudes a palpable zest for life that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats—or, better yet, dancing in the aisles!
Permission slips will be sent home with After School tomorrow.  All others, contact Lynne Shapiro for tickets:

"If it's jaw-droppers you're after… then you've come to the right show."The Scotsman

Trivia Night Fundraiser Update 
Thank you so much to everyone for your support! 
We now have only six tickets left. (Yay!) But if you’re interested, the tickets are only available to purchase one or two at a time due to the way the teams are set up now. In other words, six people could not buy tickets to be on the same team now, BUT you can buy one or two tickets separately to be placed on pre-existing teams of four. (See link below.) 
We need to finalize the teams by early Tuesday, so the last chance to buy tickets, if they haven’t sold out already, is 12 pm tomorrow. No tickets can be sold at the door since we need to have teams ahead of time.  
If you already bought tickets, and you can’t make it on Wednesday, please email to let us know. However, if tickets do sell out and you'd like to buy one, you can also email us to be put on the wait list. 
Many thanks again!

Trivia Night Fundraiser Ticket and Discount Info:
• Tickets are available to the Elysian community, Elysian alumni, non-Elysian friends, extended family and the public. 
Click here to buy tickets & register:
PTSO Corner
PICTURE ORDERING DEADLINE is THIS Friday, December 2! Please go to and enter the unique online access code that you received on the flyer sent home with your children in their backpacks to view photos and place orders! PLEASE NOTE that children absent on the original Picture Day and retake photos will be available around December 7.   The deadline for ordering will be extgended  ONLY for those pictures.
Shop For Holiday Cards:
- Shop through our store at to earn 13% for Elysian at Tiny Prints and Shutterfly. Offers expire 12/31/16. No need to sign up, just use this link.  
- Also on Shutterfly: We have 50 unique coupon codes for $10 off a $50 purchase when you shop through our link above. Please email for your code.
- Tiny Prints: For 30% off, use code TPSCBF87ZF through the Shutterfly link above.
Shop for Holiday Gifts:
- Go to Register for the iGive button. It is free. Then go to your favorite online store and shop! Nothing else to do! 
- Go to Click on ‘change your charity’ and select Elysian Charter. Bookmark this address and shop as usual.

Please forward these links to friends and family.
Sibling Applications for Kindergarten 2017-2018 are due for Elysian Family Sibling Preference
The Deadline for ALL Applications is January 9th at 5:00 PM. If you have a child at Elysian already, and you are planning to enroll a sibling in the 2017-18 school year, please complete an application form and return it to Susan Gilbertson in the office. You can find the form on Elysian's website,, or stop by the office to pick it up. We must have an application on file before the January 11th Lottery in order for you to receive sibling preference.  
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.

Monday, November 28
  • 6:00 PM Open House for Prospective Parents
  • Board of Trustees meeting, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 29
  • Melissa's 2nd Grade class trip
Wednesday, November 30
  • 6th grade departs for an overnight trip
  • Trivia Night!  See above.
Thursday, December 1
  • Amanda's 3rd grade class trip
Friday, December 2
  • 6th grade returns from overnight trip
Tuesday, December 6
  • Wellness Policy Committee Meeting, 8:45 AM. If interested in joining the committee, please contact Susan Gilbertson at
Wednesday, December 7
  • After School Trip to see Mother Africa. 4:30 PM Performance  Interested in tickets, contact Lynne Shapiro,
Thursday, December 8
  • Ashley's 3rd grade class trip
Wednesday, December 14
  • Half Day of school for staff development, 12:30 dismissal, After School Program available as usual
Friday, December 16
  • Community Meeting, everyone invited!
Saturday, December 17
  • KUUMBA Day, 11:00 - 2:30!
Monday, December 19
  • Board of Trustees meeting, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, December 20
  • Middle School Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday, December 21
  • Middle School Musical
Thursday, December 22
  • 7th and 8th grade trip
  • 5th grade trip
Friday, December 23
  • Half Day of school, 12:30 dismisal .  After School Program available until 3:00 PM
Monday, December 26 - Monday, January 2
  • Winter Break.  No School.  Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.
301 Garden Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director | | Phone:201.876.0102 | Fax:201.876.9576

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