Newsletter 11-19-18
Newsletter 11-19-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

November 19, 2018                  Vol. 14  Issue 10
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.
Sixty plus pounds of food was dropped off at the homeless shelter in Hoboken. This is an effort to be proud of. Jaclyn at the shelter said “Wowza! What a generous bounty!! Please extend our sincerest gratitude to all of your students, their families, and the faculty!!”Thank you to the MS school climate team members for your leadership and Tara and Alicia for helping organize. Thank you to Alicia for schlepping the donations to the shelter!
It’s always important to remember that we must teach our children that it is our obligation to give back, to remember that there are people who need our help.
My two cents:
The coin drive was another whopping success! I’m proud of the all - out effort by every class and the competitive spirit between the grades. Congrats to grade 8 – you rule!  I did hear about one sibling fist fight over some coins and sisters who stayed up way too late scouring the house for change. It was all for a good cause. Thank you to our fearless PTSO President Sara who collected the coins (which are pretty heavy) and brought them to the bank to be counted. 
Below are links to two worthwhile articles to read about social media. I hope you take time to read them and share your thoughts. I hope to hear from you.  
I wish everyone at Elysian a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!


                         1/2 Day this Wednesday
                           No Enrichment Club

                        Dismissal 12:30 all grades
                          Aftercare until 3:00 PM
                   No School Thursday and Friday
Emergency Call System Test

Dear Parents and Families,

On Tuesday, November 20 at about 8:00 p.m. we will be testing our emergency call system.  A test message will be sent out to the home and cell numbers that we have on your child’s records.  Once the test is finished, you can complete the form below in order to add or change any of the numbers.  If you are satisfied with the call you do not need to do anything.  You may also call the office with any change information.

Please note that we will set each emergency call so that it can recognize an answering machine and leave messages.  This means that there will be a momentary delay when you pick up the phone.  Also, the caller ID will show the Elysian phone number.

How do I know when Elysian closes?

--Elysian will usually be closed for emergency conditions when the Hoboken Board of Education is closed.

--An e-mail blast will be sent to the entire community.

--An announcement will be placed on the school’s website (

--A phone call will be made to the entire community.  The call will be made as soon as a decision is made about the closing of school.  This may be very early in the morning.

Change of phone number form:
Student(s) name/class_______________________________________________
Phone number(s) you wish to remove____________________________________
Phone number(s) you wish to add_______________________________________

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

With the 2019 Annual Party and Auction just a few months away (Friday, March 1, 2019), we’re starting our planning efforts and would love your help.
There are plenty of ways to participate!
1. Attend our kick-off planning meeting. Join us on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at 7:00 PM, to share your ideas and get involved. Meeting location to be announced. Please drop a line to if you are planning to attend. If you can’t make the date, but would still like to participate, let us know! 
2. Consider making a donation-in-kind to our silent auction. We are always on the lookout for fun and interesting experiences or services to add to our silent auction roster. If you think you might have an item that would fit the bill, please don't hesitate to reach out to Your support is always welcomed and appreciated.
3. And don’t forget to save the date!  Friday, March 1, 2019!

PTSO Corner

COIN CHALLENGE RESULTS - The results are in! The 2018 Elysian Coin Challenge raised an amazing $4,061, up from $3,289 in 2017 and $2,564 in 2016...which is going to go a long way toward making spirits bright!
In a surprise twist that no one saw coming, 8th Grade was the big winner, with a whopping collection of $1,001.12 (with $912.12 just in coins)! What a great legacy!
Last year's winners, the current 2nd Grade, came in second, with an amazing collection of $862.70! Kindergarten took third place with $492.25!
The PTSO would like to extend a huge THANKS to all of the students, parents, teachers and staff who so generously contributed to the Coin Challenge, and to BCB Community Bank for counting it all for us daily!
PICTURE DAY PROOFS - All students should have received their Picture Day photo proofs last week. Each proof has a specific code for ordering pictures. If anyone would like retakes, Retake Day will be Tuesday, November 27. Please email to sign up for retakes, and include your child's name and classroom.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR PTSO DUES - Enjoy the Halloween Party? Did you know that your dues go toward funding the free Halloween Party, as well as the many free or low-cost events that the PTSO puts on every year? PTSO dues envelopes have been sent home, but if you did not receive one, please email or send in your donation in a regular envelope, with your contact information on the outside. To help fund the PTSO, we are suggesting all families contribute $25 per child in dues. Please return the envelope with cash or check made out to Elysian PTSO to the main office. PayPal is still not accepting payments, so at this time we are suggesting sending your donation in an envelope to the office. We're sorry for the inconvenience.

On Tuesday, November 27, in celebration of #GivingTuesday, Facebook and PayPal are matching donations up to a total of $7 million! As part of the current Friends of Elysian matching appeal, please consider making a donation on this day via our Facebook page. In addition to helping Friends move closer to its goal, your donation may be matched! If you aren’t yet following the Friends Facebook page, please join us at
Thank you for your support!

Enrichment Clubs This Week with End Dates

  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 26 (both Classes on Nov 19 and Nov 16 will run until 4:30 pm)
  • The Game Show Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 3 (No Club today, Nov 19)
  • Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 26
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 3

  • Creative Clay Creations - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 20
  • Baking Club – 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 20
  • Logic Puzzles – 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 20
  • Healthy Minds in Active Bodies - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 20

  • 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)

  • Lego Engineering (Grades 1-3) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 29
  • Tennis - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 6
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 6 (No Club Nov 29)

FRIDAY               NO CLUB NOV 23
  • Jewelry Making & Crafts - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Dec 7 (No Club on Nov 30)
  • Rock Climbing – (off site at Gravity Vault) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 30
  • Lego Engineering  (Kindergarten) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Nov 30

If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
No Homework Help on Mon. Nov 19 for 3, 4, 5 grades 
omework Help with Samantha will still be running  

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 
Can't find your child's jacket?? Their sweater??  Their sweatshirt??  

Come to the main office and take a look at our Lost and Found bin. 
It's growing and growing and growing still.
It will soon be donated to charity.
New Boxtops for Education smartphone app
Box Tops Bonus App

      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
    Monday, Nov 19
    • 4th and 5th Grade Trip
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Nov 21
    • 1/2 Day, Aftercare Ends at 3:00pm
    Thursday, Nov 22 and Friday, Nov 23
    • Elysian Closed - Thanksgiving
    Monday, Nov 26
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Open House, 6:00pm
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Nov 27
    • Picture Re-take Day
    Wednesday, Nov 28 - Friday, Nov 30
    • 6th Grade Trip
    Saturday, Dec 1
    • Open House, 10:00am
    Monday, Dec 3
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #21
    Wednesday, Dec 5 - Friday, Dec 7
    • 7th and 8th Grade Trip
    Thursday, Dec 6
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Monday, Dec 10
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Dec 12
    • 1/2 Day
    Monday, Dec 17
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Friday, Dec 21
    • 1/2 Day, Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, Dec 24 - Tuesday, Jan 1
    • Winter Break
    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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