Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director
Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

May 21, 2018                  Vol. 13  Issue 34
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 deb.rosner@ecsnj.org by 9:00 AM on Mondays.
Harry's Corner
May 20th Celebration

Below are the comments I made at the Homecoming celebrating 20 years of Elysian.
Thank you for coming today.  So, what were you doing 20 years ago? How old were you? What did you care about?

-Smart phones were not widely in use then—remember the Palms on which the calendar was kept?

-Facebook would not be created for another 7 years (2004)

-Bill Clinton was president.

-Princess Diana was killed.

-The 1997 World Series was between the Cleveland Indians and The Florida Marlins. The Marlins won.

-The Super Bowl was between the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots. The Packers won.

-The Dow Jones went above $7,000 for the first time and closed the year at $7,908

-Average cost for a house was $124,100,

-Average income $37,000

-Gas was $1.22/gallon

-Movie tickets cost $4.60

-Best Picture Oscar went to Titanic

-And there was a small group of Hoboken residents who conceived, planned and opened a small charter school.

Paul Jung has created the Elysian Movie—world premiere today, in the Music room—where some of that small group were interviewed and created an oral history of Elysian.  It is a wonderful tribute to our school. Please be sure to spend a few minutes watching it.

What was opened up that day has evolved into this wonderful school.  But the founders of Elysian had a concept, a belief in how children learn.  Those were articulated several years ago as Elysian’s Core Beliefs as we developed our first Strategic Plan.  These beliefs define our slogan: We are a positively different public school. At the risk of being a little boring, I would like to share these beliefs with you. They are:

1. Community Engagement

2. Diversity and Inclusion

3. Child-centricity

4. Experiential Learning

5. Learning as a Process

6. Authentic and Interconnected Curriculum

7. Teacher Leadership in Learning

8. Social, Emotional and Physical Development

9. Social Awareness and Responsibility

The founders knew something.  These beliefs are the core of everything that we do.  They have endured and have become operationalized in our classrooms.

A big thank you to Joanna Weintraub and her team: Anna Stanin, Chris DeFilippis. Lindsey Loyd, and Susan Gilbertson, along with everyone else who worked so hard to make this day come together. And to Paul Jung for conceiving, directing and editing the Elysian Movie.

A Huge thank you to all who attended Homecoming yesterday and made the day a success!Special thanks go to:
The Elysian20 Committee: Chris DeFillipis, Lindsay Loyd, Anna Stanin, Susan Gilbertson, and Meredith Hayes
The PR committee: Sara Green and Stacy Mello, Frank Rosner and Eduardo Gonzalez
Our MC: David Mello and time capsule calligrapher: Mary Bridget Martin
The tour guides and volunteers: Diane Sasso, Melissa Landera, Bridget Glynn, Deb Rosner, Trista DeFillipis, Carrie Campbell, Rachel Glasgow, Lisa Gale, Danielle, Diane Murray, Stephanie Craft, Nicola Hoelz, Masha Pyshkina, Harriet Fitzpatrick, Karen Siegel, Sonia Puri, Elissa Aaronson, Pam Laden, Mary Guthrie and John Rutledge.  If I missed you Double Thank you!!!!
Moviemakers: Paul Jung and Aram Rubenstein-Gillis and Our alum and student musicians!!
Local businesses: Sudsy Buggy, Positively Pilates, Ms. Yvonne’s Swim School and ShopRite!
Friends for sponsoring security and The PTSO for sponsoring the obstacle course! 
and of course Harry and Bob.
VERY LAST CHANCE-- Memory Book Orders must be placed today by 11:59pm!

The Elysian Movie

The Elysian Movie, In the Beginning is now available online.  Please go to our website, www.ecsnj.org and click on the Quicklink for the movie.
This Week's Enrichment Clubs 

     Debate Club III - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     "No Bake" Baking Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

     Broadway Bound Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Drawing Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Create It and Make It Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Calligraphy Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (1 1/2 Hour)
     Anime Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (1 1/2 Hour)
    Chess Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - End date June 13  (14 week club)
     Basic Baking Club - 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM
     Clay Creations Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
     Lego Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM                                     
     Yoga Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Dance with Derrick Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday 1/2 Day
     Game Show Club - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
     Hola Amigos! Club - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
     Jewelry Making & Craft Club - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
     Rock Climbing Club - 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
7th Grade Students and Parents
High School Info Session
Monday, May 21 - 6:00 PM - Hillary's room  (Room 316) 
Learn about the High School Application Process from the 8th Grade Teachers and the Guidance Counselor.
PTSO News 

Spring Fling

Thank you everyone for your help with Spring Fling.  The 6th, 7th and 8th graders had a great time!

An extra thank you to Hillary Quist for coordinating the students and to Regan Michaels for helping out where needed.

Thank you to Rachel Katell, Jen Marsh, Paul Shaytin, Herman Weintraub, Paul Ballantyne and Cynthia Ng-Villaluz for set up!  Thank you to our AMAZING chaperones Nina Blake, Carrie Granit, Katrina Virtusio and Mary Beth Alter. Thank you to Marcia Wholf, Vickie Sargeant and Francoise Vielot for helping out with dismissal….  No kid left unattended! Huge shout out to Derrick Ladson for keeping the kids busy all night and Quan Ferguson for helping out as well…. Thanks to Jessica Nieves, teacher extraordinaire, and to Diane Sasso for stopping by to say hi to everyone.

DJ Adrian Ray rocked the house with DeeLori Photo Booths capturing all the goofy kids on camera!

Big thank you to our kid committee -- Andrew Castlen, Lilly Marsh, Sid Terpstra, Leo Bubb, Nella Craft, Zack Fisher, Anushka Terpstra and Caroline Murphy who all met weekly with Hillary to get things moving!

Finally, a HUGE thank you to Shana Goldberg Lee for organizing this year’s Spring Fling!  Amazing job!

Annual Year-End Picnic
 - Elysian Picnic in Columbus Park will be held Wednesday, June (rain date Thursday, June 7th) from 6-8 pm.

What Can You Bring to Share? 
K - 2nd Grade: Entrees - pasta, pizza, sandwiches, chicken, ets
3rd – 5th Grade: Salads, Sides or Fruit
6th – 8th Grade: Dessert, Water, Juice Boxes
Bring for Your Family:
Blankets and chairs
Toys to share (No water balloons or water guns, please)

Volunteers wanted to help the night of the picnic! If you are interested, please email elysianptso@gmail.com

Spectacular Sign-ups! 
Basketball Tourney This Thursday, May 24.

There are still spots available for the family kickball and basketball events. These are wonderful opportunities to spend time with family and friends, gather with the Elysian community, and support the school all at once!

To register for either (or both), please go to: http://www.ecsnj.org/post-auction-opportunities. 

Join other Elysian Charter School families for a basketball shoot-out and charity basketball tournament on Thursday evening, May 24, at 6:30 PM. There will also be some special guest stars including current and former Elysian staff! Includes pizza and beverages, to keep that energy up!
  • Donated by Brian Blake
Grab the kids and join Elysian Charter School families for a night of games on Friday June 1, at 7:00 p.m. It’s parents vs. kids! Includes pizza and drinks, and a lot of laughs!
  • Donated byJohn Rutledge (referee supreme!)
First Week Sold Out!!  
Only A Few Spots Remaining in Week 2
Reminder: Elysian has a nut-free policy
Any lunches, snacks, classroom treats, etc. must be a nut-free product. 
Please call Diane DeSombre, RN with any questions.  Thank you.
News from the Office
If your child has an appointment during school hours, an adult must come to office to sign him/her out. No student may leave on their own. This is a Department of Education regulation.
      Elysian Collects Box Tops and LABELS for Education
          Look for the container near Deb's desk in the office!  Thank you!

Lost and Found

There are many things in the Lost and Found. Please come by the office and take a look. Everything left at the school year will be donated to charity.
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, May 21
  • Dress Rehearsal for Mary Poppins
  • Track Practice, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 1600 Park
  • High School Info Session for 7th Grade Students and Parents, 6:00 PM 
  • Board Meeting, 7:00 PM 
Tuesday, May 22
  • Performance of Mary Poppins 
  • Rugby practice, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 1600 Park
Wednesday, May 23
  • Performance of Mary Poppins
Thursday, May 24
  • Auction Charity Basketball Game, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Gym
Friday, May 25
  • 1/2 Day, 12:30 PM dismissal
Monday, May 28
  • Memorial Day, School Closed
Tuesday, May 29
  • 6th and 7th Grades Trip
  • Rugby practice, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 1600 Park
  • Track Practice, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 1600 Park
Wednesday, May 30
  • 5th and 8th Grade Science Exam
Friday. June 1
  • 4th Grade Trip
Sunday, June 3
  • Track Meet, 10:00 AM, Lincoln Park, Jersey City
Monday, June 4
  • Track Practice, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 1600 Park
Wednesday, June 6
  • School Picnic
Thursday, June 7
  • Picnic Raindate
Friday, June 8
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00 AM - Gym
  • 8th Grade Trip
Saturday, June 9
  • Rugby Cup - Grades 4 & 5, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Randalls Island, NYC
  • Rugby Cup - Grades 6 - 8, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Randalls Island, NYC
  • Track Meet, 10:00 AM, Lincoln Park, Jersey City,
Sunday, June 10
  • Track Meet, 10:00 AM, Lincoln Park, Jersey City
Wednesday, June 13
  • Town Hall Meet and Greet - New Director Susan Grierson, 6:30 PM *See below 
Thursday, June 14
  • 4th Grade Trip
Friday June 15
  • Community Meeting, 8:45 AM - GYM
Wednesday, June 20
  • 1st Grades Trip
Thursday June 21
  • 8th Grade Graduation
Friday, June 22
  • 8th Grade Trip
Monday June 25 
  • 1/2 Day 12:30 PM Dismissal
Tuesday, June 26
  • 1/2 Day, 12:30 PM Dismissal
Wednesday, June 27
  • 1/2 Day 12:30 PM Dismissal
  • Last Day of School, Report Cards Distributed
*Save the Date
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Town Hall Meeting and Meet and Greet
This will be an opportunity to meet and greet Elysian’s new director, Susan Grierson.
There will also be a presentation by Donna Siminski and Rick Pressler of the NJ Charter Schools Association on funding and other issues that directly affect Charters.
Calendar Update 
  • Because we have exceeded the number of built in snow days, we are required to extend the school year.  The last day of school, as of now (i.e. if we have no more snow days), will be Wednesday, June 27th.  The regulation is that we must have completed 180 school days prior to June 30th of the school year.
  • June 25, 26 and 27 will have 12:30 dismissals
  • 8th grade graduation has been moved to Thursday, June 21st.
Every year we build two or three days into the calendar to account for possible snow days.  We also designate a number of days after the scheduled end of the school year as “snow day makeups.”  This is designed to let everyone know, up front, of the possibilities. 
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
Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director | harry.laub@ecsnj.org | Phone:201.876.0102 | Fax:201.876.9576
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