Newsletter 6-10-19
Newsletter 6-10-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

June 10, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 37
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.
                            This Week at a Glance
Tuesday, June 11th through Thursday, June 13th - 5th Grade Trip
Wednesday, June 12th - Friends of Elysian Meeting (newcomers welcomed!) - 7:00pm in Room# 316
Thursday, June 13th - Morgan Book Project Exhibition - 8:20am - 2:00pm - Held in Room # 321 and Room# 322
Thursday, June 13th - Probability Carnival - 9:00am - 11:30am (see flyer below)
Friday, June 14 - Community Meeting - 8:30am - Gym
Friday, June 14th through Tuesday, June 18th - 6th Grade Art Exhibition (3rd Floor)

It’s hard to always know just what to say to say to our students to build their confidence. Getting it right without overdoing it, is usually the goal. 
Attached is a list of 55 positive things to say to your child. Even the best of us
can use a refresher every now and then. 


Letter to Parents From Mary, our Music Teacher
Dear Parents,
I will retire at the end of this school year (as of July 1, 2019). It has been an honor and a pleasure to work here at ECS for the last seventeen years. I have loved working with the children, colleagues and parents that make up our community. I have been privileged to have the opportunity to create and build a developmental music program over many years and to watch several generations of children pass through my whole program. It has been a delight to watch your children grow into the lovely young people that they are. I appreciate the help and support for the music program that I have received from you, my colleagues, my Directors and the Boards of Trustees. Although I look forward to a very active retirement, I will miss the wonderful ECS community.
With my best wishes for you and your children, 
Mary Guthrie
3rd and 6th Grade Exhibition:
Illuminated Manuscripts, The Morgan Book Project
This Thursday, June 13th

Doors open 8:20am - 2:00pm in John (Room# 321) and Lauren's (Room# 322) 3rd floor classrooms 
Don't miss the magnificent accordion books students made themselves - writing, painting, folding and gluing!   

Probability Carnival This Thursday, June 13

6th Grade Art Exhibition:
Art and The Cosmic Connection
Friday, June 14th through Tuesday, June 18th

Starting on Friday, June 14th, the sixth graders will have an art show hanging in the hallway on the third floor entitled Art and The Cosmic Connection. Students studied a series of scientific images, from topographical and chemical images, to geological and geographical images. They learned about how scientists use the Elements of Art to read and interpret different planetary surfaces, which then inspired and informed their own original art pieces. The show will hang until Tuesday of next week.
Thank you PTSO

Diane Murray and Derrick Ladson especially would like to extend sincere thanks to the PTSO for their support of Elysian's theater program. We love to use the Mile Square Theater space and would never be able to afford it were it not for the generosity of the PTSO.
2nd Request
Dear 4th , 5th and 6th Grade Parents, 
I am so proud of the work that your children did this year and in the spring concert!!  I hope you are too.  
Now that we are almost at the end of the year, I am asking you to send back to school the glockenspiel that was loaned to your child at the beginning of the year. It is very important that I get all instruments back no later than June 17th. Please remember that all these instruments (almost 100 in total) must be cleaned and packed for the summer.
Please make sure that your child returns the instrument in its case, with all the regular keys on it (12 brightly colored keys), with all the note magnets (12), 4 mallets (two with black heads, two with pink heads) and the three chromatic keys (black metal keys): low F sharp (F#), low B flat (Bb), and high F sharp (F#).  It is very important that all accessories come back with each instrument!!!
I will keep a record of your child’s name, date of return, and condition of the instrument.  If your child’s instrument is seriously damaged, missing keys, or is not returned you will be billed accordingly.
If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. 
Best wishes,
Mary Guthrie

Music Teacher
Notes From The Nurse
Dear Parents,
Warm weather has finally arrived! There are a few health reminders for the warm weather season:
● Please apply sunscreen to your child in the morning before school. They go outside for recess weather permitting.
● Send reusable water bottles in order for students to remain hydrated.
● Make sure your child wears appropriate weather attire and shoes that will not slip off.
Diane DeSombre, RN
Friends of Elysian - Annual Appeal Update
Please be on the lookout for tomorrow’s All-In Newsletter in which we discuss some of the ways we fundraise and also give lots of  "Donor Thanks!" In case you missed last week’s newsletter where we talk about vital funding for the annual operational grant and hear some inspiring words about "paying it forward" from our Spotlight Donor, you can find it here: June 4 All-In Newsletter.

Every dollar counts! Please, make your donation here.

Or, to make a donation by check, a pledge form is available here. Simply return it by mail or in-person to the school office.
And finally, please consider joining us at our next meeting, this Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 PM. Even as we wrap up the current school year, we are thinking about the next — so it's the perfect time to learn what we are all about. (Can't make the meeting but are curious about Friends? Just drop us a line at
PTSO Corner
PICNIC THANK YOUS - Thanks so much to our Annual Picnic planners Alex Neophytou and Elizabeth Woodford! Also thanks to everyone who helped out by volunteering and bringing supplies, including but definitely not limited to Susan Grierson, Scott Klinghoffer, Sylvie Honig, Maria Fazio, Carrie Campbell, Chris DeFilippis, Eran Bachar, Sara Green, Mark Spear, Christopher Gizzi, Jenifer Semenza, Kevin Goldberg, Anna Stanin, Mary Beth Alter, Rima Aranha, Maureen Quinn, Lisa Spear, Erin Curtiss and many more who pitched in to make it a great event!
Spring Sessions of Enrichment Clubs This Week
  • Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm -  LAST CLASS will be June 17th 
  • Yoga Workshop - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - LAST CLASS
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - LAST CLASS for 1 1/2 hours
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - LAST CLASS WILL BE June 19th which is a 1/2 day, From 12:45pm - 2:15pm
  • Let's go Green-Recycling Craft - 3:00pm - 4:00pm - LAST CLASS 
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY - LAST CLASS 
  • Introduction to Modern Art - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY - LAST CLASS with Student Exhibition
  • Health Minds in Active Bodies - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY - LAST CLASS
  • Cartooning & Comic Book Drawing - 3:00pm - 4:15pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY - LAST CLASS 

    If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
Lost and Found
Will be set up outside the GYM during Community Meeting
We have a collection of many articles of clothing.
Things left behind at the end of the school year will be donated to charity.
      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
    June Calendar
    Tuesday, June 11 - Thursday, June 13
    • 5th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, June 12
    • Debate Club Trip
    • Friends of Elysian Meeting - 7:00pm - Hillary's Rm# 316
    Thursday, June 13
    • Morgan Book Project Presentation - in the 5th Grade Classrooms
    • Probability Carnival - 9:00am - 11:30am 
    • Track Pratice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm -1600 Park
    Friday, June 14
    • Community Meeting - 8:45am - Gym
    • 5th Grade Trip 
    Monday, June 17
    • 8th Grade Trip
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, June 18
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    Wednesday, Jun 19
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal
    • 8th Grade Graduation - 7:00pm - DeBaun Auditorium - Steven's Institute 
    Thursday, June 20
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - No Aftercare
    • Last Day of School
    • Report Cards Distributed

    2019-2020 School Calendar

    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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