Newsletter 5-13-19
Newsletter 5-13-19
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

May 13, 2019                  Vol. 14  Issue 33
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
Monday, May 13 - Crazy Chemistry Club is extended to 1 1/2 hours. 3:00pm-4:30pm
Wednesday, May 15 - Chopped Jr Club is cancelled this week.
Friday, May 17 - Intro to Modern Art Club is cancelled this week.
Friday, May 17 - Cartooning and Anime Club is extended 15 additional minutes. 3:00pm-4:15pm
Block Party has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in September.
Summer Camp - 4 weeks of summer fun!! Registration now available on ecsnj.orgEnrollment is first come, first served. Limited spots in all weeks
Schmoozing this week is a note from a student led and organized Climate Change Awareness March this Friday, 5/17 at the gazebo in Church Square Park. I am very proud of the group of students who organized the march. I hope to see you there!
     Hi, most of you know me but for those of you who don’t, my name is Daniel Weintraub. I am in seventh grade and have a proposition. So, here’s the deal.
     I am passionate about our environment and the science of climate change. Because of this, I have worked with classmates to form a climate action group called Youth Demand Climate Protection (YDCP).  We are planning a Climate Change Awareness March on Friday, May 17. I have been working with Susan and I already have a permit from the city for it. We will all meet at the gazebo in Church Square Park at 1:45. There will be speakers and I will likely perform a song at the end. I am hoping to have 4th graders through the 8th graders.
Help us in the fight against Climate Change and join us!
Please email us at

2nd Notice - Are You Returning To Elysian Next Year?  
  • "Are You Returning Next Year to Elysian?" forms went out 2 weeks ago.  
  • Please fill out and return to the office or your child's teacher as soon as possible.
  • If you are unsure, please know that you can retain your spot until you are certain of your plans.
  • It is helpful for us to plan ahead, so that we keep our school fully enrolled.   
Dear Elysian Families,
We are in the midst of planning for the next school year and need to know your plans.  
All Elysian students are guaranteed a spot next year, as are siblings (space permitting).  
If you tell us there’s a chance you might not return, we’ll hold your child’s place until you make a final decision. This information enables us to encourage wait-listed families to “hang on” since there's a chance a space might open up.  In this way, you help us achieve full enrollment for the next school year. 
We appreciate your answering in an honest and timely fashion.
 • Complete the form, below, and return it to your child’s teacher or e-mail
If you have more than one child, please fill out one form only but include information about both children..  
Please include any in-coming siblings on the form as well. It is helpful to let us know now if you will have an incoming kindergartner for the 2020-2021 school year. 
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My child/children (please print name/names clearly):
__________________________________       Sibling for 2020-2021: ____________
name                              current teacher
name                              current teacher
name                              current teacher
_____  Will be attending Elysian for the 2019-20 school year.
_____  Will not be returning to Elysian for the 2019-20 school year.
_____   I am not sure of my plans for the 2019-20 school year.  Save my place… I'll be
sure to let you know as soon as we decide!
Parent Signature________________________________Date____________________

Morgan Book Project Awards Ceremony 

On Friday, May 10, five Elysian students received honors during the Morgan Book Project Award Ceremony at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan:
A Dinosaur's Day, A Book of Dinosaur Haikus: by Jacob Linder (6th grade)
The Healing River: by Victor Mauseth (6th grade)
Paris Under the Moonlight: by Gigi Michaels (6th grade) 
Moody as the Moon: by Sasha Golubchik (6th grade)
Lonely Godzilla: by David Romero (3rd grade) 
A Dinosaur's Day, A Book of Dinosaur Haikus: by Jacob Linder were selected to receive the additional distinction of Exhibition Honor Award.
These books, along with 10 others, will be highlighted and cased in our Inspiring and Illuminating the Classroom in the Morgan's Gilbert Court from Tuesday, May 14, 2019 to Sunday, June 9, 2019.  
There will be an exhibition of all Morgan Book Project books on Thursday, June 13.  Save the date.  More info to follow!
High School Information Night
There will be a vital meeting for 7th grade students and their parents at 6:00pm on Monday, May, 20th. 
At this meeting students and parents will hear from the middle school  teachers and the guidance counselor about how to get ready for the high school application process. 
We hope that 7th grade students and their parents will make this meeting a priority.  
Middle School Teachers & High School Guidance Counselor
Lunch  News!
If you haven't participated in the food survey please do so now.
We would like some feedback - would you like us to stay with Red Rabbit? Return to our previous vendor? Or do you not care? 
Just email me at: with only two words -

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. 
Susan Gilbertson
Elysian Food Service

Track Practice Update
Track Practice will continue on Thursdays, May 16, May 23, May 30 and June 6 from 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park.
I just got word from the track coordinator that there will not be any track meets this spring season.
Sorry for the confusion. I will look into possible alternatives for the years to come.

Thank you. 

Adam Froimowitz, Coach

Friends of Elysian - Basketball Tourney - Next Week!

NEXT THURSDAY, MAY 23! Just two spots left!
Thursday, May 23, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Join other Elysian Charter School families for a basketball shoot-out and tournament, including some special Elysian staff guest stars.
DETAILS: $100 per family. Includes pizza and beverages to keep that energy up!
A quick link for more information, or to register, can be found HERE.
Thank you for your support!
PTSO Corner
TAKE NOTE - The Elysian Block Party, scheduled for Saturday, May 19, will be RESCHEDULED to September due to the change of a different, city-wide event! Details to come!

SAVE THE DATES - So many fun PTSO-sponsored events coming up! Save the dates for Field Day (May 29) and the End of Year Picnic (June 5).

DUES NEWS! - Now there are TWO ways to pay your PTSO dues (it's not too late!!)! We are making it easier than ever to contribute before the end of the year. We still have so many great events planned: Spring Fling, the Elysian Block Party, Field Day, the Annual Picnic, and Teacher Appreciation Week! 

If you've been waiting for online payment options, here you go! You can now pay dues via VENMO and ZELLE. Our Venmo account is @Elysian-Ptso-1460 or log onto your personal bank's app or website and click on the Zelle money transfer option (not all banks have Zelle), then direct your $25 per child in dues to
Payments can also still be made the old-fashioned way, in an envelope to the office with "PTSO Dues" and your contact information on the outside. Checks can be made out to Elysian PTSO.
Enrichment Updates 
Monday Clubs
--Crazy Chemistry - To make up for the missed class on April 8th, the following classes will be extended to 1 1/2 hours each on May 13th and June 10th.
--Dance With Derrick - To make up for the missed class on April 8th, the following classes will be extended to 1 1/2 hours each on June 3rd and June 10th.
Wednesday Club
--Chopped Jr. - There will be NO club on May 15th.  The make up class will be held on May 29th.
Thursday Club
--Recycling Club - To make up for the missed class on April 11th, an additional class will be held on June 13th.
Friday Clubs
Due to the school closing on Friday, May 24th (before the Memorial Day weekend), we will need to extend some of the Friday classes to an 1 1/2 hour each, to ensure that all clubs have a total of 8 hours. The schedule will be as follows:
--Rock Climbing - Classes on June 7th and June 14th will run for 1 1/2 hours each.
--Healthy Minds in Active Bodies -  Classes on June 7th and June 14th will run 1 1/2 hours each.
--Intro to Modern Art - There will be NO club on May 17th,   Classes on May 10th, May 31st, June 7th and June 14th will all run 1 1/2 hour each. 
--Anime & Cartooning -  Add in 15 minutes extra on May 10th, May 17th, May 31st, June 6th and June 14th.
Spring Sessions of Enrichment Clubs This Week
  • Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Yoga Workshop - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY !!
  • Back to Basic Board Games - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Fitness Fun - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Chess - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 
  • Chopped Jr. - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - NO CLUB THIS WEEK !!
  • Introduction to Karate - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Airplane Explorations - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Lego Architecture - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Let's go Green-Recycling Craft - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Rock Climbing - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Introduction to Modern Art - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - NO CLUB THIS WEEK !!
  • Health Minds in Active Bodies - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Cartooning & Comic Book Drawing - 3:00pm - 4:15pm - LONGER CLASS TODAY !!

    If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email
Lost and Found
Please write your child's name in their outerwear/sweaters and label their water bottle so if it is lost we can return it to them. 
We have a collection of sweaters and jackets.
Please come to the main office and take a look to see if anything looks familiar.
      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
    May Calendar 
    Tuesday, May 14
    • 4th Grade Trip
    • 5th & 8th Grade Science Testing
    Wednesday, May 15
    • 5th & 8th Grade Science Testing
    Thursday, May 16
    • Rugby Practice- 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    Friday, May 17
    • 6th Grade Trip
    • 4th - 8th Grade - Climate March to Church Square Park - leave @ 1:20pm - back in time for dismissal
    Monday, May 20
    • Seaquest Seminar Trip
    • High School Information Night for current 7th graders and parents - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    • Board Meeting - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, May 21
    • Incoming Kindergarten Orientation
    • 3rd Grade Trip
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Thursday, May 23
    • Rugby Practice -3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Friends Fundraiser - Basketball Tournament - 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Gym
    Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27
    • Elysian Closed - Memorial Day
    Tuesday, May 28 
    • 6th and 7th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, May 29
    • Field Day- Raindate June 11th
    Thursday, May 30
    • Rugby Practice -3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park 
    Friday, May 31
    • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    June Calendar
    Monday, June 3
    • Play - Dress Rehearsal
    • 7th Grade (partial class) Trip
    Tuesday, June 4
    • Play - 1st Show - 9:30am-10:45am, 2nd Show - 1:30pm-2:30pm, Evening Show - 5:30pm-7:00pm
    Wednesday, June 5
    • 8th Grade Trip
    • Picnic
    Thursday, June 6
    • Rugby Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    • Track Practice - 3:00pm - 3:45pm - 1600 Park
    Friday, June 7
    • 6th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00am - Gym
    Saturday, June 8
    • NYC Rugby Cup - 8:30am - 3:00pm
    Tuesday, June 11 - Thursday, June 13
    • 5th Grade Trip
    Thursday, June 13
    • Morgan Book Project Presentation - 5th Grade Classrooms
    Friday, June 14
    • Community Meeting - 8:45am - Gym
    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
    Thursday, June 20
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30pm Dismissal - No Aftercare
    • Last Day of School
    • Report Cards Distributed
    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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