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

June 4, 2018                  Vol. 13  Issue 36
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.

Welcome to our new Director, Susan Grierson!

Harry's Corner
This week our social worker, Tara, is the guest columnist. 

Social Media and Online Streaming

Technology, in the era of social media and online streaming, has its pros and cons for both children, teens and adults.   Access to information and ability to connect to others have created a world that we can relate to others and understand information in a efficient manner.   Technology keeps changing and, as parents, it is important to learn about what your child can access.   Children and teens are often guided by their feelings...and as adults we have learned, feelings are often not facts.   We must understand that social media and other online entertainment at times influences the thoughts and feelings in a way that can be harmful
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) , a recent study found that social media has many upsides that include developing a sense of self and increased communication.  However, the downsides are at times as serious as impacting an individual’s mental health.    The AAP study found that 22 percent of teens log onto their social media accounts 10 times a day.  This number is increasing as children as young as 8 years old are now owning their own cell phones.  How much time your child is online has been directly correlated risks for cyberbullying , social media "depression,” exposure to inappropriate content and sexting.  Conversation with your child about the online world is as important as conversation about the real world.  Children do not have a sophisticated internal locus of control and the immediate gratification of the online world is very attractive to children and teens.  Adults need to lend their experience and strength to children to navigate their online world.  

Commonsensemedia.org is good website that is continually updated with technology information  Their mission is to help kids thrive in a world of media and technology .  You can find appropriate websites and social media for your child by age.    Everytime my 10 year tells me about something he wants to go on I check it out on this website.  They have partnered with the Child-Mind Institute to give advice and solutions for potential pitfalls such as addiction, anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation.  Something important to note is that staying involved in your child’s digital world will help you feel better connected to them, improve your communication, and perhaps start a conversation about important topics that impact our kids on a daily basis.  You also have to know what your child can handle and not feel compelled to allow them to participate in what their same age peers are participating in. I think of Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and its impact on teens.   I don't disagree that it can spark  conversation  about topics that are hard to discuss.   However, the conversations appear to be happening among the children without the realistic and factual adult voice.    Also, there is widespread debate on how these topics are portrayed, questioning how these can skew your children's views.  TV sensationalizes and creates feelings that often are not fully processed and understood by young minds.     I encourage you to talk to your children about what they see and hear on the internet and then do some fact checking.    I will also be posting more information on hot topics in the future.  

Elysian Services - End of the Year Update 
All families using the Elysian Care Program, should be advised that all payments for 3 days a week & 5 days a week programming is due by June 7th for June care packages.  All hourly accounts will be billed weekly, until the end of the year.  
All accounts for lunch, aftercare and trips must be brought up to date.  All families can review their accounts on orgsonline.com.  For small balances, you may write a check to each individual program for the balance.  (Each program maintains a separate bank account for each activity, so please do not combine  services.) 
All credits and unpaid balances will be rolled over into next year's account at the end of the year. 
We appreciate your bringing your accounts up to date.  
This Week's Enrichment Clubs 

     Debate Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 11 (Field Trip on June 20)
     No Baking Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 18
     Broadway Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 18      
Drawing Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 12
     Create It and Make It Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 12
     Calligraphy Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (1 1/2 Hour) End Date June 5
    Anime Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (1 1/2 Hour)
 - End Date June 12
     Chess Club - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - End Date June 6  (14 week club)
     Basic Baking Club - 3:00 PM- 4:00 PM - End Date June 13
     Clay Creations Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 13
     Lego Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 13                                    
     Yoga Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 14
      Dance with Derrick Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 14
     Game Show Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 15
     Hola Amigos! Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 15
     Jewelry Making & Craft Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 22
     Rock Climbing Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End Date June 15

Track Practice Rescheduled Next Week
*updated in calendar below

Track Practice cancelled on Monday, June 4.  

Rescheduled for Tuesday, June 5, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, at 1600 Park
This is our last practice. Thank you.  
Coach Adam


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

What Can You Bring to Share? 
K - 2nd Grade:  Entrees - pasta, pizza, sandwiches, chicken, etc.
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
Field Day NEW Date!

Field Day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 19! We are still looking for volunteers to help out that morning. Please visit https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0948aca928abf49-field if you'd like to volunteer. 
Please note that this is a full day of school.  After the Field Day is concluded the children will return to school for the rest of the day.  Any parent who choses to may sign his her student out for the day at the end of the events.  If you want another adult to pick your child up you must inform in writing the teacher prior to Field Day.
Friends of Elysian 2017/2018 Annual Appeal  — Acknowledgment Update
A huge thank you to our Elysian community for your generous contributions and continued response to our Annual Appeal!

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our ‘all in Tuesday’ highlights about the opportunities Friends of Elysian has been able to finance with your contributions.

Our thanks to the following recent donors for their generosity (as of 6/3/18):

The Auld Family

The Best Family

Matthew & Carrie Campbell

Chris & Trista DeFilippis

Bridget & Dan Glynn

Cecile Latouche & Shai Zorea

Samantha Leone

Jillana Watson

James & Alicia Weinstein
Let’s keep our school growing, ensuring academic success for all our 288 students!
Make your donation today! Every dollar counts!
To contribute, simply use the pledge sheet enclosed in the Annual Appeal mailing to make a donation by check or credit card. Or, if you prefer, you may make a secure on-line donation by visiting our website here.
Additional copies of the pledge form are available online. 
A number of companies match employee gifts.  Please be sure to check whether your employer offers a matching program. We will provide any information needed to complete your request form. (Any questions? Please email friends@ecsnj.org.) 
Nearly 15% of funds raised in last year’s Appeal came from company matching! It has been a HUGE part of the Appeal’s success!
Thank you for your support!
For the eighth year in a row, Elysian Charter School will be participating in the "Swing Fore the Schools Golf Outing.” This is Hudson County's largest golf outing benefiting multiple local schools serving more than 1,500 students. Last year our school earned over $7,000 by identifying sponsors and registering enthusiastic golfers.  
This year's tournament will be held on Thursday, June 7, at the Crystal Springs Resort in Northwest New Jersey. Bus transportation to and from Hoboken will be available. Registration and the driving range open at 11 AM. Lunch begins at 12 Noon. Tee-off is at 1:30 PM.
Please consider being one of the 300 golfers who will play 36 holes, participate in fun contests, win prizes, and enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner while raising money for our schools! In order to take advantage of early bird special pricing, make sure to register before May 17!
And finally, please don’t miss out on the opportunity to promote your business through this well-attended event. There are several sponsorship packages (starting at $250) that provide for great visibility for companies interested in reaching families in Hudson County. Please contact Jeff Joss (jeff.joss@gmail.com), chairperson for the tournament, for additional details.
Thank you for your support!
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. If you lost it, it may be here!
Please come by the office and take a look. Anything left at the end of 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.
Tuesday, June 5
  • Track Practice, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM, 1600 Park 
Wednesday, June 6
  • School Picnic
Thursday, June 7
  • Picnic Raindate
  • Swing Fore the School Golf Outing - Crystal Springs Resort
Friday, June 8
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Spring Concert - 9:00 AM - Gym
  • 3rd grade Morgan Book Project Books on exhibition in Regan's 8th Grade classroom, 3rd floor, Room 317, 8:15 to 12:30 PM.  A few selected books by 6th graders (with original musical compositions) will be on display in the gym during Spring Concert.
  • 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
Tuesday, June 12
  • Kindergarten Trip 
  • 3rd Grade Trip
  • 5th Grade Overnight Trip
Wednesday, June 13
  • Town Hall Meet and Greet - New Director Susan Grierson, 6:30 PM *See below 
Thursday, June 14
  • 6th Grade-a-Palooza: The 6th Grade's Morgan Book Project Books (with original music) will be exhibited in the 5th Grade classrooms, 3rd floor, 8:30 AM.  Also on exhibition, in the 6th grade classrooms: Science Innovator Reports, Dream Vacation Projects, and Civil War Projects.  All are invited. Books will be on display throughout the day.
  • 4th Grade Trip
  • 5th Grade Return from Trip
Friday June 15
  • Community Meeting, 8:45 AM - GYM
Monday, June 18 
  • Melissa 2nd Grade Trip
Tuesday, June 19
  • Field Day
Wednesday, June 20
  • 1st Grades Trip
  • Debate Club Trip - 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
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-No Aftercare
  • 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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