Newsletter 11-5-18
Newsletter 11-5-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

November 5, 2018                  Vol. 14  Issue 8
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.
Today we had two lock down drills that we did not initiate. We later learned that it was due to a fault in the security system.  
Our staff and students understand that they must follow the procedures and wait for the drill to be ended according to plan. The classes were in lock down for longer than usual as we investigated what caused the drill/s. 
The security company will be here today to troubleshoot the issue so that this doesn’t happen again. 
My first priority is the safety of the Elysian School Community – students and staff and while it was unnerving to have it happen not once but twice, everyone did the right thing. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out. 
Last Thursday evening the NJ DOE hosted a forum in Jersey City about the future of Charter Schools. I want to give a BIG shout out to the following parents, alum and staff for attending and representing Elysian at the meeting.  
We shared ideas about what is working and what could be improved for the future of Charter Schools in NJ. 
Parents – Julie Spears and Carolyn Buntic
Alumna- Gabby Rodriguez
Staff – Diane DeSombre, Diane Macon, Megan DeSombre, Josie Miguel, Melissa Landera, Pam Gorode, Susan Gilbertson and Susan Grierson. 
There is still time to sign up for a webinar or complete the Charter School survey. 
Below are some talking points to focus on:
The value your child and family have gotten from school choice
• The value in charters having autonomy of decision-making to personalize their program and to focus time and resources on its students
• The value of small class size at Elysian
• Elysian is public charter school that receives less funding than the district schools but has additional accountability.  Equal funding is only fair. 
• Because of the way New Jersey’s school funding laws are set up, charter schools receive zero dollars in facilities funding from the state.  Therefore, charter schools are forced to spend dollars that could be used in the classrooms on facilities.
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

Great opportunity for a friends' or a couple's night-out as both spots are on the same team. Please help us meet our goal of selling out this fundraising event! To register, please email with your interest. Please note that due to limited quantity, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
PTSO Corner 
COIN CHALLENGE NEXT WEEK! - Start saving your pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars for the Elysian Coin Challenge! The Challenge will take place the week of November 12-16 in your children's classrooms! Each day, a different denomination will be collected.
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.
New Changes To Ordering Lunch!

By now, most people are familiar with our new lunch program, Red Rabbit. Starting with the December menu, it will now be posted by the month, instead of weekly. Both the full month of December and January will be posted separately at the same time. Feel free to go in and order both months at the same time, just hit "place another order", then submit on the final month.  

Tuesday, (instead of Wednesday), will be the final day for submitting your order for the following week, starting with December. Orders are placed every Wednesday with Red Rabbit for the following week.   

Look for the new ordering forms later this week. We will announce it in an email blast.  

Susan Gilbertson
Food Service
Donations for the Homeless Shelter
Starting from Monday November 12 through Monday, November 19th, the Elysian Charter School will be collecting donations for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.  We are requesting and would be very grateful if families could donate the following items and put them in the boxes in the lobby.  We will not be taking donations after the 19th as we want to get everything to the shelter before Thanksgiving.  
We would also love if kids could bring in a box of their favorite breakfast cereal as this would allow them to feel like they are sharing their breakfast with a neighbor who is hungry at their local shelter.
The items requested are as follows; Please no glass or perishable items.
1.      Coffee                         
2.      Sugar                          
3.      Milk  (non perishable)                     
4.      Cereal                     
5.      Juice  (cartons or boxes only)                       
6.      Instant Potatoes
7.      Gravy and Stuffing  (packaged)
Thank you for your generosity. 

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
— Winston Churchill
A Farewell Letter From Our Dear Friend, Cheryl Tricoli
To my Elysian  Family,
After 17 years with Elysian I am sadden to say I won't be returning, due to health and personal reason.
It's been wonderful working with each and everyone throughout the years. From serving lunch, doing recess, afterschool, being with the children, helping parents or just helping with teachers.
I will truly miss my Elysian Family!
Cheryl Tricoli
Kuumba Surveys Due
Surveys were sent home last week.
If you haven't yet done so, please return to the office asap.
Thank you for those who completed the forms 

Please Note: Next week on Monday, Nov 12

Crazy Chemistry Enrichmemt Club will be cancelled 

Enrichment Clubs This Week 

  • Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm  
  • The Game Show Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Dance with Derrick - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Crazy Chemistry - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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

  • Chess 1 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Chess 2 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • You Too Can YouTube - 3:00pm - 4:30pm 

  • Lego Engineering (Grades 1-3) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Tennis – 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Debate Club –3:00pm - 4:00pm 

  • Jewelry Making & Crafts - 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
  • Rock Climbing – (off site at Gravity Vault) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Lego Engineering  (Kindergarten) - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Homework Help

Every Monday and Thursday from 2:45pm to 4:00pm. 
Please make sure you have a permission form filled out and brought to the office.

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 

Did your child lose something?  Jacket?? Sweater??  Sweatshirt??  Even some books from the Book Fair? 
Come to the main office and take a look at our Lost and Found bin.  It's growing.
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 5
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Tuesday, Nov 6
    • 4th Grade Trip
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Nov 7
    • Trivia Night, 7:00pm, Cadillac Cantina
    Thursday Nov 8
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    Friday, Nov 9
    • Community Meeting - Gym
    Monday, Nov 12
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm -3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Monday, Nov 12 - Friday, Nov 16
    • Coin Challenge
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    Tuesday, Nov 13
    • 4th Grade Trip
    Wednesday, Nov 14
    • 1/2 Day - Parent/Teacher Conferences
    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 #219
    Monday, Dec 10
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Dec 5 - Friday, Dec 7
    • 7th and 8th Grade Trip
    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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