Newsletter 12-10-18
Newsletter 12-10-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

December 10, 2018                  Vol. 14  Issue 13
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.
A note this week from Tara, our Social Worker.
The focus is ways to shift our thinking toward the positive.
Negativity Bias
Negativity bias is a term that is used often to describe our brains natural inclination to zero in on the negative.   Learners of all ages get impacted with negativity bias.  How we help our children to overcome this can be as simple as teaching them on a daily basis to look for the “bright spots”.  Author and American Researcher, Michelle Gielan of “Broadcasting Happiness:  The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change” suggests that taking a photo each day of something that makes you laugh, smile, feel lucky, or loving such as an incredible meal, pink sunset or a baby sleeping.   At the end of the week you can look at the photos all together.  Doing so according to Gielan, “trains your brain to watch for moments to capture and focuses your brain on the positive meaningful parts of the day and shifts it away from stress and negativity”.  You can ask your child to talk about or draw a picture of a success for that day or perhaps something that made them feel good.  We often get a natural pleasant feeling from giving to others.  Maybe part of the conversation can be “ What did you do today to help a friend or your teacher?”.   
Perhaps as a community we can all work on shifting negativity bias and improve our overall sense of positive well- being. 
Tara Dublanica
School Social Worker
Notes from The Nurse
Tis the Season for Strep Throat…….
There are several confirmed cases of strep throat among our school community.  Strep throat is very common among kids and teens.  It is caused by group A streptococcus bacteria.  The symptoms include fever, stomach pain, and red swollen tonsils.  Strep throat is usually treated with antibiotics and within a few days your child should be back to normal.  Strep is contagious and things like sneezing, coughing or shaking hands can spread the infection.  Good hand washing is important to prevent the spread of the bacteria.  Also, students must be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours before they can return to school and are considered non-contagious.
I am enclosing a fact sheet with information on strep throat and throat cultures.  If you have any questions, please contact me at school, (201) 876-0102.
Strep Throat Fact Sheet
  • Strep throat is an infection caused by bacteria called Group A Streptococcus (sometimes just called “Strep”) 
  • Strep throat can occur at any age, but is most frequent among school-aged children. Symptoms start 1 to 5 days after exposure and include: 
                                             --Sore throat 
                                             --Tender and swollen neck glands 
  • Sometimes people with Strep can develop a red rash all over the body that feels like sandpaper. When this occurs, the illness is called “scarlet fever.”
  •  People can also harbor Strep bacteria in their throats but not feel sick at all (they are called “carriers”). 
  • Strep throat is spread from person to person Strep bacteria are spread through direct contact with mucus from the nose or throat of infected persons or through the air by sneezing or coughing. 
  • Rarely, people catch Strep throat eating contaminated food or milk.
  • People with Strep throat can spread Strep bacteria to others until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment or for 10 to 21 days if untreated. 
  • Strep throat can be diagnosed by a doctor. Throat cultures usually take 24 to 48 hours. There are also rapid tests, which can be used to diagnose strep throat more quickly. 
  • Treatment is important Strep throat can be treated with antibiotics. Treatment is important to prevent serious complications such as rheumatic fever and kidney disease, which may be life threatening. 
  • Infected children should be excluded from child care/school and infected food handlers should be excluded from work until 24 hours after starting treatment.
  • Strep throat can be prevented  Cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Wash hands after wiping or blowing nose, coughing, and sneezing.  Wash hands before  preparing food.  
  • See your doctor if you or your child have symptoms of strep throat.

Wednesday, Dec. 12 is 1/2 Day

12:30 Dismissal, Staff Development

Important Information for Basketball Families
Dear Basketball Player’s Families,
I’m delighted that we are starting practices earlier this year so that our Elysian Eagles will be ready and well prepared to hit the court. There is a lot of energy and excitement about basketball this year!
The practice schedule should have been shared with you by now. It was quite a puzzle to figure out how to schedule each team considering that there are clubs that use the gym as well as our after- school students use the gym to play during the long winter months.
The gym is used all day long!
We cannot have students wait unsupervised for their practice to begin if it is not scheduled immediately after school at 3pm. 
If your player has practice scheduled from 4-5pm or 5-6pm they should either be picked up at dismissal and return to school at the time of their practice or they can wait for practice to begin in a designated room with a staff member. If your player is already signed up for 3 or 5 days a week of aftercare, the cost will be absorbed. 
  • Any student staying should bring a snack and drink if they are going to stay and wait.  
  • The fee for this will be $12.00 hourly, the same as after care. 
  • This will start on Monday, 11/26, until the season ends. 
I hope that you understand why this is necessary to implement.
Thank you for your continued cooperation. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me directly. 
Let’s go Elysian!
Hurry - 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

PTSO Corner

One last congratulations and job well done to the 8th grade, 2nd grade, and K classes for an amazing showing at the Coin Challenge!
Those 3 classes will be enjoying their prizes this Friday, December 14.

Save the date and get your recipes ready for Saturday, January 26, at the Elks Club! Interested in helping plan and judging the contest? Email


Everyone should have received their  

Free Kid's Marshal Arts & Fitness Classes In Hoboken! 

We have just been told there are FREE children's marshal arts & fitness classes in Hoboken. 
Shihan Ray Rodriguez is the instructor there for the last 10 years. 
If you need more info, contact him at 347-844-2808. Check it out!  
KUUMBA DAY is coming quickly - Order your T-shirt now!
We are thrilled to present this year's KUUMBA Day T-shirt!  Custom designed and generously donated by artist Issa Sow, proud Elysian parent and owner of Issyra African Art Gallery, here in Hoboken. Graphic design support by Jenifer Semenza, fellow Elysian parent, and Nikki Berger, superstar art teacher.  A huge thank you to Issa, Jenifer and Nikki!
KUUMBA Day is one of Elysian's most unique, memorable and special traditions!
ELYSIAN community- please purchase and wear these shirts with pride on KUUMBA Day- show your support of our talented 3rd grade dancers and your Elysian spirit.
IMPORTANT: due to custom nature, the campaign will only be open forone more week.  It will close on Monday, December 17th, 2019. (After which, you will not be able to purchase.)  
Here's how:
1) visit the fundraiser link.  Click here to support Elysian Charter School for KUUMBA DAY 2019
2) place your t-shirt order!
3) SHARE the link with any friends/relatives planning on attending!
4) All shirts will be delivered to the school on Friday, January 4th. (you have the option to ship directly to your home, for an additional charge)
Thank you,
KUUMBA Committee
A Message from Kuumba Teacher Yahaya 
Benefit coming up this Saturday. 
Recently, Yahaya Kamate, our wonderful and inspirational Kuumba teacher and part of our extended Elysian family, lost his dear friend and fellow musician, Sheik Fall. Yahaya and several other musicians are taking part in a benefit to help Sheik’s family and for a project near to his heart, a school for special needs in Senegal with his brother Oumar. 
“A true legend has been taken away from us,” says Yahaya. “But he touched our hearts and shared things with us as tools to strive. He was a great man. I hope that you will find time to be a part of this journey and join us for a wonderful tribute.” 
Issyra Gallery presents Benefit Honoring Sheik Fall
Date: Saturday, December 15th @ 6 p.m.
Place: Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Highway Hoboken, New Jersey 
Donation requested for admission. Bring a drum if you have one!
Music performances from: Kamate Traders, B-sides, Joe Reynolds, and a special tribute by Muddy and Amy Shewchuk. 
Drum circle at 6 p.m.!
News from the School Climate Team
Elysian's School Climate Team continues to request reusable and plastic bags to donate to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter.  There is blue bin when you enter the school with a sign. 
The residents and patrons of the shelter will greatly appreciate the bags to transport items they receive - like food and clothes.
Thank you!
DVD Drive
By 6D
Written By Maddie and Evan
Do you enjoy settling down for the holiday? Maybe you even watch a movie. Well, not all people have this pleasure of a nice film. Especially military overseas. But you can help with that situation by donating all types of DVDs. If you don’t need it, pass it on!  It could be Disney, superhero, or almost anything.* You would be helping someone for the holiday with something you may not use anymore. So donate used and new DVDs and help someone who fights for you every day! 
Donations will be taken until December 14th.
Drop off DVDs outside of Miss Diane’s classroom (Room 323).
 *Please no fitness, bootleg, corporate training, or baby movies.
Enrichment Clubs This Week with End Dates

   1/2 Day Schedule
  • Chess 1 - 12:45pm - 2:15pm - Jan 30
  • Chess 2 - 12:45pm - 2:15pm - Jan 30
  • You Too Can YouTube - 12:45pm - 2:15pm - Dec 12 
If you have any questions about the club schedule, please email

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
Please write your child's name in their outerwear so if it is lost we can return those items. 
We have so many items left in the Lost and Found bin in the main office.
Can't find your child's jacket?? Sweater??  Sweatshirt??  

These articles that are left behind will soon 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
    December Calendar
    Monday, Dec 10
    • Homework Help
    • Rock Band Practice
    Wednesday, Dec 12
    • 1/2 Day - 12:30 Dismissal - Staff Development
    Thursday, Dec 13
    • Homework Help
    Monday, Dec 17
    • Homework Help
    • Rock Band Practice, CANCELLED  For today
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Thursday, Dec 20
    • Homework Help
    Friday, Dec 21
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30pm Dismissal, Aftercare until 3:00pm
    Monday, Dec 24 - Tuesday, Jan 1
    • School Closed - Winter Break

    January Calendar
    Thursday, Jan 3
    • Homework Help
    Saturday, Jan 5
    • Open House, 10:00am
    Monday, Jan 7
    • Rock Band Practice
    • Homework Help
    Thursday, Jan 10
    • Homework Help
    Friday, Jan 11
    • Kuumba
    Monday, Jan 14
    • Homework Help
    • Rock Band Practice
    Tuesday, Jan 15
    • Middle School Play
    Wednesday, Jan 16
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30pm Dismissal - Staff Developement
    • Lottery, 1:00pm
    Thursday, Jan 17
    • Homework Help
    Monday, Jan 21
    • School Closed - MLK Day
    Thursday, Jan 24
    • Homework Help
    Saturday, Jan 26
    • Chili Dinner - Elks Club - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, Jan 28
    • Rock Band\Practice
    • Homework Help 
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Thursday, Jan 31
    • Homework Help
    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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