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

March 19, 2018                  Vol. 13  Issue 26
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.

Harry's Corner

Elysian Middle Schoolers March Against School Violence 
After the events in Parkland, Florida many of the older children were very emotional and concerned about school shootings.  Based on discussions in all of the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes, the students expressed an interest in participating in the March 14th School Walkout.  I would guess the articulate expression by the high school students who were survivors of this event may have been a motivator of this.  As a school, we decided to support the students in this. 
It needs to be noted that the focus of the discussion was not anti-gun.  The conclusions developed by the students, and what they agreed to be the messages on their placards, included:
  • That automatic weapons, that have no use in sports, should be banned
  • Guns should be banned from school.  A number of the students were concerned that teachers may be allowed to carry guns.
  • The age for allowable purchase of a gun should be raised.
As we came closer to the time of the march, it became clear that several students were uncomfortable with the protest.  Those students stayed behind with a teacher. 
There was also some discussion about the participation of the younger children.  Most staff were concerned that some of the children would become fearful at the discussions of shootings in school.  It is important for children to feel that school is a safe place.

Photos by Roberto Rosa III

Photos by Jennifer Solaas Nilsen

*Save The Date - Important Rally
Public Charter School Parent Action Day
With a new governor our voices need to be heard.  We are currently frozen at the budget that we had in 2008.  The more we speak up, the more we can gain!
The New Jersey Charter School Association will be sponsoring Public Charter School Parent Action Day. Please see the information below.  If you are interested in attending please let Diane DeSombre (diane.desombre@ecsnj.org) know.  She will pass along more information as it becomes available.  
 What:             A Rally to Celebrate Public Charter Schools 
When:              Monday, March 26th
Where:            Trenton- Steps of the State House Annex 
Who:                Parents, Educators & Supporters
Join us in Trenton to help celebrate the positive role of charter schools in public education.  On March 26th, we are bringing together all members of New Jersey’s charter school family to tell lawmakers our story, celebrate the success of our schools and students, and ask for fair funding for ALL schools. Please join us for this day of charter school pride in what our schools and our families have achieved.
Basketball Practices
Grade 5: Friday: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Grade 6: Monday: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM  
Children waiting for a practice to begin will be able to attend Aftercare at no cost.  Any child attending Aftercare must start right at the end of the school day and may not leave the school building and then return.
***Games will be listed in the calendar below***

This Week's Homework Help and Enrichment Clubs


     Homework Help - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Guitar - 3:00 - 4:00 PM -  End date March 19
     Mosaic - 3:00 - 4:00 PM - End date March 26
     Debate - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 19
     Mad Science - 3:00 - 4:00 PM - End date March 19
     Dancing with Derrick - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 26
     Baking - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM - End date March 27, (each class is 1 1/2 hour)
    Anime - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 20
     Dancing with Derrick - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 27
    Karate - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 28                                 
    Movie Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 28                        
    Lego Bricks - 3:00 - 4:00 PM - End date March 28                              
    Chess - 3:00 - 4:30 PM - End date May 30 (14 week club)      
     Homework Help - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
     Magic Club - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 29 is 1/2 day, Club will be at               12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
*Parent magic show on March 22
     Gravity - 3:00 - 4:00 PM - End date March 23
     Lego Bricks - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM - End date March 23
The Spring Session of Clubs will begin mid to late April. 
Sign up forms will be sent home following the Spring Break.
Volunteer Mentors Needed

Several years ago, Elysian established a mentoring system, where seasoned Elysian parents are paired with new families to offer  insights into the everyday workings of our community.  ( How do you order lunch?  Where can you order school t shirts?  I'm invited to the annual picnic - where is it and what should I bring?   How can I get involved with the school?  Is there anyone living near my neighborhood to share rides? ....... You get the picture!)

If you don't know the answer, you most likely will know where to direct them to find out the information they need.  

It is not a heavy time commitment, but we do ask that your first connection be personable and by phone.  After that first meeting, you can decide between yourselves the best way of communicating with each other.   

We like to invite all new families to the Annual Picnic, so that might be a good time to meet each other and introduce them to other families. 

This year, we will have over 20 new families in kindergarten alone, so we hope to have lots of volunteers!  We will also need mentors in higher grades, usually   during the summer, when some transitions are occurring.    We hope to have our K mentors in place in time for the Kindergarten Orientation, which takes place on May 17th.  

If you are able to mentor more than one family - that would be great too!  While we don't necessarily match up grade to grade, it is helpful for the volunteer to have experience in the grade they will be mentoring.  We have had really good feedback from this program, one that really shows off our vision of what community is all about! 

Mark Spear, dad of George - 1A and Libby - KA,  has generously offered to coordinate this effort.  If anyone would be able to help him, please let him know!  
Here is how you sign up:

Contact Mark Spear at:    (917) 319 6805  or   markspear312@gmail.com

Mark will need to know 3 things:
How many families you are willing to mentor
The grade range you are familiar with
Your contact information.
If you have difficulty reaching Mark during the day, you can also contact Susan Gilbertson at susan.gilbertson@ecsnj.org or call the school: 201-876-0102.

Thanks in advance!
Notes From The Nurses Office
Please be sure that you or your emergency contact may be reached during the day in case your child gets sick at school. We have had several children with a fever and we were unable to reach anyone.
If your child has a fever, or if you think that your child may be getting a fever, please keep your child home.  It is uncomfortable for the child to be in school if he/she is not feeling well.  It also spreads germs to other children and staff.
Please be sure to call the school if your child is absent.  You may leave a message on our answering machine at any time.  Our number is 201-876-0102.
If you would like to speak with me, I am available. Call the school phone number 201-876-0102 or email me at nurse@ecsnj.org
Diane DeSombre, RN
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

Size 1 Boots Left Behind 

After the Annual Meeting, a very nice pair of  blue Size 1 boots were left in the lobby. Please see Deb in the Office.
      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
    Please see above under "This Week's Basketball Practices" for grades, dates and times of practices.
    Monday, March 19
    • Game - All Saints 5 vs. Elysian Charter 5, 6:45 PM, Wallace
    • Game - All Saints 6 vs. Elysian Charter 6, 7:45 PM, Wallace
    Wednesday, March 21
    • Game - Elysian Charter 5 vs. Wallace Grey 5, 7:45 PM, Wallace
    Monday, March 26
    • Public Charter School Action Day Rally, Trenton, NJ * See above Save the Day
    • Board Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Tuesday, March 27
    • 6th Grade Trip - 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Thursday, March 29
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30 PM dismissal
    Friday, March 30 - Friday, April 6
    • Spring Break - Elysian Closed
    Friday, April 13
    • Community Meeting, 8:45 AM, Gym
    Monday April 16 - Friday April 20
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Wednesday April 18
    • 1/2 Day, 12:30 PM dismissal, Aftercare until 6:00 PM
    Monday, April 23
    • Board Meeting, 7:00 PM

    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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