Newsletter 10-9-18
Newsletter 10-9-18
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken  
Susan Grierson, Director
Elysian Charter School Weekly Newsletter
A Positively Different Public School

October 9, 2018                  Vol. 14  Issue 4
The school newsletter is sent out on Mondays. When there is a holiday, the newsletter is sent the following day. 

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Back to School night was very well attended and I hope that you found the event informative. It was nice to see that so many parents/guardians attended, and  reconnected with friends. I particularly enjoyed meeting families that I haven’t met interactive.

Thank you to the specialist teachers – Nikki, Mary, Derrick, Chris and Karen for participating in a panel presentation to share the goals and learning objectives of their course. 

A HUGE thank you to our Book Fair volunteers! The book fair is a great way to get our readers and writers excited about new books! Thank you to all who shopped!

The Fun Run was fun for all ages of Elysian students. From the DJ music to the exercise the students got, the Fun Run was, well, fun! The Fun Run raised 10,500.00 funds for Elysian. We met our goal!

Thank you very much to Tara for organizing.  We also thank those of you for sharing your thoughts and concerns about this new fundraiser and we have $10,500 that we didn’t have before!

We hope that some parents will organize the event for the students next year. 

Basketball season is starting! We are gearing up for another season and more trophies to add to our overflowing cases. 
We are looking for parent volunteers to coach teams. If you are interested in coaching, please email me at 

Look for a flyer to sign your child up with registration details – coming this week. 
Last week schools throughout the State of New Jersey participated in “The Week of Respect”. 
Some class meeting discussions that took place at ELYSIAN:
• Grades K-1 - Discussed friendship skills, kindness and showing respect to one another through a class discussion.   
• Grades 2- Students filled out an apple with ways they can show kindness to one another that will be added to a "Be Kind to the Core" bulletin board (grades 3, 4 and 5 also filled out an apple).    
• Tara spoke to grades 3 - 8 and played Bullying Bingo. It was an opportunity to learn about different forms of bullying, the harmful effects of bullying and ways to cope with bullying. We explored the topics of empathy and compassion in combating bullying.    
During the class discussions, Tara spoke about the HIB policy at Elysian and the procedure for reporting incidences of bullying. This included letting students know about the Anonymous Bullying Report Form that anyone can fill out and put in a lock box in front of her office.   

Friends of Elysian

The Friends of Elysian, the school’s parent-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising group, would like to invite you to our Annual Meeting TONIGHT in the school building at 6:30 PM in room 324.
At the Annual Meeting, we’ll provide a quick recap of last year, confirm and add new members, vote on board positions, and discuss plans for this year. We hope you can join us!
If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, or can’t attend but would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to email us at
Trivia Night Fundraiser Ticket Info:
Tickets are for Elysian parents only through Friday, October 26, after which, if any tickets are unsold, sales will be opened to non-Elysian friends, extended family, and the public.
• No tickets will be sold at the door since teams need to be set up in advance.
• Each team will be made up of six (6) members, but you can buy any number of tickets.
                                     Click here to buy tickets & register:
Creating Teams: 

You can put together a full team of six members yourself, either buying the tickets in one purchase or, if the tickets are bought separately, utilizing the registration form (or emailing us at to list your team’s players.

You can also include less than six names, too, and we’ll add others to your team to round it out. Deadline for emailing all team preferences is Friday, November 2.

Teams will be created for everyone who buys a ticket. (In other words, you don’t need to come with your own six-member team. We’ll put people together.) We will do our best to accommodate team requests, but as it is first come, first served, please let your team members know that their spots are not guaranteed until payment is received.

PTSO Corner

BOOK FAIR THANK YOUs - We had another successful and fun book fair! Thank you to every student, parent and teacher who came out to support the school! Thank you also to Book Fair Chairs: Anne Marie Schreiber, Michele Linder and Katrina Virtusio, and Book Fair Volunteers: Erin Curtiss, Danny Spiegel, Nicola Hoelzl, Pam Laden, Sara Green, Brittany Vogel, Angela Soo-McDermott, Mary Beth Alter, Carrie Granit, Bridget Glynn, Isadora Burgos, Lital Inbar, Jennifer Napolitani, Cecilia Bejar, Maureen Phalen, Suzi Taylor, Michele McCue, Jen O'Callaghan, Catherine Murray, Elizabeth Woodford, Jamie Cooper, Amy Whelton, Ava Schreiber and Charlotte Lasaga. A special shout-out to Bob Maltese and Christian Souza for all of their help during Book Fair week!

OCTOBER SAVE THE DATES - School Picture Day is Friday, October 19, and the Elysian Halloween Party is Friday, October 26! Look out soon for a Sign-Up Genius for Halloween Party volunteers/donations!

PICTURE DAY 10/19 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - We need day of volunteers!  Please sign up to help Picture Day to be a success.  Click here:

- 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.

KidStuff Coupon Books

We have two weeks left of our KidStuff Coupon book sale. If you are interested in purchasing this money-saving coupon book stop by room 317 and speak to Regan OR simply send in $25 with your child to Regan's attention and a book will be sent home in coordination with their classroom teacher. 

Thank you for supporting the 8th grade and our graduation activities! 
Fall 2018 Enrichment Clubs  (Started October 1, 2018)

--Debate Club - 3:00pm - 4:00pm  (starts Oct. 18) 
--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
New Boxtops for Education smartphone app
Box Tops Bonus App

To Register Elysian for a sweepstake
Monsters Cereal Madness Sweepstakes
      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
    Tuesday, Oct 9
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Music Room #219
    • Friends of Elysian Annual Meeting, 6:30pm - Room #324
    Thursday, Oct 11
    • 3rd Grade Trip
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    Monday, Oct 15
    • 5th Grade Trip
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Tuesday, Oct 16
    • 1st Grade Trip
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Music Room #219
    Wednesday, Oct 17
    • 1/2 Day - Staff Development
    Thursday, Oct 18
    • 5th Grade Trip
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    • Hoboken HS Panel, 6:00pm - 7:00pm 
    Friday, Oct 19
    • Picture Day
    Monday Oct 22
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    • High School Fair, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Oct 23
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15 pm, Music Room #219
    Thursday, Oct 25
    • 7th Grade Trip
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    Friday, Oct 26
    • 2nd Grade Trip
    • Halloween Party - 6:00pm 
    Monday, Oct 29
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Tuesday, Oct 30
    • Play Practice, 3:00pm - 4:15pm, Music Room #219

    Thursday, Nov 1
    • Rugby Practice, 3:00pm - 3:45pm, 1600 Park
    Monday, Nov 5
    • Rock Band Practice, 2:55pm - 3:45pm, Music Room #219
    Tuesday, Nov 6
    • 5th 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
    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 - 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
    • Board Meeting, 7:00pm
    Tuesday, Nov 27
    • Picture Re-take Day
    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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