Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
Elysian Charter School of Hoboken
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Harry Laub, Ph.D., Director
Elysian Charter School
Weekly Newsletter

A Positively Different Public School

January 30, 2017         Vol. 12  Issue 21
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Harry's Corner
This week’s article is written by Alicia Weinstein, Elysian English as a Second Language teacher.  In this article she not only provides background for the program, but also writes about some of the new thinking when it comes to teaching English language learners.
As some parents and all staff know, the student population at Elysian continues to reflect the globalization of the New York Metropolitan area and the United States as a whole to date. As a result, we have seen a growth in the many interesting cultures at Elysian as well as the English Language Learner class. We started with just a few students and now have about nine students in the program.     We have students who descend or moved to the United States from such places as Mexico, India, Japan, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the Ukraine, as well as many students for whom Spanish was their first language exposure. We also have students who identify as American but who speak more than one language at home.
Over the past several years, I have been teaching English As A Second Language to the high school students at the Hudson School. I have always been passionate about English and about other cultures and studied many of these topics as a major in Government at Lehigh University and as Master’s Degree Student at The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. When Harry approached me to teach ESL at Elysian, I jumped at the chance to work with younger children in such a warm and engaging community. I had already worked with many of the kids as a substitute teacher prior to my new role.
When I talk with parents, they often think that this program is for students who do not speak fluent English or that my instruction is for kids who do not speak any English at all. This can be true in some communities but can also be a misconception in others. Most of my Elysian students are fluent English speakers. Our focus is mainly on strengthening academic content through the pull/out push/in method.  We focus on teaching a set of academic vocabulary words, working on integrated content related to classroom instruction, structured writing and reading comprehension skills, literacy and language development and overall sharing of cultures among students.  
Below you will see some photos from an international day that we had at school this week. What a great experience for the kids and for me. We hope to do more of these types of events by utilizing writing and books as well as music. If you would like to know more about the program or have some skills that you would like to share with us, please feel free to contact me by email at alicia.weinstein@ecsnj.org or stop by the conference room on the third floor. You will see many of the wonderful benefits of a community that embraces many diverse cultures and learning styles. 
Many thanks
Alicia Weinstein
ESL Teacher
Half Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Children dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
·         Lunch will be served
·         Aftercare will be from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
·         Club Schedule is as follows:
o   Chess will run from 12:45 - 2:15
o   Crafts with Erica will run from 12:45 - 1:45
o   Fashion Lab will run from 12:45 - 1:45
o   Sports Fitness & Conditioning will run from 3-4 pm
·         Basketball Practice
o   Grade 4 12:30 to 1:30
o   Grade 6   1:30 to 2:30
PTSO Corner
10TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF! - Saturday, February 11th at the Elks Club in Hoboken from 5 pm – 9 pmGet your taste buds ready and your chili pots shined, because the 10th Annual Elysian Chili Cook-Off is just around the corner! Come one, come all, and invite your friends to the Hoboken Elks club to compete or just to relax and enjoy great chili. There are prizes for judges’ choice and people’s choice and NEW THIS YEAR – judges’ pick for the most UNIQUE chili, so bring on the veggie, turkey, chicken, curry or whatever you consider UNIQUE!! 
Amenities include a supervised kids' room, live musical entertainment, a wine and beer cash bar for adults, and of course all the chili you can eat. To register as a cook, a baker of sweet treats, or to help at the event, please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0C44A4A629A2F49-10th. Please be sure to email your chili description or direct any questions to elysianchilicookoff@gmail.com.

CHOCOLATE ROSE FUNDRAISER - Milk chocolate roses for Valentine’s Day are being sold to raise money for the Middle School Spring Fling. THE COST IS $2 PER ROSE. Please look for order forms in your backpack early this week. Supplies are limited, so fill out the order form and tags provided, and return along with payment to your teacher no later than Tuesday, February 7th. Any orders received after the 7th may not be processed and if so, your money will be returned. The chocolate roses will be delivered on Tuesday, February 14th
Student Dress
Parents, please be sure to dress your children appropriately for winter weather. When we have our monthly fire drills, students do not have time to get their coats.
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 regularl

    Monday, January 30
    • Parent Forum: School Climate/Bullying Prevention, 6:00 PM
    • Board of Trustees meeting, 7:00 PM.
    Tuesday, January 31
    • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 7:45 PM

    Wednesday, February 1
    • Half day of school for report card writing, 12:30 dismissal.  After School Program available as usual.
    • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grades at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    Friday, February 3
    • Community Meeting
    • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 7:45 PM
    • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 8:45 PM
    Saturday, February 4
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 12:10 PM
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 1:50 PM
    • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 2:40 PM
    • Girls Basketball at Multi, 2;00 pm
    Monday, February 6
    • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    • Basketball: 7th and 8th Grade at Multi, 7:15 PM
    Friday, February 10
    • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 7:45 PM
    Saturday, February 11
    • Chili Dinner, The Elks Club
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 5:00 PM
    • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 5:50 PM
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:40 PM
    • Girls Basketball at Multi, 1;00 PM
    Tuesday, February 14
    • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    Wednesday, February 15
    • Report Cards distributed
    Thursday, February 16 - Tuesday, February 21
    • Elysian closed for February Break
    Wednesday, February 22
    • Elysian back in session. 
    Thursday, February 23
    • Basketball: 5th Grade Green Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    Friday, February 24
    • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:45 PM
    • Basketball: 6th Grade at Wallace, 7:45 PM
    Saturday, February 25
    • Basketball:  3rd Grade White Team at Wallace, 3:20 PM
    • Basketball: 3rd Grade Green Team at Wallace, 5:00 PM
    • Basketball: 4th Grade at Wallace, 7:30 PM
    Monday, February 27
    • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Tuesday, February 28
    • Basketball: 5th Grade White Team at Wallace, 6:45 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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