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

September 25, 2017         Vol. 13  Issue 3
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
Every morning, when Chuck was three years old he would pass by me in his stroller, flash me a smile and then refuse to say hello.  When he was four, and his mother kept telling him that next year he would go to school here, Chuck flashed me that same smile and said, “Hi Harry.”  Chuck is now in kindergarten. Whenever I walk into his room he is actively engaged in reading or centers or listening.  He stands up straight, communicates with the other children and adults in the room, but still flashes that same smile.  His growth and development is amazing. He is ready to learn and is embracing the opportunity.
Jeff came into 8th grade this year, a slight moustache on his upper lip and a changing voice.  Last year Jeff got himself into trouble not because he didn’t work—he did—but because he was unable to monitor his behavior and know when he needed to become a serious student.  During the first few days of school he was working in the hallway with a group of students, he turned to me with a great big grin and says, “I am the adult here,” and then turned back to continue his work on the project.
These are vignettes of children growing up and developing the behaviors and strategies that will make them successful. 
The Center for Parenting Education provides an article on the developmental growth of children and ways for parents to support this growth.  For the full article go to click here.  Below are relevant excerpts from that article.
The Tasks OF 6 thru 11-Year-Olds
  • mastering difficult tasks
  • accepting and following rules and internalizing them
  • developing responsibility
  • learning many new skills, including social skills (especially same-sex peer relationships)
  • selecting adult role models of the same sex
  • continuing to learn how the world works
  • increasing their independence
  • enhancing their ability to reason
Support your child in accomplishing the tasks of this age by:
  •  Setting Limits
    • allowing children to see the results of their behavior by imposing appropriate consequences and following through with the consequences you set.
    • letting them make decisions about things that affect them, to the degree that their judgment allows.
    • pointing out what is real versus fantasy and encouraging children to report events accurately.
    • Young children may lie or steal. Without thinking they are doomed to a life of crime and without blaming or humiliating them, you can confront children with the facts and help them to tell the truth and make amends.
    • assigning chores to encourage cooperation, responsibility, and feeling that they are part of and are needed in the family.
  • Encouraging Emotional and Cognitive Development
    • helping them to understand their feelings and identify the feelings of others.
    • teaching them to solve problems so they can deal with conflict and life’s challenges.
    • encouraging activities that reflect their interests, build skills, and increase their confidence and sense of accomplishment.
    • allowing, encouraging, and helping them to finish tasks.
    • praising them for trying to do things.
    • being a reliable source of information.
  • Supporting Social Development
    • providing time with friends.
    • introducing them to role models other than their parents.
    • becoming more cooperative
The Tasks of 12 thru 18-Year-olds
  • establishing their own identity
  • separating emotionally from parents
  • experimenting with different values and deciding their own values
  • learning about how to relate to the opposite sex
  • beginning to renegotiate relationships with family members
Support your teen in accomplishing the tasks of this age by:
  • Setting Limits
o    gradually turning over decision-making to your teens: allowing them to make decisions about things that effect their lives to the extent that their judgment permits.
o    matching their increased judgment and responsibility with increased privileges.
o    continuing to set firm rules and limits about safety matters and important values – you are still the parent and have the ultimate authority in your home.
o    setting and following through with consequences.
o    choosing your battles – you might let issues about clothing or appearance go.
o    continuing to monitor friendships, academic performance, internet/technology use; step in if you feel your children need guidance or limits.
  • Encouraging Emotional and Cognitive Development
o    remembering that even if your teens are pushing you away, they really do still want your input; find new ways to stay connected.
o    continuing to let your teens know what your values are.
o    being a good role model.
o    celebrating their growing up and growing independence.
  • Supporting Social Development
o    encouraging healthy peer involvement; make your home teen-friendly without compromising your values.
o    supporting involvement in activities that interest your teen.

Tonight! Elysian20 Committee Meeting - all invited!

Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:00 PM 3rd Floor

Contact joanna.weintraub@ecsnj.org or harry.laub@ecsnj.org

Elysian Celebrates 20 years!!! 
This year we are celebrating.  2017 marks the completion of 20 years; we have grown from 5 classrooms as one of the first charters in NJ to this strong school with a successful history educating hundreds of students.  We remain a special place and this is the year to celebrate all that we have been and all that we are!
What makes Elysian special?
How can we share our success stories?
We have great plans but we need you!
We’re All In!!
MEMORIES NEEDED- Our theme for this celebration year is We’re All In!  Think about your family’s first day at Elysian, whether it was 2 weeks or 20 years ago.The day you came in to our community was special.  Who did you meet? What surprised you? Do your children have different memories?
Share your stories at home and then share with us.  Email Joanna.weintraub@ecsnj.org or send in a handwritten story (pictures encouraged!)
Notes From the Music Room

Dear parents,  

I hope all of you had a lovely summer. I am looking forward to a wonderful year of music making with your children.  I want to let you know about several important events that what will be happening in the few weeks:

Rock Band Auditions will be held on Tuesday, September 26th from 3:00-4:30 (7th & 8th Graders only). This year Rock Band rehearsals will be held on Mondays from 3:00-4:00 PM. 

Glockenspiels go home with 4th, 5th and 6th Graders starting the week of September 19thst. I will be sending home (as I do each year) glockenspiels on loan for the school year.  By now you will have received a letter from me through your child’s classroom teacher with instructions for the care of these instruments.  One will also be included inside the glockenspiel case.

Music Room Wish List:  Boxes of Kleenex tissues, baby wipes and hand sanitizer.

Please be on the look out for newsletters from me about the music program throughout the year.   I look forward to meeting with many of you on Back to School Night in October.

Best wishes,  Mary Guthrie
Rugby Club

The Elysian Charter School Rugby Club is accepting registration forms for the fall 2017 season.  Registration is open to all Elysian students in grades 4-8. 
Fifth grader teacher, John Rutledge, will once again be leading the Club! 
The Club will meet for weekly practice on Thursdays from 3:00-3:45pm at1600 Park.  Practice will begin on Thursday, October 5th and run the following dates (weather permitting) – 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 and 11/9.  Please have students dress appropriately for outdoor practices and bring a water bottle.  With the field so close, I am able to walk the Club members to practice.  We’ll meet outside at dismissal.  Pick-up is promptly at 3:45. After-school students will be escorted back to school or to the park after practice.
The fall season will focus on the fundamentals of flag rugby.  We’ll review rules, participate in drills and have practice scrimmages.  The fall season will also serve as a try-out for the upcoming spring season.  Once the spring season rolls around, we will field two teams with a maximum total of 24 players.  There will be an elementary team (grades 4-5) and a middle school team (grades 6-8) each with a maximum of 12 players.  In the spring, we’ll have weekly practices, participate in scrimmages with other clubs and take part in the NYC Ruby Cup tournament in June.
Complete and return the registration form to your classroom teacher by Friday, September 29th.

 Student Name ____________________________
 Age ________                D.O.B. ______________       Grade/Teacher _________

 Parent/Guardian #1: __________________________ Cell# ____________________

 E-mail address:  _______________________________

 Parent/Guardian #2: __________________________ Cell# ____________________

 E-mail address:  _______________________________

After practice, my child has permission to:

 ____      Self-Dismiss              ____      Picked-Up by: ____________________________

 ____      After-Care   


 Does your son/daughter have any medical problems or allergies that we should know about?


 If yes, please describe the type of medication, dosage, frequency, and administration; as well as authorized to administer.



 ____________________________________________                    _________________

SIGNATURE OF PARENT/GUARDIAN                                          DATE

Hoboken Public Library Exhibition of Last Year's Third Grade's
Illuminated Morgan Book Project Manuscripts
Through the month of September
Morgan book project books on view for the month of September.

Please stop by the Hoboken Public library.  Our illuminated manuscripts, made by last year' s third grade, are on view on the second floor - on shelves and in two glass cases.  The photo below was taken at Monday night's reception.  Students were thrilled to have their books on public exhibition.  As well, they are looking forward to have their books come home.  Before that happens, we want to document the project.

                                                                                                               Help needed

We plan to preserve the project in a print-on-demand anthology.  Lynne Shapiro is looking for a parent who will help her pick the best book site and help her get started so she avoids pitfalls.  Please contact her to discuss: Lynne.shapiro@ecsnj.org.

PTSO Corner
PTSO Kick-Off Meeting - Friday, September 29 at 8:40 am in the Room of Requirement (room 313). All are welcome to come to hear about upcoming events and the many ways to get involved with the PTSO this year!

Back to School Night - Thursday, October 5, babysitting with pizza available for Elysian students.

Book Fair - Tuesday, October 3 - Friday, October 6 in the Elysian gym (with set-up day Monday, October 2). We are still looking for volunteers, please visit www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0C44A4A629A2F49-2017 to sign up for a slot. 

Halloween Party - Interested in helping plan the Elysian Halloween Party? Please email elysianptso@gmail.com to volunteer.

PTSO Dues Reminder - It's not too late to send in your PTSO dues. We are asking $25 per student. Turn into the office in any envelope, with your children's name.
Nurse's Email
The school nurse’s email address has changed. 
Diane DeSombre, RN's email is nurse@ecsnj.org 

Video: 3 Ways to Raise a Kid Who Won't Quit

Find out what the research says about teaching your child to work hard,

finish what they start, and achieve their goals.

Click below to watch video
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 regularly.
    Monday, September 25
    • 6th grade trip
    • Elysian20 Committee Meeting, 6:00 PM 3rd Floor
    • Board of  Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
    Thursday, September 28
    • 3rd grade trip

    Monday, October 2
    • PTSO Book Fair set up, Elysian Gym
    Tuesday, October 3
    • Angela's Kindergarten Parents are invited to Coffee with Harry in room 313, 8:45 AM
    • Book Fair, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Wednesday, October 4
    • Josie's Kindergarten Parents are invited to Coffee with Harry in room 313, 8:45 AM
    • Book Fair, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Thursday, October 5
    • Back to School Night, begins 5:45 PM
    • Book Fair, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM 
    Friday, October 6
    • Book Fair, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Monday, October 9
    • Elysian Closed for Columbus Day
    Thursday, October 12
    • 3rd grade trip
    Wednesday, October 18
    • Half Day of School for Staff Development, 12:30 dismissal.  After School Program available as usual.
    Friday, October 20
    • Picture Day!
    Monday, October 23
    • Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00 PM
    • 6th grade trip
    Saturday, October 28
    • Tentative date of Elysian Halloween Party
    Monday, October 30
    • High School Night for parents of students 6th, 7th, and 8th, 5:30 - 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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