The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 15) - April 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope this pretty background relaxes you and takes you on a brief vacation, even if it's just in your imagination. In yesterday's Herald I asked, "how are you?" and "how are your children?" It was wonderful to hear from so many of you. Today, I simply want to say, "have a peaceful weekend."

Next Tuesday, April 7th, Dr. D'Elia, Director of our School Based Youth Services Program will be hosting a session for families and children to ask questions about their feelings, share their concerns, and discuss their experiences regarding our current situation. The session will run from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please use the password to join the conversation. Parents of children younger than 10 years old, please remain with your children. It is recommended that you log in ten minutes prior to the session. Mark your calendar:

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 618 842 038
Password: 320693

One prevalent question that I have been getting from PK 4 parents is whether or not we have set a new date for the Kindergarten Day of Visitation. Originally scheduled for April 7th, we obviously cannot host these visitation sessions at this time. All PK 4 families have received letters which indicate the elementary school that each child has been placed in. After thinking this through with our elementary principals, we are going to produce a digital day of visitation for each school and sending the video out to each family. Once we are back in session, we will host our on site Kindergarten Day of Visitation sessions.

I hope that today's video messages and activities put a smile on your face. I encourage you to take time to review The Herald each day. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook too. I will be checking in with my Hoboken School District Families each day via the Herald. I hope that you will also check in with me. If you would like to send me photos of your children hard at work, please do so. I will include them in The Herald.

Stay well. I assure you that I will keep you updated every step of the way. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.


Superintendent Johnson

Directions to Access Our District's YouTube Channel: HPS Video Highlights

If you are interested in accessing our YouTube Channel, please follow these instructions:

  1. Google YouTube
  2. Click on Videos
  3. Type in the Search Box: HPS Video Highlights
  4. Click the red box to subscribe

HPS Highlights: Hoboken Middle School Principal, Students and Families Say Thank You to Their Teachers

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HPS Highlights: Hoboken Middle School Thanks Their Teachers

Daily Messages from our Early Childhood Supervisor, Principals and Guidance Counselors

HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Ms. Eakin
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Addi
HPS Guidance: A Message from Mr. White
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Shannon
HPS Guidance: A Message from Ms. Marcal
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Bartlett
HPS Guidance: A Message from Ms. Hosbach
HPS: A Friday Afternoon Message from Principal Marra
HPS Guidance: A Message from Ms. D’Anna
HPS: A Friday Morning Message from Principal Piccipetria
HPS Guidance: A Message from Ms. Wiener
HPS Guidance: A Message from Mrs. Gleason

Happy Hoboken Public School Students at Work and Play

Virtual Instrumental Music Practice by Our Spectacular Students

HPS Performs: Sophic C performs "Ode to Joy."
HPS Performs: T. Sauer performs Linus & Lucy.
HPS: 4th Grade Band performs "Eye of the Tiger " Flute
HPS: Z. Magaletta Practices

Connors Elementary School Talents Are Endless

HPS: Connors Koalas Special Talents

Ms. Miller's Daily Drama Activities for Families

IMs. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity (Tableaus Day 3)

Meditation with Ms. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Meditation with Mrs. Ellis

Namaste with Dr. Allgaier, School Psychologist at Hoboken High School

Namaste with Dr. A (Session 12)

Kids Kick Boxing Work Out With Connors School Teacher, Ms. Schultes

HPS Students and Staff Read Stories

HPS Reads: A. Cioce reads "The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears"
HPS Reads: Mr. MacAulay reads "Oscar's Book' by Jeffery Moss

A Stevens Cooperative School Student Interviews Mrs. McGreivey

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Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

As many of you know, I am a mom too. Although my daughter is 24 years old, she continues to ask me questions about the Coronavirus. I provide her with a number of resources daily to read. I fully understand that talking to younger children about the Coronavirus can be difficult and confusing based on the number of messages that are coming your way from news media. I have attached a link that was sent to me by Carrie Ellis that may help make your conversations a bit easier. Click on the link below:

COVID-19 Resources

What is Social Distancing?

We have heard of Social Gatherings, Social Media and Social Interactions, but Social Distancing? Social and distance do not seem like two words that go together. Social distancing seems like an oxymoron, like Jumbo Shrimp! The point of being social is to encounter other individuals. But in times like these, where direct contact is discouraged, how do we connect and continue to be social while still distancing ourselves?

Social distancing is reducing the direct contact with others who are not within your home. Keeping a distance of 6ft between you and others who do not live in your home and reducing your time spent in public areas. Even those who are part of your family but do not live in your home, like grandparents, should avoid close contact in order to prevent the spread.

So how can we continue to keep our sanity by social distancing but still feel social? Here is a list of some activities to incorporate into your day to feel social and to do your part in flattening the curve.

  • Use facetime, zoom, or just a regular phone call to connect with friends and family!

    • If you are using facetime or zoom, have a dance party, tell jokes, sing with each other, host a cooking lesson (if approved by your parents).

  • Some people still have to go to work to keep us safe in hospitals, work in our food stores, and drive the trucks to deliver our packages and food so even though we are spending most of our time inside, you can draw pictures or make signs for your windows to thank them! A simple thank you note goes a long way!

  • Explore and travel!! You ask, how? Many museums, zoos, and travel companies have free virtual tours online so check out the penguins, famous works of art or view other countries around the world, all from the comfort of your home.

    • Craft project: Make a passport and fill it with all the places you explore

  • Learn a new language! Many activity websites are teaching, for free, language courses so pick a new one and then facetime with your friends and try to teach them!

Don’t forget to laugh and smile and keep moving around and even though we have to be separated from others while outside, getting outside for a walk if you can daily, is very important.

Stay Healthy,

Nurse Beyer & Nurse DeMatteo

Mental Health Support

The NJ Department of Human Services operates a toll-free “warm line” which is a resource for people seeking mental health service. The warm line is activated during events that impact the mental health of New Jersey residents. The warm line is available 24 hours and has language access; (877) 294-HELP (4357). NOTE: The “warm line” does not replace 911 and is not used to report emergencies.

Emotional Health Activities

There are a number of great resources for social and emotional health during a high stress time like the one we are in right now. Check out these "Things You Can Do For Your Emotional Health" and share with your family.

2020-2021 Approved School District Calendar

You've Asked and We've Responded

A number of parents have asked for updated school directories. Each of our schools have prepared new directories including names, positions, emails, and phone numbers. If you have any questions for the Superintendent of Schools, please email

For the Assistant Superintendent, you may email

Below, you will find each school's directory:

Hoboken Public Schools - A District Dedicated to Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

Our Vision

The Hoboken Public School District will be recognized as a premier educational choice and widely known as a best-practice model for academic growth, high quality instruction, innovative and equitable programs, engagement, facilities and personalized pathways that are essential for college, career and life-preparedness in our ever-changing, interconnected global society.

Our Mission

The Hoboken Public School District will prepare confident and resilient graduates who value academic achievement, embrace challenge, honor diversity, appreciate collaboration, and respectfully contribute to their local and wider communities.

Our District Goals

The Hoboken Public School District will implement a rigorous, relevant and responsive curriculum that meets the needs of all students, fosters personalized pathways for learning, and ensures continuous academic growth.

The Hoboken Public School District will support its diverse staff in professional growth, encourage them to serve as role models, and empower them to provide the highest quality of instruction for our students.

The Hoboken Public School District will develop and implement unique and innovative programs that promote global learning, ensure equitable access, and foster the social, emotional and academic growth of each student.

The Hoboken Public School District will engage and communicate with families and the wider community to bridge understanding and advance partnerships.

The Hoboken Public School District will operate well-maintained and safe facilities that respond to our growing student enrollment, support our academic and co-curricular programs, and promote pride across the city.