ECE Connection

November 24, 2021

What's Inside

Inside this edition you will find:

  • Supervisor's Message
  • Upcoming Events
  • Sitely News
  • ECE Team Shares
  • Health and Wellness

Dear Early Childhood Families and Friends,

On behalf of the Early Childhood program, our providers HOPES and Mile Square, and the Hoboken Public School district, we wish you a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Whether you are near or far, celebrating with extended family or keeping it small, sleeping in and watching the parade in your pajamas or waking up early to start cooking all day we hope you enjoy your holiday and the extended weekend.

As time continues to march past up take the time to stop and reflect on what you have, what you've lost, and what your are grateful for. Think of ways you can use or share your talents to give back to someone in need this holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Lauren Eakin

Supervisor of Early Childhood Education

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Upcoming Events

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  • Wednesday, November 24th (EARLY DISMISSAL)
  • Thursday, November 25th (Thanksgiving Recess)
  • Friday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Recess)

Parents and guardians of children with special needs are invited to the next SEPAG Resource Sharing event

When: December 7, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Hoboken Middle School

Google Meet Link

(No childcare is available)

Special guests: George Bostory of Special Dragons and Jeannie Callahan of Angel Sense

Parents are invited to email Dr. D’Elia ( by December 3, 2021 any resources that they would like to share with other parents. These resources will be compiled and shared via our website

Parents who would like to sign up to receive calendar reminders, please send your email address via this Google Form

Invitamos a padres de niños que necesitan atención diferenciada a la próxima reunión de SEPAG en la cual vamos a conversar sobre recursos para nuestros niños

La reunión incluirá presentaciones de Special Dragons (un programa de karate para niños que necesitan atención diferenciada) y de Angel Sense (una compañía que produce un producto para localizar a niños extraviados)

Fecha: 7 de diciembre 2021

Hora: 6:00 pm

Si quiere participar en la reunión presencial: Hoboken Middle School (158 4th Street) (No hay cuidado de niños)

También se puede participar a través de este enlace para Google Meet a la misma hora

Si quiere recibir notificaciones por correo electrónico, por favor complete este formulario

Si requiere mas informacion, por favor comuníquese con la directora D’Elia (

Sitely News

Brandt- HOPES

With Thanksgiving coming up, Room 108 have been singing songs, taking surveys, making turkeys and sharing what we are thankful for. Room 108 students and teachers wants to wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


This week in Ms. Jeanette’s class, friends have been learning a math game called “making collections.” The first partner has the “hand” card and counts how many pictures there are on a card. Then they place the same number of counters into a cup. The partner with a “check” card, takes the counters out of the cup and places each one on top of a picture. Then they let their partner know if they had too many counters, too few, or just the right amount!


Ms. Arlene/Ms. Andrea MSELC Rue Site Room 101 This week we have been learning about different countries and cultures! Just like the different colors of leaves in the Fall; we are all different and unique and we celebrate our differences. We kicked off this week by greeting one another in different languages, Hola (Spanish) Ciao (Italian) Shalom (Hebrew) Namaste (Hindi) Bom dia (Portuguese). With our wonderful parent volunteers, through their video submissions, we listened to stories and songs in Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. As we traveled around the world in our imagination in the classroom our students created Beautiful Multicultural posters at home with their parents. We were able to listen to our friends as they each presented their posters in class and told us about their ethnic backgrounds. We finished this week with a Multicultural Feast! Each student brought in a dish representing their ethnicity. We all tried the delicious food and spoke about how our differences make us all special.

St. Francis

Tis the season! November is a time to be thankful and give back. This week at the St. Francis Site they had their annual Toiletry Drive for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. One of their Pre-K 4 teachers, Ms. Evadne is a part of a sorority called Lambda Tau Omega Sorority Incorporated. She had the idea to have them co-sponsor and Ms. Evadne was able to collect almost $1000 from over 45 donors. With this money she was able to make 107 care packages. Each package consisted of a washcloth, bar of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, and a razor. In addition, she was also able to get 103 pairs of socks, 40 pairs of gloves and 30 packs of sanitary napkins! Many families kindly donated from our site as well as our staff members and together we were able to deliver a generous amount to the shelter earlier today. We thank Ms. Evadne and all who donated for their generosity, support, and contributions to our cause! Have a wonderful and happy holiday!
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770 Jackson

Just in time for the holidays! Ms. Zoe's class created a recipe book. Just wait until you see these delicious recipes!
In addition to St. Francis hosting a drive, other sites also held drives to benefit the Hoboken community. We are so appreciative of everyone's efforts to give back. Thank you to the sites who organized a drive, the parents and students for donating, and the staff for making arrangements for drop off. It truly is a team effort!
At Rue Mile Square our PreK-3 & PreK-4 students collected toiletries for the homeless shelter during this Thanksgiving Season. "Giving Back during Thanksgiving!" Each classroom created a card to bring to the shelter along with two boxes full of toiletries for those who attend the shelter. It was delivered this morning by our Family Advocate, Ms. Gwen.
MSELC Wallace collected over 1,100 items for our Thanksgiving Can Drive!
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ECE Team News

A Message from the Master Teachers

7 Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah with Your Children

  1. Play the dreidel spinning game. Dreidel is a Hanukkah game played with a spinning top numbered in Hebrew letters and chocolate gelt. Put your chocolate into the pot, spin the dreidel, and see if you wind up with all the chocolate coins! This fun Hanukkah tradition is perfect to play at home. Make Latkes and Hanukkah cookies together
  2. No Hanukkah would be complete without delicious latkes and holiday cookies! Use a Star of David cookie cutter to make sugar cookies. Kids can frost and decorate their cookies and enjoy them for dessert. Cooking and baking as a family is one way to make special memories together at the holidays.
  3. Create your own colorful menorah The whole family can participate in this Hanukkah menorah children’s craft. Easy to make, this craft only needs popsicle sticks, markers, and paper. Color your popsicle sticks using markers, before you glue anything down. Then glue two popsicle sticks together horizontally, and two on top vertically. Glue nine sticks across, to be your menorah candle holders. Finally, cut flame shapes from paper and glue them to each stick. Kids can count the eight days of Hanukkah using their home-made menorah!
  4. Do Something Kind for a Neighbor Hanukkah is about miracles and gift giving. Donate your time to a neighbor and perform an act of kindness. Shovel their sidewalk, take our their trash or drop off a basket of Hanukkah cookies. By doing something kind for others, you are bringing light into someone else’s life—symbolically honoring the miracle of light that is a special part of Hanukkah.
  5. Share Eight Things You Love About Each other Hanukkah is a joyous celebration of love and freedom, and a time to spend with loved ones. Spread love to your whole family by sharing eight things that you love about each other. Each night of Hanukkah provides an opportunity to reflect and connect. Kids will learn the value of kindness and spreading love at the holidays.
  6. Share Your Hanukkah Traditions with Family & Friends Invite some of your children’s friends—including those of different religions—over to celebrate Hanukkah together. This is a great opportunity to introduce Hanukkah to others! Hold Hanukkah crafting sessions, make Hanukkah foods, and tell the story of Hanukkah. Share your light with others and brighten the world!
  7. Make A Family Tree Hanukkah is a time to celebrate your family history and culture. Make your own family tree and teach your kids about their past. Talk to relatives and go through family photo albums. This meaningful Hanukkah activity teaches the importance of history and family journeys. Kids will love learning about their heritage.

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Health and Wellness

Flu Shot Reminder

vaccination. The influenza vaccine must be given between September 1 and December 31 of the current school year. Failure to receive this vaccine before the December 31, 2021 deadline may result in your child being excluded from attending preschool as of January 3, 2022.

Please submit proof of vaccination to your child's Family Advocate prior to winter break (Dec. 23).

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In the Early Childhood Program we operate using an upward communication procedure. If you have any questions, concerns, etc. please refer to this chart when sending an email. When in doubt please send your email to your child's Family Advocate and he/she will escalate it to the appropriate person.

Want even more resources?!

Be sure to check out of newly redesigned Early Childhood website, created with Google Sites. This website is separate and apart from the district's webpage. On this site, you will have access to all of the 21-22 editions of the ECE Connection. You will also find superb resources from the PIRT and Master Teachers, information on Special Services, mental health and educational resources, as well as other pertinent information. Be sure to check it out and bookmark it as an additional tool for your PK toolbox.

Wee Passport

We are proud to announce the return of Wee Passport. This program is intended to be a fun, free, and welcoming experience for families with toddlers from ages 1 to 3. The goal is to acquaint your family with our district and staff. Wee Passport Programs will be held at the High School Football Stadium. All Wee Passport events were designed to be interactive mom/dad/caregiver and tot sessions. We hope that you and your child find the information and experience fun and exciting.

If you live in town and know of any family that may be interested, please find all of the pertinent information below:

  • Ages: 1 - 3 years old
  • Location: 1000 Jefferson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030 *Weather Permitting*
  • Course Capacity: - 15 Seats per event date, first come first serve basis
  • Location: 1000 Jefferson St, Hoboken, NJ 07030 *Weather Permitting*
  • Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Remaining Sessions:

December Events to be held at Calabro site (524 Park Avenue)

12/1- Yoga Mindfulness & Me

12/15 - Music Makers

January Events to be held at Calabro site (524 Park Avenue)

1/5 Budding Artists

1/19 - Sing-Along Dance Party

February Events to be held at Calabro site (524 Park Avenue)

2/2 - Disney Sing Along

2/23- Yoga Mindfulness & Me


3/9 - Fairy Tale Theater

3/23 - Sign & Sing


4/6 - Gym Time!

4/27 - Art & Craft Creation


5/11 - Music Makers

5/25 - Sign & Sing


6/8 - Yoga Mindfulness & Me