The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 9) - March 26, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I will keep my message short today. If you didn't get to see the Governor's address today, he made it very clear that there will be no conversation of schools reopening until at least April 17th. Therefore, we will continue to forge ahead, together as a school community. If you have any specific questions about your child's remote learning plan, please contact his or her principal. You may copy me on the email so that I may assist the principal with your comments or requests.

On Friday, March 27th, at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Cecilia D'Elia, Director of our School Based Youth Services Program, will be hosting a Zoom sessions for all students titled "Zoom in on Students". The purpose of this session will be for Dr. D'Elia to respond to any questions that children of all ages may have about this current situation or to provide suggestions about how they may be feeling. The invitation is below:

Time: Friday, March 27, 2020 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 340 316 668

In the meantime, if you or your child would like to submit a question or a comment to Dr. D'Elia ahead of her session, please do so by emailing her at Be sure to use "Zoom in on Students" in the subject line.

Mr. Christopher Della Fave, Director of Innovative Programs for the District, will also be hosting a Zoom Session titled "Physically Distancing & Socially Connecting". Please see the information below:

Time: Sunday, Mar 29, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 340 549 875

Parents and Guardians, please remember that we will continue to distribute "grab and go" meals out of Hoboken High School's Cafeteria on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. If getting to the high school each day is too difficult, please let the food service workers know and they will package multiple days of meals together for you at once. I am happy to announce that any remaining food and milk that we have is being donated to the shelter.

In today's edition of the Herald, I have included a daily video from each of our Principals and Supervisor of Early Childhood. There are also some additional videos featuring stories, theater exercises, healthy tips and fitness, yoga and relaxation techniques.

I encourage you to take time to review The Herald. 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

Daily Messages from our Early Childhood Supervisor and Principals

HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Ms. Eakin
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Bartlett
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Addi
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Shannon
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Marra
HPS: A Thursday Morning Message from Principal Piccapietra

Special Series On The Growth Mindset By Chris DellaFave, Director of Innovative Programs

Zoom Meetup: Physically Distancing while Socially Connecting

Physically Distancing & Socially Connecting with Mr. Christopher DellaFave

Time: Mar 29, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 340 549 875

Ms. Miller's Daily Drama Activities for Families

HPS: Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity (Observation Day 2)

Stories with Staff

HPS Reads: Mrs. Sanchez reads “Who Was Thomas Alva Edison” by Margaret Flirth (Chapter 1)
HPS Reads: Mrs. Grafman reads “Cake” by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra

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

HPS: Namaste with Dr. A (Session 6)

Dr. Allgaier's Summary of the Supporting Student Stress, Anxiety, & Mental Health During COVID19 Webinar

Parents/Guardians of Adolescents should practice:

  • Patience
  • Tolerance
  • Reinforcement

It is crucial for parents/guardians to continue to practice:

  • Self care
  • Adequate Sleep
  • Connection to others (calling, Facetime)
  • Breaking from news and social media
  • Routine
  • Capping "purposeless" screen time to 2 hours; purposeless equates to social media/non educational/youtube; it does *not* include Facetime for social connection and remote learning
  • Repeating to self and family: “I can only control what I can control; this is our plan today."
  • Taking time day by day; avoid talking about chunks of time ahead. We worry about today, not the future. We are planning for today.
  • Connect w outside resources like therapists, Dr's and spiritual leaders

Parents ask our kids

1) Are you okay (w pause)? If you’re unsure if your child is suicidal/at risk for harm reach out to local hospitals, hotlines and school guidance/CST/counselors

2) How can I help? (Don’t give solutions encourage their problem solving 1st)


  • Reference a calendar of webinars available for us and parents coming out this week
  • Use zoom, phone while following state guidance.
  • Maintaining your family/student relationships
  • Encourage to share this webinar's PowerPoint w parents once PowerPoint received.

Trusted Resources: Only Use

  • World health organization
  • CDC

Yoga with Mrs. Beriloff, School Psychologist

HPS: Yoga with Ms. Beriloff

Mr. Hamlin's Science Algae Academy

HPS Learns: Algae Academy Intro
HPS Learns: Algae Academy (Part II) by Mr. Hamlin
HPS Learns: Algae Academy (Part III) by Mr. Hamlin

Meditation with Mrs. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Meditation with Ms. Ellis

Healthy Tips from Mrs. Bevacqua

Mrs. Bevacqua’s Healthy Tips

Basketball Tips & Fitness with Coach Kolmer

HPS: Basketball Tips & Fitness with Coach Kolmer

Costume Day in The Hoboken Public Schools

Art with Connors Teacher, Mrs. Musella

HPS Creative: The Silly Monster with Mrs. Musella

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:

Resource from the Child Mind Institute entitled How to Make a Home Feel Safe

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.