The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 16) - April 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope that the beautiful weather today brought some peace and calmness to you and your family today. Over the weekend, I received a "Check-in Choice Board". The first check-in point asks to share a bright spot from the past week. I have included a Google Form below. If you would like to share, please do so.

Tomorrow, 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

As you know, the Kindergarten Day of Visitation was originally scheduled for April 7th. Due to COVID-19, we cannot host these visits to the schools in which children were placed at this time. However, we are working to create digital visitations with the principals to hold everyone over until we are able to conduct these sessions in person. More information will follow shortly.

Registration for Pre-K 3 was originally scheduled for the week of April 20th in person. Since we will not be able to do so, Pre-K 3 registration will be conducted online. The registration link will be made live at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 20th and will remain live until Friday, April 24th at 3:00 p.m. The registration link will be located on the Early Childhood Education page on our website, under the Preschool Enrollment tab on the left. It is highly recommended that parents & guardians review the Preschool Information Session PowerPoint in order to be prepared for the documents that will be needed for registration.

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

Daily Messages from our Early Childhood Supervisor and Principals

HPS: A Monday Morning Message from Ms. Eakin
HPS: A Monday Morning Message from Principal Shannon
HPS: A Monday Morning Message from Principal Addi
HPS: A Monday Morning Message from Principal Bartlett
HPS: A Monday Morning Message from Principal Marra
HPS: A Monday Morning Message from Principal Piccipetria

Early Childhood Learning Center at Calabro Says Hello to All

HPS Highlights: Calabro School ECE Staff Messages

Hoboken Middle School's Virtual Band

HPS Performs : Hoboken Middle School Virtual Band

The "Willow Window Sill" Created by Mile Square PK & Wallace School Brothers

Nicholas and Jackson are brothers who love anything science and are enjoying daily science tasks. Along with that, they asked for a way to welcome Spring indoors. At home, they began saving the seeds from fruits and veggies, plus some extras like spinach and even pumpkin! This was a great sensory activity a preschooler who loves soft textures. Check out some before and after pictures:

The "Willow Window Sill" Created by Mile Square Preschool and Wallace School Brothers

Happy Hoboken Public School Students at Work and Play

Creativity Corner with Ms. McGeehin from Wallace Elementary School

HPS Creative: How to Draw: A Dinosaur with Ms. McGeehin
HPS Creative: How to Draw: A Bunny with Ms. McGeehin

Ms. Miller's Daily Drama Activities for Families

HPS: Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity (Tableaus Day 4)

Meditation with Ms. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Meditation with Mrs. Ellis

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

HPS: Namaste with Dr. A (Session 13)

Going Beyond the Pale with Chris Della Fave, Director of Innovative Programs

Going Beyond the Pale

Story Time By Our Hoboken Public School District Staff Members

HPS Reads: Ms. Tainter reads "When Charlie McButton Lost Power" by Suzanne Collins
HPS Reads: Mr. MacAulay reads "Oscar's Book' by Jeffery Moss

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.