The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 3) - March 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Happy Wednesday Hoboken School District Families. I hope that you and your families are doing well and following the guidelines set forth by the the City of Hoboken's Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health. On today's City Task Force conference call, all participants were reminded to reinforce the practice of social distancing to all families, especially if and when you and your children get outside for a short walk or for some fresh air.

As we completed day three of "remote learning" our Office of Curriculum and Instruction, along with our teaching staff members are ironing our some wrinkles. Please be patient with us as we are embarking on the new journey along with all of you.

Today, we continued to distribute "grab and go" meals out of Hoboken High School's Cafeteria from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. We also distributed Chromebooks to those families do not have a laptop or desktop in their homes.

In today's edition of the Herald, I have included a resource to assist parents and guardians talk to children about the Coronavirus. I have also included today's daily messages from our Supervisor of Early Childhood and our Principals. There are special videos by Mrs. Ellis, School Social Worker and Mrs. Bevacqua, Physical Education Teacher. Of course, many have asked for some daily theater exercises by Ms. Miller. She happily responded and I have added her video below as well. Once again, our fabulous teachers contributed some stories. Check out Mr. Fernandez's version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on the guitar and Mrs. Jia's English and Mandarin Reading of The Story of Mulan.

Thanks to so many of you that sent photos of your children working hard. I will include a few each day. There are also resources included that may be of assistance to our families. A few parents have asked about the 2020-2021 District Calendar. It was approved at our March Board of Education Meeting. I have attached it toward the end of The Herald.

Tomorrow morning, the Board of Education will be holding a statutorily required meeting at 10:00 a.m. to approve our preliminary budget for next year. This meeting will be filmed and posted on Channel 77. Board of Education Members will practice Social Distancing during the brief meeting. There will be an opportunity for revisions between tomorrow's meeting and the advertised public budget hearing. Budget materials will be placed on the district's website tomorrow morning by 8:30 a.m. (prior to the meeting). You can access it by clicking on Central Office, then the Business office. You will see a flyout for the 2020-2021 Prelim. Budget. If you would like to submit any questions as public comment, please email them to me at M. Victoria Lopez at any time from 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Please include your name, address and your question and it will be included in the public comment portion of the meeting. I will get back to you with an answer.

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.

At the end of last week, I had to submit our remote learning plan to the County Office. I did so and it was accepted. Over the weekend, I had to submit a presentation of our Preparedness Plan to the County Office. I included it below for your reference.

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

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:

Our PK Supervisor and Principals' Daily Videos

Each day, your child's principal will create and post a video to our YouTube Channel. In order to keep all families abreast of what is going on in all of our schools, I have decided to include them in my daily edition of The Herald. Remember, each and every administrator and staff member is hear to help if you have a question or would simply like to talk. Do not hesitate to reach out.
A Wednesday Message from Ms. Eakin
A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Addi
A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Bartlett
A Wednesday Morning Message from Prinicpal Shannon
A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Marra
A Wednesday Morning Message from Principal Piccapietra

Ms. Miller's Daily Drama Activities for Families

HPS: Ms. Miller Daily Theatre Activity (Crazy 8s)

Stories with Staff

Below, please find a few St. Patrick's Day stories that were uploaded to our YouTube Channel that you can play for your children at home. Each day I will add additional stories. 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

Continue to check our channel daily for more stories. I have added those that have been uploaded so far below for your families viewing pleasure. Today, you will see a special treat from Mr. Manuel Jose Fernandez. More to come...

HPS: Mr. Fernandez Reads.....
HPS: Mrs. Campbell reads “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin
HPS: Mrs. Cordero reads “A Penguin Story” by Antoinette Portis
HPS: Ms. Shultes reads “Swimmy” by Leo Lionni
HPS: Ms. DiVincent reads “Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher” by James Dean

A Special Children's Book Written by an HPS Teacher (Allison Kane) in Honor of her Daughter Sienna & Read by H.S. Dean (Mr. Piccini)

HPS: Mr. Piccini reads “Sienna’s Rainbow” by Allison Kane

Mrs. Jia Reads a Story in English and Mandarin

HPS: Mrs. Jia reads “The Story of Mulan” by Marisa Fang and Rosemary Firestein

Daily Mindfulness Exercises

A huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Carrie Ellis for providing breathing and mindfulness exercises each day. Just as academic work is important, so is placing focus on the mind and body.
HPS: Mediation with Mrs. Ellis

Check Out This Mindfulness Choice Board

Yoga With Hoboken School District's School Psychologist, Mrs. Kristen Beriloff

HPS: Yoga with Ms. Beriloff

Health Tip of the Day from Hoboken High School PE Teacher, Mrs. Bevacqua

HPS: Mrs. Bevacqua’s Healthy Tips

Johns Hopkins CTY

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth online courses will remain active throughout the entirety of the district’s remote learning plan for grades 2 - 8. Therefore, there will still be 3 - 5 hours of required coursework to complete per week in order to meet the course ending deadlines for both the three-month and six-month course options.

You will continue to receive email communications on assignment completion, feedback and grades from your child’s Johns Hopkins CTY online course instructor. If you have any questions at all, he or she will remain the first point of contact in regards to CTY curriculum and coursework completion.

Ms. Tara Donnelly will continue to monitor all Johns Hopkins CTY emails at the Middle School level. If students or parents have questions, please reach out to her at For all Grades 2 through 5 questions, please contact your building principal or Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Rodriguez-Gomez at

Hoboken Public School Students Are Hard At Work

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A Story Read by Ellen Samitt, Mental Health/Disabilities Specialist for HOPES, Hoboken Ages 0-5 Program

Why Is My School Closed?

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.