The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 7) - March 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope that this email finds you and your family well. Yesterday and today, I have had the opportunity to speak with a few families and respond to questions. If you have specific questions about your child and his/her daily academics, the best thing to do is to email the teacher or principal directly. There is a complete directory at the bottom of The Herald. You may also contact the Assistant Superintendent, Ms. Rodriguez Gomez at or me at

Based on the Governor's address, schools will be closed for an extended period of time. Therefore, we will not be back to school on Monday, March 30th. We are planning for required remote learning plans week by week. I will continue to issue The Herald on a daily basis (Monday through Friday). As soon as we receive notification that schools can reopen, I will inform our entire school district community. Additional remote learning plans will be added to the website this week.

Today, Mrs. Kate Decock (Hoboken Public School District Parent) will hold a free, kid friendly yoga class on Zoom at 2 pm. The link to join the meeting is below. Please join her or have your kids sign on if you're busy and need a break! Leo and Vincent (Kate's children) have committed to trying this with her... and she will see how it goes. For music (a very important element to class!) you can play the music locally by going to spotify, search my user name (kpdecock) and the playlist is called "zoom I 2020". We'll plan to do about 30 minutes of yoga and 10-15 minutes of breathing and relaxation. Hope you can join Kate and her boys. This will be her first time trying this - any and all feedback welcome! See the invitation below:

Kate Decock is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: My Meeting

Time: Mar 24, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 928 984 637

PS - while classes are free, if you'd like to make a $10 donation, each week we'll pool the money donated and buy a gift card at a local business. Venmo kate-decock

I am still compiling an additional list of questions that parents have sent me and I will include them, along with answers in tomorrow's edition of The Herald. Principals will be in touch with all families today regarding questions associated with expectations around staff and family communication and the remote learning plans.

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, art activities, 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

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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
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Daily Videos from our Supervisor of Early Childhood Learning and Principals

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

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

Growth Mindset 3/22/20

Ms. Miller's Daily Drama Activities for Families

HPS: Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity (Body Warm Up)

Stories with Staff

HPS Reads: Ms. Buckley reads "Please Mr. Panda" by Stephen Anthony

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

HPS: Namaste with Dr. A (Session 4)

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 Ms. Beriloff, School Psychologist

HPS: Yoga with Ms. Beriloff

Healthy Tips from Mrs. Bevacqua

HPS: Mrs. Bevacqua’s Healthy Tips Fresh Air

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

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.