The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message (Day 11) - March 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As we embark upon our third week of remote learning, I would like to thank you for your cooperation. I continue to be amazed by everyone's patience, understanding, and generosity. Please remember if you have any questions about the remote learning plans, please contact your child's principal. He or she will be more than happy to help you immediately.

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some specifics regarding are meal distribution program. As you know, we have decided to continue serving meals during our spring break. We have two options for pick up. The first option for meal pick up is daily. Daily meals include breakfast and a hot lunch. Our food service provider is not permitted to package hot lunches for multiple days. However, there is a second option for meal pick up. This would be a Monday pick up of breakfast and a cold lunch for three days and then a Thursday pick up of breakfast and a cold lunch for two days. We are serving meals to any child (regardless of free or reduced lunch status) that attends our district schools, the three charter schools in Hoboken, or County Prep/High Tech.

In this edition of the Herald, I have included video messages from our principals, virtual band videos, photos of our students working on their studies, art videos, and health and wellness videos. There are also resources included for you and your family.

I am not sure if you had the opportunity to participate in last week's Yoga Session with Mrs. Kate DeCock. If not, you can join her session tomorrow. Kate will be hosting a kid friendly yoga class at 2pm tomorrow. She will do about 30 minutes of movement and 10-15 minutes of breathing and relaxation. The information for the class can be found below:

Topic: Tuesday Yoga

Time: Mar 31, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 354 694 892

Every week on Tue, 5 occurrence(s)

Mar 31, 2020 02:00 PM

Apr 7, 2020 02:00 PM

Apr 14, 2020 02:00 PM

Apr 21, 2020 02:00 PM

Apr 28, 2020 02:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.


Our staff members are so honored to come together, digitally, and bring new learning to families. Our Director of Innovative Programs, Mr. Chris DellaFave, will be hosting a Wellness Wednesday Variety Show. Every Wednesday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. he will be hosting a wellness variety show with various colleagues, teachers, and wellness practitioners who are interested in bringing you the latest and greatest at-home practices, nutritional tips, mobility work, breath control, and beyond. This is a wonderful time to connect with each other as well as look forward to weekly scheduled programming. The Wellness Wednesday Variety Show zoom information is below:

Christopher Della Fave is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Topic: The Wellness Wednesday Variety Show

Time: Apr 1, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 717 710 033

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

Director DellaFave Discusses Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Virtual Chorus and Band

HPS Performs: J. Dale performs Viva La Vida Flute
HPS Performs: K. Bilbao performs Bohemian Rhapsody
HPS Performs: Wallace School Virtual Chorus and Band

Drawing with Wallace School's Art Teacher, Ms. McGeehin

HPS Creative: How to Draw: The Frog with Ms. McGeehin
HPS Creative: How to Draw: The Hulk with Ms. McGeehin

Kids Practicing Mandarin At Home

HPS Students & Staff Hard at Work

Stories with Staff: HPS Reads

HPS Reads: Ms. Petrosyan reads "If You Give a Pig a Pancake" by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond

Yoga with Ms. Beriloff, School Psychologist

HPS: Yoga with Ms. Beriloff

Ms. Miller's Daily Drama Activities for Families

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

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

HPS: Namaste with Dr. A (Session 7)

Meditation with Mrs. Ellis, School Social Worker

HPS: Meditation with Mrs. Ellis

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

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.