The Herald

Hoboken Public School District

Superintendent's Daily Message May 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:


I hope that you had a nice weekend and a good start to this week of remote learning.


This edition of The Herald includes daily videos from our Principals, wellness and theater videos, storytime videos, and videos from our recent virtual talent show. Please take notice of Hoboken Middle School's virtual book clubs. These are fantastic ways for students and staff to connect. I would also like to draw your attention to the district's Diversity Day. It would be wonderful if your family decides to participate.


Last week I tweeted that ShopRite will donate $1 to regional food banks for every thank you message posted to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #EssentialThanks. Many of our district parents work at ShopRite. Let's show them our thanks by joining in this effort to help stock regional food banks and help all those in need.


Just below my daily message, you will see a Google Form. I am in the process of redesigning our district's website and I would love to include student, parent/guardian, or family testimonials regarding your overall experience with your child's school, any programs, or the district. A testimonial is a positive description of an experience that you have had. The testimonials can relate to this period of remote learning or prior to the pandemic. I would truly appreciate it if you would consider submitting one.


I want to remind you that there will be no remote learning on Monday, May 25, 2020. Our school offices and virtual classrooms will be closed in commemoration of Memorial Day.


I will continue to check in with all of you daily to be sure that everyone is okay. I hope that you will also check in with me. If you would like to send me photos or videos of your children being creative or silly, or even showing off a talent, please do so. I will include them in future editions of 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.


Sincerely,

Superintendent Johnson

Daily Messages From Our School Principals and Supervisor of Early Childhood Education

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

Great Job Gabby D'Antonio, Senior at Hoboken High School!

Gabriella D’Antonio volunteered her time at City Hall to volunteer for CERT to assemble masks that were donated to HUMC. Gabby is not only active in so many activities at Hoboken High School, but also in her community!

A Hashtag (#) Movement to Thank The Workers At ShopRite & Stock Regional Food Banks

ShopRite will donate $1 to regional food banks for every thank you message posted to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #EssentialThanks. Many of our district parents work at ShopRite. Let's show them our thanks by joining in this effort to help stock regional food banks and help all those in need.

May 21st is Diversity Day in the Hoboken Public School District

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Hoboken Schools recognizes the importance of celebrating diversity and have listed ways below that we can all participate in World Day for Cultural Diversity.


You may participate in as many activities that you would like. Please send a separate email with a photo to Dr. Pollins (Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us) of your participation. Put the name of the activity in the subject line for each email and please remember to list the name of the student in the body of the email. Send all submissions on May 18th by 9:00 am.


Exploration of Different Cultural Foods

As a family, research food from another culture. Explore commonalities and differences in the preparation and presentation of foods between your culture and one you chose to research. Send a picture of the process of making the food and/or a picture of the finished dish to Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.


Different Language Alphabets

To compare different written languages, do a google search of the alphabet in another language. Use the alphabet to write your name (For example, Braille, Arabic, Spanish or Japanese kanji). Share a photo of your name in English and the language of your choice by emailing Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.


Words of Respect

Research words and terms from various cultures that are commonly used to show respect. Be sure to add pronunciation tips so we can all practice saying the word. We will post a place to comment with your word on Twitter. Here are some suggestions:


Hello:

hola [OH-la] (Spanish)

marhaba [MAR-hah-bah] (Arabic)

ni-hao [NEE- how] (Mandarin Chinese)


Thank you:

domo arigato [doh-mo a-REE-ga-toe](Japanese)

salamat po [sa-LA-mat-po] (Tagalog)

motshakeram [MOAT-sheh- KER-am] (Farsi)


Appreciate Diversity Logo Contest

Create a logo that represents the diversity of Hoboken. All students who submit a drawing will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card. 5 winners will be randomly selected. Please submit all entries to Dr. Pollins at Tpollins@hoboken.k12.nj.us. All submissions will be compiled to share.

NJ Human Services Receives $2.8M for Mental Health Supports and Services Related to COVID-19 Outbreak, May 16, 2020

(TRENTON) – The New Jersey Department of Human Services has received more than $2.8 million in federal funding to support behavioral health services during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) funding will be used to expand access to counseling and other supports during the pandemic. The funding was awarded to the Department’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).


“These funds will help New Jerseyans facing behavioral health issues during this crisis get the emotional support they need,” Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said. “We are here to help. We have launched the NJMentalHealthCares helpline at 1-866-202-HELP to provide New Jerseyans a safe space to connect and discuss the anxiety we all feel in this challenging time. With this new funding, we will be able to add additional services and supports.”


These resources will enable us to implement critically-needed mental health support and are another example of the strength of New Jersey’s partnership with both FEMA and SAMHSA,” DMHAS Assistant Commissioner Valerie Mielke said.


With the $2 million in SAMHSA funding, Human Services is funding Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, which will serve as the coordinating entity to provide treatment, supports and referrals to treatment through expanded access to tele-mental health. These resources are expected to help serve as many as 2,500 individuals statewide. The SAMHSA funding also will allow Human Services to work with the Department of Children and Families to provide peer recovery supports.


The $882,035 grant from FEMA will help fund the NJ Hope and Healing Crisis Counseling Program, which will be run by Human Services with services provided by Catholic Charities, Family Services Bureau of Newark and the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. To date, DMHAS has been providing virtual training and drop-in support sessions to first responders, among several other groups.


The additional FEMA resources will support the training of more counselors, appropriate social distancing outreach, informational materials, and increased linkages to resources.

Department resources for those concerned about their mental health, the mental health of someone they love, or someone who just needs a safe place to talk about their anxieties in this uncertain time include the NJMentalHealthCares helpline 1-866-202-HELP (4357), available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week for free, confidential support by live trained specialists.


Also, a videophone mental health helpline is available to deaf and of hearing individuals in partnership with ACCESS at St. Joseph’s in Paterson. New Jerseyans can call the videophone helpline at 973-870-0677 for free, confidential support in American Sign Language from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Highlighting Our Talent Show Stars One Day At A Time

HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Lucas Daly, Knocking on Heaven's Door
HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Rin Kintano, "Cups"
HPS 2020 Virtual Talent Show: Emily Jala DiCesare, Dance to "Elena of Avalor (Main Title)

SEL at Home: T.G. Connors Elementary School Gets Creative. Check Out the Blog Below!

5th Grade Connection to the Middle School Virtual Book Club - Maximum Ride, by James Patterson

5th GRADE BOOK CLUB

OPTIONAL


To all 5th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our bridge to HMS Virtual Book club, and get to know some of the middle school teachers. We will be reading the novel

The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to the novel.


Ms. Painter & Ms. Falcone as well as some of our other ELA teachers are looking forward to meeting you. If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Mondays at 2:30 for a discussion.


See the Zoom link below.

Here is the schedule for the meetings.


Monday May 18th

Monday June 1st

Monday June 8th


Maximum Ride Book 1


Samantha Painter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: 5th Grade Book Club

Time: May 18, 2020 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Mon, until Jun 8, 2020, 3 occurrence(s)

May 18, 2020 02:30 PM

Jun 1, 2020 02:30 PM

Jun 8, 2020 02:30 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/95343959094


Meeting ID: 953 4395 9094

Password: bookclub5

6th Grade Virtual Book Club - Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

6th GRADE OPTIONAL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB


To all 6th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to the novel.


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Friday May 15th

Friday May 22nd

Friday May 29th


Hatchet PDF

Hatchet Audio


Samantha Painter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: 6th Grade Book Club

Time: May 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Fri, until May 29, 2020, 4 occurrence(s)

May 8, 2020 12:00 PM

May 15, 2020 12:00 PM

May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

May 29, 2020 12:00 PM

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

Weekly: https://zoom.us/meeting/tJYvf-ytrDgoHNy-UOqan27CHYqqc4UBa4lX/ics?icsToken=98tyKuCqrDMvH9aWsh-PRowQAIqgZ-_zpnZBgo1E0SrKEiFdMFTVHttTI7ErJfrR


Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/92285523268


Meeting ID: 922 8552 3268

Password: bookclub6

7th Grade Virtual Book Club - The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

7th GRADE OPTIONAL VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB


To all 7th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as the first OPTIONAL assignment, and introduction to Ernest Heminway (reading attached).


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Topic: Ernest Hemingway biography and Cuba

Friday May 15th

Topic: The Way Life as presented in the novel.

Friday May 22nd

Topic: Characterization: Santiago: an unlikely hero

Friday May 29th

Topic: Themes


The Old Man and the Sea PDF


The Old Man and the Sea Audio


The Old Man and the Sea: An introduction to Hemingway


Emerald Rozmester is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Grade 7 Book Club

Time: May 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Every week on Fri, until Jun 5, 2020, 5 occurrence(s)

May 8, 2020 12:00 PM

May 15, 2020 12:00 PM

May 22, 2020 12:00 PM

May 29, 2020 12:00 PM

Jun 5, 2020 12:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71452851824


Meeting ID: 714 5285 1824

Password: bookclub7

8th Grade Virtual Book Club - Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

8th GRADE BOOK CLUB

OPTIONAL


To all 8th Graders,


As we continue to do remote learning for the remainder of the year, we invite you to join our book club. We will be reading Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck.


The link to the PDF and the audio are attached, as well as an introduction to John Steinbeck and the migrant worker experience.


If you are interested in being a part of the club, we will meet on Fridays at 12:00 for a lunchtime discussion.


Here is the schedule for the meetings.

Friday May 8th

Topic: Introduction to author and migrant workers

Friday May 15th

Topic: Character Study

Friday May 22nd

Topic: Theme

Friday May 29th

Topic: Symbolism & Final Thoughts


Resources for Book Club:

John Steinbeck Biography

Migrant Workers in the 1930’s

Of Mice and Men PDF

Of Mice and Men Audiobook


Daily Theater Activities by Ms. Miller

Ms. Miller's Daily Theatre Activity: Day 5: "Tones, Volume, & Rate"
Big picture

Namaste with Dr. A

Namaste with Dr A. Harnessing Focus

Hoboken Police Department Officers And Detectives Read To Our Students

Storytime with the Hoboken Police Department episode # 15 featuring Police Officer Dylan Archilla.

Hoboken Public School District's Counseling Department Website for Social Emotional Learning Resources. See Below:

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 cjohnson@hoboken.k12.nj.us

For the Assistant Superintendent, you may email srodriguez@hoboken.k12.nj.us


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.