Cougar Courier


May 6, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week! WOW!!! What an amazing week at Elm!!! We celebrated students and teachers all week and it was wonderful!!! Tuesday we inducted our newest members of our chapter of NJHS, we celebrated our Elm artists at the art show, and had our final band and choir concert of the year! You're all so amazing, and we are so proud of all of your hard work!!!

Elm Athletics also continued to amaze us advancing in all of their tournament play, Congratulations Cougars on your amazing seasons!!! Good Luck to our Soccer Team next week in your tournament, we know you will be amazing!

Addtionally, I hope all of our Elm Middle School Mamas have a Happy Mother's Day!

Please take a few minutes and read through this week’s Courier! As always, should you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. Stay safe! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Registration for Returning Students

Registration for returning students is now open! Here is an overview of the process if you need any additional directions. Also, a video is linked here for additional support if needed. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

8th Grade Events!

We're so excited to celebrate our graduating Class of 2022! More details surrounding all 8th Grade Events at Elm can be found here! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Additional drop off/pick up information about the dance:

    • Students may be dropped off for the event by Door 1

    • Parents are invited to come into school at 9pm to join in celebrating our 8th graders. Students will need to leave with an adult as they leave at 9:30pm.

Also click the link here to order your Class of 2022 Spirit Wear!!!

5th Grade Go To School Night & Acceleration Night!

Elm Middle School will host "Go to School Night" for all incoming 5th graders on May 11 at 6pm! Students will have the chance to see the school, meet teachers and ask questions about Middle School!

Addtionally any students reccommeded for acceleration for 2022-2023 please attend for more information about your accelerated classes!

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8th Graders-Freshman Orientation this fall!

8th Graders--save the date! Your Freshman Orientation will be August 11th, from 9am-11am at EPHS! Please see the flyer below for more information!

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2022-2023 EPHS Cheer Tryouts

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Bark Alerts-Technology Usage Alerts for Students

When schools give students access to devices and online accounts, an incredible world of learning opportunities opens up — as well as potential dangers. Digital safety is critically important to Elm Middle School which is why we use Bark for Schools to help us protect our students both online and in real life.

Bark monitors for signs of potential issues like:

  • Cyberbullying

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Sexual predators

  • Threats of violence

  • And more

As a school, we receive alerts that we can respond to during the school day, however we know that students use their school-issued accounts both at school and at home, and families are often in a better position to respond to urgent alerts after hours, on weekends, and during breaks. In the coming days, you will receive an invitation to create your free account for the Bark for Schools Parent Portal. As soon as you opt-in, you’ll be able to receive after-hours alerts if Bark detects potentially time-sensitive issues.

Please see this letter for more information and reach out if you have any questions!

Elm Band and Choir Concert

Thank you to all of our Band and Choir students for providing us with an evening of entertainment this week! Thank you also to Mr. Hawk and Mr. Popplewell for all of their hard work with our students each and every day!

Elm Middle School Art Show

Thank you to all who attended our Art Show and supported our students. It was a lovely evening that showcased our many talented students! Thank you for your support! Thanks to Ms. Rolfe and Ms. Korteling for their continued support of the artist in every student!

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Summer Library Volunteer Opportunity

Middle Schoolers entering 7th and 8th grades can apply to be a Summer Library Volunteer using this google form.

Mark Your Calendars!

It is time to celebrate our families and cultures! If you and your family would like to participate in planning our Multicultural Night, please click this link.

Ideas include dance and cooking demonstrations, a community potluck, and multicultural readings!


May 23rd, 2022

Elmwood Park High School

Attendance Reminders

If a student is going to be absent from class, a parent or guardian should call our Attendance Clerk at (708) 583-6600 or email

When calling, please spell your child’s last name and give their student ID number.

Upcoming Events

  • May 11th- 5th Grade Go To School Night & Acceleration Night!

  • May 12th- Color Extravaganza!

  • May 18th- Regular Board of Education Meeting

  • May 19th- 8th Grade Dinner Dance

  • May 20th- 8th Grade Breakfast

  • May 22nd - 8th Grade Graduation

  • May 23rd- Multicultural Night

  • May 26th- Last Day of School

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