Elmwood Express

February 17th, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Elmwood Families,

This past week we had parent/teacher conferences, a remote learning day, Valentine’s Day, and a full moon! This is followed by a well deserved four day weekend for students and staff. As a reminder, there is no school on Friday, Feb. 18th and Monday, Feb. 21st. We will return to school on Tuesday, February 22nd.

School Store

This coming week we have the PATT school store. Student’s that had a birthday in December, January, and February will receive $1.50 toward anything in our store. Students are allowed to bring money to purchase items in the store. Your classroom teacher has chosen a day, so please look for information from them. The parents in the PATT have purchased some pretty cool items for our students.


On another note, students also have been shopping at our PBIS store every other week. They earn Panther Pride tickets by demonstrating the 3Rs (Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible). Students are able to purchase items that they like and bring them home. Mrs. Hagins has recently stocked it with some cool new items for the kids!

Report Cards

Trimester 3 is almost over! Report cards will be going home on Thursday, March 2nd, and we ask that parents sign the report card envelope and return them to school on Monday, March 7th.

Early Release

Friday, February 25th is an early release day for students and Mrs. Hagins has planned an awesome assembly for kids during the day, read below for more information! As a reminder, kids are out at 1PM on Friday, February 25th.

Also upcoming is a non-attendance day for students on Friday, March 4th. We have a district wide institute day scheduled for our teachers and staff.

If you have any questions or need anything please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Lerner, lernerm@epcusd401.org or Mrs. Hagins haginss@epcusd401.org! We look forward to a wonderful week and weekend!


Mr. Lerner

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Congratulations to Erhan for winning the Elmwood Park CUSD #401 Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to all Elmwood Spelling Bee participants!

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 18th- No School (Conference Exchange Day)

Monday, February 21st- No School (President's Day)

Thursday, February 24th- End of Trimester 2

Friday, February 25th- Harlem Wizards Assembly & Early Release- All students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM

March 4th- Teacher Institute Day- No School for Students

View all of our upcoming district events by visiting our district calendar.

View all of our upcoming school events and activities by visiting our school calendar.

5Essentials Survey

We appreciate the support, encouragement, and understanding as we continue to find ways to navigate the pandemic and provide the best education experience for your student(s). Here is a link to a parent survey called the 5Essentials. We encourage you to take the time to complete the survey and provide meaningful feedback to the administration and teachers for continuous improvement opportunities. Thank you in advance for your time and participation.

Harlem Wizards

There is nothing like the World Famous Harlem Wizards. The Wizards have the talent for tricks, hoops and Alley-Oops! and the ability to blend basketball Wizardry with engaging personalities, captivating stage presence, and entertaining audience participation!

On Friday, February 25th our students will have the opportunity to watch the Harlem Wizards tricks while learning about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and making good choices. It is sure to be an entertaining time!

Please note, that due to the assembly and the early dismissal on Friday, all students will eat lunch earlier than normal.

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Arrival and Dismissal

A few reminders to keep our students safe while dropping off:

  • Drivers in the drop off line must remain in the vehicle. If your child needs assistance getting out of the car, we ask that you park across the street and walk your child to the building.
  • Please refrain from dropping off children in the middle of the street.
  • Please do not use the handicapped parking spots to unload students.
  • Please follow the directions of the school staff and local police department.

Thank you for being patient, and doing your part to keep our students safe!

No School on February 18th & 21st

As a reminder, there is no school for students on Friday, February 18th for Conference Exchange Day and on Monday, February 21st for President's Day. Enjoy the four day weekend!


As a reminder, if your child is sick or has flu-like symptoms, keep them home and send an email to our attendance clerk. The Elmwood attendance email is ewattendance@epcusd401.org . Please include the following information in your email:

  • Your child's first and last name
  • Your child's grade level and teacher
  • Your child's ID number
  • Reason for absence and duration of absence

Email is preferred, but you can still call our absence line at 708-583-6260

Absence calls and emails must be received by 8:30 AM. Thank you for your cooperation!

The nurse and/or office clerk will help you navigate through the COVID protocols if necessary. We all need to do our part to ensure that the kids, staff and community stay safe!

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Order your yearbook today! Soft cover yearbooks are 15 dollars this year and you can order a hardcover for 20 dollars. Click here to order!

If you ordered a class photo with your school pictures, they will be mailed out shortly.

Seeking Substitutes, Para Professionals, Before and After Care Help!

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a substitute teacher in District 401, please share this information with them. All our open vacancies can be seen on our district website. Start your day with a purpose and join our team!