Elmwood Express

April 18, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Elmwood Families,

This week our students in third, fourth and fifth grade took their Illinois Assessment of Readiness Assessments. All of the students did a wonderful job being here each day and ready to take their assessment. Thank you to our parents and families for making sure they were prepared.

As the year is winding down, there a number of fun activities for your families to enjoy here at Elmwood School. Our book fair will be April 18-22. If you would like to volunteer to help our students during the book fair, please follow this link.

We will conclude book fair week with a family movie night on April 22nd. Please join us for a showing of Sing 2 in our school gymnasium starting at 6:15 PM, more details are below.

We hope to see all of you, as we are excited to enjoy these last few weeks with our students before summer vacation. We hope you enjoyed the three day weekend!

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 & Mrs. Hagins

Join us for a family movie night!

Join us on Friday, April 22nd for family movie night! Bring a blanket and your own snacks and enjoy Sing 2 in our gymnasium. Doors open at 6:15 and the book fair will be open starting at 5:30 and will remain open until 7:00 PM. All students who attend must be accompanied by an adult.
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Join us for our Groundbreaking Celebrations

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Title 1 Family Night

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Kindergarten Registration!

  • Registration for full and half day kindergarten is now open as of Monday, March 14th, 2022.
  • To register, students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2022.
  • Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted to District 401, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency. District 401's liaison for homeless children is Director of Student Services, Dr. Kari Smith. You can contact Dr. Smith by sending an email to: smithk@epcusd401.org

Preschool screening

Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 is offering residents of Elmwood Park the opportunity to bring their young children who will be at least 3 years old during the 2022-2023 school year and no more than 5 years old as of September 1, 2023, to Elmwood Park School District 401 for a Preschool Screening.

The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may benefit from a range of programs and services provided to preschoolers at our school. Children who participate in the screening will complete a series of activities to assess their development and readiness for school. Each child will be evaluated in the areas of:

  • Language

  • Communication and Speech

  • English Proficiency

  • Social Skills

  • Cognitive Skills

  • Motor Skills

  • Hearing and Vision Screening

The complete screening will take approximately forty-five minutes.

If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old during the 2022-2023 school year, please attend our in-person preschool screening.

WHEN: Friday, April 29th 8:15am-12:00pm

WHERE: John Mills Elementary School - 2824 N 76th Avenue, Elmwood Park

To confirm your interest in your child to be screened and for further information, email ramirezm@epcusd401.org

Please leave a message and someone will return your call. You may also leave a message in Spanish or Polish.


Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who may have preschool children who reside in Elmwood Park.

West 40 Parent Engagement Night Information

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 15th- No School

Monday, April 18th- Friday, April 22nd- Book Fair

Wednesday, April 20th- Board of Education Meeting @ Elmwood Park High School 7 PM

Friday, April 22nd- Family Movie Night! Sing 2 @ 6:15 PM

Tuesday, April 26th- Title 1 Night- Celestial Voyage

Friday, April 29th- All school assembly- Bug and Lizard Show!

Friday, April 29th- Early Release- All students dismiss at 1pm-

May 2nd- May 6th- Teacher Appreciation Week

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.


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!

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!