Cougar Courier


March 25, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

Happy Spring Break!! Can you believe it? It's here! We hope everyone enjoys the much deserved break and is able to rest, relax and reset before we return to close out the 2021-2022 school year!

Over break we hope you're able to enjoy all of the things you love and spend time together! Whether you're traveling to a far away destination or staying close, we will see you when we return on Monday, April 4th.

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

Congratulations Elm Scholastic Bowl

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to our Elm Middle School Scholastic Bowl Team on being selcted for the Middle School National Tournament! Our team will represent Elm May 6th-May 8th in Rosemont!! Good Luck, Cougars!!!!

The Chopping Block at Elm Middle School

This week students in our Hospitaliy and Tourism course along with our Business and Entreprenuership courses attended an event hosted by The Chopping Block. The Chopping Block is located in Chicago in the Merchandise Mart. Students met with a Professional Chef and learned about the hospitality and business end of this profession. We look forward to more experiences like this one!
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Change to Make a Change!

Thank you to our advisories for collecting donations this week! Our students have been so generous to "make a change" and difference in our world!

Box Tops For Education

Join Elm in earning money for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. Plus, use the referral code K7Y8751D when you sign up and you’ll get 25 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 03/31/2022, while supplies last. Use the link below to download the Box Tops app: Link here


PAT and Elm Middle School are excited to announce the return of the COLOR EXTRAVAGANZA! Come celebrate the end of a great school year by having fun and getting messy. This event will take place on Thursday, May 12 from 3:30 to 4:45, outside in the Elm Field. Students in grades 5-8 will get to participate in multiple activity stations while getting doused in color powder, led by our Principal, Ms. Groeneveld!

A light snack will be provided after the event. Kits are available for purchase at $20.00 each and include a t-shirt, sunglasses, 5 packs of Color, an inspirational bracelet, a sticker, and temporary tattoo. Orders need to be in no later than April 12, and kits will be distributed on the day of the event. Please wear old clothes and shoes!

We need lots of volunteers so please consider helping out! Order form can be found here.

Illinois State Testing Reminders

Students will be taking the IAR & ISA tests over the next few weeks.

The ISA will only be taken by 8th graders on March 22nd. More information can be found here.

IAR tests will be given to all students at Elm the week of April 11th. More information can be found here.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

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, we will send out a Google Form to sign up in the near future.

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

SAVE THE DATE--Change in date!

May 23rd, 2022

Elmwood Park High School

Yearbook Sale Reminder!

The deadline to purchase a yearbook is quickly approaching! If your son/daughter would like to purchase a yearbook. Please click this link to order your yearbook before April 1st!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 22-23 school year will be open on Monday 3/14! If you will have an incoming Kindergarten student, please see this link for more information!

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

  • March 28th- Spring Break Begins!

  • April 4th- School Resumes

  • April 11th-April 14th- Illinois Assessment of Readiness Testing Week

  • April 15th-No School

  • April 20th- Regular Board of Education Meeting

  • April 29th-Early Release

  • May 19th- 8th Grade Dinner Dance

  • May 20th- 8th Grade Breakfast

  • May 22nd - 8th Grade Graduation

  • May 23rd- Multicultural Night

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