Elmwood Express

January 21st, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Elmwood Families,

January has been flying by and I can’t believe the last week of January is already upon us. Monday January 31st, is our 100th day of school! This is a big deal in our primary grades.

Please note that next Friday is our Institute Day for teachers which means no school for the kids on Friday, January 28th.

We would like to send a thank you to all the parents that attended our safety presentation this past Thursday at Elm Middle School. We have attached the presentation for those that were not able to attend. If you have questions, please reach out to Mr. Lerner.

While we know everyone is extremely busy, we kindly ask for your feedback about how our school year is going. We would love for all parents to complete the 5Essentials parent survey. This is a yearly survey given by school districts across the state. Please click on the link to take a brief survey. It takes between 5-10 minutes, and we would greatly appreciate you providing feedback to us.

Finally, we have been experiencing not only below freezing temperatures, but rapid changes in the temperature as well. If you are like us, you may be questioning why we live somewhere that gets so cold! Please remember that unless the temperature is below 20 degrees, we still have the students go outside for recess. Please be sure your child has appropriate cold weather attire so they can enjoy the snow and outdoors!

Have a safe and wonderful weekend. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Hagins or myself.


Mr. Lerner

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 29th - PATT Meeting @ 6:30pm in Elmwood Cafeteria.

Friday, January 28th- Teacher Institute Day- No School for Students

Wednesday, February 2nd- Board of Education Committee of the Whole Meeting, EPHS Auditorium @ 6:30 PM

Wednesday, February 9th- Board of Education Regular Meeting- 7:00 PM @EPHS

Thursday, February 10th- EPCUSD #401 Spelling Bee

Wednesday, February 16th & Thursday, February 17th- Parent Teacher Conferences

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- Early Release- All students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM

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.

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Pictured above, fourth grade students work collaboratively on long division.

No School on January 28th

As a reminder, there is no school for students on January 28th. Enjoy your three 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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The third grade students above are sharing their science projects with the class. They got to create their very own animals using what they know about inherited traits.

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.
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Pictured above, Mrs. Webb is making her way around to classes so students can spend the Panther Pride tickets they have earned for being ready, responsible and respectful on prizes!

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!