Cougar Courier


September 30, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week. It was a busy one at Elm; our 8th graders took the PSAT and then had their Snowflake event! It was amazing to see our students engaged in learning all throughout the building this week. Ms. Berkery's class was finishing up their basketball championship; Ms. Lite's class was diving into perimeter and area; Sr. Rocha's classes were introducing their classmates and interesting facts about themselves solo en espanol.

We' are officially one month into school, and I encourage all parents to check-in with their students about their classes. Check PowerSchool, and have your students reach out to their teachers should they need extra support in their classes.

Please take a few minutes to read through this week’s Cougar Courier. As always, should you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. Have a fabulous weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Assistant Principal's Corner

Ms. Berkery's Engineering class took part in their basketball tournament this week; wherein, they designed contraptions to shoot their Ping-Pong balls into the hoop. The individual designs faced off to award the prize to the top design. It was an awesome display of project-based learning and team design. Congrats to all the participants and to Ms. Berkery for yet another awesome approach to reaching out students.

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

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Dean's Den

Hi everyone,

Some reminders on entrance times in the morning:

-Door 1 is open at 7:30 for breakfast

-Doors open for arrival at 7:45

-1st period begins at 7:55

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Goodman- Dean of Students

Cougar Connections

Providing students with educational support is of the utmost importance to us at Elm Middle School. To add another layer of support, we will be starting a program called Cougar Connections. These will take place on the 4th Monday of the month starting on September 26th.

Teachers will invite 6-8 students to remain at school from 2:09pm-3:15pm to receive focused grade-level support for any subject area offered at Elm Middle School. Parent/Guardians will receive notification if their student has been invited to Cougar Connections along with their students. We are excited to offer this as an additional academic opportunity for our students.

Clubs and Extra-Curricular Activities

Elm offers a wide array of clubs and activites for our students to participate in! We'd love to have all of our students contributing to our school community! Take a look at the list of clubs and activities and encourage your student to try something out!

Cougar Athletics

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Goodluck to all of our Cross Country runners this week during the LNAC Invitational on Monday! A huge congratulations to our softball program for taking 2nd place in both of their games at the LNAC Tournament! Amazing season to both teams! We're so proud of you!

This Week:

Monday- Cross Country Invitational

Box Tops for Education

Hey Cougars!

Join Elm in earning cash for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. All you have to do is buy Box Tops participating products (like Cheerios!) and scan your grocery receipt. Box Tops are worth 10 cents each and they add up fast. Twice a year, our school receives a check to help pay for whatever we need - equipment, supplies, or experiences the kids love!

Use this referral code K7Y8751D when you sign up, and you will get 25 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 05/31/2023, while supplies last! Download the Box Tops for Education app here:

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

October 10th: No School Columbus Day

October 12th: Elm PAT Meeting 6pm!

October 14th: PAT Treat Sale

October 17th: Picture Day

October 25th: 6th Grade & Choir to Chicago Wolves Game

October 27th: 7th and 8th Grade to EPHS for Fall Play Performance

October 28th: Halloween Dance

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