Cougar Courier


November 11, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a great week; it was a short one, but a busy one as always. We had a guest speaker in on Wednesday to talk to students about coping skills, and positive affirmations; it was truly a great experience for our students, and they did an amazing job during the presentation.

It's crazy to think, but our trimester is coming to a close! Now is the time to check-in with your students, look at PowerSchool, and discuss a plan to get work turned in, re-do any work possible, and attend homework club to get assistance. We know all of our students are working hard; let's finish this trimester strong and start T2 fresh. As a reminder students, electives, career studies, and Cougar Learning labs will switch at the trimester.

Please take a moment and look at and our school code is FE11022 for ordering of photos. Also purchase your Elm P.A.T. gear here! and Elm Middle School gear here or here for a limited run!

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! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Assistant Principal's Corner

I would like to take a minute to recognize Ms. Gina Cannici for organizing our speaker this week. On Wednesday, our students had the opportunity to come together as an academic community and receive insight about copping skills and positive ways to problem solve in their everyday life. As we continue to develop beyond the struggles that remote learning brought us, the Elm team seeks to provide student enrichment in a holistic fashion, wherein, we strive to promote metacognition in regards to scholarship as well as social and emotional growth.

As we approach the end of the first Trimester, I would like to congratulate our students and staff for their unbelievable efforts in the classroom, the athletic field, and in the community. We look forward to a fantastic trimester two.

Go Cougars!

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

Save the Date

2023-2024 Course Selection Night is November 15th! We look forward to meeting everyone and talking through all things Course Selections on this evening.
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Parent Guide to Standards Based Grading

Take a few minutes and read through this guide to Standards Based Grading. Now that we've had conferences this is a nice refresher for families!
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Spirit Wear Ordering

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Cougar Athletics

This Week:

Leyden Norwood Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament!

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!

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.

For instruction on how to use PowerSchool for attendance please see the video here!

Upcoming Events

November 15th: PAT Meeting -5pm

November 15th: Course Selection Night- 6:30pm

November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Break

November 28th: School Resumes

November 29th: Trimester One Ends

November 30th: Trimester Two Begins (New Trimester Classes Begin)

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