Elmwood Express

March 3, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Elmwood Families,

Spring is in the air here at Elmwood and we are loving it! The kids and teachers are excited about going outside to enjoy the warmer weather. The students enjoyed shopping this past week and we also had a Friday Raffle for all students!

March is going to be an exciting month as kids are really ramping up their learning and trimester 3 begins.

Report Cards:

These will go live tomorrow at 3pm. Please see the attached document on how to look at your report cards online or watch the video. The report card envelope will go home Monday with the report card. Please sign and return the envelope by Friday March 11th.

Mitigation Strategies:

As a reminder, we are still a mask recommended school so please continue to talk with your students about their choice or your choice to wear or not wear a mask. The students have been learning to be respectful of each person’s choice and we are so proud of each of them!

A few updates:

There is no school tomorrow, March 4th, 2022 for students!

Thank you to all the parents that completed the 5Essentials Survey - we truly appreciate the feedback and you still have till March 11th to complete the survey. See below for more information.

Thank you to all the parents that volunteered for the school store last week! It was a huge success and the kids loved it!

Be on the lookout for our next parent event!

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

SCOTY Winners

Congratulations to Klarita Kouria and Aiden Benitez. They were chosen as the School Citizens of the Year! Aiden's teachers describe Aiden as a student that takes responsibility for his learning and is a leader amongst his peers. He always strives to put forth his best effort on and off the soccer field. Aiden is polite and kind to all that cross his path.

Klarita's teachers describe her as a hard-working, enthusiastic, and engaged in her academic classes. She is a student who exceeds expectations with the quality of her work. Klarita takes the unprompted initiative to help her peers and leads them by her example.

Congratulations to both students. They will be honored at the West 40 Awards banquet later in the Spring!

Aid for Ukraine

Elmwood School will be collecting humanitarian aid supplies for Ukraine. We will collect in our main hallway on Monday, March 7th and Tuesday, March 8th. All items collected will go to Meest-Karpaty located at 6725 W Belmont Ave and will be sent to Ukraine on Wednesday. If you would like to help, please see the graphic below for some of the items that are most needed. Please contact Mrs. Hagins or Mrs. Renata Glowacka if you have any questions.
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3rd and 4th Grade Concert

Parents - Our 3rd and 4th graders have been working hard on their concert. On March 15th the 3rd graders will perform at 5:30 pm and 4th grade will perform at 6:30pm in our gymnasium. We are looking forward to celebrating with you.


Order your yearbook today! Soft cover yearbooks are 15 dollars this year and you can order a hardcover for 20 dollars. Click here to order! Orders must be placed by March 25th.

If you ordered a class photo with your school pictures, they will be mailed out shortly.

Pie in the Face!

On March 25th we will have our Pie in the Face Assembly! We are very excited to bring back this fun and exciting event! Students can purchase raffle tickets during lunch March 21-24. Tickets will be 2 for 1.00. Winners will have the opportunity to pie a teacher in the face at the assembly! All proceeds will go to charity. More details to follow!


We would like to welcome some new faces to Elmwood School. Mrs. Kelly Schlanger has kindly been supporting our front office while Mrs. Mirable is away. Ms. Wendy Davila is our new office clerk and has been a great addition to our staff. Finally we would like to welcome Mrs. Lauren Guenther, our new art teacher! Please be sure to say hello when you see them around the building!

No School March 4th

As a reminder there is no school on March 4th! Enjoy the 3 day weekend!

Spring Break

There will be an early release for all students at 1PM on Friday, March 25th. Spring break will be Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1st. Classes will resume on Monday, April 4th.

Upcoming Events

March 4th- Teacher Institute Day- No School for Students

March 7th- Regional Spelling Bee at Lindop School- 7:00 PM

March 7th & March 8th- Donation Drive for Ukrainian Humanitarian Aide

March 16th- Board of Education Meeting at Elmwood Park High School

March 25th- Last Day to Order Yearbooks, Pie in the Face Fundraiser & Early Release

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.

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.


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!

Choir Pops Concert

Congratulations to our choir who participated in the District 401 Pops Concert last week! The students did a fantastic job singing. A huge thank you to Miss Olson for directing our students!
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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!