Cougar Courier


September 23, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week! It was a busy time at Elm with 7th grade Scientist learning about molecule recipes, 6th graders diving into figurative language and 8th graders comparing and contrasting John Locke & Thomas Hobbes; all of this while we were in full AimsWeb testing. It is truly incredible what our students can do.

We have a big week next week at Elm; the Book Fair is Monday; Wednesday our 8th Graders will be taking their PSAT, and on Friday our high schooler mentors will be coming over to offer Snowflake to our upper classman. Parents, it is important for your 8th graders to be in attendance everyday but especially on Wednesday as we will utilize this data to place students in high school courses.

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. Stay safe! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Assistant Principal's Corner

This week, two stellar Elm Middle School leaders, Zayd Lahlou-Nabil and Valeria Hernandez, presented to our school board regarding our first month of school. They shared what it means to be an upstanding member of the Elm School Community as well as the amazing activities that took place during the few weeks of school. These young adults did a tremendous job organizing their presentation and representing our school. Congrats to our two outstanding Cougars!

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

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Dean's Den

Hello Elm Community!

To all families with bus riders- please take a moment to watch this video in regards to Transportation.

Also, in regards to absences. Per the District Handbook- If a student is called in for an excused absence for more than 2 consecutive days, a doctor's note is required to keep the absences excused.

Finally, we have had some instances of students bringing to school Paqui Chips. They typically are purchased as a single chip, with a skeleton on the front and a warning on the back. There is a tiktok trend of students eating these at lunch. These chips are not safe for our students (getting in eyes, stomach pain, asthmatic attacks), and we kindly ask that these are not brought to school. Thank you!

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!

Book Fair

The Elm Middle School PAT is hosting a Book Fair. If you are interested in signing up to volunteer please go ahead and fill out this document to be contacted by our PAT. Thank you!

Cougar Athletics

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We're headed to Championship Week! Good Luck to both the boy's and girl's softball teams who will be playing in the conference tournament this coming week! Go Cougars!

This Week:

Monday- Softball (B) (G)- Home!

Tuesday- Cross Country Meet

Tuesday- Softball- TBD

Wednesday- Softball- TBD

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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

September 26th-29th: Elm Middle School Book Fair

September 28th: PSAT 8/9

September 30th: Snowflake

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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