Cougar Courier


January 14, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week! As a reminder we have no school on Monday, January 17, 2022 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We've had a busy week at Elm, students in Ms. Fuentes Accelerated ELA class have been busy at work building their recreations of The Globe Theater in preparation for their read of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Great work to all of our students, your hard work most definitely showed!

Additionally it's time for our 5Essentials Survey. Take a few minutes and complete this survey, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please take a few minutes and read through this week’s 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

Course Selections 2022-2023

Students have been busy meeting with Ms. Garay our School Counselor to work on their course selections for the 2022-2023 school year. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Garay, Ms. Groeneveld or Ms. Spiewak.

News, Updates and Information!

District Safety Overview Event

Please attend a district-wide safety information event where we will discuss safety drills and what school supports are offered to promote safety in the district. The event will be held January 20, 6pm at Elm Middle School. The presentation will be shared after the event is held.

See this flyer for more information!

Parent Partnership Event

Here are some resources for you that were presented at our Parent Partnership this week focusing on Communicating with Your Student:

We watched this short Ted Talk given by a teen for parents and the group discussed the 1 page resource linked below.

Ted Talk - Parenting Advice from a teen

1 Pager Communication Resource for Parents

We also went through the Trimester 2 Reset we presented to students last week. We reviewed expectations, conflict management ideas and parameters to follow for social media. Please look through the presentation and review with your student.

T2 Reset

We look forward to continuing to partner with parents as we support our students! We will be offering these discussions at different times in order to accommodate different schedules. We also will have translator available for any Spanish speaking families.

Our next meeting will be March 2nd at 6pm in the Elm Middle School Library and our topic will be motivating the unmotivated student.

Arrival & Dismissal for Winter Weather Reminders

Please remember that during the colder months students can enter the building no earlier than 7:45am. If they would like to enter before the normal 8am arrival time, they must enter through Door One.

Testing for Multilingual Students

From January 12 to February 15, 2022, Multilingual students are required to take the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS) assessment. Please see this letter for more information!

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

January 17- No School, MLK Day

January 19 - Regular Board of Education Meeting

January 20 - School Safety Overview Presentation, 6pm, Elm Middle School

January 28- No School, District Institute Day

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