Elmwood News

3.5.21

2021-2022 Class Lists

As we approach the end of the school year, we will soon begin the lengthy and complicated process of compiling class lists for the 2021-2022 school year. Should your child have specific needs, the staff welcomes any insight you wish to share to help us in this process. My hope is that you will trust in our ability to work collaboratively with teachers and support staff members familiar with your child in the process of placing students into classes that best meet their needs. Additionally, I know that parent input can provide us with valuable information to assist in the placement process.


Please complete this form if your child is a current Kindergarten through fourth grade student. We will not accept teacher requests.


This form must be completed by March 26th for your input to be considered. Forms received after this date will not be considered as groupings for 2021-2022 will have already begun.

Kindergarten Preview '21

2021 Kindergarten Preview will be posted in next week's newsletter! We want to be sure that we have every student’s name in order for materials to be sent prior to that date. If you have a child who will be five (5) years old ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2021 or if you have a neighbor with a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2021, please call the Elmwood School Office 630-420-6341. Also, if you have a child attending another Kindergarten program who will be starting First Grade at Elmwood in Fall 2021, please notify us as soon as possible. This information is vital for our planning.


Begin your registration with the INTAKE FORM


More Information can be found on Elmwood's web page.

Playground Closed During School Hours

Friendly reminder that the Elmwood School playgrounds are closed to the public during school hours. Thank you for helping us enforce this expectation to maintain an engaging learning environment for our students.

Virtual 4th Grade Band Demonstration

On Wednesday, March 10th at 7:00 p.m., students in their first year of band will show family members just how much they’ve learned about playing their instruments and reading music so far this year! Mrs. Oliver will lead the performance over Zoom (link will be sent via email and posted on the band Canvas page. Asynch video option also available.) Can’t wait to see everyone! -Mrs. Oliver

D203 Summer Learning Registration is Open

D203 Summer Learning Registration is officially open!


The purpose of Summer Learning is to maximize the opportunity for summer programs to advance every child’s learning, District 203 offers Summer School programs for elementary, junior high and high school students. Please visit https://www.naperville203.org/summerschool for additional information and the online registration packet.

Mutual Ground Training

Our district is continuing to partner with Mutual Ground, Inc. to provide Sexual Abuse Prevention Education programming to our students. Mutual Ground is a social service agency located in Aurora, Illinois, and has been presenting these programs to local school districts for many years.


Legislation in our state called Erin’s Law now requires all public schools in Illinois to develop a comprehensive plan for sexual abuse awareness and prevention education. As a part of our plan to meet the state requirements, Mutual Ground’s Prevention Education Department will be presenting a Personal Body Safety Program in all grade level classrooms (K-5th). This year, all presentations will be held in a virtual setting (zoom) if they are attending school online or in person. Kindergarten classrooms will have one 15 minute virtual presentation, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade classrooms will have one 30 minute virtual presentation and 1st and 4th grade classrooms will have two 30 minute virtual presentations. This program will discuss sexual abuse prevention at an age appropriate level for our students as outlined below.


Personal Body Safety Program will cover topics such as:

  • Learning/reviewing the safety rule “No one should touch your private parts except to keep you healthy” and the Safety Plan: “Yell No, Get Away, Tell An Adult”

  • Discussing the difference between Safe vs. Unsafe Secrets and Situations

  • Empowering students to trust their instincts and tell an adult when unsafe situations arise


Mutual Ground has provided parent information via video (https://www.mutualgroundlearning.com/videoresourcespage). The video is available in English and in Spanish. This video is an opportunity to hear about the presentation your child will be receiving, an opportunity to learn about Erin’s Law, and what we can do as a parent and community to help prevent sexual abuse. We highly recommend reviewing this information for all parents. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Rhonda Annala, Mutual Ground’s Prevention Education Coordinator, at (630) 897-0084 X107.


For more information about Elmwood's Mutual Ground training, please click here. Special note, you only need to sign and return the letter if you are OPTING OUT of the training.

Naperville 203 School Board Voter Guide

The League of Women Voters of Naperville sent questions to all School Board candidates on February 5th with a response deadline of February 19th.


The voter guide was shared beginning February 24th ahead of early voting, which begins on February 25th. The voter guide was intentionally shared as a Google document to allow updates in case additional responses are received.


**The League of Women Voters of Naperville is a non-partisan political organization. The Naperville Community Unit School District 203 General Home & School Association does not endorse candidates.

5Essentials Survey

As a parent or guardian of one or more students attending Naperville Community Unit School District 203, your feedback is requested via participation in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey.


The purpose of this online survey is to understand parent/guardian perceptions in the areas of connectedness, satisfaction, interaction, involvement, and quality. Your participation and ratings on this survey are confidential; the district will only receive school level results if at least 20% of parents/guardians participate. The results of this survey will be used to understand areas of strength and challenge at the district and school level based on your input and feedback.


Families with students attending more than one school are asked to complete the survey for each school individually. To access the survey, please click here http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ and select “Dupage” as the County. Lastly, please complete this survey by Friday April 2, 2021 and thank you for your participation.

Save the date for the Elmwood Community Blood Drive!!

Where: Alfred Rubin Community Center (305 Jackson Ave)

When: Sunday, March 14, 9am-2pm

Why: To help our community and save a life!

Who: Donors must be at least 17 years old and in good health


Blood donation has such a great need, especially right now with the pandemic crisis our community is facing. Please consider donating to help support our community! All social distancing/masking procedures will be in place for donation. Donors may donate 3 days after receiving the COVID vaccine (anyone vaccinated 3/11 or before is eligible). If someone has had a positive COVID-19 test, they are eligible to donate again 14 days after a negative test or 28 days after symptoms have stopped. If there are further questions, please email Libby Traeger at elmwoodhandssecretary@gmail.com.

Please sign up for a slot at https://donate.illinois.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/5591551

Home & School Monthly Shout Out:

February’s special Shout Out from Home & School goes to our awesome Book Fair Team! Thank you so much for being creative to make this annual tradition that everyone looks forward to happen. Elmwood’s Book Fair Coordinator, Aimee Lippencott-Rodgers has done a wonderful job over the years pulling everything together – she was up for the challenge this year and handled the extra protocols and accommodations effortlessly. How cool - we even got to try out the Drive Thru Bookmobile experience. We appreciate all of the effort that goes into coordinating with Scholastic, Mr. Positano and the LC Team, Teachers for lists, and the entire Elmwood admin and staff to make this event a success. Keep on reading!

Home & School Fundraisers

KARISMA BOUTIQUE: Update your spring wardrobe at Karisma! The downtown Naperville boutique is partnering with Elmwood from March 8th - March 11th. Elmwood families can bring in a flyer to receive a generous 20% discount off their purchase. 10% of the proceeds will benefit Elmwood Home & School.


PURE BARRE NAPERVILLE: Elmwood parents and teachers will receive $10 off every month until 6/30/21. 50% of the first month’s proceeds will be donated back to Elmwood. Naperville@purebarre.com


MABELS LABELS - Free shipping & 40% off for the month of March. A portion of the proceeds go back to Elmwood when you order through campaigns.mabelslabels.com and select Elmwood Elementary Home and School (Naperville)


MINTED.COM - Now offered year-round: 20% off cards & gifts and 15% back to Elmwood when you use promo code: FUNDRAISELMWOOD

Attention 5th grade parents!

Attention 5th grade parents!

The 5th grade celebrations committee has been working hard behind the scenes to try and make sure the kids' milestone graduation from elementary school is memorable and special. Even though there was a bumpy start of this year, we can hopefully celebrate the finish of their Elmwood career in a festive way. We will need parents' help with making these things happen!


Each year, there is a video that we show on the last day of school that shows highlights of students' time at Elmwood.


For all parents: We would like for you to submit some candid photos you have taken through the years to include in the video. Please email photos to Elmwood5thgrade2021@gmail.com that you would like us to try and put in the video. Fun Run, Field Day, Halloween parades, Valentine parties, and anything in between. Final day to submit photos is May 1, 2021.


In the video, we feature a side-by-side photo of each student from when they began kindergarten and of their 5th grade school photo. **If your child did not attend Elmwood for kindergarten, please send an email to Elmwood5thgrade2021@gmail.com with a comparable photo from kindergarten of your child, along with their name. If your child attended Elmwood for kindergarten and had a photo in the yearbook previously, we will have yours already, so no need to send one. Last day to submit a kindergarten photo is May 1, 2021.


Soon there will be information coming about yearbook dedications, yard sign purchase information, volunteer opportunities, and more, so please be on the lookout for future info. Thanks in advance for your help!


The 5th Grade Celebrations Committee

Yearbook Reminder

It's not too late to order your 2020-2021 Elmwood Yearbook! Order deadline is April 14, 2021. To order, go to www.treering.com, create a login if you don't already have one, and order online!


We are also asking you to submit photos you've taken at home during e-learning, or those you've taken since school transitioned to the Hybrid model. Uploading photos is quick and easy on the website! You can also download the TreeRing app and upload photos directly from there. Folders have been created for you to drop your photos into. Examples of some of the folders are: grade folders, holidays, things keeping you busy at home, etc.


Thank you to those of you who have already submitted some really great photos! Keep them coming!


For the 5th grade families, information will be coming out in the next couple weeks on Yearbook Dedications for your student! Stay Tuned!


The Yearbook Committee

Lost & Found

Please take a quick look at the lost and found items located in our school lobby. Contact the office at 630-420-6341 if you see an item that belongs to your student so that it can be delivered to the classroom.

Elmwood Spirit Wear

Elmwood Spirit Wear - password: eagles


Spirt Wear orders will be delivered to Elmwood and distributed to students.


Thank you! Stay healthy and safe!

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