Elmwood Express

Friday, December 3, 2021

From the Principal's Desk...

Elmwood Parents,

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! The Kindness Challenge has begun at Elmwood this past week! Each day we challenge each student to do different things to show Kindness. Examples include: give a compliment to another person, hold the door for someone, or simply help someone at school or home. We challenge you to talk with your students about being kind every day! Thank you to all of our students and families who participated in Student Council's Food Drive last month, it was very successful!

The students this week have come back ready to learn and work hard. This week we started the Winter AimsWeb Assessment for all K-5 students in both math and reading. This is an assessment to see how much they have grown from August until December. We will share school wide information after all students have taken it.

The Winter Holiday Shoppe is next week! Our teachers will let you know what day their classes will be going down to shop. You can also shop online and get it delivered directly to your house. The proceeds go to our PATT to support student learning and activities at Elmwood.

For all 5th grade students and families, the Middle School Course Selection will be at Elm on Wednesday Dec. 8th @ 5:30pm! We hope all families and students can make it! If you have questions please reach out to Mrs. Groeneveld, groenevelda@epcusd401.org

We also have an early release next Friday Dec. 10th. Dismissal is at 1pm on this day! During this time, teachers meet with their teacher teams to determine next steps in the classroom for our students.

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!

Lastly, As we enter the holidays, we know that they can be a joyful yet stressful time. If you need support this holiday season, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of us, or to our school social worker, Mrs. Carin.

We hope you have a restful weekend! As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.


Mr. Lerner & Mrs. Hagins

Upcoming Events

D401 Special Education Advisory Committee

Monday, Dec. 6th, 3:45pm

This is an online event.

Join the Special Education Advisory Committee for their monthly meeting on December 6. Please email Mrs. Girka at girkaK@epcusd401.org if you would like to attend.

Course Selection Night for Current 5th Graders

Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 5:30pm

7607 West Cortland Street

Elmwood Park, IL

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Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 8th, 6pm

8201 West Fullerton Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on December 8th at 6:00 PM in Room 192 at Elmwood Park High School.

Early Release Day

Friday, Dec. 10th, 1pm

2319 North 76th Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL

On Friday, December 10th, all students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. Please be sure to make arrangements to have your children be picked up on time.

Board of Education Regular Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 15th, 7pm

8201 West Fullerton Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL

The Regular Board of Education Meeting will be held on 12/15/21 at 7:00 PM at Elmwood Park High School.

First Grade Holiday Concert

Thursday, Dec. 16th, 5:30pm

2319 North 76th Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL

Students in 1st grade will have their holiday sing-a-long on December 16th at 5:30 PM.

Bring your siblings and up to four adults to come watch the performance!

Second Grade & Choir Holiday Concert

Thursday, Dec. 16th, 6:30pm

2319 North 76th Avenue

Elmwood Park, IL

Second grade students and our school choir will perform their holiday show at 6:30 PM on December 16th. Bring your siblings and up to four adults to come watch the performance!
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Drop Off Safety

In the mornings, if you are utilizing the drop-off lane, we kindly ask that your child should be able to get out of the car independently. If you need to get out of your car to assist your child, please do not utilize the drop off lane and instead park your car and walk your child to the door. If you have any questions, please speak to the officers outside or reach out to Mr. Lerner or Mrs. Hagins. Thank you!

Spelling Bee

The EPCUSD #401 District Spelling Bee will be on Thursday, February 10th, 2022 at 5:30 PM. Students in fourth and fifth grade who are interested in joining our team of eight students can try out on December 16th. The practice list was handed out students earlier this week and if they need an extra copy they can stop by the office.
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Cradles to Crayons Winter Clothing Drive

Cradles to Crayons is a non-profit organization that supports children in need from ages birth to 12 in the Chicagoland area. Students in Mrs. Campbell's and Ms. Anderson's classes will be sponsoring a winter clothes drive at Elmwood. If you are able and would like to contribute to the Elmwood donation drive please see the list of most needed items below:

  • Winter Coats and Warm Clothing sizes newborn to adult medium

  • Winter Boots sizes infant/toddler 5 to adult 10

  • Winter Hats, Gloves, Scarves

  • Pajamas size 2T to adult medium

Donated items can be new or gently used (Cradles to Crayons believes that QUALITY = DIGNITY. Before making a donation, please ensure that your gently-used items are high-quality: not ripped, stained, or quality compromised in any way).

All donations will be delivered to Cradles to Crayons. We will be accepting donations until Friday, December 9th.

If you would like more information about Cradles to Crayons please visit their website https://www.cradlestocrayons.org/chicago/

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Holiday Shop

Starting Monday, December 6th through Friday, December 10th. We still have openings for volunteers. Visit https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4caea82ca1fb6-holiday to sign up and to view the guidelines for volunteering! Planner envelopes were sent home last week with students. You can also shop online by visiting: https://3507580.holidaytreasures.com/
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Become a Substitute Teacher!

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