Cougar Courier


October 21, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week. We have a busy week on the horizon with two field trips, spirit week, and Halloween Celebrations. Show us what you've got Elm Middle School; bring the spirit! This Principal will certainly be rocking Pajamas on Monday!

Parent teacher conferences are on November 2nd and November 3rd, and we're excited to welcome all of our Elm families to meet with our staff. For more information on scheduling conferences take a look at this link.

Picture day was Monday and there will be a Picture Day retake day on October 31st. Please take a moment and look at and our school code is FE110022 for ordering of photos.

As a reminder we have two field trips this coming week on October 25th and October 27th. A field trip form is required for the each of these trips; forms were sent home this week. All students must have a form signed and returned in order to attend. Thank you!

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. Have a fabulous weekend, enjoy the beautiful weather! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Assistant Principal's Corner - Authentic Products of Learning

This week, I was able to pop in to several classes at Elm that were working on project-based learning assessments, and I was nothing short of impressed with the level of creativity and ingenuity our teachers put forth to address the various learning styles of our diverse student population. Parents, your learners are given many opportunities throughout the week to explore new skills and to develop authentic products of learning.

Our teachers work tirelessly to develop learning activities that allow for social and emotional development, metacognitive awareness, and problem solving. Further, students work on developing appropriate collaboration techniques and soft skills in the process.

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

Dean's Den

Hello Elm Familes,

As a reminder about our cell phone policy and expectations:

-Students are allowed to have cell phones on them, they are not allowed to use them in class.

-If you need to reach your child, you may contact the main office and we will get ahold of your child immediately.

-We also urge students to go to the main office or nurse if they need to contact their families.

Mr. Goodman- Dean of Students

Cougar Athletics

This Week:

Monday- Boy's Soccer (Home)

Tuesday- Girl's Volleyball (Home)

Tuesday- Boy's Soccer (Home)

Wednesday- Girl's Volleyball (Away)

Thursday- Girl's Volleyball (Away)

Thursday- Boy's Soccer (Home)

Spirit Week

We're so excited to have our first Spirit Week the week of October 24th! This is certainly going to be a an awesome time for our students and staff! Bring the Spirit EMS!
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Halloween Dance

If you're interested in donating treats for the dance, please feel free to drop off to Door 1 at Elm starting Monday October 24th. Thank you!
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Halloween Costume Reminders

Students are invited to wear costumes on October 28th to correspond with our Halloween Dance! Addtionally, studnets are also welcome to wear costumes on the 31st! Please see below for costume reminders!
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Save the Date

2023-2024 Course Selection Night is November 15th! We look forward to meeting everyone and talking through all things Course Selections on this evening.
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Breakfast at Elm

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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!

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.

For instruction on how to use PowerSchool for attendance please see the video here!

Upcoming Events

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

November 2nd & November 3rd: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 7th: No School

November 8th: No School

November 15th: Course Selection Night

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