Cougar Courier

ELM MIDDLE SCHOOL’S WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

November 4, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,


We hope everyone had a great week; it was an amazing one at Elm. It was so nice to see all of our families for conferences. Thank you for taking the time to come meet with our staff to continue to grow our parent/school partnership. Now that we have had conferences, take some time over the long weekend to talk to talk to your students about their classes and make a plan to finish the trimester strong!


¡Fue una semana muy ocupada en las aulas también! ¡El Sr. Rocha guió a los estudiantes a través de una lección sobre cómo los estudiantes podrían describir a sus compañeros de clase usando todos los atributos positivos! ¡Los estudiantes pudieron ver todas las cosas asombrosas que sus compañeros de clase compartieron sobre ellos!


As a reminder, we have no school on Monday and Tuesday of this coming week. We will see everyone back in action on Wednesday, November 9th.


Please take a moment and look at jostenspix.com and our school code is FE11022 for ordering of photos. Also purchase your Elm P.A.T. gear here! and Elm Middle School gear here or here for a limited run!


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 long weekend! #TeamElmStrong


Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Assistant Principal's Corner

Good Afternoon Elm Parents and Guardians:


As we enter the final weeks of trimester 1, it is often a mad dash to get grades up before the end of the grading period. Please advise your student to do the following: 1) Attend Homework Club to tend to any missing work; 2) Email or meet with their teachers to discuss any makeup or redoes for summative assessments; 3) Review their organizational strategies - specifically the students use of their agenda, the organizational folders and binders utilized for their courses, and how they prioritize and complete their homework. Please take the time to discuss any input given by teachers during conferences to improve behavior and their experiences in the classroom. It is never to late to improve overall grades and performance.


It was great getting to speak to so many of you during conferences. Thank you for you care and for your time.


Go Cougars!

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

Dean's Den



Hello Elm Families,


We have had multiple instances of students contacting their families in the middle of the day to pick them up. Students will text their families (during class). Additionally, most of the time, students are not going to see the nurse when not feeling well. Family members will then come to the school to sign out their child, and we are not made aware that the student contacted the parent. This also causes confusion with attendance for the remainder of the day, as we do not know if the student is returning, or why they are no longer in school.


If a child is not feeling well, the correct step to take is to go see the nurse. From there, the nurse will be able to evaluate the student, and help make a decision whether or not they should return to class or go home. Ultimately, we want students in school if they are healthy enough to so that they don’t lose out on instructional times


Additionally, as the weather is getting colder, we recognize more students may start taking the bus. If your child has not yet taken the bus, but plans to in the future, they need to reach out for a bus pass. This way, we ensure there are enough seats for all of our students, and we have proper documentation for who rides what bus.


Have a great long weekend!

Engineering Fun

Students in 7th grade engineering are finishing up their unit on simple machines! Students built seesaws, motorcycles, bobcats, catapults, swings cranes and more! Way to go, Engineers!
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Spirit Wear Ordering

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Dean's Den



Mr. Goodman- Dean of Students

Cougar Athletics

This Week:

Wednesday: Girl's Volleyball (Home)

Thursday: Girl's Volleyball (Away)


*If students are interested in trying out for Basketball, Cheer or Dance! Those tryouts are this week! See the coaches and join the GoogleClassrooms for more information! Everyone must have a valid physical on file to tryout! Good luck to everyone!

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: https://btfe.smart.link/c2jjdifkw?referral_code=K7Y8751D

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 elmattendance@epcusd401.org.


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

November 7th: No School

November 8th: No School

November 15th: PAT Meeting -5pm

November 15th: Course Selection Night- 6:30pm

November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Break

November 28th: School Resumes

November 29th: Trimester One Ends

November 30th: Trimester Two Begins (New Trimester Classes Begin)

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