Elmwood News (2/24/20)

Week of 2/24--2/28

Message from Principal Polomsky

Elmwood Parents & Community~

We still have winter for a few more weeks, but it looks like some warm weather may pop up this weekend!

Please be sure to check the lost & found note below. We hope you have an enjoyable weekend!



Peek at the Week


Health Office Attendance Phone # 630-420-6343

Sunday, February 23rd

  • SUCCESS Black History Showcase - NCHS Large Cafe 2:00-4:00

Monday, February 24th

  • Home & School Coin Drive Begins for Book Fair - Nickels

Tuesday, February 25th

  • Home & School Coin Drive Begins for Book Fair - Dimes

Wednesday, February 26th

  • Home & School Coin Drive Begins for Book Fair - Quarters

Thursday, February 27th

  • Running Club - 7:30 AM
  • School Store - 8:00-8:15 AM MPR
  • Home & School Coin Drive Begins for Book Fair - Coins or Bills

Friday, February 28th

  • No School - Teacher Institute Day
  • Report Cards Available Online 12:00


Thursday, March 5th

  • No School Institute and Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, March 6th

  • No School Morning Parent/Teacher Conferences

Hot Off The Press

Health Office Information for Families

Fast FAQ: How do I clean my house if head lice is found?

Head lice are organisms built for survival and will not easily fall off or leave a host. Head lice last less than a few days once separated from body heat and a food source. The eggs (nits) will not usually hatch below body temperature (98.5 F). Wash bedding and clothing recently worn, including hats, in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Pillows can be placed in a plastic bag for several days. Herculean cleaning of couches, automobile seats, carpets, and stuffed animals is typically a panic response and is optional for individual comfort. Head lice are rarely found in these locations and cannot survive on these surfaces for long. More information can be found at the CDC link: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html

Preguntas frecuentes inmediatas: ¿Cómo limpio mi casa si se encuentran piojos?

Los piojos son organismos creados para la supervivencia y no se caerán ni abandonarán fácilmente a un huésped. Los piojos duran menos de unos pocos días una vez separados del calor corporal y una fuente de alimento. Los huevos (liendres) no suelen eclosionar por debajo de la temperatura corporal (98.5 F). Lave la ropa de cama y la ropa recientemente usada, incluidos los sombreros, en agua caliente y seque en una secadora caliente. Las almohadas se pueden colocar en una bolsa de plástico durante varios días. La limpieza de sillones, asientos de automóviles, alfombras y animales de peluche por lo general es una respuesta de pánico y es opcional para la comodidad individual. Los piojos de la cabeza rara vez se encuentran en estos lugares y no pueden sobrevivir en estas superficies por mucho tiempo. Puede encontrar más información en el enlace de los CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html

Summer Learning Registration Begins Wednesday, March 4

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. A

Elementary Programs are delivered in two - 3 week sessions. Families have the option of signing up for one or both sessions. A six week summer learning experience is recommended to prevent summer learning loss in our students. Click HERE to find out more about summer learning programs for your student.

4-5 Band/Orchestra Thursday, March 12th

All band/orchestra students will perform in a concert on Thursday, March 12th. They will perform at 1:00 p.m. for Elmwood students and 7:00 p.m. for family and friends AT LINCOLN JUNIOR HIGH. Concert attire for both performances is white on top and black on bottom with black shoes. Looking forward to a great performance! – Mrs. Oliver and Ms. Rudy

Attention 5th Grade Parents:

The 5th grade celebration committee is beginning to put together the fifth grade video. We are looking for pictures from kindergarten through 5th grade of students at different Elmwood events through the years including first day of school, class parties, Fun Run, performances, field trips, concerts etc. Group photos are ideal because the more kids that are in the photos the better. Please look for more details in the weekly newsletter sent home by your child’s teacher.

Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our Home and School Volunteers of the Month - the SFCP (School-Family-Community Partnership) team of Carolyn O'Connor, Libby Ridenour Traeger and Carol Schwerha. These ladies have been very busy in the first half of the year, planning and executing multiple events including costume drive, rake and run, and winter wear drive. Their efforts, combined with your generosity, make the Elmwood community a better place. Thank you, SFCP!

February Box Tops Blitz Contest

It’s time for another Box Tops classroom contest! From now through 2/27/2020, we’ll see which classroom can earn the most Box Tops – combination of digital Box Tops App and Traditional Clips will count. When using the Box Tops App, select “Give Credit” when scanning your receipt to type your teacher name in. When sending your traditional cardboard clips in, please write your teacher’s name on the envelope or baggie. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and add up quickly to real cash for Elmwood! Feel free to ask grandparents and neighbors to help out too!

Book Fair Information

Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. Of all the skills children learn, it is the one you can influence the most. Giving kids access to good books and the opportunity to choose books will motivate them to read more. And like most acquired skills, the more kids practice reading, the better they’ll get. We invite you to visit our Scholastic Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission: encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives. Reading is vital to every child’s success so please make plans to visit our Book Fair. Flyer Click Here

Book Fair Dates: Feb 26th to March 6th

Shopping Hours:

  • Tuesday, March 3rd from 7am - 8am
  • Wednesday, March 4th from 7am - 8am
  • Thursday, March 5th from 5pm - 8:30pm
  • Friday, March 6th from 8am - Noon

If you can not make it to the book fair, please SHOP ONLINE @


Lost & Found - Valuable Items

If your student has lost a watch, phone or more expensive item at Elmwood, please have your student stop by the office to identify it. Non-clothing types of items found at school are safely stored in the office until the rightful owner can be found. Just stop by, give a description of the item and hopefully we will have it.

Ninja Basics with Lil’ Beast Ninjas

Calling all K-2nd graders for Ninja Basics with Lil’ Beast Ninjas! Back by popular demand for session 2! Lil Beast Ninjas is a mobile program bringing ninja obstacles right to Elmwood. Our goal is to develop your child’s coordination and strength through skills such as balancing, hanging, jumping, climbing, and running, while instilling self-confidence and teamwork in a safe and positive learning environment. Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm in the gym for a 4-week session, April 8 - April 29. For more information and to register, please view the attached flyer or click on the link below:


Our first session sold out fast so don’t wait to register!

Additional Information & Current Flyers can be found on the Elmwood Website HERE


Parent Input 2020-2021

Each school year I write to invite you to provide input on your student’s class assignment for the following year. While we stay focused on the current school year, we must also begin making plans for next school year. This includes ordering materials, prioritizing summer improvements to our facility, hiring staff as needed and much, much more. Believe it or not, our teachers will soon begin the process of class groupings for the 2020-2021 school year. A number of aspects are considered as each child is placed in a classroom grouping. Taken into account are factors such as learning styles, academic strengths and challenges, independent learning skills, social relationships and behavioral patterns. Every effort is made to ensure that your child is placed in an environment where we believe he/she will achieve academic, social and personal success. As mentioned above, parent input is considered when determining classroom placements each school year. Each year, we receive approximately twenty letters per grade level. The letters are read carefully and taken into consideration as class assignments are determined. Requests for a specific teacher will not be honored. If you are interested in providing input for your student’s classroom placement next school year, please do so in writing by following these steps: Print and complete the form linked here (spn) or see your child's backpack.

  • Describe your perspective on your child’s learning style (how they learn best).
  • Include any other information that you want considered in the decision about classroom placement.
  • Include your signature as parent/guardian.
  • Return by March 9th. *Forms received after this date will not be considered as groupings for 2020-2021 will have already begun. Information received/shared from previous school years will not carry over to the next school year. If you shared something with us last year and you want this same information noted, please share again by completing a new form.

Parking Reminders near Elmwood

Please be aware and courteous to our neighbors surrounding Elmwood during pickup and drop-off times. We ask that you do not park in such a way that you block homes’ driveways and pause our pick up lane to grant access to our neighbors and their driveways during pick up time. On Sycamore Drive there is a family that requires access to their driveway around dismissal time. This family is asking for your help in allowing easy access in front of their home. Please be courteous to our neighbors. Thank you for your help!

Elmwood STEMFair - March 4th (Registration Due February 20th)

GAME ON! This is the event you have all been waiting for! Everyone has a passion and something to share with others. What gets your wheels spinning? Are you always asking questions like “How does that work?”? Do you have mad coding skills or can engineer a Lego vehicle with a mechanical arm? Do you have a passion for math and want to teach others how we see it and use it in everyday life? We imagine, create, test and change until finally things become finished products using science, technology, engineering, and math! Even after all of that, we continue to find ways to improve these items using STEM. All projects are welcome, so get creative! The Game On theme is optional. All students are encouraged to bring their projects, complete or incomplete, to the fair to share successes, failures, lessons learned, and more. Come on out to support all of the Elmwood scientists, techies, engineers, mathemeticians and more! On March 4th, project setup begins at 5:00 pm with the Fair opening at 6:00 pm to view projects. At 7:00 pm we will have hands on activities and fun.

STEMFair Flyer English

STEMFair Flyer Spanish

Attendance Works - Some Helpful Hints & Reminders Flyer

Every winter, bad weather — snow, slush, freezing temperatures or even heavy rains in warmer climates — can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months.

Reading Incentives

Ready, Set, READ!! We have TWO reading incentives available for students who would like awesome (and free!) stuff! It’s easy: read, log your minutes, and receive your prizes at the end of the school year. Ozzie’s Reading Club gives students the opportunity to earn free admission to a Kane County Cougar’s game in the 2020 season. The Read to Succeed program allows students to read their way to Six Flags Great America! Reading minutes can be counted toward both incentives. Look for these reading logs for more information. ***Please note that this year students should log their reading minutes online for Six Flags.

Kindergarten and First Grade Notice

Kindergarten Preview will be on March 13, 2020! 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, 2020 or if you have a neighbor with a child who will be five (5) years old on or before September 1, 2020, 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 2020, please notify us as soon as possible.

Virtual Back Pack

The Virtual Backpack for District 203, is an "eco-friendly" approach to distributing information that supports the school district's education goals and mission submitted for consideration from non-profit organizations and intergovernmental agencies. The district does not distribute any information to student backpacks. Please check the flyers at the bottom of this link for other programs and events happening around the district HERE.

Yearbook Updates!

Orders - Yearbook cost this year is $23.50 - same as last year! You can order your yearbook NOW online. Link to order: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1013794410094773

Pictures - we want your pictures! Please send any pictures you have to the yearbook email address. Please note it is new this year: ElmwoodElementaryYearbook@gmail.com (caps aren’t required). Any/all questions can be sent there as well. Thanks! Yearbook Chairs - Erin & Pat Skly

Are you interested in volunteering to help out on a Home and School committee? Please sign up here. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D45A9A922A7F85-20192020

Need to Add a Message to the Talk203?

Our weekly parent newsletter is our tool to communicate with YOU! If you have information to share from your committee or about an upcoming Elmwood event, we ask that you please contact your Elmwood Home & School Committee Liaison as they can assist you in getting the word out to the Elmwood community. *If you'd like something shared in our weekly Talk203, all messages need to go through your Committee Liaison and must be submitted by 9:00AM on Thursdays in order to be entered the following day on Friday.