Cougar Courier


January 21, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week! We are only a few short weeks away from the end of the Trimester. As a reminder, please check in on your student and their progress. If you have any concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to your students teachers!

As a reminder we have no school next week on Friday, January 28th as it is a District Institute Day for our teachers and staff.

Additionally it's time for our 5Essentials Survey. Take a few minutes and complete this survey, your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Please take a few minutes and read through this week’s Courier! As always, should you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly. Stay safe! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

News, Updates and Information!

Elm Middle School Shutterfly Albums

The District now has an easy way for our families to access all of the photos that have been taken during the extracurricular events. Please use this link and access code to view pictures. You can also order pictures or photo gifts through this website as well!

Click here to access Photo Albums:

Elm Middle School Photo Albums

Password for Visitors:


West 40 Advocacy Program - Student Support

We are fortunate to be adding additional support and resources for our students! Through West 40, we have two Advocates or individuals who will be in the building to help support our students. Our Advocates are brought to us through a program called ALOP, Alternative Learning Opportunities Program. Advocates are here to support students academically, socially and emotionally. To read more about ALOP's program, please visit their website here.

Please see bios for our ALOP Support Team here. Join us in welcoming them to Elm!

Cougar Basketball

Congratulations to our Cougar Basketball Teams!! Both teams will begin their quest for the championship! 7th grade on Monday at Giles and 8th grade on Tuesday at Mannheim! Good Luck!!

Course Selections 2022-2023

Students have been busy meeting with Ms. Garay our School Counselor to work on their course selections for the 2022-2023 school year. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Garay, Ms. Groeneveld or Ms. Spiewak.

Parent Partnership Event

Here are some resources for you that were presented at our Parent Partnership this week focusing on Communicating with Your Student:

We watched this short Ted Talk given by a teen for parents and the group discussed the 1 page resource linked below.

Ted Talk - Parenting Advice from a teen

1 Pager Communication Resource for Parents

We also went through the Trimester 2 Reset we presented to students last week. We reviewed expectations, conflict management ideas and parameters to follow for social media. Please look through the presentation and review with your student.

T2 Reset

We look forward to continuing to partner with parents as we support our students! We will be offering these discussions at different times in order to accommodate different schedules. We also will have translator available for any Spanish speaking families.

Our next meeting will be March 2nd at 6pm in the Elm Middle School Library and our topic will be motivating the unmotivated student.

Arrival & Dismissal for Winter Weather Reminders

Please remember that during the colder months students can enter the building no earlier than 7:45am. If they would like to enter before the normal 8am arrival time, they must enter through Door One.

Testing for Multilingual Students

From January 12 to February 15, 2022, Multilingual students are required to take the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS) assessment. Please see this letter for more information!

6th Graders Floor Hockey Pick Up Game

Any 6th grader is welcome to play floor hockey this Sunday, January 23rd at the Elmwood Park Rec Center from 2:30-3:30pm. No pre-registration needed, just come and play!

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.

Upcoming Events

January 28 - Institute Day (Non-attendance day for students)
February 9 - Regular Board of Education Meeting
February 16- Parent Teacher Conferences
February 17- Parent Teacher Conferences
February 18- Conference Exchange Day
February 21- No School Presidents Day

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