Cougar Courier


October 7, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week! As a reminder we have no school on Monday, October 10th. We will return to our regular schedule on Tuesday!

It was so wonderful to see all of our learners engaging in the classroom this week! Ms. Mesi had her students complete learning stlye inventories to identify the types of learners they are and then utilize that learning style to define different literary terms.

Next week on Friday our PAT will be selling treats for $1 Dollar, remind your students to support our PAT and get some snacks!

Addtionally, as a reminder our parking lot on the west side of the building is for staff use only. Please refrain from using this to drop off students.

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! Enjoy the beautiful weather! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Assistant Principal's Corner- Cougar Connections Recap

Good afternoon Parents and Guardians,

This week was our first Cougar Connections where students were able to get individualized instruction and supports from their classroom instructors. Going forward, students who have academic needs will be invited, AND it will also be open to any interested students.

Parents and Guardians, I will be sending you all reminders as we get closer, we will be working towards a 90% attendance rate for students who need support. I will be providing you with information regarding opting out of the intervention if you choose to do so; otherwise, the students will be provided with the academic intervention on that day. Thank you all for your overwhelming support.

Please see the attached information; thank you to all the participants!

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

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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 3 day weekend!

Mr. Goodman- Dean of Students

Cougar Athletics

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Big congratulations to our Cougar Cross Country team! They had their LNAC Invitational Meet this week! Our 6th grade girls earned 2nd place, and 7th and 8th grade girls received first place!! Congratulations to the entire team on an amazing season! Addtionally, a shout out to these runners for placing in their division!

Jacob Waz - 10th place in the boys 6th grade race

Natalie Kopacz- 3rd place for 6th grade girls

Sonia Iversen- 10th place for 7th/8th grade girls

Sarah Scheidt- 6th place for 7th/8th grade girls

Valeria Oliva- 5th place for 7th/8th grade girls

Nella Iversen- 4th place for 7th/8th grade girls

This Week:

Tuesday- Boy's Soccer (Away)

Wednesday- Boy's Soccer (Away)

Thursday- Girl's Volleyball (Home)

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!
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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 10th: No School Columbus Day

October 12th: Elm PAT Meeting 6pm!

October 14th: PAT Treat Sale

October 17th: Picture Day

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

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