Cougar Courier


November 18, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week. It's that time of year where I'm always conscious to take time to reflect on the things I'm most thankful for. While my list is pretty consistent every year, Elm Middle School is at the top of it. This community brings so much enrichment to my life, and for that I am forever grateful. Our school community is certainly a special one and continues to grow and flourish with each day. Thank you for everything you all bring to our Elm family; it is truly outstanding to see how when a community comes together anything is possible. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with, food, family and everything you cherish.

Our first trimester is coming to an end, and our next Cougar Connections will be on 11/28/2022. If you receive an invitation, we strongly encourage your students attendance, as an opportunity to receive extra support to finish the trimester strong. Talk with your students over break to have them makeup work, or get any stray assignments turned in.

Please take a moment and look at 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 weekend and Thanksgiving break! #TeamElmStrong

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

Assistant Principal's Corner

Elm Course Selection -

Thank you to all the parents who came out for our Course Selection night at Elm. I got the opportunity to meet with many different parents to discuss, my favorite subject, curriculum and instruction. Many inquired about accelerated classes, career studies, and the intervention supports we provide. Other inquired about volunteer opportunities and how they can support our school. It was great hear your ideas and to offer information to you all. A pivotal component to our students success is parental feedback; you are an integral part of our team.

It is my hope that all our families have a healthy and happy holiday season. Please reach out with any inquiries regarding course selection.

Go Cougars!

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

Dean's Den

Hello Elm Families!

As the weather gets colder, here is some information on arrival:

-Any morning where there is snow, rain, or the temperature is below 32 degrees, students should come into the building for arrival.

-All doors will be open at 7:30.

-At 7:30, students are allowed to attend breakfast or go to the gymnasium. No students are allowed at their lockers until 7:45.

Also, as the holiday season approaches, we want to make sure we are aware of any students who will be out of school for an extended period of time. If you know you will be out of town for vacation during the weeks we are in school, please contact Elm Attendance through email or phone to let us know. This way, we can mark the student absent. Also- make sure your child is reaching out to their teachers in order to get any work they would be missing.

Have a nice weekend,

Mr. Goodman

Cougar Athletics

This Week:

Leyden Norwood Athletic Conference Volleyball Tournament!

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 & Community Resources

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!

Take a few minutes and read through this list of Community Resources provided by West 40.

Upcoming Events

November 18th: Course Selections Opens

November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving Break

November 28th: School Resumes

November 29th: Trimester One Ends

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

December 2nd: End of Trimester Pep Assesmbly

December 5th: Report Cards Released Electronically via PowerSchool

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