Cougar Courier


October 14, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week. It was a short one, but a busy one nonetheless. Boy's Soccer is in full swing and is currently undefeated. Go Cougars! Meanwhile, Girl's Volleyball played their first match of the season yesterday. We absolutely love seeing all of our Cougar athletics fans cheering on our teams. Thank you for the support!

Additionally, students have been busy in the classrooms. It was awesome to see Mr. Curtin's class engaged in a lesson about how the state of Hawaii was once ruled by Queen Lili'uokalani who was the first and only Queen and how she was overthrown in 1893.

Monday is Picture Day. We can't wait to see all of our students photo ready. For more information regarding picture day, please take a moment and look at and our school code is FE110022

Also, we have two field trips approaching. On October 25th and October 27th! A field trip form for the October 27th all school field trip will be coming home this week. All students must have this signed and returned in order to attend. Thank you!

Also a huge big shoutout to our PAT for hosting our first treat sale! Thank you for everything you do for the students, staff and Elm Community!

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 - This week in curriculum

I was able to participate in so many great classroom experiences this week. Our teachers created a wide variety of experiential learning to address multiple intelligences . In 6th grade Social Studies this week, the students explored Cuneiform writing ( a logo-syllabic script that was used to write several languages of the Ancient Middle East. The script was in active use from the early Bronze Age until the beginning of the Common Era.)

The learners greatly enjoyed developing authentic artifacts of their learning. Awesome work Ms. Blair and Ms. Demas!

David Parolin - Assistant Principal

Dean's Den

Hello Elm Families,

I wanted to share some reminders in regards to attendance.

  • If your child misses school and we do not receive a call or email, it is considered an unexcused absence.
  • If a child misses 5 consecutive days that are excused absences, a Doctor's note is required to keep the absences excused.
  • Absence letters are sent out to families once a student reaches 5, 10, and 15 days of absences.

Also- if your child plans to use the bus this year, but has not yet taken the bus, please reach out to me personally through email, or have your child find me at school. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Goodman- Dean of Students

Cougar Athletics

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Our Boy's Soccer Team having an amazing start to the season!! Way to go! Keep it up! We've got another exciting week of Elm Athletics! Go Cougars!

This Week:

Tuesday- Boy's Soccer (Away)

Tuesday- Girl's Volleyball (Home)

Wednesday- Girl's Volleyball (Away)

Thursday- Boy's Soccer (Home @ EPHS)

Spirit Week

We're so excited to have our first Spirit Week the week of October 24th! This is certainly going to be a an awesome time for our students and staff! Bring the Spirit EMS!
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Halloween Dance

If you're interested in donating treats for the dance, please feel free to drop off to Door 1 at Elm starting Monday October 24th. Thank you!
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Halloween Costume Reminders

Students are invited to wear costumes on October 28th to correspond with our Halloween Dance! Addtionally, studnets are also welcome to wear costumes on the 31st! Please see below for costume reminders!
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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!
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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 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

November 2nd & November 3rd: Parent Teacher Conferences

November 7th: No School

November 8th: No School

November 15th: Course Selection Night

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