Elm Road Express June 2021

"Putting Dreams into Flight"

From the Desk of Dr. Soto Kile

Summer is around the corner! Our students and staff members have worked so hard this year. We have persevered through virtual and in-person instruction, and the students were champs through all the added safety measures. I appreciate all who assisted in this effort and families for your flexibility through the altered schedules. Thank you, to the PTO Board for the student fun packets, as well as the gracious send-off during the last PTO meeting.

Although our end of the year didn’t seem exactly the same as previous years, the virtual award ceremonies, virtual camp experience for 5th grade students, and our upcoming Fun in the Sun Day make me feel as though we are on our way to an exciting return. Next school year, our 7:40 a.m. arrival time will resume, as will many of our common practices.

I would like to thank the Elm Road community for the 11 wonderful years of working with your families. I will cherish my years as principal at Elm Road. Mrs. Beers will continue with our learning mission and bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to Elm. I look forward to working with her to continue Elm’s rich tradition of excellence. Although I won’t be at Elm everyday, I look forward to working with all of our schools next school year. Elm Road will always hold a very special place in my heart. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle!

Welcome Mrs. Beers

Elm Road Families,

I am so excited for the opportunity to return to Elm Road for the 21-22 school year as the principal! This past year I served as the Assistant to the Principal at Meadow’s Edge. I immediately felt that Elm Road was a special place when I joined the staff in 2019 as the Assistant to the Principal. I am so thankful for my time at Elm Road where I got a chance to know staff, students and families. Elm Road has incredible families and students, along with an amazing staff. I have had the opportunity to meet most of the students at Elm Road, and I look forward to meeting more families and students this fall! I hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer break and I look forward to seeing students back in August!

Dates to Remember

Aug 18th - Students return for the 21-22 school year

Notes from the Office

Elm Road office is open through June 10th from 7:30-3:30 with staff lunch hours at 12-12:30.

We are closed June 3rd from 7:30-9 for a mandatory staff meeting.

If you need to register a student over the summer, please contact the ESC at 574-259-7941 or use this link https://www.phmschools.org/school-registration-form-links.

The Elm Road office reopens for next year August 2nd from 7:30-3:30

Car Riders/Tags

If you know your child/children will not be returning next year, please return your car rider tag to the office. Note the office hours are listed above.

Those of you that will be back, please keep the tag in a safe place for the next school year.

Thank you so much. Have a great summer.

Student of the Month

Congratulations to the following

“Eagles” for their wonderful

“SOAR” behavior

Barnes: Shannon Jennings & Jack Lehtomaki

Portolese: Dakota Alderman & Quinn Howard

Renz: Kingston Steen & Carter Stull

Bush: Tina Kanyi & Richard Dallas

Hinton: Alexis Nemeth & Xavier Sandefur

Taylor: Elena Moyer, Aubrie Morawski & Abbey Hendricks

Clark: Nolan DeVreese & Ekam Kaur

Richard: Nicodemus Hernandez & Braxton Huston

Tornquist: Jayden Baugher & Rivka Skelton

Anderson: Will Armenteros, Adam Gretencord & Mason Francis

Miller: Harlie Bulger, Sophia Madlem & Arhianna Loy

Myers: Emery Caston, Peyton Grady, Benito Andablo Marquez & Alma Najera

Pillow: Kyra Buahin & Mia Diaz

Cook: McKenzie Ray & Seth Hayden

Freeman: Hunter Cook & Ian Zimmer

Keough: Addy Hixon and Emerson Shephard

Newcomer: Liam Brown & Peyton Hernandez

Kertai: Averi Hernandez & Chloe King

Mellor: Logan Skelton & Adaira Henry

Shreiner: Addison Cassel & Carlos Oviedo

Saying Good Bye to Staff Members

Health Room News

1) Please make sure to get all 5th grade shots going into 6th grade.

2) Make sure your student has all vaccines in Pen Pals-5th grade

3) Medication pickup letters went home so please contact the health office if you did not get one

4) Any medication OTC or prescription HAS to be brought in by a parent, please remember this for the fall and a form HAS to be completed by the doctor/parent.

Have a wonderful and safe summer.

Elizabeth A. Clark, MA

Saint Joseph Health System

Health Aide Elm Road


574-258-9384 fax

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Successful Running is Elementary Race

We had a fantastic race Monday, May 10! Great running! Great spectators! Lots of smiles!

Fifteen 5th graders and twenty nine 4th graders came out and ran their hearts out for one mile. Top fourth grade runners were Paul Jaquay (7:01), Erik Jaquay (7:05), and Kentiv Neighbor (8:01) for the boys. Fourth grade girls top finishers were Riley Hoover ((8:09), Mackenzie Ray (8:32), and Jenna Fair (8:37). Top fifth grade boys were Carter Kajzer (6:19), Charlie Christianson (6:20), and Kyle Gretencord (7:06). Top fifth grade girls were Maddox McClain (7:26),Maddie Winter (8:16) and Leyna Tropp (8:23).

Well done, runners!

A Big Thank you to the Coaches: Mrs. Parisi, Mrs. Newcomer and Mrs Shreiner!

Youth Services Bureau

The end of the school year is here! If you are in need of food assistance during the summer there is an Indiana’s Summer Food Service Program. Free meals all summer for children ages 18 and under. There is no application and no registration needed. Call 2-1-1, text “food” to 877-877, or visit https://www.doe.in.gov/nutrition/summer-food-service-program to learn more.

I wish you all a wonderful and relaxing summer break. I am looking forward to seeing you in August, and hearing about all of your adventures.

Remember that permission slips for Youth Service Bureau services need to be filled out again at the beginning of every year if you are interested in those services for your child(ren).

Lost and found items will be donated to Christ Child on June 3rd. Please encourage your child(ren) to pick up any items from the lost and found before the items are donated.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Mrs. Shell at 574-259-3743.

Happy Summer!!

- Mrs. Shell

Library Lines

May was a fun month in the library. All of our Pre-K through 2nd graders participated in the Young Athletes Program sponsored by the Special Olympics. It is an inclusive program using songs, games, and a read aloud book brought to us by Professional Performer Craig Tornquist. The students have loved everything about the program. We are fortunate to get to pilot this program.

All grade levels participated in the Screen Free Week at the beginning of the month. Successful students received a choice of a free book for their own personal library! They commented on how they enjoyed being off screens and the fun they discovered spending time off screens. Thank you for supporting the Screen Free Week.

Be sure to join the FREE summer reading program offered by the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library. The theme is “Tails and Tales” - The Summer Reading Program is from June 1 to July 31. Please help your child set some reading goals and visit the Public Library often!

Remember to READ, READ, READ! – Mrs. Linda Knapp


In May, we continued using the VR headsets and Code on the Floor in most grades. Our 3rd graders learned a lot about the problem of plastic use throughout the world and how some people have solved the pollution problem. They made pretty flowers out of a plastic bag, (see photo)

We finished out the year doing some of our favorite STEM activities using Coding, Keva Planks, Legos, Sphero Minis, Ozobots, etc. Please continue doing STEM projects over the summer. Stay curious, make mistakes to learn from them, and be creative.

What's Happening in Gym

We wrapped up another fantastic year of fitness in the gym with end of the year testing, relays, kickball and parachute. We also practiced some throwing and catching by playing “Fire and Ice” tag, “Protect the Castle” and “Matball”.

Thank you for all the donations for our “Fun in the Sun” day! We hope your child enjoyed the activities on the last day of school.

Kindergarten through second grade parents, please review the end of the year assessments that went home with your child. Any additional practice would benefit your child over the summer months!

Good luck to our fifth graders as they transition into middle school! You will be missed!

Enjoy the summer months with your family!

Debbie Parisi

Sarah Sime

Miss Peluso's Reading Corner

Happy Summer, Eagles!

As I write this last newsletter message for the 2020-2021 school year, I must say that this has been a year of both challenge and growth. Working together with teachers and staff, students and their families successfully engaged in new ways to meet the needs of our young learners. As a school community, we persevered and found unique ways to achieve success in a year full of unprecedented obstacles. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your continued support of our literacy program and I look forward to another successful year here at Elm Road next fall!

Please take time to review a new Smore newsletter, The Reading Connection, which focuses on literacy development for Title I families. The button is linked below this message. This newsletter is packed with summer resources, local events, reading guides, and activities to complete at home with your child. As always, if you need additional literacy resources to utilize at home, do not forget to check out our Title I Resource Website.

Congratulations to our May SOARing Readers of the Month!

Barnes: Lincoln Wedel & Jackson Smith

Portolese: Graysen Hallaert & Ariana Campion

Renz: Lexi Evans & Rex Lawson

Bush: Will Meszaros & Elias Knight

Hinton: Lucy Blimling & Parker Hopkins

Taylor: Liam Rigsby & Lyden Rigsby

Clark: Ezekiel Morgan, Journie Hairston, & Addison Laurence

Richard: Autumn Virgil & Addison Woods

Tornquist: Colin Szymarek & Ryan Williams

Anderson: Angela Ecker & Bella Buxton

Miller: Hannah Smith & Cameron Truman

Myers: Deya Fey

Pillow: Kyra Buahin

Cook: Anthony Cenkush & Isaiah Stark

Freeman: Hunter Cook & Kentiv Neighbour

Keough: Addy Hixon & Emerson Shephard

Newcomer: Leo Grimm & Briar Barrier

Kertai: Emily Stephenson, Angelica Kousky, & Page Weesner

Mellor: Ethan Cummins & Carson Sample

Shreiner: Carlos Oviedo

Happy Reading, Eagles!

Miss Peluso

Title I Reading Specialist



Title I Resources - website
The Literacy Connection

Check out our first Literacy Connection newsletter! This resource contains numerous items to support literacy development over the summer months.

PHM Enrichment Academies

Enrichment Academies (June 7 – July 30, 2021)

  • Visual Arts Academy (July 12 - 16, July 19 – 23, or July 26 - 30): In this award-winning academy, current P-H-M K – 5th grade students learn art history, art production and writing through a unique integration program. The same content will be repeated for each week. The Academy will be held entirely at Penn High School from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, and is FREE. Parents choose which week they want their student(s) to attend. Click here to fill out the online registration form.

  • Junior Foreign Language Academy (July 12 - 16): This in-person academy integrates the Spanish language, social studies, culture, visual arts and music into an intensive and enriching learning experience. The one-week camp is held at Penn High School from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, and is FREE to current P-H-M 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students. Click here to fill out the online registration form.

  • Junior STEM Academy: In this one-week FREE academy, current P-H-M K – 5th graders will discover how math and science are applied in the real world. The 2021 STEM Academy will be held at Penn High School from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday. Each week is reserved for specific grades and will be held at Penn High School. Click here to fill out the online registration form; within the form you will be directed to the week reserved for your child’s specific grade. Students will attend the one-week academy based on their grade level:

    • Kindergarten and 1st grade registration for the week of July 19 – 23
    • 2nd and 3rd grade registration for the week of July 26 - 30
    • 4th and 5th grade registration for the week of July 12 - 16
  • Learn a Foreign Language Academy (June 7 – 18) This FREE two-week academy is open to current 6th and 7th graders. The course will be taught by Penn High School Language teachers who will teach the students how to read, write, and speak in French or Spanish. This academy will be held 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday - Friday at Schmucker Middle School. Click here to fill out the online registration form.

Kid's Club for the 2021-2022 School Year

For the 21-22 year Kids Club is offering childcare for 4+1 day free, so basically 5 days a week only. It is either mornings only, afternoons only or mornings and afternoons both.

All the information is on the PHM Website on the Kids Club page. We have attached hyperlinks to the information, registration form and handbook.

Parents will need to fill out the on-line google form to sign up their child/children for childcare.

General Information

Kids Club 21-22 registration Form

Parent Handbook

Good Bye 5th Graders! Congratulations!

Have a Great Summer!