Cougar Courier


August 26, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a fabulous summer! We can't wait to bring all of our students back to Elm for the 2022-2023 school year. This principal has definitely felt it was way too quiet around here. This will be the first edition of the Cougar Courier for the 2022-2023 school year. As always this will be filled with all things Elm Middle School.

We can't wait for an amazing school year, filled with our students exploring their learning, taking part in extra-curricular activities, and building our community of learners!

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

Most Sincerely,
Mrs. Ashley Groeneveld

Student Entrance Procedures

We can't wait to welcome all of our students back to the building! In order to ensure our students are entering safely we will have new entrance procedures this year. They are as follows:

6th Grade: Entrance at Door 1

Bus Riders: Entrance at Door 2

7th Grade: Entrance at Door 3

8th Grade: Entrance at Door 4

First Week At Elm

Over the course of the first week together at Elm we will spend much time acclimating our students to the Elm way of life. Rest assured students will be able to unpack their supplies, practice their locks, work on community building, set goals, review all of our Elm expectations and have some fun while they do it. The schedule for the first two days is as follows:

  • Breakfast Entry: 7:30am

  • All Student Entry: 7:45am

  • Advisory: 7:55am-10:25am

  • 5a: 10:30am-11:00am

  • 5b: 11:05am-11:35am

  • 5c: 11:40am-12:10pm

  • 1st Period: 12:14-12:34pm

  • 2nd Period: 12:38pm-12:58pm

  • 3rd Period: 1:04pm-1:24pm

  • 4th Period: 1:28pm-1:48pm

  • 6th Period: 1:52pm-2:12pm

  • 7th Period: 2:16pm-2:36pm

  • Advisory: 2:40pm-3:09pm

  • Dismissal: 3:09pm-3:15pm

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 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’ll 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:

© General Mills Box Tops for Education

1 General Mills Blvd. P.O. Box 9452

Minneapolis, MN 55426, USA

Bus Information & Open House Presentation

Take a few minutes and review the bus transportation information for the 2022-2023 school year here.

Addtionally, attached is the presentation from our Open House complete with bell schedules, extra curricular information, and other resources for families.

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

August 31st: First Day of School

September 5th: No School Labor Day

September 7th: First PAT Meeting

September 15th: Elm Middle School Curriculum Night

September 23rd: Snowflake

September 26th-29th: Elm Middle School Book Fair

September 28th: PSAT 8

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