Elmwood Express

March 20, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Elmwood Families,

We are entering an exciting time at Elmwood School! As you may have seen, our construction company has placed their construction trailer along the fence on 75th Court. This marks the beginning of our first phase of construction as we begin our complete building renovation.

To provide the safest and most efficient entrance and exit for our students, we will be changing the doors students that students use to enter and exit the building. Starting on Thursday, March 24th, we will no longer be utilizing the overhang entrance on 75th Court. Starting March 24th, all students must enter through Door 8 (the playground door) or Door 1 (the main entrance).

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This will certainly be a change for all of our students and families. We ask for your patience as we work through these changes as a school community together. Please consider walking or riding your bike to school to help alleviate car traffic. Our bike rack will remain in the back of the building and students who ride scooters or skateboards can bring them to the office for storage.

Starting on March 24th, the afternoon exit door will also change for some classes. Your classroom teacher will let you know specifically where the door is located. If your child's classroom is not listed, there is no change in their exit door:

Ms. Marzillo - Door 3

Ms. Katsantones - Door 9

Mr. Falk - Main Entrance

Mrs. Romano - Main Entrance

Ms. Daniels - Main Entrance

Ms. Campbell - Main Entrance

Ms. Ricchio - Main Entrance

Ms. Feldmann - Door 8

Ms. Anderson- Door 8

Ms. Guidice - Door 8

Ms. Bieterman - Door 8

Mr. Bolin - Door 8

Ms. Vravosinos - Door 8

Ms. Breitzman - Door 8

For more information, including photos of the new entrance/exit doors please read the letter sent on 3/18 by clicking here.

For updated information throughout our construction, please visit https://www.epcusd401.org/construction. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us!


Mr. Lerner & Mrs. Hagins

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Pie in the Face Fundraiser

Purchase tickets for our Pie in the Face fundraiser during lunch Monday, March 21st- Thursday, March 24th! The cost is one dollar for two tickets (please bring exact change). Students can choose who they want to purchase a ticket for to pie a teacher in the face! The winners will be drawn Thursday afternoon and winners will get to put a pie in the face of the teacher during our assembly on Friday, March 25th!

All proceeds go to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and to Cal's Angels!

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Kindergarten Registration!

  • Registration for full and half day kindergarten is now open as of Monday, March 14th, 2022.
  • To register, students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2022.
  • Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted to District 401, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency. District 401's liaison for homeless children is Director of Student Services, Dr. Kari Smith. You can contact Dr. Smith by sending an email to: smithk@epcusd401.org

Preschool screening

Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 is offering residents of Elmwood Park the opportunity to bring their young children who will be at least 3 years old during the 2022-2023 school year and no more than 5 years old as of September 1, 2023, to Elmwood Park School District 401 for a Preschool Screening.

The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may benefit from a range of programs and services provided to preschoolers at our school. Children who participate in the screening will complete a series of activities to assess their development and readiness for school. Each child will be evaluated in the areas of:

  • Language

  • Communication and Speech

  • English Proficiency

  • Social Skills

  • Cognitive Skills

  • Motor Skills

  • Hearing and Vision Screening

The complete screening will take approximately forty-five minutes.

If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old during the 2022-2023 school year, please attend our in-person preschool screening.

WHEN: Friday, April 29th 8:15am-12:00pm

WHERE: John Mills Elementary School - 2824 N 76th Avenue, Elmwood Park

To confirm your interest in your child to be screened and for further information, email ramirezm@epcusd401.org

Please leave a message and someone will return your call. You may also leave a message in Spanish or Polish.


Please share this information with your friends and neighbors who may have preschool children who reside in Elmwood Park.

Spring Break

There will be an early release for all students at 1PM on Friday, March 25th. Spring break will be Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1st. Classes will resume on Monday, April 4th.

Last Chance to Order Yearbooks!

Order your yearbook today! Soft cover yearbooks are 15 dollars this year and you can order a hardcover for 20 dollars. Click here to order! Thursday, March 24th is the LAST DAY TO ORDER!

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Upcoming Events

March 21-March 24- Pie in the Face raffle tickets for sale during lunch.

March 24th- Last day to order yearbooks

March 25th- Pie in the Face Fundraiser & Early Release

March 28th- April 1st- No School~ Spring Break! School resumes Monday, April 4th.

Tuesday, April 5th- Family STEAM Night- "Building on a Dream" at EPHS at 5:00 PM.

Friday, April 15th- No School

View all of our upcoming district events by visiting our district calendar.

View all of our upcoming school events and activities by visiting our school calendar.


As a reminder, if your child is sick or has flu-like symptoms, keep them home and send an email to our attendance clerk. The Elmwood attendance email is ewattendance@epcusd401.org . Please include the following information in your email:

  • Your child's first and last name
  • Your child's grade level and teacher
  • Your child's ID number
  • Reason for absence and duration of absence

Email is preferred, but you can still call our absence line at 708-583-6260

Absence calls and emails must be received by 8:30 AM. Thank you for your cooperation!

The nurse and/or office clerk will help you navigate through the COVID protocols if necessary. We all need to do our part to ensure that the kids, staff and community stay safe!

Seeking Substitutes, Para Professionals, Before and After Care Help!

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a substitute teacher in District 401, please share this information with them. All our open vacancies can be seen on our district website. Start your day with a purpose and join our team!