Cougar Courier


April 14, 2022

Principal's Message

Greetings Elm Families,

We hope everyone had a wonderful week! It was a busy one here at Elm! We began the week with our Illinois Assessment of Readiness state testing! We are so proud of our students for showing up each day ready to test and do their best!

Addtionally if students did miss assessments we will be doing make-ups next week! Also as a reminder tomorrow, Friday, April 15th, is a non-attendance day for students! Enjoy the long weekend!

If you're interested in helping at our Book Fair please sign-up here!

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

Most Sincerely,
Ms. Ashley Groeneveld

8th Grade Events!

We're so excited to celebrate our graduating Class of 2022! More details surrounding all 8th Grade Events at Elm can be found here! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Student Chromebooks

Students will be keeping their Chromebooks over the summer unless they are graduating or know they will not be returning to the district in the Fall. Parents may choose to have the District hold on to the Chromebook if they are not comfortable keeping them over the summer. They should contact to make arrangements for summer storage.

5th Grade Go To School Night & Acceleration Night!

Elm Middle School will host "Go to School Night" for all incoming 5th graders on May 11 at 6pm! Students will have the chance to see the school, meet teachers and ask questions about Middle School!

Addtionally any students reccommeded for acceleration for 2022-2023 please attend for more information about your accelerated classes!

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8th Graders-Freshman Orientation this fall!

8th Graders--save the date! Your Freshman Orientation will be August 11th, from 9am-11am at EPHS! Please see the flyer below for more information!

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Bark Alerts-Technology Usage Alerts for Students

When schools give students access to devices and online accounts, an incredible world of learning opportunities opens up — as well as potential dangers. Digital safety is critically important to Elm Middle School which is why we use Bark for Schools to help us protect our students both online and in real life.

Bark monitors for signs of potential issues like:

  • Cyberbullying

  • Suicidal ideation

  • Sexual predators

  • Threats of violence

  • And more

As a school, we receive alerts that we can respond to during the school day, however we know that students use their school-issued accounts both at school and at home, and families are often in a better position to respond to urgent alerts after hours, on weekends, and during breaks. In the coming days, you will receive an invitation to create your free account for the Bark for Schools Parent Portal. As soon as you opt-in, you’ll be able to receive after-hours alerts if Bark detects potentially time-sensitive issues.

Please see this letter for more information and reach out if you have any questions!

Elm Middle School Art Show

Join us for a celebratory evening featuring the art of our 6th, 7th and 8th grade student artists. You can even try a few art activities while you wander! The Art Show will be held at Elm Middle School on May 3rd from 5:30-7pm.

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Box Top Collection!

Join Elm in earning money for our school by using the Box Tops app. It’s an easy way to make a difference. Plus, use this referral code K7Y8751D when you sign up and you’ll get 35 Bonus Box Tops when you scan your first receipt now through 04/30/2022, while supplies last. Use the link below to download the Box Tops app:

Title 1 Family Night - Celestial Voyage!

Your family is invited to join us for a journey through the universe without leaving Elmwood Park! Please join us on Tuesday, April 26th at Elmwood Elementary School Gym. There will be two showings: 4:00 - 4:45 PM or 5:00 - 5:45 PM. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Please click here for more information! Families have until 4/15 to register.

Mark Your Calendars!

It is time to celebrate our families and cultures! If you and your family would like to participate in planning our Multicultural Night, please click this link.

Ideas include dance and cooking demonstrations, a community potluck, and multicultural readings!


May 23rd, 2022

Elmwood Park High School

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

  • April 20th- Regular Board of Education Meeting

  • April 25th-April 28th- Elm Middle School Book Fair

  • April 29th-Early Release

  • May 3rd - Elm Art Show

  • May 11th- 5th Grade Go To School Night & Acceleration Night!

  • May 12th- Color Extravaganza!

  • May 19th- 8th Grade Dinner Dance

  • May 20th- 8th Grade Breakfast

  • May 22nd - 8th Grade Graduation

  • May 23rd- Multicultural Night

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