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PTO: Stuff to Do!

Sign Up to Attend the Elm School PTO Neon Dance Party on January 27!

Join Elm School families for a fun evening of music and dancing at Elm School.  This event is for the entire family and is NOT a drop off party so every child will need a parent or guardian present for the duration of the event.  We will have a DJ, gelato (1 included with each ticket), raffles, photo booth and concessions for purchase.  Tickets are $10 per child/parent pair (required) and $5 each additional child or parent. 

***Wear your whitest white or brightest bright and come dance, Bulldogs!***

Please purchase tickets via the link found below.  We encourage pre-registering as ticket prices will increase at the door. We have also added a donation option for those who would like to contribute to the event.  As always, thank you for your support and we look forward to a fun night at Elm! 
Pay for Tickets here:  

Questions? Email

Spring Fundraiser:

The PTO is looking for donations toward the Spring Fundraiser silent auction on March 11th.  We have sponsorship opportunities to include your family or business name / logo in the program at the event.  If you are a business owner or family who would like to donate something special to the silent auction or for more information, please contact Carrie Berger or Lauren Vula at: 

The Principal's Page

NWEA Assessment Information 

The MAP window is scheduled for January 9, 2023 - January 20, 2023. 

The Elm School schedule is as follows: 

First Grade: January 11, 18

Second Grade: January 9, 12

Third Grade: January 13, 19

Fourth Grade: January 9, 12

Fifth Grade: January 10, 17


Why administer MAP? 

Our District uses the data from this assessment in a variety of ways. In the classroom, it provides teachers with a means for monitoring student growth in reading and mathematics over time.  At the District and building levels, MAP data help us set goals and evaluate initiatives.  Finally, MAP will continue to be one of several indicators used to identify the impact of the pandemic on our students’ achievement and learning.


Administration Plan

We ask that you make every effort to avoid appointments or other absences during these dates, so that we can prevent having students miss instructional minutes during make-up sessions. 


Course Placement for 2023-24

Specific recommendations for math placement at grades 3-8 as well as middle school language arts and social studies placement for 2023-24 were approved at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 19, 2022. MAP scores are included, in conjunction with other data, in the requirements for students to move into advanced courses in all three subject areas. Course placement requirements can be found on our website at: Please scroll down to “Placement & Trajectory Documents” and select “Placement Criteria (2023-24)” to view the approved documents. Placement slideshows from the parent night held on December 14, 2022 can also be accessed in this location.  


Preparing for MAP

A student who is well-rested, well-fed, and has a positive attitude about assessment is best prepared for testing. You can help your child do his or her best by considering these tips:

  • Make sure that your child is in school and on time on test days.

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

  • Remind your child that this assessment is only one measure. Emphasize that you have confidence in his or her ability to do the best job possible.

  • Remind your child to listen to the directions and read each question carefully during testing.


Communication of Student Scores

We will continue the use of Skyward to communicate your child’s scores on MAP. This will allow families to receive their student’s results more quickly. An email will be sent alerting families when scores are visible. Directions for viewing results will be included in this follow-up email. Should a paper copy of the report be preferential, please contact your child’s principal.


PM Bus Information Line

We want to thank you for your continued support and your understanding throughout this school year with our transportation provider First Student. While we continue to work effortlessly with First Student and ensure that every route is taken care of without incident, we must plan for the unforeseen circumstances. In case of an emergency after 3:30 p.m. please call (630)528-8351. This number is ONLY to be used in case of an emergency after school hours. Should you have any questions or concerns please contact your school personnel or our Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations, Rick Engstrom, at (630) 861-4950.


Spelling Bee

The Elm School Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, January 11th. Third, Fourth and Fifth grade students were able to participate. Congratulations to Adam Hai for winning the Elm School Spelling Bee! Second place was Viaan Gopani. Both will represent Elm School at the District Spelling Bee. 

Reteach and Reminders

Elm School fifth graders presented a review of the behavioral expectations in the Kindergarten-fourth grade classrooms upon returning from Winter Break. The focus was on how students can Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be ready to Learn in the school environment (bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, etc). We are so proud of their leadership!

Dismissal Reminders

Please ensure that your child is aware of their dismissal plan each day. Students must have permission to walk home or to go home with another family or friend. If dismissal plans are changing mid-day, please notify the office as classroom teachers are not always able to check their emails during the school day. 

Sara Olson
Elm School Principal 

Please Note: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list - just the key highlights from the school and district for events over the next 7 days.    

1/16/23: Martin Luther King's Birthday, NO School

 Save the Dates!
  • 1/27/23: Neon Dance Party at Elm - details above!
  • 2/20/23: President's Day, NO School
  • 3/11/23:  Our Spring Fundraiser will be held on March 11, 2023 at The Elm in LaGrange!  This will be a night to remember with Howl 2 Go dueling pianos as our musical entertainment.  Tickets will go on sale soon.

Elm School and District News

From the D181 Foundation

TRIVIA NIGHT:  Please join us in supporting the D181 Foundation by attending our first annual Trivia Night!  Friday Feb.10 at the Community House, doors open at 7:00pm. Grab a group of your friends, buy a table or get your individual tickets quickly.
This fun event is sure to sell out!
Don't miss the chance to show us your trivia knowledge!


Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed for Neon Dance:
If you’d like to help us out & volunteer at the Neon Dance Party at Elm School on January 27, please click the link below and sign up. There are just a few spots left!


Sign-Ups for School Activities

The Do Good Movement - Yoga: Begins February 2, 2023
Session Focus: In the coming session we will be working more on our community service work and collaborations. This includes working with our students to find things they are passionate about within their community and find ways to "share kindness" by supporting them by making a positive impact. 

Link to register:


SPANISH CLUB:  Next Session begins on January 30th.  See Flyer below for more information and sign up HERE.

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