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Spring Fundraiser

We are looking forward to spending time with you at the Spring Fundraiser on March 11th!  If you are a ticket holder, keep an eye out for an email this week with parking instructions and other useful details.  

Everyone can support Elm School by bidding in the SILENT AUCTION!  Bid on many awesome gifts & experiences!  Note that the teacher parties are "Buy It Now," so don't wait since spots are limited! 

Have your family name added to the Elm School playground plaque, just 20 spots available as "Buy It Now"! 

Get a head start on Mother's Day, Father's Day, summer camps, and start planning fun things for the kids!  We have something special for everyone!      

Auction LINK HERE:

Headlines for the Week of March 6, 2023:

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PTO: Stuff to Do!

Check out the Spring Fundraiser Auction items now for sale HERE:


The Principal's Page

Placement Writing Assessment- 5th Grade Only

The fifth grade Placement Writing Assessment (PWA) will be administered to all fifth grade students on Monday, March 6 and Tuesday, March 7.  

Results of the PWA are one component utilized in sixth grade placement for A Enriched Language Arts (A-ELA) and Affective Cognitive Enrichment (ACE) classes for the fall of 2023.  The PWA is not used as a part of a child’s current  grade. 

The Placement Writing Assessment is:

  • Designed as a pre-assessment by William & Mary University

  • Measures prerequisite skills necessary to be successful in the middle school ELA and ACE courses

  • Aligned to Common Core State Standards for writing and for literature. The rubric assesses each student’s ability to use claim and opinion writing, support, elaboration, and conclusion.

The PWA is an in-person assessment. Students will be administered the assessment in two parts which will be administered over the course of two days. Students with an IEP/504 will be given the accommodations specifically listed in their plans.

The assessment will be scored by multiple teachers from grades five and six. Once all student work from the Placement Writing Assessment is scored, your child’s score will be communicated via Skyward. 

If you have any questions about the PWA please contact your child’s teacher.

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.    
  • 3/08/23 - Summer Camp Expo
  • 3/11/23:  Spring Fundraiser at The Elm in LaGrange!  See Flyer Below   

 Save the Dates!
  •  3/16/23:  Elm School Fine Arts Night - See Flyer Below       
  • 3/27-3/31: Spring Break, NO School                      

Elm School and District News

Thank you for your support of the Destination Imagination/The Golden League's Bernie's Book Bank Drive!  We did a rough estimate of the books collected for Bernie's Book Bank, and I'm happy to announce that over 4,100 books were collected.

Again, thank you so much for your support.  The Golden League students truly appreciate the success of this book drive!  We can't wait for Bernie's Book Bank to share these books with the students/children in the Chicagoland, and we hope they will enjoy the books as much as our children did!

Connie Zhai
Destination Imagination - The Golden League Team Manager

Softball:     Today is the last day to register for Girls Little League Softball. 
This is a great way to introduce your child to a team sport in a positive and encouraging environment, in particular with the Kindergarten and 1st graders who may not have participated in the past.  Visit and click "register now" to sign up. See the flyer below and the website for more information and key dates on the "Girl's Softball" tab.

Hinsdale Little League:  If you have a 6 year old looking to play baseball, registration is open through March 17th. For more information or to Register, go to
True Balance Fundraiser: The kids had an awesome time at the self-defense class at True Balance Karate. They had the opportunity to learn valuable lessons on safety.  The Karate studio donated 100% of the proceeds back to the PTO and gave us a check for $640! Thank you to all the families who attended!


One School One Book

This year's One School One Book selection is Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein.  Thank you to PTO for purchasing a book for each Elm family!
  • Click here for a suggested reading guide for each chapter.
  • Email a picture of your child or family reading the book to Mrs. Petersen
Upcoming Special Days
Friday, March 10th- Game Day
Bring in your favorite card, dice or board game to play with your class!

Thursday, March 16th- Chris Grabenstein author visit in person at Elm

Thursday, March 16th- Fine Arts Night for families 6:30-8:00 PM

         6:30-7:15 Activities in the Library, art displayed in hallways

         6:45-7:15 Activities in the Gym

         7:30 Choir Performance

We are so excited to read this book together as an Elm School community!


The D181 Foundation Summer Camp Expo is back in person this year!

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 8th, 6pm - 8pm at Hinsdale Middle School.  Exhibitor registration is currently open. If you or someone you know has a business that provides summer programming for students and would like to have a table at the expo please REGISTER HERE as soon as possible! Any questions, contact Julie Boruff,


Volunteer Opportunities

Nothing at this time.


Sign-Ups for School Activities

Art Academy Coming to Elm:
Info in Flyer below
Register here:



Dear Elm School Families,

On Thursday, March 16, Elm School’s Fine Arts Night will include a science curriculum display, which will highlight science-related activities performed by the students both inside and outside of the classroom.

Families may guide their students through the suggested science experiment ideas below and share your pictures or experiments for display at Fine Arts Night. Be sure to submit your pictures or items by March 11th so we can showcase your work in time for the event!

Contact Sumi Pitroda ( with any questions.

Grade K-2 Experiment Ideas
1. Skittles with Rainbows:
a. Question: What happens to the colors in candy Skittles when they are immersed in water?
b. Learning concept(s): Dissolving

2. Balloon Rocket (3-2-1 Blastoff!):
a. Question: What causes a balloon to rocket across a room?
b. Learning concept(s): Action and reaction

3. Toy Parachute:
a. Question: How does a parachute work? What materials make it fall faster or slower?
b. Learning concept(s): Gravity and air resistance

4. Elephant Toothpaste (Bonus, fun for all grades!):
a. What happens when you make a colorful mix of hydrogen peroxide, soap and yeast?
b. Learning concept(s): Chemical reaction

Grade 3-5 Experiment Ideas
1. Rock Candy Crystals:
a. What makes crystals form and grow to make rock candy?
b. Learning concept(s): Saturation and evaporation

2. Galaxy Bath Bombs:
a. What causes a bath bomb to fizz?
b. Learning concept(s): Reactions between acids and bases

3. Heart Model (or find an advanced version here): (easier version) and (advanced version)
a. How does the heart work to pump blood through our bodies?
b. Learning concept(s): Body/organ function

4. Elephant Toothpaste (Bonus, fun for all grades!):
a. What happens when you make a colorful mix of hydrogen peroxide, soap and yeast?
b. Learning concept(s): Chemical reaction

*The science experiments suggested above are for educational purposes only. All experiments should be done under the supervision of an adult with proper safety gear as required by the experiment, such as safety goggles and gloves. As this is a voluntary activity, all experiments are at your own risk and should take into consideration the factors within your home. Outcomes of each experiment may be different for each person, so just remember to enjoy and have fun throughout the process!

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