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FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Headlines for the week of February 21, 2021:

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PTO: Stuff to Do This Week!

We NEED Elm Parents!

The PTO is putting together committees for the 2021/2022 school year!  Are you willing to help with one of the available roles? Here’s where we are in need of some help.

Science Expo
Social Media management
Elm School Directory
New Family Outreach
Special Lunch Volunteer management

If you are interested in learning about the above roles or want to help in another way, please reach out to Kristin Sweis and Donna Abourass at


Have you ordered your student's yearbook yet?  See flyer below for ordering details.

We Need Pictures!
Hello Elm School Parents - 

My name is Jennifer Donnan and I am the chief editor of the Elm School Yearbook.  As you can imagine, it is a difficult task to craft a yearbook during a pandemic.  Many of the events and activities that we have featured in yearbooks past are not taking place this year.  For this reason, I am asking for help from parents.  I am in need of pictures of your children to fill the pages of our book.

I am specifically looking for pictures of your child learning at home.  This can be E-learning, homework, reading, working with a sibling, or whatever learning at home might look like for your child.  If you have multiple children, they can certainly be in the photos.  These photos should be emailed to me directly at this email address:  I will upload them to TreeRing and you will see many of them in our finished yearbook.

I hope you can help me with this project.  Feel free to send other pictures of your child at Elm or doing activities related to Elm and I will get them in the right place.  There will be a SNOW DAY page in the yearbook, so I welcome any pictures you might have of your child playing in the snow over the past few days.

I appreciate your time and look forward to seeing many great photos in the near future.

Sincere Thanks - 
Jen Donnan

The Principal's Page

Online Registration:

In keeping with our COVID-19 protocols, all 2021-22 registration processes will be completed online this year, with the following dates for the following groups. More information will be posted on our website and families will receive specific instructions as you complete each step of the registration process.

Registration Dates

  • D181 Neighborhood Preschool Registration (new students): Opened Jan. 27 at

  • Kindergarten and New Student Registration: Opened Feb. 8 at

  • Current Student Registration: Save the Date for April 12

For 5th Grade Parents:

Fifth Grade- Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test

During the week of March 1, 2020, Elm School will be administering the Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) to all fifth grade students. The IAAT is group-administered and will take approximately 50 minutes to complete. The IAAT will be administered to Elm 5th grade students on Wednesday, March 3rd, beginning at 9:50 AM and 1:50 PM. 

To best prepare for this assessment please ensure that you childr(en):

  • Is in school and on time on test days.

  • Gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

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

The Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test is a criterion-referenced assessment that evaluates a student’s ability and readiness for success in algebraic concepts. IAAT is one data point that is used when determining math placement decisions for students entering 6th grade.

The IAAT is scored externally and your child’s score will be shared with you in the spring once the results are received.

Candor Presentation- 5th Grade Families Only

As part of our fifth grade curriculum, students participate in a Puberty I program provided in partnership with Candor Health Education, formerly known as Robert Crown Health Center. The student program will be held during school hours on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021. You have already received a permission slip.


Student Booklet

Below is electronic access to the booklets that your child will receive as part of the Puberty I program. These booklets provide information on the physical changes that young people experience during puberty. Please note that both classes and booklets include basic information about the anatomy of the opposite sex. 

We know that parents are the most influential role in a child’s life. For ideas on how to use the booklet, general tips for talking with your child and ways to get conversations started, click here. If you would like more information about the center, or the program your child will attend, please visit the Candor Health Education website at If you have any additional questions, please contact Candor Health Education at (630)325-1900.

Sara Olson
Elm School Principal 

February 24Historical Perspectives Presentation 

Mrs. Olson and Elm School are very pleased to announce a special event for K-5 students in D181, occurring on Wednesday, February 24 during all hybrid and remote classes.

Elm will be hosting this virtual one-woman show about Wilma Rudolph, the first woman to win 3 Olympic Gold Medals in Track (Rome 1960). Wilma's story highlights her strength and courage in overcoming polio, poverty, and discrimination as an African-American woman. Wilma became a coach and a mentor to children throughout the US, encouraging them to "Never underestimate the power of dreams; the potential for greatness lives within each of you." 

We are grateful that the D181 Foundation has donated the cost of this in-class virtual presentation for all seven elementary schools. Because we haven't had any traditional assemblies this year, we hope that your child/ren will come home excited to share information and excitement about the story of Wilma Rudolph.

Friday, February 26, 2021: NO SCHOOL, Institute Day

 Save the Dates!

Tuesday, March 2 - Nabuki Fundraiser - see flyer below

Wednesday, March 3 - YUCK SHOW - see flyer and information below.

Monday, March 29- Friday, April 2, NO SCHOOL, Spring Break 


Elm School and District News

THE PARENT LIST:  Does your child need help with emotional, learning, developmental or health issues?

Check out The Parent List, a Hinsdale Central High School PTO resource that streamlines the process by featuring nearly 60 positive reviews from parents on area health care providers that have already helped D63, D86 and D181 children with issues that include: anxiety; depression; school avoidance; insomnia; peer relations; stress; migraines; concussions and more.
Parent reviewed providers include local doctors, therapists, support groups, in-patient and out-patient programs, tutors, nutritionists, and holistic medical approaches.

To read existing The Parent List reviews, go to

To leave a new anonymous review for a provider that has made a positive impact on your child’s wellbeing, click HERE

Questions can be directed to:
In no way does the Hinsdale Central PTO, Hinsdale Central High School staff, or school districts 181, 86 or 63 endorse or recommend any specific provider reviewed on The Parent List. The Parent List is a subjective forum set up by the Hinsdale Central PTO for your convenience. Parents and guardians are solely responsible for deciding to use any of the service providers on The Parent List in any capacity, and district 63, district 86, district 181 and the Hinsdale Central PTO disclaim all liability for any damages, injuries, losses, expenses, or claims of any kind arising out of the provision of services by anyone or any agency appearing on The Parent List.

Science Night for Elm!:  We will not be having the usual Science Expo at Elm this year, but a LIVE Science Night has been planned by the PTO through the Yuck Show for Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 6:30 - 7:30.  Kits will be set home with hybrid students and available for pick up for remote students.  All the details are in the flyer below. Please save the date and be ready to participate! 

Did you know that your gently worn sneakers could help Elm School PTO?

Well, they can! And here’s how…
Elm will be participating in a fundraiser very soon where there is nothing to buy or sell. All we need is your support and your gently worn, used, or new sneakers!  Start gathering as many pair of sneakers that you no longer want or need - all sizes welcome! You can ask your neighbors, friends, co-workers, and anyone in your social networks to donate since every pair counts.  The shoes that we collect will help raise money to support our PTO and school, but more importantly, the sneakers will be recycled and reused.  Our sneaker drive fundraiser will keep sneakers out of landfills and reduce toxic chemicals from being released in our air and soil. All sneakers from our sneakers drive fundraiser program are recirculated to people who want quality, reusable footwear at affordable prices or repurposed into new surfaces such as playgrounds and tracks.

So - gather those sneakers and hold onto to them for more information coming soon on when to drop them off at Elm.

Volunteer Opportunities

None at this time.

Sign-Ups for School Activities

None at this time.

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