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Headlines for the Week of September 19, 2022:

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PTO: Stuff to Do!

  • Order Special Lunch for your student(s). All the information you need regarding special lunch is on the PTO Website HERE

  • CHARLESTON WRAP: Charleston Wrap gift ordering is back! The sale will run 9/23/22-10/25/22 (in order to receive items and wrapping paper in time for the holidays) and the sale will be all virtual. See flyer below for instructions on how to order. Please note: this can be sent to outside family members also. Spread the word!!
To make a purchase, Click here for 
Our Organization ID is: 17172


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Fall NWEA MAP Assessment

MAP testing window begins next Monday and will extend through Friday, September 30th. 


The Elm testing schedule is as follows:

September 19: 2nd Grade Math, 3rd Grade Math

September 20: 1st Grade Math, 4th Grade Math

September 21: 2nd Grade ELA

September 22: 1st Grade ELA, 4th Grade ELA

September 23: 3rd Grade ELA, 5th Grade Math

September 27: 5th Grade ELA


Use of MAP Results 

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 monitor our students’ achievement and growth.


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 have not yet been defined. Historically, MAP scores have been included in the requirements for students to move into advanced courses. It is expected that the fall data point will be utilized for 2023-24 placement decisions. 


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

Your child’s scores will be available in Skyward after administration is complete and all reports are available.  We will reach out when scores are available for parents to view. We appreciate your ongoing support.


Tech Ambassadors

We are pleased to embark on the second year of the Tech Ambassadors leadership program at Elm School.  Students who participated last year are invited to continue simply through indicating their continued interest, but we welcome new applications also! 

Students who complete the application process and are chosen as Tech Ambassadors will serve as technology leaders within our school and district. 

Goals and Mission of the Tech Ambassadors: 

• To develop mentorship skills in order to help peers with technology

• To serve as technology integration leaders in their school

• To foster positive digital citizenship among peers

The Tech Ambassadors will meet approximately twice monthly with potential additional opportunities during the school day.  Meeting activities may include gathering student feedback on district-utilized technology, creating instructional content for students regarding technology use, or serving as technology coaches for peers. 

We ask both new and returning students to indicate their interest in the program by September 16th. K-2 has two steps, and 3-5 only has one.

  • If your student is in grades K-2, please complete this interest form by September 16th, and a Seesaw application for the student will be forthcoming. 

  • If your student is in grades 3-5, please have him/her complete this Google Form by September 16th. 

  •  If your child is selected as a new ambassador, a fifteen dollar fee will be charged to each student to cover the cost of a t-shirt and bag.  Please reach out to Barb Folan, Susan Petersen, Katie Morris or Gabrielle Pastiak (, ,, )  with additional questions.

Thank you,
The D181 Tech Connect Team


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.    

9/21 - International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on September 21st. Established in 1981, Peace Day provides globally, a shared date, for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace. At Elm School, we will celebrate the day by reading age appropriate books about peace, wearing tie dye and/or peace signs, and participating in positive activities about peace in class. 


 Save the Dates!
  • 9/27 - Van Gogh Student Photo Day - look for Flyers in Backpacks. You can visit the website at and select "On or before picture day" and enter School Code: 20025301 to make your picture package selection.  If you need assistance with ordering, please call customer service at 847-382-2282 x7. 
  • 9/27 - Burr Ridge Evereve shop night is back and they are donating 15% of all sales back to Elm School PTO.  Make it a couple’s night or a ladies night and come out to EVEREVE Burr Ridge and sip and shop - drinks and snacks provided between 6-8pm - however the fundraiser on sales is valid for the whole day.  Shop ahead and put your items on hold to be purchased that day! You can even place phone orders.
         See Evereve Flyer Below for all the details & 
         Please Sign up here if you plan to attend  
  • 9/30 -  WEATHER PERMITTING - Teachers vs. Students Kickball game with special guest, Dr. Hector Garcia. See the Flyer Below for more details. Everyone is Welcome - Come watch the game and cheer on the Teachers, Students - BOTH!  No cost to attend.  Please note: Children MUST BE accompanied by an adult the entire time at this event. 
  • Click HERE to purchase raffle tickets to win a spot for your student to be on the Student's Team Roster!  or buy them in-person by the school front door on 9/20, 9/22, 9/27, 9/29 from 2:30-3:30pm. 
  • 10/2 - Rotary Run
  • 10/7 - Elm PTO Meeting 9-10 am at Elm School Staff Lounge
  • 10/7 - 4-6 pm at Elm: FALL PUMPKIN SALE/FUNDRAISER: Pumpkins, treats, and spiritwear will be for sale. We will also have a photographer on site for family photo mini sessions with a fall themed backdrop. Walk-ups are welcomed, but sign-ups will be prioritized. Price is $25 for a 5 minute session. Payments to be made upon arrival on 10/7 by cash, check or via Square.
    You must sign up HERE for your 5 minute mini-shoot spot!
  • 10/18, 10/19 - D181 Speaker Series - See Flyer Below for Details 

    Tuesday, October 18, 2022 - 7:00pm-8:30pm

    Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 9:30am-11:00am

    Location:    In Person at The Community House

    AM Program:
    PM Program:

Elm School and District News

Rotary Run Charity Classic

The Rotary Run Charity Classic is a great event for the entire family.  Now in its 28th year, the Classic welcomes runners and walkers of every fitness level to participate.  Whether you're an avid runner, run occasionally as a hobby, or aren't a runner whatsoever, there is a run (3K, 5K, 10K) or walk (3K, 5K) for you!  On Sunday, Oct. 2, each event will start and end at The Community House, with the first taking off at 8:30 a.m. Don't miss the fun and festivities as you'll see several D181 families and friends along with teachers, administrators, and even the school mascots!

The District 181 Foundation is a beneficiary of the Rotary Run and this contribution each year is the largest individual contribution the D181 Foundation receives.  All funds go to supporting Foundation programs that extend learning and enhance the curriculum for all D181 students, teachers, and parents. KIDS Grants, Community Speakers Series, Young Writers, the D181 Student Art Show, are just some of the exceptional programs that benefit directly from the Rotary Run.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a few spots left to help in your students classrooms!
Room Parent Sign-Up!
Please find HERE the Sign-Up Genius for 2022/23 Room Parents and Class Helpers.  Each classroom will have 1 Head Room Parent, 4 Class Helpers and a Photographer for each grade. Contact Lauren Vula HERE with any questions and don’t forget to join the PTO in SchoolPay! 

Sign-Ups for School Activities

BAM After School Theater is NOW FULL~

ELM CHESS CLUB is Back at Elm!
The program runs on Tuesdays after school at Elm until 4:05 and Session 1 begins on September 20 and concludes on November 29. See the flyer below for all the details. Register HERE at and use Coupon Code "Elm".  Registration closes on September 16th.

Spanish Club with The Language Labs!

The Language Labs is so happy to be back at Elm School! Come join them for Spanish Club on Mondays after school to learn a new language and have fun at the same time! Please see the flyer below for more information. To register login to


Destination Imagination Returns to Elm School!

Calling all innovative students looking for an opportunity to have fun and learn new skills as a team!   My name is Lisa Matta and I am the Elm School Destination Imagination Coordinator this year.  I am very excited to bring this program back to Elm School after 2 years!

For those who are not familiar, Destination Imagination (DI) is a team-based, after school, creative problem-solving competition rooted in STEAM. Students work in teams to create a solution to a Challenge.  The program is guided by parent volunteers (Team Managers) but is student lead --- meaning the end solution to the challenge and all decisions along the way must be made by the kids!  

Please see below for some flyers on the program.  I am hosting an Information Session for parents interested in learning more or volunteering on September 17th at 4pm.  We need parent volunteers to make this possible for the kids, so please strongly consider assisting or at least learning more by signing up for the information session in mid September below:

Information Session for Potential Team Managers & Parents 9/17 at 4pm - SIGN UP HERE!

If you are already familiar with DI or have heard enough and are ready to sign up your child, please do so via the link below.  We are asking all to sign-up below even if you did so at the Ice Cream Social.  This will ensure we have parental permission for all students as well as the correct contact information for all who are interested.

Sign-Up Link for Students (deadline to sign-up is September 24th) is HERE!

Once we have enough team managers and students, we will form teams and contact you with additional information.  If you have any questions on the DI program or would like to make any specific requests, please feel free to reach out to me directly at  I participated in this program as a student many years ago and have also been a team manager for 3+ years so I have lots of information to share!  I am looking forward to a great DI year full of fun and learning for our students!  

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