July 2014  
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Upcoming Events

   2-3pm Meet and Greet 3-3:30pm Ice cream social
   Aug 11 2014 at 02:00 PM
   First Day of School 8:40am to 3pm
   Aug 12 2014 at 08:00 AM
   School Board Meeting 7pm
   Aug 13 2014 at 07:00 PM
   9-9:30am PBIS Respect Assembly
   Aug 15 2014 at 09:00 AM
   Curriculum Night 7-8pm
   Aug 19 2014 at 07:00 PM

The Elmwood Elementary School office is open from 7:30  - 4:00 pm.  For new student information please go to our registration site, print, complete the forms, and call 708-452-3558 to set up an appointment to register.

School Hours

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 8:35am – 3:00pm

Wed: 9:12am – 3:00pm

Elmwood Elementary School serves over 550 students in grades 1-6. Our mission:

"The staff of Elmwood School believes that all students have the right to achieve their potential. Our main purposes are to facilitate academic achievement, foster positive behaviors and attitudes, and inspire our students to life-long learning. Therefore, we as teachers will pursue continuous growth and develop our skills as educators." 

Click to link to the State Report Card for Elmwood Elementary School.
    Elmwood Elementary State Report Card

Elmwood Elementary School Choice Letter

August 2013


Dear Parent/Guardian:

Elmwood Park is committed to providing a high-quality educational program for your child.  We are working hard to provide programs to help all students succeed in our school district.  There are many fine things going on in our schools that provide measures of success beyond test scores.

Your child attends Elmwood Elementary School which receives federal Title I funds.  These funds provide help for your child to meet state achievement standards.  For the 2012-2013 school year, the school will not meet the adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets.  Thus, Elmwood Elementary School will be in school improvement which means the school has failed to make adequate yearly progress for 3 consecutive years in the same subject and is required to offer public school choice and Supplemental Educational Services (A family must meet low-income guidelines to qualify for Supplemental Educational Services).

Our district’s report card and the most recent AYP status report for your school show how your child’s school compares to other schools in our district and state.  These reports will be available on our website, at your child’s school and at the school district office when they are made available by the State.


We anticipate that your child’s school will be identified because the students did not make the target of 92.5% proficient in reading and math.  The school is working to improve the school’s academic program by offering professional development for teachers in the areas of reading and mathematics for all students.  Specifically, the following professional development occurred this summer:

  • West Cook Math Initiative: Enacting the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics
  • English/Language Arts Common Core Mapping
  • The Educator’s Course on Academic Youth Development
  • Linguistics
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language


In addition, the following professional development is being offered during our Institute Day on October 15:

  • Climbing the Data Ladder workshop by the Northwest Evaluation Association

 Furthermore, Elmwood Elementary School is one of the schools working with the West Cook Math Initiative to improve mathematics instruction.  Professional development for teachers took place this summer and will continue through the year for our special and regular education students in grades 1-6.  The district and the State Board of Education are working with your child’s school to help improve the academic standards of the school.  This is being accomplished by providing technical assistance to the teachers and administrators within your child’s school.


However, this may not be enough and we want to request your help as the school addresses its academic problems.  Please continue to attend Parent/Teacher conferences to learn about and support your child’s abilities and effort, check PowerSchool for your child’s test grades and talk to your child’s teacher or administrator about state and local test scores.  Did your child complete their summer reading assignment?  If not, we would highly recommend that you visit our site for the details at www.epcusd401.org.  Select your child’s school and note the Quick Link on the right.

 The No Child Left Behind Act provides you, as a parent, the option to transfer your child to another public school within the district with transportation provided by the district. 

However, at this time we do not have a school within the district to which your child can transfer.  We have contacted neighboring districts to request that they provide us with a school we can offer you as an option.  No school district has agreed to do so this year.  Elmwood Park CUSD 401 is following federal guidelines by sending this letter to you.


Please call Dr. Hlavacek (708-583-5835) if you have any questions about these services.


Thank you,


Kevin Anderson, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services Information
Eligible SES
SES Students
Data as of
This Date
 2007-08 N/A    N/A    
 2008-09 N/A   N/A     
 2009-10 N/A   N/A    
 2010-11 N/A    N/A     
 2011-12 651 4 N/A 0 7/26/12
2012-13 N/A 0 692 148 2/01/13
2013-14 N/A 0 653 130 2/03/14