Principal's Message

By Mr. Kevin Seibel, Elmwood Elementary School Principal

Welcome to Elmwood Elementary School, home of the Panthers!

We have already had a great start to another school year. Our theme this year is Visible Learning — the process that happens when teachers SEE learning through the eyes of the student, and when students SEE themselves as their own teacher.

Students need to understand what they are learning and why it is important.

Our goal is for our students to know where they are in their learning continuum, and to collaborate with their teacher to develop a plan to reach their grade level goals and beyond. The active involvement of parents in their children's education helps to foster this development of lifelong learners.

The 2016-17 school year has seen the introduction of three new members to our Elmwood teaching family. Two of them are long-time Elmwood Park residents: Ms. Christie Giudice, who is working with our 1st-grade team, and Ms. Nicole Tobey, who is working our 5th-grade team.

Also joining our family is Ms. Annina Wanzung, who is our enrichment teacher working at both Elmwood and John Mills. All three have brought excitement and new skills to benefit our children, school and community.

Visitors to our school will notice that our front steps and ramp have been redone, along with the resurfacing of our parking area and playground. In addition, new playground equipment is arriving! A special thank you goes out to the Village of Elmwood Park, Elmwood School’s PATT and District 401 for securing the funding to make this a reality for this school year for our children to enjoy.

As we continue to prepare all students for their future, Elmwood Elementary School and District 401 strive to be on the front edge of changes needed to best serve our students.

Our new science curriculum, STEMscopes, is being implemented this year that will bring hands-on and interactive lessons to our classrooms that integrate English language arts and math skills throughout. Science classes will never be the same! We look forward to the new ways our students will think about and see the world around them.

This is our 103rd year of educating the children of Elmwood Park. Working closely with Elmwood parents, we will continue to strive for the betterment of our community through the growth of our children.


Mr. Kevin Seibel