Administration | Elm

Elm Middle School's main office is where you will find our administrators and our indispensable administrative support staff.

Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except when school is closed due to holidays or breaks.

Please note that during 2022-23 each Monday will be an early release day for students, with dismissal at 2:09 p.m. For more information about entrance and dismissal times, visit our Bell Schedules and School Hours pages.

Main Office






Ms. Ashley Groeneveld


Assistant Principal

Mr. David Parolin


Dean of Students Mr. Michael Goodman 708-452-3550

Principal's Secretary

Ms. Maria Vargas


Attendance Office Clerk

Ms. Jean Tito


Office Hours

As noted above, during the school year our office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The office is closed for business during the summer from early June to late July.

General Contact Information


Main Office

Main Office


School Closing

7607 W. Cortland St.,
Elmwood Park,
IL 60707




To Report an Absence

Each day a student is absent from school, the absence must be reported to Elm's attendance clerk. To do this, parents/guardians have two options:

  • OPTION 1 — Contact the attendance clerk by phone or email. 
  • OPTION 2 (new) — Submit an absence form via PowerSchool's parent portal or app.

Please scroll down for information about each option.


To report an absence by phone or email:

  • If calling, use the attendance voicemail at 708-583-6600 before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence.
  • If emailing, use before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence.

Parents/guardians should leave the following information:

  1. Student name and year in school (please spell your child's last name).
  2. Student ID number.
  3. Date of absence.
  4. Reason for absence, and the name and daytime phone number of the parent.


To report an absence via PowerSchool's parent portal or app, follow the directions in this video:

As noted above, a parent or legal guardian is required to contact Elm's attendance clerk every day the student is absent from school. If the contact is not received before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Chain of Command

When questions, concerns or interests regarding your child's progress or school program arise, please address them promptly by contacting the classroom teacher. Use this directory to look up the Elm teacher you need to contact.

If questions or concerns remain, it is appropriate that you then contact the building principal or assistant principal.

In the event that there are remaining or unresolved questions or concerns, feel free to contact Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leah Gauthier.

For additional information, the District-level organizational chart is available here.

Remember, always contact the teacher first!

When Visiting Elm

To get to the main office, you must enter through Door 1 at the front of the school on Cortland Avenue. You must sign in and out at the visitor's check-in area. You will need a photo ID. 

After being screened through a secure database, you will be issued a visitors pass. Advance appointments are recommended to see any staff.

All visitors must observe District 401's policy and rules governing conduct on school property, which can be found in Section 8:30 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual.