Principal's Message

By Mr. Matthew Lerner, Elmwood Elementary School Principal

Matthew LernerGreetings Elmwood Families,

Happy New Year to all families, students and community members of Elmwood Park! We hope that everyone had a chance to spend time with family and friends over the winter break.

While the students were on break, the school was getting ready for their return. We received our library furniture and are excited to bring the media center to life in the coming weeks.

We also started construction on the new elevator and are completing the finishing touches on the new area off of 75th Court. It is our hope to be able to open this area in the coming weeks for our staff and students.

GOOD NEWS ALERT!! Prior to winter break, on Nov. 28, Mrs. Stephanie Hagins, our assistant principal, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. We would like to welcome Benjamin Alexander Hagins to the Panther family! We are beyond excited for her and her family, which includes her husband, Nick, and their son, Jeff. We hope she enjoys her time with the baby. Mrs. Hagins will return near the end of February.

We would like to welcome Ms. Agnes Stankiewicz as our interim assistant principal. You may recognize her name as she has been the dean of students for the past two years at Elmwood Park High School and a social worker at the high school prior. When she was hired as the dean, they interviewed her about her career aspirations and hope for the Elmwood community. (See "Q&A with Agnes Stankiewicz.") We look forward to wonderful things from Ms. Stankiewicz during her time at Elmwood Elementary.

One of our goals for the school year is to have more parent volunteers and participation. There will be many opportunities for all families to get involved and attend events through the rest of the school year. Our next big event is a movie night on Thursday, Jan. 26. We appreciate your continued support, and we hope you have a wonderful start to 2023.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns to Mr. Lerner ( or Ms. Stankiewicz (


Mr. Matthew Lerner

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