Principal's Message

By Mr. Matthew Lerner, Elmwood Elementary School Principal

Elmwood Principal Matthew Lerner behind his desk in his office.PLEASE NOTE: The following welcome message was written for the 2021-22 school year. An updated message for 2022-23 will be posted later this summer. The first day of classes will be Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022.

Elmwood Panthers,

“We will meet the need of every student academically, socially, and emotionally.”

Every year we strive to meet the needs of every single student at Elmwood Elementary School. This past year was difficult for all our students, staff, families and our community. However, due to the support of our parents, teachers and many other individuals, our students persevered through this tough year.

We learned many lessons this past year that not only will make us better educators but also better people.

First and most important, we understood more of the social/emotional needs of our students, families and also ourselves. We will continue to implement Second Step this year, which will support our social/emotional learning along with the relationships that we will build with students and families.

Next, we realized that having all-day kindergarten is an important part of making our school and community successful. We had over 85 students complete our program this past year.

Third, we needed to change our grading system to ensure the success of our students. We moved to standards-based grading and we will begin our second year of this implementation for all K-5 students.

Finally, we need to continue to support equity and diversity in our community through celebrating our differences and having conversations with students about them.

We will also begin the renovations of Elmwood after the community passed a referendum in March of 2020! The monthly Board meetings and notes are a great place to know and understand what is happening in our schools. We are excited to see the transformation of Elmwood as we create a true 21st-century learning environment for our students.

Elmwood Elementary is a bully-free zone. We take all information about bullying and cyberbullying seriously. Please call the school if a problem arises, or you can complete this form and it will be sent to the administration. If you see or hear something, say something!

We have an outstanding parent organization called PATT. Please complete this link to become a member of the PATT for the 2021-22 school year. We look forward to you joining our team to help make Elmwood the best school we can be.

Assistant Principal Ms. Stephanie Hagins and I are excited to begin our fourth year at Elmwood Elementary. Throughout the year, we will hold several parent and community events, so please be on the lookout for those dates. You may also visit our website often as we will be adding updates, and you can also follow us on Twitter — @ew401_panthers — if you would like to see pictures, announcements and other important school information.


Mr. Matthew Lerner