Principal's Message

By Mr. Matthew Lerner, Elmwood Elementary School Principal

Elmwood Principal Matthew Lerner behind his desk in his office.PLEASE NOTE: Mr. Lerner's welcome message for 2021-22 will be posted here soon.

On behalf of the amazing staff, welcome to Elmwood Elementary, the home of the Panthers!

"We were not born just to teach, we were born to inspire others, to change people and never give up, even when faced with challenges that seem impossible."

On Aug. 6, 2020, it was announced that Remote Learning 2.0 would occur in Elmwood Park through at least winter break. As we enter this unprecedented time of remote learning at Elmwood Elementary, we want each and every student, family and community member to know that we are in this together as "One Elmwood Park." COVID-19 has changed the way we have educated our students, communicated with our parents, and lived our lives.

This past June, the principals of Elmwood High School, Elm Middle School, John Mills and Elmwood Elementary worked together to craft a message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. We are continuing to reach out to you as students, parents, educators and community members to assist Elmwood Park CUSD 401 in an effort to confront racism, injustice and inequity. Your voices matter, and we want to hear from you.

Due to these two major events, we have adapted our mission statement from meeting the needs of all students to meeting the needs of all students, parents and community members. Our new mission is "We will meet the needs of all students academically, socially and emotionally. We will support the needs of all our parents/guardians. We will assist and support the community through outreach and relationship building."

With this mission in mind, our staff has been working to ensure that the learning experience for our students is at the highest standard during this remote learning time. All kindergarten through 3rd-grade students will be using the Seesaw platform for parent communication and instruction. Our 4th- and 5th-grade students will use Google Classroom to support their instruction.

In order to maintain communication throughout the school year, it is imperative that your phone number and email addresses are up to date. You can set up PowerSchool and Google Classroom to get alerts regarding your child's assignments. We are happy to assist you with setting this up. We also will be doing live announcements using our YouTube Live site. Please subscribe for notifications.

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 2020-21 school year. Even though we are virtual there will still be opportunities to volunteer, and we look forward to you joining our team to help make Elmwood the best school we can be. We also have many opportunities to volunteer, and we look forward to your 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 third 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