Principal's Message

By Mr. Matthew Lerner, Elmwood Elementary School Principal

Matthew Lerner photoWelcome to Elmwood Elementary, the home of the Panthers!

I am starting my first year as the principal of Elmwood Elementary. We are excited about the upcoming school year and the opportunity to educate your students.  

District 401's vision is to inspire minds in the pursuit of excellence. It is our responsibility to give every student the opportunity to reach their potential as a student and as a person.

We have begun the process of several District initiatives this year to achieve this goal. The first and most exciting is our Technology Initiative, which will give teachers and students the ability to use technology on an everyday basis.

The second change is that we are beginning a new math curriculum called Go Math! and a new reading curriculum called ReadyGen for all students in grades 1-5.

The final initiative is to ensure we are meeting all students needs through our enrichment program and our differentiated instruction for students within the classroom.

However, none of these programs would be successful unless you have amazing teachers. Our teachers strive every day to give your students the best educational experience, and we look forward to your feedback on these new initiatives. 

The social and emotional learning of all students is important as well. Our slogan for our PBIS this year is "Choose Kind." We will focus on the 3Rs: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready. Our goal is for students to treat each other with respect by choosing kindness. Elmwood Elementary is a bully-free zone. This ties to our PBIS slogan, and the staff will be working diligently to ensure all students feel safe and supported here at Elmwood.

We welcome parent and community participation within our school. We have an open-door policy at Elmwood and would love to be able to meet you and answer any questions that you have about the school or community. We have an outstanding parent organization called PATT. We look forward to you joining our team to help make Elmwood the best school we can be. 

We are excited about the journey and adventures that will occur this school year. We look forward to working with each student and family to ensure 2018-19 is an amazing year. Please visit our website often as we are constantly updating this for events 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