Principal's Message

By Mr. Matthew Lerner, Elmwood Elementary School Principal

Elmwood Principal Matthew Lerner behind his desk in his office.NOTE: This welcome message was written for the 2019-20 school year. Mr. Lerner's message for 2020-21 will be published here later this summer. The first day of school will be Aug. 31, 2020.

Welcome to Elmwood Elementary, home of the Panthers!

"We will meet the needs of all students academically, socially and emotionally." This is our Elmwood Elementary mission statement and pledge to the students, parents and community members.   

It is our goal that all students will succeed in school and grow to their full potential. This will be done in several ways as we move into the 2019-20 school year.

The first is that we will be implementing a full social-emotional curriculum for all students called "Second Step." The curriculum helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to help children thrive.

We will also be implementing an intervention/acceleration block for all students. Some students may be receiving reading or math support while others will be doing an enrichment project or receiving acceleration opportunities. We are currently in our second year of our accelerated learning opportunities, and we look forward to seeing students do great things! 

Our slogan for our PBIS this year is "Power of Yet." We will continue to focus on the 3Rs — Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready. However, our goal is for students to take ownership of their own learning and well-being. With the Power of Yet we will be working with kids to ensure they are giving their best effort and pushing them to be the person they want to become.

Elmwood Elementary is a Bully Free Zone. We take all information about bullying seriously. Please call the school if a problem arises, or you can complete the form and it will be sent to the administration. We encourage kids to speak up when someone is mistreating them! 

We welcome parent and community participation within our school.  We have an open door policy at Elmwood and would love to meet you and answer any questions that you have about the school or community. We have an outstanding Parent Organization called PATT. 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 second year at Elmwood Elementary. Throughout the year, we will hold several parent and community events, so please come out and meet us.

You may also 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