At a Glance | John Mills

John Mills Elementary School provides a comprehensive, standards-based public education to students in pre-kindergarten (PK) through 5th grade as part of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401.

Our school is located in Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago with a population of about 25,000. Our nickname is the Trojans, and our school colors are maroon and gold. Along with Elmwood Elementary, we are one of the District’s two elementary schools, and we are the only D401 school that offers PK instruction.

Our final total enrollment for 2021-22 was 671 students.*

  • Pre-Kindergarten: 98
  • Kindergarten: 105
  • 1st Grade: 102
  • 2nd Grade: 95
  • 3rd Grade: 96
  • 4th Grade: 81
  • 5th Grade: 94

*PLEASE NOTE: All enrollment figures were final for 2021-22 as of May 26, 2022.

Mission Statement

Our mission at John Mills Elementary School, in partnership with the home and community, is to promote self-esteem, academic success, social responsibility and lifelong learning by providing for all students and staff a caring and challenging educational environment.

Address and Map

John Mills Elementary School, 2824 N. 76th Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707


If you would like to email any of the individuals listed below, please click the name of the person you want to reach. The main office phone number is 708-452-3560.





Mr. Frank Kuzniewski


Assistant Principal Ms. Natalia Gomez 708-452-3560

Office Staff

To email any of the individuals listed below, please click the name of the person you want to reach. The main office phone number is 708-452-3560.




Principal's Secretary

Ms. Denise Wurtz


Office Clerk Ms. Dina Koutroumanes To be posted

Office Clerk Preschool

Ms. Leslie Laureano


Main Office Contact Information

If you want to reach us by email, please use the general information email address listed below, or send your message to the appropriate individual listed elsewhere on this page.



General Email

Office Hours



7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
(Closed during winter and summer breaks)

Reporting Absences

Each day a student is absent from school, the absence must be reported to the John Mills main office. To do this, parents/guardians have two options:

  • OPTION 1 — Contact the main office by phone or email. 
  • OPTION 2 (new) — Submit an absence form via PowerSchool's parent portal or app.

Please scroll down for information about each option.


To report an absence by phone or email:

  • If calling, use the John Mills attendance voicemail at 708-583-6288 before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence.
  • If emailing, use before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence.

Parents/guardians should leave the following information:

  1. Student name and year in school (please spell your child's last name).
  2. Date of absence.
  3. Reason for absence. 
  4. The name and daytime phone number of the parent/guardian calling.


To report an absence via PowerSchool's parent portal or app, follow the directions in this video:

As noted above, a parent or legal guardian is required to contact the Elmwood main office every day the student is absent from school. If the contact is not received before 9 a.m. on the day of the absence, the absence will be considered unexcused.

When In-Person Instruction Is Not Possible

When weather conditions become too severe for in-person instruction, remote learning days will be used in lieu of canceling school.

With this in mind, families are advised to make it a habit for their students to bring their Chromebooks home every night.

In the event of a remote learning day due to severe weather or other emergency, we will post notifications to students, parents, employees and community via multiple media sources.

If You Visit John Mills

All visitors to John Mills Elementary School during hours when students are present must sign in and out at the main office and obtain a visitor’s badge.

School-age visitors are not permitted during school hours.

School Hours

Full Day Breakfast


Start of Classes



8:20 a.m.

8:35 a.m.

8:40 a.m.

3 p.m.

Early Release Breakfast Entrance Start of Classes  Dismissal
Mondays 8:20 a.m. 8:35 a.m. 8:40 a.m. 2 p.m.

Fast Facts