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  • Welcome Back to School 2016-17

    Posted by Lisa Polomsky at 7/27/2016

    Dear Parents (Spanish Version):

    Welcome to Elmwood Elementary School and the 2016 -2017 school year!  I hope this letter finds you enjoying your summer vacation.  The Elmwood staff and I are looking forward to seeing all of you in August for another outstanding school year.  

    If you are new to Elmwood, I encourage you to attend the new family tours.  The tours will be held on Monday, August 15th at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  Please meet in the Multipurpose Room.  During this time, families new to Elmwood will have the opportunity to receive a tour of the building, meet other Elmwood families and have questions answered as we assist you in your transition to your new school.






    Kindergarten Sneak Peek Session Times on Wednesday, August 17th

    9:00 – 9:45 a.m.                A-G

    10:15 – 11:00 a.m.            H-N

    12:30 – 1:15 p.m.              O-Z

    First Day for Regular Kindergarten Attendance:

    Thursday, August 18, 2016 (Full Day)


    GRADES 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 SCHEDULE: 

    The first official day of school for 1st   thru 5th grade students will be Wednesday, August 17th.


    Daily Attendance Hours

    8:00       Supervision outside begins & Students enter the building

    8:15       Instruction Begins

    11:15     Lunch/Recess for Kindergarten

    11:20     Recess/Lunch for 1st Grade

    11:20     Recess/Lunch for 2nd Grade

    11:20     Lunch/Recess for 3rd Grade

    12:05     Lunch/Recess for 4th Grade

    12:05     Lunch/Recess for 5th Grade

    2:30       Dismissal



    If you ordered school supplies for your child through Home & School, please pick up your order at the Meet & Greet Monday, August 15th 2:30-3:30 Sycamore playground area.  School supply packets will not be available for purchase once school begins.  However, hard to find items will be available for your convenience on the first day of school.  These hard to find items will be available on Wednesday, August 17th from 8:20 - 9:20 a.m.  You may also find a complete school supply list on the Elmwood website. 


    • Because there is no adult supervision outside before 8:00 a.m., we request that no students be dropped off before that time. If you drop your child off after 8:15 a.m., you must sign them in at the Main Office. Students will not be allowed to go to class if they arrive after 8:15 a.m. without an adult signing them in.
    • All (K-5) driving parents are encouraged to use our two car drop off lanes in the morning. Your child can be dropped off on Elmwood Drive (by the new gym) or on Sycamore Drive (by the garden) in the morning.  Students can be picked up in the afternoon on Sycamore Drive ONLY.  If you plan to drive to school, we ask that you please take the time to watch this video to ensure that you understand our drop off procedures for the safety of everyone.  Click Here for Safety Video



    • Classroom and teacher assignments for Kindergarten through 5th grade will be posted on Infinite Campus.   If you have not already signed up for an Infinite Campus account, you can complete this now. Visit the District 203 web site (Infinite Campus Link). Follow the prompts to create your parent account. If you experience difficulty creating your account, please feel free to contact the Infinite Campus Portal Help desk by e-mail at
    • Bus information will be sent to you directly from the transportation office.  If you have any questions, please call (630)420-6464 to speak directly with transportation. 



    • If your child must be absent from school, please call the Absence Line at (630)420-6343.  Please do not leave this pertinent information on the main office voicemail.  



    • Meet Your Teacher on Monday, August 15 for all students from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
    • Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 26 for all students & families from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    • Parent Orientation on Wednesday, August 31 for all parents of K, 1st and 2nd students from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    • PI Parent Orientation on Thursday, September 1st for parents of PI students from 6:00-6:30 p.m.
    • Parent Orientation on Thursday, September 1st for parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th students from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


    Don’t forget to turn in your “SOAR into Reading” information on the first day of school!


    Thank you for your continued support and dedication to Elmwood School.  If you have any questions or comments about Elmwood School, please call me at (630)420-6341, drop me a note or e-mail me at




    Lisa Polomsky

    Lisa Polomsky, Principal

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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges at 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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