Dear Elkhart Families,

Welcome to our 2023-2024 school year. I hope you have had a safe and wonderful summer break. I’m excited to continue to lead Elkhart, and begin the new school year in partnership with the wonderful Elkhart community.

Our teachers and staff are excited to receive our students. Our goal this year is to continue to focus on increasing proficiency by challenging our students’ learning and maintaining a positive and safe environment. I have mentioned and strongly continue to believe that this work can ONLY be done in partnership and collaboration with you, parents, community, and school staff. We are capable of continuing to improve our students' learning and reaching their highest potential, when we work together. Parents and community, please join Elkhart staff in creating our next level of excellence.

As principal, it is of critical importance to ensure that our students are developing academically. Highly structured systems have been created this year to support all of our students in order to provide consistent and rigorous grade-level proficiency, higher levels of accomplishments, and social emotional well-being of our students and staff. Your help and collaboration is critical to ensure our students are acquiring quality learning and demonstrating positive academic results while maintaining high levels of attendance, and by arriving on time.

I look forward to working with each one of you.

Angelica Paz
Elkhart Elementary
An IB World School

Elkhart Elementary is An IB World School

Our Vision

At Elkhart we believe that all our students have the potential to go to college and prepare for a career. In order to do this we must get all students to achieve proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics while they are still in elementary school. We promise to do our very best to give them a rigorous and excellent education so that we can set them up for success at the middle school, high school and college, but we also need your help. Students who come to school ready to learn are more successful. Here are some tips and information that will help us all work together for the success of all our students.


We have a strict attendance policy for all students. Any students missing three or more days in the year are subject to the district’s truancy referral process. Students that miss 4 days of instruction in a month or 10 in a year are subject to a court referral. Please don’t let your student miss any school days because it is very difficult to catch up on any missed instruction.

Breakfast In The Classroom

Breakfast will be served, free of charge, to every student during the first ten minutes of class. Please make sure that your student is at school, on time everyday if you want them to receive breakfast. Tardy students will not have access to breakfast.

School Hours

The bell hours for next year are from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Classroom doors will open at 8:40.a.m. Any students arriving after 8:45 a.m. will be considered late for school and sent to the office for a Tardy Slip. Please try to schedule appointments before 8:45 a.m. or after 3:15 p.m. so that they don’t interfere with school hours and so that your child doesn’t miss any instruction.

Before and After School Care

The YMCA provides before and after school child care on-site for students from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. every day. They also provide child care on holidays, vacation days and teacher work days. Their price is very reasonable and they have a sliding scale for families that need financial help. If you need more information about the YMCA please ask at the main office.

School Uniforms

Students that are well dressed for school tend to focus more on their school work and less on fashion. Elkhart Elementary School has a dress code. Students wear shirts (collared and sleeved) that are solid white, light blue or dark blue. Students may wear dress pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers that are navy blue or khaki. Jeans or sweatpants are not allowed. Sweaters and sweatshirts must be solid white or blue. No logos or designs are allowed except the Elkhart logo. The Elkhart logo is not required, however, we do have an outside vendor that sells these in the building a couple of days per week. To find out when they are coming, please check at the main office. Students that don’t wear the dress code are subject to disciplinary measures equivalent to breaking any other school rule. Thank you for your support with our dress code.

As always, we are here to serve you and to ensure the best education for your child. If you have any questions, please call, 303-340-3050.