Latest News – Archive

21 May 2018

ARRIVING AT/LEAVING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
If your child arrives after 8.55am can you or your child please advise reception.  Also, should you take your child out of class during school hours, your child/ren need to be collected from reception so we can ensure they have left school grounds safely.

14 May 2018

RETURN OF SCHOOL POOL KEYS
Now that the school pool has closed for the season, it is time to return your school pool keys.  Please return them to the pigeon hole in the office in an envelope clearly marked with your name and your bank account number.  This ensures we can keep track of the returned keys and return the $30 bond to you.  We ask that all school pool keys are returned by Friday 1 June.  Any keys returned after this date will not receive their bond.

THE ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week there is a Hot chocolate treat day for Year 0-1 children on Wednesday 9th May.  $2.00 for a hot chocolate. The cafe is open from 8.20am till 9.15am and Ruth stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

KEEP CUPS
We have 4 keep cups left to sell as part of our cafe fundraiser. (More to come soon). These will be filled with sweet treats for Mum for mothers day.  $18.00 each. This is a great way of being sustainable and reducing coffee cup waste. Thanks for your ongoing support of the cafe.

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT FROM EZLUNCH
Ezlunch is offering a Mothers Day gift! Place an order for delivery 7th – 11th May and be in the draw to win one of TWO $50 magazine vouchers to gift to Mum on Mothers’ Day.  The winner will be notified by email and/or phone on Friday 11th May.

Go to www.ezlunch.co.nz.  For more information on Ezlunch please see under ENSCA news below.

ACCOUNTS
Statements were sent home via email on Monday 30 April and we would appreciate payment as soon as possible.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK
Pre-order an Entertainment Book to support ENSCA and give Mum a gift she’ll use all year!!
Give Mum an Entertainment  this Mother’s Day and she can enjoy more than 12 months of valuable dining, shopping and travel offers! Buy from us today and you’ll also be supporting our fundraising Hurry! It’s your last chance to get the bonus Early Bird Offers before they’re gone…

7 May 2018

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 13 April:
Poppy Shaw, Katie Churchill, Lily Taylor, Frankie Hanssen, Evie Bertie, Jiya Dutta, Jacob Smith

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Welcome back to Term 2 at Elmwood.   Our cafe continues to offer hot drinks (Coffees, Hot chocolates, Chai, Tea etc) from the cafe which is situated on the verandah opposite the end of Room 6a.   The cafe is open from 8.20am until 9.15 am daily to serve the school community and this is also an on-going fundraiser for our school.   You are able to purchase keep cups – $18  (which are a sustainable reusable cup) from either the cafe or school office.  These make a great Mother’s Day gift idea.   We also hold Hot Chocolate treat days during the course of the term for the children – more info to come next week. Ruth our Barista looks forward to welcoming you  and thank you for your on-going support.

MEASLES ALERT FROM THE CANTERBURY DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD
Please see the attached letter regarding measles from Canterbury District Health Board Measles letter from CDHB

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
As we have many newcomers to our school, we thought it was timely to advise our school office hours.  The school office is open 8.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday.

ACCOUNTS
Statements will be sent home via email on Monday 30 April and we would appreciate payment as soon as possible.

PHONE MESSAGES DURING SCHOOL HOURS
If you would like to get a message to a teacher during school hours, please phone reception and they will transfer your call to the classroom voicemail for you to leave a message.  The teacher will clear these messages at times that are convenient to them.

SUSHI ORDERS
Please ensure your sushi orders are in by no later than 9.00am on Wednesday for delivery on Wednesday lunchtime.  If a sushi order is placed in the pigeon hole in reception after that time we cannot guarantee that it will be collected.  Also please ensure that you have the correct amount in your sushi order envelope as no change will be given.

UNIFORM SHOP
The uniform shop will be open these additional days in week 1 of Term 2:
Monday 30 April – 8.30am-9.00am, Wednesday 2 May – 8.30am-9.00am

30 April 2018

JUNIOR FUNDRAISER
Well done to the Junior School who raised $273.90 for the Rescue Helicopters.  A fantastic effort!

POPPY WEEK
We have poppies in reception if you wish to donate to the RSA Poppy Day appeal.  For more information on Poppy week please see the link https://www.rsa.org.nz/remembrance/poppy-day

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK
Information will have come home regarding purchasing a 2018/2019 Entertainment Membership.  You can purchase anytime from now until September 2018. If you purchase your Digital membership early you receive the early bird offers AND you can start redeeming from 3 April.  By purchasing a Entertainment Membership, not only will you receive 25 to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers many of the best restaurants, hotels and attractions in your area but you’ll be supporting ENSCA.  

Find out more at  https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/13s4132

TERM 1 SAUSAGE SIZZLE
The sausage sizzle for Term 1, 2018 is on Thursday 12th April, $2 per sausage.  Bring your $2 and pay at the courts before 8.55am.  Come and collect your ‘sausage in bread’ from the courts at lunchtime.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
There are still some keep cups available for sale.   $18.00 each from either the cafe or reception. These are sustainably made products and make a great gift idea.  This week we will have a hot chocolate treat day on Wednesday 11th April for our Year 6 children. Kid’s Hot Chocolates are $2.00 each.  Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am – to give the children time to drink them before school.  Thank you for supporting the cafe at Elmwood.

LOST PROPERTY
Lost property is displayed on the veranda outside the cafe.  This also includes any lost property that has been left at the school pool.  Please remind your child to look in the lost property if they are missing any items.  For any precious items that may have been handed in during Term 1, please ask at reception.  We would love to see these things returned to their owners.

AMAZING RACE
Thanks to all of the teams that  supported the Amazing Race on Sunday, it was a great morning with some very creative posters made.  Please pop in to the Auditorium foyer to have a look at the fantastic posters on display.  Well done to Room 3 who won the class participation prize.  

Thanks to all our generous sponsors and to the great team that helped to organise the event.

Louise

MUFTI DAY
The mufti day held on Thursday 5 April raised $764.90 for the rooftop helipad at Christchurch Hospital.  A fantastic effort!

SCOOTERS
Any scooters left behind overnight will be available outside the property manager’s shed behind the auditorium.  Please check this area as the office does not hold any scooters.  Please ensure that scooters are named as there are many which are identical.

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
If you child has had vomiting or diarrhoea they need to remain at home until 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting or diarhoea.  This helps stop the spread of these nasty bugs.

COMMUNITY DENTAL VAN
The dental service will be at school for the week commencing 9th April.  Only the children who were not seen at their last visit will be called to the mobile clinic.  Please do not be concerned if your child is not called for a check up this time as they will be back later in the year to see the children who are not yet due.  If you have any queries regarding this, please contact 0800 846 983.

9 April 2018

PARKING – AIKMANS ROAD
Parking outside school on Aikmans Road at drop off and pick up times is particularly chaotic and the 3 minute parking area is being used to park in by people who get out of their car and come into school to collect children.   These parks are a 3 minute drop off/pick up zone only.   People are also parking over the school car park driveway or turning into the driveway and reversing onto Aikmans Road.   This is dangerous with so many children around.    Please be aware of this and park legally.   Thank you for your co-operation with this.

THE ELMWOOD SCHOOL, CITY BASED  ‘AMAZING RACE’ – Sunday 8th of April 9.15am-12.30pm

Last two days of ticket sales/registration – outside the Grind Café after school on Wednesday 4 April and Thursday 5th April.  Eftpos or cash. 

To register:  Email ensca@elmwood.school.nz with team name, class #, family name.  Internet payment of $25.00 per team to 03-1707-0058075-00 please reference team name.  Further information will be emailed on registration, any queries please email ensca@elmwood.school.nz.

MUFTI DAY
On Thursday 5 April, we will be having a mufti day to raise funds for the rooftop helipad at Christchurch hospital.  Gold coin donation.

4 April 2018

WHOOPING COUGH
There has been a notification of 1 case of whooping cough at our school.    A letter has been sent home to parents of children who were in close contact with a child with whooping cough. Whooping cough is a highly infectious bacterial disease that spreads easily by coughing and sneezing. It commonly causes bouts of severe coughing that can disturb sleep and can last for up to 3 months. It is especially severe in young infants under 12 months old, who often require hospital admission. 

Anyone can get whooping cough because protection (immunity) after immunisation or natural infection decreases over 4-6 years.

Key messages for parents:  Ensure your children are up to date with their immunisations to best protect them.  If you have a young child at home (under 12 months) or are pregnant consider being immunised. This should be discussed with your GP or Practice Nurse.

Teach children to cover coughs by coughing into the crook of their elbow, and to wash and dry their hands well.   Keep coughs away from young babies. For more information about whooping cough see:
https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/whooping-cough

Or Phone Healthline on 0800 611 116 or visit your family doctor. For immunisation information, phone the Immunisation Advisory Centre on 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or visit their website.

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 2 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom. Issue 2 closes Wednesday 28 March at 3pm.

If you are new to the school and are not familiar with the Lucky Book club then below is an outline of the process:

– Lucky Book Club brochures will be delivered via your child’s classroom.
– The closing date will be advertised in the school newsletter.
– Orders can be placed online via the LOOP ordering system or by filling in the form and returning it to the Scholastic post slot in the office foyer.
– When the books arrive they will come home via your child’s classroom.
– If you want to make the order a gift then you can select this option online or very clearly mark this on the order form along with a contact number and these can be collected from the office.

We appreciate your support for the Lucky Book Club as Elmwood receives 20% back from total orders received to spend on books and resources for the school.

CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL/LEAVING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
As this is a short week we would appreciate it if you could let Jo our receptionist know if you are taking your child/children them out of school early for a long weekend away.  If you could also come to the office to advise her when you pick up your children (even if you have let your child’s teacher know).  This would be hugely appreciated.  Thank you for your assistance.

ICAS
ICAS entries have closed.  We cannot accept any late entry forms.

THE ELMWOOD SCHOOL, CITY BASED  ‘AMAZING RACE’
A great morning out for family/ friends.  Sunday 8th of April 9.15am-12.30pm

Have fun exploring the city & being creative with your family/friends, then back to school for a sausage sizzle & judging with some great prizes up for grabs!  Please see your leaflets in your eldest child’s bags for further details.

To register:  Email ensca@elmwood.school.nz with team name, class #, family name.  Internet payment of $25.00 per team to 03-1707-0058075-00 please reference team name, OR purchase your tickets and register outside the Grind Café after school on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March.  Eftpos or cash.  Further information will be emailed on registration, any queries please email ensca@elmwood.school.nz.

26 March 2018

NZEI UNION MEETING – Thursday 22nd March 2018
This week on Thursday is the NZEI Union meeting for Teachers.  Last week a letter was sent home outlining the process for collection of children on Thursday 22nd March at 12.55pm.   Please remember to email office@elmwood.school.nz  with your child’s name and room number if you cannot collect your children at 12.55pm and require them to remain at school for the afternoon.  Thank you for your support with this.

ICAS
ICAS examination entry forms for years 3-6 need to be back at the office by Friday 23rd March.  Please drop them into the pigeon hole in the office. If you have not received an entry form, you can pick one up from Jo on Reception.

NEW TIME FOR ENSCA MEETINGS
ENSCA have listened to the feedback from you that some of you wish to attend meetings but are unable to make it during the day due to work and/or other commitments.    As such the meeting times for this year are going to be changed to accommodate everyone.    The next ENSCA meeting will be held in the evening of Wednesday 21st March, 7.00pm in the staffroom.   So please come along and give us your support.    Dad’s come along and share your great ideas.

19 March 2018

NEW ZEALAND EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE (NZEI)
We have been advised by the NZEI that they will be holding paid union meetings during March this year as part of their collective agreement negotiations. Elmwood staff will be attending their meeting on March 22nd at 1:30pm. As we have in the past, we ask for your support in collecting your child on this day by 1:00pm so that our staff can attend these important meetings. We appreciate your support with this.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week we will have a hot chocolate treat day on Wednesday 14th March for our Year 3 children.  Kid’s Hot Chocolates are $2.00 each.   Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am – to give the children time to drink them before school.  Thank you for supporting the cafe at Elmwood.

12 March 2018

SCHOOLDOCS
This term our Board and staff are reviewing Home Learning (Board, staff and parents), Financial Control  & Expenditure (Board only).  To review Home Learning please log onto our website and follow the instructions below.

  1.  Visit the website http://elmwood.schooldocs.co.nz/1893.htm
  2.  Enter the user name (elmwood) and password (Elmw00d).
  3.  Follow the link to the relevant policy as listed.
  4.  Read the Policy.
  5. Click the Policy Review button at the right hand top corner of the page.
  6. Select the reviewer type “Parent”.
  7. Enter your name (optional)
  8. Submit your ratings and comments.

ENSCA CLASS REPRESENTATIVES
ENSCA are again looking for Class Representatives for the year.  For people who are new to this, we are basically looking for one or two parents to volunteer for each classroom to be the main communication link between ENSCA and the parents of their classroom.  There is some time commitment to this role but it is not onerous and can be a shared role with another parent.  ENSCA runs monthly meetings and while it would be nice for class representatives to come along to the meetings it is not required.  Please click on the following link to find to out more about the role Role of Class Representative.  If you are interested in being a Class Rep for your child’s classroom could you please email Kelly Snoep (kelly@createip.co.nzwith your name, email address and the room number you will be rep for.  Thanks!

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week we will have a hot chocolate treat day on Wednesday 7th March for our Year 2 children.  Kid’s Hot Chocolates are $2.00 each.   Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am – to give the children time to drink them before school.  Thank you for supporting the cafe at Elmwood.

5 March 2018

LIFE EDUCATION – FULL SCHOOL VISIT
The Life Education Truck will be at our school, with lessons commencing on the  23rd February for approximately two weeks.  Over the next few days you will receive information pertaining to this visit.  Your child will attend 2 sessions.

Programme Overview
We have selected a couple of Topic Areas:

  • How Can I Tell From the Packaging Whether Food is Healthy or Not?  All Year 1 to 3 classes are participating and some Year 4 classes.
  • What Does Digital Citizenship Mean to Me? Some Year 4 Classes are participating in this and all Year 5 and 6 classes.

Parent Session – Please feel free to come along to the parent session if you require further information.
Date: Tuesday 27th February
Time: 2:35 pm to 2:55 pm
Venue: Life Education Truck which will be located at the back of the main school block.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week we will have a hot chocolate treat day on Wednesday 28th February for our Year 0-1 children.  Kid’s Hot Chocolates are $2.00 each.   Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am – to give the children time to drink them before school.  Thank you for supporting the cafe at Elmwood.

POOL KEYS
Keys are $100 (with a $30 refund on key return at the end of the season).  To hold a school pool key you need to have signed the following form Pool Key Users document 2017 and undergone a pool safety course.  If you are interested in purchasing a school pool key please contact jonellefoster@hotmail.com.

26 February 2018

TAKING CARE WHILE DRIVING NEAR OUR SCHOOL
There appear to be a lot of parents turning right out of Allister Ave, into Leinster Road, who are failing to look for traffic already on Leinster Road.  Several times there have been near misses with cars pulling out without looking.  Please ensure you check carefully when the roads are very busy with cars.    We want to keep our families safe.

SWIMMING SPORTS
As some of you are aware Jellie Park is undergoing repairs, this has impacted our swimming sports as the total number of people that can be onsite is significantly less compared to normal. With this in mind, we are only going to be running championship races for Year 5andYear 6 at Jellie Park, as these two year groups are eligible for Swimming Zone entry.  The remainder of our students will participate in our on site swimming event at school in Elmwood Pool.  As you can appreciate, these circumstances are out of our control but we will ensure all students will have an enjoyable swimming sports.  There will be a letter regarding swimming sports for senior school parents to follow.

EZLUNCH FOR 2018
EZLunch will start again for Term 1, 2018 on Tuesday 13 February.

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAYS
We are again holding Hot Chocolate Treat days for the children this year.  Kids hot chocolates cost $2.00 each.    There will be one day each term for each year level.  These are as follows for Term 1:

Year 0 and 1 children – Wednesday 28th February
Year 2 children – Wednesday 7th March
Year 3 children – Wednesday 14th March
Year 4 children – Wednesday 21st March
Year 5 children – Wednesday 28th March
Year 6 children – Wednesday 11th April

Ruth will be open from 8.30am and the last order is taken at 8.50am – to give the children time to drink their hot chocolate before going to class.  Thank you for supporting our cafe in this way.

19 February 2018

ENSCA AGM
The ENSCA AGM is to be held on Thursday 15th February 2018 at 9:00am in the staffroom.  This will be followed by the monthly meeting.  All are welcome.  This is a great opportunity to meet some new people while playing a role in providing those extras for your child and the children of Elmwood.  To find out more about the role of ENSCA please follow the link http://www.elmwood.school.nz/ensca/We also invite written nominations for the roles of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. Nominations can be posted to the ENSCA box in reception and need to be in by Wednesday 14 February.  We look forward to seeing you there.

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 1 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom. Issue 1 closes  Friday 16th February at 3pm.

If you are new to the school and are not familiar with the Lucky Book club then below is an outline of the process:
– Lucky Book Club brochures will be delivered via your child’s classroom.
– The closing date will be advertised in the school newsletter.
– Orders can be placed online via the LOOP ordering system or by filling in the form and returning it to the Scholastic post slot in the office foyer.
– When the books arrive they will come home via your child’s classroom.
– If you want to make the order a gift then you can select this option online or very clearly mark this on the order form along with a contact number and these can be collected from the office.

We appreciate your support for the Lucky Book Club as Elmwood receives 20% back from total orders received to spend on books and resources for the school.

12 February 2018

ITINERANT MUSIC PROGRAMME AT ELMWOOD
At Elmwood, we have an out-of-school-hours itinerant music programme that is funded by the Ministry of Education.  Specialist music teachers provide tuition in: violin, cello, clarinet and flute.  During the first week of term 1, all year 3 children will be given a notice about the opportunity to learn violin in this programme to take home to discuss with their parents.

Year 4, 5, 6 children who are interested in learning one of these instruments will also be given a letter during week 1 to take home to discuss with their parents.  Filled in cut-off slips must be returned to the Elmwood School office by Monday 05 February 2018.

In the following couple of weeks, the music tutor will come to Elmwood to audition the children who are keen to learn one of these instruments. A notice will be sent home as to when this audition will take place.  Please note that there are limited places available.

The children who do attain a place in the programme, make a commitment for one year, starting in approximately week 4 of term 1 and finishing at approximately week 7 of term 4. Parents are encouraged to support their children at the lessons.

There are some instruments available for hire at a minimal rate.  This programme of musical tuition supports our Elmwood Orchestra.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
The reopens Wednesday 7 February at 8.15am.  Ruth is looking forward to providing you with coffees and hot drinks again this year.  Coffee cards and vouchers are available from the office (eftpos) or the cafe (cash).  Thanks for supporting our school.

TERM 1, 2018 DATES
First day of term 1 – Tuesday 30 January
Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6 February
Good Friday – Friday 30 March
Easter Monday – Monday 02 April
Easter Tuesday – Tuesday 03 April
Last day of term 1 – Friday 13 April

STATIONERY FOR 2018
If you have not already done so, you can order school stationery for Years 1-6  (excluding new entrants) from OfficeMax.  The stationery lists for your child’s/children’s 2018 classroom are available as per the attached link: OfficeMax website Please enter Elmwood Normal School in the search area, this will bring up all year group lists.  Click on your year group and this will bring up your classroom for selection.  Please note: the student ID field is not required.

30 January 2018

STATIONERY FOR 2018
Stationery for Years 1-6  (excluding new entrants) is available from OfficeMax. Please ensure you order your child’s/children’s stationery ready for them to bring to school on Tuesday 30 January. The stationery lists for your child’s/children’s 2018 classroom are available as per the attached link: OfficeMax website Please enter Elmwood Normal School in the search area, this will bring up all year group lists.  Click on your year group and this will bring up your classroom for selection.  Please note: the student ID field is not required.

SCHOOL PHOTOS
If you have ordered but have not received your school photo for your child/ren please contact Heritage Productions directly on 365 3554 or email  support@heritagephotosnz.com.

UNIFORM SHOPS
With the end of year approaching quickly this is just a reminder to get any uniform items you may need for next year.  The School Uniform shop is open this Friday from 8.30am – 9.00am in the Auditorium Foyer. 

The Uniform Shop will be open the first week of Term 1, 2018 – Tuesday 30 January to Friday 3 February from 8.30am-9.15am.
The Second Hand Uniform Shop will be open the day before Term 1, 2018 starts – Monday 29 January – 10.00am-10.30am, and the first day of Term 1, 2018 – Tuesday 30 January 8.30am-9.00am

11 December 2017

SCHOOL POOL – SECOND POOL SAFETY COURSE TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 12.30pm-1.15pm
Parents who are looking at buying a pool key for the summer season are required to undergo a pool safety course held here at Elmwood School Pool.  Due to our Health and Safety requirements you need to have attended the pool safety course to ensure you are familiar with keeping yourself and others safe in the pool.  There is a practical element to this course, so attendees will need to bring suitable swimwear and a towel.  If you completed this course last year or the one held on the 15 November this year, you are not required to repeat again.  To register your attendance please  email Jonelle Quane at jonellefoster@hotmail.com and cc Brian Miles brianm@elmwood.school.nz.  THIS IS THE FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERGO THIS COURSE.TERM 4 – END OF YEAR – MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE NEWS

Tuesday 12 December
Orchestral Soiree – ENS Auditorium at 7pm.

2017 SCHOOL MAGAZINE
Thank you for your orders for the school magazine. The Magazine will be available from 2.45pm Thursday 14 December outside the cafe on the deck opposite Room 6a.  If you ordered one please pop into the office to pay by Thursday this week.   If this is not possible – please either bring money or your eftpos card to pay for it when you collect it on Thursday afternoon.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Thank you for your support of the cafe this year at Elmwood.   The cafe will be closing at 9.00am this Friday 15th December, rather than 9.15am.  Sustainable keep cups are still available for sale.  We only have the regular size left and these are $18.00 each.  They make great Christmas gifts.

POOL KEYS
Keys for the school pool will be available for sale (cash or eftpos) from the veranda outside the cafe on the following days/times:
Wednesday 6 December – 3.00pm-3.30pm

Keys are $100 (with a $30 refund on key return at the end of the season).  You can also pay online using ENSCA account number – 03 1707 0030734 02 (please note this is not the school account for activity payments).  If you pay online, please put reference of pool key and your name and allow time for receipt of payment.  Reception will email you when you key is available for pick  up from the school office.  To hold a school pool key you need to have signed the following form Pool Key Users document 2017 and undergone a pool safety course.  You can sign this when you purchase a pool key on Wednesday, or from the office on receipt of online payment.

ACCOUNTS
For those who have not paid their school accounts, we would appreciate payment before the end of the school year.

4 December 2017

SCHOOL MAGAZINE
Thank you to everyone who has ordered a 2017 School Magazine.  We still have approximately 7 or 8 magazines we can take orders for.  If you have not pre-ordered, please feel free to email Vicki on office@elmwood.school.nz  if you would like one.   For those who have ordered a magazine, please pop into the office to pay for your copy.  You can pay by eftpos or cash, and payments need to be made at the office by 13th December.  

TERM 4 – END OF YEAR – MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE NEWS
Dates to add these dates to your diaries/calendars for end of term 4 performances, all in the ENS Auditorium.

Monday 04 December
Junior Kapa Haka – ENS Auditorium at 5:30-6pm

Wednesday 06 December
Class and After School Dance group performances – ENS Auditorium at 4:45pm
Combined Choir and Senior Kapa Haka concert – ENS Auditorium at 6pm.

Tuesday 12 December
Orchestral Soiree – ENS Auditorium at 7pm.

POOL REMINDER
Pool users are reminded that the school pool is an alcohol free zone.  This is for the safety of all pool users.  Also, if you suspect there are children in the pool who are unsupervised or do not have access to the pool, please do not hesitate to question them and if necessary ask them to leave.

CAKE STALL FOR YEAR 3-6 CHILDREN
This term a small group of year 5/6 children have been reading about the wonderful job the SPCA does and they have decided to hold a cake stall this Tuesday 5 December at 12.30pm to raise money for this very worthy cause.  Year 3-6 children can bring along a gold coin or two to buy some delicious baking and support the SPCA.  The cake stall will be held on the deck outside the music room.  
The SPCA is dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals.  In addition to protecting and providing shelter to strays and animals in danger, the SPCA deals with proper pet care and animal adoption.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE – HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This Friday it is hot chocolate treat day for the Year 6 children.  Cafe opens at 8.20am and last hot chocolates will be sold at 8.50am.  $2.00 per hot chocolate.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the cafe.

SCHOOL MAGAZINE
Thank you to everyone who has ordered a 2017 School Magazine.  We are now unable to take any further orders.  For those who have pre-ordered a magazine, please pop into the office to pay for your copy.  You can pay by eftpos or cash, and payments need to be made at the office by 13th December.  

MUFTI DAY
The mufti day that was held last Thursday raised $596.20 for Surf Lifesaving New Zealand.  Thank you to everyone who donated, what a fantastic effort.

27 November 2017

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE – HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This Wednesday it is hot chocolate treat day for the Year 5 children.  Cafe opens at 8.20am and last hot chocolates will be sold at 8.50am.  $2.00 per hot chocolate.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the cafe.   Enjoy.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week the cafe will be opening early on Wednesday 29th November and closing late on Thursday 30th November to enable parents to purchase hot drinks while watching Top Town on Thursday.  The cafe will also be open on Sunday 3rd December for the ENSCA Fun Day.  Eftpos will be available.  See you there!

TOP TOWN
Thursday 30th November 2017 for Year 4-6 children
Time: 10:00am until approximately 1:00pm
Venue: School Field
Dress Code: Dress in house colours to come to school. Bring along your mufti day clothing to change into after the event (Jandal Day ­ Gold Coin donation). You will require a towel, sun hat, sunscreen, good sized lunch including snack food and full water bottle. Be prepared to get wet! Parents/whanau please feel free to come along and watch. Please make yourselves comfortable on the opposite side of where the children will be sitting to see all the action (along the music room side of the field). Thanks.

ENSCA FAMILY FUN DAY – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER
Family Fun Day is about supporting the Years 5 & 6 market and getting the school community together for a fun day.  To run the day ENSCA rely on volunteers to help organise and run the activities.  Each year group and class is responsible for an activity.  To find out which activities your child’s class is involved in, see the table below.  A google document has also been set up where you can enter your name beside a particular activity or alternatively you can talk to your Class Rep or email Kelly Snoep on kelly@createip.co.nz to say how you would be able to help.

The link for the google doc is: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sg_6qi2JAe9jem7F_A_q847sNbfGFNikA29yVVULOe0/edit#

In addition, is there anyone who would be able to coordinate a face-painting stand?  If so please email me on kelly@createip.co.nz  Your support is greatly appreciated!

Rooms – 5, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 9  – Responsible for:  Secret Bottle
Rooms – 11, 12 – Responsible for: Bouncy Castle
Rooms 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 – Responsible for:  Cake Stall
Rooms 3, 15, 16, 17 – Responsible for:  Gumboot Throw
Rooms 22, 23, 24 – Responsible for:  Sausage BBQ
Rooms 18, 19, 20 – Responsible for: Spongebob

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
Please be mindful that if your child has had vomiting or diarrhoea they need to remain at home until 48 hours clear of all symptoms.  These bugs are very contagious and we need to remain vigilant to ensure they do not spread.
 

20 November 2017

2017 YEARBOOK
The Yearbook will be available for sale in the last week of school, and the price will be $25.00 each.

This year we will require pre-orders of the school magazine, as sales are dwindling and we do not want to order more than are required and be left with them.    To this end, please can you email me with your child’s name and room number and your name on office@elmwood.school.nz by Friday 24 November if you intend purchasing a 2017 school magazine.   If sales of the magazine do not increase to make this a viable financial project, this will be the last year that we produce the School Magazine.

A copy of the 2016 yearbook is in each classroom and in reception if you would like to view.

SCORPIO BOOKS BOOKSHOP DAY
Thank you to those who supported Scorpio Books bookshop day on the 28 October 2017, this raised a $25 donation to our school library.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Keep Cups are now available.  They are available in two sizes medium ($18) or large ($20) – come and see Ruth in the cafe or Jo reception to purchase one.

13 November 2017

POOL KEYS
Keys for the school pool will be available for sale (cash or eftpos) from the veranda outside the cafe on the following days/times:
Wednesday 8 November – 3.00pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 15 November – 3.00pm-3.30pm
Wednesday 22 November – 3.00pm-3.30pm

Keys are $100 (with a $30 refund on key return at the end of the season).  You can also pay online using ENSCA account number – 03 1707 0030734 00 (please note this is not the school account for activity payments).  If you pay online, please put reference of pool key and your name and allow time for receipt of payment (approximately three days) then you can pick a key up from the school office.  To hold a school pool key you need to have signed the following form Pool Key Users document 2017 and undergone a pool safety course.  You can sign this when you purchase a pool key on Wednesday, or from the office on receipt of online payment.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE – HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This Thursday it is hot chocolate treat day for the Year 4 children.  Cafe opens at 8.20am and last hot chocolates will be sold at 8.50am.  $2.00 per hot chocolate.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the cafe.   Enjoy.

CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL/LEAVING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
As this is a short week with Friday being Canterbury Anniversary Day, we would appreciate it if you could let Jo our receptionist know if you are taking your child/children them out of school early for a long weekend away.  Please come to the office to advise her when you pick up your children (even if you have let your child’s teacher know).  This would be hugely appreciated.  Thank you for your assistance.

ACCOUNTS
A reminder that Year 6 camp fees must be paid before Thursday 16 November.  Statements for Term 4 fees for activities and sport have been sent home via email and we would appreciate payment of accounts by the end of November.

2017 YEARBOOK
Work is currently underway for this year’s School Magazine which is produced for the end of the year.   These will be available for sale in the last week of school, and the price will be $25.00 each again this year.   We do still have the School Magazine for sale from previous years and the prices are further down this page.

This year we will require pre-orders of the school magazine, as sales are dwindling and we do not want to order more than are required and be left with them.    To this end, please can you email me with your child’s name and room number and your name on office@elmwood.school.nz if you intend purchasing a 2017 school magazine.   If sales of the magazine do not increase to make this a viable financial project, this will be the last year that we produce the School Magazine.

SCHOOL POOL – POOL SAFETY COURSE WEDNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER 6.00pm-6.45pm
Parents who are looking at buying a pool key for the summer season are required to undergo a pool safety course held here at Elmwood School Pool.  Due to our Health and Safety requirements you need to have attended the pool safety course to ensure you are familiar with keeping yourself and others safe in the pool.  There is a practical element to this course, so attendees will need to bring suitable swimwear and a towel.  If you completed this course last year you are not required to repeat again.  To register your attendance please  email Jonelle Quane at jonellefoster@hotmail.com and cc Brian Miles brianm@elmwood.school.nz.

6 November 2017

ENSCA LUNCH NEWS – COMING SOON – WATCH THIS SPACE
We have been looking at some different options for school lunches, and are delighted to announce a new partnership with EZLunch and New World in Northwood.  We are operating this as a pilot for the rest of the year.  EZLunch is a company associated with Kindo (which Heaton uses for managing school payments).  You set up a prepaid account online, and then draw down on that account over time.

We are hoping to have this operating for Tuesday’s Cup Day next week: over the rest of the week we are developing up the internet side of things.  Hopefully the system will make it easier for you to manage lunches, and make payment.  Watch this space next week.

PARKING
Every day after school there seem to be many people parking in the three minute drop off or pick up zone – and waiting there and/or leaving their car to collect children.  Cars also park over our driveway, blocking access.  This is illegal and we have parents and visitors who utilise our disabled carpark, together with staff who need to be able to come and go.  Please do not use the entrance to our staff carpark as a turning bay nor the auditorium as a car park as this is dangerous for both children and other drivers.

LOST PROPERTY
The lost property currently has eight good polo fleeces which belong to some children.  Plus a bin of other bits and pieces.  Please remind your child to look in the lost property if they are missing a sweatshirt or polo fleece.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE – HOT CHOCOLATES
This term we are going to have days where the children can order a hot chocolate as a special fun treat – we are having one day for each year level, as the queue was long last time and some children missed out.  The days for each year level are as follows:

Year 0/1 children – Friday 27 October
Year 2 children – Wednesday 1st November
Year 3 children – Friday 10th November
Year 4 children – Thursday 16th November
Year 5 children – Wednesday 29th November
Year 6 children – Friday 8th December 

Kids hot chocolates are $2.00 each and the cafe opens at 8.30am.   Orders will stop being taken at 8.50am to enable children to drink their hot chocolate before school.   Thank you for your continued support of our cafe at school. 

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE – HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This Friday it is hot chocolate treat day for the Year 3 children.  Cafe opens at 8.20am and last hot chocolates will be sold at 8.50am.  $2.00 per hot chocolate.  Thank you for your ongoing support of the cafe.   Enjoy!

ITINERANT CONCERT
This is an early notification regarding the end of year Itinerant concert which will be held on Tuesday 14 November at 6pm in the Elmwood Auditorium.  The children who have been involved with learning musical instruments through the Itinerant Music Programme at Elmwood this year will be sharing their learning.  The children are looking forward to performing some of their favourite pieces of music with you.

YEAR BOOKS FOR SALE
We have year books for sale if anyone missed out last year or on previous years.  The prices for Year Books are as follows and are available from the school office:

2016 Year Book   $25.00
2015 Year Book   $20.00
2014 Year Book   $15.00
2013 Year Book   $12.00
2012 Year Book   $10.00

ART AUCTION CATALOGUES
Art Auction catalogues are available for purchase from the school office – $10 each.  A great record of the student’s work including class photos with the art.