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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.