Latest News – Archive

24 June 2019

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 14 June: B Tellick, F Connell, J Elwood, V Jackson, S Davison, E Harrington, H MacKenzie-Rickards, P Adriaens, C Birch

17 June 2019

BE THE CHANGE NZ
We are delighted to announce that we have a guest speaker coming along to share some wonderful learning for the Elmwood Community.

The parent/caregiver session will be held on the evening of Wednesday the 12th June, at 7:00 pm in the staffroom.

Feel free to go on the following website to have a preview of some of the content that will be covered:  http://bethechangenz.org/RSVP to: sarahh@elmwood.school.nz

 
HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
With the colder weather the children are enjoying the Hot chocolate treat days at the Elmwood Grind Cafe.  The year levels for this week’s treats are as follows:

Wednesday 12th June – Year 6 (please remember your reusable cup)
Friday 14th June – Year 0/1 children.

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 4 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom. (We are waiting on brochures for a couple of classrooms – these will be distributed as soon as we receive them).  Issue 4 closes Friday 14 June 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
 https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx 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.

10 June 2019

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS
Voting papers for the Board of Trustees elections were sent out Monday and Tuesday last week, so you should have all received them by now.    If you have not posted them yet you can still do so this week, or bring them to the school office no later than Friday morning at 9.00am where they will be couriered to the Returning Officer.

ORDER PITA PIT THIS FRIDAY FOR LUNCH!


From this Friday 7 June you will be able to order Pita Pita for Friday lunch.  $6.00 each (Gluten Free option $7.50).  Options are; chicken, ham, bacon or veggie and the children can choose up to three fillings and one sauce.  Orders will need to be in the Pita Pit box in reception by 9.00am Friday for delivery on Friday lunchtime.

Pita Pit lunches will be delivered in time for the senior students to collect before they go offsite for sport.

You can either download the Pita Pit order form here or pick up one from the office.

4 June 2019

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 diarrhoea.  This helps stop the spread of these nasty bugs.

ABSENCES
If your child is being picked up during school hours, can you please go to reception to advise you have collected them.

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE
There will be NO AFTER SCHOOL DANCE CLASS with Hayley on Wednesday 29th May, as school will be closed that day due to the teachers’ strike.

NEW FRIDAY LUNCH OPTION – COMING FRIDAY 7 JUNE


From Friday 7 June you will be able to order Pita Pita for Friday lunch.  $6.00 each (Gluten Free option $7.50).  Options are; chicken, ham, bacon or veggie and the children can choose up to three fillings and one sauce.  Orders will need to be in the Pita Pit box in reception by 9.00am Friday for delivery on Friday lunchtime.

Pita Pit lunches will be delivered in time for the senior students to collect before they go offsite for sport.

You can either download the Pita Pit order form here or pick up one from the office.

SUSHI LUNCHES – PRICE INCREASE
Due to an increase in prices from our supplier we are having to increase the prices for Sushi lunches, from this week.

Small Sushi (4 pieces) and Rice balls now $5.00
Large Sushi (8 pieces) now $8.00
Chicken on Rice now $5.50

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week we have a Hot Chocolate Treat day for the Year 2 children on Tuesday 28 May and for the Year 3 children on Friday 31 May.

We have a few Keep Cups still available for purchase from the School Office or the Cafe.   Thanks for your support in looking after our planet.

27 May 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD

20th May 2019

Dear Parent community

Re:  NZEI Union – Teacher Strike Wednesday 29th May 2019

We have been advised by NZEI that Primary Teachers and Principals will be taking industrial action and striking on the 29th of May.

The Board has considered how best to deal with this and as a result has concluded that school will be closed on this day and is therefore unable to offer supervision.  Please ensure that you make arrangements for the care of your child/children on this day.

Thank you for your support and understanding in this matter.  


Kind regards

Malcolm Hollis
Board Chairperson

BOARD OF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS
Our School Board elections are in progress with nominations being taken for new and existing Board members to stand for election.  You should have received in the mail the parent representative nomination form.   If you are considering standing for the Elmwood Normal School Board, there are two ways to put forward your nomination.
Either:
a)  access the board elections portal on www.boardelections.nz – find our school and then follow the instructions in the nomination login.
Or
b) email your nomination form and candidate statement to returning officer@cessl.org.nz
Nominations need to be with CESthis Friday 24th of May at 12.00pm.  Late nominations will not be accepted.

PRINCIPAL’S AWARD


Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 17 May:  R Yan, F Giddens, M Friend, M Singhal, O Quane, G Brittenden, K Wells, S Overend, A Verma, M Farrelly, L Hu, Z de Vere, H Flood

PINK SHIRT DAY
On Thursday 16 May we held Pink Shirt Day as part of Bully-free NZ week.  As a school we raised $521.50 with donations going to the mental health foundation.  A great effort.

20 May 2019

MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Elmwood Normal School Redevelopment

The School is progressing through the early planning stages for redevelopment under the Christchurch Schools Rebuild Programme.

Late last year we sought input from the community about what is important for the future at Elmwood.  We received lots of useful and insightful feedback that was much appreciated thank you.

Key themes we took away were:

    • The community strongly supports the school’s mission, values and graduate profile
    • The community appreciates our excellent teachers
    • The arts programme is highly valued
    • Heritage is also important
    • Many parents value close teacher-pupil relationships
  • The desire for adaptable working spaces that provide flexibility for varied learning experiences

The feedback helped us finish the Education Brief which is the first step in the redevelopment process.   The Education Brief describes the school’s vision for future teaching and learning and the physical infrastructure required to support that.  The Education Brief was sent to the Ministry in March and was recently approved. The next step is for the Ministry to engage a consultant for master planning which will hopefully kick off later in the year.

Thank you for taking the time to contribute your thoughts and ideas, it was much appreciated.  We will be seeking further community input as we work through the next phases of the master planning and design.

David Gardiner
Board of Trustees

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week we have a Hot Chocolate Treat day for the Year 4 children on Wednesday 15th May and for the Year 5 children on Friday 17th May.    The Student Council (along with the classes) have been discussing being sustainable and are passionate about looking after our environment.  To this end, we would like the Year 3 – Year 6 children to bring their own keep cup (or reusable cup) for their hot chocolates.   This is in line with the school having a ‘leave no trace’ (of rubbish) policy at school.

We have a few Keep Cups still available for purchase from the School Office or the Cafe.   Thanks for your support in looking after our planet.SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 3 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom.   Issue 3 closes  Friday 17 May 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 https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx 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.

13 May 2019

NZEI MEETING
Elmwood staff will be attending a paid union meeting this Wednesday 8 May in the afternoon. We would appreciate the support of parents in collecting their children at 1.00pm from their child’s classroom.

NO AFTER SCHOOL DANCE – Wednesday 08 May
Due to the teacher’s Union this Wednesday afternoon, 08 May, there will be NO After School Dance that day.

GRIP LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE – By Tayla and Zara
On Wednesday, 10 April,2019 the School Councillors went to the Grip Leadership Conference and learnt how to become great leaders. The conference included talking to a bunch of different children  from different schools. We learnt the core traits of a leader: confidence and humility, others focused, reliability and empathy. We also watched video clips of people showing these qualities. We also played a game where we had to write down what scenario had a trait in it. We played Simon Says and Leadership Limbo. There was a segment which was called Loud Noises where we played games to see which side was the loudest. We had to scream and the facilitators made us laugh a lot. We also learnt about causes to support, and that the cause has to have a connection to you, we learnt that leadership is not about position or power, it’s about people. WE all had a great day, and learned a lot while having fun!!!!!

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week it is the:
Year 2 children – Wednesday 8 May
Year 3 children – Friday 10 May

Hot chocolates can be ordered from 8.20am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

PARENT MEETING – ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESOL)
On Wednesday 15 May there will be a meeting for parents of children who are part of our English as a Second Language programme (ESOL).  We will be discussing how we assess children’s learning at Elmwood, and how to use our online reporting system – LincEd.  It will be held in the staffroom at 9.00am.   You will also get a chance to visit the ESOL room and view some of your child’s work.  If you would like to attend please advise Jill Evans by 10 May – jille@elmwood.school.nz.

BOOK WEEK – 6 – 10 MAY
Events include:
Monday
 – Years 0 – 3 students attending the NZ playhouse production of the Tortoise and the Hare, Years 4 – 6 will have a visit from NZ author Bill Nagelkerke.
Tuesday evening at 6.00 – 6.40pm Tania, our Librarian, will present “Family tales” in the Music Room. Come along with your family to share some of your children’s favourite stories and dress in your PJs if you wish!
Wednesday – “Dress as your favourite book character day”. A parade will be held between 9.10am – 9.30am (Weather permitting).
Thursday – Year 6 will visit Turanga, Christchurch Central Library.
Friday – a book Olympics will be held. Classes will compete for the honour of the “Gold” medal!

Throughout the week teachers will be reading to different classes

Please feel free to drop into the library over the bookweek to view our displays and engage in your children’s work.

Also, if any of the school community wish to be involved in the week, as actors, artists or authors, please let me know as I would love to include and acknowledge these talents.

6 May 2019

SUPPORT/FUNDRAISING FOR MUSLIM FAMILIES
After the horrifying incident that took place on the 15th of March, the entire city is still recovering from grief and shock. The Muslim families that have been directly impacted due to the loss of loved ones, and the wider Muslim community, are very much in need of support. We would like to organise some relief efforts that will help them in this time of need. Some of the possible ways to help are listed below:

  1. Purchase of gift cards from different multipurpose shops like The Warehouse, Farmers and K-mart or shopping mall gift cards. This will enable the families to have freedom of choice in buying whatever they want like clothing, home accessories, kitchen supplies etc.
  1. Fuel vouchers for the volunteers who are already helping the affected families. All the volunteers are doing a great service, but it will put a strain on their own pockets.
  1. Grocery vouchers for the families to give them a top up over the government funds being provided to them, which will mostly go for covering rent and utility bills.
  2. Any blankets/bedding/clothes donated can be dropped off on Thursday 2nd May in the morning before school.  Drop off point for these will be on the deck outside the sports room beside the Cafe.   Daneen will be there to collect these items.

We wish to have this fundraising event open till the end of the first week back at school, Term 2 – so to give ample time to plan and purchase over the holidays.   If you would like to donate to this initiative please feel free to drop vouchers etc into the box at reception.   Thank you for your support.

Daneen and Farial

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week it is the:
Year 0/1 children – Thursday 2 May

Hot chocolates can be ordered from 8.20am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

ENSCA DADS/OTHER SIGNIFICANT MALE BREAKFAST – 10 MAY 2019
PLEASE CONTINUE TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

While we are at capacity at present, please continue to register your interest for this event with Natasha Lamont  Natasha.lamont@westernunion.com or 027 808 4070, as we may have people who are unable to attend closer to the time.

After the huge success of the last breakfast, we are pleased to announce that this year we will be having another “Dads/Significant male in your life Breakfast”.  Both children and dads had a great time traveling to Antarctica and back all before school started!

This year we have Shane Lynch who is in on the frontline of the Westpac Life Saving Helicopter who will come and educate our children and dads over a great cooked breakfast.  There will be giveaways and prizes

29 April 2019

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 5 April: Luke T, Pieta H, Alara H, Joel W, Caitlin T, Cash R

PERFORMANCE WEEK – Term 1 2019
All performances will be happening in the Elmwood Normal School Auditorium.

Tuesday 09 April
2pm – Orchestral performance to the school community
7pm – Orchestral Soiree to the wider community

Wednesday 10 April
Two repeat sessions at 11:10am and 11:45am – Dance performances by the classes who have been working with Hayley this term to the school community.

5pm – Rooms 12 and 18 and After School Dance Group
5:45pm – Rooms 16 and 22 and After School Dance Group

ACCOUNTS
Student Statements will be sent home this week via email.  Statements include fees for any activities attended during Term 1 and show any payments received for Donations and Activities for Tax Purposes.  Payments can be made via Eftpos in the Office or by way of Internet Banking.  The Bank Account for direct credit of payment is ANZ Bank 06-0817-0314960-00, Please include your child’s name and customer number as the reference.  Thank you for your support.

MUFTI DAY
For the recent mufti day held on Thursday 4 April we raised $616.80 for St John – a fantastic effort!

LOST PROPERTY
Lost Property notice (including pool/swimming items) will be outside the cafe in the morning and afternoons until the end of term.  Any items left at the end of term will be donated.

ENSCA TERM 1 SAUSAGE SIZZLE
Thursday 11th April, $2 per sausage.  Gluten-free sausages available when you order.   Bring money between 8.30-8.50 on the courts on the day.  Collect from the courts at lunchtime.

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY – A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL COUNCIL
The school council has voted overwhelmingly in support of getting rid of disposable cups for year 3 – 6 children on ‘Hot Chocolate Treat Day’. This is in line with the school’s ‘Leave no Trace’ initiative.

Starting next term, years 3 – 6 children will need to bring a re-usable cup to school if they wish to purchase a hot chocolate on their designated day.HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week it is the:
Year 6 children – Thursday 11 April.

Hot chocolates can be ordered from 8.20am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Key resources and information following the tragic events of 15 March are now located on our website under the information tab/Health Services/Health Corner page.  There are lots of tips on this page regarding supporting children and young people and we hope you find them helpful.

2018 SCHOOL MAGAZINE
We still have a few 2018 School Magazines  left to sell.   If anyone would like one – please pop into the office to see Jo, or alternatively email Vicki  on office@elmwood.school.nz  The cost for the magazine is $25.00.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
There are still a few Keep Cups for sale at the cafe or from the office.   They are the small cups (the size of a regular coffee)  $20.00 each.
CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019
Year 5 and 6 Children ONLY, who are members of the Elmwood Orchestra or Senior Elmwood Choir

Applications to audition for a place in one of the representative groups for this year’s Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival, are open until Friday 12 April.

Representative groups are: Orchestra, Concert Band and Junior Representative Choir.

Please talk with your parents and also your music and/or choir teacher about this opportunity.  Go to the Music Festival website to apply.  http://musicfestival.school.nz

8 April 2019

STUDENT PROFILE SHEETS – YEAR 5 AND 6
Student profile sheets for year 1 and 2 students will be sent home with your child this week.  If your child’s information that we hold on file needs updating, please mark these changes on the sheet and return to the office by Monday 8 April 2019. Only return this sheet if there are changes.

1 April 2019

Whole School Cross Country
This Wednesday is cross-country for the whole school. Please read the attached document carefully for details and keep a close eye on the school website to learn of any changes, including postponement.  Whole school cross country 27 March 2019

Children will be heading across just prior to their run due to ground conditions:
10.00am – Championship races
10.15am – Year 1 and 2
10.30am – Year 3 and 4
10.45am – Year 5 and 6

Year 5 & 6 swimming championship results
Swimming year 5 and 6 championship 2019STUDENT PROFILE SHEETS – YEAR 3 AND 4
Student profile sheets for year 3 and 4 students will be sent home with your child this week.  If your child’s information that we hold on file needs updating, please mark these changes on the sheet and return to the office. Only return this sheet if there are changes.  We will be sending home years 5 and 6 profile sheets in the coming weeks.

TEXT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM – SPORT CHECK
To register for our text notification system text ‘elmwood’ to 3080. Alternatively go to https://www.sportcheck.co.nzand follow the instructions. To opt out of our text notification text ‘stop’ to 3080.

25 March 2019

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 15 March: Ava H, Paddy T, Noah M, Aaron C, Koji L, Ellie D, Ami D

STUDENT PROFILE SHEETS – YEAR 1 AND 2
Student profile sheets for year 1 and 2 students will be sent home with your child this week.  If your child’s information that we hold on file needs updating, please mark these changes on the sheet and return to the office. Only return this sheet if there are changes.  We will be sending home years 3 – 6 profile sheets in the coming weeks.

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE WITH HAYLEY
There will be NO After School Dance lesson on Wednesday 20 March with Hayley, due to the teachers’ union meeting on that afternoon.
After School Dance will be as usual the following week, 27 March, at 3pm in the ENS auditorium.
BAKING FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES
Fee Armstrong is organising baking for the Emergency Services.  If anyone is interested in doing baking for the Police – there will be a table set up in the Auditorium Foyer.  You can leave your baking there and it will be collected by Neve and Mia’s Uncle who is a Policeman and distributed.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY BAKING TO THE OFFICE – RATHER LEAVE IT IN THE AUDITORIUM.  It will be collected on Wednesday afternoon 20th March from the Auditorium.

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 2 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom.   Issue 1 closes  Friday 22 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 https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx 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.

11 March 2019

Duathlon trials
Duathlon trials for children who have put their name forward are this week.
Year 5: Wednesday lunchtime
Year 6: Thursday lunchtime
Course details for the trial (roughly half the race distance):
1 lap of Elmwood park running
3 laps of Elmwood park biking
1 lap of Elmwood park running
Children will need their bike and bike helmet. They can wear their sports uniform for the day.  Reminder that we can only take six year 5 students, and six year 6 students (3 girls and 3 boys, for each level).
Swimming 
Results for the year 5 and year 6 swimming races at Jellie today will be out later in the week.  There was some great close racing! Well done to all the students who participated.
Swimming carnival next Monday (11th March).  Please look at the PDF for times and further information. Swimming Sports 2019 Y4-6 information.
WALK OR WHEEL TO SCHOOL DAY
We are taking part in the walk or wheel to school day on Wednesday 6 March.   This is a fun day that encourages primary school children and their families to walk, cycle, scoot or skate to school. Walk or wheel day 2019 is set to be bigger than ever with great prizes and resources available.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=R2T9boCvjq4
HELP NEEDED – PROCESSING STATIONERY PACKS
There are a number of stationery packs that need to be processed, which involves lots of gluing.  If there are any parents who could spare an hour or two a week to complete the processing, please contact Sandra Johnston in Room 6a or email her on sandraj@elmwood.school.nz
HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week it is the:
Year 4 children – Wednesday 6 March
Year 5 children – Friday 8 March

Hot chocolates can be ordered from 8.20am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class

4 March 2019

BAG MISSING FOR ELMWOOD SCHOOL FLAG
Following the Weetbix Tryathlon this weekend, the bag for the Elmwood School Flag has gone missing, this also contains extra parts for our flag.  If you have picked this up, can you please return to the office.

CRYPTO AND BUGS ASSOCATED WITH WATER
The CDHB are raising awareness of enteric bug spread, particularly when associated with swimming pools.   To reduce the chances of people becoming seriously ill due to a serious gastro bug such as Cryptosporidum (commonly known simply as Crypto), we are raising awareness of how these bugs are transmitted and appealing to people to help us limit their spread. Other possible water-borne infections includeNorovirus, Giardia and E.coli, all of which are also very unpleasant and potentially dangerous.
The main infection pathway is through contact with infected or polluted water.

Most people who contract Crypto and other gastro infections experience symptoms such as watery diarrhoea, stomach cramps and nausea, vomiting and fever. Others, who have weakened immune systems, can develop serious, chronic, and sometimes fatal illness.

These symptoms can occur on and off for weeks – which is why we are asking people to respect a stand-down period of two weeks during which they should avoid swimming or sharing a spa.
This is to ensure they are fully recovered and no longer infectious.

The key things to remember are:

  • If you’ve had a serious gastro bug, stay away from pools and spas for at least two weeks after you feel better.
  • Report any ‘code browns’ immediately.
If you require further information you can go to the Community and Public Health website.

25 February 2019

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 22 February: Shay C, George S, Mohammad Z, Harrison Q, and Constance M

PROMOTION OF SUNSAFETY AND WEARING A RASH TOP WHILE SWIMMING
We are now into our fourth week of term one ­ 2019, with on­going hot, sunny days, so this is a timely Sunsmart reminder.  It is great to report that children are showing greater independence and self management by making sure that they have their school sun hats on whilst outside. Thank you so much.  Please see the attached pdf for more information Wearing Rash Top while Swimming

APPOINTMENTS/LEAVING EARLY/STARTING LATE
If you are taking your child out of school for an appointment, or lunch, or they are leaving early, or arriving late for some reason, please ensure you pop into the office reception and let Jo know you have picked them up/dropped them off.  This applies even if you have told your child’s teacher, as sometimes the message does not always get through and the office need to know where your children are in case of emergency.

PARKING AROUND ELMWOOD SCHOOL
Please ensure you are parking correctly when dropping off and picking up children from school.   Parking correctly does NOT include parking over driveways, double parking, staying in the 3 minute drop off area for longer than 3 minutes.  The Council Parking Warden will be here a few times this term and you will receive a ticket if you are not parking correctly.
2018 YEAR BOOK
There are still some 2018 year books to be collected from the school office.  If you ordered one please can you get your copy from the school office.
ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
The cafe is in full swing for the year.  Hot drinks are available every weekday morning.  Loyalty and Pre Paid Coffee cards are also available from the office or cafe.   There are hot chocolate treat days for the children each week and this will be advertised in the newsletter, as well as the dates listed outside of the cafe.  Our Barista, Catherine makes a great coffee – so stop by and check it out.
There are still some keep cups for sale at the office and at the cafe.
COMMUNITY DENTAL CLINIC
The Community Dental Service are on site from today (11 February 2019).  For information around the service they provide, please see the attached notice.  Community Dental Service

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week it is the:
Year 2 children – Wednesday 20 February
Year 3 children – Friday 22 February

Hot chocolates can be ordered from 8.20am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

18 February 2019

STATEMENTS
Please note that the statements will be sent home this week with the eldest and only children. This will contain the school donation.  Please check your child’s bag for this.  The voluntary donation allows the school to offer your child/ren a great range of additional learning opportunities, it also provides additional financial opportunity to purchase a range of goods and services that otherwise would not be possible.

ENSCA – SUSHI HELPERS NEEDED URGENTLY
We urgently need new helpers for Sushi lunches on Wednesdays.  Help is needed for either 9am morning collation of orders or at lunch time from 12.00pm for handing out the sushi orders to children.  Please contact Nicola at nicola68@xtra.co.nz if you can help for 3 or 4 Wednesdays each term, with your preference for 9.00am or 12.00pm.

NOTIFYING THE OFFICE
If your child is absent from school please phone the school office before 9.00am to advise their absence.  If you arrive after 8.55am please report to the office with your child to ensure they are captured on the roll.  If you pick up your child during school hours, please come via reception to sign them out.  Thank you for your assistance with this.

ITINERANT MUSIC PROGRAMME FOR 2019
Please see attached notice for information on our 2019 itinerant music programme. Itinerant Music Programme at Elmwood in 2019

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 1 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom.   Issue 1 closes  Friday 15 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 https://mybookclub.scholastic.co.nz/Parent/Login.aspx 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.

SCHOOL POOL ACCESS CARD SALES
School pool access cards are available for purchase either from the office, or by paying 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. This year you will be issued with an access card which you will keep at the end of the season. The cost for an access card for the season is $100.  

To hold a school pool key you need to have signed the following form Pool Key Users document 2018 and undergone a pool safety course.  If you have any questions around pool access card sales please email Jonelle Quane – jonellefoster@hotmail.com

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
We will be running hot chocolate treat days for children again this term, $2.00 for a hot chocolate.  This week it is the Year 0/1 children – Thursday 14 February
Hot chocolates can be ordered from 8.20am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

11 February 2019

COMMUNITY DENTAL CLINIC
The Community Dental Service will be on site this month.  We will provide a date as soon as we are advised.  For information around the service they provide, please see the attached notice.  Community Dental Service

4 February 2019

UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS
Uniform opening hours for the first week of Term 1 are:

New uniform shop – Tuesday 29th January 9.00am -10.00am, Wednesday 30th January 8.30am – 9.00am, Thursday 31st January – 8.30am-9.00am, Friday 1st February – 8.30am- 9.00am and Monday 4th February – 8.30am-9.00am

Second Hand uniform shop– Tuesday 29th January 9.00am -10.00am, Friday 1 February 8.30am-9.00am

Hours after these dates will remain as advised below.

30 January 2019

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 14 December: Shay C, Finn P, Dino M, Isabella Y, Natalie C, Alexandra G and Thomas G.

STATIONERY FOR 2019
Stationery for Years 1-6 (excluding new entrants) is available from Eeny-Meeny. Please ensure you order your child’s/children’s stationery ready for them to bring to school on Wednesday 30 January. The stationery lists for your child’s/children’s 2019 classroom are available as per the attached link: www.schoolpacks.co.nz

Please scroll down to select Elmwood Normal School in the search area, this will bring up all class lists.  Click on your Room Number for 2019 and this will bring up your classroom for selection.

YEARBOOK/SCHOOL MAGAZINE
Thank you to those who ordered the 2018 school magazine.  Magazines will be available for collection from 12.30pm 13th December to 11.00am on the 14th December.  If you have not already paid, and have ordered one, please pop into the office and pay for your order.   Cash and eftpos are accepted.   Thank you.