Latest News – Archive

12 November 2018

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 2 November: Remy van der Griend, Elliotte Lamar, Gretel Gray, IndiaJane Romano, Tamatea Perry, Phoebe Jones, Sam Buchan and Spencer Menzies.

SCHOOL POOL ACCESS CARD SALES
School pool access cards will be on sale from this week.  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.  You can pay for your key online now 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.   Pool access card sales on site will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week from 3.00pm-3.30pm on the veranda outside the cafe.  Pool access cards that have been paid for online will be available for collection from reception from week commencing 5 November 2018.

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 (see details on the pool safety course above)

If you have any questions around pool access card sales please email Jonelle Quane – jonellefoster@hotmail.com.

FRIDAY FORUM (Thursday 8 November)
If you will be attending our forum regarding contextual maths and rich learning tasks on Thursday 8 November at 2.30pm can you please email Jo at reception@elmwood.school.nz.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week the Hot Chocolate treat days are:
Year 3 children – Wednesday 7th November
Year 4 children – Friday 9th November

There are Sustainable Keep Cups for sale either from the cafe or office.   $20 for small and $25.00 for large. Coffee cards are also available for purchase for small or large drinks, together with vouchers to give as a gift.   Thanks for supporting the cafe.

CLASS/GROUP PHOTOS
Orders have closed.  If you wish to order a class or group photo please contact Heritage Productions directly on support@heritagephotosnz.com.

5 November 2018

CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY
As it is a celebration assembly on Friday the classroom rolls will be taken promptly.  If your child arrives after 8.55am can you ensure that you advise the office.  Thank you for your assistance with this.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week the Hot Chocolate treat days are:
Year 0 and 1 children – Wednesday 31st October
Year 2 children – Friday 2nd November

There are Sustainable Keep Cups for sale either from the cafe or office.   $20 for small and $25.00 for large. Coffee cards are also available for purchase for small or large drinks, together with vouchers to give as a gift.   Thanks for supporting the cafe.

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 7 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom.   Issue 7 closes  Friday 2 November 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.

CLASS/GROUP PHOTOS
Class photos have been sent home with your child.  Sibling photos will be coming home with the eldest child.  Group photos are available for viewing online by clicking on the following link https://goo.gl/gYTc3y.  Photos orders for class, sibling, and group photos need to be returned to the pigeon hole in reception by Friday 2 November 2018.  We are not able to process any late orders.

29 October 2018

FRIDAY FORUM (Thursday 8 November)
Jo Mottram, our Numeracy Leader will sharing information regarding contextual maths and rich learning tasks in our next forum.  There will also be some fun, hands-on ideas about how to support your child’s math learning at home.  This will be held on Thursday 8 November at 2.30pm in our staffroom.

ATHLETICS DAY YEAR 3-6
Our athletics day for year 3-6 is being held on Wednesday 24 October. The forecast for tomorrow is expected to get to 26 degrees.  Due to the hot weather, please apply sun screen to your child before school and make sure they bring their sun hats and plenty of water.  For information on tomorrow please see the following link Athletics 2018 Year 3-6

CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL
In less than two weeks the Senior Choir children from Elmwood will be performing at the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival at the Horncastle Arena, Addington.  Our second rehearsal is on the morning of the night on which we perform, Thursday 25 October, 2018.  We will be going to the Horncastle Arena, leaving school at 9:00 am. Choir children will need to be at school by 8:45am on this day. We will be returning to school for lunch.  We advise that the children have a substantial breakfast on that morning.  We will be travelling by Red Bus. The Music Budget will cover the cost of the bus travel.

A further letter will be given to the Elmwood Senior Choir members with details regarding what they should be wearing, where they will be meeting staff on the night of the performance and where parents are able to collect their children (who are Choir members), following their performance at the Horncastle Arena on Thursday 25 October.

We look forward to sharing our learning of this year’s Music Festival songs, with the theme “Fun and Games”, on the night of Thursday 25 October 2018 at 7pm.  Tickets are available through Ticketek.

POOL MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS
We currently do not have enough interest in the pool managers and supervisors roles to be able to run the school pool after school hours and during the weekends/holidays.  If you are interested, please look at the descriptions for these rolls Pool ManagerPool Supervisor and email Brian brianm@elmwood.school.nz if you would like to put your name down for either of the positions.

If you are a supervisor or manager you have free access to the school pool for the season.

ITINERANT LESSONS IN TERM 4
Our end of year Itinerant Concert will be on Tuesday 13 November at 6pm in the ENS auditorium.  Please pop this date into your diaries.  The children who have been learning musical instruments through the itinerant programme during the year will look forward to sharing their learning.
  • Bistra will be unavailable to teach itinerant violin on Tuesday 23 and October 25 October; Thursday 15 November, Thursday 22 November; Thursday 6 December.

23 October 2018

ACCOUNTS – CAMP FEES
A reminder that year 5 camp must be paid before Wednesday and year 4 camp before Thursday this week.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Due to unforeseen circumstances the cafe at school will be closed this Friday 19th October.   Our apologies for this.
We still have Keep Cups (sustainable, reusable coffee cups) for sale. Large ones are $25 and regular size are $20 .  Available from the school office or cafe.

ATHLETICS DAY – YEAR 3-6
Please see attached note for information around Athletics Day next Wednesday 24 October:  Athletics 2018 Year 3-6

LOUD SHIRT MUFTI DAY
Our recent mufti day held on Thursday 27 September raised $510.00 for Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme.  A fantastic effort!

ITINERANT LESSONS IN TERM 4
Our end of year Itinerant Concert will be on Tuesday 13 November at 6pm in the ENS auditorium.  Please pop this date into your diaries.  The children who have been learning musical instruments through the itinerant programme during the year will look forward to sharing their learning.

  • Gayna will be unavailable to teach itinerant cello in week 1 of term 4.
  • Bistra will be unavailable to teach itinerant violin on Tuesday 23 and October 25 October; Thursday 15 November, Thursday 22 November; Thursday 06 December.

SAFETY NOTICE FROM KIWIRAIL: Trains resume 24/7 services from 7 October 2018
Safety notes:

  • Always expect trains, at any time, from either direction
  • If you are in a car, always slow down as you’re approaching a level crossing and be prepared to STOP
  • Look out for trains at all times, and obey signs and signals
  •  Stay off railway tracks and only ever cross the railway at approved railway level crossing points.

For further information from Kiwirail please see the following Rail Safety Flyer

15 October 2018

ENSCA SAUSAGE SIZZLE
Thank you to the following parents for giving up their time to help with the Term 3 Sausage Sizzle.  Sue M, Karina, Nicola, Bridget, Louisa, Louise, Irene, Kirsten and Fe.  Thank you also to Bill for assisting once again.
If anyone wants to help with the graduation bbq please email Jo – jowynharris@gmail.com

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 21 September:  Cedar Murray-Carter, Lily Semple, Joseph McBrearty, George Brown, Sam Cottingham, Sadie Thorpe, Monty Friend and Isla Hume.

POOL MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS
We are currently looking for managers and supervisors to run the school pool after school hours and during the weekends/holidays.  If you are interested, please look at the descriptions for these rolls Pool ManagerPool Supervisor and email Brian brianm@elmwood.school.nz if you would like to put your name down for either of the positions.

If you are a supervisor or manager you have free access to the school pool for the season.

ACCOUNTS
A reminder that Year 4 and 5 camp fees must be paid before they go on camp.  Statements for Term 3 fees for activities and sport were sent home via email at the end of last week, and we would appreciate payment of accounts before the beginning of Term 4.

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE PERFORMANCES
There are two Dance performances for the parent community this Wednesday 26 September in the auditorium.
Room 6, 6a, 13 and after school dancers are at 4:45pm.  Room 19, 20 and 24 performance is at 5.30pm

SPCA FUNDRAISER
Willow from Room 15 organised a cupcake sale last term and raised over $200 for the SPCA.  It was all her initiative and we are proud of her and the effort she put into it.  She also had a birthday party with no presents and just donations to the SPCA.  Well done Willow!

MUFTI DAY – LOUD SHIRT DAY
Loud Shirt Day is the annual appeal of The Hearing House and the Southern Cochlear Implant Paediatric Programme, two charities dedicated to enabling deaf children with cochlear implants or hearing aids to listen and speak like their hearing peers.   We are holding Loud Shirt mufti day on Thursday 27 September.

IF YOU ARE LEAVING ELMWOOD
If your child/children are leaving Elmwood Normal School this year (apart from Year 6 leavers at the end of the year), please can you let both your child’s teacher and also Jo on reception know as soon as possible.  This will help us with our planning for 2019.   Thank you.

ABSENCES
If your child/ren will be absent from school for any reason please ensure that you advise reception, even if you have already notified the class teacher.

CODING CLASS
Due to high demand, Coding NZ have added a second coding class for Term 4 – Friday 3.15pm-4.15pm.  Please see attached flyer for details or go to codingnz.com/signup.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
We have a new order of Keep Cups in stock at the cafe and at reception.  $25 for the large and $20 for the small.  New range of colours.  Pop in and pick one up if you would like one.   They make great gifts.

TERM 3 SAUSAGE SIZZLE – THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
Please bring $2 for a sausage to the main courts between 8.30-8.55 on this day and collect your sausage from the same place at lunchtime.

CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL (Year 5 and 6)
Our second massed rehearsal is on the morning of the night on which we perform, Thursday 25 October.  We will be going to the Horncastle Arena, leaving school at 9:00 am. Choir children will need to be at school by 8:45am on this day. We will be returning to school for lunch.

We advise that the children have a substantial breakfast on this morning.  We will be travelling by Red Bus. The Music Budget will cover the cost of the bus travel.

We look forward to sharing our learning of this year’s Music Festival songs with you on the night of Thursday 25 October 2018 at 7pm.

 

Elmwood Normal School union members value your support

New Zealand is heading towards a crisis in schools as more and more teachers choose to leave the profession, or travel overseas to teach.  Some schools across the country have reported zero applicants to fill vacant positions and doubling up of classes when relievers can’t be found.

If the present situation continues, NZ will be short 1,800 teachers within a decade.  There are growing numbers of children entering school, yet there has been a 40 per cent reduction in people choosing teaching as a career.

As the number of children with high needs entering school continues to increase, there is a desperate need for more support for these children with additional learning and social needs.   The present offer from the Ministry of Education does not address these issues.

New Zealand needs:
– more teachers – so our kids can continue to get the education they deserve
– more resources/staff to support children with additional needs
– an increase placed on the value of teaching as a desirable career

Thank you for your support

Union Members at Elmwood Normal School

24 September 2018

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week Year 6 children are having their hot chocolate treat day on Thursday 20th  September.   $2.00 for a hot chocolate. The cafe is open from 8.20am till 9.15am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

A Message from the Hearts of ENS Union Members (17.09.18)

As you may be aware from news reports, the Ministry of Education have put forward a new offer regarding conditions of work and pay, to teachers and principals. This new offer does not address our main issue of the enormous workload and responsibilities for teachers, nor does it take into consideration the insufficient resources currently available for supporting children with additional learning needs (social, behavioural and academic needs). Schools no longer have one or two children requiring additional support, but multiple children across all classrooms.

Teachers are having to look at what can be ‘dropped off’ from the extras they provide, so they can continue to provide the most effective classroom teaching and learning programmes, in order to support the diversity of the children they are working with.

These issues, along with the impact of teaching not being seen as a financially viable career, has an impact when relievers can not be found when teachers are sick. Doubling up in classes is far from ideal if we want to provide quality teaching and learning. This issue also needs addressing.

We value your support.

Union Members at Elmwood Normal School

17 September 2018

POOL MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS
We are currently looking for managers and supervisors to run the school pool after school hours and during the weekends/holidays.  If you are interested, please look at the descriptions for these rolls Pool ManagerPool Supervisor and email Brian brianm@elmwood.school.nz if you would like to put your name down for either of the positions.

If you are a supervisor or manager you have free access to the school pool for the season.

ENSCA SECOND HAND BOOK SALE
The ENSCA second hand book sale is being held in the school auditorium this Tuesday 11 September from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Pop in on your way to collect your children or bring them in with you after school.  You can still drop off any books to our child’s classroom until the end of tomorrow – Monday 10th September. We are accepting any books – so if you have some novels you would like to pass on, we will happily take those too.

Books will be priced between $1 and $5 – we will have eftpos available.  All proceeds are to be donated to the school library.
HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week Year 5 children are having their hot chocolate treat day on Wednesday 12 September.   $2.00 for a hot chocolate. The cafe is open from 8.20am till 9.15am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.
ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
We have a new order of Keep Cups in stock at the cafe and at reception.  $25 for the large and $20 for the small.  New range of colours.  Pop in and pick one up if you would like one.   They make great gifts.
SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 6 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom.   Issue 6 closes  Friday 14th of September 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.

10 September 2018

CLASS PHOTOS
Tomorrow are the Heritage Productions Class photos for everyone.  Please ensure your children are dressed in the correct uniform for these pictures.  If your child is in the Orchestra – this photo will also be taken tomorrow.
PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 31 August:

Sam Rhodes, Matthew Li, Rachael Reupena, Charlie Milne, Ottilie Gibbons, Alexander Allan, Freda Turnbull, Summer Wang, Akira Laney

CULTURAL FESTIVAL TICKETS 2018
If you purchased tickets through the school and had not collected them, they were sent home with your child on Friday 31 August.

HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY
This week Year 4 children are having their hot chocolate treat day on Thursday 6th September.   $2.00 for a hot chocolate. The cafe is open from 8.20am till 9.15am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

ENSCA SECOND HAND BOOK SALE
This year ENSCA are holding a second hand book sale in the Auditorium with all proceeds going toward the purchase of books for the Elmwood Normal School Library. Any books (children, fiction etc) you would like to donate toward this would be greatly appreciated and can be deposited into containers provided in each classroom the week of Monday 3 September to Friday 7 September. Books will then be made available for anyone to purchase from the school auditorium on Tuesday 11 September (times to be advised).  Make the most of the opportunity to have a clean out, grab a few bargains and support the school library all at the same time.

CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Elmwood Choir children will be attending two massed rehearsals in readiness for performing at the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival at the Horncastle Arena, Addington, at 7pm on Thursday 25 October 2018.

Our first massed rehearsal is on Monday 10 September at Avonhead School.

The children will need to inform their teachers and meet on the Leinster Road courts when the 8:55am bell goes ready to catch the bus, departing at approximately 9:10am. We will be returning to school for lunch.

Our second massed rehearsal is on the morning of the night on which we perform, Thursday 25 October.

We will be going to the Horncastle Arena, leaving school at 9:00 am. Choir children will need to be at school by 8:45am on this day. We will be returning to school for lunch.

We advise that the children have a substantial breakfast on each of these mornings. morning.  We will be travelling by Red Bus. The Music Budget will cover the cost of the bus travel.

We look forward to sharing our learning of this year’s Music Festival songs with you on the night of Thursday 25 October 2018 at 7pm.

03 September 2018

Elmwood Normal School Board Talk – August 2018

Dear ENS Community

We are well past the half year mark already and the Board is in the middle of its term of office and continues to work to enhance the learning experience of all the Elmwood children.

As you will be aware at the beginning of 2018 the Government decided that National Standards would no longer be applied by schools. Instead we would use something else to determine how student achievement would be measured, however what that would be wasn’t determined. Along with the introduction of the online parent reporting portal, LincEd, setting reporting standards to suit our young learners was a significant focus for both the leadership team and the Board. I would like acknowledge the amount of work and effort that Paul, Jill, and all the staff have put in to this area, with still more to be done.

Another area of focus for everyone this year has been community engagement. After a bit of a lull, it has been good to see assemblies again well supported, not to mention the excellent support for cultural and sporting activities, as well as events such as the Hangi (where offers of support were far more than could be catered for) and Grandparents Day. It was great to see our students excelling as wonderful hosts for the morning, showing their elders how proud they were of their school.

All these things continue to show the terrific support the school receives from the community. School activities remain very busy with the full learning activities and extras such as the orchestra, choir and Kapa Haka. The auditorium is extensively used by both school and the community. Coming events include the Ball on 25 August which I am sure will be well supported (and a big shout out to ENSCA for running this and which again continues to work hard to support the school) and various camps – the parental support is vastly over-subscribed yet again.

Around the physical environment of the school you will have noted some improvements with the paving and landscaping outside room 6a and the new flagpole which has just been erected. Also coming soon is an upgrade of the entrance area off Leinster Road. This brings me nicely to the wider redevelopment of the school environment.

The Board has decided that it is now time to commence the post-earthquake redevelopment of the school. This is a significant process which will impact the school for at least the next 3o years. While we have been living with some parts of the school that are less than ideal given their age and we would have liked to upgrade them sooner, we concluded that they remained workable in the short term and that some other schools needed their work sooner than Elmwood. Also, and importantly, potentially rushing the process might lead to less than desirable outcomes and from what we are hearing, the Ministry and its rebuild contractors have ‘learnt from their mistakes’, so coming in towards the end of the whole process is not a bad thing. Finally, to know where we were, the Board had to deal with the auditorium, which the Board 80% owns, which had considerable post-quake and leaky building issues.

In any event, the Board has entered the rebuild process, which is likely to take around 3 years. Initially, the school must prepare an ‘Educational Brief’ whereby we decide what and how learning works at Elmwood (essentially our learning philosophy). Once the Brief is agreed with the Ministry of Education, they appoint a team to plan and design the school. While we will endeavour to think about the rebuild as widely and openly as possible, there are limits as to what we can do and also what we need to do. Obviously the amount of funding is a primary issue, as is the size of our school both in terms of physical size and roll and zone size (the latter in particular impacts the amount of funding available). Not all buildings need replacement (although we are keen to see the old junior block replaced) and some only need minor refurbishment. But how we go about this all comes back to the Educational Brief. I think it’s fair to say we want to see a modern and flexible environment, but one that reflects Elmwood’s history and core values.

During the Educational Brief process, which will take us into early 2019, it is the intention of the Board to engage with the Elmwood community to learn more fully what their desires are around learning. I encourage you to support this process, with an open mind, so that we get the very best we can for our current and future learners.

Finally, I would like to thank my Board colleagues who have put in a lot of effort recently. As is often the case, it’s not always obvious the amount of work people do behind the scenes; things just seem to happen. Thank you to everyone for their ongoing support of the school and I trust the children are enjoying their learning and fun times with friends at school.

If you have any matters you would like the Board to consider, please feel free to contact us via the School Office.

Have a great rest of term 3 and 2018

Malcolm Hollis
Board Chair

GROUP/SPORTS PHOTOS
Could we ask that the Future Ferns coaches make themselves available if possible at 9.15am on 30 August to be in their sports group photo in the Auditorium.

CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY
As it is a celebration assembly this Friday, if your child arrives at school after 8.55am they will need to come and let the office know as the roll is done promptly at 8.55am to allow celebration assembly to start at 9.00am.

TICKETS TO THE CULTURAL FESTIVAL 2018
If you purchased tickets via the school last term, these will be available for collection from today, Monday 27 August from reception.  If the tickets have not been collected by Friday 31 August, they will be sent home with your child.

If you did not purchase early bird tickets, you can still purchase tickets online – http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CULTURAL18

CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOLS’ MUSIC FESTIVAL – Horncastle Arena
Elmwood Choir will be performing at the Christchurch Schools’ Music Festival at 7pm on the evening of Thursday 25 October, 2018.The theme for 2018 is “Fun and Games”.

Ticket Sales for schools and the public open on the 24 July –All tickets will be available for sale through Ticketek www.ticketek.co.nz.  Please see attached notice for further information regarding ticket sales. Christchurch Music Festival notice ticket sales

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week there is a Hot chocolate treat day for Year 3 children on Wednesday 29th August.  $2.00 for a hot chocolate. The cafe is open from 8.20am till 9.15am and Catherine stops serving the children at 8.50am to allow them time to drink their hot chocolates before class.

ENSCA GLITTER AND GOLD BALL
A huge thank you to all of those who attended and supported this event.  For photos please see the ENSCA Glitter and Gold Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ENSCA-Glitter-and-Gold-Ball-2018-2287602817924146/

ENSCA Archive

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK
You can now purchase your 2018/2019 Entertainment Membership! Purchase anytime from now until August.  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.  If you purchase your Digital membership early you receive the early bird offers AND you can start redeeming from April 3.  Find out more at 

EZLUNCH
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.  To go to the EZLunch website click on the following link www.ezlunch.co.nz.  To set up your Kindo account please click on the following link https://shop.tgcl.co.nz/shop/user_home.shtml?session=false&shop=Elmwood%20Normal%20School.  Orders must be in by Tuesday 9.00am for delivery Tuesday lunchtime.

For a link to the EZLunch menu, please click here  EZLunch Menu Price List
For FAQs please click here EZLunch FAQ Sheet

We hope that you find our new service convenient.  If you have questions about setting up your account, please contact Kindo at Help? hello@mykindo.co.nz or tel. 0800EZLUNCH term time 8am-4pm.  If you have any feedback please email Bridget at EZLunch FAQ Sheet

We hope that you find our new service convenient.  If you have questions about setting up your account, please contact Kindo at Help? hello@mykindo.co.nz or tel. 0800EZLUNCH term time 8am-4pm.  If you have any feedback please email Bridget at tim.bridget@xtra.co.nz

27  August 2018

CALENDAR ART ORDERS
Orders for calendar art close this Thursday 23 August at 3.00pm.  We will not be accepting any late orders.  If you require an order form please see Jo in reception.

ABSENCES
We have been told that some people are having difficulty phoning through with absences.  This is being investigated. If you do have an absence and are unable to phone through, please email Jo at reception@elmwood.school.nz.

ENSCA PRESENTS THE GLITTER AND GOLD BALL
Tickets on sale ($70) outside the Daily Grind 3.00pm-3.15pm on Tuesday 21st August and Wednesday 22nd August; or purchase online now:  03 17070030734-00 (reference your last name and be sure to email ensca@elmwood.school.nz with your details).   There will be mystery balloons for purchase and auction items.  All funds from these items come back to the school.

Absentee Bids – If you are unable to attend the ball, there is the ability to to do an absentee bid on any of the silent or live auction items.  The list of the items will be sent out by your class rep this week, if however you do not receive it , please let your rep know.   To make an Absentee bid,  please list the auction item, your name, phone number and the TOP bid that you are prepared to pay on the night.  You may pay under it, but what you are prepared to bid up to.

This can be submitted either by dropping an sealed envelope to Elmwood school Reception NO LATER than 3.10pm on Friday 24th August OR emailing Natasha Lamont on Natasha.Lamont@Dulux.co.nz no later than 3pm Saturday 25th August.

We must have all bids in writing and will not accept verbal bids prior to the event.  Any questions, please call Natasha on 021 926 221.

20 August 2018

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 10 August: Neda Anwari, Flynn Morrison, Harrison Murray, Tusi Reupena, Cooper Moore, Miu Terakawa-Kim.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Hot Chocolate Treat days this term at the Elmwood Grind Cafe are as follows:
Year 0 and 1 children – Thursday 16th August
Year 2 children – Thursday 23rd August
Year 3 children – Wednesday 29th August
Year 4 children – Thursday 6th September
Year 5 children – Wednesday 12th September
Year 6 children – Thursday 20th September

The last order will be taken at 8.50am – to allow the children time to get their drink and finish it before going to class.   Thanks and Enjoy! 

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE CLASS
For all children involved in Miss Gemma’s After School Dance Class:  After School Dance Class with Miss Gemma will not be happening on Wednesday 15 August due to the teachers’ strike.

CALENDAR ART ORDERS TERM 3 – 2018
Order forms have been sent home with your child.  If the order form has not made it home please see Jo in reception.

Items available and prices are as follows (samples also available to view in the office):
Pack 8 Cards – $12
Calendars – $12
Diaries – $18
Mouse Pads – $14
Sketch Pads – $14

When ordering, don’t forget overseas relatives, grannies and grandpas – they make excellent, easy to post prezzies for Christmas and wonderful cards for all occasions! 

Please place your order on or before Thursday 23 August – orders are to be taken to the classroom teacher (with your child’s artwork).There will be NO late orders this year.

We look forward to your orders.  Thank you so much for your support.
ENSCA

ENSCA PRESENTS THE GLITTER AND GOLD BALL
Tickets on sale ($70) outside the Daily Grind 3.00pm-3.15pm on Tuesday 14th August and Thursday 16th August; or purchase online now:  03 17070030734-00 (reference your last name and be sure to email ensca@elmwood.school.nz with your details).   There will be mystery balloons for purchase and auction items.  All funds from these items come back to the school.

For more information and updates, like the ENSCA Glitter and Gold Ball facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ENSCA-Glitter-and-Gold-Ball-2018-2287602817924146/

CULTURAL FESTIVAL 2018
Horncastle Arena – 3 September – 7 September

We warmly invite your family to come and support Elmwood Normal School performing in the Cultural Festival 2018.  Our school is performing on Monday 3rd September between 6:45pm and 9pm. The event will include a showcase of cultural performances, visual art exhibition and wearable art pageant. This is a wonderful opportunity for our tamariki to experience and perform at the Horncastle Arena and we hope you can join us.  Tickets are now available online – http://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=CULTURAL18

ENTERTAINMENT BOOKS
The 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership has expired.  Now is the perfect time to renew your membership with hundreds of great value offers ready for your enjoyment, while also helping our fundraising! Be quick, the new Membership is selling fast!  https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/13s4132.For a limited time, everyone who purchases an Entertainment Membership through your Online Order Page will receive 2x BONUS EVENT Cinemas eVouchers!

If you wish to order – it is very easy – you just need to click on the link above and follow the prompts.  You can choose either a book or a digital membership.   If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!  hank you to those who have already made your orders – we so appreciate your support.  Many thanks, ENSCA

16 August 2018

MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES (03.08.18)

NZEI – Teachers Union Strike
You may be aware, via media reports, that members of the NZEI have voted to take industrial action on 15 August. We have now been advised that this will be for the whole day.

Please see the attached letter concerning the strike on the 15th of August.

Ltr to parents re strike action 3.8.18

Malcolm Hollis
BOT Chair

To the Elmwood Normal School Community,

On August 15, teachers and principals across New Zealand will be participating in a National Day of Action, and striking.

This collective action will be occurring as a result of failed negotiations with the Government surrounding:

  • Enormous workloads and more responsibilities without any additional staffing or time.

  • Insufficient resources available for supporting children with additional learning needs

  • Opportunities for career development

  • Teacher and principal pay that has not kept up with the rate of inflation

  • Enrolments in teacher training have dropped 40% between 2010 and 2016 while there are growing school rolls.

Teachers and Principals feel the Ministry’s current offer does not come close to doing justice to these needs, and therefore it is becoming much harder to attract and retain quality individuals to the profession.

We do not take strike action lightly, and are aware of the implications for you and your children. However, we believe education is the foundation of learning, and in order for our children of tomorrow to be set up for the future, we need to act now.

As a school community, we trust we have your full support as we take action.

For more information about the strike, visit: https://campaigns.nzei.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/A4-community-flyer.pdf

Elmwood Normal School Union Members

13 August 2018

ELMWOOD ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE TERM 2 – “MUSIC FROM AROUND THE WORLD”
During term 2, Mr Oswin and the Elmwood orchestra worked to build a repertoire of music and songs from many countries around the world.

We went to orchestra every Tuesday and we practised music from many countries from around the world. Most of the music linked with home countries of people in the orchestra. On the day of the concert all the families came to the 7pm performance. They had made or organised food from other cultures to share after the concert. The tables had lots food on them and were decorated with souvenirs and special ornaments from many cultures.

When it was time to start the performance, we all sat down in our chairs. The first piece began and we played three at the start, then we had the chamber group performing.  We played two more pieces and then some people did solos.  The concert was about one hour long.

Afterwards, everyone put their instruments away and we all went to enjoy the wonderful selection of food from different cultures which the parents had organised.

Written by Penny and Mrs McKinnon

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 5 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom.   Issue 5 closes  Friday 10th of August 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.

30 July 2018

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
We welcome Catherine Casey, our new Barista to Elmwood.  Tomorrow (Tuesday 31st July) the Elmwood Grind cafe will re-open for the term.  8.20am – 9.10am.  Information about Hot Chocolate treat days will be in next week’s newsletter.  Catherine is looking forward to serving you.

23 July 2018

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 29 June: Lincoln King, Audrey Gibbons, Chloe Donald, Olivia Cooney, and Krish Lallu.

BARISTA FOR ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
We are seeking a bright cheerful person with great communication skills to work as our new Barista for the Elmwood Grind Cafe commencing Term 3.  The hours for this job are approximately 6.5 hours a week, weekday mornings, term time only.   If you have the skills and work experience as a Barista and love making coffee, we would like to hear from you.  If you are interested in this position, or know of anyone who could be,  please phone Vicki on 355 7192 ext 706.
ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Hot Chocolate Treat Day – Wednesday 4 July is the Hot Chocolate Treat Day for the year 6 Children.  Only Year 6 children will be served hot chocolates on Wednesday.   Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am from the Elmwood Grind Cafe.  Cost for kids hot chocolate is $2.   A great way to warm up on a cold morning.  Thank you for your support.
The Elmwood Grind Cafe will be closed Thursday and Friday this week, therefore the last day for ordering hot drinks for this Term is on Wednesday 4 July.  Thank you for your support during Term 2.
HOT CHOCOLATE TREAT DAY – REUSABLE CUP
Following a suggestion put to the School Council, we ask that year 5 and 6 children wishing to purchase a hot chocolate on ‘Hot Chocolate Treat Day’ bring along a reusable cup for their drink.
The decision to switch to reusable cups is in line our school wide science focus looking at our environment and sustainability.
The cup needs to:
  • hold no more than 275ml
  • have a lid
  • be brought to school clean
  • be taken home to be washed at the end of the day
Thank-you for supporting this initiative to help reduce waste.
ENS School Council
PERFORMANCES IN WEEK 10
Here are some dates to pop into your diary or calendar for performances which will be occurring in the Elmwood Auditorium this week.

Wednesday 04 July
11:10am and 11:40am – Dance performances for the school community
4:45pm and 5:30pm – Dance performances for the wider community

Thursday 05 July
2pm – Combined Choirs (Junior and Senior) and Kapa Haka performances for the school community
6pm – Combined Choirs Junior and Senior) and Kapa Haka performances for the wider community

SPARE CLOTHING
If your child has come home wearing clothing from our sick bay, can you please return it to reception.  We have a small number of clothing items and currently we are running low.

LOST PROPERTY
Please check our lost property which is located on the veranda outside the cafe.  Any items not collected by the end of term will be donated.

ELMWOOD SCHOOL BALL – SAVE THE DATE – 25 August
ENSCA presents the 2018 School Ball

“GLITTER & GOLD”

SCHOOLDOCS
This term our Board and staff are reviewing Reporting to Parents (Board, staff and parents), Protected Disclosure (Board and staff) and Visitors (Board and Staff only).  To review the Reporting to Parents Policy, 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.

If you don’t have internet access, school office staff can provide you with printed copies of the policy and the review form.

We value parents reviewing the policies that are applicable. 

2 July 2018

REMINDER – NZEI MEETING
Tomorrow afternoon is the NZEI Union meeting for Teachers, but it is school as usual for everyone at Elmwood.

MUFTI DAY
Our recent mufti day held on Thursday 21 June raised $633.30 for Westpac Helicopters.  A fantastic effort!

ENSCA QUIZ NIGHT
Thanks to all those who came along and supported the evening. Funds raised from the night are going towards Kapa Haka Uniforms.

Thanks to Kiwi Wealth for the winners Prezi cards.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL 2018 – Horncastle Arena – 3 September – 7 September
Tickets are no longer able to be purchased through the school office.  Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek when they are available.

PERFORMANCES IN TERM 2
Here are some dates to pop into your diary or calendar for performances which will be occurring in the Elmwood Auditorium towards the end of this term.

Week 9 – Tuesday 26 June
2pm – Orchestral concert to the school community
7pm – Orchestral Soiree to the wider community

Week 9 – Thursday 28 June
6pm – Itinerant Concert-all children who are part of the Itinerant programme at Elmwood have the opportunity of sharing their learning. (Cello, clarinet, violin, flute)

25 June 2018

MATHS PARENT FORUM
Due to low numbers we will be rescheduling the maths parent forum to Term 2.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Hot Chocolate Treat Day – Wednesday 21st June is the Hot Chocolate Treat Day for the year 4 Children.  Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am from the Elmwood Grind Cafe.  Cost for kids hot chocolate is $2.   A great way to warm up on a cold morning.

CULTURAL FESTIVAL 2018
Horncastle Arena – 3 September – 7 September

Dear Whānau/Parents/Caregivers – We warmly invite your family to come and support Elmwood Normal School performing in the Cultural Festival 2018.  Our school is performing on Monday 3rd September between 6:45pm and 9pm. The event will include a showcase of cultural performances, visual art exhibition and wearable art pageant. This is a wonderful opportunity for our tamariki to experience and perform at the Horncastle Arena and we hope you can join us.

Tickets are $17 adult, $8 child and can be ordered through our school.The last day for parent discount ticket orders is Friday 22nd June and these can be ordered and paid for by either in cash or eftpos at the office .  If you miss this opportunity, you can purchase tickets through Ticketek.

Yours sincerely
Caro and Mrs Miles

SCHOLASTIC/LUCKY BOOK CLUB
Issue 4 of Lucky Book Club has now been distributed to your child’s classroom. Issue 4 closes  Friday 22nd 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 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.

ENSCA QUIZ NIGHT
The ENSCA Quiz night is this Thursday 21 June at 7.30pm.   Last day for registrations is Wednesday 20 June both online and the veranda outside the cafe.  How to Register online: Email ensca@elmwood.school.nz with team members names and pay your team entry fee online to 03-17070030734-00 (please use “quiz” as ref)

18 June 2018

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 8 June.
Milah Doody, Brandon Lim, Jade O’Connor, Rose Wongsri, Nixon Parish, Melissa Irvine, Logan Skelton, Stephanie McNabb

HANGI/MATARIKI 2018 – THURSDAY 14 JUNE

ENSCA QUIZ NIGHT
A quiz night fundraiser is being held Thursday 21 June 7.30pm.  Teams of 4-6 people (individuals are welcome and teams can be formed on the night).

Cost: $10 per person
Where: Sixty6 on Peterborough (Christchurch Casino)
Time: Doors open at 6.30 pm (quiz starts at 7.30pm)

How to Register: Email ensca@elmwood.school.nz with team members names and pay your team entry fee online to 03-17070030734-00 (please use “quiz” as ref); Or Purchase tickets at school on the following dates: June 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th (outside Elmwood Grind Café)

SCOOTERS AT SCHOOL
Please have a chat with your children regarding safety of their scooters at school.  If they are going to an after school event like art or music classes or after school care, please remind them to take their scooters with them rather than leaving them in the scooter bay.  Please also remind your children not to touch other people’s scooters at any time.   Thank you for your support with this.

FLU SEASON NOTICE FROM CDHB

CDHB Flu Season notice

11 June 2018

CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY

This Friday 8th June is our Celebration Assembly at 9.00am in the Auditorium.  More info will come about this later in the week via email.  We would love to see you there.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
Hot Chocolate Treat Day – TomorrowWednesday 6th June is the Hot Chocolate Treat Day for the year 3 Children.  Hot chocolates are available from 8.30am until 8.50am from the Elmwood Grind Cafe.  Cost for kids hot chocolate is $2.   A great way to warm up on a cold morning.
Sustainable Keep Cups – We now have back in stock the Keep Cups.  These are available either from the cafe or from the office.  Large are $25.00 each and regular size are $20.00 each.    These make a great gift idea and also helps us to be more sustainable.    Thanks again for your support of our cafe.

SPORTS REMINDER
Information regarding sport can by found on our website under http://www.elmwood.school.nz/sport-2/
All enquiries/questions please contact Brian at brianm@elmwood.school.nz

LOST PROPERTY
IS YOUR CHILD MISSING AN ITEM OF UNIFORM???
Please encourage your children to check the lost property.  There are a lot of school polar fleeces and sweatshirts in lost property which are named.   These will be disposed of if not collected by the end of this term.  Thank you.
SPORTS SOCKS – YEAR 5/6 – SOCCER AND HOCKEY OFFSITE SPORTS TEAMS
Sports socks are available to purchase from either the School Uniform shop or reception.  $16 a pair.

5 June 2018

WALA PERFORMANCES – ENS AUDITORIUM, FRIDAY 1 JUNE
The educational “Wala” performance is a culmination of our Social Sciences first trimester focus where we have been exploring and investigating communities of different people and cultures.

When the power of percussion meets dazzling vocal harmony in the dance of life.  A dynamic fusion of drumming, dance, percussion and soaring vocal harmonies. Three passionate, exuberant and talented performers present audiences with an exciting display of Ghanaian culture.  With 15 hand-made African drums, flutes and stunning costumes, WALA engage their audiences in a call and response song, invite them to try out different instruments and to join in the dance. Their enthusiasm is utterly contagious as they rejoice in the live sounds and rich heritage of their people.  WALA means “life” in their local language and the perfection of the name becomes clear as they explode into their breathtaking celebration of the Ghanaian Spirit.”

The cost per child is $4.00 and this will be added to your term account. If you do not want you child to be involved in this learning opportunity, please inform your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL/LEAVING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
As Monday is a public holiday we would appreciate it if you could let Jo our receptionist know if you are taking your child/children out of school early for a long weekend away.  If you could also come to the office to advise her if you are picking up your children early (even if you have let your child’s teacher know).  This would be hugely appreciated.  Thank you for your assistance.
RETURN OF SCHOOL POOL KEYS
Thank you to all those who have returned their pool keys.  We still have a significant number outstanding so please return them to the pigeon hole in the office in an envelope clearly marked with your name and your bank account number by Friday 1 June.  Any keys returned after this date will not receive their bond.

28 May 2018

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 18 May:
Emerson Wilke, Tom Carpenter, Ava Gardner,  Lucas van Lammeren, Sofia Dixon (not in the photo).

MATARIKI CELEBRATIONS
We are celebrating Matariki this year at Elmwood by having a hangi.  We as a school are very excited about this.  A letter is coming home today (Monday 21 May) with each of your children – that has a return slip that needs to be filled out this week and returned to your classroom teacher by Friday 25th May.   Thank you for your assistance with this.ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week on Wednesday 23rd May it is Hot Chocolate treat day for the Year 2 children.  Hot chocolates are $2.00 and can be purchased from the cafe from 8.30am through until 8.50am.  Thank you for supporting our school cafe.

PINK SHIRT MUFTI DAY
Our mufti day last Thursday 17 May raised $585.10 for the Mental Health Foundation.   Thank you to all those who donated, a fantastic result.

GRANDPARENTS/SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY
If you have a Grandparent or special friend attending on Monday 28 May, please ensure you have returned the form to the office by Friday 25 May.

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK
Purchase anytime from now until August.  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 and the school.  Find out more at https://www.entertainmentbook.co.nz/orderbooks/13s4132

LEINSTER ROAD – CONSTRUCTION/DRAINAGE WORK
Higgs Construction are doing construction/drainage work on Leinster Road (#126-144) commencing Monday 14 May.  Please see attached information Higgs Construction Work 14 May 2018

AMAZING RACE POSTERS
The fantastic posters created during the Amazing Race competition are now able to be collected from reception.

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 –