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WEEKLY OVERVIEW

Monday 25 March:  Year 5 & 6 Duathalon for those competing – 8.45am – Ruapuna Raceway
Tuesday 26 March:  Rooms 19 & 20 Trip to the Museum – 8.30am-1.30pm
Wednesday 27 March Whole School Cross Country – 9.15am-12.00pm – Elmwood Park; Hot chocolate day Year 3 ($2) – 8.30am-8.50am – Elmwood Grind Cafe
Thursday 28 March:   
Friday 29 March:  Uniform shop  – 8.30am-9.00am -auditorium foyer Second hand uniform shop open 8.35am-9.00am – bottom of the stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium; Friday Sport

 

FUTURE DATES FOR THE DIARY

Please check the Calendar on the website for our Future Events and Dates.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL (18/03/19)

Dear Parents,

A new normal began at school this morning. Our beloved city has yet again had to deal with another tragedy of a proportion that is difficult to comprehend. Through the many emotions we have, and will continue to experience, we will remain strong in our resolve to keep the children’s wellbeing at the forefront of our decisions and actions.  

I would again like to commend our staff for the thoroughly professional way they managed the events of Friday afternoon. Their calm, caring manner certainly helped us in maintaining the “ordinary” in what was “extraordinary”.

Our students are also to be commended for the way they followed our procedures and remained calm throughout the four hour lockdown. As a thanks they were all given an ice block today which as you can imagine went down very well! (Thank you to Marcel and Charlotte Gray for donating these).

Once again my thanks goes out to our parent community for your support, patience and understanding. We trust that our procedures, which are now under review, worked effectively for you all.   We met as a team this morning where I passed on the many thanks from parents, and I know the staff have really appreciated the numerous heart-felt emails and conversations they have received today expressing your thanks/support for their efforts on Friday.

Our thoughts are with the many families throughout Christchurch who have been affected by this catastrophic event, but especially our Muslim families at ENS. If you have concerns or need support over the coming days, please do not hesitate to let us know.

I am sharing some helpful information for families, in relation to communication received from the Ministry of Education. This information is on our website on the Information page – under ‘helpful information’ at the top.  The link is herewith:  http://www.elmwood.school.nz/helpful-information/

NZEI Paid Union Meeting
The NZEI Paid Union Meeting that was to be held on 20th March has now been postponed.  We will advise the Community once we hear about a new date for this meeting.

Sport Check – Text Notification System
Sports Check is the text notification system that  we use here at Elmwood in case of emergency. There is information further on in this newsletter about how to register for Sports check or how to opt out of it when your children are no longer at the school.  

Mufti Day
On Friday 22nd March we will be having a mufti day, along with other schools in Canterbury to show our support to our Muslim community in Christchurch.  This is a ‘We Care’ day and children are able to wear casual clothes (no theme). This will be a gold coin donation and the funds collected will be distributed via the Canterbury Primary Principals Association.

I know this week is not an easy one, but please if you want to talk with anyone, feel free to reach out to our team.

Warm regards

Paul

SPORTS NOTICES

Friday sport 
Year 5: Reminder for children to have their wide-brimmed sunhat and large water bottle for Friday sport.
Year 6: Reminder for children to have their wide-brimmed sunhat, large water bottle and any specific gear (futsal-shin pads and rippa rugby – mouth guard) with them for Friday sport and their lunchtime practices.
 
If you are able to assist the coaches with a team on a Friday (and you haven’t been in touch already) please email me bronwenk@elmwood.school.nz and the sport you can help with. 
If we don’t have enough parent help not all teams may be able to go offsite.
  

SCHOOL NOTICES

PRINCIPAL’S AWARDS
Congratulations to the following children who received a Principal’s Award at our Celebration Assembly on Friday 15 March: Ava Haycock, Paddy Theyers, Noah Muzel Watanabe, Aaron Clancy, Koji Leek, Ellie Danholt, Ami Dods

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.

HEATON PATROLLED CROSSING
On Monday, 25 March the pavement on the St George’s Hospital, including our road patrol area, will be dug up in order to put in new cabling.  This will take about 2 weeks.  There are some changes to the Heaton Patrolled crossing due to these works.  If you or your child uses this crossing please see attached for changes.  Heaton Crossing plan

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.  

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.

ENSCA QUIZ NIGHT – THURSDAY 28 MARCH
A quiz night fundraiser is being held Thursday 28 March 7.30pm.   Funds raised will be going towards emergency food kits for each classroom.  Teams of 4-6 people (individuals are welcome and teams can be formed on the night).

Cost: $10 per person
Where: The Elmwood Trading Co, 1 Normans Road
Time: Doors open at 7.00 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).

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

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.

ENSCA DADS/OTHER SIGNIFICANT MALE BREAKFAST – 10 MAY 2019
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

Please save the date as 10 May at the Christchurch Club at 7am.  Due to the overwhelming demand, we are taking registrations of interest now and posters will be up in the next couple of weeks.  Any questions or for registration of interest please contact Natasha Lamont  Natasha.lamont@westernunion.com or 027 808 4070

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.

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

EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS & SPORTCHECK – EMERGENCY TEXT SYSTEM
Please keep the school office up to date with your current phone numbers, your e-mail address and home address. It is vital that we have current information so that we are able to contact you quickly and easily in the event of an emergency. Please also register with Sportcheck. Sportcheck is the text message service we use during an emergency along with our website, Facebook and radio announcements. If you change your cell phone number please remember to update this with Sportcheck.

ENSCA NEWS

Please link to the ENSCA page for all ENSCA News and Events.

 

ELMWOOD PARENTS BIZ NETWORK

Welcome to the Elmwood Parents Biz Network for 2019!
Elmwood Parents Biz organises regular networking events and have developed the Biz Directory, an on-line resource of the local businesses within our school community. Whether you are looking for an architect, builder, a special gift, corporate catering or a piece of bespoke art work, the talent among our own school community is vast. Let us help support these new and existing businesses, big and small. Support local. You may be surprised at what you discover!

Rachelle Henson, Carolyn Eyre-Walker and Natasha Lamont
The Elmwood Parents Biz Team

COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD

IS YOUR CHILD INTERESTED IN BUSKING AT THE AVEBURY GALA?
The Avebury Gala is being held this year on March 31 from 10 – 3pm.  As part of our entertainment we would like to offer the opportunity for children who play an instrument or sing to busk. We have a limited number of spots available and children would need to sing or play for 30 minutes – 1 hour.  If you are interested please contact Rachel Thwaites on 0220 467 224 or email coordinator@richmondcommunitygarden.co.nz
 
TAD’S
My name is Sonia Haugh, I have just brought TAD’S Merivale which is located at 202 Papanui Road, this stocks beautiful ladies fashion, shoes, belts and jewellery. As an opening special if anyone comes into the store and says Elmwood will get 15% off till the end of April.   Thanks for your support.

HOW TO RAISE A CHAMPION

MCDONALDS YOUTH DUATHLON ORGANISED BY GARDEN CITY ROTARY
Registrations open now.  The 2019 McDonald’s Duathlon to be held at Hagley Park on Sunday, 7 April 2019. This event is run by volunteers from Garden City Rotary Club.  Entries are open to 7 -15 year olds and the duathlon includes a run, bike and run. Entrants can look forward to receiving a Competition Medal, Gift Pack of sponsors’ products and a competition T-shirt.

7 – 10 Years – Run 1km, Cycle 4km, Run 500m
11 – 15 Years – Run 2km, Cycle 8km, Run 1km

This community event is held by Garden City Rotary Club. To enter go to www.gardencityrotary.org.nz 

M-FACTOR FASHION SHOW


OMIHI SCHOOL FARM RACE

MOTHER’S DAY FUN RUN