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WEEKLY OVERVIEW

Monday 19 November:   Year 6 Camp – Wainui
Tuesday 20 November: Year 6 Camp – Wainui
Wednesday 21 NovemberYear 6 Camp – Wainui 
Thursday 22 November:  Junior Athletics
Friday 23 November: Celebration Assembly – 9.00am-10.00am – Auditorium; Uniform shop  – 8.30am-9.00am -auditorium foyer; Second hand uniform shop open 8.40am – 9.05am – bottom of the stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium; Friday summer sport

 

FUTURE DATES FOR THE DIARY

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

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL (12.11.18)

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Strike Notice and information for the day
As you will have heard in the media, the NZEI strike is going ahead this Wednesday 14th November.  Further to our previous correspondence, school will be closed for instruction, but we will be offering limited supervision only.  

If you have previously advised us that you are  bringing your children to school for supervision only, you will need to take your child/children to the following classes:

Year 1 and 2 children start the day in Room 8 with Tara Hollings and Andrea Brunton.  They will end the day in the Library.
Year 3 and 4 children start the day in Room 1 with Meg Feller and Willem Kortekaas.  They will end the day in Room 16.
Year 5 and 6 children start the day in Room 18 with Caro Searell and Toni-Jayne Miles.  They will end the day in Room 23.

Please drop your children at school at the usual time and uniforms are to be worn as usual. There will be no sushi available on the day – so please bring a packed lunch.  Please be aware there will also be no road patrol on that day.

Year 5 children will not have a hot chocolate treat day that day, although the cafe will be open as usual if you did want your child to get a hot chocolate.   We will reschedule the Year 5 hot chocolate treat day.

Swimming Pool Information
The School swimming pool will open officially for the community this Friday for those who have purchased a swipe card.   We will be holding a health and safety briefing (a requirement for key holders) for those who have not already completed this course.  This briefing will be held this evening at 6.30pm at the pool.

The school aquatics programme will be run by classroom teachers commencing next Monday the 19th of November.  Please refer to Sarah Hughey’s statement below about the wearing of rash vests in line with our sun safe practice at Elmwood.

Thanks also for your support in providing hats for your children to wear during the summer months.  


Paul

Please see note below from the Elmwood teachers who are Union members.

Dear Elmwood School Community,

With another strike planned for next week, we thought we would let you know some of the reasons why we are striking.

Teachers and principals in collective employment negotiations are asking for:

  • More teachers – so your children can get more attention and we can assure that class sizes do not rise to unreasonable levels.
  • More resources – to support children with additional learning needs. These children will eventually leave school with an education that has not completely supported their needs; this will be a detriment to all members of society.
  • A pay jolt to teachers’ salaries – to address the teacher shortage so that your children will have a teacher in the future. In countries such as Canada, being a teacher is an extremely sought after well paid career.
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/teacher-salaries-by-country-2017-5/?r=AU&IR=T/#elementary-school-teachers-best-and-worst-1

Your support for our cause can be shown by signing the petition to Education Minister Chris Hipkins. This will take a matter of seconds.

https://campaigns.nzei.org.nz/time/petition-teachers-and-principals/
https://saveourschoolsnz.com/2018/10/27/just-what-are-primary-school-teachers-asking-for-and-what-has-ministry-offered/

Thank you for showing how highly you value your children’s education.

From The Teachers of Elmwood Normal School

SCHOOL NOTICES

SCHOOL POOL – POOL SAFETY COURSE MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER 6.30pm-7.00pm
Parents who are looking at buying a pool access card 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.  Please bring suitable swimwear and a towel as we will require some volunteers for a practical demonstration.  This is the only pool safety course we will be running.  If you have already completed this course you are not required to repeat again.  To register your attendance please email Brian Miles brianm@elmwood.school.nz.

SCHOOL POOL ACCESS CARD SALES
School pool access cards are available for purchase either from the office, or by paying online using ENSCA account number – 03 1707 0030734 02 (please note this is not the school account for activity payments). If you pay online, please put reference of pool key and your name and allow time for receipt of payment. This year you will be issued with an access card which you will keep at the end of the season. The cost for an access card for the season is $100.  

To hold a school pool key you need to have signed the following form Pool Key Users document 2018 and undergone a pool safety course (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.

PROMOTION OF SUNSAFETY AND WEARING A RASH TOP WHILE SWIMMING
Our school pool is opening this Friday 16 November, which is a timely reminder of being SunSmart. As we are all aware overexposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation is of considerable public health concern in NZ. New Zealand has among the highest melanoma rates in the world. Melanoma is one form of skin cancer. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from the sun causes sunburn, skin damage and increases the risk of skin cancer. Getting sunburnt in childhood and adolescence will increase the risk of melanoma and other skin cancers in later life.

Therefore we strongly recommend that you provide your child with a ‘RASH TOP to wear during swimming sessions at Elmwood Normal School.  Please refer to the Elmwood Normal Schools Schooldocs – ‘Policies and Procedures Sunsafe Behaviour’ http://elmwood.schooldocs.co.nz/ Username: elmwood. Password:  elmw00d

Thank you very much for your support.

 

 

Kind regards

Sarah Hughey
Head of Health

CHILDREN NOT AT SCHOOL/LEAVING DURING SCHOOL HOURS
As Friday 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.

AFTER SCHOOL DANCE ON WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER
Due to the Teachers’ Strike on Wednesday 14 November, there will be NO After School Dance class with Miss Gemma this week.
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.

ELMWOOD GRIND CAFE
This week the Hot Chocolate treat days are:
Year 6 children – Thursday 15 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.

YEARBOOK/SCHOOL MAGAZINE
It is that time again where we are thinking about the School Magazine for the end of the year.  This year we have a form to be completed if you would like to purchase the 2018 School Magazine.   Payment is required with the order. The cost is again $25.00 per magazine. Forms can also be collected from the office to complete with payment or you can complete the form online – via the link below.

https://goo.gl/forms/ojKFHpJxN6ouxI9N2

Please can you bring your payment and order into the office by 23rd November.

ACCOUNTS
A reminder that Year 6 camp fees must be paid before they go on camp.  Invoices have been sent home with your child, and we would appreciate payment of accounts before 15 November.

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 Thursday 15 November, Thursday 22 November; Thursday 6 December.

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.

ENSCA MEETINGS
The next ENSCA monthly meeting is being held on Wednesday 21 November, 7.00pm in the Staffroom.

ENSCA FACEBOOK PAGE
ENSCA now have a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ENSCA-Elmwood-Normal-School-Community-Association-2287602817924146/

SAUSAGE SIZZLE
If anyone wishes to help with the Term 4 Sausage Sizzle please email jowynharris@gmail.com

SCHOOL LUNCHES:

SUSHI LUNCHES 2018
Order forms and prices are available on the ENSCA page.  Orders need to be in the pigeon hole in reception NO LATER than 9.00am on Wednesday.

EZLUNCH
Did you know that your child can get a hot lunch on Tuesdays thanks to New World in Northwood?  There are many food options: from butter chicken pies, to stir fry noodles, lasagne, gourmet sandwiches and muffins.  All you need to do is set up an account on Kindo, and you can take care of Tuesday’s lunches for the rest of the year!  No cash, no hassle.  Orders must be in by Tuesday 9.00am for delivery Tuesday lunchtime.

EZLunch is a company associated with Kindo.  You set up a prepaid account online, and then draw down on that account over time.  To set up your Kindo account please go to our ENSCA Payments page.

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

SCHOOL UNIFORM SHOP
The School Uniform shop is open every Friday from 8.30am – 9.00am in the Auditorium Foyer.  If you require Uniform at any other time please place an order, along with the correct payment, into the niform@elmwood.school.nz
to notify us you have paid by internet.

You can also now order and pay for school uniform through Kindo.  To set up an account please go to our ENSCA Payments page.

PRE-USED UNIFORM
The Pre-Used Uniform shop is open every Friday from 8.40am – 9.05am at the bottom of the stairwell adjacent to the Auditorium.

ELMWOOD PARENTS BIZ NETWORK

Welcome to the Elmwood Parents Biz Network for 2018!
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

MAINLAND FOOTBALL – STRIKE DAY EVENT
To book for strike a ball day please click on the following link – Teachers Strike Day – Canterbury United Skills Day

MAINLAND FOOTBALL –  HOLIDAY PROGRAMME
To book for the Canterbury Football Futsal school holiday programme please click on the following link Canterbury United December Holiday Programme 2018

PARENT HELP
Parent Help is a non profit organisation supporting parents to build resilient and positive families/whānau.   We run a free confidential parenting Helpline for parents and caregivers. The Helpline is available from 9am – 9pm, 7 days a week providing advice, support and practical strategies on any parenting challenge.

MHERC WORKSHOPS
MHERC are frequently funded to offer free community workshops, this November we are hosting two free parenting workshops and are wanting to reach the community as effectively as possible.  If you find that these workshops may be applicable to you, please register through the following links:  https://mherc.arlo.co/courses/340-managing-anxiety-and-building-resilience-in-your-children;   https://mherc.arlo.co/courses/341-managing-anxiety-and-building-resilience-in-your-teensv

COLOUR ZONE RUN – SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER
Entries to Colour Zone Run in the Burwood Residential Red Zone, with the Start and Finish in Donnell Sports Park. These close next Sunday 18 November.  This will be a super fun event with colour coming at everyone from every angle and with an after party with live DJ playing from DJ Marrs with further Colour Blasts throughout.

To register and for more information for this awesome fun event CLICK HERE
Minimum age is 4 years, make a family day of it or grab a mate and/or work mates and have the fun of your lives.

TAMARIKI BOOK FESTIVAL 2018
This is a festival to celebrate local children’s authors and illustrators in a fun and vibrant way. There will be a Market Place, a Red Velvet Stage, a Story Time Sanctuary, and Food Trucks!  See some of our participants below.  November 24th 2018, 10am – 3pm, Rauora Park, Christchurch

RESEARCH INTO SUMMER CAMPS
“S’mores, hiking, adventure, friendship, fun. This is what summer camp is all about! I am a student at Appalachian State University conducting research on starting a summer camp in New Zealand, and am seeking insight from Christchurch parents to assess what would best fit your vibrant community and benefit your children. Please fill out the survey below, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions at nelsona2@appstate.edu.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nzcamp

Abby Nelson

SURFKIDS – Childrens Surfing  Programme
Learn the skills of Surfing in a fun, safe environment. All equipment provided and professional instruction from Aaron Lock and team. For kids 8 – 14 years.  Cost $30 per day or $135 for five. Bookings essential.  Venue: Sumner.

Sundays 10am to 12pm.
Dec/Jan Holidays: from 17th Dec, 10am -12pm

Call Aaron on 0800 80 SURF (7873) or register online at surfcoach.co.nz

CHRISTCHURCH SCHOOL OF GYMNASTICS HOLIDAY PROGRAMME