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Monday 27 May:
Tuesday 28 May: Hot chocolate day – Year 2 ($2 ea) – 8.30am-8.50am – Elmwood Grind Cafe; Linc-ed Reporting Parent Meeting – 9.00am-9.30am – staffroom; Linc-ed Reporting Parent Meeting – 2.30pm-3.00pm – staffroom
Wednesday 29 MayNZEI Strike – School closed; NO after school dance
Thursday 30 May:  New entrant parent meeting – 9.30am-11.00am – Music Room
Friday 31 May: Hot chocolate day – Year 3 ($2 ea) – 8.30am-8.50am – Elmwood Grind Cafe; 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; Winter Sport



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


Dear Parents

I hope you are all making the most of the last days of the lovely autumn before winter arrives.

Mana Ake
We are delighted to advise that the Mana Ake initiative has now arrived at Elmwood. (see flyer below)

Our Mana Ake cluster includes Paparoa St School, Waimairi, St. Albans, Selwyn House, Ferndale and ourselves.

We have four full time liaison kaimahi working across the cluster providing us with support.

After reading the flyer, should you have any further questions regarding this initiative please feel free to contact either myself Jill Evans or Lynette Williamson

Board Elections
Nominations for the new board closed on Friday midday and we are delighted to have 9 parents standing for the 6 available places on our Board. This means we will be going to a vote, so please watch out of the voting forms and candidate profiles which will be sent in the mail to you over the coming days.  Please ensure you cast your vote by 7th June, when voting closes.

NZEI Strike
As per all our previous communications you are further reminded that school will be closed this Wednesday (29th May) due to the Teacher’s strike.   As we are unable to provide supervision, please ensure you have made arrangements for the care of your children for that day.



Recognising Student Success
What should this look like in 2019?

In our time at Elmwood Paul and I have had many opportunities to talk to parents about how we recognise student success. Every time we chat with a member of our school community, it really gives us a chance to reflect on the practice of our school.

A variety of practices and traditions recognise and support student accomplishments here at Elmwood. Teachers have in-class initiatives that encourage individual achievement – both academic and non-academic. On top of these we currently acknowledge student accomplishment through a range of school-wide approaches such as; House points/tokens and Principal’s awards for showing the school values, standing up and being applauded in Celebration Assembly for sporting achievements, certificates for events such as Oral Language competitions, and cups and trophies for Year 6 top achievers in Sport, The Arts, Overall Academic, Endeavour and Citizenship.

We are currently reviewing the ways we celebrate student achievement – both academic and non-academic, and would love to hear your thoughts around questions such as; Should we reward top achievers or all participants?   Should we be acknowledging academic intelligence or effort?  Should we promote individuals or the efforts of collaboration/teamwork?  

Please feel free to email me

Online Assessment and Reporting through LincEd:
Reporting on your child’s progress in the curriculum learning areas are sent out to you via our cloud-based reporting system, LincEd.

Parent information sessions will be held tomorrow at 9.00am and 2.30pm in the staffroom. During these sessions we will assist you to access and understand your child’s progress in LincEd. You will also have the opportunity to view our Reading, Writing and Mathematics Progress and Achievement Frameworks.  

The session will run for approximately 20 minutes. If you participated in these last year, you will not need to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Targeted Learning Meeting
We would like to invite you to come and meet the Targeted Learning team on Wednesday 12 June at 9.00am in the staffroom.  This will be a chance to meet myself, Lynette and our teaching assistants who work with our targeted learning children.  You will have the chance to hear about the range of effective programmes we provide for the children.  If you would like to attend please RSVP to me

Jill Evans
Deputy Principal


If you child has had vomiting or diarrhoea they need to remain at home until 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea.  This helps stop the spread of these nasty bugs.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.


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



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!

As our directory is constantly evolving, please check in regularly and if you would like to become involved and spread the word about your business, please contact us at  To view the directory click here  
Rachelle Henson, Carolyn Eyre-Walker and Natasha Lamont
The Elmwood Parents Biz Team


ONE DAY ONLY:  Saturday 15th June. Essential information for every couple on how create a united, supportive home life and help children adjust in a step family. 

Overcome common challenges and learn practical strategies from author, relationship coach and New Zealand’s leading Stepfamily Presenter, Adele Cornish.  Live happily ever after in your stepfamily! Don’t miss this first one day workshop ever in Christchurch!  For tickets go to:  email:  

A fun and supportive environment with an emphasis on enjoyment ensures students feel comfortable as the learn. Dance classes are tailored for pre-schoolers through to advanced students and all levels of commitment.

ALSD offers classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary and prides itself in providing a very high standard of technical teaching that enables students to sit exams and medal tests if they wish.

Classes available at 116 Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui. Enrolments are being taken now.  Phone 354 6228 or email

The Forest Run Fest is a morning for all levels of walkers and runners to get out there, compete and breathe in the fresh winter forest air with family and friends.

We offer four events including half marathon, 10km, 5km and 2km courses, the latter being staged especially for children 10 years and under.  $10 discount to any parent or family member if their child registers for the Half Marathon, 10km or 5km distances using code SCHOOLS2019. The website for the event is

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