Sunday, August 21, 2011

Newsletter Term 3 Week 3 Friday 19 August 2011

Value Focus for next two Weeks: Initiative / Perseverance

FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Kia ora tatou katoa, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa! Greetings to you all.

I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful changeable weather.

Student Led Conferences - A big thank you to everyone who attended these conferences last term and for the online feedback. The overall feelings from everyone is that these were very successful and the majority of parents/caregivers were amazed at how much the children know about their learning and where they need to be in comparison to other students at the same age. The children enjoyed the opportunity to share all their work with their families.

We are discussing our programme for reporting to parents for the rest of this year and next. We intend producing an End of Year 5 report that will be sent home at the end of the year. This report will support applications for Intermediate Schools next year for our Year 6 students. If you require a reference as well you need to advise the class teacher early so that this can be organized.

Early in Term 1 2012 we will be holding a meet the teacher evening, then a goal setting evening for parents and students. This will be an opportunity to discuss where the students are at and what they need to do to achieve the next step in their learning. Student led conferences will be held again in Term 2 and in Term 4 for 2012.

Gardening - Many thanks for the wonderful parents, and students, both past and present who turned up on Saturday to help out with our gardening working bee. Hopefully the plants will not object to the move and continue to grow.





Uniform - We are discussing streamlining our uniform options, as we are not happy with the quality of our fabric on our polo shirts. We are also considering introducing a rain jacket and a long sleeve polar fleece (to replace the no sleeve top) Please let us know your ideas by email to secretary@elmpark.school.nz

Gates - We have been struggling with the traffic outside our school and we have been advised by the Police to shut the gates both before school and after to alleviate the congestion in our driveway. From Monday we will be closing the gates from 8.30 am and again at 2.30 pm. If you have a pass this will no longer be applicable. It is in the interests of our student’s safety and well being. We are also preparing for the World Cup teams who may be practising on the Elm Park field and will need the space to park.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Trish Plowright
PRINCIPAL


LOOKING AHEAD
2011 ART SHOW - Our Art Show this year is called “Bits on the Side.” Children and teachers’ have been busy throughout Term 2 making art accessories. Each class will present their art works on stage.
Year 1/2 - Tuesday 30th August 1.00 - 2.30 pm
Year 3/4 - Wednesday 31st August 7.00 - 8.30 pm
Year 5/6 - Thursday 1st September 7.00-8.30 pm
Tickets are on sale now - $2.00 each or $5.00 family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children aged 5-12). Please book early, tickets selling quickly.

DESPERATELY SEEKING HELPERS FOR ROAD PATROL - We need parents or caregivers to help supervise the light controlled school crossing on Gossamer Drive on Tues and Friday afternoons from 3.00 - 3.15 pm and Thursday morning 8.30-8.55 am. If you could please help to keep our children safe, leave your name and number at the office, or call Mrs Holdom on 577 0070 ext 826 or see her in Room 26.
Thanks so much

PARENT LOGINS FOR KNOWLEDGENET (e-PORTFOLIOS) - We have found students get very excited when parents have logged into their e-Portfolios and left encouraging comments about their learning. If you have lost or forgotten your login details please call the office (577 0070) or send an email to secretary@elmpark.school.nz). If you would like some help with how to use KnowledgeNET and leave a comment in the e-Portfolios, please email our e-Learning Facilitator, Belinda Johnston (belinda@elmpark.school.nz).

OUTDOOR TABLES FOR SALE – We have 3 BBQ tables and 11 chairs for sale. The prices are as follows:
$500 for one table with 4 chairs (best condition)
$450 for one table with 4 chairs
$400 for one table with 3 chairs
Please enquire at the office if you are interested.

LOUNGE SUITE NEEDED – We are currently seeking the donation of a respectable lounge suite / couch in good condition for use in Kids Korner. If you have such a thing and are happy to give it to the school we would greatly appreciate it.

MILK BOTTLES – We are currently in need of clean, 2 litre milk bottles for our worm tea. If you have any could you please place them by the worm farm. Thank you, we appreciate your support.

HELP BUILD OUR MCCAIN SCHOOL VEGGIE PATCH - To help build Elm Park’s Veggie Patch, simply collect barcodes from your McCAIN vegetable packs and place them in the collection box (at the front office). To find out more about McCAIN School Veggie Patches, please visit: www.mccainveggiepatches.com


KEY EVENTS FOR YOUR DIARY
Mon 29 August Art Exhibition Week
Friday 9 Sept Principals Afternoon Tea
Thur 22 Sept Talent Quest 7pm
Fri 30 Sept Y5 & Y6 Disco
Fri 7 Oct Term 3 ends
Mon 24 Oct LABOUR DAY
Tue 25 Oct Term 4 begins

THIS WEEK IN REVIEW

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Ayla Fleming.

DAFFODIL DAY – Friday 26 August 2011. We will have daffodils for sale for the week commencing 22 August. Gold coin donation. (Please note that this is NOT a mufti day).

GARDENING - A Big Thank you! Sincere thank you to all the people who helped us at the working bee on Saturday. Although there were not many of us we really achieved a lot. Special thanks to Kirsten, who brought her brothers to help and to Zoe, Ashley and Briana and their families who worked tirelessly to create a better environment for us all. Mrs Meikle

FOCUS ON CHILDREN
Room 22 has been designing T-shirts for the World Cup Rugby. Here are some exciting samples.



Chocolate Chip Friends by Jordan Hallows

“Friends are the chocolate chippies in the cookie of life.” Friends are people who make your life more exciting.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have to move away from your friends? I’ve been through that and it’s quite hard.

In the holidays I saw the movie Cars 2 ….it can teach me and you a lot about friendship.

For example, for someone to be a good friend it’s important that you have fun together, trust each other and can forgive each other. Lightning and Mater had to learn to do this.

Mater was poor and lived in a small town. He was a rusty tow-truck. Lightning was rich and one of the fastest racing cars on the track. He had lots of fans. Even though Lightning had lots of fans he had no friends.

At Radiator Springs Mater taught Lightning new tricks like tractor tipping and reverse driving. They had lots of fun together.

Forgiveness is important for friendship and trust. If there is no forgiveness you will leave your friends as soon as they make a mistake. In Cars 2 Mater needed to forgive Lightning for ditching him for not acting cool at his flash party. If he didn’t forgive they wouldn’t be friends today!

We don’t need to be exactly the same as our friends to enjoy them. In fact differences are good.

Mater and Lightning were as different as different gets but in the end they were great friends anyway. You don’t have to act like you aren’t who you are, you just have to be yourself, even if you are 100% different from the other person you should celebrate your differences in every way.

Bernard Meltzer says, “A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked”.

Imagine you are on a steep cliff dangling on a rope. You can try and look brave, but it is best to have someone there who wants to help you. Remember “a good friend is someone who can see the truth and pain in you even when you are fooling everyone else”. So enjoy your friends, catch up with them, and help each other up the difficult cliff of life.

We all know that chocolate chip cookies are yummy… so get out there and be a good friend.
By Jordan Hallows


POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1 Oliver Handley-Elder
Room 3 Kalin Howard
Room 4 Najwah Nazif
Room 8 Macu Salato
Room 9 Tianna Lavemai
Room 10 Troy Misihepi
Room 11 Ethan Ofa
Room 12 Faith Ward
Room 13 Lydia Calkin
Room 14 Kenneth Zhou
Room 15 Jenny Dai
Room 16 Carlos Chee
Room 17 Marcus Ambler
Room 18 Annelise Frewin
Room 19 Seth de Villiers
Room 20 Rishika Choudhry
Room 21 Mike Cui
Room 22 Nitara Perera
Room 23 Donia Shamia
Room 24 Shardul Kamat
Room 25 Ben Wong
Room 26 Irena Chen
Room 27 Benjamin Lowe
Room 28 Matthew Lee
Room 29 Amy Wright
Room 30 Vacha Patel

PERSONAL PRESENTATION
The following students were voted as the overall winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1: Vaelei Young
Year 2: Georgia Wilson
Year 3: Dayton Sprague
Year 4: Victor Jing
Year 5: Julia Fared Chua
Year 6: Jordan Hallows


COMMUNITY NOTICES

Storylines Annual Free Family Day - At the Aotea Centre and the Museum on Sunday 28 August 10am - 3pm. Activities include:
Meet authors and illustrators, Listen to stories, Watch performances, Watch artists in action and create your own illustrations, Enter competitions and win prizes, Enjoy activities, talks and stories all day, Much, much more, For more information visit. www.storylines.org.nz

Kelly sports at Elm Park Primary School - Kelly Sports offers sports programmes at Elm Park Primary straight after school on Tuesday from 3.10pm to 4.10pm. Our Programmes are targeted at year 1 - 4 children who are keen to try out a variety of sports. Kelly Sports encourages kids to have fun, build confidence and to develop key sporting skills. Player of the Day ribbons awarded every session. Please contact Lyn Flavell on 09-2922-224 or pat@kellysports.co.nz for an enrollment form or check out our website www.kellysports.co.nz

AMI Auckland Netball Centre Term 3 - Netball Skills Afterschool Programme Our afterschool programme promotes learning new skills, up skilling, extending existing skills in a fun and energetic learning environment, with skilled coaches. Years 1-8 Tuesdays AMI Auckland Netball Centre – St John’s 8 weeks starting 9th August 2011
OR Years 1-8 Wednesdays AMI Auckland Netball Centre, St John’s 8 weeks starting 10th of August 2011 $95.00 per student per term. For further information and registration forms please email Gemma Lasenby or visit our
website www.aucklandnetball.co.nz or phone 09 5700030 Ext 204

CISV (Children’s International Summer Villages) is a unique, non-profit, non-religious volunteer peace organisation. CISV’s goal is to build global friendships among children from all around the world. CISV is holding a weekend camp at Bethells Beach 16-18 September for anyone aged 9+. Come along for all, or some of the time and find out more. For more camp details please contact Jan Llewell on 817 3368 or 021 368935 
 
 View the CISV website www.cisvnz.org

Friday, August 5, 2011

Newsletter Term 3 Week 1 Friday 5 August 2011

Value Focus for next two Weeks: Honesty / Independence

FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Kia ora tatou katoa, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, He mihi mahana ki a koutou katoa! Greetings to you all.

Welcome to all the new families to Elm Park School. This week we have 18 Korean students visiting from Shinan County to stay for the next three weeks. We know that our homestay families and everyone in the Elm Park School will make these students feel welcome to our school and New Zealand. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn from each other.

We are looking forward to another exciting term with lots of activities coming up. Next week is Maths Week and we will be holding our Maths Olympiads on:
Wednesday 10 August 2011 Year 3 @11.15am – 12.00 pm
Year 2 @12.15pm – 1.00 pm
Thursday 11 August 2011 Year 4 @ 9.30am – 10.15 am
Year 5 @ 11.15am – 12.00 pm
Year 6 @12.15 pm – 1.00 pm
Parents and families are welcome to the Auditorium to observe the competitions.

The PTA is fund raising for a shade sail to provide shade over the sensory garden for our children in the summer. Please support us with the sale of the chocolates that have come home.

Pakuranga Intermediate – Orientation morning on
Monday 8 August for Year 6 students. The Intermediate will supply buses to transport the children to the school from 9.10 am – 12.30 pm. This is for children only.

Koanga Festival
At the end of Week 5 (Saturday 3 September) our Elm Park School Kapa Haka group will be performing at Somerville Intermediate as part of the Koanga Festival at 1.10pm. All our local schools - primary, intermediate, secondary - will be performing on this day. This festival is open to everyone in the community.

Our Art show (Bits on the side) will be held over Week 5. Details to come later.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Trish Plowright
PRINCIPAL

LOOKING AHEAD

LOUNGE SUITE NEEDED – We are currently seeking the donation of a respectable lounge suite / couch for use in Kids Korner. If you have such a thing and are happy to give it to the school we would greatly appreciate it.

MILK BOTTLES – We are currently in need of clean, 2 litre milk bottles for our worm tea. If you have any could you please place them by the worm farm. Thank you, we appreciate your support.

Working Bee Saturday 13 August 2pm - 5pm
Bring your gardening tools and help us to relocate some plants to around the new classrooms. Put this date in your diaries and bring the whole family – many hands make light work!
We would also appreciate any donation of clivias, bromeliads, agaves and plants that will survive in shade and damp.

Help build our McCAIN School Veggie Patch

To help build Elm Park’s Veggie Patch, simply collect barcodes from your McCAIN vegetable packs and place them in the collection box (at the front office). To find out more about McCAIN School Veggie Patches, please visit: www.mccainveggiepatches.com

GARAGE SALE - Please note the garage sale which was to be held on 27 August is now cancelled.

Key Events For Your Diary

Mon 8 August...... Maths Week Commences

Wed 10 August.... Maths Olympiad

Thur 11 August... Maths Olympiad

Wed 17 August.... New Parents Orientation Forum 9.30am

Thur 18 August... BOT Meeting

Mon 29 August.... Art Exhibition Week

Friday 9 Sept...... Principals Afternoon Tea

Thur 22 Sept....... Talent Quest 7pm

Fri 30 Sept.......... Y5 & Y6 Disco

Fri 7 Oct.............. Term 3 ends

Mon 24 Oct......... LABOUR DAY

Tue 25 Oct......... Term 4 begins


This Week in Review

NEW STUDENTS – We welcome the following new students and their families to Elm Park School: Nadini Ariyaratne, Kahlan Watchorn, Aidan Herekiuha, Leilani Hoeta, Charlie Wilson, Georgia Wilson

CHOCOLATES - On Friday 5 August the oldest child in each family has brought home a box of chocolates to sell at $2.50 a bar. We would ask that you make every effort to sell as many bars as possible. Watch out for the exciting prizes. This year every child will be given the chance to win a prize, every box sold goes into the lucky prize draw and prizes will go to the child that sells the most in each year level as well as the family who sell the most boxes of chocolates. This is our most successful fundraising event for the year and we thank the Elm Park community in advance for their support. We are also looking for co-ordinators to assist with this fundraiser. If you are able to assist us please contact Mrs Allen on 5770191 or karen@elmpark.school.nz

DAFFODIL DAYFriday 26 August 2011. We will have daffodils for sale for the week commencing 22 August. Gold coin donation. (Please note that this is NOT a mufti day).

PUPIL ABSENCES The law requires regular attendance of pupils. In the interest of safety, if your child is to be absent, please notify the school at your earliest convenience either in writing for prior known absences or by email, phone or text (021 134 0916) before 8.45 am on the day of absence. All absences are recorded. Where student absence are not notified, students will be marked as TRUANT on the national register. If pupils arrive after class has commenced, they must check in at the school office upon arrival.


Focus on Children

In Room 1 we have been busy sketching, tracing, cutting, drawing, painting, gluing and decorating our Mardi Gras Masks in preparation for the Wearable Art Show – Bits on the Side - coming up at Elm Park School later this month.

We have sketched our finished masks – if you would like to see the real thing and MORE we would love to show you so come along to the upcoming Art Show on the 30th August (Year 1 – 2), 31st August (Year 3-4) and 1st September (Year 5-6).









POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS

Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.

Room 1

Abimbola Dawodu

Room 3

Eve-Ahna Nepia-Waterman

Room 4

Ethan Mundie

Room 8

James Bates

Room 9

Essence Hau

Room 10

Jasmine Pereira

Room 11

Myra Singh

Room 12

Kelly Zhu

Room 13

Louise Skinner

Room 14

Jared Wright

Room 15

Sasha Sabeta

Room 16

Mahurangi Haare

Room 17

Mansur Nazif

Room 18

Gordon Morris

Room 19

Airah Cortez

Room 20

Taylor Marshall-Stewart

Room 21

Keane Carotenuto

Room 22

George Wu

Room 23

Rhea Ram

Room 24

Keziah Seiuli

Room 25

Rafael Dio

Room 26

Tamara Holt

Room 27

Eden Smith

Room 28

Stephanie McIntyre

Room 29

Jane Tikhomirova

Room 30

Maree Nattrass

PERSONAL PRESENTATION

The following students were voted as the overall winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.

Year 1:

Reef Ryan

Year 2:

Joshua Christophers

Year 3:

Jenny Zhou

Year 4:

Catherine Chan

Year 5:

Amena Azimi

Year 6:

Jedlee Abu



COMMUNITY NOTICES

The Parenting Through Separation programme is now running at Willowbank School for all parents who are in the process of separating or considering separation. It is a free course delivered by Triple P New Zealand, working with a Family Court lawyer. Next course is (7 – 9pm) August 16 and August 23. To register call Triple P New Zealand 579 1794

Howick Plunket presents Girls Night Out Wednesday 24th August, Howick Club, 107 Botany Road. Come along and enjoy an evening of entertainment, spot prizes, exhibits, raffles and makeovers! Tickets are $15 each and includes a Goody Bag See our website for ticket information or contact Leonie on leonie.wallace@xtra.co.nz / 533-3888 www.howickplunket.org.nz

Howick Plunket Baby Fair Saturday 20th August Howick Recreation Centre, 563 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga. - Between 10am—12pm. Come along for great bargains on new and used baby/children's clothes, books, toys, nursery equipment, maternity items and much more! Sausage Sizzle, Bake sale, Lucky Dips and a raffle for a NEW car seat!!! Entry by gold coin donation. For all queries email Karen at babyfair@howickplunket.org.nz

Live-in childcare for $60pw – Families needed - Family homes sought for part-time European Au Pairs (Demi Au Pairs) arriving in September for 3 to 6 months. These are students with childcare experience who study high-level English in the morning at The Campbell Institute in Bucklands Beach and are available in the afternoon and evenings for up to 20 hours childcare, school pick-ups, and light housework. In return, you provide full board and a payment of $60pw. Families need to live in the Eastern suburbs or within reasonable commuting distance of our Auckland campus.

For more information please call (09) 534 4292 E: heike@campbell.ac.nz Web: www.campbell.ac.nz