From The Principal
Kia ora tatou katoa, Talofa, Malo e lelei, Bula vi naka, Kia orana Nga mihi nui ki a koutou, Namaste, Nihao, Greetings to you all.
We are at the end of Week 3 already. The children and staff have been working hard to get settled into their new classrooms and routines. At this time of the year the teachers are focussing on establishing expectations of behaviour and learning in their rooms and within the playground. We encourage children to understand and abide by Elm Park School Values, Caring, Independence, Perseverance, Respect, Tolerance, co-operation with others, Honesty, Initiative, Quality, Responsibility, Trust and Worth of the Individual. Each week there is a focus on a value.
Thank you to all of you who attended the Parent Orientation Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday last week. It was wonderful to see so many parents who came to meet the teachers. We are fortunate to have such enthusiastic teachers who are committed to providing the best possible opportunities for your children to experience. We “empower all our learners to achieve their personal best”.
The New Zealand Curriculum also aims to help children to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their community. The key competencies that develop over time and are shaped by interaction with people, places and ideas are managing self, relating to others, participating and contribution, thinking and using language, symbols and texts. Our staff will be focussing on these capabilities as part of their programme.
Thank you to those parents who have purchased the correct uniform especially hats and black shoes. Please make sure that you name all the clothing clearly as it is very difficult to find when it is unnamed. Please encourage your children to look for their lost possessions in the lost property boxes as soon as possible as they are full already.
We are very concerned that some parents are not crossing their children on the crossing. There have been some near misses on the road outside our school, which as you know is an extremely busy road. Please assist us by crossing in the correct place so that our children have road sense and everyone is safe. Thank you to those parents who help out on the crossing.
We are looking forward to seeing you all at the Food and Family evening today (Friday) at 5.00pm. Join us with your picnic food, there will be coffee, snacks and Mr Whippy. Join in the Amazing Race, there will also be sports equipment and the pool to enjoy.
Have a great weekend
Fri 17 Feb........... Food & Family Evening (Wheels Day) 5.00pm
Tues 21 Feb........ Interschool Softball field day
Thur 22 Feb........ PTA Meeting 7pm staffroom
Fri 2 Mar............. Whole School Assembly 2.00pm
Wed 7 Mar.......... World Maths Day
Fri 9 Mar............. Principals Morning Tea
Fri 16 Mar........... Whole School Assembly
Mon 26 March.... Y6 Camp (MERC) Long Bay
Fri 30 Mar........... Whole School Assembly
Wed 4 Apr........... Principal’s Awards Assembly
Thur 5 Apr........... Term 1 ends
Fri 6 Apr.............. Good Friday
The Incredible Years Programme for Parents – It’s the little things that really matter. This is a free programme for parents of 3 – 8 year olds. Problem behaviour in children causes enormous family stress, and parents can feel alone and helpless. But a positive and harmonious family life is possible. The Incredible Years parenting programme helps you develop strategies to build positive relationships with your children and to manage problem behaviours. It will help you:
Þ Enjoy your kids
Þ Overcome challenging behaviour
Þ Stimulate your child’s development
Þ Gain skills to feel more confident and positive about your parenting
Þ See changes for the better
Þ Establish better relations with your child’s teachers
Parent training remains the single most effective way to help young children with challenging behaviour problems. This programme consists of 14 2-2 ½ hour sessions, one per week. Manukau programme starting Tuesday 21st Feb 10am – 12.30 pm or Wednesday 22nd Feb 5.30 – 8.00 pm. Panmure programme starting 10 am – 12.30 pm TBC. There is no cost for this programme. Please contact: Manukau Programme – Ursula Ruakere, 260 4215 firstname.lastname@example.org or Panmure Programme – Keren Newnham, 260 4260 email@example.com
Elm Park School Newsletter Options – A reminder that there are other ways to read your school newsletter. You do not need to wait for your child to unpack their bag. Find us here:
Elm Park School Blog:
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Road Patrol helpers needed - If you are able to help with Road Patrol in the morning from 8.30 to 8.50am or in the afternoon from 3.00 – 3.15pm can you please see the office ladies or Mrs Holdom in Room 26. Thank you!
Ice Cream Containers – The art room is in need of clean ice cream containers without lids please. These can be delivered directly to the art room or to room 9. Thank you.