Friday, February 15, 2013

Elm Park School Newsletter - 15th February 2013 - Term 1 - Week 3


Friday 15th February – Term 1 Week 3

Value Focus for next week: 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, Greetings to you all.  
Week 3 has been and gone already. The children are settling in to their new classes and working hard. Routines and class treaty’s are being established and adhered to.
PARENT INFORMATION EVENINGS - Thank you for all the parents that attended our parent information evenings. These evenings form the ground work for the communication at Elm Park. We are aware that many of you work and it is not always easy to get into school or keep up with what is happening at school. We try very hard to keep up the communication with you and we really appreciate your communication with us as well.
UNIFORMS - Thank you to all the parents who have named all the clothing and shoes, it helps keep track of all their items.  The children who are wearing our new shirt are looking so smart, gradually the whole school will be wearing them. 
CAMP Y6 - Year 6 children are getting organised for their Camp MERC stay from Wednesday to Friday next week. How lucky they are to be at the beach in this fantastic weather.
FIREWOOD - We still have a large amount of firework for sale on the field. Please contact the office if you wish to make a purchase  $25 per trailer load.
COMPUTERS FOR SALE - Please email Belinda Johnston or contact the school office if you are interested in buying one of our old classroom eMacs - photo attached.   All come with keyboard, mouse, security cable and basic software including:



    iPhoto, iMovie
    Garageband
    iCal
    Safari
    Pages, Keynote
    Numbers
    Kid Pix
    PM Readers
There are three different specification and price options:
     Option 1 - 40GB, no wireless card, ethernet cable for internet use $50
     Option 2 - 140GB, no wireless card, ethernet cable for internet use $70
     Option 3 - 140GB, wireless $90
Cash, bank deposit or EFT-POS accepted!
Have a lovely weekend

Trish Plowright
Principal


Key Events For Your Diary

Wed 20 Feb.... Year 6 camp
Thur 21 Feb... PTA Wheels at Lunch
....................... Walking School Bus Meeting 2.30 pm
Tue 26 Feb.... PTA AGM 7 pm
Mon 4 March.. Rms 13 & 15 to Te Tuhi
Tue 5 March.. Rms 14 & 16 to Te Tuhi
Wed 6 Mar...... Y1-6 3-way Conferences
Thu 7 Mar...... Y1-6 3-way Conferences
Fri 15 Mar....... Whole School Assembly 2 pm
Thur 21 Mar... BOT Meeting
Thur 28 Mar... Mufti and Hot Cross Buns
Fri 29 Mar....... GOOD FRIDAY School Closed
Mon 1 Apr...... EASTER MONDAY School Closed
Tue 2 Apr....... EASTER TUESDAY School Closed
Fri 5 Apr......... Whole School Assembly 2 pm
Thur 18 Apr.... Principal’s Awards Assemblies
Fri 19 Apr....... End of Term 1


Looking Ahead
SCHOOL CROSSING - Pedestrian crossing helpers desperately needed! If you are able to help with keeping our children safe when crossing Gossamer Drive in the morning from 8.30 to 8.50 am or in the afternoon from 3.00 – 3.15 pm can you please see the office ladies or Mrs Holdom in Room 9. Thank you!
Used Conference or Computer Bags  - We are looking for old conference bags or computer laptop bags that are no longer needed. If you are able to donate them we would love to have them as Maths Games bags for students to practice their maths facts at home. Please drop them into the office. Thanks. Sue Hodge - Maths Co-ordinator
Walking School Bus - We now have two walking school bus routes, Number 1 leaves from Gossamer Drive 4 Square at 8.25 am and Number 2 leaves from the corner of Archmillen Ave and Marvin Downs Ave at 8.35 am.  Get your walking shoes on and join us for mid-term and end of term treats!
Parent Meeting - Come and find out more about walking school buses with Vicky from Auckland Transport, and how you and/or your children can get involved. Thursday the 21st Feb at 2.30 pm  If you are interested in walking a group of children to school come along and find out about this.
PTA Wheels at Lunchtime On Thursday 21 Feb you can bring along your 'Wheels' for supervised play from 1.15 - 1.45 pm in return for a Gold Coin Donation. We would also appreciate the assistance of parents so please talk to the classroom teacher if you are able to help out.  Thanks.
PTA Annual Meeting - Tuesday 26 Feb at 7 pm in the Staffroom. Coffee and cake will be served.  All are welcome.

Student Achievement

Big Congratulations goes to Lachlan McClintock and Andrew Thomas for representing Counties Manukau, Under 11 ELITE Boys and Winning the IPS North Island Touch Tournament in Rotorua, January 2013. Well done.



Focus on Children
The Junior School have been working with Constable White and we have been learning about staying safe in the car and on the road.




POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who were selected and acknowledged this week for their responsible, friendly behaviour.
Room 1
Sharon Lu
Room 3
Madison Johns
Room 4
Tarun Singh
Room 5
Jorhius Kazakevics
Room 7
K’Sharn Engu-Cordtz
Room 8
Vikasni Dharman
Room 9
Peter Kaewkham
Room 10
Kayde Alleyne
Room 11
Adison Makaola
Room 12
Tianna Lavemai
Room 13
Joshua Christophers
Room 14
Conor Wilkinson
Room 15
Ronald Filipo
Room 16
Summer Aholahi-Burgess
Room 17
Paige Newman
Room 18
Leilani Hoeta
Room 19
Alley Scott
Room 20
Kunal Malhotra
Room 21
Lachlan McClintock
Room 22
Louise Skinner
Room 23
Ben Peni
Room 24
Ben Hogan
Room 25
Kian Mahomed
Room 29
Cheydan Hawea
Room 30
Nathan Carter

PERSONAL PRESENTATION
The following students were voted as the overall weeks winner in their year level for the most neatly presented in their uniform.
Year 1:
Oscar Leung
Year 2:
Adam Flesher
Year 3:
Ridwan Usman
Year 4:
Yachna Patel
Year 5:
Jerome Strachan
Year 6:
Fernando Calderon


Adult Zumba Classes Mon/Wed/Fri @ 9.15 am, Sat @ 10 am
Mon/Wed/Thurs/ @ 6.30 pm $12 casual class/$90 for 10 classes
Thursday Zumbatomic fitness class Starts 7th Feb 40 minutes long
Spaces are limited Years 1-6 $50 for 7 lessons Friday Dance Classes start 8th Feb 40 minutes long Spaces are limited Years 1 –6 $50 for 7 lunchtime lessons
Please book via email/internet payments must be received ASAP Bank details 03 1508 0601741 00


COMMUNITY NOTICES
Number Mate A brand new educational game. Maths version of the game Scrabble.First time on the world market. Developed by local people. Sturdy and attractive tiles. Have been well recognised by schools.For more information visit www.rainbowbridge.com.co. Or ring 6240213.
The Parenting Through Separation programme at Willowbank School for  parents who are in the process of separating or who have separated. A free programme delivered by a psychologist from Triple P New Zealand Ltd with a Family Court lawyer. Next session:  February 20/27 from 7 – 9pm. To register call Triple P   09 579 1794.
Girls' Brigade is starting soon! - Girls' Brigade is a girls Youth organisation working to equip girls and young women (5-17yrs old) in a range of life skills, adventures and confidence building. We meet Tuesday nights at Howick Presbyterian Church (Cnr Ridge Road & Vincent Street, Howick). Cost is $150per girl per year. For more info email Erin on: 2ndhowick.gb@gmail.com  or call 021 374 662. We would love to have you join us and we have no waiting lists! 
Adult Zumba Classes Mon/Wed/Fri @ 9.15 am, Sat @ 10 am Mon/Wed/Thurs/ @ 6.30 pm $12 casual class/$90 for 10 classes Thursday Zumbatomic fitness class Starts 7th Feb 40 minutes long Spaces are limited Years 1-6 $50 for 7 lessons Friday Dance Classes start 8th Feb 40 minutes long Spaces are limited Years 1 –6 $50 for 7 lunchtime lessons Please book via email/internet payments must be received ASAP Bank details 03 1508 0601741 00
Play soccer in 2013 at Bucklands Beach A.F.C.  Enrol on-line at www.bbafc.org.nz From 6 years old to senior men and women’s teams – all welcome! Registration closes on 24th February 2013
Sunnyhills Netball Club is inviting all year 4, 5 and 6 players to come and play netball in 2013! Saturday 2nd March from 10am (Year 4 and 5), 11am (Year 6)  we will be meeting at the Lloyd Elsmore courts for registration and trials and would love to see you there. Check out our website www.sportsground.co.nz/sunnyhillsnetball for further details, this is where you will also find our registration form.
Pakuranga Community Family Carnival Day, organised by the Rotary Club of Pakuranga, with support from Auckland City.  Free entry 11am to  3pm Sunday 17 February Bramley Beach Reserve next to the Pakuranga Sailing Club. Lollipop the Clown, Old MacDonalds Farm, Water Walker, Pony Rides, Dog show  - decorate your dog and bring he/she along. Coconut Shies, Quoits, Face Painting, Decorated Bike Parade – make sure you bring yours,
Chinese Tai Chi Master and Chinese Dance Group from 2pm.  For Mum and Dad - Classic Car Display,  Boat Show, For all - Ice cold drinks : Hot drinks : Sausage Sizzle : Candy Floss : Raffles For more information contact Roger Milne ph 575 6266   021 636 601      milnerl@xtra.co.nz
Basketball Development - Kiwi Hoops - The Kiwi Hoops Programme offers an introduction to basketball & will provide individuals with a good fundamental base & knowledge of the rules of the game in a fun & engaging environment. This programme is for player’s ages 6-10, led by ABSL Accredited Coach, Tania Hunter.  Kiwi Hoops provides the highest quality junior basketball training programme in Auckland. Cost only $70 per term Thursday 14th February – 4th April from 4pm-5pm at the Allan Brewster Rec Centre, Papatoetoe. Check out www.basketballauckland.co.nz for more information and registrations. TRIPLE P SKILLS (Ages 11 – 16) provides an environment for further skill development in a wide range of areas through fundamentals based sessions during the school term, led by an ABSL Coach. Skills covered will include individual ball handling, offensive technique, shooting development, defensive concepts & principles & improving overall game understanding. Cost only $70 per term Thursday 14th February – 4th April from 5pm-6pm at the Allan Brewster Rec Centre, Papatoetoe. Check out www.basketballauckland.co.nz for more information and registrations.


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