Elm Park School Newsletter - 10th May 2013 - Term 2 - Week 1

Friday May 10th  – Term 2 Week 1

Value Focus for next week: 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, Greetings to you all. 

Welcome all our new families to the Elm Park School community. We trust that your association with our school will be a positive journey.

Staffing for Term 2 - Welcome back to Miss Gaea Ladley who will be teaching in Room 10 for the rest of the year, replacing Miss Andrea Charlesworth who is travelling overseas.  Mrs Hodge has had a set back with her arm and will be away for a few more weeks. Ms Monica Meikle has kindly offered to step into Room 13.

Activities and Cultural payments - Just a reminder that if you pay the School activities and cultural payments by the term as opposed to annually, then $25.00 is due for Term 2. Thank you to everyone who has already paid, we really appreciate it.

Uniform - With the winter weather approaching we have a smart, cosy and warm long sleeved jacket for our students to wear.  Our Uniform shop is open every day from 8.15 am – 9.00 am then 2.30 to 3.00 pm. Sheree Houghton is our friendly, helpful manager of the Uniform shop.

Parent Information Sessions - We are running two information sessions about e-portfolios and how to access information about your child’s school progress, on-line from a computer.

Week 3 Term 2  Thursday 23 May 2013
Session 1 - 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm  School Auditorium
Session 2 - 6.30 pm - 7.30 pm  School Auditorium

E-portfolios - Did you know that you are able to view your child’s Term 1 assessment data and evidence of work right now in the e-Portfolios?  Using your own login you are also welcome to leave comments about your child’s learning to encourage them.  Please contact the office if you have lost your parent login details.

Week 2, Term 2, Wednesday 15 May 2013 - Rooms 16 and 20 will be hosting a Parent Information Evening for parents of Room 16 & 20 students in the Auditorium at 6.30 pm to discuss a new method of reporting to parents on their student’s achievement and classroom work via Google Apps. More information to come later.

Kind regards
Trish Plowright

                  Key Events For Your Diary
Mon 6 May................ Term 2 Commences
Thur 23 May............. New Parent Orientation

Week in Review

Ever seen a cartoonist or an illustrator?
Ross Kinnaird is an illustrator of books in New Zealand. One of the more well known books he has illustrated is “Why do Dogs Sniff Bottoms?”.  He came to our school to talk to us about his career. He explained how he created his amazing pictures and the techniques he uses to paint and draw. He also showed us a variety of the books he has illustrated. He is quite a comedian and enjoyed sharing stories about his life and job, which often ended in us laughing.
Ross brought along with him some of the materials that he uses. He explained about pencil thickness, paintbrush types and gave us advice on using and storing them.
Just when Mrs Rist thought that she was safe Ross drew a picture of her with the body of a chicken! Mrs B also got captured, he drew her body stomping the ground!
Finally, he gave us chance to provide him with two animals that he could combine to make a new one. One of the best ones was the penguin and fish, which he named ‘Pish’!  It was obvious from the enthusiasm that thechildren loved listening and watching Ross. It was a great opportunity to meet an illustrator, something most of us don’t get chance to do. 
Now back to my drawing board!
Ephraim (Room 22)

Student Achievement

Lachlan McClintock received the sportsmanship award for Year 6 Howick and Pakuranga Cricket Club. He also came 3rd place overall in 9 year boys, Junior Track and Field and 3rd place in Field from Pakuranga Athletic Club. Well done!
Looking Ahead

To all parents and caregivers: We are selling marshmallows to raise money for next year’s camp. It’s 60 cents for marshmallows on a stick with chocolate and sprinkles. For only 50 cents you can buy plain marshmallows on a stick. We will be selling for 2 weeks only on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s morning tea and lunch time. In the seniors you can buy these yummy treats in the shade area. In the juniors you can buy marshmellows on a stick by the big tree.
Thank you for helping us go to camp, from room 25

Headstart is a pre-school programme for four year olds who may or may not be attending Elm Park School. The purpose of this programme is to familiarise children with the school learning environment. This programme runs during term time on Wednesdays at 1.30 pm. This is run by Mrs Pauline Grainger. Please contact to the office for further information.

Elm Park School - Board of Trustees Election REMINDER
Nominations are invited for the election of 5 parent representatives to the board of trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations will be posted to all eligible voters. Additional nomination forms can be obtained from the school office. Nominations close at noon on 16 May 2013, which is 14 days before the election date and may be accompanied by a signed candidate’s statement. The voting roll will be open for inspection at the school and can be viewed during normal school hours. There will also be a list of candidates’ names, as they come to hand, for inspection at the school. Voting closes at noon on 30 May 2013.
Signed Rachel Herriott, Returning Officer

LAPTOPS FOR SALE - We are selling our three year old MacBook laptops.  They are three years old and in very good condition.  There is some minor wear and tear - some small marks on the lid mostly.  The bases are a rubber material which marks easily - see photo.  The price is $630 including GST and you can pay by cash, bank deposit or EFT-POS.  All the laptops are in good working order when sold but the school takes no responsibility for any repairs required later.  The specifications for the laptop are:
OSX 10.8.3
2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 13"
250GB Hard Drive
CD/DVD Writer (SuperDrive)
Battery (these are three years old so the charge doesn't last long)
Power Adapter
Airport Extreme Card (wireless card)
There are a number of applications installed, the key ones being:
    Address Book
(Keynote, Pages, Numbers)
   MS Office
(Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc)

Please contact Belinda Johnston if you have any questions (belinda@elmpark.school.nz or 5770194).

Focus on Children

Blowing bubbles by Room 3

Room 3 have been learning how to draw a portrait of themselves.  In their pictures the students have used pastel for the skin colours.  We have added a table tennis ball painted pink to look like they are blowing bubbles.


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

Room 1
Cheyenne Harrington
Room 3
Vandana Patel
Room 4
Brian Li
Room 5
Sam O’Connor
Room 7
Parniha Thayakaran
Room 8
Jessica Willats Hogan
Room 9
Jessica Willats Hogan
Room 10
Joshua De Silva
Room 11
Micah Guyan
Room 12
Riley Marshall-Stewart
Room 13
Jesica Pratt
Room 14
Cindy Liu
Room 15
Kowyn Baddeley
Room 16
Javier Tangitau
Room 17
Briana Hayes
Room 18
Aston Stonelake
Room 19
Nadia Wilson
Room 20
Hubert Lai
Room 21
James Hills
Room 22
Chloe Burgess
Room 23
Nicholas Putman
Room 24
Phoebe Sirett
Room 25
Hank Huang
Room 29
Kiri Kerswell
Room 30
Phoenix Kaukau-Kara


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

Year 1:
Jason Lu
Year 2:
Phoenix Adams
Year 3:
Ty Potatau
Year 4:
Jayden Walker
Year 5:
Saara Khan
Year 6:
Jamie Ma

Lunchtime dance classes for Term 2 start 9th,10th May 1.10 pm for 9 weeks $50 bookings contact Natasha danceit@xtra.co.nz
or 021793018 Mid Year Performance Friday 6.30 pm 5th July


NZ U13 Baseball Fundraiser Asia Pacific/Middle East World Series  Little League Baseball Tournament Philippines 2013 Variety of Items 4 sale, so come buy a bargain! BBQ food & Drinks  Sunday 12 May   NB:  RAIN DAY – FOLLOWING SUNDAY 19th MAY 7.30 am – midday.  HP Baseball Car Park, Lloyd Elsmore, Entrance off Cascades Road, opp Fruit’n’Veg
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:  May 29/ June 5 from 7 – 9pm. To register call Triple P   09 579 1794.
We would like to Invite you to our OPEN DAY Mt Hobson Middle School          Enrolments Year 7-10  Points of Difference:  -Small School Environment -High Quality Teaching -Learning plan for each student -Student/teacher ratio of 12:1 -Extensive individual feedback -Excellent learning resources -Competitive fee structure -A project based, integrated curriculum -Structured core subjects -Differentiated day structure -Christian philosophy and values OPEN DAY Tuesday 28th May Visit anytime between 10am-1pm Mt Hobson Middle School 131 Remuera Rd Ph 523-1241 or www.mthobson.school.nz
St Cuthberts College Endeavor Scholarship for entry in Year 7 2014.  We are currently accepting applications from girls of Maori and / or Pacifika descent who are in year 6.  Applications close on Wednesday 31 July 2013.  Please contact the Elm Park School Office for further information or email Julie.drew@stcuthberts.school.nz


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