Year 0/1 Newsletter, Term 3, 2017

We welcome everyone back from their holidays. Welcome to new students and families joining our Elm Park School community this term.

 Welcome to Mrs Michelle Wyatt who will be teaching in room 5 and Mrs Melanie Olsen who is returning to teach in room 00 with our brand new 5 year olds.

Important dates this term: 

  • 27 July - Milo morning for children on the Walking School Bus
  • Book Fair opens for the next week
  • 3 August - Student Led Conferences for year 1 - 6 make a booking on line

Introducing our Year 0/1 Teaching Team

Team Leader Year 0/1

Mrs Kerry Tetupu

Year 0

Mrs Kerry Tetupu - Room 0 - kerry@elmpark.school.nz 

Mrs Melanie Olsen - Room 00 - melanie@elmpark.school.nz

Year 1

Mrs Susanne Kerr - Room 1 - susanne@elmpark.school.nz 

Miss Phoebe Lee - Room 2 - phoebe@elmpark.school.nz 

Mrs Keryn Scott - Room 3 (Mon - Wed) - keryn@elmpark.school.nz 

Mrs Roseanne Worsfold - Room 3 (Thurs/Fri) - roseanne@elmpark.school.nz                                 

Miss Aimee-Rose Donnell - Room 4 - aimee-rose@elmpark.school.nz

Mrs Michelle Wyatt - Room 5 - michelle@elmpark.school.nz

Miss Shintika Lal - Room 6 - shintika@elmpark.school.nz

Deputy Principal is Mrs Karen Allen. In the first instance always talk to the class teacher but feel free to contact Karen on karen@elmpark.school.nz if there are questions.  

Our learning focus for this term

This term we continue learning about the following


As this is the school’s 50th Jubilee year we will be focussing on different types of celebrations from around the world, things that happen in our lives at school and at home.

Teachers will continue to develop your child’s Oral Language skills. Children need to be able to talk about what they know, think and are wondering Oral language is important for reading and writing. We will also be teaching them to manage themselves in a range of situations.

Your child’s e-Portfolios, which is a blog and a google site, will be updated once a term as a means of keeping you up to date with their learning. It would be fantastic if you could log on, using your parent login, and comment on what you see.  Your child’s login is glued into their homework book.                                                                                                                           See the office personnel if you are unsure of your login details.

We are working really hard on building more resilience and confidence in your children.  We want children to feel they can give the tricky or new learning a go and understand that it is not about getting it right every time that is important, it is the problem solving skills they use, the way they ask for help and the manner in which they keep on trying that is vital to their development.  Life isn’t always about being the best or right every time.  If you could think of ways to help your children develop their resilience we believe we will all see the benefits.

We need help with…

In year 1 we would love the assistance of adults to listen to children read and adults to read to children.  This can be done before school or during the school day if you have time.  A regular spot in the classroom working with one or two children at a time would be greatly appreciated.  If you think this is you, please talk to the class teacher.


Being prepared for the day:

We ask for your continued support in ensuring that your child has brought their book-bag with homework book and reader to school each day. It helps the children prepare for the day if they are in school before the 8.55am bell.  We suggest that your child is at school between 8.30am and 8.40am.  If you child comes to school before 8.15am you must enrol them in Kids Korner as staff are not available to supervise them until 8.15am.  During term 3 children will wait inside the classroom of the teacher on duty if they do not have parent supervision.  If you are supervising your child we ask that you are aware of where they are and what they are doing and they wait quietly with you.  You are welcome to go into the classroom with them.

Settling your child:

  • Have a morning routine at home and  for school
  • Have an after school routine so you know what your child has eaten, check for notices
  • After homework is done put it back in the book bag  and then the school bag so it is not forgotten
  • Help them be responsible for their own things - book bag, shoes lunch box etc
  • Say your goodbyes before the bell at 8.55am
  • Take the time to walk them into school and eventually leave them at the road crossing if that is what you need to do
  • Make sure the school knows of changes to your home routines when you think it will make a difference
  • If you need to talk to the teacher make a time to do this, discussing important issues in front of children is not always wise


Regular attendance at school is imperative to your child settling and making progress.  Disrupted attendance means your child is missing out regular teaching, they are not familiar with expectations and what has been happening in the classroom and at school.  If you have decided your child is going to start school at 5 then they need to be at school.  Teachers create programmes and irregular attendance means the teacher is not able to have flow in what your child is learning.  After your child turns 6 there is a legal expectation they will attend school regularly.  Any non-attendance needs to be reported to the office, this is for the safety of your child.

Waiting after school:

Your child will wait in their classroom until 3.15pm for you to pick them up unless we know they are to go to Kids Korner.  After 3.15pm they will wait under the tree by the school office.  If you have not picked them up by 3.30pm they will be sent to Kids Korner and there will be a charge for this.  We realise there are occasions when you are going to be late but you will have to let the office know before 2.45pm to ensure your child’s teacher gets this information.  It is vital we have your up to date details if we need to call you for clarification.  Children are not permitted to wait outside the school grounds, this is a major safety issue. Please do not ask your child to meet you on the street if they are not actually walking home. Please do not have them waiting in other areas around the school, we have no way of knowing where they are, and if you happen to get held up this can cause concerns for you and your child/ren.


Please ensure that your child is in the correct school uniform and that all items of clothing are clearly named;  jumper and shoes included.  A note must be sent with your child if they are wearing non-uniform items of clothing.  Please do not put long sleeved t-shirts under your child’s clothing; by all means put a thermal singlet underneath.  Children are kept warm in the rooms with the heat pump and they can wear their fleecy jackets outside.  If the weather is really wet and cold they do not go outside.  It would be beneficial if your child had a rain jacket so they can get to and from the classroom without getting wet. Coming to school in damp clothes does encourage the germs to set in.

Keeping in contact and up to date:

  • There are many ways to do this - always check your child’s bag and book bag for notices
  • Read the school Facebook Page
  • The school newsletter which is sent out every second school week - it is displayed on the class window/wall and can be accessed through the school website, and the Facebook page.  We do not send home paper copies of the newsletter.
  • If you wish to speak with the teacher please make an appointment with them so that you can have an uninterrupted and professional discussion.  Trying to talk to the teacher at 8.30am or 8.55am when the bell goes is not helpful to you or your child.
  • Please make sure the office has your up to date details.  You can pass this information onto the class teacher or email the office secretary@elmpark.school.nz 

Eating, Food and Waste Disposal:

  • Children are supervised at morning tea and lunch to ensure they do eat something
  • Please make sure your child has healthy filling food - no chocolate or sweets
  • Please cut up apples, oranges or large fruit so that your child can eat this easily
  • We do not heat food
  • Children will bring home any food scraps or wrappings we are unable to recycle - we feed the worms, make compost and recycle containers and paper.  We do not take chippy wrappers or glad wrap or other wrapping that we cannot recycle

Lunch Ordering:

This can be done on Kindo https://www.elmpark.school.nz/kindo-shop/ but must be completed by 9.00pm the night before the lunch is wanted. Your child can go to the lunchroom and order with cash or you can pay by eftpos at the office.


Milk comes to the classroom once or twice a week.  If you have indicated you would like your child to have milk we offer it to them but we do not make them drink it.

Mathletics and Reading Eggs:

Your child has access to both these programmes at home and at school.  At school the use of the programmes is part of the teaching and learning programme, they may only use one programme on a given day.  However they are able to use these at home at your discretion.  We believe that they do need limited access to these programmes, whilst they are learning as they have fun, they also need to be learning in other ways and playing outside or with a sibling or being read to is just as important.

Boxes of tissues:

If you would like to donate a box of homebrand tissues to your child’s class for term 3 it would be appreciated.  With runny noses it will really assist the teachers to have these on hand.

Parent Contribution and Activity Payment:

  • The parent contribution is $160 per child
  • The activity payment is set at $100 for the year. Please contact the office for other easy payment options. This activity fee covers the cost of classroom resources, class trips and groups visiting the school and sports activities throughout the year.

You can set up automatic payments so the cost of the donation and activity fee is evenly spread over the year.  See the office personnel for the school bank account number and payment schedule.  You can pay directly into Kindo https://www.elmpark.school.nz/kindo-shop/  or come into the school office and use eftpos.


Your child will have an e-Portfolio - a blog and a private site.  This is our way of reporting to you.  The blog is open to the world, you are able to leave comments, you will need a password to login. It is better to use your own login other wise it looks like the child is leaving their own comments. The site can be accessed only by you, however you will need your password to do this.  Please see the school office to get the password.  The value the blog and site are that you have access anywhere, you can share with family if you wish to and your child is involved in what is uploaded.

Helping your child with Homework:

Time spent with your child is very valuable.  Reading to them and discussing the story really helps them a lot with literacy skills, life skills and social skills.  Talking about what they think, what they might have done, do they remember when (making connections between what has just been read and their own lives) and making predictions are vital to learning.  Completing the phonics work and learning the words on the back of the homework book, listening to them read and reading to them is plenty. Above all keep it fun for everyone. Think of fun ways to practise other things.  Playing games where you all have to take turns and sometimes you don’t win is a great way to reinforce resilience and build confidence.  Playing games with number plates, looking for shapes in the park and the environment.  Children need to know their full name, address and a phone number - you can do these things in the car or walking on the way to school.

Keep in touch with the teacher.  Teachers will write little notes in the homework book. You have the email address above so if you can’t meet with them as you are working then send an email and they will get back to you.  Ask your child about what they have been learning, not what they did.  If they say reading, ask them what they were learning in reading.  

Remember to praise them for the effort they put into learning.  Your encouragement builds their confidence.

Here is a list of suggested things that are helpful for a 5 year old to know and the social skills they need to be developing.