Year 3 Newsletter, Term 3, 2017

Welcome back to Term 3  and a special welcome to our new families at Elm Park School.

We look forward to another exciting term of learning.

Important dates this term:

  • 3 August: Student led conferences

  • 14 - 18 August:  Maths Week; Maths Olympiad TBC

  • 11 - 15 September: Maori language week

  • 18 - 22 September: Year 3 cross country event; date TBC

  • 29 September:  End of Term 3

Our learning focus for the term:

Our learning focus this term will continue to be centred around the theme of celebrations and remembrances.

We will be working our way towards preparing for Elm Park School’s jubilee celebrations in Term 4, which will include preparing for the bi-annual art exhibition.

This term, we will be focussing on improving our fitness by practising for a cross country event later in the term. We will be practising on Mondays and Wednesdays. It would be a good idea to send running shoes on these days every week,  as the course can be quite muddy.

We will be continuing with e-Portfolios as a means of keeping you up to date with your child’s learning. It would be fantastic if you post comments on your child’s blog.

Useful information


Please ensure that your child is in the correct school uniform and that all items of clothing are clearly named, hat and shoes included.  

All school shoes need to be plain BLACK.  Please do not buy shoes with coloured soles and laces. No boots or heels.

No long sleeved T-shirts / skivvies to be worn under the school shirt.

Food policy:

Some children suffer from food allergies. Therefore, children are not allowed to share any food or drink with other children. Fizzy drinks, lollies/ chocolates are not allowed in school. We encourage students to bring water to school.   We do have water fountains that students can use at all times.


Being prepared for the day:

We ask for your support in ensuring that your child has brought their bookbag with homework book and reader to school each day. Remember that NO BOOKBAG means NO BOOK sent home.

It helps the children prepare for the day if they are in school before the 8.55 am bell.  Children can come into rooms when the bell rings at 8.30am.


Your child will visit the school library every week. Please ensure that the borrowed book is returned promptly, before the next visit to the library. We trust that the library books that are taken home will be looked after.


Please spend some time every night reading with your child. Poems, readers and library books will be sent home on a regular basis. Homework will be sent home weekly. Some time will need to be spent each night on practising the spellings and basic facts.

Keeping in contact

Contact with and from school

There are many ways we can contact you and you can contact the school.  It is vital that school has your latest contact details in case of an emergency.




Our smartphone app by Skoolbag can be downloaded for free from iTunes & Google Play - just search for Elm Park School.

Year 3 & 4 Deputy Principal - Belinda Johnston or 09 5770194