Friday, September 12, 2014

School Safety

Dear Parents/Guardians,

     You have likely heard that on September 11th our Emergency Response Plan was activated due to an incident at Leduc Composite High School.  As a result, our staff and students at East Elementary School went into what is called a "Hold and Secure", where all the exterior doors were locked and our students could move freely within the school, however, no one was allowed to enter or exit the building.
     I wanted to recognize the great job all of our staff at EES did in keeping our students calm and organized during this event.  Throughout the year, our staff and students practice emergency response events such as hold and secure, fire drills, tornado warnings, and many other possible scenarios from our Emergency Response Manual.  Through these preparations, we try to ensure that your children will always be safe in the event that something unusual occurs at school or within our community.

     I would like to remind you that we have some important school events happening next week.  On Tuesday evening, we will be hosting our "Meet the Staff" night at 6:30PM followed by our School Council and East Elementary Parent Association meeting at 7:00PM. Please drop by the school to meet our amazing staff and make connections with our school family.  On Friday the 19th we will have our first Staff Planning and Development Day.  During the morning, all staff will attend our Black Gold Regional Schools welcome back event. In the afternoon, our staff will be heading back to school to work on Long Range Lesson Plans, Professional Growth Plans, and Blogging!

     I wish you all a wonderful week and if we have not had the opportunity to meet, please stop by the office and introduce yourself.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Black Gold Regional Schools -- Parent Letter

East Elementary Families,

Please read the following letter released from our school division regarding today's Hold and Secure. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our principal, Zane Chomlak.

You can also download the pdf version here.

Monday, September 8, 2014

What a Week!!

Good day everyone!  Wow, what a great first week we have had at East!  I am truly impressed by the incredible students, parents/guardians, and staff that we have in our school community. This past week we had some exciting changes with the addition of a grade 1 class and the return of Miss. Kruse.  She has done a great job taking over the grade 2 class.  We also have some other new additions to our staff; Mrs. Erin Reich and Mrs. Krista Regier will be joining our Pre-Kindergarten teams in Mrs. Metke's room and Miss. Smith's room.

So what will we be doing this week? Well, our staff will be getting your children into their daily routines and there will be some exciting learning taking place in our classrooms.  Our Pre-Kindergarten children will be starting this week as well, so that will definitely add a lot of energy to our school.  We will also have school photos this week, so check out the online school calendar for more details on that.  Have a super week everyone!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Changes to Class Assignments in Grade 1 and 2

Dear Grade 1 and 2 Parents/Guardians,

     Due to the large enrollment in grade 1 (30 students), we will be splitting the class into two grade 1 classes.  Fortunately, Mrs. Derechey has a number of years of grade 1 teaching experience and is happy to take our new grade 1 class.  Miss Jennifer Kruse, a former East Elementary teacher, will take Mrs. Derechey’s place in grade 2.  Miss. Kruse has taught at a number of schools in Black Gold and I am sure she will fit right in with our team.  As a result of the changes, the grade 2’s will be moving to the music room and the new grade 1 class will be located in Mrs. Derechey’s current room.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you or your child, however, I am confident that our students will benefit from the smaller class sizes in grade 1 and that all of our students will adapt quickly to the change. 
Please feel free to contact me in the office if you have any questions or concerns.
Mr. Chomlak