Monday, October 27, 2014

This Will Be A Spooktacular Week

On occasion, I have been called a "Cheap Ukrainian" by those who know me best.  This weekend was the first time (and probably not the last) that my boys called me that!  As we were doing some shopping, we had the inevitable debate regarding Halloween costumes and why they needed new ones immediately.  My feeling, of course, is that the two gigantic hockey bags of Halloween costumes in the basement could serve us well again this year and perhaps into the next decade. However in the end, and after a lengthy discussion we did purchase a few "extras", but they still had to rummage through the Halloween hockey bags.
This whole situation raises an important question about our society.  We have lived in such a prosperous age where we really have very few worries other than what material things we can accumulate and what plastic masks we might buy for Halloween. I think it is important that we remember to be thankful for what we have and not sweat the little things.  The most important things we have are the relationships that we build with our family and other people.  So this Friday, while Mrs. Giles is making her family eat apples and non-fat granola bars (because she is our Healthy Schools Champion), remember to have some fun with your family and friends.  Have a Happy Pumpkin Day!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Groundhog Day

     This weekend we celebrated my oldest son's birthday and as part of that we watched the relatively new movie, Edge of Tomorrow.  I am a huge science fiction and fantasy fan, so I found this movie very entertaining. The plot of the movie is that a soldier, Tom Cruise, relives the same day over and over in order to defeat the aliens attacking earth.  This movie is actually very similar to Groundhog Day, just not quite as funny as Bill Murray letting a groundhog drive his truck down the road while being chased by police.  Regardless, the movie did make me think of how it would be to have the opportunity to relive one day over and over.  What would we do? What would we strive for? What wrongs would we right? In reality, we only get to live each day once and we do not have the chance to try to fix all of the mistakes we may have made.  This is why we must try to be the best person that we can be every day. Our staff has to come to school and try to be the best that they can each day.  As parents, we have to be the best parents that we can every day, and our children have to try to be the best students that they can be each day too.  Although it would be nice to have some "redo's" in life, we do not get them, so each day we need to strive to live exemplary lives.
    I hope you all have an inspirational week and focus on being an even better person than you were the day before.  

Mr. Chomlak 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Author Visit - Tyler Enfield

East Elementary welcomed award-winning author, Tyler Enfield, to our school today for a wonderful presentation. Thanks for stopping by! 
Thanks also to Mrs. Hicks for organizing this for East.

Check out our Facebook page for more pictures!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Parent Letter - October 15th

Hello Parents/Guardians,
Please see the follow letter regarding an incident at our school this morning. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Zane Chomlak.

View the PDF here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What did you do Thanksgiving Weekend?

This Thanksgiving I had the good fortune to travel with some close friends to Kelowna.  We had some really fun activities planned while we were there including a half marathon, boating, eating, and some shopping (I mostly watched the shopping). On Saturday, we were all boating on Lake Kalamalka and I had to remind myself that we always need to look at how we treat people around us. As you might imagine, if you fill a boat full of men there can be some fairly interesting banter, however, after teasing one individual for a while I realized it probably wasn't appreciated.  I think that this self-reflection is one of the key skills that we need to teach our children as well.  We have to realize that it is OK to have fun and joke around with others, but we also need to have the ability and courage to say sorry when we realize that we have crossed a line. We can not let our pride or egos get in the way of doing what is right.  Fortunately for me, it was a boat load of men so the amount of feelings that could be hurt were minimal at best and the trip was lots of fun!

I also have a few reminders for our parents and guardians.  Please do not bring pets onto school property.  Although you may be sure your pet is fine around other people, many of our students and parents are not comfortable around animals and the safety of our students is our top priority. Secondly, at the end of the day please ensure that you are supervising your children if they are playing on the equipment.  We do ask that all students leave school grounds at the end of the day unless they are with parents or guardians. This way we can try to ensure that all of our students are safely on their way home or accounted for.  Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and let's have super week at EES.