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.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Respect

Good Day Parents/Guardians,

     Last Friday at our student assembly we were very fortunate to have Constable Celms from the Leduc R.C.M.P. detachment join us and speak to the students.  Constable Celms' presentation reinforced our monthly theme, which is "Respect", and he also spoke about bullying and how it can affect both the bully and the individual being bullied.  In addition, we also discussed the difference between bullying and conflict since we can often confuse the two.  Please take a look at the information below which helps us better understand these two concepts. 

What is bullying?

Bullying is defined as a conscious, willful, deliberate and repeated hostile activity marked by an imbalance of power with intent to do harm.  If the situation does not have all these elements, it is not bullying.  It is a conflict and should be named as such.

Bullying vs. Conflict
The term “bullying” may be used in situations where it often does not apply and is frequently confused with conflict.   Conflict is a normal part of our lives and we need to learn how to deal with it.  We need to empower our children and teach them how to resolve conflict.

No “Silver Bullet” to Prevent Bullying

No one program, resource or approach will prevent and stop bullying.  The most effective way to prevent bullying is a comprehensive approach with a focus on a caring, respectful, and safe learning environment.

Empathy is Key
Empathy is the ability to recognize and understand another person’s feelings, and to respond in an accepting way.  By learning to show empathy to others, our kids can help create a more tolerant, peaceful world. 

What is our school doing?
Our school focuses on developing a caring, respectful and safe learning environment through a variety of activities:
Character Education Assemblies
Be Cool Program
Modeling of appropriate behavior by staff
Classroom and Playground rules and expectations
"Hands Off" playground policy
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The well being of our students is a top priority at East Elementary and we will continue to work with them daily to ensure that they make good choices and learn from any of their mistakes. 

Have a great week and Happy Turkey Day!
Mr. Chomlak