Monday, November 24, 2014

Changes at East Elementary

For those of you that keep up with reading my blogs, you will recall that Ms. Brayford has recently announced her retirement from the teaching profession. As a result of her retirement, we advertised for a replacement teacher in Grade 4 and I am happy to inform you that Mrs. Giles will be taking that position for the remainder of the year.  I know that Mrs. Giles is very excited to be in the Grade 4 classroom, however, she will miss the Grade 6 students as well.  We will now be looking to find a replacement teacher for Mrs. Giles in the Grade 6 classroom.  I thank you all for your patience and understanding as we move through these transitions within the school. Have a wonderful week.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Thank you East Elementary families!
We donated 72 Shoeboxes to Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child fundraiser. Your generosity will give many boys and girls around the world gifts and other important items in time for the holiday season.

Visit their website for more information.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


I believe that I am very fortunate to be a teacher. I get to work with your children all day, I get to enjoy some great breaks, and I know that one day, a long, long, long time from now, I will retire and spend my days whacking golf balls around in a hot climate.  Well, for someone special on our staff, that day has just arrived. It is my privilege to announce that Ms. Roxanne Brayford will be embarking on her retirement journey as of the end of November. Ms. Brayford is looking forward to some travelling and spending her time cruising around in her Mustang. Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to observe Ms. Brayford every day and it was obvious to me that she truly loves working with children and takes a great deal of pride in her profession. 
On behalf of the staff and students at East Elementary I would like to wish you a wonderful retirement filled with sun, sand, and relaxation.  Congratulations Ms. Brayford. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Two Short Weeks = One Short Blog

     As some of you have likely noticed, we have two short weeks in a row. Yesterday, my weekly blog reminder popped up on my calendar and I began to rationalize why it would be easier for me to just skip this week and maybe write one only for next week.  I then debated with myself further, thinking that since this week is 4 days and next week is 3 days, I could easily just skip both weeks and not worry about it. Well, as I thought about it, I heard this voice in my head saying the same thing I heard so many times as a boy.  It was the voice of my dad saying "If you aren't going to do it right, don't bother doing it at all".  As a young boy growing up on a farm, there was never any shortage of chores to do and like all young boys, doing chores was not even near the top of my "to do" list. I remember working in the garden, painting fences, or picking rocks and I am sure I spent more time trying to figure out how to get out of doing the work or getting it done as quickly as possible.  However, over time I realized that my dad's words were very important. That phrase instilled a work ethic in me that I still have to this day and I am grateful for it. So when we work with our children, we have to remember not to give up and to keep saying those important phrases over and over.  Eventually, some of it does sink in.

Have a wonderful week, a thoughtful Remembrance Day, and a restful long weekend.

Mr. Chomlak