SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Eagle Academy encourages academic excellence by integrating proven instructional methods with a challenging curriculum and high expectations.This combination provides every child with the foundation needed to achieve proficiency of Eagle Academy’s performance standards at each instructional level.

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  • September 21 - APB Special Meeting - (5:45 p.m.) via YouTube Live
  • September 25 - Homework Drop Off & Materials Pick Up (9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

More information about these events appear further down in the newsletter. You can also visit the News & Events section of our website homepage. (https://www.asdk12.org/eagleacademycharter)

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Tentative Date: October 19th

By now most, if not all of you have received an email from Dr. Bishop and the Anchorage School District announcing the District's plan for bringing students back to in-person instruction. At this time ASD hopes to bring back PreK-6 grade students at the beginning of the 2nd Quarter, which starts on October 19th.

Should the new metric dictate re-opening schools, Eagle Academy will follow suit and start in-person instruction at that time. The new Medium Risk range plan scraps the cohort model and brings back all students for instruction for 6.0 hours per day, five days a week.

Below is our daily schedule. Returning families will notice it looks a lot like our pre-COVID schedule with minor changes to arrival and dismissal times as well as condensing instructional time to 4 hrs and 35 minutes to bring us in line with the District.

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In accordance with Anchorage School District protocols, Eagle Academy will not be screening all students upon entry to the building. We will instead implement the honor system and rely on families to do a daily home screening check in the morning before departing for school.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of reported symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms and children and youth with SARS-CoV-2 infection may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms. (See Symptoms of Coronavirus for more information).

Given the wide range of symptoms and the fact that some people with SARS-CoV-2 infection (the virus that causes COVID-19) are asymptomatic, there are limitations to symptom screening conducted by schools for the identification of COVID-19.

Eagle Academy is asking for your help in self-monitoring. We are counting on everyone in our school community to look after each other and not unnecessarily risk the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and family members at home.

If your child displays any of these symptoms please do not send them to school. If a student begins to display symptoms consistent with COVID 19/SARS-CoV-2 while they are in school, Nurse Jan will screen the student. Parents may be requested to pick your student up from school and quarantine the student at home for 10 days or until a negative COVID test result is confirmed.

Please see the attached Daily Home Screening Checklist below.

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In an attempt to minimize the time students spend in large groups outside their classroom pods, students will be eating lunch in their classrooms (not in the lunchroom).

We are requesting you send your student with a healthy snack to enjoy during the morning break as well as pack items that do not need to be microwaved. Microwaves will not be available to heat up meals. If you would like to send something warm, please pack it in a thermos or insulated container.

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Students will be excited to know that we are planning to go outside to the playground for recess. It is a great time for them to stretch and get the wiggles out.

Preliminary data indicate that the risk of transmission of COVID is lessened while participating in outdoor activities, due to airflow. We will continue to encourage and maintain social distancing (as much as possible) and require students to wear their masks during recess.

Experience has shown us that EACS students are able to wear masks while playing on the playground. Most, if not all of our students, across all grade levels, happily wear masks during the winter months during recess without complaint or adverse effect

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Nurse Jan will be conducting our annual flu shot clinic again this year. Anyone ages 6 months and older who live within the municipality of Anchorage/Eagle River/Chugiak area is eligible (students, siblings, parents, staff, other community members) can receive a seasonal influenza flu shot.

There are .pdf's attached below of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention FLU guide for parents and the 2020 Influenza Shot Consent form. Please have the form completed and signed when you stop by on October 1st or 2nd.

Dates: Thursday, October 1 and Friday, October 2

Times: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Eagle Academy Charter School (drop off and pick up staging area)

Other clinics will be held at the following locations on the following dates:

  • Sat. Sep 27 at the Ed Center, outside, 07:30 am - 3:30 pm

  • Wed. Sep 30 at the Ed Center and or MLMS outside, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thur. Oct 1 at EACS, outside, 9 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri. Oct 2. at EACS, outside, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed. Oct 7. at ERHS, outside, TBD

On the Ed Center* days, Sep 26th and 30th, we will also have all other immunizations available, if a student needs their next shot in their series.

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Kids used to love screen time. Then came the pandemic and Zoom.

Headaches, anxiety, and exhaustion caused by never-ending video meetings are no longer exclusively for adults trying to work from home during the pandemic.

Not all screen time is the same. As we have started the fall semester with remote-learning we want to minimize the effects of digital eye strain on our students' eyes.

Eagle Academy has focused on designing our school days around what gives kids meaningful interaction and instruction. Teachers included mixture of ways to deliver information, like a video or lecture, plus activities for actively engaging with the lessons, like practicing writing or doing math problems.

Below is an infographic that will also help break up the time your students spend in front of a screen.

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We have openings in our 5th and 6th-grade classes.

If you know of any families who might be interested please have them contact the front office (907) 742-3025.

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Preparation for Eventual Return to In-Person Instruction

Eagle Academy will be following ASD safety protocols. We view the mask mandate as an extension of our school uniform policy.

Principal Carroll is requesting the APB consider revising the previous guidance regarding student face masks to expand the acceptable mask colors to include: black, grey, and brown. The APB is holding a special session meeting on Monday, September 21st at 5:45 p.m. The meeting will be broadcast via YouTube Live.

French Toast has graciously donated one uniform facemask for each student. We will distribute the masks and a lanyard to secure the masks to their person when we resume in-person instruction. As with all articles of uniform, we request that you print your student's name with a permanent marker on the mask in case it is accidentally left behind.

In the event that you are unable to source face masks for your student(s), please contact Principal Carroll.

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CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020-2021 PTO Officers

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Deanne Carroll - Principal

Vanessa Hall - APB Chair

Missy TImberlake - APB Teacher

Mindy Edison - APB Teacher

Jennifer Bundy - APB Parent Member

Casey Andrysiak - APB Parent Member

Paige Saylor - APB Parent Member

Vacant - APB Community Member

Eagle Academy PTO

Tonya Prentiss - Chair: (719) 213-5678

Beth Sherwood - Co-Vice-Chair: (907) 362-3499

Alysia Thayer - Co-Vice-Chair: (303) 378-3097

Vanessa Hall - Co-Treasurer: (907) 230-6365

Amie Mitchell - Co-Treasurer: (907) 830-1604

Haley Gagnon - Secretary: (907) 310-6690

Heather Milligan - Parent Rep: (774) 254-1238

Mindy Edison - Teacher Rep (907) 223-7774