Early Excellence Express

October 26, 2020

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HALLOWEEN SCAVENGER HUNT

Early Excellence is collaborating with THS Education & Training students and TSA students for the Halloween Scavenger Hunt. The Education & Training Pathways program has planned and organized this event scheduled for Friday, October 30th.


Fun, hand-painted characters will be set up on the THS practice baseball field. Some characters will have a bucket of prizes hidden behind them. EEA Teachers will read clues that students must decipher to know which character to visit for a prize! In the event of bad weather, activities will be moved to the THS Show Barn.


This activity is designed to enrich classroom experiences and skills. Students will have the opportunity to use previous knowledge and observational skills to figure out the clues.


In order for your child to participate at the Halloween Scavenger Hunt , please complete this electronic consent form found HERE by Thursday, October 29th.

VIRTUAL HALLOWEEN COSTUME CALL

Join us for EEA's First Virtual Costume Contest!


Is your little dressing up this year? Have them put on their costume and send us a picture! Photos can be submitted now through October 29 to be included in virtual costume contest!


Send pictures to: michellevazquez@tomballisd.net

Photos will be used for contest and other activities throughout the day on Friday, October 30.

UPDATE FROM TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMISSION

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has extended the emergency rules (PDF) related to health and safety standards for child day care operations that became effective on June 25, 2020. This extension makes the emergency rules effective through December 21, 2020.


There are no changes to the content of the emergency rules, and these emergency rules continue to include many of guidelines from the Open Texas Child Care Checklist (PDF).

FALL FESTIVAL

Location, Location, Location! We are so fortunate to be neighbors with Tomball High School! This past week the efforts of Career and Technology Education Pathway Students as well as student volunteers from Tomball Star really came together as our littles enjoyed participating in our annual Fall Festival.


A HUGE "THANK YOU!" to Education Pathway and TSA students for planning such an amazing day for all! Students enjoyed many different activities including ring toss, bowling, photo booth pictures, obstacle course, sunflower toss, and more. Every student chose a pumpkin that they be using in class this week!

LANGUAGE LAB SPOTLIGHT SKILL

Students continue to build a positive climate as they work on skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and leadership.


Hear from Ms. Michelle on this week's skill set focus and how you can assist our children in transferring skills from the classroom to home and the community.


This week in Language Lab we have continued to learn about Voice Levels, practice problem solving, chatted on the cozy cube, and played games that helped us learn impulse control, following directions, and waiting.

The “Language Lab Kids” arrived. The LLK are a group of culturally diverse dolls that follow all the rules of the Language Lab and EEA. They have “magic” similar to the Elf on the Shelf and tell Ms. Michelle when the classes are making good choices.

Our littles have been very curious about the LLK and it has created amazing opportunities for spontaneous language. Be sure and ask your child about the LLK.


Best,

Ms. Michelle

ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with great excitement, that the Early Excellence Academy would like to announce Emily Hargrave will become the newest special education teacher at Canyon Pointe Elementary. Emily will continue do an amazing job in facilitating the needs of the students she will serve. We wish her the best in her new role, but are very pleased she is still within the Tomball ISD family.


In turn, we would like to welcome Megan Glenney to the EEA Team. She will join us as a Para-Educator in the Fox classroom.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

October 26

  • Extension /Enrichment/Intervention (EEI) Groups begin
  • Parent Teacher conferences begin
  • Begin submitting Halloween costume photos


October 28

  • Picture Day (see photo at the bottom for background)
  • CTE Virtual Lessons with Pre-K 4 students


October 29

  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt Consent Due
  • Last day to submit Halloween costume photos


October 30

  • Halloween scavenger hunt (wear your best dressed Halloween outfit-No Costumes)
  • Virtual Halloween Costume Contest
  • National Candy Corn Day


November 1

  • Family Literacy Day


November 3

  • Modified Operational Schedule due to Staff Workday
  • Mock Election


November 13

  • World Kindness Day


November 18

  • Education Support Professionals Day
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PICTURE DAY, OCTOBER 28

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NOVEMBER 3

The Early Excellence Academy will be operating on a modified operational schedule for November 3 as it is a District Staff Work Day. All students must be picked up by 4:45 p.m.


Our Child Nutrition Production Staff will provide all snacks and meals on November 3. The menu will remain the same.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

**REMINDERS**


*Please pull up to the first available orange cone. If no cone is available, please wait inside your vehicle until a spot is open.


*Placing carseats in the middle or passenger side of your vehicle is safest when loading and unloading children.



Staggered Drop off and Pick up times can be found HERE.


Please note that the drop off and pick up windows include 15 minutes from the time published.


Please note that a child can be picked up earlier or dropped off later than the posted times.

STUDENT ILLNESS PARENT HANDBOOK REMINDERS

Education and care of students is essential and must be available so that parents can return to work and our children safely cared for.


Our first priority at the Early Excellence Academy is providing a healthy, safe learning

environment for all children. Each day, upon arrival, your child is given a visual health

check to ensure that he/she is healthy and prepared for fun and learning. If your child gets sick at school, we will notify you as soon as possible. If we are unable to reach you, we will notify the emergency contacts on your list in the order listed.


Children/staff will be sent home as soon as possible if any of the following is experienced:

1. The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities (as determined

by the staff).


2. The illness results in a greater need for care than the staff can reasonably provide

without compromising the health or safety of other children in the classroom


3. A child is experiencing any of the following conditions:


a. A temperature of 100 or greater that is accompanied by behavior changes and

or other symptoms of illness including but not limited too: lethargy, uncontrolled

coughing, inexplicable irritability or persistent crying, difficulty breathing, and/or

wheezing


b. Uncontrollable Diarrhea

i. Actively potty training: Not contained in the pull-up, and/or exceeds two

or more stools above the normal for that child

ii. A toilet-trained child: Has two or more abnormally loose stools and/or

the diarrhea is causing soiled pants and clothing


c. Head lice or eggs


d. Vomiting (2 or more times)


e. Sore throat with swollen tonsils or glands, white spots in throat, or throat that

hurts when swallowing


f. Colored discharge from the nose


g. Constant, deep, or hacking cough


h. Signs of conjunctivitis (pink eye), such as redness or discharge from one or

both eyes


i. Undetermined rash


j. Any reportable condition that the local health department or primary care

physician has determined to be contagious.


Tomball ISD has released the updated Return to Work handbook for employees. This handbook has listed the following conditions associated with COVID:


  • Measured temperature equal or greater than 100.4*
  • Chills
  • Close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Congestion or runny nose*
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Feverish Feeling*
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea or vomitting
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • New uncontrolled cough*
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing*
  • Sore throat*


*Children with new or worsening signs or symptoms will not be allowed entry into EEA until 72 hours (3 days) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medication.*


Parents should be vigilantly monitoring the health of their child and not send them to the program if they are displaying any symptom of COVID.

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SACK LUNCH DAYS

Students will need to pack a sack lunch on the following days:


Spring Semester

  • January 4
  • January 5
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • May 28


Lunches should be packaged using disposable materials only.


Please note that no food deliveries will be allowed to EEA.

EEA TEACHER WEBSITES

Please visit teacher websites for additional classroom information !

YOUTH SERVICES SPECIALIST

Samantha Promise will be servicing the Early Excellence Academy as our Youth Services Specialist.


Referrals can come from any school staff, parents, a friend, other agencies, or the community. If in doubt, feel free to contact Samantha at


SamanthaPromise@tomballisd.net

281-357-3280 (EXT. 3310)

Contact Us

Continue to log into Brightwheel for all daily activities and notes from staff. If you are having concerns with receiving updates, please let any member of EEA know!


When dialing into EEA from an out of district line, please dial the main number to our district, 281-357-3100, then dial our EEA extension, 2620. If you are phoning from an in district line, please dial the extension only, 2620.