Early Excellence Express

February 10, 2020

CELEBRATING KINDNESS

BeYOUniqueWeek was a huge success! Thank you to our Owls teacher, Michelle Vazquez, for highlighting lessons on respect, acceptance, appreciation, affection, empathy, and kindness towards other human beings. Students walked away with the knowledge that differences make each one of us so very special.


Last week, EEA launched Morning Meetings. This designated time, led by Porcupines teacher, Chloe Escalante, is designed to acknowledge all students as collaborative contributors to our EEA community. During this gathering, teachers and students celebrate the success of others and demonstrate mutual respect and courtesy by modeling kind words, kind touches, and kind smiles. Please continue to talk to your child about their "kindness power."


Skills taken from these lessons are the foundation for our Celebrating Kindness activities happening this week. EEA students will have the opportunity to extend kind words, kind smiles, and kind touches as they meet students from THS PALS classrooms. CTE Education Pathway students will be facilitating fine motor activities between the student groups. Led by CTE student, Brynna, students will be applying the human values taught during #BeYOUniqueWeek as students complete and exchange Valentines.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

February 11 and 12: Celebration of Kindness


February 11: Reschedule: WCES DI Service Project @ 2:00 p.m.

  • WCES DI Team will facilitate a lesson on soil with our Bears and Owls classes


February 13: Class Valentine Parties

  • Check Brightwheel for specific class information
  • Parties begin at 2:30 p.m.
  • Parents are welcome to attend
  • Dress showing off your red, white, and pink!


February 14: District Wide Professional Development

  • EEA open from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sack lunch needed!


February 17: Exchange Day

  • EEA open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sack lunch needed!


February 17: EEA Open House from 5:00-6:30


February 18: 2020-2021 Enrollment forms available to existing families

  • Enrollment forms for Fall 2020 are due by March 6 for existing families


March 16: Fall 2020 Enrollment for prospective families opens


March 19: St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt @ THS

  • Wear your green for good luck!
  • More info to come soon!

MENU UPDATE

The beef taco that is served on Tuesdays of Week 1 will now be replaced with a Taco Quesadilla. This should make for a few less spills on Tuesdays !
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OPEN HOUSE

EEA's Open House is scheduled for February 17 at 5:00 p.m. Families already enrolled and planning to attend EEA in the Fall need not attend. Enrollment forms for next school year will be available on February 18. Paperwork must be received by EEA staff on or before March 6 in order for your child's seat to be secured.
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WELCOME to EEA!

In an effort to continually expand our CTE partnerships, we are pleased to welcome students from the Health Sciences pathway. Student will be on site from 9:15 am to 11:00 am to complete rotations. These students are our future emergency responders, nurses, and pharmacists. Please join me in welcoming them to our EEA family!

REMINDERS

PICTURES NEEDED

We are expanding our language lab and we need your help! We are looking to parents to submit photos of students exploring the world around them!


Please send in pictures (no bigger than 4x6) of you and your child exploring and learning about their home and community environments. Examples include:


  • Cooking in the kitchen
  • Cleaning the house
  • Shopping at the grocery store
  • Working with tools
  • Folding or sorting clothes
  • Watering plants


Pictures will be displayed in our Language Lab to build oral language skills. Please submit photos by Friday morning!

SUMMER CAMP

We are beginning to draft plans for our two week summer camp program. Our summer camp will be offered June 1 through June 12. Hours of Operation have been tentatively set for Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Please complete the following google survey HERE to help us gather information for summer enrollment. Your information is valuable in considering hours of operation.

SACK LUNCH DAYS

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

February

  • February 14
  • February 17

March

  • March 16

May

  • May 28
  • May 29

SNACKS

At EEA, we are growing minds and bodies!


Please remember that each child needs to bring two nutritious, ready to serve snacks from home each day. One for the morning and one in the afternoon. Snacks should not require cutlery, cutting or reheating.


Balanced snacks help to keep our kiddos full longer as they spend a lot of energy exploring their environment. Great snack choices include one item of produce (veggie or fruit) and one item of either a fat, protein, or whole grain cereals or breads. (American Association of Pediatrics).


Some excellent snack ideas are:


  • sandwich cubes
  • cheese and crackers with Applesauce squeeze pouch
  • Plain low-sugar cereal (Mini Wheats, Cheerios, Kix) and fruit
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CHANGE OF CLOTHES

Spills and accidents occur any day and at any time. Please make sure the following items are ready for your child daily:


-Two complete changes of clothes, including socks, pants, shirts, and underwear

-Morning and afternoon snacks

-Nap time materials

-Reusable water cup


For actively potty training students:

-Wipes

-Pull Ups or training underwear

These items should be restocked on a weekly basis.

Conferences

Parents may request a conference with a teacher if they would like to discuss their child’s progress. Parents must call the Academy to schedule a time that does not restrict the learning of other students.


Teachers will reach out to parents to schedule a conference at any time they feel there is a need.

LUNCH COUNTS

Great job families on keeping us updated with our lunch counts! We VERY much appreciate it!


The staff at THS needs our lunch count by 9:15, so parents please let your teacher know whether or not a lunch will be needed if your child is coming in late.

Coffee in the Cafe

Parents, we continue to invite you to join us for "Coffee in the Cafe." Coffee in the Cafe is a designated time devoted to visiting with our families weekly as we continue to grow. Families can build supportive relationships with each other and center staff as they offer feedback regarding EEA. Your feedback will then be used to facilitate our families' needs as well as to develop our center.


Coffee in the Cafe is held each Friday from 3:30 pm to 4:45 in our center's cafeteria. If you are unable to enjoy a cup of coffee with us, please leave us an "EspressNote." EspressNotes can be completed at any time and reviewed by staff on Fridays.


We will keep the coffee pot full for you!

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.

2019-2020 Early Excellence Academy Staff

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