Early Excellence Express

January 13, 2020

WELCOME BACK

The spring semester is off and running! As we make plans to close out the school year, we are also preparing for the 2020-2021 school year. We have been collaborating with district personnel regarding changes for the center for Fall 2020. As always, we welcome feedback from our families. Your input facilitates action. Please visit our google survey HERE for a chance to weigh in on available options.


From February 17 through March 6, our existing families will have the chance to complete registration and enrollment information for the 2020-2021 school year. Beginning March 16, we will be opening enrollment to new families.


Beginning in February, we will be implementing a change in our morning gathering. As a community of learners, we want to provide a time of day where students, teachers, and interns have the opportunity to be connected and supportive members. This gathering will be used to promote social and emotional skills, celebrate student and class success stories, and practice our pledges.

EXCHANGE DAY UPDATE

A big THANK YOU to everyone for responding to our Exchange Day Needs survey. Your input has allowed us to draft a plan that will meet both the needs of our families and the needs of our center.


Due to our extremely low need for childcare on January 20, EEA will be open Monday, January 20 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with limited spots available. Spots have been reserved for employees whose position does not allow for exchange days or for those employees not eligible for the exchange day option. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to families who meet the description above and have previously submitted their request for care.

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Down in the Barn Consent to Participate

Please complete the following consent form HERE in order to participate in Down in the Barn. All consents must be received by center administration by Wednesday, January 22.


Activity Times:


7:40-8:00 am: Porcupines

8:00-8:20 am: Owls

8:20-8:40 am: Bears

8:40-9:00 am: Foxes

TISD FFA PROJECT SHOW

Due to the TISD Project Show on Thursday, January 23, and Friday, January 24, parking for drop off and pick up will be relocated to the last four parking spaces in front of EEA. These spaces will be marked for drop off and pick up.


Due to the increase in traffic and parking on Friday, January 24, EEA will modify its hours to accommodate the community event.


On Friday, January 24, EEA will be closing at 4:30 p.m.

LUNCH MENU UPDATE

You asked and we have listened! Starting January 23, Mini Corndogs will replace Hotdogs on the EEA lunch menu.

UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

January 20: Exchange Day

  • Operation hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm


January 23 and 24

  • TISD Project Show
  • Parking and drop off changes


January 24: Day at the Barn

  • Dress western!
  • EEA will close at 4:30 p.m.


January 27-January 31: Inclusion Week


February 7: TISD Wear RED Day

HAVE YOU COMPLETED YOUR SURVEY?

Early Enrollment

We are beginning to look at enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. For our current families, we are opening up an early enrollment period. By enrolling early, your child's seat will be secured for the 2020-2021 school year. We are also looking into additional financial incentives for early enrollment.


Open enrollment for current EEA families, for the 2020-2021 school year, will begin February 17 and run through March 6. After March 6, seats will be open to all district employees.


Please complete the google survey HERE for early enrollment input.

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.

REMINDERS

Language Lab Items

Please continue to help stock our grocery store center with emptied and cleaned boxed goods and cartons (i.e. your child's favorite cereal, snack boxes, pancake mix, milk). These items will be used for various literacy development skills.

SACK LUNCH DAYS

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


January

  • January 20

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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