EAGLE EXPRESS

AUGUST 28, 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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Dear Parents,


We did it! We made it through the first full week of school. I know that there were some challenges with log-ins, passcodes, and schedules but I believe we have them all figured out.


We couldn't have done this without you. From picking up your student's materials and devices on Monday to getting your students logged into their Clever and Canvas accounts, from attending Zoom sessions to proctoring iReady assessments, and on top of that, helping to make sure homework got done. You're INCREDIBLE and we appreciate all that you have done.


Thank you so much for your patience and grace as we work out the kinks on our end.


Sincerely,

Principal Carroll

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Lessons may be recorded for later access by students enrolled in the course. Students are not required to display their live image through the video function. Cameras capture not only the student but also background content within the camera’s frame.


Zoombombing has become a cause for concern for teachers and parents during online instruction. For safety and security reasons, teachers will be carefully monitoring participant entry into their instructional zoom sessions.


Individuals will not be admitted to sessions unless teachers and staff can identify their students. Please ensure your student's profile information matches their name. For example, James Neutronl, Neutron_James, or Neutron Family (if multiple students are using the same device).

How to CHANGE Your Name in Zoom!
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If you have not already done so, please e-mail our front office Administrative Assistant: Tamara Gagnon (gagnon_tamara@asdk12.org) your current proof of residency. This is an annual requirement for all families (returning and new to EACS). What qualifies as proof of residence?


  • Gas (showing name and service location)
  • Electric (showing name and service location)
  • Water (showing name and service location)


If you don't have one of these handy, please call Tamara at (907) 742-3025 between 7:30 am and 3:30 p.m. She has more specific information about acceptable alternate options.

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The 2020-21 school year is finally upon us. Eagle Academy will be scheduling special activities and events throughout the year, as health and safety conditions permit and we know how important it is for you to stay informed about what's happening at school. Below are


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Required for all new to Eagle Academy families

Eagle Academy is sponsoring “Spalding Night” Zoom trainings. We will discuss Spalding and the use of the phonogram cards and techniques to help study spelling words. Families new to Eagle Academy are required to attend the training to help support your child/ren at home. It is also open to returning families that need a refresher.


Please bring your phonogram cards to the Zoom. This is an interactive class so I will need your video turned on. Due to the interactive/participatory nature of these sessions, the sessions will not be recorded for viewing at a later date. Phonogram cards need to be purchased for the training for $15 / first set, $15 for additional sets of cards***. The following classes are available to choose from:


  • Wed., Sept. 9 @ 6:00 PM
  • Mon. Sept. 14 @ 6:00 PM


Please email Mrs. Timberlake at timberlake_melissa@asdk12.org to sign up for one of the sessions. She will reply to you with a Zoom link and passcode. You can also direct any questions to Mrs. Timberlake via e-mail or by phone: 742-3025


***To purchase phonogram cards: Go to the ASD website, then to Q Parent Connect, to online payments, to phonograms. You will be able to purchase one or more sets of phonogram cards ($15 each) paying with your credit card. You will need to make arrangments to stop by the school to pick them up. If you do not have your Zangle Parent Connect Pin and Password, please call Tamara ASAP to get it. We cannot accept cash/check.

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OPTIONAL FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED ADDITIONAL PRACTICE

This Spalding Phonograms app is designed for helping students learn the phonics connection between speech sounds and written symbols that represent those sounds (phonograms).


Learning the phonograms is essential for accurate and automatic reading, writing, and spelling. Teaching all the sounds of the phonemes represented by an alphabet letter or combination of two, three, or four letters (phonograms) enables students to read, spell, and write high-frequency words quickly. Students who learn the phonograms well expand their vocabulary and are able to use effective and creative communication skills in writing.


Apple App Store ($3.99)

Google Play Apps ($3.99)

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A Note from our Yearbook Coordinator

I'm not sure what the yearbook will look like this year, but with at least this first part happening at home, we will be depending on families to share pictures!


Please take some pictures and share them (if you don't mind them being in the yearbook). 1 st day pictures are great! Since ASD officially began yesterday but our students won't be online until Tuesday, you still have time! You could also take pictures at the Materials Distribution on Monday from 9 to 3. If you take pictures while your student is zooming, please avoid getting close enough that the names of students are visible.


Yearbook picture opportunities:


  • First day of school
  • Supply pick up Monday 9 to 3
  • School /desk area at home
  • Drive by the school and do a photoshoot outside :)


You can FB message pictures to me. You can also email/text them to me (Jeeperjoebundy@yahoo.com or 907-884-5008) but please make sure they aren't condensed. They need to be full size to best use them in the yearbook.


*Protip: don't zoom in a lot on your pictures. It is easier on our program to crop out the background instead of being forced to use the size the picture is.


Thank you,

Jennifer Bundy

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School Uniform Expectations

High Risk: EACS ONLINE


Research shows that the clothes you wear actually impacts the way you perform. While we encourage your students to dress in their EACS school uniform during their online Zoom sessions with their teachers and classmates, it is not mandatory. Dressing the part, directly and indirectly, lets students know that they are readying themselves for learning.


Should your student decide not to wear their EACS uniform, we do expect students to dress in school appropriate attire.


Medium High-Risk, Medium Low-Risk, Low Risk


Many parents are choosing to wait until we receive notification from the District and Municipality that in-person instruction can take place before ordering uniforms for their students. Please keep in mind that our School Uniform Dress Code will be enforced once we resume in-person instruction. Please refer to page 25 of the EACS School Policy and Procedures Manual.


The PTO does have a collection of gently used/donated uniforms and may be conducting a uniform swap when we get closer to in-person instruction. Stay tuned for more details.

Face Masks

Eagle Academy will be following ASD safety protocols. We view the mask mandate as an extension of our school uniform policy and as such the EACS Academic Policy Board (APB) has issued the following guidance:


  • Parents will provide masks for their student(s);
  • Mask colors shall match school uniform colors and be solid (no prints or designs other than our official school logo)


French Toast has graciously donated one uniform facemask for each student. We will distribute those to students when we resume in-person instruction (Medium-High and Medium-Low Risk levels).

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

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What about Volunteer Hours?

The charter of Eagle Academy outlines that each family volunteer at least 16 service hours per school year. Our parent volunteers are one of the reasons that Eagle Academy Charter School is one of the top schools in the Anchorage School District.


Until the Municipality of Anchorage is no longer in a High-Risk level of COVID-19 cases, all ASD facilities will be closed to visitors to limit the spread. Please see the guidelines below if you need to visit an ASD building.


Due to the unusual circumstances surrounding COVID 19 and Health and Safety mandates, the APB has voted to temporarily suspend the requirements for school service for the time being.


The will still be many opportunities for parents to volunteer and support our school. Please check with your student's classroom teachers to see how you can help.

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EAGLE ACADEMY APB

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

Alysia Thayer - Interim Chair: (303) 378-3097

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

Haley Gagnon - Secretary: (907) 310-6690

Mindy Edison - Teacher Rep (907) 223-7774

Vanessa Hall - Parent Rep: (907) 230-6365

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