The Eagle Update
The Excel Academy Weekly Newsletter: October 25, 2021
Greetings Excel Community
Welcome back from fall break. It was definitely a wonderful time to rejuvenate and reconnect with the people and the pastimes that fill our cups. It was fabulous to see students and staff return after the break. Many were excited to share adventures about their down time or travels to see or spend time with family and friends and there was a lightness and excitement in the air as everyone came back together.
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in family-teacher conferences. These are important times for staff to share with you where students are now, where they are headed, and to celebrate effort and growth. If you did not get that opportunity yet, or left early for break, be sure to reach out to staff and set up a time now to conference. You are the experts on your children and we need your partnership in this important work.
Our second MSPC meeting is coming up on Friday, November 5th and those students are already asking about it. That same day will begin with our second Leadership Coffee Chat with families. This month, Keri Lee, our new business manager will join us and share a little about herself, her experience, and our budget. As always, Marisa Anderson, our Dean of Culture, will also attend and share Excel culture updates, celebrate our building out of SOAR across the building, and highlight areas of her work. We all look forward to these times to connect and share information, ideas, and celebrate together. Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts about our first meeting and provided input for our work here at Excel.
As we consider our next mindset from our social-emotional curriculum, we are reminded that our connectedness is all about the choices we make to support each other. A special shout out to Mr. Yanker, our fabulous facilities dude extraordinaire whose efforts support us all! Over the fall break, he was here testing the fire system components, the backflow system, and making sure we were ready for our fire inspection. We are always grateful for his work, which is often done while the rest of us are away.
Thank you also to our paras who support students and fellow staff. Thank you to teachers who support students and partner with families. Thank you to families who support teachers' efforts with students and who do so much for our school.
With deep appreciation for everyone's efforts to create a positive place of connectedness,
Dr. Susan-Marie Farmen
Picture Retakes are October 28th
Save the Date: Student Award Assemblies
We are excited to acknowledge the efforts of our students and athletes. Please note, that anyone wishing to attend for their student must have a completed Covid test from the 24-hour period prior or be fully vaccinated. As with all in-building events, masks are required.
When: November 12th
Where: the Gym
When: In the morning at the following times:
Kinder and First Grades: 8:30-8:50
Second and Third Grades: 9:00-9:20
Fourth and Fifth Grades: 9:30-9:50
Sixth Grade: 10:00-10:20
Seventh and Eighth Grades: 10:30-10:50
We have divided up these times to provide some parking relief in between meetings. Thank you for allowing space for others to attend.
MORE Tik Tok Challenges
Please continue to speak to your students, specifically in middle school years, about the challenges on TikTok (a social media platform many students view) that encourages students to engage in inappropriate behaviors and document these things on social media. The latest challenge is to slap a teacher or school employee on the bottom. The next challenge on the published list is fairly graphic and could get students into a lot of trouble in any space they perform these acts. Please know that these challenges are all unsafe and/or completely inappropriate, and students who engage in such behavior could harm themselves or others and will face consequences that include suspension.
Middle School Students, Media, and Texting
Cross Country's Pack The Place Night
This cross country event will happen October 28th at 4:15pm at Woodrow Wilson Academy. The purpose is to cover the place in teal and black and show support for our hard working student athletes. Go Eagles!
Spirit Week Next Week
Tuesday- Sports/Passion Day (What team is YOUR team? What are you passionate about?)
Wednesday- Pattern Day (polka dots, stripes, zig zag lines, etc.)
Thursday-Wacky Hair Day (Make that "do" super fun!)
Friday-School Spirit/School Colors Day (Wear your TEAL with pride Eagles!)
Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a joyful holiday celebrated in Mexico and throughout Latin America. This holiday honors loved ones that have died. Ms. Ruiz is teaching a lesson on this holiday over this week. We acknowledge that the last two years have been a particularly painful time and many families may have experienced losses. If you feel this lesson might be difficult for your child and you wish to opt them out, please contact her at email@example.com so she may plan accordingly. These lessons began Monday, October 25th, but she did include this message in the prior newsletter.
Debate Bonus Learning-Starts November 2nd at 3:20-4:20 pm
We are ready to start doing our Debate League once again. Several students have expressed an interest in joining the debate team. This is considered a Bonus learning class and is open to students in grades 6-8. You will need to call the office and register your student. Please note that per Jeffco policy, students will need to give the office proof of vaccination and/or weekly Covid testing results to be able to participate.
There is a one-time fee of $15 to join the Charter Debate League. This covers League fees. We start Tuesday, Nov 2 from 3:20-4:20 pm and meet in the library. For the first few months, we will learn and practice debate skills. The actual tournament dates are not set yet, but usually run every other Tuesday starting in February and going through April.
Music News from Ms. Boyd
Due to ongoing Covid guidance, we are switching the normally scheduled recorder unit with the ukulele unit. We hope to have the recorder unit after winter break. If Covid continues to be a concern, I will teach a modified recorder unit built upon Jeffco COVID guidelines. For the ukulele unit, students can bring their own ukulele or can be assigned a school uke. Students will be disinfecting hands before and after use of instruments.
PE: Martial Arts Fundraising Opportunity
November 15, 17, and 29; and December 1, 6, and 8. They are also joining Ms. Pezzulo for PE classes on November 1-5. This is a wonderful chance to try out something new, practice discipline, and be fit. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Covid Testing Information
Lost and Found Clean Out
Family Training Night Info and Survey
We are starting to plan some Family Training Nights to help support families with topics that are near and dear to your heart. Please take a moment to fill out this 2 question survey so we can meet your needs!
Optional School Directory
PTO October Events and Updates
Love for Excel Silent Auction and Gala
Tickets are available for purchase! Simply text the word "excel" to 843-606-5995 and follow the link to apply.
Can't attend the event in person? THAT'S OK! Text the number above, visit the link, and you will have an option to purchase an ONLINE BIDDING ticket. This will allow you to still bid on silent auction items the night of the event without actually being in attendance.
ALL BIDDING WILL BE DONE ELECTRONICALLY! That's right...no rushing to the table to see if you've been outbid before the auction closes. You will receive a message from the site letting you know you've been outbid, giving you the option to raise your bid if you'd like. It's that easy! And NO WAITING in a checkout line at the end of the night! It's as easy as one click to checkout and then you pick up your item(s).
Tickets are limited and the event will sell out fast. Don't wait to purchase your tickets or table!
This is going to be a wonderful event and we are so excited to share it with you.
Due to staffing issues, Renegade Burrito has to reschedule our Excel Restaurant Night. Have no fear...we will still get our burrito fix...but stay tuned for the updated date and time!
November PTO Meeting
Join us VIRTUALLY for our November PTO Meeting on Tuesday, November 2nd from 6:30pm-7:30pm. All attendees will be entered into a $25 gift card drawing.
Change in Covid Athletic/Bonus Learning Starts NOW
Please read here about the changes to athlete testing and students enrolled in bonus learning here at Excel. All UNVACCINATED students in a sport or bonus learning must be tested weekly or they are not able to participate in these opportunities per JCPH guidance. Starting this week, Oct. 25th. See link here: Update for athletes and bonus learning.
- Current game schedule-subject to change.
- Testing: To participate in the free-testing option offered through the district, locations and schedules can be found on the COVID testing website. Parents can also choose to test at other locations and share results via email with the school. (email@example.com).
- Vaccination Status: Students who have been vaccinated should confirm with the school that we have their correct vaccinated status. Many of you have shared your student's vaccination card with us already. We now have access to a statewide database so if you have not shared your student's vaccination card you can email and confirm we have the information. (firstname.lastname@example.org
SOAR at Excel
Self-Discipline / Outstanding Effort / Accepting of Others / Resilient
Thank you to families who continue to send us stories, photos, and snippets about how this positive behavior support is enhancing your child's sense of self motivation, pride, joy about their contributions, and acknowledgements of their efforts each day. The teachers and other staff enjoy these exchanges and we love hearing how students are displaying their notes and how they feel about themselves, each other, school, and what it means to them and to you when they receive positive recognition.
Keep it coming!
(We announced our most recent recipients the week before break.)