EEA Student & Parent News

December, 2020

A message from your Principal

Welcome to December!

After the year that 2020 has been, I am sure we are all excited for a new year coming soon! I hope that Thanksgiving allowed you time to pause and reflect on what is going right in your world. Often, I find that helps me reset, refocus, and realign my priorities.

We know these times are challenging and I want to remind you to let us know how we can help. Maybe your family gets sick and you need a few things from the store - let us know! Maybe times are tight financially and you need to connect with some more resources - let us know! Maybe the stress of all of this is getting to family members and you want some referral information for resources - let us know! We are here to help in ANY way we can. Please don't hesitate to ask. If we can't provide the help, we will connect you with who can.

We are very concerned about the attendance of some of our students. If your child is not attending in person, they MUST be attending remotely. We have everything in place for them to still do all their work from home. They need to be logging on to do so. While there has been a lot of flexibility provided, we will need to be more strict with that. Please help us avoid truancy citations for students and parents by doing everything you can to ensure your child is doing their school work.

In-person learning continues to grow. We continue to approach this individually. If your child is attending one day a week and you'd like that to move to two, please contact their advisor. If they are learning remotely, but are struggling, we can arrange for a drop-in day occasionally to give them some extra help and a boost. Again, let us know what they need and we are happy to work to provide it.

Let us know if your family needs masks, as we have some we can provide. We appreciate that so many of you have been fabulous about letting us know when you should quarantine or are ill. Thank you for helping us keep each other safe. Be well and keep taking the necessary precautions.

Thank you for letting us serve your family!

Dr. Young

Important December Dates

Wednesday, Dec. 23rd - Friday, Jan. 1st: Winter Break

Welcome back, Margo!

Because so many of you wrote in, the Wausau School Board has approved Margo continuing to serve at EEA in her therapy dog role!

Margo will be at school 2-3 days per week while she reacclimates and will work up to 4 days a week. Margo is 2 1/2 years old. She is an Australian Labradoodle who has completed all the required therapy dog training and certification. She lives with Dr. Young and is a very smart, mellow girl, who LOVES her kids at school. She is hypoallergenic so should not impact allergies any students have. If your child has a fear of dogs or simply does not want to engage with her, please let us know so that we can respect that.

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Winter FastBridge Assessments

In January, EEA students will be completing winter FastBridge assessments to measure their progress in reading, math, and language skills. Students typically experience the most growth between the fall and winter assessments, so it is essential that they keep current in school.

As the Bureau of Labor Statistics chart shows, education (and especially reading and math skills) is one of the strongest predictors of success as adults. The best thing you can do as a parents/guardians to prepare your teens for independence as adults is to make sure they attend school regularly, stay current in their progress, and then have them set aside at least 20 minutes each day to read.

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