Early Excellence Express

November 4, 2019

THANKFUL

When is the last time you stopped to count your blessings? No matter who you are or where you’re at in life, there is reason to be thankful. There have been quite a few moments of gratitude along EEA's journey, but there was a moment last week that simply took our breath away.


Around noon last Wednesday, EEA students had to be evacuated from the building due to a fire notification occurring inside the main high school building. As most students at THS and TSA were enjoying lunch, our students had begun or were already a good half hour into their "nap" time. As we quickly woke our sleeping babies and exited fifty groggy preschoolers from the building, I was in awe of the kindness surrounding us. Without hesitation and in a blink of an eye, TISD staff members, CTE interns, JROTC Cadets, and high school students rushed towards EEA and asked how they could be of assistance. ROTC instructors brought out blankets to wrap around our students. Teenagers, whom we have never met, selflessly took off jackets to give to our preschoolers. Secondary teachers scooped up and held our tiniest cats for well over thirty minutes as we waited for the "all clear." But what was absolutely astounding to see was the student body forming human circles that encompassed every EEA class. These circles of students provided warmth against the damp cold air. They became a shield from any element imaginable and yet kept the students engaged with humor, songs, or just friendly conversation.


I remember the concerns several parents had with EEA's location at THS; but, I am here to affirm that we are in the best place in the district and we are surrounded by the most amazing people. For that alone, we are extremely grateful and incredibly blessed.

Trick or Treat: Brush Your Teeth!

Tomball Memorial High School Registered Dental Assistant Program students flew in to EEA with a very special visitor, the tooth fairy! RDA students reviewed healthy choices, brushing, and flossing techniques. No sugar bugs will get our teeth! A huge THANK YOU to Ms. Burton and her students for teaching us healthy habits!

Trick or Treat!

On Thursday, our CTE students, led by their teacher Ms. Alexandra Garrison, kicked off Halloween with Trick-or-Treating at Tomball High School. Our students were able to visit ten offices at THS and practiced language and self-regulation skills, patience, and manners. We are thankful to Ms. Garrison, our CTE students, and THS staff members for making our students feel like true superheros and princesses!

There is opportunity for learning all around us!

Our maintenance department delivered some BIG news last Friday! Our playground will be installed within the next two weeks with our solar shade soon to follow. These guys have been hard at work already clearing the grounds.They are coordinating efforts to keep our students safe while minimizing loss of outdoor play space during the installation process.


Our teachers are using the time to build experiences and vocabulary!


Again, we are in the BEST district on earth.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

November 8: Picture Money Due


November 8: Storybook Pumpkins return home


November 11: Veteran's Day

  • Wear Red, White, and Blue
  • Wall of Honor-please use cards provided by EEA to add information and a picture of a special veteran in your family! (Return by November 8)
  • Coffee and Cookies for our Veterans from 2:30-3:30


November 18-22: Week of Thanks

  • Students will be creating cards of thanks for our local heroes and those who help make EEA great!


November 21: Friendship Feast

  • Students will bring snacks to share with their class to celebrate Thanksgiving!


November 22: Pajama Day!


November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

FALL FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT

Storybook Pumpkins

EEA's storybook pumpkin patch was a HUGE success!


Our students loved looking at the pumpkins and getting to hear from their friends about their favorite storybook characters. Great job, friends!

REMINDERS

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!

Have you Filled a Bucket Today?

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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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