Early Excellence Express
October 19, 2020
DISTRICT HEROES WEEK RECAP
We are so fortunate to be in a district that provides excellence to ALL students, including our littles. This past week, representatives from Child Nutrition, Transportation, Tomball High School JROTC, and Maintenance provided hands on learning during District Heroes Week. Our hearts melted each day as we saw departments individualize the experience for our littles as each group introduced how they make our community and district GREAT! We can not thank you enough! You captured every child's curiosity and forever made an imprint.
Thank you to Greg Boucher for our JROTC drills and leadership exercises!
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Thank you to Beth Hunt and her staff for welcoming us into their kitchen!
Thank you to Mark Schweback and Eric Saunders for their help in putting the tools of builders in our hands!
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The Finished Product
Our kiddos helped to build a replica of the EEA logo!
Progress Reports and Beginning of Year Assessments
On October 23, progress reports and the results of the Brigance will be provided to parents. Our teachers will use the data collected both formally and informally begin developing extension/ enrichment/intervention (EEI) groups to individualize teaching and goals for students. These groups will begin October 26.
LANGUAGE LAB SPOTLIGHT SKILL
Students continue to build a positive climate as they work on skills such as problem solving, teamwork, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and leadership.
Hear from Ms. Michelle on this week's skill set focus and how you can assist our children in transferring skills from the classroom to home and the community.
Skill Set Focus: Voice Volume
In Language Lab, I am beginning to introduce the concept of Voice Volume. Voice Volume refers to how loud or soft a speaker's voice level is.
In everyday situations there are times where our voice volume is louder or softer. Sometimes it is hard for young children to differentiate which situation is appropriate for a loud or soft voice. We often use the phrases, "inside voice" or "outside voice" to help them understand, however, some children may still find it difficult to understand the difference.
In Language Lab, I use the term "Voice Level", while holding up the number of fingers for the desired Voice Level. There are 5 Voice Levels on our Voice Level Scale:
4- Presentation/Teacher Talking
By modeling for our students the appropriate Voice Level at the appropriate time, helps to teach them Voice Volume.
We also practiced reciting the nursey rhyme, Humpty Dumpty, using the Voice Level Scale. Ask your student to recite Humpty Dumpty at the various Voice Level's, its a fun activity to do together, as well as practicing Voice Volume.
Once the skill is learned, be sure to remind them of the Voice Level you expect i.e., “We are going to the park, you can use your voice level 5” or “Mom has a work call to make, please have a voice level 0”.
ALERT New Center
The "Workshop" was introduced this week. It was an excellent compliment to our District Heroes Week. The children have a work bench, sink, tool box, "wood pieces", hammers, wrench, drill, saw, screwdriver and pliers.
They have absolutely loved the new center. If you have any projects at home that require tools, include your little as it would be an awesome home to school connection!
"Morning Meetings" began this week! This gathering promotes social and emotional skills, celebrates student and class success stories, and allows time to practice our pledges. It is during this time EEA students reaffirm their promise to each and every friend as well as to their school to be "the very best 'ME' that I can be."
All meetings incorporate Sanford Harmony competencies and practices.
Pledges and moments of silence are incorporated.
Classes exchange Shout Outs and link them to Harmony goals.
UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT
- EEA Fall Festival Consent Due. Click HERE to complete for your child to participate!
- November 3 Survey responses due. Click HERE to provide us with information on how we can best meet your childcare needs!
- EEA Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch (wear your best dressed pumpkin patch outfits!)
- Progress Reports sent home
- Results of Brigance assessment sent home
- Extension /Enrichment/Intervention (EEI) Groups begin
- Picture Day (see photo at the bottom for background)
- Halloween scavenger hunt (wear your best dressed Halloween outfit)
- National Candy Corn Day
- Family Literacy Day
- Modified Operational Schedule due to Staff Workday
- World Kindness Day
- Education Support Professionals Day
PICTURE DAY, OCTOBER 28
Our Child Nutrition Production Staff will provide all snacks and meals on November 3. The menu will remain the same.
Please complete the survey HERE to provide us with information on how we can best meet your childcare needs for November 3!
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
*Please pull up to the first available orange cone. If no cone is available, please wait inside your vehicle until a spot is open.
*Placing carseats in the middle or passenger side of your vehicle is safest when loading and unloading children.
Staggered Drop off and Pick up times can be found HERE.
Please note that the drop off and pick up windows include 15 minutes from the time published.
Please note that a child can be picked up earlier or dropped off later than the posted times.
STUDENT ILLNESS PARENT HANDBOOK REMINDERS
Our first priority at the Early Excellence Academy is providing a healthy, safe learning
environment for all children. Each day, upon arrival, your child is given a visual health
check to ensure that he/she is healthy and prepared for fun and learning. If your child gets sick at school, we will notify you as soon as possible. If we are unable to reach you, we will notify the emergency contacts on your list in the order listed.
Children/staff will be sent home as soon as possible if any of the following is experienced:
1. The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities (as determined
by the staff).
2. The illness results in a greater need for care than the staff can reasonably provide
without compromising the health or safety of other children in the classroom
3. A child is experiencing any of the following conditions:
a. A temperature of 100 or greater that is accompanied by behavior changes and
or other symptoms of illness including but not limited too: lethargy, uncontrolled
coughing, inexplicable irritability or persistent crying, difficulty breathing, and/or
b. Uncontrollable Diarrhea
i. Actively potty training: Not contained in the pull-up, and/or exceeds two
or more stools above the normal for that child
ii. A toilet-trained child: Has two or more abnormally loose stools and/or
the diarrhea is causing soiled pants and clothing
c. Head lice or eggs
d. Vomiting (2 or more times)
e. Sore throat with swollen tonsils or glands, white spots in throat, or throat that
hurts when swallowing
f. Colored discharge from the nose
g. Constant, deep, or hacking cough
h. Signs of conjunctivitis (pink eye), such as redness or discharge from one or
i. Undetermined rash
j. Any reportable condition that the local health department or primary care
physician has determined to be contagious.
Tomball ISD has released the updated Return to Work handbook for employees. This handbook has listed the following conditions associated with COVID:
- Measured temperature equal or greater than 100.4*
- Close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
- Congestion or runny nose*
- Feverish Feeling*
- Muscle Pain
- Nausea or vomitting
- Muscle Pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- New uncontrolled cough*
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing*
- Sore throat*
*Children with new or worsening signs or symptoms will not be allowed entry into EEA until 72 hours (3 days) have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medication.*
Parents should be vigilantly monitoring the health of their child and not send them to the program if they are displaying any symptom of COVID.
YOUTH SERVICES SPECIALIST
Referrals can come from any school staff, parents, a friend, other agencies, or the community. If in doubt, feel free to contact Samantha at
281-357-3280 (EXT. 3310)
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.