Early Excellence Express

November 12, 2020

Planting Seeds of Kindness

Kindness is about how we treat each other and about how we treat our environment. Seeds of kindness begin with the design of early childhood environments that promote kindness. Adults promote kindness by modeling kind behaviors in their interactions with children, families, and colleagues. A great big 'Thank You' to each and every one of our families for participating in our kindness calendar challenge. We are celebrating each and every act of kindness and are extremely proud of our littles and their "Kindness Power."


Take a look below at our EEA leaderboard!

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Students are exercising some early math and science skills as they discuss the graph, its contents, and making future predictions. The language being used is absolutely amazing to hear!

Virtual Book Fair has begun!

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Link to Book Fair

VISIT OUR VIRTUAL BOOK FAIR HERE

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.


In Language Lab, we are continuing our lessons on Kindness; what it is and what it looks like. Today we talked about what Kindness means. We learned that kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Please see the following link to this amazing video on Kindness https://youtu.be/u-TLCbfeAJc .


I am in awe of all the Acts of Kindness our students engage in at home and school. Thank you for messaging us when you see kindness happen at home! This Friday is World Kindness Day, please wear shirts that show off your kindness power.

Kind Regards,

Ms. Michelle

WEEK IN REVIEW

Clothing Swap

As temperatures begin to cool, it is time to swap out our extra sets of summer clothing for more seasonally appropriate apparel. On November 16, please include in your child's nap bag: two sets of seasonally appropriate clothes to include: shirt, pants, socks, shoes (1 pair) in a sealed ziploc bag with your child's name.


All summer apparel/ extra clothing will be sent home in nap bags on Friday, November 20.

VIRTUAL FRIENDSHIP FEAST

There are a few essentials for every Thanksgiving celebration: family, friends, festive tunes, a tasty menu, pie and more pie. Over the years, your family has probably developed some beloved traditions associated with Turkey Day, from the food you serve for Thanksgiving dinner to what you do pre- and post-feast (watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in bed, break out a good book or challenging jigsaw puzzle, or maybe even play a mid-afternoon game of football).


This year's festivities, though, are bound to look a little different in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and social distancing. Yes, you might have to skip a few of your oldest traditions, but that also makes it the perfect time to add a few activities that you haven't done.


We are asking each EEA family to submit a short video (20-30 seconds in length) highlighting your favorite Thanksgiving Tradition or Treat to be shared at our annual Friendship Feast.


Please submit videos to MichelleVazquez@tomballisd.net by Wednesday, November 18. Videos will be presented Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

November 6-19

  • Scholastic Virtual Book Fair


November 13

  • World Kindness Day


November 16

  • Seasonal Clothing Swap


November 18

  • Education Support Professionals Day


November 20

  • Friendship Feast
  • A Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving
  • Summer clothing sent home in nap bag


November 23-27

  • Thanksgiving Break


December 8-9

  • Christmas World Tour


December 11

  • Polar Express Day (wear your pajamas to school)


December 16

  • Grinch Day (wear green)


December 17

  • Reindeer Games


December 18

  • Winter Wonderland (wear Christmas colors)


January 15

  • Progress Reports sent home
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UPDATE FROM TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMISSION

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has extended the emergency rules (PDF) related to health and safety standards for child day care operations that became effective on June 25, 2020. This extension makes the emergency rules effective through December 21, 2020.


There are no changes to the content of the emergency rules, and these emergency rules continue to include many of guidelines from the Open Texas Child Care Checklist (PDF).

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

**REMINDERS**


*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

Education and care of students is essential and must be available so that parents can return to work and our children safely cared for.


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

wheezing


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

both eyes


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*
  • Chills
  • Close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Congestion or runny nose*
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Feverish Feeling*
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Nausea or vomitting
  • Headache
  • 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.

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SACK LUNCH DAYS

Students will need to pack a sack lunch on the following days:


Spring Semester

  • January 4
  • January 5
  • January 18
  • February 15
  • May 28


Lunches should be packaged using disposable materials only.


Please note that no food deliveries will be allowed to EEA.

EEA TEACHER WEBSITES

Please visit teacher websites for additional classroom information !

YOUTH SERVICES SPECIALIST

Samantha Promise will be servicing the Early Excellence Academy as our 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


SamanthaPromise@tomballisd.net

281-357-3280 (EXT. 3310)

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.