Early Excellence Express

November 2, 2020

KICKING OFF WITH KINDNESS

As we look towards November, our center will be targeting Kindness. When children are kind and compassionate, they are more tolerant and more aware of the suffering of others, and they are better able to rejoice in other people’s successes. Children develop compassion through acts of caring and kindness towards others, and as they grow, it can guide their actions and behaviors in positive ways. Being a caring and compassionate role model is the best method for teaching children about kindness, and setting a good example is key to getting them to apply these values to their relationships and interactions.


The first step in teaching kindness for a young child is to provide opportunities for your child to be helpful. When your child comes home from school, ask them to tell you two ways that people were helpful to them during the day. When they tell you, you can respond by saying, “That was so kind of them to do that for you.” Similarly, you can also ask them to provide two ways that they were helpful to others and comment on how kind it was of them to those things for others. You may also want to ask how it made them feel when someone helped, and when they helped others, although you may not get real answers until your child is older.


Best,

Megan

VETERANS DAY

Early Excellence will celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11, 2020. This day honors all of those who have bravely served the country in war or peace.


Each child received a card in their Friday folder to honor a special veteran in your family! Please send these cards back by November 9th as we will be adding them to our Wall of Honor.


We are asking our parents who are Veterans to send in a 30 second video of yourself to include your name, your child’s name, your military branch, and what your responsibilities entailed during your service. Students will get to view them during our daily Morning Meeting the week of November 9th.


Please send your video to: debralauersdorf@tomballisd.net no later than November 9th.


We are asking that students and staff dress in Red, White and Blue on November 11th to honor our very special Veterans.

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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 had a great time acting out “The Five Little Pumpkins” this week. We are continuing to learn about our Voice Levels.


A Kindness calendar went home Friday in classroom folders. Each time your child engages in a act of KINDNESS; color/stamp/check off the box on the KINDNESS calendar. Then message your classroom teacher via Brightwheel, each act of Kindness your child does. Each act of Kindness will be celebrated daily in our Morning Meeting.


Classroom teachers will be tallying and graphing each act of kindness their students bring in. The class with the most acts of kindness will not only be spreading Kindness Power, but they will also win a prize!! So please remember to message your teachers often! We look forward to hearing about all the amazing acts of Kindness our students at EEA are doing.


Remember….Throw kindness like confetti!


All my best,

Ms. Michelle

WEEK IN REVIEW

NOVEMBER 3

The Early Excellence Academy will be operating on a modified operational schedule for November 3 as it is a District Staff Work Day. All students must be picked up by 4:45 p.m.


Our Child Nutrition Production Staff will provide all snacks and meals on November 3. The menu will remain the same.


Thank you so much for your feedback on our center survey. If you need to make any changes with regards to drop off or pick up, please send a message through Brightwheel.

INSPECTION REPORT

On Wednesday, October 28, the Early Excellence Academy had an Unannounced Monitoring Visit by Health and Human Services Department of Child Care Regulation. Please see our latest inspection report by visiting our Licensing and Inspections link on our website.


I am pleased to announce that no deficiencies were reported and no technical assistance was advised during the inspection.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

November 3

  • Modified Operational Schedule due to Staff Workday
  • Snacks and Lunch will be provided by EEA
  • Mock Election (Pre-K 4)


November 4

  • Picture Day Orders Due


November 6-19

  • Scholastic Virtual Book Fair


November 13

  • World Kindness Day


November 11

  • Veterans Day (wear red, white and blue)


November 18

  • Education Support Professionals Day


November 20

  • Friendship Feast


November 23-27

  • Thanksgiving Break
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ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with great excitement, that the Early Excellence Academy would like to announce Emily Hargrave will become the newest special education teacher at Canyon Pointe Elementary. Emily will continue do an amazing job in facilitating the needs of the students she will serve. We wish her the best in her new role, but are very pleased she is still within the Tomball ISD family.


In turn, we would like to welcome Megan Glenney to the EEA Team. She will join us as a Para-Educator in the Fox classroom.

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.