Early Excellence Express

December 14, 2020

Christmas magic is powerful, but the power in our hearts is even more magical. In a season where celebration, wonderment, and hope are at the center; we can't help but feel the season's magic among us.


Christmas is indeed a time for sharing in gift giving and celebrations. And yet, the greatest gifts are not those wrapped in fine papers or dressed in colorful bows. They are those given with an open heart, one wrapped in the lovely ribbons of faith, hope, and love.


From the bottom of our hearts, we are extremely grateful that you allow your children, and most precious gifts, to celebrate some of their "firsts" with us at Early Excellence. We have seen so much progress in our students in this very short semester. A thousand beautiful moments have been captured and celebrated and we are eager to see what next semester brings.


We wish each and every member of our EEA family a wonderful and restful break.


Happy Holidays,

MP

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WINTER WONDERLAND

Our CTE Education and Training Pathways program has organized this event scheduled for Friday, December 18th!


Early Excellence Academy students will be escorted to the THS classroom located in EEA for Winter Wonderland! EEA teachers will guide and monitor students through winter crafts and activities in the classroom and on the sidewalk outside the EEA building. Students will enjoy snowflaking decorating, snowball rolling, present stacking and more!


In order for your child to participate in Winter Wonderland, please complete this electronic consent form by Thursday, December 17th.

POLAR EXPRESS

A huge shout out to our amazing CTE Education and Training students who transformed their classroom into one magical ride aboard the Polar Express. These students have truly worked to make the magic and spirit of Christmas come alive!

Holiday World Tour

Our students spent last Thursday traveling to four different countries to explore the traditions and customs of countries other than their own.

REINDEER GAMES

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!


Students at EEA are ready to show off their gross and fine motor skills as they engage in the ultimate moto skill challenge: Reindeer Games! Students will be challenging and cheering on each other as they work together to decorate Christmas trees, find missing gingerbread men, stack presents, hopscotch, and find their way out of the reindeer shoot. Please make sure that your child is dressed in comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes for Thursday, December 17!

STAFF WORKDAYS

Please complete the January Needs Assessment found HERE in order to provide the Early Excellence Academy information in order to support you and your childcare needs during the month of January. All responses are needed by December 15.


Meals and snacks will be available at EEA from the Child Nutrition Department on January 4 and 5.


The Early Excellence Academy will be operating on a modified schedule. All students must be picked up from the center by 4:30 p.m.

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UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

December 14

  • Camo-Ho-Ho-Ho (wear camo to school)


December 15


December 16

  • Merry Grinchmas! (wear green or a grinch shirt)


December 17


December 18

  • Winter Wonderland (wear red, green, blue or white)


January 4

  • Staff Workday: EEA will operate on a modified schedule
  • Snacks and hot lunch will be provided.


January 5

  • Staff Workday: EEA will operate on a modified schedule
  • Snacks and hot lunch will be provided.


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 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.