Early Excellence Express

November 18, 2019

Week of Thanks

Our students will be spending time this week learning about the meaning behind Thanksgiving. Students will learn the value of sharing, community, gratitude, and compassion for others.


From all of us at EEA, we wish you and your family a wonderful and very relaxing Thanksgiving. We are grateful to get the chance to call each of you family.


A few things to remember during the holiday:

  • Talk about why we celebrate Thanksgiving. Connect your family celebration to the original story of the fall harvest celebration that brought together Native Americans and Pilgrims for a feast.
  • Turn the television off during family time. Yes, there are the parades, football games, and specials, but try to keep most of Thanksgiving about the conversation and time spent with loved ones.
  • Talk about family traditions and tell stories. If your celebration involves multiple generations or multiple families, talk about traditions, "the good old days," and your own childhood. Stories teach children about life and history.
  • Talk about your Thanksgiving feast. Talk to children about where food comes from and how it was prepared. Everyone can share what their favorite food is and why.
  • Be thankful. Focus on the things you are thankful for; ask everyone at the table to say what they are thankful for or make a list of what your family is thankful for.
  • Share and donate. Thanksgiving is a celebration of sharing and abundance. Develop a tradition of sharing with those who have less and involve children in contributing. Help children learn to help others.
  • Create something for Thanksgiving together. Whether you're cooking or creating a craft, involving kids in the preparation or an activity is a great way to celebrate and enjoy family time. Don’t worry if those potatoes have a lump or two—the memory-making experience is worth it.

Friendship Feast

Thursday, Nov. 21st, 2:30pm

30330 Quinn Road

Tomball, TX

On Thursday, November 21, students will be participating in a Friendship Feast. Students are invited to bring items to help prepare for the feast. If you are interested in bringing an item, please see your child's teacher to sign up.


Parents are welcome to attend!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Veteran's Day



Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. Thank you to those of you who sent in pictures of our Veterans. We celebrate and honor our Veterans for your patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.


We love you and thank you for your service!

Playground Update

Our playground looks quite amazing! The structure is complete and the solar shade has been installed. A huge thank you to our district and school board for providing an amazing place for littles to play and move!

Purple Out

On Friday, November 15, our little cats took on the Purple Out challenge. We challenged EEA families to wear purple to raise awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month.


But more importantly, we wore purple to support a very special student in our Bear classroom whose PaPaw was undergoing his 18th round of chemo for Pancreatic Cancer.


To the Aaron family, our hearts remain with you on this journey. Sending hugs and sunshine your way!

UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

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: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

  • Students can wear PJs to school!



November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break

EEA Happenings

FALL FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT

Storybook Pumpkins

EEA's storybook pumpkin patch was a HUGE success!


Our winner will be announced Thursday, November 21. Please remember to bring pumpkins home Thursday and Friday.

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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