Early Excellence Express

January 27, 2020

FEBRUARY IS JAM PACKED!

As we began planning, we realized just how busy EEA will be during the month of February. As always, your feedback facilitates our action. With two back to back student holidays, we are wanting to gather information so that we can arrange activities with maximum participation. Please take the time to fill out our February Needs google survey HERE so that we can finalize plans for both large and small based center projects.


Beginning, Monday, January 27, EEA will be putting our personal touch on Holocaust Remembrance Week. Due to Senate Bill 1828, this week was designated to understand differences and promote inclusion. This week, lead by Owls teacher, Michelle Vazquez, will target activities that highlight responsibilities in learning and implementing human values. Ms. Michelle will be facilitating lessons Monday through Friday that showcase respect, acceptance, consideration, appreciation, listening, openness, affection, empathy and love towards other human beings. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more on #BeYOUniqueWeek. This week is important to EEA for several reasons as it serves as the foundation for larger scale projects that target several social and emotional milestones.


On Monday, February 3, EEA students will extend skills taught of the self and classroom by participating in a community morning meeting. This small change establishes the foundation for responsible citizenship, a responsibility of all students. The morning meeting will be an opportunity to welcome and recognize individual students as well as entire classes.


Also, in February these critical lessons will be put into practice as CTE Education Pathway students facilitate fine motor activities with EEA and THS PALS students. Led by CTE student, Brynna, students will be applying the human values taught during #BeYOUniqueWeek as students complete and exchange Valentines. More details coming soon!

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FEBRUARY NEEDS

Please complete our February Needs survey HERE to help finalize plans for projects in February! We are looking at scheduling Valentine's Day parties, completing Valentine's Day activities with THS staff and students, as well as completing the required professional development hours required for Child Care Licensing.

100 DAYS OF SCHOOL

We are 100 days sharper and stronger!


Please join us Tuesday, January 28, in celebrating 100 days of school. Led by our CTE interns, Abby and Arte, students will celebrate 100 days of school with a story and craft. Class pictures will be taken at the end of the activity. The project will be held in the EEA cafeteria. Activity times are listed below:


Porcupines and Foxes: 7:30 a.m.


Bears and Owls: 8:00 a.m.


Students are encouraged to wear 100 of something to school. (100 buttons on a shirt, 100 stickers, etc.)

PICTURES NEEDED

We are expanding our language lab and we need your help! We are looking to parents to submit photos of students exploring the world around them!


Please send in pictures (no bigger than 4x6) of you and your child exploring and learning about their home and community environments. Examples include:


  • Cooking in the kitchen
  • Cleaning the house
  • Shopping at the grocery store
  • Working with tools
  • Folding or sorting clothes
  • Watering plants


Pictures will be displayed in our Language Lab to build oral language skills. Please submit photos by Friday morning!

UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

January 27-January 31: BeYOUnique Week


January 28- 100 Days of School Celebration

  • CTE students, Abby and Arte, will be facilitating an activity to celebrate 100 days of school. Students are encouraged to dress in 100 of something!


February 6: WCES DI Service Project

  • Students from WCES DI Team will visit EEA at 2:00 p.m. to educate our Owls and Bears classes on the layers of soil and make dirt pudding!


February 7: TISD Wear RED Day


February 14: District Wide Professional Development

  • Updates to come soon for EEA operational hours


February 17: Exchange Day

  • Updates to come soon for EEA operational hours

REMINDERS

Early Enrollment Updates

Open enrollment for current EEA families, for the 2020-2021 school year, will begin February 17 and run through March 6. After March 16, seats will be open to all district employees.


We want your feedback! Don't forget to weigh in on options for menus and extra curricular activities for next school year. Fall 2020 input can be found HERE.


We have scheduled our Open House for 5:00 p.m. on February 17, 2020.

Language Lab Items

Please continue to help stock our grocery store center with emptied and cleaned boxed goods and cartons (i.e. your child's favorite cereal, snack boxes, pancake mix, milk). These items will be used for various literacy development skills.

SUMMER CAMP

We are beginning to draft plans for our two week summer camp program. Our summer camp will be offered June 1 through June 12. Hours of Operation have been tentatively set for Monday thru Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Please complete the following google survey HERE to help us gather information for summer enrollment. Your information is valuable in considering hours of operation.

SACK LUNCH DAYS

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

February

  • February 14
  • February 17

March

  • March 16

May

  • May 28
  • May 29

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!

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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