Early Excellence Express

September 18, 2020

A Great Start

We have spent our first two weeks focusing on building relationships and learning center procedures. Focusing on these essentials help each and every student learn to "live" in a classroom with lots of other children. During this time, activities are short and simple so as to keep the focus on simple tasks such as: learning to how to line up, clean up blocks, treat books, flush the toilet, and remain in a seat to eat beside friends. Beyond routines and procedures, teachers are introducing and reinforcing social and emotional skills that will support a positive classroom community, such as acting with kindness and empathy as well as developing self-awareness and self-regulation.


The Early Excellence Academy takes great pride in creating an educational atmosphere where students can learn in a welcoming and caring environment. I am extremely proud and incredibly fortunate to work alongside our highly qualified and dedicated early childhood staff, our wonderful students, and our supporting parents. Without this combination, Early Excellence would not be the amazing learning community that it is. I look forward to continuing our work together to prepare our students for a successful school year as well as a solid start in their education.


Warm Regards,

Megan

COMMUNICATION

Communication acts as the bridge to engagement and ultimately, strong parent partnerships. This year, communication looks different. In-person communication is the most effective; however, given COVID regulations and precautions, it has unfortunately become a last resort. Technology-based communication has quickly risen to become our "new frontier." While staff and parents are no strangers to this form of communication, it is limiting.


Predominately, communication from EEA staff to parents centers around developmental milestones and possible caregiving concerns.During these early weeks, staff members are closely observing and monitoring students for effective strategies and techniques involving separation from parents, increasing the length of engagement and independence in both preferred and non-preferred tasks, and for our younger students, generalizing toilet training readiness skills.


With COVID health restrictions in place, face to face communication is not always possible, but please know that any concerns that may arise during the course of the school day is communicated through Brightwheel, district e-mail, or phone call.


Please know that Brightwheel is a two-way communication platform.If at any time you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

To protect children in day care and the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of state of Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health and Human Services Commission adopted emergency rules that required a pick-up and drop-off plan for children. Primarily, two guidelines were provided:

1. The pick-up and drop-off of children should be completed outside of the operation, and

2. Arrival and drop off times should be staggered


These guidelines help limit direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to social distancing recommendations.


Please be mindful of your drop off and pick up times. These times were specifically designed to support preventative health measures including social distancing strategies. These "windows" ensure classes include the same group each day, and that the same providers remain with the same group each day. The Early Excellence Academy does realize that there may be occasionally unexpected delays for a variety of reasons, however, these should be exceptions and not the norm.


Again, without healthy students and staff, there is NO SCHOOL.


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


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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UPCOMING EVENTS: YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT

September 14-25:

  • Teachers will be connecting with parents for support on observations made during the first two weeks of school


September 21:

  • Late Charges begin


October 5-16

  • Brigance Assessment administered
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HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS OF THE WEEK

1. Disinfect reusable items such as lunch kits every evening and before leaving for the day.

2. Lovies brought from home should be cleaned every day when the child comes home and every morning before the child leaves.

SACK LUNCH DAYS

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


Fall Semester

  • November 3



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.

MEET OUR YOUTH SERVICES SPECIALIST

Samantha Promise will be servicing the Early Excellence Academy as our Youth Services Specialist. Samantha's services include the following:


· Provide crisis counseling & consultation

· Serve as a liaison between school and Texas Dept. of Family and Protective Services

· Serve as a liaison between school and community resources.

· Provide resources to students, families and school staff.

· Provide supportive counseling to students

· Support for the homeless population

· Education and/or support groups

· Provide basic/seasonal items when available


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)

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EEA TEACHER WEBSITES

Please visit teacher websites for additional classroom information !

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.