A Message from Tami

A Message from Tami
Posted on 07/01/2020
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Updated 7/1/20
ECEC staff are working hard to make sure we are ready when it is time to reopen. We are in the process of finalizing a plan that follows federal, state, and Community safety guidelines with regards to COVID-19. Our goal is to keep students, families, and staff safe and informed.

At this time, there is no ECEC reopening date scheduled. The ECEC, like all of Salt River Schools sites and programs, has been following the SRPMIC government’s “Return to Work Plan” since June 1; under this plan, the Community, including our school, will be in Phase 1 through at least the end of July. Schools may begin reopening in Phase 2, and no one knows when that will occur. ECEC staff will return when Phase 2 is activated by the SRPMIC Tribal Council, and we will welcome children and families into our building only when the necessary safety measures and protocols are in place. We will keep you informed throughout this process.

It’s important that ECEC has your current phone number, address, and email. Please call us to update your records, as needed. If you have not been contacted by an ECEC staff member during the closure, call us at 480-362-2200 and leave a message with your name and your child’s name and we will return your call. Please note: All currently enrolled students are eligible to enroll for the 2020-2021 school year.

We appreciate your patience and understanding in these challenging and uncertain times. We hope ECEC families take advantage of our Wednesday drive-up distribution days, where you can get free activities, materials, and supplies—please call ahead and let us know what you need. This service is available at the ECEC on July 1, 8 & 22 (Wednesdays).

If there is anything you need please reach out to us. We wish you and your families well!

Tami Brungard, Ed.S

Early Childhood Education Leader
(480) 362-2202


Updated 5/13/20
We hope you are doing well. With the safety measures in place throughout the Community, there will be no in-person promotion ceremony next week to celebrate our Pre-K students as originally planned.

However, we invite you to visit the ECEC today (5/13) until 1 p.m. and tomorrow, (5/14) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to pick up special promotion items, including a felt graduation cap and materials to decorate it with your student (our distributions take place in the bus loop, which you can access from Chaparral Road).

In the past, our families have been super-creative in decorating these items and we would love for you to share photos and videos of you and your student making these caps. You can send the photos/videos to our Communications and PR Director Taté Walker at communications@saltriverschools.org and we will share those on our social media pages to celebrate the accomplishments of our ECEC students!

In addition, check out this promotion/graduation celebration opportunity from O'odham Action News.

We hope you are well and we look forward to seeing you!

Tami Brungard, Ed.S
Early Childhood Education Leader
(480) 362-2202


Updated 5/4/20
Hello, ECEC families! May 4-8 is Educator Appreciation Week. We are grateful for all our dedicated staff at the ECEC that continue to support families and the Community during the school closure. Check out the video ECEC staff put together to let families know how much we miss them:


We also wanted to let you know that this week, we will have new learning activity materials for families to pick up Wednesday (5/6) and Thursday (5/7) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We also have handmade masks available, which were made and donated by ECEC Assistant Teacher Thanaa Salloum. Please use the ECEC bus loop (entrance on Chaparral Road) to pick up your activity bags.

We hope you are well and we look forward to seeing you!

Tami Brungard Ed.S
Early Childhood Education Leader
(480) 362-2202



Updated 4/27/20
This message is to update families about the re-enrollment process for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. To help ease any pressure related to enrollment deadlines and to respect safety protocols enacted in response to COVID-19, the Office of Head Start is allowing schools a measure of flexibility regarding re-enrollment procedures. Here is the ECEC enrollment plan:

  • If your child is currently enrolled at the ECEC and will be able to return for the 2020-2021 school year in August, then you will not have to fill out a re-enrollment form (it will be automatic this year). Please note: This does not include pre-k students transitioning to kindergarten (see third bullet).
  • If your child is currently enrolled in Early Head Start (birth to 3 years old) and will transition to Head Start (3- and 4-year-olds), you must fill out a Head Start program application. The ECEC will mail you an application packet with a prepaid return envelope; please mail your completed application back as soon as possible.
  • If your child will transition from pre-k to kindergarten, please call Salt River Elementary School at 480-362-2400 to ask about their enrollment procedures, or click here to visit their kindergarten enrollment page. They are eager to support your child on their next educational journey.
  • Families with questions about the CCDF Certificate Program can email Alizabeth Philbrick for enrollment information.
  • There is a different process for families of children who will enroll at the ECEC for the first time. Please call the ECEC at 480-362-2200 for more information.

Please reach out to your Family Advocate if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time of change. Remember: We will do this together.

Tami Brungard Ed.S
Early Childhood Education Leader
(480) 362-2202



Updated 4/21/20
We hope this message finds you well. We wanted to let you know that if you were unable to pick-up your activity and resource bags last week, please come by the ECEC Wednesday, April 22, between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick yours up. Please note: We will now be using the bus loop (entrance on Chaparral Road) for distributions. 

Here is some information ECEC Policy Council President Lori Lewis has asked me to pass along: 

  • The Food Bank near the Salt River Community Building at Longmore and McDowell roads is a great resource for families needing food assistance. Their hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed every weekday from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, call 480-362-7277.
  • The Community has several important notices regarding its COVID-19 prevention efforts. Please review those here: https://www.srpmic-nsn.gov/covid-19/

If you have any questions, please call your Family Advocate or the ECEC at 480-362-2200 (if no one answers, please leave a message with how to reach you and we'll return your call as soon as possible). Be sure to also check out the main Salt River Schools website for any news/updates.

Have a safe and healthy week. 

Tami Brungard Ed.S
Early Childhood Education Leader
(480) 362-2202



Updated 4/14/20

We hope you and yours are doing well. This message is to let you know that more activities and supplies to help you and your child with home learning experiences will be distributed tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ECEC.

Additionally, we hope you take advantage of the great online learning resources posted here and check out these great resources:

If you have any questions, please call your Family Advocate or the ECEC at 480-362-2200 (if no one answers, please leave a message with how to reach you and we'll return your call as soon as possible).

Have a safe and healthy week. 

Tami Brungard Ed.S
Early Childhood Education Leader
(480) 362-2202



Updated 3/24/20
I hope this message finds you and your family well. Although, we are not able to see you and your children daily, you are in our thoughts. This message is to let you know that on Friday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the ECEC will distribute special activity bags for our families to enjoy and learn from while school is closed. 

 

Additionally, ECEC teachers and staff have been working on-site and at home to support the program. You child’s teacher and family advocate will be reaching out to you weekly. Please let them know if there is anything you need; if we are unable to provide something, we will do our best to assist you in researching other supports.

You play such an important part in helping your families feel safe during this time. A great resource is Dr. Becky Bailey, founder of Conscious Discipline. Here is a great tip from a longer post on the Conscious Discipline website about how families can address COVID-19 (the coronavirus) together - click here to read more:

Now more than ever safety and active calming have become mission-critical for families everywhere. Regardless of how many years we've been developing our own social emotional toolset, it's difficult to help a child co-regulate when we feel anxious ourselves! It's important to remember:

  • Our calm increases children's calm.
  • You are the most important Safe Place for your child.
  • The brain requires safety and connection. Be intentional about cultivating both.
  • Create a "new normal” together using routines and play.
  • Provide helpful ways for children to contribute every day.
  • Consciously choose to see the best in others and circumstances.

 

Finally, I encourage you to follow the Salt River Schools Facebook page and our district website for the most updated information regarding COVID-19 and its impact on our schools. 

The best way to contact ECEC staff is by sending a message to their Salt River Schools email address. You can also call Barbara, Deborah, Sherilyn, or myself on our office phone lines and we can assist you with your questions. Together we will make the best of this new situation we find ourselves in - thank you for your continued patience and support.

Tami Brungard Ed.S
Early Childhood Education Leader
(480) 362-2202

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