Weekly Listserve


In this message:

1. A Note from Dr. Fischer

2. First Year Field Trip

3. ECA Shadow Day – Parent Help Needed

4. ECA Spirit Week

5. Harvest Hangout - Parent Help Requested

6. Fall 2017 Enrollment

7. ECA Shadow Day

8. ECA Food Pantry

9. ECA Math Tutoring for EMU Classes

10. ECA Lunch Program

11. Pizza Thursday

12. Parent Volunteers Needed

13. Counseling News

Upcoming Dates to Remember!

10/24 Spirit Week Starts

10/24 -28 College Application Week (CAW)

10/26 Fall 2017 Enrollment Info Session - Chelsea

10/28 First Year Field Trip - DIA

10/28 Harvest Hangout

10/31 Oakland University College Visit to ECA

10/31 U of M Flint College Visit to ECA

11/2 Shadow Day

11/2 Fall 2017 Enrollment Info Session - Saline

11/3 Fall 2017 Enrollment Info Session - Whitmore Lake

12/16 First Year CLICK Celebration ~ Save the Date (more info to come!)

1. A note from Dr. Fischer: This week has been an extremely difficult one for the ECA community. Our crisis plan and the expert assistance of Holly Heaviland and the other county crisis team members have helped tremendously--but nothing prepares us when a tragedy like this hits home. I am deeply grateful to this amazing ECA community for the many expressions of support that have so lovingly been offered, both for Jonah's family and for each other here at school.

I need to announce some slight changes in the arrangements for Jonah's funeral: there will be visitation from 4-8pm on Tuesday, Oct. 25, with a prayer service starting at 8pm. Jonah's family welcomes ECA students and families at these events. I have delivered the posters with memories and condolences to Jonah's family and will continue to collect these; if you send me (or have sent me) an email asking me to deliver your condolences, I will give these to his family. Here is the link to the funeral home obituary: http://www.ochalekstark.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1867691.

A group of students will be collecting photographs and other memories to create a photo display to share with the community at the visitation and service. If you'd like to contribute for potential inclusion in the display, please email to photos.eca@gmail.com.

Many students have expressed the strong wish to plan further memorial and awareness activities. Ms. Peet, Ms. Squirewell and I are helping to collect ideas, connect students who feel moved to take further action, and provide facilitation in a healthy and supportive way.

Interdependence Quote for the Week: "The ECA is like a family; we take care of each other." ~Summary of sentiments expressed by many, many students this week.


~Dr. Fischer

Spirit Week addition for Friday: First-Year students--Halloween costumes are not permitted at the DIA. Instead, please wear BRIGHT BLUE in memory of Jonah Payne to our field trip on Friday. Blue was a special color for Jonah.

2. First Year Fall Field Trip: Our annual ECA Fall Field Trip will take place on Friday, Oct 28 (Please note that the date has changed--the originally scheduled field trip date was Nov. 18).First year students will be traveling by bus to the Detroit Institute of Arts for the day. This is a fantastic event that has become a tradition! Details of the trip and permission slips will be distributed in first hour classes on Monday, followed by further email communication.

Students with blended schedules DO need to report to their respective Friday EMU classes and should not attend this field trip. If you do NOT plan to attend, you must let Ms. Squirewell know via email at squirewell.eca@gmail.com by October 25th. Otherwise all first-year students are expected to attend.

Please note: Students may NOT drive themselves or get a ride to/from Detroit; all students must ride the bus. Students may not wear costumes to the DIA – they are permitted to bring costumes to school and change into them right before the Harvest Hangout. There will be plenty of time to do this!!

3. ECA Shadow Days - Parent Help Needed! Our program is hosting a series of Shadow Days to allow prospective students an opportunity to get a feel for the program. We have a great group of 1st Year "Shadow Ambassadors" ready to take their "Shadows" to class, either for an AM or PM half day. Part of the Shadow Day program includes a program for prospective parents--and this is where we need the help of current parents! If you can spend two hours of your time to talk with other parents who are interested in the ECA, please email Mrs. Jackson directly: jackson.eca@gmail.com. The dates/times are listed below. Thanks in advance for your support!

Wednesday, Nov. 2 10am-12pm

Wednesday, Nov. 2 1:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday, Nov. 8 10am-12pm

Tuesday, Nov. 8 1:30-3:30pm

4. ECA Spirit Week: Join the ECA Student Leaders in celebrating Spirit Week starting Monday, October 24th!

Monday (10/24) College day - Wear attire representing your dream college.

Tuesday (10/25) Twin day - Get a friend and wear matching outfits.

Wednesday (10/26) Wacky Wednesday - Come to school wearing your wackiest outfit and hair.

Thursday (10/27) Throwback Thursday - Come dressed from back in the day.

Friday (10/28) Costume day/Wear Blue for Jonah! - Wear your best costume. The student(s) with the best costume will win a great prize at the Harvest Hangout. We will be wearing BLUE to the field trip in memory of Jonah Payne.

On Friday -- directly after the field trip, come to the MC Lounge for the Harvest Hangout! There will be music, games, contests and fun for all. Socialize with your friends and make new ones while enjoying cupcakes, apple cider, and other snacks from 3:30-5:00pm.

5. Harvest Hangout – Parent Help Requested: The ECA Student Leaders are planning a Harvest Hangout on October 28 from 3:30-5pm in the MC Lounge for all ECA students. They are requesting some items to be donated to make the event a success for all of the students. Please sign up for an item or two. You may drop off in the Main Office (221 King Hall) with Mrs. Jackson or send with your student. Thank you for your help!

ECA Pi www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F094CA4AF2AA31-ecastudent1

6. Fall 2017 Enrollment: We are currently at the beginning of our Fall 2017 Cohort Enrollment Cycle. Over the years, we have found that the vast majority of people who chose to apply to the Early College Alliance have heard about our program through their friends and families who have a student already enrolled with ECA. We have added some dates to our calendar of ECA Information Sessions. Please pass these on to parents and students you know who may be interested in attending one of these sessions.

All sessions are 6:30 pm - 8:00 p.m. (*except Chelsea, which starts at 6pm)

October 26 Chelsea High School Media Center *6pm start

November 2 Saline High School Media Center

November 3 Whitmore Lake High School Library

November 7 EMU Student Center Ballroom A

November 9 Dexter High School Media Center

November 17 Milan Center for Innovative Services

December 6 Lincoln High School Room 200

December 12 EMU Student Center Ballroom B

December 14 WISD (Washtenaw Intermediate School District)

January 9 EMU Student Center Ballroom B

7. ECA Shadow Day: Please help us spread the word! The ECA is hosting a formal Shadow Day experience for prospective students and families. This will be a chance for students to shadow a student in ECA high school classes for either a morning or afternoon. Students will attend a brief orientation before the classroom experience starts. We will provide special programming for parents/guardians while students are in class, including a Q & A session with the Principal and current students, parents, & guardians. ECA Shadow Days will take place on Wednesday, November 2 & Wednesday, November 8. Families can choose either AM (8:30-12:00) or PM (12:00-3:30). Please click the link below to sign up if you are interested in attending Shadow Day! Be sure to indicate whether a parent will be staying with us for the special parent programming by putting 'Parent attending' in the Comments Section. http://tinyurl.com/shadow-day-fall-16-1 ​ As a reminder, the deadline for Priority Admission is February 17th at 3pm, any applications received after this deadline will be considered for Deferred Admission.

8. ECA Food Pantry: Parents, we are collecting food for ECA students who qualify for free and reduced lunch waivers, as well as students who, for whatever reason, do not have a lunch on a given day. Although most of our faculty and staff have items in our offices to assist hungry students, we are in need of additional support this year. We are asking for your help – to donate non-perishable food items, which can be eaten straight from the container or heated in a bowl in the microwave. Please see the attached list of recommended donation items.

Food items can brought to Mrs. Jackson in the main office – 221 King Hall. Thank you to the parents who have donated thus far. We truly appreciate your generosity!!

9. ECA Math Tutoring for EMU Classes: Ms. Wilson will hold tutoring for EMU classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 - 10:20 in King Hall 122. If the location changes there will be a note on her office door (King Hall 225).

EMU Math Tutoring Updates:

No EMU Math Tutoring on Tuesday October 25

No EMU Math Tutoring on Friday October 28

10. ECA Lunch Program: The ECA is partnering with Dexter Food & Nutrition, along with High Point Kitchen to provide quality & healthy food options for our students. Lunch orders are placed a week ahead of time and are due by 2pm Thursday. We accept cash & checks made out to Dexter F&N. Please note: The ECA does not hold change in the office. Anything over exact change will be credited to your student's account. Once lunches are ordered, you will receive a confirmation email showing your lunch order confirmation. Lunches can be picked up in King 122 between 11:50 AM - 1:00 PM.

Students and families interested in the Free & Reduced aspect of our lunch program can apply by going to LunchApp.com and applying under the district “Washtenaw County ISD”. You can also fill out a paper copy of the application and submit to Mr. Smith. It generally takes 2-3 business days to receive an answer to your lunch status, so apply ahead of time. Feel free to contact Mr. Smith at Smith@earlycollegealliance.info with questions. We look forward to serving you!

11. Pizza Thursdays: Pizza Thursdays are back! Come and enjoy lunch with other ECA students. Pizza Thursdays will be held every Thursday in the Multi-Cultural Lounge in King Hall during the ECA lunch break (11:50 - 12:30). You must purchase a prepaid punch card (which has 5 punches) for $5 per card. Pizza, pop, water and candy bars are all one punch each. Punch cards are available NOW in Mrs. Jackson’s office (221 King Hall). See you there!!

Would you like to participate in Pizza Thursday but need a GUTEN FREE pizza? If so, please contact Mrs. Jackson at jackson.eca@gmail.com or 734.487.4290.

STUDENTS! Turn in your fully punched pizza cards, with your name printed on the back, by the last Pizza Thursday of every month. We will have a drawing to win a FREE pizza punch card!

12. Parents, we need your help! We are recruiting parent volunteers to help with Pizza Thursdays. We have a sign-up sheet online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094ca4af2aa31-pizza6. It is a fun, easy job! Help hand out pizza slices and beverages during lunch on Thursdays. If you can lend just one hour of your time, we would really appreciate your assistance.

13. Counseling News: Returning Students - Don't forget about your CLICK Logs!

First year ECA students, your CLICK Online Assignment was due on 10/14.

Upcoming College Visits and Events

All students are welcome to attend the college admissions presentations. Please do not skip class to attend the presentations. You can stop by my office for any handouts or the admissions rep contact information. Thanks!

10/24 -28 *College Application Week (CAW)

10/31 Oakland University 10:00am (King Lounge)

10/31 U of M Flint 11:00am (King Lounge)

11/11 EMU 11:30am (King Lounge)

11/18 Michigan Tech 11:30am (King Lounge)

College Application Week: October 24-28th

Purpose: October has now been declared Michigan College Month, where high schools can host college application and FAFSA/financial aid drives concurrently, with the goal that by the conclusion of October, every graduating senior has filed their FAFSA, applied to at least one college, and applied for at least one scholarship.

*Ms. Squirewell's CAW Goal: Every Completer will complete at least two applications and one scholarship during CAW. Please stop by my office starting Monday 10/24, to show me your acceptance letters or email confirmations. You will receive a raffle ticket for every college application or scholarship application submitted. The drawing will take place at the Harvest Hangout on 10/28.

FAFSA-Free Application for Student Aid fafsa.ed.gov

If you missed FAFSA night, please email Ms. Squirewell at squirewell@earlycollegealliance.info for the PowerPoint presentation.

  • You will need to create a FSA ID. Your parent will also need to create a FSA ID. Please visit the following website to complete this task. www.fsaid.ed.gov

  • Your FSA ID serves as your legal signature.

  • Parents will need to use their 2015 taxes to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

Have a good day,

Mrs. Jackson

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