Happy Times December 2016

Weekly Themes & Stories for December

We will be reading these books:

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! (Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners) There's a Wocket in My Pocket! (Dr. Seuss's Book of Ridiculous Rhymes) How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)
You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children

You can read them at home too. Please remember to read with your children every night.

Visit our Book Store for all the books we will be reading this year.


Parent Conferences:  If you would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teachers, signup here:

December is all about cultural diversity & sharing family traditions: We encourage each of you as families to join us in our holiday celebrations. You can come to our planned events or drop by anytime with a cultural treat, game… You can read us an interesting story, sing us a song, show us a dance, play an instrument… Just about anything will do. Sign-up here or arrange with Ms. Jenni, Ms. Jennifer or your child’s teachers.

Stardreams Recital 12/6, 11:00:  If your child is in Stardreams or you are interested in seeing what they do in class, come check out the recital in the Busy Bees classroom.

Bring it : 12/5-9 Bring a ball (soft) to share. (Not a softball but a ball that is soft.)

Staff Development Training 12/06 & 12/07: Helping Young Listeners Become Successful Readers: Babies & Toddlers & Listen With Your Heart: Using Active Listening in the Classroom | Every month our staff learns something new, takes a look at something old from a new perspective, reinforces and reinvigorates previous education and training, or just has some hands-on fun through our regular training programs. Learn more about our happy teachers here.

Wear it : 12/13 wear as many pockets as you can. | 12/20 wear red & green | Halsey Shirt every Friday

Field Trip 12/15: 9:30 – 1:00 Chuck E Cheese, Lunch on trip | 22940 Vanowen St, West Hills | 818-713-9794 | Please sign up here. | Field trips are available for Busy Bees, Dragonflies, Penguins.  All children must wear their Halsey Shirt on all field trips. If your child is in the Panda class, he/she may attend the trip if you or your spouse or other loved one join us. Parents are always welcome to attend and space is limited. So let us know if you want to join us right away. Sign up Field Trips here.

Holiday Social 12/16, Infants – 9:30, Tiny Tots – 10:00, Toddlers – 10:30 & Preschool – 11:00:  Please join us for some holiday cheer; songs, treats… Check out the Preschool Piano Recital at 12:30 afterwards.

School Closed 12/23, 26, 30, &  1/2: We’ll be closed but we’ll be  thinking about you!  We hope you have a very Happy Holiday time with your family and friends. Happy New Year!  What are your Holiday Plans?


Do you need care for older siblings during winter break?  We are open 6:30-6:30 12/19-22, 12/25-12/29, 1/3-6. If you need care for your kindergartner or if your older children would like to help out in the classroom, please contact Jenni at [email protected] or 818-992-1942 to arrange.

Preschoolers: If you are not already doing so, please send a full child size refillable water bottle to school every day with your child. We will refill as needed each day and send home for cleaning and refilling. If every child has one we can save the earth by drastically reducing our daily use of throw away cups. (Infants and Toddlers already bring bottles & sippy cups instead.)

January Billing: January billing will take place after the 1st of January instead of December 20th. So your ACH and Credit Card charges will not be posted until January 1. | On January 20th the normal billing schedule will resume for February tuition.

New online family system: Did you update your information in the Parent Portal yet? Ask us to email an invitation if you haven’t set yours up yet. We will begin billing tuition in the new system on January 1 for January tuition. Then on January 20th the normal billing schedule will resume for February tuition. (November 20th billing for December tuition will be done on our old system.)

Holiday Plans:  At Halsey Schools we understand the importance of family togetherness. As a result, whenever possible we like to give our teachers special time to spend with their families. The Holiday Season provides an excellent opportunity to do so.  In order to plan for this, we need your help. Please complete What are your Holiday Plans?

Hot Beverages:  As the days and mornings become cooler, please remember to keep coffee and other hot beverages off campus.  For safety reasons, there is no drinking of hot beverages allowed on any of Halsey Schools grounds, or on any Halsey Schools trips or other events. If you would like to drink hot beverages, please do so off campus or before coming in.

Cold & Flu Season:  We are now officially in the Cold & Flu Season.  At Halsey Schools, we follow our written Illness Policy and written illness prevention procedures.  We make every effort to assure your child contracts as few illnesses as possible.  However, most children and adults will contract at least one illness between now and April.  Remember to wash your child’s hands everyday before leaving school or any other social event.

About the Author

Jenni Rice - Owner & Director

I hope you like this post. I love helping parents, teachers and children learn, grow and become better people! Everyday I'm delighted to spend my day in the place I love with the people I love. If you don't know me already, please read my Teacher Feature. | G+