Happy Times May 2014

Mommies, Teachers, Pets, Graduation… May is super busy and super fun!

Weekly Themes & Rhymes for May

This month we will be reading & learning these rhymes. You can do them at home too.

  • My Mother is a Baker
  • Pop Goes the Weasel
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

Find the lyrics & words here. Remember to read with your children every night.


National Screen Free Week 5/5-5/11: Turn off all your screens for a week. Can you to do it?  If you can’ t do it for a week. Try it for an hour or two a night. You’ll be amazed what a difference it makes.   There are lots of  fun things to do that don’t involve screens and encourage family time. Read more at Turn off the screen!,  7 awesome ways to have fun and learn at home with out screensScreens before bed?.

Mother’s Day Craft Project 5/5-9:  Mommies, Grandmas, Aunts and Great Grandmas join us anytime this week between 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. for a special Mommy & Me activity in your child’s classroom.

Mother’s Day Brunch 5/9:  Mommies, Grandmas, Aunts & Great Grandmas join us for a yummy celebration in your honor full of treats, signing and surprises. Infant Center – 9:30, Tiny Tots – 10:00, Toddlers – 10:30, Preschool – 11:00.

Teacher Appreciation Week 5/12-16: We all know how important praise and recognition is for our children. Sometimes we forget how important it is for our teachers too. Please let them know how much we all appreciate them. A little gesture can make a huge difference.

Click here to pick a teacher and write a review

Visitors 5/19-23: Your Pets.   Share your pets this week! All pets must be very friendly. Small animals in cages make the best visitors, however dogs, cats & others are welcome too. Pets that live in cages or bowls like hamsters, fish and lizards are welcome to stay for the day.  Other pets like dogs and cats may come for short visits, when you pick up or drop off, but can not be left at school.   You can bring a picture of your pet to share instead.  Please arrange all pet visits with your child’s teachers.

Staff Development Training 5/20 & 5/21: Look at the Bright Side of Life – Helping children look at the bright side of life. 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 of fun through our regular training programs. Learn more about our happy teachers here.

Field Trip 5/22 & 23: Underwood Family Farms 8:30 – 1:00  Please bring a sack lunch. Busy Bees & Dragonflies 5/22; Penguins 5/23. We will be going to the farm to visit with farm animals and to take a tractor ride out into the strawberry field to pick strawberries.| Field trips are available for Busy Bees, Dragonflies, Penguins & Potty Trained Pandas.  If your child is under 3 years old he/she may attend the trip if you or your spouse join us. Parents are always welcome to attend and space is limited. So let us know if you want to join us right away. Signup here. 

School Closed 5/26: In observance of Memorial Day. Have a great weekend!

Busy Bees Graduation 5/30:  Join us Friday,  10:00a.m. at St. Luke’s right across the street from the Infant Center for our Annual Preschool Graduation Ceremony for our Busy Bees. Parent provided refreshments will be served afterwards. If you would like to bring something, please sign up in the classroom and  drop off your treats at St. Luke’s before or after the graduation.

Report Cards 5/30: Penguins, Dragonflies & Busy Bees will receive their report cards today. They are designed to let you know what your children have learned and to make them feel good. We are so proud of what they have learned. Aren’t you?

Camp Halsey 6/2:  The learning fun doesn’t end at Halsey Schools; The summer is when it really takes off!  Currently enrolled families automatically continue for the summer. New families & Kindergartners can start at anytime as long as space is available. Busy Bees who graduated last year (2013) are welcome back too! Sign up for Summer Field Trips here. | Taking a vacation? Let us know your summer plans here.

Surprise Parent Readers Anytime:  How would you like to be a surprise reader for our storytimes? You can schedule at your usual drop off time, pickup time or anytime in between. Don’t forget it’s a surprise, so don’t let the children in on the secret. You can come in dressed up as character from the story or just come as you are. It’s up to you the sky is the limit.  Signup here.


Sunscreen Time:  Temperatures are  rising and that means more sunscreen! It’s very important that children should come to school wearing an SPF 30 or more on all exposed areas of the skin.  We also recommend a hat.  Extra sunscreen should be kept at school as well.  Teachers can re-apply as we play a lot outdoors.

Spring Cleaning: If you’ve got the urge to do some cleaning we can always use out grown toys & clothes for our classrooms.

Tuition Rates: Our tuition rates are adjusted annually. If you are not yet on the current rate schedule, the adjustment will take place on your June 20th statement for July billing. (Tuition for graduating Busy Bees will not change.) Click here or click on Tuition & FAQs above or download the parent handbook to see the current rates.

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