Happy Times November 2012

A happy pilgrim and his mommyVoting, Thanksgiving, Being grateful…

What is voting? What’s an election? What’s a poll? What’s a pilgrim? Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving? What kind of food was served at the First Thanksgiving Feast and who was there?  Why should we grateful?  We’ll learn the answers to these questions and more this November.

Weekly Themes & Stories for November

Preschoolers are naturally self-centered. Why wouldn’t they be? Their every need is catered to by adults. It’s part of their DNA. But when we teach children to be grateful they expand their one-person world and discover feelings of empathy. They become sensitive to the feelings of others. They learn to appreciate what we, parents, teachers and other adults do for them. Here are some things you can do to help us teach the children to be thankful:

  • Lead by example – Show your appreciation by saying please and thank you and encouraging your children to do the same.
  • At family dinner time,  talk about what you are grateful for. Perhaps someone helped you at work or a customer was very kind. Ask children what they are grateful for.
  • Ask your children to help set the table, feed the cat, carry the groceries…
  • Make some cookies together and give them to a neighbor, a friend, a teacher…
  • Just say no. If children are given everything without limits, they will not learn to be grateful.
  • Encourage your children to earn or work towards getting things or doing things they want to do.

We will be reading these books and using them as our weekly themes. Each one helps bring to life what it is to be grateful. You can read them at home too.

[amazon_link id=”0736423621″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Cinderella[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”069811986X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Town Mouse, Country Mouse[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”080756804X” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Rapunzel[/amazon_link], [amazon_link id=”0590108395″ target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]the Magic Carpet[/amazon_link]

Visit the store to purchase the rest of the books we will be reading for the school year or print out the list for the library, etc. Remember to read with your children every night.


Surprise Parent Readers :  How would you like to be a surprise reader for our story times? 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.

Field Trip 11/1:  Thursday, November 1st 9:o0 – 12:00  Clifford The Big Red Dog-Live!! Thousand Oaks Civic Center. Lunch at School | 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.

Candy For Our Troops 11/1-15: Encourage your children to donate some of  their Halloween candy to our troops.  Just drop off the  candy in our office. We can accept any candy collected door to door or in brand new bags from the 50% off after Halloween sales. We’ll ship the candy off to our troops in care packages with www.OperationGratitude.com. The children will add thank you cards and art work too.

School Closed 11/12: Veteran’s Day – Have a nice weekend!

Staff Development Training 11/13 & 11/14: Activities that Encourage Independence. We’ll review concepts, ideas & activities that encourage infants, toddlers and preschoolers to explore age appropriate independence.  | 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.

Visitor 11/14:  Nurse Ali Tayyab (Yawsi’s Dad) visits to tell us about being in one of the most appreciated professions, nursing. We’ll learn what it feels like to help so many people and why those he takes care of are so grateful. | Would you like to be a visitor? Signup here.

Thanksgiving feast 11/15:  Thursday, November 15 11:00-12:00, please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Potluck Feast for our infants, tiny tots, toddlers and preschoolers.  The children really enjoy sitting together and eating scrumptious food.  Please see sign-ups in your child’s classroom.  We need volunteers to provide and cook turkeys too! Check out some of the fun from last time [video_lightbox_youtube video_id=srxWS9HAXMs width=640 height=480 anchor=’here.’]

School Closed 11/22-23: Thanksgiving – Have a wonderful and thankful weekend full of family, friends and food.

Assessments 11/26:  This month your child’s teachers will complete assessments. Please look for your child’s assessment on November 26th.  You will be able to see how your child is progressing based on the California Department of Education guidelines.  The assessments are based on teacher observations and interaction with the children.  No pressure is put on the children.  They all learn at their own pace.   Parent-teacher conferences will be available from December 3rd – 7th.  Please look for the sign-up sheet in the office for available conference times or call 818-992-1942 to schedule.


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 health 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.

Sheets & Blankets: All children must have a sheet & blanket for nap time everyday.  Please make sure to send a sheet & blanket at the start of the week.  Please have your child’s name printed on them.  Thank you!

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. Check out “Dr. Halsey’s” page for our illness policy and more.

Signup for Text and Email Reminders

Reminders and Emergency Notifications: Email us at [email protected] or text @halsey to 512-861-8842 to join our reminder & emergency texting and emailing plan.

Emergency Notifications Only: Email us at [email protected] or text @emergency to 512-861-8842 to join our emergency only texting and emailing plan. You should have an out of state friend or relative subscribe to this. This way if we are able to get messages out but you are not able to receive you’ll have someone out of state you may be able to get a hold of.  Learn about our Emergency Plan here.

Did you know?

Every time we have a visitor, go on a field trip or have a special event the children & teachers create a keepsake thank you card, picture or drawing to show our appreciation to the person or people who helped make the event a success. This is just one way we encourage the children do develop good character and manners by showing they are grateful.
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