Happy Times November 2014

  1. Turkey day at Halsey Schools
  1. Turkey day at Halsey Schools

Weekly Themes & Stories for November

Why do woodpeckers make holes in trees? Why do hummingbirds wings move so fast? How fast do they go? Why is the Bald Eagle bald? How did a quail become the California Quail? Some birds can’t fly but why? Why do we eat turkey every Thanksgiving? We’ll find out the answer to these questions and a lot more as we learn about birds this November. It is going to be fun!

We will be reading these books:

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

Amazing Animals: Woodpeckers About Hummingbirds: A Guide for Children (The About Series) National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: The Best Birding Book for Kids from National Geographic's Bird Experts Birds that can't fly

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

Candy For Our Troops 11/1-07: Encourage your children to donate some of  their Halloween candy to our troops.  Just drop off the candy in our office or your child’s classroom. 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.

Visitor 11/4: Ms. Jeri brings in her special birds. | Would you like to be a visitor? Signup here.

School Closed 11/11: Veteran’s Day  Learn how to teach your children about veterans here.

Staff Development Training 11/12 & 11/13: Ten Ways to Improve Playground Supervision | 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.

Field Trip 11/13: 9:30 – 12:00 Little Ninjas. Lunch at School | 21038-A Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, (818) 999-6300 | Please sign up here. | Field trips are available for Busy Bees, Dragonflies, Penguins .  If your child is in the Panda class, he/she may attend the trip if you or another designated adult 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.

Thanksgiving feast 11/20: 11:00-12:00 (for all centers), Stuff your face full of all the wonderful food, treats and drinks and you can get your hands on! Yummy & Fun! Please see sign-ups in your child’s classroom.  We need volunteers to provide and cook turkey too!

Assessments 11/24:  You will receive your child’s written assessment. This month your child’s teachers have been  carefully observing your child to assess for appropriate developmental milestones. Children develop at their own pace so the criteria we follow offers a broad age range for each milestone. Some children might reach a designated milestone at 7 months old. But others might reach it at 4 months or 10 months.  Parent-teacher conferences will be available from December 1 – 5.  Please look for the sign-up sheet in the office for available conference times or call 818-992-1942 to schedule.

School Closed 11/27-28: Thanksgiving – Have a wonderful and thankful weekend full of family, friends and food.


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.

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