Happy Times November 2016

Weekly Themes & Stories for November

We will be reading these books:

Anthony the Perfect Monster
Hooray for Hair! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) (Step into Reading) Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

[ INSIDE OUTSIDE UPSIDE DOWN (BRIGHT & EARLY BOOK) ] By Berenstain, Stan ( Author) 1968 [ Library Binding ]

Wacky Wednesday (Beginner Books(R))

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.


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 a character from the story or just come as you are. It’s up to you. The sky is the limit.  Signup here.

Cheese! Time for our Fall pictures, 11/01  – Preschool | 11/02 – Infants, Tiny Tots & Toddlers: 8:30-12:00.   Everyone will have their pictures taken by Teddy Bear Portraits. If you like the pictures you can buy them. If not there is no obligation. Children can bring an outfit to change into for the pictures or they can come to school ready to go.  (If your child can’t make the designated day, let us know and we’ll make sure the pictures are taken on the other day.)

Field Trip 11/10: 9:30 – 12:00 Jump Around Lunch at School | 21515 Parthenia St #1, Canoga Park  | 818-993-5867 | 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.

Wear it : 11/8 Silly Hair | 11/30 Dress Wacky for Wednesday!

Staff Development Training 11/08 & 11/09:  Helping Children Deal with Stress and Fostering Attachment in the Child Care Setting for Infants and Toddlers | 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.

School Closed 11/11: Veteran’s Day

Visitor Silly Sally 11/15: 10:00 at the Preschool. Silly, wacky fun with Silly Sally the clown.

Thanksgiving feast 11/17: 11:00-12:30 (for all centers), Stuff your face full of all the wonderful food, treats and drinks 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 11/21:  You will receive your child’s written assessment. This month your child’s teachers have been  carefully observing your child to assess for age 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.  If you would like to schedule a conference with your child’s teachers, signup here:

School Closed 11/24-25: Thanksgiving – Have a wonderful and thankful weekend full of family, friends and food.


New online family system: We are transitioning to a new online family system called Parent Portal by Sandbox Software. It  will allow you to sign in/out digitally, update your family information online, view and print statements and tax documents and more. We plan to start signing in/out digitally in November and generate our first billing statements 11/20. We need your help to finish setting it all up. At least one parent per family should have received an emailed invitation and instructions to log into the new parent portal. Please let us know if  no one in your family got one.  We need your help updating contact information, immunizations, etc into the new system.  More Information.

Infant & Toddler Center Playground Improvements: This month we plan to replace some of the outdoor concrete and blacktop. Please excuse any inconveniences that may result. We plan to do most of the work 11/10-14 over a the 3 day weekend. But some preparation will be done earlier.

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.

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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