Happy Times October 2013

October Newsletter Halsey SchoolsPeter Peter Pumpkin Eater…

You probably know the rest. But, if you don’t, click here to learn all the words for this month’s Nursery Rhyme themes. | If you want to know all the details about what we will be learning this year,  check out the Happy Times Tab and pick your child’s class. You’ll find schedules, highlights, menus, curriculum, and more. | It’s going to be a fun halloweeney month at Halsey Schools with lots of opportunities for parent involvement too! Here’s what’s going on for October 2013.

Weekly Themes & Stories for October

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater Words & Lyrics

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

  • A Crooked Man
  • Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
  • Muffin Man
  • Five Little Pumpkins 

Find the lyrics/words on our blog here. Remember to read with your children every night.


Discovery Days 10/10 & 11: Please join us for some hands-on learning fun with your preschool children. We will have different learning centers arranged in the Preschool’s backyard from 10:00 – 11:00.  What will we be discovering? Come on in to find out!

  • October 10th, 10:00-11:00 -Pandas & Penguins
  • October 11th, 10:00-11:00 -Busy Bees & Dragonflies

On Campus Field Trip 10/16: 10:00-11:00 our annual on campus “Pumpkin Patch” for the Pandas (under 3), Toddlers, Tiny Tots & Infants. A great time for all when we bring pumpkins and fun for a pretend field trip.

Staff Development Training 10/16 – 10/18: Teachers are Marketers. We’ll learn how teachers play an invaluable marketing role. | 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.

California ShakeOut 10/17: Annual World Wide Earthquake drill where millions of people including all of us at Halsey Schools practice & prepare for an earthquake. The imaginary earthquake hits at 10:17. Learn about our emergency plan here. Learn more about the ShakeOut here.

Field Trip 10/24: 9:30 – 12:00 Pierce College Pumpkin Patch. Lunch at School | 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, ( 818) 999-6300 | Please sign up here. | 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 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.

Halloween 10/31:  Join us for our annual parade and a party on October 31st.  Please see sign-up sheet in your child’s classroom for what you can bring.  All children should wear or bring a costume to school and should have a change of clothes too.  At 10:00, all children will parade to the Woodland Hills Retirement Center to visit our “adopted” Grandparents.  Everyone will be dressed up, even our teachers.

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 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.


Enrichment Activities for Preschool Children 3-6 Years Old

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Do This, Not That

When reading nursery rhymes with your children be animated, silly and have fun. Don’t read with a deadpan monotone – its boring.

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