Happy Times October 2017

Weekly Themes & Stories for October

This month we will be learning about: Crocodiles, Polar Bears, Koalas, Panda Bears & Giraffes. Did you know Giraffes can run 35 miles an hour!? We will be reading:  The Selfish Crocodile, Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True, Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo, Please Mr. Panda, and Giraffes Can’t Dance.  You can cuddle up and read these great books with your child at home too.

Author's imageJenni RiceDirector & Owner


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’s the limit.  Signup here.

Discovery Days 10/05 & 06: Please join us for some hands-on learning fun with your toddler & preschool children. We will have different outdoor learning centers from 10:00 – 11:00.  What will we be discovering? Come on in to find out!

  • October 5th, 10:00-11:00 -Pandas & Penguins & Toddler Center
  • October 6th, 10:00-11:00 -Busy Bees & Dragonflies

Staff Development Training 10/10 – 10/11: Teaching Children To Share |  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 have some hands on fun through our regular training programs. Learn more about our happy teachers here.

Wear it : 10/12 Favorite Zoo Animal Color | 10/25 Black & White| 10/31 Wear your Halloween Costume!

California ShakeOut 10/19: 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 10:19. Learn about our emergency plan here. Learn more about the ShakeOut here.

On Campus Field Trip 10/26: 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.

Field Trip 10/26 9:30 – 12:00 Tapia Brothers Farm: Lunch at School. | 5251 Hayvenhurst Ave, Encino, CA 91436. | Field trips are available for Busy Bees, Dragonflies, Penguins 3+ years old and potty trained.  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.

Bring it : 10/30-11/3 Bring in a Zoo Story

Halloween Party & Parade 10/31:  Join us for our annual parade and a party.  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 around the neighborhood.  Everyone will be dressed up, even our teachers.

Share Day Every Friday: Children are encouraged to bring in a ball, a toy, a picture, or something else safe and interesting to share. Electronics with screens like ipads, ipods, phones, tablets, tvs etc should stay at home. Any weapons like toy swords, lightsabers, guns, water guns, anything that shoots or bangs needs to stay home too. | Remember anything can get lost or broken. Label everything and if anyone is worried about something breaking or disappearing, please leave it at home. | Books can be brought in to share any day of the week.


Hot Lunches: Sign up for some yummy nutritious lunches here.

Are your child’s vaccines up to date? Please make sure to give us a copy of your child’s immunization record every time immunizations are updated. All children at Halsey Schools are required to follow the CDC’s Immunization Schedule and provide proof with each update.

Illness Policy:  We follow this written Illness Policy and 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.

Parent Handbook: Your parent handbook is here.

Parent Visitors: As always you are welcome to visit at anytime and volunteer to tell us what you are now that you’ve grown up. We can work around your schedule to make it happen.  Sign-up here or just let us know.

About the Author

Jenni Rice - Owner & Director

I hope you like this post. I love helping parents, teachers and children learn, grow and become better people! Everyday I'm delighted to spend my day in the place I love with the people I love. If you don't know me already, please read my Teacher Feature. | G+