Happy Times May 2020

Our toys miss everyone so much! So I’ve been keeping them company. 🙂 Here’s how we are staying in touch, what you can do at home, and a preview of what our morning screenings will be like when we return. See you SOON!

Author's imageJenni RiceDirector & Owner

Temporarily Closed

We are temporarily closed and hopeful we can reopen by June 1. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Staying home & social distancing is working! Thank YOU for doing your part. We remain in constant contact with our Health Department and the Department of Social Services for guidance. We will keep you updated as we move forward.

Are you getting our Zoom invites and Sandbox posts?

I’ve loved interacting with some of the children and you on zoom and look forward to more chats and ‘how ya doings? We are scheduling regular Zooms with Tiny Tots, Toddlers, Pandas, Penguins, Dragonflies and Busy Bees. If you are unaware, please update your sandbox contact information and let me know. You can text us or call and leave a message at 818-992-1942. Email us at [email protected] Message us in sandbox. Or Email Jennifer and me directly. 🙂 Click here to review your zoom meeting and provide suggestions, ideas and improvements.

Did you get the parent contact list?

If not and you want to share your contact information with others, please complete Parent/Child Contact Info here. We will only provide your information to other parents who also fill out this form in the same class.

How can we help you? How you can help us.

Did we hear from you yet? I’d like to know what you need from us. How can we help you at home? How is everyone is doing? We’ve made videos, had some fun class Zoom chats, and made lots of blog posts, but I’m not sure what you really need or want or how we can help you more during this time away from each other. Click here to let me know how we can help you and how you can help us.  Helping Each Other Survey.

What can you do at home?

We continue to recommend the most important thing you can do at home is stay there. Don’t set up any play dates or play on any park equipment.  I suggest you simply follow a schedule that includes lots of play, exploration and specific time set aside for parent led hands-on activities.  Please make sure you limit screen time.

If you got off your usual sleep, nap and morning schedule, I’d recommend getting back into the swing of things by following what you were doing before and/or will be following when we all get back to normal.

Author's imageJenni RiceDirector & Owner

For the REALLY ambitious, each class has their own web page with curriculum information and class schedules:

Infant Center | Tiny Tots | Toddler Center | Pandas | Penguins | Dragonflies | Busy Bees

Some parents have asked about worksheets

Here’s a quick DIY letter tracing worksheet. You can add words like your child’s name to trace. (Works best with chrome browser)

Education.com has lots of worksheets you can print at home.

Like all Halsey Schools’ activities, worksheets are meant to be fun and educational. Worksheet activities should be limited in time, use and quantity. They should never be forced or used as punishment and should only be provided to children who are interested.

Author's imageJenni RiceDirector & Owner

Have you seen our Facebook Videos?


Ms Jenni Secret Apple Shape

Look for regular Facebook posts and some fun pics on Instagram.

When we return

We are currently preparing and planning for our TBA return date. When we will require an even more stringent screening procedure before children can be dropped off. Please make sure these requirements become habits before we return. Thank you. 🙂

We will need and expect you to

  • Stay home if anyone in your family has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and let us know about the exposure. 
  • Stay home if you or your child are sick with anything – flus, colds, etc. 
  • Take your temperature and your child’s temperature before leaving for school.
    • Fever 99°+? Stay home.
    • Feel sick, tired in any way? Stay Home.
    • Notify us if you gave your child any fever reducing medications in the prior 24 hours.
  • Wash your hands and your child’s hands before you leave home.
  • Wash your hands and your child’s hands when you arrive and before you leave. Do not use hand sanitizer or wipes. Hands must be washed for at least 20 seconds.
  • If we do not allow your child into school, please know we are doing what is best for everyone. 
  • If we call to have your child picked up, please pick up immediately. 
  • Minimize your time at school as much as possible. 
  • Don’t send anyone else to drop off or pick up your child unless they will be the person doing so consistently. 
  • Sign in/out on your phone when possible at this link or https://bit.ly/3cS1AxH
  • Don’t bring any toys at school until further notice. Share days will have to wait.
  • Wash your hands before you come to school for pickup time. 
  • Wash your hands and your child’s hands before you leave at pickup time.  
I wish all you fellow mothers a very special Mother’s day. I’m sure your family will make you feel special. Looking forward to being back together soon!

Author's imageJenni RiceDirector & Owner
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+