Weekly Themes & Stories

This month our educational Disney inspired themes focus on brave & strong female characters. We’ll be learning about Mulan, Pocahontas, Merida and Aladdin & Jasmine. We’ll read Mulan, Pocahontas, Mulan is loyal; Merida is braveand Jasmine: the missing coin. Our Hours will remain 8-5. Please keep following our important illness & safety protocols at home and we’ll do the same at school. ​

Events

Wear it: 11/3 a dragon | 11-12 something that has feathers | 11/16 something orange | 11/23 something magical

School Closed 11/11: Veteran’s Day. Be safe and have some fun and and our veterans know they are appreciated. | 11/26-27: Have a modified safe and physically distant Thanksgiving.

Staff Development Training 11/17 & 11/18: Young Children and Conflict Resolution. | Every month our teachers learn 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.

Thanksgiving Celebration 11/19: This year while parent visits are paused we will have a special children only celebration with some special Turkey Day inspired snacks. 

Assessments 11/23:  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, sign up here:

 

Reminders

Rain – Dropping off and picking up in the rain: . Infant & Toddler Center: If it is raining, take your child directly to the appropriate door. At pickup go back to the same door. Please always remain outside. Teachers will help children wash their hands inside.

Temporary Hours remain: 8-5 with same drop off and pick up procedures. 

Lunch Menu: Tasty Tot Pot Hot Lunches for our toddlers and up!

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 dropping off or picking up your child.

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!

Fall/Winter change of clothes: Please make sure your child has a weather appropriate change of clothing. 

Self Screening at home: Keep up the good work! Parents and teachers have been doing an awesome job of self screening and staying home when any concerns arise. No runny noses. No illnesses. Only healthy teachers and children at school.  

Arrival screening: Our arrival screening is going GREAT! Read How we are keeping parents, children and teachers safe for details on self screening and our daily entrance screening. Together we are keeping everyone safe. 

Report and isolate: If you or anyone in your family has had any exposure to any person who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 report it to us immediately and self isolate. Thank you. Read More 

Never send your child to school if you or anyone in your household is sick with anything and/or if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results for anyone in the household. 

Masks for children 2+ years old: Thank you for helping your children learn how to put on and off, wear, and store their masks properly. We are so proud of all the children and the parents! What a team we are! (No children under 2 can wear a mask.) Read More. 

Traveling? Please let up know your plans so we can provide guidance on what you will need to do for your child to return. 

Illness Policy: We follow a strict written Illness Policy

  • All families & teachers self-check at home and are checked before entry for any signs of illness. Temperatures are checked. Anything >100° stays home. All illnesses stay home.
  • Any COVID-19 symptoms require 1+ negative COVID-19 tests and/or 10-14 day quarantine and no symptoms. And administration/director approval. Read More
  • If your child visits a doctor for any illness, please ask for a return authorization note. Halsey Schools reserves the right to exclude a child from school at any time for any reason, even if a doctor or other recommends otherwise
  • If we have 3 or more children come down with something (other than COVID-19) we provide more information on the illness.
  • Stay home with your child if you, your spouse or anyone else who is in your home regularly like a nanny, grandparent, sibling, cleaning person or your child tests positive for COVID-19.  And notify us immediately.If there was possible exposure at school we will notify those possibly exposed directly. 

Health Department Update 10/18/2020: According to the LA Health Department, if the exposure happened in an ECE classroom or ECE cohort, all persons that were in the classroom or cohort during the infectious period are considered exposed at this time. (Meaning if a teacher or child tested positive all children and teachers in the group during the contagious period are considered exposed regardless of time spent together, social distancing etc.) Read full plan here. Each case will require review and may require a 10-14 day quarantine and/or 1 or more negative COVID-19 tests. We will contact the Health Department for specific guidance.

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