Happy Times Aug 2022

Themes & Books

What a BLAST we’ve had so far!!! And there is more to look forward too!!! This month we’ll learn about Camp Counselors, Park Rangers, Lifeguards, Marine Biologists and Chefs. We will read Pinky and Rex Go To Camp, A Day In The Life Of a Park Ranger, Lifeguards, Marine Life, and Little Chef. Don’t forget to read at home every single day.


Wear it: 8/1 A camp shirt. | 8/17 A red shirt | 8/25 A shirt with sea animals on it

Bring it: 8/9 A bear or toy wild animal | 8/29 Fruit to make fruit salad

Staff Development Training 8/23 & 8/24: Open-Ended Art: It’s The Process Rather Than The Product That Matters | Every month our teachers learn something new, take a look at something old from a new perspective, that 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.

School Closed 9/5: We need some rest before the new school year starts 9/6! 🙂 Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend. We’ll be thinking about you!


Local doctors say keep an eye out for Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease. Sounds scarier than it is. Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease is a non-serious viral infection causing sores in the mouth and blisters on hands, diaper area & feet. It is similar to getting a rash or a cold. So there is absolutely nothing to be alarmed about but you should be aware it is going around. Just like a cold the infection it lasts 3-7 days and disappears on its own. Please read more about HFM and our stay at home policy here.  


As always we are keeping everything clean and sanitary. We check all children on arrival and throughout the day and are making sure all contagious children stay home. If you have not heard directly from us we have not seen any evidence of it in your child. It is very common to see local outbreaks this time of year. Please help us keep an eye out for it and stay home with any signs.

Drought Responsible Water Play: There will undoubtedly be regularly increasing water use restrictions this summer, however, we do plan to enjoy responsible waterplay. Please make sure your child has:

  • Bathing suit or swim diapers
  • Sunblock SPF 30 or more applied
  • Extra Sunblock
  • Water shoes
  • Water shirt
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Summer change of clothes & regular shoes
  • Please remember to label everything

Drought Responsible Water Play Schedule: These are the days we will have pre-planned responsible water activities. However it’s best to always have all the water play supplies at camp.

  • Infants: Random
  • Tiny Tots: M/Th
  • Toddlers: T/F
  • Penguins: Th
  • Dragonflies: T
  • Busy Bees: M

Sandbox App Photos: We do our best to send daily photos and updates. However, if you don’t receive anything, know everything is fine. It just means the app is either processing or we just didn’t have time to do it. Our priority is always direct interaction and supervision of the children. We take photos when we can, but it doesn’t always happen. Thank you for your understanding.

Would you like to visit your child’s classroom or chat with the teachers? Please email  [email protected] to set something up. You can visit virtually through Google Meet, talk on the phone or visit the class in person. In person visits require proof of COVID vaccination, booster and a mask.

Family Vacations: Will you be taking a summer vacation? Please block out dates in your Parent Portal  or send us a message at least two weeks before your vacation. This will allow us to plan accordingly for our daily activities and not worry about why your child is not at camp. Thank You!

Student Birthday Celebrations at home: If you are planning a birthday celebration outside of school, we would be happy to give you a list of the children in your child’s class. Bring up the filled out invitations & we will gladly hand them out.

Student Birthday Celebrations at camp: We enjoy celebrating your child’s birthday at school! You are welcome to bring healthy food options ( Muffins, Bagels & cream cheese, fruit, etc). Parents are welcome to come & celebrate too! Parents must show proof of vaccination & wear a mask to come into the classroom. Please make all celebration arrangements with your child’s teachers.

Teacher Vacations: Our teachers take well deserved time off year round but many vacations take place during the summer. You will notice some new and returning faces as we give the teachers the breaks they deserve. One of the great things about Halsey Schools is our team teaching atmosphere that allows your children to bond with our entire staff. So even when some of the teachers are hanging out at the beach, there will always be other familiar faces at school and camp.

Wear Sunscreen Everyday: Children (10 months- 6yrs)  should come to school wearing an SPF 30 or more on all exposed areas of the skin. If you would like us to re-apply a medication form must be completed. We also recommend wearing a hat. We will be having a lot of outdoor fun!  (Always consult your child’s physician.)

Immunizations: Please make sure to keep up with your child’s immunizations and update the Sandbox Parent Portal whenever your child gets a vaccine.

Illness Policy: We follow a strict written Illness Policy 

COVID Prevention: For the safety of the children, we are still wearing masks inside & parents can come into the school by appointment only with masks on and proof of immunization and booster. Keep following our important illness & safety protocols at home and we’ll do the same at school.

We don’t expect any major changes until we receive the all clear from the Department of Social Services and The County Of Los Angeles Department Of Public Health Order Of The Health Officer. | How we are keeping children, parents and teachers safe click here.

Indoor Mask Requirement Unchanged: All children 24 months and older are required to have a box of disposable masks in their cubby that have multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire. For example this 3 ply surgical mask with a wire nose from Amazon. (LA Unified’s decision to make masks optional has no effect on preschools or the recommendations by the LA County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Department of Social Services have not been modified for preschool. Masks are still HIGHLY recommended statewide for the safety of the children and teachers in preschool. As always the safety of all the children, teachers and families is our top priority.)

  • 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 5-10 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.
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