Director’s blog 11/21/14

Hello Parkside Families,

It is hard to believe the month of November is almost over!  This week’s blog is reminding you of all of the events that are coming up at Parkside.  I want to thank all who helped to make our Parkside food drive a success!  We raised 241items to donate to the local food pantry.  The Big Sur room had the most donated food!

*Scholastic book fair:  Thank you to everyone who made this event such a huge success, $1641 worth of books was purchased!  Because of your participation Parkside earned $932 of credits to purchase additional books!  We hope you are enjoying your new books as much as we are!

*November 26th:  Parkside is CLOSED for shut down day and Parent/Teacher Conferences:  If you are interested in meeting with your child’s teachers on the 26th please sign up for a conference by signing up on sign-up sheet located on top of your child’s cubbies.  Parents, you should be receiving a copy of your child’s assessments by Monday, November 24th.  If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher but are not able come on the 26th please stop by the office to arrange another time.  If you need child care please make sure to tell your child’s teachers!

*November 27th and 28th:  Happy Thanksgiving!  Parkside is CLOSED.  Please know that tuition remains the same.  Thank you for supporting our teachers with a little rest and relaxation with their families!

*Parents, if your child is four and up and your are looking for care next week the Maine Discovery Museum still has a day camp program on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  Read below for more details!


8am – 4:30pm

Early drop off available at 7:45; up to 5:30 late pick-up available for extra fee, book at time of sign up.

Morning snack provided, bring your own lunch and afternoon snack

4 and up


$45.00/child/day for non-members

$38.00/child/day for Museum members
Pre-registration required. Space is limited — sign up early!

December 18th:  Holiday concert:  Yellowstone: 9-9:30, Big Sur: 9:30-10:00, Yosemite: 10:00-10:30, Olympic: 10:30-11.  We hope to see you there!  The lyrics to the songs are at the bottom of this blog. Please check with the teachers if you have any questions about them.

December 24, 25, 26th:  Parkside is CLOSED!  Again, thank you for allowing our teachers to have time with their families. 

December 31st: Parkside is closed at 12:00. (New Year’s Eve.)

January 2nd:  Parkside will be open.  If you do NOT need care on this day and would like a $25 credit, please make sure to sign the form in your child’s classroom.  You will only receive the credit if you sign up before December 19th!

Enjoy your weekend,


Lyrics for the Holiday concert on December 18th for Yellowstone, Big Sur, Yosemite, and Olympic classrooms:

-Jingle Bells
-We wish you a merry Xmas
‘Nursery Rhymes’ Xmas  songs
-Tune: Ten Little Indians (children hold small bells)
One bell, two bells, three little Christmas bells.
Four bells, five bells, six little Christmas bells.
Seven bells, eight bells, nine little Christmas bells.
Ten Christmas bells to ring.
-Tune: I’m A Little Teapot
I’m a little pine tree- as you can see,
All the other pine trees are bigger than me.
Maybe when I grow up-then I’ll be
A great big merry Christmas tree!
-Tune: Farmer in the Dell
Christmas time is near.
Christmas time is near.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Christmas time is near.
It’s time to trim the tree.
It’s time to trim the tree.
Merry Christmas everyone.
It’s time to trim the tree.
It’s time to wrap the gifts.
It’s time to wrap the gifts.
Merry Christmas Everyone.
It’s time to wrap the gifts.
It’s time to hang the stocking.
It’s time to hang the stocking.
Merry Christmas everyone.
It’s time to hang the stocking.
Santa will soon be here.
Santa will soon be here.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Santa will soon be here.
5 Little Xmas Trees
5 little Christmas trees standing all alone
Their hearts were very sad
Because they hadn’t found a home.
Then chop went the axeand down fell a tree
And off it went with a happy family!

The Reindeer Pokey Sung to: “The Hokey Pokey”
You put your antlers in, you put your antlers out.
You put you antlers in and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!
You put your hooves in….
You put your red nose in….
You put your fluffy tail in…
You put your reindeer body in…

The Hannukah Song (holding battery tealights)
Hannukah, Hannukah, so much joy
Hannukah, Hannukah, for girls and boys