Director Blog 7-31-15

July 31, 2015

Hello Parkside Families,

Where did the month of July go?  We had a blast this week hunting for bugs out on the playground, “star gazing” in our Zion room, and learning about different types of cars and trucks in our Glacier classroom!  The weather was very warm this week!  You may have heard that we modified our recess time for both the infant/toddlers and the preschoolers this week because the heat index was very high.

This week Lisa and I were discussing a segment of the Channel 2 morning news that included a chef sharing different recipes for making your own popsicles.  “Good timing,” I thought with the temperatures being so warm this past week.  I haven’t tried any of these out yet, but I thought I would share them with you too.  I hope you and your family enjoy them!  You can find the recipe and article at

(NEWS CENTER) — Holistic Health Coach, Heidi Symonds, of Nourish Yourself For Life is on the Morning Report with a few of her “better than” summer treats.

It’s going to be another hot one out there today, and we all have our favorite summer treat, but Heidi has a spin on an old favorite, the Popsicle. Heidi, what makes these so nourishing?


Nourishing Cran-Raspberry Pops

6 oz of Pure Cranberry: As I mentioned before, great for flushing your lymphatic system, and supporting your kidneys.

4 oz of Coconut Water: Again, full of electrolytes, and enzymes to improve digestion and help hydrate.

1 Cup Raspberries: These are from Snell Family Farm in Buxton: They help fight inflammation, they are full of cancer fighting anti-oxidents, they balances blood sugar and burn fat!

Juice from 1 lime or to taste, helps balance and alkalize and cleanse your system.

1/3 Cup Raw Honey: I use local raw honey, but my new favorite shop is The Honey Exchange on Steven’s Ave in Portland and they happen to sell a raw honey from raspberry blossoms which is so yummy and has just an essence of raspberry flavor which I thought would be fun for this recipe, but any raw honey will do or even maple syrup would work too. The key here is to avoid the refined sugar and the high fructose corn syrup found in many of the boxed fruit bars.

So place all these in the blender and mix. You want a thick consistency, but not so thick that you can’t pour it into the molds. Fill molds and freeze for 4-6 hours. Nourish Yourself and enjoy!

Pina Colada Bites

Pineapple Chunks: Anti-inflammatory and full of digestive enzymes.

Kevita Probiotic Sparkling Drink: Fun festive drink full of gut nourishing, immune boosting pro-biotics that help balance out the good bacteria in your digestive tract.

Unsweetened Coconut: Helps balance blood sugar and maximize your energy by adding healthy fats and protein.

Soak pineapple chunks in enough Kevita to cover the chunks over night.

Place chunks on the end of tooth pick or kabob and drag thru coconut.

Freeze for 30-40 minutes. Let stand at room temperature for 2-3 mins before serving.

Nourish Yourself and enjoy! Don’t forget to chew each bite 20-30 times for optimal digestion.

For more info visit Nourish Yourself For Life or find more tips and inspiration onFacebook.

*Reminder: Families who children wear amber necklaces; please make sure to remove these before your child is dropped off at Parkside.  It is against our licensing regulations for children to wear these because they are considered a choking hazard.

Upcoming Events:

*”We’ve Got Your Back campaign”  We are excited to kick off this campaign to help families who need assistance getting school supplies.  Penquis C.A.P. has organized this campaign, which Parkside is proud to help with for three years.  We have been asked by Renee, who chairs this campaign through Penquis CAP to discuss our successes on the radio.  We will let you know which radio station and time as soon as we get confirmation!  We will continue to collect school items, including backpacks until Friday, August 14th !  You can place your supplies on Elmo’s bus, which is in front of the doors.

*August 6th:  Pizza Night!  Please come and join us for our Pizza Night; we will have good food, lots of fun, and a great time talking with your child’s teacher and meeting other families.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up at the office; the cost is $7 per family.  Please sign up by the afternoon of August 5th!

*End of the Year Party: August 28th (rain date August 27th):  Parents, we are excited to have a day of fun for the kids with bounce houses, face painting, games, and event a photo booth!  If your child has left Parkside before this event, please come back and join us for the fun (parents, you must accompany your child if they are no longer at Parkside).

*September 4th:  Shut down day!  Parkside is CLOSED for this day for teacher training

*September 7th:  Parkside is CLOSED for Labor Day

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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