Director Blog 8/14/15

Hello Parkside Families,

First of all I would like to thank all of the families who donated supplies to the “We’ve Got Your Back” school supply campaign.  We are very proud to help such an important campaign, and we know that these school supplies will help children in our community. We will continue to collect supplies until Monday, August 17th.   Listen to channel 97.1 on August 18th   7-9 to hear Miss Allison on the radio discussing the successes we have had collecting supplies because of the generous families here at Parkside!

*End of the Year Event: August 28th (rain date August 27th):  We are very excited to celebrate with the kids!  There will be relay races, games, a photo booth, and of course the bounce houses!  If your child has left Parkside before the day of this event, we welcome you to come accompany them while they have fun with their friends!

*Teacher Transitions:  Over the upcoming weeks we are planning to transition some of our classroom teachers into different rooms.  We will notify families who will be impacted by these changes with a letter, which will be in your mailbox by the end of next week.  Please know that we are planning for the teachers who will be transitioning to begin visiting their new rooms next week.   As always if you have any questions please stop by the office or e-mail me at

Miss Allison came across an article which we thought would be helpful to all us!  It is an article on 10 tips to dropping off your child at Parkside.  The article references preschool age children, but this is an article for children of all ages.  Number 9 in the article is “involve the teacher.”  I think that this is extremely important; please let us know how we can help to make the drop-off transition successful for both you and your child.

Parenting: 10 Ways to Drop Your Preschooler Off at School in a Peaceful State of Mind

by Deborah Song on Oct 9th, 2014

As a mom of two preschoolers with separation anxiety, I was first inspired to write an article titled “How to Execute a Tear-Free Drop Off.” Then realized the goal shouldn’t be about how your child reacts to saying goodbye to you, which he may have very little control over, but about how to leave him on solid footing in a peaceful state of mind. A few shed tears doesn’t necessarily reflect how he feels about school or determine the course of the rest of the day. All kids react differently to separating from their parents and caretakers. But by making sure he’s had enough sleep, eaten a balanced meal and enjoyed a calm morning, these factors will very much affect the rest of his day and experience at school. It will also teach him good life habits. Here are 10 parenting tips you can use to help your child have a good day at school.

  1. Make sure your child is well rested. If your child is tired, he’ll likely be crankier and have a hard time concentrating in class. Sleep is important to a child’s mood and physical development. Sticking to a consistent bedtime routine will help.
  2. Feed him a well-balanced breakfast. How many of us can focus when we’re hungry? A balanced, nutritious meal is an important ingredient to having a good day.
  3. Create a calm morning. Mornings are crazy, I know. You’re trying to get your child ready, yourself ready, pack his lunch, rush out the door, all without forgetting anything and in one piece. The goal is to make your mornings as less crazy as possible. If you’re frazzled, your child will feel it too. Try to prepare what you can the night before and leave a few minutes in the morning to engage your child.
  4. Arrive early. Getting to school 10 to 15 minutes before class starts will allow you to say a proper goodbye and eliminate the stress of being late, which your child will feel. Arriving early will also help your child settle in.
  5. Get your child in the mindset of school. Talk to your child about what he will do at school today or ask him questions about what he did yesterday en route to class. Getting him excited about school will give him something to look forward to.
  6. Bring an attachment object. Some children, especially younger ones, find a doll or blanket very comforting.
  7. Say goodbye. It’s tempting to want to sneak away. But never leave without saying goodbye, which can be startling for a child if mommy or daddy suddenly disappears. It’s important to say goodbye and reassure him you’ll be back, even if the initial goodbye makes him cry.
  1. Be consistent. Once you form a morning drop-off ritual, stick to it. Kids thrive better when they have a routine.
  2. Involve the teacher. Your child will be more willing to depart from you if there is a caring teacher to receive him and engage him in conversation. This will divert his attention to something other than mommy or daddy leaving. Also communicate regularly with his teacher and keep a pulse on how he’s doing at school, which will help you parent better.
  3. Arrange play dates with classmates. Forming bonds with classmates will help a child feel more at home in the classroom. Disclaimer: You may have a hard time convincing him to go home.

Upcoming Events:

*August 17th: Deadline for collecting school supplies for “We’ve Got Your Back” campaign.

*August 28th (rain date August 27th): End of the Year Event

*September 4th: Parkside is CLOSED for shut down day for an all day training

*September 7th: Parkside is CLOSED for Labor Day


Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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