Director 9/11/15

Hello Parkside Families,

We have had a busy week at Parkside!  Our teachers are busy getting to know the new children and families in their classroom as well as changing their themes to be fall related.  Fall in Maine has so many activities and topics such as apple picking, pumpkins, and changing of the leaves.  We look forward to exploring, predicting, and reading all about the season of fall with your child(ren)!

As I mentioned last week we are very excited to welcome some new specials teachers: Miss Genvieve is coming back to Parkside beginning next week to teach French to the children in the Yellowstone, Big Sur, Yosemite, and Olympic classrooms.  We also welcome Miss Trudi, from the Maine Discovery Museum as well as Miss Cyndi from the Maine Audubon center who will rotate Mondays beginning next week to teach science to the kids in the Yosemite and Olympic classrooms.

Could you help Parkside?  As you know, our reputation in our community means everything to us.  Unfortunately, there is a negative comment about Parkside which was written when it was under a different ownership on Google.  In order to make this comment “disappear” we need your help by providing positive comments on Google.  In order to do this go to and search “Parkside Children’s Learning Center”.  To write a comment click on the link “write a review.”  We appreciate your help!

Parent/Teacher Advisory Update:  Parents, as of Thursday evening we are still looking for representatives in Grand Teton, Glacier, Zion, Yellowstone, Big Sur, and Yosemite.  Our representatives will be responsible for attending the monthly advisory meetings (our first one is September 24th) and communicate any information which parents from your classroom has asked you to relay as well as you may need to communicate information to other families.  Representatives will receive a $25 credit for each meeting you attend.  Please e-mail me at or stop by the office to sign up!

How many times have you picked up your child and on the way home you ask, “How was your day?” and your child replies “fine.”  How often do you want to know about your child’s day, but you’re not sure which questions to ask?  I found an article titled “30 questions to ask your child instead of ‘how was your day?’”  This article was written by a mom of a 4th grader, so I included some of the questions that I think are more appropriate to ask children who are much younger.  I hope these questions will help to generate a conversation that gives you more information about your child’s day!If you would like to read the whole article you can find it at:

Questions a kid will answer at the end of a long school day:

  1. What did you eat for lunch?
  2. What games did you play at recess?
  3. What was the funniest thing that happened today?
  4. Did anyone do anything super nice for you?
  5. What was the nicest thing you did for someone else?
  6. Who made you smile today?
  7. Which one of your teachers would survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
  8. What new fact did you learn today?
  9. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?
  10. What challenged you today?
  11. What would you rate your day on a scale of 1 to 10? Why?
  12. If one of your classmates could be the teacher for the day who would you want it to be? Why?
  13. If you had the chance to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?
  14. Who do you want to make friends with but haven’t yet? Why not?
  15. What is your teacher’s most important rule?
  16. What is the most popular thing to do at recess?
  17. Does your teacher remind you of anyone else you know? How?
  18. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.
  19. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?
  20. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?
  21. What rule was the hardest to follow today?
  22. Which area of your school is the most fun?

Upcoming Events:

*September 24th: Parent/Teacher Advisory Meeting:  All are welcome!!  We will meet from 5:45-7:00.  If you need child care please stop by the office by Wednesday 9/23 to let us know!

*September 25th:  Trike-a-thon!!  Our annual trike-a-thon will be held during the morning recess times; stay tuned for specific times.  We invite kids to bring in their bikes from home to ride during this event; stay tuned for more information! Online donations can be made at:

*October 12th: Columbus Day; Parkside is OPEN!

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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