Director 9/18/15

Hello Parkside Families,

Can you believe the Autumnal Equinox is next week (September 23rd)?  The weather this week has been simply wonderful!  We have a very busy week coming up at Parkside: Emily McIntosh Photography will be here Tuesday and Wednesday, our first parent/teacher advisory meeting is on Thursday, and the trike-a-thon is on Friday!

Autumnal Equinox:  As I mentioned, next week is the autumnal equinox which means we can approach our recess times a bit differently than we do in the summertime.  First of all, teachers will stop applying sunscreen on your child beginning next week unless you request us to continue it.  Please make sure to take home your child’s sunscreen next week.  We are also asking you to bring home your child’s water bottle.  We will have our Gatorade cooler out for all of the recesses to offer water to all children, and children always have access to water while in the classroom.

Pictures!!!  We are very excited to have Emily McIntosh come to Parkside to offer you pictures at Parkside.  Here is the schedule we will use Tuesday: Grand Teton, Sequoia, Yellowstone, and Yosemite and Wednesday: Glacier, Zion, Big Sur, and Olympic.   Children who attend on Monday, Wednesday, Fridays will have their pictures taken on Wednesday and children who are here on Tuesday/Thursday will be on Tuesday.  We will plan to have the pictures taken out in the bird sanctuary with a fall theme of mums, hay bales, and pumpkins!  Please make sure to give your order information to the office by Monday afternoon if you would like your child to have their pictures taken.  We are also wondering if families would be interested in having a family mini-session (5-10 minutes long) in the evening time this fall or in the spring?  Please e-mail us or stop by the office to let us know; we will keep you posted if there is enough interest in family sessions on an upcoming date!

Parent/Teacher Representative update:  We have a couple of rooms that need a representative: Glacier and Yosemite.  Please e-mail me or stop by the office if you are interested in being a representative for one of these rooms at our Parent/Teacher Advisory meetings.  We will meet for our first meeting on September 24th at 5:45.  We will post an agenda next week in the classrooms, at the lobby computer, as well as in the lobby.  Please stop by the office before Wednesday afternoon if you need child care for this meeting.

Trike-a-thon:  The trike-a-thon is one of the most successful fundraisers we do at Parkside!  The kids love the opportunity to bring their bike to Parkside decorated and we love that we can help children from St. Jude’s hospital.  This year, we would like to have a Halloween theme; please bring your bike in decorated in a Halloween theme!  On the morning of Friday, September 25th we will have signs of all of the classrooms posted on the outside of the building to the right of the playground fence; please place your child’s bike next their room’s  sign.  Parents please don’t forget to write your child’s name on their bike (you won’t believe how many of the same bikes we see)! J  We will also have a permission slip out in classrooms next week for you to sign giving us permission to have your child filmed by a local TV station.  We will continue to take donations until Friday, October 2nd; you can also donate by clicking: Here

Treworgy field trip:  Every year we visit the Treworgy Apple Orchards.  Olympic and Yosemite classrooms will be visiting the orchards on October 6th .  We will be transported to the orchards by Cyr Bus Lines; the bus will be at Parkside at 8:30 and will return back to Parkside around 12:00.  If your child attends Parkside on Monday/Wednesday/Friday they are welcome to join us on this trip, but they must be accompanied by a parent.  Because of the cost of transportation and going to the orchard parents are required to pay $10 for their child, which we will charge to your child’s account. We will have permission slips in each of the classrooms for parents to sign.

Upcoming Events:

*September 22nd and 23rd:  McIntosh Photography will be here to take pictures!

*September 24th:  rain date for pictures

*September 24th:  Parent/Teacher Advisory Meeting: 5:45-7:00

*September 25th:  Trike-a-thon:  Glacier, Sequoia, Zion, and Yellowstone:  10:00

Big Sur, Yosemite and Olympic: 11:00

*October 6th:  Treworgy field trip for the Olympic and Yosemite classroom!

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

Enjoy your weekend,




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