Director 10/30/15


Happy Halloween, Parkside Families!

We had a blast at Parkside by dressing up, having a parade, playing fun games, and of course having special snacks!  Please make sure to look at all of the pictures from our events today on our blog!  If you are looking for kid friendly events/places to go and trick-or treat on Saturday Downtown Bangor is having a great event.  Downtown Bangor Halloween Trick or Treat on Saturday, October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Ghosts, goblins, witches, wizards, zombies, and more will be wandering the streets of downtown Bangor on Saturday, October 31 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the annual Downtown Bangor Halloween Trick or Treat. This event is a safe way for families to trick or treat during daylight hours at businesses throughout downtown Bangor. A map of participating locations will be available in West Market Square along with a complimentary trick or treat bag provided by Eastern Maine Medical Center. With 42 businesses and organizations signed up to participate, this year is the biggest yet!  The Bangor Rec is also putting on a great event for kids on TONIGHT; for children 5 and under is from 5-6! There will be games, activities, and prizes; it is free admission too! Hampden Recreational Department is putting on their Halloween event TONIGHT from 4-6:30 at the Skehan Recreational Center in Hampden.  There will be games, bounce houses, and activities for the all of the kids; the admission is free!

As you are out enjoying Halloween please keep in mind these tips to help keep everyone safe during your evening.  I found a safety tip at:

Halloween Safety

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.

Top Tips

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Since masks can sometimes obstruct a child’s vision, try non-toxic face paint and makeup whenever possible.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
  • When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

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Parkside Food Drive:  Beginning next week we will have baskets in each classroom for you to put donated non-perishable items in.  This food drive will continue until the week of Thanksgiving, at that time we will we donate all of the items to a local food bank.  Let’s see which classroom can collect the most non-perishable items! J

Assessments and Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Our teachers have been working hard completing our first round of assessments.  You will receive a copy of your child’s assessment by Friday, November 20th to review before the conferences.  There will be a sign up sheet for you to sign up for a conference on November 25th.  If you are unable to come during the 25th please stop by the office and we can set up another time for you to meet with your child’s teachers.

Upcoming Events:

*Sunday, November 1st:  Daylight Savings BEGINS! 

*Wednesday, November 25th:  Parkside is CLOSED for shut down day.  We will be offering Parent/Teacher Conferences in the morning

*Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th: Parkside is CLOSED for Thanksgiving and the day after


Have a safe and happy Halloween,

Jen V.