November 13, 2015

Hello Parkside Families,

                First, I would like to begin by saying “thank you” to all our veterans; we appreciate all that you do!

Last week I spoke about being safe in the parking lot at drop-offs and pick-ups now that it is dark outside.  I also want to remind everyone, DO NOT leave your child unattended in your car!  If you forget an item in the center call us, we will be glad to run it out to you.  If you have a sick child in the car we will be glad to stand by your car and watch them while you drop your other child off.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for help; we would much rather help to make sure everyone is safe.

Parkside’s pumpkin patch:  We had such an awesome pumpkin patch this year!  Thank you to all of the families who brought in a pumpkin.  Now, that pumpkin season is almost over we need to remove them.  If you would like to take your pumpkin home with you please do by Friday afternoon.  If you do not, we will remove the remainder of pumpkins this weekend.

Food Drive:  Did you know that we are having our annual food drive?  Please place any donated non-perishable items in the blue baskets next to your classroom door.  We will be collecting until November 23rd, which then we will donate it to a local food bank.  This is also a competition to see which classroom can donate the most items!

Scholastic Book Fair:  Thank you to those who purchased books over the last week!  We will have the book fair up until the end of the day on Friday.  Proceeds from your purchases will help Parkside to purchase new books for our classrooms!  Please stop by the office if you have any questions!

Shut Down Day and Parent/Teacher Conferences:  On November 25th Parkside will be CLOSED for parent/teacher conferences and shut down day.  There are sign-up sheets on top of your child’s cubbies to sign up for a conference.  If you are unable to meet with us on Wednesday please stop by the office to arrange another time/day that works best.

For the duration of our day, we will be training on Conscious Discipline.  As you may know, we adopted Conscious Discipline as the program to best teach children self-regulation strategies and language.  Through many studies children who can be successful within a group of children and manage their feelings will be more successful in kindergarten versus knowing cognitive skills such as letters and numbers.  This week, we received an article that again tells us that there is a great importance to teach children how to work together and to work positively within a group.  The article is from Exchange Every Day:

Social Competence Crucial
November 10, 2015

Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.
-Samuel Johnson

A 20-year retrospective study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, suggests that kindergarten students who are more inclined to exhibit “social competence” traits—such sharing, cooperating, or helping other kids—may be more likely to attain higher education and well-paying jobs. In contrast, students who exhibit weaker social competency skills may be more likely to drop out of high school, abuse drugs and alcohol, and need government assistance. Key findings:

For every one-point increase on the 5-point scale in a child’s social competence score in kindergarten, he/she was:
*  Twice as likely to attain a college degree in early adulthood;
*  54% more likely to earn a high school diploma; and
* 46% more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25.

For every one-point decrease in a child’s social competence score in kindergarten, he/she had:
*  67% higher chance of having been arrested by early adulthood;
*  82% higher rate of recent marijuana usage; and
*  82% higher chance of being in or on a waiting list for public housing.

Upcoming Events:

*November 25th:   Shut down day and Parent/Teacher Conferences; Parkside is CLOSED!

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

*December 24th and 25th: Parkside is CLOSED

*December 31st and January 1st: Parkside is CLOSED

Enjoy your weekend,


Jen V.

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