Hello Parkside Families,
I hope you enjoyed your week! I couldn’t help but to get excited when I realized that daylight savings
time begins on Sunday! We have made it to the first sign that spring will soon be here!
Pre-K Enrollment: Our in-house early decision enrollment period has ended and we will now open enrollment to
the public. We are looking forward to having a fantastic fall! If you missed the deadline and still plan to enroll
your child in our program, please stop by the office. If you have any questions about our Pre-K program, please
Parent Survey Update: Every year we ask you to complete a comprehensive survey on your whole experience at
Parkside. The information we receive from these surveys is very important to us and it helps us to find solutions to
problems that we weren’t aware of, delivering an annual survey is also a requirement from the state because we
are part of the Quality for Me program. In the upcoming weeks you will receive an e-mail that has a link attached
it, this link will bring you to the survey. Please take a few moments and complete the survey, we do appreciate it!
Hop-a-thon: Information on the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s hop-a-thon was put into your child’s mailbox.
This fundraiser is one of our favorites at Parkside: children are able to do a fun activity while raising money for
such an important association. In addition to the hopping we have our annual visit from the Easter Bunny! We will
have the times the kids will be hopping in next week’s blog…stay tuned!
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Typically, we plan our parent/teacher conferences during our shut-down day. This
time, partly because we do not have a whole lot of time in March’s shut down day we are asking parents to come
in and talk with us BEFORE the day. We also feel that giving this opportunity allows us to have more time to
discuss with you any concerns and to talk more in depth about your child’s development versus having 15 minutes
to do this. Your child’s teacher may leave a note on your daily note or approach you to stop by the office to
arrange a meeting; we plan them between the hours of 9:00-10:00 and 2:30-3:30.
4th Annual Lit Tea; April 3: 3-5: This event is sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. For 3 years Parkside has
sponsored a table including this year! The event includes yummy treats, great entertainment from a guest author
(this year is Mark Scott Ricketts), and great company from the Parkside team! If you are interested in purchasing
tickets for the Parkside table (they are $20 each) please come to the office!
In light of Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday (March 13th), I hope this article would be helpful for you to read
to prepare for this weekend! You can find the whole article at http://www.parents.com/kids/sleep/tips/daylight-
5 Ways to Prep Your Kids for Daylight Saving Time
The “spring forward/fall back” switch messes up everyone’s schedule! Here’s how to get your little one on track so
you can all get a good night’s sleep.
By Dina Roth Port
Daylight saving time is no fun for anyone. That groggy, “I really don’t want to get out of bed” feeling lingers for
days after you set your clocks forward a hour, and can make any already sleep-deprived parent feel exhausted. But
the loss of sleep can be even tougher on your kids. “Young children need more sleep and don’t tolerate sleep
deprivation as well as adults,” explains Daniel Lewin, Ph.D., associate director of sleep medicine at Children’s
National Health System in Washington, D.C. “The loss of just one hour can really affect a child’s attention span,
appetite, and overall mood.”
The good news: You can take steps to help mitigate the effects of daylight saving time. These four tips will help you
do just that:
Take Baby Steps
Don’t just set the clock forward an hour one night and expect your child to get right back in sync; It takes some
time to adapt to that loss of sleep. To help adjust, Dr. Lewin suggests gradually shifting your kid’s bedtime later in
preparation for daylight saving time. So if your child goes to bed at 8 p.m., about four days before the time change,
put him to bed at 7:45 p.m., then 7:30 p.m., and so on until he’s going to bed as close to 7 p.m. as possible. If
possible, wake him up a little earlier, as well. “Doing this step-by-step is not as much a shock to the system as it is
when you abruptly expect your child to fall asleep an hour earlier after the time change,” Dr. Lewin says. “If it’s too
difficult to get your child to bed earlier, which is often the case in older kids, then just focus on advancing the wake
up time a bit instead.”
When daylight saving time ends in the fall, this gradual approach can still help — follow the same guidelines — just
push the wake up time and bedtime a little later rather than earlier.
Control the Lights
Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate your body’s internal circadian clock. It increases in the evening as it
becomes dark, which helps induce sleep, and shuts down when it’s light out, which can then increase wakefulness
But daylight saving time throws that natural cycle out of whack a bit, and that can be particularly difficult for kids.
(Are yours eager to go to sleep when it’s light outside or to wake up when it’s dark out? We didn’t think so!)
To help, Dr. Lewin recommends dimming the lights in your child’s bedroom and turning off all electronics about 30
minutes to an hour before bedtime. (According to The National Sleep Foundation, such devices can reduce sleep
time, sleep quality, and daytime alertness because of the light exposure as well as the fact that they engage the
brain right before bedtime.) In the morning, get your child in the light as much as possible. Natural sunlight is best,
so if weather permits, have breakfast outside or have your child help walk the dog. If that’s not an option, turn on
the lights in the house so it’s nice and bright.
When daylight saving time ends, the key is making sure your child doesn’t go to bed too early or wake up earlier
than she already does (what parent wants that?) So when you “fall back,” make sure your child has some light
exposure in the early evening and ensure that her room isn’t too bright in the morning. (Two words: Blackout
Stick with a Routine
When daylight saving time begins or ends, it’s especially important to stick with a bedtime routine, as your child is
now dealing with a change in schedule that might throw him off. “For young children, it’s absolutely critical that
they have a routine during bedtime,” says Dr. Lewin. “That’s what helps create a powerful signal for sleep.” One
option: giving your child one a warm bath, reading him a book, and snuggling together before lights out.
Get Enough Sleep NOW
Also, in the days before you change your clocks, make sure your child is getting plenty of shut-eye. “Sleep begets
sleep,” explains Dr. Lewin. “So going into daylight saving time well-rested will greatly help your child because he
won’t be cranky and overtired, which can make falling asleep even harder.”
In the days following daylight saving time, try to be more forgiving if your child is throwing extra temper tantrums
and seems to be particularly frustrated or difficult in any way. “The time change can cause such short-term
changes in your child’s mood, but your understanding and support will help him or her adjust a little better,” Dr.
With all the focus on your kid’s sleep, don’t forget to take care of yourself, too! Many adults feel sluggish and
cranky themselves after the daylight saving time switch, so make sure you’re getting the rest you need as well, so
you’re not overly irritable with your child. And remember: These effects are short-lived — within a week or so,
everything should be back to normal.
Sunday, March 13th: Daylight Savings Time Begins!!
Thursday, March 17th: St. Patrick’s Day… don’t forget to wear green!!
Friday, March 25th (Friday before Easter): Parkside is CLOSED for shut down day! We will be closed to provide
teacher trainings. We will also deep clean the center including burnish and wax all of the classroom floors!
Monday, March 28th: MDA’s Hop-a-thon! Stay tuned for more information!
Thursday, March 31st: Parent/Teacher Advisory Meeting @ 530
Have a great weekend,