Hello Parkside Families,

Today is the BIG day for our Pre-K students!  As I sit here today, I can’t help but to feel so proud of all of their accomplishments.  We wish all of them the best of luck!

Challenger Learning Center:  This week our Big Sur, Yosemite, and Olympic classrooms walked over to the Challenger center to experience what it was like to be an astronaut by sitting in a simulator and to shoot their own rocket!  The children had a wonderful experience and returned to Parkside with some exciting stories…some of the kids even thought they went into space!  Thank you to Jennifer Freese and Heather Corbett who helped the Yosemite classroom.

Pizza Night!  We had such a fun night on Thursday with all of the families who attended out pizza night!  Thank you to all who attended, we look forward to seeing you at our next pizza night!

Assessments:  Our teachers have been working hard to finish your child’s assessment.  You will receive a copy of your child’s assessment next week.  If you have any questions about the assessment and would like to meet with your child’s teacher, please stop by the office to set up a time to meet.

Parkside will be CLOSED from July 4th-8th.  Please remember your tuition remains the same as this is the only week Parkside closes during the year.  Weekly payers, please remember the bill you will receive next week will reflect the following two weeks (week of 7/4 and week of 7/11).  You are responsible for bringing in your payment by Friday afternoon (7/1) or a late fee will be applied to your account.  If you have any questions, please stop by the office.  Before you we close for the week please make sure to clean out your child’s cubby, take home the items that you do not need to have at Parkside and keep the rest.  We have many projects planned for this week: we will be irrigating the playground, deep cleaning our classrooms, and we will be having the classroom floors burnished!  We will also have some of our classrooms repainted!  This week is important not only to help get some of these much needed projects done but for our whole staff to relax with their families for the week!

Children’s transitions:  During the upcoming months we will be transitioning children into the next classroom.  If you have any questions about whether your child will be transitioning or if you know your schedule will be different in the upcoming weeks, please let the office know.  You will receive a transition plan as well as a form titled “Child Bio” for you to complete.  We encourage you to arrange a meeting to sit down with your child’s new teacher to discuss the new routines, expectations, and you will be able to discuss your child with them.  We hope to make each child’s transition as successful as possible by doing so we determine whether your child is ready to move by looking at the following criteria: first of all there must be space in the next classroom and we want to make sure they are developmentally ready for the next room.  Again, if you have any questions about our procedure or whether your child will be transitioning this summer please stop by the office.

Read alouds with Children:  As you know reading to children is a very important aspect of our curriculum for many reasons.  At Parkside, we try to provide a variety of texts for children to be exposed to, such as picture books.  The following article discusses the amount of new vocabulary children hear while reading picture books.  You can find this article at:

posted 10 months ago By The Literacy Site

Cultivating Literacy: Why You Should Read Aloud to Your Kids

The Literacy Site

Story time is one of the highlights of the day for most children simply because it is concentrated time with their caregivers doing a fun activity. However, research by psychologist Dominic Massaro, professor emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz, indicates that it’s also one of the best ways to encourage literacy and later academic success.  Although picture books are often looked down upon because of their simple sentence structures and superficially straightforward stories, Massaro’s research suggests that they are actually a highly effective source for learning new vocabulary and correct grammar.

Even in families where caregivers spend a lot of time talking to children, the number of words used and the grammatical structures formed can be limited. This is because most people speak in what Massaro calls a “lazy” way. They point to objects, use as few words as possible, and rely heavily on context. This means that children do not develop an extended vocabulary or learn how to use language in a more engaging way.

By analyzing two sets of conversations and counting vocabulary in a range of storybooks, Massaro discovered that the storybooks used far more “rare” words than typical speech does. Three times more words, in fact—1453 versus 451. This means that children who are read picture books have the chance to hear three times as many new words as those engaged in conversation alone. Massaro notes that “word mastery in adulthood is correlated with early acquisition of words,” leading to the conclusion that these simple stories from childhood are actually a key factor in later language competence.

What makes these illuminations regarding children and language so important is that picture books are available to any family with access to a public library. This means that the benefits of reading to small children are not limited to the affluent and well-educated; they are available to families of all incomes. Most parents and caregivers already know that story time is important for a child’s well-being in terms of structured time spent in a safe environment. This research suggests that it is important at another fundamental level. Enjoying books with your children from an early age can set them up for a life of linguistic success.

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.