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July 1, 2016

Hello Parkside Families,

We have been busy this week preparing for your child’s assessment to be sent home.  This assessment reflects the last benchmark of the program year.  Please know that although we do not have any formal parent/teacher conferences planned, we welcome you to come to the office to arrange a time  to meet with your child’s teacher!

Pre-K Graduation:  I want to take a moment to reflect on our 10th Parkside Pre-K graduation.  What an awesome occasion for the kids to show their families and friends their many accomplishments.  The slideshow, which Jillian Wilson, our marketing specialist created was fantastic; we are now displaying the slideshow on the lobby computer!  We hope everyone who came to this event enjoyed it as much as we did.  We will certainly miss all of the Pre-K kids who have left or will be leaving Parkside over the upcoming months, but want to welcome them back to our End of the Year Celebration on August 25th (rain date August 26th).

Parkside commercial:  Our commercial (which we filmed last Thursday) is nearly finished!  We are very excited to show all of you the finished product.  We will have the opportunity to broadcast our commercial on WABI and the CW as well as on the internet.  Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to help us in such a short period of time!

Shut down week, July 4-9th: Parkside is CLOSED!  Next week Parkside is closed to give us the opportunity for our teachers to enjoy some well deserved time with their families as well as for us to dive into some projects here at Parkside!  We will have our floors burnished, a new irrigation plan for our playground, classrooms painted, and some deep cleaning and organization! Please note that your tuition remains the same, which is how we are able to pay for our teachers to have this week off.  If you are a weekly payer, please make sure to put your tuition in the mailbox for both the week of the 4th and the 11th on Friday afternoon, or you can mail your payment for the week of the 11th to avoid any late fees.  Please stop by the office if you have any questions.  We hope you have a terrific week!

Sun protection:  Now that the weather is becoming warmer we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect your child from harmful sun exposure.  On Monday we were notified that the UV rays were particularly harmful, our staff knew to be particularly cautious before going outside by making sure sunscreen was lathered, water was provided before going outside, shade breaks were encouraged outside, and any sun protection brought from home was warn.  We were also prepared to limit outdoor time if necessary.  Attached is an article from the CDC about sun protection, you can find it at: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/children.htm

How Can I Protect My Children from the Sun?

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Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.

  • Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.
  • Cover up. When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.
  • Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
  • Wear sunglasses. They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.

Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well.

Follow the directions on the package for using a sunscreen product on babies less than 6 months old. All products do not have the same ingredients; if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor. Your baby’s best defense against sunburn is avoiding the sun or staying in the shade.

Keep in mind, sunscreen is not meant to allow kids to spend more time in the sun than they would otherwise. Try combining sunscreen with other options to prevent UV damage.

Too Much Sun Hurts

Turning pink? Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.

Tan? There’s no other way to say it—tanned skin is damaged skin. Any change in the color of your child’s skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays.

Cool and cloudy? Children still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays, they filter them—and sometimes only slightly.

Oops! Kids often get sunburned when they are outdoors unprotected for longer than expected. Remember to plan ahead, and keep sun protection handy—in your car, bag, or child’s backpack.

Enjoy your week!

Jen V.

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