Hello Parkside Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed their week off!  It has been great coming back and hearing everyone’s vacation stories; some include being on a motor boat (where the child interpreted what the sound of the motor sounded like), I also heard stories of going to the beach, and others said that they traveled in their car.  Whatever your week looked like, I hope you were able to spend time with your family and friends!  We had many projects that we wanted to accomplish last week during our vacation including having new railroad ties put around some of our playground equipment which also included some yard work to help the drainage on our playground (specifically around the pirate ship), the classroom floors were burnished, and we cleaned our classrooms.

Parkside Commercial:  Have you seen our new Parkside commercial on WABI or on Facebook?  We are very excited about the results from our recently filmed commercial, if you haven’t seen the commercial yet you can view it on Parkside’s Facebook page.

Transitions and Needs and Services:  As you know, we are continuing to transition many children in our program to the next classroom.  When you receive the information regarding your child’s transition it is important to read through the information carefully because it does include valuable information for you and also there is some information for us.  First of all, we encourage you to stop by the office to set up a needs and service meeting with your child’s new teacher.  This will give you the opportunity to learn about the new classroom’s routines, schedule, and new expectations.  It is also important for us to learn about your child including likes/dislikes, routines, and what you hope for your child to learn.  In addition to meeting with your child’s new teacher, there is a form in your transition packet titled “Child Bio.”  The information you provide in this form is very valuable to us, please make sure to fill it out.  Of course, if you have any questions about transitions or when your child will transition please stop by the office.

Parkside’s website:  This week we received a suggestion to add activities and events onto our website as a resource for families.  This particular family visited the Bar Harbor Aquarium over vacation and highly recommends it to other families.  I am wondering if there are other activities that you would recommend to families too so that we can compile a resource list to put on our website.  If you have any places to add please e-mail me at

End of the Year Event, August 26th (rain date August 25th):  This event is to celebrate the end of our program year with many of our graduates who will be leaving for Kindergarten and to welcome all of the new faces who have joined Parkside!  We welcome all of our graduates who have left Parkside before this event to come and join us, but parents please make sure to stay with your child.  We will have many different activities including games and bounce houses!  We will have more information including times of the events as we get closer to the event.

The weather this week has been the perfect Maine summer weather!  Having fun outside AND being safe outside are very important to us.  Below is an article on how to keep babies and children safe while playing in the heat.  You can find the whole article, which includes water safety too at:

Summer Safety Tips: Sun and Water Safety

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Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Fun in the Sun

Babies under 6 months:

  • The two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and to dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant’s face and the back of the hands. If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area. See Baby Sunburn Prevention for more information.

For all other children:

  • The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97% -100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays), and clothing with a tight weave.
  • On both sunny and cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen — about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use extra caution near water and sand (and even snow!) as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.

Heat Stress in Exercising Children

  • The intensity of activities that last 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat or humidity reach critical levels.
  • At the beginning of a strenuous exercise program or after traveling to a warmer climate, the intensity and duration of outdoor activities should start low and then gradually increase over 7 to 14 days to acclimate to the heat, particularly if it is very humid.
  • Before outdoor physical activities, children should drink freely and should not feel thirsty. During activities less than one hour, water alone is fine. Kids should always have water or a sports drink available and take a break to drink every 20 minutes while active in the heat.
  • Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbent material to facilitate evaporation of sweat. Sweat-saturated shirts should be replaced by dry clothing.
  • Practices and games played in the heat should be shortened and there should be more frequent water/hydration breaks. Children should promptly move to cooler environments if they feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseated.

Heat Stress in Infants

Infants and small children are not able to regulate their body temperature in the same way that adults do. Every year, children die from heat stroke from being left in a hot car, often unintentionally, with the majority of these deaths occurring in children 3 and under.

Here are a few tips for parents when traveling in a car with infants or young children:

  • Always check the back seat to make sure all children are out of the car when you arrive at your destination.
  • Avoid distractions while driving, especially cell phone use.
  • Be especially aware of kids in the car when there is a change from the routine, ie. someone else is driving them in the morning, you take a different route to work or child care.
  • Have your childcare provider call if your child has not arrived within 10 minutes of the expected arrival time.
  • Place you cell phone, bag or purse in the back seat, so you are reminded to check the back seat when you arrive at your destination.
  • The inside of a car can reach dangerous temperatures quickly, even when the outside temperature is not hot. Never leave a child alone in a car, even if you expect to come back soon. Lock your car when it is parked so children cannot get in without supervision. See Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars for more information. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Jen V.