July 29, 2016

Dear Parkside Families,

Wow, I cannot believe how fast the month of July has gone!  It was such a surprise when I went shopping and saw back to school items displayed.  Through the month of August, we will be welcoming new children and their families into our program and saying “good bye and good luck” to our friends who are leaving.    

“We’ve Got Your Back Campaign” We kicked off the week at Parkside by collecting school supplies for Penquis C.A.P.  We are very proud to be helping the “We’ve Got Your Back” campaign for another year.  This week we were awarded recognition from Penquis C.A.P. because of our continuous involvement in the campaign as a sponsor!  This is such a proud accomplishment for us, and it is because of you and your involvement!  Last year, we donated 26 backpacks and many other school supplies!  You can place all of your donated supplies on the school bus driven by Elmo until August 17th.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Penquis also shared some of the feedback given from families who received school items from last year’s drive.  This collection means a lot to us because we have the opportunity to help those in our community.  It is estimated that 1500 applications will be submitted this year to Penquis C.A.P.

*it helps me because I cant always afford the things my daughter needs

*It’s extremely helpful to provide new backpacks and supplies when needed.

because a lot of families don’t have the money for the extra things that kids need for school.

it helps to make sure our kids education come first and that they have all the supply’s to exceed

**Please remember to bring shoes that are appropriate to wear in the sprinkler as well as having at least 2 pairs of shorts, shirts, and underwear in your child’s cubby.

August 26th (rain date August 25th): End of the Year Event!  We are very excited to celebrate the end of the year with this event!  We will have many games and activities as well as bounce houses. We will also have snow cones as a yummy treat!  Families who have left Parkside, we welcome you to come back to have fun with us for the day, but please make sure to stay with your child.

September 2nd and 5th:  Parkside is CLOSED!  We will close on Friday, September 2nd for our shut down day, which is a full day training day for our teachers.  We will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

It has been a very warm and hot week for us!  Our recesses were modified for both the infant and toddler rooms as well as the preschool rooms because of the heat.  Although it is nice to have the warm weather, we are very conscious of the dangers of heat to children.  There have been some awful stories in the news about the dangers of children being in extreme situations, particularly while left in the car.  At Parkside, we do not feel it is a safe decision to leave a child in the car.  If at any time you need our assistance to avoid such a situation, please call the center and we will help.  Below is part of an article that discusses the dangers of this, you can read the whole article at:

WebMD Feature Archive

Every summer, heartbreaking and preventable deaths happen when children are left alone in hot cars. More than 600 U.S. children have died that way since 1990, according to the nonprofit safety group Kids and Cars.

These cases happen when kids are left unattended in a hot car — sometimes because the driver forgot the child was there — or when kids get into unlocked cars without any adult knowing it happened. Within minutes, they can be in danger.

Kids in Hot Cars

-Never leave kids alone in a hot car, even briefly.

-Always check the front and back seats of the car before you lock it and leave.

-See a kid alone in a hot car? Call 911 immediately. Get them out ASAP if they are in distress.

-Put your purse, briefcase, or something else you need by the car seat so you don’t forget to check.

-Always lock your car when it’s empty so kids can’t get in without you knowing.

SOURCE: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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Here is what you must know:

No Exceptions, No Matter How Brief

Some parents may not want to take their child in and out of their cumbersome car seat for what they believe will be a quick stop. But the stakes are too high.

“It is never OK to leave kids or pets in a car — even with the windows down,” says Christopher McStay, MD, an emergency room doctor and assistant professor of emergency medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center. “It is an absolute no-no.”

Good to Know

McStay has seen his share of hot car casualties in the emergency room. “Your car is a greenhouse and temperatures can get exceedingly hot in an exceedingly short period of time,” he says.

“There is no safe amount of time to leave children alone in the car,” says Nathan Allen, MD, an emergency medicine doctor at the University of Chicago. “Kids are more susceptible and at higher risk for heat-related illness and injury than adults because their bodies make more heat relative to their size and their abilities to cool through sweating are not as developed as adults.”

As a result, just a few minutes can be extremely dangerous — even fatal — for a small child.

Know What Can Go Wrong

“Parents leave children in a car for lack of understanding about how sick they can get and how quickly they can get sick,” says Christopher Haines, DO, director of pediatric emergency medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

“On a day that is just 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the temperature [inside a car] can increase by 30 to 40 degrees in an hour, and 70% of this increase occurs the first 30 minutes,” he says.

Heat stroke may occur when body temperature passes 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That overwhelms the brain’s temperature control, causing symptoms such as dizziness, disorientation, agitation, confusion, sluggishness, seizure, loss of consciousness, and/or death.

Prevent Kids From Wandering Into the Car

Don’t let your children play in your car, make sure the car’s doors and trunk are locked when you’re not using it, and keep the keys out of kids’ reach. That may help prevent children from getting accidentally locked in the car, McStay says.

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.