October 14, 2016

Hello Parkside Families,

I hope you enjoyed your week!  This week many of the kids learned about fire safety, since it is fire safety week.  In this week’s blog are some resources which we hope you find helpful.  Next Friday we will continue our learning of fire safety by having the Bangor Fire Department visit Parkside for the morning; the kids will have the opportunity to explore their fire truck and ask the firemen questions!

*Parking lot update:  Thank you to all of our families who have been patient and understanding to the construction in our employee parking lot.  We have been told to anticipate the construction to continue through most of next week.  As you all know, the parking at Parkside can be a challenge!  We have felt over the past years that we have more staff than what our parking lot was originally intended for.  We have tried to keep all of our employees in this parking lot by having them park on the grass and under trees, but there are days we still run out of spots!  Therefore, the construction that is now occurring is going to allow plenty of parking by extending our lot and doubling the number of spots we have available!  This will hopefully be noticeable to all of our parents by allowing the lot near the playground to be for our families!

*Parkside pumpkin patch!  It has been great seeing the new pumpkins added to our pumpkin patch over the past week!  It is not too late to bring in a decorated (not carved) pumpkin to add to the others!  We will have our pumpkin patch through the month of October.  Please refer to the notice in all of the classrooms or stop by the office if you have any questions!

*Monday, October 31st: Halloween!!  In just a few more weeks we will be celebrating Halloween at Parkside!  Halloween consists of having our annual parade as well as fun activities and games throughout the day.  We encourage you to bring your child to Parkside dressed up so that they can show all of their friends in our parade their costume.  Once the parade is over, our teachers will take off your child’s costume and place it in his/her cubby for the remainder of the day.  Parents, please make sure not to bring your child in with any masks; they can be difficult for kids to see with as well as they can be scary to our younger children in the building.  Please remember not to bring candy in with your child!

Fire Safety:  At Parkside children have learned about how to be safe when there is a fire: they have practiced stop, drop, and roll, they have talked about the importance of fire drills, and in our preschool classrooms we have talked about the importance of having a meeting spot.  There are several things you can do at home to continue your child’s knowledge of fire safety.  Below is an article on fire safety at home.  You can explore the website from where this article comes from at:  There is also another website for children that includes games, videos, and also lessons for each age group; you can find this information at:

Fire Safety

Home fires can start and spread quickly, which is why we all need to be careful and educated when it comes to fire safety. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family.

The Hard Facts

In 2013, 334 children died in home fires. Eighty-seven percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Fires are not just a problem in the United States. In 2008, nearly 61,000 children around the world died due to a fire or burn.

Top Tips

Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.

Teach kids never to play with matches and lighters. Make a habit of placing these items up and away from young children.

Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it. Here’s a handy worksheet to help get you started.

Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it. A child who is coached properly ahead of time will have a better chance to be safe. Watch our video to learn more.

Use common sense in the kitchen. Limit distractions when cooking and don’t leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended.

Blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep.

Learn More

Fire safety is complex issue. Here’s more information on how to handle carbon monoxide, prepare for any burns and scalds that result from cooking in the kitchen, find out what to do with fireworks and general fire safety tips.

Upcoming Events:

*Thursday, October 27th at 5:30: Parent/Teacher Advisory Meeting.  Please let us know if you need child care by Wednesday, October 26th!

*Monday, October 31st:  Halloween!!  We will celebrate Halloween throughout the day.  Please bring your child to Parkside dressed in their Halloween costume, we will start our parade at 9:30!  Please remember not to bring in masks or any candy!

*Friday, November 11th:  Parkside is CLOSED for parent/teacher conferences and teacher training!  Look for more information on signing up for parent/teacher conferences as we get closer to this date.

*Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th:  Parkside is CLOSED for Thanksgiving and the day after.

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.