December 9, 2016Hello Parkside Families,

​I believe we have officially begun the winter season this week! The kids have enjoyed playing with the little snow that has fallen this week. Please remember that we need the proper clothing for your child! Yes, there isn’t a lot of snow on the ground, but it is now cold enough to make sure your child has boots and snow pants to wear outside. In addition, we need to make sure we have extra pants and at least two pairs of mittens and socks in his/her cubby

​Updated immunizations: Please remember today (12/9) is the deadline to bring in your child’s updated immunization record! Thank you to those who have given their child’s record to us; we are reporting all of this information to the Maine CDC next week.

​Gingerbread Cooking! We are looking forward to putting on our annual gingerbread cooking next week! We will be cooking with Olympic on 12/13; Yosemite on 12/14; Big Sur on 12/15; and Yellowstone on 12/16. We would love to have as many volunteers as possible for this event, especially during the mixing portion of the activity. We plan to do the mixing activity at 9:30, except for Yellowstone who will begin at 9:00, and the activity should take about 90 minutes. If you are interested in volunteering in your child’s classroom, please make sure to talk with the classroom teachers. We are also looking for donations for nut free decorations!

​Tuesday, December 20th: Holiday Concert! Wow, our concert is quickly approaching! The kids in the Yellowstone, Big Sur, Yosemite, and Olympic room have been preparing for this exciting event! The concert will be in each classroom; Yellowstone will begin at 9:00; Big Sur at 9:30; Yosemite at 10:00; Olympic at 10:30. If you would like to practice these songs, you can find them on the main page of this blog. We look forward to seeing you there!

​**Please remember Parkside is CLOSED Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd!**

​Tuition agreements for 2017: Please remember we need to have your tuition agreement for 2017 returned to the office BY Friday, December 16th! If you have any questions about this or need another copy, please stop by the office!


​Winter coats and car seat safety: It is extremely important to know how we can keep our children safe when wearing winter jackets while in their car seats. Below is an article on what is recommended to keep children safe during the winter months. This article can be found at: There is also an informative video that I recommend you watching.​

As temperatures start to dip we bundle our children up to prepare them for the elements, but even with good intentions, a bulky coat and a car seat is a dangerous combination.

We all want to keep our children warm while traveling in the car, but there are ways to safely transport children in the cold weather while still keeping them warm.

As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. A bulky coat under a child seat harness can result in the harness being too loose to be effective in a crash. Here is a simple way to check if your child’s coat is too big and bulky to wear under their harness:

• Put the coat on your child, sit them in the child seat and fasten the harness. Tighten the harness until you can no longer pinch any of the harness webbing with your thumb and forefinger.

• Without loosening the harness, remove your child from the child seat.

• Take the coat off, and put your child back in the child seat and buckle the harness straps, which are still adjusted as they were when he was wearing the coat.

• If you can now pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger, then the coat is too bulky to be worn under the harness.

If you find that the coat can not be safely worn under the harness, here are a couple things you can do to keep your child safe and warm in his/her child seat:

• After securing your child in his/her child seat, turn the coat around and put it on backward with their arms through the arm holes and the back of the coat acting like a blanket

• Lay a blanket over your child to keep him/her warm.

One of the most common misuse conditions seen in child seats is that the harness is too loose and wearing a big winter coat under the harness is just one of the potential causes.

It is very important that the harness is tight enough that you can’t pinch the webbing between your thumb and forefinger. Extra slack in the harness can be very dangerous; it can lead to too much excursion or even ejection during a crash.

These tips should help keep your precious little ones safe and warm this winter.

—Michelle Tsai Podlaha


Enjoy your weekend,


Jen V.