June 9, 2017

Hello Parkside Families,

We have had a terrific week at Parkside!  It certainly started out as a wet a cold week, but thankfully ended in a bright, sunny warm way!  I know we are all itching for the warm weather to stay!

Spring Assessment update:  In the upcoming weeks you will receive your child’s Creative Curriculum assessment which reflects our observations and assessments from March to June 1st.  If you have any questions about this assessment and would like to meet with your child’s teacher, please stop by the office to set up a meeting.  The best times to meet with your child’s teacher are between 9:00-10:00 and 2:30-3:30.

Playground pick-up and drop-off reminders:  In the upcoming weeks our preschool classrooms (Big Sur, Yosemite and Olympic) will head outside around 8:00 and come in at 9:00.  If your child is in one of these classrooms, please plan ahead to either apply sunscreen on your child at home or before heading out to the playground.  We also want to remind parents that it is extremely important to speak with your child’s teacher at drop-off and pick-up times.  If you cannot find your teacher, please connect with a teacher on the playground.  Parents, you must come onto to the playground before picking your child up; it is extremely unsafe for you to lift your child over the fence.  Thank you for your cooperation!

Children’s Transitions:  For families who have been at Parkside during the summer in past years, you know that the summer months are the most popular time to plan children’s transitions.  Transition notices will be placed in your child’s mailbox and include the following information: the transition plan including the dates and times of the transition and a form called “child’s bio” which will be given to the new teacher.  We also encourage you to set up a time to meet with your child’s new teacher before the transition.

Parent Survey Update:  Below is a response from Jen M-R discussing the responses from the parent survey.  If you have any questions or would like to share any comments please feel free to e-mail Jen at  Please click here to review the letter!

Blog Parent Survey Results 2017

Upcoming Events:

Sprit week!  June 19-June 23rd:

Monday: mismatch day!

Tuesday: Career day:  dress up in what you hope be when you grow up!

Wednesday: Hat day

Thursday: Beach day

Friday:  Parkside spirit day: wear green, blue and yellow!

Wednesday, June 21st:  Pre-K Graduation rehearsal!  Next week you will see a walking field trip permission slip on top of the Olympic cubbies.  Please sign to give your child permission to walk to the rehearsal site as well as to graduation.  We will walk to the Clifton Eames Learning Center building (203 Maine Ave) which is a Bangor Savings location, near the Challenger Learning Center.  The time for the rehearsal will be determined as we get closer to this date, due to not knowing the weather.

Friday, June 23rd: Pre-K Graduation at 4:00!  We are looking forward to celebrating with all of the graduates families and friends on the 23rd.  We will have a formal graduation at 203 Maine Ave.  You will see balloons to identify which door to enter through.  After the ceremony we will have refreshments.  The whole event lasts for about an hour.  If you have any questions about this event please stop by the office or speak with the Olympic teachers!

July 3-July 7th:  Parkside is CLOSED for shut down week!  Tuition remains the same for shut down week!  Your tuition dollars that wee enable Parkside to give our full time teachers a week of paid vacation time.  In addition, shut down week allows our center to complete necessary construction projects and repairs plus deep cleaning that we cannot complete while in operation.  We wish you and your family a wonderful week together.

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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