June 30, 2017

Hello Parkside Families,

It has been a great week at Parkside!  As you may know, we had our Pre-K graduation last Friday.  We want to thank Miss Meghan, Sherri, Mariah and Lisa for helping to make this event so successful!  We also want to thank the employees at Bangor Savings Bank site at 203 Maine Ave. for allowing us to use their facility.  We will have the slideshow (created by Miss Mariah) and the yearbook (created by Heather Corbett and Tom Donahue) in the lobby for all to see!

Please remember Parkside is CLOSED next week for shut down week!  Tuition will remain the same, which means weekly families please make sure to put two checks in the mailbox on Friday, 6/30 to avoid late fees!  We have many exciting projects occurring at Parkside during our shut down week: one is building a block wall in Yosemite so that it provides a separation from the classroom when going to the playground.  Have you see the colorful blocks in hallway?  These blocks are what the wall will be built of!  We also will be renovating the kitchen during this week.  The ceiling has water damage and the counter has bleach damage-therefore you may have noticed us working to clean this space out over this week to prepare for its renovation.  We are excited to give our teachers a space where they may be more comfortable to work and relax in.  In addition to these large projects we will also be deep cleaning our center and reorganizing many of our storage areas!  It will be a busy week at Parkside!  We hope that you enjoy your week with yout family, and we look forward to seeing you on the 10th!

**Reminder for providing a written 30 day notice for any scheduling changes:  Parents, please remember that we require a written notice for any scheduling changes.  This includes, leaving Parkside or changing your child’s schedule.  You can drop off your notice to the office or e-mail me at  Please stop by the office if you have any questions!

Upcoming Events:

Monday, July 3rd-July 7th: Parkside is CLOSED for shut down week!

Wednesday, July 26th:  Olympic class will be visiting the Philip Strickland House from 9:30-11:30!

Friday, August 25th (rain date August 24th): End of the year event!  Stay tuned for times and information on this event!  We invite all families who have left Parkside to come back and have some fun with us during this day!

I know we have several conversations with parents at Parkside (especially with those whose child is going to Kindergarten) about how fast time goes!  We agree!  Time does go by fast, but it is our job to keep thinking ahead.  Our teachers and managers are constantly thinking ahead to make sure your child is prepared for developmental milestones as well as for the next classroom.  The following article is about 4 skills that were crucial to this author to teach their child before going to Kindergarten.  Now, if you are a parent whose child is not going to Kindergarten please continue reading!  These 4 skills mentioned in this article are skills that need to built as children become older.  You can find this article at:

Kindergarten Tips

The 4 Crucial Skills I Taught My Kid Before Kindergarten

Jonathan Brill January 19, 2017

How do you prepare your child for kindergarten?

Depending on what your child was doing before they went to kindergarten, these are some things that could present exciting new challenges for you and your kid:

Coping Without Parents Or Siblings

My kids really enjoyed having a parent, caregiver, or sibling around, so for them, pre-school or kindergarten was a pretty violent change, not only in routine but in learning how to deal with new experiences without the person who was their main point for social interaction and emotional assurance. We saw this coming and made sure they were getting time away from us and from their usual support networks enough that it wasn’t as big of a shock, but it’s still an adjustment.

Listening For And Responding Well To Verbal Direction And Commands

I’ve seen kids who really thrived in a routine at home and were able to successfully model behavior from older siblings or a home care provider without much need for parsing verbal instructions. But in kindergarten, depending on class size, they will mostly get their direction from what teachers say and do and what the other kids are doing. If they’ve had this in pre-school or in some type of shared/social care, this will be old hat, but this seems to be one of the key early transition risks.


Other kids are a mixed bag; some are going to be empathetic and interested in your kid, others are going to be hostile and physically threatening. Mostly teachers will be on top of this anyway, but in most schools you don’t get to pick the other kids. We’ve had situations where there was a problem kid, the teachers and the other parents knew it, and it opened up a dialogue at home about coping skills and good social tools for dealing with it (tell the teacher early, avoid the kid who likes to bite, etc).

In the early years, my kids learned far more from recess than from class time because the unstructured social interactions with kids who were all over the place in terms of their ability and interest in interacting just provides mountains of feedback to a kid that parents and teachers really can’t compete with. Your kid is going to learn more about how to socialize in their hour or so per day of play time than everything they’ve learned up until that point. In talking to my kids about their day, this was always 90 percent of what they wanted to talk about.

Transitions And Independence

Part of what they’re learning now is to make the right decision in little ways, a dozen times a day. Teachers are going to give them opportunities to “choose” to listen, to follow basic instruction, to transition well on their own. Transitions, going from one activity to another, are a challenge for kids this age and depending on how they’re handled at home, this is going to be a source of friction for them and the teacher or won’t be much of a thing at all.

All of these things can be simulated before hand so when your kid gets to kindergarten, they’re not dealing with all of this at once. We did things like bring them to kid gyms that had circle time, so they’d know what that is. We’d make it a point to drop them off in daycare for an hour or so at a time so they’d have the experience of being in an unstructured play environment with a mixed bag of kids before it happened on their first day. Without you doing anything, your kid would be fine, but if you wanted to give them an easy on ramp, these areas are good ones to work on early.

We hope you have a wonderful week,

Jen V.

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