July 14, 2017

Hello Parkside Families,

Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed the one-week Parkside is closed all year!  On behalf of all our staff, we offer you a HUGE “thank you” for providing tuition that enabled full time staff to have a full week’s vacation.  As you know we made many improvements to our center during this week!  We started with having a “lego” wall built in the Yosemite classroom.  This has helped to limit the interruptions in the classroom when others are going to the playground.  We also painted our classroom doors Parkside colors and we changed our teacher’s room by adding new counter tops, new paint and new seating.  In addition to that we also had the opportunity to clean out our storage areas and our classrooms!  It was a productive week!

Safety at Parkside:  We have often been asked why we have rules in our building about walking instead of running or to walk with a grown-up vs walking alone outside.  We have these rules because we want to keep the kids at Parkside as safe as possible.  Please help us to do the same by reminding your child that we walk in the hallway and that we walk together to the car.  We have noticed children running away from their parents into the parking lot; this is very frightening to see!  Please have your child by your side from the moment you leave your child’s classroom!  We have also seen parents drop their child off or pick their child up without talking to their child’s teacher.  This is a concern to us because we do not know your child is our responsibility!  It is a serious safety concern when a child is not accounted for- and this situation could lead to that.  Please help us to make Parkside the safest environment possible!  If you have any questions please stop by the office or talk with your child’s teacher!

Water work line:  We received a letter from Bangor Water this week stating this month to replace older line on Maine Ave between i-95 and Corporate Drive.  Our water supply will not be affected, but the traffic getting to Parkside may be affected.  Work will begin the latter part of July and will be completed by mid-November.

Here are some safety tips from our owner:  Hello from Jen Montgomery-Rice!  Families, several safety concerns have come to my attention. As you may know, we passed our tenth anniversary in January. I’m happy to report that we have had very few serious accidents over our 10.5 years. However, here are things that concern me:

1. Running in our hallways

Children should observe restraint from running in our hallways for many reasons. First, they could fall. Second, they could knock others down. Third, they are heading toward the GLASS OUTSIDE DOORS–and could either slip out without parents or smash into the glass–not to mention other families going in and out. Please hold your child’s hand and/or require the child to walk with you.

2. Running up or down the outside walkways

Parents, an 18 month old child was killed at the Alton school recently when he was loose in a parking lot. The school custodian backed over the child, and two families will never be the same. We beg you, hold your child’s hand going back and fourth to our parking lot. We are very fearful of what could happen. We erected the white fence to prevent kids from running into the busy road, but another true danger is the parking lot. One of our children also suffered a concussion this week when she fell–hard–on our walkway while running into our building. We understand that children need to run–that’s why we have a large, fenced in play yard! We know you can’t always control the children, but practicing walking vs. running in dangerous or crowded places is the only way to teach them. Give positive praise each time they do the right thing, and we’ll try to notice positive walking, too!

3.  Drop off/pick up

Teachers are responsible for your child at Parkside from the moment you leave to the time you return. Each time–drop off and pick up–is a “transition” time when care is transferred from one responsible adult to another. Parents’ responsibility is to let a teacher know that they are turning their child over to the teacher at drop off, or taking responsibility for their child at pick up. That overt communication MUST take place each day between parents and teachers in order to keep all children safe. PLEASE talk to a teacher at drop off and pick up to ensure safe transitions, particularly when dropping off or picking up at the playground. As a reminder, parents MAY NOT lift children over the fence or through our gate when children are on the playground! Parents must go through our classrooms to pick up children, check with the teacher, and depart through the classrooms.

Thank you for helping us keep Parkside safe for everyone! We guard your children’s lives with our own every day and want to keep them happy, safe and healthy. Thanks so much for your cooperation! If you have any questions about these requests or policies, please see a manager.

Wednesday, July 26th: Olympic class will visit the Philip Strickland House!  Olympic families, we will leave Parkside at 9:30 and will return around 11:00.  The kids will have an opportunity to share an activity with the residents at Philip Strickland.  Look for pictures in Olympic’s blog!

Friday, August 25th (rain date August 24th): Parkside End of the Year Event!  We are beginning to plan the many activities for this fun day!  This day is to say “good bye” to those who are leaving Parkside and to welcome those who are new to Parkside.  We will have bounce houses, plenty of activities including face painting, bubbles, a photo booth and plenty more!  The kids will go outside during their recess time (the time will be announcing in the upcoming weeks).  Parents, if you are interested in helping to volunteer during this event we would appreciate it!  Please talk with your child’s teacher if you are interested.

The development of writing:  At Parkside we provide a variety of age appropriate tools for children to explore with when they are building their understanding of writing.  Knowing the stages of writing beginning with “dots” on a paper to scribbling are milestones children experience when mastering this skill.  The following article is from NAEYC; it offers suggestions on how to encourage children to write at home with creative and fun activities.  You can find this article at:

Support Writing atHome

Young children like to scribble, make marks that look like letters, and play with writing. Chances are, your child will experiment with writing long before he or she learns to read. Here are some ways to help your child learn about and practice writing.

  • Display children’s writing in a special place. Hang your child’s work on the refrigerator, a bedroom door, or a cork board; tape it to a bathroom mirror or tile. Or, scan the writing and send it to the grandparents. You will be telling your child that her writing is important and worthy of being shared. She will want to write more and more.
  • Write in front of your child and talk about it. Whether writing a shopping list, thank you note, or e-mail; completing an application; or ordering from a catalog, explain what you are doing. Ask him what to add to the list or what to say in the thank you note or e-mail.
  • Invite your child to dictate stories. While playing together, encourage your child to tell you a story about where the cars and trucks are going or who lives in the Lego house. Write down exactly what she says. Read it aloud afterward. Suggest that she draw some pictures to illustrate her story.
  • Create greeting cards for special occasions. Provide paper and crayons or markers so children can make cards and then “sign” their names when finished. Show them old cards with phrases like “Happy Birthday,” “I Love You,” and “Season’s Greetings” to copy on their cards.
  • Create an “office” for your child. Gather different kinds of paper, envelopes, pencils and pens, crayons, stickers, and labels. Place them on a shelf near a desk or table or in a basket your child can carry to a comfortable place for writing. Add interesting and exciting items like address and date books, calendars, or an old computer keyboard.
  • Involve your child in writing while running errands. Offer a pad and pencil and suggest  your child make a “reverse shopping list”—a list of things you’ve already bought At the bank, give her a blank deposit slip while you fill out yours. These tasks let children write and keep them busy as they learn new skills!
  • Put writing materials in several places around the house. Provide pencils, crayons, or markers in coffee cans or baskets, along with a basket of small unlined pads, notebooks, or clipboards with paper. Place these collections in the bathroom, kitchen, or living room. Be sure to remind your child to write on the paper and nowhere else.
  • Take it outside! Let your child write or draw with chalk or old paintbrushes and water on sidewalks and fences. Fill a backpack with writing tools and paper to take in the car or while doing errands.
  • Encourage all writing efforts. Make writing an everyday part of your children’s lives at home!  Remember, those first scribbles are important—they are the first step in learning to write.

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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