July 21, 2017

Hello Parkside Families,

We had a fantastic week at Parkside!  This week we welcomed many new families to Parkside!  This is an exciting time at our center when we can meet new friends and we look forward to welcoming more as we continue through the remainder of the summer!

“We’ve Got Your Back Campaign” This campaign is organized by Penquis CAP which helps to give families school supplies needed for the upcoming school year.  I heard on the radio that the average amount spent for school shopping is now $500 per child!  For this reason, we feel that we can help these families.  Beginning next week, you will see a yellow school bus in front of our front doors, which we ask that you place all donated supplies, including backpacks on the bus.  We will have additional information for you in next week’s blog!

Summer playground safety:  Several of the days this week were warm enough for us to have water activities available for the kids to help cool off.  Some of the water activities that we provide (without the use of a pool) are using the hose for children to run through, washing the bikes and cozy coupes as well as using the water tables on the playground.  If the weather is too warm, or we receive a warning from the CDC regarding air quality (which did not occur this week) we will modify the length of our recess.  In addition to providing water activities each classroom teacher calls their classroom over for water breaks to help prevent any possible dehydration or heat exhaustion.

Classroom sign-in:  Parents, we need your help!  As you know there are two ways we ask you to sign your child to Parkside: using the computer in the lobby and using the paper sign in which is located in the classroom.  The paper sign-in sheet is what meets our licensing requirements; therefore, it is important that this is part of your routine at drop-off and pick-up times.  If you have any questions about this please talk with your child’s teacher.

Playing outside during the summer days is fun for many children.  Sometimes, it’s so much fun that kids don’t want to stop to take a break to have a drink.  This article gives some ideas that may help the challenge to take a break!  The following article has some of the tips, but you can find the whole article at:

Keeping Kids Hydrated

Make sure your children get plenty of liquids to stay healthy and active this summer, and help them develop good hydration habits for a lifetime.

By Debra Wittrup

No Sweat

Children are much more prone to dehydration than adults because their bodies don’t cool down as efficiently, and they are never more at risk than during the heat of summer. The danger arises when fluids are leaving the body through sweating faster than they are being replaced, and severe dehydration can be life-threatening. Taking a few simple precautions will protect your child and allow him to enjoy the summer fun safely.

Wet Their Whistles

Don’t wait until your child is thirsty to offer refreshment; by that time he is already dehydrated. Three studies by the University of Connecticut found that more than half of the children at sports camps were significantly dehydrated despite the availability of water and sports drinks and the encouragement to drink liquids. Get your child in the habit early on by scheduling frequent beverage breaks during activity, about every 20 minutes or so in hot weather. If possible, take all hydration breaks in a shady spot.

Safety on Ice

Water is generally considered nature’s perfect drink and the best liquid for routine hydration. It’s inexpensive (often free), widely available, and suitable for everyone. When you pack a cooler for a game, freeze a number of water bottles ahead of time. The frozen bottles will keep the others cool and you will be able to pack more drinks in the cooler instead of filling the cooler with ice.

Keep in mind that while ice-cold beverages might seem like the perfect remedy for thirst, it’s much better to provide liquids at a moderate temperature. Those first cold sips might be refreshing but it’s hard for children (and even adults) to drink the necessary quantities at extreme temperatures.

Cool Idea

Kids can get caught up in their activities and are easily distracted by games, so chances are they won’t jump at the chance for a rest period. If you have a hard time convincing your child to take a break from play to drink a beverage, offer a Popsicle. These frozen treats have high water content (a two-stick Popsicle has just about the right amount for a young child’s needs), and their juicy flavors make them more appealing to kids.

Sweet Choices

Many fruits are excellent sources of water as well as being a nutritious snack. Offer fruits often during playtime and throw them in the cooler for after-game snacks. Fruit juice has a higher concentration of sugar than whole fruit and because of that, it’s not the best beverage choice for hydration during strenuous exercise. But the AAP (American Academy of Pediatric) does see a place for it among your options: for activity periods longer than three hours, the AAP suggests a drink of half water and half 100-percent juice.

Eat Your Veggies

Always include high-water-content foods in your daily meal planning to help your family stay well-hydrated at all times so strenuous activities don’t find them in a deficit. In addition to water, fruit, fruit juice, and many vegetables are excellent sources of hydration. Clear soup, especially when made with vegetables, offers an ideal way to get liquid into the diet along with good nutrition.

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, July 30th:  Olympic classroom will visit Philip Strickland Home!  Cyr Bus will leave Parkside at 9:15 and will return around 11:00.  We are planning to cook with the residents during this visit!

Tuesday, August 22nd: Big Sur, Yosemite and Olympic rooms will visit the Challenger Learning Center!  Please look for times and specific information on this field trip in the upcoming weeks!

Friday, August 25th (rain date August 24th): End of the Year Party!  We welcome all families (who have left Parkside before this date) to spend the day bouncing in the bounce houses and play special games with their friends.  Please look for more information in the upcoming weeks!

Friday, September 15th: Color Run!  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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