July 28, 2017

Hello Parkside Families,

It doesn’t seem possible that this is the last blog for the month of July!  Our week included learning about pirates, sharks, camping, farms and picnics!  One of the highlights of our day is to watch and hear children explore and talk about what they have learned.  This week we heard shark songs and books, watched the Olympic kids observe worms and heard the Yosemite kids’ excitement when they found out they were having a picnic lunch to conclude their “picnic” theme.  We hope that you hear these exciting tales at home!

This week our Olympic classroom visited the Philip Strickland House.  The residents and children made chocolate chip cookies together and then connected with “I Love You rituals” (which are from Conscious Discipline).  We are excited to see the children build connections with the residents after their third visit there and look forward to their in August.

“We’ve got your back” campaign:  We will be collecting school supplies which will be delivered to families in our community who are in need of supplies before school begins.  We are very proud of participating in this campaign.  We will be collecting supplies through August 11th.  If you are interested in helping us with donations, please place them on the school bus in front of the front doors (Elmo is driving it).  Thank you in advance for your support!

30 day notice of schedule changes or last day notices:  As we are approaching the last remaining days in July, we want to remind families to provide us a 30 day notice for last days or schedule changes that will occur in September.  If you have any questions please stop by the office!

If you have Facebook, you may have seen the following post about being a mom, or really being a parent.  This post is both true and quite humorous; I hope you find this post just that.  You can find this post on “The 21st Century SHAM” Facebook page.

Girlfriends, I got to get something off my chest.

My house is never clean. Like ever. I have friends (with kids) whose houses are spotless. Are they better mothers than me? Nope. Am I a better mother than them? Nope.

I work out every day. I have mom friends who don’t exercise. (I mean other than running around like crazy people after their kids). Does that make either of us a better mom? Nope.

I have a friend who gave birth in a pool in her living room. I pushed mine out in a hospital bed after receiving a gift from the epidural fairy. Both of us are good moms.

I drink a beer or glass of wine (sometimes in front of my kids!) on occasion. I’m a good mom. My neighbor and good friend doesn’t drink. Also a good mom.

I’m a yeller. I have a good friend who is quiet and extremely patient. I envy her. But we are both good moms.

I have friends who are super organic, chemical free, and dye free. My kids sometimes eat popsicles for breakfast. The cheap kind that are 50 for $2.00. Are either of us better than the other? Nope.

I swear, but not in front of my kids. Are you a bad mom if you do? Hell no.

I’m involved with my kids’ school but I don’t volunteer and live there every day. Are the moms who volunteer daily any better than those who never do? No. Am I incredibly grateful for the moms who volunteer every day and help the teachers? YES.

Are stay-at-home moms better than working moms? NO.

Are working moms better than stay-at-home moms? NO.

Are married moms better than single moms? NO.

Are you a better mom if you take your kids on exotic vacations? NO.

Can you be a good mom if you the closest thing you get to a vacation is the park? YES.

Can you be a good mom and have a super scheduled summer with lots of planned activities? Yep.

What about if your summer is lazy with no plans? Yep.

Do good moms let their kids watch TV? Yes.

Play video games? Yes.

What about if you say no? Also fine. Your choice. You’re the mom. And a good one.

I’m a Christian. My friend and neighbor is Muslim. Another friend practices no religion at all. WE ARE ALL GOOD MOTHERS.

My other friend is gay. Her kids have TWO mothers. They are both good moms.

I breastfed. My kids barely had any formula. Am I better than moms who give their kids formula? NO. 

So how about this? Can we all climb down off judgmental mountain for a second? And just support one another? And just say, Hey, motherhood is hard. You’re doing a good job. Raising kids can knock the wind out of a person. You got this. 

How awesome would that be? Just a thought

Upcoming Events:

Friday, August 11th: “We’ve Got Your Back Campaign” ends

Tuesday, August 22nd: Big Sur, Yosemite and Olympic rooms will visit the Challenger Learning Center… Look for more information on this field trip!

Friday, August 25th (rain date August 24th): End of the Year Event!  We are looking forward to having a day of fun with bounce houses, game and activities!  We invite families who have left Parkside to come back (parents, you must stay with your child) and join in the fun!

Friday, September 1st: Parkside is CLOSED for teacher training.  On the 1st we will be spending time “kicking off” our new program theme as well as finalizing our environments for when everyone returns on September 5th!

Enjoy your weekend,
Jen V.

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