August 4, 2017

Hello Parkside Families,

Welcome to August!  I don’t know about you, but when I think of the month of August I think the beginning of the school year is coming soon!  At Parkside, have been gearing up for our school year.  You may have noticed the many boxes in the hallway; these items will be going into the classrooms in the upcoming days.  We also want to point out that these purchases were made possible by the equipment fee families paid in May; thank you for understanding how important this charge is for maintaining our classrooms’ stimulating environments for children to learn!

“We’ve Got Your Back” campaign:  “We’ve Got Your Back” campaign helps families in our community provide school supplies for less fortunate children.  Last year, Penquis C.A.P. delivered more than 1,000 backpacks!  Elmo’s school bus is gathering more and more school items; thank you to all who have donated to this important campaign!  We will continue to gather items until Friday, August 11th!

Color Run update:  We are looking forward to putting on our 2nd annual color run at Parkside!  Last year, all of the donations from this run went to the EMMC’s NICU.  This year, we are looking to hear from you on where we should donate; you can help us by simply clicking on the following link:

The color run is scheduled for Friday, September 22nd.  Please look for more information over the upcoming weeks!

We know that our teachers work very hard to create unique learning opportunities for the children in their classrooms.  Families ask us why our tuition is higher than others in this area.  We believe it is important to provide our teachers with a living wage.  We find that we are in competition with the public schools (especially since many of teachers have degrees in education).  We lose, on average, two teachers per year to public schools that can pay 25% higher to our teachers, even for Ed Tech positions.  Currently, we are up against a tight labor market that is making hiring and retaining staff very difficult.  It is important for us to keep our teachers at Parkside; in order to provide this our tuitions have to support their wages.  The following article is titled “The High Cost of Low Wages.”  We are advocates of giving our teachers more in wages, which is why we feel this article is important to share with you.  Please share your thoughts and questions with us!  This article was in ExchangeEveryDay on Tuesday, August 1st.

The High Cost of Low Wages
August 1, 2017

Be so good they can’t ignore you.
-Jerry Dunn


*Friday, August 11th: last day to collect for “We’ve got your back” campaign!

*Tuesday, August 22nd: Challenger Learning Center field trip for Big Sur, Yosemite and Olympic classrooms.  There will be a permission slip in classrooms in the upcoming week!

*Friday, August 25th (rain date August 24th): End of the Year celebration!  We are looking forward to celebrating the end of the 2016-2017 program year with this event!  We will have bounce houses, plenty of activities, a photo booth and we will be making lemonade in the afternoon!  Families who have left Parkside (or will be before the 25th) we invite you to come back with your child to have some fun!

*Friday, September 1st: Parkside is closed for teacher training

*Monday, September 4th: Parkside is closed for Labor Day

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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