September 7, 2018

Hello Parkside Families,

We had a great week!  It has been a week that included welcoming new faces to our Parkside family.  I also couldn’t be prouder of our amazing teachers who helped us have such a successful week!  This week in our classrooms, we did activities to help build our new classroom families: we practiced our  classroom song, learned new classroom jobs and routines.  We are off to a great start to a new program year!

The month of September brings a lot of new things to our lives: it can include a new classroom, new routines and new faces. We also have several events during the month of September that can make the month go really fast!  I welcome you to talk with your child’s teacher or our office staff with any questions that you may have to help this month go smoother for you!   I have had several conversations with parents on how to create a drop-off routine.  I know for myself this specific transition can be a tricky one for my family and Abby is almost seven!  Below I have attached an article which I hope will be helpful to you if you are looking for strategies and support to help with this tricky transition!   Here is the link to view the whole article: https://www.today.com/parents/8-tips-easier-daycare-drop-both-parent-child-t35421

Last Friday we had the opportunity to have our full-day training day!  Our day was an awesome one!  We had team building opportunities which I believe is so important when creating a successful program.  We had the opportunity to clean and organize our classroom environments to prepare for this week.  We also trained our staff on the brain states in Conscious Discipline; this was extremely important to review when preparing for this week.  We believe it is important to recognize what state of mind a child is in in order to help them.  An example of this is when children feels threatened or in danger they are in the “survival” mode.  Have you ever heard of flight or fight?  This is what defines this state.  If you have any questions about the brain states please ask your child’s teacher or a manager about this.  In addition to Conscious Discipline we also discussed our Creative Curriculum and assessments with our classroom teachers.  Over the next week you may notice different changes to our curriculum; these changes to help give you more of an accurate vision on what we do in our classrooms. 

Parent/Teacher Advisory meeting:  The purpose of this group was intended to be a way for parents to connect with other parents and with their child’s teachers, to review policies and procedures that may need to be changed and also to discuss changes that will help to improve our families’ experience at Parkside.  This group is extremely important and can be effective if we have parents available to come to our meetings.  I would like to hear from you: would meeting in the morning (9:30-10:30), afternoon (12:30-1:30) or evening (5:30-6:30) work best for you?  Please let us know or e-mail me at director@parksideclc.com.  We will begin our connections by having a curriculum night on Thursday, September 13th from 5:30-6:30.  This is not a formal meeting, so please feel free to come visit your child’s classroom anytime between 5:30-6:30 to get to know the routines and curriculum your child is experiencing.  We look forward to seeing you there!

This week I heard many stories of children visiting the local apple orchards and getting pumpkins.  Beginning the end of September, we create a family pumpkin patch here at Parkside.  I invite you to decorate a pumpkin (without carving it) to place in the patch for others to see.  It is quite an awesome sight to see all of the creative pumpkins!  Stay tuned for more information soon!

Olympic parents, we have placed a permission slip on to of the cubbies for our field trip to Treworgy Apple Orchards on September 14th.  We will use Cyr bus to transport us to the orchards at 8:45 and will return to Parkside around 11:00.  If you are interested in joining us we welcome you!  You can either take the bus with us or use your own vehicle.  Please speak with the Olympic teachers or the office if you have any questions!

3rd Annual Color Run: September 21st!  Every year we think of opportunities to donate to an organization children can understand their purpose and it is also relatable to them.  In the past we have donated to EMMC’s NICU floor and the Bangor Humane Society.  This year we have decided to donate to the Sarah’s House located in Holden Maine.  The purpose of this organization is to provide a place to stay when a family member is at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Cancer Care.  This run event is always a fun event for the kids, but it also has a purpose to teach children that we can help our community and others…no matter how old they are!  We will be ordering shirts for kids who are in Glacier through Olympic.  If you would like to donate to this organization please feel free to drop off your donation to the office…all donations will go to Sarah’s House.  We will not have any charges for your child to participate in this event as we have done in years past.  Please speak with the office or your child’s teacher if you have any questions!  We will have permission slips in classrooms as well as the times for both of the runs for our infant and toddler rooms and our preschool classrooms.

Picture with Emily McIntosh is scheduled for September 25th, 26th and make-up picture son the 27th.  Picture packages along with the schedule will be published next week!  Children who have returned their packages will have their picture taken.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, September 13th: Parent curriculum night 5:30-6:30

Friday, September 14th: Olympic field trip to Treworgy Apple Orchards!

Friday, September 21st: 3rd Annual color run! 

Tuesday, Wednesday September 25th and 26th: pictures with Emily McIntosh

Have a great weekend!


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Dreading that daycare drop-off? Here are 8 tips to make it easier

by Rose Gordon Sala / Jul.29.2015 / 5:40 PM ET / Source: TODAY Contributor

Is your baby or toddler headed to daycare this fall? If so, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about how your child will handle the move away from the comforts of home — and it’s likely you’re going through a bit of separation anxiety as well.

“With the first, it was like someone was just ripping my guts out,” says Heather Wittenberg, a mom of four and a child psychologist who specializes in the development of babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

That gut-wrenching feeling is natural, says Wittenberg. But parents shouldn’t fret. Kids often adapt quicker than we expect, and attending a daycare where your tot can interact with new kids, other people and new experiences can be a good thing.

“We know from the research that a good daycare is very positive for your baby’s growing independence, learning and socialization,” Wittenberg says.

But to make that leap, we’ve rounded up a few tips to smooth the transition to daycare for both parent and child.

Bring something famliar from home — like a stuffed animal or blanket — can help kids with daycare transition.Shutterstock


1. Bring something familiar.

A reminder of home will make those first few trips to daycare a little easier and provide comfort on difficult days. Wittenberg recommends “anything that smells like home” for babies. That might be a lovey, blanket or mom or dad’s T-shirt or other clothing item. A laminated family portrait that an older child can hold onto can help too.

2. Create a goodbye ritual.

Jennifer Davis, the head teacher of a 2-year-old class at Michigan State’s Child Development Lab and child care facility, recommends families create a consistent goodbye ritual to create a fuss-free drop off. That might mean giving a high-five, saying, “I love you,” or a kiss on both cheeks — whatever feels natural to the parent and child. “Make sure you do the same routine each time, so your child knows what to expect,” she says. This daily sendoff helps set a “limit for yourself too,” so you won’t be tempted to linger at the door, making the goodbye harder for you both.

3. Talk it through.

Even the youngest babies will benefit from parents talking through what this new thing called daycare is going to be like, says Wittenberg. For example, you can say, “Starting tomorrow, we’re going to drop you off at so-and-so’s and there are going to be other babies there, and you’re going to have lunch and play with these toys, and then after naptime and snack, I’m going to come pick you up.”

“The baby is picking up on the cadence and the emotional tone and they’re going to get a sense of reassurance,” says Wittenberg. “It gives them a sense of predictability and that everything’s going to be OK.”

Repeat the story once daycare starts for continued reassurance. Reading a picture book about going to daycare is another option, as is sharing a picture of the teacher or classroom.

4. Try a gradual start.

If possible, let your child ease in to daycare by starting him off with a part-time schedule.

“The ideal transition into daycare is one that is gradual, so maybe you’re going with them for an hour one day, and the next day, you’ll leave them there for 20 minutes to play while you go get a coffee,” says Wittenberg.

Many daycare providers will recommend a similar gradual start, beginning with either a couple of half days or starting on a Thursday, rather than Monday, so the child or baby doesn’t immediately plunge into a five-day-a-week, full-time schedule.


6. Create a night-before checklist.

Daycare veterans will likely tell you one of the hardest things is actually just remembering to pack all that stuff! Babies need bottles filled and labeled, bibs, pacifiers, crib sheets and more, not to mention diapers, wipes, extra sets of clothes and possibly lunches and snacks — oh, and don’t forget the check.

Post a daycare checklist near the front door or on your phone to help remember daily items, but also seasonal stuff like sunscreen and hats or boots and hats and mittens, advises Davis. Pack everything the night before and you might just minimize a bit of that morning chaos, improving everyone’s mood!

7. Do regular check-ins.

Letting someone else care for your baby can make many parents feel a loss of control. You might worry about how much they’re sleeping or wonder who their favorite friend is at daycare. Foster a rapport with the provider to make asking such questions easier. It’ll provide a better glimpse into their new world away from home — hopefully one that makes you both happy. “It goes back to communication,” says Davis. “At pickup and dropoff, you can have some of these conversations with the teacher.”

Don’t be afraid to ask the daycare for advice on how to ease this transition, says Wittenberg. “Daycare providers are just a wealth of knowledge,” she says. “Good ones will have ‘been there, done that,’ and will be able to walk you through some recommendations.”

8. Expect some tears.

It can take anywhere from one day to four weeks, depending on their temperament, for a child to adjust to daycare, says Wittenberg. Until then, you might see a few tears upon pickup.

“The kid has been saving it up all day. Everyone needs to decompress after a facing a new social situation and your baby can’t do it any other way but crying,” says Wittenberg. “It shouldn’t make you question your decision unless it goes on.”

Those tears are also an important milestone for growing children as they learn to adapt to different social situations where there might be different rules than at home. “It really helps them with flexibility and adaptation,” says Wittenber