October 26, 2017

Hello Parkside Families,

Wow, it was a chilly week!  It’s amazing how quickly the weather changes within a week.   I was driving home the other day and noticed the difference with the changing of the leaves between the weekend and this week: now the trees are beginning to lose their leaves and the colors are not nearly as vibrant as they were.  I don’t know about you, but I look to this season change with mixed feelings!  Regardless, it is time to be prepared to bundle up when going outside.  Please make sure your child is a winter jacket, hats, mittens and boots too!  Although the ground has been dry, children have been coming inside because their feet are cold. 

Halloween is this Wednesday!  We have a fun and silly day planned!  Please bring your child to Parkside WEARING their costume!  We will have a costume parade beginning at 9:30.  We will create a large conga line and weave through the classrooms so we can show our fun costumes to our friends.  Please make sure your child does not wear any masks, as these can scare some of our younger friends.  After the parade, we will place your child’s costume in their cubby for them to take home.  We will have a pumpkin smoothie for a snack, which the kids will make!  I have included the recipe for the pumpkin smoothie as well!

Pumpkin Smoothie in a Cup:

Ingredients: 2/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

4 tbsp canned pumpkin

2 tsp brown sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg

Stir all ingredients together in a bowl.  Serve. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. 

Please remember not to bring candy to Parkside; this is because of safety reasons with choking hazards and allergies.  At the end of this blog is an article about Halloween safety!

Beginning November 5th, we will begin our annual food drive.  We will have baskets available in the lobby for you to place non-perishable items in.  Our food drive will continue until November 15th, which then we will deliver the items to a local food bank.  Please stop by the office or ask your teachers for any help!

I read an article the other day about adult’s stress level increases over the next month.  I could relate to hearing this, mostly because there are a lot of events to remember!  Therefore, I want to make sure everyone knows the upcoming dates for the next months:

Wednesday, October 31st: Halloween!

Wednesday, November 21st: Parkside is CLOSED for Teacher training!

Thursday and Friday, November 23rd  and 24th: Parkside Closed for Thanksgiving and the day after

Tuesday, December 18th: Parkside concert!

Monday, December 24th and 25th: Parkside CLOSED for Christmas Eve and Christmas

Monday and Tuesday, December 31st and January 1st: Parkside CLOSED for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Tuition updates for 2019:  I have been reviewing our tuition and updating our pamphlet for 2019.  You should have the new pamphlet within the next few weeks! 

Have a great weekend,


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​Halloween Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help them have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Feel free to excerpt these tips or use them in their entirety for any print or broadcast story, with acknowledgment of source. 


  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
  • Have flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
  • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
  • Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
    • Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
    • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
    • Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
    • Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
    • If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
    • Never cut across yards or use alleys.
    • Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out of driveways.
    • Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!

You can find the this whole article at:  https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx