January 10, 2019

Welcome to 2020!  I just love the feeling of what a new year brings: new beginnings, goals and reflections.  For those of you who know me know that I am a big believer in reflecting.  Don’t worry, I won’t write down all of my reflections from last year!  I am very much looking forward to all of what 2020 will bring to Parkside and sharing that with you!

In this week’s blog I have included information about the upcoming Pre-K registration (which will be happening in February), KidReports in Big Sur, assessments, as well as the soup recipe which our classrooms are making this month and we are having for snack!  In addition to all of these topics, I also want to ask for your feedback and guidance: as you know we have been trying to make the blog as meaningful as possible to our families.  I am wondering if you have some ideas on how to improve it?  Do we shorten it?  Should we publish it at a different time?  Are the classroom blogs helpful?  Please share your thoughts by either stopping by the office or e-mailing me at jvachon@parksideclc.com.

Parkside’s Pre-K registration is quickly approaching!  On January 30th you will receive a letter explaining what our Pre-K program offers and asking you if you plan to enroll your child at Parkside’s.  We are asking you to give us an answer BY February 28th.  This information will help us to plan accordingly for the summer and fall enrollment.  In addition to signing the form which states whether your child will or will not attend Parkside in the fall, there is a $100 registration which is given by the 28th of February.  This $100 will go towards your September tuition.  Please feel free to e-mail me or stop by the office with any questions!

Now that we are back to “normal” our Big Sur classroom is gearing up to start the pilot of KidReports this month!  We will start with a group of 5 parents and once we find ourselves successful with that group, we will extend it until all of our 20 families are participating.  Big Sur families, stay tuned for an e-mail from me inviting you to download the KidReports app!

I cannot believe we are nearing the end of our winter benchmark for assessments!  Our teachers are gearing up to complete your child’s assessment.  We will have your child’s assessment ready for you on February 13th!  On February 17th we have our shut down day, but we will not be offering parent/teacher conferences.  If you are interested in setting up a time to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss their assessment please stop by the office!

I am so excited for this month’s cooking activity!  The butternut squash soup will provide your child the opportunity to peel, cut and mash the ingredients for our soup.  Below is the recipe…I hope you hear delicious comments!


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, or you can use, ghee, olive oil or coconut oil
  • 4-5 cups butternut squash (1 med, cut into 1 in cubes)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery ribs, diced
  • 1 tart apple, such as a Granny Smith, diced (do not peel)
  • 3 cups chicken broth, vegetable broth, or water
  • Nutmeg, grated to garnish


  1. In an instant pot, set to sauté, add all ingredients but reserve the broth, and sauté vegetables for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add broth, place lid on and lock, switch setting to pressure on hi, set valve to seal, and time for 15 minutes. Once finished, allow to naturally release pressure or use quick release.
  3. Transfer to a large capacity blender (or process in two batches), purée for 30-60 seconds.
  4. Serve garnished with grated nutmeg.

Have a great weekend!