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March 13, 2020

Happy Friday the 13th!

               I read a meme over the weekend that said “we’re losing an hour of sleep Saturday night, a full moon is this week, and Friday the 13th is this week”!  Wow!  What a busy, crazy week it has been.  Have you felt like you have stumbled through this week while trying to adjust to this time change and all of the news of the Cornavirus?  I absolutely love having daylight at the end of the day, but waking up in the morning is a bit difficult.  I hope if you or your child has struggled with this adjustment then hopefully this weekend will help!  In this week’s blog I have an update about the Coronavirus, playground in the spring, and the plastic bag ban in April, and looking ahead to next week’s blog.

               This week I sent a letter out regarding the Corona virus and how Parkside is making preparations on how we can continue to uphold the highest safety and cleanliness standards to protect the children and staff.  As a parent myself, I understand how hearing all of the precautions and warnings announced daily or when we have to search for items that we never thought we would run out of.  As I am writing this blog, I am simply trying to remind myself that in a situation such as this we can only be prepared for what we know about his.  Therefore, we are going to continue to keep communicating with you.  I welcome any suggestions that you may have or any new information that can be helpful to our program to be shared with me.

               When leaving the center at the end of the day, there is a distinct smell of MUD!!!  I was talking with a parent this week who asked if we could power wash their child’s clothing when leaving the playground?   I completely here the love/hate relationship we have with mud and spring in Maine.  Please know that our approach with the mud on the playground is simply looking at how much the kids love playing in it.  I am sure many of you have had to wash your child’s outerwear several times a week over the past couple of weeks.  I hope you have the opportunity to see your child play!  I have had some conversations with parents about what they dress their child in:

A light/warm jacket

Rain/snow pants

Winter/puddle boots

Hat

Mittens

               Plastic bag ban begins April 15th!  I would like every child to have a reusable bag for us to place all wet and soiled clothing in.  We are quickly running out of the plastic bags at the center and do not plan to use any bags for wet or soiled clothing.  If you have any questions about this new protocol please come and talk with your child’s teacher.

               Next week our Miss Allison is taking a trip to visit her mom and grandmother.  As one may know, I have very limited technology skills.   Therefore, next week instead of having blog posts, you will see 9 different Facebook posts: 8 of them will be of the classroom and 1 from me.

Have a great weekend,

Jen