May/June 2018
Dates to Remember

May 4th  
May tuition due  (4 weeks)
May 10th
P.A.B. Meeting 6:30 p.m.
May 28th 
No School (Memorial Day)
June 7th
End of the Year School Picnic
June 13th
Last Day of 2017-18
School Year
June 18th
1st Day of Summer Camp

25th GALA Celebration a HUGE Success!

What an evening to remember…great food, music-provided by CMP parent Cory Swadley and his band The Lower 5th, and, best of all, the auction/bids that earned money for the parking lot. There was an amazing Tribute Video that brought tears and laughs to many eyes.  It touched the heart of all present, and we would like to share it with all of you. We are still working on getting it up, but are planning on making it available on the CMP website to view! Watch the Countryside Families Facebook page for an update.

The event raised $2000.00+, and was enjoyed by many.

Thank you to all who helped out, attended, donated, and shared to the tribute page.

SPECIAL THANKS to:  Lucy McLellan, our MC for the evening, and Video Master Jen Reagles & Erin Vincent – co-chairs and creators of this wonderful event.

A special new logo, celebrating CMP’s 25th year was designed and presented to Patty and Debby by Hallie Zillman.  CMP plans to have t-shirts created and for sale soon.  Stay tuned for more info!

End of the Year School Picnic

June 7th at 5:30 p.m.

Bring the family and a picnic dinner to celebrate
the end of the year on the backyard playground.
(No rain date)

Want to still give or donate time before the end of the
school year?  You still can!

*  K-cups for teachers (any flavor!)
*  Rotatill the gardens
*  Adopt a planter- there are 5 total.  Any great annual
is appreciated, the bigger, the brighter, the better!
*  Ask your child’s classroom teachers if they are in need
of anything…

Study Confirms Putting Kids To Bed Earlier Is Better For Mom’s Mental Health


When I was pregnant with my first child, a friend’s dad told me “congratulations, you’ll never sleep again.” I laughed, and naively thought that my kid would be different.

Two kids later and sleep ranks up there with potty training as one of the toughest aspects of parenting. Nobody seems to get enough, and the struggle is daily.

Early To Bed Is Best For Everyone Involved
But a study confirms why all those bedtime battles are indeed worth it. When kids go to bed early, they are healthier and mom is happier.

This may seem like common sense, but science has confirmed its truth with the Growing Up in Australia study, during which researchers tracked thousands of families beginning in 2004. Every two years, these families took part in a series of interviews that allowed researchers to check in on the state of their physical and mental health.

Analyzing the sleep and lifestyle data they collected, researchers found that children with early bedtimes—those asleep by 8:30 p.m.—had “better health-related quality of life.” And their moms had improved mental health, too.

Jon Quach, the lead author of the study, spoke to Today about the findings. “So mums and dads, getting kids to bed early is not just great for them. It’s good for you, too,” he said.

Makes sense to me. There’s nothing quite as sweet as the silence that falls on my house shortly after 8 p.m. That evening quiet time is a gift. A space in the day to recharge, relax and watch “The Bachelor” in peace.

Having kids is a mental and physical feat. When you add the mental load of jobs, marriage, home maintenance and some semblance of self-care to the list, it’s no wonder parents have some excess stress and fatigue in their lives.

Kids Who Go To Bed Earlier Tend To Sleep Longer
In addition to happy mommies, there are some real benefits to children as well. A U.S. poll featured on the National Institutes of Health website suggests that children who go to bed earlier also sleep longer.

And kids need a lot of sleep. Just look at this chart from the National Sleep Foundation, which shows the recommended number of hours of sleep kids should get each night: (link to original article and charts)

What Can We Do To Get Our Kids To Bed Earlier?
First of all, researchers say we need to limit before-bed screen time. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the blue light emitted from screens can delay the release of sleep-inducing melatonin, increase alertness and reset the body’s internal clock to a later schedule. Yikes!

To be safe, they recommend a digital curfew that would limit the use of TV, tablets, phones and computers one to two hours before bedtime.

The National Sleep Foundation also recommends a consistent bedtime routine. In our house, this includes a soothing bath and a good book. But whatever you choose to incorporate into your bedtime routine, know that a regular routine can set you and your child up for success. And this can start as early as infancy, so the sooner you can establish a routine, the better!

Other helpful hints for a good night’s sleep include ensuring your kids get plenty of exercise during the day, avoiding caffeine and keeping their rooms dark.

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