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  1. hitchhiker

    cherry / 119 posts

    @Adira: The lack of info is terrible. Until a few weeks ago, we had heard absolutely nothing since dropping off paperwork in May. When we called, the office said they were still processing paperwork. Then last week we checked in again, and they said they had no record of us, and could we resubmit everything. This sent me into a tailspin, since I was going to have to get all new medical paper work (note to self: make copies!!). Then a few hours later they said they found our paper work in a drawer. They said they are mailing us all of the info about after care and school supplies, etc., but it still hasn't arrived?! Luckily my husband dropped by one day and got at least some of that info, but it's all a little too disorganized for me to handle.

  2. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30400 posts

    @hitchhiker: Ugh, that sounds like a nightmare! My best friend is a teacher in the district and she was able to at least look up my son and see that he IS registered and in the system, so that's a relief! I e-mailed the principal of our school to ask some info and her response was basically "You should have asked those at Orientation, but we'll be back in the office on August 21st". Ugh. So definitely not hearing anything before that, that's for sure!

  3. Silva

    pomelo / 5705 posts

    I'm sorry you are all dealing with this disorganization, but I have to say it makes me feel a little better! We've been having all kinds of trouble with communication around getting my daughter enrolled in art and music at the school and I was starting to feel like it was a little personal or that they were making assumptions about me as a homeschooler! Maybe its just all chaos!

    We did find out that the specials schedule is a 4-day one, so the days of the week that my daughter goes to school won't be consistent. This is pretty annoying, and it seems like a weird choice for them to make because it doesn't offer the kids a lot of consistency or predictability, but whatever. We can work around it.

  4. mdf106

    kiwi / 687 posts

    We received a postcard with information last week, or the week before. Today the school texted, e-mailed, and left a phone message with the same information (and did the same to DH). At least they are making an effort.

  5. lindseykaye

    persimmon / 1343 posts

    Oh man I feel for all of you who are in limbo or waiting on communication. Reading your posts makes me feel very lucky that we have had as much info as we have which seems like it's connected to the small charter school setting vs. public school. I hope you all get more communication soon!!

    Open house is next Friday , 8/10 and I am excited to meet her teachers, let LO see the classroom again, and possibly meet some other students and *fingers crossed* some she knows from last year on the playground will still be there. So far none of her classmates from VPK at the same school are staying on for Kinder.

  6. Mrs. Carrot

    blogger / persimmon / 1372 posts

    For anyone who has kiddos coming out of pre-K right into K - are you giving them any time off in between or doing anything special? Our Pre-K is year round, daycare style, and we'll be off the day before K officially starts on the 28th to do the school's open house, but we're thinking about also taking the previous Friday off, have her last day be that Thursday and doing something fun/special. Wondering what others may be thinking.

  7. Adira

    wonderful pomelo / 30400 posts

    @Mrs. Carrot: For us Kindergarten starts on the 5th, and his last day of Pre-K/Daycare will be the 31st, so he'll have the weekend, Labor Day, plus Tuesday off before he starts K. So... not a ton of time off, but the Daycare really isn't the school format during the summer - they have a ton of fun stuff going on that he won't want to miss. Plus once he starts real school, he'll be in summer camp during the summer, so no real breaks anyway except vacations...

  8. hitchhiker

    cherry / 119 posts

    @Mrs. Carrot: We start on 9/4, and are taking off 8/30 and 8/31 to do some fun stuff. Mostly it's an excuse for me to take a couple days off work, but I wanted to give her a little break, too.

    My husband and I are also taking off 9/4 to celebrate the first day of K as a parenting milestone. I heard a podcast recently that suggested it was important to celebrate your own parenting milestones in order to not put too many of your own emotions into your kid's milestones (e.g., moms crying at K dropoff). I liked the idea, so we are going for it.

  9. Becky

    apricot / 477 posts

    We’re not doing anything special in between. We’re going on vacation all next week, and school starts 9/6, so technically Labor Day could be our special day off.

    We just got our teacher assignment and it’s a neighbor we just started seeing socially! She came over for a bbq the same day we got our letter in the mail. She used to work at the local Montessori school and thought she would stay there forever, but started working in the public schools a few years ago. The first time we met her we talked about how strong our district is and how the alternative schools are struggling to stay alive because the public school is doing such a good job of incorporating different learning opportunities. She does yoga in the classroom and takes them out sometimes twice a day. Needless to say I am so relieved!

    We have a supply drop off and bus orientation on 8/30, so now the only thing I’m still nervous about is getting myself organized enough to pack good lunches!

  10. erinbaderin

    grapefruit / 4289 posts

    We’re going straight from full-time daycare to kindergarten, although we do have some fun stuff planned for the next few weeks - a day at an amusement park and a long weekend at the cottage. Still waiting to hear on his class - actually I’ve realized I have no idea how we even find out. We did find out that a neighbour who B likes goes to the school he’ll now be attending - he’s going into SK, so I’ve emailed the school to see if B can be in the same class, and have my fingers crossed.

    @Becky: I’m dreading having to pack lunches!

  11. Mrs. Carrot

    blogger / persimmon / 1372 posts

    @hitchhiker: I love the idea of celebrating your own milestones! Definitely will talk to hubby about that.

    @erinbaderin we're in the same boat with class assignments. I heard from the school that we won't find out until the open house, which is the day before school starts! And our bus info is supposedly coming to us the week before school starts. We're in a huge school district so I think this is the norm but for first timers, it's definitely anxiety inducing.

  12. Charm54

    cantaloupe / 6869 posts

    @Mrs. Carrot: I’m a teacher so have been off with both girls all summer... we’ve been doing lots of special stuff and it feels even more special knowing it’s C’s last summer before school. We have a week at the beach and her birthday party before school starts and I know she’s really looking forward to that.

    We found out her teacher and she is fantastic. She knows several kids in the class from daycare so that is great too.

    I actually will be working in her classroom on and off throughout the year as a Literacy coach ... I’m going to try and avoid being in that class for the month of September as I think it might make her transition harder.

    I’ve started buying school supplies, lunch bags, etc ... I can’t believe it’s almost Sept

  13. rattles

    grapefruit / 4814 posts

    DD’s new teacher called today to introduce herself to me and say hello to DD, which she really loved. L’s been excited but nervous, and I think hearing that her teacher was friendly and equally excited helped put her at ease. We go in to see the classroom and meet the teacher in person on Monday evening, and school starts Wednesday. It’s been an awesome summer, but I feel like it’s flown! I’m dreading getting back into a school routine!

  14. mrsbookworm

    pear / 1794 posts

    Can’t believe school is starting already! We just moved back to the states from Europe on Sunday. I registered DS for kindergarten today. Luckily, they were really nice even though we missed all their deadlines. They have an orientation day that starts with the child and a parent getting picked up by the bus and brought to school. Then, each student goes to their classroom with their teacher while the parents meet with the administrators. The bus returns you home again. We received a school supply list and we’re supposed to bring it to orientation. I guess so the kids don’t have to carry everything?
    Hopefully the first day will be fabulous for all!

  15. Corduroy

    grapefruit / 4739 posts

    @mrsbookworm: I was just wondering when we’re supposed to bring school supplies in. DD needs 6 reams of paper plus lots of bulky things (tissue boxes, paper towel rolls) I know she can’t carry it and I’m going to have trouble walking it to school.

  16. JCCovi

    apricot / 377 posts

    We had our parents-info night last night! It was mostly logistics and we didn’t meet their teachers but at least we know what supplies to send! At our private school all they are asking for is a bag, lunch, snack, and water bottle. They will be providing a ‘take-home’ folder to send notes and stuff home. I was definitely told at my campus tour last winter there would be no homework for K but it sure sounds like a homework folder so we’ll see!

    I did meet a couple other parents and even found a carpool buddy for 2 days a week. I wasn’t looking for one but it’s actually going to make my life way easier!

  17. mdf106

    kiwi / 687 posts

    We had meet the teacher day today. We saw his classroom and met the teacher, who is very young and in her second year of teaching. The supplies we bought through the PTA are already there. We are planning to have DS buy lunch, so the only additional things we need are a backpack (we have a Mario one), a water bottle, and a snack (we are planning on a banana). Lunch is at 10:30, so he might not be too hungry. Everything was labeled with his full name, while he goes by a nickname, so they will change that. We should be able to do a birthday celebration some time next week, but they prefer no food.

    Our school district seems to start earlier than the surrounding school districts, I am not sure why.

    @hitchhiker: I am also taking off the first day of school.

  18. Alba4

    nectarine / 2728 posts

    @rattles: that’s so cool!

    We find out my DS’ teacher on the 17th. There is a school wide open house the afternoon before school starts.

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