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  1. Good questions! The hills are 750 above sea level, the city itself and our home is at around 450 feet above sea level. The firing site is at 715 feet above sea level.
  2. The city next to us is doing fireworks from a new site this year. We are less than three miles away. There are hills 750 feet high between us close to the firing site. Also, there are hills 650 feet high in between next to us. Do we stand a chance? What about if we go up to a spot in the close by hills 600 feet high? Today at 2:23 pm 0 replies
  3. Well, yes. The confused part applies in the same sense to each of my kids’s identities also. They are Spanish, but how Spanish are they? They are Sri Lankan, but how Sri Lankan are they? Then we have the intersection of British identity for my English born kid. She is British, but to what degree when she left at age three? My youngest is American born, and both are growing up in the USA, how does that play in all this? How all these parts of themselves interconnect gets complicated due to the lack of peers with whom to relate. They do share commonalities with other Desi kids, and are friendly and friends with some of them. My youngest keeps dancing kathak in part because she has a group of friends there that are important to her. It’s just that they don’t fit in completely because we are not your typical Desi family. They do share some commonalities with Mexican kids, and are friendly and friends with some, but again they don’t fit in completely for the same reasons. We do live in a diverse neighborhood, and they have friends of many varieties. We value those friendships. All of that doesn’t make up for the feeling that there is no one like them. Hence the emphasis on confused, because for them, it’s just complicated. ETA It doesn’t mean my kids don’t live happy fulfilled lives. They do. The just would like to meet someone with the same cultural background to crack jokes about starting the new year both with chocolate con churros and chicken curry and kiribath. 😊
  4. I think there’s a range of language proficiency even within families. My oldest has always had stronger Spanish speaking skills than my youngest. In part due to interest/ability, in part due to place in the family. My youngest grew up with an older sibling with whom to speak English at home, my oldest didn’t. My oldest has a best friend of Chinese descent (Taiwan on dad’s side, Hong Kong on mom’s) and her Chinese is very basic despite her mom’s attempts. She and her brother even attended Chinese school at some point but they dropped out because they couldn’t keep up.
  5. My kids are definitely confused. My husband is a Sri Lankan Tamil, and I am a white Spaniard. They are yet to meet anybody else with that particular heritage. My oldest looks Indian, while my youngest has a more ethnically ambiguous look. There are large groups of kids in their schools of both Indian and Mexican heritage, and although those groups share similarities with our cultural make up, there are also a lot of differences. Their families tend to socialize with each other outside school too so that kind of leaves my kids on the outside.
  6. My dh grew up with three languages. At home, his mom talked to him in Tamil, the family’s mother tongue, a minority language in his home country. His dad used English, the ex colonial language. They lived in an area where Sinhalese, the majority language, was predominant. At school, he had subjects in all three languages. At the age of 17 he left his home country, and has lived in majority English speaking countries since. His entire university education and professional career have been carried out exclusively in English, but he can still speak his other two languages. He has obviously lost some vocabulary and fluency because he hardly uses them. He can still read both although with some difficulties, both have different scripts. And writing in either of them has not been tested for many years.
  7. He does. They are just plain old cheap earbuds. That’s why I was thinking good quality noise canceling earbuds would be helpful.
  8. I am glad the OP’s issue seems to be resolving. I would love to pick your brain. In our case, my husband is hearing sensitive, working from home, and our younger daughter needs to practice her instruments, especially piano. Because our older daughter is also working from home, next to the piano due to Ethernet cable issues, and taking and making calls for work, our younger daughter only has a short time frame to play, but then my husband asks her to stop if he is in a conference call even though he is upstairs and behind closed doors. We also have neighbor teens who workout in their garage and their bass bothers him a lot too. We did talk with them and tuned it down a bit but the bass is still somewhat annoying. In the ear would be preferable rather than the heavy headphone type. Earbuds would work for my husband best probably. Modest budget but needs to be effective. Thank you so much! 😊
  9. My public school kid so far has not changed her AP plans for next year. She is planning to take two, and she took two this year as well. As far as I am aware, she knows of no cheating. I think her friends were too scared by the fact that their teachers will read their exams to try anything. I hope that if there is a need for remote exams next year, that the exams go back to the normal format.
  10. I had an online conversation where several people were claiming voter fraud because some US born who had acquired Canadian citizenship had received ballots. They claimed you lost US citizenship when you acquired a second one, therefore they could not vote. Even when I cited the relevant State Department quotes, they still didn’t want to believe that you actually couldn’t just lose your citizenship and that you actually had to formally renounce it.
  11. I am not going into the essence of that statement, but students can still submit SATs and have them considered in their admissions for the classes of 21 and 22, who are the ones who realistically may have been preparing already.
  12. String hoppers are eaten using the same finger technique as with rice and curry. My husband is Sri Lankan.
  13. Oh, my! Are we talking the Poway Unified Westview? If so, my daughter attends the other “lesser” PQ high school and has several Westview friends. The academics are the same in both schools, but Westview has a lot more hard core academic tiger families and kids are more pressured to take a higher number of APs in any given year while also engaging in time consuming extracurricular activities and leadership positions. At the end of the day though, there is no real difference in what colleges kids end up. Kids with equivalent academic rigor etc end up being accepted to the same colleges regardless of the high school attended.
  14. If a student has a good SAT score it can only benefit to submit. They have gone test optional, not blind, for the nest two years.
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