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  1. Bittersweet. It’s beautiful that those students could help and make a real difference in the teacher’s life. At the same time, having witnessed my sister’s demise to ALS, I can’t stop thinking that it might not be that helpful for very long.
  2. Guatemalans eat their main Christmas meal on Christmas Eve like people in so may other Spanish speaking countries, so you may want to make it a little special, perhaps by serving tamales? Then I would do a traditional American Christmas meal on Christmas Day itself.
  3. I My favorite podcasts are Hidden Brain, Rough Translation, and Freakonomics Radio. Get well!
  4. Thank you, ladies, for your replies. I understand the reasoning. I was hoping there would be other ways of proving that the car could be released to her. By the time my husband reached his destination and sent the notarized authorization, overnight fees applied. @Bambam What are the advantages of the car title being solely in the child’s name?
  5. My 23 year old got her car towed in Las Vegas today. When she went to retrieve it, they refused because the title is on her father’s name. They are asking for a notarized letter with his authorization for my daughter. Unfortunately he just left on a business trip. He will not be able to do any for a few hours. Trying to avoid overnight fees on top of the current fees. I called them and offered to email the scan of title of the vehicle as well as my husband’s drivers license. They said that was no good! Can they actually do that? Does anyone know?
  6. I have the Horrible Histories Dumb Ways to Die segments in my head right now!
  7. One other thing to think about is the requirements of the overseas program. Will he actually have the time to do everything that needs to be done? I have read that some programs discourage contact with home so that the student can fully immerse himself in the host language and culture. I would find out if that’s the case and how that would work with SA application plans etc. Good luck!
  8. My older daughter took the Spanish with Listening, but I am afraid she doesn’t remember details, it was 8 years ago!
  9. I think tutoring fees are, among other factors such as subject, level, and tutor experience, very much influenced by geographical location. I would ask around what the local rate is. You can also check local prices at or other tutoring businesses.
  10. I felt similarly at times when my oldest would leave for college, even though she was only 90 miles down the road. I am enjoying her now again that she is back home, working, and saving for grad school. Trying not to dwell on the fact that she may leave again in a year or two. I have both my girls at home right now, and that is lovely. The fact that this is your youngest probably compounds your feelings. I get emotional sometimes thinking about the day my youngest will leave who knows how far when she graduates high school in 2022.
  11. I know that you are being funny, but the sad truth is there are still places like this in rural India and Nepal, and it is absolutely terrible.
  12. My high schooler needs it for a school assignment. She knows how to use iMovie but we have no current access to Macs. Please hit me up with your recommendations!
  13. My high schooler needs it for a school assignment. She knows how to use iMovie but we have no current access to Macs. Please hit me up with your recommendations!
  14. I think it depends on the rigor and time commitment required. I have a child that is in marching band and also takes piano lessons with an annual exam. I have to say that for her, the school band requires a lot more work. Five 70 minute class periods weekly all school year with graded assessments, with mandatory home practice. Outside school hours, during Marching band season she has a weekly 3 hour rehearsal, a one hour or longer sectional, a 30 minute weekly private lesson, plus football games, parades, and tournaments, which are huge time suckers. Concert band season is less time consuming, other than class and home practice, they have a couple of concerts and competitions outside school hours. Kids like her who are in the top band group also have a weekly 3 hour orchestra rehearsal. Piano consists of a weekly 45 minute private piano class and home practice, several recitals, and an annual external exam. Band earns her school credit, but only for her in class time. No extra credit for rehearsal, competitions, private lessons, etc. That I guess is the extracurricular part of band. Piano is strictly an extracurricular. She can include the exams taken as well as the honors earned at those exams.
  15. Usually at the end of the school year. That’s when you can make schedule change requests. She will try to accommodate but that depends on the slot being already available or someone switching or needing another change. ETA That’s when she will let you know if the schedule change is initiated by her. If you have requested changes, sometimes she is not able to get back to you until a couple of weeks before the school year because she is still trying to fit all the other changes and pieces of the puzzle.
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