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  1. My religion is Reform Judaism and I have no issue with attending events in churches. I've been to numerous weddings, baptisms and funerals, and I've even been a bridesmaid a number of times in church weddings. I've never met another Jewish person who would have had any issues either, excluding Orthodox Jews. To be honest though, I've had very limited exposure to Orthodox Jews.
  2. OK - I finally got mine today from Amazon. I do like them - They actually look like jeans if you hide the wide waist band. I'm 5'10" and I ordered the 14 long. The length is great and they are comfortable. Thanks for the recommendation!
  3. I actually usually order them for him at American Eagle. He doesn't like rips though and the options without them are more limited.
  4. Ok, Well I just ordered a pair for myself. I've actually been shopping on-line for jeans for my son who is a 32 x 36 and can't easily find jeans in stores, but he can wait.
  5. He has always been a favorite of mine -- so sad!
  6. Here I've only ever seen it done to trees and only on "mischief night," which is the evening before Halloween. Usually only a few houses get hit or a specific block or neighborhood. It doesn't seem any more or less than when I was a kid.
  7. I have worked for many years for a company that has sold materials to and donated items to libraries. Once items are donated the library can use them in many ways, including using as "premiums" or incentives for donations. But the monies should benefit the library or the donee, not another organization. The materials themselves can be passed along to another charitable organization but requesting money on behalf of a second organization gets murky. Also you need to determine if that other organization has a not-for profit status. If not, donations can be solicited, but most states have a law that for profit organizations requesting donations have to clearly state that they are for-profit organizations (usually in writing) at the time and place of the solicitation.
  8. Free pre-K at the elementary school here is only for special/high needs students and a few "peer mentors" per class. They will take all the students that qualify as special needs but the peer mentor slots are limited. We do not have Head Start in our town, but there is another non-profit program that factors in need as well as many private preschools. I don't understand altering the vaccination schedule. Here the kindergarten cut off is Dec 31st so many students are not yet 5 when they begin kindergarten. We just continue on the regular vaccination schedule submitting the updated forms after the most recent dr visit. No need to move a November annual visit to July, most insurance wouldn't even pay for that. I can't imagine a school making that requirement.
  9. My Experience is similar and I have parents and grandparents with college degrees. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that People chose not to go to college. I thought it was just the track you were placed in. After middle school kids who weren't serious academically always went to one of the vocational high schools. Every person who works in a trade that I know graduated from a vocational high school program of some sort. Those that remained in the public high school or went off to an expensive prep school went to college. I've never met someone who went to any sort of a trade school school after high school. I expect my kids to go to college because I know that they need a degree to get a job that will adequately support them. I would have been fine with them going the trade route but they are in public high school now, not vocational high school, so they are past that decision in my eyes.
  10. Oh, and I am not a librarian. For 26 years I've worked for a company that works with libraries across the country. At the time I opened the account I also volunteered in my dc's school library on a weekly basis.
  11. Every time I see your name I think "right here," because I have a Cairn Terrier that looks just like the Toto in the movie.
  12. We don't have student led conferences here and from the description it doesn't sound like they would go over well with parents in my community. That being said, do you have other access to the work they do, either through Power School or Google classroom or another on-line platform? While some parents I know are fine with hearing that everything is great and there are no issues, others are in constant contact with the school and teachers. If you considered this "conference" a non-conference then look at it as an extra meeting. Can't you e-mail and/or call to schedule another appointment to talk about your child. I know some parents that constantly e-mail teachers with questions or ask for calls. Some just pop in after class. In my experience teachers have always been great about responding. Teachers here are mandated to send an e-mail home to parents every quarter outlining how their students are doing and providing a general overview, from kindergarten through 12th grade. If they will not come to you, you will have to go to them.
  13. This is how it is here, at least in my state. The only difference is that the kids go to a separate trade school to concentrate on their trade rather than the regular public high school. There are so many vocational opportunities but students graduating from these high schools still often have the opportunity to go to college upon graduation if that is what they desire. I graduated in 87 from a small suburban high school and took Calculus. It was a full sized class (maybe 25). We had a variety of classes at every level and in my dc's small suburban high school I see even more choices and levels including remedial classes (which are double block period of math, not actually called remedial), CP classes, honors classes and APs.. Sometimes you do see students doubling up on math to reach Calculus if they never took Algebra in 8th and feel ready to do so. The thing that always feels very different to me when reading threads like this is that as a student you could take, and can take, any class you like unless you are missing a pre-requisite. Schools just suggest levels and placements they do not mandate them.
  14. I always enjoy it with a classic wedge salad. If the soup serving size is a bowl, there isn't much more you need, especially with chocolate lava cakes for dessert.
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