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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. In many states I believe this would be statutory rape. Although the age of consent in many places is 16, for those under 18 their partner cannot be more than 4 years older. I'm not sure of the laws in your state.
  9. Are you certain that the teacher wasn't just making some sort of unfortunate joke about her being under 18?
  10. I'm making stuffed shrimp tonight. It's my son's favorite and he recently broke his arm, so I'm indulging him a little. It's labor intensive and I would normally make it on a weekend. Not sure about the rest of the week yet.
  11. This is done differently here too. When the girls sell individually they take orders. The troop is then sent exactly the amount of boxes too fill the orders. If the troop decides they want to do a cookie booth they can order cases to sell from a "cookie cupboard." After the booth sale the unsold boxes are returned to the cookie cupboard.
  12. Wow - We received 25c per box no matter how many we sold or how many girls participated. 35c with no incentives.
  13. Agreed - We were happy when the girls realized that too and voted not to receive them in favor of the extra money.
  14. That's not how it is supposed to work. The troop gets a specific amount per box sold. Period. That amount can increase if the girls vote not to be awarded incentives but unless things have changed drastically it shouldn't matter how many girls participate.
  15. I was the cookie mom for my daughters troop for a number of years. We had 18 girls in the troop (give or take each year) and were active from kindergarten through 8th grade. Our troop was part of a service unit that included 30 or so other troops from our town. I mention this because it sounds like our GS cookie experience is very different from yours. First off most Daisy troops decide for themselves if they even want to sell cookies. Ours didn't - We just felt they were too little. Once they started selling some girls decided they didn't want to participate. Very few girls sell direct or pre-sales. Of the ones that have - 600 boxes would have been an enormous amount of cookies. Most troops don't even sell that much. Cookies that girls sell in the pre-sale are credited to those girls and those girls alone. We would also then do one or two cookie booths. Some girls only participated in the cookie booth sales. We would divide up all sales made from cookie booths and divide those boxes among the girls that participated. When they were younger they voted to be awarded the incentives (which included bandannas, water bottles, etc - whatever GS offered that year). Only girls that reached the corresponding amounts were awarded the incentives. As they grew older they decided they would forgo the incentives in favor of earning more money per box for the troop. Every girl that participated in selling was awarded a patch (not the badge unless they earned that). I will say again - we would never take boxes from one girl to give to another, especially if it affected the credits they were earning for summer camp. I'm not sure about the cookie ceremonies or incentive trip you mentioned because we didn't really have those things.
  16. Kids that would do this to your dc are not their friends. I think it is pretty normal for friend groups to evolve and change as kids grow. Most of the tween and teen drama I've seen centers around a kid who isn't accepting of this. Some kids have a bestie that remains their bestie for life but that isn't always the case. I know it can be hard and in this case the kids are being really rude, but hopefully your kids will come to realize that they don't really want to have much in common with people who act like this. Let them develop closer friendships with some of the other people they know and give them a chance to find others who value their friendship.
  17. I also say Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas - My all time favorite!
  18. My sister had this when she was about 10 - so around 30 years ago. At the time it required surgery but I'm not sure what modern treatments would be.
  19. In my experience this is fairly common. Kids who have any sort of intestinal or bladder issues usually can just excuse themselves and leave a class to go to the bathroom any time they want. All it takes is the parent speaking with the school nurse and getting permission. Sometimes a doctor's note is required. The nurse then makes the teachers aware and it's not really a big deal. The teacher can tell who is abusing the privilege and who isn't. Sometimes kids who have more serious issues are allowed to use the closest bathroom even if it is a teacher's bathroom or sometimes they will always go to the nurse's office for more privacy.
  20. My daughter went to camp with a girl named Maple. Her twin sister is Harvest.
  21. That is the way it is at most schools here because those students in CP classes are for the most part going on to some form of college. There are so many public vocational and magnet options that students who have no interest in college or academics usually take a different path. I know plenty of plumbers, electricians, landscapers, hvac folks, hairdressers, etc but I can't think of one that went to their public high school. They all went to a vocational high school.
  22. This is not how it is near me, and most of the suburban public high schools around here are similar. over 95% of the class going on to college and the top tier heading to ivies and top tier schools each year. The only students I see getting tutoring assistance are students truly falling behind in a subject and that is when after class extra assistance from the teacher isn't enough. If a student handed in a paper that someone else had edited first they would most likely get a zero.
  23. I didn't know it was a documentary.
  24. My kids' last day before break is the 22nd and they return on Jan 2nd, so 10 days including the weekends. It is basically they same as when I was a kid, we always went up until the day before Christmas eve and then returned the day after New Year's Day.
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