By now many of us have visited a handful of schools. Maybe you already know which ones are your top choices, or maybe, like me, you're still confused.
To help sort through my confusion, over the weekend our family made the trip to Corte Madera to attend a book fair at Marin Country Day School. As my husband pulled the car out of our garage, I looked at the time. En route, we passed by Alice Fong Yu; we had been in the car for 12 minutes at that point. We then inched through some traffic on 19th Avenue, and zipped across the Golden Gate. After 40 minutes, we arrived at MCDS.
The drive was actually pleasant. Free to Be You and Me was blaring on the stereo; the kids were relaxed and quiet; my husband and I actually got to talk. What concerned me more was the CO2 our Volkswagen Jetta, which was supposed to get good mileage but doesn't due to SF's hilly terrain, was spewing into the air. Ever since I saw an Inconvenient Truth and read Elizabeth Kolbert's New Yorker series, "The Climate of Man," I get a guilty feeling every time I'm in the car.
Once we pulled into the parking lot, my guilt subsided. My children hopped out of the car and ran around on an expansive soccer field that sits right on San Francisco Bay. The day was glorious and it felt good to be out of the city. We walked over to the book fair, where a wide selection of new and used books were for sale. I found a load of used Boxcar Children books for Alice and my husband bought me a beautiful new cookbook, Chocolate & Zucchini, by my favorite blogger, Clotilde Dusoulier.
We spent most of our time playing at the kindergartener's playground. Alice and Sam ran in and out of a little red barn, climbed a tree, and walked along a dry creek bed. No doubt, they enjoyed themselves. My husband and I talked to some other parents. All very nice, down-to-earth people.
The point of this post is to say that if you're seriously considering a school, you ought to go to more than a tour. Many of the independent schools offer events specifically designed for prospective parents. With the public schools, it's a little harder. You have to dig and make some phone calls—as they don't send out fliers alerting you of events. To help you out, I've tracked down some upcoming events at independent and public schools (be sure to call ahead to confirm dates and times). And if you know of others, post them in the comments section and I'll add them to my list. Thanks!
School choir performance, Thursday, November, 1–1:45 p.m.
Silent auction in March
Winter Fair, Wednesday, December 5, 6 p.m.
Winter Peace Assembly, December 14, morning
Posadas, Friday, December 14, 6 p.m.; singalong, potluck
Winter Celebration, Thursday, December 6, evening
Winter Singalong, Thursday, December 13, evening (tentative; check back first week in December)
Kinder Info Night, Thursday, November 29, 6–7 p.m.
Open House, Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.–noon; Informal setting in the
library with talks from the Principal, PTA officers, on-going school tours and Q&As
International Potluck and Talent Show, Friday, November 16, 5:00 p.m.
Movie Night, Thursday, November 8, 5:30 p.m.; movie and dinner for $2
Open House, Tuesday, November 13, 7–9 p.m. (adults only)
All school open house, Saturday, December 8, 1–3 p.m. (adults and children)
Open House, Saturday, December 1, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.