Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Live Oak Open House

Over the weekend, our family loaded into the wagon and headed to Potrero Hill for the Live Oak Open House. It was a short and unstressful drive.

We arrived right on time and the school was already packed with teachers, families, and kids. Alice was initially overwhelmed but once she spotted her best friend from preschool she was entirely at ease. The two little girls scurried about as if they owned the place. In the kindergarten room, they cuddled in a nook under the stairs of a loft. They played grocery store with a play cash register and they painted pictures. Alice spelled her name incorrectly across her picture—and I felt so comfortable that I didn't even care. Parents with children at Live Oak have been telling me that their school is laid-back, and at this open house, I really felt it.

We ended up in the art room where Alice plopped down on a stool next to the teacher and made a "theater book." This time she spelled her name correctly. She probably sat there for 30 minutes, cutting and gluing and drawing. At work in this great big art studio, Alice seemed all grown up.

The open house was meant to get Alice acquainted with the school before her screening in January. It also reassured me that Alice is ready for kindergarten. It took her only 10 or 15 minutes to warm up to a school that's probably 50 times as big as her current preschool. As she was bopping around in the kindergarten room, it really started to sink in that my little girl will be going off to school next year.

8 comments:

  1. I was also at the Open House and I get the same feeling from the school. It's just really comfortable. The parents seem friendly and down-to-earth. There's nothing stuffy about this place. And it seems like the kids are having lots of fun while also learning.

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  2. I was at the Open House too and I also liked the overall feeling of the school. But I also got a little scared because there were so many many people at the event. And I've heard there are only like 12 spaces for incoming kindergartners.

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  3. I felt out of place among the Live Oak parents. They seemed so tall and blond and well put-together compared to us.

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  4. ^ Great! You're in!

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  5. Funny - my husband said he felt uncomfortable because so many of the other parents looked hipper (tattoos, hipster t-shirts) than he did.

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  6. Could it be that the well put-together people were the parents of current students and the hipsters parents of prospective students?

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  7. I knew quite a few people at that (nice) event last Saturday and I'm pretty confident that the more hip ones were the current parents, and the prospectives seemed more dressed up. That said, the school has a variety of styles, none of which, at least IMHO, are particularly stuffy.

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  8. During our tour of the school (middle school portion), my son asked, "Why is everybody here white?"

    But I loved the school. I like the creative atmosphere and lack of stress placed on the children. We were accepted. But, unfortunately, they did not offer any financial aid. Ultimately, our son attended a public school. He does quite well, and I'm glad that we are now $60,000 richer, but I believe he would have received an excellent education at Live Oak.

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