Saturday, May 31, 2008

Alice's first-day-of-kindergarten dress


Jose Ortega is a uniform school. Kids are required to wear navy and white--simple and classy.

Today, Alice and I dropped by Chloe's Closet, a children's consignment shop on Cortland in Bernal Heights--and I found this fabulous dress. Retails for $76 and it was only $8.50! I'm quite excited by my find and I think it will be Alice's dress for the first day of school. I feel silly sharing this bit of info but right now I need to enjoy the simple pleasures of sending my daughter to kindergarten. It has been a long road.

42 comments:

  1. Maybe it's like Murphy's Law ... after you buy a bunch of uniforms, you'll get your wait pool choice and not need them! But it will be worth it, eh?

    >^..^<

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  2. No need to feel silly. What a cute dress for this important rite of passage...and a great deal! One of my fondest memories from my childhood was going shopping with my mom to pick out the dress for my first day of school. We made it into a yearly ritual and I always looked forward to wearing it.

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  3. OMG. The girls do not HAVE TO wear DRESSES, do they? The dress is cute and all that, but do girls have a choice, may they wear pants as well?
    I admit knowing nothing about schools with uniform policies.

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  4. love it! girls can wear dress, skirt or pants.

    i have bought the shirts already (i have boys) but not the pants... need to see if we will stay at rosa parks or get our wait pool or change or wait pool for something else... navy or black - the dilemma!

    i have the best picture of me on my first day of kindergarten with my tweed dress, patent leather shoes and new snoopy lunch pail. it is a big deal!

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  5. Whaddaya mean the dress is barfola? I think it's klassy! Just like Kate!

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  6. Kate, AWESOME!! Major shopping Karma. I can't believe that anyone is being negative to you right now.

    I also can't believe that anyone says anything negative about your SF Gate blog - what is wrong with people!!??!!

    This is definitely a sign that you made the right choice. What a great outfit! It will look fabulous on Alice.

    BTW, if you end up changing your mind later, that will look great on Alice at your wait pool school or back at MCDS for first grade or wherever. But what will look best about it is how adorable your family is on the INSIDE.

    I'm glad you shared.

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  7. The sfgate blog is the thing that is barfola. The dress is nice.

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  8. Oh COME on, I just re-checked the SF Gate blog and I see nothing "barfy" about it. I could see how someone could call it "inocuous" or maybe "not edgy" but I don't think it's supposed to be snide, bitter, sarcastic or caustic.

    kate, the sfgate blog is great. I'm glad you are blogging for a living.

    Why are people so cruel here? Or maybe it's just one person over and over. Whatever. Have a nice day!!

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  9. "Maybe it's like Murphy's Law ... after you buy a bunch of uniforms, you'll get your wait pool choice and not need them! But it will be worth it, eh?"

    Well I had the same dilemma last year and we did NOT get our wait pool list school. BUT even so, our school (and I imagine JO too) accepts and encourages donations of uniform clothes for families who can't easily afford to buy them (at our school there are many of those families though I am not familiar with the demographics of JO) - so that's a nice option if you DO get your wait pool school!

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  10. mean people suck

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  11. I think it is lovely! Please ignore the posters who are displacing their anger on you.

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  12. Kate,

    Thank you for sharing your school decision with us, for sharing a personal note (the dress score) and for reminding us that we need to
    think about buying our uniforms now.

    I like the idea of buying one for the current registered school, and donating to said school if we move to an other (with different uniform requirements.)

    The culture on this blog is mostly helpful, creative, and thought provoking.

    Cheers,
    kortney

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  13. To 9:59

    You can rest assured that Paris will NOT be welcome at MCDS for first grade. Consider that door closed forever after how her mother manipulated the admissions process.

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  14. re 7:51

    wow, someone's feeling spiteful today.

    i too am beginning to think all the mean posts on this thread are indeed the work of one person. someone with some "issues" it seems, that are being taken out on kate.

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  15. I think that dress is adorable (gotta luv Chloe's Closet). Alice will look beautiful and have a great school experience at Jose Ortega. I am really ashamed of these people who are writing mean-spirited comments on this blog. You don't deserve the hateful comments. Anyways, big thumbs up to you. You've made the right choice for your family, and that is what matters.

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  16. I'm happy for those of us who had 1, 2 or 3 choices. We all should have choices. I for one am still a parent without a school. I finally enrolled in one, but am not done fighting it out for a better school (location closer to home, better start time....)

    So I have to say that you who made fun of Kate for having the choice came off as jealous and petty. Sorry, but you did. Or, rather, you do.

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  17. Hi kate- The dress is adorable!! And your sf gate blog is wonderful too. I'm very happy for you - and I would be happy for you no matter what.

    BTW you may want to link to Chloe's Closet - what a great store! Here is the website. I'm not associated with it; just a fan.

    http://www.chloescloset.com/

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  18. 7:51, How did Kate manipulate the process? Many of us applied to public and private hoping to have options. Is that manipulative? I'm asking this seriously not rhetorically.

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  19. Kate- I think the dress is adorable and I'm sure Alice will look so cute in it. It's definitely the kind of thing I would have picked out for my daughter at that age - and what could be better than finding it at a consignment store?!

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  20. I do think whoever has suggested along the way that Kate used her status as the blogger to gain access to any school is assuming way too much. I seriously doubt that admissions people at expensive private schools were paying any or much attention to this blog, and then paying enough attention to it to be sizing up all the eager moms and their daughters on the tours to figure out which one was Kate. While many of us have been addicted to this blog, it does not follow that the schools would have known about it, or followed it, or given a damn.

    I led the tour Kate was on at our school and had no idea she was there even though I was an avid reader of the blog, and I knew her visit to our school was imminent. I was later able to deduce who she was simply through process of elimination. She toured on an off day so the tour was small, she wrote about it a day or so later mentioning me by name, the others on the tour stood out in my mind for things they had asked or shared. In figuring it out after the fact, my fellow PTA friend and I said "it had to have been smiley Mom" and it was. My point is that Kate (Amy) does not seem to crave the spotlight. When I met her in earnest later I said her blog was so popular I envisioned her getting a rock star reception if she were to appear at a kindergarten-related event. She looked striken by the thought and conveyed that she does not seek the spotlight.

    I am thinking Amy, and Paris, made a good impression at MCDS and that she conveyed her interest in participating at the school. And I am guessing she probably smiled her big smile throughout the tour, asked intelligent questions and didn't seem like a high maintenance Mom. Those kinds of things can lead a school to pick you...

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  21. how do i get to kate's new blog?

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  22. I'm confused, 7:51. Do you work at MCDS?

    I would think that a high-quality private school would feel more sure of itself (and less angry!). Private schools must have to deal with people getting accepted off of other schools' wait lists all of the time and then deciding not to go. I would picture MCDS's attitude as something more like, "that's too bad! well, let's look at the next few girls on our waitlist to see who would be a good match..."

    Or am I missing something???

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  23. to get to Kate's new blog http://www.sfgate.com/blogs/barfola-mom

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  24. anon 10:05:
    What's your problem?

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  25. It's interesting that 10:05 takes the time to post such a comment. Or maybe a 3rd grader has sneaked on-line.

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  26. 8:31 asked: "Or am I missing something?"

    uh, YEAH.

    That was a anonymous post of some idiot pretending to work at MCDS. Of course anyone at MCDS wouldn't react that way; the person reacting that way is probably some demented drunk weirdo and has an obvious grudge.

    Why do people always take these posts at face value? Anyone can scribble out anything, why assume that any of it is true?

    >^..^<

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  27. http://www.yeswecansong.com

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  28. To Anonymous 10:05

    This is not the SFgate blog!!! If you think the SFgate blog is "barfy" post your comments on that blog, not here!

    By the way, I checked out the SFgate blog and I liked it. It's light but well-written and honest. I thought these posts were pretty good and one of them even leads you to a TV appearance by Kate, who knew?

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/category?blogid=46&cat=1587

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/sfmoms/detail?&entry_id=26860
    If you click on the link at the bottom you can see Kate on TV.

    One thing that I like about the SF K Files blog is that "most" people post intelligent and thoughtful comments. You have now posted numerous times that you don't like the SFgate blog. We got it! Now leave us alone so that we can continue the dialog about schools in SF (or the surrounding area).

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  29. Regardless of what you think of Kate or her choices, don't you think this blog has been incredibly useful? (And if not, why bother with it?)

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  30. i agree. this blog is entirely useful. i'm your father! the sfgate blog is barf--to the max, grody, and gag me with a spoon! that dress is just perfect!!! caroline rocks! kate you're really one of us! privates are not that great! tax the rich! immerse this!

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  31. Charming. The incoherent inebriate returns.

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  32. that's one pretty dress! why are some of you such meanies to people who have drinking problems. you are the snarkiest!

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  33. well, 11:43

    the first step is admitting it.

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  34. somebody put an ice cream cone on that nappy dress!

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  35. What a troublemaker you are!

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  36. She's not a troublemaker--just has a good fashion sense! That dress is goofy! I can't imagine Marin Country Day was ever a good fit for "Kate"

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  37. do you have a point?

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  38. I think her point was obvious Ms. Do you have a point. Do you have a brain? That dress is butt ugly.

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  39. omigod I have to pee...can I pee on that dress? Thanky!!

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  40. I'm hoping the more recent rude posters are bored middle-schools, not parents. It's a very cute dress. Be sure to get pictures of your daughter's first day at big-girl school.

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