Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sunnyside meet and greet

As of our PTA meeting last night, Sunnyside has not received the list of assigned Kindergarten families. The PTA is sponsoring a Meet and Greet in the school library on Saturday, March 20th at 10:00am. We look forward to meeting the new families and answering questions about the transition into Kindergarten

20 comments:

  1. Are we supposed to bring the kids to this? Also, we are waitlisting another school. Do people think it would be confusing for our son if we visit Sunnyside but then send him somewhere else? Will he say, I like the other school? Whya am I going to this school, etc? I've tried not to talk about the assignement process in front of him. I don't want him to worry about it.

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  2. 9:01 - I agree. In my opinion, it is too early for me to attend these meet-ups and to talk-up the new school to my child. My child has 3 more months of preschool -I want them focused on enjoying these last months and not worrying about saying goodbye to their preschool friends.

    Also - Remember what happened to the Flynn/Alvarado families? I will feel more comfortable talking about K in June.

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  3. I think we'll go, just parents. My husband didn't tour the school so it will be a good chance for him to have a look around and talk to some parents. And I'm with you, we'll start talking up kindergarten this summer.

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  4. McKinley has a "Welcome Breakfast for New McKinley Families" on March 23. When we went last year, we brought our child. It was a great chance for him to get acquainted with the new school and still be surrounded by Mommy and Daddy. They also get to see the playground and all of the kids and get a feel for things. They also got little gifts from new classmates. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and we had a great time. I would encourage people to go to the meet and greets and bring the kids too. After all, they are the ones going to a new school. It helps them get a feel for it all with out the formality of school actually being thrust upon them. e

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  5. Speaking as a parent who went 0/7 two years ago, was assigned to Sunnyside, and was initially quite disappointed, I would encourage those of you with this assignment to take a closer look. After doing so myself two years ago, I actually removed our family from the wait list for Miraloma because I was impressed with what I saw and heard and felt like it would be a good fit for our family.

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  6. Hearing about the meetups happening so early makes this 0/7 parent bummed out. Definitely adds to the "left behind" feeling.

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  7. Same poster here -- Also, meant to add: you are having it at the same time as the counseling session for 0/7 families at Sunnyside (which I will likely attend). C'mon, insult to injury here! (Sunnyside was on my list.)

    I will admit that I am really just griping, though. Of course you should do what makes sense for your school and the kids that have actually been admitted to it -- you didn't run the lottery and mollifying the 0/7ers shouldn't have to be your priority! But I hope you will have more meet and greet stuff much later in the season for families who draw the school through waitpool etc.

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  8. 11:41 - I totally hear you. I think meet-ups this early are insensitive

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  9. I suspect these early meet-ups are a way for the schools to encourage parents to stay with them. There are probably still people out there who are unsure of Sunnyside, considering privates etc.

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  10. For folks who got into Robert Louis Stevenson or who are curious, the school will be having an awesome potluck/fundraiser this Friday, March 19th, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Come see what a National Blue Ribbon school looks like!

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  11. I think it is great for schools to have these early meet and greets. As an 0/7er, I am not offended nor do I feel slighted. Congratulations to everyone who got a school they are happy with, I hope to be joining you soon!

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  12. In a prior year, I took my name off the waiting list for another school once I went to a K get together with the school I ended up getting in R2. Once I meet the other parents and students, I felt mcuh better about the school and decided to commit to it.

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  13. Many of you are missing the point - yes, go ahead and have the meet and greets....but at the exact same time and place as the 0 for 7 "counseling sessions" ?

    Totally cruel and insensitive

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  14. So we heard on Saturday that the Sunnyside principal just announced she is retiring. That sux. She seemed to be one of the main reasons the school has seen so much improvement. Of course the parents there said the improvements were due to parent involvement which will remain and I don't doubt that, but a strong leader is important too. If anybody hears who the new principal will be, please post it.
    THX

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  15. I heard they were going to start interviewing this week and were hoping to make a decision before the end of the school year.

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  16. Wow, that would be fast. I suspect she waited to announce her retirement so it wouldn't cause people to leave it off their Round I picks. Which it probably would have so just more proof she is smart. I hope they get another good one.

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  17. I am not so sure the principal planned it. Probably the golden handshake with news of budget cuts. Either way, going to Sunnyside in the fall, with excitement and a few nerves as to what really will transpire with the budget cuts. Heard the two newest kindergarten teachers got their pink slips too. We will see.......

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  18. Oh, that's so sad about the principal and the K teachers. The principal was very impressive, and Sunnyside's were the cutest, most well organized K classrooms I saw on all my tours. If it's true that Revere's principal resigned also, that's 2 of my 3 favorite principals gone. It is really depressing to have noted all the great things going on in the up and coming, non-trophy schools, and then see them dismantled before we ever get there. I hope both schools, and others affected, are able to continue their good work.

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  19. Maybe Revere's loss could be Sunnyside's gain. I don't know anything about the principal hiring process, but it would be pretty cool if Sunnyside could get him.

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  20. That stinks about the two newest K teachers getting pink slips. I remember on the tour the principal said when she came to the school a lot of the older teachers were retiring. This gave her the opportunity to hire a lot of new, young teachers. She said they had great energy but her problem was they were all getting pregnant and she hoped they came back after. But the teacher lay offs are strictly based on seniority per the union so all those new teachers will go first.

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