Thursday, April 19, 2012

The SF K Files: Goodbye, and thank you!

Over four years ago, in the fall of 2007, I started the kindergarten search for my daughter, who goes by the name Alice on this blog. I was panicked, scared and overwhelmed. I started this blog to organize my feelings around the school process, and soon The SF K Files became a place where parents all over the city were telling their school stories, sharing their heartaches and their joys. In its heyday, the blog was a place filled with thoughtful discourse and parents gave one another a lot of support.

But after a lot of thought, I've decided to shut the blog down. With a full-time job and two kids, I'm unable to give the site the time it deserves.

The old posts and comments will still live here and if you're interested in reading about my search for a school you'll find my complete story here and also in this San Francisco Magazine article. I started my search focusing on private schools but after taking a look at the public options I was pleasantly surprised and I ended up at an up-and-coming Mandarin Immersion school. (Yes, my kids are now speaking Chinese and they absolutely love it!) I don't want my final words on this blog to be telling parents that they must go public but I do want to remind you all that public education is the backbone of our democracy and I hope that skeptical parents will at least give public a chance and tour some schools. I truly believe that as parents we're responsible for all kids in this city, not only our own. And one of the best and easiest ways to touch other kids in a meaningful way is to send your child to a public school.

Finally, I want to sincerely thank you all for contributing to this blog and also many thanks to those of you who cheered me through the process many years ago.

My best to all of you.




  1. Thanks for all your work, Kate.

    This blog and this community helped me immensely in my own school search a couple of years ago.

    Onward and upward!

  2. Dear Kate,

    Thanks so much for taking us along on your journey, and for providing a place for families to help each other navigate school enrollment systems. Thanks for all your hard work on this blog over the years, it really was a great service, and it's so sad that a few trolls spoiled this forum for everybody else.


  3. Thank you for running a wonderful blog. I agree with you San Francisco would be a much better and more egalitarian City if we all embraced public schools as you do and looked at how our actions impact all children. Thank you so much. Good luck!

  4. Thank you so much, Kate! I hope someone comes up with a similar blog since it has been such a great resource.

  5. I found this blog during a recent pre-school search for my 3-year old daughter. I don't know all the history of the blog, but the school reviews and comments are some of the most helpful I have seen on the web. I wish there were more recent discussions and reviews, but glad to have whatever there is. I am sure there are a lot of silent users who appreciate what you have done here.

  6. Thanks "Kate" for all your great work!

  7. Thanks for all your work, Kate. I was sad to see how a couple of truly selfish and self-involved people ruined what was once a great resource for parents.

  8. Dear Kate,

    Thank you so much for creating this helpful and engaging blog, and thank you for being willing to say goodbye to it when it was time. I'm sorry your blog was killed by a few narcissists whose personality disorders led them to foul your nest. You did good things here. Be proud.

  9. Kate,

    Thank you so much for all your work. I've been following/lurking this site since my first child was born 3 1/2 years ago. I've learned so much from this site already. I am so sad to see this site go before my kids attend kindergarten. Best wishes and best of luck to you and your family.


  10. Thank you for hosting this. Sfkfiles was so helpful to me in the K search this year.

  11. Thank you Kate! Best of luck to you.