Friday, February 1, 2013

The Nearest Ice Cream to EPC?

Tomorrow, we go for the EPC language assessment, followed 2 hours later by a CAIS "playdate." I'm not sure how it happened, but somehow I scheduled the EPC language assessment AND 4 private school kindergarten assessments all in the same week. Potential parental stress pales in comparison to how my quiet 4-year-old going to feel over the next week, heading into 5 unfamiliar situations with strangers and no parent in sight.

This is the child whom I had to carry in my arms to our first kindergarten visit, with the weak assurance of "It'll be fun! You'll get to make a necklace." After insisting that it wasn't going to be fun, said child emerged with a beaded necklace, a drawing and a solemn look that said, "I held it together, Mom, for this intimidating experience that YOU made me do."

Fast-forward a month. "Why do we have to go to another school? I like the school we went to last time.  It was fun."

It was??? "What did you like about it?" I asked.

"We got to play."

Some parents promise their kids ice cream after each kindergarten visit, and I've decided that my slow-to-warm-up kid deserves a reward for braving it out. Since I don't know of any ice cream parlors near EPC, I'm settling for a visit to the main library between the EPC and CAIS assessments, with a promise to check out as many Captain Underpants books as we can carry.  Who knows, maybe in another month I'll be getting requests to go on more kindergarten visits.


  1. Hayes Valley would be a fun post EPC outing. There is a mini playground in Patricia's green, an boutique ice cream (Smitten Ice Cream), and several other bakeries (Macaron store, Boulange.) Be prepared to wait at your EPC evaluation (good idea to come armed with a stack of books.)

  2. Thanks! Smitten looks great. We'll check it out.

  3. If SF Day School (Masonic) is on your assessment list, then circle around to Tony's Cable Car dinner after the visit. It is just off Geary (mind the one-way directions). My kids think that a stop at Tony's heals all the trepidation that comes with flu shots and vaccinations at Kaiser. Wonderful milkshakes, hot dogs, burgers, and fries.

  4. Milkshakes at Burgermeister are yummy (expensive, but IMHO worth it and my 4.5 yo daughter loves them) - if you are looking at anyplace near a Burgermeister (French American, Grattan School, Children's Day), you might check it out :-)

  5. Come on, Moderator. Do you really think this topic is going to bring in readers? There are plenty of meaty education issues, even if you only stick to assignment. This is not one of them.

    1. Given the general lack of posting, any topic that is remotely connected to kindergarten selection probably is welcome.

    2. This was light and fun to read. We can all relate to tour scheduling and for newbies this will help them space out their scheduling if possible.