Friday, April 20, 2012

Kindergarten schedule shock.

SS is all of a sudden taking afternoon naps. At school there was a mandatory rest period between 11:30 a,m. to 1:00 p.m. SS is napping much later than that, understandably going to bed late, and subsequently waking up late in the morning. I looked up the kindergarten schedule, to prepare myself to work on getting SS ready to wake up for school without a meltdown. Was totally not expecting what I saw.  All schools have morning and afternoon sessions. I called the immersion program school, and was informed that it is a morning program. School starts at 8:50 a.m. and out by 12:30 p.m. What. The. Heck. Neither school (immersion and designated) has a before/after school program.  I have never come across such a late school start with JJ. Also, JJ attended a full day kindergarten.

How the heck do people do this? Most people go to work between 7-8 a.m. P starts at 7:00 a.m., lunch at 11:30, out by 4:30. There is no way he is going to be able to help transport SS at all. It was not fun breaking the news to him.What the heck can SS learn in three and a half hours? And she is supposed to become proficient in Spanish? P said he was tempted to have me stay home with SS, and after a full day of Spanish she would be fluent by first grade. As flattered as I am, no freaking way. I have been on house arrest long enough, it's time for me to join the adult world.

I believe that some schools provide transportation to school sites that have after school care. But since SS will be on an intra district transfer, transportation is our responsibility. Need to call on Monday and research our options.  P is beyond teed off at this development and wants us to reconsider our school choice. I told him that there is no escaping the half day schedule, all schools do it. If it's an option before and after school care cost $15 per session, that comes to $450 a month. For that amount of money we could enroll SS in a private school with a full day program. We are on a tough spot, we do not qualify for any income based help, but we are definitely not well off. In short, this really sucks. So ironic that we transitioned SS into full days at preschool to needlessly prepare her for the nonexistent rigors of kindergarten. UGH.

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