The booby prize

Oh my.

After last week’s events, you’d think I would have run out of bad luck.

But no.

Remember awhile back when I registered David for the local Catholic school? I stood out in the freezing cold, attended an open house, even created a cover letter professing my dedication to the church?

Well, we got the letter on Saturday that he didn’t get in. I burst into tears. I really wanted him to attend that school. David really wanted to go there too.

Worse yet, I had been putting Plan B into motion (checking out the local private schools for a full day kindergarten program). Turns out they are on waiting lists too. I’m still looking, and it’s not going well.

Which leaves me with Plan C (or as I like to call it, the booby prize). Public school.

I don’t have a problem with the public school per se, except the fact that it’s not even a true half-day. My township offers split sessions (8:45 to 11:15 or 1:15 to 3:45). That’s a 2.5 hour school day!! WTF? What math are they using??? That’s not HALF DAY at all.

On top of that, you don’t know which session you get until two weeks before the first day of school. Kind of inconvenient in setting up before/after care. Make that IMPOSSIBLE. Worse yet, I would end up spending a significant part of my work day carting David around. To somewhere. Where I don’t know. It’s too short a day to drive him to where he goes now (25 minutes away). I would be sure to be fired from my job considering I would essentially be driving all day.

More than anything, I just want stability for David. I want him in one place, one educational and nuturing environment. He deserves that.

I’ve lost sleep the last two nights over this. I just wanted ONE THING to go easy. But no, of course not.

I need this black cloud over my head to GO AWAY.

Seriously, what the hell is going on with me??

4 thoughts on “The booby prize

  1. Hate those ‘half days’. My son goes from 9-11:30 and it’s ridiculous. They get like 20 minutes of PE and music. It’s not enough time! I found out last week that our school will start all-day kindergarten (for free–our district currently only offers all day that costs $300 per month for public school). Missed it by a year! Damn.

  2. I’m soooo sorry you have to deal with this. I was in your position last year with my daughter. Our neighborhood public school also only offers “1/2” days and I hated that she’d be there ALL day, but only in school for about 2 1/2 hours. Anyway, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that one of those waiting lists works out for you. What a pain!

  3. aww man! Those fake half days just kill me — its less then preschool hours! And finding out just a few weeks before it starts – who can work their schedule around that?? I don’t get it. I am blessed to have full day K and extended day you can get in to as long as you sign up on time. No lottery or waiting lists or anything. I’m sorry this is just adding to your stress!!!

  4. Did the school with Plan A indicate why? Could you be on a waiting list?When we were faced with the possibility that XBoy wouldn’t get into the Cath school, we pursued the local parochial schools as well (Lutheran) b/c he just doesn’t do well en masse.Also, b/c he’s in school, it did make it “easier” to select a daycare that was one of those larger, city run places because it would be for a shorter time and he’s old enough to tell me what’s going on. Sometimes the change in their schedules and plans is harder on us than on them. Don’t let this beat you down, OK?

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