I cannot believe it, but the time has come to start pondering kindergarten for Elise. How did this happen? Wasn't it just yesterday that she made her grand entrance into this world? Shouldn't she still be babbling and cooing, all snuggled in my arms?
Isn't she due for a diaper change right about now?
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
So. Kindergarten. And the dilemma. Once again I need your advice.
We are zoned for what I will call "school A". This school is about a 10 minute drive from our house. The kids in our neighbourhood take a bus (this will not be an option for Elise since there is no way I will put her on the bus at such a young age) to get there. In years past, it didn't have the best reputation, but they now have a new principal and things are turning around. My neighbour who sends her kids there says it is wonderful. A former neighbour who teaches there says the same.
"School B" is about 2 minute drive from our house. Although Elise couldn't walk there because she would need to cross two very busy streets, it is a lot quicker to get to AND right across the street from the preschool Mattias attends. It has an excellent reputation, and is an "exceptional" school (I think that's what the ranking is called). There is also a ton of parental involvement.
I was told I could petition for Elise to be sent to the closer school for medical reasons, and I so I was thinking of talking to the principals/nurses/kindergarten teachers at each school to see who I get a better vibe from.
And this is where I ask you to help me with my dilemma. What should I ask? What is important to know? What would ask if you were me?
I really want Elise to be in a school that will care as much about her as her preschool has (although I'm pretty sure that's impossible, her preschool rocks!). Right now I'm not leaning either way and I'm waiting to talk to each school before I form an opinion.
So if you have any pearls of wisdom, send them my way! Please help me DOC... You're my only hope.
***At this point, if I had mad photo shopping skills, I'd include a picture of my head on Princess Leia's body. But since I lack the talent and time, do me a favour and picture it in your head, m'kay?***
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