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[ - ] What do you think of childless couples? Do you think they would regret it eventually?, my SIL told us she is not going to have kids, ever, I really think she is being selfish tbh. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:58 PM Flag
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Why is this being selfish? I can think of a couple of moms I know who should have been honest with themselves that they were not cut out for parenthood, but went ahead because that what they were supposed to do or wanted a child for their own satisfaction. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:00 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:49 PM Flag
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Right. And then they were shitty parents. Much better to be honest about it [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:02 PM Flag
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Good for her [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:52 PM Flag
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I don't care. Do you. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:05 PM Flag
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Why is if selfish not to want children? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:07 PM Flag
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I think it's a smart choice do some people. My childless couple friends have nice lives. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:57 PM Flag
[ - ] Do you ever check out FB pages like this one? https://www.facebook.com/unique.fisher?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:56 PM Flag
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? What is wrong with that page? I do not understand. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:59 PM Flag
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Flag [ Reply | More ]
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why? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:01 PM Flag
[ - ] First time mom of a 7week old here... Would it be cool if dB slept in diff places that are NOT the crib throughout the day- ergo carrier, swing, carseat while we do errands- and then got used to the crib only for sleeping st night? Or do i need to get him used to the crib by putting him there during the day too (i've been trying this past week to no avail, he doesn't stay sleeping for more than 15-20mins when i put him down in crib during daytime hours) 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:55 PM Flag
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Of course [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:45 PM Flag
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^^TIA! I want to create good habits early on! So far he does sleep well there at night, but it doesn't happen until he's ready to sink out around 10pm [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:57 PM Flag
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^*zonk [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:59 PM Flag
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My child mapped in stroller. That was when I ran errands and shopped [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:08 PM Flag
[ - ] I am anxious. I am 31 and have been with my boyfriend for a year. Do I need to have the 'where is this going' talk? What kind of things should I bring up? I am scared I will look pushy or that he will have a much longer timeframe than me 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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All depends how you handle it. If you come across as someone who wants a certain answer or else, don't be surprised if you don't get what you want from the discussion. If you can be calm and just tell him that your own life plans include marriage and family and want to know if he sees you in that light, that's fine. If you don't hear from him what you want, then you have to decide if you really meant it about the importance of marriage and family. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:02 PM Flag
[ - ] Why is Goldfish Cracker Brat still on most popular?? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:42 PM Flag
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lmao at goldfish cracker brat [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:41 PM Flag
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Maybe the OP of that thread is posting to herself. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:48 PM Flag
[ - ] I'm not crazy overweight, just need to drop 5-10 pounds. Anyone do this successfully recently? What did you do? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:34 PM Flag
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Right now Im doing the 8 hour diet. Eat for 8 hours and fast for 16. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:25 PM Flag
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Only drink water for a beverage and give up sugar for a while. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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I can do that. I think. I don't drink much other than water and coffee normally, but I like my occasional sweet. Truth be told, potato chips are my big downfall [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:36 PM Flag
[ - ] Joan rivers is only 81?! 5 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:34 PM Flag
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She looks like she's 21! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:26 PM Flag
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Lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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I thought she was tops, 80. :-) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:47 PM Flag
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Mao is only 120 and he looks awesome too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:50 PM Flag
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Remove only I guess. Ha. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:51 PM Flag
[ - ] I have a weird sunburn mark on my forehead due to poorly applied sunscreen. So many people keep asking me about it; seems invasive. Today the clerk at effing drugstore asked me about it. It could have been a birthmark for Pete's sake. I just said "rug burn" and walked away. Proud of myself for once. Trashy?Yes. Satisfying? Also yes. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:31 PM Flag
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This is the first step in a new, improved, unafraid you. Go forward. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:32 PM Flag
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I'm turning into an angry old lady, I think. Soon I'll start kicking and yelling at pigeons too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:34 PM Flag
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It's empowering to freely say what you wish (within reason). Please dont kick the pigeons though [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:40 PM Flag
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I won't REALLY kick the pigeons. Promise. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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csb! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:23 PM Flag
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what does that mean? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:25 PM Flag
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It means hty. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:26 PM Flag
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General Topics 08.29.14, 09:51 PM Flag
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Cool story bro [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:42 PM Flag
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Cool story bro [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:45 PM Flag
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This made me giggle because I have a filthy mind and would have spent the afternoon thinking about how you could have possibly gotten a rug burn on your forehead. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:42 PM Flag
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Thanks. That was my intent. :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:42 PM Flag
[ - ] How is Kylie Jenner not in school? She's only 17. 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:28 PM Flag
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#homeschool #blessed [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:42 PM Flag
[ - ] I feel so bad. My daughter is going to be the oldest in her k class. She was born just after the cut off and the school admin is not budging. I begged and pleaded to put her in 1st grade. WWYD. 15 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:26 PM Flag
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This is such a non issue, lady. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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She's lucky...better the oldest than the youngest. Think ahead to m.s. - so much better for social and emotional development. Besides, someone has to be the oldest and the youngest. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:29 PM Flag
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Seriously, be happy about it. So much easier to be the oldest kid. More mature, better behaved, will have better grades. Trust me on this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:30 PM Flag
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Why is that bad? You would rather she be the youngest in first grade? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:31 PM Flag
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Oh well, the cut off has to come somewhere. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:32 PM Flag
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You'll feel bad when the youngest kid in the class out-performs her. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:34 PM Flag
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lol [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:23 PM Flag
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This [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:28 PM Flag
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My son is the same way. Just buck up and deal. Someone has to be the oldest. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:35 PM Flag
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My kid is the oldest too so I can relate. He was definitely bored in K so my recommendation would be to supplement at home as much as you can. On the upside, it was great for his confidence. GL [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:39 PM Flag
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This. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:44 PM Flag
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Are you kidding? Many parents red shirt their kids to be the oldest in class. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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She's lucky. It will pay dividends for years to come. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:47 PM Flag
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It's not the end of the world but I think there are negatives to being a girl who's the oldest in the class. Maybe really tall, first to have breasts, finding other kids immature and so on. For a boy, I think being the oldest is great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:04 PM Flag
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OP, don't let your kid eat a bunch of processed/fast food or get overweight, you'll be fine. Those are the kids who "develop" first. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:08 PM Flag
[ - ] Driving on 95/495 (Long Island Expressway) to a friend's wedding in Cold Spring Harbor/Syosset, on the Island tomorrow from CT. The wedding is at 11 am. We will leave early, but should I expect bad traffic on Throgs Neck Bridge or LIE in the morning? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:17 PM Flag
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leave super early: in addition to the holiday, the Open is on and Clinton's presence out east means all airports out there are closed (so all the helicopter/plane folks are also driving) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:13 PM Flag
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Thanks, that is really helpful. Any ideas of what to do if we arrive early in Cold Spring Harbor/Syosset? Any great breakfast places, or places for kids to let off steam? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:27 PM Flag
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I don't live out there anymore, but Yelp it. I'm 99% sure there is a park/playground in Syosset, and being Long Island, you're sure to find at least a diner that's open. Have fun! (ps Labor Day weekend wedding? eek) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:18 PM Flag
[ - ] Couple in our neighborhood (we do not know them) was having sex on their terrace a few nights ago. It was very late, they weren't in full sight, and it was dark - so clearly not for exhibitionism. DH and I saw them (we were hanging out on our terrace talking) but they couldn't have known. Would you be grossed out by them, not care, or say "good for them!"? 18 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:12 PM Flag
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Good for them [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:03 PM Flag
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Yes. Might have gotten me going too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:29 PM Flag
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+1 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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Good for them as long as they were quiet. We have done this on vacation. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:03 PM Flag
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did you just watch them? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:04 PM Flag
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yes, while dh and I masturbated to the sounds [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:40 PM Flag
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Good for them and then done the same. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:16 PM Flag
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Good for them! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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Doggie style? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:09 PM Flag
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Hopefully not over the rail. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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I've done that. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:32 PM Flag
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I wouldn't care if they were a normal couple [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:35 PM Flag
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normal couple? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:39 PM Flag
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I wouldn't be grossed out ... the opposite. I would have dragged dh to bed! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:40 PM Flag
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I am not sure how I feel about this ... can you post the video? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:36 PM Flag
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Good for them, not big deal. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:39 PM Flag
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High five them in the elevator and thank them for the show. No, seriously - good for them. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:45 PM Flag
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As long as they made a reasonable effort to be discreet, no problem at all. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:05 PM Flag
[ - ] Regarding NY State Tests: Once the kids go back to school do they tell the kids their scores and go over the tests with them so that they can know what to work on for next year. Can the parents see the tests? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:06 PM Flag
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no no [ Reply | More ]
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Review of Test Books by Students and Parents For the 2014 Grades 3–8 Common Core English Language Arts or Mathematics Test administration, students and their parents/guardians may be allowed to review only the student’s own responses to open-ended questions in English Language Arts Book 2 and Book 3 and Mathematics Book 3. The review must take place in the presence of school personnel. Photocopying of any of the test materials is not permitted. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:46 PM Flag
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You would think so, right? Like, using it as a teaching tool? Sadly, no. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:09 PM Flag
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we cannot request to see the test? do the schools see their kids tests to see what their students need to work on? [ Reply | More ]
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my dd is in F school so I'm just wondering [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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in the past, no, we could not see the test - which was part of the parent outcry. i don't know for sure if the schools see them or not, but i'm fairly sure the answer is no there too. it's a travesty. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:23 PM Flag
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Seriously? What's the point of tests if you don't go over what you did wrong? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:24 PM Flag
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they do ton of prep tests that they do go over [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:17 PM Flag
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Because that makes too much sense. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:52 PM Flag
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Yes parents can request to see tests. See your school's test coordinator. You will fill out a form and you will be able to see your child's multiple choice scantron (but NOT the test questions) and the actual short answer response books (questions and your child's answer). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:28 PM Flag
[ - ] http://www.nycschoolsblog.com/stateresults/index.aspx 13 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:05 PM Flag
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^^^This is a great resource, especially for some enterprising NY Times reporter. Success Academy has been very clever doing things like suing the state to prevent an audit so no one can look closely at how it gets results. But here on this blog is all kinds of useful information. For instance, here are some of the things I learned: [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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^^ HSA 1 went from a class of 60 kids to a class of 32 kids between 3rd and 8th grade. [ Reply | More ]
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^^And the NEXT group of students from HSA 1 went from a class of 114 students in 3rd grade in 2011 to a class of 82 students in 6th grade in 2014. 28% of the class gone between 3rd and 6th grade. [ Reply | More ]
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^^And the NEXT group of students from HSA1 went from a class of 131 students in 3rd grade in 2012 to a class of 104 students in 5th grade in 2014. 21% of the class gone between 3rd and 5th grade. [ Reply | More ]
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^^HSA 1 went from a class of 131 in 3rd grade (2012) to a class of 104 in 5th grade (2014). That means 21% of the students seem to have disappeared. [ Reply | More ]
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^^HSA 2 went from a class of 135 in 3rd grade (2012) to a class of 102 kids in 5th grade (2014). That means 25% of the students seem to have disappeared. [ Reply | More ]
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^^HSA 3 went from a class of 130 in 3rd grade (2012) to a class of 103 kids in 5th grade (2014). That means 21% of the class seems to have disappeared. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:13 PM Flag
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you again? [ Reply | More ]
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^^HSA 4 went from a class of 86 in 3rd grade (2012) to a class of 72 kids in 5th grade (2014). That means 17% of the class seems to have disappeared. But good job there compared to the other Success Academy schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:27 PM Flag
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I have 5 red apples and 3 green apples where did my yellow apple go? It must have been a bad apple [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:19 PM Flag
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OP: Are you claiming that "good" schools lose 20 - 25% of their grade between 3rd and 5th grade? If such a huge % of students are leaving a charter school, and not being replaced, isn't it worth asking why? Or do you insist that we must never ask questions? What are you so afraid of people learning? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:22 PM Flag
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Yes, they do. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:55 PM Flag
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OP: I am signing off now, but I will continue to post interesting numbers that can be found at this website. Perhaps some reporter will start asking what happened to those students. And also find out what happened to the students between K and 3rd grade, which is not available to the public. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:25 PM Flag
[ - ] Interviewed a cleaning lady yesterday. Her daughter came to translate for her. She is a medical student at UCLA and drove across town just to do this. Her mom raised her and her siblings in a tiny apartment and they went to the worst public schools. I wanted to ask more but didn't want to be nosy. Now I feel a little weird having her mom clean our house, like, I don't know, she is this totally amazing woman who shouldn't have to do this work. 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 08:55 PM Flag
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Pay her well and be fair. She sounds like a great candidate. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 08:56 PM Flag
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Yes, definitely. We just trusted her immediately. She said she does babysitting, too, and we are open, even though she doesn't speak English. I feel like we found someone great and trustworthy. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 08:45 PM Flag
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++++++++ [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 08:57 PM Flag
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What nationality? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:09 PM Flag
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Brazilian [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:41 PM Flag
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You're doing a great thing by giving her work. Treat her well [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:24 PM Flag
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Wow, her daughter is that accomplished and that devoted? She's done a lot of things right. Hire her! [ Reply | More ]
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+1 Also see if the daughter is willing to translate any concerns that may arise on either side during the term of employment. [ Reply | More ]
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How are you going to communicate with this woman? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:56 PM Flag
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I would never, ever hire Simone to work in my home that I did not have the ability to communicate with. [ Reply | More ]
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^^someone [ Reply | More ]
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When our kids were young, we had a grandmotherly nanny who only spoke Chinese (I do too.) One day, her 8 year old grandchild came over. She told me that her parents worked in a restaurant and that they were saving $200/month so she could go to medical school. When I read well off moms here who complain about how unfair it is that Chinese immigrants get so many places in the specialized high schools and then at the elite colleges, I try to control my homicidal urges. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 10:09 PM Flag
[ - ] Am I wrong? The school bus ride is about an hour each way. dd is 10 and I have been driving her to school both ways. I am a single mom and work full time from home. My job is flexible and as long as I make up the hours, my boss is okay with it. However, it's very stressful for me. I do it because dd was little when she started the school and I want her to be comfortable. Now this year the school is moving to a temporary location due to renovation, and the temporary location is even further. Also, the traffic bottleneck is a complete nightmare. So dd and I talked and decided that I will drive her in the morning and she will take the bus home after school. While dd agrees to this plan, she keeps complaining about having to take the school bus. The ride is long, the bus is noisy & hot, the kids are rowdy, the bus driver is mean, etc. It makes me feel guilty and angry. I don't think dd understands that chauffeuring her is very stressful for me. dd said she's just venting and she will deal with it. Changing school is not an option. 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 08:54 PM Flag
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Just let her suck it up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 08:56 PM Flag
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Yes...she'll be fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:37 PM Flag
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You are not wrong. You've worked out a good compromise. This way you can finish your work sooner and be more present for her in the evenings. Anyway, school bus rides are a fact of life. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 08:58 PM Flag
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OP: Thanks. That's what I am hoping too. We can have dinner earlier and she can go to bed early. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:04 PM Flag
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I am a working mom and I get how things during the day that seem nice to do for them just come out of the back end, especially when you have flexibility but have to get your work done. It's also good for her to give a bit - you both give some. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:07 PM Flag
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Buy her headphones as a back to school present. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:12 PM Flag
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Dig deep, mom. You will never be able to do everything you want to make your child's life easy. And you probably shouldn't, anyway. You can emphasize with her but you can't fix it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:03 PM Flag
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OP: Thanks. I tried and tried. I am getting to the point that if I have to drive her both ways this new school year, I know I will really resent her. Hopefully she will get used to the school bus. I keep flip-flopping trying to make the drive work for her. I need to just let her grow up and take the bus. Thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:08 PM Flag
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You nailed it: the problem is the flip flopping. Stick to the new policy, sympathize with her that this trip is not easy for either of you but you'll all be fine. She'll adjust. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:14 PM Flag
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Primadonna she is. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:41 PM Flag
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We are in a similar situation. It is tough. Tell your dd that you are making a sacrifice in the morning, and she needs to make a sacrifice in the afternoon. No reason to shelter her from your stress entirely. She will learn compassion and resilience from this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 08.29.14, 09:43 PM Flag
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