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[ - ] Just got back from dc's K parent/teacher conference. Dc is reading on a 3rd grade level. Wow, I am impressed if I do say so myself. Way to go dc. 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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Ditto for our dc (K). Third grade level. Wonder if it is the same school. Maybe the teacher is telling the same thing to all parents. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] finance moms: how bad is it going to get? any advice for investing. suzy orman was just on talking about high yield stocks. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:31 PM Flag
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If you are lucky enough to make ends meet and still have money left over to invest, then regularly invest over this whole downturn (its called dollar cost averaging if you want to look that up). Of course, this advice is only for long term investors (retirement investing, 529 investing, etc). If you need to retire or live from your investments now, you might want high yield stuff now... But these are non-issues if you are just struggling to cover all your expenses... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:36 PM Flag
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np just got a new prospectus from our nyc529. in the notes UPFRONT they disclose that it's not insured and you can lose money. fortunately, it's vanguard funds but it sort of creeped me out for a moment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:38 PM Flag
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for sure you can lose money. but lost value on your investment accounts is only important if you need to cash it out today. otherwise, the markets will rise again. of course, if you believe the markets themselves will close, then by all means, don't invest your money there. Buy hard assets instead...gold, real estate, guns... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:44 PM Flag
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hah guns. no, it's a 529 and dd is 6, so long-term. she's not that much of a genius. ;) i don't know, forgot it wasn't fdic insured. simultaneously, dd has a t rowe price fund and they sent a letter saying they were taking tarp money to 'reassure' investors. weird out there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:53 PM Flag
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if you believe in basic market forces, then just remember basic market rules, buy low, sell high... don't pay attention to the supposed lost value of the account, pay attention to how much more you can buy and stuff into that account now that prices are lower. when the markets buoy back up in a few years, you'll be sitting on a sweeter, richer pie. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:58 PM Flag
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i know. i keep reminding myself to be disciplined. nothing has changed w/my strategy and i look forward to when the value of the share i bought start to grow. clearly getting more for the money, so one day that will bounce back stronger. scary tho, i don't know if i should switch to more liquid positions in the even i lose my job during the recession. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 07:02 PM Flag
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for those who think there jobs are at risk, make sure you are "investing" in your emergency funds first if you don't have one so that you can live off your emergency for 3-6 months without a job at least. the last thing you want to do is cash money out of your investment accounts to live on during a down turn market. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 07:11 PM Flag
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thanks. I think my job is secure. all depends on dh who is self employed. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:43 PM Flag
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I would not buy a thing now. High yielding stocks are cutting their dividends to conserve cash and then you'll watch it nose-dive. DO NOT invest in a downward trend liek this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 07:01 PM Flag
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The problem with not investing in a downward trend is that you miss the bottom prices because you never know when the market will bounce back up. If you only have x amount of dollars for a one time investment, then maybe now is too soon to invest, only time will tell. And if you are afraid you might lose your job soon or miss a mortgage payment, then don't invest money you might need soon. But if you are a regular investor, with a set contribution amount each month, there is no better time to be investing. Again, ask yourself if you really understand the basic idea of buying low, selling high... [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] ERB : 94 no spread. Will he be shut out of tt? 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
New York City 11.20.08, 06:31 PM Flag
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There are too many other factors. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:36 PM Flag
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seriously. he could be shutout with a 99. all depends on the other factors, and who else is in the pool. sorry, but you will have to wait until february for your answer. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:40 PM Flag
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You never know, but if he is the ERB won't be the deciding factor. Nothing wrong with that score if everything else looks good. [ Reply | More ]
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General Topics 11.20.08, 07:14 PM Flag
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Trinity is about connections but if you're unconnected, you're out. Collegiate, HM and Dalton want high ERBs but you never know. Are you guys wealthy? Diverse? Famous? [ Reply | More ]
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that FOS, i know kids with lower erb's at collegiate [ Reply | More ]
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Lower than 94? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:59 PM Flag
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yes, lower than 94 [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 07:09 PM Flag
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At collegiate? That is the only school that I really believe is a "score" school. But who knows. [ Reply | More ]
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np: I don't think so. Friend's ds got in with 92, great kid but not diverse or connected. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 07:16 PM Flag
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Got into Trinity WITHOUT connections - the Trinity connections thing is overplayed in these posts [ Reply | More ]
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That's such nonsense - several kids from our pre-school got into Trinity this year with NO connections. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Center School grad here...any questions? 32 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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General Topics 11.24.08, 05:23 PM Flag
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Yes, the relentless fundraising by kids was the biggest negative about that place! It was for school trips, which were fun, but only 2-3 days of the year. Bootcamp? That is so ridiculous, but not surprising. We didn't take the Regents back then in 8th grade, we did have Latin and TACS. This thread is bringing back such old memories! [ Reply | More ]
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General Topics 11.24.08, 11:13 AM Flag
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Basic writing skills, really? My kid really learned to write at Center. Got into a specialized HS and is doing great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.24.08, 07:39 PM Flag
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'83, Glad to hear it, when I went to the school was very new, and we just discussed books in class and did dioramas, very little writing. They were experimenting with progressive education, wanted to encourage creativity through discussion and plays and projects, but in our case it was at the expense of the basics. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] Do you think less people apply to the hill schools because they are so far away? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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fewer and no [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:28 PM Flag
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they just don't like Spencer and Heidi ...oh ... I thought you meant 'hills'school ... I was like ?? [ Reply | More ]
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definitely [ Reply | More ]
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That is one reason we did not apply [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:39 PM Flag
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Ditto. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:41 PM Flag
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^ But I'm sure there are people in other neighborhoods who would never consider the schools in ours because they're too far away. [ Reply | More ]
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I don't know the school my dc attends is pretty far away, but it is not in the complete opposite direction of work [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 06:44 PM Flag
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Yes, for elementary anyway. They take a lot of new kids in MS and at that point people do apply. [ Reply | More ]
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Far away from what? Move to the Bronx, buy a fabulous apartment for about a million less than you would spend in Manhattan and have your child attend the one of the Hill schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.20.08, 07:17 PM Flag
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certainly less downtown/midtown people, but all the yuppies in washington heights/Inwood pretty much only apply to UWS and Hill school, all the riverdale families pretty much apply to just the 3 riverdale schools, and tons of westchester family apply to the hill schools as well, so in the end, I think they may end up with MORE applicants. [ Reply | More ]
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[ - ] I'm a first time mom about to enter my third trimester. Anything you can tell me about what to expect over next three months that you wished someone had told you? 12 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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[ - ] can i just cry on your shoulder for a minute? dh only likes to eat fresh food. if it's made the day before he gets iffy about it. and forget about it completely if it comes from the freezer. the thing is that he's totally ok not eating. i just feel so much pressure from it. 23 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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You are his wife, not his mom or his servant. Cook one dinner, even if its not up to his specifications, if he doesn't like it, tough. And don't have snack food in the house-its healthier for everyone. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:19 AM Flag
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op: that's exactly what happens. the problem is not that he is making demands on me. the problem is that i end up feeling guilty about it. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:24 AM Flag
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DON'T FEEL GUILTY! He is an adult, a grown man. You are not his mom. If he has specific requirements he can cook dinner for you. And then everything will meet his expectations. You are not his servant. You are his wife. His partner, his lover, his best friend. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:27 AM Flag
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Your guilt is neurotic. Learn to think of it in a different way. Learn to think of how you might approach this problem and feel if it were your sister living with you instead of your husband...might help you gain more perspective. Senseless guilt like that will kill your marriage eventually. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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that's a really good idea. to think of it as my sister. [ Reply | More ]
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dsm? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:06 AM Flag
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Tell him to cook for a week. Better yet, just ignore his unreasonable picky-ness. He can live off his own fat for a day. [ Reply | More ]
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And don't have prezels in the house. [ Reply | More ]
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op: i think the issue here is my own feelings, not his. he realizes it's not fair to ask me. so he won't ask me. he'll just not end up eating anything if he doesn't like the food. he sits at the table. he doesn't complain. but i see that he doesn't really eat. it's not passive aggressive behavior on his part. it's me not being able to feel confident in just putting my foot down. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:21 AM Flag
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Go to the bathroom. Look in the mirror. Say out loud "It is not my fault. I should not feel guilty. I am a good wife. I am a good mother. If he is picky, its his own thing." [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:28 AM Flag
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if he wants fresh he can make it himself. expecting you to make a bradn new dinner every night, especially when you have kids, is crazy. he can always make himself a sandwich. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.21.08, 07:14 AM Flag
[ - ] Could anyone please tell me what you know about the School at Columbia? I would love to hear any of your experiences, impressions, etc. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
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I am a Columbia parent too, trying to figure out how the school compares to other privates in NYC. Exmissions were good, but not fantastic. BTW. I also know a lot of parents who are unhappy with the teaching of math in the school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 11.24.08, 07:16 AM Flag
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Right. Many very, very smart kids in that class, yet nobody got into Brearley, Chapin, Trinity or Regis, and they tried. What does that mean? Do their ISEE scores stink that badly? As a Columbia parent in a lower grade, I can already see a danger sign ahead -- not enough test prep for that behemoth of a test. [ Reply | More ]
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We're parents of a transfer student from a public g&t program. We think The School's math teachers in 6th grade are outstanding and super smart. If it's any comfort, last week they tackled the famously difficult "Locker Problem.'' My child's friends at Brearley and East Side Middle were doing the same thing. I'm worried, though, about the near total lack of interest in test prep in the classroom -- for the Hunter test in 6th and the ISEE tests in 8th. Doesn't the administration know what our kids are up against? Sure, there's such a thing as too much test prep, but to avoid it completely until the last two weeks of June seems negligent. It's like making our kids walk the plank with blindfolds on, while all the other schools and academies, public included, are training like crazy. [ Reply | More ]
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My friend who had a daughter there said it was an absolute train wreck. That parents with smart children were pulling their kids out right and left for more competitive privates. She had a hard time getting her 8th grader into a third tier ongoing. The math program is apparently horrendous and she was not impressed with the teaching staff. [ Reply | More ]
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To me, the School at Columbia seems a place that prioritizes the ideological commitment to the most recent fads in education (that come out of Teachers College) rather than the actual academic performance and well-being of the children. So much hype and so little substance -- that was our impression of the place. [ Reply | More ]
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Hewitt [ Reply | More ]
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no, not on ein particular. Many of the private ss schools participate in interschool dances, etc. [ Reply | More ]
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