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[ - ] It will be agony if dc#2 doesn't make the NEST cutoff. All she can talk about is how she wants to go to K with her sibling. OK, agonized vent over. 9 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.17.08, 04:13 PM Flag
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Good luck! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:15 PM Flag
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Good luck. Are you prepping? This will be us in a few years! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:16 PM Flag
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we are doing the KTSS folders. She gets about 90% right. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:50 PM Flag
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she will do fine. my son got about 80% right on KTSS last year and scored 98. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.08, 07:53 AM Flag
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I feel for you. We will be in same situation in a few years (for Anderson). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:51 PM Flag
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i don't know what we'll do, as our zoned school sucks. I would die if we had to pull dc#1 out to move to some burb. Guess we'd have to cram all into a rental in a good zone somewhere. I was so sure a month ago that she'd do it and now I really see what a crap shoot it is. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:53 PM Flag
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what is the cut off htis year for siblings? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.08, 08:02 AM Flag
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97 (same as last) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.08, 09:59 AM Flag
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do yourselves a favor and start telling her that she's going to go to a kindergarten. it might be in her sibling's school, it might not. but it'll be really fun, etc. We wanted dc#2 to get in to the same school as dc#1 and it didn't work out. in retrospect, we are even happier than if he had been there. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.08, 08:08 AM Flag
[ - ] Name this city: on east coast, near a major airport, apartment costs about $1500/month or less, has some 'culture' or vibrancy, and is warm-ish most of the year (ie. not New Hampshire). 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:13 PM Flag
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Washington, DC. its ok but it is NOT NYC [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:32 PM Flag
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definitely DC, nothing is like NYC, but I love living in DC. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 07:31 PM Flag
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charleston [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:03 PM Flag
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Charlotte NC [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:33 PM Flag
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Hoboken NJ with a space heater. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:38 PM Flag
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Philly. It's not as cold as NYC, more like 4 seasons. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 07:25 PM Flag
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Raleigh, NC. The Triangle as a whole actually added jobs this year. Most of the year the weather is amazing and you can get great apt. for $1,500 or much less. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 07:29 PM Flag
[ - ] Haven't gone yet but does Diana also rave about all dcs she tests at Saint Ann's or is it just Mary? We will meet with Diana so I'm just trying to manage expectations. 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.17.08, 04:09 PM Flag
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Guess we bombed? No raves here from Mary. Sorry to hijack but is the test Saint Ann's uses the Stanford Binet? Didn't seem like a long enough session for that? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:25 PM Flag
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They say it's based on SB but that they tweak it for their own purposes. Not sure what you mean by long enough -- my dc was in with Mary for over an hour but in the SB5 for Hunter for less than 35 minutes. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:37 PM Flag
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More evidence that we bombed I think? My dc was only in there for about 30 min. It was first private interview instead of playdate and dc was really shy and scared. Such a hard process when you're 4! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:44 PM Flag
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Exactly opposite for us. Dc was with Mary for 30 min (and she said she scored 99) and Hunter test an 1h [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:51 PM Flag
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She told you dc's score? Not us. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:59 PM Flag
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Not us either. I can't imagine her doing that [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:24 PM Flag
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Diana raves too. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:56 PM Flag
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OP: Thx. I was thinking she might be more measured with her feedback due to her position. Appreciate the heads up. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:26 PM Flag
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I think they want to make everyone feel good, which I guess is nice, but also kind of annoyingly misleading. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 06:17 PM Flag
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np. Diana is actually quite unprofessional for the DoA of a Top school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 06:43 PM Flag
[ - ] my 3 year 6 month old can spell words like 'cat', 'man', 'red' and can add and subtract numbers under 10. He can also sound out words and is able to write words (he has been writing for about 6 months). He is home with me and I'd like to keep him stimulated and happy--he sometimes seems quite bored with me. Any ideas? 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:06 PM Flag
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Send him to preschool. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:07 PM Flag
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can't afford it, but thanks. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:09 PM Flag
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So give him some crayons and paper. Maybe buy some flash cards. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:12 PM Flag
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done all that. Friends bought him this fine art flashcard set adn he can identify more major painters than I can. Granted, I am pathetic at art history but when your 3 year old can correctly identify the Manet over the Monet you know you're in trouble. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:14 PM Flag
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preschool [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:09 PM Flag
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playdates. doesn't matter how smart he is, he's likely bored because he wants to play with other children. and it's free. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:13 PM Flag
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thanks. i will work on this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:14 PM Flag
[ - ] My progesterone: 11 at 4wks, 17.75 at 4wks 2 days, 16 at 5wks, 15 at 6wks. DR now wants to put me on supplements. Is is too late? Is this pg doomed? My HCG numbers have been good 4 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:00 PM Flag
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i don't think so. mine dipped a little at one point and everything was fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:16 PM Flag
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how early was it and how big was the dip? had you seen a heartbeat? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:22 PM Flag
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it was probably before we saw the heartbeat because after the u/s I stopped getting betas. I think it went from 29 to 26 so I didn't need supplements. good luck [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 08:05 PM Flag
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^^sorry, replied in the wrong spot [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 08:06 PM Flag
[ - ] When do we here about acceptences for private schools? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Preschool/Kids 12.17.08, 03:54 PM Flag
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Mid feb [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:06 PM Flag
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given your spelling, you probably won't "here" anytime soon. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:08 PM Flag
[ - ] i need ideas for a 7 year old girl for a birthday gift ... any suggestions? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Toddler 12.17.08, 03:42 PM Flag
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Qwirkle game at mindware.com. My nearly 7 yo dd's favorite game right now (and it's fun for me, too, though she usually beats me!) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:08 PM Flag
[ - ] Congrats to all of the dc's who made it to Rd 2 Hunter. My dc made it last year, got w/l, Dh and I did the tour they let the lucky 48 plus w/l paretns go on. It was AMAZING! It made me feel even worse for dc not getting in. A tip to those of you who get w/l...DO NOT GO ON THE TOUR!!!!! FWIW, dc is doing amazing in current school. 7 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.17.08, 03:35 PM Flag
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Public or private? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:39 PM Flag
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I assume you have a DD? It certainly made sense for waitlisted boys' parents to take the tour last year... not so much for the girls. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:46 PM Flag
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But one didn't know that until later. And even then one needed to be a UB addict! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:53 PM Flag
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op: Yes, who would have thought the boys would go through that many and the girls so few. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:54 PM Flag
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What # is she on the w/l now? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:00 PM Flag
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op: There only need to be about 3 more girls called, but I doubt we would take her out of current school even if she was (which is doubtful). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:01 PM Flag
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OR: Glad you are so happy with current school. Did you end up at a citywide, zoned, or private? I heard on UB for a couple of Hunter-waitlisted girls who ended up at Anderson. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:03 PM Flag
[ - ] Newbie here. What are the best diapers to get for newborn? Would love to be eco-friendly, but not sure how cloth diapers work...thinking seventh generation? 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:27 PM Flag
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Oh and how many do I get to start?? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:30 PM Flag
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I used nothing but 7th Gen for dd #2. They're great and contain no chlorine. I also like that they have no characters and that dd was easily toilet trained at 2.2 (underwear had characters she chose, so she was very motivated--blah beige diaper or Dora undies? No contest). [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:33 PM Flag
[ - ] I am 6 weeks postpartum. My postpartum bleeding seemed to stop, but came back yesterday, bright red blood almost like a period. I called ob and nurse said that some women can bleed up to 8 or 9 weeks, and not worry they would see me at my appointment next week. Does this seem right? Anyone else have a similar postpartum experience? 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Newborn 12.17.08, 03:12 PM Flag
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mine would stop, start, stop etc. right through almost 12 weeks. was told it was normal. of course, i would think it had def stopped and then ruin yet another pair of underwear.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:13 PM Flag
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I bled for two months [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:18 PM Flag
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Started up again at 6 wks after C-S. Nurse asked what I had been doing--cleaning furiously for MIL visit. She said it was too much too soon. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:47 PM Flag
[ - ] Newbie question...we are hiring a nanny for the first time. She will work 40 hrs/week with one 6 month old child. We do not expect housework or errands. Is $600/week appropriate? TIA. 2 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Toddler 12.17.08, 03:10 PM Flag
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We pay $675 for one infant and 50 hours [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:18 PM Flag
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yes, that's $15/hour - very good for 1 db [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:22 PM Flag
[ - ] any one hear about the city & country lottery? shouldn't we have found out by now? 1 Reply [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.17.08, 03:09 PM Flag
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I haven't heard and was wondering the same thing. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.08, 11:09 AM Flag
[ - ] My posts are not being accepted. 3 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:55 PM Flag
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Well, actually, here you are. So what was it you wanted to say? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:01 PM Flag
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This one is [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:01 PM Flag
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it took a few minutes for mine to come up [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:13 PM Flag
[ - ] Between last year & this I am on my way to having all 3 kids take SB & OLSAT & to me the HUGE difference is that the OLSAT doesn't allow tester to redirect or encourage child. If kid is shy, gets bored or confused that's it. But the OLSAT is cheaper to administer & that is the bottom line for the G & T. Wonder why Hunter gets special treatment? 11 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.17.08, 02:42 PM Flag
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SB tester can't really redirect. We met with ours and she said that DS was very shy for the first part... felt he could have easily scored +5 higher, after seeing how he scored on the rest of it. She said he gave some one word answers, and isn't allowed to ask for any more. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:45 PM Flag
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So she didn't say anything at all after asking the question? Not for Hunter, but when I saw DS do it, there quite a few comments here & there getting him back on track. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:19 PM Flag
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hunter is not under the auspices of the doe. they can do whatever they want. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:02 PM Flag
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Because it's not DOE, and makes its own policies for admission. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:13 PM Flag
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Hmm. And what is the moral of this story? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:19 PM Flag
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not sure i see your point. the doe is not going to go with a test that you must pay a child psychologist to administer, both for practical and financial reasons. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:28 PM Flag
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Exactly my point. The moral: when exempt from DOE control better results. Out of curiosity how does Hunter deal w/ applicants who can't afford? Is there some sort of FA like there is for ERB? If so, why can't DOE institute a like, more accurate system? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:24 PM Flag
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yes, there is FA for the hunter SB test [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:35 PM Flag
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hunter offers fa for sb but far fewer dcs take the hunter test than the olsat (the doe would like every dc entering k to have the opportunity to take it). the doe doesn't have the money to pay for this (i know, i know the olsat cost them millions, but sb testing would be an ongoing annual thing), there aren't enough psychologists to administer it. it's totally impractical for them to use the sb. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:11 PM Flag
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this is why the sb is unfair. some testers "redirect" (i.e., suggest the answer--janet jackson, anyone?) and some don't. the scores are not objective. it really depends on your tester. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:16 PM Flag
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We took it last year, and I have always wondered about this. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 05:17 PM Flag
[ - ] Hunter Round 2: Anyone know what we can expect? Where is it? How long does it last? How many kids at a time? 10 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.17.08, 02:41 PM Flag
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Last about 1 hour, in the last two weeks of January, at Hunter Elementary school. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:54 PM Flag
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Actually, it's at the end of the last week of Jan., and as I recall, it lasts about 2 hours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:14 PM Flag
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Definitely two hours. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:29 PM Flag
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sorry, should have been more specific: where in the school? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:27 PM Flag
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classrooms -- 1st grade, I think. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:28 PM Flag
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Actually I think they go upstairs to the HS class rooms - the HS will be closed January 29/30. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:31 PM Flag
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np Starts in the library. Kids color while parents gather in room in library with windows overlooking where the kids are sitting. After several minutes, kids are taken away for assessment. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:31 PM Flag
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ha! dc cannot color worth a darn, and has zero interest in it. no wonder he was dinged. happy at anderson though he still cannot color. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:53 PM Flag
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LOL! Mine came out with her shoes encrusted with neon green and pink Play Doh, so I'm pretty sure she failed that part;) Happy at Spence. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:05 PM Flag
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General Topics 12.17.08, 04:23 PM Flag
[ - ] what's the best hospital for amnio in nyc? thanks. 6 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
Expecting 12.17.08, 02:29 PM Flag
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it is more a doctor thing than a hospital thing. go to someone who has done many many many with fewest complications. Do you not have an OB? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:30 PM Flag
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I do and I'm very happy with him. more just interested in what people think on here. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:35 PM Flag
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i had mine with Dr. Kalish at cornell. in general i hear good things about many of the cornell affiliated docs. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:38 PM Flag
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Eddelman and Stone at Mt. Sinai are great [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:01 PM Flag
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I second that, Dr Stone at Mt Sinai [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:28 PM Flag
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I had both of mine done at Roosevelt. Same Dr . They do many per day [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 04:03 PM Flag
[ - ] Ok, indulge my pity party for a moment. DC scored 146 on SB, so clearly very good (98%, I guess), but not enough for Hunter. And if last yr was any indication, not enough for Anderson, which only took 99%. I guess we might have a chance of testing into district G&T, but haven't taken the OSLATS yet, so don't know for sure. Not applying to privates --- so it's gen ed for us. Just seems sad. 25 Replies [ Reply | Watch | More ]
NY Schools 12.17.08, 02:26 PM Flag
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I am so sorry. You sound like a good mom, I am sure you dc will be just fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:32 PM Flag
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I'm sure she will, thanks. I just can't believe how competitive it all is. Thanks for responding. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:38 PM Flag
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It is not sad, it is an outrage that regular schools disappoint. DOE needs more $, more parental involvement & no mayoral control! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:37 PM Flag
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first of all, there's a good chance dc's olsat score will be higher than the sb score despite all the "no correlation" posters here. it's an easier test imo. my dc scored higher and i know lots of others who did. and even if olsat score is a 90 you will have a shot at some g&t if that's your goal. otherwise, there are many high-scoring dcs at gen eds all over the city. including mine. we also just missed the hunter and the citywide cutoff (dc scored a 98) and we are very happy at our gen ed. i know exactly how you feel, but things will work out. gl! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:38 PM Flag
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Thanks - I know it'll work out, and at some point in the not-so-distant future this will all be forgotten. But right now it sort of sucks that we don't have this option, which I think would have been great. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:40 PM Flag
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I think when dc scores high on any one of the 3 tests, there is a very good chance that they will score high on the others (no uarantees of course) so there is still a chance your dc gets 99 on OLSAT. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:38 PM Flag
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We are in exactly the same boat (same sb score) but gened is not an option in our hood so ( I can't believe I'm saying this) we are prepping for the OLSAT --all we need is 1 more point and are not going to take chances. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:38 PM Flag
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How are you prepping? By doing what? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:41 PM Flag
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workbooks, KTSS [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:46 PM Flag
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no offense, but i know people who tried this last year and it totally backfired. they got lower scores on olsat than sb. as long as you're fine with a district g&t, you should be fine. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:50 PM Flag
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no need to prep. your dc can score 90 on olsat and still qualify for a g&t. or is a district-wide not good enough for you? btw, why didn't you plan for this, knowing your "hood" had a crap school? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:41 PM Flag
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np: What do you mean, plan for it? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:42 PM Flag
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Ummm we had kids and cannot afford to live in an affluent section of Manhattan. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:45 PM Flag
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there are plenty of good schools that aren't in an affluent section of manhattan. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:48 PM Flag
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such as? Anywhere I can buy a 3 bedroom for $200,000--I live in Harlem and I don't think I'm going to be able sell anytime soon [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:50 PM Flag
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rent out your place in harlem (and make a nice profit) and move to a rental in a better zone. or work to make the school in your "hood" beetter. i love the people who post about what a great neighborhood harlem is, but can't wait to leave it when it comes to schools. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:55 PM Flag
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np: she'd have to work at this by removing all the troubled dc from said school. have some empathy for or with limited options. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 06:14 PM Flag
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we don't even know what her school is. we do know she bought a cheap apartment in harlem in the hopes she could send dc to hunter or a citywide and now that this is may be in question she is going to cheat. why should i empathize? [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 06:17 PM Flag
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bay ridge, ditmas park, chinatown, forest hills.... [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:59 PM Flag
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you are blessed to have a bright child who will thrive in any school he or she is in. indulge in the pity, for a moment, and then be grateful for what you have. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:38 PM Flag
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Thank you. You are very wise! I needed your comment. :) [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:41 PM Flag
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you're quite welcome! [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 02:42 PM Flag
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be proud you have a bright dc. and pat yourself on the back for the work you have done. why not apply to the privates, apply for FA. and my guess dc will do great on the olsat. i think you have a bright future ahead. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.17.08, 03:03 PM Flag
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You are very kind, thank you. As for privates, we are in that middle-income zone where we can't afford the $60k/year for privates (we have 2 kids), but still earn too much to qualify for FA. We pretty much just break even these days. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.08, 08:38 AM Flag
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If it makes you feel better at all, my dc got a 96 last year on SB and with KTSS prepping, got a 99 on OLSAT. I would recommend prepping in this situation because I do think that that is the difference between a 96-97 and a 99 on the OLSAT. GL. [ Reply | More ]
General Topics 12.18.08, 08:59 AM Flag
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