And I am super irritated that this stupid state has not yet decided if they are eliminating all day kindergarten. Or "kinder" as the principal kept calling it tonight. What's up with that? "Oh we take such good care of our kinders here." and "This is the kinder playground." and "Where are my kinder teachers?? Raise your hands ladies!"
Really? Does it take that much more effort to add the "garten" to the end of the word? It's only two more syllables. And rolls nicely off the tongue. Doesn't become a tangled mess like say . . . aluminum. Or celebratory. I always stumble over that one too. But kindergarten? Pretty natural... It actually feels unnatural to just leave it at kinder. I mean if this is the kind of laziness I can expect from the "kinder" program, maybe I should consider a different school?
Anyway, back to griping about the all day kinder. Garten. I realize the state is making budget cuts. I realize all day kindergarten is an expense. I realize it would be extremely profitable for each district to charge $250 per month/per child to attend an all day program. Yes, you read that correctly. Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars. That is two Benjamins and one Grant. I know this because I am
So as I am standing in line for information on the all day option, I am thinking about the obvious:
1. What exactly is my $250 covering each month?
2. Is my child going to be $250 worth smarter than the child who does not attend all day?
3. What the heck am I going to do with Boo if there is no all day kindergarten and I can't afford $250 a month to send her all day?
4. For $250 a month, do I get to choose which teacher I want?
4. Is that a real Prada on the arm of the woman in front of me?? (Closer inspection proved it was indeed a fake.)
So I get to the front of the registration line and turn in all of the paperwork I just completed. I hand over her immunization records and her birth certificate. The lovely woman sitting at the desk asks me for a utility bill.
Me: What? I have two other kids who attend this school.
She: Yes, I know. But we still need proof of residency.
Me: I didn't know that. I don't have a utility bill with me. I have a paystub I think.
She: No, we need to see that you are getting a utility service at the home to prove you are living there.
Me: Why would I lie about where I live?
She: Ma'am, this is a very prestigious neighborhood.
Me: It's obviously not that prestigious, that lady is carrying a fake Prada. A Frauda.
She: Regardless, there are lots of people who will lie to get their kids in this school.
Me: Really. Wow. It's a wonder why someone doesn't sell the use of their address on ebay to pay for all day kindergarten. (Smile)
She: (Narrowing eyes) How quickly can you drop off that bill?
There is no way they are letting me pick a teacher now.