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Friday, February 21, 2014

Erp, I just realized it's only Thursday. I thought it was Friday. Wait it is Friday. Agh. This week has felt like a long one. With sickness in our house again (even the dog), I have been staying up late to get things done and waking up early from the sounds of coughing. Like 5 am early which I don't do. My internal alarm clock is around 7ish, if I wake up earlier I am liable to be found wandering, bumping into things and talking to myself. And if I wake up any later I spend the day with one of those throbbing sleepy headaches. I've also spent every evening this week going to open houses to look at schools for M+L. I found one that I like, it looks cool, literally: concrete and wood floors, exposed beams and ductwork, big giant glass garage doors in the classrooms, which I might add smelled strangely good for a school. Every class I went in my brain said "yum, vanilla. ooo strawberry" So I am not sure if it's the aesthetics of the school or the school itself, which was kind of confusing (a democracy but without voting because that marginalizes the minority. which seemed to translate to lots of meetings. Not so sure how M+L would do in meetings.). It's also it's a bit of a drive, and they don't really use desks, mostly just ikea shag carpets. And I don't know, I don't think desks are so bad.

This school was seeming like my best bet (or there was some sort of subliminal olfactory messages being sent to my brain), but last night I went to the school that is closest to us (yet not our neighborhood school :/) and I am feeling that's the one. Our real neighborhood school is one of three in the Portland Public that has a uniform policy and there are a lot of reasons I could give for hating this fact (like, they also happen have this uniform policy only in the few schools in portland where white children are the minority - my inner social worker is going huh? that's weird. and not weird in a good way. weird in a aclu way.). And having twins that look identical, I am not so into sending them to school dressed exactly the same everyday. "which one are you?" "who are you?" "are you milo or luca?" They get it enough. Different shirts is like our only tool in the toolbox for quick identification and differentiation. Anyway, I was feeling pretty despondent with the whole thing until last night when I went to our not-neighborhood-neighborhood school and I was immediately thrust into the arms of two moms with twins who told gave me tips and let me know this school has an odd amount of twins there, a fact that they knew from experience worked in their favor. So I am hopeful. But still after all that I needed to come home and look at pretty things.

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12 comments:

  1. an industrial school that smells like strawberries and vanilla...that sounds amazing!
    hope you have a beautiful weekend christine.

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  2. I have never been to a school that smells good, my brain almost can't compute that. I would pick that school in an instant. My office is right in a high school and the only thing it smells like is old mop water and teenage boys.

    Good luck with your school choice.

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    1. haha, me either. you get it, that's a pretty rare thing to find ;)

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  3. wow, I had no idea that it can be so hard to pick a school. when I was a kid, you had to go to your district school. the only way to avoid that was to move to a different district. well, good luck with your choice. and feel better soon xoxo

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    1. yes, it's nice we can choose but it's a process and they are making it more difficult every year. our schools are funded with property taxes so those in nice neighborhoods have way more to offer. the schools in neighborhoods with less property tax income are crowded, have poor performance, don't offer things like PE/Art/Music . . . it's not a level playing field. xo

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  4. I went to a grade school with uniforms and I think kids still find a way to be different.. hehe like rolling up their skirts to show more leg. lol :) I hope your whole house gets better soon- a coughing and crying are things only moms hear through out the night.

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    1. i am so ready to be better!! and oh my gosh can you even remember the days when you were a sound sleeper? i can't :)

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  5. Having worked in schools, and, like you, been part of them for my child's life, I'm surprisingly pro-uniform. I surprise myself, I know. It's a great equalizer. Cal's school doesn't have a uniform, but they have a pretty strict dress code (more so for the boys than the girls, he'd tell you and I'd agree), and I LIKE IT. His social studies teacher says, "Dress well, test well." And that makes a lot of sense to me.

    But this is HARD. I remember. I have friends going through it now too, and all I can say is please come and hold my hand in a few years when it's college time. And feel better, dear. XO

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    1. i went to catholic school for awhile and i wore a uniform and i didn't mind. but that is also the standard. uniforms is not the standard for portland public. portland is also not a very racially diverse city so it just seems weird to me that in three schools where people of color are the majority everyone has to dress the same. if i was in college i'd be choosing this topic for some sort of term paper. i am not against uniforms, this is just making me go hmmm.

      and ... i think having twins that look the same (to other people) i would not place them in a school with uniforms by choice. however they naturally choose to be the same or different is really important to me, if they grow up and want to constantly be different, awesome. if they want to be the same, sweet. i just don't want them to be in an environment where external factors may influence this more than would naturally occur. does that makes sense? plus the school performance sucks so there's that too. ;)

      you know i will be there for you mama! xo

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  6. Your internal clock made me laugh as I am exactly the same.....Especially if I end up staying in bed, sleeping in I end up having the worst day with headaches, walking around like zombie, -no matter how much coffee I put in me. I've learnt to get up when I wake up, less hassle that way. Lovely mood board, hope your weekend is great and that come Monday you wake up feeling awesome!

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  7. Ooof Christine, sounds like you've been up to your ears in this school stuff. Hopefully the latest one that you found is the right one for you and the boys (keeping fingers crossed). Is the weather in PDX getting better?

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