Thursday, February 15, 2007

back to square one

So after months of pondering, I registered the twins for first grade next fall at big sis' old school. We visited, met with the teacher, filled all the forms. That was two weeks ago. I was in bliss. Happy and at peace with finally reaching a decision. All is well, right? NO. All is not well. I'm back to square one and the anxiety is driving me berserk.

You see, there's this other school. It finally opened four years ago. I say finally as for the last 10 years I was marginally involved with trying to get it set up in our neck of the woods. It operates under the catholic school board but follows Montessori principles which I really, really like. When it opened, I didn't end up transferring big sis to it as she was in fourth grade and her friends at that point where most important to her. When the twins were born, I said, Yeah, they'll be able to go! I even pre-registered them FOUR years ago! It's a small school, everyone knows each other, small classes and the kids wear uniforms (which I also like). But over the past few years there's been problems with the direction. The principal has been off on stress leave for the past 3 years and there's been one interim principal after another which creates a certain lack of leadership/direction/management. Some parents have been frustrated and pulled their kids out. There's also an issue that there is no busing provided for this school so kids need to be driven back and forth. Some parents have had issues with that and pulled them out. I had a major issue with that as I didn't want to commit being a chauffeur for the next 6 years.

So what changed my way of thinking?

Two things, no, three.

Last week-end there was an article in the newspaper which gave ratings of schools according to those ministry tests given to 3rd and 6th graders. This school came out FIRST...out of the whole province, out of over 3000 schools tested!!! It got an overall mark of 10/10, given to a handful of schools province-wide. Now that got me thinking, really thinking.

AND THEN, I learn that the school board has finally approved the school for busing! No need to drive them back and forth.

And there's also the fact that I'm really pleased with the high school that big sis is attending. This is the high school all the kids at this school would go to. And a very small part of me likes the fact that it is catholic, like to have that extra dimension thrown into their daily lives.

Called the school this morning. Turns out the secretary is a mom I know and she was all excited to hear baby girl and baby boy would be attending! So she'll be sending me all the official forms to fill out.

Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I'm registering them at two schools that way I have more time to ponder and agonize, lovely ;)


nancy said...

I won't tell on you, if you don't tell on me...we are also in the process of registering our two at another we will have more time to decide...

Twin moms are sneaky bitches!!

Silver Creek Mom said...

Right on Bitches!
I would love to have the problems you have. I don't. It;s either French or English and the OTHER school don't have a great rating. Sad but true.
Our is better but no where near the standard I want for him.

I wondering if having him in the same class as his couisn is a good idea.

BeachMama said...

Wow, that is a tough decision. I didn't really have mucha of a choice, considering I can throw a stone out my back window and hit the school. The only way I could change is if I chose the Catholic school, but it is so crowded I really didn't want J there. Or I could send him to the school with his cousin and claim he is getting daycare at her house. But, truthfully, I don't want J and J2 in the same class.

So, I will stick with my one choice, but I am so glad you get to choose from two great schools!

DaniGirl said...

Oooo, I was reading about that school. I wish it were an option for us - sounds wonderful!

oacemama said...

Hey, just found your blog through kate5kiwis...I was attracted by your name I have boy/girl twins too..."Are they identical????" D'oh.

I have four kiddos in total... 5, 2.5,2.5, 7 months. Yee ha...loveing reading about what life might bel ike in a few more years for us. Feel free to nosy at our life if ya want.