First Day of School

Our youngest daughter starts kindergarten tomorrow.  I’m sure my wife and I will be fighting back a few tears when we drop her off.

My wife and I were ambivalent about kindergarten.  Our first priority for our daughter is that she could continue one more year at Glen Oaks Farm, a great preschool with dirt, ditches, chickens and castles.  We decided to look for a kindergarten option that would make this possible.  We wanted a schedule that is offered at some schools – 1/2 day Monday, full days on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This way she could continue at Glen Oaks on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

Central Elementary, where our older two children attend, did not provide this option so we chose Alpine Elementary.  This is where our daughter took speech therapy last year so it is a familiar place.  We have a lot of respect for Paige Gordan, the principal of the school, and have been impressed by the energy of the school.  Our daughter will be back to Central for first grade.  We’re hopeful the plan works out.

This is an example of why we need choices of schools.  Families’ needs and interests are different.  I believe St. Vrain needs more choices of focus schools and focus programs – as well, perhaps, of school schedules (why not one year round school) – to meet the needs and interests of our community.

We are behind other school districts on the front range in providing these types of options.  It is one of the reasons, I believe, that their is demand for charter schools.  If people can’t find a place for themselves in our public schools, they will go elsewhere – and rightfully so.  We need to offer more reasons to stay.


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