Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Soon...

very soon.

Judging by the recent increase in site traffic, many of you are thinking the same thing I am.
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(edited to add:)  Apparently not so soon. I called the Family Resource Center at 4, like a lot of you, and was told that Court Street mailed school assignments to parents yesterday but the FRC couldn't look information up on the computers until Thursday or Friday. I don't really understand how the central office could have the information, but the resource centers don't. Am I calling the wrong place?

28 comments:

Amy said...

keeping K1 assignment Vigil...

Laura said...

Ha ha, my heart leaps to my throat every time I see you have a new post in my Bloglines!

Anonymous said...

dying here along with you in Roslindale...

Anonymous said...

I admit, I check your blog from the office to see if YOU'VE gotten your letter, so that I can know if I have to rush right home vs stopping to pick up dinner. It sounds like I'll be going grocery shopping tonight. Walking across my front porch to pick up the mail has never been so stressful...

Anonymous said...

my god, did you see the latest post on WZPG? it's enough to make me want to jump out my window. I was all set to call at 4...

Geeky Mama said...

I'm not jumping. I'm just gently banging my forehead against my desk.

Googie Baba said...

The suspense is killing me! Looks like we have to wait until the end of the week.

Anonymous said...

jumping mom here. i feel like they have the results, but don't want to be inundated with calls so they are pushing us off. this way most of us will have to wait for the letter, and whoever didn't get it by Thurs will be left to call, which will probably be very few.
*bangs head against keyboard along with you*.
I am going to be so injured by this lottery!

Josh said...

I think it's true that they just don't have the staff to have everyone who's waiting for results call in, so they only take calls after the date when letters should have arrived. First class mail within the city usually takes just 1 or two business days, so if it went out yesterday I would think it should arrive today or tomorrow (tomorrow not being a Federal holiday).

Good luck, everyone!

Anonymous said...

Geeky Mama Gently Banging Head,
Could you just clarify today's edit? They mailed results to our homes yesterday? I sense you are saying the results are mailed somewhere else first, but I'm not clear. ALso worth mentioning that tomorrow is Evacuation Day (aka St Patricks day) so I suspect all offices are closed.

Thanks.

Geeky Mama said...

To clarify, it was my understanding speaking with the woman on the phone that the central office put assignments in the mail to us Monday. At first, she said Tuesday, but then corrected herself to say Monday. So I suppose, depending on the speed of the postal service, we could get a letter Wednesday or Thursday.

I agree with previous posters. It's probably so the staff doesn't have to deal with so many phone calls. HOWEVER, since they didn't really tell us ahead of time they weren't going to tell us over the phone (like they have in years past), it doesn't really save them that much time, does it? Not to mention, if wait list numbers aren't listed on the letters (they weren't last year), then we'll all be calling anyway. Where's the savings in that?

Kathy said...

Folks, this is kindergarten, not college.

Googie Baba said...

Kathy, college or not, this is our child's education. This is one of our most important duties as parents. And this BPS set up is very stress inducing. I know I would not be freaking out if I could walk down the street, and enroll my kid in the neighborhood school. I don't think we are being silly or overreacting.

Googie Baba said...

BTW - I just checked the mail. No letter yet.

Anonymous said...

It is *extremely* disappointing to spend the entire day thinking you will finally find out where your child stands with BPS only to be let down by a last minute change. If my child doesn't get in anywhere that is more money we are going to have to shell out for private school. So it is a pretty stressful and annoying, kindergarten or not.

Geeky Mama said...

To add to the most recent comments, it's not just kindergarten. The child could be at that school, potentially, until the eighth grade.

And financial concerns are a real one. Child care and preschool are not cheap in this city. So hypothetically, if a child doesn't get a K1 spot and has to continue at their preschool another year, that might, hypothetically, mean that the parents will have to patch up the leaky house with chewing gum instead of hiring a contractor. Hypothetically.

Anonymous said...

In response to Kathy, if Boston provided dependable neighborhood schools, K1 or K2 would indeed be no big deal. That's just not the case; your child may be placed way across town in a school that you don't feel is right for them; you may be land in a school that doesn't give you good options after 4th or 5th grade; etc. So it can unfortunately at times feel like college admission, only with much less potential influence on the outcome.

Kathy said...

Well, there's only so much any of us as parents can control. That's all I'm saying. I have two kids in BPS and it's been fine so far. It's not make or break.

Anonymous said...

So, people did not receive their letters today?

Anonymous said...

i did not. thinking it should be tomorrow. *hopefully*

cda said...

Hi Geeky Mama and Everybody,

We are first-timers to the BPS system, too. And I guess I'm glad to see that I've not been alone in watching the mail these past two weeks! I am just wondering what it is that we get? A letter with our school appointment and wait list numbers for others? Do we have to take action immediately to keep the BPS slot or are we set then--is it that people will be taking action in terms of looking at charter/pilot/private options?

Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

I know how stressful it is - I have two kids in BPS, and even when we had sibling preference to our 1st choice school I was still a nervous wreck. My heart goes out to each of you.

I would like to note that once you get the notice it's not the end of the story. My daughter's class in a highly chosen BPS West Zone school (hint: it starts with a "k") has had turnover of about 30 % between K2 and 4th grade. Families leave every year for lots of reasons. In 3rd grade they add 6 students (class size increases from 22 to 25) and if you are willing to TRANSFER IN during the middle of the school year you can rocket up the wait list. Last year, in 3rd grade, there were 3 students who left during the school year and those spaces were not filled until the beginning of the next school year.

I know this is not what you want to hear right now, but I feel like no one ever talks about it.

Geeky Mama said...

Hi cda,

Here's my understanding of how it works. People can feel free to jump in if I get anything wrong.

In the past, the letter has your lottery number and the school you're assigned to. I think you have to call the Family Resource Center to get your wait list numbers for your top three schools if you didn't get your top pick.

Up to a certain point in the year (August? September?), if you get off the wait list at any of your top three schools, you will automatically be reassigned to the new school. So if you're content with your current assignment and don't want to be automatically switched, you have to take your name off the wait lists. I think later in the year, they give you a little time to decide before reassigning you to one of your waitlist schools.

Also, if you get the school that's #2 on your list, you won't be on the waitlist for #3. Or if you got #1, you won't be waitlisted for #2 or #3.

Most of the charter and private schools have already notified parents of assignments and wait lists.

SOS_mama said...

I just called the WZ FRC and was able to find out my son's K1 placement.

cda said...

Thanks, Geeky Mama, for the response.

I called today as we hadn't received a letter. We didn't get into K2, and in fact are 130th on the waitlist of our first choice and 149th for our second choice! I don't think BPS is in the cards for us this fall.

Good luck everyone in the final settling in!

Geeky Mama said...

Hi cda,

For what it's worth, I think you can work with the Family Resource Center to reorder your choices and try to get into schools that have shorter wait lists.

Lani said...

Cda, you HAVE to get a k2 placement- legally. Fo you mean you didn't get one you like?

cda said...

Yikes. I meant K0. I'm still learning the lingo-sorry for the confusion! (And we're in the East Zone (Dorcheter) just so I don't worry your West Zone readers.

We only applied to the two schools with K0 within walking distance. They are both really good, though, hence the high waitlist number, not to mention no siblings already in the schools and no special needs. I was just irrationally hopeful that we might get in-was impressed with both schools.

This blog is such a wonderful resource. Thank you so much!