Just a short 3 weeks ago, I was longing for school to start. I was ready for a routine again and looking forward to peaceful days as two out of my four children spent the day at school. But, as I expected, reality has smacked us over the head full force. Sure, the days are a little quieter with only half the usual load, but, I am finding, no less busy. At least the afternoons are perfectly quiet to accomplish what I can because as of 3:30- the peace is over until all are in bed. At 3:30, I pick my sleeping babies out of their cribs and put them straight in the car. We pick up the boys and are home by 4:00 where we get started on the mountain of homework brought home by my 2nd grader. Really, did I even have homework in the 2nd grade? If I did- it wasn't enough that I remember it. This takes AT LEAST one hour- no joke. While my Kindergartener has yet to bring home homework, the teacher has warned us...it will come! So, once homework is done, I must rush to make dinner with 4 crazy children running around and causing trouble since Aaron isn't home yet. Then, we eat quickly before rushing off to our evening commitment- whatever that may be on any given evening. Then of course, there is baths, reading and bed. Whew- just writing it makes me tired.....oh wait- I actually did all this today- no wonder I am tired.
Anyway, that really isn't the point of this post. As if all of the above hasn't overwhelmed me enough lately, not a single day has gone by this week where my children's backpack did not contain a request for money. It started simply- $8 needed for Jacob's upcoming field trip (and $4 for me as a chaperone, since I would like to go along) to the apple orchard. Then, $1.50 for a plain white t-shirt that they will make apple prints on. Then, $12 each for a special school t-shirt that they can wear on "spirit" days instead of their uniform shirts. Next, it is $4.50 for a subscription to a reading magazine for Kindergarten to use in class. Then, today we hit the mother load. They are instituting a policy that any chaperones going on a field trip or to camp that will be with small groups of children need to have a background check. Now, I do agree with this because I certainly don't want some creepy bad person with my children. However, they are "so kindly" offering the services of a mobile unit to do background checks that will come right to the school. They offer background checks with the FBI and some other agency for the "bargain" price of $40 for one or $70 for both!!! What???? $70 for probably some fingerprints and then running my name and prints through a database on a computer? Are you kidding me? But if I don't, I can't be a chaperone with a small group- and then I look like a bad parent for not volunteering (unless someone knows another way to get a background check? I think I had one done when I was subbing about 9 years ago, but that was 9 years ago.....) THEN if that isn't enough- they sent home a notice of school fees for the year- including camp fees (all grades go to a science related camp- required), field trip fees (so....why do I still have to pay extra for the apple orchard???), science lab fees, etc. This totals about $200 for both of my children.
And, can you believe- that in addition to all that sent home today- was also "market day" fliers??? Do they really expect us to fork out money for market day when we just got notified that we need to chop off an arm and a leg?
So, if someone knows the address of the nearest money tree, could you please pass it along so I can mapquest it?
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