Saturday, August 20, 2011

Stressed spelled backwards.....

is desserts and I certainly felt like having a boatload of them after the news we received. Talk about frustration! I think I made up some new swear words! The christian school my granddaughter attends contacted my daughter to let her know that the school will no longer be open; registration was way down and it just wasn't profitable enough for them to do it. WHAT!!!!! School starts in less than 10 days!

She wore uniforms at this school and so we hadn't worried about shopping. She was basically all set except for a few small things. Now....we had to buy her an entire wardrobe....but first we had to find another school for her since public school is definitely not an option. That took one whole day but we did find another school. There are 10 times more children attending this new school and their curriculum is better. They have some different rulings in reference to a dress code and no, they do not wear uniforms. The kids can wear regular clothes but they have several restrictions. No jeans or slacks on girls. They have to wear dresses or skirts and they can NOT be above the knee. Art class is once a week in the evening; they are permitted to wear denim skirts or jumpers for this class. I had no idea how hard it would be to find a denim skirt that was knee length or below. No writing on any of the tops or jackets, only black closed-toe dress shoes for class, but tennis shoes for gym. Girls have to have one outfit that consists of a white blouse and black skirt. I'm sure we'll find out more as we go.

I got busy on the Internet and online shopped for HOURS. I am praying that we have time to get everything before the first day of school. Its all been ordered and so now we wait. I had absolutely NO idea just how hard it would be to find skirts and dresses that come to the knee or below. It has been a nightmare.....I feel like I've been through the Boer War. At this late date a lot of things were sold out, especially the types of clothing I needed. So many cute dresses out there, but almost all of them are short.....coming to the mid-thigh. Not acceptable. I had very good luck in finding sales and had promo codes and coupons to also help out. One pair of shoes only cost $7.60 after the deductions went into effect from the sales plus the promo codes.

I'm a lot angry at her old school for waiting until the very last minute to inform us. It was very inconsiderate as far as I'm concerned. Their excuse was that they were waiting for a last minute miracle to keep them open. Humph.....well maybe if they hadn't raised their prices $50. a month that would have helped boost their enrollment. Pardon me for being snarky but I'm tired from all that shopping. My mouse finger will never be the same. LOL I'm just thankful that I have the means to use a computer to shop. If we would have had to do all this by driving to various stores, walking, searching, waiting in lines.....lordy......how I remember doing that when my kids were little. If I had to do it again I think it would probably do me in.

How about you guys.....do you have all your back to school shopping done?

9 comments:

Jamie said...

Oh - honey, that is unbelievable! I am so sorry...what a mess. But you, being the AWESOME mom and grandma that you are, came through. No surprise there...

love ya. Hugs, friend. :)

ain't for city gals said...

wow..sign of the times? Maybe some of her uniform attire could be re-purposed? Read your comment on Cabin in Vermont...Glass Castles is good but I just read her newer book Half Broke Horses...very good! and The Other Boelyn Girl..one of my favorite books! Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand(sp?) was exceptional..heartwrenching story but...then I read Seabiscut by her also...very good...

Mikey said...

That's incredible that they gave you such short notice! Wow!
I bet it's hard to switch from uniforms to regular clothes, especially with the options they give you. That's kind of strict!
We're set for this year here, thank heavens. I hate to do that shopping, even online.

Josie said...

Wow! I would be darn angry at the school too, while they were waiting for last minute miracles they could have warned parents of the great liklihood they were going to shut down, so you could have had Plan B in place just in case!

I think you are an amazing Grandma for jumping in to help find a school and track down the required clothing, etc. Sounds like this new school would fare far better with uniforms. I can only imagine how difficult it was to meet the knee-length criteria with what most kids are wearing now. I will be praying that all goes well for your granddaughter in the new school, maybe it will turn out to be a blessing in disquise!

I love online shopping too, I can't imagine how we ever survived without the Internet in "the old days"! :-))

Paxie said...

This sounds like the '50s!!!

But...I wish more of the schools were like this. I bet you are tired!

Joy Des Jardins said...

Honestly...this is just outrageous. How could that school make this kind of decision and then tell you about it right before the new school year? Appalling! I can't believe you and your daughter pulled it all together so fast....bravo to you Val. Do you think this new school could have any more restrictions? Geesh...shades of the 50's and all the demands some schools had. I hope it all comes together for your granddaughter...and all of you. Big hugs, Joy

P.S. I don't have back-to-school shopping anymore...thank God. But I did help my daughter get her classroom together this past week...school starts tomorrow. I don't know how I did all that preparing and running around every year for my tribe...geesh!

Beau's Mom said...

I got all my pre-school shopping done 24 years ago. Sorry you're still having to do it.

forsythia said...

Well, you have to admit that your life has been going just "swimmingly" lately--just a few minor household repairs, that's all. Something like this was bound to happen to stir things up a little. :-)

Moohaa said...

What a nightmare! I wish there was some sort of action you could take against that old school. It's freaking wrong!!

As for clothes, I'm sorry you had to do all that shopping. But can I be honest and admit I approve of girls wearing dresses and skirts at or below the knee? I don't think girls need to wear them all the time, I think that's a tad old fashioned.

My brother's daughter is 6 almost 7 and he buys her skirts and dresses but she wears a pair of pajama shorts underneath. I think that's a good idea too.

As for me.. I home school, so I'm done. I take advantage of the sales, but I don't have to buy as much as other people. I spent literally $5 on school supplies. That was nice. We mostly need spiral notebooks and pens. That's about it.

Sorry for the novel... <3