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Are You Happy with Your Child's Kindergarten Assignment?

Letters to the Class of 2024 went out to parents. Are you happy with the school assigned to your child? Was it your first choice? neighborhood school? Did you get full-day or half-day kindergarten?

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Parents: Are you happy with the school assigned for your incoming kindergartener? Was it your first choice? neighborhood school?

Did you get full-day or half-day kindergarten?

Christine June 08, 2011 at 05:33 PM
We are not happy. We received our 1st choice neighborhood school but did not receive full day. We are concerned that this will negatively affect our daughter who is currently doing well in a full day pre-k program.
Christine June 08, 2011 at 05:34 PM
To all full time wait list families (especially those at Hemenway) ... make sure to call the parent information center regarding the wait list and let them know that you really need/want the full day program (esp. Hemenway!). Hemenway currently has a 1/2 day (am only) class with 13 families on the full day wait list ... why can't this be a full day or at least a split class?
Susan Petroni (Editor) June 08, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Christine: How many full-day K classes are at Hemenway now?
Christine June 08, 2011 at 06:07 PM
I was told that Hemenway currently has 4 full-day K classes. For 2011, they will have 3 full-day and 1 half-day.
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Wendy June 08, 2011 at 07:01 PM
We got our first choice, the two-way program at Barbieri!
kylon June 08, 2011 at 08:32 PM
Wendy, as a parent of a Kinder at Barbieri... Bienvenidos :) We love it !
Susanne Olson June 08, 2011 at 08:45 PM
I am thrilled with McCarthy Full day for my third child. I'll have all three kids at the same school, it will be soooo nice.
Sunny June 09, 2011 at 01:36 AM
We’ve had a phenomenal experience at Summit Montessori which is located right here in Framingham. Our children have been at the school since 4 years old and I couldn’t imagine a better Kindergarten program! See the latest video of the kids of Summit right here on Framingham Patch! The children have such confidence and a love for learning and the teaching staff is amazing!
Laura Richards June 09, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Christine, one of the current full day K classes at Hemenway is a sub-separate class for children with significant disability needs and has only about 8-9 kids in it. So next year's plan is basically the same as this year for standard students. I have three children at Hemenway right now including one finishing up Kindergarten.
JRR June 09, 2011 at 05:44 PM
I already have a 2nd grader at Hemenway so my son's placement wasn't a surprise. I DID however request 1/2 day kindergarten and that's where my son will be. My daughter was also purposefully placed in the 1/2 day program as well and we were very happy despite the fact that she was only one of 5 in the entire kindergarten class taking part in 1/2 days. I was conflicted on whether or not to choose 1/2 day for my daughter but in the end I realized it was 1 year out of her entire schooling "career". The years are ticking by so quickly and my kids are growing up much too fast for my liking - 1/2 days worked for us all around.
Christine June 10, 2011 at 09:11 PM
We are just concerned that she won't continue to thrive in a half day program as well as she has been in her current full day program. It sounds like the vast majority of the childern at Hemenway will be in a full day program, I hope that she doesn't feel that is is missing out on her schooling. (maybe she won't notice)
Dana June 11, 2011 at 11:36 PM
Does anyone know anything about the new before and after school program at Dunning--it is called Kidsborough? I just happened to look at the web page and saw some limited information about it. It looks like it was posted on June 9th and yet it indicated the orientation was the 8th and 9th. I am a new k parent (for the 2011 class), Dunning Full day. We are happy about the assignment and thankful for the full day but now perhaps a bump in the road as I am unsure what to expect about the before and after school program. Thanks!
kim Taylor June 12, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Dana...There will be representatives from Kidsborough available at the the orientation on Monday. The Open Houses that were advertised were basically for families who have children in the existing program. I am sure you will get all your questions answered regarding Kidsborough and can guarantee you will be happy with the new program! They are terrific to work with!
Dana June 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Thank you so much for your quick response. We are so excited to be part of the Dunning community. I was just surprised at the switch and concerned I had missed something important. We are looking forward to orientation tomorrow. Thanks again.
Gary Zaino June 14, 2011 at 04:52 PM
I completely agree, Christine and I have called the PIC to let them know my concerns. We are one of the 13 unlucky families on the waiting list and I can't understand why, if splits exist at Dunning and Potter, why it can't be done at Hemenway, especially with more than half a class' worth of kids waiting.

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