We talked a little about the content of the concerns, but both decided pretty quickly that Peabody is probably our only option. It’s the only public school that is easily walkable (although there is a charter school, Banneker, that is also very close by and we’ll have to research). There are other schools that we could get to by bike, bus, or a longer walk, but selecting a school that is further away means that we’d be less like to go to events and meetings at the school and less likely to find friends within walking distance to play with. Honestly, I have to say that H being able to walk to school is among my top priorities in educating her.
So we’ll go with the closest school and make it work. This will likely be some combination of becoming involved with the school, becoming forces for change where necessary, and living with things that aren’t perfect. H won’t be entering kindergarten until 2011, but we hope to find ways to start connecting with the school community before that so that we can feel prepared. Apparently, City Sprouts has some open gardening times at Peabody, so perhaps when the spring comes we’ll start with that!
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