My blogging time tonight got consumed by putting together the PTA newsletter.
I'm not sure whether anyone reads the newsletter, as most of the content is repeated by single-topic flyers included in the take-home folders. But it's a chance to provide a bit more advance notice of events and to thank the volunteers who make everything happen.
I picked this job to volunteer for because it's easy to do on my own schedule. But I don't feel like it's allowed me to get to know as many people as I'd like, since I get all the info for it by email. Volunteering at the election day bakesale was much better for that.
The hot topic right now is the school schedules. For years, a group of parents have been campaigning to rejigger the schedule so that the high school students don't have to get up so early. There's a bunch of research that says that teens really are biologically wired to stay up late. But, the same buses do multiple routes a day, so if the high schools start later, most of the elementary schools will start earlier.
I don't really personally mind if the school starts at 7.50 (as would happen under the proposed plan). The school is right on my way to work, so I'd probably drop the boys off in the morning on my way out, rather than having them waiting for the bus at the crack of dawn. Before we moved, D's school started at 8 am.
But the principal is really concerned about it. The worries that she expressed are:
- older kids not being home in the afternoon to watch younger kids
- teachers who live a long way out not being able to make it in on time and so transferring to other schools
- overall, need to provide coverage for a longer day (since it will start earlier but aftercare will have to run just as late).
I don't really know how this will play out.
In somewhat-related political news, Arne Duncan says he's going to send his daughter to public school, but in Arlington, not DC.