Friday, January 30, 2009

The One Where Angie has a Conniption

Most of the time, I consider myself to be a pretty easy going gal. I'm an emotional person, but I don't get overly excited or overly angry about anything, really. However, the past 2 days have put this to the challenge in a major way. Apparently, when it comes to my kids, all bets are off because this whole other side of my personality has emerged, and it isn't pretty.

Remember here, where I told you about the whole preschool waiting saga? (Don't worry, I'll wait for you to go catch up on that story) Well, there was a development this week. And it wasn't a good one.

I showed up for a playdate at a friend's house Wednesday and was settled in for a great time. The other moms were wonderful and we were all just chit-chatting away, when the inevitable subject of school plans came up. Everyone was throwing out what they are planning to do for this Fall, when someone asked me what my plans were. And I told them the same story I told you. And then, the boom fell.

Another mom there proceeded to tell me that SHE had already received a spot for her wait-listed son and their deposit was due by this weekend. I could feel my blood pressure rising. I asked her if she had other kids already enrolled at the school. She said no. Oh my, I can feel my face turning red. I then told her that it was my understanding that only currently enrolled families were allowed to register before this weekend and THEN they were pulling in wait-listed kids. She shrugged her shoulders and said that all she knew was that they received a congratulatory letter 3 MONTHS AGO, giving him a spot. ARGH!!!!!!!!

To make a very long story short, because I could go on for another 10 paragraphs as to what's gone on, Big A still doesn't have a spot and now the school is being very evasive about answering my questions. I.AM.PISSED. I've called the school twice, called every friend who will listen to me complain and talked to every stranger who I think might be able to offer me info, all with zero results. I did, however, discover that someone behind me on the wait-list didn't even receive the letter that I did last summer. That's been the only encouraging thing I've seen so far.

And so, here I sit, carefully formulating my plan to blast the school in the local media if they don't give me some answers soon. I don't mind playing by the rules (however stupid they might be), but by george, they had better be the same rules for EVERYONE. Don't mess with Mama Bear because she WILL take you down.


brainella said...

Wow. That has to be so frustrating! I can understand the need to have a process but making up the process as you go along and lying about the process isn't the way to run things.

Good luck. :-)

Hot Tub Lizzy said...

Grrrrr... stuff like that is BEYOND frustrating!!! I'm sorry.

Diana said...

OMG I would be going psycho Mama on their ass. (Excuse my lanuguage) I would be livid to know that they were not treating everyone equally. I know a teacher at the school that I believe is in question. I don't know if I can help but contact me if you think I can.

Bylinda and James said...

Oh Angie! We need to talk. I have MANY stories regarding this. It's an ongoing battle! Call me if you want to talk some more!

Angela said...

Oh man, see this is the part I REALLY do not look forward to. GRRRRR!! I am so sorry. Let me know what you find out!

Michelle said...

Ouch. There is a (private) preschool by us that is like this in that after the "official" deadline is passed, if you are persistent and show your intereste and keep calling... you might get in ahead of someone who hasn't laid that groundwork.

Fingers crossed you get in. We're going to going through the same thing as this with Mister Man for kindergarten next year. Dual language is the option I think we need (hello, he's reading chapter books and doing multi-digit addition!) to keep him challenged, but it's a huge lottery for us. I so don't want to be in your position, and you'd better get your acceptance letter!


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