Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Cost of Kindergarten - ask #10

Date: January 12, 2015
What the ask was: For the upcoming auction, our class is doing a class project which will be auctioned off.  The cost of goods to the Mom organizing the project is $64 or $3.20 per child.  
What we gave: $5
Why we gave that amount: It's a bit more than covering just my own daughter.

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
ask #4 - $3
ask #5 - $10
ask #6 - $20
Fall 2015 After School - $2950
ask #7 - $10
ask #8 - $30
ask #9 - $0
Winter Break - $325
ask #10 - $5
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Running Total: $4,544

Monday, January 4, 2016

The cost of Kindergarten - Winter Break edition

Date: December 2015 / January 2016
What the ask was: Winter Break Camps
What we gave: $325
Why we gave that amount: Like I said in the after school edition, Scott and I both work full time.  Star's school had 2 weeks of break from December 19th, 2015 through January 3rd, 2016.  Even if we didn't work full time, and/or we had vacation from work for those 2 weeks, I don't think we could spend all of our time together.  Don't get me wrong, we all love each other very much and value our time together.  But, too much of a good thing is not good for us.  So, here's what we did.

December 21, 22 and 23 - Head Over Heels gymnastics camp - $210.  We signed up with one of her friends from preschool.  It ran from 9am - 4pm.
December 24, 25, 26 and 27 - Family trip to Monterey.  This obviously had some cost, but it wasn't required in order to send her to Kindergarten and maintain our full time careers, so I'm not counting it in my financial tally.  
December 28 - Sarah's Science camp - $115.  Super fun.  She made an LED fiber optics night light thingy.  
December 29 and 30 - Star was with my parents.
December 31, 1, 2 and 3 - Star, Scott and I had family time.

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
ask #4 - $3
ask #5 - $10
ask #6 - $20
Fall 2015 After School - $2950
ask #7 - $10
ask #8 - $30
ask #9 - $0
Winter Break - $325
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Running Total: $4,539

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Cost of Kindergarten - asks #7, #8 and #9

Date: December 18, 2015
What the ask was: When Scott dropped Star off at the bus stop, he was asked to contribute to a financial gift for the bus driver.
What we gave: $10
Why we gave that amount: I'm not sure how he arrived at that amount, but I think it's a fine amount.  

Date: December 21, 2015
What the ask was: We were asked to purchase tickets for the Malcolm X auction which will be in February. 
What we gave: $30
Why we gave that amount: Tickets are $15 each.

Date: December 21, 2015
What the ask was: End of Year Appeal.  
What we gave: $0
Why we gave that amount: I still feel like we gave too much for ask #1.

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
ask #4 - $3
ask #5 - $10
ask #6 - $20
Fall 2015 After School - $2950
ask #7 - $10
ask #8 - $30
ask #9 - $0
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Running Total: $4,214

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The cost of Kindergarten - Fall 2015 After School

Date: Fall Semester 2015
What the ask was: Care for After School
What we gave: $2,950
Why we gave that amount: Star's Kindergarten goes from 8:10am - 1:30pm.  Scott and I both work more than full time.  So, she needs to be somewhere safe after school, from 1:30pm until 5pm-ish, Monday through Friday.  We could spend less money if we went with her school's on-site after school program or some local park option (which are quite competitive to get into), but we decided to do a Hebrew immersion / Jewish education program 3 days each week (on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays) because I want her to have some sort of Jewish education.  On Mondays, either Scott or I (honestly, mostly Scott) spends the afternoon with Star, and on Wednesdays, my mom is with her.  The total amount listed above includes: registration ($100), membership ($500), an earthquake kit ($50), and the monthly amount of $575 for each month (September, October, November and December).  Presumably, what we pay for Spring Semester 2016 will be less because we will have already paid the annual fees.  

We are happy with Edah.  The people who run it are competent and friendly.  Star is learning Hebrew with an Israeli accent, and has developed some good friendships there.  She is learning about the Jewish holidays and bringing her learning home to us.  Success.  

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
ask #4 - $3
ask #5 - $10
ask #6 - $20
Fall 2015 After School - $2,950
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Running Total: $4,174

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Cost of Kindergarten - ask #6

Date: December 3, 2015
What the ask was: We were asked to pitch in $20 per family for a Winter Holiday gift for our 2 teachers.  
What we gave: $20
Why we gave that amount: It was the "suggested" amount.

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
ask #4 - $3
ask #5 - $10
ask #6 - $20
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Running Total: $1,224

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Cost of Kindergarten - ask #5

Date: November 20, 2015
What the ask was: The teachers in our classroom requested some school supplies (tape, paper, glue sticks...)  One of the room parents purchased all the supplies on Amazon for $190.  She then suggested that each family put in $10.
What we gave: $10
Why we gave that amount: It was the "suggested" amount.

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
ask #4 - $3
ask #5 - $10
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Running Total: $1,204

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Cost of Kindergarten - ask #4

Date: November 16, 2015
What the ask was: Berkeley Bowl Field Trip.  The kids were going to walk to the Berkeley Bowl and then buy some produce.  Each family was asked to contribute "a few dollars".  
What we gave: $3
Why we gave that amount: That sounded like "a few" to me. 

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
ask #4 - #3
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Running Total: $1,194