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
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
Running Total: $1,194

Monday, October 19, 2015

The cost of Kindergarten - ask #3

Date: October 17, 2015
What the ask was: Annual Walk-A-Thon
What we gave: $31
Why we gave that amount: First of all, we never got Star's pledge forms.  The courier pigeon approach to information sharing (which drives me crazy, by the way) finally broke down, and the pledge forms never got home.  And, yes, I could have contacted the organizers and somehow received the pledge forms, but honestly, I feel like we gave too much at ask #1, so I'm not inclined to over-give at this point.  The $31 that we gave broke down like this - $10 for all the laps she walked (minutes she danced, hula hoop time...), $6 for 2 tamales and $15 for one t-shirt for Star.  

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
ask #3 - $31
Running Total: $1,191

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Page Updates

I've made a few changes here.  I updated my About Me page, and, I added a page on indoor cycling.


The cost of Kindergarten - ask #2

Date: The week of September 28th, 2015
What the ask was: School Pictures.  We weren't required to buy school pictures, but I'm kind of obsessed with them.  
What we gave: $49
Why we gave that amount: This bought us packages K, E and S which will give us a variety of sizes of Star's individual picture so that we can keep some, and pass along some to Star's grandparents.  We also got the class composite, and the image download.

ask #1 - $1,111
ask #2 - $49
Running Total: $1,160

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I am now a certified Indoor Cycling instructor

A few posts ago, I alluded to having a specific goal for the past 15ish years which I never worked towards.  With my husband's encouragement, I worked towards that goal and I'm now a certified spinning/indoor cycling instructor.

I love it.  It's a fun, healthy hobby.  It keeps my fitness in check and lets me be a leader which I enjoy.  I also love picking the music for my classes (and I don't have to listen to another instructor's musical choices!)

I've been working at a local-to-me studio which offers indoor cycling classes.

But, I've had my eye set on a different studio.  I auditioned there a few days ago, and I thought I did a kick ass job.  But, today, I received a nice rejection email.  I'm a bit heartbroken, but I'm trying to keep it all in perspective.  I am doing some work as a spinning instructor and I'm pretty newly certified, so that's a good thing!

The other good news is that they let me know quickly, so now I get to look for other studios who may want to hire me.  I'm currently teaching about 1 class per week and my goal is to teach 2-4 classes per week.

Their loss, right?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Cost of Kindergarten - ask #1

This is a series of blog posts that I wish that someone else had written a year ago when I was trying to figure out what our expenses would be once our daughter started Kindergarten.

My goal here is to document every time we are asked to pay money during Kindergarten.

Date: September 2, 2015 - the first day of Kindergarten
What the ask was: The PTA is doing its BIG fundraiser.  They say that they spend $350 per child each school year.  They encouraged us to donate to them what we would have paid for one more month of pre-school, child care or summer camp.
What we gave: $1,111
Why we gave that amount: I was aiming for some amount between $350 and $1,600.  I wanted to at least cover my daughter's cost and then some for families who can't cover their $350.  And, as a side note, $7 of this amount goes towards our families' PTA dues for the year.  I'd like to say that so far, I am very impressed with our school's PTA.  They seem like they are hard working and smart people who work hard to make our kids' school as good as it can be.

Running Total: $1,111