I moved from Las Vegas last year, and I nearly sent my kids to this school–well one of their campuses (which are charter schools) the year before that. We decided to homeschool. Best decision ever IMO.
My oldest went to The Meadows for Kindergarten and First Grade back in 1996-98.
She's going to Oxford in the Fall.
Sorry -- proud Dad stuff.
Don't apologize! You have every right to be proud. Hope you and your family do well in any endeavor.
Good for you. Homeschool is the only way these days. Public school has proven to be a failure to society.
 May 21, 2015 at 7:44am
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 May 20, 2015 at 10:17pm
That’s what I thought. As a mother I can’t believe she wasn’t in the NICU every second she could be. How much time would be left to hold a baby after working–what? 12 hours? Infants, especially the preemies need mom and dad, not just doctors and nurses. They seriously thrive thanks to the touch, skin to skin contact with mom. The tragic thing is now she will never have her mother.
 May 20, 2015 at 9:47pm
Lived in Bellevue for 4 years–trust me Omaha is a cupcake compared to a lot of other places the Air Force has made us live.
Classroom size was what made us homeschool DebateMe! We were in public school briefly, but left after my daughter did 1/2 day Kindergarten with 35 other kids!
As far as PE and Recess sometimes they’d have to watch movies for recess and only had gym1-2 days a week.
 May 19, 2015 at 3:01pm
Oh, didn’t you get the memo? It’s opposite day everyday at the White House.
 May 19, 2015 at 2:11pm
Dollar General has crazy cheap girl scout cookie knock-offs.
 May 19, 2015 at 2:00pm
I do social media for a Homeschooling Curriculum company. That is one of my jobs. I have set times I do this but I still get to be with my kids and do my job. There are times when we are at the park that I will be on my phone working. I refuse to believe this is so much worse than parents who send their kids to school all day, have an after school care program, and leave their kids with a sitter to go out on the weekends. So while Twenty minutes at the park might be all they have, it’s not all I have–and I hate that people are so judgemental. This study is ridiculous. In the old days you’d send your kid to the park by themselves at a much younger age than now.
I'm a mom with grown kids, thekuligs. I don't think you have a single thing to feel guilty about. You're a good mom.
Stay at home dad here, I will look at my phone and use it to surf the web while at the playground watching my kids play. There is no need to be a helicopter parent.
Whats more, is that if there are other kids there playing I will take the time to help watch the other kids and appreciate it when other parents return the favor. I know some people get offended at this mindset, but if we all give a little the kids stay safe, have fun and get some social development time.
 May 19, 2015 at 1:01pm
Do you really think MO’s SOLE (as in ONLY) focus was getting kids moving? Even if you do, would you consider her successful in this? Seriously, if she was out there preaching to make the school day shorter so we could have more daylight for outside activities, or suggesting we ban homework so there was more time for team sports, I’d be happy to applaud her. But what has she done? Besides her dismal school lunch program that institutions seem to want to only get around in the most awful way possible? What has she done besides go on Disney channel and tell kids to be more active when there is hardly time? Explain to me how anything was accomplished besides pizza being turned into a vegetable and some expensive lip service? While I think getting kids moving is a worthy cause, the idea that government is going to fix anything is outrageous to us. It ends up like corn with our Spaghetti because they have to serve something else “healthy.”
 May 19, 2015 at 9:17am
It’s funny how many hyper-active boys we have these days. Some girls, but not as many. It could be that we are asking children to sit still for far too much of the day. Sit for eight hours in school. Sit for 30 minutes each way on the bus. Sit for two hours doing busy body homework. Sit in the car while mom runs errands. The day is 90% gone and we’ve made the kids do nothing but sit. I am sure public school would demand I medicate my son, or lock him in some kind of room like this. Since we homeschool I don’t have to worry about, but there is a trick to getting the best out of him when we’re doing school. Send him outside to play ball with the dog. Send him out with his twin sister to play soccer, Send him out to climb trees or ride his bike. Perfect angel after that.
When I was in college I supervised an after school program for underprivileged kids, which had a very regimented curriculum that involved lots of inside arts and crafts projects. I threw that curriculum out on day one and instead of having the kids sit at tables making arts and crafts junk, every day as soon as the kids came in we lined them up and marched them out to the playground where they played for three hours. If it was raining we took them to the gym and let them play dodge ball. After a couple of weeks the parents started coming up and thanking us, saying things like “I don’t know what y'all are doing, but when my child gets home he eats, does his homework and then goes to bed.” As an added bonus the kids were happy. The bleeding heart liberals who have taken control of America's State run schools have no common sense and quite frankly are just plain idiots who shouldn’t be allowed within a thousand yards of children.
School needs to be changed. Boys need to run around and that very thing is what is taken from them when they forget their pencil. I was thinking last night how I could be an activist for boys’ education. At my son’s 8th grade graduation 85% of the awards went to females. Lazy butt union workers shouldn't be allowed to teach boys.
Boys have more problems because of all the vaccines we pump into our kids these days. Boys have a much less developed blood brain barrier at birth than girls. This is why they are more vulnerable to the vaccines. Let your sons grow a bit before you start sticking needles into them. We are waiting to at least 3 years old for my youngest son.
Civilization thrived before publicly funded prisons, oops I mean schools were ever conceived.
I essentially agree with you but have the following to add. I don't think boys are any more or less active than they've ever been. But two things have greatly changed since I was in elementary school over 3 decades ago.
1) Most state budgets are strained or outright broke. This has lead to classrooms sizes that are far beyond what a single teacher can handle - even the good ones. This incidentally is why so many schools are quick to promote medicating your 'hyper' kid. It's a band-aid fix to an entirely different problem. So what if your kid ends up suffering a lifetime of side effects from Methylphenidate and Amphetamines - the school gets a temporary appearance of a less chaotic classroom by essentially putting your kid (and as many other kids as they can medicate) into catatonic states.
2) Since the states are strained or broke, P.E. classes and even recess times have been hugely scaled back greatly reducing the number of minutes kids (aka wiggle worms) can burn energy. Again, this problem has nothing to do with the kids, it has to do with a broken and bankrupt government and government school system.
Maybe I am showing my age here BUT, I remember all the way thru JR. high (up thru 8th grade) we had at least a 30 minute break during school hours AS WELL AS gym class that it was REQUIRED for you to be outside doing some form of physical activity. We could use the track, the playground equipment, balls, jump rope, etc., or we could just stand around and socialize with our friends BUT, we HAD to be OUTSIDE in the fresh air. We were pretty much tired by the end of the day and not interested in starting too much crap with anyone or anything like you see today. we weren't overweight, we didn't give the teachers too much lip or stress, and 90 % of us certainly weren't diagnosed as hyperactive and need to be put on medications.
Jump forward to today's school scene: Study for the next test, stay in your seat, go to your next class, do not leave the building, excused from gym for a splinter, 90% overweight children, 85% children diagnosed or being treated/medicated for hyperactivity, no discipline allowed or given, parents and teachers not communicating, socialist programming in the school curriculum, and finally... parents who would rather use the school's as a nanny to raise their children then complain when the child doesn't "turn out right" than take responsibility for their own offspring.
We wonder what is "wrong" with our children? WE are what is wrong with our children. WE have forgotten what it is to be a RESPONSIBLE parent and raise our OWN children.
All I know is Elementary School is like prison. Those poor kids cannot do a thing. The school is always calling for the dumbest crap. So PC is makes me sick. I have a very active boy. He needs time to run around and play. They sit at school for almost as long as I am at work and then have a ton of homework to do. Kids need to be kids and have time to play and not worry. You have the rest of your life to worry. I cannot wait for him to start middle school next year. He will have a little more freedom and can actually talk during lunch.
May 18, 2015 at 4:09pm
Just in time for protest season! Let’s make it easier for people cause unrest. Unless of course you align yourself with the Tea Party… then I am sure we can find some law for you to break.
 May 18, 2015 at 4:01pm
Another 8 Ball response! Got a question you don’t want answered? Ask the Magic Liberal 8 Ball.
That doesn’t matter.
You hate kids.
You hate gays.
You want old people to starve!
Ask again later…
Too funny! I'm gonna reference that in the future!
 May 18, 2015 at 10:23am
That was my first thought–but then I realized who he was doing it for. Not us, small government folks; but for the looters, and rioters, and professional protesters. Because we all know that’s only going to get worse.
Oh that's right. Obama is just doing this so as to make it easier for the looters and rioters.
Not that its relevant that most (on the Right AND Left) have been calling for this reduction in the militarization of our police.
Zzzzzz-mraps and cs is still a go, and if DeBlasio needs drone strikes, 0 will call them in from the golf course. Water balloons for MoonBeam, Arizona Ice Tea and skittles for Rahm.
 May 18, 2015 at 12:31am
I left an ugly note on an SUV once. I was 7 months pregnant with twins and after seeing a high risk doctor came out to find someone had parked SO CLOSE to me (and I had been parked correctly) I could not even walk between their vehicle and mine. I had to craw through the passenger side and squeeze into the driver’s seat.
Had the same thing happen to me. I couldn’t believe anybody with any sense of driving smarts would park next to my driver side leaving 12 inches to get in.
Fortunately my car was old and beat up (my utility ride). I thanked the driver by sharing some of the light paint from my car down the side of his/her sweet cherry red job.
I guess I should have felt bad about it but.. nah.
Awesome. It sounds like a camp for lazy parents and defective children. It would be irresponsible to send a healthy child into this atmosphere. It would literally be like sending your child to prison. That's one thing the government runs well so long as you aren't expecting them to come out rehabilitated.
They'll have to divide this enormous task into subcategories. You'll have lunatics, mentally disabled, physically disabled, emotionally unstable, and your healthy kids. Now you have to define each age group because you can't mix the bullies with the younger children. You also want to limit fights and sexual deviancy and exploitation of minors. Then you have religious considerations where certain activities may be objectionable.
It used to be agreed upon that information is power. Well, politics is the pursuit of power. Government is just plain force. What could possibly go wrong if we let the government mold the minds of future voters? How will this power be used? What will happen if this power gets into the wrong hands? What is the 'right' hands? If government is force then how is this a positive force? Could it be used empower viscous dictators? This push is just for more power, nothing more. No solutions, just new problems. Just the way they like it. If it was a perfect world they would conjure up problems just justify growing the government. It's government nature. We must resist temptation. You get nothing in return.