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Well, I'm glad we decided to head to school registration shortly after it opened, because we got home just a few minutes before it ended.

In our district, all elementary schools' registration is on 8 August, 0830-1130 and 1300-1500. I slept in until 0815, then got ready and and stuck the papers we had to bring (in our case. the lease, a utility bill, my photo ID, and her birth certificate, Social Security card, and shot record) into a clipboard since I didn't know what they'd have set up.

We arrived shortly before 0900 to find a line snaking along outside the building. I kept Laurel busy with a deck of flash cards and the coloring kit until we reached the first registration station, where I found out the copy of the lease we had was the renewal and did not have Laurel's name on it, so we had to get that and come back.

Luckily I'd gotten copies of the forms that station gave out, so I took them outside and filled them out on my clipboard after calling Vogon to apprise him of the situation. After he arrived with a copy of the original lease, he sat outside with Laurel while I went through the now-shorter line to the first station and was cleared to go to the second station. That line was the long one that time and when I got there, I was told I couldn't register her without her second MMR vaccination. (One of the forms I'd had to fill out before that station said that new students had a grace period of 30 days to get any necessary vaccinations, but I wasn't going to argue.)

It was after 1100 by then, so we left for lunch and to find someplace where Laurel could get immunizations today. I called the most promising-looking location and was told they'd be available after 1300 for $10 per shot. Vogon went back to work for awhile after lunch before we went over to the pharmacy, where I filled out a screening form (she qualified by being uninsured) and we waited for her turn. She gasped a little at the first shot and fussed through the next two, but quickly calmed down for a lollipop afterward.

We returned to the school just before 1400 and figured the rest of the registration process wouldn't take long. Ha. The third/fourth station had a tabletop copier and the woman operating it didn't seem sure which documents to copy, so I was relieved when someone from another station started taking people out of line to make their copies. She made copies of the paperwork we'd brought that morning and sent us on to the final station, where everything was looked over, put in a folder, and placed in a file box. I was given a welcome letter, a school supply list and -- drum roll please -- that was it.

Now I'm trying to quiet my headache since the last wait inside had a lot of antsy children screaming and running into my legs and a couple of smaller children crying. (Laurel was outside with Vogon looking at things with a magnifying glass he'd bought for her at the pharmacy.) Thank goodness this only has to be done once! Now we have the fun of school shopping later this week and finding out which class she'll be in on Friday.

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Note to self: the toner/drum combination for my printer is Samsung ML-1210D3.

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spasmsproject
Aug. 8th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, man! At least you guys made the best of a stressful situation. And Laurel gets to go to school! And you NEVER HAVE TO DO THIS AGAIN!!!

*hugs all around*
may_lyn
Aug. 10th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
till next year.

i had to do this every year. in elementary school, and drive the kids themselves over to do it every year after that.
spasmsproject
Aug. 10th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Never had to re-register my kid. Even when she changed schools.
may_lyn
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
wow, where was this?

too late for me, though, my kids are 25 and 22. :D

we moved a lot. and i do mean a lot. military.
spasmsproject
Aug. 11th, 2005 10:13 am (UTC)
Long Island. She's going into fifth grade now.
may_lyn
Aug. 11th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC)
i'm glad it went easily for you. :D logically, it SHOULD be only once. i mean, you're supposed to change the info they have when it changes for you, i never saw the great need to keep standing in line every year.

but logic certainly does not equal many school systems.
spasmsproject
Aug. 12th, 2005 01:08 am (UTC)
Well, we'll see what happens when she starts middle school. *shudder*
may_lyn
Aug. 13th, 2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
think positive! :D
maybe they'll only require once for that, as well! or just send home forms. your school system actually seems to belive in logic. so to speak.
spasmsproject
Aug. 14th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
My fingers are crossed. =)
may_lyn
Aug. 15th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
and toes. :D braiding your hair might not be a bad idea.....
oddharmonic
Aug. 17th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
I wonder how long the stream of forms sent home to fill out will be. Yesterday I got a form from registration (I didn't think I had to fill out the date she entered the country since the first question was "Was the student born in the United States?") and an information form for the kindergarten team that was the first time I realized I was filling out the "father" information with Vogon's information without thinking about it. Later this week I'll be filling out the paperwork for her to start speech therapy through the school.

Laurel really, really loves school although what she tells me about each day is pretty fragmented. Today she told me she shared her snack with a girl with yellow hair in a ponytail, that she fell off the fireman's pole on the playground, and that she colored a picture of a raccoon gray.
spasmsproject
Aug. 17th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad Laurel likes school so much. And get used to the forms. Even if you never have to go through registration again, there are always more forms.....
lenabud
Aug. 9th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)
What a day, glad you made it through!
kenwestervelt
Aug. 9th, 2005 05:30 pm (UTC)
Time is marching on.
You're older than you've ever been/
And now you're even older/
And now you're older still.

Happy birthday!
vogonpoet
Aug. 9th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
This Amazon link has 'em listed for $40. Go ahead and order one, if you like, and I'll give you cash to re-deposit. I'd already have ordered it if I hadn't lost my stinkin' check card. {sigh}

Note that the $40 ones are after market, but they're 100% guaranteed.
vogonpoet
Aug. 9th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
By the way, I'll note that this is the same cartridge that is used in Samsung fax machines models ML-1010, ML-1020, ML-1200 series (4 or 5 models), and ML-1430, so there are lots of after market cartridges for it that are probably as good as or better than the original.

Hrm... I just noticed that some of them claim 2500 pages, while others like this one claim 3000pp. However, they're both just estimates since the number of pages yield is heavily dependant on what you're actually printing (and coloring pages have something like a 75% savings or more over actual text pages).
rainingvodka
Aug. 10th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
happy belated day. and congratulations on successfully accomplishing the missions of child registration. =)
may_lyn
Aug. 10th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
my question...and you may have answered it, but i've been gone for a while, and am reading my flist backwards.....

what are you doing to do with your time now?
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