BCS @ RCP: Overcrowding Hassles in PPS

We live 4 blocks from the school my kids attend. We walk or bike 95% of the time, and the school community is primarily made up of neighbors. We LOVE it. We didn’t even consider private schools because our school is consistently rated as one of the best in the state, and people try to live in this neighborhood just so their kids can go to Beverly Cleary School.

Overcrowding issues presented the district with a dilemma, and the solution they chose is to bus the 1st and 3rd graders to another campus. I honestly can’t see how this is possibly the right solution, but I don’t have all the facts.

It’s going to be a huge hassle for all the families involved.  Seriously. GAH.

I’m not even for a moment going to pretend that this is not a nightmare, and worthy of all the swearing and complaining that I and my fellow parents have been engaged in.

BUT WAIT.

When I was in 5th grade, the K-8 school I had been attending made a change and sent the 6-8th graders to another school. So in 6th grade, I had to walk to my school, Rose City Park School, and get bused to Gregory Heights. But there was a problem with that campus, so while it was being remodeled, we actually got bused to an out-of-commission high school. For half the year, we got bussed to Adams HS (you may recognize it if you watched Gus Van Sant’s movie, “Elephant”). Then the other half of the school year, we were bused to Gregory Heights. Nightmare, right?

I am positive that this was a huge deal for all of the parents involved. I bet there were contentious meetings, fist-wringing, and even swearing and complaining.

But I don’t remember any of that. I was with all of my friends, and it just wasn’t a big deal to us. I remember riding the bus, I remember the two campuses at different times of the year, but I don’t remember it being a problem.

Today, Brian and I took the kids up to Rose City Park School – yes, my old school – and showed them around the playground a bit. We explained in very matter-of-fact terms that our neighborhood is so great that a lot of families want to live here, and there are so many kids in the school that we have to use this building along with the regular school. Once we assured them that all of their classmates and the teachers they would have had will all be with them, they were all, “Oh. Ok. This playground is awesome.”

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Checking out the new-to-us playground

No biggie.

Big deal for us, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare for the kids if we don’t make it one.

So parents – I hear you. It sucks. Let’s go grab a beer or glass of wine and we can bitch and moan about it all we want. But please — make sure you don’t pass any of that anxiety on to the kids. They’ll be fine, this is just another adventure for them.

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The back of RCP, from the playground

The back of RCP, from the playground

when I was in 5th grade, my classroom was in a "portable" building RIGHT THERE.

when I was in 5th grade, my classroom was in a “portable” building RIGHT THERE.

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  1. Amy February 17, 2014
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