End of School Year Fluff

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End of School Year Fluff
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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 10:12am

1.  Do your kids go to school on the last day of school?

2.  Do you throw (or let them throw) an end of year party for their friends?

3.  How many *graduation ceremonies* will/have your children experienced in their life time?

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 10:43am

Parents seem to think that their kids need to have a party for every single birthday.... but they get a bigger party for 16.

We always did parties each year, nothing huge. My dd will be 16 next year and I would rather do a vacation of her choice then have to spend close to $10,000 for a party at a hall. 

Then there are the couples who throw parties for eachother, every year, for their birthdays, grad parties, end of year parties..... they never seem to end. Honestly, I am surprised that some of these people don't throw a party when jr potty trains. @@

Bawahhhaaa....

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 10:44am

No joke about bday parties every year... I know one woman who *had to* combine her dd's 18th bday party, grad party and end of year party for ds, b/c the girl was getting married less than a month later, and there just wasn't time to plan (yet) another party.

Married at 18? Surprised 

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:14am

1.  Do your kids go to school on the last day of school? -- Umm, yeah. Why wouldn't they?

2.  Do you throw (or let them throw) an end of year party for their friends? -- No, but usually the schools do not much of anything the last few days and often there's a field trip or party at school.  For The Girl, end of school is the beginning of party time, lol.  When I came back from my trip last night (at 8:15pm) there were like 5 of them at the pool and then they went to eat and shop after that.  It's big social time right now.

3.  How many *graduation ceremonies* will/have your children experienced in their life time? -- Two.  In our school system, they do a pretty big event for fifth grade graduation - a week or so before the end of school.  No caps and gowns or diplomas or pomp and circumstance, but a big party. They do the award ceremony then, and some other recognitions, etc.  Then they have food for the kids and families, and games and all sorts of fun stuff.  Fifth grade is the year for that, because they go from schools of about 75-90 per grade (20-30 per class) to all-district schools of about 350-400 per grade. So it's a big step for them. 

Then, of course, HS graduation.

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:26am

1.  Do your kids go to school on the last day of school?

Joel never went on the last day of the school year.  In kindy, it was because his father died the night before.  1st thru 11th grades, he was always at camp on the last week of school.  Seniors got out 2 or 3 weeks before everyone else, so he wasn't there for the last day of the school year then, either.  I can't remember if he was there the last day that seniors were there.  I'm thinking that he didn't have an exam that day, so he didn't go.  

2.  Do you throw (or let them throw) an end of year party for their friends?

No, probably wouldn't have even if he'd been in town.  There was a class party on the last day of kindergarten but that was kind of ruined for him by the other events of the the day.  

3.  How many *graduation ceremonies* will/have your children experienced in their life time?

So far, just high school.  He really, really didn't want to participate in that one, so I'm pretty sure he won't participate in college graduation(s).


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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:37am

1.  Do your kids go to school on the last day of school?

This past year the youngest went because he had a final and the oldest didn't go because he didn't have a final.  But I think you might mean more elementary school level?  If so, then they usually only went a half day and left after lunch.

2.  Do you throw (or let them throw) an end of year party for their friends?

They have had groups of friends over, we have gone out to dinner to celebrate and they have gone to friends houses but nothing formal and/or large.  Except at the end of elementary school and last year, both classes had large parties.

3.  How many *graduation ceremonies* will/have your children experienced in their life time?

Let's see...preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, college and grad school...so hopefully six, but at least five.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 11-22-2000
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:37am

Married at 18? Surprised 


It happens.  


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Registered: 03-27-2013
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:39am

Married at 18? Surprised 

It happens.  

Oh, I know it does. It doesn't seem as common now as it was many years ago though.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:43am

ducky1st89 wrote:
Parents seem to think that their kids need to have a party for every single birthday.... but they get a bigger party for 16. Then there are the couples who throw parties for eachother, every year, for their birthdays, grad parties, end of year parties..... they never seem to end. Honestly, I am surprised that some of these people don't throw a party when jr potty trains. @@

The boys haven't had a large birthday party since elementary school.  They like the couple of friends to a sporting event/dinner/overnight thing much better than a 2 hour party with the class.  For ds1's 16th, we were on vacation and we added a cake to the group party that was already scheduled and then did his closest friend thing when we returned.  Not sure if ds2 will want a 16th party or not, so far he says no.

PumpkinAngel

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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:45am

When Joel was in high school, there were actually several students who had married during high school.  Many of them weren't even pregnant or anything...it was just something they did.  I certainly don't understand why they'd want to do that, but who knows?  Maybe it will work out for them.  


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Tue, 06-11-2013 - 11:46am

The boys haven't had a large birthday party since elementary school.  They like the couple of friends to a sporting event/dinner/overnight thing much better than a 2 hour party with the class.  For ds1's 16th, we were on vacation and we added a cake to the group party that was already scheduled and then did his closest friend thing when we returned.  Not sure if ds2 will want a 16th party or not, so far he says no.

I think boys are easier with the bday party thing as they get older. I don't really hear much of a boys "sweet sixteen" by me. It is usually a girl thing. I am trying to steer my girl away from the very expensive party. My gf just had one last year for her dd and she said she got away "cheap" at $7,000 for it. Surprised

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