I am a native of Northern Virginia, and a current resident of Loudoun County; as well as a real estate consultant.
Whether you currently live in Loudoun (affectionately referred to in my family as LoCo), or if you're considering moving to the area, I hope you'll enjoy the information you get here! For information on our local real estate market go to http://therealestatewhisperer.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Back To School
Today is the first day of school here in Loudoun County. I logged onto Facebook this morning to share my bus stop photos, and to see those of my friends. I read comments from parents whose children are off at a boarding school or college, parents of kids yet to enter school... and of course, the sorrowful, hopeful, proud parents posting and sharing their photos from bus stops all over Northern Virginia.
Once we've all gotten past the nostalgia of remembering our own school days, and particularly first day jitters, we'll need to get organized.
In case you failed to send lunch money this morning, Loudoun (and several other jurisdictions), allow you to set up an account with Cafe Prepay and use a credit card to pay for lunches. I pay through Christmas break now - in case you are wondering, that's 69 school days here in Loudoun. For elementary school, that's $169.05 and you're paid through the year (there's also a $3 administrative fee).
Last, but not least, get your pens and pencils ready for filling out those forms tonight. It's the biggest parent homework night of the year!
A word of caution - beginning in 6th grade, I stopped bringing home my emergency cards and such for my parents to fill out. That is so I could give the answers I wanted them to have. That way, I didn't risk them calling my parents when I got in trouble and I never worried that my handwriting on the "please let Vicky leave early today" notes would match up with that on the signature cards. So, just in case your kid is that smart, beware.... some thing's up. Every parent signs those cards on the first day of every school year - don't believe your kid if they say anything different. (Gosh, thinking back, it's a good thing that there never was an emergency with me, huh? My parents would never have known.)