It’s lurking, it’s right around the corner, and it’s almost here!
Queue the slasher music.
It’s Halloween, or as I like to call it “All Diabetics Eve.”
After this long night of applying weird make-up, wardrobe malfunctions, dropping kids off, picking kids up, sugar highs followed by sugar blues, what do you do with all the Halloween candy?
Halloween candy is poison. There’s nothing good about it. It has no redeeming value. It’s addictive. It has zero nutritional value. It can turn you obese. And it can turn you into a diabetic.
I don’t want to be a complete spoilsport. Most of the fun is in the getting. But after it’s gotten, then you have to find a way to get it gone.
One year I paid my kids for their candy. Another, I threatened to take away their electronic privileges. And then one time I took it and told them I didn’t know where it went and one year I tried to appeal to their better judgment.
Then I threatened them again.
What do I do with the candy? One of two things: I either throw it away or I donate it. I struggle with donating it because then I’m just poisoning someone else’s kid.
What do you do with your kids' Halloween candy—and how do you get rid of it?
Thank you Dyan Chan for bringing up a very hot town topic: What should we do about Lexington Elementary School? What other questions about this issue are on your mind?
Here is what some readers had to say:
First off, this comments section should follow the story not way down here...just $.02.
My thinking is if you have a kid at VM, you'll be totally upset about the plan but if you have a kid at Lex you will see VM parents as being inflexible. Personally, I don't think it's fair for VM to carry this load...because I have kids at VM. :)
Thank you for your comment. I agree, it is confusing to have the comments all the way at the bottom, after last week's re-cap. I'll ask my editor about this formatting issue.
Regarding Lexington School, I think the school board/district should take several steps back and look at the big picture. Yes, everyone is concerned about cost, but our primary concern is what is best for every student in the district. Would having interim housing for Lexington at Van Meter provide the best learning environment that the district can provide for those 800-plus children during the construction period? Regarding a new Lexington School, has the district considered alternatives to its current plan? It seems to me that a special and unique school like Lexington, with its IB World School designation, should be nurtured, supported and proclaimed. I also think children from anywhere in the district should have an equal opportunity to attend a special school like this. That means that the school needs to have the capacity to accept more students. Maybe we should consider converting one of the other three schools to the IB World School model? Perhaps move the Lexington program wholesale to one of the other schools and divide the 200 displaced students between the other two schools? We'd still need a new school in the mountains, but Lexington would be safe, and the district could take a hard look at projected growth and figure out how big the mountain school needs to be.
Hi, Dyan. Very well written article and good questions are being raised. I do want to point out that the California Department of Education makes RECOMMENDATIONS about student density per acre but unfortunately there is no hard and fast requirement to adhere to those recommendations. Special funding is available for Critically Overcrowded Schools, but as overcrowded as we are, we are not at that threshhold. As to capacity at Van Meter, remember that we have 6 or 7 classes currently in the portables, so 6 or 7 classrooms of the new 10 room addition will be filled. Plus this year we have one of our 4th grade classes in one of our flex rooms, so that fills another classroom. Add to that expected growth in the surrounding district, and we may be forced to add 2 more classrooms, so in my mind, that is all 10 classrooms filled and we still do not have a computer lab or a music room as other elementary schools. Thanks for keeping the dialog going. I personally interested in seeing how this all plays out. I am hoping for some rationality. I am hoping to see the removal of the portables from Van Meter after a long 12 years of service. See you Tuesday night!
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