To all of you complainers: Nothing the yeshivot do is right!!!! So lets deal with the FACTS.
#1: There is no bussing until September 9th, the Wednesday after Labor Day. Don’t like it? Complain to the Department of Education, Office of Pupil Transportation.
#2: Contrary to some, NOT EVERYONE is back from either the Catskills or other vacation places. Most people are back for LABOR DAY and contrary to what has been written, LABOR DAY always fluctuates based on the calendar. Don’t like it? Complain to your Congressman.
#3: Teachers work generally starting after LABOR DAY, even in yeshivas. That is because they too are human and will plan to be back for Labor day. It becomes impossible to run any school without the full complement of teachers.Don’t like it? See number 2.
#4: Parents need baby sitting services? Get real. Schools are not there to take care of your children. Yeshivas are there for education. This is not convenient for you this year? Grow up.
#5: For those who blame this on a ‘budget’ savings mechanism, either you have no idea of how schools operate or you just like to bash the yeshivas.
#6: To those who complain that their children won’t have enough time to prepare for the Yomim Noraim? If your children need to be prepared every year to that level, then you have a much deeper problem than when school starts.
#7: Lastly, to all those who are so mystified that the calendar worked out this way, take a look at next year’s calendar. Next year Labor Day is Monday, September 6, 2010. Many yeshivas will start on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. Erev Rosh Hashanah is Wednesday September 8, 2010. How ever will these children get ready? Summer will be over and after one day, yeshivas will be closed again for the Yomin Noraim. It must be a plot by the yeshivas to save money. People, grow up, find something real to worry and complain about.
Spoiled brats – they return from the Catskills on 8/30! Parents need to babysit for a week. Come to Israel where the girls are HOME for 2 months with no camp, very little (max 4 nights) family vacation and no money.
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Someone must’ve slipped a Dr. Seuss book under my pillow 🙂
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That’s some compliment – thank you.
If I ever do submit an article, your post will be on the cover letter 🙂
B”H you have children appreciate them. here are unfortunately too many couples out there who would do anything to be busy with children. (Yes, B”H i do have children and have enjoyed them tremendously and yes, I am a working mum)
As someone who grew up outside of NY and now live in Eretz Yisrael I find this whole thing laughable. The Catskills has gone from being a vacation to being kodesh kodoshim. My boys start Rosh Chodesh Elul (from 3 yrs. old and even if it falls in early August). We work our summer vacations around that, we always go away as a family but only between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Chodesh Elul, who says you have to go to the mountains? And if you don’t? Is this the message for your children that your vacation is more important than Torah learning. I would never consider taking my children out of school to take a vacation no matter how badly needed, this is a terrible message we are giving them. Can a true New Yorker please explain this to me?