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    Default A.P.P.L.E. Program?? Anyone have any experiences with this?

    I am thinking of sending my children to Brick Street P.S. for the A.P.P.L.E. program and was wondering if anyone out there has sent their children there or are thinking about it?

    Any thoughts, experiences.................

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    We are also considering sending our dd to the APPLE program, she's on the waiting list for Sept. I'm not sure if she'll get a spot or not at this point. A guy I used to work with, has two daughters who go there, and they have nothing but great things to say about it. Highly recommended. I actually believe they had an open house, last night I think it was. Did you attend? I wasn't able to.

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    Hi,
    I am also hoping to send my dd there next September. I have her on the waiting list but we shall see. I have heard very good things about the program.

    For me it the appeal is in knowing my participation is built in to the experience and welcomed. I also want my daughters to feel my connection to their school and for all of us to be connected to the other children and families in the program. It is my way of helping instill community in their lives and the interconnectedness of the different aspects of their lives and experiences.

    I believe the APPLE program does have additional open houses in the Winter and Spring.
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    Thank you Laurie and Doulamom. I did attend the open house last night and so far it's where I would like to send my ds. My dd will follow the following year. I have them both on the list and I'm pretty sure we will have a spot but we'll know more in Jaunuary/February when they start calling people.
    I too am excited to know that I can be so involved in their education and get to know all the other children and their families. I am a little surprised that there is only one of these programs in London. I would have thought the demand for such a program would be greater.
    Will either of you have to drive them to school every day? I will as I'm not in the neighbourhood. But I'm prepared for that.

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    Hi,
    If they all get in I guess our children will be going to school together and we will get to know each other a lot better We are about a 5-6minute drive from the school and it is the only drawback I have with sending her there - I would love to be able to walk her to school but am willing to sacrifice it for the other benefits
    My other dd will be attending West London Cooperative Preschool which is down at Wonderland and Springbank so the drop-off and pick-ups should coordinate well.
    I am excited about her attending the school but not feeling quite ready to send her off to formal education yet - although she does go to preschool it feels different to me
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    This is my 4th year in the APPLE program. I have a daughter in grade 2 and a son in SK. The APPLE program is a unique community which provides a great enriching way to learn. Parents are always a part of the class, you get to know exactly who your children are playing with and who their parents are. There is a great relationship with the teachers and expectations are clear without surprises at report card time. Parent's have a lot to offer and the teachers encourage unique ways in which to deliver the curriculum. If you have any questions, just PM me.

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    I am putting my son on the wait list as well for this for Sept 2008. Am I alllowed to do it that eary?
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    Its not too early to put him on the list Michelle

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    My son is at Brick St in kindergarten (not in the A.P.P.L.E. program though). I'm almost positive that Brick St was one of the schools slated to close in 2007. I know it was on the list, but whether or not it's going to happen is a different story. I don't know if that means the program would be moved to a different school or not, but it would be something to keep in mind.

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    Hi,
    The fact that Brick St. might be closing is one of my biggest concerns in deciding about the APPLE program. I am 100% sold on the program but am concerned about where it may be moved to, when and if Brick St. closes.
    When I contacted someone from the program about this they told me that it wasn't a done deal that the school will be closing. They did not answer my question about where it might move if the school did close.

    Anyone have any insight into what might happen?

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    I was told that the APPLE program would be moving to a school on Springbank, if Brick St. closes, but I can't think of the name right now....if I heard it I would know.

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    Woodland Heights?


    Thats the only one on Springbank that I can think of!
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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure thats it. Thanks

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    That would make sense, since Brick St only goes up to grade 6, and then the kids have to go to Woodland Heights for 7 and 8.

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    A big concern for us APPLE parents is the school closing and the future of the APPLE program. We have been assured that the APPLE program will survive and most likely will be moved to Woodland Heights. It is not going to close anytime in the near future. The prosposed draft for all these school closings has not even been approved yet and nor does the government have the funds to be able to expand and accomodate the other schools. Furthermore, there is an election in the meantime. Please don't be worried about Brick St. closing or the survival of the APPLE program, if it were to close it would take at least another 3-5 years.

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