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    In 5th grade a good friend of mine's father took him and his sister out of school for a week to go skiing. I was stunned because his parents were always sticklers for school attendance. Long story short, a year later the father was dead from a previously undiagnosed cancer. To this day my buddy swears his dad had a "sixth sense" about his own impending demise, and was trying to give his kids a final, lasting ski memory. He says he and his sister remember that ski week a lot more than whatever they would've learned in school that week.

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    I've taken my daughter out of school once or twice each of the last 2 years to go skiing with me and plan to this year too. She's in 4th grade and gets good grades so I have no problem with her missing a day or 2.



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    Forget powder days, parents taking their kids out of school for ski days seems to be very common from my observations as a weekday skier. School programs aside, there’s virtually not a single day I ski where I don’t see kids with parents on the slopes on a school day.


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    As the song by Old Dominion says........."Life Is Short Make It Sweet!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    My wife is a 2nd grade teacher, and would definitely have a contrary opinion on this. One day probably isnt horrific, but I do know it annoys her when parents take a kid out of school for an entire week to go to Disney or something.
    I always respected the school attendance policy. But when the schools started assigning homework and special projects to be done over the school vacations, they were now infringing on my family time. And that to me was sending the improper message. Life is all about balance. And boundaries.

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    Have done and will do. But only if they are doing well at school behaviorally and academically.

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    Have my wife and I done it? Yup! Do we go out of the way to make it happen? Not necessarily. Then again my kids are usually on the hill 4 to 5 days a week most weeks of the ski season, so we don't go grab another day here or there

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaBear View Post
    I always respected the school attendance policy. But when the schools started assigning homework and special projects to be done over the school vacations, they were now infringing on my family time. And that to me was sending the improper message. Life is all about balance. And boundaries.
    I agree with that.

    We dont have that problem in Jersey, but I've heard about that happening in other places. It seems very Grinch-like to me. Granted, I grew up with "Summer book reading lists", but it was always voluntary and age-appropriate reading "suggestions", but that's very different from making it mandatory, which I agree seems intrusive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    I agree with that.

    We dont have that problem in Jersey, but I've heard about that happening in other places. It seems very Grinch-like to me. Granted, I grew up with "Summer book reading lists", but it was always voluntary and age-appropriate reading "suggestions", but that's very different from making it mandatory, which I agree seems intrusive.
    I always had 2 books to read each summer and i had a few assignments over school breaks. Often they were practice state test which were shortly after presidents week. It might have changed, since I have not taken a state in almost 8 years. BTW, not a bad idea to take your kid out of school for those tests anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenedictGomez View Post
    I agree with that.

    We dont have that problem in Jersey, but I've heard about that happening in other places. It seems very Grinch-like to me. Granted, I grew up with "Summer book reading lists", but it was always voluntary and age-appropriate reading "suggestions", but that's very different from making it mandatory, which I agree seems intrusive.
    We do have that problem in my part of Jersey. It angers my wife and I.
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