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Do you have a link to the school's website? I'm curious is this it - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Scott_Key_Elementary_School_(Arlington,_Virginia)


That's it!  Here's the link to the official school site:  http://www.apsva.us/key/site/default.asp

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Are you guys Hispanic?  I would love to put my kids in a Spanish immersion school - they are pretty rare in the US right?


No.  My wife's half Asian acutally, but she spent time in Mexico after H.S., and having our kids speak a second language has been important to her.  Arlington has two immersion schools and the one in the Courthouse neighborhood is a model for others around the nation.  1/2 the day is taught in English and the other 1/2 in Spanish.  When we were in the area visiting schools last month, we just happend to be able to attend the orientation and we were super-impressed with their program.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Working in law school
« on: May 16, 2008, 01:14:49 PM »
It's going to be very weird not working, especially knowing that I'm borrowing $$ to make up for me not doing so.  I orginially was accepted to the PT program at Mason so I could work, but after thinking about it and talking it over with my wife, we decided that it would be best to focus on school and family (I have two young children) rather than school, family, and work.  Not to mention we'll be in a brand new place, 3000 miles away from home and extended family.  It just wasn't going to be worth it.  Fortunately, I was able to move to the FT program and depending on how things go, I may see about getting a job in the library or something to help with spending money.  We'll see.

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We're planning a trip to NOVA next month to secure housing for around August 1.  My house has been on the market for about 2 mos. with little activity, so I'm started to get a bit worried.  My wife has put in only one application so far for a job, but is getting ready to start in earnest soon.  It's hard to know how to time that just right.  She's currently self-employed (she's a photographer), so she'll need to find a secure type of job until she can establish her busniess in a market 3000 miles away from where we are now.  Oh the joys of a long distance move with a family!

Our condo is also on the market but we just put it on... we are "pricing to sell".  Eek.  Do you have kids?

I have two kids (5 and 7).  I may have to price to sell if I don't see any movement in the next month.  The plan was for the house to help finance partial living expenses during schhol as well as moving expenses, so I didn't want to start out too low.  Even if I price to sell, I'll still make $, just not as much as I would have liked (I know, join the club!).

We decided to price low so it goes fast.  In this market, you never know... We'll see.

Good luck!!  I think I read earlier that you'll be living in Arlington?  That's where I hope to find a place as well.

Yeah we found a place around courthouse station.  The prices in Arlington are ridiculous... and I'm moving from Boston.

I hear you about that!  We really liked the Courthouse area as well, especially since it is close to the Spanish immersion elementary school we'd like our kids to attend. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: When are you moving?
« on: May 16, 2008, 01:05:56 PM »
i'm moving at the beginning of August, but i'm quitting my job a month before then. i have to move across the country so i'm thinking of doing it the long way-- take it slow, backroads only, check out the sights, camping along the way... really see the country and make an experience out of it.

I'm moving across the country as well and wanted to do something similar, but it was just going to cost too much and wouldn't be too practical with small kids.  So, I'll be shipping a few things, and flying.  I hope to move around August 1 with orientation starting mid-August.

Are you hiring a moving company?

No . . . probably going to do the pod-type thing.  We will need to downsize considerably, so I think I can pack two mid-size pods with everything we need and then buy some bigger items and/or breakable items when we arrive.  I'm also going to sell our two cars here and buy just one when we arrive.

Yard sale?  That's what I'm doing and anything that doesn't sell - I'm going to donate.

Yep . . . and Craigslist.  Probably going to be more Craigslist than yard sale, as our weekends are pretty much booked for the summer already between my wife's schedule (wedding photographer) and other plans. There may not be time for a sale.  August is coming too fast!!!!

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I'll give another plug for AAA.  Just planned my cross-country move from WA to VA and like others said they put together a nice little booklet, dividing the trip in sections.  I probably won't be doing the driving thing now, but I was impressed with the service.

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We're planning a trip to NOVA next month to secure housing for around August 1.  My house has been on the market for about 2 mos. with little activity, so I'm started to get a bit worried.  My wife has put in only one application so far for a job, but is getting ready to start in earnest soon.  It's hard to know how to time that just right.  She's currently self-employed (she's a photographer), so she'll need to find a secure type of job until she can establish her busniess in a market 3000 miles away from where we are now.  Oh the joys of a long distance move with a family!

Our condo is also on the market but we just put it on... we are "pricing to sell".  Eek.  Do you have kids?

I have two kids (5 and 7).  I may have to price to sell if I don't see any movement in the next month.  The plan was for the house to help finance partial living expenses during schhol as well as moving expenses, so I didn't want to start out too low.  Even if I price to sell, I'll still make $, just not as much as I would have liked (I know, join the club!).

We decided to price low so it goes fast.  In this market, you never know... We'll see.

Good luck!!  I think I read earlier that you'll be living in Arlington?  That's where I hope to find a place as well.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: When are you moving?
« on: May 16, 2008, 12:52:53 PM »
i'm moving at the beginning of August, but i'm quitting my job a month before then. i have to move across the country so i'm thinking of doing it the long way-- take it slow, backroads only, check out the sights, camping along the way... really see the country and make an experience out of it.

I'm moving across the country as well and wanted to do something similar, but it was just going to cost too much and wouldn't be too practical with small kids.  So, I'll be shipping a few things, and flying.  I hope to move around August 1 with orientation starting mid-August.

My mother drove across the states with me and my three siblings in our family van, ages 4, 9, 10 (me), and 15.  It was...memorable, to say the least.  Hahaha.


I bet it was!

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: When are you moving?
« on: May 16, 2008, 12:51:10 PM »
i'm moving at the beginning of August, but i'm quitting my job a month before then. i have to move across the country so i'm thinking of doing it the long way-- take it slow, backroads only, check out the sights, camping along the way... really see the country and make an experience out of it.

I'm moving across the country as well and wanted to do something similar, but it was just going to cost too much and wouldn't be too practical with small kids.  So, I'll be shipping a few things, and flying.  I hope to move around August 1 with orientation starting mid-August.

Are you hiring a moving company?

No . . . probably going to do the pod-type thing.  We will need to downsize considerably, so I think I can pack two mid-size pods with everything we need and then buy some bigger items and/or breakable items when we arrive.  I'm also going to sell our two cars here and buy just one when we arrive.

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