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    Re: The Real Housewives of New York City

    From what I have read, she owns some fortune 500 company (she's got the money). How she had the brains to start (and maintain) anything successful I'll never know. She is definately a few bricks short of a wall...


    Quote Originally Posted by jaymes4u;2833369;
    you are right about alex just "running" the hotel...i also wondered about him spending a 100 grand, although he did use a black amx card...getting one of those is a big deal under any circumstance...i think we all agree, his wife needs some dental work, and they probably stay free in st barths at a sister hotel....oh, and her body needs way more that a g string bathing suit...

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    Alex took your advice. She had braces on in last nights episode! or was I imagining this????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erie;2854201;
    But Simon isn't actual European. He was born and raised in Australia so essentially he is wannabe Eurotrash which is just pitiful in my mind. Also, I find it is amusing that even adults make fun of their kids' names. I don't know why they thought it was such a good idea to give them those names even if they are family ones. Why couldn't they call them Frank and John or some other more popular variation. But no, they have to be phony even about their kids names.

    The whole detox for Jill's daughter was also ridiculous. How the hell is putting a candle in someone's ear going to heal them of anything?
    I remember laughing at the kids' names but I can't remember them. Please refresh my memory (and tickle my funny bone)! Just a thought, if they had had a boy and a girl they could have named them Pugsly and Wednesday! Also, you're right! A candle in the ear has never cured anyone of anything. It's an old wives tale.

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    Trust me, there are so many schools you can always find a private school with space especially for three year olds since this is an optional thing. They should be worried about Kindergarten. However, I bet they wanted only the elite snooty schools and with no connections there is no seat---which is what you are hitting on. I thought the same thing about the donation. Instead of running to St. Barts or worrying about violin lessons for a 3 year old (heaven help us) they need shell out a donation.

    They looked at 16 schools? Is that what Simon said??? They are hilarous.
    The admission process for preschool is quite different than the private k-12 schools. Preschool is based on waiting lists, donations and who you know. Usually for Kindergarten, the child (applicant) is interviewed by learning specialists. These specialists are experts at recognizing learning differences and behavior problems. It is conducted like a playdate. The parents are interviewed separately by someone in the administration. The schools will not admit any child with a learning difference or behavioral problems. The reputation of a K-8 school is based on what high schools their 8th graders get admitted to. These schools do not want to admit a child that is not a good fit at their school and same with the parents keeping in mind that the school has to deal with this family for 9 years. The schools applicants are usually not kids of wannabe social climbers, they are children of professionals that are at the top of their game. The parents are usually Ivy School graduates and overachievers. These parents actually contribute more than money to these schools. The preschools are feeder schools to the K-8 schools which are usually single gender unless it is an International school. The K-8 school are feeder schools to the most prestigious high schools, day schools and boarding schools. The high school is then the feeder school to the best colleges in the world. And there you have it, the college process begins in preschool. So, to be admitted to a good private school with a good reputation, it takes more than money and connections. The child must not have any learning differences or behavior problems. But.......there are private schools that specialize in almost any learning difference there is. The tuition at the private K-8 schools these so called socialites are referring to runs about $20,000.00/year. High Schools are about $30,000 and boarding schools run about $40,000. Maybe a drop in the bucket for women like Ramona, Jill and Luann, but that is not the hard part......getting in is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tictac;2854360;
    Trust me, there are so many schools you can always find a private school with space especially for three year olds since this is an optional thing. They should be worried about Kindergarten. However, I bet they wanted only the elite snooty schools and with no connections there is no seat---which is what you are hitting on. I thought the same thing about the donation. Instead of running to St. Barts or worrying about violin lessons for a 3 year old (heaven help us) they need shell out a donation.

    They looked at 16 schools? Is that what Simon said??? They are hilarous.
    Sixteen schools shows that they are are really struggling to find a place. Agreed that they are putting their priorities in the wrong places, but since they are wanna-be socialites and trying to break in, I will give them a pass. ("They're trying too hard" Jill's quote). There's another post about the testing and the problems which may come, but I have to give them credit that they are worried, unlike their CA counterparts, about their kids. What I am a bit unsure of is do they want quality education or to make sure that their little ones are with the "right" kids socially.
    My husband went to the Walden school in the Upper West Side. He remembers that he was with good kids who came from all over the city and education was the focus. Things have changed in Manhattan in some places, he sees.
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    My friend has a pre-schooler and a kindergartner. Two adorable little girls. The mother is beautiful, the father is a power player in NY politics. They own an $11 mlllion townhouse in the Village. He's well -connected and plugged in. They got wait-listed into Friends, rejected everywhere else. They are going to Claremont, on Wall St. ($29-39,000 depending on grade level). It's new, and started by someone who I think wanted another alternative. They are Jewish, I wonder if this worked against them (diversity allotments). There is a big baby boom here and simply not enough spaces at the best schools. We might use my Soho address for my godson. I'm in the zip code for the two best public grade schools in the city. Ya gotta love this town.

    Sink or swim, 4 year-olds! The McCords should have moved to Soho or The Village and sent them to P.S. 3 or 41. They're just as chic as a private school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juliana;2855277;
    My friend has a pre-schooler and a kindergartner. Two adorable little girls. The mother is beautiful, the father is a power player in NY politics. They own an $11 mlllion townhouse in the Village. He's well -connected and plugged in. They got wait-listed into Friends, rejected everywhere else. They are going to Claremont, on Wall St. ($29-39,000 depending on grade level). It's new, and started by someone who I think wanted another alternative. They are Jewish, I wonder if this worked against them (diversity allotments). There is a big baby boom here and simply not enough spaces at the best schools. We might use my Soho address for my godson. I'm in the zip code for the two best public grade schools in the city. Ya gotta love this town.

    Sink or swim, 4 year-olds! The McCords should have moved to Soho or The Village and sent them to P.S. 3 or 41. They're just as chic as a private school.

    Claremont is the school I believe Jill mentioned in the last episode but they cut it so you could not hear everything she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tictac;2854360;
    Trust me, there are so many schools you can always find a private school with space especially for three year olds since this is an optional thing. They should be worried about Kindergarten. However, I bet they wanted only the elite snooty schools and with no connections there is no seat---which is what you are hitting on. I thought the same thing about the donation. Instead of running to St. Barts or worrying about violin lessons for a 3 year old (heaven help us) they need shell out a donation.

    They looked at 16 schools? Is that what Simon said??? They are hilarous.
    They looked at 16 schools trying to find one they could afford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PugMum;2855458;
    They looked at 16 schools trying to find one they could afford.
    LOL!! You got that one right!!!

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    I don't think it was one they could afford. It was one that would accept them.

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