Exhibit A: Ariella, a very intelligent girl
Exhibit B: The letter.
We received this letter last week. Ariella came home with it from school. It is from the Henrietta Szold Institute, and the topic is "An Invitation to the Test for Phase 2 for Acceptance into the Special Enrichment Program for Gifted and Talented Students." (Very loosely translated from the Hebrew.)
My first reaction to this was, "Whoo-hoo! My kid sure are real smart!" I mean, we've known this for a while, but it's always nice to hear it again.
The letter goes on to discuss this test. Where and when it will be held. How long it lasts (an hour to an hour and a half - sheesh. Like the mini-SATs or something. Will she have to complete analogies?) How important it is to show up for the test since you cannot take it on a different day. You must do everything in your power to come! (Um, okay, just calm down, now.) What to bring and what not to bring. A very long section discussing what will be on the test itself, and that there is no need to study (phew.)
Then we're told that at the end of the school year, we will get a letter letting us know whether our child has been accepted or not accepted to this "program." And if you don't intend to send your child to the program, well then, don't bother showing up for the test.
Following that is a whole complicated paragraph about parents of twins, in a situation where both of whom (the twins, not the parents) have been invited to participate, but be warned that that one might be accepted and one not.
Finally, it ends with a phone number - but only to be used in case of emergency ("Help! I forgot which side of the pencil to use!") and not, in any way, shape or form, to be used to find out any sort of information about this test or program. God forbid. We like our parents to be in the dark.
So I had a few questions about this:
1. HUH????? Who are you people? (No letter of explanation arrived. Just instructions.)
2. And what do you want with my daughter?
3. Phase Two??? When the hell was Phase One????? (And yes, there were that many question marks in my head.)
4. What is this "program?" How do I know if I want to be a part of it? Does it involve shlepping out at 6:30 PM with two tired, cranky boys in tow, to pick Ariella up from a chug, which is located at 123 Ends of the Earth, No Place to Park, Modiin, 71720? Because I'm already doing that this year, for another chug she's in for smart kids. And let me tell you, there's little they can say that is going to make me repeat this daring feat of parenthood next year.
I was able to glean a few bits of information from Ariella. Apparently, Phase One happened in school at the beginning of the year, and the kids who did really well were invited to partake in Phase Two. Still...I'd like to know more about this "program" and this "institute" before I take her to this "test."
So, please, Ms. Szold. Throw me some scraps here. Whatever you got, I'll take it.