Would you prefer a March or April spring break?

Our school district follows the college spring break schedule so my kids are out of school this week.

The University of Georgia is out of school this week as is the University of Arizona. I think at least one of the Catholic high schools in Georgia is out (based on a Facebook post.) But I know Gwinnett is still in. Is anyone else out?

I was really ready for a break since Arizona obviously hasn’t had any snow days. But I guess it would be weird for Georgia schools to be off especially after so many winter weather days off.

Spring Break in Georgia always hits on my birthday week in April. I loved being off with the kids for my birthday. We would often travel that week so it would make my birthday even more special. I have lovely memories of eating tapas in Washington D.C. with the kids and being in Disney World for my birthday.  (Now in Arizona it’s just a regular week for my birthday.)

We’re not traveling this week. I’m working on taxes finally while Michael keeps the kids busy. We are also installing new carpet later this week. So nothing super exciting going on but I am thrilled to sleep in.

Would you rather have spring break with the colleges in March or do you like it in April?

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malleesmom

March 10th, 2014
6:04 am

We’re on spring break in the tundra as well. Personally it falls way too early for my taste. I wish it were in April since the school year does not end until the after the first week of June. I just looked, and our major university is not on break until next week.

A

March 10th, 2014
6:22 am

Considering the school year here in Fulton is done before Memorial Day, I would much prefer a March bread. Having it the first week of April seems way too late since after that there is maybe 6 weeks left in the year. They usually do CRCT right after break, although this year they are pushing it back due to the missed snow days, but as we all know after CRCT the year seems to just coast by ’til the end.

Erica

March 10th, 2014
6:34 am

We are on spring break this week(kid attends an independent school in metro Atlanta) and at first, I didn’t care for the March spring breaks, which are weeks away from when the other Metro schools are out, which makes it a challenge to find activities and spring break camps (if needed). We have typically done staycations for spring break and travelled in during the summer. Further, the weather in March can be a bit iffy (some warm days, but more chilly days than not). This is the first year we’ve done a spring break trip and I must say for the first time I like having this week, as we are boarding a Disney cruise today. From the looks of it, the cruise will not be too terribly crowded (to the point of being packed) because not too many kids are out of school for spring break just yet. So, to answer your question, I would like an April spring break for the weather, but for travel purposes I am good with the March spring break. My daughter is happy regardless, as long as it’s a spring break!

Kat

March 10th, 2014
6:40 am

I thought Spring Break always preceded Easter Sunday, but it’s not. I also thought (as a kid) that we should be out of school the week AFTER Easter, so people could take vacation – leave on Friday, spend Easter with family, etc. then travel back. It’s the only major holiday that moves around (March sometimes, sometimes April).

buckheadgirl

March 10th, 2014
6:42 am

I prefer a spring break at Easter which includes having Holy Thursday and Good Friday off as well as a day or two the following week.

A

March 10th, 2014
7:25 am

The only negative about Easter, is that some years (like this year), it falls toward the end of April, so at least in Fulton if we had break at that time, there would be only a month left of the school year after that which makes no sense. @Erica brought up a good point that since not many systems are out in March it’s a bit less hectic to travel, so another reason why Fulton should switch from first week of April to maybe mid-March.

Mother of 2

March 10th, 2014
7:26 am

My kids like having spring break in April. They feel like the end of the school year is just around the corner when they return after break. We’ve lived in several states and high school break tended to occur in April, while college break occurred in March. I guess you get used to whatever your district does after a couple of years.

RJ

March 10th, 2014
7:27 am

Holy Thursday and Good Friday off? Catholic schools do that, not public schools. I am okay with April. It’s too cold in March for me. It’s warmer in April, so I can enjoy the sunshine with the kids. I am soooo looking forward to Spring Break this year.

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
7:31 am

Having taught school in Texas and Georgia, I learned that spring break is different everywhere. I personally liked the break when it was warmer in April. But some folks can go to South Padre Island this week and it will be warm. Technically this is not spring yet…haha.

My daughter ( UGA) is on break now. Since her car engine blew, she is working to save money to put away to buy a newer car this summer. She is driving her Dad’s older car now. We will go to the beach later. She also mentioned going to Disneyworld with her room mates this summer.

FYI…fool me once shame on you…fool me twice shame on me…you guys did warn me! I ordered a baby gift. It was delivered on Thursday. I am friends with the “mama to be” on FB. Nothing was said. I wondered if it was just tossed on the porch and no one saw it ( as this can happen with UPS or Fed Ex). I called my husband’s sister to check and see if she knew anything. Why yes, she showed it to her. It was so cute. I mentioned that I had not heard a thing and wondered about a thank you note. I was told that I probably would not get one. HMMM…not her fault, I assured her of this. Some people may not understand the value of a thank you note.

TWG…I hope you have an amazing week and that you can do some things together with you family, that are fun.
Erica…I hope you have a week of smooth sailing too!

HB

March 10th, 2014
7:58 am

Now seems too early to me unless you’re on a schedule similar to colleges (my last college finals were May 2 or 3 at the latest). One of my high schools was always the first week in April, the other the last week in March. March was earlier than most, but we were on the coast, and I think they were trying to give us a chance to enjoy our beach before we were invaded the following week.

Macy

March 10th, 2014
7:59 am

@MJG-The gift was delivered Thursday. Do you really think she has had time to thank anyone, especially YOU? It’s only Monday. Geez,,,,give the woman a break.

iRun

March 10th, 2014
8:11 am

APS Spring Break is the 2nd week of April.

There was a time when my husband, who is a professor, had to teach in the Spring. And his Spring Break was in March and APS was in April. So, we never went anywhere…he had to just stay home for his Spring Break because we couldn’t pull our son out of school. And for our son’s Spring Break he couldn’t come with us and it felt wrong to leave him behind.

But he changed universities and now he only teaches in the Fall (if that sounds strange you should know that his primary charge in this professorship is to do research and obtain grant funding, not teach…if he doesn’t bring in grant money then he doesn’t get to keep his job).

So, we’ve been going to the beach with another family for Spring Break. It’s still too cold to get in the water but it’s lovely for just being on the beach and being outside. March would be too rainy and chilly.

Also, as Mother of 2 mentioned, we all feel like Summer Break is just around the corner. It’s almost like you just have to power through until Spring Break and then it’s coasting through the rest of the year.

All in all, we prefer an April Spring Break.

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
8:14 am

Um..no…I was not thinking of a thank-you note, at all. Sorry if that is what came across. I was thinking of a quick FB post to me: “we got your gift”. This is what I would do. I saw a photo of another gift, she received, on her FB page. I do not care if she puts a photo out there ( of my gift) but a quick message would be good, since the gift was not hand delivered. She posts things on FB all the time and it is an easy way to get a word out.

Derwin0

March 10th, 2014
8:14 am

I prefer March, as it’s midway between the Christmas break and summer break.

iRun

March 10th, 2014
8:15 am

When is Easter this year? I grew up Catholic but I turned atheist about 10 years ago so I’m not in the Christian holiday loop anymore.

Growing up in southern Louisiana we always had Spring Break the week before or after Easter, depending on how late in April it was. We never went anywhere because my Dad couldn’t take off work from his clinic (doctor in a clinic in a small town) that time of year. We did our vacationing the first two weeks of June and the last two weeks of August.

Anyway, my folks would host a really large crawfish boil/BBQ. I mean – 4-5 sacks of crawfish, too. All the cousins from New Orleans would come. Neighbors would come. It was a very delicious and fun day. Fun times. Everyone is scattered to the 4 corners of the world now, and some of the aunts and uncles have passed. Makes me sad until I remember that we have new traditions now and they’re fun, as well. And this is just the cycle of life. Still kinda sad. Maybe bittersweet is a better term.

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
8:18 am

One year, I had a meeting near Boston right at my daughter’s spring break. I asked her if she would like to come with me. She was in HS and mad that we were not going to the beach. I told her it was Boston or stay home with her Dad. She reluctantly agreed to Boston. Turned out to be one of her favorite places to visit and we look forward to a trip every few years, as it is an amazing place.

@ Macy. it has been 8 months since the last gift given…haha.

FCM

March 10th, 2014
8:31 am

@ Kat, Easter moves around (and will continue too) because it is tied to the Spring Equinox (which in turn is tied to the date of Passover). “Twice a year, around March 21 and September 23, the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly equal everywhere in t he world. These two days are known as the vernal (or spring) equinox and the autumnal equinox.

The vernal equinox also coincides with Easter and the holidays that are related to it. They are moveable feasts that do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars. The dates of many Christian holidays depend on the Easter date. Some of these holidays include Palm Sunday, Holy or Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Ascension Day and Pentecost (also called Whitsunday).

In the New Testament of the Bible, Jesus’ death and resurrection occurred around the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the fir st full moon following the vernal equinox. Early sources showed that this soon led to Christians around the world celebrating Easter on different dates. A t the end of the second century, some churches celebrated Easter on the day of the Passover, while others celebrated it on the following Sunday.

In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equ inox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox. Easter is delayed one week if the full moon is on Sunday, which decreases the chances of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover. The council’s ruling is contrary t o the Quartodecimans, a group of Christians who celebrated Easter on the day of the full moon, 14 days into the month.”

Thus Easter can fall from March 22 to April 25.

I think Spring Break should be fixed to mid April (April 15) regardless of Easter. The weather is good and it could happen right AFTER CRCT when the poor kid’s brains are fried anyway.

FCM

March 10th, 2014
8:32 am

@iRun Easter April 20th for both orthodox and non-orthodox calendars.

iRun

March 10th, 2014
8:38 am

Thanks, FCM.

Sounds like this year the Catholic schools could hold Spring Break the week before Easter, assuming they have the same start/end dates as the public school system (and seeing from Paideia, which is near my house, I can’t really assume that).

Erica

March 10th, 2014
9:34 am

Thanks, MotherJaneGoose. And a big BOO to the young lady who is not appreciative enough to send a thank you note. she has not learned that powerful lesson that NO ONE owes her anything. When folks make an effort and do something nice, a thank you is appropriate.

I was reading the comments on Easter week as a break. My kid is out from the Thursday before Easter through Easter Monday, so I guess it’s cool because she still has a decent Easter break. Practical question for us working parents – how much leave do these schools think parents get with all these breaks? LOLOLOL

mystery poster

March 10th, 2014
9:53 am

I teach in Cobb. This is the first year in nearly 20 years here that we are not off the first full week of April. Ours begins March 31st this year. I don’t know why they made that change.

vee

March 10th, 2014
10:26 am

@MJG – when you first mentioned the shower gift problem I remembered in the past I have been known to give nice stationary (including thank you cards) to nieces and nephews as gifts. At the time I lived far away and it was before internet or social media. Of course, they were kids then. I figured that as their parents never sent formal thank yous, I shouldn’t expect to hear from them otherwise. Some of the kids wrote to me. Some would send cards for holidays and it was fun. Sounds like this girl is a lost cause. just send a gift if you want to and don’t expect a reply.

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
10:39 am

@ vee…my husband suggested that I send thank you notes FOR the gift the next time…haha! Perhaps a few stamps would be nice too!

FCM

March 10th, 2014
11:04 am

@ mystery it is still the first week of April…March 31 – April 4….I get it is not the first full week, but it so close that it would be nit picky to say it is not the first week.

Techmom

March 10th, 2014
11:17 am

Our son is on [college] spring break next week. A few of his friends are on break this week and a few the two weeks after. He finishes the semester the first week of May so it makes more sense that college spring break is earlier however the weather is not exactly beach weather for most areas this time of year. We’re planning a trip for May, we’re hoping for good weather and no crowds!

Our county is on spring break the first full week of April (7-11).

HB

March 10th, 2014
11:18 am

MJG, didn’t you say this young woman married into the family? If so, why are you complaining that she hasn’t sent thank you notes? Seems to me, the primary responsibility for thank you notes to his family should fall to the nephew, but you haven’t said a word about him not sending a note. Why does he get a pass?

vee

March 10th, 2014
11:42 am

@MJG – I think you’d have a better chance of getting a thank you if you put the stamp ON the self-addressed envelope enclosed with the thank you notes. LOL! I was a “poor, lower class, country girl” where things like sending thank yous for birthday and Christmas gifts weren’t commonplace, but I learned that people tend to be more generous in the future if you show proper etiquette and tell folks “thanks”. at some point there is no excuse for bad manners…I know that’s not the correct motivation, but anything that gets a kid started…just sayin. I grew to love writing to relatives later on. Keeping in touch is so much easier now with social media, cheaper access to long distance calls, etc. I agree with @HB – doesn’t nephew know the rules?

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
12:01 pm

Yes, she married into my husband’s side.

I have received some amazing thank you notes from grooms and was told, ” the wife sent for gifts from her side and the groom sent for gifts from his side…the wife split everything up and they sat down and worked on them together with a list.” Sounds like a plan.

I also agree that expecting the wife to do it all is somewhat old fashioned. How many woman ( my age 54) have husbands that handle the thank you notes? At one point, I encouraged my husband to get his own thank you notes and that got him started on writing them himself. He will do it now, if it is someone he has dealt with. Maybe there are lots of men who come into a marriage as regulars with thank you notes. I guess I live in a different world on this.

Maybe there are lots of men who plan amazing vacations and spring break trips. I am not married to one…haha!

@ vee…tee.hee!

vee

March 10th, 2014
12:03 pm

@MJG – apparently having “senior moments” today, but something else just came to mind. I remember attending a shower YEARS ago where the hostess passed out envelopes as we arrived. we were to address them to ourselves to make it easier for the guest of honor to send thank you notes. don’t remember if it was some of my “poor, lower class, country family” or friends. I thought it sounded tacky at the time, but at least her heart was in the right place.

just thought of my next job. since I love to write – send me your list of who gave you what (you DID keep a list, right?) and I’ll write the notes for you. better yet, invite me to your shower and i’ll take pictures of all the gifts and include them in the card. I could even take pics of guests holding their gifts as they enter. this is not without precedent – Funeral homes put pictures of the flower arrangements with names & addresses of senders in with the book people sign as they visit.

justmy2cents

March 10th, 2014
12:22 pm

FCM- I work for Cobb county, and I get what mystery is saying. Cobb has ALWAYS made it the first full week of April, even if there was only 1 day of the week that was March. So, this is a shift from the norm for us. A lot of people were surprised to see it when the calendars came out.

Kat

March 10th, 2014
12:33 pm

@FCM: Yes, I am aware of how the scheduling of Easter goes. I did go to Sunday School and church growing up, so I know how it works. As an atheist now, I just look at my calendar each year to see when it is happening. I only said that it is a major holiday that moves around – March or April each year.

And, for our schools where we live, the break is always the week following Easter Sunday.

The oddest thing to me growing up were the weeks that followed Pentecost. Okay everyone, it’s the 12th week after Pentecost. Now it’s the 19th week after Pentecost. Yawn.

Kat

March 10th, 2014
12:36 pm

I’ve had a shower like that too – fill out your address so you have a better chance of receiving a thank-you note. Kind of tacky, but I got my thank-you. One time I didn’t – even after that. Another time (same person as the second example), I WROTE my own glowing thank-you note. She thought it was pretty funny too. Plus, I saved her the time.

Best baby shower gift I ever got was from co-workers who used Sharpies and wrote funny little sayings on the diapers that I would be changing at 3am! They were too funny to use – I still have about 20 unused but very funny diapers.

Kat

March 10th, 2014
12:38 pm

Oh, and I always write thank-you notes and have my kids do them.

Kat

March 10th, 2014
12:39 pm

Kids have to learn that someone likes you enough to go out to a store (or computer), find something you’d like (or registered for), buy it, write a note, wrap it up, send it or bring it to you. Can’t you find time to jot off a nice note?

Off my soapbox.

Tom

March 10th, 2014
12:40 pm

whatever week is most off-cycle w/rest of world! less crowded the better… that said all else equal I’d say later=warmer=better!

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
2:09 pm

@ Kat…I have been on that soapbox…thanks! Love the diaper idea too!
@ vee.awesome idea for a business…I have a client for you…:).

tsj

March 10th, 2014
2:36 pm

Why do old laides get so uptight about their dying dinosaur like traditions?

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
2:58 pm

Not sure about old laides but good manners are always in style:

If merely expressing your gratitude doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to write a thank you note, you might like to read these words of advice from Leslie Harpold.

I will also grudgingly tell you the hidden secret of thank you notes: They improve the frequency and quality of the gifts you receive. People like being appreciated, and if they feel you actually notice the nice things they do for you, they’re more likely to give an encore performance.
– How to Write a Thank you Note

P.S. Please let me know when gift giving becomes a dying dinosaur like tradition.

vee

March 10th, 2014
3:13 pm

HB

March 10th, 2014
3:43 pm

Expecting the wife to do all the thank yous is not “somewhat old fashioned” — it’s flat-out sexist. I’m not meaning to pick on you in particular, MJG, it’s just something that riles me up. It seems like every time I hear someone complain about not receiving a note for a wedding or baby gift, they criticize the bride/mom, not the couple. Reminds me of how a few years ago my mom made a huge deal out of a young dad she knew regularly taking his little girl out to lunch. “He does such a good job getting her set up to eat and helping her get her face and hands clean afterwards. I’m really impressed with him.” Seriously? I had never heard her or anyone else say they were impressed by a mom wiping a child’s face! Why do so many women sell men short (really unfair to act as if they’re incompetent) or give them a pass instead of expecting they can/should do these things too?

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
3:52 pm

@HB, I hear you. I believe I have at least 15 years on you and some old habits die hard! My husband did stay home with our son when he was a baby. I worked days and he worked nights. That was almost 27 years ago and not popular at all. He did a great job and it was so great knowing they spent the day together. They were just fine and it worked out nicely for us.

Question…do you actually get most thank yous from men? I have gotten some and it always impresses me that the couple is starting out on the right foot with each person having a part in every aspect of married life.

I do think some folks might be surprised with a woman who hauled hay for cattle…I did just that.
As previously mentioned, I have castrated bull calves too. Living on a farm, with no brothers. Not sure how sexist my life has been.

HB

March 10th, 2014
4:32 pm

I don’t receive quite as many from men, but I don’t think that matters when it comes to whom I should expect it from or dare to criticize when one’s not sent, and it certainly doesn’t lead me to feel impressed when I do receive one from a man. I know my male friends are considerate and can handle writing a few lines, so it’s not impressive or surprising to me when they do.

I admit, though, I did expect the last wedding thank you I received to be written by a woman — it was a wedding for two women that I attended last summer in Massachusetts. ;)

the school on break

March 10th, 2014
6:40 pm

The high school in Atlanta that’s on break has 3 trimesters (instead of two semesters), so a break over Thanksgiving ends a term, then early March ends a term (hence the week off). Some folks ski, others travel, others volunteer. They still get off a long Easter weekend (whenever that occurs), but are not tied to anyone other than their own schedule, which is honestly very nice.

motherjanegoose

March 10th, 2014
7:03 pm

Love it when kids volunteer!

missnadine

March 11th, 2014
9:42 am

@MJG – why did you bother? You knew what the result would be. I think it is unacceptable to not send even a quick facebook note, but honestly, if they ignore it one time, I just don’t send another – providing of course that there wasn’t a good reason for the oversight.

motherjanegoose

March 11th, 2014
4:03 pm

@missnadine…MY BAD…I have now drawn a line in the sand, that I will not cross. I have still not heard a word. I even posted the idea ^^^ about the diapers with sayings and a little add on about thank yous, on my FB. NOTHING. Some of my other friends did like the diaper idea and thanked me for sharing it…haha!

HB

March 11th, 2014
6:20 pm

Just FYI, even assuming he has logged onto FB in the past few days, unless you tagged him in the post, there’s no reason to assume your nephew saw it. Not all your friends statuses will show up, and even if they do, they may not immediately, or they may be too old to show up, if 30 other friends have posted updates by the time they log on again. In any case, relax! Sheesh! It’s only been a few days! Save your indignation for when enough time has passed to reasonably assume they have failed to mail a note.

motherjanegoose

March 11th, 2014
6:53 pm

Got it HB…would that be 8 months, as in the last time? Nothing yet.

HB

March 11th, 2014
7:08 pm

I’d say maybe 2 weeks. Griping 4 days later makes me suspect you sent it almost hoping they wouldn’t send a note, just so you could keep going on and on about how rude they are. You seem to be dying to say, “I knew they wouldn’t!” but it’s too soon.

motherjanegoose

March 12th, 2014
8:41 am

HB…I sent the gift to have it off of my list of TO DO things. I am busy traveling when the shower will occur and also when the baby is supposed to arrive. I will keep you posted. I really was just hoping for a FB note to say, ” gift arrived…thanks” Perhaps that was too much?