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Old 02-28-2015, 03:32 AM
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Hi all,

This is my first post after lurking on here for many, many months. I will be moving with my family into East Cobb this summer after having spent eight years in Switzerland. We bought our house a few years ago, and have been renting it out since then, so we already know that our children will be entering grade 3 at Mt. Bethel Elementary and grade 7 at Dickerson Middle School.

My first (of many) question for you all is this-we want to try to help our girls meet some of their future classmates as soon as possible, probably via summer camp programs. Does anyone have a good idea of which programs are most likely to be frequented by children from those schools? I have heard of High Meadows in Roswell, the summer camp at the Chattahoochee nature center, and Mt. Bethel UMC camp (ambit turned off by the latter as we are not really church-going, but am perfectly willing to deal with morning prayers if that it our best option). I also know the YMCA offers a lot of camp sessions. Anyone know where we would be most likely to find future classmates? We won't be able to move until July, and might not be able to move into our own house until right around when school starts, so swimming leagues would not really work for us.

Many thanks for whatever advice and direction you all can provide.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:52 AM
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Welcome (in advance) to East Cobb! My kids go to a different East Cobb elementary school, so I'm not sure about programs that draw Mt. Bethel/Dickerson kids specifically, but the ones you mentioned are quite popular. If your kids like sports, Mt. Bethel UMC also has sports camps that are not very church-y. East Cobber Magazine (EAST COBBER - East Cobber) has an annual camp edition that will list other camps.

We also moved a couple weeks before school started, and we met the most people by hanging out at our neighborhood pool and walking around the subdivision. If you live in a kid-heavy subdivision, you might try doing that..

Best of luck with your move!
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:33 AM
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Many thanks, Claudia. We are not sure whether we can move into our house straight away, so that is why we are looking at the summer camp options. That, and I don't want to seem too much like a stalker....
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:52 AM
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Ha ha, nothing wrong with stalking your new neighborhood in my opinion. :-) Actually, if your neighborhood has a pool or social club, you might see if they have a "back to school" party that you could go to before you moved in. We had some neighbors that did that, and nobody minded at all. People understand how eager parents are for their kids to meet friends.
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:17 AM
Location: OTP in the ATL - Roswell /East Cobb
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Wow - a big transition back. I say that as Aussies who moved to East Cobb nearly 3 years ago from South Africa, via Hong Kong and Sydney.

We moved a month before school and we didn't live in our house yet either, we were waiting for our container to arrive. However we were staying in a small apartment so we spent a lot of time at our neighbourhood pool We were pretty much stalking people all day.

Our neighbourhood has a 'directory' which lists each home and the residents within (and where they go to school) so we knew that a few of our neighbours had kids the same age as ours so we totally stalked them at the pool and met some lovely people before moving. We also have a neighbourhood fb page that lists the upcoming social committee activities (which I set up after we moved in but many other neighbourhoods have newsletters and fb pages and end of summer activities.

I may sound stalker-ish but I am really a lovely person who has had to live in a lot of different countries and make friends so I have had to employ a lot of different strategies. I also have a lot of lovely friends in my 'hood, so they weren't totally put off by my initial stalking.

You should also join the infamous East Cobb Moms facebook page so you can find out what you need asap about the immediate area.

The camps you mentioned are also very popular as already referenced.
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