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Old 01-11-2014, 04:04 PM
 
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Hello, I am new to message boards, and this is my first!! I currently live in a village in England UK called Broadbridge Heath and we are moving to the Denver or surrounding areas this July! My husband currently works in Denver. We are bringing our 9 year old son with us.

We had a short holiday in a Denver, staying in the Westminster area last July, and we loved it (what we managed to cram into it!) but I must admit, the change is going to be quite a challenge!! Driving on the other side of the road to start! And U Turns!!

We are used to just walking out our front door and have access to local shops/pubs/school/friends, with my son safely playing out in good weather.

I wonder if anyone could help me with questions that I have to ask.........
Firstly, schools, we would like our son to attend a friendly school, his class size at present is 30 students. He has lots of friends here and is quite social/sporty. He plays football/soccer, cricket and swims, so I need him to feel at home and in a routine fairly quickly. Not sure wether to go private or public, I have had a look on great schools. And the choice of school will depend where we live greatly.

I quite liked the Broomfield area, but a school I liked the look of was in south bolder called Friendly school. Do most people with children commute their kids to school or live fairly local to schools so the kids can socialise outside school?

We would like our son to join a very good football/soccer team, he is at a good level of football. Also possibly join a swimming club to compete, any ideas?

Sorry I have a lot of questions!!

Also, I feel we need to rent in a fairly modern house, as that is what we are used to, any suggestions please?

We are also thinking of bringing our dog with us, he is an 11year old German Short Haired Pointer, even though I have looked into bringing him over, I would like to know if I can get dog insurance for an old dog that has a dodgy eye, and lots of fat lumps!? Do I also have to register him with the local authority?

I work with older people that have Alzheimer's and dementia and wondered if there was any work/ volunteer opportunities in Denver. I'm also into felting which is a craft, and would love to know of any craft clubs in Denver.

Last question, I promise.... Are there any other British people in Denver?

Thanks for reading
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Berkeley Neighborhood, Denver, CO USA
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rental budget?
private schools cost $15-20K per year
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:41 AM
 
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Our rental budget is up to $3,5000
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:42 AM
 
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Also does anyone know the cut off date for applying to public schools and would they accept late entries?
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:18 AM
 
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Hello, I am new to message boards, and this is my first!! I currently live in a village in England UK called Broadbridge Heath and we are moving to the Denver or surrounding areas this July! My husband currently works in Denver. We are bringing our 9 year old son with us.

We had a short holiday in a Denver, staying in the Westminster area last July, and we loved it (what we managed to cram into it!) but I must admit, the change is going to be quite a challenge!! Driving on the other side of the road to start! And U Turns!! Just remember that we Americans drive on the RIGHT side of the road!

We are used to just walking out our front door and have access to local shops/pubs/school/friends, with my son safely playing out in good weather. Things here are much more spread out...

I wonder if anyone could help me with questions that I have to ask.........
Firstly, schools, we would like our son to attend a friendly school, his class size at present is 30 students. He has lots of friends here and is quite social/sporty. He plays football/soccer, cricket and swims, so I need him to feel at home and in a routine fairly quickly. Not sure wether to go private or public, I have had a look on great schools. And the choice of school will depend where we live greatly.

I quite liked the Broomfield area, but a school I liked the look of was in south bolder called Friendly school. Do most people with children commute their kids to school or live fairly local to schools so the kids can socialise outside school?

We would like our son to join a very good football/soccer team, he is at a good level of football. Also possibly join a swimming club to compete, any ideas? Just make sure you know the difference between football and soccer!

Sorry I have a lot of questions!!

Also, I feel we need to rent in a fairly modern house, as that is what we are used to, any suggestions please? At your stated budget this shouldn't be a problem, however, rentals in the Denver Metro area is very tight at the moment.

We are also thinking of bringing our dog with us, he is an 11year old German Short Haired Pointer, even though I have looked into bringing him over, I would like to know if I can get dog insurance for an old dog that has a dodgy eye, and lots of fat lumps!? Do I also have to register him with the local authority? Technically yes, they must be registered but I doubt many people ever do.

I work with older people that have Alzheimer's and dementia and wondered if there was any work/ volunteer opportunities in Denver. I'm also into felting which is a craft, and would love to know of any craft clubs in Denver.

Last question, I promise.... Are there any other British people in Denver? No...none at all! You'll be the first!

Thanks for reading Thanks for the paragraphs! No, I mean it! too many people just type one endless sentence.
Welcome to the states and remember:

Chips are crisps
French fries are chips
A cars engine is under the hood
The boot of a car is the trunk
An indicator is a turn signal or blinker
A pram is a stroller
A lorry is a truck
A&E is a TV station you'll want the ER (Emergency Room)
A bender is a drinking spree...not a
A Billion in the US is a thousand million, not a million million
A beaver here is a rodent or a woman's... It's not a beard
A *** is a cigarette here...ask for a *** and you might get a bender!
A flannel here is a type of material...ask for a washcloth instead.
A flat is an apartment
Go down here refers to oral sex
Braces are suspenders
A solicitor is a lawyer, here a solicitor is someone whom bugs you to purchase their products, usually at your home.
Vest=undershirt
Zebra crossing=crosswalk

I hope this helps!
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:17 AM
 
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At your budget you should be able to find something nice in a good school district. I've seen some nice rentals in wash park for around $3000/month.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:45 AM
 
Location: The 719
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Welcome...

I hope this helps!
Really? Way too raunchy imo.

Not sure what the Broomfield area offers up for junior high or middle school, or grade school for that matter. I would think Jefferson Academy would be fantastic for high school though... a few years down the road. Might your boy be interested in basketball? Because bball and football are very popular. Swimming is probably very popular in the bigger populations there. Soccer has a huge following of it's own here in the states. You might even meets some Brits amongst them.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:26 AM
 
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Where is your husband's work? You said Denver, but is it downtown?
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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There is a fairly decent-sized English population in the Denver area. We manage to sneak in under the radar whilst the "natives" aren't looking. Be prepared for a lot of questions like, "How long have you been here?" and "Do you like it?" and "What do you think of Downton Abbey?"
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:50 PM
 
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Now, now Cybort800.... Sarcasm is the lowest form and all that!!! Even if it did make me chuckle a little bit!! I am going to embrace the whole Denver, USA thing 100% really looking forward to meeting new people, and having an adventure!!

My son is very tall for his age and has mentioned Bball, he's also really looking forward to trying new things.
I believe you've just had a big rodeo week and a big Denver football game going on, can't wait to try it all! Are there any big events on end of February beginning of March as we are coming out then to visit schools??

My husband works at the top bit of Denver joining the bottom of Westminster!! Bit random, sorry. I haven't quite sussed out this Downtown phrase yet!?

Thanks for the input on the English population, I really liked Boulder, it reminded me of Brighton meets London, I'll visit there when I feel homesick!!
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