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Old 01-11-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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Hello all, first time posting, but have been lurking for a while. My husband and I are planning a move with our two daughters to the area at the end of this year. Ideally we would like to be in the Parkland school district. What areas would you recommend with minimal train noise? I was looking into Fogelsville and Breiginsville, would those fit the bill? We have family in Emmaus, and we've spent some time there as well as Macungie, and I found the noise from the train horns to be a bit much for me. We'd like to be within 15-20 minutes of basic amenities, shopping, etc. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thank you!
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:05 PM
 
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I could be wrong, but I think Emmaus is the only town where the train goes right through the town. It's certainly the only town that people complain about train noise on this forum. From where I live, just outside of Coopersburg, it's just a pleasant whoo whoo that we hear once in a while. I'd be very aware of the traffic from the warehouses and the new large shopping center just North of Macungie - Costco, Target, Whole Foods, etc. The roads really weren't meant for the traffic they are getting now. I would look East of that mess. Be very aware of the district lines too. Zip codes cross school districts as well as town names.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:11 PM
 
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Thank you toobusytoday. I saw that shopping center recently opened, it makes sense (albeit unfortunate) that traffic near that area would be a nightmare. I see that Fogelsville and Breiginsville are west of that area, do you know what towns east of there are still in the parkland school district? I was also looking in the Coopersburg / Center Valley area, but there was an issue with my daughter transferring into the southern Lehigh school district...she will be starting Kindergarten before we move, but her birthday is in October, so she misses the cutoff there and I was told they won't transfer her. Parkland said otherwise, so it looks like I'll be focusing my search there.
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Old 01-11-2017, 07:41 PM
 
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Parkland doesn't really have any towns that are in their district. Areas yes, but no towns. Are you sure that Parkland will allow your daughter to start first grade with an October birthday? Kindergarten/1st Grade Registration She will be the very youngest person in her class if she's allowed in. First grade now is quite a bit different than it was even ten years ago and Parkland has full day kindergarten so those kids will most likely be reading when they start first grade.

There are nice homes all over Parkland school district, but I'm not real familiar with them because we didn't look in Parkland at all. I hope someone else will chime in with suggestions.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:19 PM
 
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Yes, Parkland said they will allow it, I called and spoke with someone. My daughter is currently in her second year of full day preschool, and will be starting full day kindergarten here in NY before we move. So although she will be the youngest in her grade, I fully expect her to be able to keep up, and would like her to continue with a full day program since that's what she's used to. But I do appreciate the very valid concerns, and the insight into the area, your responses have been very helpful.
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:54 AM
 
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Parkland doesn't really have any towns that are in their district. Areas yes, but no towns. Are you sure that Parkland will allow your daughter to start first grade with an October birthday? Kindergarten/1st Grade Registration She will be the very youngest person in her class if she's allowed in. First grade now is quite a bit different than it was even ten years ago and Parkland has full day kindergarten so those kids will most likely be reading when they start first grade.

There are nice homes all over Parkland school district, but I'm not real familiar with them because we didn't look in Parkland at all. I hope someone else will chime in with suggestions.
I believe kids are taught to read in 1st grade. In K, they are taught to write (and know) letters and numbers, but not read in PA (that's not to say that parents don't teach their kids to read/ write at younger ages).
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Old 01-12-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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I believe kids are taught to read in 1st grade. In K, they are taught to write (and know) letters and numbers, but not read in PA (that's not to say that parents don't teach their kids to read/ write at younger ages).
Sounds like she'll be right on track then! Thanks blazerj. Now we just need to find a home with some peace and quiet.

Anyone have any feedback on Schnecksville or Orefield? Are there nice communities in that area? Since we have kids we'd like to have some other kids in the neighborhood they could play with.
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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I believe kids are taught to read in 1st grade. In K, they are taught to write (and know) letters and numbers, but not read in PA (that's not to say that parents don't teach their kids to read/ write at younger ages).
Schools have changed and the expectation for kindergarten students is much higher than it used to be. That's one of the big reasons for full day kindergarten. It's no longer reading readiness, it's reading. I don't mean chapter books, but, yes reading hundreds of words is the bar now for kindergarten students. That's also why most districts are strict about their cut-off age. I'm not saying I agree with that, but it's what's happening now. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/...-kindergarten/ And yes, I have first hand information.

Jen, both Schnecsksville and Orefield are similar and have many new developments, I'm sure you will find many young families. Don't make the mistake we did when we bought our third home. We found a neighborhood full of yards with swingsets and kids playhouses. Turns out those items were installed years ago and most of the kids were much older! At our current house, we actually met several of the neighbors when we did our first look at the house because of a mistake in the timing of the house visit. It was wonderful raising our kids with families of kids of the same age. We car-pooled for years and then the kids car-pooled each other! I would just find a realtor that has many listings in both Schnecksville and Orefield, and tell them what you want. A good realtor can find just what you want.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:45 AM
 
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Schools have changed and the expectation for kindergarten students is much higher than it used to be. That's one of the big reasons for full day kindergarten. It's no longer reading readiness, it's reading. I don't mean chapter books, but, yes reading hundreds of words is the bar now for kindergarten students. That's also why most districts are strict about their cut-off age. I'm not saying I agree with that, but it's what's happening now. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/...-kindergarten/ And yes, I have first hand information.

Jen, both Schnecsksville and Orefield are similar and have many new developments, I'm sure you will find many young families. Don't make the mistake we did when we bought our third home. We found a neighborhood full of yards with swingsets and kids playhouses. Turns out those items were installed years ago and most of the kids were much older! At our current house, we actually met several of the neighbors when we did our first look at the house because of a mistake in the timing of the house visit. It was wonderful raising our kids with families of kids of the same age. We car-pooled for years and then the kids car-pooled each other! I would just find a realtor that has many listings in both Schnecksville and Orefield, and tell them what you want. A good realtor can find just what you want.
I agree that the school expectations have changed dramatically. My daughter turned 4 a few months ago and is working on sight words, which I thought was early but she's doing well with it.

Toobusytoday, what you've described at your current home is exactly what we're looking for! Right now most of our neighbors have children MY age, so there's really no one for my little girls to play with, unless we go to the park. I'll have to do some research into finding a good realtor.

If anyone has any suggestions on specific neighborhoods/developments/communities to look into I'd love to hear it. Our price range is around $350k. Again, nothing too close to the train please. I'll be making many trips to the area in the coming months to check out some neighborhoods so I'd love some guidance.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:16 AM
 
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Schools have changed and the expectation for kindergarten students is much higher than it used to be. That's one of the big reasons for full day kindergarten. It's no longer reading readiness, it's reading. I don't mean chapter books, but, yes reading hundreds of words is the bar now for kindergarten students. That's also why most districts are strict about their cut-off age. I'm not saying I agree with that, but it's what's happening now. https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/...-kindergarten/ And yes, I have first hand information.
My child is in Kindergarden and he is not being taught how to read by his school (full day K). They are learning how to write numbers and letters and the school will teach reading next year (again, many parents have already taught their kids to read at this point, but the schools do not in K).
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