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Original post made on Aug 26, 2011

It didn't take long for kindergartners at Hearst Elementary to get used to school after it began Tuesday. Hailey and Addison Southern, both 4, were excited about trying to catch the gingerbread man who had escaped.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 25, 2011, 5:19 PM

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Posted by dress code Mom
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:29 am

Cute twin girls with Mom in her running outfit. Did you know that spaghetti straps less than 1 inch in width are not in compliance and that girls get sent home or have to put their PE tshirt on when wearing something like this to school? Parents, mom's in particular, cover it UP! Let's show our girls some good examples and some modesty, please! We all know you have a great body and workout/run every day. Many of us do, but we don't have to show it off to the world and esp. in the school setting.

School Administrators: let's start enforcing the dress code. It's not fair that some girls are singled out because of who their teacher is and others get away with it year after year.

Parents: be aware of what your kids are wearing and what you are buying. It's not that hard to dress fashionably and cute without exposing yourself at such a young and vulnerable age.

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Posted by Seriously???
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Dress code Mom, please tell me your post is a joke. If you really know this mom and her activities the way you claim to, you would also know that she earns her living as a fitness trainer. Could it be at all possible that she arrived to pick up her children right after work? Perhaps you should take one of her classes, get into your 100-degree car, rush to pick up your kids all while wearing a sweat jacket or “cover up”. Who’s next on your hit list? Moms who arrive at school still dressed in their tennis skirts, which most, I’m quite sure, also do meet the PUSD standards on skirt length. Or perhaps, and even more vile, you have some other hidden agenda that led to your personal attack that really has nothing at all to with the district’s dress code? Either way, I really do feel badly for you. It must be very difficult to live with so much anger.

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Posted by Defensive friend
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

Sound like dress code mom has an image issue with herself. Maybe she should be more concerned about herself, and not so critical of others who actually get off the couch and do something to maintain a nice physique. By the way she owns a gym in town. Maybe dress code mom should seek her out services to help her get in shape. Round is a shape but not a good shape. Jealous!!!

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Posted by Shocked
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I can't agree more with the recent comments that responded to "Dress code mom". Dress code mom: First, you really should take a deep breath and understand what the article was about... KIDS EXCITED FOR SCHOOL. If you are as good of a mom as you are trying to portray (by dress code) you would realize that although you may dress conservatively and make your children do so it doesn't make you a great parent. If you showed up in your work attire (if you are working) I don't believe anyone would say anything. That is her work attire. If you have an issue with dress code, BE THE ADULT, and don't write on a blog... attend a meeting and actively work with parents at the schools. But, again, if you think dressing your kids properly makes you a good have a lot to learn about parenting.

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Posted by just saying
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Read the dress code for yourselves little Pleasanton sheep mom's.
We're all so impressed, Seriously and Shocked, with who you know in town. blah, blah, blah.... I'm sure she is a great mom and role model for those of us in shape; but I agree, it's inappropriate attire to bring your kids to school in when the kids themselves can't even wear such fashionable items to school. Kids get sent home or aren't allowed in school activities in similar attire or they have to put on a tshirt and wear the rest of the day. Wait 'til she gets to middle/high school. Not judging, just stating the facts little sheep.

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Posted by Tina
a resident of Mission Park
on Aug 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Seriously? They aren't allowed to wear opened toed sandals to school either, does that mean mothers picking up their children shouldn't wear opened toes sandals? What about tatoos? People with tatoos shouldn't pick up their kids at school? Dyed hair? The dress code rules are for the students. I think the kids look really excited to be at school - and that's what the article was about.

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Posted by Double Shocked
a resident of another community
on Aug 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I used to live in Pleasanton, in Vintage Hills II.
I thought it was a nice place to live.
I am sad to see the comments by the 'dress code police' (DCP) person.

When little kids start kindergarten,
their parents are hoping for an initial and continuing positive experience for their kids.

I wish/hope the DCP person was trying to be funny or entertaining!

In any case, I have known the Mom in this picture since she was 2 or 3 and she is a wonderful person, a very positive happy person and I can't speak highly enough of her or her family.

DCP, if you are serious about this, I don't know what to say.

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Posted by Twin mom's big sister
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2011 at 11:06 am

Our parents taught us many good lessons. Eat healthy, exercise, do unto others as you would have them do unto you, love one another and if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. So, dress code mom I'm not saying anything to you.
I love you twins and your beautiful, kind momma!

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Posted by PMS MOM
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Aug 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Dress Code Mom, seriously you should be ashamed of yourself. How dare you inflict your mean opinion of a precious photo, on such a big day for this mother and her little girls.

Jealousy is sad, destructive and ugly.

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Posted by Alisal Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Taking it one step farther.....Pleasanton should be ashamed of YOURSELF for allowing the first post of this thread to remain on the site. You have completely sunk to a new LOW.

I know this beautiful family from Gingerbread Preschool, how lucky these girls are to have such a loving, kind mother.

Shame on you, PW for letting an ANONYMOUS poster judge and demean this mom on a subject that's NOT RELATED TO THE ARTICLE. Very unfair since the family portrayed in the article doesn't have the option to be anonymous.


PW, you lost my support as a reader.

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Posted by Empty Nester
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

When I look at this picture, the only thing I see is joy on the face of a healthy and beautiful mom with her adorable daughters on their first day of school. Dress Code Mom, trust me, these days go by quicker than you know. Please don't waste them by embracing such a destructive attitude. Remember, she is a mom just like you, just like me. And, just like you and me, her wardrobe is something she has. It is not who she is.

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Posted by Megan Southern- Twin Mom
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Aug 30, 2011 at 10:56 am

Dress Code Mom, I need to thank you. Thank you for confirming what I already knew; I have the most amazing family and friends anyone could ask for. I am extremely fortunate, and count my blessings every day :) If we ever meet I owe you a hug.

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Posted by Dress Code Dad
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Sep 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

Dress code mom is a misogynist:

"Though most common in men, misogyny also exists in and is practiced by women against other women or even themselves. Misogyny functions as an ideology or belief system that has accompanied patriarchal, or male-dominated societies for thousands of years and continues to place women in subordinate positions with limited access to power and decision making."

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Posted by Mom of elementary students
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Sep 1, 2011 at 2:09 pm

To Dress code mom...why aren't you ranting about the flip flops on the other mom or on the other little girl? That's part of the dress code. I heard about your rant last night and thought it was ridiculous, couldn't believe someone would actually put that in writing.
Yet, here it is.
Ptown weekly, take down the DCM post.
It's embarrassing to know she lives in our community.

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