Stressed out school starting so soon

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Stressed out school starting so soon
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Mon, 08-11-2008 - 3:53pm

My daughters' school is starting a week earlier than last year!

Sue the Ho
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Mon, 08-11-2008 - 4:07pm

Hi Sue....deep breath...you'll get there...it will all work out just fine.


We start next Monday...all of us as I work in the school office.

My Kids and Me in Northern Ireland 2008 - The Giants Causeway ** Sue

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Mon, 08-11-2008 - 7:36pm
We got all Gillian's school supplies a couple of weeks ago, but I'm definitely holding off on new clothes. It's in the 80s here all the way through October, and if I buy fall clothes now she'll have half outgrown them before she gets a chance to wear them. We didn't do a big back-to-school shopping trip last year either, so she's not expecting it. She does need new sneakers though, and I've got to get those soon because we're going on vacation the week before school starts. I swear it gets harder and harder to buy her shoes -- she wears a women's size 8, and not many shoes in that size look appropriate for a fourth-grader!
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Tue, 08-12-2008 - 11:04am

You'll get through it. I hate when I feel things sneak up on me.

Doesn't your school send out (or put it in a school newsletter) a calendar with the next year's schedule before school gets out for the current year? Our district goes overboard to tell you when school starts back up. Part of that is that our schools are crowded and if your kids don't show up by the second day of school, they've lost their spot at their homeschool if it has a wait list of kids wanting to go there.

I keep checking the school website, hoping that someone would put the supply lists on there. Not only would it save paper (and copying which our school went over budget on last year) but I could get my shopping done now instead of having to do it over the weekend or next week. I could save a lot of money on those supplies if I had longer to shop for them too.

I don't buy new school clothes all at once. I tend to buy as they need it though I will keep an eye out for sales. I can not see spending that money on clothes they won't be wearing until into October.

There is nothing wrong with giving them pb&j sandwiches for lunch. That was my preferred sandwich when I was a kid, unfortunately my kids don't like pb. I got both kids those soup thermos containers that keep food hot or cold for hours. I'm sending in things like soup or mac-n-cheese in the colder months and fresh cut fruit in the warmer. Philip has already been told he'll be eating more lunches from home this year.

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Registered: 05-22-2007
Wed, 08-13-2008 - 9:25am

After reading everybody's posts, I think I am going to just reuse their backpacks and lunchboxes this year, clean them up really good and let them use them again.

Sue the Ho
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Registered: 02-17-2008
Wed, 08-13-2008 - 1:29pm

Is there a way you can buy only SOME of the supplies now and get the rest later?


For example, if they need 4 boxes of crayons, can you send one or two boxes now?


I know for folders, notebooks and some of the writing things they will need right away.

My Kids and Me in Northern Ireland 2008 - The Giants Causeway ** Sue

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Wed, 08-20-2008 - 8:12am

Well, we managed to get all of the supplies, well, except for one or two items, couldn't find any black composition books at Wal-Mart (they had red, yellow and green, but we had to have black for some reason), then couldn't find subtraction flashcards.

Sue the Ho
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 08-20-2008 - 3:27pm

I'm glad you were able to find almost everything Sue.

We got a list for K on Monday at their back to school night. They told us not to rush out and get everything for Thursday but would like us to have everything by the end of the second full week of school. A lot of the stuff like colored pencils, markers and glue sticks are being pooled for class use so as long as half the people bring in the supplies the class will be okay. They get put in those little sand buckets and sit in the middle of each table. The K classes use tables rather than desks. They have these "kits" which are really large pencil boxes, that hold their personal pencils, crayons, scissors, erasers,etc, that the teachers supply; those stay in their cubbies when not being used.

The older grades have their own stuff that is kept in their desks. I need to get working on the labels, he needs everything labeled this year.

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Registered: 05-22-2007
Fri, 08-22-2008 - 11:47pm
Thanks for your support. The only thing I am having extreme difficulties finding at this point is some weed or other narcotics to ease the pain for one lonely mom.
Sue the Ho
Sue the Ho