Do your children school supply shop?

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Do your children school supply shop?
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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 11:13am
The kids and I went school supply shopping yesterday (nearly two hours and we only got about two-thirds of the supplies -- yikes, kids and simple decisions -- like what color pocket folders to get -- just don't go together); anyway, I began to wonder if this is common plactice across the country? Each school in our state (public and private) send out a supply list for each student and it is the parents responsibility to make the purchases prior to the first day of school. Does your child have to purchase his/her own school supplies? Thirty plus years ago, when I was in grade school, the school district provided the paper, pencils, glue, etc. -- geez, I sound like my Mom -- when I was a kid ... (ha-ha). Since we are on the school topic; do your kids go to private or public schools? Do they wear uniforms or street clothing? Just curious! My kids go to private school and wear uniforms.
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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 11:53am
We get a long list of school supplies, but I get them; ds is NOT a shopper and frankly it's easier to go alone! He's in public school; no uniforms.

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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 12:37pm
We have to buy our own school supplies here as well. I think that's the way it is in most places. My kids like to be able to go and pick some of the things out. DD's (4th grade) list is very specific in what color folders for which class, so at least that eliminates one decision! The worst things imo on my kids lists this year were 4 bags of candy for DS (6th grade)--I mean how much candy are they giving these kids?? Oh, you got an answer right, here's some candy--drives me crazy! And we eat plenty of candy at home, so it's not like I'm anti-candy. The other thing was a pack of D batteries. I'm wondering what they will do with 400-800 D batteries during one school year?? But I suppose if every kid has a certain machine that requires them, it could be possible that they need them. Sorry for the rants!

Of course I haven't yet gotten the directive to buy the $100 calculator, but I'm expecting it the first day of school. Only the kids in pre-algebra need one this year, so they don't put it on the general list. I saw ones at Walmart that have all the scientific functions and say they're good for algebra, trig, etc. and they only cost $15, but I've heard they are very specific in wanting a certain brand name (Texas Instruments I think).

Public school, no uniforms.

Janet

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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 2:43pm
Congratulations on getting even 2/3 done (and I've btdt with those simple decisions). We haven't started yet {shudder}. Sean is in public school and wears street clothes. We've always had to buy the school supplies, I remember going with my mom to get pencils, paper, rulers, etc before school started too.

Have fun getting the other 1/3 done.

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Sherrie

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Thu, 07-31-2003 - 5:55pm
We do the school supply shopping thing, too. We get the list in advance, which is better than when I was growing up. I think in elementary school, there wasn't much to buy. But I remember in Jr. High and High School, each teacher would give us a list the first day of school, and then my mother and I would fight the crowds to get what we needed. What a pain! At least I can take the kids anytime it is convenient over the summer. The supplies for each grade level are listed on the school's web site. The list looks pretty straight forward this year. One thing I found humorous is that last year they had to have zipper binders. This year it highlights "You will NOT need a binder with a zipper. Please do NOT buy one." Other than the usual supplies, they are asked to bring in 2 boxes of tissues to their homeroom class.

I do take the kids with me to shop. I don't want to hear I bought the wrong type of pencil or wrong type of folder, whatever. Even though they don't generally like to shop, they don't mind the supply trip. Doesn't everyone love new school supplies? ;-)

My children attend public school and do not wear uniforms.

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Fri, 08-01-2003 - 2:21pm
Yes we have a supply list we buy before the first day as well. My ds love to pick out their own stuff they are not difficult about it except for my youngest ds Timothy age 9 who always gives me problems picking out his shoes. They go to public school and we have a dress code for the middle and high schools but elementary pretty much wear what they want. We got great deals on supplies since notebook paper was 36 cents a pack for 150 sheets at Office Depot and folders were 10 cents each which helped out alot since they needed lots of folders this yr. They do not carry backpacks but the trapper keepers were on special too. I know how you feel about all these supplies but my ds are glad they get to pick out stuff in their favorite colors and it gets them excited about going back as well. Zachary will have a locker this time since he is in middle school and is really excited about fixing it up.
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Fri, 08-15-2003 - 9:55am
My DD and I always go school shopping for supplies and clothes. We enjoy our shopping day together. We spend the whole day shopping. I remember as a kid it was the highlight of going back-to-school. The anticipatation of all the new clothes to start back-to-school with and trying to pick out which outfit I would wear the first day. My daughter loves it too. This year we spent 2 trips down the mall to find the perfect backpack. I didn't wear the right walking shoes and boy did I pay for that the next day (and the next and the next, LOL) Our schools also hand out supply lists.

This year I will be serving on the Parent's Group, I am looking forward to this adventure.
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Fri, 08-15-2003 - 12:57pm
Hi,

My kids go to public school and they don't wear uniforms yet. I see a lot of benifts to the uniforms and of course there are down sides too. My children's school district pretty much supplies everything. We buy pencils so the kids have their own and each kid a folder, even though the elementary gives them one. I haven't gotten the info for my 10 year olds middle school class yet. I asked a friend whose son went there last year and she said all she needed to buy was 2 1inch binders, so I bought those already. I figure even if he doesn't need them now he can use them later. We are fortunate that just about everything is supplied. Of course we have higher taxes then some schools in the area, but we also have a great school so its worth it.

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Sun, 08-17-2003 - 5:54pm
Yes- every year since Kindergarten. They attend an incredible public school. We get the lists at the end of the school year in their report card envelopes for the following year. Part of what amazes me is how different the "required" items list are from school to school. This year, my dd12 is in 6th and dd9 is in 4th, an dd4 is in PreK. I spent the better part of two hours and almost $100 dollars on school supplies ( includes new backpacks, but no other Big ticket items) The next most expensive thing was 4(qty) 2" binders( at 4.00 apiece on sale)

It was a little discouraging. especially thinking ahead to next year when all three will be in school, and I'll need to buy gym uniforms for dd12.

By the way, I'm new to this board,and my dd12 will be 12 next month

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Mon, 08-18-2003 - 9:01pm
Welcome! Glad you jumped in on this one.

Janet co-cl

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