Book Club ordering help

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Book Club ordering help
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Mon, 08-14-2006 - 4:57pm

Anyone here do book orders for their students? I'm planning to pick up and do it this year for the first time (Scholastic..probably Arrow and maybe Tab, too..6th grade). I'd love any advice.

Thanks,
Alysha


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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 12:17am

I LOVE the Book Clubs. Scholastic owns all the Arrow, etc. So you can do it all online with just clicks of the mouse. You can also easily set it up so parents can order books online from home and the books will still be shipped to the school (and your account will get bonus points for their order).

The Scholastic site makes this all very simple. They have a sample letter you can use to send to parents to tell them how to order online. They even have a place where you can set up a class webpage to tell parents about homework, etc.

The website keeps track of your "points" earned so you can cash them in when you like. You can track your orders from the site, too.

The most helpful thing I've done is send a note home attached to the forms. I send several at once and staple them together with a reminder note to send a check made out to Scholastic, or to order online (and instructions on how to do so). I send the same note every time. Sometimes I'll add things like, "books make a great holiday gift," or whatever. But typically it's the same -- instructions each time (because there will always be a person or two who send cash).

It's really quite easy, though. Good luck. =)

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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 5:45pm

I love the class webpage. I used it last year as a 7th grade math teacher (when we had homework almost every night) and I'd even have parents e-mailing me Monday morning if I forgot to update or if the site was down and I couldn't update. It was great. I'm still using it this year, but I doubt I'll get as much parent feedback since there will be very few updates since I'm study skills.

I like the fact that I can order from both Arrow and Tab at the same time (and even others if I planned to). Arrow is 4-5-6 and Tab is 7 & up, so we're close to that in between with 6th graders...I expect some of them would like the higher levels.

We can accept cash at our school, which I HATE. Aly's school is in the same district but doesn't take cash for ANYTHING, not even $2 for a field trip. Everything has to be check or MO. But I like the paper trail on my part and I know I'd like it as a school.

Thanks.

Alysha


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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 10:27pm

One more question...do you purchase whatever you want from the book order with your points? I thought they decided for you and sent you something worth that many points.

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Alysha


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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 11:08pm

You get to pick what you want with the points. You can save them up or spend them immediately.


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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 9:36am
I suppose technically we *can* accept cash. I just don't. I don't keep change and I'll have parents sending in a $20 bill to buy $3.95 worth of books. I don't have time to go to the bank during the day to make the change, either. So I set the rules for my room at no cash. There have been times I've accepted it (only when it's exact change) and written the check myself. I'd rather not, though.
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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 9:38am
Oh yes, you spend your points however you wish. The Kindergarten teacher in our building (this is her 35th year) has tons of points. She uses them to buy the kids books at Christmas and at the end of the year. I haven't used any of my points yet (I just went back to the classroom last year after five years without a homeroom, so I don't have many points, plus I was on maternity leave for a bit of last year). But you may spend your points however you wish. They should send you a book with lots of things you can use them for. You might have to request it online. THere are all kinds of things in there. Electric pencil sharpeners, books/materials for class, microwave ovens, a computer, etc.
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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 5:39pm

Hmmm..I will check with the secretary and see if I can do that policy for my classroom, even though it's not school policy (I don't see why not...it's not a mandatory thing to order books...lol).

And dealing with change at our school is ALL done through the secretary. We don't handle any changing of money...just getting it, turning it over to her, then handing it back.

Alysha


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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 8:45pm
Oh that would be so nice! We handle all the money. Lunch money can be a real pain. Thankfully it's a nice even number now (unless they are on reduced). Ugh! It can take 20 minutes just to get lunch count done and turned in.
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Wed, 08-16-2006 - 9:40pm

Our whole district handles lunch money in the cafeteria. Elementary schools pay by the month for lunch...they send an envelope with the amount and we send it back by the 10th. Middle & high pay each day and most schools don't allow charging. At our middle school, the kids do not HAVE to go in the cafeteria (much to the parents' chagrin, I'm sure, but a lot do eat), but I just found out this week that another middle school in the parish requires their students to go in every day.

So, I never deal with that. I'm ELECTING to deal with book orders and we have to collect $15 instructional fees at the beginning of the year and throughout the year we'll collect money for "free shirt day" (not really free, just free to not wear the uniform shirt..money usually for charity) and for game days (fund raisers for the school....guaranteed $500...500 students, $1 each).

Our secretary has us on an awesome system though for collecting and turning in money. We only have to receipt cash for instructional fee, but I also receipt checks just for MY records. We don't have to receipt monies for the fund raisers.

Oh, for the big fund raiser...candy sale..the office handles that completely, not the teachers.

So, I guess I can't complain about money..right?

One more thing...I'm a Beta sponsor, and I do help with that money...and that can get pretty hefty..they had to pay $110/person to go to convention last year.

Alysha