I was talking to my friend (she is a teacher)
Stephanie, I was wondering about school supplies also.
Ah yes .. school supply time! :-)
All schools are different, but it's been my experience that when it comes to preschool .. there's usually a supply fee .. like $80 or so .. and that covers ALL supplies for the entire year. Then they just come with standard stuff like back pack, lunch box. and YES .. it's all often shared items. :-/
Even in Elementary school .. when we go purchase the supplies .. they generally go into ONE big pot and then handed out. :-/ At first I was concerned, when I found myself paying for the nice crayola items and perhaps others were sending in generic brands .. but they are usually specific in their supply lists .. like the Crayola 12 count color pencils etc. I've come to not worry about it .. but YES .. my first thought was like hey ... I picked out that pair of nice pair scissors, and that's what I want my child to use.
Also ... another side note ... like you all said ... the SECOND they all come in the garage door, it's STRAIGHT to the bathroom to wash hands a good long time with soap and warm water. Of course, their germies are getting all on the car and I used to give hand sanitizer before they got in the car .. but I'm not that strict with it any more .. unless it's just a bad sick season .. then I will do that in addition.
I'm sooo not looking forward to all the germs being brought home again .. it's been nice to be in our healthy summer bubble not exposed to HUNDREDS of other kids day in and day out.
One thing you could ask ... I was the room parent for my kids classes and every Friday afternoon, I'd go in and spray down their desks. :-) The janitors weren't required to deep clean their desktops and the teachers don't always have the time .. so for me .. it was well worth my time to help cut down on the germs. :-) Plus, gave me a great time to chit chat and get to know their teachers. :-)
Sorry to get on the germ cleaning tangent. ;-)
In Pre-K all are supplies are shared.
Everything is shared at DD's preschool. BUT they are constantly having kids wash their hands, and they use "magic soap" when the kids walk through the door in the morning, to cut down on germs. It's impossible for a preschool to avoid all germs, though, as all the toys are shared, anyway.
Her's is a private preschool (a co-op), so while there is no supply list sent home, there is a wish list, and really all parents share in picking up what the school needs through out the year. It's part of how they keep costs down.