School Supplies

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
School Supplies
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Wed, 07-10-2013 - 12:02pm

Some of us are half way through our summer vacation already and some have only been out a few weeks, but have you started school supply shopping, or checking out sales, even looked at the list yet?    

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003
Mon, 07-29-2013 - 12:25pm

I wish I could go into denial but seems everyplace here starts rolling out back to school in early July and come the end of August when we go back there is nothing left and my youngest will have a September start and by then they have backed up all the back to school eventhough most of the area schools plus colleges (we are in college town) have JUST started so you are stuck paying more at your office supply stores.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2013
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 2:51pm

My son's supply list came out last week and I took a quick look at it and then went back into denial mode for the rest of the summer, lol.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003
Tue, 07-23-2013 - 12:38pm

I have mixed feelings on this stuff. Older DS school they are not allowed to ask for bulk supplies. Families protested. Too many kids living well below poverty and teacher incomes are more then double the median family income. The the teacher can't afford tissues for the class argument wasn't flying when families had to decide bulk school supplies or food or clothing. Those that can will donate goods to the classroom and it works. Also when you aren't told you HAVE too more families with means feel more like doing it.

Younger DS is going to a catholic school next year. Totally different. I am either paying for it out of tuition or on top of so a bulk some out of my pocket in Septemember vs it being added on to the bill I guess I can deal, BUT they have brand name syndome. Sorry the store brand dissenfectant spray and wipes work just as good. I never buy brand names so what is good for my kid at home is fine for him at school. I am not a fan of hand sanitizer. It has its place but use it like they do in schools and it just makes kids more suspetable to germs so I never send it. They know how to wash their hands and unless they are handling raw meat or cleaning toilets soap and water is fine.

I am still not sure if this 12 glue stick thing is a shared supply and I am ok with that. My sister throw a fit last year over shared supplies but I have to admit my older DS has been the beneficary of a few spare folders before. Although he school doesn't ask for extras they do have donated supplies and mr forgetful (ok sometimes I forgot to put it in the bag too) would have probably lost the homework without the folder between the mess in his desk and bag :)

I think its all about disclosure and choice. In my experience most teachers are understanding of different situations. DH has had a handfull of classmates dealing with homelessness and such and teachers are told and no one is going to make a stink over supplies. I think it does single them out they if everyone is toting this stuff on first day and you are empty handed. I am not opposed to a voluntary help us stock the classroom. Maybe make drop off times for familes who can choose to participate. Being told you MUST bring x of an item that clearly is a stock up type of thing probably not as inviting as if you can spare we need Y, KWIM

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Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 4:38pm

LOL!  They just posted our school supply list last Friday and we had 6 or 12 glue sticks last year and again this year.  (I left the list at home).  This years doesn't specify whether they are communal or not, last year certain grades it specifically said do not write your name on anything by your pencil box, this year, it doesn't stay at all, so I will just stock up on standard things and the label later if I need to. 

I saw an article the other day about a mom complaining about communal supplies and not being able to label schools supplies and it amazed me how upset people got about the teacher using all the supplies for everyone in the class, as well as others complaining about wanting specific brands of supplies.  I will admit, I have bought the cheap "princess fairy" pencils in the past for birthday party goodie bags, and they SUCK, they don't sharpen well and they break constantly, so I can easily see teachers asking for the #2 Ticonderoga pencils on the list. 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 09-12-2003
In reply to: arryl
Mon, 07-22-2013 - 12:30pm

I have a list for my youngest (catholic school) but nothing for my 5th grader. Guess one of the PTO mom's was saying they are telling teachers now they can't give list just suggested supplies but no one gave anything out last day and since they NEVER update website, guess for him we will wing it and if there is somethingf specific if we cannot find then oh well should have told us in June.

My younget is in a different school and his list boggles the mind. I get its private so either I pay for school supplies seperate or its added in tuition. Its got the standard although do you really need to put back pack on a list isn't that a given you need SOME kind of school bag? but folders, notebook, scissors, index cards, tissue, disinfectant, hand santitizer ect but then 12 glue sticks which ok but the thing is thats it no pencils, no crayons which ok maybe school supplies but then again looked at older grades and they got it on it but they only need 6 glue sticks...really whats with all the glue. Older DS had 1 on his list last year and I got the big one and it wasn't even half used come June, so dying to know what exactly they are glueing over there...

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