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My son goes into first grade this year. Our first day is early for us. August 28. We usually go after Labor Day. No school supplies. Our schools supply everything we need. The kids only need backpacks. The teachers only very occasionally send out requests for classroom needs. This year I saw one request for decent tissues and more hand sanitizer. They don't want for much. My daughter start preschool this year too. She'll start the week after the bigs. Our preschool for 3 year olds is 2 days a week 1/2 day
We are really prepared. I'll need to buy my son jeans and maybe socks but I always have clothing in the next size stashed away so wardrobes are pretty set. My daughter already has her backpack my son might need new, haven't checked into that yet
School starts August 26. She'll be in second grade. I'm anxious to find out who her teacher will be. She loves school & adored her teacher last year. We don't buy school supplies either. I was actually surprised to see how many people have to! My mom just ordered her a backpack from Land's End, and she has a Thirty-one lunch bag from last year that is still in great shape. She keeps growing, so I'm waiting to get her shoes & my mom is taking her shopping for clothes.
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The students go back to school on Aug. 7th. I have been picking up school supplies as they have been on sale. I still have to get paper, pencils and his binder. He will be going to the second grade. As a teacher I have been buying extra supplies to keep in the classroom for those who can not afford to buy their own.
We are homeschooling, the curriculum is bought, joined a Co-op. I've been going through the curriculum and trying to organize things and plan some stuff. I think we'll slowly start introducing things starting in August, I'm very excited about it, I've been oogling Waldorf for a while now and feel lucky that this curriculum came almost free.
No school supplies. Our schools supply everything we need. The kids only need backpacks. The teachers only very occasionally send out requests for classroom needs.
Originally Posted by jen747
We don't buy school supplies either. I was actually surprised to see how many people have to!
You guys are lucky! The schools here pretty much all require that the parents buy the supplies...not only pencils and paper and glue, etc., but tissues, hand sanitizer, sometimes even cleaning supplies. And then uniforms, too.
When we lived in the Midwest, we always had to buy our own supplies, and the lists were HUGE!! It seems that on the East Coast, it's pretty standard to supply items, particularly in elementary. When they hit middle and high school, you're on your own. We haven't bought any school supplies, but my mother-in-law bought a backpack for my 3rd and some clothes for my 2nd. The older girls are all old enough that they are pretty much wearing the same sizes still so they don't "need" more clothes. The girls start back on August 29th, and I have them going into 11th, 7th, and 6th.
Mommy to Jasmine (18), Kirsten (14), Ana (13), Katie (3), Xavier (1), and Gunnar (born 10-15-14)