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  #21  
July 25th, 2011, 11:38 AM
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I'm ok with it but what I struggle with is that every year, dd comes home with folders & notebooks that didn't get used at all or used very little. Such a waste! I reuse what I can for the next school year but still....
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Lynn, they have a thing here that the Optimist Club puts on that gives away free school supplies. I have gone a couple years (when I didn't miss it). The kids can go with you and they give them a sticker with the school year they are, and a bag, and they get to pick out the stuff from a table that they need that correlates with their grade and school. Some schools ask for different stuff here too, which is silly. Of course then you still need to supply gym shoes, and kleenex and hand sanitizer (which I hate.. why does my kid need to have germaphobe instilled on him/her?) so you have to spend some money, but not AS much. It's a great program.
yeah, I dislike hand sanitizer, I'm firmly in the camp that it makes things worse. My children will be taught proper hand washing and when sanitizer is good to use (when you have no water to wash, and being in the classroom doesn't count for no water). I really dislike they're pushing the germophobia on kids.

it still shocks me the stuff that's on Lily's list. And some of the other US one's I've seen (I've offered to get DSS's stuff because I have no life and can shop the sales lol)... I see things that to me, the school should be providing, not the kids. The parents should be responsible for items their child directly would be using, not white board markers and disinfectant wipes. I know it's because the schools are hard up budget wise, but when the parents have to start supplying the things to run the class day to day, then it becomes wrong.
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yeah, I dislike hand sanitizer, I'm firmly in the camp that it makes things worse. My children will be taught proper hand washing and when sanitizer is good to use (when you have no water to wash, and being in the classroom doesn't count for no water). I really dislike they're pushing the germophobia on kids.

it still shocks me the stuff that's on Lily's list. And some of the other US one's I've seen (I've offered to get DSS's stuff because I have no life and can shop the sales lol)... I see things that to me, the school should be providing, not the kids. The parents should be responsible for items their child directly would be using, not white board markers and disinfectant wipes. I know it's because the schools are hard up budget wise, but when the parents have to start supplying the things to run the class day to day, then it becomes wrong.
See and I thought this was the norm. The past two years they also had to supply a snack for everyone, so we would get the big tubs of pretzels and similar items for them. They ran out of snacks a few times a year, and we would buy more than we were asked because we didnt want the kids to not have snacks.
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I see nothing wrong with shared supplies.

My kids school provides all supplies. It keeps down on the bullying and I appreciate that.
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My kid isn't in school yet, but if shared school supplies insure that all kids are getting the same thing, then I don't care.
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July 25th, 2011, 05:52 PM
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Meh, I don't care and the benefits outweigh the, "My kid didn't get to use her Lisa Frank folder!!!"
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I suppose the thing about shared school supplies that would bother me is that the teacher seems to be the one deciding which children get which supplies. Perhaps I am incorrect in my thinking, but would that not mean that the first choice in supplies would go to the children that were favored by the teacher?
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See and I thought this was the norm. The past two years they also had to supply a snack for everyone, so we would get the big tubs of pretzels and similar items for them. They ran out of snacks a few times a year, and we would buy more than we were asked because we didn't want the kids to not have snacks.
schools do ask for snacks. Once a month they send home a notice to certain parents (randomly chosen) and they're asked to contribute a snack on a specific day and are asked to personally deliver it to the school if possible to avoid trouble on the bus. They're given a list of acceptable items (to avoid allergy issues) and are to let the teacher know which item they choose. My aunt always does fresh foods (veggies or fruit), partly out of convenience, but partly since her daughter loves both.

I can't imagine having them on the school supply list. Parents supplied their kids with their own snacks when we all went to school (it's done now for treat day, and is done K-6). And even the poorest of kids always had something to eat.
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schools do ask for snacks. Once a month they send home a notice to certain parents (randomly chosen) and they're asked to contribute a snack on a specific day and are asked to personally deliver it to the school if possible to avoid trouble on the bus. They're given a list of acceptable items (to avoid allergy issues) and are to let the teacher know which item they choose. My aunt always does fresh foods (veggies or fruit), partly out of convenience, but partly since her daughter loves both.

I can't imagine having them on the school supply list. Parents supplied their kids with their own snacks when we all went to school (it's done now for treat day, and is done K-6). And even the poorest of kids always had something to eat.
Yup, it was part of the school supply list the past 2 years. This year its not there... I dont know if 2nd graders dont eat snacks. But a lot of parents weren't sending their kids with snacks and so the teacher filled in what she could. But then it was too much for her to provide, and she called us a few times and asked for snacks because we have always said we could provide more if needed. That's the great benefit to having a Sams or Costco membership.... we can afford to get lots of snacks for a decent price.
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I'd rather just give the money to the teacher and let him/her buy the supplies. Saves me a trip to the store, plus maybe she'd get a bulk discount.
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Meh, I don't care and the benefits outweigh the, "My kid didn't get to use her Lisa Frank folder!!!"

What are the benefits of everything going into one pot?
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What are the benefits of everything going into one pot?
I feel that it does benefit the less fortunate kids. There are lots of kids who's families cannot afford to even go to Staples and buy the 25cent pack of crayons when they're on sale. So to me those benefits outweigh the majority. Like I said before. As long as my kids get to use their own folders and notebooks, I'm fine with sharing everything else. The only think I might be picky about this year for Kev might be his pencils and/or finger grips. He seems to have a hard time writing and says it hurts, so if I go out and buy him the more expensive fat pencils or grips, he better be the only one getting use out of them. I would only be buying them to help him write pain free, not because it's a style thing.
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July 26th, 2011, 07:22 AM
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I'd rather just give the money to the teacher and let him/her buy the supplies. Saves me a trip to the store, plus maybe she'd get a bulk discount.
That reminds me, ANOTHER thing they have here is a program where you can pay people to school shop for you . Obviously you have to pay for their services, but you save the trip to the store!
Plus with the kids not being able to use their own folders, they still get their own gym shoes, and backpacks. Unless some schools tell you they can only have plain black backpacks or something.

I agree with you too Ashley the lists get a little ridiculous. What happened to kindergartners just playing with crayons all day? I realize I have more than the 1.5 kids, but the list itself scares me LOL

Kindergarten
(1) Kid's Fiskars scissors
(1) school supply box (no bigger than 5 x 8) (1) set of watercolor paints
(1) box of (12) #2 Ticonderoga pencils A dry set of clothing/socks
(1) box of 24 crayons
(1) 8 oz. Elmer's glue If assigned to Mrs. Winkel - All of the above, plus:
(4) jumbo glue sticks Velcro gym shoes if your child is unable to tie shoes
(1) yellow highlighter (1) wide-lined spiral notebook
(1) package of dry erase markers (Expo broad tip low-odor) (1) healthy snack per month for class to share
(1) Crayola Markers, Broad, Washable, CLASSIC colors (4) additional jumbo glue sticks
Mat for rest time (1) green and (1) blue pocket folder

Grade 1
(20) #2 pencils (supply all year)
(10) pocket folders (6) glue sticks
(at least 4 blue pocket folders; thin, plain, no design, Highlighter
print or metal fasteners. Do NOT label folders with name. Kid's Fiskars scissors
Crayons Optional: (12) long Crayola colored pencils
Markers Container of disinfectant wipes for classroom use
(2) pink pearl erasers Hand sanitizer
(1) 3 oz. Elmer's glue (1) 3 ring binder

Grade 3 Clipboard
Crayola crayons Zipper pencil pouch
Colored pencils (1) set each of addition, subtraction and
(2) large erasers multiplication flashcards
(4) pocket folders (plain color, no design, print (1) individual pencil sharpener with catch cover for shavings
or metal fasteners) (2) red pens
(3) glue sticks or (1) Elmer's liquid glue (2) blue pens
(4) spiral notebooks, 70 pg. wide ruled (2) transparent tape
(12) #2 pencils (1) large tub of Clorox Disinfecting wipes
Yellow highlighter 12" standard metric ruler (clear plastic)
Kid's Fiskars scissors, pointed

Grade 5 If assigned to Mrs. Sproehlich:
Pink pearl eraser (3) thin (inexpensive) pocket folders, non-glossy
(1) 8 oz. Elmer's glue or gluestick
Wide lined loose-leaf paper (200 ct.)
(1) Red ballpoint pen If 5th grade students are taking band/orchestra, the
(2) black or blue pens band/orchesrtra teacher will send home a separate supply list.
(12) Long Crayola colored pencils or markers
12" standard and metric wood ruler
5" pointed Fiskars scissors
(6) spiral notebooks
Index cards
(1) durable pocket folder
Trapper Keeper or 2" - 3" ring binder

All Students: (3) large boxes of Kleenex tissue, gym shoes to be kept at school, old shirt (Man's size with long sleeves
to be used as a paint shirt or a paint smock), a dry set of clothing/socks (send weather related clothing
when appropriate for your child), backpack
Kdg - 5th grade: 1 package (or 4 individual) dry erase markers and eraser for dry erase board
2nd and 5th graders will need (4) AAA batteries (sealed in original package)
3rd - 5th grade: swim suit, towel and carrying bag will be needed for 3rd quarter
3rd - 5th grades will need to purchase an assignment book at registration
Please label all items with your child's name. Replenish supplies quarterly or as needed throughout the school year.
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I teach elementary students, so maybe I can provide a different perspective on a few things.

1. Some teachers use community supplies so everyone has the same things and no one feels bad. Some use it as a way to organize their room, especially if there are only tables. I only collect two things for community supplies: loose-leaf paper and tissues. I collect the paper because in a few weeks, no one will have any left. It gets wasted, lost, taken home, etc. By collecting it, the paper will last all year. I cannot fathom taking away a nice notebook or folder from a child, just to give them a lousy one. That makes no sense to me.

2. At my particular school, we have to use hand sanitizer. Administration does not want us to "waste time" going to the restroom to wash hands. If a teacher ignored that directive, it would be cause for a reprimand or termination.

3. Dry-erase markers are not for the teacher. It is common for students to have individual white boards provided by the school. It is an engagement strategy for lessons. My students keep and use their own markers. Again, I can't imagine getting supplies to keep for myself. If I needed them and couldn't get them from the school, I would purchase them myself. It's quite the opposite, really. I shop the back-to-school sales not only for my child, but for my students as well. There are always a handful who do not have supplies. This also eliminates the need to pool other students' supplies to divy out.

4. Some supplies may not be used because the teacher didn't create the supply list. Sometimes the district creates it for all of the teachers in the whole district. Sometimes new programs are implemented, which changes what supplies are needed. Occassionally it is just poor planning.

5. I agree that some lists are outrageous! We only put what we need on the list, and try to keep it at $10 or less per student. We don't want to put any burdens on our parents and will gladly help out any families that need it.
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Kindergarten

IN CLASS

* 4 beginner pencils (fat ones/ NO erasers)
* 2 complete changes of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear, socks) in a labeled ziploc bag.
* 1 bookbag- labeled with student’s name (no wheels please)
* 2 primary composition books (with a space for drawing at the top and writing at the bottom)
* 2 bottles of Elmer’s school glue
* 2 bottles of hand sanitizer ( gallon or refill size)
* 1 box black sharpie markers (medium point)
* 2 boxes of facial tissues
* 1 box of gallon size ziplock bags
* 1 box of sandwich size ziplock bags
* 1 box of primary crayons (8 count only)
* 1 box of crayola markers ( 8 count only)
* 1 adult sized button down shirt for art projects

All of the supplies used at school are shared.

Please DO NOT label individual items with student names.

NO pencil boxes please!!!!

In addition you will need the following items for HOMEWORK. Materials will not travel back and forth to school.

AT HOME

* 1 box primary crayons (8 count)
* 1 primary composition book (with a space for drawing at the top and writing at the bottom)
* 1 pair of child-sized scissors

2 beginner pencils (fat ones/ NO erasers)No toys, books, jewelry, cell phones, mp3 players or movies.

They also require uniforms which I am ok with.
The shared supplies bugs me cause I can't afford to supply all the other kids with what they need when I have a limited budget to get what my own child needs for the school year.
edited to add that the primary composition books they require are 2.50 a piece

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What has me scratching my head, is how in the world can kids share a composition notebook? Maybe someone can shed some light on me for that one.
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July 26th, 2011, 11:40 AM
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I ask that my self how they could share a notebook, and I was told they use one book and tear the pages out of one book and pass the paper out that way.
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That's so silly. When you tear pages out of a composition notebook, it pretty much breaks the notebook apart and you start losing pages towards the end of the book. If it's something that going to be shared like that, wouldn't a spiral notebook with perforated sheets be better?
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I teach HS and I WISH we had supply lists!

I BEG students to bring in some of this stuff so I don't have to buy it all. It's even one of my extra credit opportunities.
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That's so silly. When you tear pages out of a composition notebook, it pretty much breaks the notebook apart and you start losing pages towards the end of the book. If it's something that going to be shared like that, wouldn't a spiral notebook with perforated sheets be better?
That or loose-leaf paper. I can't wrap my mind around tearing apart the composition notebook.
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