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    We can order it all in one batch from a specific seller and they deliver it all directly to the kids at school, it's there on the first day. I think it worked out to about $35 each. I'm grateful that I don't have to go searching for all the things in the list; I can just buy the whole package and be done with it. It's so easy!

    How are all the kids feeling about going back? Juliet is starting to get excited about first grade. Nathaniel, I think, is in denial that the world of homework and sitting still is returning so soon.
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    I refuse to buy school supplies. I refuse to cater to the demanding, sense of entitlement that requires every student to have three dozen pencils, 2 containers of wet wipes, Ziploc bags in multiple sizes, a ruler, Fiskars brand scissors, and a full set of Crayola-brand markers every single year. Why do they need all those Ziploc baggies, I've never seen anything come home in them. And why can't this year's kids use last year's scissors & markers? I have a set of markers at home that my kids use a ton & is still going strong after 9 years. Like this woman's. We got them in a baby gift for Tiven, and I thought that was crazy but I've encountered much more crazy since then. So, yes, I'm "that parent" when it come to school supplies. Or things like white board markers, red pens, and star stickers that are obviously for the teacher's use. Why doesn't the school provide the supplies the teacher needs to do her job? My employer provides the things I need to do my job. The constitution guarantees all children a *free* public education and the courts have continually upheld that that includes supplies, books, uniforms, etc. I'm happy to help raise money for the school, just don't ask me to bring in markers & scissors & wet wipes, and certainly not red pens.

    And, I don't buy any pencil that is NOT a Ticonderoga. When my kids get decorative pencils in gift bags (that is, when I somehow can't refuse to take a garbage, oops, I mean, gift bag home with us) I just toss them right away, or let the kids try to sharpen them & then toss them when there's only an inch left. Everything else is just crap. Put out the money up front for Ticonderoga & be done.
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    And now that my rant is done....

    Tiven is so excited about school! We found a perfect balance this summer of things to do vs. down time. It seemed like every time she got bored, there was something new starting in a few days. And it was just last week that she finally asked when school starts. She was very excited to find out who her teacher was this year, as one of the 4th grade teachers retired at the end of last year. The district provides our school with one 4th grade teacher & one 5th grade teacher. For the second year the PTA is picking up the cost of an extra teacher. Last year we had two separate 4th grade "homeroom" classes which were both small and a HUGE 5th grade "homeroom" class, and we did a rotational thing where one teacher covers language arts, one covers science, and one covers math, and the kids rotated through the classrooms. That worked really well, but this year we've mixed the grades together for their homerooms, so we'll see how that goes.
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    Stacie, I am a teacher and I can tell you that at the end of the year the supplies the school provides is gone, and the money that is used to purchase them is gone too. My school provides all the teachers with $150 classroom fund to buy things like the stickers, but Dh teaches at public and they get nothing for a classroom fund. As a school we try very hard to keep our supply lists to a minimum. I ask for markers only every 3 or 4 years. My supply list is for glue sticks (we use soooo many) water colors because by the end the kids are digging the last bit out and kleenex. I dont think buying supplies is catering to anyone. I think buying supplies is setting kids up for success. My 11 year old was so excited to learn all about her protractor, compass and scientific calculator.
    Will you buy things like notebook paper or graph paper when the time comes?
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    We are never asked to supply things like that! It's all supplies the kids use...not baggies or kleenex or anything like that.

    In preschool they used to ask for water and paper towels and that's where I drew the line because 1, I was already paying for the school, and 2, I wasn't going to make our sitter schlep that stuff there. I'd rather they just asked for extra money and made a big order from Costco or something.

    But all the supplies on the kids' lists are for them to use in class.
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    We pay a supply fee for the year, like Kyla, which I think is about $40. We don't have to send our kids with their own stuff. It's nice to not have to run out and buy new markers or whatever when the other ones run out and worry about your kids' stuff being misplaced, stolen etc.

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    Stacey i actually send in extra to cover for parents like you . I feel badly for the teachers and kids.
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    I am partial to the Grand & Toy Roundedge HB, myself. I love using pencils at work. Don't know why. I love sharpening them too. Have to get the perfect point!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Not sure what happened, but this is not what I posted (or meant to post). Anyway, Thank you.
    LOL...I just assumed you were agreeing with me
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    If a teacher is running out of supplies, then yes, I'm happy to send some notebook paper or pencils or whatever so that my kid can keep learning. What I don't like is schools expecting, pretty much demanding, parents to bring all this stuff that the school is supposed to provide. And then the school uses their "supply money" for other things so when the supplies run out, there's no more to restock. It's essentially a school tax, and it's illegal. Schools should (a) get enough money to do their job in the first place, which includes having enough supplies, and (b) not waste that money by wasting supplies. Put the lids back on the markers, limit the kids to two paper towels, tell them not to paint one another, and don't send home so much freaking paper in every Wednesday Envelope. The amount of waste is ridiculous, and I think it happens *because* everyone is in this mindset that parents will provide these things. I have never lost a pair of scissors, nor have either of my kids, but the school seems to lose 250 pairs of scissors every year because every year, they ask for a pair of scissors from every single family! WTF??? And zipper baggies, I've never had a zipper baggie come home, what are they using them for? If they're going through 75 boxes of zipper bags in every classroom, then maybe they should invest in some plastic boxes that will hold up better, kwim?
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