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post #11 of 42
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Originally Posted by Starlite View Post

I do see your POV and understand how hard the teachers have it. From a parent's POV, sometimes it's difficult to find the requested supplies if the teacher doesn't provide a supply list early enough. For example, a few years ago I was given an additional supply list 3 weeks after school started. I had a heck of a time finding the items because all the school supply stuff had already been picked over. I had to drive to many different stores to find the stuff and spent a lot of money because I had to get this stuff off-sale. If the parents had been given this list earlier, it would have been easier to find the things and we would have spent less money because the items would have been on sale.

As for requests during the year (paper towels, hand sanitizer, Kleenex), I think parents should expect those because items like that can run out quickly.

I know, and I understand the other side, I really do. I just want people to understand it's frustrating for the teachers too, it's frustrating for everyone involved. Nobody likes to be left in the dark until the last minute.
post #12 of 42
I guess I just do not understand this issue. The teacher needs supplies; I go and get them...period. What's the difference between the request at the very beginning or the middle of the school year? It may be an inconvinience and an extra expense, but you do your best to help the teacher.
post #13 of 42
Our elementary supplies everything.
The teacher does usually request Kleenex and Purell or Germ-X. We send in some of each, plus I always send dd in with little pocket sized Kleenex with her, too.
They also sent home a letter (before school started) suggesting a few extra things that would be "helpful for your child to have" and was broken down for each grade. For 2nd grade, they list was extra pencils, an eraser, glue stick, post it notes, and Crayola markers. the other grades were pretty much the same. It does say, too, that if you "are having a rough time of it and are worried about Back to School supplies, please contact so and so" and it gives phone number and email.

I feel fortunate compared to some of the others on here that have to supply the Art dept., too. We don't have to do that, and I have actually asked the Art teacher if she needed anything and she said no.
post #14 of 42
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Originally Posted by pinkboo View Post

I guess I just do not understand this issue. The teacher needs supplies; I go and get them...period. What's the difference between the request at the very beginning or the middle of the school year? It may be an inconvinience and an extra expense, but you do your best to help the teacher.

Because not every family has the time and money to fill teacher request lists after the school supply sales have ended. NO one is debating that the teachers don't deserve help in supplying the classrooms, but times are tough for everyone. We all do the best we can.
post #15 of 42
I guess I am lucky. My DDs school provides all the supplies needed for in school. The teachers will usually ask for a donation of some antibacterial cleaner wipes or some good tissues but that is it. I make a point to send my oldest to school with a few books for the classroom and some art supplies each year as a gift to her teacher though. This year it is a huge pack of pipe cleaners, pom poms and google eyes that we got on clearance at Michaels for $2.99 and a few books that she no longer wants that are in great shape.

An added bonus this year is FREE breakfast for all students K-8! All I have to do is drop our oldest DD off at school 15 minutes earlier for her to get a FREE warm or cold breakfast, fruit or fruit juice and milk!

Jen
post #16 of 42
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Originally Posted by Missystuy View Post

Because not every family has the time and money to fill teacher request lists after the school supply sales have ended. NO one is debating that the teachers don't deserve help in supplying the classrooms, but times are tough for everyone. We all do the best we can.

I completely agree with you. It's hard times right now.

Usually the supply list is pretty consistent from year to year; therefore, people know on what to stock up. Ours is posted in June.

I bet when the art teacher returned from summer vacation, she probably had a conference/input with other teachers or administrators on the school theme or whatever the focus will be this year. Then, she made the list. It's no different than when the mid year supply list comes out.

Our school, in addition to school supplies, requires each family to buy snacks for two weeks. Yes, it's expensive, but it's a must.
post #17 of 42
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Please don't misunderstand me, I am buying the supplies, I have no issue with getting a supply list, and will continue to contribute(as I stated in my original post) BUT, I work now and don't have the time to run to the next town over to get special stuff. Luckily, I was able to find some of the stuff today when I stopped at Marcs(discount grocery store) on my way home from work. That said, I didn't get a list like this last year, so I was not expecting it, so now I will know to expect it for next year and I will buy extra to be prepared.

I'm sorry that my 'vent' sounded like I don't support the teachers, because I DO!!

I guess I shouldn't have mentioned my frustrations. *shrug*
post #18 of 42
I'm happy to buy whatever supplies the teachers ask for - I just wish they would have given me more than two days notice.
post #19 of 42
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Originally Posted by JenJoe725 View Post



An added bonus this year is FREE breakfast for all students K-8! All I have to do is drop our oldest DD off at school 15 minutes earlier for her to get a FREE warm or cold breakfast, fruit or fruit juice and milk!

Jen

You mean free to you. The taxpayers are just paying to feed your child.
post #20 of 42
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Originally Posted by aliadam View Post

You mean free to you. The taxpayers are just paying to feed your child.


I hear ya. It is such a sore spot for me right now.... I suppose I should be feeling blessed and happy that we make $50 over the limit for "free" meals at school....

but, maybe her area has much higher taxes than the norm.
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