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Old 08-26-2011, 03:21 PM
 
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NO, this is not going to be a rant, lol in all seriousness though do you think schools ask for too much? Lately I've been seeing people saying that children are being asked for too much, and that students should not be asked for "community supplies", however as far as I know, teachers have been asking for community supplies forever... Teachers spend hundreds of dollars a year buying supplies for the classroom which the don't get reimbursed for I don't think Asking for some help from parents is unreasonable... Now I am completely sympathetic to the parents who don't because they can't, but I wonder about those who downright refuse.
By community supplies I mean:

Tissues, napkins, more than 1 box of pencils, more than a personal amount of glue sticks, copy paper etc. I know copy paper may be a bit much but What's the problem with the rest of it.

BTW what's on your child's supply list and what grade will they be going into
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Liberal Coast
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Our teachers never asked for supplies of any sort. We brought whatever pencils, pens, and folders we wanted. We brought the quantity that we wanted. They would never have asked us to bring community supplies. So, it hasn't been going on forever. I graduated in 2004, by the way.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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Ok I apologize for making that generalization, Since my mother has been teaching and has bought supplies for me and my sister community supplies have always been asked for. (10+ years)
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:47 PM
 
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4th grade

1) 36 #2 Wooden Pencil (Standard Yellow)
2) 1 Pink Bevel Eraser (Latex Free)
3) 1 Multi-Colored Map Pencils (7") - 8 Count
4) 2 Red Stick Pen (Ballpoint)
5) 1 Crayons - 16 Count (Crayola/Equivalent)
6) 1 Washable Markers Classic Colors (Broad Tip) - 8 Count (Crayola/Equivalent)
7) 2 Highlighter- Florescent Yellow
8) 2 Black Dry Erase Marker - Bullet Tip (Expo/Equivalent)
9) 1 Canvas Pencil Bag 10.5" x 5.5"
10) 1 Scissors - 5" Pointed (Fiskars/Equivalent)
11) 1 4 oz School Glue (Elmer's/Equivalent)
12) 2 Glue Stick - Large (Elmer's/Equivalent)
13) 1 12"X18" Manila Paper 50 Count
14) 1 9X12 Assorted Construction Paper - 50 Count
15) 1 Notebook Paper - Wide Rule - 200 Count
16) 1 3"X5" Ruled Index Cards - 100 count
17) 1 Yellow Spiral Notebook - Wide Rule - 70 Sheets
18) 1 Red Spiral Notebook - Wide Rule - 70 Sheets
19) 1 Green Spiral Notebook - Wide Rule - 70 Sheets
20) 1 Blue Spiral Notebook - Wide Rule - 70 Sheets
21) 1 Black Marble Composition Book - 100 Count
22) 1 Red Plastic Pocket & Brad Folder
23) 1 Yellow Plastic Pocket & Brad Folder
24) 1 Blue Plastic Pocket & Brad Folder
25) 1 Red Paper Pocket & Brad Folder
26) 1 Yellow Paper Pocket & Brad Folder
27) 1 Green Paper Pocket & Brad Folder
28) 1 Purple Paper Pocket & Brad Folder
29) 1 Orange Paper Pocket & Brad Folder
30) 2 Box of Facial Tissues - 100 Count (Kleenex/equivalent)
31) 1 Agenda (Purchase From the School)

1st grade

1) 36 #2 Wooden Pencil (standard yellow)
2) 2 Large pink beveled eraser
3) 4 Crayons - 24 count (Crayola/equivalent)
4) 1 Washable Markers - Classic colors- Broad tip - 8 count (Crayola/equivalent)
5) 3 Black Dry Erase Marker - Chisel Tip (EXPO/equivalent)
6) 1 Plastic Supply Box (8.5" x 5.5" x 2.5")
7) 1 Scissors - 5" blunt (Fiskars/equivalent)
8) 3 White School Glue - 4 oz.(Elmer's/equivalent)
9) 2 White Glue stick - Large (Elmer's/equivalent)
10) 2 White Glue Stick - Small (Elmer's/ equivalent)
11) 1 Manila Paper 9"x12" - 50 count
12) 1 Manila Paper 12"x18" - 20 count
13) 1 Construction Paper Assorted Colors 9"x12" - 50 count
14) 1 Construction Paper Assorted Colors 12"x18" - 50 count
15) 4 Composition Book (1/2" rule, red baseline, and dotted midline, REQUIRED)
16) 2 Writing Tablet (1/2" rule, red baseline and dotted midline, REQUIRED)
17) 3 Picture/Story Tablets (1/2" rule, red baseline, and dotted midline- Hytone/ equivalent)
18) 1 Index Cards - ruled - 3"x 5" - 100 count
19) 2 Pocket folder with brads (Solid colors- 1 Red, 1 Green)
20) 1 Red Plastic Pocket folder with brads
21) 1 Yellow Plastic Pocket folder with brads
22) 1 Blue Plastic Pocket folder without brads
23) 12 Individual Resealable Bags - Sandwich size
24) 12 Individual Resealable Bags - Gallon Freezer (2ml)
25) 1 Box of facial tissues -100 Count (Kleenex/equivalent)

I don't think this is unreasonable. Even though the tissues and bags are for the whole class, it is reasonable that my grandkids will actually use much of this. The fact that colors and types of folders are specified will help with uniformity of organizing their subjects.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Our teachers never asked for supplies of any sort. We brought whatever pencils, pens, and folders we wanted. We brought the quantity that we wanted.
That's how it is at our school.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Space Coast
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My dd started kindergarten and has a huge list of supplies (too long to bother typing out right now), BUT it was things she would be using (not really a community supply). Plus it was all small stuff, so the whole list fit in her backpack. I think I spent around $25 on all of it, including the backpack and a lunchbox. I don't think it was asking too much. I certainly wouldn't expect her teacher to have to buy all that stuff for 20 kids, and I know the school budget is too tight for them to pay for it.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I don't have my students put their supplies in a community supply box. I label a gallon Ziploc bag with each student's name. On day one, they set aside the supplies they will need and the extras go into their bag. All of the bags go into a crate. When a student needs something, they get it from their Ziploc bag.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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I don't have my students put their supplies in a community supply box. I label a gallon Ziploc bag with each student's name. On day one, they set aside the supplies they will need and the extras go into their bag. All of the bags go into a crate. When a student needs something, they get it from their Ziploc bag.
haha, my mom used to do this when she taught kindergarten. However, she did collect some stuff for general classroom use such as pencils and crayons (She used to say a 'monster' would come and eat them, cause her kids liked to break them)

And 25$ that's pretty good! I think that's what my sister's came out to, maybe a little more cause she has 2 classes.
My supplies are pretty expensive, but for the next year I don't plan on buying anything else but pencils, I buy Mead Flex Brand notebinders, best 10$ I've ever spent, they're practically indestructible and very light weight. I think what you actually end up spending depends on how much advantage is taken for sales.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:33 PM
 
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My sister, going into third grade needs

6 Spiral notebooks
2 Composition books
6 Plastic folders
Scissors
Ruler
Pencil box
Box of 24 pencils
6 Glue sticks
Box of colord pencils
Box of 24 Crayons
Markers
Eraser or eraser tops
Clorox Wipes
2 Boxes of tissue
1 bottle of hand sanitizer
a Pack of highlighters
100 4x6 Index cards
100 5x8 Index Cards ( We CANNOT FIND THEM ANYWHERE!!!! any ideas?)
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:43 PM
 
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My sister, going into third grade needs

100 5x8 Index Cards ( We CANNOT FIND THEM ANYWHERE!!!! any ideas?)
Target had them here. If you can't find them there, then I'd check one of the office supply stores like Staples or Office Depot. The only reason I know Target had them was because they were right next to the smaller size we did need.
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