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Old 08-13-2013, 07:20 PM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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Was more surprised when she told me the teacher collects all the supplies and keeps them for everyone in the class...
I get truly perturbed when parents complain about providing tissues, hand sanitizers, or paper towels because just let Little Mary go home and say there was none to use then the parent will throw a major hissy fit. If the parent don't provide them, who do they think pays for them? Allow me to enlighten you - the teacher does. The last year I taught I spent $873.97 out of my pocket, and those were just the things I remembered to stick the receipt for in hubby's tax shoebox. No, I suppose I didn't have to spend it, but then we wouldn't be able to do more than one or two experiments a semester, around late February-mid March we'd have no tissues, there would be no little Christmas gifts, one of my kids still wouldn't have a coat, in March there would be no computer printouts because the ink cartridge was dry, and around April there would be no more copies because all the copy paper was gone, and forget about having a science fair.

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...and that if minority students don't bring supplies, teachers say nothing. But if non-minority students don't bring supplies, they're ridiculed by the teacher for the student's parents not buying the supplies for the class (even though non-minority parents are just as likely to not be able to afford such huge amounts of supplies).
No... freaking... way. Either you or the person who is telling that story is taking liberties with the truth.

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Yes, things like boxes upon boxes of tissues.

And the first period teacher gets the pick of those supplies which is usually the ream of paper and the boxes of tissues.

Having a box of tissues for the kids in class is a given now.
I had a class last year where I had no tissues. Teachers with a closet full didn't want to share.
So I had a roll of toilet paper sitting on the desk instead. At least the janitor was willing to share
If this is like the schools that I know it is because the class ran out of tissues about March and the teacher bought that "closet full" of tissues out of her own money.
That's the way it has worked at all the schools I have been in.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I get truly perturbed when parents complain about providing tissues, hand sanitizers, or paper towels because just let Little Mary go home and say there was none to use then the parent will throw a major hissy fit. If the parent don't provide them, who do they think pays for them? Allow me to enlighten you - the teacher does. The last year I taught I spent $873.97 out of my pocket, and those were just the things I remembered to stick the receipt for in hubby's tax shoebox. No, I suppose I didn't have to spend it, but then we wouldn't be able to do more than one or two experiments a semester, around late February-mid March we'd have no tissues, there would be no little Christmas gifts, one of my kids still wouldn't have a coat, in March there would be no computer printouts because the ink cartridge was dry, and around April there would be no more copies because all the copy paper was gone, and forget about having a science fair.

No... freaking... way. Either you or the person who is telling that story is taking liberties with the truth.

That's the way it has worked at all the schools I have been in.
Well here's what happened with me.

First period teachers had kids leave all the supplies they brought in their class.
I didn't have a first period.
Kids came to me second period with zero supplies.

Works a tad differently in middle school.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Well here's what happened with me.

First period teachers had kids leave all the supplies they brought in their class.
I didn't have a first period.
Kids came to me second period with zero supplies.

Works a tad differently in middle school.
That is clearly something to be discussed at a before school starts faculty meeting.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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When my daughter went to kindergarten, she was the poor minority kid. I made sure she had everything on the list, all good quality...plastic folders, real Crayola markers, etc. The teacher did not want us to label anything and had us dump the supplies in tubs. The folders my daughter brought home were the paper ten cent folders, not the plastic ones I'd paid $2/each for. I had to replace all the folders the first month of school. My daughter also ended up with generic crayons and markers instead of the ones I had bought.

By first grade, I knew to write her name on everything, even each individual marker, and on the inside and outside of every folder I had to send in. I don't mind providing school supplies, I just want my child to get what to use what I've sent in.

I also made a habit of asking the teachers once a month what they needed for the classroom, and sending it in. If they didn't need anything, I would send them a homemade treat (and my cookies are legendary).

That's the nice thing about switching to online school...I don't have to get school supplies or worry about any of the rest of it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:02 PM
 
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Well here's what happened with me.

First period teachers had kids leave all the supplies they brought in their class.
I didn't have a first period.
Kids came to me second period with zero supplies.

Works a tad differently in middle school.
I've yet to see a middle school do this. Teachers usually have individual lists specific to their class
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:19 PM
 
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When I was in school we had to buy paper towels and tissue for the class but everything else was for me only. That's how it should be and I would never accept the idea of sharing what I bought for my child with other students who didn't buy anything. That is communism. A friend of mine was told she had to buy double of everything so the poor kids had supplies. She refused because she felt (rightfully so)it wasn't her place to buy supplies for kids besides hers.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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I've yet to see a middle school do this. Teachers usually have individual lists specific to their class
This school does 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade supply list.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:39 PM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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Well here's what happened with me.

First period teachers had kids leave all the supplies they brought in their class.
I didn't have a first period.
Kids came to me second period with zero supplies.

Works a tad differently in middle school.
I am middle school too. First period took everything, then we pooled it all and equally divvied it up. We did this at the beginning of the year.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:43 PM
 
Location: My beloved Bluegrass
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When my daughter went to kindergarten, she was the poor minority kid. I made sure she had everything on the list, all good quality...plastic folders, real Crayola markers, etc. The teacher did not want us to label anything and had us dump the supplies in tubs. The folders my daughter brought home were the paper ten cent folders, not the plastic ones I'd paid $2/each for. I had to replace all the folders the first month of school. My daughter also ended up with generic crayons and markers instead of the ones I had bought.

By first grade, I knew to write her name on everything, even each individual marker, and on the inside and outside of every folder I had to send in. I don't mind providing school supplies, I just want my child to get what to use what I've sent in.

I also made a habit of asking the teachers once a month what they needed for the classroom, and sending it in. If they didn't need anything, I would send them a homemade treat (and my cookies are legendary).
Bless you. I've run into a few parent through the years that do this type of thing and I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciated it.
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Old 08-13-2013, 11:54 PM
 
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Our elementary class rooms had a hand washing sink, hand soap, paper towels. My parents bought Kleenex in two sizes, small pocket size and small cardboard box made to fit in the book bag. Might be cheaper to install multiple toilet paper roll holders in class instead of tissue. A single roll of toilet paper per student would last much longer and is cheaper than Kleenex.
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