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Old 08-13-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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Neighbor was once again ranting about the school supply list. Some things are easily understandable like only blue or black ink, number 2 pencil for example. But some specify they want only blue ink or only black ink. Some go so far as to specify a particular brand name (most expensive brand found in department stores) notebook. I've seen things on the list that wasn't on the list when I was in school like paper towels, hand sanitizer gel, and a huge amount of pens, pencils, and paper. Was more surprised when she told me the teacher collects all the supplies and keeps them for everyone in the class 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). When I was in school I remember the moochers who demanded (instead of ask) a pencil, pen, and or paper. When no one gave them what they demanded, they opened their bag and pulled out their own supplies.
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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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
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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Also depends on the district that your kids are in. Before we bought our home we were in a differant school district. They wanted the kids to bring everything to school. We moved to another part of the city and that school district does not require as much stuff.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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The number 2 pencil is for scanning standardized test answer sheets, that's what the machine picks up.

The other supplies (tissues, paper towels, copy paper, etc. I exclude the high dollar notebooks.) are supplies that used to be provided in most school systems as a matter of course but have been deemed to be not an educational necessity. They're still needed but the decision has been made in many places that they are things the school does not have to provide for an enriching educational experience.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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Well, I would like to know why my 5th grader is going to need 12 folders? 12 x 20 kids.....that's ALOT of folders for one classroom. Open house is Friday, will find out then.

Barb
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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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).
Did you actually witness this, or did someone tell you? If you witnessed this, something needs to be said to the principal.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Well, I would like to know why my 5th grader is going to need 12 folders? 12 x 20 kids.....that's ALOT of folders for one classroom. Open house is Friday, will find out then.

Barb
I suspect that the teacher has each student label and keep track of their assignments in a different folder.
Let's name the subjects, math, reading, spelling, social studies, science, language arts, guidance, computers and maybe music & phy ed. So, that is 8 to 10 right there. Add another one for daily writing, perhaps one for the special poetry unit or one for student council or science fair or one for homework and you need 12 or more folders.

BTW Have you ever seen the inside of the desk of a typical 5th grader? That is why most teachers use a different folder for each subject. Actually most teachers use color coded folders for the key areas, all math folders are red, all spelling folders are blue, all science folders are green, etc.

Also, folders sometimes rip, tear or wear out before the school year ends so you may need extra ones.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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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.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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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).
Bull.

Your agenda is showing.
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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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.
Not in this case. She teased us all that she got all the tissues last year.
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