Did you buy everything on the school supply list this year? Do you think your school’s list is unreasonable? Is it optional (yet requested)? Do you still pay a school supply fee when they kids start school?
I always buy all the supplies that school requests. I am happy to buy whatever my children need. And I don’t even mind sending in some extra to help others who can’t afford to buy everything on the list. However, I’m still trying to figure out where in the heck the $10 school supply charge on the Gwinnett County form is going to. I happily pay the technology fee, the nurses’ fee, the PTA fees … but the supply charge baffles me when our list is so long.
I spent around $100 (not including a new backpack for Rose) this year to buy the optional/yet requested school supplies for my first and third grader. I am amazed at how different the school supply lists can be even within Gwinnett County. A good friend teaches first grade at a Gwinnett school of similar financial make-up and she is only requesting five items. Here are my kids’ lists for this year:
Third-grade supply list
1 ½ inch white binder with view and pockets – office supply stores
NO TRAPPER KEEPERS PLEASE
3 plastic pocket folders with 3 brads
2 large pack WIDERULED notebook paper – 200 sheets
1 -2 reams of copy paper
3 MEAD (black & white) bound composition books
4 dry erase markers (BROAD TIP EXPO only)
4 standard size glue sticks
1 SOFT pencil case with clear view and zipper
2 – 12 pack #2 sharpened pencils
1 pack colored pencils
1 box of crayons 16 count
Fine tip black sharpie markers
1 box of Kleenex
2 bottles of Waterless Hand Sanitizer
1 roll of paper towels
1 box of anti bacterial wipes (no Clorox please)
water bottle that will CLOSE
1 dark sock (from home) for dry erase boards
1 ream of colored copy paper
Clear sheet protectors
1 box of quart size baggie
2 packs index cards 3×5 unlined
colored sharpies (just one or two)
First grade list
The following items are optional supplies to help your child prepare and organize assignments:
1 sturdy plastic school box for desk supplies
1 package of pencil tip erasers
24 #2 pencils sharpened
1 pair of Fiskar Brand scissors
12 white glue sticks
1 box of 24 crayons
1 package of washable markers (8 in a pack)
1 box of 200 ct. facial tissues
1 roll of paper towels
1 container of baby wipes (No wipes containing bleach)
1 box of Ziploc bags – quart size
2 Mead composition books
1 four pack fat dry erase markers (black, red, green, blue)
1 bottle of hand sanitizer
1 package of plain white copy paper
2 fat yellow highlighters
Obviously a lot of families are struggling now, and it would be hard for them to buy everything on the list. Jennifer Brett reported earlier in July that agencies that help provide school supplies are seeing a huge increase in requests.
“At Give a Kid a Chance’s first back-to-school drive four years ago, volunteers outfitted 100 youngsters. The following year’s drive served 1,000 and the group expects at least 2,500 this year.”
” ‘We’re seeing a lot of people who have never had to ask for help before,’ said volunteer Nancy Bowling. …”
Who should provide the supplies if the parents feel they can’t? Get Schooled blogger asked this question just the other day and many of the teachers on the blog were adamant that they were NOT paying for the supplies this year – especially in light of the furloughs. Here’s the link to check out that alternative view of this conversation.
So, how much of the supply list did you buy? How many items did they request? Is my list big?
What about that school supply fee on the county forms? Do you pay that too?
Who should buy the supplies if the parents feel like they are unable? Do you like it when the school buys in bulk and you just pay the PTA like a $35 fee for the supplies (discussed in the Get Schooled conversation)? My friend’s school does that and she feels very pressured to buy the PTA box. She doesn’t like it.