Silly me! Kindergarten supplies.

Silly me! Kindergarten supplies.

Joined: September 13th, 2008, 5:13 pm

August 4th, 2015, 7:18 pm #1

Our elementary school has an extensive list that I need to purchase x2 for my kids to attend kindergarten. So, I guess I already knew this, but schools simply do not supply the art materials and stuff that they provided when we were kids. I don't know how poor people survive in this country. At least the tax holiday is this weekend, although my paycheck will be mostly gone by then. Maggie (in VA)
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Joined: May 18th, 2015, 12:27 am

August 4th, 2015, 9:32 pm #2

when I was a kid, art supplies were covered by the school although regular supplies were not.

My school purchases all the supplies, although I pay for the pack that they give my child at the beginning of the school year. But at least it saves me time, so I don't have to go hunt for everything myself.
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Joined: January 19th, 2007, 7:18 pm

August 5th, 2015, 3:45 am #3

Our elementary school has an extensive list that I need to purchase x2 for my kids to attend kindergarten. So, I guess I already knew this, but schools simply do not supply the art materials and stuff that they provided when we were kids. I don't know how poor people survive in this country. At least the tax holiday is this weekend, although my paycheck will be mostly gone by then. Maggie (in VA)
So far, we have not had to buy any school supplies. (And no, we are not in a wealthy school district. To the contrary, it is one of the largest in the state & the majority of the students are in need of assistance.) I'm still waiting to learn what this year holds, though. I have no clue. School starts on the 17th here so I hope to hear something soon.

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Joined: September 13th, 2008, 5:13 pm

August 5th, 2015, 3:10 pm #4

Not that we are one of the wealthiest families in it. The PTA sells kits with all the stuff required in them through a company called EduKit, and while I think I could have bought the supplies somewhat cheaper as I was past the discount date, I went ahead and purchased them as I did not even understand the description of one of the items on the list. I was worried that if all the families are headed out to the stores for these items, I might end up having to go to multiple stores to get them. Oh, well, at least I had that option. Take care, Maggie (in VA)
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Joined: April 28th, 2003, 8:44 pm

August 5th, 2015, 8:53 pm #5

Our elementary school has an extensive list that I need to purchase x2 for my kids to attend kindergarten. So, I guess I already knew this, but schools simply do not supply the art materials and stuff that they provided when we were kids. I don't know how poor people survive in this country. At least the tax holiday is this weekend, although my paycheck will be mostly gone by then. Maggie (in VA)
Probably closer to $400, if not more, for 3 kids. For one I only bought a relatively cheap backpack, clorox wipes, and tissues (because her teacher said she didn't need anything else). More than half of the rest was for my middle-schooler. That doesn't include laptop fees ($35 for each).
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Joined: May 18th, 2015, 12:27 am

August 5th, 2015, 10:43 pm #6

That is a lot of money, although I don't count backpack as a school supply. My child's new backpack was $20.

Its no wonder that some kids wind up short at the beginning of school.
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Joined: September 13th, 2008, 5:13 pm

August 6th, 2015, 1:48 pm #7

Probably closer to $400, if not more, for 3 kids. For one I only bought a relatively cheap backpack, clorox wipes, and tissues (because her teacher said she didn't need anything else). More than half of the rest was for my middle-schooler. That doesn't include laptop fees ($35 for each).
And I've read enough and talked with other parents enough to not be shocked by this list of stuff I'm supposed to bring. It's just that it's all stuff the schools supplied, at least in early grades, when I was a kid. Take care, Maggie (in VA)
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Joined: August 22nd, 2008, 3:29 pm

August 6th, 2015, 5:28 pm #8

Our elementary school has an extensive list that I need to purchase x2 for my kids to attend kindergarten. So, I guess I already knew this, but schools simply do not supply the art materials and stuff that they provided when we were kids. I don't know how poor people survive in this country. At least the tax holiday is this weekend, although my paycheck will be mostly gone by then. Maggie (in VA)
in Canada, we just pay a school supply fee...for Will in kindergarten last year it was around $50. dollars and that provided him with everything material wise he needed. This is a public funded school but it is rated as the best in our valley. The only other thing we have to pay throughout the year are for field trips...busing and the actual activity that they are attending.

We have a private school in our area where the fee is $10,000 a year...it is Christian based and I feel our kids have a better education at the public school...plus there is more time to spend on education rather than teaching religious beliefs.

Also,although we live in a more affluent part of town, if a parent is unable to pay the base school supply amount we have a fund that covers that for families who are struggling to pay education fees.

Can you believe that our babies are all in school or getting close to going? We made it through those tough early years...wouldn't it be cool if we as a board could stay together and connect as our kids continue to grow? My Will is so excited about grade 1...and my twins only have one more year until kindergaren for them...exciting times for sure.

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Joined: September 26th, 2008, 9:06 pm

August 7th, 2015, 5:41 am #9

Probably closer to $400, if not more, for 3 kids. For one I only bought a relatively cheap backpack, clorox wipes, and tissues (because her teacher said she didn't need anything else). More than half of the rest was for my middle-schooler. That doesn't include laptop fees ($35 for each).
I don't know how poor people manage. I wonder, too, about the Clorox wipes. They don't use anything like that in German schools. There is a sink in each classroom with soap and paper towels, though.
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Joined: April 28th, 2003, 8:44 pm

August 7th, 2015, 4:07 pm #10

Here, some supplies go into a pool for the classroom: multiple packages of notebook paper, reams of copy paper, dozens of pencils, pens for grading papers, etc. So, those of us who do provide what is requested are basically also providing for those who don't.

Parents are asked to provide clorox wipes, hand sanitizer, and tissues for the classroom. We get notes sent home from the teacher when the supply runs low.
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