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Aug. 26, 2008 at 10:29am

School Supplies

Is anyone else outraged and irritated by the mass amount of items required in the school supply list. As I have said a million times, I have twins so everything is multiplied and when I looked at the school supplies list I was flummoxed, could not fathom why I needed to provide baby wipes and expo markers and copy paper. I know teachers aren't paid enough and the districts don't have enough money but come on. 

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by jenyum on 8/26/2008 @ 11:15am
Yeah the "school" supplies I don't mind but when it comes to providing wipes and shoe boxes and tissues and paper towels I want to scream.

It would really help if the stores would just put everything on the list in one section,temporarily. They have the lists, so this should not be a huge deal. Shopping with kids is always fun and having to go to five separate sections of the store and then still need to hit up an art supply store for oil pastels (!) is a bit much.

by jenyum on 8/26/2008 @ 11:16am
...and another thing, my kids need SHOES and I just spent all my money on janitorial supplies. Ugh.

by chrism39 on 8/26/2008 @ 11:23am
My daughter grew out of everything, everything. She has nothing, UGH

by beerandhotdogs on 8/26/2008 @ 11:52am
oil pastels can be had at Tacoma Art Supply for like $2.25

My daughter grew over an INCH this summer. And no longer an 8, she's a 10-12. Thank you to ROSS, Fred Meyer, and that cheap place in the SuperMall...and thanks that we still get to pick their clothes. I cannot fathom what it will be like when she gets picky about clothing.


by NineInchNachos on 8/26/2008 @ 12:12pm
with all the milligan lawsuits i assume the school district was offloading costs to the parents

by chrism39 on 8/26/2008 @ 12:40pm
Ross good idea.

by tacomachickadee on 8/26/2008 @ 12:41pm
beerandhotdogs: Totally. My soon-to-be-6-year-old all of the sudden wants skulls on his shirts. Because they look scary. I've distracted him with possibly some music- or beach-themed but still cool-looking options to supplement the boring mommy picks. But this is getting tough.

Anyone know where to find blue glue?

by fredo on 8/26/2008 @ 1:52pm
The list of school supplies is really over the top. Chris, a good posting as usual. If the classroom really needs all this stuff then it would be better for the teacher to order it all from some supplier and divide up the cost by the number of students. Sending everybody out on a wild goose chase is so absurd. Last year we spent an inordinate amount of time running around looking for some special kind of glue.

Regarding clothes, my girls don't want anything that isn't bearing the logo "Hannah Montana". It's all poorly made and way-over priced.

by tacomachickadee on 8/26/2008 @ 2:00pm
Fredo: Was it blue glue?

by NineInchNachos on 8/26/2008 @ 2:09pm
Hannah Montana is the devil

by seejane on 8/26/2008 @ 2:34pm
dang that's a lot of stuff to provide... but at least our taxes are low!

by Dave_L on 8/26/2008 @ 3:18pm
Yeah, I think it sucks, too. But after a few years I've gotten more used to it. I don’t mind buying the supplies for my kids, but I don’t like funding the classroom’s supply of Kleenex and Ziplock bags. I prefer to buy my kids' supplies, and expect them to take care of them. But the system's screwed up top-to-bottom, so whaddaya do? Another tip – the dollar-stores have a lot of the items – glue sticks, ziplock-style bags, etc. for, well, a dollar.

by chrism39 on 8/26/2008 @ 3:40pm
Yeah, come on why does it need to be roseart erasers and number two pencils not made in china and please.

by jcbetty on 8/26/2008 @ 3:59pm
I think they just referred to the red color (I had "ruby tipped eraser tops), not brand, unless I misunderstood, chris. I think that's to keep kids from using the molded rubber chimpanzees and soccer balls that never, never, erase.
@tacomamama-- Blue school glue I think, can be found at Safeway. (I'm pretty sure that was where I found mine last year)
--and actually, as to the suggestion of the supplies being purchased, bulk, with costs split, I think it may be something our school's PTA is talking about/looking into.

I guess, for me, I remember that in grade school I was teased ruthlessly for having no-brand, K-Marche school supplies --AND the stuff I had would fall apart/fail well before the other kids' (classic example: markers. End of year, some kids were still doing bright colors; I had to spit on my felt-tips).

Seems like it shouldn't make a difference, the same way brand name clothes and tee shirt designs shouldn't make a difference, but in the minds of kids, sometimes it does. . --I think the whole, equalize things, have uniformity thing is a good idea, it just sucks booty to have to get it all together...

by Dave_L on 8/26/2008 @ 4:32pm
I dunno, LIFE isn't equal or uniform... IMHO, I'd rather my kids figure that out now. But you know, growing up just beyond the edge of that affluent neighborhood, jcb, it wasn't fun for me being an outsider, so I know what you mean. About supplies, I have a friend whose daughter once had a teacher who took it one step further and even took lunch money and put it all in one classroom pool. Claimed this social experiment was something she thought up all by herself. My friend was able to put a stop to that. Dang you got me started, but the system is so backwards.....Don’t even look at some of the silly things teachers do to keep up their continuing education points… mindless crap taught by incompetent instructors... And no running in the playground, and only 30 swings allowed on the swing, and put down that snow; someone might get hurt. Everybody's a winner - good self-esteem is more important than good grades. Oh, and wait until you find out the minority you're in because you're one of the few involved parents.
How about a feedtacoma kids' clothes exchange?

by chrism39 on 8/26/2008 @ 7:20pm
Ooh that is a good idea. I hear you about the play ground. I had to go into school last year and ask the principal why my son and his friends could not play with a soccer ball or a basketball, well she said it was the discretion of the teacher, so I talked to the teacher and she said there wasn't enough supervision at recess and if I wanted to volunteer to supervise they could play. So long story short, I volunteered at recess. Why in the hell should I volunteer at recess. And the snow thing is just stupid, why can't they play with snow. Oh it's all so dumb.

by fredo on 8/26/2008 @ 8:34pm
chickadee@Yes, I believe it was blue glue! I don't think we ever did find it. There is one item in good supply at most of the schools so you won't need to provide it. I'm talking about dog crap on the playground by all those Tacoma dog lovers who convienently "forgot" to clean it up.

by chrism39 on 8/26/2008 @ 9:24pm
Did I mention that we are to write initials on all pencils, all individual pencils

by Dave_L on 8/26/2008 @ 11:31pm
Hmm, I see I've been extra grumpy and cynical today, so thanks for commiserating. Heck, you can't even take a pocketknife to school any more (just kidding). But yeah, when I visited a recess last year, the rules were crazy (probably to try to avoid lawsuits), and there was a parent with a bullhorn constantly enforcing the rules. Some recess. Agreed, on the dog poop, too. I had a neighbor who'd take her dogs to the school TO poop. I have to say though, so far, I've had some super teachers for my daughter in the public school system who have managed to individualize and challenge, despite the screwed-up system. Dang, I'd better start my shopping for supplies soon. I'll get back to you on how wacky my list is this year.

by KevinFreitas on 8/27/2008 @ 7:07am
How about a feedtacoma kids' clothes exchange?

@Dave: Your idea so now you own it! ;) Though I have nothing kid to contribute it seems like a great thought. Any other parents in? I imagine y'all just need a time and place.

by jenyum on 8/27/2008 @ 8:42am
If you want to do it lunch hour at the Farmers Market next week, I'd be up for that. Not tomorrow, too soon and it'll be the last week I'll have the kids with me. But next Thursday has potential.

Would 12:00 next Thursday at the Tacomamama booth work for others?

Edited to add: I could make an announcement and widen it out to all readers

by chrism39 on 8/27/2008 @ 9:41am
You people are f.... geniouses, that is such a good idea.

by jenyum on 8/27/2008 @ 10:30am
Starting a new thread on this subject.


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