School & Pet Peeve. . .

School & Pet Peeve. . .

You know, as a Frugal Mom, I have to share a pet peeve that really grits my teeth every year when school starts. . . The schools here send a letter home with a list of "Required School Supplies".

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  1. #1
    Liss
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .

    You know, as a Frugal Mom, I have to share a pet peeve that really

    grits my teeth every year when school starts. . .



    The schools here send a letter home with a list of "Required School

    Supplies".



    On this list is the following:



    Notebooks (7) - the colors are Specified Per Subject. For example-

    science notebook MUST be Blue. Folder for science class must also be

    blue.



    Excuse Me? What right does a school district have to tell me exactly

    what I HAVE to buy right down to the COLORS?? Sure, walmart has

    notebooks on sale for .10 each right now, HOWEVER, the closest

    walmart to me is an hour and a half away. I had an overstock of

    notebooks that I purchased on sale last year which now I am being

    told my children cannot use because they aren't the correct color?!



    Want to know the Kicker? If the kids go to school here and the

    supplies don't match those on the list, the kids get a detention.

    Punished because their parents live on a budget?!



    I picked up one of those lists at the entrance of walmart when I was

    grocery shopping last week. One school district REQUIRED EACH Child

    to have 7 new boxes of crayons EACH.



    In addition, our school provided me with a bill for $20 per child

    for a homework planner they will receive on the first day of school.

    I've already provided a homework planner for my children, so when I

    contacted the school I was told, take it back to the store you have

    to use the one the school provides.



    Isn't it interesting how our tax dollars provide less and less for

    the schools these days.



    Other items on the list:



    2 boxes of tissues

    Purell hand cleaner



    At what point do parents put their foot down and tell the

    schools "NO"?!



    ~Liss














  2. #2
    Yolonda
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .




    I was happy to see that this year my list
    just said 7 assorted colored folders. In the past I hadn’t been
    able to find the black folders but my teachers were generous enough to “allow”
    another color. They explained to us about the multiple packs of supplies
    that if you know you’ll need them for the year, you will buy them while
    on sale and eliminate the need for a last minute store run in December when
    they are full price again. I never send it all at the beginning of the
    school year. I’ve learned that most teachers have adopted a
    community approach to school supplies and put them all together and just use
    from the top. This totally upsets my oldest child who is ADD and a tad
    bit OCD – having to mix his stuff with his classmates things really
    upsets him (especially when his things “disappear”!). It
    upsets me in the fact they know I will send in replacements but hate to be the
    class supplier of all needs. I finally had to tell the teacher last year
    that I would NOT be sending in any more pencils and erasers since they
    used/lost/whatever 25 pencils and a box of 100 cap erasers in a week!!!



    My pet peeves:

    Mandating a supply – then I get it
    home UNUSED at the end of the school year!

    Kleenex & paper towels – don’t
    they provide them?!

    Hand sanitizer (so they don’t have
    to “waste time” at the bathroom!)

    Copy paper – my taxes should at
    least provide adequate supplies for the materials they need!



    BTW – I do keep under bed storage
    boxes in my room with enough school supplies to last throughout the year and
    into the next. I buy multiples when they put them on as loss leaders at
    the beginning of the school year. I also buy poster boards when they’re
    on sale (10 cents this week at Walgreens) so I have them for any projects that
    come up during the year.



    The best advice is to educate yourself
    before voting on school board elections and to know who your representative
    is. Call, email and meet them if you can. Sometimes they aren’t
    aware of the ‘real’ issues and inconsistencies. It is
    frustrating but I would encourage everyone to get involved at your children’s
    school no matter what grade they’re in. It really does make a
    difference.



    ~Yolonda










    You know, as a Frugal Mom, I have to share a pet peeve
    that really

    grits my teeth every year when school starts. . .



    The schools here send a letter home with a list of "Required School

    Supplies".



    On this list is the following:



    Notebooks (7) - the colors are Specified Per Subject. For example-

    science notebook MUST be Blue. Folder for science class must also be

    blue.



    Excuse Me? What right does a school district have to tell me exactly

    what I HAVE to buy right down to the COLORS?? Sure, walmart has

    notebooks on sale for .10 each right now, HOWEVER, the closest

    walmart to me is an hour and a half away. I had an overstock of

    notebooks that I purchased on sale last year which now I am being

    told my children cannot use because they aren't the correct color?!



    Want to know the Kicker? If the kids go to school here and the

    supplies don't match those on the list, the kids get a detention.

    Punished because their parents live on a budget?!



    I picked up one of those lists at the entrance of walmart when I was

    grocery shopping last week. One school district REQUIRED EACH Child

    to have 7 new boxes of crayons EACH.



    In addition, our school provided me with a bill for $20 per child

    for a homework planner they will receive on the first day of school.

    I've already provided a homework planner for my children, so when I

    contacted the school I was told, take it back to the store you have

    to use the one the school provides.



    Isn't it interesting how our tax dollars provide less and less for

    the schools these days.



    Other items on the list:



    2 boxes of tissues

    Purell hand cleaner



    At what point do parents put their foot down and tell the

    schools "NO"?!



    ~Liss



    12.0pt;color:



  3. #3
    herberkids3
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .

    Befor we moved, we were in a pretty relaxed school district. Of

    course, they got HUGE fundings from the casino in town, so that

    probably helped a lot.



    Every student was asked to bring in 2 boxes of klenex for the room,

    and to have their own pencils, a few folders (any color, any kind),

    but no trapper keepers, and no pencil boxes because there wasn't

    room in the desks for them. We also each sent in 1 box of markers

    and 1 box of crayons. That was all. Each student got a homework

    planner at the begining of the year given to them, but if they lost

    it, it was $3 to replace it. It was a nice notebook, too, with a

    place for spelling lists, parent signatures, teacher comments, plus

    it had math tables, a map, etc, all in it, along with homework

    problems to do for fun.



    I'm dreading the list I get in the new school, because I have no

    idea what to expect. It may be laid back like the last district...

    or it may be cheap and expect us to buy everything. And this year is

    the first year with all 3 kids in public school. Last year, our

    youngest was still just in pre-school, and they didn't require

    anything other than a bag or backpack to take stuff home in.



    I was able to luck out yesterday, and got a backpack for free from

    the grocery store. They had a deal going, buy $10 in eggo or kellogs

    products, get $10 off any backpack (backpacks cheaper than $10 would

    get the full amount removed). So, Gilly has a free backpack. I'm

    going back tomorrow to do the same for Chris & Rae, but I want them

    to actually pick their own backpacks, with the limit that it can't

    be more expensive than $10.



    I have already started with some of the basic stuff- crayons for

    $.12 a box at Walmart (I bought 6 boxes, even though Raegan won't

    need em, cause they're normally what, like $2 a box for 24?), glue

    sticks for $.20 a double pack, pencils for $.10 for a 12 pack, etc.

    I figure if I get that stuff out of the way now, we'll have room

    later when the bigger stuff is asked about.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Liss" <liss@...> wrote:

    >

    > You know, as a Frugal Mom, I have to share a pet peeve that

    really

    > grits my teeth every year when school starts. . .

    >

    > The schools here send a letter home with a list of "Required

    School

    > Supplies".

    >

    > On this list is the following:

    >

    > Notebooks (7) - the colors are Specified Per Subject. For example-

    > science notebook MUST be Blue. Folder for science class must also

    be

    > blue.

    >

    > Excuse Me? What right does a school district have to tell me

    exactly

    > what I HAVE to buy right down to the COLORS?? Sure, walmart has

    > notebooks on sale for .10 each right now, HOWEVER, the closest

    > walmart to me is an hour and a half away. I had an overstock of

    > notebooks that I purchased on sale last year which now I am being

    > told my children cannot use because they aren't the correct color?!

    >

    > Want to know the Kicker? If the kids go to school here and the

    > supplies don't match those on the list, the kids get a detention.

    > Punished because their parents live on a budget?!

    >

    > I picked up one of those lists at the entrance of walmart when I

    was

    > grocery shopping last week. One school district REQUIRED EACH

    Child

    > to have 7 new boxes of crayons EACH.

    >

    > In addition, our school provided me with a bill for $20 per child

    > for a homework planner they will receive on the first day of

    school.

    > I've already provided a homework planner for my children, so when

    I

    > contacted the school I was told, take it back to the store you

    have

    > to use the one the school provides.

    >

    > Isn't it interesting how our tax dollars provide less and less

    for

    > the schools these days.

    >

    > Other items on the list:

    >

    > 2 boxes of tissues

    > Purell hand cleaner

    >

    > At what point do parents put their foot down and tell the

    > schools "NO"?!

    >

    > ~Liss

    >










  4. #4
    Randi Swartz
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .




    Wow! My oldest starts school next year and
    I’m NOT even interested in dealing with that… UGH… how
    irritating!!! I really hope our district isn’t that bad, but then again,
    I live in the DC Metro county of Montgomery, and this is supposedly either the
    richest in Maryland or close to it, so who knows what they’ll require…







    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Liss

    Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 1:29
    PM

    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    Subject: Budget101.com : School
    & Pet Peeve. . .








    You know, as a Frugal Mom, I have to share a pet peeve
    that really

    grits my teeth every year when school starts. . .



    The schools here send a letter home with a list of "Required School

    Supplies".



    On this list is the following:



    Notebooks (7) - the colors are Specified Per Subject. For example-

    science notebook MUST be Blue. Folder for science class must also be

    blue.



    Excuse Me? What right does a school district have to tell me exactly

    what I HAVE to buy right down to the COLORS?? Sure, walmart has

    notebooks on sale for .10 each right now, HOWEVER, the closest

    walmart to me is an hour and a half away. I had an overstock of

    notebooks that I purchased on sale last year which now I am being

    told my children cannot use because they aren't the correct color?!



    Want to know the Kicker? If the kids go to school here and the

    supplies don't match those on the list, the kids get a detention.

    Punished because their parents live on a budget?!



    I picked up one of those lists at the entrance of walmart when I was

    grocery shopping last week. One school district REQUIRED EACH Child

    to have 7 new boxes of crayons EACH.



    In addition, our school provided me with a bill for $20 per child

    for a homework planner they will receive on the first day of school.

    I've already provided a homework planner for my children, so when I

    contacted the school I was told, take it back to the store you have

    to use the one the school provides.



    Isn't it interesting how our tax dollars provide less and less for

    the schools these days.



    Other items on the list:



    2 boxes of tissues

    Purell hand cleaner



    At what point do parents put their foot down and tell the

    schools "NO"?!



    ~Liss

    12.0pt;color:



  5. #5
    Shannon
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .



    Is this a public school or private school?

    ~S






    <DIV class="Section1">

    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Liss
    Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 1:29 PM



    <DIV id="ygrp-msg">



    You know, as a Frugal Mom, I have to share a pet peeve that really
    grits my teeth every year when school starts. . .

    The schools here send a letter home with a list of "Required School
    Supplies".

    On this list is the following:

    Notebooks (7) - the colors are Specified Per Subject. For example-
    science notebook MUST be Blue. Folder for science class must also be
    blue.

    Excuse Me? What right does a school district have to tell me exactly
    what I HAVE to buy right down to the COLORS?? Sure, walmart has
    notebooks on sale for .10 each right now, HOWEVER, the closest
    walmart to me is an hour and a half away. I had an overstock of
    notebooks that I purchased on sale last year which now I am being
    told my children cannot use because they aren't the correct color?!

    Want to know the Kicker? If the kids go to school here and the
    supplies don't match those on the list, the kids get a detention.
    Punished because their parents live on a budget?!

    I picked up one of those lists at the entrance of walmart when I was
    grocery shopping last week. One school district REQUIRED EACH Child
    to have 7 new boxes of crayons EACH.

    In addition, our school provided me with a bill for $20 per child
    for a homework planner they will receive on the first day of school.
    I've already provided a homework planner for my children, so when I
    contacted the school I was told, take it back to the store you have
    to use the one the school provides.

    Isn't it interesting how our tax dollars provide less and less for
    the schools these days.

    Other items on the list:

    2 boxes of tissues
    Purell hand cleaner

    At what point do parents put their foot down and tell the
    schools "NO"?!

    ~Liss
    <FONT face="Times New Roman" color="white" size="3"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt;COLOR:



  6. #6
    Jennifer Huff
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .

    In our town it depends on the elementary school you go to. There are

    5 elementary schools and the one my girls go to is located in the

    poorest section of town so we don't have a list. The teachers send

    out a "wishlist" once school starts with things like kleenex, purell,

    etc, and any parent wanting to contribute can, but those that cannot,

    it is ok. I try to get things like kleenex on sale and send some in.

    Pencils and erasers too. But the other 4 schools in town have

    required "lists". If the parents in our school didn't contribute, you

    know who pays for it, the teachers. And they don't get enough money

    to do that! Our town will be 3.5million overbudget next year and we

    will have to approve an override for taxes or BASIC school and police/

    fire services will be cut. I've been pretty active with the town and

    the reason costs are going up here in MA is that electricity, heating

    the schools and paying the employees' medical costs are going up. It

    is happening everywhere. I have to pay $12,000 per year for our

    family for health care!!! That is crazy! But necessary.

    Jennifer








  7. #7
    mtmay@gvtc.com
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .

    I agree totally - at my daughter's school last year they had a flu

    epidemic - hundreds of children out for 2 weeks. They lose state funds

    when children are absent. We received a note from the kindergarten

    teachers asking for antibacterial wipes for the children to use when

    the bathrooms are out of soap. EXCUSE ME!?! Maybe if the district

    would ante up some soap in the bathrooms, there wouldn't have been a

    flu epidemic!



    (We have to provide 4 boxes of crayons this year. At the end of

    school, the teacher returned 1 box to me in DD's bag which I put back

    for this year.)



    Watch the Office Depot sales - a couple weeks ago I bought glue for

    $0.09 a bottle - Bic pens (12 ct) for $0.25 ea. and 3 ring binders

    2/$1. I've just been gathering the stuff as I see it and putting it

    back.



    Emily














  8. #8
    libramommy66@brier.net
    Guest

    Default School & Pet Peeve. . .

    I totally agree!!

    LaRae



    On 7/27/2007, "Yolonda" <yoledgerwood@bellsouth.net> wrote:



    >I was happy to see that this year my list just said 7 assorted colored

    >folders. In the past I hadn't been able to find the black folders but my

    >teachers were generous enough to "allow" another color. They explained to

    >us about the multiple packs of supplies that if you know you'll need them

    >for the year, you will buy them while on sale and eliminate the need for a

    >last minute store run in December when they are full price again. I never

    >send it all at the beginning of the school year. I've learned that most

    >teachers have adopted a community approach to school supplies and put them

    >all together and just use from the top. This totally upsets my oldest child

    >who is ADD and a tad bit OCD - having to mix his stuff with his classmates

    >things really upsets him (especially when his things "disappear"!). It

    >upsets me in the fact they know I will send in replacements but hate to be

    >the class supplier of all needs. I finally had to tell the teacher last

    >year that I would NOT be sending in any more pencils and erasers since they

    >used/lost/whatever 25 pencils and a box of 100 cap erasers in a week!!!

    >

    >

    >

    >My pet peeves:

    >

    >Mandating a supply - then I get it home UNUSED at the end of the school

    >year!

    >

    >Kleenex & paper towels - don't they provide them?!

    >

    >Hand sanitizer (so they don't have to "waste time" at the bathroom!)

    >

    >Copy paper - my taxes should at least provide adequate supplies for the

    >materials they need!

    >

    >

    >

    >BTW - I do keep under bed storage boxes in my room with enough school

    >supplies to last throughout the year and into the next. I buy multiples

    >when they put them on as loss leaders at the beginning of the school year.

    >I also buy poster boards when they're on sale (10 cents this week at

    >Walgreens) so I have them for any projects that come up during the year.

    >

    >

    >

    >The best advice is to educate yourself before voting on school board

    >elections and to know who your representative is. Call, email and meet them

    >if you can. Sometimes they aren't aware of the 'real' issues and

    >inconsistencies. It is frustrating but I would encourage everyone to get

    >involved at your children's school no matter what grade they're in. It

    >really does make a difference.

    >

    >

    >

    >~Yolonda

    >

    > _____

    >

    >You know, as a Frugal Mom, I have to share a pet peeve that really

    >grits my teeth every year when school starts. . .

    >

    >The schools here send a letter home with a list of "Required School

    >Supplies".

    >

    >On this list is the following:

    >

    >Notebooks (7) - the colors are Specified Per Subject. For example-

    >science notebook MUST be Blue. Folder for science class must also be

    >blue.

    >

    >Excuse Me? What right does a school district have to tell me exactly

    >what I HAVE to buy right down to the COLORS?? Sure, walmart has

    >notebooks on sale for .10 each right now, HOWEVER, the closest

    >walmart to me is an hour and a half away. I had an overstock of

    >notebooks that I purchased on sale last year which now I am being

    >told my children cannot use because they aren't the correct color?!

    >

    >Want to know the Kicker? If the kids go to school here and the

    >supplies don't match those on the list, the kids get a detention.

    >Punished because their parents live on a budget?!

    >

    >I picked up one of those lists at the entrance of walmart when I was

    >grocery shopping last week. One school district REQUIRED EACH Child

    >to have 7 new boxes of crayons EACH.

    >

    >In addition, our school provided me with a bill for $20 per child

    >for a homework planner they will receive on the first day of school.

    >I've already provided a homework planner for my children, so when I

    >contacted the school I was told, take it back to the store you have

    >to use the one the school provides.

    >

    >Isn't it interesting how our tax dollars provide less and less for

    >the schools these days.

    >

    >Other items on the list:

    >

    >2 boxes of tissues

    >Purell hand cleaner

    >

    >At what point do parents put their foot down and tell the

    >schools "NO"?!

    >

    >~Liss

    >

    >_,_._,___

    >



    libramommy66






 

 
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