Thursday, September 11, 2008

TT - 13 school supplies not on the original list that I had to buy this week

I have now been at the stationary store four (!) days in a row. Thankfully it's right down the block, but still, I really wish the teachers would get their act together and get everything onto the master list we're sent over the summer.

1. 3 more small Hebrew notebooks

2. 2 more math notebooks (graph paper)

3. a package of pastels

4. a "book stand" (for holding books upright while they read. Why exactly do they need this?)

5. A different kind of small pencil sharpener - this teacher doesn't like the one they had to use last year

6. an activity book for when the child finishes their assignments early (used a dot-to-dot book we already had for this one)

7. yet another notebook - this time a large spiral one

8. a special notebook for penmanship

9. a book to read at their desk (needed a new one he hadn't read already, and our stash of Hebrew books is woefully limited, I prefer to buy English books he won't get otherwise)

10. and still another notebook - this one for musical notation

11. clear plastic covers for workbooks - this one wasn't mentioned at first and I was hoping to get away without it this year. Drat.

12. some other notebook, I don't even remember which subject that one was for, but the cover had to be pink (I didn't find pink and used purple instead. Sue me.)

13. A pocket dictionary which required FOUR separate trips to the store just for that! They originally mistakenly asked for a full-size dictionary, which I bought. By the time the school realized its mistake (after school had already started!) I'd already written Itai's name in it and so couldn't return it. The store then didn't have the correct version because it hadn't been ordered in time, and so kept getting deliveries in drips and drabs. It took four tries before I managed to get one. That one will remain at school and the big one at home (and with my atrocious
Hebrew spelling god knows I need it), so at least it's not a complete waste.




And while you're out doing the
Thursday Thirteen rounds today, take a moment to remember all those who lost their lives on that terrible day seven years ago.

34 comments:

anthonynorth said...

It's always the same. You send them fully equipped, you think, But no. I'm sure schools have a sadistic streak.

susiej said...

It is SOOOO aggravating, isn't it? I hear you on this one... no matter how hard you prepare, we're always running around in the end.

Lori said...

Yes, the school supply list is a never ending one, isn't it? (smile) Back in the day, my mom bought a handful of pencils and pens, some notebook paper, a binder, a couple of folders and called it a day (LOL).

SandyCarlson said...

The stationery thing can drive a mama nutso. My daughter's teachers here in the burbs by what they want the kids to have; in the inner-city where I work, we're lucky to find a pencil.

Hootin' Anni said...

I would ask the same thing on #4.


Happy Thirteening.

On a limb with Claudia said...

Sheez, that's a lot of trips! I hope you don't have to go back. Now are they both in school?? I thought the little one was.. too little!?

Happy TT

Candy Minx said...

I love the name of your blog and the header picture...really sharp! A clever idea.

Oh dear, that is a lot of school supplies. Sheesh. Especially a lot of notebooks!

Hope your first few weeks of school go well for your family...

Cheers and here is my TT list for this week:

p.s. here is my TT list:

http://gnosticminx.blogspot.com/2008/09/house-is-machine-for-living-in-13.html

Kristi said...

Okay, that is just ridiculous that you wouldn't be told all of that before school. Even more ridiculous is YOU having to send something for them to work on when they're done...isn't that the teacher's job? I was a music teacher for seven years and never once made the kids buy manuscript paper.

Sorry, I came off a little harsh.

bernieg1 said...

Talk about outrageous. Are you sure that they are not supplying others in the school whose parents may not be able to afford to get their kids all the supplies they need? It seems to me this should have been told to you prior to school, not after the fact when you bought what they asked for the first time.

My TT is up here.

Lori said...

Remember, back in the day when all you had to do was go to school...all the supplies were there?? Yikes...things sure have changed. Happy TT:)

Phyllis Sommer said...

that's a lot of extras. what *do* they need a book stand for!?

SJ Reidhead said...

But - don't you just love stationary stores? I could hang out in them and spend so much money - on things I really don't need.

SJR
The Pink Flamingo

Meju said...

This is a sore spot with me every year....we had app. 125. (per child) worth of supplies plus a 30. fee.....grrrrr.

mother in israel said...

The book stand is a new one. DOn't tell my kids' school about that.

Elaine @ Commotion said...

The school supply lists are out of control!! My parents would have never dreamed of having furnish that stuff. I'm glad I homeschool!! LOL

Happy TT!!

melissa6 said...

OOOhhhhh!.......we have exactly the same thing! Luckily we have a small store 2 mins walk away so I'm sending my boy's back and forth every 5 mins!!!!!!! wow....the date......was it really 7 years ago?

Robin said...

Here the kids always have to supply their own school supplies, but everything is kept either in their backpack or drawer and labeled with their name. Nothing goes into a communal stash. I expect the lists, in fact I'd already received and purchased the supplies on quite a long one. My gripe is the fact that they can't seem to get EVERYTHING onto the list. Why the constant barrage of "now buy this extra thing, now buy that extra thing" every day for the first two weeks. I've literally been back to the stationary store every day for the past week!

storyteller said...

I've never heard of asking kids to bring a 'book stand' ... and wonder what that's about? Very strange indeed.
Hugs and blessings,

Julia said...

That's a lot of stuff you had to get. I still remember the cover color craze of my school times. Every subject had it's own color and there was NO way of using what you already had at home. It had to be LIGHT blue, and ROYAL just was not the same ;)

Greets and Happy TT
Julia

This Eclectic Life said...

Dang! I knew I should have bought stock in that notebook company! Do you need a loan?

Well, don't ask me for one. My lottery tickets didn't match last night.

How is a "Hebrew notebook" different from the others? Inquiring minds want to know.

Robin said...

Other than the fact that it (and the math notebooks for that matter) open right to left (since Hebrew is read right to left)?

Nothing at all. It's just a regular notebook for subjects like reading and spelling and social studies, as opposed to "magic notebooks" which have special lines to teach penmanship and math notebooks which have graph paper.

Darla said...

When we moved from TX to Germany, the school supplies lists were cut in half. Gotta love DoDDS. They even supply the agendas we had to pay $15 for at the old school.

Of course, it's also extremely hard to find school supplies here--German paper sizes are just a bit different, for example, and the PX tends to run out of things unless you start shopping in June.

Thank goodness Office Depot delivers to APO addresses. :)

I hope you'll post and let us know what they need the book stand for! It reminds me of the clipboard that's been on the list of one kid or another for the past 4 years--but nobody's ever used it. I didn't bother sending it in to school this year. It's in a drawer at home if he needs it. *rolling my eyes*

Sue@STAY AT HOME MOM said...

That happened to me too. I've been to the store like 5 or 6 times, buying different things. When over the summer my son got a list & we bought everything on the list. Of course both my son and daughter have needed more stuff since school started. It is frustrating!

poppy fields said...

Oh can I relate. I ran into many moms I knew at the grocery store last night, all in the school supply aisle completing our lists.

pussreboots said...

Wow. And I thought my son's school was disorganized. Happy TT.

Alice Audrey said...

They got me for a fancy calculator and book covers this year. Why can't we just do the old grocery bag thing anymore? Oh well.

Chris M. said...

What a pain and a bother. This year that the school district said teachers couldn't send out a list of required supplies. I think that might be worse, as we are guessing at what our kids will need for school.

Great list, even if it did add stress to an already busy week.

Sandier Pastures said...

A Hebrew notebook! I wonder what it looks like...

Debbie said...

How do they every keep track of which notebook is for what?

TorAa said...

I remember those days - both as parent and as a schoolboy. I must admit, I demanded more than needed. haha. some extra money.

Cheryl-Food Blog said...

This is why I homeschool, so I don't have to make 40 trips to the store, LOL. No. 4 is probably needed so that the text books don't take up desk workspace, like when they're taking notes or translating.

Genny said...

This was the first year I waited until a week after school started to get supplies because I've always had to go back a few times too!

Dakotapam said...

And next week will begin the rounds of sending in $5 for this and $2 for that....

Clara said...

You make me so glad my daughter is all grown up and now the teacher. I don't remember all this hoopla over supplies. The one that gets me is #5. When I was in school, there was a sharpener on the wall. If you didn't want to use that one you could bring your own, but is certainly wasn't required!