Thursday, August 02, 2012

Why I Hate School

The Supply List for 2nd Grade with annotation by me

1 Pk. Crayola Crayons (Box of 24) OK, that’s reasonable enough.

1-Bottle of Elmer’s White Glue 7.625 fl. Ounces Kind of specific about the brand/size but I bet that’s standard

1-Pink Pearl Eraser OK

1 Pair of Scissors, 5", pointed tip Hmmm, I think ours are 4.75” long with a round tip...for safety

2-Zippered FABRIC School Pouches that will hold supplies, 3 hole with grommets 10"x 6" where in the h-e-double hockey sticks am I supposed to find this?  Is it possible they expect I will be making this myself from fabric and notions...those things are called notions, aren't they? or are they dry goods?  Oh, heavens. 

6-2 pocket solid color (no pictures) folders (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 green, 1 black & 1 purple (Be sure pockets are on the bottom of the folder (horizontal), not the sides & with the 3-holes punched on spine to store in a binder, i.e. Mead) Alrighty…this ought to be cheaper than Transformers folders...I like the addition of a black folder.  Black, like my heart after reading this list.

1 Yellow highlighter OK, but you better speficy whether you want fine tip or broad tip because chances are I will buy the WRONG one.

1 Box of 12 Erasable Colored Pencils Erasable?!?!?! Do they make such a thing?

1 Ruler, 12” Plastic, inch & cm. Metric is the wave of the future, I hear.

1 dozen #2 pencils I will only buy them in yellow and they must be Ticonderoga brand. Ha.

1 box brand baggies, Sandwich size I bet they don’t even want baggies. I bet they mean Ziploc (and not just regular zippered bags but name brand because every other supply list for the entire school is for Ziploc brand zippered bags)

1 box brand baggies, Gallon size (for headphones) Seriously, he has one pair of ears and will be issued one pair of headphones and he needs a whole box of gallon size bags

2 Large Boxes of Kleenex Tissues Kleenex?!?! We’re a Puffs family or Kirkland or Target.

1 Container (small 25) disinfecting wipes, Clorox or any other brand Okee Dokee.

2-1" inch 3-ring binders (with clear front insert) white colored I think I can find that in the supply closet at work filled with a printed PowerPoint presentation that someone thought was much more important and useful that it actually was.  I pity the reprographics intern who had to collate that worthless presentation that I will now be chucking.

Please limit supplies to those listed above. Also, please check quarterly to see if any supplies need to be replenished. How & when am I supposed to check this? I mean, I am at work when the school building is unlocked. Thanks.


  1. I feel you. Just reading this list gets my hackles up. (or cankles or whatever).

  2. This is really interesting - I had no idea you had to supply all this stuff in the US state school system (I assume you're talking about a state school). My youngest child is 14, when he went to school in the UK at 11 he had to have a dictionary (supplied when I was at school) coloured pencils (not required when I went to school)an atlas (provided when I went to school by the state) and some folders to keep his work in...and a geometry set. Have there always been these requirements? Or is this a new (cost-saving?) thing? It would drive me nuts too, if I had to supply all this - what next? Bring your own lavatory paper?

  3. When my kids were in elementary school, we had to supply Kleenex, cough drops, and hand soap.
    Now that I have a college-aged kid and a HS kid, I only have to supply a kid.

  4. I bought the last 12x18 colored construction paper at Target. $3.97. Somehow it did not make it home. (The cashier didn't bag all our stuff and we must have missed it when we finished bagging for her.) Noticed it wasn't in the bag when I did a last minute check two days ago (school starts tomorrow). Both Targets are out. Walmart is out. The office supply store is out. Michaels doesn't carry it. I ordered some on Amazon finally ($2.97) but it will not get here in time.