So last night the kid finally brings home the school supply list from her 6th grade teacher. This is after, mind you, the special 6th grade orientation we went to the day before school started LAST week, and a week after school has started. This morning, after dropping the kid at school, off I go to buy the school supplies.
Needless to say,
Office Depot looked as if the 7 year locusts had been through, the
shelves were cleaned of nearly everything. They had 'out of stock'
stickers everywhere. The employees just shrugged, laughed it off and
said, 'Maybe next week we'll get more in stock.' Haha, how amusing for
parents! Thanks guys, way to be prepared. I'd think, in this economy
where businesses are struggling for their share of the customer pie,
it'd behoove you to stock the freakin' shelves. I saw two other
parents I knew from the school, also doing their shopping with similar
bemused/angry/frustrated expressions, and they both stopped to chat
about how they couldn't find everything. Pretty basic stuff too--binder
dividers aren't exactly exotic items.
But anyway, here is what
$73.00 in school supplies looks like. Not pictured are the package of
glue sticks, Kleenex and Lysol wipes that the school requires.
were ridiculously expensive for the little bits of cheap plastic and
ink that they are. And you had to get JUST the right ones, too.
Non-erasable (OK, that makes sense, cheatin' lil' buggers), a certain
number in one color, and another in a different color, ball-point only
(no gel, cartridge or markers).
It was like a scavenger hunt, minus the 'fun'.
The kid also had to sign an unbelievable
number of 'classroom/school rules' agreement forms (we parents, too),
wherein she promised never to put a toe out of line or muss the school
grounds in any way. I could understand the one in the student handbook
that covered ALL the rules, but the three others from two seperate
teachers we got this week were a bit of overkill. She also had to sign a
form for her textbooks, her locker lock, her PE clothes, one about
bullying, another for permission to be photographed for the school
website, one for electronic devices (school computers) and one about
Internet useage while NOT at school when it regards schoolmates
(Facebook bullying, I assume).
I agree that signing a form
agreeing to follow the rules likely makes an impression and helps keep kids in line, but you can only
shove so many pieces of paper under a 10 year old's nose for signing
before it becomes meaningless.
Now to mark everything with her
name to try and prevent loss/theft. She has already managed to lose the
$5.00 school agenda thingy after only three days of school, it's gotta
be some kind of record. Sheesh.