I know there's other posts like this out there, but please help me write a note. I just got the "welcome" letter from my daughter's teacher. First of all, to our disappointment she got the teacher that we both did not wish to get. However, that is not the point.... that's a totally different story that I may share at another point in time... The letter stated that "ALL of the supplies will be shared as COMMUNITY supplies..." The reason that the title of this post is that community supplies are ok in my classrooom is because I teach in a low socio-economic area and I have used my classroom money to purchase/supply the: pencils, erasers, markers, crayons, scissors, rulers, bottled glue, and a folder. The only thing that parents supply are glue sticks, a plastic box and marble notebooks. The crayons that I supply will be put in the box that they supply and will be used individually. I see how each child takes care of their materials and have decided that other children should not be subjected to mis-use. The glue sticks will be placed in a zip-lock bag with the child's name on it. When that specific child needs a glue stick, he/she gets one out of his/her bag. When all of them are used up, I send a note to the parent requesting more. It has been very successful. I DON'T want my daughter's supplies that we have chosen together to be placed in a community supply box. I received the original supply list in June and have been picking up supplies when I see them. I have spent the money to purchase quality materials such as pencils that sharpen and write smoothly each time, not the junky kind I had as a kid. I dont want her using some marker that some kid chewed on or having her to deal with broken crayons, or a drippy glue bottle, etc. My daughter is also against the whole sharing of the supplies issue because of germs. She is a bright girl who I have worked very hard with in terms of taking pride in her belongings. This was a major issue, her bedroom neatness, that we worked on this summer, and we now have a beautifully cared for bedroom. Also, I am tired of being a parent who has to carry half of the class because some other parent doesn't do their part. You know how that works. Anyways, enough ranting.... I want to write her teacher a respectful note explaining my reason's for choosing that I have worked very hard in trying to instill responsibilty and pride for her belongings. I also want to include the factor that I am a teacher and see her point, but as the parent and the supplier, I am making this choice. Please help me with key phrases and "nice words." Thank you !!!