Do you ask parents to buy stuff for your class?

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  1. yellowdaisies

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    We don't. We aren't allowed to ask. I teach a primarily low-income population. However, my school provides ALL basic supplies - whiteboard markers, kleenex (I can't believe some of you have to ask for kleenex!), all kinds of paper, crayons, paint, etc etc. I do buy things (mostly books), but I don't NEED to buy basic supplies.
     
  2. gr3teacher

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    The only thing in your post that I've ever been given from my school is paper, and then, I can only get construction paper and printer paper. Notebook paper either comes from parents or my pocket.

    EDIT: We're also expected to ask for extra supplies to give to specials teachers. Every year I make friends with the music and art teachers by giving each of them two boxes of Kleenex and two packs of pencils.
     
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    I teach in a low ses title 1 school and we aren't allowed to ask parents for supplies. It's super frustrating, especially teaching preschool, because we run through things like tissues and hand sanitizer like crazy. Luckily, my para and I split the cost of everything, but I spend a few hundred $ each year getting enough supplies for 38 students.
     
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    A fair percentage of mine don't even bring something to write with.....I have to keep a supply of pencils - that I buy - to loan out. Since they won't even bring/buy their own basics, asking for parents to buy things for the class is beyond absurd for us.

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    We aren't allowed to ask. They get a basic list(pencils, paper, etc.), but only about 25% bring anything. I have to provide it all. I get lots when they are on sale. I have gone through so many boxes of Kleenex we are using a roll of toilet tissue-it has cut down on wasted tissues!!
     
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    I don't ask for anything because my school is in such a low SES area. I do, however, offer extra credit for bringing in certain pencils or boxes of tissue. The points are so low that they're really meaningless, but at least a few kids will go for it.
     
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    I most definitely have a wishlist!

    My school and PTA are very generous, and I can request most things (staples, copy paper, expo markers and envelopes were my most recent requests) and they end up in my box within the day.

    My grade-level sends home a monthly newsletter, and there's a small section for each teacher's class needs... My current list includes tissues and hand soap. My principal has no issue with this, and parents in my neighborhood are generous.
     
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    This. It drives me nuts that some teachers will give credit for students who bring in tissues or paper towels, even if the points are insignificant in their grades. It's supposed to be against policy, but I'm sure it's still being done.

    I've got all seniors, so the number of parents who come to back to school night is fairly low. I stick post-it notes with a few requests on the table by my sign-in sheet, usually for reams of neon colored paper, which I use for major assignments (harder for the kids to lose), hand sanitizer, and tissues. I get maybe 25% of them filled. This year a couple of parents were exceptionally generous, so I'm set for tissues and hand sanitizer into next year! :haha:
     
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    I usually have parents who bring stuff in, so a list is helpful. Some years I get 8 bottles of hand sanitizer, so leaving it off the list the next year cuts down on oversupplies. No "learning" stuff, though--just "living" stuff. So: tissues, clorox wipes, snack cupboard refills, and plastic silverware, but not pencils, papers, markers, and so on.
     
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    I would ask for some of the "living" supplies. Most parents would ask me if I saw them outside of school!
    I felt bad when we would have to use school issues.... ugh...runny nose & hard tissues...awful.
     
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    I strongly disagree with ANY change in grade based on bringing in supplies such as pencils and tissues. Strongly.

    Question about volunteer hours for parents. Why does this matter? Why do adults keep track of their hours? (Honest question.)
     
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    This is pretty common at my school. Most teachers have wish lists. I sometimes send requests for things like napkins or plastic grocery bags, but I never seem to run out of supplies. In fact, I usually give kids tons of supplies to take home at the end of the year. :/
     
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    I teach in a low SES area, and we are not allowed to request supplies. My district provides most of what is needed, and anything else I have been able to get from donorschoose.

    If I sent home a wish list, I have one student who, I would not be surprised if he stole stuff just to give it to me.

    I agree that it's not appropriate to give points for bringing supplies in. Grades should not be affected by the amount of money the family has.
     
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    Many charter schools with "blind, open enrollments" make sure they only get good parents by requiring a certain amount of volunteer hours, or a specific amount per week. That helps weed out single parent families, poor working families, etc, but still gives the impression of being "level" with public schools.
     
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    Ah, got it. Thanks. :)
     

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