Do you think it's ok to ask parents??

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  1. hac711

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    At the beginning of the year, we sent out a request that each child was to bring in a box of tissues for the classroom. We are all out!!! We (apparently) used 45 boxes of tissues this year!! Now it being allergy season, the boys are out and I am giving them those hard, non-absorbing brown paper towels :woot:(owww!!) We go to school until July, so you think it is appropriate for me to send a notice home for more tissues? Or is that nervy? I would just buy them myself, but I literally have 20 bucks until the end of the month, and getting $$ from the admin is like getting blood from a stone...
    any suggestions??
     
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  3. JustMe

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    Yes, it's okay.

    If someone is able and willing, they will send in the much-needed tissues. Of course, I say this, but I'm also supplying the brown paper towels because we are nearly out for the summer and I have little faith that anyone would contribute. I don't feel bad...I've used an entire roll myself. With my allergies-turned-infection, I need something that durable!
     
  4. MissScrimmage

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    If you were closer I would give you some of mine!

    I have SO many boxes, and we only have 6 weeks of school left!! I think when parents find out their children are using paper towels, they will be more than happy to send a box of tissue to school!
     
  5. FarFromHome

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    I would. My students' parents are always willing to help if we run out of essentials. I just send home a note asking for donations.
     
  6. scmom

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    Yup, I ask parents all the time for tissue, disinfectant wipes for the tables (if you are allowed to use them) and hand sanitizer. Parents want to keep kids healthy.
     
  7. VANewbie

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    I ask for stuff all the time. I do not buy anything like that for my class.
     
  8. monsieurteacher

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    I've done it too. Not a problem.
     
  9. smalltowngal

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    I'd ask parents too.
     
  10. Aliceacc

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    My kids' teachers ask from time to time. It's not a problem. And most parents are incredibly aware that it's been a brutal allergy season.

    As a parent, I would have no issues with the request.
     
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    Just explain that it was a bad cold season and its a really bad allergy season. I don't think most parents would have an issue with providing a $2 box of tissues.
     
  12. Joyful!

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    Is it against school policy to ask for contributions?

    Do you have a room mom who can drum up some donations?


    Personally, I would ask.
     
  13. mmswm

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    Go ahead and ask. As a parent, I'd have no issues sending in an extra box. Kids go through tissues like mad. My family's current tissue disposal rate is approximately .87526/box per day :D And I only have three kids, not 30
     
  14. Blue

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    I have often sent in such items per my GS's teacher's request. I think that he had to take in 3 boxes of tissue at the begining of the year. You might consider upping the request next fall.
     
  15. YoungTeacherGuy

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    I always ask for Clorox wipes. We wipe down our desks every other day, so we go through quite a few wipes. I normally have two or three (sometimes more) parents send in a big container of wipes each month.

    I ran out of tissue this month and the office said that they weren't going to order any boxes until August. I went to the 99 cent store and picked up a few big boxes to get us through the next three weeks of school.

    During state testing earlier this month, I asked parents to donate healthy snacks for us to enjoy each day after testing. Many parents brought in graham crackers, Goldfish crackers, fruit snacks, carrots & ranch dressing, etc.

    I used to buy EVERYTHING myself (out of my own pocket), but now I don't have an issue with asking parents for help!
     
  16. Muttling

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    Nothing wrong with it at all, just make sure to acknowledge and be thankful of what they've already done.

    I would start the letter acknowledging their generosity at the beginning of the year and how your students have appreciated it, but not wasted it.

    I would come up with an estimate of how many you need to make it to the end of the year and say we need a few more as it's been a bad cold & allergy season.
     
  17. DrivingPigeon

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    I would-I ask for donations often in my newsletters: napkins, Ziploc bags, etc. Parents are always willing to donate.
     

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