I have a small class because I teach self-contained special needs. I still always have 1-2 students that come to school with either no supplies or the wrong supplies or not enough supplies. For those of you that teach general education and have twice the students I do, I'm wondering how you handle the lack of supplies. Do you run out to Staples on their sale day and buy a few of everything on your list so you're prepared? Do you wait until you find out how many kiddos are in need and go out then? Does your school provide for them so you don't have to? Or do you just make due with what you have? I had a kiddo last year that was heart broken because every other kiddo in the class had tons of new stuff and he had nothing. I wanted to provide materials for him so he wouldn't feel left out but he said his mom would be sending his supplies the following day. It was awkward. I think she did end up sending a few things the following day and then I provided the rest.