What are you buying for September?

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  1. TeacherGrl7

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    Before the end of the school year, I made a list of the things I had to replace for September. I've picked up a few things here and there, but I'm (shockingly!) not buying very much stuff this summer!!

    My list is:
    nameplates
    bowls for snack
    chalk
    timers (mine ALL broke last year!)
    ink pads
    do-a-dot markers
    sticky tac
    June calendar pieces (they never seem to have the ones I want)
    small ABC stamps
    post it flags
    chart paper
    small play doh

    The only things I have gotten so far that were not on the list are 4 file crates (from Walmart, $2.50 apiece I could NOT pass it up) a shower caddy for supplies (also from Walmart- $3.50 and it's big!), a couple of magnetic marker holder containers from Dollar Tree for my whiteboard, and some things free from VistaPrint. I am so proud of myself, because usually by now I have stocked my entire trunk with stuff and am resorting to keeping things all over my room.

    What are YOU getting for the new school year?
     
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  3. janlee

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    Basically I need nothing as my school provides me with a very generous budget. But I did buy 8 of the crates from Walmart because I loved the colors. Tomorrow I am going to Joann Fabrics to pick out some fabric to make valances for my bookcase, classroom door window, and a table skirt for my printer table.
     
  4. czacza

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    Wow- did you spend your own money?

    I'm like janlee- I get a decent school budget and order what I need with that..I still haven't spent all of my money, but I will as the year goes on.

    janlee- I love the curtain idea- a few colleagues in my building have made curtains to cover the shelves above the cubby areas in our room...I'd like to do that as well.
     
  5. MissCeliaB

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    I get $200 from the school, but I'll use that to buy an electric pencil sharpener, and either a class set of individual whiteboards, or the Egg-spert thing. I moved from kindergarten to high school English, so I'm sure I'll be buying a lot of things this year! (But not as much as in kindergarten, when I bought snacks and treats and things all the time...)
     
  6. WindyCityGal606

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    I still need to buy an easel for my mini-lessons. I'm trying to see if I can ask my school for it.
    I also need to get some plants. I want a few real potted plants to brighten up the classroom.
    I also need to purchase some patriotic wall posters of U.S. symbols. I need to also find a set of all the presidents, 8x10 each.
    I'm still looking for a red or blue rug for my library too.
    Oh, and I need some poster tape.
     
  7. karebear76

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    We had a budget cut this year (I can't even remember how much I could spend...I thinking $200) 8 years ago I was able to spend $650, and all of it has to be spent at one time in the spring for fall delivery. So I took care of most of my needs that way. I always buy things out of my own pocket...I like to make things easier/nicer, etc. I could teach with just what the school provides, but I like my way better.

    I've bought:
    * easel from Walmart & red paint to match the decor
    * some new learning games & puzzles (mostly dollar store)
    * learning charts (Dollar Tree)
    * fabric for window valances
    * teacher pens
    * colored paper for resource folders
    * USB drives (2)
    * resource book
    * prize box supplies
    * tablecloths, placemats, seat cushion to match decor
    * ladybug decorations
    * erasers, and other supplies

    And it could be more...I still want to find a teacher store to find storage for my charts & posters, and BB materials.
     
  8. Ms.Jasztal

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    ZOEEEEEE!!!!!! This is pop-art, but...
    http://popartmachine.com/blog/pop-art-portraits-usa-presidents-washington-to-obama.html

    I love these!

    Are you doing an American theme?

    Now for my post, I have purchased-
    • A rug and new pillows for my classroom library
    • Some books
    • Plastic bins to hold my books in my classroom library
    • A $5.00 table that I will be decoupaging
    • Random things from Goodwill

    I acquired the rest, and my father will be constructing my easel after all. When he heard about the prices they ran for, he was appalled.
     
  9. natelukesmom

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    We get reinbursed about $200 each year. However, I have already spent more than that! I don't think I need to buy anything else, but here is what I've bought so-far:

    -Caddies to hold scissors, etc. (I only had 1 last year & really needed more)
    - stickers & stamps for grading (I love these!)
    - decorations for my "patriotic" theme this year
    - alphabet wall letters (mine fell down last year, and fell behind the chalk board - I can't get to them!!)
    - incentive charts (for behavior)
    - cheap toys for my prize box (dollar store & Oriental trading)
    - alphabet magnets (for work stations)
    - sticky magnets for adhearing to things that need to go on the whiteboard
    - birthday awards & pencils
    - folders w/ prongs for each student (to hold calendar time stuff)
    - bean bags for games
    - candy for incentives
    - decorative computer paper for printing special things
    - cute dr. seuss "bags" as book "boxes" for each student

    I'm sure I've bought more things too..I just can't remember! I pick things up when I find them really cheap! :)
     
  10. elizak83

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    We get about 250 to spend...we ordered our things in May, but it really doesn't go that far and we have to order from a certain catalog.)

    The PTA reimburses us 100 dollars as well, we just have to save our receipts.
    So far I've bought:

    -New magazine holders for individual students books (from really good stuff....like 80 bucks...my biggest purchase so far)
    -throw pillows for my reading corner
    -bulletin board letters
    -nameplates
    -glue
    -crayons
    -a cool colorful lamp
    - bookmarks
    -Pencil cups and pencils
    -stickers
    -a new "Welcome" sign for my door
    -bulletin board borders


    I still need to buy a new rug for my reading corner, fabric for my bulletin boards, book bins for my reading corner (mine need replaced), and I want to get a new desk chair (mine is awful.) So far I've spent about 200 bucks, I plan on spending about 200 more.
    (100 of it will be reimbursed.)
     
  11. kidsr#1

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    I bought Eggspert a few years back and I think it was cheapest in Discount School Supply or Classroom Direct.
     
  12. Pisces_Fish

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    Teacher clothes! I have practically no summery/early fall clothes, and I will need them well through October here in NC.

    An easel whiteboard for my reading groups

    I just bought the 200 notebooks I wanted (.15) from Walmart today :)

    Still on the lookout for .01 folders

    Gel pens
     
  13. ArizonaTchr72

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    Good Easel?

    To those of you who have purchased easels this summer, what kind did you get and where did you get it? I would love a whiteboard easel that will also hold chart paper but I really need to find a fabulous deal before I splurge!
     
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    The one I plan to order is a tabletop size.
     
  15. TeachinHicks

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    I have one that I bought last year at Target or Wal-Mart for like 20 bucks, and it's a large one to hold chart paper. I've not used it yet because my husband hasn't put it together...:blush::(
     
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    Random...I just saw that you're in Rocky Mount---that's where I'm from! Is there a chance you went to NNSH?
     
  17. Miss Butterfly

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    My school doesn't give us a budget, but we are allowed to "order" paper and 25 2-pocket folders. However, since all new hires were potentially on the chopping block this year, I consider myself very lucky to have a job.

    Does anyone know when Staples usually has their big back-to-school sale on items such as folders and composition notebooks? I think last year they had a sale for teachers...you could buy these items for pocket change. Are there any other places that offer great deals? (Walmart, KMart, Target??)

    Thanks!
     
  18. jenejoy

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    I don't get anything reimbursed either. I get 1 pencil per student each month (yeah right that will last), 1 glue per student for the year, 1 set of crayons for the year, 1 pink pearl eraser for the year for each student, and I was lucky enough to have my school purchase a 1" binder for each student. That's all that is supplied. I buy the rest. I've already bought:
    -60 composition books for journals
    -markers for groups to use
    -chart paper
    -staples max'd out the stples 25 cents sales items for every student with the help of numerous trips and my husband buying his limit too.
    -free rebate items from staples a couple of weeks ago (pens, whiteboard markers, etc.)
    -6 different Vista print orders

    Still need:
    -pencils
    -crayons
    -folders
    -paper
     

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