What do you put on your WISH list?

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  1. pamms

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    Each year we send home the school supplies list, which has to be limited in $ and approved, but we can also post (for open house, etc) a WISH list of items that we'd LIKE for someone to donate to the class. These can be small things, like extra tissues, etc or BIG things, like a paper cutter, electric staplers, things like that.

    I'm asking for decorative flags for the portable, a picnic table (ya never know!), a camera, a dustbuster....so far that's the big stuff.

    What will/would YOU put on your wish list?
     
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  3. lteach2

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    I just put lots of things that we use a lot of. Since I am doing a frog theme, I bought a pack of frog die cuts. I put 1 thing on each die cut and I stick them on the board at open house and draw lily pads around them. I usually say something like "Welcome to our Second Grade Pond! Please take a frog and help our class!" When parents come in, and I have only taught at 2 low income schools, I just tell them they don't have to take one, but just look around and there might be something they are comfortable with. And that way, even though we are very low income, almost every frog seems to be taken every year.
    Things I put on the list (usually 2 of each):
    *Packs of paper
    *Packs of pencils
    *Erasers
    *Packs of stickers
    *Paper plates
    *Napkins
    *Treats for the treasure box
    *Dry erase markers
    *hand soap
    *hand sanitizer
     
  4. collteach

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    Elementary Level Books
    Word Puzzle and Sudoku Books
    Cardstock (various colors and white)

    These are the items on my wish list right now. I think I might take the books off the list though, because I have so many. Last year, within a few days of adding a "wish list" section to my weekly newsletter, I received TONS of donations. I had put playing cards/dice for math games and board games for rainy day recess. I now have enough dice and cards for several small groups, and one mom brought me about 10 board games! I put mine in my newsletter because it changes from time to time. I like to ask for donations of items for projects and science experiments, so I include those things as they come up.
     
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    I'd like to post a Wish List at Meet the Teacher night & Open House. My class theme is (loosely) Stars. Any clever ideas for a slogan, similar to ITeach2's "Welcome to Our Pond"? I could always go with a tree & apples that parents pick, but would prefer the star thing.
     
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    I am using hand diecuts this year, with a headline that says "Will you give our class a helping hand?"

    I am asking for all kinds of stuff, and hoping to at least get some of it: AA and D batteries, lightbulbs (for all of my lamps in the room), flashlights, Starburts, Jolly Ranchers, peppermints, touch lights, board games (Uno, Sorry, Trouble, Scrabble, Connect 4, Battleship, etc.), pipe cleaners...I'm sure there was more, but tha's all I can remember.
     
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    I ask for stuff we run out of a lot:
    dry erase markers for kids' boards
    crayola markers and scribble color pencils
    tissue boxes
    glue sticks
    treasure box treats
    pencils
    reams of copy paper

    I've never thought of asking for rainy day board games. That is a great idea! Oh one year I asked for dictionaries and I got a whole slug of really nice scholastic paperback ones that were perfect for my grade!
     
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    I teach preschool, so my list may be a little different than some of you. I am team leader and here is a list of ideas that I give new teachers to think about as they start to make their own list. It's copy and pasted, so it may look odd.


    Specific books that you might want
    Specific CD’s that you might want
    Specific kid games for the classroom
    Play doh
    Extra art supplies for art center (markers/crayons/water colors/colored pencils)
    Extra large pack of glue sticks
    Specific felt stories or pieces from School Box
    Clear page protectors
    White card stock
    Target, School Box, Office Max gift cards
    Specific printer cartridges for my printers
    Extra film
    Disposable cameras
    Expo dry erase markers (skinny & fat)
    24 piece puzzles
    Floor size puzzles
    Clorox clean up wipes
    Extra snack (pre packaged) & water bottles (for when someone forgets)
    Pack of plastic spoons & plastic or paper cups
    Hand sanitizer
    Block Center items that you might not have
    (match box cars, plastic animals)
    Specific house center items you might not have
    (cash register, baby doll, stuffed pet with leash & feed bowl, etc..)
    Writing Center items
    (box of envelopes, note pad or notebook, dry erase workbooks-School Box, cute pens or pencils to encourage going to that center, things like that.. )
    Box of kids band aids
    Small (easy to care for) plant
    Extra wet wipes (Even though it’s on their supply list, extra is always great!)
    Stickers (either general or specific theme or season)
    Bag of candy (yep, I have those special times where we all deserve a piece)
    Xtra rolls of paper towels
    Photo printing paper
     
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    You know what's funny. We've lived in several states and not once has any school my kids have been in has had a classroom teacher have a wish list. There is a school wide thing at the beginning with the school supply list that lists some ongoing things that are nice to donate to your teacher throughout the year (4 or 5 things like hand sanitizers, kleenex, etc). Other than that, I've never seen ANYTHING off the school supply list. The book fair will have a small list of BOOKS from that but never any classroom teacher's wish list. Yet I see it constantly here. Interesting.

    Another interesting thing is when my son was in Kinder I had this impression that the schools should pay for the teachers supplies so things like dri erase markers and the like I refuse, as a parent who paid expensive taxes, to buy it. I now know, though I disagree with schools doing this, that teachers pay for SO much out of their pocket and I probably would be okay with a wish list.
     
  10. SouthernTeach

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    When you wish upon a star.....
     
  11. monica

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    I didn't have a wish list when I taught pre-k full time b/c it was lottery funded here in our state and we weren't allowed to ask for any donations ever.

    At this private church school our parents are VERY generous and we are encouraged to ask them for donations. It helps us use our school funds for bigger ticket items and extra stuff parents sometimes get off the list. With what we make there, it's a HUGE blessing!!!

    I did "when you wish upon a star" once too~
    Now I have an apple tree with die cut apples on it~
     
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    I have in the past asked for and received...
    bean bag chairs
    floor pillows
    microwave popcorn
    specific types of candy or gum

    This year I am asking for
    expo markers
    earphones (for the computers)
    folding camp type chairs
    plastic forks & spoons
    cute bandaids
    hmmmm...... I sure I will add some more
    colored copy paper
     
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    Here's mine! It's pretty long

    · Tissues
    · Hand Sanitizer
    · Notebook paper – college ruled
    · Pencils
    · Zip-loc bags
    · Grade Level Books – Donated in your child’s name
    · Dice
    · Decks of cards
    · Paper plates, bowls and napkins
    · Plastic silverware – especially spoons
    · Paper towels
    · Clorox wipes
    · Post-it notes of various sizes
    · Sponges
    · Envelopes
    · Highlighters
    · Cheap items for the class store – Things like pens, notepads, erasers, other cheap items from the Dollar Tree or the dollar isle at Target.
    · Postcards of Oregon and postage – we are participating in a postcard exchange this year
    · Microwave Popcorn
    · Clear Packaging tape
    · Page protectors
    · Photo paper (4x6)
    · Stickers
    · AA Batteries
    · Healthy treats (Goldfish, Wheat Thins, Pretzels, etc)
    · Classical CD’s
    · Kid’s Games
    · Markers
    · Puzzles
    · Band Aids
     
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    I have blank books, AA batteries, cheap items for the class store, paper for my labeler, and folding camp-type chairs on my giving tree.
     
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    I always have success with a wish list too. I printed mine out this year on apple clip art. It looks so cute- which is a reminder to put it up today!
     
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    Love your idea I have a frog theme too. Would have never thought of that.

    Here is what I put on mine
     Paper
     Stickers
     Magnet letters
     Different color and types of pens
     Sticky Notes
     Working personal cassette players
     Computer games
     Paper plates (white; large/small)
     Paper bags (lunch size)
     Ziploc bags (gallon, quart, or sandwich)
     Clorox Clean-up wipes
     Band-Aides
     Velcro
     Magnetic Tape
     Baby Wipes
     Individually wrapped candy

    Through out the year if there is something I need I usually put it in my Friday newsletter. I almost always get what I need plus some. Being a teacher I cannot go in the class to volunteer so I make sure my kids teachers know that whatever they need to ask me and thats my way of contributing to the class. Other parents feel the same so I know they are always willing to help if and when they can.
     
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    I usually ask for card stock or contact paper. We ordered those this year, so I think I'll ask for a trip to Hawaii this year on my wish list.:whistle:
     
  18. SouthernTeach

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    Let me know if you get that trip.... I may be interested in relocating to your school if you do!:lol:
     

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