Why didn't you all warn me....

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  1. GTB4GT

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    about the dangers of getting my classroom supplies on the Sunday before school starts??!!!:dizzy: So I went to Wally World, Staples, Office Max, etc. It was what I imagine Black Friday to be (I'm not a shopper). Or perhaps even worse. oh the horror of it all.:p
     
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    :confused:
     
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    I've gone to Staples a couple days before school started. Nope, nope, nope. Never again. Ever. Ever, ever, ever.
     
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    Well, glad I'm NOT going back to school next week, so I'll drink a soda and be grateful for small favors! What did you need so desperately that you had to brave the crowds, anyway? Elementary - maybe, but high school, well, I mostly just show up with a smile and keep them busy figuring out what is in the observation box, while I try to learn names. I think I will give thanks for my district tonight.
     
  6. Go Blue!

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    The school year starts tomorrow for you? Like the kids will be in the classroom tomorrow?

    It's not even August yet ...
     
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    Suddenly glad I shop online as well as teach online...
     
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    yikes!!! That is an early school year. Ack...
     
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    GTB4GT, what state are you in, if you don't mind me asking? I want to make sure I stay far away from there! Are you a year round district, with varied down times? Just curious.
     
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    I purchase very little on my own dime. Definitely not standing butts to butts on line for cheap pencils and glue sticks.:2cents:
     
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    I hope you found everything you wanted/needed.
     
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    I go back tomorrow, too.
     
  13. GTB4GT

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    Tennessee. We (the district in which I teach) don't start until the week after next but the county in which I live apparently starts late this upcoming week. I didn't figure this out until I went to the stores.

    The schools here now have breaks (either 1 or 2 weeks) in both the spring and fall as well as a generous break for Christmas. Apparently that's the norm for a lot of places these days. Back in the dark ages when I was in school it seems like we got off around Memorial Day and didn't go back until after Labor Day. To tell you the truth, I prefer it this way. I have been off since late May and I don't mind going back to work. It has been a long enough vacation for me. and I enjoy the breaks during the school year as well.

    We get $200 to spend on various "office supplies" for the year...paper, pens, pencils, markers, folders, markers, batteries for calculators, staples, etc....all the usual odds and ends that are required to run things day to day.(There's very little that we can get from the office outside of copy machine paper and printer ink). I like to get them on sale so I can get more bang for my buck. I go through dry erase markers like crazy.

    $200 sounds like a lot of money and some people may think you would have a hard time spending that but I actually went a bit over budget which of course comes out of my pocket.
     
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    "Butts to Butts for Cheap Pencis?" Yay for the C :lol::lol::lol::toofunny::toofunny::toofunny:
     
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    I am also from TN, and starting my first position this fall, but thank goodness we don't officially start back until the 12th! (However, our parent night is the 4th).

    I'm super excited to begin, but I need to time to finish getting my room ready!!!!! I have a friend that teaches private school, and they are starting back today.
     
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    Pencils.:lol:
     
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    $200 is a lot compared tothe $57 we get. I'd have fun spending $200!! I also heard staples isn't doing teacher appreciation this year :(
     
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    Don't feel bad. We get nothing. I have never received any funds from any of the schools I've taught at.

    If you ask about reimbursement, they look at you like you're speaking Mandarin or something.
     
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    I am extremely grateful for the money. As I said, I actually went over budget a little bit. That includes a gallon of paint I bought to paint my classroom. I had asked for 3 years to have this done so finally took it upon myself. I am a firm believer in a clean working environment and having the required tools to do the job. It's the engineer side of me I suppose.

    As I said, you wouldn't believe how quickly that money goes. If I showed you the stuff it's just mundane classroom things (nothing extraneous or extravagant) and I would of needed it if I only had $57 to spend. So I guess I would have been out the money.
     
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    I teach 8th, so it's a little different for me- I only use textbooks, and I give the students a "survival list" on the first day of all the supplies they will need for the year. I do absolutely no decorating, and textbooks are supplied by the school, though they are a little outdated. What I do need, I buy online, usually on amazon.com. I don't deal with the Staples crowd. And God Bless whoever it is that starts school already! I still have another three weeks!
     
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    Still...classic! My new phone is auto correcting me in the worst of ways!! I swear :whistle:I NEVER typed any of those words in this or my other phone!! Where does it get this stuff??? :eek:
     
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    School starts the 18th here. We have a three week Harvest Break come September 19th.
     
  23. TeachTN

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    I am in TN too and teachers started back today, but students do not start until Friday. We got out just after Memorial Day. It's nice to have the kids for one day, then have the weekend, but I do wonder how many will not come Friday and instead show up on Monday as day 1.
     
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    Kids come Friday for us but the county next door started today. Needless to say their stores were a madhouse over the weekend.
     
  25. a.guillermo

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    About the stores, I'm surprised that more people don't just shop online, like on amazon. Befuddles me.
     
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    Many people are not comfortable giving their financial information to an online website.
     
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    Do you get befuddled easily?
    You can't assume everyone likes/wants to shop online. I do shop online for about half of my classroom items but I do like to go into stores too so I can look at things in detail. Unfortunately the teacher stores in my area closed so it's a bit harder now. I don't buy anything with my own money anyway. If the school didn't give me money I guess I wouldn't be shopping at all unless it was for my own personal use. Teachers shouldn't be buying pencils for students. Their parents should (and yes, I've heard the spiel about parents who claim they can't afford it) :rolleyes:
     
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    Oh, it´s a nightmare right before school starts!
     
  29. BioAngel

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    :lol::lol::lol::lol: (Yeah I'm like 5)

    Anyways, I did that once because I HAD to get some supplies- my husband FREAKED out though and I was like well duh what did you think it would be like.

    (Notice that I did that ONCE... never again... :dizzy:)
     
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    I do shop online for a bunch of stuff, but I don't buy school supplies online- I want to see/touch/test out before I buy it for my classroom.
     
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    You know what they say about opposites attracting? I am fearless when it comes to shopping online, while hubby is anything but. However, I have noticed that although he isn't comfortable ordering and buying online, he actually has no qualms about having me to do exactly that for him! I find it funny, laugh about it with my sister when we swap hubby stories, and I just leave him in his comfort zone and continue on in mine. I think we do, truly, complete each other. Oh, and by the way - 38 years married, and there are some things we will never do like the other, but together, we get things done.
     
  33. a.guillermo

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    Lynn, it's great that at least he feels comfortable letting you buy online. I've known a few people who don't use it, and feel that it is the equivalent of sinful to buy online. Not only do I buy school supplies, but I buy most all of my household stuff on amazon. It's often cheaper than in stores, and it is delivered right to your house. My wife and I must break the mailman's back with all the stuff we order :p
     

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