We don’t have any backpacks big enough for all that stuff.
I accept that I have a big ol’ list of things to buy for my kids’ school that I wouldn’t anticipate having to supply (lunch bags, Ziploc bags, paper plates, composition notebooks), but some of the items were amusing to me:
* A pack of addition and subtraction flashcards. (Isn’t this precisely what teachers are for?)
* Two bottles of hand sanitizer. (Isn’t that what sinks are for?)
* Five portfolio folders with 2 pockets inside (“2 blue, 2 yellow, and 1 additional color”).
* One ruler with inches and centimeters. (What? As opposed to hectares?)
* Two large boxes of tissues.
That’s all from the first grade supply list. Kindergartners only have to take in one large box of tissues. And no hand sanitizer. Apparently, they don’t have to be as clean. They also don’t have to supply the Clorox wipes that the first graders have to.
Oddly, even though the kindergartners don’t have to take in paper plates, they have to take in snack to share. The first graders take in paper plates, but no snack.
I would have been slightly less irritated by this list if Target hadn’t been out of crayons. And pencils.
Fortunately I happened to have the 22 required glue sticks at home because Target was out of those too. (I got a little overexcited about the cheap glue last year during school supply shopping.)
Nonetheless, I had to drag my now-irritated group of young men to Office Depot to spend $30 on top of the $50 I’d spent at Target. (Hand sanitizer is surprisingly expensive.)
All I have to say is that after sending 200 lunch-size brown paper bags into that school, I’d better see a whole hell of a lot of paper bag puppets coming home.