Originally Posted by St. Margaret
Breaks are sacred!
In the same way, I tell the kids NOT to expect me to grade all the projects over MY break
So it's fair for all
This year my dd had "work" over every single break. Since she was in K, it wasn't "graded" but it seemed to be expected. When we took a vacation mid-winter, the teacher suggested that she keep a journal and then give a presentation to the class when she returned. DD refused to do it, and I didn't push it. This summer she was sent home with 100 pages (or more) of work that was to be completed over summer along with a work schedule for the parents to abide by -- math on Monday, writing on Tues., etc. This isn't make up work because she met or exceeded all grade level expectations.
I never answered the OP's question, but have been following the thread. Our elementary school has a limited amount of suggested supplies, but none that are required. There are some $'s asked for field trips, but are minimal and I have a high suspicion that this would be covered for children in need. I asked my dss, who is 17 and he said that in his school (same state and city, but different school district) he absolutely had to provide his basic supplies - binders, pencils, pens, paper, calculator, etc. I asked him what would happen if he didn't have a pencil. He said that he might be lucky and the teacher would loan him one for the class.
I'm not sure why, but even reading through this entire thread it just doesn't seem legal to require supplies beyond what the school can provide.