Originally Posted by mamato2boys
I stated in a previous post that I did send in generic tissues one year...they were sent home with a note stating that they only will take kleenex brand. Two boxes at the beginning of the year, and requests for more later in the year; kleenex brand only.
My husband and I both spent a considerable amount of money on our education and don't make anywhere near what we spent on our education in one year...what is your point with that comment?
Please don't make assumptions about what any particular family can or cannot afford.
It is crazy that a teacher would refuse a box of tissues, but if so, every sequential teacher/classroom has to reap the punishment by not getting any tissues b/c one teacher was picky...it just seems spiteful.
My point with the education/salary comment taken as a whole was in rebutal of your constant mention of lack of income. Well you are not the only person who might be on a tight budget. There are teachers, like myself, that are picking up the slack. My budget is going to be extremely tight come Dec, but I am still buying supplies for students who might not have them, regardless of the fact that the money could be saved and used for my son. Sept is a tight time to get all the supplies together, but can't the tissues be sent in maybe in Nov when the few dollars has been saved up?
It seems that several parents have teachers that have abused the supply list concept and that is very unfortunate. Supply lists should be for supplies for the child. As I mentioned before, teachers should not be asking for dry erase markers or items that are for their use. If I was a parent I would be annoyed by that for sure. That should be addressed by the parents to the teacher. But don't it out on the tissues...we need the tissues!
As teachers, we have learned that some brands are superior. I personally do ask for Fiskar scissors b/c they are superior as one PP mentioned and it really makes a difference with children who have issue with fine motor skills. I have some relic metal scissors in my scissor bin and the children dread being the last one to borrow a pair and having to use those. Although Crayola are better crayons, I don't request name brands for them or anything else. As for tissues, I again don't care what brand, but I have heard many of my students gleefully say, "ooh these are the softies with lotion". A random box of extra soft tissues can really help out a crusty, over-blown nose. Heck in my classroom we've had to resort to the brown cardboard-like paper towels when we are out of tissues!
Recycling from last year is a great way to save up. If the supplies still work, use them. As a PP stated she saves all the fancy "gift" pencils (that the teacher paid for out of pocket, I'm sure) for the following year. Way to be resourceful. Pencil cases, markers, crayons, scissors, rulers, bookbags and even folders don't have to be brand-new...reuse last years items. No supply list is demanding new supplies, just supplies.