|to be honest, my ds who is going into 2nd grade could care less what supplies he has, and he will likely "abuse" crayons by some standards (which i guess means breaking them or letting the package tear???)
That's my boy too. He's excited that he has a brand new package of Shrek pencils (left-overs from treat bags from his birthday party last year) - but I can guarantee that they will all be sharpened to a nub by day four of the school year!
Again, I'm so glad that we aren't given big lists of things we need to buy. I've spent less than $20 on things for my kids this school year - and those are all things that I found on clearance and stored away ages ago. The only thing I've bought actually recently was my son's new pencil box, which was something like 97 cents.
As a single mom I don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on school supplies - heck, I don't even have $20 to spend this year!
I do have to say that the kleenex thing bothers me though - I honestly can't imagine not sending in kleenex even if my kids didn't use them. I'm all for the classrooms having plenty of kleenex laying around so that there isn't snot flowing freely in their classrooms. Honestly, our school does request them - the teachers get a certain allotment for the school year that doesn't last nearly long enough - but that's all it is, a request. A note goes out once during the year and that's it.