have to buy double school supplies

Canada
August 25, 2007 8:11am CST
i just found out that i need to buy double of things for my daughter to take to school. she is 4 and it's her first year so they have to take blankets and pillows to school. also some other things like a smock and stuff. but one day they are in one class room and the next they switch to a different class. so they don't want to have to move the blankets and stuff so they are telling us we have to buy two of everything, one for each class room. i'm on a low income budget. i can't buy two of everything just cause they change rooms. i feel bad for one parent in there. she has twins and needs 4 of everything now.
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@stacy624 (2777)
• Canada
25 Aug 07
WOW thats terrible. I understand being a low budget I to are in the same shoes but with 8 children =) For me I like to shop at the Value Villages, and Once upon a child ect, I find the prices are great and low. I also like to do the layaway with walmart which I find also to helps. I hope though the school can see if from folks like us and find another way of handling this. All the best Stacy
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
25 Aug 07
That is ridiculous, just get a bag of some sort to use to bring the stuff back and forth between the rooms. Make sure everything is clearly marked with her name, so if it is forgotten they can get it to her. To expect people to double their costs for this for the convenience of the school is outrageous, things costs way to much.
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@Foxxee (3653)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Is she in daycare?? Sounds like a daycare more then it sounds like a school. I know all the daycares I worked with, the kids only needed one pillow and blanket. They nap in one room. There really isn't no need for two. I would talk with the head person and see what the deal is. And what is the pillow and blanket for anyway? Kids don't take naps in school.
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• Canada
26 Aug 07
no she is not in daycare. this is school. it's her first year of school. it's a french catholic school and these schools the 4 year olds just starting school go every day all day. that's why they have nap. the english public schools only go every second day. so one day they are in one class and the second day they have an easier day to give them a little break. they have review and more learning through play. so that's why they switch rooms.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I get their reasoning that they use two different classrooms, but that should be their problem not yours! How hard would it be for them to either stay put in one room or transfer the items if they do switch back and forth? I mean really...to expect parents to buy two off everything just because it would be easier on them! I agree with trying to get other parents to band together against this kind of thing. I'm sure all of you are paying plenty of money for this program, they shouldn't ask you to shell out even more because it's more convenient for them. I must be really lucky with the preschool mine have gone to. Over the years the monthly tuition has changed and is now $75 plus an extra $25 to be in the pre-K class but the ONLY thing we need to provide besides his lunch one day a week is an art smock.
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
26 Aug 07
I think it is unreasonable of the school to expect you and other parents to buy to of everything. Wealthy parents will not be bothered by this but I think it is unfair on the poorer parents. The mother that has twins will have a very expensive time indeed whilst her children attend that school. I am a teacher and I have seen how unfair schools can be expecting parents to buy so many things for their children. School uniform can cost a great deal. PE kits and sport clothing can cost a lot too. Many children are told their parents have to buy them an apron for art work. Another thing children have to have is a reading folder. At one school parents were so poor, many of the children had free school meals and milk although subsided was not affordable for everyone. Schools can also be mean for pencil supplies. Each child was given a pencil at the start of term, when some were lost or used, I had to spend my own money getting pencils for the children. Each child was expected to have drinking water at their table. The cups that the school provided fell over so very easily so I ended up buying, out of my own money, a plastic bottle for each child. So I think schools should provide more better resources and not expect parents to buy so much for their children.
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
26 Aug 07
Wow. That sucks. I didn't have to buy my son anything for preschool. So far I haven't been given a list for kindergarten. I don't look forward to the school supply thing. My biggest beef is the things they expect you to buy "for the classroom." I think the school should supply tissues and stuff like that. I'm also not a fan of the whole "buy crayons so they can go into the big community bucket" thing that some teachers/schools do.
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
26 Aug 07
What do they think, money grows on trees? Gee mee christmas! That's insane! Why can't they just switch teachers instead? I think that's asking a lot from the parents to buy two of everything especially when it's things that the kids will only use that one year.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
26 Aug 07
I do not understand how the school can ask this of any person. It is their choice to move the kids from one class to another. The first question I would have is why are we moving from class to class. The other thing I would do is write a letter or go to see the principle of the school and ask him for the money to buy the school supplies. I had to buy my daughter a calculator that cost over $100.00. I told the school that they were being unreasonable. The teach told me not to worry that they have calculators that the kids can use. I could not understand if the school had calculators for the kids to use, why do I have to buy one. I bought her one in the first year of high school and she did not use it till the last part of the year. A waste of money. There is a possibility that if you talk to the school principle they may be able to help you out. I wish you luck with this situation. Evey thing seemed to be going good for you so just take a deep breath. I am sure you will be ok. Good luck and have a great day.
@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
26 Aug 07
That is just terrible to make you have to buy two of everything. That is not on. I would definitely complain about that. I can't believe schools can actually make you do that!
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• United States
25 Aug 07
That is just crazy. I would complain about that one. Ask other parents how they feel.When my son was in preschool,he had to go to different rooms. I just had a bag and marked everything up with his name. School supplies add up.I have to buy for two kids.And being low income the school should help you out.
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• Canada
25 Aug 07
That is crazy. My daughter is starting kindergatern in Sept. and so far the list is not to bad.You are probibly not the only parent on a tight budget. Maybe someone needs to inform the schol that no everyone has unlimited funds.
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@pumpkinjam (5801)
• United Kingdom
25 Aug 07
That's disgusting. It's bad enough that you have to get all the stuff in the first place particularly on a tight budget but 2? And that poor woman with twins, well all I can say is that you know there are the 2 of you to start with and I don't doubt that you could get a few other parents to complain. If enough of you only took one set of things per child, what can they do about it? And to be honest, if they are too lazy to move stuff from one room to another then what does that say about the kind of school it is? I guess it's too late for you to look at alternative places though.
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