No Cute Pencils Here....

@Michele21 (3094)
United States
August 28, 2007 9:29am CST
So my daughter had her first day of First grade yesterday and when she came home she told me all of her pencils were in her bag because she can't use them at school. I had gotten her the cute colorful pencils, High School Musical, ice cream, some that smelled good, and she can't use any of them!! Why is that?? I don't understand why everyone has to use plain pencils, is it that way in your kids school??
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• United States
28 Sep 07
WHAT??? that is crazy! does she go to a public school?? what is the point of selling items that kids cant use in school... i too bought my daughter the cute pencils.. hello kitty highschool musical and carebears... she uses them everyday... each week her teacher even gives out "cute" pencils to the students that worked well all week and just last week my daughter brought home two disney princess pencils as rewards... i just cant believe that... thats so absurd!
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Yes she goes to public schools. I think it is just her teacher being silly. I think cute pencils are a great reward!! Better than candy which is what my daughters teacher gives out =)
• United States
28 Sep 07
ok cant have cute penicls in her class but you can have candy.... NIce!
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
28 Aug 07
My daughters school doesn't care as long as they are labeled with her name. But I think some teachers/schools don't want to deal with the kids that don't have cute pencils. Even though thats not really their choice. I would send a note to the teacher and ask her why she can't have those pencils. See what she says. If you don't like the answer..go to the principal. I know its over pencils...but still...if they are going to be that strict about it, then it needs to be something that is stated to ALL parents...not just your daughter.
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@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I might send my husband up there to see what the deal is because he was super p*ssed about it. I think they should have said on the school supply list thay they had to be regular pencils because I bought her tons of the cute pencils, and now she will only be using them at home. At least they didn't tell her to bring more regular ones to school the teacher has plenty of the plain ones I guess.
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
28 Aug 07
I bought some of the mechanical pencils for my daughter. I read something that said that its less likely to spread germs because they are easily cleaned. I guess the regular pencils carry germs more...I don't know how accurate it is..but her pencils have little bugs on them. If he goes to the school please let me know what they say. I'm interested to see why they are making such a big deal about it.
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• United States
9 Sep 07
Maybe the pencils could cause envy amongst her peers. Some children would be tempted to "borrow" one or more of her pencils and not give them back, if you know what I mean. Using plain pencils would keep this idea at bay.
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• United States
9 Sep 07
That reminds me that I bought some cute pencils for my grandkids and forgot about it.
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I am so thankful that I don't have to deal with those kinds of stupid ideas any more. I home school my children and I can let them use whatever they want to. I see no reason that the schools can control what type of pencils your daughter can use as long as they are #2 pencils. It isn't her fault that the other kids don't have those kinds of pencils and they should have put plain yellow pencils on the school list if she wasn't to bring the others.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
16 Sep 07
At my son's school they are only allowed to have plain yellow number 2 pencils because they feel that having cute pencils are a distraction from learning. They are also not allowed to have pencil toppers for the same reason. I don't really mind at all. He has cute pencils that he gets to use at home when he is working on something other than school work because they really do cause a distraction for him.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
8 Sep 07
That is really stupid of the teacher doing that. A pencil is a pencil,as long as it writes.I just dont understand that.Some of the rules that they have in school are not right. i do not think that the teachers care what kind of pencil you bring to school just as long as you have one.
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@lisagayle (395)
• United States
30 Aug 07
My daughters school has never been this way, and it would upset me it they were, some teachers will not let the kids use mechanical pencils in their classes, and that is fine, I generally buy my daughters pencils at Dollar Tree, and do not pay much at all for the cute and colorful pencils, I have done this for the longest time, if it has something to do with the kids that do not have the money to buy the cute pencils, I can kind of understand that point, but a pencil is a pencil, if it a #2 pencil that should do the trick. I think I would be going to ask about this thing. And if it has to do with theft and fighting, as I have read that some of the other people who responded feel like it might have to do with, I have to tell you, that my daughter has had so many things stolen from her, that I have lost count. Ant for the most part, it is not the cute things that can be easily identified either, plain pencils, notebooks, you name it, someone even got into her locker and broke her 3 day old glasses, and I had go and purchase a new pair for her. They were in her locker, because she doesn't have to wear them all of the time, just when she is reading. She got them out of her locker, where they were in the case, hanging from the hook, so they would be out of harms way, and went to class, opened the case, and they were, broken in two. No one could figure out who, what or why this had happened. I took them to the eye doctors office, and was told, it would take considerable force to have broken them. These kinds of things are what drives me crazy about schools.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
30 Aug 07
It has to do with being equal i think, i mean, there might be someone who isn't as good money-wise as you are so they wouldn't be able to afford the fancy stuff your daughter has. They just want everyone to have the same things so it doesn't cause fights, arguments, bullying (of the less fortunate kids) & stuff like that. It is a bit of a pain but it's the same reason schools have uniforms - so every child is dressed the same & no-one can show off fancy brand names while others have to wear hand me downs & stuff. Just hold on to her cute things & either use them when she's a little older (i don't think they're as strict when kids get older) or just have them for her to use on her things at home.
@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
28 Aug 07
yes it is and it's to stop stealing and fights.....the kids get jealous over someone having something 'better' than them and they either fight about it or take them.....the plain pencils keeps everyone having the same stuff and theft down
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