Thursday, January 24, 2013

What's On Your School Supply List?

Although Monday was a holiday for many, it was an inservice day for our district.  We spent the day planning for upcoming weeks, learning new views on instruction, and even began talking about next year.

YES, you heard me right...NEXT year.  Can you believe it?  It's only January, however, our district is opening it's 17th and final elementary school next year for the 2013-2014 school year.  So naturally, our principal needs to know our thoughts and desires, if we're planning on staying, retiring, transferring, etc.

On top of that, we were asked to start looking at our school supply list for the upcoming year!  This is the list that goes to all parents of items that their child needs to bring on or before the first week of school.  Many families even buy the pre-made "wrap packs" that already have all our requested supplies inside.

So, that leads me to my question:  what's on YOUR school supply list?

We never change ours up much from year to year, as our state (or district...) mandated budget is pretty consistant.  We can only ask for supplies up to a certain dollar amount.  The one change we made for next year though, was our pencils.  Sound funny?  I know!  BUT, this year, we were really short changed with the generic pencils we received!  They break so easily, and the mechanical pencil sharpener loves to eat them...not sharpen them.  :-/

Goodbye generic pencils, and hello to my FAVORITE Ticonderoga pencils!  Yes, I'm a HUGE dork that actually has a favorite pencil type and brand!  :)  They just write so smoothly and sharpen SO well, how can you NOT love them!  AND, according to their site,   Dixon Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Black-Core #2 Pencils(13806) are "the world's best pencil"!  (no, I'm not linked or affiliated to Ticonderoga in any way, just a nerdy, pencil loving teacher...)

Back to the question of the day, though...Give me your thoughts and ideas.  I'd love to hear what's on your supply list?  What do you wish you had that you don't normally ask for?  What do you ask for that you don't use?  Leave me a comment below!  I'm dying to know!  :)


  1. I teach in a low income area and try not to give my parents expensive things to purchase, but I wish I had asked for labels or cardstock!

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    2. Oh, yes! I can't tell you how many labels I go through...I'm a bit addicted at the beginning of the school year to tell you the truth! :) I just may have to put those on my "wish list", since I'm not sure you can order them in just 1 or 2 sheets a piece.

      Thanks for the "ah-ha" idea! Happy Thursday!

  2. AAGGHHH!!! We LOVE Ticonderoga pencils!!! The one thing I am going to request next year that I did not this year is the twistable colored pencils.... the last couple of years we have purchased Crayola colored pencils and they do not sharpen worth a bean! Hopefully the new ones will work great!


    1. My kiddos LOVE colored pencils! Before this year, I've never used them with my class, but somehow I stumbled upon about 30 brand new boxes, so I just decided to put them in my new table bins this year. AND WOW! You would think they're gold or something! My class goes CRAZY..."Can we color with the colored pencils?" "Can we use colored pencils on this?" "Can we have inside recess and use the colored pencils?" No joke! Who'd woulda thunk it?! :)

      I'd love to see how the twistable ones work, because I totally understand about sharpening them. Thanks for the thought!

  3. I would love to ask for the primary journals (the ones that look like composition books but have primary lines). I'd also love to ask for Clorox wipes!
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    1. Yes! Clorox wipes are a MUST! Thanks for the practical and important thought! Happy Saturday!