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Back to basics: A supply list for elementary school

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By GreatSchools Staff

Home computer supplies

Printer paper

Ink cartridges

Nice to have

A sturdy lunch box

A stainless steel water bottle (To be extra safe, you might want to avoid plastic bottles that contain bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to such health problems as heart disease and diabetes.)

 

 

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

01/9/2012:
"um Yeah thats a little much for most schools. My Kid is in kindergarten and the only thing she uses on daily basis is pencils, crayons, scissors, glue and construction paper. Plus teacher gives writing sheets etc. and DO Not provide 2 or 5 of anything unless you want to supply all the other kids. I do not mind helping when I know I am. BUT I thought I was supplying stuff for my child. then 2 months into school I got a note that my daughter needed more crayons. UM I sent her with 4 packs. Apparently they take all the supplies and combine them in a box. They even took her pencils out of her book bag. Said she only needed 1. and they gave her school supplies to other kids who's parents didn't bring them any. No offense But I am a full time student with a part time job. I do not have money to provide random kids with school supplies "
08/9/2011:
"i think these are some pretty good supplys ...but mine were different. "
08/3/2011:
" Me and my family just moved to Whittier during the summer and I have a 5th and a 7th grader.I have a lot of questions for example will they be going to the same school,if so when does it start,what supplies will they need and is this a uniform school?I try calling the school and leave messages but still no call backs. "
09/15/2010:
"Why do you only mention Target as a supplier? Why not mention WalMart? Their prices are less expensive."
09/15/2010:
"Interesting enough, besides a backpack, the school supply list for Kindergarten has been nothing. The teacher informed us that all supplies will be provided for in the school. They use special pre-printed work sheets, mini-chaulk boards and something called flip crayons to promote hand dexterity."
09/13/2010:
"I love it.. it helped sooo soo much!"
09/10/2010:
"nice list!"
09/7/2010:
"Great reference tool!"
09/2/2010:
"I love this list...great job on keeping us informed!"
09/2/2010:
"Thanks for the guide!"
09/2/2010:
"Thanks for this....VERY helpful for getting back to school organized!!"
09/2/2010:
"This is a good idea!"
09/2/2010:
"my list calls for 2 of everything, including 2, 4 packs of dry erase markers. My son's class has 21 students. Does the teacher really need that many markers for 1 year of school? "
09/2/2010:
"very helpful, and wonderful that it's online! "
08/31/2010:
"This really helps for getting ready for school."
08/30/2010:
"Helpful thanks"
08/30/2010:
"Great tips. Love this web site."
08/30/2010:
"Love it"
08/30/2010:
"Thanks for the list!"
08/30/2010:
"All the basics are covered! Love it!!"
08/30/2010:
"This is similar to what we had to send."
08/30/2010:
"Thanks for the good info"
08/30/2010:
"These are all great tips!"
08/30/2010:
"It is hard to believe all the items they want you to send for your child."
08/30/2010:
"We were not asked to purchase quite a bit of the things on this list, although I am sure the supplies are coming from somewhere. We were asked to bring pencils, paper, composition books folders, crayons, glue sticks and scissors. In the past we have been asked to bring markers, stickers, post it notes, colored pencils, pens, and ziplock bags. Overall, a great list to get people thinking!"
08/30/2010:
"very helpful!"
08/23/2010:
"Our school has the parents pay for the supplies at the beginning of the year and the teachers order it. This is GREAT! Teachers get exactly what they are looking for at a bulk rate. There is no issue of Susie's pencil is prettier than mine. If a child can't afford supplies the school supplies them."
08/23/2010:
"This checklist is very helpful as it covers the preferences of school teachers and can help guide parents better than generic supply lists."
08/23/2010:
"Nice detailed list. :)"
08/23/2010:
"Thanks for the great list!!!"
08/23/2010:
"This is my first time visiting this site and I appreciated the article. I will be coming back to read more!"
08/23/2010:
"thanks for making this available!"
08/23/2010:
"great list. big help."
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