We recently received an invitation for Vivi to attend a Kindergarten orientation and play date at her new school. She will get to tour the classrooms, meet her teachers, and say hello to the principal. I think this is a great thing and we are all looking forward to it.
But.... I am a bit perplexed by the supply list for kindergarten which was on the back of the invitation. I am supposed to send my child to school with the following:
1 large bottle of hand sanitizer
2 boxes of crayons- one with 8 large primary colors and one with 16 colors
2 rolls of paper towels
1 pair of small child-size scissors
1 box of markers
1 box of colored pencils
2 packages of #2 pencils, sharpened
1 package EXPO dry-erase markers
4 folders with double pockets on the bottom (2 with 3 fasteners on the inside and 2 without)
4 large glue sticks
2 boxes of tissues
1 art sketch book with blank pages
1 package small drinking cups
1 container of disinfectant wipes
Geesh. I remember being sent off to kindergarten with a little back pack and a snack, not a suitcase full of supplies. Is this normal for public school?
I don't mind providing these things and I certainly know that our school is down to bare bones funding. What bothers me about this list is that more than half of the children at Vivi's school are on free or reduced-cost lunch. How are the parents of those children able to afford such an extensive list of supplies? What a terrible feeling to get this letter in the mail and not be able to provide the required supplies for their child!
I'm curious. Are these lists common at your neighborhood public school?