Elfie has a long list of stuff he needs, including Kleenex for the teachers. I think this is now standard for all children: bring your teacher Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and Expo brand dry-erase markers. Then the gods of learning will smile upon you. A few years from now, I will be packing a twelve-pack of toilet paper and a liquid soap dispenser in with the school supply goodie bags the teachers get each year. Seriously. Is anyone else old enough to remember being given essay notebooks and pencils in school?
I spent more on G's stupid ID fees and "senior fees" and "elective
class fees" and the like than I did on the entire trip half of our
family took to Kansas for three days last month. Yep. One semester's worth of basics. I didn't even get any senior photos ($35 for two 3x5's? No.). And I didn't pay for him to play sports, or park a car, or get an "activity pass" to see the football games my taxes are paying for already. That would have run me... a lot more.
So anyway. Fees. They're expensive. Though I have to say that
school-supply wise once you pay the high school level fees, it's good. I just threw about
$5 worth of notebooks and pencils into G's backpack. That means I am
done school shopping for him (yay).
Woodjie's class is really special and perfect and neat, but my. I must buy five different coloured plastic binders, and they must have brads and pockets. I can do this, you know, and it's not a big deal to spend 50-cents each on a list of stuff along these lines... but I tell you, I had to run to about three different stores.
And Evil-Mart is crazy! We had trouble even getting in the door. You take two steps, bump into someone, scoot over two more steps, somebody wants to get by, and so on. Interestingly, there were no crowds or lines near the pet food section or the dairy department. Or the books. Really. No one wants books during back-to-school sales. You make of that what you will. :/