So your classroom is put together, your walls are decorated, work stations are prepared for little hands to come tap at keyboards and your chalk board is the cleanest it's going to be all year.
It's hectic right now, and what your students don't realize is that for every bit of time you get in the classroom, you are spending more outside of it in meetings or getting ready for your influx of students – and on a shoestring.
My hat is off to the professional educator, as they do so much with so little. So parents, now is the time to find those lists at your various office supply stores and fill them. Even if you've already gotten your own child's needs covered, take a look and if you can afford to pick up extra pencils, notebooks, paper etc for your local school...go for it. Your local school teacher will thank you profusely as you might have just saved him or her from reaching into her own pocket to pull out needed supplies.