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Supply Lists

PreK-Kindergarten Supply List

We are asking each family to bring:

  • A box of tissues
  • A roll of paper towels
  • A container of wet wipes (i.e. baby wipes)
  • 24 pencils
  • A box of markers (i.e. 10 washable, thick-tipped markers)
  • A box of crayons (i.e. 24)
  • A notebook to use as a journal. (We recommend a primary composition book, available at such stores as Office Depot. It has space for drawings on top and writing on the bottom. However, you can also get a regular composition book, a notebook, or make your own using paper and a three pronged folder or yarn, as long as the cover is sturdy. Children may decorate it at home or at school.)

We also recommend:

  • Two changes of clothing
  • A sun hat
  • A small, thin blanket (PreK)

Optional (choose one or more items off of this list to help us stock the classroom, if you wish):

  • Blank copy paper (We could really use this)
  • Drawing paper
  • Construction paper
  • A bottle of glue
  • Toilet paper
  • Band-aids
  • Clorox wipes
  • A box of medical gloves
  • Miscellaneous craft supplies, i.e. yarn, collage materials, cloth scraps

1st -2nd Grade Supply List

  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • 1 package of Pencils
  • 1 Package of washable markers
  • A writing journal (Please purchase something appropriate for your child’s writing ability and grade level. Composition notebooks with space for pictures for the 1st graders might be best to start off the school year with.
  • 1 package of dry erase markers (Last year students used the boards more than journals to do their work, especially in math. If each student can bring in a few markers, we should be set for the year.)
  • Scissors
  • 1 bottle of glue and 1 package of glue sticks
  • 1 transparent scotch tape

For the Class, Girls Please Bring:

  • Drawing/art paper
  • 1 pint paint bottles (washable/liquid/tampera): white & blue
  • 1 box plastic zip-lock bags – sandwich size
  • 1 Box Plastic Re-sealable Bags – Gallon
  • Colored Pencils (sharpened)

For the Class, Boys Please Bring:

  • 1 pint paint bottles (washable/liquid/tampera): red & green
  • 1 Roll Paper Towels
  • 1 Box Plastic Re-sealable Bags – Quar
  • Blank copy paper
  • Construction paper

For the Class, Donations Welcome:

  • We cooked a lot in class last year. We’ve received some donations but could always use more! If you have any extra pots, pans or serving spoons you would like to get rid of, send them our way. We could also use reusable utensils and cups.
  • Sewing materials – needles, thread, fabric

3rd– 8th Grade Supply List

  • 2-pocket folders – 1
  • Pens and pencils – we have a ton of these already to share – no need to send more!
  • Black felt tip pens – 6. These are for math problem-solving – we will be practicing showing our work in pen so it is visible. Many students like to use them for writing as well. Example:
  • Math notebook – 2, one for fall and one for spring – please send only one to school and keep the other at home. This should be a composition book, graph paper ruled. You can usually find them at office max. Example:
  • Journal – 2 composition books, wide ruled. Please send one to school and keep the other at home.
  • Writing notebook – 1 spiral bound, wide ruled.
  • One box of tissues.
  • One pack of printer paper (letter sized).
  • One roll of paper towels.

For the Class – Donations Appreciated

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Scotch tape/clear tape
  • Markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Construction paper
  • White board markers
  • Sponges for cleaning
  • Lysol spray or other multi-purpose cleaning spray