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(with apologies to Henry Reed)

To-day, we have assembling of supplies. Yesterday,
We had the finding of bento boxes. And to-morrow morning,
We shall be departing for the first day of school. But to-day,
To-day we have assembling of supplies. The new backpack
Is dark blue and green with small white flowers,
And to-day we have assembling of supplies.

These are the three-prong folders. And these
Are the sheet protectors, of which you need 10
For each folder, except the blue. There should be an orange folder,
Which in your case you have not got. The backpack
Perhaps should have been purple, you think,
Which in your case you have not got.

This is the binder, which can be opened
By pushing on the metal tab. And please do not let me
See you yanking on the rings. You will pinch your fingers
If you don't use the tab. The backpack
Is easier to open, and you will not have
To worry about your fingers.

And this is the new school agenda. The purpose of these
Is to write out your assignments. Here is the first page
for the first day of school: we call this
Starting the year. Next to the kitchen table
The new backpack stands tall, stuffed with supplies
It is starting the year.

You are starting the year. You will open the agenda
To the first day's page, and stack the pencils and crayons
And the three-prong folders in your desk, except the orange one,
Which in your case you have not got; and the white blossoms
Drift across the front of your backpack, bright and fresh
For to-day we have assembling of supplies.

Date: 2010-08-23 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caerwynx.livejournal.com
:D Brava!

Date: 2010-08-23 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
::bows:: thank you, it's all Mr. Reed really. ;)

Date: 2010-08-23 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imaginarycircus.livejournal.com
Very nice! Does she really need all those things? O_O

Date: 2010-08-23 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
The list was phenomenal. In fact, I simplified some things to make them fit into the poetic format. (There was a different number of sheet protectors for each three-prong folder, as a matter of fact. Each of SEVEN three-prong folders.) The pencils had to be pre-sharpened. And there are reams of copy paper and card stock. There's hand sanitizer and baggies (quart for girls, gallon for boys) and glue (stick and bottle form) and crayons and scissors. And yes, the orange folder had to be specially located in a different store. :P

A lot of this has to do with budget cuts -- things like baggies and hand sanitizer and tissues are requested as part of school supply lists now because the school budget won't stretch that far.

Date: 2010-08-24 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imaginarycircus.livejournal.com
What on earth are they doing with all those binder? She's in first grade, no?

Date: 2010-08-24 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
Just one binder, but ten three-prong folders; seven of the folders are for different subjects. (And there's a separate folder for writing and another one for homework.)

She's going into second grade, into a gifted magnet program.

Date: 2010-08-24 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imaginarycircus.livejournal.com
My gosh. That's still a lot of folders and things.

Date: 2010-08-24 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
I agree. Particularly since I had to hunt it all down!

Date: 2010-08-24 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imaginarycircus.livejournal.com
We did a back to school backpack for a 9th grader over the weekend, but I felt weird because we didn't have the list from the teachers. All we had were guidelines so we bought notebooks, a three ring binder and paper, pocket folders, pencils, lots of pens and highlighters, all the basics. I remember needing very specific items--as per your list for Meg, but I didn't need those things until at least 7th grade.

Date: 2010-08-24 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
Hey, the backpack donation program sounds cool, and I bet any kid would be happy to at least have the basics.

Our Publix (grocery) has preassembled bags of school supplies for various levels of school to purchase for donation to needy kids, which I think is a neat idea, too. I buy up piles of school supplies when they're on massive sale and then send a lot of it on to school -- I figure the teacher can hand out the extras to the kids who don't have it.

Date: 2010-08-23 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1crowdedhour.livejournal.com
Thank you for the link to the original, and thank you for the seasonal adaptation. Excellent!

Date: 2010-08-23 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was the orange folder that triggered it.

Date: 2010-08-24 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
I've heard tales of needing the mystical orange folder. I'm befuddled by it. I think it may be a snipe hunt.

Date: 2010-08-24 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peacockharpy.livejournal.com
They have a kind of ROY G BIV of folders for the various subjects. But, of course, you couldn't get all the required colors by simply buying a packet of folders.

Staples, man. Staples had it.


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