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    School Supplies FAQ
    Posted on 08/26/2019
    School Supplies

    For the 2019-2020 school year we will again be buying school supplies in bulk. Please read the FAQ carefully and if you have questions, reach out to the parent volunteers at the information below.


    The goal of this program is to reduce the cost and burden on families and to streamline the process for teachers.

    How does it work?
    Parent volunteers will purchase the items and distribute them to teachers. (No more long trips to the store, no more lugging big bags of supplies to school on the first day!) All the supplies (except personalized items—see below) will be in place on the first day of school.

    How much will it cost?
    We ask that families pay $38 per child, though if this amount is burdensome, we request that you give any amount (including nothing) that makes sense for your family. You'll receive this information in your TCB Day packet in August.

    Why the increase from last year?
    In 2018 the PTA board subsidized the supplies program while we were determining the full cost and benefits to our community. Our intention is to have this be a self-supporting program and increasing the cost to $38 per student covers the full cost.

    How do I pay?
    The best option is by check at TCB Day (as we are not charged any fees on the checks, but are online), or you may pay online through this linked form.

    Will I have to buy anything?
    The bulk buying program will cover items like copier paper, glue sticks, paper, pencils, markers, crayons, etc. While the PTA will be purchasing the majority of school supplies, there may be a few class-specific items that families bring themselves. Some teachers will have an item or two specific to their classes that they ask parents to purchase. They will communicate that to you once your teacher assignment is made after TCB Day.

    What if I can't afford the additional items?
    The school will continue to provide items at no cost for those that need them.

    Can I help?
    Yes! We will be looking for a few parents to help sort through the supplies and deliver to the teachers in August. Contact Penny Carothers at if you’re interested.

    I like to shop around and find amazing deals, can I opt out and buy my own?
    Our sincere hope is that each family that is able will pay a share of the total cost of supplies. We will be buying supplies for all the registered students, so there is no need to purchase on your own.

    Who is responsible for this program? Where can I ask questions?
    This program is run by volunteers (thanks in advance for your patience!). If you have any questions you can email Penny Carothers at or Katie Heinrich at