Dana, We also have a supply fee so they can buy in bulk, saving everyone money and a headache. We don't have pencils, crayons, or anything like that on our supply list, just the things that need to be purchased at the school during the supply sale (A school folder and something else that I can;t remember right now.) and telling us that they need a school bag, an extra set of clothes to be kept in a ziplock bag in their backpack. I was surprised that I didn't have to buy traditional school supplies. I think I need to bring baby wipes, but those are not for the class, they are just for your child.
I did notice that the older they get, the longer the lists and the more expensive the items are.
Liz, I thought I would come out better buying uniforms, too. I guess I did, but since I bought everything for the whole year, it was a shock. If I would have just bought Summer / Fall things and bought Winter things later, then I probably wouldn't have noticed how much I was spending.
Since it is a Catholic private school, even their jackets and coats have to be uniform. If I wouldn't have bought them uniform sweaters, then they would not be able to wear it in the classroom. I don't want them to be cold because I was too cheap to spend the money.
There are a couple of choices, and I didn't have to buy everything, I chose to.
Remember that I am buying for Twins. It sounds like a lot, but it's not.
I bought them 2 school cardigan sweaters, 4 sweatshirts that they can wear over their uniform during winter months, 2 winter coats with the school emblem on it, 4 jumpers, 8 shirts (because they are pure WHITE, my kids are going to stain those pretty quickly) 4 pairs of tights, and 4 pairs of bloomers. I haven't bought the shoes or socks, yet.