Both kids came home the other day with a note from their respective teachers asking each family to contribute something to the Halloween party, scheduled for Friday. In years past, they would ask families to send in a note with what they would contribute, thus, it was the family's choice to contribute or not, and how much they would spend.
I think over time, less and less families were helping out, and the cost of the party fell on the teacher. So I think the new system of assigning an item to a child was developed.
I didn't give it alot of thought until today.
Bossy Boy's class asked for cups. Bought 2 packages of Halloween cups at the Dollar Store. Total cost with tax: $2.12 Sassy Girl's class asked for a bag of grapes. Asked G-man to pick those up while he was at the store today. Total cost: $9.09!!!
Holy Vineyard, Batman!!
One stinkin' bag of grapes was over $9! If I had any idea that it would have been that much, I would have sent in a note to the teacher. I am always more than willing to help out the school, but things are so tight (and getting worse). And we really couldn't afford these grapes.
I know there will be more parties through out the year. And next time a note comes home, I will have to look at it more carefully. Which also begs the question....how are the assignments made?
This really isn't the first time that we have been asked to provide a pricier item. One example was the 2 containers of ice cream (which were ON SALE for 2/$7 that week). I wonder if the teachers think we are more well off than we are.
My kids dress nice for school. This started when they were little and Grammy helped out alot with clothes. I buy things on sale and some second hand, but most of what they wear is name brand.
So, are they asking us to contribute more? Dunno. All I know is that the cost of contributing to both parties has now exceeded the cost of both of their costumes combined.