For the past several years our PTA has been kind enough to give (reimburse) each teacher $100 for classroom supplies. I wasn't really expecting it for the coming school year, but when I popped into the school a couple weeks ago and was talking with my principal he mentioned that we would be getting this money again! Yay!
I've done a really good job of not spending a lot of extra money on school items since last summer. I felt like I went a little crazy last summer, so I tried to cut back on school spending this year. With the exception of about $20 on a book and some reading spinners, I really didn't spend anything on school stuff this past year. Now, of course, that doesn't include stuff like pizza parties, Christmas gifts, or craft supplies that I purchased on my own, but as far as decor and books I really kept it to a minimum.
Since I wasn't planning on having that $100 to spend, I was really going to try to get by on prepping for the coming school year on $50 or less. It's not like there's much I really need for my classroom, but I do have a couple things that are necessary and a few wants as well. I'm trying to hold out for Mardel's Teacher Appreciation Sale (usually at the middle or end of July) and either make a trip to Mardel or hit up their online sale. Lakeshore also typically runs a good clearance sale around this time, so I need to check out their site as well.
So, my question to you is...
What would you purchase for your classroom if you had a $100 budget?
What are your must haves?
Would you splurge on anything special?
Before I share the things that I'm considering getting I want to hear from all of you! Please let me know in the comments what you would get for your classroom!