ABC and 123: What Supplies Make Back-to-School EASY for You? {Staples Gift Card Giveaway}

Monday, July 8, 2013

What Supplies Make Back-to-School EASY for You? {Staples Gift Card Giveaway}


Staples.com provided product for review as well as the gift card for this giveaway. The thoughts and opinions expressed in the post that follow are my own. Learn more about Staples entire line of cameras and accessories by checking out their store online.


While our family is more than happy to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer, back to school shopping time will be here before we know it!  Even in July the teachers in the crowd are brainstorming new ways to manage their classroom, determining which objectives should be taught with what activities, and watching the ads to determine which week is best for buying the supplies on their back to school list for the lowest prices. All in the interest of starting the year off with a BANG!


When asked to consider my favorite classroom organization tool a few items popped into my head.  None of them are crucial for instruction, but this short list of back to school supplies sure make me happy as I get my space set up for a new year:
Sharpie Markers


Rainbow of Dry Erase Markers
Mini Post It Notes

However, my #1 back to school must have is a great digital camera!  As I prep for a new school year I use my digital camera to take pictures of ideas I want to try in my classroom, to create locker tags, to compile images to use on desk placards, to label and organize materials, to decorate bulletin boards, to get to know my students, and to share a bit about myself with my class.  



This summer I am getting to know my new Nikon CoolPix and I love it!  It is a great size to pack and carry.  The CoolPix is easy to use and takes nice pictures.  The camera offers quick effects for pictures we have already taken that make them ready for instant sharing.  I'm looking forward to taking first day of school pictures with this plum beauty, but for now I am more than happy to be taking first day of tubing, camping, playing in the sun pictures!


It was a pleasant surprise to find several different Nikon digital cameras available on the Staples online site, in addition to all the other classroom supplies on my list.  Ordering was easy and shipping was speedy.  I also found the prices to be very competitive with online sales and bundles.

So, what is on your back to school shopping list?  

GIVEAWAY
Staples would like to help you get a head start on your shopping.  They are offering one of the readers of ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative a $150 gift card!  to spend on learning materials or back to school supplies. Please note, this giveaway is available to US residents only.  Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below.

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58 comments:

  1. I would love new file folders.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

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  2. I love brand new markers. Of course, pencils and notebooks are a must have too.

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  3. Folders and dry erase markers!

    Renee
    stewartr@greenvilleisd.com

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  4. Spiral bound notebooks are always on my list so my kids can practice their writing.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  5. Binders and page protectors are always a must!

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  6. This year, it's a 3 hole punch, lots of scotch tape, and page protectors

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  7. My son needs a new backpack this year - just noticed his has holes in the bottom. :( I always stock up on new notebooks, pencils and folders - lots of basics. Love Staples!

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  8. As a second grade teacher...I need all sorts of supplies and always searching for new ways to organize! Jennifer Cutteridge

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  9. BIC chart markers :) LOVE my pretty colors on my anchor charts :)

    POST ITs

    and a cute notebook for the many meetings/ideas to be recorded in throughout the year.

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  10. What a great giveaway! With all the budget cuts in our district, I have to buy all my supplies on my own. Being in a low-income area, I get very few supplies from the families. We are not even getting crayons or copy paper this year!
    valdemorest@hotmail.com

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  11. We use markers, crayons, paper, scissors, glue sticks, and Sharpies the most! My kids would benefit from this so much!

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  12. I would really love to update my classroom library. New books, new bins, new labels, I could go on and on....

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  13. Our back to school list has notebooks, 3 ring binders and loose leaf paper!

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  14. Folders, notebooks, pens, and (for me) the one-click (no-cap) sharpie markers are indispensable! ;)

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  15. We use sturdy reusable sheet protectors and tons of dry erase markers for the kids school work.

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  16. I must have plastic folders, 3 ring binders, and dry erase markers. :)

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  17. As a homeschooler, I can't live without my all-in-one printer... I can print off printables from online, scan things I want to keep, make copies of pages we need, etc.

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  18. Folders for math journals and writing journals.
    LaNessa

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  19. We always need loose leaf paper & copy paper, markers crayons & a new back pack

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  20. A good lunch box and fresh markers

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  21. We need a good electric pencil sharpener. That's my priority.
    kim(at)kimberlychance(dot)com

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  22. I love so many things, but #1 would probably be sharpies (fat ones, skinny ones, black ones, colored ones) ;-)

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  23. I love so many things, but #1 would probably be sharpies (fat ones, skinny ones, black ones, colored ones) ;-)

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  24. I love so many things, but #1 would probably be sharpies (fat ones, skinny ones, black ones, colored ones) ;-)

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  25. I love so many things, but #1 would probably be sharpies (fat ones, skinny ones, black ones, colored ones) ;-)

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  26. A huge dry erase board, and some markers to go with it. Pencil sharpener, laminator.
    jkdemeyere@yahoo.com

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  27. Post-it's, glue sticks and new crayons to start the year. I have sets of trays to organize art projects and upcoming small group work.

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  28. I love new crayons. Lots of glue sticks, new pencils and notebooks are always on our list for back to school.

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  29. I am one of those people who loves school supply shopping. It was my favorite part of going to school. I used to make my little brother sit down with a huge staples catalog and our school list so we could plan what we needed. Poor guy. Lol.

    Since this will be my first year homeschooling my little boy, I waited to buy his school supplies so that he could be excited about picking his stuff out. I cant wait to get notebooks, and crayons, and pencils, and everything else!

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  30. I love the sales on school glue to be made into glue paint. Always stocking up on crayons, colored pencils and markers so that the kids can go wild with creativity and not worry about rationing supplies. The smell of Sharpies always makes the organizer in me happy.

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  31. i need dry erase markers, pens, pencils, and paper!

    stephanie ann

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  32. Binder, comp books, crayons, and markers! Thanks so much!

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  33. Lots of low odor expo markers! We always run out.

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  34. Lots of low odor expo markers! We always run out.

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  35. Crayons, glue sticks (and lots of them), and 2 pocket folders.

    Jennifer Marie

    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

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  36. Oh on top of our list this year is a backpack, crayons, loose leaf paper, pencils, and markers!
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

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  37. An electric pencil sharpener, mailboxes, hanging file folders , colored sharpies , dry erase boards, dry erase crayons...

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  38. Dry Erase Markers, Page Protectors, Printer Ink, Calendar/Planner.... just to name a few :)

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  39. If I won this amazing giveaway, I would buy so many goodies for my kids. I teach on a military base and work with the most adaptable, diverse, unique kids! Their families work so hard and unfortunately, don't always have the funds to supply their child with the necessary school items. I would use this gift card to make sure every single student has the supplies they need, want, etc. to feel just as prepared and privileged as the next child!

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  40. Clothes and backpacks - thank you.

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  41. We need backpacks, notebooks, markers, and (my favorite) new crayons.

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  42. pens and pencils. amypugmire@live.com

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  43. Crayons, Pencils, Notebooks, and a backpack!

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  44. School decorations, dry erase markers

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  45. We need crayons and safety scissors! Entered the rafflecopter as "Wild orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  46. I always stock up on crayons and glue sticks.

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  47. On my list are binders and markers. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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  48. lots of printer toner...we go through it so quickly!

    rafflecopter: daniel

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