We have the 5 year old Grand with us for this school year. Mom is finishing up her degree and the only places she could afford in Austin were in less than desirable school districts. For those who were following the tooth fairy saga...yes...the same kid. The first 6 weeks has been reached and we had to cash out a CD to pay for.... supplies (funny...why do they need 4 boxes of tissues all at once?)...uniforms (including certain shoes and knee sox)....fees for computer ear buds and another pair of shoes (to protect her precious ankles) for the playground....lunch box (no cartoon characters and no paper sacks as they are all over good planet stewardship))...paper sacks(????) for the weekly puppet project (supposedly this is to keep a good handle on her emotional growth but I suspect something much more sinister is in play here)...school pix and lets not forget the fundraiser (we bought 5 12 oz tubs of cookie dough @17 bucks a pop for the minimum required to "win" a raspa party with the principle (lots of Hispanics in the district so we don't say snow cone lol). And that was just for the school. Have received flyers to join karate, soccer, cheerleader and gymnastics classes and a "small donation" to buy the music "leader" a baby shower gift. Being too young for 4H we let her join the "baby" Girl Scouts which has no fee but I know what is coming up down the road (altho IMO you get bang for your buck later in life). Of course we opened her an account for the lunch room but they feed this age @ 10 am. She has just had breakfast so of course most of it gets thrown out. Don't get me wrong....it is not all about the Benjamins. More of a how do families with more than one kid do all that and still buy groceries? Why do they not spread this out over a wider time span? Her teacher completely agrees with me (could this be because I am the only "parent" who signed up to help her so she can have a home life?). I have chatted with the counselor and principle and ....nothing. School board meeting soon and you can bet your sweet buns imma gonna be there. mimi OBTW....she was the only kid in her class who had snow cones /img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif with the principle. m.