Like every other high school student in Newton, my kid signed up for his classes last spring and received his class list several weeks back. None of the classes he’s taking are exotic electives or, as far as I know, new to the curriculum this year.

But unlike elementary and middle school students, high schoolers don’t have a list of supplies needed for those classes and won’t get a supply list until classes begin. I’m sure that’s easiest for the teachers but that means parents don’t have time to take advantage of summer sales, comparative shop or even this handy three day weekend to shop. Instead, we’ll be scrambling after school and after work to buy what we need, provided we can find it.

Last year, we spent the first night of the school year in a line at a certain office superstore that snaked all they way around the back. I fear we’re headed for a rerun this Tuesday night.

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