My budget, not wonderful in the first place, will be cut 5% next year, along with things like teacher salaries--across the board 5% cut (hope I have a job next year!)
Why a third program? Pure insanity? Actually I was doing a test to see who I liked the best. I have two schools and did Square 1 with both school's 4th and 5th grades, Original Works with one school's K-2nd grades and Art to Remember with the other school's 1st-2nd grades. I especially liked the variety of items to order from Square 1. My kids went for the CD cases. Numerous $50 orders to get the ceramic bank, but some disappointment that the designs were stickers and not fired into the clay. What did they want for free? Still, the fired ceramic designs were so gorgeous, I wonder if it would be cost prohibitive to make the banks with fired on designs?
All three companies were excellent to work with! While it was a fair amount of work to coordinate, I highly recommend this win/win situation. Parents get quality items with their student's art work and the art department gets much needed funds!
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Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2002 1:44 PM
Subject: Re: Lesson plans
Yes I am using Square 1 Art. The younger grades always order more than the 4 & 5th grades no matter what program you use, I think. My parents are liking the display and variety they can order this time better then the other company we used last year. The fifth grade girls want the wood boxes. I think the orders will be good. Is your art budget cut too? Will you do this every year and did I hear you right that you use a third program besides Squ 1 and OW? how come?