Our school doesn't need supplies. We paid for our kids supplies at the beginning of the year. Our school is a range of low income to higher income with a lot of lower income family and new immigrants. People only give gifts to the teachers if they want too. I also donate books and other items to the classroom too.
lots of people I know, the classes get together and get the teacher a joint gift which each parent gives $10 if they want. My friend moved to a different more expensive area and she is supposed to give $20. plus they have minimums for fundraising etc min $35 for this and that. That pac is told that they MUST raise $9000 to pay for the list of items for the school. new lamiator $2000 150 digital cameras for a school of 250 kids etc.
Our school pac & teachers focus on helping the kids and others. Like the scholastic book fair next week where the profits are going to help the families in africa the school supports. The principal went in the summer there too. There are pictures and updates of the family posted so the kids can see. A grandma was raising her grandkids in a mud hut. no beds etc. now the older ones are going to school and the younger kids will go to boarding school because there is no school for younger kids in their community yet.
We had a coat drive and food bank drive now for hampers for families. My point is each school is different and I posted a parents point of view. I don't know what dd teachers believe about xmas but I know the preschool teachers believe because it is a christian preschool. Here we have xmas concerts, I am not sure about the US. My friend who is at the pricey for parents school now was living in portland oregon and she said they didn't do them.
Gigi, sounds like a big headache for you! good records are the key for lots of jobs. can't argue with the facts as much as they want too.