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  Back to School!

Student supplies

Student supplies
Teacher supplies

Teacher's Desk - almost ready!

In the days before a backpack with a Notebook or laptop was the student's first priority, the student's supply list was short. First of all is the lard pail for your lunch. Then you need pencils, a ruler, eraser, crayons and scribblers (with newsprint grade paper). Grade 1 students started with a beginner's pencil (thicker and with a heavier lead than the ordinary HB pencil) then progressed to the thinner pencil when they were confidently printing the words they learned.


In higher grades after students had learned cursive handwriting, a straight pen was used for "good" work. A nib was inserted into the pen, then the nib was dipped into the inkwell in the desk (or ink bottle) and, very carefully, beautiful letters flowed across the page – if you were lucky! The scribblers (or loose leaf paper) used now had finer quality, smoother paper that did not "bleed" the ink through the paper. Lucky was the student who managed a whole page with no ink blots!

Teachers had their own "back to school" list. Except that theirs usually related to the curriculum to be taught, ensuring that an adequate number of textbooks had been ordered, setting the timetable for the class. Myrna Mutzeneek, an 18-year-old having completed the 6-week Emergency Teacher Training program, drafted separate but interlocking timetables for her combined grade 6/7 class in Rich Valley School in 1957-58. These were tucked inside her school register along with information about the newly adopted system of "rental sets" of textbooks, an application to enroll in the Canadian Junior Red Cross ($2.00 per elementary classroom per year) and numerous newsletters from Lac Ste. Anne School Division.


Note: Miss Mutzeneek taught for two terms, married Ron Johnson and forsook teaching to raise a family.


Gr. 6 timetable
Grade 6 Timetable
Gr. 7 timetable
Grade 7 Timetable

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 Last updated: September 7, 2014