Save Big Money at M……. you can finish the song right?


This week is my favorite sale! I discovered it last year by complete and total accident and I have been waiting all summer for it to come around (hopefully they still have what I want when I get back from vacation on Friday)! The best deals (in my opinion) are at Menards this week. That’s right … Menards. Now, I am writing this weeks post more as a wishlist since I am on vacation, but I wanted to share the deals with everyone anyway (I am going to try to convince my husband to go for me).

**The materials I have highlighted in blue are the ones that are on my shopping list and what I believe are the EXCELLENT deals!**

FREE (with mail in rebate, which if you are anything like my husband and I, we are always at Menards getting something so it’s worth it).

  • 70 page notebook (college and wide rule)
  • 10 pack pens (blue and black)


  • thumbtacks – 200 ct.
  • push pins – 100 ct.
  • flexible ruler
  • 5″ scissors
  • pencil cap erasers – 40 ct.
  • glue sticks – 3 ct.
  • crayons – 24 ct.
  • small pencil case
  • paper folders
  • index cards – 100 ct.
  • staple remover


  • correction tape/pen
  • pencils – 10 ct.
  • mechanical pencils – 8 ct.
  • highlighters – 4 pack
  • retractable pens – 3 ct.
  • 7″ scissors
  • compass & protractor
  • stretchable book covers
  • black regular size dry erase markers – 3 ct.
  • glue
  • jumbo paper clips – 100 ct.
  • pencil sharpeners
  • plastic pencil box
  • mesh pencil pouch
  • plastic folders
  • mini stapler
  • binder clips – 12 ct.
  • vinyl report covers – 3 ct.
  • manilla folders – 12 ct.
  • regular size permanent markers – 4 ct.
  • watercolors
  • 5-tab dividers
  • sheet protectors – 10 ct.


  • markers – 8 ct.
  • composition notebook
  • 3 subject notebook
  • loose leaf paper 150 sheets (wide rule and college rule)
  • mechanical pencil refills (lead and erasers)
  • plastic folder with prongs
  • big dry erase markers – 2 ct.
  • big highlighters – 3 ct.
  • big permanent marker – 3 ct.
  • 1″ binders
  • calculators
  • colored pencils – 12 ct.

Walgreens – There are a few deals there this week that I think are pretty good, but in my opinion … not as good as last week.


  • folders
  • fashion pencils
  • mini highlighters


  • 8 ct. pencils
  • 5″ scissors


  • Crayola crayons – 24 pack
  • elmers glue


  • Crayola products (there may be other items, but these were pictured in the ad)
    • colored pencils
    • watercolors

Office Depot/OfficeMax


  • folders  … limit 10


  • composition notebooks … limit 3
  • 2 pack erasers … limit 3


  • 10 pack pens (blue, black, red) … limit 3


  • 12 pack pencils … limit 3
  • 6 pack mechanical pencils … limit 3
  • plastic cover notebooks … limit 3

Staples … again good deals (I’m still mad our Staples is gone!)


  • notebooks (college and wide rule) … limit 30


  • 12 pack cap erasers … limit 5
  • 2 pack pink erasers … limit 5
  • index cards (100) … limit 5
  • glue
  • pencil sharpeners … limit 5
  • filler paper (120 sheets) … limit 5


  • 5 pack mechanical pencils


  • 5 pack Sharpies (all black and multi packs)

Again, I do not get paid to endorse any of these companies! I just love sharing my deals! Here are the links.


Office Depot/OfficeMax




The End of the Year is Always a Fresh Start

Let me start off my introducing myself and letting you all know who I am and why I felt like I needed to start a blog.  My students call me Mrs. Bretz. I teach 6th grade special education in Illinois. In my 6 years of teaching, I feel like I have done something different every year. This past school year my teaching partner and I started something that hadn’t been done in our school before and we loved it. So I am happy to say that for the first time in my teaching career, I am teaching the same thing in the same classroom, 2 years in a row. I started off my teaching career as Teacher for the Visually Impaired. I taught students ages 3-21 who had a visual impairment. We worked on a wide array of skills they need both in the classroom and in the real world.  I did this for 2 years, but I didn’t feel satisfied. At that point in time, I felt like I wanted more so I looked in Master’s Degree programs and I found one that would give me everything I wanted, a Master’s in Special Education and a certification to teach students with learning and behavior disabilities (LBS1).  So that’s what I did. That summer I started classes and got my LBS1 certification. From there I worked 1 year as a resource teacher at the middle school I currently teach at and then 2 years as a self-contained, instructional writing teacher.

So what do you teach now?

Now, I am doing something that had never been done in my school. My teaching partner (Ms. H) and I felt that the 6th graders that come to us needed a little help with their transition from elementary school to middle school. Most of the 6th graders we see in instructional classes are very immature and have a hard time adjusting to the changes that come with middle school. We began to brainstorm and thought that if we could limit the number of times they change classes throughout the day, then they might be able to bridge that huge transition. So that’s exactly what we did. I have one group of 6th graders for 2 class periods in the morning (1st and 2nd hour) for math and history and then I switch groups with my teaching partner. I see the second group for 3 class periods (3rd, 5th, and 6th hour) for math, history, and science.  My classroom is more of a self-contained classroom than anything else. Some of my students go out to the regular education classroom for a class or two, usually history and/or science. With the self-contained setting, Ms. H and I can really work with the students and get them ready for 7th and 8th grade where they will be expected to go to a different teacher for all 6 classes throughout the day.

That’s what this blog is for.

It’s for the special education teacher.

It’s for the self-contained teacher.

It’s for the math teacher or the history teacher.

It’s for the middle school teacher.

It’s for the teacher whose classroom looks a little different. Continue reading “The End of the Year is Always a Fresh Start”