You will notice a new item on the school supply lists: Book Bundles. As a classical school, our desire is that students spend time with the Great Books: reading them, annotating them, writing about them, dwelling on their wisdom, and re-reading them. Our desire is that by the time our students graduate, they have their own library of classics that have become their friends. Most often, seniors pick one of these “friends” as the topic of their senior thesis.
The soul of a book "can" be separate from its body. A book is more like the score of a piece of music than it is like a painting. No great musician confuses a symphony with the printed sheets of music. Arturo Toscanini reveres Brahms, but Toscanini's score of the G minor Symphony is so thoroughly marked up that no one but the maestro himself can read it. The reason why a great conductor makes notations on his musical scores -- marks them up, again and again, each time he returns to study them--is the reason why you should mark your books – Mortimer Adler's "How to Mark a Book"
In the past, we have purchased the books and given them to the students to keep, so they could read them deeply and annotate them. Reading comprehension improves significantly when students can make their reading of a text their own. However, we no longer have funding to purchase books for every student, so we are asking parents to consider buying them for their children. This is optional, and we will make sure every student in 6th-12th grade can take home their novels, but we are asking for help in offsetting the cost.
We've partnered with BookPal to make it easy to purchase your student's books. Please consider purchasing the book bundles for your children, and also consider perhaps donating a book bundle to another student who might have financial needs.
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Please note: all bundle orders will be shipping out the beginning of August
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