Daily reading should be an integral part of a child’s life, and while students in grades one through six are required to read a minimum of four books over the summer, the Academy encourages students to read all of the recommended books on the attached list. Our goal is that students should read wholesome literature for a minimum of two hours each day over the summer. There is a direct correlation between increased time spent reading and higher grades!!Students in grades three through six will be accountable for their reading through attached book reports to be completed throughout the summer, and they will count towards the first quarter’s grade. You should e-mail, mail or bring the first report to school by June 30, the second report by July 15, the third report by July 30, and the fourth by August 15.
 
Students who read a total of ten books from the recommended list will receive a gift certificate to Culver’s and one free homework pass (this entitles the student to one extra day to complete the work). TEN BOOK REPORTS MUST BE COMPLETED TO RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATE. Students who read all of the books on the recommended list will receive a gift certificate to the AMC Movie Theater in addition to the Culver’s certificate and one free homework pass. The student should fill out the attached list with the names of the books read; a parent should initial it; it should be returned to the teacher in the fall.
The books listed on the following pages have been carefully selected to encourage spiritual growth, build character and correspond to the students’ upcoming courses in the fall. Since each student is at a different reading level, a student may choose to read books from a lower or higher grade-level list once they have completed their required reading. Please know that quite a few of the listed books may be out of print, and the Academy library, Rockford Public Library (RPL) or a used-book source may be the best place to find them. They may also be purchased on-line at www.abebooks.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.emmanuelbooks.com or from www.amazon.com.
Why do we require these older books? While there are many good recently published books that we do recommend, or that parents may choose to have their children read, these older books are truly unique; these treasures are Catholic gems that your grandparents may have read, and or patriotic books that have not been altered by the pervasive historical revisionism andpolitical correctness that has been sweeping the field of literature! Enjoy your reading, and have a wonderful, grace-filled summer holiday. See you in the fall! Note: Students who enroll after August 15 are required to read one book.
Important Note: Math Facts!
It is imperative that rising third-graders have achieved two-second timed mastery of one to eighteen addition and subtraction facts, zero to five multiplication tables, and one to five division tables, and that students entering grades four through eight have achieved two-second timed mastery of zero to twelve multiplication tables and one to twelve division tables.
If your child cannot verbalize the answer to the math fact within two seconds, he must practice daily (flash cards work very well!) until he is able to do so. Mastering these skills is foundational to success in all future math courses, and it will also decrease the amount of time spent on homework. Practice makes perfect!
Please know that quite a few of the listed books may be out of print, and the Academy library, Rockford Public Library (RPL) or a used-book source may be the best place to find them. They may also be purchased on-line atwww.abebooks.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, www.emmanuelbooks.com or from www.amazon.com.
 
Why do we require these older books? While there are many good recently published books that we do recommend, or that parents may choose to have their children read, these older  books are truly unique; these treasures are Catholic gems that your grandparents may have read,and or patriotic books that have not been altered by the pervasive historical revisionism and political correctness that has been sweeping the field of literature!
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    ROCKFORD, IL 61109
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  • About OLSHA

    An independent, grades 5 - 12 college-preparatory school loyal to the Magisterium.

    Passing on our Catholic and Western Heritage through the classical liberal arts.