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Summer Information (also available in the summer @Hop edition)

The Hopkins School Book Sale will begin Monday, August 17th, 2015 in Thompson Hall, first floor. The hours will be as follows (and please note them carefully, we only accomodate book purchases during the posted hours):
 
• Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the week of August 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Tuesday and Thursday the week of August 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Monday, Wednesday, and Friday the week of August 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
• Tuesday and Thursday the week of August 24th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Friday, September 4th (Orientation Day) from 8:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., in Heath Commons. (We need to move back to our regular home in Heath Commons the week of August 31st, which is why we we will only be open Orientation Day.)
 
The regular school store hours will be posted at www.hopkins.edu/store once the school year begins.
 
IMPORTANT: We are implementing two big changes this year in the book sale process.
 
Our first change is that we will be providing each student with an individual book list this year, instead of posting the entire book list on the website. This list will be emailed by me to each student by Friday, August 14th, 2015. The advantage to this is it cuts down the likelihood of families purchasing incorrect editions of English books if there is not an opportunity to copy that information from multiple sections read on a massive spreadsheet. The booklist emailed will only have the books required for each course for that individual student.
 
It also means families will not have to wait to find out their English section numbers, previously necessary so they knew which section of books to purchase. Now the books will simply be listed, and students will not need to know their section numbers until opening day (just as in other departments’ classes).
 
The other reason for sending individual lists to each students is that we hope it will also cut down on students being given incorrect editions at book sale or purchasing incorrect editions elsewhere (again, this is mostly to help with English books). If families attend book sale, we will also have a copy of each individualized book list, so we can check off the list more carefully and correctly while our student workers guide families through book sale. We will still require receipts for any returns from Hopkins Book sale. If you purchase books elsewhere, you will have to follow those return policies.
 
It is important to note that the list we send on August 14th will have our latest information, but often in late August and even into the school year, the scheduling office needs to make changes that could affect a student’s English section, which in turn may lead to a need to purchase some different editions. We will notify students as soon as we can if this happens. I would suggest not writing names in any books until you are sure your schedule is finalized. Again, this is also why it will be very important to keep receipts!
 
The second change is we are not maintaining a central list of families buying or selling used books. We will post the list of textbooks being repeated for next year on the website on Monday, July 13th by 8:00 a.m. Books being repeated means they were used during the academic year 2014-15, and will be used again for the upcoming 2015-16 academic year. This means, for example, that a 9th grader heading into 10th grade may sell any textbook on this list to an 8th grader or new incoming 9th grader they may know. Or, if a new 9th grader may know a family with a student heading into 10th grade, they can contact that family and request to purchase any textbook that appears on the list.
 
Once the list of books being repeated is posted, families will need to make good use of their handbooks, the Inside Hopkins online directory (login required) or other networking means to make arrangements to buy or sell only the textbooks listed. We are not responsible if a family purchases a book that does not match our list. Hopkins does not list repeat workbooks, novels, language readers or lab books. Teachers require students to have new, clean copies of these materials. Please refrain from buying these items from other families.
 
All this information will be posted on the website listed above. I thank everyone who provided suggestions and critical feedback, it was very helpful for implementing these changes that we hope improve our service to you.
 
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns, and have a wonderful summer.
 
Tracy Bray
Bookstore Manager, Hopkins School
986 Forest Rd. New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 397-1001 x 102
tbray@hopkins.edu