THE POWER OF STORY
Throughout time, story has been the most powerful force in the direction of mankind. Stories told and shared have and will forever define and validate our lives. Thank you for entrusting me with what I consider this most sacred of tasks.
Please accept my sincerest apology for the time it has taken to complete the stories of our time together. Yearbook designs must start the first week of school, not the last. With my other Singing Stones commitments during our years together, and professional obligations after departing the school, the final design work had to be deferred until these past couple months.
As the Singing Stones Community scatters to the wind and pollinates anew, my family remains in gratitude to the school founders, faculty and everyone in the Community who made our three years at Singing Stones a magical time. The relationships, and the irrevocable path to parenting we discovered there, will forever be a part of our lives.
I trust we will all find our way, stay connected and gather often to continue our shared story of raising children into freedom of their own lives.
Please present the book(s) to your child at a time when they can cuddle up and enjoy them fully.
Special thanks for the additional photography provided by the Community, most especially, Gardening Teacher, Cari Bream for her photography and the previous years’ yearbooks which were the creative light that inspired these books.
Volunteer Parent - Photographer
ABOUT THE YEARBOOKS
As always, every effort was made to capture and place a photo of each child. It’s a daunting task considering the number of children in attendance through 2015-2017.
As it became clear that the 2016-2017 book would be the last yearbook created for Singing Stones, I made the conscious choice to let the book be the most comprehensive story it could be. Consequently, the 2016-2017 book is quite large and beyond the cost that seems prudent for a school yearbook, $140. I think when you see the story of our time together, you’ll agree it was worth sharing in its fullest form. It is a testament to the simplest of ideas. When all members of a Community truly place the needs of children first, the unity, purpose and dedication within a Community can be extraordinary.
To accommodate everyone’s budgetary needs, we’re providing the books in two versions. One as a fully printed book. Two, as a free, digital download you can view on a computer or mobile device. The printed book is being provided at cost with no additional markup. We did look into alternative printing, self-binding methods, etc. With so many pages and the nature of double-sided printing, the need for self-service purchasing, we found no other viable approach.
Book orders are being managed directly from the printer's website, blurb.com. Blurb is a well-established, consumer dedicated, photo-book printing service. There is no mark-up on either book. The books will remain available for purchase until December 31, 2018. Click on the book(s) to be taken to the purchase page.
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As an alternative, or in addition to your printed book, the book is available for download as .jpeg images of each spread (two pages open together). The image resolution is sized for mobile devices.
There are a variety of different ways to upload images to your mobile device. The easiest solution I can offer is a photo app called "photo moments." It's a bit buggy, but since you're going to use it only once or twice, I think the issues with the app shouldn't be a problem. Be sure to create a dedicated folder on your device's photo gallery for the yearbook and move the photos to that folder after you download so the book doesn't get mixed up in your daily photos.