BB 01-06-2023




Jan 6, 2023



Lunchtime note during 3rd quarter:  Lower school students eat at our outside picnic shelter (weather permitting) when the temperature is at or above 50 degrees.  Students should come to school with a jacket every day as it often feels cooler in this shaded space.  We’re very grateful for this community building time, which includes House lunch every Friday.


  • TUES, 1/10:
    • 4p – JV boys basketball – AWAY
    • 5:30p – V girls basketball –  AWAY (Bethel Baptist Church)
  • THURS, 1/12:
    • 7:50a – Archer’s Prayer Group – Lower school
  • FRI, 1/13:  
    • Hot Lunch – watch for order form!
    • 3:30p – V boys basketball – HOME



  • Mon, 1/16:  MLK Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Fri, 1/27:  
    • K-1st:  100th day Rodeo Roundup (tentative)
    • School spelling bee (4th – 8th grades)
  • Fri, 2/10:  Hot lunch
  • Wed, 2/15:  Deadline for informing office in writing if student will not return in 2023.  Breach of contract fee will be applied after 2/15.  
  • Fri, 2/17:  Teacher workday – NO SCHOOL
  • Mon, 2/20:  Presidents Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Fri, 2/24:  Hot lunch
  • Fri, 3/17:  End of 3rd quarter, Hot lunch, report cards
  • Week of 3/20:  Spring break!






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)

TK students were eager to return to school this week. We enjoyed hearing all about the fun that was had over break. TK completed our first week of the quarter with lots of review and reminding ourselves how to be a good student in the classroom. Our letters of the week this week were G and Q. We practiced writing each letter we have learned so far in preparation for learning the remainder of the capital letters this quarter. We also went back in our Jesus Storybook Bible and read the stories of Daniel and the Lions Den as well as Jonah and the big fish. Next week we will learn about John the Baptist. We also will build on several math concepts we have learned so far this year such as paying for items with pennies, patterns, and weighing items. We are looking forward to a wonderful third quarter!

Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th
  • Students worked on  characteristics of good listening skills and following directions. Students had an opportunity to demonstrate these skills through several team building games. 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • Kindergarten, First and Second grade students started working on our first hymn for the quarter, “Be Thou My Vision”. Students worked on hearing and matching pitches for the first verse of the hymn. Students then listened to a recording of the hymn and started to draw a picture of what the piece made them think of. We will be continuing with this exercise next week. 


  • Third grade started learning how to read music this week. Students will start learning how to play recorder next week. Any student that still needs to get a recorder, will need to do so before our next music class on Thursday 1/12. 
  • Students reviewed all of the music theory concepts that we have learned so far. Students will complete a short written assessment next week on this material. Students have been asked to practice at least three times, for ten minutes,  before our next Music Class on Thursday 1/12. Students should review the exercises on pages 8-11 during their practice. Students are making great progress and practice will increase the rate at which we can improve.  

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • This week we learned all about our artist of the quarter, Claude Monet.  We learned about his life as well as studied some of his art. Next week we will create in an Impressionist style! 
  • This week we learned all about our artist of the quarter, Claude Monet.  We learned about his life as well as studied some of his art. Next week we will create in an Impressionist style!
  • This week we learned all about our artist of the quarter, Claude Monet.  We learned about his life as well as studied some of his art. Next week we will create a Monet inspired mixed media artwork! 

Kindergarten (Miss Burdeshaw and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week 
  • Our kindergarten scholars were excited to get back to their routines. In Math, they shopped at the Bradford Kindermart to learn how to pay for items using dimes and pennies. We also learned how to write money amounts using the cent symbol, dividing a square into halves, and subtracting two from a number. In science, we constructed a model of the earth and moon to help explain their orbit around the sun. In spelling, we had our first ten word list. If we don’t have any snow days, our Rodeo roundup will take place on January 27th. This will be our celebration of 100 days in school. It promises to be a rootin tootin good time! 
Memory Work: 1 Corinthians 10:13 and review


1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)

This Week
  • Our students have started off the quarter with vigor!  Jaws dropped when the students were introduced to their first 100-problem math fact practice sheets. However, as the week progressed, students were pleasantly surprised to see that it is possible to complete these fact sheets in five minutes or less, with a little determination. In spelling and phonics, the students have been adding to their “Learning Logs” all the words and sounds they are mastering in their pursuit of being expert readers and spellers. In History we are reading about Squanto and how he helped the pilgrims.  In grammar, we are putting the pieces together and learning to write in complete sentences.  In science, we have been learning about our Bird of the Month, the American robin.
  •  Memory Work:  Jeremiah 9:23-24
  • Upcoming: Rodeo Roundup – January 27th

2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)

This Week

Our second graders came back from Christmas Break eager to share about their experiences over the holidays, and they have just as eagerly applied themselves to learning. In math, we have tackled writing equations with missing addends, subtracting with regrouping, and adding and subtracting multiples of 100. The students were excited to begin our new book: Sarah, Plain and Tall. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Papa, Anna, Caleb, and Sara, and students are working very hard on the accompanying comprehension questions. We learned a new part of speech, prepositions, by singing them to the tune of “Yankee Doodle,” and we will begin incorporating prepositional phrases into our writing. We “spaced out” and came down to earth in our new science unit, which we launched by reviewing the planets and then focusing on the layers and make-up of earth. 

Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11: 1-3 (this week) and Hebrews 11: 4-5 next week
  • Students will have 2 subtraction fact assessments on Monday and Tuesday next week: a 25-problem drill on the – 3 and – 4 facts and a 100-problem assessment on all subtraction facts learned this year. If your child has not yet mastered these foundational subtraction facts, please work consistently with them to help them achieve automaticity.


3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)

This Week

Students were eager to get back into a routine and applied themselves for a strong start to the third quarter. In math, we reviewed arrays, setting a solid foundation for our introduction of division. Students learned a new chant in Latin to help them better understand the two types of sentence patterns we are covering. Without hesitation students jumped right back into translating from Latin to English. We are continuing to work with capitalization and punctuation rules as they apply to friendly letters. Learning how to edit their own work is a lifelong skill that will help them become clear communicators. In history, students learned that the Athenians and Spartans engaged in a war that lasted 30 years, named the Peloponnesian War. The students have been excitedly hashing out ideas for the stories they will enter in the Burlington Writer’s Contest. We had a great start to a new quarter! 

Memory Work: 

Psalm 19: 3-4


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson) 

This Week
  •  We have enjoyed being back together this week.  We learned how to find the average of a set of numbers, multiply two digit by two digit numbers, and how to find the fraction of a total and turn that number into a percent using a diagram.  In history we studied the Crusades and how knights,farmers, peasants, and children were involved.  We practiced singular and plural possessive nouns in English and continued our study of ordinal and cardinal numbers in Latin.
  • Please remember to turn in your  Burlington Writers Club Story if you have not already done so
  • Spelling Bee

Memory Work: Ephesians 4: 4-6


5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week

Our students turned in their 3rd draft of the creative writing story this week.  They have worked diligently to improve their story with each draft they have completed.  We have begun to study the French and Indian war in History which ties in nicely with our new literature book, Duel in the Wilderness.  The students have enjoyed learning about the young George Washington.  In math we changed mixed numbers into improper fractions, we subtracted mixed numbers, and we continued to work on adding three fractions together.

Memory Work: 

  • Colossians 3:23-24 (This week)
  • Proverbs 15:1-2,4 (Next week)
  • Final copy of creative writing story due Monday, January 23rd
  • Class Spelling Bee – Wednesday, January 25th (Top four 5th graders will move on to the school Bee)
  • School Spelling Bee – Friday, January 27th
  • Join me Thursday mornings under the carport at 7:50am as we pray for the school, students, and staff




Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • Students received their first practice record for the quarter to start documenting weekly practice and assignments.  We discussed the importance of at-home practice and the expectations for effective practice. Practice records need to be turned in every Tuesday for a grade. We spent a lot of time this week reviewing all of the concepts and material that we have learned so far. Students will have a test this coming Tuesday 1/10 on one of the pieces that we reviewed today. 

Mrs. Thrasher

6th-8th Choir
  • Lord willing, Mrs. Sarah Johnston will be starting next week as the middle school choir director. We already knew and loved her as the pianist for our Christmas performances. This change will give me more time to focus on my other responsibilities, and I am so happy for the class to benefit from her experience. 
  • Therefore, this week we focused on reviewing several things we have already studied: solfege concepts, rounds, and information you can find on a hymnal page such as the meter and the time signature. Toward those ends, we sang Be Thou My Vision and a new round, The Prodigal Son. It was nice to see how much they have learned since the beginning of the year. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to direct this group.

Mr. Davis

6th -8th Boys’ PE
  • This week the boys had study hall for PE because of the wet conditions outside.

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE 
  • We got rained out this week, so the girls had extra time to finish homework in class. The girls will have the opportunity to go bowling at Buffaloe Lanes on January 9 and 23. 
6th Reading and Literature
  • We started reading a biography about Eric Liddell this week. 
6th Grammar and Writing
  • This week we started discussing how to analyze texts in order to write a compare/contrast essay. We will be working on this essay for most of the quarter. More information at due dates to come.
6th Bible
  • We will be finishing up the last Gospel, John, this week. 
6th History
  • This week we studied the Reconstruction of the South after the US Civil War and also learned some more about Andrew Johnson’s background.
6th Science
  • We are reviewing quite a bit in Science this week. We will be using our knowledge of last quarter’s information to jump into learning about different kinds of cells this quarter. Dates on projects to come.
6th Logic
  • This week we finished up our section on fallacies about making assumptions. The test on making assumptions and avoiding the question will be on Tuesday, January 10.

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • We spent this week using ratios and rates to solve word problems. The students learned how to use Ratio Tables to make these problems more organized and easier to solve. Many commented that, while setting up the ratio tables was time consuming, it does truly make the calculations easier. This was a good lesson in investing the time to do a job well from the beginning.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we learned all about our artist of the quarter, Claude Monet.  We learned about his life as well as studied some of his art.  We also began a small study focused on one of Monet’s water lily paintings. Next week is our artist quiz. 

Miss Windes

6th Latin
  • Sixth graders reviewed and corrected the test they took before break, and we continued to review and practice using the dative case for indirect objects. 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • After finishing up our study of earthquakes last quarter, we started this quarter studying volcanoes. We learned the three different types of volcanoes and how they are classified. We also spent time studying the most recent eruption of Mauna Loa that started in November. We were able to contrast this to last year’s eruption on the island of La Palma. We saw that the difference in lava composition makes a big difference in how the eruption affects the land.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • We spent some time reviewing solving for the unknown in one-step equations. By the end of the week, the students were confidently solving for the unknown in two-step equations, as well as writing their own equations to solve fractional word problems.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we learned all about our artist of the quarter, Claude Monet.  We learned about his life as well as studied some of his art.  We also began a small study focused on one of Monet’s water lily paintings. Next week is our artist quiz.

Miss Windes

7th Latin
  • In 7th grade Latin we reviewed our new vocabulary, practiced declining nouns, and parsed and translated some simple sentences to brush away the cobwebs. We also reviewed adjectives in preparation for new adjective charts in this chapter. 

Miss Windes

8th Omnibus
  • Literature: We began The Two Towers this week, discussing the differences between Boromir and Aragorn and what led them down such different paths. 
  • History: We learned about the feudal system, lords, and vassals this week as well as the manorial system; we are approaching the high middle ages, and soon will learn about knights and tournaments, the growth of towns and trade, the architecture of castles and cathedrals, and more! It will be a fun history quarter. 
  • Composition: This week we are beginning our short stories; we used a pixar short to review the eight point story arc, and we read ‘Thank You Ma’am’ as a model of a short story to imitate. Each of the students are now creating their own short story based on these models.
8th Latin
  • We began Latin Alive, Book 2 this week! After a quick review of the Latin alphabet, pronunciation, and 1st and 2nd declension, we learned a new set of vocabulary words and practiced some translations. 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Science
  • This week we reviewed how to calculate the acceleration of an object in motion. This is good preparation for analyzing the motion of our own self-propelled vehicles that we’ll test at the end of the month. Students have the option of powering their vehicle with a balloon, mouse-trap, or rubber band. Finished vehicles are due on January 31st!
8th Algebra I
  • This week’s lessons were all about square roots and higher order roots. The students learned how to estimate roots without a calculator, as well as solve using the square root function of their calculator. They also learned to simplify larger radicands into simpler form.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • This week we learned all about our artist of the quarter, Claude Monet.  We learned about his life as well as studied some of his art.  We also began a small study focused on one of Monet’s water lily paintings. Next week is our artist quiz.

Mr. Davis

8th Logic

This week the students learned about the mood of a syllogism from Lesson 20. 




Juniors: I met with the juniors this week to check in and to discuss a few upcoming events/priorities:

  • Juniors have their PSAT scores back now! They should sign up for the SAT and/or ACT (preferably both, but could pick one) this spring and block out some significant time studying for whichever test they plan to take
    • We will have Fun Fridays to study for the SAT/ACT every Friday afternoon from 3pm-4pm during January and February – these are optional but highly recommended!
    • Sign up for the SAT in March (March 11), the ACT in April (April 15), or both! 
  • I am working on setting up a NC State visit for the class. I know many of them are interested, and I think it would be valuable to visit and tour together. I am still figuring out what we will be able to do if we visit as a class, so stay tuned for details! 
  • This continues to be prime time for building their college list, visiting colleges, and exploring options; consider planning to visit a college or two over spring break. As always, if students want to discuss options with me, they are welcome to stop by! 



Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • We did not have Spanish this week due to IST. We will pick back up next week. 

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • Geometry class did not meet this week due to the IST.
  • Geometry will resume on Wednesday next week. 

Coach Johnston

9th History

The 9th grade students worked on completing their technology IST this week. We spent several hours of class time on typing, students completed five lessons on the basics of code through Khan Academy, and students began to work on an online research paper. 

9th Logic Mr. Crotts


  • Logic resumes on Thursday, January 12
  • Lesson 16: The Rules of Replacement


Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • Chemistry did not meet this week due to the IST. 
  • Chemistry will resume next Wednesday.

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • No class due to IST week. 
10th PE
  • No class due to IST week. 

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • No class due to IST week. 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • We did not have Spanish this week due to IST.  We will pick back up next week. 

Dr. James

11th Geography
  • Geography did not meet this week due to the IST. 
  • Geography will commence next Thursday.

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • No class due to IST week. 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek

Class resumes next week.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • No class due to IST this week.

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • No class due to IST week. 

Miss Oldham

12th Literature
  • No class due to IST week. 
12th Shakespeare Elective
  • No class due to IST week. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • The home stretch has begun! This week the seniors took their research papers and began to put them into the speech format they learned about in 10th grade Rhetoric. By Tuesday they should all have a completed speech. Please keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming dates for events.