VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 19
JANUARY 29, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
Please read carefully through the important enrollment deadlines below.
- Wednesday, 2/3 – 100 Day Rodeo Round Up (TK -1st)
- Thursday, 2/4 – Used Uniform Sale (see link in email to reserve your slot)
- Friday, 2/5 – Used Uniform Sale (see link in email to reserve your slot)
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 2/1: Financial Aid applications due
- 2/12: Teacher workday
- 2/15: President’s day. No school.
- 2/15: Deadline: If your child will not return in the fall, you must let us know by this date. If you decide after this date that your child will not return in the fall, you will be liable for a $500 fee.
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK students learned the importance of trusting in Jesus beyond their fears. As we read the story of Jesus calming the storm for the fishermen, TK students reflected on the sovereignty of God. Even the winds and waves obey Him! We should trust and obey Him as well.
- This week the TK Bradford Market opened in Math class. Students practiced grocery shopping and paid for items using pennies. Soon we will build on this skill and learn to count by tens and add in dimes to our transactions.
- Students we introduced to alliteration through creating tongue twisters of their own. They are also changing the beginning sound of words to make silly words.
- TK students continued to distinguish between real and make-believe.
- Students are practicing reading the names of their friends through games and play.
- TK continued to practice reading signs this week notating when to push and to pull.
- This week TK students graphed data using their shoes. We used shoes to determine most and fewest on their shoe graph.
- Students also practiced paying for items using pennies.
- TK students were also introduced to a cube. We use giant dice to identify characteristics of a cube and practice counting numbers on each side. We will be using dice in lessons very soon to compare and add numbers.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th: Due to the weather, many classes had to have P.E. inside. While inside, the students worked on stretching, push ups and military squats, followed by playing several rounds of the game, “The Floor is Lava!”
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- Our young scholars mastered the doubles plus one facts this week. They enjoyed looking at the number line to see if the numbers were neighbors and then they doubled the smaller number to find the sum. We learned about Justinian, The Just Emperor, in history. Justinian wanted to make Byzantium glorious and great like the old Roman Empire. He recruited men for his army and he set off on campaigns to conquer the countries that used to belong to Rome- Italy, North Africa, Spain, and the countries around the shore of the Mediterranean. Justinian did not recapture all of the lands that used to belong to Rome, but he made the Byzantine Empire bigger than it ever was before. He put together codified laws so there was one set of laws to govern everyone in his empire. In art, we started our mosaic pictures of Justinian. We read The Dog, The Hog, The Rat, The Ram, The Hen and The Big Big Din. This book was set in the time of the Roman Republic and was illustrated to resemble the mosaic art form used by the Romans.
- Romans 11:33-36
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- In second grade this week we have enjoyed reading Lexi’s Hope. Lexi was taught that only God can make her wise. In math we are learning about subtracting 10 from a two digit number and telling the temperature on a thermometer. We can now complete subtraction facts using 0, 1 and 2. In History we just finished a book on Benjamin Franklin. We followed Mr. Franklin from a small boy through adulthood. We began a book on Benjamin West and his cat Grimalkin. In Science we are discovering the 4 layers of the earth. Please ask your child to share the song we are learning with this lesson. We completed our study of the American Robin this week and will begin our study of the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker. In English we have been practicing personal pronouns. In art we are discovering overlapping. Our art projects will be coming home soon. Be on the lookout for them.
- Philipians 4:19-20
- Rodeo Round-Up Wednesday, February 3
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Second grade is really enjoying reading My Father’s Dragon. This week they followed along with Elmer on his adventure as he encountered a tongue tied mouse, a crying rhino, two wild boars and seven hungry tigers. With each encounter Elmer has to use his resourcefulness to outwit and escape the danger. The story has introduced the students to many challenging words, including inhabited, obliged, inconvenient and particularly. Ask your child if they remember what these words mean. In history the students learned about Hammurabi, the great king of Babylon. They read through some of the laws that Hammurabi had carved in stone and compared them to laws that we can find in the Bible. Many of them are surprisingly similar. In art they got to try and “carve” cuneiform writing into clay to match the stele that Hammurabi’s laws were carved on. Ask your child what they chose to carve on their stele.
- Hebrews 11:1-7
- Be on the lookout for a new project assignment sheet coming home on Monday, February 1st.
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- The infamous Mr. DMSBR made his appearance in class this week. He showed up to help us learn the steps of long division: divide, multiply, subtract, bring down, repeat/remainder. It was an informational deluge in grammar chapter eleven, because we were introduced to all the capitalization and punctuation rules. Thankfully, we are not required to memorize them! Finally, we have had a wonderful time learning how to draw self portraits. The students are doing a fabulous job!
- Psalm 19: 1-6 (next week: verses 7-8)
- 2/2- Math: Written and Fact
- 2/5 – Spelling List N-5, Latin Chapter 19, History Review and Timeline, and Chemistry
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We have had a lovely week learning about Marco Polo this week and his travels in History. We have added to our grammar knowledge learning about indirect objects and creating new sentence patterns. The students ended the week creating a five paragraph essay about their favorite Robin Hood character.
- We created sedimentary rocks in class and we are enjoying our study of rocks. Next week we will study fossils.
- Events in History
- Matthew 5: 13-16
- Cartoon Robin Hood movie (Information will be sent to you on Google Classroom)
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We have had an excellent week in 5th grade. We learned about the Boston tea party and the first continental congress. In writing we are working on creating a character analysis using Johnny Tremain. Lastly, we have been working on adding, subtracting, and regrouping mixed fraction with different denominators in math. I’m looking forward to great next week!
- Philipians 2:1-6
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We continued reading and discussing Around the World in 80 days. Students are getting more engaged in the book as Fogg and Passepartout continue their journey around the world.
- We discussed the Battle of Little BigHorn, and learned about Cowboys in America. Students talked about what life as a Native American must have been like in the 19th century.
- We began our unit on Earth Science by looking at the water cycle, and learning about the layers in the atmosphere
- We continued to learn about generalizations, focusing on hasty generalizations this week. Students learned that this is the most commonly used fallacy and examined areas of their lives that they may use hasty generalizations.
- We learned about the is-ought fallacy, where it is commonly seen, and how we often commit it without even knowing it.
- We continued our lessons on translating ordinary statements into standard categorical form in order to test their validity. In addition, we practiced Lincoln Douglas style debates!
- We will continue memorizing 1 John, have another history exam, and delve into the world of Earth Sciences to see how God has created the world around us.
- Our study of momentum is nearly complete. We’ve learned how both linear and angular momentum are conserved. This helps us understand phenomena like rocket thrust, recoil velocity, and energy transfer in collisions.
- We are learning to represent trig functions graphically. The periodic nature ties into various applications like electrical waves, spring motion, and planetary motion.
- The class has done well in basic proof writing. We are now extending our skills to right triangle situations.
6th – 10th Grade PE
- This week the students worked on building lower body strength through various exercises focused on the legs and core. Following the workout the students played “Battle Ball.”
7th Grade Science:
- We completed our study of Earth’s atmosphere this week by discussing how our unique atmosphere is one of the “Goldilocks conditions” that makes Earth perfectly compatible with life. We also looked at the other “Goldilocks conditions” and marvelled at the protection and provision God has given to man on this planet.
- The students will take an exam on the atmosphere on Tuesday, February 2nd.
8th Grade Science:
- The students took an exam this week on the structure and organization of matter. They should now be well-versed in the distinctions between mixtures, pure substances, elements, compounds, and molecules. They should also be able to describe the structure of atoms and create chemical symbols for any atom given the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Starting next week, we’ll be making a more detailed study of the periodic table.
- More work with proofs of formal arguments.
9th Historic Theology
- After learning how the Roman Catholic church was established, as well as how Augustine influenced Western theology, we turned our attention to another pivotal moment, the East-West Schism.
- Students are now working on their Thucydides projects, which will include many hours of research, writing, and drama!
- In Book 2 of the Iliad, we examined how aristocratic snobbery permeates the Achaean ranks, we familiarized ourselves with the epic simile, and we discussed the “catalogue of ships.”
- This week we prepared for and took our first exam, which covered worldviews, apologetic methods, and other introductory matters.
- Our focus in 12th history was on the rising women’s liberation movement in the late 19th century and its ramifications for today.
- We continued our journey through Huck Finn, while also taking time to write our final creative writing piece for the BWC contest!
Logic School Music
- In music history, students continued learning about Joseph Haydn’s life, work, and influence on future generations. In theory, students greatly enjoyed working with a music notation software, where they began composing their own pieces.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- Students immersed themselves into Russian history, art, literature, and music during our study of several Russian composers of the 19th century, including Rimsky-Korsakov (The Tale of Tsar Saltan and Sheherazade), Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition, Boris Godunov), and Tchaikovsky, whose study we will continue next week. Aside from listening to great music, we read poems by Pushkin and excerpts from Gogol’s Government Inspector and Dostoyevsky’s White Nights; we also enjoyed art by Repin, Shishkin, Kramskoy, and Levitan among others; and even “walked” the old streets of St. Petersburg up to the steps of the St. Isaac Cathedral, the Winter Palace, and the Music Conservatory (via Google Earth.)
7th Grade Omnibus
- History: We concluded our study of the books of 1 and 2 Kings this week with a unit test. 7th graders are diligently adding events and historical persons to their personal and classroom timelines, and continue to hone their geography skills by creating maps frequently. With the Babylonian captivity of God’s people concluding our Biblical studies for this quarter, we will now turn our focus to the ancient Greeks and their Golden Age.
- Literature: We are continuing to rehearse and plan for our spring production of The Odyssey. We will begin reading The Theban Trilogy by Sophocles next week. Our poems and short stories for the Burlington Writer’s Competition have been edited and mailed off to the committee, so now we wait to see if any in our class have won. In our Grammar/ Composition class, we are working on detecting, avoiding and correcting run-on sentences and sentence fragments.
- Bible: In addition to our study of the books of 1 and 2 Kings, we continue to look closely at the third chapter of 2 Timothy. This week, students reflected on the various traits of godless people in the last days described in verses 2-5 and finished their week strong with an oral recitation of 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
9th Grade Biology
- Biology students finished up preparing their class presentations on cellular components. Each group did an excellent job of researching and presenting their information to the class. We will move on to the cellular processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration next week.
- This week the class learned about properties of gases, and the students performed calculations using various gas laws.
- Next week we will conclude our study of gases, discussing density and the ideal gas law.
9th Grade Literature
- We have finished Pride and Prejudice and written an in-class essay over the book. Up next, A Tale of Two Cities!
9th Grade History
- We have continued our discussion of the Industrial Revolution. Students have also begun work on their research projects.
11th Grade Literature
- We have continued to learn the ideas presented by Machiavelli and have started contrasting them to Charlemagne.
11th Grade History
- We have begun to look at Francia from the years 750-900AD. Students have also begun work on their research projects.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students presented their first speeches, specifically working on pronunciation and enunciation.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are continuing with their research. Due dates for thesis sections begin next week.
- This week we nearly finished up our small scale Italian landscape colored pencil drawings.
- This week we began our watercolor Italian landscape paintings.
- This week we finished up our oil pastel studies and are soon to move on to our Lord of the Rings oil pastel finals.
- This week we finished up learning to conjugate stem changing verbs. We took a vocabulary quiz and received a study guide for our upcoming Chapter 4 test on Thursday 2/4.
- This week we worked on more irregular verbs. We practiced in present tense, preterit tense and in imperfect tense. We also learned about formal commands. We continually worked on both old and new vocabulary alike.
- This week we reviewed for a test and then took the test. We also spent some time talking about different parallelograms.
- This week we took two days to review for a test and then took the test.
8th Algebra I
- This week we took two days to review for a test and then took the test.
10th Algebra II
- This week we learned how to derive the quadratic formula from the quadratic equation.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we continued working with Greek verbs.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: This week our focus was on Medieval castles – their uses, types, development over time, and how they were built.
- Literature: We continue through the last book of the trilogy, Return of the King, especially fascinated by some of the new characters such as Denethor and Eowyn and continuing to follow our other members of the fellowship as we are nearing the climax!
- Composition: The students have been working on a literary theme essay based on a specific chosen theme fromThe Two Towers. They also wrote one final poem for our poetry unit.
6th Grade LATIN
- Sixth graders did a fantastic job with their end of chapter reading and finishing chapter 9. We also began some review for the National Latin Exam, which they will take in March.
7th Grade LATIN
- Seventh graders learned about creating imperative command verbs in the singular and plural, and also the vocative case which is used for nouns of direct address.
8th Grade LATIN
- Eighth grade Latin students worked on translations of Caesar’s Eulogy from Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar.