VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 21
FEBRUARY 11, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
- Monday, 2/15 – President’s Day – NO SCHOOL
- ***Deadline: If you do not intend for your child to return in 21/22, please let the office know in writing on or before 2/15.
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- March 12th: End of 3rd quarter. Report cards released
- March 15th – 19th: Spring break
FROM THE DEAN’S OFFICE
We are very thankful to see the fruit from our new intensive phonics program, Spell to Write and Read. Last week Kindergarten students wrote thank you notes to the family of our Rodeo Roundup 4-legged friend in beautiful cursive. It was really remarkable. This week I observed 1st graders enthusiastically making connections from their spelling list to others words they could spell by changing certain letters. Older students are able to express themselves in writing samples with more accurate spelling. The daily hard work from teachers and students is really paying dividends.
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK students learned about Jesus’ love for children. We read the account of Jesus from Matthew 19 where the pride of the disciples led to a sense of self-importance and they were placing themselves before others. Jesus used the example of children’s humility and joy as an example of how all should view themselves, making much of Christ.
- Tuesday was the 100th day of Transitional Kindergarten! The day was filled with activities that exemplified the importance of this exciting number. We are thankful that we have experienced 100 days of in-person learning.
- This week TK continued to change the beginning sound of words.
- Students practiced writing oblique lines by learning to write the letter A.
- This week’s focus was all about the number 100!
Arts and Sciences
- TK was in the kitchen this week making heart shaped cookies. TK students made 100 cookies and some will be used as personalized gifts for the families of the students.
- TK students practiced differentiating between items that would be tossed in the trash or recyclable.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- Students have entered the Medieval period! Although the monks were focused on God and the monastery, they still played an important part in the community. Monasteries were a place where travelers could stay during the Middle Ages as there were very few inns during that time. They also helped feed the poor, take care of the sick, and provide education to boys in the local community. The monks took vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. Stained glass windows were used by the church to illustrate Bible narratives to a largely illiterate population. Our young scholars enjoyed recreating their own glass windows on paper. They also designed their own coat of arms while discussing Bradford’s logo. In Math, we learned how to group items by tens, identified congruent shapes, and compared information on a bar graph. Enjoy your long weekend and read some books about our past presidents.
- Review week
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- This has been a banner week in 1st Grade! The students have been working hard on adding two-digit and even three-digit numbers in math. Along with this, they have also been figuring out how to tell the difference between a.m. and p.m. when telling time. In phonics, we have been studying much longer “vowel teams”, including “eigh” and “ough”. The boys and girls love science. They were amazed to learn about how igneous rocks are formed by hot lava cooling down. They were even more amazed when they found out the experiment that went along with this lesson involved ice-cream and hard shell topping! Finally, in history we have just begun studying the life of George Washington.
- James 1:19-20
- February’s Bird of the Month, the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Second grade continued our reading of Owls in the Family this week and learned about the geography of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, and how large a Horned Owl can get. Ask your child if they remember what a wingspan is! In math we have continued learning about fractions and working on new subtraction facts. In grammar, we are continuing to learn how to code sentences and have been focusing on sentence patterns. See if you child can remember what a pattern one sentence is! In art this week, we have been focusing on preparing for our upcoming Mummification Day by coloring Canopic Jars and Death Masks that the Egyptians would have needed for this ceremony.
- Hebrews 11:1-12
- 2-19 Mummification Day
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- Our Latin studies this week have introduced us to the world of direct objects and verb transitives. We learned that Latin direct objects are always in the accusative case. This helpful clue is how we can tell the difference between the word being a subject noun or a direct object. Thankfully, we were able to use our Shurley Grammar books and take a sneak peek at our next chapter and see our jingle for those parts of speech as well. Our math studies have been focused on special quadrilaterals and spatial awareness. We have all been challenged to create quadrilateral shapes using only a specified number or type of tangram pieces.
- Psalm 19: 1-10 (next week: verses 11-12)
- 2/18- Latin Ch. 20, Math Facts
- 2/29- Math, Caesar Augustus, and Grammar Ch. 12
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- Our week has been short but filled with wonderful learning experiences for our students. We learned many new vocabulary words and created hand motions to help remember their meanings in Latin. Math has been filled with the world of improper fractions, multiplication of fractions and fraction pictures to understand concepts. It has been a joy to watch many skills coming together to solve multistep problems. We studied the Great Papal Schism in History and created a timeline of events. We ended our week learning about verb tense and regular and irregular verb spelling for past tense verbs. Our highlight this week was a visit by Mr. Johnston for an “ask anything” Wednesday. The students were so thoughtful and asked questions about God and His Creation. It was a joy to be a part of the conversation. They continued to share much of their thoughts and reflections throughout the day.
- Earthquakes and Volcanoes were our main focus this week. We are looking forward to creating our own volcano models in the classroom next week.
- Matthew 5: 13-16
- Crystals Experiment
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We have had a wonderful week in 5th grade. We are continuing to learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide mixed numbers. In Science, we learned about spring tides and neap tides, which the students enjoy quite a bit. In literature we read chapter 7 of Johnny Tremain. In history we are continuing to study The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and this week we studied The Battle of Bunker Hill. Lastly, we are completing a character analysis in writing.
- Philippians 2:1-11
- Phillippians 2:1-13
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We finished Around the World in 8o Days! We took the week to discuss how we saw various themes portrayed throughout the book, and how these themes compare with what the Bible says about each topic.
- We delved into the life of Theodore Roosevelt. In addition to learning about his life, creation of national parks, etc, we discussed his use of executive orders, and talked about how this impacts the presidency today.
- We began a unit on global warming. We will look at various thoughts surrounding climate change, discuss ways that scientists think we can positively impact the climate, and talk about what the Christian response should be.
- We talked about strong and weak analogies through various real world examples, such as the trinity. Students learned that earthly examples fall short of describing the triune God.
- We reviewed our test from last week, and began talking about fallacies of induction by looking at sweeping generalizations and hasty generalizations.
- We finished talking about Enthymemes, and moved on to hypothetical syllogisms.
- We will finish memorizing 1 John 3, and keep working towards WW1 as we enter the 20th century.
- We’ve completed our study of periodic motion including springs and pendulums. Now we are beginning to look at various types of waves and their properties. This will soon lead to some amazing, new concepts when we consider electromagnetic waves – our first encounter with quantum physics.
- Our study of basic trigonometry is complete. We will take a brief diversion and take up sequences, series, counting principles, and probability. This will end just in time to calculate various probabilities related to March Madness brackets. Our class will also have a friendly bracket competition – free lunch for the winner.
- The class will be moving on from our study of triangle congruence and relationships to a consideration of area and surface area. If you have a room in your house that you would like to paint soon, ask your student to take measurements and estimate the amount of paint you should buy. This is a project they will be assigned to do next week.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have continued to study the books of the Old Testament written after the return of the Jews from Babylon (post-exilic). We have finished Haggai and are working through Ezra and Esther.
- Students book report projects are due March 2.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our students have finished their first oil painting. Their copies of Monet look lovely!
- They have started the composition phase of their own original painting. The students have studied and thought about many different types of art at this point. Additionally, they have wrestled with different worldviews presented by various artists. They are hoping to produce their own works of art and have set the bar high in trying to create something that is good, true and beautiful.
7th Grade Science:
- As we began our study of astronomy, we spent time this week reviewing the history of the geocentric and heliocentric models. It was a good reminder of the importance of humility in our attempt to understand God’s creation through science. It also provided an opportunity to wrestle with the relationship between faith and science. We are looking forward to continued awe and wonder as we attempt to understand the Creator through our study of the solar system.
8th Grade Science:
- We continued our study of the periodic table this week with a detailed discussion of metals, their physical and chemical properties, and the patterns of reactivity that are revealed with an orderly study of the periodic table. Next week, we’ll look at nonmetals and metalloids.
- More work with the rules of replacement! The students are doing well with logical proofs.
9th Historic Theology
- We wrapped up our study of the East-West Schism with a student-prepared test.
- This week we continued our projects on the Peloponnesian War, which are coming along extremely well.
- In Book 16 of the Iliad, we read about the first tragedy in Western literature, the tragedy of Patroclus, friend of Achilles.
- This week we discussed the Christian understanding of truth.
- We continued our study of the incredible changes that took place during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing especially on new theories in science.
- Our journey through Huck Finn is coming to an end; Huck makes his famous humanistic turn, the king and the duke are tarred and feathered, and Tom Sawyer arrives to save the day.
Logic School Music
- Music History: With the emergence of standard symphonic instruments and orchestral layout during the time of Haydn, students learned to recognize orchestral instruments by sight, as well as by sound alone.
- Performance: Students continue to do a great job practicing and improving in their solo piano pieces.
- Theory: Our intensive theory time has been postponed until next week.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We completed our intensive study of Tchaikovsky, after which we dove into the merciless world of international music competitions. A brief study of the music of Grieg (Piano Concerto and Peer Gynt), Smetana (The Bartered Bride), and Dvořák (Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”) concluded the week.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History: It’s been an action-packed week for the 7th grade! Although our learning week has been cut short because of a Teacher Work Day, students have learned much about the Greeks during their Golden Age, which we call Greek’s Classical Period. During an event-filled two hundred years, from 500-300 BC, Athens rose to prominence in the arts, science and math, philosophy and politics. Democracy found its beginnings in this ancient city-state; great leaders like Themistocles and Pericles led Athens to new heights; the Athenian Acropolis was built; Socrates, Plato and Aristotle thought big thoughts, and playwrights like Sophocles created dramas that are still influential today. We have just begun to learn about a fifty year conflict that arose between the Greeks and the Persians and will begin reading Histories by Herodotus next week.
- Literature: We have wrapped up Oedipus the King with a wonderful discussion about whether or not we can “avoid our fate”. 7th graders contrasted the ancient Greek gods/ goddesses with the One True God and learned to use Bible concordances to find references in support of their responses. We concluded the week with a vocabulary quiz over terms from Oedipus.
- Bible: Our next written recitation will be Proverbs 1:5-7. Mr. Johnston discussed Hebrews 1 with us in All-School Forum this week, and we considered the amazing truth that Jesus is fully God, not simply a great teacher or messenger from God the Father.
9th Grade Biology
- Learning about the process of cellular respiration is no small task, but our 9th graders are rising to the challenge. We have actively worked together this week to learn the various stages in this chemical process necessary for life. We are concluding our study of Module 6 this week, and will have a unit test on the cell next Wednesday, February 17.
- This week the students reviewed and took their second test of Q3, which covered gas laws and properties of gases.
- Next week, we will begin our last segment of Q3, discussing solids, liquids, and solutions.
9th Grade Literature
- Students began A Tale of Two Cities this week.
9th Grade History
- Students continued to research their projects.
11th Grade Literature
- Students wrapped up The Prince and read some short stories.
11th Grade History
- Students continued their work on their research projects.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students performed their Shakespearean monologues that were focused on gestures. Next week they have a vocabulary quiz.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students continued to work on their theses.
- This week we worked on our Italian landscape colored pencil finals.
- This week we worked on our Italian landscape watercolor finals.
- This week we worked on an oil pastel self portrait. This was with the focus on placement of features and drawing out facial features which we will work on more thoroughly next quarter.
- This week we began a new chapter. We worked on new vocabulary and took notes on using the verb estar with conditions and emotions.
- This week we worked through irregular verbs in three different tenses. Students received their next test study guide and we reviewed in preparation for their next test.
- This week we spent a couple of days reviewing for a test and then took a test.
- This week we worked in addition with signed numbers.
8th Algebra I
- This week we worked on factoring trinomials and began reviewing probability.
10th Algebra II
- This week we worked with metric volume, complex numbers, and algebraic simplifications.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we began learning the Greek future tense. We also took a quiz to review other tenses that we have already studied.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We continue to study the medieval period, this week learning about the rise of cities and the growth of trade. We discussed city governance, the development of city states, and the place of craftsman and artisans in the city. Ask your student who they will be representing next week!
- Literature: We are nearing the end of Return of the King! The students have done an incredible job on their projects of all sorts – maps, models of places from the books, presentations on Tolkien’s life and influences, and research on runes. We have had good discussion about the final chapters, and the students will take their test on the trilogy next week. We also enjoyed watching the rest of The Two Towers movie this week and discussed its accuracy in capturing the book.
- Composition: The students are beginning a larger writing project than we have done so far, a research paper on a historical question of their choice. This week we discussed choosing a good topic and writing a research question, and the students did some preliminary background research.
6th Grade LATIN
- Sixth graders continued learning their chapter ten vocabulary and the third declension endings. Their chapter ten test will be next Thursday.
7th Grade LATIN
- Seventh graders reviewed the test they took last week and began to review for the National Latin Exam. We also began chapter 17.
8th Grade LATIN
- In eighth grade Latin, we practiced using the third declension endings in a variety of sentences. We also reviewed the i-stem variations and the patterns i-stem nouns follow.