VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 22
FEBRUARY 19, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
We need to tighten up on uniforms a bit. Please take time this weekend to look over the items your kids are wearing. Please review the dress code here. Some things that we are seeing, but should not…
- Brightly colored headbands, or unicorn / character headbands….though these are cute, we do ask that girls wear hair accessories that match Bradford colors (gray, black, red, white).
- Pants: Only uniform pants from French Toast allowed. No jeans please.
- Girls in sheer knee socks – please black opaque socks or tights only.
- Dress uniform shoes that are not black. Only black dress shoes are allowed on Fridays with dress uniform. (Not red or brown boots, etc.)
- Khaki pants on Friday – guys should only wear gray pants.
- Brightly colored socks – only black socks please. (If girls only have white knee socks, that is okay this year but we will be phasing them out moving forward.)
- Long-sleeve t-shirts under polos: If your child needs a warm layer for the classroom, please purchase either long sleeve polos or a ¼ zip sweatshirt from French Toast.
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- March 5th: Reading day! (More info to come.)
- March 12th: End of 3rd quarter. Report cards released
- March 15th – 19th: Spring break
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK learned about the parable of the Good Samaritan. We learned the importance of loving our neighbors as ourselves. TK students were able to identify who their neighbors are, not just those who live beside them, but their friends, parents, teachers, and others in their community. TK students are challenged to put others before themselves and to monitor their thoughts, actions, and feelings. They were challenged to love others in all they do.
- We continue to memorize Proverbs 17:17.
- This week TK has been learning about the different qualities of water. We were able to monitor puddles outdoors for evaporation. How fitting it is this week that we are able to see water in all three forms in one week!
- TK students practiced oblique lines by learning to draw a diamond and the letters M and N.
- TK students continue to practice identifying word families, syllables, beginning and ending sounds, as well as rhyming.
- Students also read two books this week that challenged them to compare and contrast the stories. Rainbow Fish and It’s Mine both had themes of bad and good friendship that nicely paralleled lessons learned through the parable of the Good Samaritan.
- TK students reviewed AB and ABB patterns.
- Students also learned to identify a dime and count by tens.
Arts and Sciences
- TK students talked about meteorologists and the study of weather. TK students learned that when clouds fill with water they become so heavy that rain falls.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- Our kindergarten scholars shopped the Bradford Kindermart to learn how to add two-digit numbers by regrouping using dimes and pennies. Many of our students have set up a supermarket at home so they can practice purchasing items with their dimes and pennies. We also divided shapes into fourths and learned how to tell time to the half hour. The SWR app has been very helpful for review of our phonograms at home. Our students are learning how to blend the phonograms to create words. In science we finished up our unit on the planets by viewing the video of Perseverance landing on the surface of Mars. How exciting to see images of Jezero Crater! Vincent Van Gogh made over 30 self-portraits. It is believed that he was practicing different painting techniques and using himself as a model because he could not afford to hire one. Our young artists enjoyed listening to Beethoven as they created their own self-portrait. Perhaps their creations will one day be hanging in a museum.
- Isaiah 40:28
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- This week has been an eventful week. The ice storm through an exciting loop into our week and we have had a few beautiful sunny days. Such a great time to get out and look at nature and see the beauty God has created around us. We have had the opportunity to see the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker hanging out at our bird feeder. In Math we are continuing to work on our 100 addition facts and we know the subtraction facts for 0, 1, 2, and 3. We will continue to gain mastery of our math facts and will be adding -4 very soon. We know how to count money into the dollar amounts now. In phonics we have been reviewing several multi-letter phonograms and are continuing to use this knowledge in our reading. Our books keep getting more complex but we are up to meeting that challenge with confidence. We are taking our sentence making skills to a new level. We will be writing our very own report and presenting a report on George Washington. This will finalize our study on Washington and we will be moving on to Lincoln.
- Review all verses
- George Washington Report
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Even with a really short week second grade managed to accomplish quite a bit of learning! In math, the students worked on adding three digit numbers, creating and reading line graphs, multiplication facts, telling time to the minute and calculating elapsed time. Are you noticing your child struggling a little more in math? We are at the point in our math curriculum where their young minds are really put to work. These are tough math concepts that they are presented with. Encourage your child to persevere through the math concepts that overwhelm them. Remind them of the wonderful, healthy minds that God has given them. They are often told in class that their brains were designed to tackle hard problems. How rewarding it is to see their confidence grow even as we issue more and more challenging work.
- Hebrews 11:1-12
- 2-25 Mummification Day new date
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- Third Grade did not let an unpredictable week slow them down. As usual, math challenged us with dividing by seven facts, three digit long division, and converting common fractions into decimal fractions. In science, we completed our second study guide for our next chemistry test in three weeks. We were introduced to chemical symbols, parts of an atom, and the elements necessary for combustion. In Latin, we continued to strengthen our understanding of direct objects and verb transitives, focusing on being able to identify their characteristics in a sentence. We also used this week to have more practice identifying capitalization and punctuation rules in a sentence and in a friendly letter.
- Psalm 1:1-10 (next week: verses 11-12)
- 2/26- Tests: Latin Ch. 21, History Review with Timeline, Spelling List N-7, Math Test
- 3/10- Chemistry Test
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We have embarked on a new adventure this week with our remote learning classroom. I have loved our 2:00 Literature time each day. It has brought such joy to see all the students sharing their completed assignments for our Literature Unit and our History book The Beggar’s Bible, a biography about John Wycliff. We are learning new spelling, Latin, and math topics this week and the students are doing very well. I have enjoyed our Forum time each morning. It is so beautiful to see how God is guiding our path. Thank you to all our wonderful Bradford parents who have jumped in to help guide and teach their children to navigate google classroom. The Lord is so good and His steadfast love endures forever.
- We will soon decorate and carry out our volcano experiment when we return to school.
- Matthew 5: 17,18
- Continuing our Remote Classroom
- Color Theory Unit when we return to school
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- This has been an incredibly short week but the students have still learned quite a bit. In history we were able to read through and discuss the Declaration of Independence. In science we learned about different types of galaxies and different constellations. Lastly, in math the students learned about coordinate planes and how to plot points and find them.
- Philippians 2:1-13
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We began reading The Call of the Wild and had a discussion about what leadership is and isn’t as we see Buck start his journey to leadership, and continued work on our essays on Industrialists in America..
- We talked about Immigration to America in the early 20th century, including which factors lead immigrants to come to America, and American’s response to immigration.
- We continued our discussion on Global Warming. This week we began looking at possible repercussions of the planet warming.
- We continued last week’s discussion on Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc to learn about how the fallacy is used even in statistics.
- We began talking about False Analogies through a number of examples, with the most discussion going towards False Analogies in the trinity.
- We continued learning how to make syllogisms out of ordinary language through hypothetical statements, and took a quiz to end the week. Students continued to prepare for their next debates.
- We will finally finish memorizing 1 John 3! Students will take a quiz in Bible and History.
- We are wrapping up our unit on periodic motion and continuing in our study of waves. I’m hoping to spark some engineering/technology interest in the group as we learn how this branch of physics is vital to modern life.
- The class is taking a temporary diversion from trigonometry to look at some counting principles and probability. This week we considered various types of sequences and series as well as factorial notation.
- Our study of area is underway with an intro/review of 2D area calculations. The class has an assignment to calculate the “paint area” of a room in their home.
7th Grade Science:
- Even with our short week, we were able to wrap up our discussion of the historical transition from the geocentric to the heliocentric model of the universe. This was a good reminder of the two pillars of scientific inquiry: observation and experimentation as we learned of Galileo’s significant contributions to astronomy. We finished our discussion with a look at our current understanding of the structure of our solar system.
- Quiz Tuesday on the Geocentric and Heliocentric models.
8th Grade Science:
- We continued our march across the periodic table with a discussion of the post-transition metals and metalloids. As we study each group, the students are starting to understand the periodic trends that become evident as you move across the table. It was especially interesting to study the unique property of semi-conductivity found in the metalloids and to realize how many electronic devices we would be without if we didn’t have semiconductors, such as silicon.
- This week we continued our work with formal proofs, using both the rules of inference and the rules of replacement. Students continue to work hard at this challenging skill.
9th Historic Theology
- After learning about the East-West Schism, we turned our attention to developments in medieval theology.
- Students continued working hard on their Thucydides projects. We can’t wait to see what the final presentations will look like!
- After seeing his lifelong friend Patroclus brutally slain, Achilles has at last joined the battle–to the great chagrin of the Trojans.
- In apologetics this week we discussed the challenge of declaring truth in postmodern times. We also examined prudential incentives related to the Christian faith.
- We took a brief break from history this week to work on our senior thesis.
- After wrapping up Huck Finn, we read and discussed several critical essays related to the work. We then turned our attention to Daisy Miller by Henry James.
Logic School Music
- Students did an amazing job recognizing instruments by sight and by sound alone. After studying for and completing an orchestra and instrument assessment, students enjoyed continuing to work on their piano pieces.
- After an intense preparation for our opera plots exam, students enjoyed an overview of music in France (Gounod, Franck, Saint-Saens, Faure), Norway (Grieg), Bohemia (Smetana and Dvorak), England (Elgar), and the classical tradition in the United States (Thomas and Amy Beach). Students are excited to focus on late 19th century opera next week with Bizet, Verdi, and Puccini.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History: Our class began Histories by Herodotus this week.
- Literature: We are continuing to work on our production of The Odyssey, which will be presented in the spring.
- Bible We are learning about the doctrine of the Trinity and completed a final recitation of Proverbs 1:5-7.
9th Grade Biology
- We finished up Module 6: “Cell Structure and Anatomy” with a unit test and began learning about eukaryotic cellular reproduction and DNA.
- Wednesday, February 24th 3:00-5:00 Props/ Sets Work time for our play. Ms. Hutchison will be supervising.
- Friday, February 26 3:00-5:15 Classic Film Club “Casablanca”
- This week the students received back their test on gases and gas laws. We also began our study of properties of solids, liquids, and solutions.
- Next week we will continue our study of solids, liquids, and solutions.
9th Grade Literature
- We have continued our study of A Tale of Two Cities by looking at motifs and characterization.
9th Grade History
- We began to look at the repercussions of the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.
11th Grade Literature
- We have begun Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene. I recommended to the students that they read this text out loud as that will help them to get the flow of the story (I read this text out loud, so no shame here).
11th Grade History
- We have continued our look at the cycles presented in Medieval history.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students took a quiz and have begun to write a speech. Ask them their topic!
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are continuing to work on theses and getting their thoughts and research onto paper.
- This week students continued working on their Italian landscape finals in colored pencil.
- This week we did not get to meet but will pick back up next week with our watercolor finals!
- This week students worked on either finishing up their oil pastel self portraits or on their Lord of the Ring finals.
- This week we conjugated verbs, reviewed vocabulary and practiced with descriptive adjectives.
- This week we reviewed formal commands, irregular verbs in three tenses and prepared for our upcoming test.
- This week we learned about polyhedrons and how to do algebraic addition.
- This week we reviewed for a test.
8th Algebra I
- This week we reviewed for a test.
10th Algebra II
- This week we worked more with fractional exponents.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we worked more with the future tense in Greek.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: This week we discussed life in a medieval town, learning about place of merchants, craftsmen, and guilds and how the growth of trade influenced the towns.
- Literature: We have come to the end of Return of the King and had some excellent final discussions on the books. The students will take their exam over the books on Monday and then we will begin our first Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
- Composition: The students finalized their research paper topics and we reviewed the research process. They will be gathering sources over the next week so they may ask for a trip to the library!
6th Grade LATIN
- Sixth graders reviewed for their chapter 10 test and will take the test this coming Tuesday!
7th Grade LATIN
- Seventh graders continued to practice imperative verbs and the vocative case for direct address. We wrote and translated many sentences!
8th Grade LATIN
- Eighth graders reviewed the third declension and i-stem endings and reviewed the many uses of the genitive case.