BB 02-25-2022



FEBRUARY 25, 2022



We are heading into the last 2 weeks of the 3rd quarter already!   Fasten your seatbelts because the rest of the year will fly!  Though there will be some events added in (like field day, and Bible Bee), please mark your calendars for the events listed below through the end of the school year.  



  • Mon, 2/28:  
    • Spring XC Training begins
    • Girls’ soccer practice begins 



  • Fri, 3/11
    • Reading Day
    • End of 3rd Quarter
    • Report cards released on EDUCATE
  • SPRING BREAK:  3/14 – 3/18
  • Fri, 4/1:  Quo Vadis?  A special event for 5th graders to see “Where are we going?”  They will get a sneak peak of life at Upper School.  More details to come.
  • Tues, 4/12:  Fine Arts Evening
  • Fri, 4/15:  Good Friday (no school)
  • Mon, 4/18:  Easter Monday (no school)
  • Tues, 4/19 – Sat, 4/23:  Senior trip to Grand Canyon
  • Thurs, 5/12:  Bradford Games
  • Fri, 5/13:  Teacher workday, no school
  • Week of May 23rd:  Standardized testing, as well as Senior Theses
  • Thurs, 5/26:  Last day of TK; Patriotic Program (3rd – 5th)
  • Mon, 5/30:  Memorial Day, no school
  • Wed, 6/1:  Junior / Senior Gala
  • Fri, 6/3:  Last day of school;  Graduation





Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

  •  This week we learned the story of Zacchaeus.  
  • Memory verse:  Proverbs 17:17 
Theme Adventure
  • This week we learned about clouds and weather.  We challenged the kids to observe the clouds and predict how close they were to releasing water.  It was a blessing that we had some rain this week so they could observe both dark gray clouds and white clouds in the sky. 
  •  Vocabulary words:  Blow, evaporate, white, gray, breeze, and wind. 
  • TK continued to work on recognizing rhyming words. 
  • TK students got to listen to two stories this week.  They were challenged to identify what was alike and what was different about the stories.  Children noted characters, scenery, and the resolve of each story. 
  • TK students continued practicing counting by tens by counting dimes. They were further challenged to not only count how many coins we had but how much money (cents) they had.  
  • Students had fun playing games using dice this week. We will use rolling dice to learn to count on soon.    
Arts and Sciences
  • In February we learn about dental health.  Students learn how to care for their teeth by brusing, flossing, and making healthy food choices.  
  • Students got to observe a sponge gather water.  They predicted how much water it could hold before it began dripping like rain.  The sponge changed color as it held more and more water.  The classes cheered when the cloud (sponge) began to rain! 

Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)

K – 5th

Due to the weather, this week the students did stretching and exercises in the multi purpose. They followed up the workout with different games.

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • This week in music,  Kindergarten-Second grade students continued to practice a variety of songs using multiple tempos. Students had a great time trying to put motions to songs with fast and slow tempos. Third-fifth grade students continued to work on recorder. Third grade will have a recorder test on, “Merrily We Roll Along” this Tuesday 3/1. Fourth and Fifth grade will have a recorder test on, Go Tell Aunt Rhodie” this Tuesday 3/1. All music students worked on the last verse of the hymn of the quarter. 


Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This week in math,  we continued to review our addition facts with sums of ten , drawing congruent shapes and designs, and took a fact assessment and a written assessment to test for mastery of our new concepts. We completed our self-portraits in art. The original selfies were the self-portraits that began to take off in the middle ages. Students examined the self-portraits of Jan van Eyck, Leon Alberti, Ishrahel van Meckenem, and Albert Durer. In science we started our new unit on mammals. Our kindergarten scholars learned some of the characteristics of mammals: they have hair or fur, they are warm blooded, they drink their mother’s milk, they have a four chambered heart, and they have a backbone. We enjoyed many rainy day recesses playing Simon Says, Seven Up, and Charades. Our students are learning how to take turns, how to exhibit patience, and the importance of being a good sport.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Memory Work:
  • Proverbs 14:34 and review


1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)

This Week
  •  Our first graders are taking on double-digit subtraction in math, which means they will need to remember to borrow from the bigger number to the left, if needed. In phonics, we are continuing to read our “Sir Galahad” primer. In grammar, we are taking a closer look at all the rules needed to make a sentence complete, like always capitalizing the word “I” in a sentence. In history, we are studying the early life of George Washington and seeing how he rose above his peers in a number of ways. Finally, in science, we have been working on flipbooks that describe the various layers of the earth beneath our feet.
Memory Work:  
  • James 1:19-20
  • Dr. Seuss Day (Reading Day), March 11th
  • George Washington Report


2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)

This Week
  • What a wonderful short week this week preparing for Mummification Day! Students were able to finish up all of their projects to prepare for the special day this week, and ended the week with a full day of activities centered around Ancient Egyptian life. Students were able to participate in stations that included Egyptian math, art, and writing, as well as going through the full mummification process and getting to try some Egyptian food! We also ended the week by finishing our classroom novel, The Curse of King Tut’s Mummy, and are ready to move to our next novel together. 
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11:11-12 (this week)
  • Hebrews 11:13-16 (next week
  • 3/1 – Math Fact Assessment 
  • 3/2 – Math Written Assessment 
  • 3/4 – Hebrews 11:13-16 Recitation
  • 3/4 – Spelling Test L-2
  • 3/4 – The Exodus Test 


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

This Week
  • This week we continued our study of Roman Architecture, and discussed the marvel of the Roman roads. These roads connected travelers from all over the empire much like our highways connect us  to loved ones across our nation. In grammar, we discovered that two negatives make a positive! Because this can be confusing to our audience, we studied three  rules for correcting that confusion. Communicating the correct message through our writing takes practice and patience. Your students have been busy working on writing persuasive paragraphs in order to communicate clearly their need for a pet. (It may just convince you!) We are taking the mystery out of Latin cases by adding the study of accusative case endings which simply indicates it is the direct object in the sentence. Having already studied this in grammar, students have been able to apply what they know to help them understand what they are learning.  Students can now look for the nominative and accusative case endings to determine the job of the noun in their Latin sentences before translating them. Speaking of translating, we also did some translating in math class. Ask your young scholar how to translate the number 7. We finished the week strong, and look forward to a full week next week! 
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 19:14; Review Psalm 19: 1-14
  • Next Friday Students will recite Psalm 19: 1-14
  • March 11th- Reading Day (books from our school library)


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram) 

This Week
  • We enjoyed our short week learning many fun things in fourth grade.   One of our students wrote a play starring the fourth grade class!  This student led project was a joy to facilitate.  They made copies of their script and practiced their lines, created props and gave positive feedback to one another regarding their parts.  Latin was reviewed this week and we slowed down in math focusing on reducing and changing improper fractions to mixed numbers.  The students completed descriptive writing projects, and made volcano models in science. 
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 5: 16-18
  • March 11th- Reading Day (books from our school library)


5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • Students enjoyed learning about the year 1776  in America. We read the Declaration of Independence and learned about “ Common Sense” by Thomas Paine.  We learned a new Latin jingle using the tune do, re, me that helped to reinforce our grammar this week.  In math we learned how to find the area of a circle and how to find missing factors. We also had some real life discussion about interest rates attached to credit cards, cars, and homes.  We have revisited skip counting memory songs this week;I will post some audio on the google classroom this weekend to help with these songs.  Students are enjoying our novel Johnny Tremain and are eager to see what his new job will be following his accident at the blacksmith’s shop.  Finally, just to add to our song repertoire- we learned the happy birthday song in Polish this week. Your student can now sing happy birthday in English, Spanish, Farsi, and Polish! 
Memory Work:
  • Philippians 2:9-11  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • 3/11/22 Reading Day! 
  • Students are memorizing the “Gettysburg Address” for our Patriotic program in May. 




Mrs. Byrd

  • This week we concluded our study of periodic motion and began considering waves. As we study E-M waves we will try to wrap our minds around quantum theory as well as appreciate how most of our technology and communication relies on properties of waves.
  • We’ve finished our study of basic trig functions.  Next, we will take a brief departure from trig to take up a unit on sequences, series, and probability before returning to analytic trigonometry.
  • Our class has completed an intro study of differential equations.  We are set to begin our last topic of the year – using integrals to calculate volume.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have been studying the exile. We have looked at Ezra 1-6 and Haggai.
  • Books reports right now are due next Thursday.
  • Verse Memory: Ezra 7:10

Mr. Davis

6th -10th PE
  • This week the students played basketball. 


Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Science:
  • We wrapped up our unit on Cellular Biology this week with an exam. Students were also very excited to bring in their cell models to share with the class.
6th Grade Math:
  • We added to our rate and proportion skills this week by learning to solve proportions that include totals.
7th Grade Science:
  • We took an exam on the terrestrial planets and the structure of our solar system. The students were excited to start their moon log projects. Unfortunately, the weather has interfered with our ability to observe the moon much this week. Hoping for clearer skies next week.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
  • This week we learned how to graph a line from an equation that includes two variables in the form of y = mx + b. The students learned that an infinite number of point pairs will satisfy this equation and that all of these point pairs lie along a straight line.
8th Grade Science: 
  • The focus this week has been making calculations using the gas laws: Boyle’s Law, Charles’ Law, and Amonton’s Law. These laws help to explain the predictable relationship between the temperature, pressure, and volume of a contained gas.
8th Grade Algebra I: 
  • We spent time reviewing our most recent test and learning to simplify radicals.
9th Grade Biology:
  • It was exciting this week to extract DNA from split peas using the tools of chemistry. The students learned that nearly all things that we eat contain DNA and that our own DNA can be replicated using the nucleotide bases from the food we eat. This gives new perspective to the phrase, “You are what you eat!”


Mr. Hamilton

9th Theology
  • We will end our quarter with a look at the Reformation and the growing doctrinal changes that would lead to the establishment of confessions.
9th Literature
  • We have wrapped up our study of The Communist Manifesto and will finish this unit with a Socratic seminar discussing the main points of Marx’s work.
9th History
  • We took our test on the Enlightenment period and the French Revolution this week. Next up is the American Civil War and the rise of nationalism in Europe.
10th Literature
  • We finished our unit on Aristotelian tragedy by looking at a modern film example of the genre. Next up is Phantastes, the mercurial fantasy work so loved by C.S. Lewis.
10th History
  • We are embarking on our study of the Hellenistic Period this week.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • In apologetics class, we finished our discussion of objections to natural theology and then began to look at the various manifestations of the ontological argument, concluding that while this argument is novel and interesting, it is ultimately unsatisfactory.


Mrs. Hamilton

6th Music
  • After a massive vocabulary review and a quick review of our rhythm chapter, students picked their solo pieces, which they will be working on until the end of the year. 
  • Our tentative performance date is Thursday, April 7 at 2pm at the sanctuary at the Upper School campus. 
7th Music 
  • Students are doing a fantastic job working through the new ensemble pieces. 
  • Our tentative performance date is Thursday, April 7 at 2pm at the sanctuary at the Upper School campus. 
8th Music
  • Our small chamber choir is continuing to do a great job working through our 4-part choral selections.
  • Students are slowly but surely progressing in their piano and woodwind ensemble pieces.
  • Our tentative performance date is Thursday, April 7 at 2pm at the sanctuary at the Upper School campus. 
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
  • Tchaikovsky’s operas Evgeni Onegin and The Queen of Spades, the Swan Lake ballet, as well as his violin and piano concertos, and symphonies 4, 5, and 6 were the focus of our study this week. 


Miss Howell

6th Language Arts
  • The young people submitted the first drafts of their Call of the Wild essays this week, and we continue to travel with Phileas Fogg Around the World in 80 Days. His travels through India prompted a discussion on Hinduism and the caste system as contrasted with the reality that God made all humans in His image, and they are therefore all of equal value. 
6th History
  • Topic this week: inventions of the late 19th century, emphasizing flight, the automobile, and the telephone. 
7th Grade Omnibus
  • We’re studying for the Oresteia test next Monday, wrapping up the first draft of our Gift of the Magi essays, and continuing to enjoy Lewis’ Till We Have Faces
7th Logic
  • The chapter 5 test is on Friday, so we’re reviewing for that and beginning to work on our persuasive presentations. 
8th Logic
  • Our beautiful term posters are up, the Lesson 27 quiz is on Thursday, and we’re prepping for a debate!


Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we began our last segment of Q3:  solids, liquids, and solutions. Our focus was on attractive forces between molecules and how the strength of these forces influences the state of matter. 
  • Next week we will continue with our discussion of properties of solids, liquids, and solutions. 


Mr. Lopes

12th Systematic Theology
  • We are learning about how the Holy Spirit applies the blessings of redemption to believers. 


Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • We continued on the journey to Jefferson with the Bundren family in As I Lay Dying
12th Grade History
  • We wrapped up WW2 and started to look at the Cold War and its effects on America. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We began to traverse Faerie Land with the Redcrosse Knight and Una in Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene
11th Grade History
  • Students have gotten feedback on their first drafts and their final drafts are due in two weeks. We have also discussed the philosophical advancements in the 17th and 18th centuries. 
10th Rhetoric I
  • Students have speeches due next week and we are talking about Aristotle’s final type of rhetorical speech: the judicial speech. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Seniors are revising, editing, and fretting over theses. The final drafts are due before spring break! We are almost there, parents! The students can feel it! 


Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • Students worked on pen and ink eyes this week using various techniques such as hatching and cross hatching.
7th Art
  • Students worked on Homer inspired watercolor landscape finals this week. 
8th Art
  • Students worked on their Lord of the Ring oil pastel finals. 
9th Spanish 
  • Students took a vocabulary quiz as well as a chapter test this week. We began new vocabulary as well. 
10th Spanish
  • Students presented skits in which they used three different tenses. We also learned about sentence construction with “se” and began chapter review. 

Mr. Palmer

9th Geometry
  • This week we continued working with theorems and triangles. 
9th Logic
  • This week we continued learning how to use the conditional proof. 
10th Algebra II
  • This week we looked over our tests and learned more about advanced radical equations. 
11th / 12th NT Greek
  • This week we continued learning how to translate the future tense in Greek. 
11th/12th Geography
  • This week we took a quiz on South America and then began learning about Central and Eastern Europe.


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history, the students finished their short presentations covering their topic of interest.
  • Literature: We had a final discussion over Lord of the Rings, took our test over the trilogy, and began reading our first Shakespeare of the year, Midsummer Night’s Dream! 
  • Composition: We learned all about researching and finding sources as students gathered sources for their upcoming medieval research paper! 
6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders took their vocabulary quiz, reviewed and practiced the ablative case, and reviewed for next week’s National Latin Exam. 
7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders began a new set of vocabulary and also reviewed for next week’s National Latin Exam. 
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders took their test over reflexive and personal pronouns, and we also spent time reviewing for the National Latin Exam next week! 
6th Grade Logic
  • Our newest fallacy this week was post hoc ergo propter hoc, which is when someone concludes that since A happened before B, A must have caused B.