VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 31
APRIL 01, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
We enjoyed seeing many GrandPartners at the main campus yesterday, and we trust they enjoyed their time seeing the 3rd graders highlight their curriculum, as well as hearing from 2 upper school students discuss their experiences. We hope to have GrandPartners’ meetings regularly, giving the opportunity to establish a greater sense of community that was lost through COVID. We will highlight different classes and just enjoy time together. If the grandparents in your life would like to be included in these meetings, please reference the emails that have been sent previously so you can sign them up!
Upper school has a few events coming up, so please read through the list carefully and mark your calendars! Our first annual Fine Arts evening is coming up quickly on April 12th. Artwork for 6th – 9th grades will be on display, many students in upper school will perform musical arrangements, and we will also have several students recite poetry. Though this highlights upper school, all families are welcome to stop by! It is a come-and-go event that begins at 7pm at the main campus.
- Mon, 4/4 –
- XC training
- Girls’ soccer
- Wed, 4/6 –
- Girls’ volleyball training
- Thurs, 4/7-
- Running club (2nd – 3rd)
- XC training
- 4:30 Girls’ soccer game @ the Burlington School
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Tues, 4/12: Fine Arts Evening – 7pm at the Main Campus
- 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
- Wed, 4/20: 11th grade CLT testing
- Fri, 4/22: Dogwood Festival 5K
- Tues, 4/26 – 27: 9th – 10th grade, CLT10 testing
- Tues, 5/3 – Thurs, 5/5: 8th grade, CLT8 testing
- Thurs, 5/5:
- National Day of Prayer service @ Mebane Presbyterian Church (4th and 5th grades)
- Career Night (upper school)
- Thurs, 5/12: Bradford Games (upper school) **parent volunteers needed**, Mentor Bonfire (TBD)
- Fri, 5/13: Teacher workday, no school
- Week of May 23rd: Standardized testing (1st – 7th grades), 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:
- Verse Bee (lower school)
- Junior / Senior Gala
- Thurs, 6/2: Baccalaureate (upper school), 9am – parents invited!
- Fri, 6/3: Last day of school!
- Field day (lower school)
- NOON DISMISSAL
- 7 pm Graduation
- Week of June 6th (date TBD) – Used Uniform sale
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK students learned about the dark night in the garden, the one where Jesus was arrested. As we know Hope is near and Jesus’ story, our story doesn’t end there. In the coming weeks we will learn more about Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension and the salvation we have been given!
- Memory verse: Mark 10:45
- This week was TK pizzeria week! TK students made pizza and celebrated with their friends and family in their very own restaurant.
- This week TK students learned to write lowercase letters c, g, and e.
- TK students continued to develop reading comprehension as we concluded our unit with the book, Little Nino’s Pizzeria.
- Students practiced paying for items to $1.00 with dimes .
- TK has begun to measure items using comparison. They furthered their understanding by ordering things from shortest to longest.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students worked on distance running, and began learning the basics of kickball, with the focus that the students will learn wiffle ball in future weeks.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week in music, kindergarten, first, and second grade students reviewed the following songs: “The B-I-B-L-E” , “This Little Light of Mine”, “Oh, Be Careful”, and “All Glory, Laud, and Honor to Thee”. Students then learned the song, “Jesus Loves Me” with sign language. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students worked on vocal warm-ups and continued to work on songs that will be used at the Patriotic Program in May.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week, our kindergarten students learned the fractions ⅓ and ⅙, while reviewing ½. We also learned to write the symbols < and >. In art and science we are beginning our study of the human body, starting with the respiratory system. Students will be coloring different organs over the next several weeks in order to put together a little mini human body. We spent some time in history this week reviewing the Feudal system, Joan of Arc and the Renaissance, as there are so many events to remember!
- Matthew 6:9-13
- Review all verses
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- In first grade, we have been taking on the math concept of the area of a space. The children also have worked with measuring inches and feet more, finding out who is the tallest and shortest in the classroom. In reading, our new book tells the story of a girl and her mother courageously helping people in the streets of London who are suffering from the Black Death (bubonic plague). The story is called “Serving in the Shadow of Death”. In grammar, we have been with some more pronouns and seeing how they replace various nouns in sentences. In history, we have moved beyond the founding of the nation and have looked at the invention of the locomotive and what that meant for expansion of our young country. Finally, in science, we had a quiz on the water cycle and the students were able to show what they know!
- 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
- Psalm 67
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- This week in second grade we have spent a lot of time working through the story of Saul becoming king of Israel and moved into David taking over the kingship. We learned that God chose Saul, but when Saul let sin enter his life it was hard for him to keep listening to God’s commands. Saul’s sin eventually led to God rejecting him as king and sending Samuel to find David. See if your child can tell you a little more about the story of David being chosen as king! In math, we have been practicing a lot of multiplication facts as well as working with fractions and differences more. In art, we are focusing on Winslow Homer and have been studying some of his famous seascapes, and are working on making our own layered seascapes based on some of his more famous paintings.
- Hebrews 11:17-22 (this week)
- Hebrews 11:23-26 (next week)
- 4/7 – Math Fact Assessment 20-1
- 4/8 – Math Fact Assessment 20-2
- 4/8 – Math Written Assessment 20
- 4/8 – Grammar Chapter 13 Test
- 4/8 – Spelling Test L-6
- 4/8 – History Test
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- This week, we learned about the ministry of John the Baptist. Students compared the four accounts found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and discussed why God sent John the Baptist prior to the start of Christ’s ministry on earth. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus because he felt unworthy. Jesus, who did not need baptism for sin, accepted baptism in obedient service to the Father. God demonstrated his approval when, “the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting upon him” (Matthew 3:16). Students had the opportunity to create an origami dove as a reminder of Jesus’ baptism. In science, we continued our study of physics and learned about the Archimedean screw, the pulley, and the lever. We are reviewing sentence patterns in both Latin and English, and working on summarizing from factual texts. Students are marveling at God’s amazing handiwork in creating each of us uniquely as we attempt to draw facial features.
- John 14:6
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We had a wonderful week in 4th grade! We learned about the library in English and created our own dictionary guide words, practiced alphabetical order and learned how to find fiction, nonfiction and articles in the library. We enjoyed being reading buddies with the pre-k this week. The students read books to one to two children and really enjoyed sharing time with them. In science we learned about Newton’s third law and practiced using a balloon to illustrate the second law. We finished reading Robin Hood and watched the cartoon movie on Friday. In History, we studied the Renaissance and its spread through Europe.
- Lamentations 3: 22-25
- Psalm 33: 12-22
- Patriotic Program
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- We had a great week in 5th grade learning about energy in science. We also had some fun writing business letters and practicing how to express concerns to a business in an appropriate form and tone. We learned about the precious Constitutional Convention in history and the Bill of Rights. Students continue to impress with their translation in Latin. We also presented the AMAZING posters that students created about the American Revolution! BIG NEWS- Bradford fifth graders took 3 of 4 places in the Burlington Writers Club contest. Congratulations to Ian, Elise, and Collin!
- The Gettysburg Address
- The New Colossus
- 1 Samuel 2:1-2 And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the LORD; My horn is exalted in the LORD. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. No one is holy like the LORD, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.”
- 1 point perspective Art project – 4/7
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- This week we’re considering how light beams reflect off plane, concave, and convex mirrors as well as the applications of mirrors in various technologies.
- We’ve wrapped up our brief study of counting principles and probability. We used some of our skills to analyze the probabilities of past March Madness data.
- Students have completed all of the content for the course. We’re going to spend the next few weeks reviewing for the AP exam.
10th Bible Survey
- This week the students shared presentations based on their book analysis projects. Students were asked to pick a book around a spiritual theme or a biography. We have all grown in the Lord as we have heard about the various spiritual books the students have read. They have summarized their books and then made applications to how to live a more Christ-like life.
- We have now finished the Old Testament and have begun to study the New Testament. Today’s lesson was an introduction to the Gospel of Matthew.
6th -10th PE
- This week the students worked on distance running, strength training and played dodgeball.
6th Grade Science:
- We have continued working on our famous scientist research projects, as well as discussing Isaac Newton and his laws of motion.
6th Grade Math:
- This week the students were introduced to the challenging concept of transformations on the coordinate plane, including reflections, translations, and rotations.
7th Grade Science:
- The 7th grade science students have enjoyed keeping up with their month-long moon logs and gaining more understanding about the causes of moon phases, eclipses, and tides.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- We continue to explore ways to solve for unknown variables in increasingly complex algebra equations.
8th Grade Science:
- The students have become quite the experts on atoms, isotopes, and ions. They are able to determine the identity of an element and its proton, neutron, and electron counts based on its chemical symbol.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- This week, the students learned how to write the equation of a line in the form of y=mx+b, as well as how to reverse that process and graph a line from its y=mx+b equation.
9th Grade Biology:
- We wrapped up our unit on cellular reproduction this week with a study of viruses and vaccines. We learned how viruses hijack the reproductive processes of healthy cells in order to reproduce. We also discussed the importance of definitions and that viruses can not be classified as alive because they do not meet the criteria used to define life.
- This week we continued in our study of early Protestant confessions.
- At present we are looking through Hitler’s Mein Kampf, seeking to understand what led him to become the person he was.
- We just wrapped up our study of the American West. Next up is World War I.
- We continue to enjoy Ovid’s stories, and we sought to appreciate them even further by acting them out.
- This week we wrapped up our overview of Roman history.
- In apologetics, we are discussing the design argument, looking in particular at objections to the argument as well as recent developments such as fine-tuning.
- Students are making great progress in their individual piano pieces!
- In music history, we continued focusing on Mozart’s major works.
- Students are doing a wonderful job finishing and polishing up their ensemble pieces.
- Students who will be participating at Fine Arts Night had intensive practice time.
- In music history, we began looking at the divergent influences of Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms.
- Intensive choral and instrumental practice took up all of our music time this week.
- In music history, we began looking at the divergent influences of Richard Wagner and Johannes Brahms.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We finished up our late Romantic opera chapter with a wonderful rendition from the Royal Opera House of Puccini’s Tosca, featuring Angela Gheorghiu (Floria Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Mario Cavaradossi), and Bryn Terfel (Baron Scarpia), conducted by Antonio Pappano.
6th Language Arts
- We’ve wrapped our essay editing project this week and now turn our full attention to our four-page research paper on an assigned scientist. This project is in partnership with their science course.
- This week was the Great Depression, and there were several very concerned questions about whether or not such a situation could again arise. That might be an excellent worry to discuss around the dinner table. Next week, World War II.
7th Grade Omnibus
- This week we explored the ideal character and values of ancient leaders, and compared/contrasted them with a similar list for leaders today. We asked and answered the question “What is the objective standard by which character and values are measured?” The true nature of biblical love is becoming increasingly clear both through our word study and the characters written to explore the topic of love in Lewis’ Till We Have Faces. One of the questions posed by Lewis is this: When is love not love? (His intent is to demonstrate that if we truly love someone, then what is best for them is at the center of our thoughts and desires for them. If we say we love them, but we are ourselves at the center of all our thoughts and desires regarding that person, we are idolizing ourselves, and not truly loving the other person at all. Agape, the highest form of love, is love demonstrated through self-sacrifice.)
- We are about to wrap our study of informal fallacies and move into a concentrated unit on debate and speech.
- This week the 8th graders learned how to translate “normal english” into “logic english” for the purpose of evaluating arguments made in conversation. We have another couple of lessons on language in logic, and then we begin a study of fallacies. Students will soon be engaging in short pair debates, and have been asked to submit possible topics for argument.
- This week we concluded our study of thermodynamics. The students learned to calculate Gibbs Free Energy from enthalpy and entropy data to determine if a reaction is favorable.
- Next week the students will take their first test of Q4, and we will begin our discussion of kinetics.
12th Systematic Theology
- We completed our study of the application of redemption and then transitioned our focus to the doctrine of the church
12th Grade Literature
- We started discussing All Quiet on the Western Front and its impact on modernist literature.
12th Grade History
- We wrapped up the Korean War, and looked at the Vietnam War.
11th Grade Literature
- We continued our discussion of Le Morte d’Arthur and Medieval knights.
11th Grade History
- We continued our look at the French Revolution and its impact on history.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students delivered speeches, which were well thought out. I was very impressed with how far they have come this year!
12th Rhetoric II
- Theses are being memorized and the countdown to pre-panels is on. The students’ nerves are starting to show, so please continue to be in prayer for our seniors as they jump these last few hurdles of their senior year.
- Students worked on sketching out their next small study. This small study is in preparation for oil pastel as our next medium. We also took our artist of the quarter quiz.
- Students worked on small study charcoal drawings. We also took our artist of the quarter quiz.
- Students worked on small scale eye drawings in colored pencil. We also took our artist of the quarter quiz.
- Students learned about demonstrative adjectives. Students took a vocabulary quiz and began preparation for our next chapter test.
- Students learned about and worked with por and para. Students took a vocabulary quiz and began preparation for our next chapter test.
- This week we worked on finding the surface area, lateral surface area, and volume of different shapes.
- This week we began learning how to construct and utilize truth trees for testing the consistency of propositions.
10th Algebra II
- This week we learned about the discriminant, systems of linear inequalities, and determining distance and speed for boats in current.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we learned about the aorist tense in Greek.
- This week we continued learning about Africa.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We continued with our research on our unit two topics, and learned about the aristocracy of the middle ages and castles.
- Literature: After finishing and taking our test on Midsummer Night’s Dream, we began Saint Athanasius’s clear and enlightening little book, On the Incarnation. It begins with an excellent introduction by C.S. Lewis that is worth reading by anyone interested, “On the Reading of Old Books.”
- Composition: Students turned in their final drafts of their research papers, complete with footnotes and bibliography! For many of them, this is the longest paper they have written, so it is a great accomplishment!
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders did a longer individual translation of a passage about the last tyrant of Rome. We are beginning to work towards being able to both translate very specifically and thoroughly but also quickly to gain the gist of the passage.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders continue to work with a new set of demonstrative pronouns and adjectives.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders continue to work with relative pronouns and the interrogative pronouns that accompany them.
6th Grade Logic
- This week we learned about propaganda – what it is and how it can work. We looked at examples of propaganda and specifically discussed propaganda that promotes fear, part of the ‘Appeal to Fear’ fallacy.