VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 29
APRIL 16, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
We are heading towards the finish line full force! These last 7 weeks will be busy as we wrap up academics and have a few fun things thrown in as well.
LAND UPATE from Mr. Johnston:
- Monday, 4/19: Girls’ soccer practice
- Tuesday, 4/20:
- Girls’ volleyball practice
- XC Spring training
- Thursday, 4/22:
- Girls’ volleyball practice
- XC Spring training
- Friday, 4/23: Girls’ soccer practice
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 4/28: CLT10 – 9th and 10th graders
- 4/30: Field trip to NCMA – 9th grade
- 5/7: Teacher Appreciation Day!
- 5/13: Bradford Games (like the Highland Games) – at Main Campus – 6th – 12th graders
- 5/14: Teacher Workday – no school
- 5/20: Career Fair (TBD)
- 5/25 – 5/26: Standardized Testing (1st – 8th grades)
- 5/31: Memorial Day – no school
- Verse Bee – K – 5th grades
- Jr / Sr Gala – 6pm – 9pm
- 6/3: Baccalaureate – upper school
- Field day / Ultimate Frisbee – all students on Main Campus
- GRADUATION – 7pm
FROM THE DEAN’S OFFICE:
I’ve received several encouraging reports recently about individual student growth. Our God is faithful to lead us in this adventure of rearing children together with you. We have seen increased maturity, softening of hearts, willingness to rise to academic challenges and strengthening of friendships. The students you sent in 1st quarter have grown up a lot this year and we give thanks for the many answers to prayer. As we finish out this quarter, I would encourage you to ask, “What’s the next step toward independence for my student?”, especially as it relates to academic readiness for next year. Is there a habit that needs to be taken on or left off that will ensure greater success and a deeper understanding of walking with Christ in their studies? Teachers would love to be cheerleaders for these next steps of growth.
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK students learned how God sent help to believers after Jesus ascended into Heaven. The Holy Spirit entered their hearts and they had peace and assurance of the salvation Christ made possible.
- This week the theme was bugs! Tk students learned all about all sorts of insects, arachnids, flying insects and pollinators. Lessons throughout each day carried the theme of the week.
- Next week’s theme will be Teddy Bears!
- Students continue to identify and create compound words.
- Students are playing games matching capital letters to lowercase letters.
- Students have begun their observation journals of the class caterpillars.
- TK students learned to count by fives this week! The class jingle to counting fives is to sing the numbers to the tune of Row Your Boat.
- TK students were introduced to nickels and practiced counting nickels to 25¢.
- Students created their own ABC patterns using pattern blocks.
Arts and Sciences
- Music class focused on bugs as well. TK students enjoyed marching like ants, playing Itsy Bitsy Spider and playing freeze dance to The Flight of the BumbleBee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
- TK students continue to care for their outside garden daily.
- TK had 10 special guests arrive in the classrooms on Tuesday. Each class is raising 5 caterpillars. We will observe and take care of them over the next few weeks as the caterpillars grow and eventually change into butterflies!
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th: This week the students had a great time hiking and running the trails at Bradford, exploring God’s creation.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- We had a very exciting week in kindergarten! Mrs. Webster delivered a stellar powerpoint presentation on beekeeping while wearing a beekeeping veil, hat and jacket. Students were introduced to the hive tool which is used to remove the frames, a smoker used to calm the bees, and a hive box. Everyone got a taste of fresh honey straight from the hive. It’s our hope that with all of this bee knowledge, our young scholars will no longer fear them on the Bradford grounds. The fifth graders delivered their body system presentations for our kindergarteners. They were in awe of the creativity as they saw lungs made out from balloons, Twizzler arteries, and clay bones. They are excited to use what they are learning in kindergarten to one day create their own presentations in fifth grade! In math, we used dollars to purchase items, introduced the last of our math facts, experimented with liquid measurement, and discovered geometric solids all around us! We completed a new spelling list and continue to practice reading and writing. Three of our students were chosen as finalists in the NC Textile Heritage Museum Coloring Contest! Congratulations Emma Bengtson, Allison Cole, and Kruise Dong!
- Ephesians 6:1-3
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- Our hard working students have been reading an interesting book about early american writer and poet Anne Bradstreet. There are some challenging words in the book and the students have risen to the challenge! In math, the students have been counting by 25s using quarters and getting a little deeper into multiplication facts. In science, we have been continuing our study of clouds as well as learning about the April bird of the month, the brown pelican. In history, there has been much to learn about the old frontier and how the West was won. Finally, in art, the students have been trying their hand at watercolor painting and blending colors for different effects.
- Psalm 67:1-7
- Continue to review all verses from the beginning of the year.
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Students have had a wonderful full week this week! We have gotten back into the normal routine with both History and Spelling this week, and students have done extremely well! We began learning about the Later New Kingdom in Egypt this week for history. See if your child can tell you the order of men who reigned during this period! In grammar, we have spent a lot of time this week learning about and reviewing the two rules for subject noun and verb agreement. We will continue working on this throughout the remainder of this school year as well. In reading, we began reading Baby Island and students have loved getting to learn a little about world geography as we are reading about a group of children who survived the sinking of a large ship. Ask your child if they remember the name of the ship that sank shortly after the children were secured onto a lifeboat!
- Hebrews 11:30-31
- 4-22-2021 Latin Test
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- Poetry was great fun this week. All of us excelled at writing their own limericks and we were very entertained by some of our authors. Our math has revolved around geometric shapes for the majority of the week. First, we learned to identify and make models of them. Then, we talked about their specific attributes and how to draw each shape. Finally, we learned how to identify the faces, edges, and vertices of polyhedrons. In reading, we have taken a short break from Misty to read an informational book about our next history card, Pompeii. The students are learning how to appreciate this genre, by interpreting maps and diagrams as they are reading and processing new information. Our favorite part of the week has been continuing our practice in painting with watercolors. The students have produced some of their best artwork during this week.
- Matt. 7:14
- 4/22- Grammar Ch. 16
- 4/23- Spelling List 0-4, Latin Ch. 27, History review and timeline, Math Facts (x11, x12) and Written
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- In Forum, we have spent the week enjoying a review of Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 Verses. We have learned many new techniques with watercolor and drawing many lovely spring pictures. Math has been challenging as we have learned how to estimate large numbers when completing long division problems, reducing fractions with GCF, multiplying and dividing fractions and their relationship. English has focused on writing the Business Letter and the students enjoyed creating their own business names and writing letters to each other. We added to our great reformers this week studying about the life of Zwingli, his conversations with Luther, as well as the Anabaptists.
- We are using STEM plans with Keva blocks to create and design inventions. This has been an excellent tool to prepare for our Physics Machines projects coming up in a few weeks.
- Psalm 139: 1-3 , and review Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 verses
- Art Project
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We have had an excellent week in 5th grade! In science we finished up the body system’s project, which the student enjoyed quite a bit. In art we were able to practice watercolor techniques in preparation for a project. In math the students learned how to find missing numbers in an equation and how to estimate larger square roots. In literature we are continuing to read Treasure Island and the students have been working in their commonplace books to keep up with difficult vocabulary and interesting quotes. I am looking forward to a wonderful next week!
- Proverbs 17:17
- Review of first quarter memory
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We finished up reading The Hiding Place. Students examined the life of Corrie ten Boom through her preaching the gospel in the midst of suffering. In addition, we talked about the importance of friendship in the Christian life through discussing her relationship with her sister Betsie.
- We wrapped up our unit on WW2. Students learned the major battles of the war, what the holocaust was, who major leaders were in the war, and the impact of women’s rights in the workplace.
- Students learned to calculate acceleration. We reviewed our experiment from last week, and tested the acceleration of the ball as well.
- We continued our study of the fallacies through learning what propaganda is, and discussing how the appeal to fear fallacy is propaganda.
- Students took a quiz on Francis Bacon’s Four Idols of the mind, and continued our study of fallacies. In addition, we had lively debate over what constitutes a lie.
- Students reviewed fallacies, and saw how they are used in syllogisms, even when the syllogism may have a valid form. In addition, students continued to prepare for our next debates.
- We will start memorizing 1 John 5, our final chapter. In addition, we will begin learning about the Cold War and have an opportunity to discuss what another Cold War may look like in our modern context given recent current events in China and Russia.
- Our study of optics concluded this week by learning how light refracts and how to trace rays through lenses. We’ve begun our next unit – static electricity.
- We’re learning how to verify trig identities. This is in preparation for our next topic which is learning to solve trig equations.
- We concluded our study of lines and circles. Next we will learn how to calculate the volume of various prisms, cylinders, and spheres.
10th Bible Survey
- We have finished I and II Corinthians this week. God has challenged us with the humility and testimony of the Apostle Paul, as he relied on God.
- Next week students will be sharing presentations on their book analysis projects.
6th – 10th PE
- This week the students worked on strength training. After the workout, the students played kickball at Walker field.
7th Grade Science:
- We enjoyed putting our knowledge of tides to good use this week in reading about the role of spring tides in freeing the Ever Given from the Suez Canal. Ask your student what was so special about the Full Moon that occurred on March 28th and how it helped to nudge the grounded ship to deeper waters.
8th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our chemistry studies this week with a unit exam on chemical kinetics and reactions. The students are all looking forward to our upcoming study of mechanics as they start work on their 4th-quarter projects: self-propelled vehicles.
- This week was spent on more practice with real-world arguments.
9th Historic Theology
- After our review of the Reformation, we continued learning about early Protestant confessions.
- Our walk through Roman history continued with discussions of the emperors, good and bad.
- We are enjoying our reading of Ovid, whose stories have been so influential in the history of Western civilization.
- We continued with the moral argument today, discussing the meaning of objective values and the limits of relativism.
- More on 20th-century precursors to World War I.
- After reading a bit of modernist poetry, we took a look at where poetry is today.
Logic School Music
- Our focus this week was on performance practice. Students greatly enjoyed working with their groups on their new ensemble pieces. They are coming together beautifully! We are hoping to be able to have a limited-seating and/or live-stream performance at the end of May. More details to come!
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- The Second Viennese School (Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern) and avant-garde composers pre-World War I surprised, intrigued, and shocked the students, affirming our departure from the beloved Romantic period and thrusting us into the 20th century.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History: We have begun our study of the early Romans in earnest this week. In addition to working on our mapping skills and creating lovely maps of the Mediterranean world of the Romans, students have learned about the years of Rome’s history led by kings. We’ve read Plutarch’s description of Rome’s founder, Romulus, and are sweeping through the early Roman kings, ending with Tarquin the Proud in 509 BC.
- Literature: We continue to read Lewis’s Greek myth, Till We Have Faces. Our discussions this week have been lively. Students are making good connections between the imagery and symbolism in this beautiful story to the salvation story of the Gospel. Furthermore, 7th graders learned about how to craft a good exordium at the beginning of their persuasive essays. We practiced learning to ask good questions, challenge our readers or include a compelling quote in the introduction of our paper.
- Bible: This week, students paired up to pray for each other and are challenged to remember the prayer concerns of their friend throughout the upcoming week.
9th Grade Biology
- Biology students have learned how to do dihybrid crosses this week, and have developed a more complete understanding of simple Mendelian genetics. We’ve looked at incomplete dominance, codominance, epistasis and polygenic inheritance. We have reviewed for a genetics test, which will be on Monday.
- This week we began a discussion of reaction kinetics, including practical applications and how it relates to thermodynamics.
- Next week we will continue our discussion of kinetics, switching our focus to how it relates to reaction mechanism and equilibrium.
9th Grade Literature
- We began to explore the Russian Revolution in terms of Orwell’s novel Animal Farm.
9th Grade History
- We wrapped up World War 1 and are moving into the Roaring Twenties.
11th Grade Literature
- We began Arthurian Legends. Students have a project due in a month.
11th Grade History
- We are looking at the differences between the Dark and Middle Ages.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students have a speech due at the end of the semester with due dates throughout this quarter.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students have their theses due in a few weeks!
- This week we started one of two final projects for the year. This was a colored pencil drawing of a flower focusing on blending and color mixing.
- This week we started on our final for this quarter, a Mary Cassat oil pastel drawing.
- This week students received their final and began working on it. They will have to work on a portrait of a famous artist and write a one page biography about the artist they received.
- This week we began a new chapter. We added vocabulary and talked about two new verbs: SABER and CONOCER and when to use them.
- This week students performed their skits for a quiz grade. We added some new vocabulary and jumped back in to using the subjunctive.
- This week we prepared for a test and took a test.
- This week we worked more with algebraic expressions and signed numbers.
8th Algebra I
- This week we worked with distance problems and learned how to calculate the surface area and volume of a sphere.
10th Algebra II
- This week we prepared for a test and took a test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we learned the aorist and future passive indicative tense.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: This week students have been giving presentations about the kings of the High Middle Ages as we study the character and leadership of political leaders great and awful.
- Literature: We continue reading Macbeth, watching Macbeth and Lady Macbeth struggle through decisions, live with the consequences of their actions, and grow in a power that ends up only making them discontent.
- Composition: We worked this week on more stylistic matters, writing transition sentences between paragraphs, making verbs in the active tense, and fixing run-ons and fragments.
6th Grade LATIN
- Sixth graders worked on translating passages as we continued reviewing prepositional phrases and learned a new set of vocabulary.
7th Grade LATIN
- Seventh graders continued reviewing dative constructions and reviewed verb tenses.
8th Grade LATIN
- Eighth graders reviewed ablative constructions, learned the vocative case, and practiced translating nouns of the fourth declension.