BB 08/11/2023



Aug 11, 2023




    • EDUCATE (our online parent portal):  Refer to these instructions for what to do once you sign in.
      • New families:  You should have received an email this afternoon from EDUCATE with your log-in information. **Please log in ASAP before your password expires.**  
      • Returning families:  If you never logged in, or cannot remember how to, please contact the school office.
    • Extra supplies:  Scrooby house is responsible for bringing in their extra supplies this quarter.  (Plymouth, you’re up next quarter!)
      • 3 tissue boxes (no lotion)
      • 3 (or more!) packs of disinfecting wipes – Clorox or Lysol
      • 2 pump bottles of Softsoap (not a large refill bottle)
      • 3 rolls of paper towels (select-a-size)



    • Morning drop off:  Take extra care and caution as TK starts on Tuesday!  There will be more cars and smaller children.  Take your time!
    • Need more car tags?  Email the school:
    • Archer Prayer Group:  Thursdays at 7:50a.m., carport



    • Morning drop off:  No earlier than 7:30!   (Please note:  Lower school staff may be dropping off their children earlier, but they are the only ones with permission to do so.)
    • Archer Prayer Group:  Fridays at 7:50a.m. carport




  • Mon, 8/14:  
    • 8:00a.m. – Scarf ceremony (house announcements) for Kindergarten and new students in 1st-4th.  Parents welcome!  (Location:  lower school auditorium)
  • Tues, 8/15:  
    • TK: First day of school!
    • Away games at Asheboro Hybrid Academy
      • 6:00 – Varsity Girls Volleyball 
      • 6:00 – Varsity Boys Soccer 
  • Thurs, 8/17: 
    • 7:50a.m. – Archer Prayer Group (Lower school)
    • 5:15p.m. – Senior Trip meeting (at lower school)
  • Fri, 8/18:   
    • 7:50a.m. – Archer Prayer Group (Upper school)
    • Away games at Friendship Christian School
      • 4:30: MS Girls Volleyball 
      • 6:00: Varsity Girls Volleyball 
      • 6:00:  Varsity Boys Soccer 


  • Tues (8/22): First HOME games of the year @ the MACC:  
  •  Varsity Girls Volleyball (3:30pm)
  • Varsity Boys Soccer (3:30pm) FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
  • Mon, 9/4:  Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Wed, 9/27:  Half day – Teacher workday
  • Fri, 10/6:  End of quarter 1




Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera and Miss Burdeshaw)

This Week: Our young scholars have been quickly settling into the kindergarten routines. We spent the first three days of school explaining classroom expectations, discipline procedures, classroom file systems, and learning about the Bradford Way. They enjoyed learning one of our quarterly hymns, “ To God Be The Glory “ and our school song, “ Non Nobis Domine.” We introduced our first catechism question “What is the chief end of man?”  To which the reply is: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. The Lord has been so faithful to us thus far and we are excited for the start of a new academic year. Thank you for entrusting us with the education of your student.

Memory Work: Proverbs 1:7

1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)

This Week:

We have wonderful classes in 1st grade this year! We have been practicing all the new (and old) routines and procedures. In math we are identifying numbers to 100, reviewing our right and left, one more than, one less than, and started graphing. In cursive we are practicing the 4 P’s (posture, paper position, paper orientation, pencil grip), reviewing numbers 0-9, and lines. We have started our Memory Binder by coloring the page for Proverbs 1:7. We also began coloring our “all about me” poster. In history we learned about BC and AD as well as the concept of a timeline. In geography we read about the importance of directions. Ask your kids to sing The Noun Song that we learned in grammar while studying common nouns. We are reading the book One Wintry Night by Ruth Graham Bell in which an elderly woman tells the Bible story from creation to salvation to a young boy taking shelter in her home from a winter storm. It is going to be a great school year!

Memory Work:  Proverbs 1:7


2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)

This Week:

We are off to a great start in our Second Grade Adventure! We reviewed I Corinthians 13: 4-8a, an excellent verse as friends reunited after the summer break. The students quickly got back into the routines of learning and enthusiastically participated in all activities. We began our study of Creation in both history and science and students learned that God created everything and made them in His own image. Primarily we worked on routines and procedures which will facilitate an excellent learning environment for all. We look forward to working with your children this year.

Memory Work: Hebrews 11: 1-3


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

This Week
  • Students have jumped right into another year at Bradford Academy! We reviewed our procedures for successful learning, and introduced a few new tools to help master the material for the coming year. We look forward to  seeing all they accomplish!
Memory Work: John 17:3
  • 10/6  Greensboro Science Center Field Trip


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Miss Abrahamsen) 

We had a great first week!  We welcomed our new students and talked about 1st Corinthians 13 and our Father’s greatest commandments.  We spent time combining our classes as we practiced Bradford procedures.  We enjoyed Nature Study together and started our literature unit focused on the virtues of mercy and joyfulness as we began reading The Door in the Wall.  The students organized all their class materials and organized their work space in the classroom.  

Memory Work: Matthew 7:12 and Proverbs 1:7

  • Barbarian Invasion and Vikings project in 2 weeks (information coming soon)



Mrs. Bennington

5th-9th Band
  • Students went over the Band handbook outlining classroom procedures, instrument storage, grading, concert dates, and course content  for the year. Intermediate  Band students will begin bringing instruments on Tuesday 8/15. Introductory Band students will begin bringing instruments on Thursday 8/17. I  am excited about another great year in Band!


5th Grade (Mrs. Owens) 

This Week
  • We have had a wonderful first week.  We have set class expectations and routines so that the students can thrive throughout the year.  We were able to work in a few math lessons, start reading The Hobbit, and complete a spelling pretest.  The students have been attentive and very engaged and I am thrilled to have them in my class this year.  

Memory Work:

  • Romans 12:1-2 (next week)

Mrs. Palmer

5th Art
  • We will begin 5th grade art next week!

Mrs. Kromhout

5th Latin
  • The students did a fantastic job with their first Latin class! I believe our year will be full of fun and full of learning!


6th Grade (Miss Stevenson)

6th Reading and Literature
  • This week we started reading Sign of the Beaver. In middle school we will spend more time focusing on literary analysis in addition to reading comprehension and vocabulary work. 
6th Grammar and Writing
  • This week I had the students complete a diagnostic essay about their goals for sixth grade. I will return it to them at the end of the school year. 
6th Bible
  • We started working our way through the gospel of Matthew this week. Students also started memorizing the first chapter of 1 John.
6th History
  • Your student started their last set of Veritas History cards this week! Next year they will move on to books. This week we discussed the Monroe Doctrine.
6th Science
  • This week in Science I introduced Cornell note taking. We also began taking notes on the nature of science.
6th Logic
  • Our introduction to Fallacy Detectives involved a brief discussion on exercising your mind. Like our muscles, we need to exercise our minds to keep them sharp and strong. 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Math
  • We had a great first week! The students were introduced to the new expectations for middle school mathematicians. We learned how to set up our math notebooks, reviewed the syllabus with a syllabus scavenger hunt, and completed our first lesson. For the first few weeks, we will check and correct math homework in class, but by the end of August, the students are expected to be checking and correcting their own homework using the keys provided on Google Classroom.
  • The Google Classroom class code is 6u4uu4a.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • We began art class this week by discussing what we will learn in art.  We also talked about our discipline system (ask your student to explain our noise chart and sticky notes to you!).  I look forward to teaching your students and am excited about the art your students will create this year!


Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • We reviewed the organizational tool–an ANI Chart–from our text–The Lost Tools of Writing.  This chart helps coral ideas and information as the student prepares to write an essay.  (A=affirmative, N=negative, & I=interesting).  Also, we discussed humorous examples of grammatical errors. One such example is  “I found my missing hat cleaning my room.”
7th Omnibus
  • Literature

We discussed the value of building your own library.  This year, students will have the opportunity to write notes in and keep two books–Odyssey & Holiness of God.  Even with the blessings of all-access online libraries, it is valuable to own physical books.  Well-written books deserve to be read over and over, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, and owning and note-taking provide a window into what you originally understand and how that compares to later readings of the work.  Students completed a writing assignment to assess summer reading,  also.

  • History

Students were given an overview of maps of Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome and how they compare to maps of today.  They received a labeled map of Ancient Egypt and will have a quiz next week.  We also began discussing  the upcoming research paper on C.S. Lewis due in early December.

  • Theology/Bible

We reviewed  the book of Genesis and talked about three main Biblical covenants--Abrahamic, Noahic, Mosaic.


Mrs. Frueh

7th Science
  • Our science class only met once this week, but we were able to review the Cornell note-taking method and set-up our notebooks so we can jump right in next week. Ask your student how to set up a notebook to take Cornell notes.
7th Pre-Algebra
  • The students were excited to jump right into our curriculum! This week we reviewed place value, how to name numbers, expanded notation, and rounding.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • We began art class this week by discussing what we will learn in art.  We also talked about our discipline system (ask your student to explain our noise chart and sticky notes to you!).  I look forward to teaching your students and am excited about the art your students will create this year!


Mrs. Kromhout

8th Omnibus
  • History: In history this week we reviewed what we will cover this year, the time period from Augustus through the medieval period up to the early renaissance. We began this week by adding a timeline of our whole time period to our history books as well as a map of the Roman empire near its height in 117 AD.
  • Literature: After discussing how to practice reading well, we began exploring our first book, The Church History by Eusebius.
  • Composition: The students wrote their first assignment, a three point persuasive paragraph as a warm-up for the year! 

Mrs. Frueh

8th Science
  • Our science class only met once this week, but we were able to review the Cornell note-taking method and set-up our notebooks so we can jump right in next week. We also discussed the first semester project: a self-propelled vehicle.  Students have a choice between building a balloon car, rubberband car, or mousetrap car. The students are excited to apply what we learn this semester about force and motion into their vehicle design. 
8th Algebra I
  • The students did a great job this week reviewing basic arithmetic and geometry concepts learned over the years. These skills form a solid foundation upon which we can build our algebra skills throughout the year.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • We began art class this week by discussing what we will learn in art.  We also talked about our discipline system (ask your student to explain our noise chart and sticky notes to you!).  I look forward to teaching your students and am excited about the art your students will create this year!

Mr. Crotts

8th Logic
  • Our first class was held on Wednesday. Logic for 8th and 9th grades are a “bundle”. This year’s work will help the students carry on next year successfully.
  • Ask your students about the course syllabus for more information about our academic plans.





I am looking forward to working with your students this year! Please feel free to reach out at any time with questions:

  • 9th: As part of the Tech IST, this week we explored online resources for college and career exploration; there are so many online career tests, information, videos, etc. that the students can use as they think through where God wants them to be. 
  • 10th/11th: I met with them briefly to discuss an overview of the year’s events. I will be meeting with juniors often this year, getting them ready to apply for colleges next year! 
  • 12th: Seniors and I talked to catch up on where they are at the moment. Mr. Meredith will be visiting the next two weeks to teach the seniors about resume writing and interviewing skills, and has also kindly offered to work individually with the students on building a strong resume!

Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • During IST week we gained access to our Spanish book website.  We talked through various online tools that will be beneficial to us this year in Spanish.  We also logged in to our online quizlet classroom which will provide a helpful study tool for vocabulary studying this year.  I look forward to a great year of Spanish learning with your students!

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • It’s been a great week to get to know these students as they begin high school and I begin to teach them for the first time. Students were introduced to a few people and topics of Modern History while learning more about how to search online for academic resources and assess the strengths and weaknesses of various sources in their Technology IST. We also took advantage of Google Earth technology to visit the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the Battle of Thermopylae and the Hittite capitol city, Hattusa.

Mrs. Frueh

9th Geometry
  • We did not meet this week due to IST.  Our first class will meet next Wednesday.

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  • Intermediate Logic will build from what the students learned in 8th Grade  Introductory Logic. We begin next week!

Mrs. Fairchild

9th IST Tech
  • Our students learned about how social media works and why it is free.  They did a deep dive into how social media uses and sells their personal information.  Additionally, we discussed the upcoming ethical battle our society will face in the use of AI.

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • We will begin Biology next week!

Mrs. Crotts

9th Literature
  • It has been a good week getting to know the 9th grade better.  They seem like a delightful and talented bunch.  Students worked through IST computer courses this week learning the value and blessings of technology in education.


Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • Chemistry class begins Wednesday, Aug 16.

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • Spanish 2 will begin next week!

Mrs. Crotts

10th Literature
  • We did not meet this week due to IST, but I am looking forward to having the 10th graders soon!

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • No class this week due to IST. 

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • No class this week due to IST, but it has been a joy to be getting to know them better while setting the rhythms of morning forum and afternoon clean-up and dismissal.