VOLUME XV, ISSUE 3
Aug 26, 2022
PHONE NUMBERS: (Save these in your phone!)
- Main Campus Office 919-563-9001
- Upper School Office 336-380-4821
- Bradford Plus 336-213-1844
FROM THE OFFICE
A few key notes:
- Traffic: Next Monday is the first day of school for local public schools so traffic on 3rd St. will increase drastically. Please be prepared! Leave a little earlier and drive slowly. As you leave the main campus, please form a right turn lane and a left turn lane to prevent a back up in the parking lot.
- Prayer Group: Please watch for an email with further details, but for now, mark your calendars! All are welcome to join us each Monday morning at 8am for 10 minutes under the carport of both campuses for a focused time of prayer for our students and staff. Start date will be announced soon!
- Red Envelope Gift Money: If you’d like to contribute to your “personal shopper” Room Mom, you might want to set a reminder to pick up some cash over the weekend when you’re out running errands.
- Athletic fees: 6th – 12th grade athletes need to pay the $75 athletic fee. Check and cash accepted, or you may online. Pay 2022 athletic fee online
- Archer Store: Sweatshirts, t-shirts, hats, bags, ¼ zips and more can be purchased here.
- Bradford Plus: To pick up your child from afterschool program, you must call 336-213-1844. Please give this number to whoever you have permitted to pick up your child. The door remains locked afterschool and they may not hear the doorbell.
- EDUCATE: Please complete the steps included in the attachment to log in to EDUCATE, see your children’s grades, set your emergency alert preferences and more!
- Mon, 8/29:
- Volleyball – HOME – 3:30
- Soccer – HOME – 3:30
- Tues, 8/30:
- XC practice 3:00 – 4:30
- Wed, 8/31:
- Volleyball – HOME – 3:30
- Soccer – AWAY – 4:30
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Mon, 9/5: Labor Day – no school
- Mon, 9/12: College Fair (11th – 12th grades)
- Thurs, 9/15: College Info Night (10th – 11th grades)
- Wed, 9/28: House Soccer tournament – to be confirmed
- Fri, 9/30 – Last day of 1st Quarter. Report cards released
- 3rd Grade Field trip to Greensboro Science Center
- 4th Grade Field trip to North Carolina Botanical Garden
- Mon, 10/3 – Fri 10/7: FALL BREAK
- Wed, 10/12: PSAT (11th grade)
- Thurs, 10/13: SENIOR NIGHT for soccer and volleyball
- Fri, 10/28: Leiden House Social
- Sat, 10/29: Austerfield House Social
- Fri, 11/04: Scrooby House Social
- Sat, 11/05: Plymouth House Social
- 11/09 – 11/11: DC trip – 10th and 11th grades
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Grubb)
- We had a wonderful week in TK that started with a treasure hunt in the forest. Our treasure hunt ended with finding the treasure which was The Holy Bible. We talked about what a treasure God’s Word is to us. We learned about forest safety and took our first walk in the forest with our boots. We even observed various colors of mushrooms and look forward to many more adventures on our property. TK continued to practice learning how to be students in the classroom and practiced using their manners at snack time. We also learned to skywrite numbers four through eight and introduced a new math material called linking cubes. TK loved building Mat Man this week and next week we will read all about Mat Man’s adventures. We continued practicing Ecclesiastes 9:10 and learned our first nursery rhyme which was “I’m a Little Teapot.” See if your student can recite these for you!
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- This week, students reviewed and practiced the routines and expectations for PE. Students were drilled on the 4 whistle blow meanings. We began learning and practicing several plyometric skills and ladder drills. Students then played a few games to practice their ability to follow directions.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week, students reviewed and practiced the routines and expectations for the music classroom. Students also learned about the importance of warming up their bodies and their voices to prepare to sing. We worked on the piece “Deep and Wide” in K-3rd grade so students could comfortably start practicing proper vocal technique. Fun was had by all when we started adding in the body motions and leaving out words for this piece. We spent a lot of time working on breathing, using our air to help produce a sound, and opening our mouths nice and tall to sing in every class. Kindergarten through third grade worked on the school song, “Non Nobis”. Third, fourth, and fifth grade students worked on the first hymn of the quarter, “Holy, Holy, Holy”.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week in kindergarten, we have continued our story of creation and the Fall; we are making days of creation magnets that they will be able to bring home when all seven are complete. You have probably heard them singing the “Days of Creation” song at home! We talked about ordering things from least to greatest in math, and had a fun lesson making a bar graph by rolling dot cubes and charting the results. In phonics, we are practicing sounds, gluing and ungluing words, and learning the strokes to make our first cursive letters. The students have settled into a routine and are making great strides in classroom etiquette.
- I Corinthians 13:4-8a
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- Our 1st graders discovered a love for jazz with our first phonics primer Ella Sings Jazz. This primer introduced us to the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzerald. We experienced some of her performance styles such as scat singing and enjoyed her tunes as background music! We also began a study of early American history with the book Leif the Lucky, the account of a young Viking boy who sails to what would later be known as the New World. Leif has taught us the importance of self-control and we discussed self-control using the verses Proverbs 16:32 and Titus 2:11-12. We have started placing entries into our history journals to document our journey through history from the explorers to the Civil War. This week in Math we had our first fact and written assessment. One especially bright spot in our week has been learning about our winged neighbors. Our bird of the month this month is the Northern Cardinal.
Memory Work: The Caterpillar” by Christina Rosetti
- US Border Songs
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Batten)
- Our students (discipuli) are working hard and doing an outstanding job of meeting the increased expectations of second grade. This week they focused on building and maintaining stamina throughout all the subjects. They improved reading fluency by reading, reading, reading. They read at home, on their own, in small groups, and in front of the whole class, and like Noah in Prairie School, they are becoming more inquisitive the more they read and learn. That spirit of inquiry carried them into other worlds with Digory and Polly as they continued to listen to The Magician’s Nephew and it spurred them on to think of the most interesting nouns and verbs, as well as synonyms, and antonyms. Pencils flew to beat the clock on math drills, to copy the well-composed complete sentence answers from the board onto history and reading worksheets, and to capture their own thoughts in their writing journals. In science, we dove into the classification of all living things as we began our Life Science studies, and in our first Latin chapter, we learned how to say hello (salve) and goodbye (vale) to our female (magistra) and male (magister) teacher.
- Philippians 2:4 (this week)
- Matthew 22:37-39 (next week)
- For our upcoming plant unit, we want to try growing some different plants from seeds. If you have any of the following available to donate, please contact your child’s teacher: plant seeds (any variety, as long as you know what it is), potting soil, small planters (preferably plastic).
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- We are continuing our exploration into the world of the Greeks and the Trojans. Students have begun reading Black Ships Before Troy, the children’s version of the IIliad. With one simple act, the goddess of discord started a chain reaction that would end in the destruction of a people. Ask your students what she did, and also, ask them what exactly is discord. Third grade has been full of big words, and we have set out to discover their meanings. In math, students have been estimating time, identifying the relationship between seconds, minutes, and hours, adding 3 or more single-digit numbers, and solving for the missing addend. We have studied the Mycenaean Culture, memorized a new set of Latin chants and vocabulary, and presented to the class a paragraph on the Stinking Giant. I Corinthians 10:31 reminds us that we are to do all things to the glory of God! Your students actively strive to live out that meaning in class, and hopefully carry that into your homes!
- For next week: Proverbs 25:28
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We finished a wonderful week in fourth grade. The students presented fabulously creative projects on the Barbarian Invasions during the Middle Ages. They had fun presenting posters, artifacts, narrations, and map work sharing war, home life, travel, and foods for many different people groups. We reviewed inverse operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction, as well as discussing place value in detail and how to read and write numbers to the hundred thousands place. The students did an excellent job completing their first written narration in writing during our small group time.
- Philippians 4: 4 and 5
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- Fifth grade is doing great falling into the routines and expectations of our class. This week we learned about Christopher Columbus and his expedition under the financial support of Queen Isabella of Spain. We started our Latin book this week with lots of review charts and some new vocabulary. We gently stepped back into sentence classification in grammar this week and really dug into some of the grammar songs they have memorized to determine what they really mean. Students have also learned some new vocabulary words! In literature students have become experts in story elements including plot, conflict, and characterization. Be sure to ask them about indirect and direct characterization!
- This week we have been working on Romans 12 vs 3-5 and next week we will have Romans 12 vs 6-8.
- We are going to make a skeletal system in two weeks. I am in need of some pasta: Macaroni, penne, bow tie, spaghetti, rotini, big seeds or beans
When does a skeleton laugh? When someone tickles his funny bone!
- This week, students reviewed and practiced the routines and expectations for the band classroom. Students reviewed basic music theory concepts to begin reading music. We practiced counting and clapping a wide variety of rhythms. Students also reviewed and practiced how to sit with correct playing posture and how to breathe from their diaphragm. Students reviewed how to correctly articulate when producing a sound and how to form their mouth to play their instrument. Students then got a chance to put all of their hard work into practice on their mouthpieces. Students received mouthpiece instruction as a whole group, in sections, and as individuals. Students also learned how to clean their instruments. Our first day putting together and playing our whole instrument will be this Tuesday, August 30th!
- We listened to a few excellent choral performances (some of which could be in our future) and continued with our routine practices. The singers especially worked to learn multiple parts of our first quarterly hymn – Holy, Holy, Holy. They ended the week singing in beautiful three part harmony!
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the boys worked on soccer skills, as well as running, pushups and situps.
Middle School Girls’ PE
- This week we played ultimate frisbee and spent time on strength training.
6th Reading and Literature
- We read Chapters 14-20 of Sign of the Beaver and presented our Homes in Nature projects.
6th Grammar and Writing
- Students did a wonderful job on their first drafts of the Narrative Essay! The last day to turn in the final draft is Friday, September 2. We also started learning capitalization and comma rules.
- This week we read Matthew 8-12.
- This week we learned about the Jacksonian Democracy.
- This week we reviewed the scientific method and began discussing different types of variables. I introduced a scientific method project that will be due the last week of the quarter. More information to come on that project.
- This week we learned how to identify and avoid using the red herring logical fallacy. We also had the opportunity to sit in with the rest of the middle school on one of Mr. Johnston’s paideia talks.
- 6th graders learned the pronunciation of Latin words, the structure of sentences in Latin, and began learning their first set of vocabulary words – a set of verbs!
- We have had a great week reviewing how to maneuver between improper fractions, mixed numbers, and percentages. The students also took their first unit test this week.
- This week we took a quiz on our artist of the quarter, Leonardo Da Vinci. We also continued working on our pencil shoe drawings and will begin charcoal next week.
7th Grammar and Writing
- This week we journeyed back to last year’s lessons to review an ANI Chart–charting affirmative facts, negative facts and interesting facts about an issue. Next up we begin writing a “relative “ essay–what causes an issue and what effects result using the issue and facts from the ANI Chart.
- We visited the world of Gilgamesh–a pagan work with a familiar sounding world-wide flood story–and gleaned from the Code of Hammurabi—a foundational work of laws. The students divided into teams to write hypothetical laws and consequences…we discussed different angles of laws–chaos would result without the protection and wisdom of wise rules and laws vs. being stifled when too many laws and regulations exist as well as the need for consequences to be merciful as opposed to unmerciful consequences. Also, we took a brief jab at writing simple names or words in cuneiform.
- Discussions galore of fallacies of relevance 1–ad hominem abusive & ad hominem circumstantial. We read or viewed various advertisements and political advertisements or discussions.
- The students enjoyed reviewing the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy this week. We discussed how to avoid this fallacy while drawing scientific conclusions. Ask your student what this Latin phrase means and discuss how scientists can draw false conclusions if they’re not careful in their data analysis. All the students are excited to start their own experiments next week with our Bean Plant project.
- We’ve had a great week reviewing the application of the four fundamental operations to decimal numbers. The students are becoming proficient in reading and writing increasingly complex decimal numbers. We will take our second unit test next Tuesday.
- This week we took a quiz on our artist of the quarter, Leonardo Da Vinci. We brainstormed ideas for our original comic strips and will continue working on those next week.
- Seventh graders reviewed their new vocabulary, continued reviewing Latin from past years, and began learning the various uses of the genitive case.
- History: In history this week we studied the rise and spread of Christianity and the third century crisis.
- Literature: We continue reading The Church History by Eusebius, watching the early church deal with persecutions and heresies as they embraced orthodoxy.
- Composition: The students are beginning their first persuasive essay of the year, writing about either a topic from history or from Eusebius. As they brainstorm, they are adding cause and effect to the context and discussion of their topics.
- Eighth graders finished learning the constructions of place and time, took their first vocabulary quiz, and began translating their first longer translation of the year.
- The students were introduced to the role significant figures play in the precision of collected data. They have begun practicing making calculations and reporting their answers with the correct number of significant figures. We discussed how this is one way that scientists show intellectual honesty in their work.
8th Algebra I:
- The students are moving speedily along through our beginning-of-year review of basic algebra concepts. They are becoming proficient at applying the order of operations to increasingly complex algebraic expressions. We will take our second unit test next week.
- This week we took a quiz on our artist of the quarter, Leonardo Da Vinci. We worked on pen and ink eyes by using various techniques: hatching, cross hatching and stippling.
- This week the students reviewed the introduction through lesson 2. They learned lesson 3 and took a quiz the introduction through lesson 3.
- We took our first Spanish quiz this week on new vocabulary words. We learned many numbers in Spanish and students should be reviewing each night.
- This week we made note cards in order to help us study and learn our logic terms and symbols. After two weeks in class and a couple of lessons completed, we will be ready for our first quiz on Tuesday, September 30.
- Four questions are important to consider when entering conversations: 1) What do you mean by that? 2) Where did you get your information? 3) How do you know you’re right? 4) What happens if you’re wrong?
- This week we covered topics from points to planes to postulates.
- Next week we will wrap up the discussion, and the students will take their first test of Q1.
- This week in biology we introduced the study of life. We also did a fun activity with the scientific method and learned all the parts of the microscope. Next week is our first test on module 1!
- This week we finished chapter one in our text, which addresses the development of the Nicene Creed (formalized in the 4th century a. d.) and Apostles’ Creed (formalized around the 8th century a. d.). We learned how these creeds were organized around the doctrine of the Trinity and became the basis for later doctrinal developments that are expressed in the more detailed confessions of various branches of the one universal church. We noted that while the church received God’s word in its complete and finished form with the Old and New Testaments, the church as a unified body had to work at understanding the meaning or implications of God’s word. Subsequent chapters will address the history of the church and her individual members expressing their beliefs about that meaning.
9th Grade Literature (Modern)
- We spent time reading–silently and aloud in groups–Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. More work was completed on each student’s map of Christian’s journey. Scholars completed their first quiz successfully–basic literary facts weaved with a written explanation of how Bunyan’s life and experiences influenced the writing of this work. The focus and blessing of this book is how a Christian does face struggle and doubt, yet God gives salvation and hope through Christ’s work.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We completed our study of Leonardo Da Vinci and we are diving into discussions about beauty and art.
- This week we have concluded our study of the Age of Early Explorers and taken our first quiz. Next week we will begin to study the Reformation in Europe and its impact on colonies in America.
10th Algebra II
- This week we’ve been learning to combine like terms, construct and solve equations for consecutive integer/ percent problems, and graph lines using a couple of different techniques. The lunch time tutoring lab is open for any student who might like homework help.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have continued in our introduction to the Bible. We have also gone through a survey of Genesis. In addition, we have done a brief survey of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
- Verse Memory: Heb. 12:1
10th Literature (Ancient)
- From Proverbs to Job, we have discussed and been quizzed on wisdom and how God uses suffering to bring about holiness and glory to Him.
- This week we concluded our introductory material, which included a lot of terminology and some conversions between temperature scales. We set up a couple crystallizations we will monitor over upcoming weeks and months, and the students took their first test of Q1.
- Next week we will begin our study of measurements and unit conversions.
- This week we began the study of Mesopotamia and took our first quiz. We will analyze the Hammurabi Law Code and move into Egyptian and Israelite history next week.
- This week we have continued to get used to the daily rhythms of PE class, and we enjoyed two days of playing sand volleyball.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students have received their first speech assignments! I know this group is nervous, so please be in prayer for them as they begin this journey into Rhetoric.
- We have been reviewing past vocabulary and past grammar. We also added new vocabulary.
- We’ve completed our first unit – one dimensional motion. Next week we’ll begin to consider how to mathematically deal with motion in two dimensions (vector math).
- Evaluating functions, learning interval notation, expressing domain and range, connecting graphical and algebraic representations of functions has occupied us this week. Next, we will expand our study of functions to several basic types of “parent functions” and learn how to manipulate them.
11th Grade Literature
- We wrapped up Augustine and discussed his thoughts on free will and predestination. And we have begun our ascent up Purgatory mountain with Dante and Virgil.
11th NT Greek
- This week we learned about punctuation, syllabification, accent marks, different cases (how words perform different functions within a phrase or sentence), various parts of speech, and how to pronounce a number of different words. Students read 1John 1:5-2:5 out loud in Greek. Students did a first reading of chapter six, and we will cover it in more detail next week.
- We continued our review of Medieval History by studying the Roman world and its effects into the Middle Ages. We also began to build Roman aqueducts as an in class project.
- Next week we will begin to dive into the initial stages of the Medieval world with a look at Constantine and the Roman Empire in the fourth century.
11th Personal Finance
- This week the students took their first quiz/test and learned about budgeting.
- Next week the students will take their second quiz/test and learn about purposefully setting aside money for savings.
- Our class has been considering various representations of limits and building a repertoire of various solution techniques.
- This week in anatomy we learned about the skeletal system. We did an experiment with chicken bones and also used a skeleton to correctly identify all the bones in our bodies. Students have been asked to bring in a human skeleton (bought, made, or borrowed) on Tuesday so we can compare anatomically correct skeletons versus those that are not anatomically correct. Next week is our first test!
- This week we have concluded our study of the Age of Early Explorers and taken our first quiz. Next week we will begin to study the Reformation in Europe and its impact on colonies in America. The importance of religious liberty will be an especially important topic this week. A good question to ask your students this weekend would be: “What were the best reasons that James Madison gave for the government to not intervene in religious practice?”
- We have discussed Milton’s Paradise Lost and looked at some poetry this week. Students have also begun their research projects on influential authors.
12th Shakespeare Elective
- We are continuing Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and discussed the comedic elements within. The students will get to pick our next play (a tragedy), so start influencing their decisions now!
12th Rhetoric II
- These students are already hard at work thinking through their thesis topics. Most have contacted mentors, begun deep research, and even interviewed people about their topics. I am very excited to see the results of their labors already. Please keep them in your prayers.