BB 09-02-2022



Sept 2, 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



  • This is a great time to pray for your students and their teachers.  Please set your phone to the side for the safety of all.  
  • Share the Traffic Flow map with anyone picking up your child.
  • Remember to alternate cars before merging into one lane. (Lower school campus)
  • The yellow car tag is NOT visible from the dashboard so please display from visor or the passenger window.
  • Please email Laura Johnston  if you need additional yellow car tags.

BRADFORD WEBSITE:  It is a great tool for you!  

  • Under the Parents tab, you can find:  
    • All of the Bradford Bulletins for easy reference
    • Uniform guides
    • Supply lists
    • Calendar 
    • And more!
  • At the top of the home page, you will find buttons for our Archer Store (you don’t have to save the link and remember where you saved it!) and the Bradford Blog.  

RED ENVELOPES:  Remember to turn them in so our room moms can bless the teachers for birthdays, Christmas and teacher appreciation!  As a mom, I have found this extremely helpful.  




  • Mon, 9/5:  LABOR DAY – no school
  • Tues, 9/6:  XC training, 4th – 7th grades
  • Wed, 9/7:  AWAY soccer and volleyball games, 4:30
  • Thurs, 9/8:  
    • Archers prayer group – 7:50 at main campus
    • XC training, 4th – 7th grades
  • Fri, 9/9:  AWAY volleyball game (4:00, 5:00), HOME soccer game at Mebane Community Park (3:30) 



  • Mon, 9/12:  College Fair (12th grade)
  • Thurs, 9/15:  
    • 6:30 – College Info Night (10th – 11th grades)
    • 7:30 – DC Trip Info Mtg (10th – 11th grades)
  • Wed, 9/28:  House Soccer tournament – date is confirmed, weather permitting
  • 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






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Hicks and Mrs. Grubb)

  •   TK had a wonderful week full of learning! We learned how to sky write numbers 9 and 10 and now know how to sky write numbers 1-10. See if your student can demonstrate for you! We also worked on AB color patterns, using our bears to practice positional phrases and we graphed our favorite color bears in math this week. We also read about the many adventures of Mat Man this week. Next week, we get to practice drawing Mat Man. The students also identified their special letter which is the first letter of their name. We also built our special letters using play dough. TK also began our 2 week study of Creation. Students began working on a Creation book that they will bring home next week. We focused on days 1-3 this week and began learning the “Creation Song.” We tied in our study of God’s Creation to planting seeds and our five senses. We planted Butter Crunch lettuce. We hope to be able to harvest and taste our lettuce in a few months. Our plants will first grow inside of a grow box in our classrooms before they are planted in our outdoor garden. We also read and discussed our five senses this week. We were able to use our senses outside to discover what we hear, feel, see and smell. We learned it would not be a good idea to taste anything we find outside! Next week, we finish our study of Creation and begin learning Psalm 19:1. We are amazed and in awe of God’s Creation and the order and beauty of our world. 


Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th
  • This week, students reviewed and practiced  several plyometric skills and ladder drills. Students then played a few games to practice their ability to follow directions. Students also began working on basic soccer skills and drills in preparation for the  House Soccer tournament on Wednesday 9/28. 


Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

  • This week, students continued to practice proper singing posture, eye contact, and watching the conductor for entrances and releases. Students learned and practiced the four types of voices: whispering, speaking, singing and shouting. Students worked on a vocal warm-up and the pieces “Deep and Wide” and  “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, to help them open their mouths while singing and match pitches.  Students also worked on the  first hymn of the quarter, “Holy, Holy, Holy”. 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. 
  • 4th-5th: This week, fourth and fifth grade students also started Recorders! They reviewed how to hold the recorder, where to put their hands and fingers, how to breathe, how to tongue, and how to play their first note: B, and play basic rhythms.  Students will need to remember to bring their recorder, yellow folder, and pencil with them to music next week. 

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • This week we worked on finishing our Da Vinci inspired botanical drawings.  We talked about shading and depth.  We also began talking about color theory.
  • This week we worked on finishing our Da Vinci portraits.  We talked about details and proportions.  We also began talking about color theory.
  • This week we worked on our collaborative Mona Lisa drawing.  This is coming along nicely! We are focusing on contributing as a group, studying detail and placement/proportion. 


Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  •  This week our students finished their creation magnets and we talked about the Fall, where mankind entered into sin and separation from God. We also talked about the good news of God’s plan of redemption, that Christ came to bring us back to God. In math, we talked about some and some more stories; we recognized triangles; and used geoboards to practice identifying inside and outside. We are really honing in on the proper strokes to make our numbers; encourage them to say the little rhymes that go along with each number! In phonics, we are adding to our library of sounds with b, e, f. In art, we are discussing the basic elements of line drawing and following directions to create a mouse or cat. Finally, in science, we are starting our study of the five senses.
Memory Work:
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a, Review Proverbs 1:7


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

This Week
  •  This week in Math class we practiced telling time one hour ago and one hour from now. Students enjoyed discovering patterns and relationships between shapes and sizes in math.  We continued reading Leif the Lucky and learned that he traveled from Greenland to Norway to meet King Olaf.  Leif’s use of good manners before the king became a subject of discussion as this made him presentable and well-accepted at such a young age.  In Spell to Write and Read we continued to  review upper case letters and add in the knowledge of upper case letters. In Science we are discovering classification of animals and now know the Classification Song. Ask your student to sing the Classification song for you! 
Memory Work:  
  • Proverbs 12:15
  • Classification Song 
  • Adding +0 and +1


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

This Week
  • Second graders are really enjoying our newest book, Tornado, and we are seeing great improvement in the students’ reading skills and ability to answer questions in complete sentences.  We have begun to classify simple sentences in grammar, and we are exploring synonyms and antonyms, While this week’s memory verses reminded us to love God and love our neighbor, we also read of the disastrous, even murderous, effects of jealousy as we studied Cain and Abel. In science, we studied the six kingdoms into which all living things are classified, and next week we will focus on the plant kingdom.  Students seem to be well into the routines of school and preparing for weekly tests; please continue to review math facts, history questions, and spelling words nightly with your student. Thank you for your support at home.
Memory Work: 
  • Matthew 22: 37-39 (this week)
  • Romans 12:18-19 (next week)
  • 9/5 – NO SCHOOL 


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

This Week
  • As we slowly work our way through Black Ships Before Troy, students have discovered that jealousy and anger can lead to actions with large consequences. Proverbs 25:28 tells us, “whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.” The massive walls surrounding Troy protected it from the mighty Greek army. If the walls had been broken and in disrepair, the Trojans would have been quickly defeated. We discussed how this related to our own lives and behavior. Students keep adding to their “tricky word” lists with words like alliteration, commutative property, and skirmish. As we continue to define vocabulary and explore words in literature, poetry, and prose we are setting the foundation for our own writing. In math, we exercised our mental muscles with double-digit addition, measurement in inches and centimeters, and fact families. Students have begun estimating the amount of money needed to make a purchase at the Bradford Ice Cream Shop! Have your student estimate their next purchase!
Upcoming Memory Work:
  • Proverbs 23:22-26
  • Biome Project


4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson) 

This Week
  •  We had a fabulous week working on new Latin Vocabulary, English skills, and new Math Concepts.  We learned  about St. Jerome and his translation in Latin, the ordinary language of the people.  We ended our week studying seeds and seed parts and finished our study by soaking beans, dissecting and labeling the different parts. 
Memory Work:
  • History Facts
  • Philippians 4: 6 and 7 
  • Field Trip September 30th (Information sent home soon)


5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • This week we learned about Magellan and his circumnavigation of the globe. Although he didn’t make it around himself, one of his ships returned to Spain making his voyage a victory. We looked at cells and their specific functions in our bodies in our study of anatomy.  We practiced point of view in literature and worked to apply it to our reading of The Hobbit.  Students have continued to hone their mental math skills. We’ve started talking about counting back money as well- ask them to show you with quarters.  

Memory Work:

  • Romans 12:9-10  Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.  Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.
  • Pasta skeleton Tuesday 9/ 6




Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  • This week, students continued to practice the routines and expectations for the band classroom. 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. We also were able to  put our instruments together, learn how to hold them, where to put our fingers, and how to play our first note! Students worked very hard and were very patient with their classmates during this beginning process of learning how to play an instrument. 

Mrs. Thrasher

6th-8th Choir
  • We continued singing our hymn in three-part harmony and started working on a new piece in German!  The singers are working hard in multiple mental dimensions (linguistic and musical) while continuing to practice the physical skills required to use their voices well.  

Mr. Davis

6th -8th Boys’ PE
  • This week the students had a soccer scrimmage.

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • This week we did ultimate frisbee and strength training.
6th Reading and Literature
  • This week we finished up Sign of the Beaver. We had a unit test on Friday and will be starting our next book on Wednesday.
6th Grammar and Writing
  • Students turned in the final draft of their Narrative Essays on Friday. I look forward to reading what they have been working so hard on for the past few weeks. We also continued reviewing our punctuation and capitalization rules. Ask your student about the comma rule for coordinating conjunctions that connect independent clauses!
6th Bible
  • We are continuing to work our way through the book of Matthew.
6th History
  • This week we learned about the invention of the cotton gin and other significant inventions by Eli Whitney.
6th Science
  • This week I assigned a scientific method project that will be due the last week of the quarter. Proposals for that project will be due on Tuesday, September 6. 
6th Logic
  • This week we focused on a type of red herring: special pleading.

Miss Windes

6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders have been making fabulous progress in Latin, learning about verbs, practicing conjugating verbs in the present tense, and taking their first vocabulary quiz!

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • The students are learning how to recognize plot patterns in word problems by looking for key vocabulary. We are also working on turning these story problems into algebraic equations by replacing unknowns with letters that make sense in the story.

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we continued working on our charcoal shoe drawings.  We are focusing  on gray scale, realism and proportions for this assignment.


Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • The typing and writing have begun!  Scholars built on the framework from the previous week by drawing from the ANI chart, thesis, proofs.  Some wrote, some typed and presented a rough draft essay.
7th Grade Omnibus
  • We visited C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces!  This work shows his great intelligence, love for great writings of old, and amazing  ability to whirl together his loves and desire to point to Christ.  The ah-ha moment–even for me, the teacher–came from understanding two main reasons one of the characters had a veil–we must face our depravity and die to self, then put on a new face.
7th Logic
  • The fun of logic–it is griping–this subject stays in the forefront of  our minds as we go about our days–we are working on spotting moments when someone else or even we, ourselves make either a logical or illogical argument such as in conversations throughout the day, advertisements we see when we leave school, and then reporting to the class and determining which type of fallacy they are.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • The students were excited to germinate and plant their bean seeds this week. Within their lab groups, they have designed a controlled experiment that will test various soil compositions. They learned the importance of identifying a single independent variable while also managing many controlled variables.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • We continued practicing our four fundamental operations with decimals, as well as with fractions. We concluded our week with a unit test.

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • We worked on our original comic strips this week.  We focused on line and how to use it effectively within a comic strip.

Miss Windes

7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders continue to review and brush away the cobwebs from last year as we dive into the new material of the genitive case, new vocabulary lists, and reviewing how to translate sentences. 


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history this week, we continued to learn about Diocletian and the changes that he brought to the Roman empire, the triumph of Constantine over the other rival emperors, and Constantine’s Edict of Milan that ushered in a new Christian age in the Roman empire. 
  • Literature: Literature is pairing perfectly with history at the moment! We read the last books of Eusebius’ Church History where he gives his eyewitness perspective on the changes he sees in the Roman empire as Constantine came to power and offered a new freedom to Christianity and the church. 
  • Composition: Students continue working on their persuasive essays; they finished their outlines and we reviewed the two literary devices of alliteration and parallelism which they will practice in their essays. 
8th Grade Latin
  • In Latin, students took their first test, a translation test where they also identified the new constructions we have been learning. As we move through the year, we will focus more and more on longer translations.

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • The students were introduced to the tricky and somewhat tedious concept of significant figures this week. We reviewed all the rules for determining the correct number of significant figures that we are allowed to report when recording and calculating data. While this concept can feel overwhelming, the students understood its importance for reporting data accurately, honestly, and with integrity.  Attention to detail matters, especially when reporting data!
8th Grade Algebra I
  • This week, we reviewed all the steps necessary for calculating the surface area of geometric solids. We also practiced using the distributive property to expand  terms in an algebraic expression.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • We worked on pen and ink eye drawings this week.  We have been focusing on hatching and cross hatching specifically as well as looking for detail.

Mr. Davis

8th Logic
  • This week the students learned how to define a term using genus and difference. 



Parents,  I plan for this to be a place you can come for a quick reminder of what your students (especially juniors and seniors!) should be working on at the moment, for resources for you all to be a support to them, and for an overview of what I have been doing with them so that you all can continue those conversations and the work at home! 

  • PSAT is coming up on Wednesday, October 12th at BCA! This is a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship program as well as a practice SAT. Resources

Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • We have been working on new vocabulary this week.  We also conjugated our first verb, learned Spanish pronouns and learned numbers in Spanish.  It has been a full week.  Ask your students about the “Ser is to be” song!

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  • After completing our first two lessons, we successfully completed our first quiz!
  • We are continuing to  make  a set of notecards for our study and use in class.
  • Next week: Finish Lessons 3 & 4; complete our second quiz; prepare for Test #1.

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • This week the students took a practice test and then their first of the quarter.
  • Next week we will continue discussions of the geometry of lines and planes.

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • This week we completed a microscope activity to familiarize ourselves with all the different parts of the microscope and how they work. We also played jeopardy to review Module 1 and completed the Module 1 Test. 

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • This week we addressed how Christianity is first and foremost about who God is and what God does and not about who we are and what we do. Along the way we noted that the doctrine of the Trinity is understood from two categories—the essential and economic. The essential Trinity deals with who God is in himself and how the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit relate to each other (of which we have very little revelation). The economic Trinity deals with what each person of the Trinity does in order to accomplish and apply redemption to God’s people, and is the focus of the whole Bible. We also noted that it took many generations within the history of the church for the church to arrive at the best way to express the truth regarding the doctrine of the Trinity, and that is seen in the Nicene Creed.

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature ( Modern)
  • We are almost to the Celestial City–at least John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress’ character, Christian!  We have learned much about Bunyan’s past and how that influenced the writing of this work.  To conclude we will, of course, test our knowledge by writing  about three main themes in the book, and then take a pilgrimage to an ice cream shop to celebrate!

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • It was an exciting week in art class as we got down to painting.  We opened up the art boxes and learned about each tool and how they are used. The students began working on developing their watercolor skills and creating resources for themselves.  We worked through learning multiple techniques as well as learning some paint mixing tips.  

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • This past week we reviewed our material on the Age of Explorers and began a new unit on the Reformation in Europe. We took our second quiz of the quarter on Friday. We will continue our study of the Reformation as we prepare for our first test of the quarter (9/13).


Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • Graphing lines and solving systems of two equations have been major topics for us this week.  We’ve also  completed our first test and experimented with a flipped classroom style lesson.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have been in the book of Exodus. God did mighty works through the plagues on Egypt; He delivered the people of Israel with a strong hand.  God heard their cries in their affliction. Then God parted the Red Sea for them. Yet they did not trust God and murmured against Him and against Moses. 
  • We too can be like complaining Israel; yet He is merciful and patient. God provides water and God provides manna. God provides for us and He keeps His promises. 
  • Next week, Lord willing, we will begin Leviticus and study the sacrifices and the tabernacle. We also began studying key terms about the doctrine of Scripture. 
  • Test: September 13. 

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Literature (Ancient)
  • Aesop’s Fables have been entertaining and thought-provoking.  We learned a bit about his background and that he most likely was not the only fable contributor as well as about hard events including imprisonment and execution.  We compared fables with other wisdom literature and rounded out a conclusion that Biblical wisdom seemed to have eternally redemptive goals in mind and not just temporal benefit or legalistic emphasis.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we discussed measurement, including unit conversions, percent error,  and significant figures.
  • Next week we will conclude the discussion of measurements, and the students will take their second test of Q1. 

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • Students completed their overview of Ancient Mesopotamia by considering the Hammurabi Law Code and discussing man’s search for justice. We began the study of Ancient Egypt, while reviewing older material in preparation for a quiz (9/6).
10th PE
  • Students continued to add in physical fitness routines while playing sand volleyball and ultimate frisbee.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • This week students discussed how we use emotions to sway audiences (parents beware!). The students also gave their first formal speech in front of their classmates. 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • This week we spent a good amount of time reviewing past concepts such as preterite verb conjugations, past vocabulary, irregular verbs, stem changing verbs and noun-adjective agreement.  Students took their first quiz on “P” verbs in Spanish (these are some challenging verbs!).


Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  • Our knowledge of one dimensional motion is expanding in the vertical direction.  We’re learning how free falling objects are influenced by gravity and the role that air resistance plays.
11th Precalculus
  • Connecting algebraic transformations to graphical transformations has been our main focus this week.   While visual tools like graphing calculators or online graphers help us see how functions change, we want to improve at seeing these changes exclusively from the function expression.

Dr. James

11th Personal Finance
  • This week the students completed a study on  budgeting, and we began a discussion on saving. 
  • Next week we will complete the study on saving and begin a discussion on  credit and debt. 

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • Students have started to climb Purgatory mountain. This book brings out a lot of good theological discussions, so talk with your Juniors about this text! 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • Students have been working on learning vocabulary, endings for identifying nouns, how to identify the subject, verb and direct objects in phrases or sentences, and the rules that govern NT Greek nouns. They also  have already begun to translate!  

Mr. Webster

11th Grade History
  • This week we went over the emergence of the Medieval world with Diocletian, Constantine, and the end of the Roman Empire. 
  • This upcoming week we will go over the beginning of Islam and its initial spread in the world. 

Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • Students have persevered through several methods of determining limits.  This week we’ve focused on infinite limits and limits at infinity.  Soon, we’ll begin to use the concept of a limit to define a derivative – one of the most powerful tools of calculus.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week we wrapped up our unit on the skeletal system. On Tuesday, we compared human skeletons students brought in to one that was anatomically correct and played jeopardy to review the skeletal system. On Thursday, we completed Test 1 on the skeletal system. Next week we will start on the muscular system!

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • Students concluded their study of the Age of Early Explorers and prepared for a quiz. We began our study of the Reformation in Europe and did a close reading and discussion on Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students continued their discussions on Milton’s Paradise Lost. We will be wrapping this text up after the break and onto Hamlet
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • Students finished their first play, Twelfth Night, and watched the Globe Theater production of the play. A tragedy is next! So stay tuned!
12th Rhetoric II
  • Complacency has started to set in with our Seniors. This is the doldrums of researching their topics and often that gets placed on backburners.  Please keep praying for our Seniors as they navigate the waters of their theses.