VOLUME XVI, ISSUE 9
Sept 8, 2023
FROM THE OFFICE
NOTES FOR ALL:
- Red Envelopes: Parents, thank you so much for sending in contributions to bless our teachers through our red envelope donations. If you haven’t seen a red envelope come home in your student’s folder or planner, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll supply one for you. We’d like to have them by 09/15, but will receive them any time you can send in cash. Room Moms will use these cash contributions to be your personal shopper for Christmas and Teacher Appreciation Day.
- **Wed, 9/27 – Special opportunity** As we have announced, Wed, 9/27 is a half day of school. While Moms’ Helper and Bradford Plus are not offered, our Senior class will be hosting a camp for the day. Please see the email for details!
- Safety Week at the Lower School:
- We welcomed Mebane’s Chief of Police and 2 resource officers to Forum to talk about safety protocols in preparation for next week. We wanted you to be aware that the officers gave your children an assignment to ask you how to call 911 on your cell phone. There are emergency protocols to circumvent passwords and facial recognition. We will leave this to your discretion.
- We will take time first thing on Tuesday – Thursday mornings to talk through and practice tornado, fire, and lock down drills. Mr. Johnston will talk to students in Forum beforehand and answer their questions. Our goal is to both take this seriously but to present it in a loving manner that communicates “this is what we do to keep everyone safe.”
- What to expect at dismissal to keep traffic moving:
- LOADED cars will be directed to the exit on the right that leads to 4th St.
- UNLOADED cars will be directed to the exit on the left that leads to 3rd St.
- Tues, 9/12: AWAY Games vs. Cape Fear Christian Academy [138 Erwin Chapel Rd. Erwin, NC 28339]
- MS Girls Volleyball (4pm)
- Varsity Boys Soccer (4pm)
- Varsity Girls Volleyball (5pm)
- Thurs, 9/14:
- Lower School Archer Prayer group
- XC meet @ Crossroads Christian
- College Info Night, 10th-11th graders and parents, upper school, 6pm
- Fri, 9/15:
- Upper School Archer Prayer Group
- AWAY Games vs. Lee Christian School [3220 Keller Andrews Rd. Sandford, NC 27330]
- Varsity Boys Soccer (4:30pm)
- MS Girls Volleyball (5pm)
- Varsity Girls Volleyball (6pm)
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Thurs, Mon, 9/18: Class of 2025 Senior Trip Meeting, 6pm, upper school
- Wed, 9/27: Half day – Teacher workday – **Special afterschool care opportunity**
- Fri, 9/29: Lower school: Soccer tournament @ MACC, 12:00
- Thurs 10/5: 1st Grade Field Trip
- Fri, 10/6: End of quarter 1
- 3rd grade: Field trip to Science Museum
- Report cards released on EDUCATE
- Week of October 9th: FALL BREAK
- Week of October 9th: MS and Varsity Conference Tournaments
- 2nd and 3rd QUARTERS: Sweaters required with dress uniform
- Thurs, 10/19: PSAT for 11th grade @ BCA
- Thurs, 10/26: USED UNIFORM SALE
- Fri, 10/27:
- K – 4th: Greek Olympics
- Plymouth HOUSE SOCIAL
- Sat, 10/28:
- Leiden HOUSE SOCIAL
- Thurs, 11/2: Lower school Pictures
- Fri, 11/3:
- Upper school Pictures
- Austerfield HOUSE SOCIAL
- Sat, 11/4:
- Scrooby HOUSE SOCIAL
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Grubb and Mrs. Weber)
TK had a very busy week this week packed with much learning and activities! We began our apple study and learned about the life cycle and parts of an apple. We had a taste test of red gala, granny smith, and golden delicious apples and voted on our favorites. Red gala was the winner! Next week, we are excited to be in the kitchen making apple pies. In math this week, we focused on counting up to 10 and used our pattern blocks to make and cover designs. We are continuing to enjoy centers and being able to break into smaller groups is a joy. We have read books, built letters with wood pieces, hunted for our special letter, practiced cutting and pasting, and drew our friend “Mat Man” this week. We finished our study of Creation and students brought home their Creation books this week. Students also began learning Psalm 19:1. We begin learning about the fall in the garden next week.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 4th
- Students completed several relay races and hand-eye coordination relays in P.E. this week. Students also completed several soccer skill drills. Some classes were even able to complete a soccer match. We spent a lot of time talking about perseverance, effort, communication, and teamwork and how these character traits add to our enjoyment of each activity.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Students did a great job in music this week. We reviewed all three verses of “To God Be The Glory”. We then worked on the first two verses of our next hymn of the quarter, “Holy, Holy, Holy”. Students learned the definitions for the musical terms “Major” and “Minor”. We applied these terms to our listening activity. Students have been learning about the composer of the quarter, Antonio Vivaldi. We have been listening to and discussing the four different movements from “The Four Seasons”. Students are starting to learn which pieces are in major keys and which ones are in minor keys. We spent a lot of time talking about self control and effort and how these character traits aid in our enjoyment of a group activity.
- Students did a great job in music this week. We reviewed all three verses of “To God Be The Glory”. We then worked on the first two verses of our next hymn of the quarter, “Holy, Holy, Holy”. We spent the majority of our class reviewing procedures and proper playing technique for recorders. We also worked on playing our first two notes (B, A), playing whole notes/whole rests, and quarter notes/whole notes.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- Students continued working on their Giotto inspired stained glass window projects. We worked with oil pastels this week and made good progress.
- Students continued working on their Giotto inspired stained glass window projects. We worked with oil pastels this week and made good progress.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera and Miss Burdeshaw)
- Our kindergarten scholars had an exciting week by visiting the Bradford lab for science! We are continuing our unit on the five senses, and this week was on smell. They got to wear their lab coats and safety glasses as they recorded data by smelling different fragrances. In math, we learned about counting pennies, we identified a number between two numbers, we divided a solid in half to show them what one half is, and we graphed a picture on a pictograph. In phonics, we added the phonograms h, k, l, and i, and continued practicing our cursive strokes. In art, we discussed the elements of drawing (the curves, lines, dots, circles, and angles) and they drew a picture of a cat and a mouse.
- Ecclesiastes 9:10 and review
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- The students are continuing to work more with simple graphs and charts in math, along with what it means to divide shapes into equal parts. In reading, we are working on a small reader. We will continue to drill single letter phonograms and we are starting to work on multi letter phonograms, in order to help the students decode and sound out unfamiliar words. In grammar, we are doing work with proper nouns and writing out our mailing addresses. Students are working on memorizing their own mailing addresses. In history, we are continuing with our study of Lief Ericson and will be concluding this soon. Our next early explorer is going to be Christopher Columbus. In science, we have learned about the mourning dove, our September Bird of the Month.
- John 1:12, Catechism Questions 10-12
- Wednesday, September 27- ½ day
- Friday, September29- Soccer Tournament
- October 5- Alamance Battlegrounds Field Trip
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Eng)
- Our memory verse in Hebrews 11:5-6 correlated well with our history story of the flood. We are striving to live our lives pleasing to God like Noah did. We are all on the lookout for rainbows now and will be reminded of God’s promise to never flood the entire earth again. The students are doing well with the math concepts and are able to complete 25 facts in one minute. Our new facts this week are making addition facts with a sum of ten and rounding numbers to the nearest ten. We enjoyed the story of a dog named Tornado and next week we will start our 4th book of the quarter, The Bears on Hemlock Mountain. In science we continue to study our fearfully and wonderfully made body including learning about our sense of sight and hearing. We introduced braille and sign language. Our adventure in language continued as we learned about adverbs. Sentence classification is an important part of learning to write well, and we are striving to lay a good foundation so they are able to express themselves well as they progress in their studies.
- Continue Hebrews 11:1-7 and learn Proverbs 26:17
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- We continued reading Black Ships Before Troy. Students discovered that you can choose your sin but you cannot choose your consequences! Paris and Helen’s decision to run away together to Troy had dastardly consequences for both the Trojans as well as the Greeks. In science, students began working on their biome projects and observed some of the beautiful habitats and ecological systems God created to sustain them. In history, we learned about the Phoenician Civilization and their 26-letter alphabet. Ask your student about the card they made for you written in Phoenician!
- Proverbs 23:24-26
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Miss Abrahamsen)
- Fourth grade enjoyed a busy short week. We talked about new character traits in literature and will focus on humility and perseverance as we begin our new book The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow. We learned new geometry vocabulary and discovered how to find the total when solving a subtraction problem, as well as how to find a missing addend. We ended the week learning about adding sets with multiplication. In History, we learned about the Council of Chalcedon and how 600 Bishops searched the Bible to discover and affirm that Jesus is fully God and fully man; He is one with two distinct natures that are not blurred. We incorporated this understanding creating nature art during nature study to aid in our understanding of this concept. We practiced our catechism questions, scripture memory, and recitation songs. We ended the week in Latin reviewing irregular verbs.
- 1st Corinthians 13: 1-3
- Students started the week by reviewing how to open our cases, put together our mouthpieces, make the correct embouchure needed for each instrument, where to put our mouthpiece on our lips, how to sit when we play, how to breathe, how to articulate the sound, and how to play our mouthpiece. We then reviewed how to put our instruments together, how to hold our instruments correctly, and how to position our hands and fingers to play our first two notes! We worked on the first six exercises in our book. We ended the week by completing our first playing test on Exercise 1.6. Students did a great job!
- Students did a great job playing this week! We continued with our review of all of the concepts that we learned last year so that we can start working on more mature sounds this year. This also provided a great opportunity for the students that switched instruments to get caught up with the rest of the class. Students did a great job completing their first playing test on Unit 2 this past Tuesday. As a reminder, the second practice record for the quarter (9/5-9/11) will be due on Tuesday 9/12.
- At the beginning of each class students enjoy a brief music theory lesson, including review of previous material and introduction to a new topic. This week we explored time signatures and reading treble clef notes. We are more consistently standing with confidence and breathing from our core while warming up to favorite classical composers. The class began working through the words and dynamics of our first piece of music!
5th-8th Boys’ PE
- Due to be being off for Labor Day, the boys only played ultimate frisbee this week.
5th-8th Girls’ PE
- Due to high temperatures on Wednesday, PE time was used as a study hall.
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
- This week we studied four more explorers of the new world and dove into lands they discovered, people they came into contact with, and their hopes for finding gold and fortune. In math we continued to work on word problems and used all four different types of arithmetic to find the answers. The students have a few more weeks before their body projects are due and this week we learned more about our skin and the integumentary system. All science lessons are posted on Google Classroom and the students can access those to help with their project. The students completed their fourth key word outline this week and have chosen one to write a final draft that will be graded. In grammar we have studied nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives, and this week we have added prepositions and object prepositions to our sentences. The students have settled into great rhythms and have been a joy to teach.
- Romans 12:9-10 (this week)
- Romans 12: 11-13 (next week)
- Body project due Wednesday, September 27th (more information on Google Classroom)
- Students have been hard at work on their Giotto inspired stained glass windows. Our aim has been to get the right amount of paint to water ratio while using watercolor. These artists worked hard at translucency and not creating thick watercolor which would be more like acrylic paint. They have done well!
- Fifth grade Latin students did a fabulous job this week solidifying their 3rd declension noun endings, learning the third declension adjectives, and learning a new set of vocabulary! We have also been having fun practicing translations with new and old vocabulary.
6th Grade (Miss Stevenson)
6th Reading and Literature
- We are continuing to work our way through Sign of the Beaver.
6th Grammar and Writing
- Students turned in the final draft of their first major writing assignment this week! I am looking forward to reading them.
- This week we kept working our way through the gospel of Matthew.
- In History this week we discussed slavery in the South during the early 1800s.
- Students took a quiz on the steps of the scientific method this week. They also turned in their project proposals for the Scientific Method Project that is due on Tuesday, September 26.
- In Logic this week we looked at the Genetic Fallacy and finished up watching the presidential debate from a couple of weeks ago.
- This week we continued to learn the nominative and accusative cases of the first and second declension nouns and adjectives, and we discussed some resources for translating Latin texts.
- During this short week, we reviewed units of length, volume, weight, and temperature in the U.S. Customary System of measurement, as well as practiced measuring and drawing angles using a protractor. We ended the week with a cumulative review and a unit test.
- We are continuing on with our charcoal still life shoe drawings. Grayscale, contrast, highlights/shadows and detail have been our focus and students are working toward this goal.
7th Grammar and Writing
- Students received their graded short stories and had the opportunity to ask questions. We began lesson 4 of The Lost Tools of Learning.
- Literature: We are barrelling through Homer’s Odyssey and all are excited to begin the Odyssey play. This is an adaptation of the work ( simple props!)
- History: We concluded Ancient Egypt and turned our focus onto Ancient Greece.
- Bible: Students have been assigned to read Exodus and I & II Samuel.
- Our young scholars continue to wrestle with the idea of necessary conclusions as we work through some Logic puzzles. Next Tuesday, the students will have a quiz over some of the terms and concepts we have been discussing.
- Due to the holiday, we only had one science class this week, but it was an exciting one! The students worked in their lab groups to develop an experimental design that would answer the question: “Which type of soil will help bean plants to grow the tallest?” Each group designed one control group and three experimental groups and then planted their bean seeds. They are all excited to watch their bean seeds grow in the coming weeks.
- This week’s lessons included multiplying and dividing fractions, using prime factorization to find the Least Common Multiple of a set of numbers, and finding the average of a data set. Ask your student if they can describe three different ways to find a common multiple of a set of numbers and if they can explain the advantages of the prime factorization method over other methods.
- We have continued on with our original comic strip projects. They have been working to have neat and tidy lines, characters that change position/emotions and humor in our comic strips.
- This week we studied the first, second, and third person pronouns, ways of saying “and” in Latin, and some prepositions. We also explored some resources for translating Latin texts.
- History: We have started to review for our first history test (which will be next Wednesday), and also learned about the late Roman empire and Diocletian’s efforts to pull the empire back together after the Third Century Crisis through the tetrarchy.
- Literature: We came to the end of our Eusebius reading this week, and I am so excited to begin reading Augustine’s Confessions with the students! This book has been a deeply impactful book for students in years past, and I encourage you to read it with your student if you have not read it before. Augustine tells the story of his struggles with sin and the long process of his conversion throughout the book.
- Composition: We worked on some stylistic techniques this week, reviewing parallelism and learning to write sentences with a variety of sentence structures.
- This week we reviewed Latin pronouns and studied various ways of saying “and” in Latin, as well as some prepositions. We also explored several resources for translating Latin texts.
- This week’s topic was significant figures. While this is a difficult concept to both understand and master, it is an important one for maintaining honesty and integrity in scientific research. Ask your student if they can explain the importance of significant figures in data analysis and what rules help us to determine the number of significant figures that are allowed when data is reported.
8th Algebra I
- This week we practiced combining like terms. The students were reminded of Mrs. Frueh’s favorite math rule: “To compare or combine they must be the same kind.” We also practiced adding exponential terms and applying the product rule for exponents. The pace of Algebra is picking up quickly. The students are working hard, but are to be reminded that daily diligence in math work yields deeper understanding over time.
- Students are working on magazine landscapes. This is a project that requires patience and endurance but is worth the effort. We have been looking at color nuances and focusing on details in mimicking Van Gogh.
- We have taken our first quiz over our first three lessons. Our minds are working on understanding various ways to group and define words, or terms.
From the COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
- If you have not already, please RSVP for the College Info Night (sophomores and parents welcome too!) next Thursday, September 14th at 6pm. I would love for at least one parent to be there for each student.
- The PSAT will be held on Thursday, October 19th at BCA; more information to come. It is newly a digital PSAT this year, so we will have a practice session to check equipment at BCA ahead of time as well
Juniors and Seniors:
- For any students (juniors or seniors) interested in NC State: NC State hosts an open house each year offering the opportunity to meet with specific academic departments and over 100 sessions about various topics! This event requires pre-registration and fills up – register asap if you are interested!
- Saturday, October 14th, 9am-2pm REGISTER HERE
- Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to go to the CACRAO College Fair at ACC where over 85 college reps will gather to speak with students on Monday, September 25th. This will be from 12pm-1pm; be on the lookout for a permission slip!
- I am continuing to meet with seniors often to give them guidance and time to work on the various parts of the college application! Below are the remaining dates and topics we will cover. Parents, if you have questions or would like to meet, also feel free to reach out!
- Thursday, September 14th, 10am-11:45am: Scholarship Application Workshop
- Thursday, September 21st, 2:15-2:45pm: Financial Aid Information (FAFSA, CSS Profile, etc.)
- We are working on wrapping up our first chapter in Spanish. New vocabulary was added this week – ask your students to share some of the new vocabulary with you! Students will have their first chapter test on September 13th.
- Students listened and discussed two days of lecture material on the Reformation, its religious sources and effects as well as its political and social effects. Next week we will begin considering the roughly 130 years of religious war that will sweep across Europe due to the state and religious consequences of the Reformation. We will conclude the week by considering how it moved many to immigrate to the New World and to develop principles of religious liberty.
- Due to the holiday, we only met twice this week, but used our time to review for our very first Geometry test of the quarter, which the students took on Friday. Our next unit will be on Reasoning and Proofs, which will align nicely with what they’re already learning in Logic class.
- Since Intermediate Logic take statements in English and translates them into symbolic language for analysis, we are seeing that English is confusing at times and that symbolic language translation forces us to better understand how our own language works.
9th Advanced Art
- We have studied Giotto, the architecture of Florence during the Renaissance, the importance of the Medici family and we even went outside and measured the dimensions of the cathedral. There is much more that could be studied from that time period, but we are shifting gears and focusing attention on building watercolor skills and techniques. Next week we hope to begin our first painting..
- This week students took their first test. Grades are in educate! We also started the second unit on Kingdom Monera!
- Students finished reading Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. They were assigned essays and also memory work tied to the work. We also viewed a documentary on John Bunyan’s time in prison–where he wrote his famous book.
9th-10th Bible Survey
- This week we have been studying the books of Exodus and Leviticus. We have seen God’s strong hand to deliver the people of Israel from Egypt and the leader he gave to them in Moses. We have reflected on how we are like the Israelites and can complain against God even after having such great deliverances. We have also seen how the Lord prepared the people with willing hearts to give to the work of building the tabernacle. The Lord also gave abilities and special skills to some to do the craftsmanship. We applied that to ourselves that God has given us abilities that we can use for his glory. We must improve them and use them in our work at Bradford, in our homes, in our churches and in our community.
- Verse Memory: Numbers 6:24-26
- This week we continued talking about measurement, including conversion between different units of measurement and the use of significant figures.
- Next week we will complete this section, and the students will take their second test of Q1.
- We have been wrapping up our review unit. We have been thoroughly reviewing a lot of past vocabulary, conjugations and grammar. Students will have their first test on September 13th.
10th Algebra II
- This week we worked on finding equations of lines from two points as well as solving systems of equations by substitution.
- Students were assigned memory work, reading, and an essay to conclude wisdom literature study. Next up—Homer’s Iliad!
10th Rhetoric I
- Students are practicing their ethos with a college entrance essay. They also had a poetry recitation this week. Starting soon, we will begin writing our own speeches!
- Students continued to study and discuss the pharaohs of the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, while mixing in observation lessons that we can learn from sports and work. It would be wise for students to faithfully commit to small portions of daily review rather than wait to cram for their upcoming test on Thursday (9/14). Enjoy your weekend!
- We had a very hot week and both of our PE days were scheduled to be game days, so we took a lighter week of activity overall in order to introduce our Growing Archers Project material and play fun group games like sand volleyball and “Nuke ‘Em” volleyball.
- We wrapped up our study of transformations this week, learning the distinctions between those that affect x and those that affect y. After a review, we are now ready for our first test.
- After learning some new motion equations and applying them to horizontal motion, we transitioned to vertical motion. We learned how objects falling under the influence of gravity accelerate independent of mass but influenced by air resistance.
- Students began our afterlife journey with Dante and Virgil in Purgatorio! This is a delightful book and I am so excited to read it with them.
- This week the students prepared for their debate on the alliance of church and state.
11th NT Greek
- This week we continued to practice parsing nouns in the nominative, genitive, dative, and accusative cases. Students chose passages from the NT (and occasionally from classical literature) for us to analyze and parse. We also discussed two more Greek poets: Solon and Theognis.
11th Elective: Portfolio
- Our students are finishing their wood burning projects and are beginning rough sketches for their cardboard relief projects. So far, students are considering creating the skylines of New York City and Venice. Don’t forget that they need to collect cardboard for this project.
11th-12th Elective: Military History
- Our class jumped into the events of the war in more detail this week as we considered the strategic significance of Germany’s invasion of Norway, Germany’s tactical choices of blitzkrieg (and what that is), and Britain’s moral response through Churchill to commit to their given words to their allies and fight against Axis Power nations despite the lack of allies following June 1940. Next week will consider the Battle of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the early war in the Mediterranean in more detail.
11th-12th Elective: Spanish 3 / ESL
- We have been focusing on the four pillars of language learning: reading, writing, listening and speaking. I am thankful these students are desiring to learn and further their Spanish knowledge.
11th-12th Apologetics & Philosophy
- Students have been exploring ways in which apologetics is not merely for responding to the questions or accusations of the non-Christian, but for the Christian to explore the rational validity of the Christian faith. Today we discuss how we would respond to the question: How do you know the God revealed in Scripture is real? They have had four memory passage quizzes and will have their first test this Friday.
- Students spend two days listening and responding to the religious causes of the Reformation. We focused on how the Reformers and the Roman Catholic Church answered fundamental questions differently. We considered how that refusal to reform will cause the splitting of the church into many protestant denominations that we know today. We briefly considered the continued importance to be committed to the convictions of the Reformers and next week we will look at how this religious rupture also impacted the home, society and the politics of Europe. Students are working on short research projects relating to important military or political figures from this time and they will present their work next Wednesday (9/13).
- Students wrapped up Paradise Lost and wrote an essay on it. Next up, The Red Badge of Courage!
12th Rhetoric II
- Please keep our seniors in your prayers! They all have topics and mentors, so research is starting to ramp up! Chreias have also begun, so please be on the lookout for the invitation to your senior’s speech!
- We concluded our study of limits this week – the building block of calculus. After a test early next week, we will begin to look at how a limit leads us to the concept of a derivative.
- This week we wrapped up the Skeletal System! We will start on the Muscular System next week!