VOLUME XV, ISSUE 5
Sept 9, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
PLANNING AHEAD: Report cards will be released on EDUCATE on Friday, 9/30. If you would like to be able to view your child’s report cards that day, you will need to make sure in advance that you have set up your login. (The office will be closed during fall break and will not be able to assist with this until after break.)
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- If it’s been a long time since you logged in, give it a try now and let the office know if it isn’t working. A new link can be sent to you.
- Mon, 9/12:
- First Archers Prayer Group at the upper school campus, 7:50 – 8:00
- College Fair (11th – 12th grades)
- Tues, 9/13:
- XC training
- Soccer and volleyball games – @ Lee Christian
- Thurs, 9/15:
- Archers Prayer Group, lower school campus, 7:50
- XC training
- Sophomores and Juniors:
- 6:30 – College Info Night
- 7:30 – DC Trip Info Mtg
- Fri, 9/16:
- Soccer and volleyball games – @ Cresset Christian
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- 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
- Thurs, 10/20: School pictures – TK – 5th grades
- Fri, 10/21: School pictures – 6th – 12th grades
- 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)
This week in TK we finished our study of Creation and completed our Creation books. We also began our study of apples this week. Students learned about the parts of an apple and the life cycle of an apple. We also tasted granny smith and honeycrisp apples and voted on our favorite. Most students preferred granny smith apples! Next week we will be in the kitchen for the first time this year making apple pies. We will get to use granny smith and honey crisp apples, as well as golden delicious apples to make our apple pies. We practiced proper crayon grip this week and began working in our green writing books. Students were able to practice cutting and pasting this week and continued to work on identifying their special letter. They even got to participate in a letter hunt for their special letter around the classroom. We also worked with pattern blocks in math to cover designs with the correct shape and worked on writing the number one.
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.
This week, fourth and fifth grade students continued with 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 two notes: B and A, 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 finished our color theory papers. We started a new color theory project in which students will group both warm and cool colors. Feel free to ask your students about color theory and Da Vinci!
This week we finished our color theory papers. We started a new color theory project in which students will group both warm and cool colors. Feel free to ask your students about color theory and Da Vinci!
This week we worked on our collective Mona Lisa project. Students are working on sketching and coloring squares that will collectively resemble the Mona Lisa.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week our students had fun learning about and acting out some, some went away stories; we learned to count pennies by 1s; we identified a number between 2 numbers; and we learned to divide an object in half. In science, we are studying the sense of smell; we had our first science lab, where we tested our nose to recognize different scents. In art, we used the elements of drawing by cutting out geometric and organic shapes to make a collage; look for this project in their red folders next week. Please make sure you are reviewing the Bible verse of the week with your student each day!
- Ecclesiastes 9:10
- Review Proverbs 1:7 and I Corinthians 13:4-8a
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 have been enjoying a book about King Alfred and making our own crowns to match his royal appearance. We continue to drill 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 have completed our study of Lief Ericson. 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.
- Work by: MA Stodart
- Psalms 145:9
- Adding 2’s assessment.
- Soccer P.E. Field Trip
2nd Grade (Ms. Hedgecock & Mrs. Batten)
- We had a wonderful time studying the Plant Kingdom in art and science this week! The students planted seeds for our next experiment (Which plant will grow the fastest?), practiced sketching plants, made leaf rubbings, and learned the parts of a plant as well as what plants need to grow. Ask your child what type of seed he or she planted, and see if they can sing you the chorus of our Parts of a Plant song (bonus if they remember the hand gestures). In reading, we said goodbye to another group of beloved characters as the last chapter of Tornado unfolded with an unexpectedly happy ending. Our next book will be Bears of Hemlock Mountain. Adverbs and adjectives are joining our sentence classification, and we are continuing to strengthen our composition skills by writing in our journals. We have been learning to count up combinations of coins that use nickels and dimes this week as well as beginning to discuss fractions by splitting squares into two and four equal parts. A great coin activity to do with your child is hand them a set of coins and have them separate out the different coins and try to add different amounts of money! This is a skill we will be practicing all year long.
- Romans 12:18-19 (this week)
- Proverbs 26:17 (next week)
- September Friday Presentation Topic: “My favorite book from when I was very young…” Students will be reading their favorite preschool (picture) books to classmates every Friday for the remainder of September. Look at the assignment sheet and Presentation Practice Sheet that will come home Monday for more information.
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
- Biome projects
- Greensboro Science Center Field Trip
- Soccer P.E. Field Trip
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- Wonderful busy short week in fourth grade! We germinated our seeds this week and had a wonderful time drawing and labeling our seed development using vocabulary words in our sketches. We slowed math down a little this week to focus on some harder concepts to find the difference when we are missing our first number. We dove into a new concept learning about the Council at Chalcedon and how 600 theologians studied scripture to affirm that Jesus is fully God and fully man, one God, and not blurred.
- Philippians 4: 4-8a
- Field Trip to UNC Botanical Gardens Friday, April 30th, 9:30- 11:00 (Field Trip Form and email coming soon)
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- This week we made pasta skeletons! We had a lot of fun learning about the skeletal system in class. We also started our “bone sound off” memory chant. Students learned about Spanish explorers in history. We learned about Cortez’ conquering Montezuma. We also learned that the Aztec lived in a relatively modern society. In math we worked with negative numbers on the number line and finding the average of numbers. They are getting so good at math in their heads. We have enjoyed reading The Hobbit. Students are learning personal responsibility and to take ownership of their learning. I’m happy to see so many setting a high standard for themselves.
Romans 12 11-13 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality
- Next week we will begin figurative language and working on some creative writing pieces. We will also discover the northeast explorers.
- 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, review how to hold them, where to put our fingers, and how to play our first note! Students received instruction as a whole group, in sections, and as individuals. Students worked very hard and were very patient with their classmates during this beginning process of learning how to play an instrument.
- The singers began work on a third choral piece for Christmas that we will really enjoy. We continued making progress on our other music, especially our Bach piece, “Wohl mir, daß ich Jesum habe”. We discussed the concept of balance in a choir. I assigned a short home practice for the first time; every student should check Google Classroom for recordings.
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the boys played a soccer scrimmage.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week I introduced the basic rules of flag football.
6th Reading and Literature
- We were excited to start reading The Call of the Wild this week!
6th Grammar and Writing
- The kids turned in the final drafts of their narrative essays last week. I was very pleased with the final products! This week I introduced them to The Lost Tools of Writing. We started out by learning how to fill out an ANI chart (Affirmative, Negative, Interesting).
- We are continuing our way through the book of Matthew. This week we discussed Jesus’ use of parables and the death of John the Baptist.
- This week we discussed slavery in the South from 1780-1865.
- We wrapped up note-taking for the quarter and are ready to jump into some experiments next week! Some upcoming big dates for Science class are the Unit 1 Test on Thursday, September 22 and the Scientific Method Project on Tuesday, September 27.
- This week we wrapped up our discussion on Ad Hominem attacks.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders are now proficient at conjugating and translating a verb in the present tense and translating individual verbs from English to Latin and Latin to English! They have their first big test this coming Tuesday. We also began chapter three vocabulary.
6th Grade Math
- The students took their second unit exam this week. They are continuing to grow in their skills as independent mathematicians, both in making calculations, as well as in maintaining an organized notebook.
- Ask your student if you can see their math notebook. Have them tell you how they organize their lesson notes, practice, homework, and corrections. They are all learning the crucial importance of math corrections for the purpose of growth!
- This week we continued working on and finishing our charcoal shoe drawings. We worked on contrast, grayscale and detail.
7th Grammar and Writing
- Scholars worked on idea inventions/ outlines/rough drafts to aid in Omnibus essays.
7th Grade Omnibus
- We briefly discussed the history of Labor Day and watched 5 minutes of history on the subject from World Watch (World Magazine). Then we dove into the week–scholars reviewed quiz points for C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces. They were assigned a dual assignment–Omnibus & Grammar–to write an expository or persuasive essay on a favorite point learned from one of the works we have covered so far–Genesis, Exodus, Gilgamesh, The Code of Hammurabi, and Till We Have Faces. They were tasked with writing an outline and rough draft. A first draft is due Tuesday.
- We prepared for a Logic quiz–know the basic vocabulary so we can dig deeper into fallacies and logical conclusions. Also,students are assigned the task of observing fallacies when the see/hear advertisements or arguments out in the real world and are to share with the class next week.
7th Grade Science
- Our bean plant experiments are well underway. Each lab group chose an independent variable to manipulate and worked as a group to develop their experimental design. We are already collecting great data! Ask your student what variable they chose to manipulate and how they designed their four study samples.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- This week we reviewed how to use exponential notation and then put our knowledge to practical use in expressing the prime factorization of large numbers, as well as in calculating the area of complex figures.
- This week we worked on finishing our comic strips. Students practiced with being nice and neat, using simple colors and clearly defined lines.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders continued to practice translations and different ways to use the genitive case. They will take a test on these things next week!
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: In history, we reviewed for and took our first test covering the time period from Augustus to Constantine! We will be looking at the fall of the Roman empire soon.
- Literature: In literature, we began Augustine’s Confessions, and have had excellent discussions about the first few books – growing up, education, the characteristics of temptation, the influence of parents.
- Composition: Students have begun writing their first persuasive essay, beginning with the introduction and writing the body paragraphs next week.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders learned about possessive adjectives and practiced using them in translations.
8th Grade Science
- We are drawing to the end of our “math-in-science” unit. The students have gained skills in rounding calculated answers to the correct number of significant figures, converting within the metric system, and converting between the metric system and the U.S. customary system. Ask your student what they learned about the development of the Celsius scale and which temperature scale is actually the official scale used in science.
8th Grade Algebra I
- This week we have practiced the addition of like terms and the calculation of the volume of right solids. The students have memorized the all-important formula: Volume of a Right Solid = Area of the Base x Height. We wrapped up the week with our third cumulative exam.
- This week we finished working on pen and ink eyes. We began our pen and ink portrait finals this week as well focusing on hatching and cross hatching.
- This week the students took their first test from material covered in the Introduction through Lesson 5. Each student did very well!
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
Parents, as I mentioned last week, this will 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!
- The college fair at ACC is this coming Monday, 9/12; 83 colleges from around the country will be there – students just received the list of colleges!
- The 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. You can read more about taking the test, practicing for the test, and scholarship opportunities here: https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt
- We will talk in more detail next Thursday, 9/15 at our College Info Night about what juniors should be doing now and throughout the year, but in the meantime you can listen to this helpful podcast: 5 Things Juniors Should Do Now; Free Test Prep Resources (also on Spotify, etc.)
- Seniors will also have a chance to attend a college fair at ACC on Monday, 9/12; they just received the list of the 83 colleges from around the country that will be there
- I have recently had an application essay writing workshop and a scholarship workshop with the seniors; they can be working on applying for scholarships throughout the year, but starting early can be helpful!
- Seniors are looking ahead to upcoming application deadlines and thinking more about finances and financial aid! This podcast has helpful tips for seniors and their parents: Top 5 Series: Advice for Senior Year Admissions and Financial Aid Applications; Senior Timeline (also on Spotify, etc.)
- This week we continued working with the verb SER. We also added new vocabulary, worked through how to tell time in Spanish and continued reviewing articles/pronouns. Their first chapter test is on 9/16.
- Our coursework in propositional logic has taken a turn into difficult territory. We have been learning that using symbolic language in logic requires that we know our English language and grammar. We are forging ahead and learning about conditional statements (in symbolic logic and English)!
- This week the students continued learning about aspects of planar geometry.
- Next week we will begin discussions involving three-dimensional geometry.
- This week we started learning about Kingdom Monera. We did an experiment with bread and can’t wait to see the results next Tuesday! Students will have a test on Kingdom Monera next Thursday.
- This week we reviewed the first two chapters to prepare them for their test on Friday. We worked on good answers to five short answer questions. We covered what goes into a quality answer to any short answer question, and related this to formulating and expressing biblically faithful theology. We noted that all human knowledge is about recognizing the relationships between two or more things, and that in theology we are seeking to use words to communicate concepts. So, we also talked about a word-concept fallacy (confusing a concept with only one word or a limited set of words), and how some professing Christians have refused to believe in the doctrine of the Trinity, in part, because the word Trinity is not in the Bible. Thus, they commit a word-concept fallacy.
9th Grade Literature (Modern)
- Scholars completed reading Pilgrim’s Progress! They prepared for an essay-type test on Bunyan’s work. Also, the pilgrimage to the “Celestial City” (i.e. Muffins Ice Cream) was a welcome treat in the heat!
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We continued learning watercolor techniques this week as well as discussing the first chapter of Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcy. Ask your student for some examples of how ideas have consequences. Hint… we studied some architecture that demonstrated different worldviews.
- We have nearly finished our study of the Reformation this week. Students have begun to review for their unit test on Explorers and the Reformation. On Wednesday, history came alive with a surprise water balloon fight. Next week we will complete our study on the Reformation, review and then test (9/14), then we will begin to study Europe’s political transformation in the 17th century.
10th Algebra II
- We have learned how to find the equation of a line from two points as well as solve systems of equations using the Elimination method. Next we will begin working with polynomials – first multiplying and dividing them and then later factoring them.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have been studying the book of Leviticus. We have explored the roles of the priest and the articles of the tabernacle. We have seen how these are types and shadows of Christ and the church. It has been encouraging to see the NT explanations of these things.
- Test Sep 13, 2022 on Gen. – Leviticus.
- Scripture Memory: Numbers 6:24-26
10th Grade Literature (Ancient)
- We spent a brief moment listening to and discussing music of the day and how music has continued to be a major part of celebrations, drama, sad moments, war, religion…scholars worked on invention of an idea, outlines and rough drafts for an expository or persuasive essay on a topic from one of the 3 works of wisdom literature we have studied.
- This week we concluded our discussion of measurement, significant digits, and sources for error. The students also took their second test of Q1.
- Next week we will begin talking about atomic structure.
- This week we studied Egypt’s Old Kingdom and are on the verge of tying this into when Joseph and later Moses lived in Egypt. Students took their second quiz of the track this week and will begin to prepare for their first test (9/16).
- Students continue to do more and more physical exercises while also playing ultimate frisbee and sand volleyball. Next week we will practice a few of our fitness tests and begin to play soccer.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students got feedback on their first rhetorical assignments, took a vocab quiz, and got their next speech assignment.
- This week we continued to review past concepts, added new vocabulary and took notes on stem changing preterite verbs.
- Students learned 3 basic equations of motion. This week we’ve been focusing on free fall motion. Gravity acts on an object independent of its mass but other factors do affect free fall – drag and air resistance are a few that we considered.
- This week we’ve learned how various changes to equations can transform a function. We’ve tried to connect the algebraic changes to graphical changes to better understand how we can manipulate a mathematical model to serve our purposes.
11th Personal Finance
- This week the students took a test on saving and interest. We also talked about credit and how the use of credit results in paying far more than the actual cost of the purchased item.
- Next week the students will take a test on credit and debt. We will also discuss consumer awareness.
11th Grade Literature
- We continued our journey up Purgatory mountain with Dante and Virgil. We’ve discussed how this book is an allegory for our time on earth.
11th NT Greek
- We continued working on identifying the case endings of various nouns, added to our vocabulary and began working on how nouns in the genitive and dative cases are used in Greek sentences. Students did more translation work with either parts of sentences or entire sentences from the Greek New Testament. We observed how the translation (and thus meaning) of the latter part of Luke 2:14 changes depending on whether scholars believe that the last word in the sentence is in the nominative or genitive case.
11th Grade History
- This week we went over the development of the Christian church with regard to the Latin church fathers, the doctrine of Petrine Supremacy, and the emergence of monasteries.
- Next week will have our first test as well as cover the beginning stages of Islam.
- We’ve completed our study of limits and have begun to consider a basic definition of a derivative – a slope at a single point.
- This week we started our unit on The Muscular System! Students completed posters on the types of muscles. Next week we will continue The Muscular System and relate it to what we already learned about The Skeletal System!
- We have dived deeply into the religious and political conflicts that arose following the Reformation this week. Students have begun to review for their unit test on Explorers and the Reformation. On Wednesday, history came alive with a surprise water balloon fight. Next week we will complete our study on the Reformation, review and then test (9/14), then we will begin to study Europe’s political transformation in the 17th century.
12th Grade Literature
- We wrapped up discussions on Paradise Lost and wrote an in class essay on whether Satan is the hero of Milton’s epic. Next week we will begin the Shakespearean classic: Hamlet.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
We finished Twelfth Night and began King Lear.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are beginning to dive deep into the research portion of their thesis topics. The temptation to push off doing any research is a big one right now, so please pray that they can do everything to God’s glory, especially research.