VOLUME XV, ISSUE 6
Sept 16, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
Red Envelope Project – Thank you so much for the generous donations this year! Though the deadline was today (so that we can get amounts to Room Moms) you may still contribute if you like. We’re excited to be able to support our hardworking teachers this year.
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.)
- If you have never logged into EDUCATE, please let the office know so we can re-send your link.
- 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.
October 13: join our varsity volleyball and soccer teams in celebrating Senior Night at our final HOME games of the season (3:30pm start at MACC) vs. Cresset Christian. Students are encouraged to bring their House scarves to show their school spirit and help us recognize six seniors who are leading our soccer and volleyball teams this season!
- Mon. 9/19:
- 7:40 – NEW TIME – Archers Prayer Group at upper school
- 3:30, HOME soccer game
- Tues, 9/20:
- Final XC training session
- 4:30, AWAY soccer game
- Wed, 9/21:
- 3:30, HOME volleyball game
- Thurs, 9/22:
- 7:50 – Archers Prayer Group at lower school
- 3:30, HOME soccer game
- 6:00 XC race in Kernersville
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
- Upper school Ultimate Frisbee tournament
- Mon, 10/3 – Fri 10/7: FALL BREAK
- Wed, 10/12: PSAT (11th grade)
- Thurs, 10/13: SENIOR NIGHT for soccer and volleyball***See note above
- 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)
We had a wonderful week in TK making apple pies! We spent our first day in the kitchen learning about the ingredients needed to make our apple pie filling, then worked to peel, core, and slice the apples. The students were tasked to cut the apples into small pieces to put into our pies. We spent our second day in the kitchen assembling the pies. The students were tasked with filling their small pies and creating a topper out of dough. On our third day, we were able to enjoy the fruits of our labor and eat the pies we worked hard to make! We are so thankful for our many volunteers who came to help and enjoy pie this week. TK also worked on rhyming words, writing numbers on magnet boards, identifying letters in alphabet pasta, and were introduced to beginning, middle, and end of a short story. We also learned about Adam and Eve and the fall in the garden. Next week we look forward to our study of Noah and the ark as well as working on new concepts in math.
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- This week, students completed several plyometric skills and ladder drills. Students also continued working on basic soccer skills and drills in preparation for the House Soccer tournament on Wednesday 9/28. PE ended this week with students getting a chance to put all of their skills into practice in a few soccer scrimmages .
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week, students continued to practice proper singing posture, breathing, opening our mouths, eye contact, and watching the conductor for entrances and releases. Students reviewed the first verse of “Holy, Holy, Holy” and then completed a small group assessment on their singing progress so far. All of the students did well with their assessment. Students then worked on the concepts of steady beat and rhythm with the song, “Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder”.
- This week, fourth and fifth grade students reviewed the first verse of “Holy, Holy, Holy” and then completed a small group assessment on their singing progress so far. All of the students did well with their assessment. Students also continued with Recorders. They reviewed how to hold the recorder, where to put their hands and fingers, how to sit with correct posture, how to tap their foot to keep the beat, how to breathe, how to tongue, how to play their first three notes: B, A, G, and play basic rhythms. Students will be having an individual playing test this Tuesday 9/20 on Exercise #2 on page 9. Students 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 our color theory tree drawings. Students worked to create branches and a trunk. Next week we will begin oil pastels to complete our color theory trees!
- This week we worked on our color theory tree drawings. Students worked to create branches and a trunk. Next week we will begin oil pastels to complete our color theory trees!
- This week students continued to work on their collaborative Mona Lisa drawing. Each student has a square and is working on creating detail and color matching with their classmate(s).
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- This week was Safety Week; we practiced lining up for a fire drill, tornado drill, lockdown drill, and outside recess drill. The kids were quick to listen and everything went smoothly. While we pray it is never necessary for our students to experience any of these things, we are also thankful for protocols and practice so that they know what to expect. In other news, we learned to write addition sentences in math and to identify ordinal positions to the sixth. In science, we are still studying the five senses; this week we talked about touch. In art, we colored the Mona Lisa and talked about Leonardo da Vinci, our artist of the quarter. Our poet of the quarter is Homer, so we have been reading a book about Odysseus and his many adventures. The kids loved hearing about how he tricked the cyclops!
- Proverbs 10:19 and review
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- First grade received a special visit from the fourth grade students this week. First grade students had the opportunity to read to the fourth grade students the book “Alfred the King”. We concluded our study of the Vikings and completed the final history notebook entry for Leif the Lucky. The students are learning to take pride in their careful work and realizing they can do hard things well. They were excited to begin a study of Christopher Columbus this week. In math, we are learning to identify fractional parts and write our own story problems using pictures and number sentences. These young scholars can also tell you how to add 9 to a single digit number in a jiffy. Our latest poem committed to memory reminds us of the joy in a job well done – “Work while you work, play while you play; This is the way to be happy each day…” Ask a first grader to recite the rest for you!
- John 1:12-13
- Home address
- Soccer Field Trip Wednesday the 28th
2nd Grade (Mrs. Hedgecock & Mrs. Batten)
- The Second Grade Plant Nursery is doing well, and many students have tiny plants growing. At this point, it looks like corn and green beans are growing at the fastest rate, but we have several more weeks of data to analyze before we will report. We “dug” deeper into the Plant Kingdom this week by learning about pollination, and next week we will conclude our study with our first Science Test on Thursday. Students will be able to use their notes and the plant books they are making on the test. We also finished up our first unit in Latin and will take a Latin test next Tuesday. The students are doing well practicing their Latin, and it is fun to hear them say “Vale!” to each other at the end of the day. In math, we rounded to the nearest ten and have learned how to divide squares into halves, fourths, eighths, and thirds. As we have studied the Fall in the Garden, Cain and Abel, The Flood, and the events around the Tower of Babel, we learned how important it is to obey God’s commands and His judgments upon man and creation because of disobedience. It is a good reminder of the duty and privilege we creatures have to obey our Creator.
- Proverbs 26:17 (this week)
- Philippians 2:14-15 (next week)
- First Latin Test (Tuesday)
- First Science Test – open note (Thursday)
- Soccer Field Trip – September 28, 2022
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- In math, we learned about line plots, line segments, and circles. Students were able to draw circles using a compass, calculate the radius and diameter, as well as divide them into fourths, eighths, and twelfths. In history, we discussed the division of Israel into two kingdoms: Judah and Israel. Solomon turned away from God and built altars to honor pagan gods for his wives. God promised Solomon that he would not tear the kingdom away from him during his lifetime for the sake of his father, David, but rather from the hands of his son, Rehoboam. In science, students continued working on their biome projects. Each group will share what they learned about their biome’s habitat, location, food chain, and climate.
- I Peter 3:8
- 9/30- Greensboro Science Center Field Trip
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- The fourth graders were very busy this week. We made greenhouses with our germinated seeds and talked about the water cycle. We celebrated Monk Day with our candle lit scriptorium, illuminated manuscripts, and Gregorian chant music. We had a wonderful time completing activities and being a monk for the afternoon. We learned a lot of new concepts with multiplication. We learned how to read word problems and identify key words to figure out what math process to use to solve problems. We wrote wonderful paragraphs retelling a fable using adverbs and new vocabulary words. We also learned about how to write a title correctly using capitalization rules. We covered many parts of speech in English and enjoyed a rewarding review week in Latin. The students continued their reading of The Door in the Wall. They are learning wonderful vocabulary and reading comprehension strategies to analyze literature.
- Philippians 4:4-8
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
- Soccer Field Trip Wednesday the 28th
- Fourth Grade Field Trip Friday the 30th
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- We had a great week learning! Students are super interested in their anatomy study- this week we learned about different types of bones and joints. We got to dissect a dried out chicken bone and a bone surrounded by fluid to explore how the fluid helps keep our bones from breaking as easily as they would if we had none. In history we learned about the explorers of the Northeast and made paper mache boats. Students worked hard learning about divisibility in math class with fractions. They are excited to get really into The Hobbit as well.
- Romans 12:11-13
11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope,patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
- Next week we will learn about a fan favorite in history: Sir Walter Raleigh. Students love to learn the story of The Lost Colony of Roanoke.
- This week, students continued to practice the routines and expectations for the band classroom. We practiced counting and clapping a wide variety of rhythms before playing them.. 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 reviewed how to hold their instrument correctly so that no bad habits are formed and how to place their fingers over the home keys when not in use for certain notes. Students are doing a great job at muti-tasking! Students worked on their first three notes this week. We worked on exercises 1.1-1.9 in the book. 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. Students will have their first individual playing test this Tuesday 9/20 on their choice of either exercise 1.6 or 1.9. I will be looking for students to demonstrate everything that we have been working on in class so far.
- This week we continued with our routine practices of listening to excellent music, vocal warmups, solfege sight singing exercises, singing quarterly hymns, and practicing performance pieces. We introduced another hymn (A Mighty Fortress) and talked about some of the information you can find on a hymnal page: the tune and the meter. Music has connections to so many other subjects, including poetry in this case! If you have a hymnal at home, open to any hymn and see if your student can locate the meter and explain what it means. New recordings and an assignment for home practice are posted on Google Classroom.
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the students had a soccer scrimmage.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week we continued with the basics of flag football.
6th Reading and Literature
- We are continuing to work on Call of the Wild. It is a good opportunity for us to start paying attention to the author’s point of view as well as to dig into some more challenging vocabulary.
6th Grammar and Writing
- This week we started going through The Lost Tools of Writing. Ask your student about the ANI chart this weekend!
- We are continuing to work our way through the book of Matthew.
- This week we learned about the Trail of Tears.
- We were finally able to conduct our in-class Scientific Method experiment! As a reminder, the unit test is on Thursday, September 22, and the Scientific Method projects are due Tuesday, September 27.
- In Logic this week, we discussed the Genetic Fallacy.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders have completed their first test and are working on the next chapter, learning new vocabulary and about the other two of the three present system tenses – imperfect and future tenses. All of these Latin scholars are doing a phenomenal job so far!
6th Grade Math
- In geometry, we learned to calculate the perimeter of complex figures and the area of rectangles. We also learned to apply our knowledge of exponents and square roots to help us with area-of-a-square problems. We ended the week with our third cumulative test of the quarter.
- Students finished up their charcoal shoe drawings and/or their geometric shape drawings. We have focused on grayscale, blending, and paying attention to detail.
7th Grammar and Writing
- Scholars worked hard editing each other’s essays, I edited essays and then students turned in their polished final draft!
7th Grade Omnibus
- We visited the world of I & II Samuel this week.
- Scholars shared observations of” fallacies out there”–advertisements, commercials or conversations. We defined, discussed genetic fallacy from the text.
7th Grade Science
- The students’ bean projects are well on their way! Each lab group chose a different variable to manipulate in their soil composition, and they are doing an excellent job collecting data. We will compile our findings in a formal lab report in October.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- This week we reviewed how to convert between units in the U.S. Customary System using unit multipliers. We learned how this is actually an application of the Identity Law of Multiplication. Next time you need to convert some measurements for a recipe or a household project, ask your child for some help.
- This week we finished our original comic strips. Students also began oil pastel pumpkin drawings.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders continued working on the sentence translation workflow, reviewed for their test, and took their first test.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: In history this week, we began learning about the fall of the Roman empire, stemming from some of the issues that began during the Third Century Crisis. We discussed the growth of the barbarian invasions, drew a map of the movement of the various kingdoms, and brainstormed about the reasons such a powerful empire might begin to crumble.
- Literature: We continue reading Augustine’s Confessions, discussing his education and what makes a successful education, his newly awakened desire to seek wisdom, his early encounters with the Bible, and the heart wrenching death of his dear friend.
- Composition: Students finished the first draft of their essays! We will begin working on the second draft next week.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders reviewed possessive adjectives and discussed the differences between those and personal and reflexive pronouns before taking their test over those subjects.
8th Grade Science
- We are reviewing all that we learned this quarter about significant figures, measurement, temperature conversions, and the metric system. The students will take their quarter exam next week.
8th Grade Algebra I
- This week the students learned how to apply the additive and multiplicative properties of equality to increasingly difficult algebraic equations, knowing that the goal is always to isolate x.
- Students worked on their pen and ink portraits. We also began pen and ink pumpkin drawings this week.
- This week the students learned about self reporting logical statements.
From COLLEGE COUNSELING Office:
Parents of sophomores and juniors, thank you for attending the College Info Night! I hope it was helpful in providing you with an overview and roadmap for the coming years. Please feel free to reach out at any time to schedule a meeting, to ask a question, or let me know how I can be of help to you.
- 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
- As I mentioned at the College Info Night, this is the time to begin creating a college interest list! For a more in depth analysis to think through what you are interested in, you can work your way through one or more of these resources produced by Steve Antonoff:
- They can look for and keep track of their college list on SCOIR. Some other resources for searching for colleges:
- Seniors should continue working on college applications and scholarship applications! I plan to offer a working afternoon in the coming weeks simply to be able to work together and provide each other some support and accountability!
- Students reviewed and took their first chapter test this week. We focused on the verb ser, nouns and articles, new vocabulary and telling time in Spanish. We will continue to work on these concepts as we add to our growing Spanish knowledge.
- Propositional Logic can be tricky to navigate, so we have been learning our lessons at a friendly pace, making notecards to aid our learning, and reviewing some concepts in English grammar.
- So far, we’ve all done well on our assignments and quizzes. Way to go!
- This week we talked more about geometry in two dimensions and began discussing three dimensions.
- Next week we will review, and the students will take their second test of Q1.
- This week we reviewed Module 2: Kingdom Monera with a study guide and review game on Tuesday. We completed Test 2 on Thursday.
9th Grade Omnibus
- We celebrated the end of Pilgrim’s Progress with a test and then a peak at an animated version of the work. We discussed how many different ways this allegory has been shared and the fact that it has been shared around the world and which way is most effective…the original was the vote, though the movie version was enjoyable.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We completed our first watercolor painting. The students attempted to use several different techniques in their painting and are learning how to mix paint correctly. Each student analyzed their own work after it was completed and made notes on things that they learned and what they wanted to carry forward into their next project.
- We completed our first major test of the semester after reviewing the Age of Explorers and the Reformation. On Friday, we began our next unit on Absolutism, Democracy & the Development of American Colonies.
10th Algebra II
- Currently we are learning to solve ratio and money type word problems. Some of these involve applying our knowledge of solving systems of equations. We are also working on multiplying and dividing polynomial expressions.
10th Grade Omnibus
- Scholars turned in a final draft to Essay 1 and then jumped in to the preface to Homer’s Iliad.
- This week we talked about waves and particles, and the students were introduced to the concept of the wave/particle duality of matter.
- Next week we will discuss quantum mechanics and the electron configuration of atoms.
- We completed our overview of Ancient Egypt through the beginning of the New Kingdom. Students took their first test on Friday. We will begin to focus on the history of Israel next week.
- We continued to do body-weight exercise routines, and worked on the basic technical skills of soccer while applying them to game play this week.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students recited poetry to practice their use of pathos and voice.
- This week students worked with stem changing verbs in the preterite tense. We reviewed food vocabulary and took a quiz. Students also learned about double object pronouns.
- We concluded our study of free fall motion (still moving in only one dimension). In preparation for expanding our knowledge to two dimensional motion we began a basic study of vector analysis. This way we can incorporate motion at various bearings.
- In our continuing study of functions, this week we’ve learned to combine functions as well as identify and create an inverse function. We also began considering the simplest type of polynomial function – the parabola.
11th Personal Finance
- This week we talked about being a savvy consumer, with warnings of scams and identity theft.
- Next week we will talk about preparations for college and work.
11th Grade Literature
- Students continued their discussion of Purgatory. We will be finishing the text on Monday and taking a test on Wednesday.
11th Grade History
- This week we have covered the Monastic movement as well as the rise of Islam.
- Next week we will continue with the spread of Islam as well as continue to prepare for the debate.
- We’ve finished our study of limits and are using this knowledge to construct a limit definition of derivatives. Thankfully this lengthy method soon will be replaced with abbreviated “derivative rules”.
- This week we learned about how the Muscular and Skeletal system work together. On Tuesday, we learned about how many muscles we need to do the activities we love (such as soccer, volleyball, horseback riding, and riding motorcycles). On Thursday, we completed a lab where we made a muscle, completed a study guide, and played a review game. Test 2 will be next week!
- We completed our first major test of the semester after reviewing the Age of Explorers and the Reformation. We read several speeches on Divine Right during the Age of Absolutism. On Friday, we began our next unit on Absolutism, Democracy & the Development of American Colonies.
12th Grade Literature
- We continued to discuss Hamlet and why this is the most well known of Shakespeare’s plays.
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
We are continuing through King Lear. The kids are really enjoying it!
12th Rhetoric II
- The seniors and I have been checking in once a week. They are starting to feel the pressure of senior year and senior thesis seems to be the thing that is moving to the back burner. Please pray for them as they navigate the independence of this year and the juggling that comes with that. The seniors have also begun to give their chreias in all school forum, so keep an eye on your calendars for the date for your senior! Please let me know if you did not receive that.