BB 1-10-2020

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XII, ISSUE 15

JANUARY 10TH, 2020

 

FROM THE OFFICE

ENROLLMENT REMINDERS:  We encourage you to go ahead and complete your Continuous Enrollment agreement ASAP.  It only takes about 10 minutes per child and there is no contract deposit due. If you do not complete the contract by 2/15, your child’s spot is at-risk.  If you opt-out (plan to not return in the fall) after 2/15,  you will be liable for a $500 fee.   It’s quick, and easy!

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Tuesday, 1/14
    • Wrestling club
    • HS Women’s and Men’s bball games, away
  • Wednesday, 1/15
    • 12:00 – Seniors to meet with Herff-Jones
  • Thursday, 1/16
    • HWY 55 Spirit Night
    • HS Men’s bball game, away
  • Friday, 1/17
    • Quo Vadis? A special event for 5th – 6th graders and their parents.   11:30 – 3:00 (Watch for an email with more info!)

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

 

  • Monday, 1/20:  MLK Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday, 1/22:  4th grade – field trip NC Symphony
  • Friday, 1/24: 

 

      • Seniors:  formal pictures, 8:00 a.m.
      • Hot lunch!  (Watch for information soon!)
    • Friday, 1/31:
      • OPEN HOUSE  

 

  • FEBRUARY 15TH:  Continuous Enrollment Contract due date

 

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  • The Great Rescuer is here!  TK students enjoyed learning about John the Baptist this week.  He was a peculiar person that God used to be a special messenger.  John was great at sharing Christ with those around him. God used John to baptize Jesus as a symbol that the rescuer for all of humanity has come.  We have hope. There is much to be excited about! 
Theme Adventure
  •  This week we focused on easing back into the routine of school. It is good to be together again!
  • TK students created snow in various ways.  We created snow in the classroom by mixing a powder compound with water.  Once we finished playing in this snow, we created letters by drawing in the snow with our fingers. 
Literacy
  • TK students practiced finding and reading their names on name tags around the classrooms while playing various games.  They advanced their knowledge by matching their names to the capital letters that begin their own name. TK students have also begun to show mastery in recognizing their friend’s names.  We will continue to develop this skill as the weeks progress. 
  • We read good books this week.  We focused on distinguishing between what is real and what is make-believe.  
  • We practiced writing the capital letters S and J.   
Math
  • Students were introduced to a new math material this week.  The Geoboard is used along with geobands to create geometric shapes.  
  • This week TK students practiced mastery with placing an object on graph.  They are learning to read the graph and make conclusions on the data collected. 

 

Arts and Sciences

  • TK was in the kitchen this week making a snowstorm in a jar.  They had to follow specific instructions to make their storm work properly.  With mixing oil, water, paint, glitter, and special fizzy tabs, the students created a beautiful science snow storm! 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

This Week
  • Our Kindergarten Scholars were eager to return from Christmas break and resume their love for learning! In history, we learned about Alexander the Great. He was an ancient Macedonia ruler and one of history’s greatest military minds who, as King of Macedonia and Persia, established the largest empire the ancient world had ever seen. We made our own action figure of Alexander to help us recreate his many battles. In art, we learned the fundamentals of perspective drawing. Depth is achieved through lines and the size and placement of forms. In math, we went shopping! Students are beginning to learn two digit addition using dimes and pennies. Lastly, in science we continued our exploration of space by studying each of the nine planets. 
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was a historical video about the life of our new quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also enjoyed singing and praising the Lord with hymns that are based on the subject of love. “Jesus Loves Me,” was the students favorite song!

 

Memory Work:
  • 1 Corinthians 14:40

 

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

This Week
  • This week we moved forward in history to the early pioneers of the Westward Expansion.  Our students got a glimpse of what this time was like through the true story The Courage of Sarah Noble.  Each day we enjoyed the journey with Sarah as she learned how to be brave in the face of fear and uncertainty.  First graders discovered the meaning of courage through her story and wrote in their journals: “To be afraid and be brave is the best courage of all.”  We began the quarter with review of math facts, phonics sounds, and spelling words.  We also began learning new verses, hymns, and math concepts. The students were excited to learn how to write the date in digits which will save them time on their math papers each day!
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was a historical video about the life of our new quarterly composer, Tchaikovsky. We also enjoyed singing and praising the Lord with hymns that are based on the subject of love. “Jesus Loves Me,” was the students favorite song!
P.E.
  •  This week the students played indoor relay races. 
Memory Work:  
  • Jeremiah 9:23

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

This Week
  • This week second grade began reading one of my favorite books, “Owls in the Family.” It is a true story, so we discussed the difference between fiction and non-fiction. The students have loved reading about Bruce and Billy’s adventures in the Canadian prairie so far. We’ve read about gophers, crows, Mallard ducks, rats and snakes. Next week they will be introduced to the first owl to join the family. In art, the class learned how to draw an owl on their own. Ask your child if they can do one from memory at home!
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was a historical writing that we read together about the life of our new quarterly composer, Tchiakovsky. We also enjoyed some time praising the Lord, and singing hymns based on the subject of love.
P.E.
  • This week the students exercised with a large group workout and also played tag games. 
Memory Work: 
  • Hebrews 11: 1-5

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)

This Week
  • Third grade has wasted no time in getting right back into the swing of things. We have started learning about the foundation of chemistry. In this, we found connections to our Greek philosophers (Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle) that we studied in our history card this week. In literature, we are now several chapters into our new book, “Detectives in Togas.” This is a story about Roman school boys, who one day find their teacher in quite a head scratching predicament and discover a mystery to be solved. Our class reading time has been filled with laughter, suspense, and an eagerness to read more.

 

****Parents, please do not forget to type up your child’s Burlington Writers’ Club contest submission and return it to school on Monday, January 13th. Thank you for doing this! I greatly appreciate your help. 

Music 
  • Our lesson this week was a historical writing that we read together about the life of our new quarterly composer, Tchiakovsky. We also enjoyed some time praising the Lord, and singing hymns based on the subject of love.
P.E.
  • This week the students exercised with a large group workout, followed by a game of dodgeball. 
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 19: 1-2 
Upcoming:
  • Monday, Jan. 13th- Two typed copies of the Burlington Writers’ Club contest entry needs to be turned in to Mrs. Garner.
  • Memory- Psalm 19: 3-4
  • Tests- 
    • Jan. 15- Grammar Ch. 10 Test and Spelling List 17 Test
    • Jan. 16- Latin Ch. 16 Test
    • Jan. 17- Nehemiah History Test and Memory Verse (Psalm 19: 1-4)

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton) 

This Week
  • In Literature, students have entered the land of Narnia and are holding their breath awaiting the adventures to come. Fourth graders are learning the art of descriptive language and character development from C.S. Lewis; we began by looking at and learning from his detailed description of the faun, Mr. Tumnus, as well as that of Edmund’s first view of the land of Narnia. Also, students continue to improve their stories that will serve as their entries for the Burlington Writers’ Club contest. Thank you so much for assisting them in typing their stories! In Grammar, this week’s focus has been on capitalization and punctuation rules and practice, while in Math, students learned probability, subtracting a fraction from one, finding a fraction to complete a whole, and writing quotients with mixed numbers. One of the highlights this week was our history event–the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John. Students learned about this document that guaranteed legal and property rights in thirteenth century England, and served as a foundation for the U.S. Constitution. 

 

Science

  • Earth Science: We reviewed the layers of the earth, focusing on the crust, and began looking at the forces behind earthquakes and tsunamis. 
Music
  •  Our lesson this week was a historical writing that we read together about the life of our new quarterly composer, Tchiakovsky. We also pulled out our recorders, and learned the notes for, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
P.E.
  • This week the students exercised with a large group workout, followed by a game of dodgeball.
Memory Work:
  • Ephesians 4:1-4

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes) 

This Week
  • We’ve had a great first week back after Christmas break! I’ve been so impressed with their progress in Latin, translating interrogative and infinitive sentences with ease and continuing to learn more and more vocabulary! In history, tensions are mounting between the thirteen colonies and England as Parliament passed the Sugar Act, the Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, the Tea Act, and other tax laws which resulted in the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and general discontent among many colonists. Students did a fantastic job in art drawing wolves by starting with the basic skeletal shapes and building from there. In writing, we are polishing our creative writing stories and poetry to submit to the Burlington Writer’s Contest later in January!
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was a historical writing that we read together about the life of our new quarterly composer, Tchiakovsky. 
P.E.
  • This week the students exercised with a large group workout, followed by a game of dodgeball.

 

Memory Work:

  • Philippians 2:1-2
  • Median, mode & range rhyme
Upcoming:
  • Friday, 1/17: History test, spelling test, Ch. 18 Latin test 

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett) 

This Week
  • The class focused on the Transcontinental Railroad this week, and the many difficulties and tragedies that accompanied such an enormous feat. The final piece of wood laid in Utah was made of Laurel to symbolize victory and achievement. The final spike driven in was of gold. The men and women of that era rejoiced that the many territories and states of this new land were united by a railroad connecting them coast to coast. The students also endeavored to create interesting fictional narratives based on an event or person in history studied thus far. They will submit their final short stories next Friday for the Burlington Writer’s Contest. Finally, the class competed in a class spelling bee and the top four winners moved on to the school spelling bee. Who knows if one of our Bradford students will end up again at the finals in Washington D.C.!
Music 
  • Our lesson this week was a historical writing that we read together about the life of our new quarterly composer, Tchiakovsky.
P.E.
  • This week the students exercised with a large group workout, followed by a game of dodgeball.
Memory Work:
  • I John 1-2:20, History Song
Upcoming:
  • 1/16: Math Test, History Test; 
  • 1/17: Quo Vadis, Final Draft due of Fictional Narrative

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

10th and 11th Economics Module
  • The students had an ioduction to some basic aspects of personal finance.  This included things like a Christian view of money, giving, saving, debit vs. credit, and budgeting.  Students took a career survey, chose a career of interest, and practiced allocating their salary into a basic budget plan.   I shared a link to a personality test for the students to try on their own time if they were interested (16 personalities.com).  This is similar to the Myers- Briggs, but it is free. Part of the follow up commentary suggests careers that might be a good fit for each personality type.  You might enjoy trying it too.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we were able to cover I Chronicles through Nehemiah and Job. We were challenged that God brings suffering in our lives for His glory and not always directly tied to sin. We were also inspired by the lives of Ezra and Nehemiah as they followed God whole-heartly in the places He had set them. 
  • I will be away in India over the next two weeks preaching and speaking at a family conference.

Mrs. Dovan

10th Rhetoric I
  • No Rhetoric this week! We will pick up after the IST.

 

12th Rhetoric II
  • Students have been in independent research mode this week: learning how to discern sources, visiting university libraries, and beginning to dig into their topics. 

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We spent this week looking at the various theories that have been proposed within the secular science community to explain the origin of our Moon. The students did an excellent job identifying both the supporting evidence for each theory, but also the abundance of problems with each of the proposed theories. We concluded the week with a Socratic seminar discussion in which the students brought up excellent arguments, both scientific and philosophical, for the case for a Creator.
  • Next week will be spent working on our Quarter Projects: Astronomy presentations. If students have their own laptops, they should bring them on Tuesday and Thursday. They should also bring all research materials, including books borrowed from the library for their chosen topic.
8th Grade Science:
  • We are continuing our study of the periodic table this semester. This week was an introduction to the physical and chemical properties of metals, specifically the Alkali and Alkaline Earth Metals of Groups 1 & 2. 
  • Our first periodic table quiz on Groups 1 & 2 will be taken on Tuesday, January 14.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th History
  • This is IST week for our high-school students, but we can’t wait to get back to our study of history, which will begin with a closer look at the development of America and the road to the Civil War.
9th Literature
  • We are looking forward to our first two reads of the quarter, A Tale of Two Cities and the long-awaited Pride and Prejudice!
9th Theology
  • This quarter we will wrap up the Westminster Confession and get ready to tackle a few new texts, including works by Schaeffer and Machen.
10th History
  • We will begin this quarter by focusing on a primary text, The Peloponnesian War by Thucydides. 
10th Literature
  • In conjunction with history class, our next big read is Thucydides’ The Peloponnesian War, and after that we will take up Aristotle.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • We begin our long-awaited transition to apologetics next week! The students and I are looking forward to it.
12th History
  • Next up for 12th history is a study of the development of America and the push toward civil war.
12th Literature
  • Our next unit of study will be 19th century poetry, a time period that includes Romantic poetry, Victorian poetry, and the rise of free verse.

 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • I hope you have enjoyed and learned a lot during IST week. 
  • Chemistry resumes on Wednesday, Jan 15th.  See you then.

 

Miss Oldham

8th Grade Omnibus
  • We have begun to trek across Middle Earth with Frodo and the Fellowship. Students are very excited to begin this journey. Please keep an eye on your email for an update on an activity we are planning. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We are reading C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce. Students should have it completed by January 15th. 
11th Grade History
  • We have begun to read A Distant Mirror for our History curriculum. The students have gotten their research paper assignment for the semester. They will have due dates on this throughout the semester. 
7th Latin
  • Students are working on personal versus reflexive pronouns in Latin (and in English). They have a vocab quiz on Thursday January 16th. 
8th Latin
  • Students are continuing to work in their Latin workbooks. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we matted and critiqued our charcoal architectural finals.  We also did a watercolor demonstration and talked about the proper use of watercolors.
8th Art
  • This week we introduced our new medium:  oil pastels. We did an oil pastel demonstration and talked about the proper use and techniques of oil pastels.

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we worked with proportions with fractions and finding the circumference and  area of circles.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked with percent word problems, solved more equations, and worked with prisms and cylinders.
10th Algebra II
  • We did not meet this week.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • We did not meet this week.
12th Systematic Theology
  • We did not meet this week.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the students worked on singing exercises that focus on creating grouped chords. We also finished class with a discussion on music.  
7th Grade Logic
  • This week the students held a mock presidential debate and studied generalizations. 
8th Grade Logic
  • This week the students held a mock class president debate and they studied immediate inferences. 

 

10th Grade Advanced P.E.
  • We did not meet this week. 

 

Ms. Hutchison

 

7th Grade Forum
  • 7th grade students started the new quarter, and the new year, by taking a look at the moral virtue of self-discipline.  We have read what Aristotle had to say about self-discipline; read Scripture that addresses self-control and read the story of King Midas, who lacked this important moral virtue.  We also began learning the hymn, Another Year is Dawning, and started our in-depth look at 2 Timothy 3.  Students should be working on memorizing 2 Timothy 3:14-17.

 

7th Grade Omnibus
  • History

Our history studies picked up around the year 1,000 BC.  We are beginning a unit on 1 and 2

Kings, the leadership of King Solomon, the construction of The Temple in Jerusalem, the division 

of Israel  into Northern and Southern Kingdoms, and the tragic stories of the kings who led

God’s people after the Kingdoms divided.

  • Literature

In Literature, 7th grade students are continuing their study of Homer’s The Odyssey.  They are adding examples to their chart of “Themes in The Odyssey” as they read.  Students should have read through Book 11. They are continuing their group maps of the journeys of Odysseus and are writing a “Summa Essay” on what they love about home.  We have also begun planning for a class play of The Odyssey, which we will perform in the spring.

 

Spelling Bee winners!!  All 7th grade students participated in our class spelling bee this week, and I am pleased to announce the 4 winners of our Class Bee, who went on to participate in the School Spelling Bee on Friday.  Those winners are Meredith Fairchild, Will Jones, Rachel Rosenberg and Daisy Thrasher.

Good job, spellers!

 

9th Grade Biology
  • No Biology this week: Intensive Short Term

 

Honors Biology
  • No Biology this week:  Intensive Short Term
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