BB 10-14-22



Oct 15, 2022



It’s that time of year known as SOCKTOBER. Did you know that socks are the least donated item in most shelters? Every night in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, we want to prove that even a small act of love, such as donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of neighbors who are homeless. We will take our donations to the Piedmont Rescue Mission in Burlington. There will be a collection box at the lower campus. This will be the tenth year we have participated in this important ministry. Our collection will end on Oct 28th. 

FCA Boys Wrestling Club:  Coach Greg Randall (parent to 2 Bradford upper school students) invites boys to join their wrestling club.  They will meet on Fridays 4:30 – 6:30,  Nov 4 – March 31st at New Millennium Martial Arts in Mebane.  Sign up here!

HOUSE SHIRTS and STICKERS:  Orders are due Tuesday, 10/18!  We will not be able to process orders received after 10/18.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

HOT LUNCH:  HOT DOGSOrders due Tuesday, 10/18.  (Email will be coming out soon!)  CLICK HERE TO ORDER!




  • Mon, 10/17: Varsity Boys Soccer hosts Cresset Christian at the MACC (3:30). Five seniors and their families will be recognized following the game. 
  • Tues, 10/18:
    • House shirt and sticker orders:  DUE TODAY!
    • Hot lunch orders due today!
  • Thurs, 10/20: SCHOOL PICTURES, Lower campus – Dress uniform required! 
  • Fri, 10/21:  
    • SCHOOL PICTURES, Upper campus – Dress uniform required!
    • Hot lunch:  hot dogs – orders due on Tuesday



  • Fri 10/28:  
    • Greek Olympics (lower school)
    • Parent’s Participation Day (upper school) – more details to come!
    • Leiden House Social 
  • Sat. 10/29:  Austerfield House Social
  • Fri, 11/4:  Scrooby House Social
  • Sat, 11/5:  Plymouth House Social
  • Wed, 11/9 – Fri, 11/11:  TRIP TO DC (10th / 11th) 
  • Fri, 11/11 – No school  – Veterans day
  • Thurs, 11/17 – Bradford Night (K – 2nd grades), 7pm
  • Tues, 11/22 – Thanksgiving feast 
  • Wed, 11/23 – Fri, 11/25 – Thanksgiving break
  • Thurs, 12/8 – Christmas concert – middle school chorus, band, and HS chorus club 
  • Fri, 12/16 – Dismissal at noon.  Christmas celebration
  • Mon 12/19 – Mon 1/2 – Christmas break 






Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)

Tk had a wonderful first week back from break! We welcomed Mrs. Stephanie Rich to the TK team. We studied Abraham this week and concluded the week with a camp out since Abraham journeyed and lived in a tent. We tied our study of stars and constellations to God’s promise to Abraham that we would give him more descendants than stars in the sky. We are so thankful to know that God always keeps his promises. Students were able to look through constellation viewers to view different constellations as well as constellations that looked like their special letter. We read several books in the tent during camp day and discussed the main characters as well as the similarities and differences between the stories and illustrations. TK also learned the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle, Diddle and started learning October’s memory verse which is Psalm 119:105. In math we identified shapes and made a matrix in order to play the missing shape game. TK also practiced matching the number of teddy bears to a number card. Second quarter is off to a wonderful start!. 

Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)

K – 5th

Students had a great time in PE this week preparing for the Greek Olympics at the end of October. We worked on running for both endurance and speed as well as several field events.


Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)


Students began learning about our composer of the quarter, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We listened to a recording of “Twinkle Twinkle” and talked about how that same melody is used for multiple songs like, “ABC’s” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep”.  Students continued to work on the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”.


Fourth and Fifth grade students worked on several songs in their  recorder books. Fourth grade students need to practice all the songs on page 10 for a test this Thursday 10/20. Fifth grade students need to practice all of the songs on page 11 for a test this Thursday 10/20. 

Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)

  • This week we learned about our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel.  We took notes, watched a video on Bruegel and studied some of his art.  Ask your student what they learned about Bruegel!
  • This week we learned about our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel.  We took notes, watched a video on Bruegel and studied some of his art.  Ask your student what they learned about Bruegel!
  • This week we learned about our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel.  We took notes, watched a video on Bruegel and studied some of his art.  Ask your student what they learned about Bruegel!

Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  •  We were so happy to see everyone after Fall Break! The students seemed rested and excited to start quarter 2. There are so many exciting things happening this quarter, most notably, starting to read next week! Until then, we are adding the last few phonograms so that they will be able to recognize them in their readers. In math, we are continuing to work on the doubles with sums to 18. Be sure you are reviewing these fact cards with your students at home! We also had a fun lesson covering designs with pattern blocks and learned to write number sentences for some, some went away stories. In science, we are starting our study of trees; we will learn to identify the parts of a tree and even learn to recognize some North Carolina trees by their leaves. 
Memory Work:
  • Exodus 15:2
  • Review 1st quarter verses


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

This Week
  •  This week students began using a thermometer to measure the temperature outside, we are telling time by the half hour and counting dimes and pennies.  We read “The Grand Cat” which is about a lad who lives in Holland and in art we made windmills that we discovered were common in Holland. In science we are learning about the Canada Goose and discussing vertebrates and invertebrates. We are continuing our discussion of nouns, both common and proper nouns. This quarter we will work to become independent learners. 
Memory Work:  
  • Proverbs 2:6-7
  • State Proposals Due Thursday, October 20
  • Field Trip Thursday, October 27
  • State Projects Due Monday, November 14

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

This Week
  • Students came back from Fall Break ready to learn, and we have enjoyed diving into a number of new topics. In science, we began our study of the Animal Kingdom by classifying animals as vertebrates or invertebrates. Students were also assigned their first at-home project of the year – Animal Habitats! In literature, we are getting to know Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny (aka The Boxcar Children) and are continuing to practice our fluency, comprehension, and composition skills as we read. In math, students are being challenged to measure using centimeters, as well as turn cent amounts of money into dollar amounts. We are continuing to work with place value; please reinforcing number sense and math facts at home.
Memory Work: 
  • Colossians 3:1-2 (this week)
  • Proverbs 25:6-7 (next week) 
  • Greek Olympics – October 28th 
  • Animal Habitat Projects are due November 17, 2022.
  • Bradford Night – November 17th 
  • Please send in an empty shoe box or similar sized box for our in-class Boxcar Children project by October 31. 


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

This Week
  • We have enjoyed our first week back! This fall weather is the perfect back drop as  we begin our study of astronomy.  Students will gain a better understanding of how the earth’s rotation creates the four  seasons we enjoy. Genesis 8:22, tells us that “as long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Encourage your students to begin brainstorming for their Greek god projects, which will not be due until November 16th. In math, we learned the basic concept behind writing a check, our monetary system, and the basics of banking.  Your students continue to work on their expository writing skills with two point paragraphs, and strong verbs. It is our hope that they enjoy the writing process! They will be entering the Burlington Writer’s Contest next quarter! It was a busy first week back!
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 6:26-27
  • Greek god Projects DUE Nov. 16


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

This Week
  • We completed a wonderful week learning about Charles Martel and the Battle of Tours.  We parsed and translated many sentences in Latin and learned new vocabulary.  Math was a delight this week as we learned about time, reading scales and the process of long division.  The students learned a chant to help them remember the steps.  We finished reading The Door in the Wall and started our new book Rolf and the Viking Bow.  The students enjoyed their end of book activities with Mrs. Lawson.   
Memory Work:
  • 1st Corinthians 13:11-13
  • Poetry Unit: Please begin thinking about your favorite poem and feel free to bring in a poem of your choice for approval. is an excellent resource!
  • Please have your class poem ready by Tuesday, October 18th

5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • Students worked hard on Latin review this week from the previous chapters.  They also began translating from English to Latin. Students started  reading Voyage to Freedom –a story about the Pilgrims’ journey to the new world. They continued reading The Hobbit as well.   We learned about The Mayflower in history and the differences between pilgrims and puritans.  
Memory Work:
  • Romans 12 17-19
  • Science projects due October 19th 




Mrs. Bennington

6th-8th Band
  •  Students did a great job on their third playing test on “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. Students also learned how to play their first duet. We began discussing the importance of at-home practice. Students will be receiving more instructions on practicing and practice records next week. 

Mrs. Thrasher

6th-8th Choir
  • As we returned from fall break, we began with an ordinary day: watching an excellent choral performance, vocal warm ups and exercises, and continuing work on our Bach piece. On Thursday we reviewed the material from their difficult theory quiz before break, practiced Bach a little, and examined the sheet music for our final Christmas carol. It is wonderful to hear progress – thanks to their practice at home as well as in class!

Mr. Davis

6th -8th Boys’ PE
  • This week the boys learned how to play flag football. They learned all of the positions on the field and ran some plays. 

Miss Stevenson

6th-8th Girls’ PE
  • This week we played dodgeball and flag football.
6th Reading and Literature
  • This week we started reading Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt. Even though we have not started studying the Civil War in History yet, becoming familiar with some of the battles and other events surrounding that time period will be helpful for when we start working through the 1860s next month.
6th Grammar and Writing
  • We walked through how to sort information from the Five Topics practice into a new ANI chart. This will help students organize their thoughts more concretely before beginning the actual writing process.
6th Bible
  • We finished the book of Matthew this week. Since we don’t have time to read all the books of the New Testament in depth, we skimmed Mark to look for similarities and differences between the two authors’ accounts of Jesus’ life and death.
6th History
  • Not having class the last Friday of the quarter has thrown off our History schedule a bit, but we were able to finish up our card on Westward Expansion and began looking at the War with Mexico. 
6th Science
  • We had a bit of an unusual week scheduling-wise, so we will begin our second unit in Science next week.
6th Logic
  • This week we discussed the Appeal to the People and the Strawman fallacies. Our first Logic test will be Friday, October 21 on fallacies that avoid the question. 

Miss Windes

6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders are adding nouns to their Latin vocabulary, which also means learning about case, number, gender, and declensions. They have learned the first declension endings and are beginning to learn about the nominative case. 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Math
  • The students were excited to learn a new strategy to find the Least Common Multiple of a set of numbers. They were happy to see that the strategies they learned in grammar school are still applicable, but can be modified with new techniques to work with larger and more difficult numbers. They are becoming quite mature mathematicians!

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we began studying our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  We took notes, watched a video on Bruegel and studied some of his art.  Ask your student what they learned about Bruegel!

Mrs. Crotts

7th Grammar and Writing
  • Students corrected sentences with grammatical mistakes–they were quick to catch the errors!!  Also, we reviewed examples of an eyewitness account and a  character witness.  And then we discussed how  to develop an ANI chart–lists of affirmative, negative and interesting facts–to prepare for an essay or report on an incident using eyewitness accounts. 
7th Grade Omnibus
  • Students read further in the Odyssey and then eagerly practiced for a brief play of the work.  They brainstormed how to make simple masks, costumes and props.
7th Logic
  • Students shared examples of political advertisements that used emotional persuasion.  We also viewed the examples included in the text of emotional advertisements and the challenge to be logical rather than be swayed by peer pressure, fear, sadness, pity, etc.

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • The students are well on their way to writing a strong formal lab report. They worked hard this week on creating clear and organized data tables and line graphs. They should continue to work on the written portion of their lab report. The rough draft is due on November 2.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
  • We had fun this week applying the Order of Operations to increasingly complex numerical expressions. We discussed that the Order of Operations works in a similar manner to traffic laws: it only works if everyone agrees to it. Ask your student what PEMDAS means and have fun making up problems for one another that challenge you to use PEMDAS correctly. 

Mrs. Palmer 

7th Art
  • This week we began studying our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  We took notes, watched a video on Bruegel and studied some of his art.  Ask your student what they learned about Bruegel!

Miss Windes

7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders reviewed and practiced translations for their chapter 13 test on Thursday. 


Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: In history, we learned about the Byzantine empire; we learned about Justinian and Theodora, the remarkable building of the Hagia Sophia (if anyone would like to finance a field trip to Istanbul…), the compilation of all Roman law in the ‘corpus iuris civilis,’ and the growing threat of Islam to the later Byzantine empire.
  • Literature: We have had fantastic discussions of The Rule of St. Benedict, discussing the parts of Benedict’s rules for the monastic community from which we could learn and gain wisdom. A fascinating study!
  • Composition: After a few final revisions to our essays, we began a study of the classic and ever-helpful writing book, Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. 
8th Grade Latin
  • In eighth grade Latin we are learning how to create and use adverbs in Latin following a specific pattern.

Mrs. Frueh

8th Grade Science
  • This week we enjoyed learning about the molecular differences between solids, liquids, and gases. We also learned how water breaks the rules when it comes to many of the properties of states of matter. Ask your student why ice floats in water instead of sinking to the bottom of the glass.
8th Grade Algebra I
  • We have exercised our algebraic “translation” skills this week by turning word problems into algebraic equations, which we can manipulate to solve for the unknown. We also learned to apply our knowledge of Greatest Common Factors to algebraic expressions.

Mrs. Palmer 

8th Art
  • This week we began studying our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  We took notes, watched a video on Bruegel and studied some of his art.  Ask your student what they learned about Bruegel!

Mr. Davis

8th Logic
  • This week the students took a quiz and learned from Lesson 11 concerning changing a statement into the form of being. 



  • Juniors took the PSAT this past Wednesday at BCA! They should receive their scores in December
  • They should  link those scores to Khan Academy’s free test prep service; I will offer test studying afternoons in January and February and I am advising all of them to take the SAT and/or ACT in March
  • I have enjoyed meeting individually with juniors this week to discuss their current ideas and brainstorms for the future; we also discussed their action items for this quarter:
    • Research and create list of colleges of interest (and visit or make plans to visit!)
    • Talk through finances with parents
    • Sign up to take ACT and SAT by end of junior year
    • Continue to brainstorm/shadow/research career options
    • Keep focusing on academics


  • Seniors, your action items are:
    • Fill out the FAFSA if you have not already! (can see my notes in last week’s bulletin for more info about the FAFSA)
    • Continue to research colleges, visit colleges, and work on applications
    • Don’t forget to keep an eye on deadlines for scholarships!
  • The final SAT test of the year is December 3rd and the registration deadline is November 3rd. The next SAT after that will not be until March, so if seniors need to take a final SAT they should plan to take it in December! 
  • I am praying for the seniors as they work through this busy and significant time! I am here to help if they have questions or need guidance in any of these areas. 

Mrs. Palmer 

9th Spanish 
  • This week we continued to work on the verb “estar.”  We continued to practice conjugating  -AR verbs, reviewed a lot of vocabulary and reviewed the tough to remember verb, “gustar.”  Please continue to encourage your student to review their vocabulary each night.  Gracias!

Mr. Crotts

9th Logic
  • We have reviewed our first seven lessons and are helping our new student catch up with as we press on in our studies.

Dr. James

9th Geometry
  • Geometry has started well, and students seem refreshed after their break.  We are finishing a section we started before break, presently talking about calculating perimeters and identifying circumscribed and inscribed polygons.
  • The first test of Q2 is next Wednesday.  We will use Monday for review. 

Mrs. Hicks

9th Biology
  • This week we started learning about Kingdom Fungi! On Tuesday, 10/18/22, students have been asked to bring in a fungus that they find in their yard, community, park, etc. We will try to identify them in class next week! The test on Kingdom Fungi will be on Tuesday, 10/25/22.

Dr. Smith

9th Theology
  • This week we have been learning about how the Councils at Ephesus and Constantinople between 431 and 451 a.d. helped clarify the meaning of the Nicene Creed. We have seen how important it is to clarify one’s use of terms. We have also seen how politics and church leadership power often complicates and hinders the church’s ability to have unity in doctrine. We have also seen that a right understanding of Jesus affirms that he is fully God and fully man, one person with two natures, and those natures cannot be separated, divided or disconnected from one another, and yet they remain two distinct natures that are also not dissolved into each other.  

Mrs. Crotts

9th Grade Literature
  • With the new quarter brings a new literary work to swim through: A Tale of Two Cities written by Charles Dickens.  We learned about Dickens’ background and how his childhood experiences of going to work at age 12 after his father entered debtor’s prison impacted his writings.  He leaned heavily on sentamentalism as a tool to move his audience.  He was influenced greatly by Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution as well; this book is said to have inaccurately dramatized the social situation in France, but factual or not, Dickens absorbed it and relayed it to millions through his book, A Tale of Two Cities.  Themes that appear in the book include sacrifice, class, justice, resurrection, violence in revolutions.. .  

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art
  • Ecclesisastes 1:2,3 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities!  All is vanity.  What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?”    This week we discussed and analyzed the work of Pieter Bruegel the Elder.  The students observed his emphasis on creating art that focused on the toil of man and the ongoing curse since the fall of man.  The painting of the Triumph of Death led to some meaningful discussions in class as the students worked to understand the symbolism.

Coach Johnston

9th History
  • Students have finished the overview of the Seven Years War while also focusing on geography this week. Freshmen took a brief quiz on the important geography of North America in 1760, but they have also been discussing how England and France’s geography guided and even determined their respective strategies in war. We will move on next to reading about the reasons for the American protests that eventually led to the War for American Independence.


Mrs. Byrd

10th Algebra II
  • We’ve been working on simplifying complex fractions, rationalizing denominators, and some basic factoring patterns.  These techniques will be put into practice later when we solve polynomial, rational, and exponential equations.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we studied the books of Ruth and I Samuel. The book of Ruth presents suffering and God bringing blessing out of pain. We also learn about how the Lord Jesus is the Kinsman Redeemer for His people. Samuel is a great example of prayer for the believer. 
  • Memory verse: I Samuel 12:23-24
  • Bible Test: Oct 20, 2022 on Numbers through I Samuel. 

Mrs. Crotts

10th Grade Omnibus
  • The challenge of the Iliad looms as we read through Homer’s adventure of clashes and cunnery.  We viewed a brief summary video to help those not understanding the work.  We began a discussion of the Greeks version of glory versus living for God’s glory–Soli Deo Gloria.

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • The students have been  very engaged during class discussions, which has been great to see.   We are presently discussing elements and periodic trends.
  • Next week we will discuss properties of families of elements. 

Coach Johnston

10th History
  • The students concluded their overview of Israel by reviewing its united Kingdom under Saul, David and Solomon before briefly looking at the divided kingdoms of Israel and Judah and the time of the prophets.
10th PE
  • The students have resumed their regular warm-ups and workouts. This week our sport focus remained on basketball, particularly on transitions (3v2s, 2v1s) and gameplay.

Miss Oldham

10th Rhetoric I
  • We came back to a vocab quiz and work time for the students’ first invented speech, which will be on Tuesday. 

Mrs. Palmer 

10th Spanish
  • This week we continued to work on irregular Spanish verbs.  Students reviewed past vocabulary and had time to work on their Spanish group skits which will be presented on October 19th. 


Mrs. Byrd

11th Physics
  • Projectile motion has been our focus for the week.  We’re learning how horizontal velocity is constant but vertical velocity is affected by gravity.  By separating our two dimensional motion vectors into components we can create one dimensional motion scenarios that are easier to work with.  Next week, we’ll launch some projectiles in Walker Field and see if our theoretical knowledge matches with our experimental data.
11th Precalculus
  • We’re taking the next step in understanding polynomial functions by learning some techniques to help us find solutions.  Having graphing capabilities on our calculators helps us arrive at solutions much quicker than if we had to rely on algebra alone.

Dr. James

11th Personal Finance
  • This week we are discussing college preparations.  The students wrote and critiqued essays typical for scholarship applications.
  • Next week they will take their first test of Q2, and we will begin a discussion of the use of banks.

Miss Oldham

11th Grade Literature
  • Students began their Shakespeare unit this week and we are all so excited! Othello is first on the docket and will start us off with a bang…or a stab. 

Dr. Smith

11th NT Greek
  • This week was spent reviewing our first quarter knowledge in order that we might build upon it in the second quarter.

Mr. Webster

11th Grade History
  • We began our studies in the 8th century with the end of the Merovingian dynasty and the beginning of the Carolingian dynasty. 
  • Next week we will continue studying Charlemagne and the Carolingian dynasty. 


Mrs. Byrd

12th Calculus
  • Students have learned the basic rules of differentiation.  Next, we will start looking at a few more specialized differentiation techniques.  This will be followed by contextual and analytical applications.  We aren’t learning these rules just to be scholarly, but to apply them to real world modeling and decision making situations.

Mrs. Hicks

12th Anatomy
  • This week we started learning about The Digestive System, we also reviewed Osmosis and how it works using gummy bears as an example. Next week, we will continue with The Digestive System and also start learning about The Renal System.

Coach Johnston

12th History
  • Students have finished the overview of the Seven Years War while also focusing on geography this week. Seniors took a quiz on the important geography of North America in 1760, but they have also been analyzing how England and France’s geography guided and even determined their respective strategies in war. We concluded that topic by looking ahead to recent American history and discussing how America’s geography impacts foreign policy. We will move on next to reading about the reasons for the American protests that eventually led to the War for American Independence.

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students continued our existential crisis with Hamlet, prince of Denmark. We should be wrapping up Hamlet within the next week. 
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
  • We wrapped up King Lear and finished the film. Students also discussed their final paper for this semester. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students are starting to feel the pressure of their first draft looming on November 18th. Several students are beginning outlines, and most are continuing to research. Please pray for the seniors and their stress-levels. I am working to plan my two classes with them in such a way that they are able to take breaths between assignments. Chreias are continuing through November, please let me know if you need a calendar invite!