VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 11
NOVEMBER 6, 2020
FROM THE OFFICE
REMINDERS: If your child has any cold or flu-like symptoms, or stomach bug symptoms, please keep them home! Your criteria for keeping your child home must be stricter than in past years. We love the our students want to be at school….and our goal is to keep them all here as long as possible, so please do not risk the health of the class by sending your child to school with a sore throat or congestion.
- Wed, 11/11: Veteran’s Day – No school
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Wed 11/25 – Fri 11/27: THANKSGIVING BREAK
- Tues, 12/1: New Student Applications for 21/22 (let your friends know!)
- Thurs, 12/3: New Student Open House (spread the word!)
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK learned how God delivered the Israelites to the promised land. God allowed His people to defeat Jericho by marching, blowing horns, and shouting. The plan seemed odd however, God was faithful to his promise.
- TK students learned all about Veterans this week. We began creating a book about Veterans that teaches about the heroic efforts they make in order to keep us safe and have the blessings of freedom. We will complete these books next week just before the Veterans Day holiday.
- TK continues to develop understanding of compound words.
- In comprehension students were challenged to Identify and describe problems in a story and then come up with solutions when
- Tk students identified and created AB patterns using sound and movement patterns. This was a hilarious lesson as the students shared their ideas of movements and sounds they could make to create the AB pattern.
- TK students practiced sorting a collection of buttons. They were challenged to sort by the number of holes, color, shape and size.
- Students practiced ordering the numbers 1-10 and played a missing number game. Next week we will continue this skill and begin learning to count backwards from 10-1.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week the students finished up their training for the Greek Olympics. Also, 3rd and 5th grade served the rest of the students well by cleaning up the trails for Greek Olympics.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- Our kindergarten scholars plowed onward through new material and big concepts! We dictated our first spelling list and took our first spelling test writing all the words in cursive. In math, we introduced subtraction, skip counting by tens, and the value of a dime. In art, Mrs. Rivera’s class has begun their weaving projects, while Mrs. McDorman’s class has finished creating a special gift for parents. Mrs. McDorman’s class will begin sculpting next week, and then the classes will switch projects. The book of Judges tells us how the Israelites kept rejecting the Lord and worshiping idols. Each time they did this, the Lord punished them by letting other nations attack and defeat them. As a result, the Israelites turned back to the Lord and asked for help, and He sent a special leader called a “judge,” who helped them defeat their enemies. A time of peace followed , and the Israelites were faithful to the Lord for as long as the judge lived, but then they again rejected the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- The scholars in 1st Grade have been forging ahead in their study of fractions and counting money. It’s also great to watch them getting quicker in recalling their math facts each day. The students have also been adding more “multi-letter phonograms” to their phonics repertoire. In penmanship, the students have worked hard and addressed envelopes in cursive. Watch out for these letters in the mail! In history, we have been fascinated with our book of “Pilgrim Stories” and learning about how the Pilgrims originally left England to try and make a life for themselves in Holland. Making Dutch windmills was a special treat for the students. In science, we have been discovering some really interesting facts about our bird of the month, the Carolina Chickadee.
- Romans 12:1-2
- State Projects Due November 10th!
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- This week second grade was introduced to a new book, Encyclopedia Brown. In order to understand the main character of the book better the students learned what an encyclopedia is and how it is used. They were able to look through a school set of encyclopedias, which none of them had ever done before. Afterwards, they eagerly began solving mysteries right alongside their new favorite detective. Ask your child which case has been their favorite so far. In history, we read Genesis 16 and 21 to learn about Hagar and Ishmael. It’s a sad part of Abraham and Sarah’s lives that had long lasting consequences. Ask your child if they remember which country Hagar was from. In Latin, the students have finally learned some verbs and commands to go along with the nouns. We got to play a fun game of Simeon Says using these new Latin phrases.
- Proverbs 25:6-7
- November 11th-Veterans Day (No school)
- November 17th-Map of Ancient Egypt due
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- Our third grade class is slowly tackling our multiplication facts as we learn products up 89. We are also trying to master the skill of finding elapsed time and drawing reflections across a line of symmetry. In Grammar, we are identifying subject pronouns and the (unwritten) understood subject pronoun, “you,” like we see in imperative sentences. It has also been a fun week in Latin. We have had a review chapter this week and we have enjoyed playing “Pictionary” and “Around the World” together. Games are a wonderful way to build relationships, strengthen self-control, and to learn good sportsmanship behavior.
- I Thessalonians 4: 9-12
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- This week we finished our class review of Latin. Next week we will begin chapter 11 and our study of prepositions. We are finishing up our literature book this week and have enjoyed many chapter discussions that focus on the theme of friendship, heroism, and justice. History was fascinating this week as the students were introduced to the East West Schism. They enjoyed looking back to prior lessons to discover how the geographic location and events led up to the schism. We finished our week adding many new skills to our understanding of grammar. We are labeling detailed sentences and exploring many types of poetry.
- We finished our science chapter this week on matter focusing on the characteristics that make up the matter we see all around us and creating a notebook page in our science journals.
- Psalm 23
- Burlington Writing Contest- Please read the parent message regarding the timeline in google classroom.
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- We have had an incredible week! We reviewed Latin and practiced translating sentences. In writing we are working on the Burlington writer’s competition and a compare and contrast essay for literature. Two of the most exciting events that happened this week were Hobbit Day and Greek Olympics. During Hobbit day the students were able to enjoy, second breakfast, afternoon tea, trivia, and performing a play for the school and parents.
- Isaiah 40:1-2
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We continued reading various stories in Realms of Gold to work on reading comprehension, and vocabulary. In addition, we did peer edits of our first draft of the 1800’s narratives that students are writing.
- We continued to learn about Abraham Lincoln by reading short autobiographies, reading the Emancipation Proclamation, and discussing its importance to America. Finally, we had a test on the California Gold Rush, Opening of the Oregon Territory, and Abraham Lincoln.
- We continued to learn about parts of a cell, how each part functions, and how to correctly label an animal cell with as little help as possible.
- We discussed the slippery slope part-to-whole fallacies. We are continuing to look at where we see these fallacies used throughout society, and how we use them ourselves in daily life
- We reviewed from last week’s quiz to ensure all students understand the material they got wrong. In addition, we discussed various aspects of the Presidential election and had several debates centering around the political sphere.
- We continued working on syllogisms by learning about the mood and figure of syllogisms. In addition, we debated whether or not we should have an electoral college.
- We will continue memorizing 1 John 2. Soon, we will begin our next book Across Five Aprils which parallels our history lessons on the Civil War.
- We concluded our study of two dimensional motion with a test on Friday. Next we will take up Newton’s Three Laws.
- Rational Functions has been our focus of study this week with a test planned for Monday. Our next topic will be exponential and logarithmic functions.
- This week we have been studying angles and measurement. Following our test we will take up an overview of logic and consider how this applies to writing geometry proofs.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have finished the books of II Samuel and some of I Kings. We have enjoyed studying about the Temple and the life of Solomon. We have also studied about the sufficiency of Scripture. Next week, Lord willing, we will study the lives and ministries of Elijah and Elisha.
- Memory work: I Chronicles 29:11.
6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th Grade PE
- This week the students performed their P.E. Assessments with a timed 40 yard dash, timed 1 mile run, 1 minute sit up count and a 1 minute push up count. Every student has increased their personal times significantly. I’m very proud of them.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- This week we further researched Las Meninas and the students began organizing their arguments and preparing their evidence for their Mock Trial. Additionally, the students worked on further painting skills that helped them to better focus on, color, light and shadows.
7th Grade Science:
- The students took a test this week on earthquakes & volcanoes. We also started working on the formal lab reports that the students will write to present their findings from our soil lab.
8th Grade Science:
- The students took a test this week on laws that apply to fluids. We also introduced our year-long project: self-propelled vehicles. All of the principles of force and motion that we learn this year will be applied to this project. The students are all very excited to get started!
- This week we learned how to use the shorter truth table method to test for equivalence and consistency.
9th Historic Theology
- We took our test on the Chalcedonian Definition and the Apostles’ Creed this week. For the discussion portion of the test, students wrote a short piece on how to hold in balance the principles of unity and truth.
- This week we continued to learn about the civilization of the Greeks. We also took some time to discuss how our culture differs from theirs, and we also examined various political issues in light of the election season.
- Students are preparing to present certain sections of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics this week.
- This week we learned about David Hume, whose insightful observations on human nature and religious sentiment continue to be relevant and challenging today.
- Our overview of modern history continued this week with the rise of modern politics in the 19th century.
- After a somewhat cursory but satisfying reading of Emma, we turned our attention to Jane Eyre, a novel of a very different sort.
Logic School Music
- Our focus this week was on the life, works, and centrality of Johann Sebastian Bach. Students also had a wonderful opportunity to learn about and experience the organ in the church auditorium. In performance, we continue to progress in our piano ensemble pieces, which include standard classical repertoire pieces from Bach to Faure.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- Before moving on to the first performers and composers outside of Germany –Liszt (Hungary) and Chopin (Poland)–we studied the music of the early German romantics, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Robert Schumann, as well as Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel and Clara (Wieck) Schumann. Students also greatly enjoyed a live performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor by a guest violinist, Antonina Mazilu, after which we had an important discussion on the sociology of the orchestra.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History: 7th grade Omnibus students have finished their study of the Code of Hammurabi, and took a test on the Code today. We have spent this week becoming familiar with the time period in Israel’s history between the conquest of Canaan in the 14th century BC through the time period when Israel was governed by kings (in the late 11th century BC). We have studied the books of Judges and Ruth, and are learning that God’s people repeatedly cycled through these stages during this 300 year period of history: disobedience, being given over to their enemies, calling out to the Lord for rescue and being given a deliverer/ judge, who restored order. Tabernacle Project is due on Monday, November 23!!!
- Literature: Overview of Joshua, Judges and Ruth Once again, the theatrical excellence of the Sight and Sounds acting company in Lancaster, PA has delighted us with their performance of “Ruth”. Next week, our 7th graders will begin reading the epic ancient Greek poem, The Odyssey. Exciting learning lies ahead!
- Bible: Students are working on memorizing 2 Timothy 2:5-7. Our studies in history are teaching us that God is a faithful, covenant-keeping God who forgives and restores time after time, in spite of the unfaithfulness of His people.
9th Grade Biology
- Biology students are finishing up their study of Kingdom Fungi. We have enjoyed watching dry baker’s yeast budding under a microscope. Students will be writing a formal lab report for this activity, which will be due next week. Kingdom Fungi test: Friday, November 13.
- This week we began our study of bonding. Students learned how to go from a simple molecular formula to a viable structure. We also built molecules with model kits so the students could see molecular geometry.
- Next week we will continue our discussion of bonding, with a focus on molecular orbitals.
9th Grade Literature
- We are continuing our discussion of Frankenstein and have started to think about our debate topic of is knowledge dangerous.
9th Grade History
- We are in the midst of the French revolution! Vive la France! Students have also been working diligently on their research projects for this semester. Rough drafts are due on 11/16.
11th Grade Literature
- We wrapped up reading Much Ado About Nothing and are beginning to draw comparison between the original script and two modernized versions of the play.
11th Grade History
- Students have been working diligently on their research projects for this semester. Rough drafts are due on 11/16.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students wrote and delivered their first speeches. Ask them what their final semester speech is about.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students have been working more independently on their theses and gearing up for the writing process.
- This week we talked about detailed watercolor painting and techniques. We ventured outside and collected leaves. We then created a visually pleasing composition with the leaves and next week we will begin painting these leaf compositions in watercolor.
- This week we studied further on ancient orders of architecture. We continued to work on our small scale architecture drawings and also decided who would paint which historic building.
- This week we continued on our small scale charcoal drawings. Next week we will begin our final charcoal landscape drawings.
- This week we added a lot of new vocabulary. We continued to work on conjugating SER, ESTAR and -AR ending verbs. We also took notes on and worked grammatically with descriptive adjectives.
- This week we prepared for our Descubre 2 Chapter 1 test. We took the test and began with new vocabulary from the next chapter.
- This week we worked with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. We also reviewed for a test and took a test.
- This week we began working on solving basic algebraic equations. We then reviewed for a test and took a test.
8th Algebra I
- This week we continued factoring and reviewing rules of exponents. We also reviewed for a test and took a test.
10th Algebra II
- This week we reviewed for a test and then took a test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we worked with third declension nouns and started working with Greek pronouns.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We have been learning this week about the Byzantine empire and especially Justinian, his wife Theodora, the law code of Justinian, and the empire they built. We also looked at an overview of art from the 3rd-11th centuries, noticing the patterns and how they reflected the history of those time periods.
- Literature: The students have come to the end of the Song of Roland, discussing what is true bravery versus foolhardiness and what honor is for an individual and for a society.
- Composition: The students began their next essay, brainstorming about a topic of interest from Song of Roland.
6th Grade LATIN
- Sixth graders are doing a fantastic job learning about using adjectives, the irregularly forms of ‘to be,’ and how to identify and translate predicate nouns and adjectives!
7th Grade LATIN
- The seventh grade Latin class has been working through a longer translation this week as well as learning about 3rd declension i-stem endings.
8th Grade LATIN
- Eighth graders are practicing translating Latin sentences and took the last test from book one on Wednesday!