VOLUME XV, ISSUE 13
Nov 10, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
- Please take note of many upcoming events and activities! If you have time to lend a hand, please reach out to the office or your child’s teacher. We love parent (and grandparent) volunteers!
- Mon, 11/14: Please return picture proofs (for those who were absent)
- Tues, 11/15: 4th / 5th grades – return field trip permission slips with $
- Thurs, 11/17:
- Bradford Night – K – 2nd grade – watch for an email with details – Family and friends invited!
- HOME – Varsity boys bball – 3:30
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Mon, 11/21: Hobbit Day (5th grade)
- Tues, 11/22: **email with details to come!**
- Bradford Feast and Pilgrim activities (lower school)
- Declamation – final competition @ lower school campus
- Pumpkin rugby (upper school students @ lower school campus)
- HOME varsity girls (2:15pm) and boys (3:30pm) basketball games.
- Wed, 11/23 – Fri, 11/25: Thanksgiving Break
- Sat, 11/26 – Downtown Caroling (upper school chorus)
- Thurs, 12/1 – Applications for NEW STUDENTS opens for the 23/24 school year
- Thurs, 12/8:
- 4th / 5th field trip to Nutcracker
- Christmas Concert (upper school students)
- Fri, 12/16:
- End of 2nd quarter – report cards released to EDUCATE
- NOON dismissal
- Christmas celebration
- Mon, 12/19 – Mon, 1/2 : Christmas break
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Rich and Mrs. Grubb)
TK enjoyed a wonderful week learning all about Veterans Day and what it means to be a veteran. Mrs. Rich is a veteran herself and was able to talk all about her experiences. Students made Veteran’s books this week and colored them. We are so thankful for all who have served! We also focused this week on germs and how to prevent the spread of them. We had vocabulary words and special experiments to go along with this theme. TK focused on letters H and T this week and had several activities to go along with this. They also worked hard in math ordering numbers 0-10 and played a missing number game. We read the story of David being chosen as king this week in the Bible and next week we will learn how he defeated Goliath!
Lower School P.E. (Mrs. Bennington)
K – 5th
- Students worked on following directions during warm-up exercises and games this week. We spent a lot of time on expectations in regards to good sportsmanship.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- Kindergarten, First and Second grade students worked on selections for their Bradford Night performance next week. Third grade learned a new vocal warm-up and worked hard on matching pitches. Third grade also worked on, “Good Christian Men Rejoice”.
- Fourth and Fifth grade students worked on several songs in their recorder books. Students worked on pages 10-13, page 16, and “Jolly Old Saint Nick”. Students have been asked to practice at least three times, for ten minutes, this coming week before our next Music Class. Students are making great progress and practice will increase the rate at which we can improve.
Lower School Art (Mrs. Palmer)
- This week we did not have art but we will get back to it next week.
- This week we did not have art due to Veteran’s Day.
- This week we did not have art due to Veteran’s Day.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- As this week was a short week, we spent time reviewing our second quarter math concepts. Our kindergarten students also learned to count dimes by 10’s and to count by 2’s. We are continuing to read Bad Meg and will be sending this book home next week so you can enjoy reading it with your student. The highlight of the week was probably working with air dry clay to create 3D sculptures. We will send those home next week once they’ve had a chance to dry. We are also working hard on our songs and verses to prepare for Bradford Night next week!
- John 14:6
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Smith)
- This week in Science we are studying the Carolina Chickadee and listened to the various call made by the Chickadee. Please get outside and see how many birds you can identify by their calls. We are continuing to work as zoologists through our “classes of animals” packets. In grammar we are reviewing common and proper nouns and putting words in categories of noun or not a noun. The students have mastered saying their addresses and are practicing writing their addresses as they would on an envelope. In history we completed reading the diary of John Werth, who was a settler in the Jamestown colony. It was interesting to hear the difficulties these original settlers went through and the tenacity it took to survive. In math we had a fact assessment on our sums of 11 facts and a written assessment this week. Students are eagerly measuring using their new rulers. Students are at the point in the year where they are working (mostly) independently on the Guided Practice sheets. This is a large milestone for our first graders.
- Review all memory verses we know.
- 11/14- State Projects Due
- 11/17 – Bradford Night
- 11/23-11/25 – Thanksgiving Holiday
2nd Grade (Ms. Hedgecock & Mrs. Batten)
- Second grade enjoyed a slower pace this week as we focused on preparing for Bradford Night and completing a number of art projects. We have seen big improvement in both effort and skill in art this quarter, so be prepared to be impressed next Thursday night! Aslan is on the move in Narnia, and we have enjoyed meeting Mr. and Mrs. Beaver this week, even as we are disappointed in Edmund’s choice. Speaking of choices, we were reminded again this week in our study of Sodom and Gomorrah that God judges sin and disobedience and shows mercy in accordance with His will and His word. In math, we dug further into geometry with perimeter and vertical, horizontal, and oblique lines. These are fun and easy concepts to review at home in real-life situations. Please remember to finish and practice presenting Animal Habitat Projects which are due next Thursday! We are looking forward to seeing the children’s creativity on display.
- Review Philippians 2:4, Philippians 2:14-15, and Matthew 6:19-21 for Bradford Night
- 11/17 – Bradford Night
- 11/17 – Animal Habitat Projects Due
- 11/23-11/25 – Thanksgiving Holiday
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- Students enjoyed discovering lines of symmetry in the various flags of other nations. We then discussed how unique our nation is in its government and what it means to be a constitutional republic. They discovered that this Tuesday American citizens had the privilege to vote for men and women who will represent them as they create laws. But John Adams best explained a constitutional republic when he said it is “a government of law and not of men.” In Latin, we learned that nouns and adjectives must agree with one another in person, number, and case. We are expanding our study of the heavens to include details about the planets in our solar system. They are learning how to conduct research and organize the information to help quickly recall it later. Continue to observe and record the moon each night!
- Psalm 84:10
- 11/16 Greek god projects due
- 11/18 The Great Greek Feast
- 11/30 Moon Observation Project Ends
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram and Mrs. Lawson)
- We have engaged in a two week study in History about the Feudal System. The students are completing a wonderful hands-on project from their choice of 4 ideas. I am looking forward to their sharing next Thursday. We are continuing to study Latin prepositions with hand movements and songs. The students are working hard in our Reading groups enjoying their book and writing assignments with our IEW program. We talked about reactions this week in Science and had fun making elephant toothpaste. Thank you Mr. Leonard for bringing in supplies and working with the students to create a huge “jumbo elephant” reaction.
- Matthew 5: 1-10
- History Project Due Thursday, November 17th
5th Grade (Mrs. Owens)
- Our students turned in the first draft of their creative writing story. Once the stories are completed, they will be turned into the Burlington Writers Club competition. We are nearing the end of The Hobbit and students have begun to prepare for Hobbit Day. They are busy memorizing their lines from a scene in Th
e Hobbit so they can put on a play for the school. This week in Grammar we began to work on pattern 2 sentences and have started to review our synonyms and antonyms we learned at the beginning of the year.
- Isaiah 40:1-2 (this week)
- Isaiah 40:3-4 (next week)
- Hobbit Day – Monday, November 21st
- Parent Prayer – every Thursday morning at 7:50am
- The Nutcracker – Thursday, December 8th
- Students turned in their third practice record and received their fourth practice record to start documenting weekly practice and assignments. We discussed the importance of at-home practice and the expectations for effective practice. Practice records need to be turned in every Tuesday for a grade. We spent a lot of time this week working on music for the December concert.
- We watched a performance of Mozart’s famous “Queen of the Night” aria, then practiced staccato singing exercises and lines in our music where the notes make bigger jumps. We continued to work on a unified sound in rhythm and vowels as we practiced for the concert.
6th -8th Boys’ PE
- This week the students played football and ran the mile.
6th-8th Girls’ PE
- This week we played soccer.
6th Reading and Literature
- This week we continued to work through Across Five Aprils.
6th Grammar and Writing
- We took a week off from Grammar and Writing while we focused on catching up on Reading.
- This week we continued working our way through the Gospel of Luke.
- This week we learned about President Lincoln. We watched excerpts from the 2013 movie Lincoln as we linked the passing of the 13th amendment with other events from our card and current Reading book.
- This week we discussed different types of good and bad bacteria.
- This week we tested our knowledge of how many assumptions we make by trying to solve some riddles and word problems.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders are doing a stellar (coming from the Latin word, ‘stella,’ meaning ‘starry’) job as they parse and translate their first set of more complex sentences! They continue to practice differentiating between transitive and intransitive verbs, and noticing the difference between the subject noun ending and the direct object ending.
6th Grade Math
- We reviewed many skills this week, including solving for an unknown number in a proportion and solving for an unknown angle in a triangle. We ended the week with a cumulative test.
- This week students worked on Italian landscapes in colored pencil. These are inspired by our artist of the quarter, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
7th Grammar and Writing
- 7th graders have been editors. After turning in the rough draft for the assigned essay, students traded papers and edited! After I edit, the final copy is due Tuesday, November 15.
7th Grade Omnibus
- Reading! Ready or not, we are reading more! The students have been assigned to read 6 chapters of Isaiah each evening and a chapter of Dr. R.C. Sproul’s Chosen by God. We plan to conclude our discussions of these books on Friday, November 18. Then it’s on to an overview of Peter Kreeft’s The Best Things in Life and a fun conclusion to the semester with a visit to C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.
- Election time has provided ample material for discussion of logic or fallacy–we’ve viewed last minute “pleas” from candidates sent by video text messages, emails, commercials, mailed ads, and road signs. Next up–chronological snobbery.
7th Grade Science
- This week, we had fun creating models of Earth’s layers with graham crackers and frosting. Using their yummy models, the students were able to represent the mesosphere, asthenosphere, and lithosphere. They were also able to model the geologic events at convergent, divergent, and transform plate boundaries.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra
- We had fun this week exploring exponents and roots. The students are very familiar with taking the square root of a number, but this week they practiced finding cube roots, fourth roots and beyond. There will be a cumulative test on Tuesday, 11/15.
- This week students worked on their charcoal architecture drawings. These are coming along nicely! We have been focusing on honing in detail, looking for the grayscale throughout our drawings, and blending well.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders worked to translate and answer questions about a long Latin passage covering the story of the geese who alerted the Romans to their sneaky enemies.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: Students reviewed and took their second history test of the year, covering the period from the fall of Rome through the rise of the Byzantine and Muslim empires in the 500-700s.
- Literature: In literature, we came to the end of Beowulf, our book of poetry and monsters; we have enjoyed some final discussions this week about themes in the book and will take the test next week.
- Composition: Students are working on their essays about a question about Beowulf and its characters; we completed the outline this week, and next week will review some style points and begin writing!
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders reviewed for their ch. 27 test next week! We had a short Latin week because of Veteran’s Day.
8th Grade Science
- We wrapped up our unit on solids, liquids and gases with a cumulative review game and a unit test. Up next, we’ll start work on our self-propelled vehicle project.
8th Grade Algebra I
- We’ve started working with polynomials. This week, students learned to label polynomial terms and expressions by degree. They also learned to add and multiply polynomials. Soon we will learn to divide polynomials.
- This week students worked on their famous portraits using magazine clippings. I am truly amazed at how well these are going!
- This week the students learned the difference between contrary and subcontrary statements.
- This week we worked on conjugating more -ER and -IR verbs. Students took a vocabulary quiz and practiced with past vocabulary. We also took notes on and worked with possessive adjectives.
- We are learning about dilemmas and how to avoid “getting impaled on the horns of the dilemma” by going between the horns, grasping the horns, or rebutting the horns.
- This week we practiced solving logic problems of various types, which serves as preparation for devising proofs in geometry.
- Next week we will continue this preparation, and the students will be introduced to the Bridge Project.
- This week we built simple carbohydrates with marshmallows and toothpicks as we discussed biochemistry. We also had a review game in preparation for a test on biochemistry next Tuesday.
- We have been learning about the debates in the ecumenical councils in the 7th-9th centuries and the way in which civil and political realms were unavoidably united to the church and theological realms. We have seen how the doctrine of creation that reveals God as the creator means that there is no subject matter that is not theological. Thus, the perspective that held for over a thousand years that recognized the union between the church and state reflected a more faithfully biblical view of reality than the idea that the church and state could actually be disconnected and isolated from each other.
9th Grade Literature
- We viewed the 1935 movie version of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The striking theme that rose above even the void between the classes in France, was that of life-giving sacrifice. We will discuss briefly whether the movie followed the book’s pattern closely or not and also if the directors theme was presented as strongly in the actual book. Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice is next!
9th Grade Advanced Art
- We have started to work on our first art mock trial which will examine Las Meninas by Diego Valezquez. The students were divided into teams and began their research. Additionally, they have selected their lead council, co-council and research team. This project is for a grade and will help them understand and prepare for the more complex mock trial at the end of 4th quarter. Lastly, we are beginning to work on yet another watercolor painting which will help develop their skills in painting reflections in water, metal and glass. It has been a very full week of learning!
- Students took their unit test on the American Revolution and we have begun to study Early American Government by looking at the Articles of Confederation and the Constitutional Convention. A good line of questions to ask students would be: why did the Articles give each state an equal vote? Why would small states love and large states hate this arrangement? What did the Americans fear that caused them to not create an Executive Office branch in the Articles of Confederation?
10th Algebra II
- This week in math class we learned to complete the square – a solution technique for solving quadratic equations and a technique that will be used later to put functions into “graphing” format.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we studied briefly the theme of the sufficiency of Scripture. Then the students took notes on some of the background information for the book of I Kings.
- Memory verse: Psalm 28:7 for next Tuesday
10th Grade Literature
- We peered into the world of Ancient Greek comedy through a work by Aristophanes; students were surprised at the bitterness and debaseness presented.
- This week we talked about different types of bonds and resultant properties of molecules having those bonds.
- Next week we will dive into molecular orbital theory!
- Students are about to begin their study of Ancient Greece. As a result, students divided into groups to look at different major battles in order to brainstorm ideas of reenacting one of them.
- A number of students were missing due to sickness, so we took an easy day of volleyball that progressed into soccer volleyball. The remainder of the week was spent on the Washington DC field trip.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students gave their second invented speech this week before they left for their DC Trip. We also had a discussion on work ethic and how rhetorical speeches need to not only be written, but also practiced. We will be shortening the length of writing starting in January, so students need to tighten up their time management.
- This week we added some new vocabulary. We practiced with this vocabulary through listening and reading activities. We continue to work on irregular verbs in the preterite as well.
- We used our one meeting this week to begin construction of our egg drop devices. Students tried a prototype or two and test-dropped them three stories down the stairwell.
- Our study of rational functions is complete. Next, we will begin studying exponential and logarithmic functions.
11th Personal Finance
- This week the students took a test on various types of taxes and then (appropriately) went to DC.
- Next week we will discuss housing and real estate.
11th Grade Literature
- Students continued with Much Ado About Nothing before they left for their DC Trip.
11th NT Greek
- While we only met on Monday, due to the D. C. trip, we did begin a new chapter (12) that deals with the use of the third person personal pronoun. Students are continuing to improve their skills in translation work, and in particular understanding how sentence structure, as well as noun cases aid in translating accurately.
11th Grade History
- This week the students read ahead in the textbook in preparation for next week. Next week we will begin chapter 9 of the textbook and will go over aristocracy in the high Middle Ages.
- We tackled the infamous “related rate” problems this week – a practical but challenging application of derivatives. We have become familiar with the setup basics and more practice will help our proficiency.
- This week we wrapped up our unit on the Digestive and Urinary Systems. Current grades for the 2nd quarter are in Educate.. We also started our Health and Nutrition unit.
- This week we finished our material on the American Revolution and introduced our next unit dealing with Early American Government. Next week, we will take a test on the Revolution. In our new material we will particularly focus on the Constitution, the debates and compromises that went into it, a few of the federalist papers and the Bill of Rights.
12th Grade Literature
- Students finished reading The Red Badge of Courage and discussed Crane’s conclusion to this novel (reviews were mixed). They have an essay over the novel on Monday that I know they’re all very prepared for!
12th Grade Shakespeare Elective
Students continued with Antony and Cleopatra.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students have their rough drafts due next Friday. Everyone’s goal for next week is to start writing their papers. Please be in prayer for the seniors during this stressful time, thesis seems to be falling off of a few of their radars and I never want them to be overwhelmed because of a lack of time management.