VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 16
NOVEMBER 19, 2021
FROM THE OFFICE
With the official Thanksgiving holiday fast-approaching, it’s a great exercise to challenge yourself and your kids to name 5 things a day for which you’re thankful. The gift and discipline of seeing is of such value for keeping grumbly spirits at bay, and to remember how blessed we are beyond what we deserve! It is our prayer that at the top of every single child’s list will be enormously merciful gift of salvation for all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ. What astounding love!
- Tues, 11/23: Thanksgiving Celebration
- Lower School plans:
- Students should wear normal daily uniform. Bring coats, hats, gloves for afternoon activities.
- Students should bring snack and lunch, like normal. The Thanksgiving feast will be a taste testing of authentic dishes and not intended to replace their lunch.
- 12:00 – Dismissal for half day students as normal.
- 12:30 – 2:30: The students will enjoy lots of activities to give them a feel for Pilgrim life. Parents are welcome to come!
- 2:45 – Dismissal as normal.
- Upper school plans:
- 7:30-7:50: Students should be dropped off at the DTC as normal.
- 10:30 – Students will walk to main campus
- 11:00 – Declamation Speeches
- 12:00 – Lunch (Please send in disposable bag)
- Afternoon – fun competitive games on the property behind the main campus
- 3:00 – Pick up at MAIN CAMPUS! (See the traffic flow attached to the email so you know how to do dismissal at the main campus)
- ATTIRE: athletic shirts in house colors, black shorts or sweatpants. No spandex please. Bring layers! (NOTE: Students competing in the Declamation Speeches should wear their dress uniform, and may change into athletic clothes afterwards.)
- Lower School plans:
- Wed, 11/24: THANKSGIVING BREAK
- Thurs, 11/25: THANKSGIVING BREAK
- Fri, 11/26: THANKSGIVING BREAK
- Sat, 11/27: Small Shop Saturday – MS girls’ choir will be caroling downtown Mebane
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Wed, 12/1 – NEW STUDENT applications open
- Fri, 12/10 – Classic Film Club event (upper school)
- Wed, 12/15 – Special upper school music performance for group at FBC
- Fri, 12/17 –
- Christmas celebration: watch for details coming soon!
- End of 2nd quarter. Report cards released.
- NOON DISMISSAL! Christmas break commences.
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK studied David and Goliath. TK students enjoyed making balloon slingshots of their own!
- Students enjoyed making butter from scratch. The butter was flavored with a savory herb blend and sweet cinnamon and sugar. We will use this homemade butter next week to enjoy on harvest bread during our Thanksgiving celebration.
- TK students focused on the letters I and U.
- Students played games that challenged them to discriminate between letters, words, and sentences.
- Students continued practicing counting syllables and identifying the initial sounds of words.
- Students were introduced to the penny.
- Students continue putting number cards in order from 0-10 and counting backwards.
- Students enjoyed playing number matching Bingo games this week!
Arts and Sciences
- TK students focused on gratitude this week. It is important to give thanks in all things and make it a practice to praise God in all His goodness.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- This week in PE, the students worked on speed and coordination skills by playing a few games. They also worked on strength building exercises.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week students continued to work on the first three verses of “O Come All Ye Faithful” and the piece, “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”. The students are making progress in matching pitches and staying together. Third, Fourth, and Fifth grade students continued to work on learning pieces with the first 2-3 notes. All three age groups have a strong sense of how to put together rhythm and beat. We will continue to work on recognizing and reading pitches.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- Our young scholars tackled identifying even numbers to 20, creating a design with a line of symmetry, identifying a line of symmetry, counting dimes and pennies, identifying one half of a whole, and writing the fraction one half. In history we discussed the Babylonian captivity and the life of Daniel. We learned that the covenant Lord of Israel had not suffered defeat, but rather God used Nebuchadnezzar as a tool in the Lord’s hands to discipline His people.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13 and review
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- This week the students have been learning about arranging two-digit numbers from least to greatest in math. We are also working on measurements by volume and will be baking a batch of cookies to help reinforce measuring with cups, pints, gallons, etc. In reading, we have been enjoying the fascinating story of Wilbur and Orville Wright and how they made history by flying in the first powered airplane. In science, we have been continuing our investigation into different kinds of vertebrate animals. Finally, in history, our state projects came in this week! The boys and girls should be very proud of these stunning displays. Way to go, 1st Graders!
- Psalm 1:1
- Psalm 1:3
- Vertebrate Quiz
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- Students were so excited this week to get to bring in and present their Egypt maps or dioramas, and they all did a wonderful job! It was so wonderful to see students be able to explain what their project was, what materials they used to create it, and their favorite parts of their projects. They got to practice their presentation skills and focus on speaking at the correct voice levels for their classmates to hear. Next week they will get to present to other grades as well! In math, students have continued to work on various facts, such as 100 addition facts, x1 and x10 multiplication facts, as well as beginning to subtract numbers from 10. Students have also been introduced to perimeter and number lines this week in math. In history, we have been studying Abraham and God’s command for him to sacrifice his son Isaac. See if your child can summarize that story for you! In reading, we are finishing up Sarah, Plain and Tall this week and are using our science time to study the shells that Sarah would have been familiar with from her home in Maine.
- Proverbs 25:11-13
- 11/23 – Thanksgiving Feast
- 11/24-11/26 – Thanksgiving holiday NO SCHOOL
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- In third grade, we continue to apply God’s word to our studies. After reading the creation account in Genesis, we discovered that, “God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.” We continued discussing our moon observation projects, and created a tool to help us locate the constellations in our night sky. In latin, we learned that nouns and adjectives must agree with one another in person, number, and case. Students worked on adding shadows and highlights with water colors, and practiced a few techniques to remove watercolor paint from their pictures in order to improve the composition. They have completed their Greek god projects which look amazing, and enthusiastically shared their project processes with their fellow classmates. We are looking forward to a wonderful time of Thanksgiving next week!
- Review all verses
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We had a wonderful week finishing up Rolf and The Viking Bow. The students completed their journal and comprehension pages. We practiced three digit multiplication, two digit division and probability in math. We added ablative case prepositions in Latin and learned a new song. We also learned about Medieval Feasts in History and shared ideas for our projects as well as learned about life in a castle. The students spent time focusing on overlapping shapes in sketching and we ended the week completing a three paragraph persuasive essay.
- Matthew 5: 1-9
- Feudal System Project Due Monday
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- It was nice to do the “normal” schedule with the students. They are charging through their math books and getting better every week. This week we worked on circumference, angles, and dividing with decimals. We studied the Massachusetts Bay Colony in history and used our history reading to practice inferencing skills. Students learned about direct objects in grammar and also learned that real editing is a meticulous and careful process. Students also practiced writing 5 paragraph essays! Please take the time to check your student’s grades online.
- Next week we will review our memory verses from the 1st quarter.
- Monday- bring body projects back
- Tuesday- Thanksgiving Feast and celebration
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
6th Language Arts
- We read a collection of poems and short stories from Realms of Gold. Students were introduced to the writings of Edgar Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- We learned about the Battle of Gettysburg and its impact on the Civil War. Students learned the reasons for the battle, why strategic moves were made within the battle, and its effect on the war as a whole.
7th Grade Omnibus
- We finished reading Homer’s Odyssey. Students should start studying for a test on the book after Thanksgiving break.
- Students learned about Irrelevant Goals/Functions and the Irrelevant Thesis fallacies as we are expanding on our idea of what a Red Herring is.
- Students took a test on the structure of syllogisms, and began learning the mood and figure of syllogisms.
- After finishing our study of Newton’s Three Laws of Motion we are moving on to consider momentum and collisions. We’ll also be launching our egg drop challenge project. The task is not only to design a device to keep an egg from cracking, but one that uses a minimum of materials, and lands on or near a bullseye..
- This week we are beginning to study the properties and graphs of exponential and logarithmic functions. We are taking up some applications of these functions in investment/debt and radioactive decay.
- The class is now considering analyzing various properties of functions (extrema, increasing/decreasing, and concavity) using first and second derivative tests.
10th Bible Survey
- We finished our study of the various genres of the Psalms, looking at wisdom, kingship, and songs of confidence.
- Test on Judges, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings.
6th -10th PE
- This week in PE, the students worked on speed and coordination skills as well as strength building exercises.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- Our students worked in teams to further research and prepare their arguments for the Arnolfini Portrait mock trial. Also, this week they began work on another watercolor project designed to test their observational skills and work on developing their skill in detailed work.
6th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our study of bacteria this week. The students worked on reviewing their notes by adding review questions to the margins of their Cornell notes, as well as writing summaries for each day’s notes.
6th Grade Math:
- This week we worked on data analysis through the use of tools such as stem-and-leaf plots and box-and-whisker plots. The students were able to see the benefit of these tools in summarizing large amounts of data, especially in identifying outliers.
7th Grade Science:
- We put our learning about earthquakes to practical use as we used real seismic data to triangulate the epicenter of an earthquake that took place in the Sierras in 1999. The students also started plans for their group project of building an earthquake-resistant structure.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- Ratios, proportions, and percentages were the focus of our math classes this week.
8th Grade Science:
- Our focus this week was on Newton’s second law of motion. The students were able to identify many examples of Newton’s second law in their everyday lives. We were also able to identify many misconceptions people often have about forces on falling objects. We were able to mathematically justify Galileo’s observation that all objects fall toward Earth at the same rate of acceleration, regardless of mass.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- This week we learned how to factor the greatest common factor out of algebraic expressions, as well as how to distribute rational expressions through algebraic expressions.
9th Grade Biology:
- We started our study of biochemistry this week. We have spent time reviewing the structure of matter, as well as physical and chemical changes in matter. Everyone was excited to start our osmosis lab this week. It will be exciting to see the results over the next week.
- This week we studied the Athanasian creed, which is not a creed and wasn’t written by Athanasius. But it is nevertheless important because it marks a shift in emphasis from a person (Jesus) being the object of faith to a set of doctrines, an ominous moment in church history.
- We are greatly enjoying Pride and Prejudice. At this point, Elisabeth is getting more and more aggravated with Darcy, while Darcy is falling more and more in love with Lizzy. Also, we have met Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham, the former a classic comic character and the latter a foil to Darcy.
- We are set for our history presentations on Friday, which span the early modern period.
- We have ended our reading of the Iliad with a bang, as students wrapped up their artistic responses to the epic. Our book test is on Friday.
- After our set of fantastic history presentations, we are ready for our unit test, which takes place just after Thanksgiving.
- Monday we completed our test on Descartes, Hume, and Kant. Wednesday we covered Hegel and Marx, and next time we take a look at Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.
- We began learning about the life, works, and importance of J.S. Bach. Students also greatly enjoyed learning all about a preeminent instrument of Bach’s time – the organ; they had a great time trying out the sanctuary organ!
- In performance, students continue to progress in their pieces; our piano ensemble performance will take place during the third quarter.
- In performance, students continue to progress in their ensemble pieces. Our piano performance will take place during the third quarter. It is incredibly exciting to hear pieces begin to take shape!
- In music history, students briefly learned about two lesser known composers of the early Romantic era – Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Clara Schumann.
- Girls choir is doing a fantastic job preparing for upcoming performances, while the boys progressed to the second theme of the first movement of Schubert’s 8th Symphony. The boys will perform this piece in our third quarter concert.
- In music history, students briefly learned about two lesser known composers of the early Romantic era – Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Clara Schumann.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We are fully in the Romantic era with the music of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. We also took time this week to learn more musical terms of expression in terms of style, articulation, tempo, and dynamics.
- This week we concluded our lessons on chemical bonds, and the students took their second test of Q2.
- Next week is very short because of Thanksgiving. We will begin our next section, looking more closely at chemical compositions.
12th Systematic Theology
- We discussed the relationship between God’s providence and human prayer.
12th Grade Literature
- Students began Shakespeare’s Hamlet this week.
12th Grade History
- Students have a presentation due after Thanksgiving, so they have been working on those this week.
11th Grade Literature
- Students began Othello last week, and are continuing the story this week.
11th Grade History
- Students have a research paper on Friday and have been working on those this week.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students had a vocab quiz and have been working on their speeches due after Thanksgiving.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students have their next piece of theses due on Friday. They will be finishing their introductions and will have two weeks for their pro-argument section.
- This week we worked on our colored pencil landscapes. We talked about technique and color theory.
- This week we worked on our small scale architecture studies. After Thanksgiving we will begin our architecture finals in charcoal.
- This week we worked on our magazine portraits. These are coming along nicely!
- This week we worked on possessive pronouns. We continued working with descriptive adjectives and practiced our vocabulary for this chapter.
- This week we worked on superlatives and comparisons. We practiced with our vocabulary and conjugated a variety of verbs both regular and irregular.
- This week we continued our studies on angles.
- This week we learned what a dilemma is and how to address it.
10th Algebra II
- This week we worked with fractional exponents and learned the “difference of two squares theorem.”
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we worked more with pronouns and took a vocab quiz.
- This week we learned the difference between renting and buying a home. We also did some case studies to determine what others should do.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We have begun to study the time after the fall of the Roman empire and the various Germanic tribes and their culture.
- Literature: After completing The History of the Kings of Britain, we were all very excited to begin The Fellowship of the Ring on Wednesday, diving into Tolkien’s fantastically and meticulously created mythical world of Middle Earth and beginning to be acquainted with his characters.
- Composition: Students wrote and turned in their essays, taking some time to review each other’s works and edit for clarity of thought and style.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders reviewed and continued to practice parsing, diagramming, and translating sentences with the dative case and indirect objects. They will take a test over this material on Monday.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders continued to review and learn more ways to use the dative case: special intransitive, dative with adjectives, and dative of possession.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth graders practiced the use of irregular verbs nolere and volere, irregular adjectives, and positive and negative commands.
6th Grade Logic
- We spent most of the week reviewing the ten fallacies we have learned thus far, practicing identifying and writing examples of the fallacies.