BB 12-17-2021

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 19

DECEMBER 17, 2021

 

FROM THE OFFICE

We pray you and your families will enjoy a healthy Christmas break filled with blessed times together celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  

UPCOMING

  • 1/3 – Return to school
  • 1/17 – No school in observance of MLK Day
  • 1/21 – Spelling bee (4th – 8th grades)
  • 1/24 or 1/25 – Used Uniform Sale (more info to come!)
  • 2/15 – Deadline to: 
    • 1) update your payment plan, if desired. 
    • 2) Let the office know in writing if your child will not be returning in 22/23.  

 

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

This week TK students performed their inaugural Nativity play in front of an audience.  It was wonderful to have this time with them and celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We are proud of the kids.  They have grown tremendously the first two quarters.  May God bless each of you over the Christmas break.  We will see you in the new year!  We are looking forward to what will come in 2022.    

Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)

K – 5th

This week the students learned how to play kickball and also worked on stretching and running exercises. 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  •  This week, our students learned to write money using the cents sign, to subtract 2 from a number and took their last math test of 2021! They also finished up Mr. Gallon Man in science and art. In history, we reached the birth of Christ and spent time talking about  God’s plan unfolding in history. We are excited to work on some Christmas crafts on Friday and enjoy some delicious treats with the whole school! We pray your families  have a wonderful Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you again in the new year!
Memory Work:
  • I Corinthians 14:40

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)

This Week
  •  What a great end to the second quarter! The students have just wrapped up 16, 17, and 18 facts in math. They have done much in grammar, learning about nouns and pronouns. We have been working on so many poems, chants, songs, and Bible verses, as well. This week, we started learning about life after the Pilgrims in America and started a very exciting book, “The Courage of Sarah Noble”. Finally, this week we are working on a  very special craft: a snowy owl made of pinecones and cotton balls. 
Memory Work:  
  • Psalm 1:1-6
Upcoming:
  • Jeremiah 9:23-24

 

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

This Week
  • We’ve had a fantastic first half of the year in second grade. The students have worked so hard to practice their phonics and reading this quarter, and because of that  we have some really great readers! They know how to sound out and decode words better than ever.  Challenge them over the break to read words that you know are unfamiliar to them. I know you will be impressed. In math, they began learning how to multiply and can answer multiplication facts of 0, 1, 7 and 10 at incredible speeds. They have learned nearly every story from the book of Genesis and can recall even the tiniest of details. More importantly, though, they learned why we need to study Genesis and how it relates to our lives. Encourage your child to retell their favorite story to you! I hope you have a restful and joy filled holiday celebrating the reason for our hope.
Memory Work: 
  • Review all verses learned from first and second quarter

 

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

This Week
  • What a blessing this quarter has been with your students! We have covered a lot of material, and your students have been challenged over the last few weeks. This week we introduced division, discovered how adding a sentence opener can improve our writing, and memorized our last verse for the quarter. Your students now know 100 Latin vocabulary words, which they used to write, direct, and perform their very own ”Lat-ish” play! We spent time reflecting on the birth of our Lord and Savior, and they took time to give thanks for all the blessings God has graciously given them. We hope you enjoy the holiday break, and we look forward to returning in the New Year! Soli Deo Gloria!

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram) 

This Week
  •  We had a fabulous week reading our wonderful story Tabitha’s Travels and learning about the birth of Christ.  We have used watercolors, drawing skills, finger knitting, and chalk pastels to create beautiful works of art that glorify our Savior.  We created handcrafted Christmas Cards everyday for our loved ones and neighbors in Christ.   I am overwhelmed at the generosity of gifts, cards, and treats for the classroom.  Thank you for all you do at home.  I pray your break is filled with wonderful family memories and the joy of celebrating the birth of our Savior.
Science
  •  3rd Quarter: Earth Science
Memory Work:
  • 3rd Quarter Verses
Upcoming:
  • Burlington Writers Club
  • Spelling Bee

 

5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • We had a busy week making Christmas gifts, helping TK, and continuing on in our math and history lessons.  We learned about adding and subtracting mixed numbers,  polygons, and continued to practice decimal work.
Memory Work:
  • Reviewed Q1 and Q2
Upcoming:
  • Burlington Writers Club
  • Spelling Bee
  • Merry Christmas!

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mr. Batten

6th Language Arts
  • This week we took a test on the Christmas Carol, and began watching the movie to compare!
6th History
  • We learned about the Reconstruction of the South after the Civil War, read excerpts on the life of Andrew Johnson, and reviewed the Civil War. 
7th Grade Omnibus
  • We wrapped up our study in Screwtape Letters by taking a test, and read and discussed the Masque of the Red Death  by Edgar Allen Poe. 
7th Logic
  • We practiced public speaking by giving impromptu speeches!
8th Logic
  • We wrapped up our speeches and cross examinations, and reviewed the material learned this semester thus far. 

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • Our egg drop devices are complete and our drop test is scheduled.  Winners will be announced in the next Bradford bulletin.  This week we’ve also done some conservation of energy computations with the added challenge of accounting for “wasted” energy.
Precalculus
  • We’ve begun a study of trig functions including an introduction to radian notation.  We also completed a brief investment project comparing continuous vs discrete compounding.
Calculus
  • Learning how to optimize a quantity was our last derivative application.  We are now beginning to consider accumulation functions as represented graphically by the area under a curve and symbolically by an integral.

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we looked at the life of Job and the sovereignty of God. We also saw the prophecy of the coming Messiah in the book of Micah.
  • Students were encouraged to think about choosing a book for their book analysis project. It could be a missionary biography or a Christian theology book. 

 

Mr. Davis

6th -10th PE
  • This week the students did various stretches and worked on distance running as well as played kickball. 

 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Science:
  • We have continued to learn about the hierarchical organization of living things.
6th Grade Math:
  • We wrapped up our quarter by using what we have learned about probability and sample space to solve some challenging logic puzzles and riddles.
7th Grade Science:
  • We wrapped up our study of earth science by watching and discussing a portion of the documentary, Is Genesis History?
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
  • The students have done a great job this quarter. Most recently they have learned to apply the rate formulas we’ve been using to solve for distance and time.
8th Grade Science: 
  • It has been an exciting few weeks in science class as we have tested and analyzed the motion of our self-propelled vehicles. Through this project, the students have learned much about the technology design process, including the process of troubleshooting and redesigning to solve problems.
8th Grade Algebra I: 
  • The students did a great job this week in adding, subtracting, and simplifying rational expressions by finding common denominators with a least common multiple.
9th Grade Biology:
  • We wrapped up our biochemistry unit this week with a unit exam.

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th Theology
  •  Students completed their final test on theological changes in Eastern churches during the eighth century.
9th Literature
  •  We have finished our reading and are now putting the finishing touches on our final essays.
9th History
  •  We finished our challenging history test and are now looking forward to a nice break!
10th Literature
  •  Our poetry unit, which involved students writing and reading their own original poetry, was a huge success and joy.
10th History
  •  We finished up our history unit today with some last-minute projects on ancient cultures.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  •  Our final philosophy test covered the philosophy of the modern period. Next up is apologetics!

 

Mrs. Hamilton

6th Music
  • Students did a great job on the late Baroque and J.S. Bach music history test. I am so proud of what students have accomplished this semester and am greatly looking forward to focusing on preparing for our February performance after the break. 
  • We have also begun our study of G. F. Handel with excerpts from the documentary Handel: Italian Style from the PBS Great Performances series, Now Hear This
7th Music 
  • We completed our semester with more practice and a brief introduction to the Romantic opera, which we will study after the break. Students enjoyed watching excerpts from the gripping documentary The Audition, which follows aspiring opera singers compete at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions for a chance to sing on the Met stage, and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career. 
8th Music 
  • Students did an amazing job performing for the lower school campus, the FBC Mebane senior group, and for the upper school campus forum all in one short week. I am incredibly proud of what these students accomplished this semester! Thank you, students, for your hard work! 
  • After a brief introduction to the Romantic opera, which we will study after the break, students enjoyed watching excerpts from the gripping documentary The Audition, which follows aspiring opera singers compete at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions for a chance to sing on the Met stage, and the opportunity to launch a major operatic career. 
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
  • Students completed their second exam, focusing on early and mid-Romantic era composers. We are looking forward to the Romantic opera unit, which we will begin after the break. 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we reviewed material from Q2, and the students took their final exam.
  • Enjoy Christmas!

 

Mr. Lopes

12th Systematic Theology
  • They completed their final exam this week. 

 

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • Students reviewed their final exams and prepared for Christmas break. 
12th Grade History
  • Students reviewed their final exams and prepared for Christmas break. 
11th Grade Literature
  • Students reviewed their final exams and prepared for Christmas break. 
11th Grade History
  • Students reviewed their final exams and prepared for Christmas break. 
10th Rhetoric I
  • Students reviewed their final exams and prepared for Christmas break. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Students completed their theses! A big congratulations to all of the seniors for finishing this monumental task, they deserve this Christmas break. In January, we will start fresh and edit these theses in preparation for the final defenses in May. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we finished our colored pencil landscapes. We also did some Christmas art. 
7th Art
  • This week we finished our charcoal architecture finals.
8th Art
  • This week we worked on our magazine clipping portraits. 
9th Spanish 
  • This week we learned a few irregular stem-changing verbs. We also learned some Christmas vocabulary and reviewed. 
10th Spanish
  • This week we shared our Spanish skit finals. We also learned some Christmas vocabulary and reviewed. 

 

Mr. Palmer

9th Geometry
  • This week we took our final test and wrapped up the semester. Merry Christmas!
9th Logic
  • This week we finished our final assignment and wrapped up the semester. Merry Christmas!
10th Algebra II
  • This week we looked over our final test and wrapped up the semester. Merry Christmas!
11th / 12th NT Greek
  • This week we reviewed all of our vocabulary and wrapped up the semester. Merry Christmas!
11th/12th Finance
  • This week we took our final test and wrapped up the semester. Merry Christmas!

 

Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: Students reviewed for and took their history final, finishing the year by learning about the Byzantine empire under the emperor Justinian and the empress Theodora. 
  • Literature: We came to the end of Fellowship of the Ring, ending the week by watching the movie on Friday and discussing how accurately it portrayed the characters, themes, and scenes from the book. 
  • Composition: Students completed final drafts of their Beowulf essays.
6th Grade Latin
  • After reviewing the past few chapters, students enjoyed learning some Christmas vocabulary and doing other Christmas activities. 
7th Grade Latin
  • We worked on our vocabulary, learned some new irregular verbs, and then did some Latin Christmas activities. 
8th Grade Latin
  • In 8th grade Latin, the students took their last test of the year and enjoyed some Latin Christmas activities. 
6th Grade Logic
  • Students took their last test of the year and we practiced our paideia discussions. 

 

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