BB 2018-10-12

BRADFORD BULLETIN

Volume XI, Issue 9

 

FROM THE OFFICE

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 10/15 – 10/19:  Fall break
  • Thurs, 10/25 – Greek Olympics
  • Sat, 10/27 – XC State Championships!
  • Fri, 11/2 – School Pictures
  • Fri, 11/2 – Sat, 11/3  – Parenting Conference with Paul Tripp at GRBC – all are invited!  (Registration at www.grbc.net)
  • Thurs, 11/6 – Wrestling Club begins
  • Mon, 11/12 – Veterans Day Observed – No School
  • Thurs, 11/15 – HWY 55 Night….and Bradford Night program and Open House
  • Tues, 11/20 – Thanksgiving Feast
  • Wed, 11/21 – Fri, 11/23 – Thanksgiving break – No School

FYI

  • REMINDERS for 2nd quarter
    • 4th – 6th grade supplies:  Please bring 2 Clorox wipes, 1 Soft Soap bottle, 2 boxes of tissue (no lotion)
    • Sweaters are required with the dress uniform in 2nd and 3rd quarters.
  • SOCKTOBER:  Please read this note from 11th grader, Caleb Rivera.  Dear Bradford families, 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 bucket at the upper campus and the lower campus. This is the sixth year we have participated in this important ministry. Our collection will end on Oct. 31st.  Thank you for be willing to help. In Him, Caleb

 

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week the students studied Abraham and the amazing promise made by God.
Theme Adventure
  • This week we had TK Camp Promise!  Though the rain prevented us from having class outside, we still pitched a tent and experienced life like Abraham on the journey to the promised land, inside! The students viewed constellations of the first letter of their first name.  They created letters from small treasures they found in the campus forest. TK students enjoyed listening to stories that related to our themes of study and had a ‘campfire’ singing. We ended the quarter with a brief movie and popcorn. We are thankful for the many blessings we have experienced the first 8 weeks of TK!
Literacy
  • TK has continued writing their first name in all capitals.  
  • The theme book this week was Goodnight Moon.  Through a study of the scenery in the book we learned the young bunny also enjoys quality literature.  The pictures on the nursery wall lead us to read several other books this week. TK was excited to see some of their favorite classic stories bridged together.
Math
  • TK students have begun to learn ordinal position to fourth.  
  • We continue to practice writing numbers and learning how to recognize and create patterns.
  • When we return from fall break TK will have their third math assessment.  The assessments continue to gather information of prior knowledge. TK will not be assessed on learned material for another few weeks.
Arts and Sciences
  • TK considered the constellations in the sky and pondered their number.  We learned that God has lovingly placed each one and we are blessed to admire their beauty.  
  • Following the theme of stars this week, TK created a starry night mixed paint project.  They layered watercolor and acrylic paints to create a beautiful piece that will be on display at Bradford Night.
  • With TK’s growing knowledge of their own names, they created sensory letters using items found in the campus forest.  

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • This week we introduced the students to the Special Exhibit wing of the Phonics Museum. These are words that are unique because we cannot identify them by their letter sound like Percival did in the museum. They can not be sounded out or explained. Our kindergarten scholars must memorize them. Please work with your child to help them become familiar with the following words: the, this, is, a, to, on, and, in. Memorization of these words will help them become better readers. Our target sounds for this week were: F, S, and R.
  • In handwriting, we learned the proper strokes for the letters F, S, and R. Please monitor your child for correct pencil position when they are doing their handwriting homework. We want them to establish good habits in kindergarten.
Math
  • Using pattern blocks; Ordering numbers to 20; Adding one to a number; Writing sentences for subtraction problems (“some went away stories”); Counting backwards from 10-1; Identifying Morning, Afternoon, Evening, Night (introductory concept for telling time).
History
  • We continue to see how God establishes His sovereign plan in the life of Joseph. His brothers at first sought to murder Joseph, but God preserved his life. Instead, they sold him into slavery. While under the ownership of Potiphar, he was falsely accused and cast into prison. God watched over Joseph, guiding and directing his steps, and, after interpreting the dreams of Pharaoh’s servants, Joseph was able to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream through God’s help. Although his brothers meant to do him evil, God meant it for good. He had a special plan to save Joseph’s family from the famine just as he has a special plan to save us from our sin if we love and follow him.
Science
  • After finishing Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Trees by Jim Arnosky, we reviewed the two main types of trees (deciduous and coniferous) and their parts using our miniature handmade deciduous “trees”.  Students then created leaf art by making crayon rubbings of various types of leaves.
  • After fall break, we will continue our study of trees with the nature walk since it was too muddy to venture out  this week.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and had our video music lesson on the subject of different types of bands. We also enjoyed coloring and our last time to listen to the beautiful music of Mozart. Finally, we stood, warmed up our voices, and practiced our music for Bradford Night.
Art
  • Mixing colors has proved to be a favorite of kindergarten. Using magnetic canvas cutouts we mixed the primary colors to create secondary colors.  No uniforms were harmed in the making of these magnets, and the students will have a fun reminder to put on your refrigerator!
  • Next, we will study 2D textures.
P.E.
  • Due to rain, we used our time to finish up various projects and hope to continue our mastery of locomotive skills after fall break.
Memory Work:
  • We reviewed all of the first quarter verses thus far and learned Exodus 15:2.
  • Next week we will learn Psalm 75:1.

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target sound: Ending blends; Review
  • Phonics primer: The Grand Cat  The students enjoy acting out these stories in class, and they are gaining valuable experience in public speaking.
Math
  • This week we practiced dividing a square in half two different ways, identifying geometric shape pieces that differ in one way, doubles plus one facts, and telling the time one hour ago and one hour from now.  We also completed fact and written assessments.
History
  • Sadly, the weather kept us from enjoying the “Colonial Living” experience at Alamance Battleground this week, but we continued to enjoy our study of Pocahontas.  The students have now memorized all 50 United States according to their geographical location: Eastern, Southern, Northern, Middle, and Pacific states.
Science
  • First graders completed their first Science test this week!  We also enjoyed a video about some of the fascinating mammals God created.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse together.  Then, we enjoyed our last time to listen to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the treble clef staff. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced singing the pieces for Bradford Night.
Art
  • We finished up our study of DaVinci by attempting to draw a mirror image of the “Mona Lisa”.
P.E.
  • This week we had a quiz on all that we have learned and then we did exercises using a deck of cards. Ask your child to demonstrate all they did.
Memory Work
  • Isaiah 40:8

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • We finished reading Tornado this week. The next to last chapter had a lot of the class scared that there wouldn’t be a happy ending, so much so that many of them went ahead and read the last chapter just to see what happens. I love the excitement for reading that I am beginning to see in them!
  • We also finished reading The Magician’s Nephew. The students learned about the beginnings of the magic wardrobe that will undoubtedly appear in the play they will see in a couple of weeks. They will also see the iconic lamppost in the play and know exactly how it came to be. Ask them about its origins.
Math
  • Telling time to the half hour, counting forward and backwards by the half hour
  • We are at the beginning stages of multiplication. Ask your child to sing the 7’s song for them.
History
  • We created a timeline just for ancient Egypt to help better understand all the labels we’ll be using for the rest of the year. The Old Kingdom and The First Intermediate Period are the first two time period labels that the students have learned. We also continued to discuss the geography in Egypt and how important a role it played in Egypt’s successes and failures
  • The assignment sheet for their 3D map of ancient Egypt went home this week. It’s not due for another month, but fall break might be a great time to work on this.
Science
  • Life cycles of insects: complete metamorphosis
  • The students completed a worksheet illustrating the complete life cycle of a monarch butterfly.  They were also able to witness one of our caterpillar specimens creating a chrysalis right in our classroom!
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse together.  Then, we enjoyed our last time to listen to the beautiful music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the treble clef staff. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced singing the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • We read a book together called Leonardo’s Horse, then tried to sculpt one out of clay just to see how difficult sculpture really is.
P.E.
  • This week we had a quiz on all that we have learned and then we did exercises using a deck of cards. Ask your child to demonstrate all they did.
Memory Work
  • Matthew 6:19-21,
  • Colossians 3:1-2

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  Black Ships Before Troy
  • Writing:  Final draft of “Belling the Cat” – focus on using strong verbs
  • Grammar:  Prepositions
Math
  • Reading numbers to 999; identifying place value and value in  a 3-digit number; Identifying even and odd numbers; multiplying by 0, 2, 4, 6, 8; identifying factors and projects; identifying the commutative property of multiplication; Labeling a number line using whole numbers, fractions, & mixed numbers; Measuring and drawing line segments to the 16th of an inch
History
  • Greek armor project
Science
  • Biomes presentation in partners:  Students presented their research about the various biomes we have studied.
Latin
  • Chapter 8:  Neuter nouns and the neuter rule.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse together.  Then, we enjoyed our last time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the treble clef staff. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • Making Greek armor with cardboard and duct tape.
P.E.
  • This week we had a quiz on all that we have learned and then we did soccer pass and score drills.
Memory Work
  • 1 John 1:5-6

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Reading: Rolf and the Viking BowAfter defeating Vemund the Pitiless and winning his freedom and the Viking bow, Rolf and Frodi narrowly escape the Scots. Students discussed what makes this book a great bildungsroman.
  • Writing: Poetry (Cinquain, Diamante, and free-verse poems), as well as character descriptions from our current read, Rolf and the Viking Bow.
  • Grammar: Students completed their fifth assessment, which included prepositional phrases.
Math
  • Students completed their fifth assessment as well as Investigation 3–working with fractions, decimals, and percents.
History
  • Charles Martel, Pepin the Short, and Charlemagne: Students learned about the Carolingian Dynasty and the influence it had on present-day France and Germany.
Science
  • We completed our study of Botany with the final assessment.
Latin
  • We studied third-person singular pronouns and began focusing on the Genitive case.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and the students were given the chance to recite the weekly praise verse for a prize. We had our final time of listening to Mozart, and our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the treble clef staff.
  • We practiced singing, “The BC History Fact Song,” for Bradford Night. Then, we spent the rest of class working on our recorders. We reviewed all the old fingerings, and learned the new fingering for F. Our homework is to practice learning and playing the song, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” so we can perform it for Bradford Night.
Art
  • This week students finished adding the buildings to their cities and added trees in the park across from their buildings. We learned about drawing the structure and shape of trees to make them look natural and realistic.
P.E.
  • This week we had a quiz on all that we have learned and then we did soccer pass and score drills.
Memory Work
  • I Cor. 13: 11-13
  • Flower Sound-off
  • Middle Ages and Renaissance History Song

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: Our travelers this week have happened upon a new character, the prickly, kind, and courageous skin changer, Beorn. Through Beorn’s kindness and hospitality, Bilbo and the dwarves are resupplied before saying goodbye to Gandalf and heading into the eerie depths of Mirkwood.
  • Writing: The students are working on two projects at the moment, a research paragraph about a topic of their choice relating to Jamestown and a set of poems practicing using figurative language.
  • Grammar: The class reviewed the parts of a friendly letter, and began their pen pal letters to the children in South Africa.
Math
  • In math this week students practiced writing division answers as mixed numbers, finding multiples, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, finding the measures of a circle, and different types of angles.
  • Upcoming: Wednesday, 10/10: Math Test and multiplication facts test
History
  • We had an exciting week in history finishing our Magellan salt dough maps, beginning our Jamestown diorama, and learning about the first permanent English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • Upcoming: Friday, 10/12: Mayflower Test
Science:
  • We completed our brief overview of the circulatory system and blood components and began a comprehensive review of the Anatomy unit.
  • Body Systems Project and Presentation Due: October 22, 26, or 29
Latin
  • Students continued translations as we learned a new set of vocabulary and the final set of one termination 3rd declension adjectives.
  • Upcoming: Wednesday, 10/11: Ch. 6 Vocab. Review Test
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and the students were given the chance to recite the weekly praise verse for a prize. We also turned in all of our required worksheets and assignments for the end of the quarter. We enjoyed our last time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was based on the names of the notes on the spaces of the treble clef. Then, we stood, warmed up our voices, and practiced the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • The students practiced drawing chess pieces, learning about symmetry, shading, and adding highlights on shiny objects.
P.E.
  • This week we had a quiz on all that we have learned and then we did exercises using a deck of cards. Ask your child to demonstrate all they did.
Memory Work:
  • This week: Romans 12:9-13
  • Next week: Romans 12: 14-16

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • A review of the Fruit of the Spirit.
  • I John 1:1-8 was looked at carefully and memorized this week.
Literature
  • The class continued to read Jack London’s Call of the Wild, focusing on reading comprehension and vocabulary. The meaning of chapter titles such as, “Into the Primitive,” concerns not only Buck’s departure from his civilized world and his entrance into a savage environment, but also demonstrates the contrast between civilized life in general and primitive life. Evident throughout the novel, London describes Buck’s adventures in the Klondike so vividly, that the reader is well aware of how Buck  gradually sheds his former customs of domesticity, evolving over time into a creature of the wild..
Math
  • The class continued to work through exponents, area and prime factorization. As an added bonus, the students were given the opportunity to begin their Mathematical Mansions using architectural skills and practicing their calculations of area.
History
  • The class reviewed their history dates and facts with a roaring game.
  • The students began to learn more about the Native Americans and their interactions with President Jackson.
  • The students demonstrated their acumen by carefully reciting The Gettysburg Address this week. We were all reminded by Lincoln’s speech of the gift of life and the brevity of life; something we take for granted at times.
Science
  • The class examined the pond water samples that were left in the heat over two weeks, noting discoloration, organisms and the differences between the various samples.
Writing/Grammar
  • Comma sentences and a reminder of the comma rules.
Latin
  • Along with practicing translations, students learned the 2nd declension noun endings.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and the students were given the chance to recite the weekly praise verse for a prize. We also turned in all of our required worksheets and assignments for the end of the quarter. We enjoyed our last time to listen to the music of our quarterly composer, Mozart. Our music theory lesson was based on the names of the notes on the spaces of the treble clef. Then, we stood, warmed up our voices, and practiced the pieces we will be performing for Bradford Night.
Art
  • Finishing up the sketch and watercolor of the hand has been such a delight to see. The students’ progress and careful attention to detail has been quite impressive.
P.E.
  • This week we had a quiz on all that we have learned and then we did exercises using a deck of cards. Ask your child to demonstrate all they did.
Memory Work
  • B.C. History Song, Modern History Song, The Gettysburg Address
  • I John 1:1-8

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We have spent the week learning to add vector components.  Monday we will have a test on this unit. Next we will learn how to use our vector knowledge to analyze motion in two dimensions.
Precalculus
  • We have finished a study of polynomial functions – finding zeros and graphing them.  The work can be time consuming – we are thankful for the help of graphing calculators/online graphers.  On Monday we will solve a CSI style crime case that involves polynomial functions.
Geometry
  • The class is finishing  a study of segments and measurement – a test is planned for Monday.  Popsicle stick bridge construction is also underway. Next Friday we hope to see which team built the strongest bridge.

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have been studying the book of I Samuel. We have been challenged to pray as we have seen the faith of Hannah. Then we have examined the early ministry of Samuel – a Levite, a Judge, and a Nazarite. He was a man who obeyed God even when he had a difficult message. He was also a man who prayed to God. The Lord used him to deliver Israel and bring revival. Some have likened him to a Martin Luther. We were challenged by what the Scriptures say of Samuel  “not to let any of the Lord’s words fall to the ground” (I Sam. 3.19).

 

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • Literature / Composition: This week, we discussed and practiced good paragraph structure (hint: it’s like a miniature essay), parallel structure, and point of view.  Students submitted first drafts of their flag essays, and we will submit the final drafts by the end of the month.
  • History:  We contextualized our reading of The Church History with an overview of the Roman emperors (from Augustus to Marcus Aurelius).
  • Theology:  As the quarter ended, we reviewed and took an exam on Eusebius (to be continued in Q2), the gospel of John, and the Apostle’s Creed.
11th Elective – Creative Writing
  • We continued our introduction to poetry this week writing series of limericks and haikus.  Students also submitted the first 50 pages of their free-writing composition books which they have faithfully worked on all quarter.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science:
  • We are wrapping up our unit on the origins and structure of the universe. Students should be studying their notes to prepare for a unit exam that will be given on Thursday, October 11th.
8th Grade Science:
  • This week we began our unit on the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. We are working hard to distinguish between endothermic and exothermic changes and to understand what is happening at the molecular level when matter changes state.
  • There will be a quiz on phase changes on Thursday, October 11th.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • We got ready for our final exam this week, which covered the first several chapters of Strunk and White.
7th Omnibus
  • We finished The Odyssey this week, and students had a wonderful time reading through this exciting epic poem and learning a great deal about character, theme, figurative language, and much else.
9th History
  • We wrapped up our initial journey through history this week and then prepped for our final exam. It’s been an exciting journey so far, but there is much more to come!
9th Literature
  • This week we took up Rousseau’s The Social Contract, a work of political philosophy that builds on earlier writings by Hobbes and Locke.  It provided much food for thought and discussion.
9th Theology
  • A central theme in theology class this week was what the Bible has to say about the three (general) forms of government: democracy, aristocracy, and monarchy.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we had our final exam and looked forward to the exciting philosophy to come in quarter two!

 

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • This week we (finally) moved on to a new chapter (after a lot of review) in which we studied the imperative form of verbs and the vocative case for nouns. The students had a vocab quiz on the new words and will have a grammar quiz based on chapter 16 next Thursday.
8th Logic
  • We continued studying the relationship between statements by looking at different kinds of disagreement: real, apparent, and verbal. We also learned how to rewrite statements using the “to be” verb. The students have a test on the past few chapters next Thursday.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • We finished up our cartoon clips this week!
8th Art
  • We finished up our historical figure portraits and have learned a lot about time management in the process!
9th Spanish
  • We worked on higher Spanish numbers this week, continued on with vocabulary practice, and did lots of work with conjugating verbs.  We practiced both verbs SER and ESTAR (meaning ‘to be’ in Spanish) and talked about in which situations to use them.
  • After fall break, we will finish up Chapter 2 and take our test!

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we spent a few days reviewing for out final test of the quarter. Then we took the test and worked on test corrections.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we spent a few days reviewing for out final test of the quarter. Then we took the test and worked on test corrections. We also began working on solving larger algebraic expressions.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week, due to the weather, we took a quiz that covered material from the quarter and then we played a fun indoor game called, “Mafia.”
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we we took a quiz and test focussing on the validity of a compound proposition.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week we spent a time working on proper vocal technique and finalized the song “O Holy Night.”
  • Next week the students are on Fall Break!
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This past week the students began a study on theology of worship. They also worked on organizing a new worship set to be led in a future forum.
  • Next week the students are on Fall Break!

   

Metaphorically Speaking

Original Metaphors by 11th Grade Creative Writing

Will return after fall break!

*Last week’s winner: “The sun waved a mournful goodbye and slid beneath the covers of the night.”  by Mallory Jones

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