BB 2018-10-26

BRADFORD BULLETIN

Volume XI, Issue 10

FROM THE OFFICE

UPCOMING

  • Saturday, 10/27 – XC State Championship
  • Thurs, 11/1 – 5th grade, Hobbit Day
  • Fri, 11/2 – School Pictures

 

FYI

  • Parenting Conference:  Hosted by Grace Reformed Baptist Church,  with Paul Tripp
  • Google Reviews:
    • A great way to show your appreciation for the blessing of our program is to interact with Bradford’s social media.  One of the opportunities people often overlook it the REVIEWS feature on Google. Reviews are especially helpful because they affect Google results when people use the online search engine.
    • If you have a moment, please consider letting your “digital neighbors” know how Bradford has been a blessing to your family!
    • Add a rating or review on your computer…
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      • Search for a place.
      • On the left, scroll down and click Write a review.
      • In the window that appears, click the stars to score the place. You can also write a review.
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      • Open the Google Maps App on your iPhone, Android phone, iPad or tablet.
      • Type in the [business name][city]. You can also use your current location to find a business listing if you are at the place of business while leaving the review.
      • Write a review about your experience, service, and so on.
  • 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
  • GREEK OLYMPICS
    • Overall G.O. Champions for 2018!
      • 1st – CORINTH (AKA PLYMOUTH) Π
      • 2nd – ATHENS & SPARTA (AKA AUSTERFIELD & SCROOBY) Ἀ & Σ
      • 3rd – MYCENAE (AKA LEIDEN) Λ
EVENT HOUSE RANKING
PENTATHLON

Long Jump, Javelin, Sprint, Discus, Wrestling

  • 1st: Corinth (Plymouth)
  • 2nd: Athens (Austerfield)
  • 3rd: Mycenae (Leiden)
  • 4th: Sparta (Scrooby)
CHARIOT RACE
  • 1st: Athens (Austerfield)
  • 2nd: Corinth (Plymouth)
  • 3rd: Sparta (Scrooby)
  • 4th: Mycenae (Leiden)
RELAY RACE
  • 1st: Corinth (Plymouth)
  • 2nd: Sparta (Scrooby)
  • 3rd: Mycenae (Leiden)
  • 4th: Athens (Austerfield)
POETRY
  • 1st: Mycenae (Leiden)
  • 2nd: Corinth (Plymouth)
  • 3rd:  Sparta (Scrooby)
  • 4th: Athens (Austerfield)
MARATHON
  • 1st: Corinth (Plymouth)
  • 2nd: Sparta (Scrooby)
  • 3rd: Athens (Austerfield)
  • 4th: Mycenae (Leiden)

  • High Praise for Our Poetry Recitation! Well done!
    • Jace Kohl – 1st Place
    • Nicole Serrano – 2nd Place
    • Lizzy Hamilton – 3rd Place
    • Ella Lopes – 4th Place

FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week our TK class focused on the story of Joseph (and his coat of many colors).  We learned how Joseph, in the midst of being mistreated by his brothers and accused of things he did not do, remained faithful to God and forgave those who hurt him.  
Theme Adventure
  • This week we traveled with the Runaway Bunny on his exciting adventures away from home and were relieved when his mother loving followed him and brought him home.  We observed all of the intricate details of the book’s pictures. We discussed how the story of Runaway Bunny and Joseph are similar in that they both were away from home and how God worked out everything for their good.   We continued our travels outside as we cheered on the older students as they participated in the Greek Olympics.
Literacy
  • TK students practiced writing their names and letters every day this week (including in shaving cream), so you may notice quite an improvement in their writing.  They learned about reading left to right and from top to bottom. Students did a great job coming up with their own sentences – including one who said “I like writing my name!”.  
Math
  • This week we learned about shapes, colors, design, and order.  We continued to skywrite our numbers, and focused on writing numbers 2-5.  
Arts and Sciences
  • We continued to enjoy the beautiful outdoors this week by gathering leaves of all shapes, sizes  and colors. We created beautiful leaf rubbings with crayons and paper. We also made binoculars that we decorated with colorful paper resembling Joseph’s coat of many colors and went on an adventure in the woods to view all of the colors in nature.

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • This week our kindergarten scholars read their first sentences. We reviewed our special exhibit words that need to be memorized. If they master these words, they will be more proficient in reading. They practiced writing words and then reading them. Our scholars will be reading their first book in a couple of weeks. It’s exciting to see the joy on their faces when they sound out a word. If your child doesn’t have a library card, you might want to plan a visit to the Mebane Library. Visit our local library to get an armful of adventure. Next week we will introduce the short “E” sound.
Math
  • Addition facts adding 1, fact assessment #1, and written assessment #6.
  • Next week we will find a sum by counting on using a number line.
History
  • We took a diversion from our regular history timeline to discuss the Greeks. Cyrus, the great Persian king, had conquered Babylon and other countries, as well, and he had kept on conquering until Persia ruled most of the world, all except Greece and Italy. About the Year 500 B.C. the new ruler of this vast Persian Empire was a man named Darius. Darius wanted Greece to belong to him. Athens and Sparta both hotly refused to give their land to Darius. When Athenians heard that the Persians were coming, they called their famous runner named Pheidippides to carry a message from Athens to Sparta. The Greeks were well trained athletes and the Persians were no match for them. In spite of the small number of Greeks, the large number of Persians were beaten badly. Pheidippides ran back to Athens, which was 26 miles away, to spread the joyful news. In honor of this famous runner, the Olympic Games have a marathon race. We also read about life in ancient Greece. Our Olympic Athletes were ready to participate in their first Greek Olympics.
Science
  • We headed outside the classroom to go on a nature walk for science. Our young explorers collected leaves for tree classification. They are learning the parts of a tree, as well as the two types of trees: deciduous and coniferous. We found some seeds on the floor of the forest and some nests as we explored the canopy. Crinkleroot introduced us to saplings and it was fun to find some in the woods. God’s creation to truly magnificent! We are so blessed to be able to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. Our students were awestruck to think God spoke the world into existence.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and had our video lesson about keyboards. We spent some time coloring as we listened to our new quarterly composer, George Frideric Handel. Then, we warmed up our voices and practiced the music we will perform for Bradford Night.
Art
  • We created leaf rubbings and defined texture. Texture is the quality of a surface. Rabbit’s fur, a snake’s skin, and a porcupine all have a different texture. We can add texture to our drawings by doing rubbings. In science we are studying trees so we discussed the process leaves go through to change their color.     
P.E.
  • Our Olympic Athletes participated in their first Greek Olympics.
Memory Work:
  • This week we worked on Genesis 1:1. Next week we will learn Psalm 92:1.

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target: Vowel+R (mark, her, bird, for, turn); Review
Math
  • This week we practiced counting dimes and pennies and writing addition and subtraction fact families.  We also completed a fact assessment on the doubles + 1 facts and a written assessment.
History
  • Our study of Pocahontas concluded this week as we learned that she became a Christian, married John Rolfe, and visited the Queen of England.  The students are doing an excellent job with their notebooks and it’s fun watching them read through all the entries we’ve completed so far!
  • Next week we will take a more in-depth look at Jamestown and see the connection to Pocahontas.
Science
  • As an ending to our study of Biology, students viewed a documentary about some of God’s amazing creatures: anaconda, crocodile, archer fish, lion, and boa constrictor.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read the weekly praise verse together. Then, we enjoyed time coloring as we listened to the music of our new quarterly composer, George Frideric Handel. Our history of hymns was based on, “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was about the names of the lines of the bass clef. Finally, we stood, warmed up our voices, and practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Greek Olympics.
Memory Work
  • Proverbs 2:6,7

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • We finished reading Tornado this week and were relieved by the happy ending.  Because of our field trip and Greek Olympics, we won’t start our new book until next week.
  • We reviewed classifying sentences as well as nouns and verbs.
  • Cursive has finally begun! We will take it slowly at first, learning one new letter every few days. I know they are eager to learn the entire alphabet right away, but it’s so important to get the hang of the basic motions first.
Math
  • Counting quarters
  • Finding half of a set of objects
  • Adding three or more single digit numbers
History
  • We studied the call of Abram from Genesis 12 & 13. Many of them were fascinated to learn that this was Abraham’s first name. The students colored their own map of the journey he took, which includes many of the areas we’ve studied so far. Ask your child where Abram was living when God called him and which landmark is close by.
Science
  • This week we combined science and art by drawing insects. We discussed symmetry and how frequently we see it in nature. The students were given a piece of paper with half an insect already drawn on it, then had to complete the other side. Most students chose to fold their paper in half and trace the insect using the window and sun as their light source. Afterwards, they had to find a picture of the insect in a book and color theirs to match.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read the weekly praise verse together. Then, we enjoyed time coloring as we listened to the music of our new quarterly composer, George Frideric Handel. Our history of hymns was based on, “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was about the names of the lines of the bass clef. Finally, we stood, warmed up our voices, and practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
P.E.
  • Greek Olympics!
Memory Work
  • Colossians 3:1-2

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths:  Hera, Hephaestus, Aphrodite &  Ares;  We are taking a more in-depth look at each of the gods/goddesses represented on Olympus.  We are also continuing the children’s version of the Iliad.
  • Writing: 2 point paragraph about autumn.
  • Grammar:  Prepositions and prepositional phrases.
Math
  • Identifying and writing multiples; multiplying by 3, 9, & 11; assessment.
History
  • The Founding of Rome:  in addition to learning about the legend of Romulus and Remus, we learned that Rome was actually founded by the Etruscans and the Latins.  This is a big event on our timeline, as we will trace the rise of Rome until the end of the year, which finishes with the fall of the Roman Empire.
Science
  • Earth Science module:  We began to learn how the rotation and tilt of the earth causes the seasons to change.  We began a study guide which will be completed next week.
Latin
  • Neuter Noun Endings:  This was a light chapter.  We decided not to test on Chapter 8.  Next week will be a review chapter, which will give us time to thoroughly review the last several weeks.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read the weekly praise verse together. Then, we enjoyed time coloring as we listened to the music of our new quarterly composer, George Frideric Handel. Our history of hymns was based on, “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus,” and our music theory lesson was about the names of the lines of the bass clef. Finally, we stood, warmed up our voices, and practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
Art
  • Students began drawing pumpkins, which we will paint with watercolors over the next few weeks.
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Greek Olympics.
Memory Work
  • Matthew 6:25

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts:
  • Literature: Rolf and the Viking Bow: Students are holding their breath as we are coming to a close of this coming-of-age novel!
  • Writing: This week, we worked on Diamante and free verse poems, and began working on our next creative writing unit, Writing From Pictures.
  • Grammar: We are at last diving into some new material, which includes subject, object, and possessive pronouns, as well as understood subjects.
Math:
  • Students learned about rounding numbers and estimating, division with zeros in the quotient, and word problems about comparing and elapsed time.
History:
  • Alfred the Great–students learned about the ruler of England who pushed back Viking invaders and reestablished the kingdom of England by placing great value on education.
Science:
  • Chemistry: We learned chemical safety rules and got accustomed to our lab (the kitchen).
Latin:
  • Chapter 7: We completed our study of third-person plural pronouns; students did very well in a series of challenges, which included timed parsing and translating short and long sentences.
Music:
  • This week we began class with prayer and enjoyed listening to the music of our new quarterly composer, George Frideric Handel. We had a music theory lesson on the names of the lines of the bass clef staff. We sang our songs for Bradford Night, and then spent the rest of class working on our recorders and the song, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
Art
  • Students began coloring their cities in with colored pencils, practicing using layers and shading to make realistic colors!
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Greek Olympics.
Memory Work
  • Psalm 23
  • Bradford Night Song
  • 30 Elements of the Periodic Table

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Reading: Our travelers have escaped from Mirkwood, but only by being captured by the dubiously friendly wood elves. Although some dwarves are beginning to despair, there grows a newfound dependence upon Bilbo, who has proven himself reliable and courageous in several situations now.
  • Writing: Students continued working on revising old poems and writing new poems.
  • Grammar: The students continued to work on their friendly letters, including punctuation and capitalization.
Math
  • This week, students learned to find the area of a rectangle, how to write numbers in expanded notation, solve problems with elapsed time, how to write percents as fractions, and about decimal place value.
History
  • We continue learning about the pilgrims and how they built their new life in the Plymouth colony during the early 1620s.
  • Upcoming: Friday, 11/2: Massachusetts Bay Colony test
Science
  • After having the pleasure of observing the next series of the projects, we were able to have a brief introduction to our next unit, chemistry.
Latin
  • This week, the students are becoming masters of verbs! We’ve practiced conjugating and translating all sorts of verbs in the present, imperfect, and future tenses!
  • Upcoming: Friday, 11/2: Ch 8 Latin test
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and some of the students recited last week’s praise verse to the teacher. Then, we listened to the music of our new quarterly composer, George Frideric Handel. Our music theory lesson was based on the names of the lines of the bass clef staff. Finally, we used the rest of class time to practice singing our music for Bradford Night.
Art
  • We practiced carefully drawing and shading a single chess piece this week, focusing on the multiple shades of gray and light even on a single black pawn.
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Greek Olympics.
Memory Work
  • This week: Colossians 3:23-24
  • Next week: Proverbs 15:1-2, 4

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • Matthew, Mark and Luke were compared and contrasted. In addition, the key words of each book were discussed. The final chapter of Luke was of interest to the students as they looked at Jesus’ final words according to Luke.
Literature
  • The class finished up The Call of the Wild and took an assessment on vocabulary and reading comprehension surrounding London’s book.
Math
  • After working through prime factorization, fractions in a group, subtracting mixed numbers, regrouping and reducing fractions using prime factorization, the students practiced their knowledge with a pre-test.
  • Upcoming: Monday: Test 4B
History
  • The Alamo and the War with Mexico both brought about great changes in the building of our nation. The students looked closely at Santa Anna and his army, as well as President Polk.
  • Upcoming: Friday: Test
Science
  • A continuation of the examination of the organelles of the cell brought the students to define the differences between plant and animal cells. A look at frozen pond water versus warm pond water allowed the class to see a science experiment in action. The class prepared their 3-D Cell project.
  • Upcoming: Cell project due November 15.
Writing/Grammar
  • The class focused on writing complex sentences this week using vocabulary words, compound adjectives and prepositional phrases. The students also used their history notes to form sentences using various forms of the word, “went.”
Latin
  • Students are doing a great job translating sentences and using their new second declension noun endings!
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and some of the students recited last week’s praise verse to the teacher. Then, we listened to the music of our new quarterly composer, George Frideric Handel. Our music theory lesson was based on the names of the lines of the bass clef staff. Finally, we used the rest of class time to practice singing our music for Bradford Night.
Art
  • Due to The Greek Olympics, the students were unable to participate in art this week.
Logic
  • The class continued to dive into various red herrings, examining debates closely, and having a few of their own.  The class also completed a pop quiz on “Tu Quoque.”
P.E.
  • This week we had our annual Greek Olympics.
Memory Work:
  • The Gettysburg Address, BC History Song, 1815 History Song

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We are currently studying motion in two dimensions by analyzing the vertical and horizontal dimensions separately.   Did you know that a bullet that is fired and a bullet that is dropped hit the ground at the same time? – just one of the things we learned this week.  Next week we will look further at projectile motion by firing some rockets (compressed air powered) and making calculations based on various trajectory angles.
Precalculus
  • We wrapped up a study of rational functions this week with a brief test.  Next week we will begin a study of exponential and log functions…..some functions useful to the business and science world.
Geometry
  • Bridge construction is complete.  There are a wide variety of designs this year.  The winner of our weight test competition will be announced in the next Bradford Bulletin.  We are also working through a study of angles and measurement.

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • God has taught us about Himself in the books of I and II Samuel. We have seen the covenant that God made with David that “your house and your kingdom shall be established forever.” (II Samuel 7:16). God fulfilled this promise in the sending of His Son. According to Luke 1:32, “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.” Revelation 22:16 states, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and Offspring of David, The Bright and Morning Star.”

 

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • Literature / Composition: For composition, we finished our essays on honoring the flag and practiced incorporating quotes into our writing.  We also began Beowulf this week, taking note of the mix of pagan and Christian influences and analyzing excerpts in various translations.
  • History:  We are finishing our study of Eusebius’s Church History this week as we learn about Constantine and the Christianizing of Rome. To imagine the life of the Christians prior to  this era, students adapted an epistle from the Church in Gaul to a first-person account. We are amazed that in the midst of persecution and torture, these Christians displayed unconquerable joy in Christ.
  • Theology:  This week we looked at the Nicene Creed, a creed that was written to combat heresies of the early church.  In groups, the students learned about a particular heresy and presented their information to the class. Many of the heresies revolve around the nature of Christ (Is he man with extra spiritual powers? Is he God appearing as a man?).  The students’ memorization of John 1 passages bolstered their ability to pick apart these heresies, regarding Christ’s pre-existence, his oneness with the Father, and his coming in human flesh.
11th Elective – Creative Writing
  • We’ve had an unusual week tying up loose ends from our missed day before fall break.  We illustrated our nature-observation poems, and we’ve also worked on our importance-of-voting essays.

 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th and 10th grade Art
  • We have spent this week studying the techniques used to to capture delicate reflections of light and texture with watercolor.  The students were given random objects like wooden rolling pins, sweaters, marble dishes, pearl jewelry, glass, and seashells. They were then allotted 30 minutes to create a miniature painting that simply focused on texture and color.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • We are now taking a closer look at our solar system, starting with the sun. After our lessons this week, students have a better sense of the immense size and power of our sun, which makes up 99.85% of all the matter in our solar system and provides all the energy needed to sustain life on Earth.
  • We also investigated how the “faint young sun paradox” refutes the idea that life has existed on Earth for billions of years. The sun is a fascinating study to subject and the students are eager to continue our discussions next week.
8th Grade Science
  • We’ve wrapped up our investigation of changes of state this week by looking more closely at the concepts of the latent heat of fusion and the latent heat of vaporization. The students should now be able to explain why heat can be continually added to a system without changing the system’s temperature if the substance is changing state.
  • Our final topic of study in this unit is relating the pressure, temperature and volume of gases. Students can expect to be tested on this material on November 6th.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • This week we learned about paragraph unity and the active voice. Students are doing a nice job of improving in these basic skills.
7th Omnibus
  • We’ve begun our study of Herodotus, the famous historian of Ancient Greece.  Herodotus combines reliable accounts of history with fascinating and at times dubious anecdotes, yet students always find him entertaining.
9th History
  • In history this week we are discussing the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment, both key events that helped solidify the modern age.
9th Literature
  • In our literature class we are reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, learning much of the useful practices and general wisdom this famous founding father has to offer.
9th Theology
  • In our theology class we are discussing several themes related to our study of history; most significantly, perhaps, the question of how to understand and reconcile the claims of modern science with our Christian faith.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we discussed Jonathan Edwards and David Hume, the latter being famous for, among other things, the problem of induction and his critiques of natural theology.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week we dissected frogs, noting both internal and external features.  We also began a study of botany and began our Leaf Identification project.
  • Next week the Leaf Identification project concludes on Monday.  Our first of four tests for the second quarter will be Wednesday, Oct 31.

 

Mr. Johnston

8th Latin
  • Began Chapter 18 vocabulary and grammar.
7th Logic
  • Students continue looking at the main category of informal fallacies, Fallacies of Relevance.  We have discussed Ad Hominem, Tu Quoque, and Genetic fallacies.

 

Mr. Miller

7th Latin
  • We started on chapter 17, learning the new vocab and learning about the special intransitive. There is a chapter 17 vocab quiz next Tuesday.
8th Logic
  • We covered chapters 12-14 this week, which began our study of categorical statements. We’re learning about the four different forms of categorical statements and the relationships between them.
10th Literature
  • This week we began reading Aesop’s Fables. As they read, the guys are identifying some of the more insightful or well known fables among them, which we then discuss further.
10th History
  • We started Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics this week. It is a dense, difficult work to read, but very fruitful for those who take the time to understand it. So far in book 1 he is establishing the claim that everyone desires happiness, which is the end goal (telos) of everything they do.
10th Rhetoric
  • We’ve spent this week working on our essays for the Voice of Democracy essay contest, which is on the topic “Why My Vote Matters.”
11th Literature
  • We read the first of two short, classic biographies of Charlemagne written shortly after he died. The first is by Einhard, who served in Charlemagne’s court, the second is by Notker the Stammerer.
11th History
  • We began our study of medieval theologians, which will take up the remainder of the quarter, by reading some things by Anselm of Canterbury. He has been called “the father of scholasticism,” and one characteristic of this is the way he unites faith with reason in his work. This week we read the beginnings of his Monologion and Proslogion.
NT Greek
  • This week we spent time in class reviewing all the lessons we covered in the first quarter. We will also spend next Tuesday reviewing, and then next Thursday the students will be retested on some material from the last test.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • We learned about French artist Claude Monet this week. We began a chalk study of one of his water lily paintings and will continue it next week.
8th Art
  • We learned about French artist Claude Monet this week. We began a chalk study of one of his water lily paintings and will continue it next week.
9th Spanish
  • We reviewed vocabulary, -AR ending verbs, question words, numbers, and the verbs SER/ESTAR for our Chapter two test. They took their test this Thursday and we will start Chapter 3 next week.

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we learned how to read graphs and convert fractions to decimals and back to fractions.
  • Next week we will begin reviewing for our test.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we learned how to multiply exponents and how to work with the power of “0.”
  • Next week we will begin reviewing for our test.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we had stage 1 of Bradford Bootcamp. The students competed in push-ups, wall sits, and crunches.
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we learned how to use the shorter method in testing for validity within truth tables.

 

Metaphorically Speaking

will return next week!

 

 

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