BB 2018-11-02

BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XI, ISSUE 11

FROM THE OFFICE

UPCOMING

  • Tuesday, 11/6 – Wrestling club and basketball practices commence!
  • Thursday, 11/8 – Quo Vadis?  (For 5th grade and up – please see e-mail from Mr. Johnston for more information)
  • Mon, 11/12 – Veterans Day  observed – No School
  • Thurs, 11/15 – Bradford Night and Open House!  
  • Tues, 11/20 – Thanksgiving feast
  • Wed 11/21 – Fri 11/23 – Thanksgiving break – No School

 

FYI

  • SOCKTOBER – Sock donations will be accepted through Friday, November 9th.  Also, we have a contact who can supply a dozen socks for $5, so if you prefer to send in cash, you may do so!
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FROM THE TEACHER’s DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Luther)

Bible
  • This week we learned about the first half of the life of Moses.  We learned how God preserved Moses to use him to save the people of God.
Theme Adventure
  • TK students learned how to clean out a pumpkin, preserve the seeds, and bake the seeds into sweet and savory treats!  To conclude the week, TK had a pumpkin feast. They sampled all sorts of foods that contained pumpkin and their very own seeds were the crowning jewel of the celebration.
Literacy
  • TK began to learn about compound words.  They how to create them from two smaller words as well as break compound words apart.  We will continue this practice for weeks to come.
  • TK continued practicing learning to read text from left to right and top to bottom.  Even though most cannot read just yet, they are able to follow along through class readers.
  • TK studied the book Jesse Bear, what will you wear?  With the changing weather in the fall, TK recalled why it is important to dress for the weather.  
Math
  • This week TK worked with ordering numbers 0-10 and counting backwards.
  • They reviewed sorting objects by more challenging directives.
  • TK also practiced ordering items from first to fourth.
Arts and Sciences
  • The thrill of the week was learning about pumpkins and harvesting their seeds.  TK discovered how pumpkins grew and how all parts of the pumpkin can be used. The students learned how to clean seeds and prepare them for baking.  The students prepared six different recipes of seeds that can be sampled by all on Bradford Night on November 15th.

    

Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)

Language Arts
  • This week’s target sound was the letter “E.” Our kindergarten scholars presented their objects that begin with the letter “E.” We had envelopes, elephants, earphones, eggs, and even the Eiffel Tower! Our students colored a reproduction of the Faberge Egg to add to the Phonics museum. In handwriting we practiced the proper strokes for the letter E and reviewed our three P’s for handwriting: Posture, Paper Position, and Pressure. Next week we will read our first book!
Math
  • Sorting Items and Creating a Graph, Weighing Objects Using Nonstandard Units, Addition Facts: Adding 0, Finding a Sum by Counting On, Making and Reading a Bar Graph, Written Assessment 7, and Oral Assessment 4.
History
  • Our next stop on the timeline brings us to Moses. He was born the son of Amram and Yochebed of the tribe of Levi. Miriam and Aaron were his brother and sister. He was born in Egypt during the period in which the Israelites had become a threat to the Egyptians simply because of their large population. Moses was placed in a basket and hid in the tall grasses of the Nile. The Pharaoh’s daughter found and rescued him. She named him Moses, meaning “drawn from the water.” Moses was brought up in the splendor of the Egyptian court as Pharaoh’s daughter’s adopted son. As a man, he was aware of his Hebraic roots and shared a deep compassion for his enslaved kinsmen. He fled to the desert where God spoke to him in the form of a burning bush. Moses would be the one to lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
Science
  • We began our study of weather and the seasons. Our discussion included weather words such as temperature, air pressure, moisture, and wind. Noah experienced a flood and Martin Luther was caught in a thunderstorm. It’s fun to listen to the weatherman and see if his predictions are  correct for the day. Our globe and a flashlight helped us to understand how the Earth’s tilt in relation to the sun changes throughout the year and that is what makes different seasons. Each season lasts about three months. Four seasons make a year. That’s how long it takes for the Earth to revolve, or make one trip, around the sun. As the Earth circles the sun, different parts of Earth are closer to the sun than others. This affects the amount of light and heat they receive.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer, and we decided to flip our routine around by practicing singing our music for Bradford Night at the beginning of class. The students payed attention and performed wonderfully! Then, we sat down and had our video lesson that was based on the subject of rhythm in music. Unfortunately, after that we ran out of time, so the students were able to take their coloring sheet home to work on it.
Art
  • Alamance County, established in 1849, was once primarily known for its rich agricultural landscape and the crops that sustained its residents and others nearby. Then in 1851 transportation became highly important with the first railroad. The final large industrial movement in Alamance County was then the installation of multiple textile mills along the Haw River. We discussed textiles and began a weaving project. There is a museum in Burlington that dedicates themselves to the preservation of the history of the textile industry. It’s called the Textile Heritage Museum and it is located at 2406 Glencoe Street in Burlington. Their next event is in December, when they open the museum and the Historic Mill Village decorated for Christmas.
P.E.
  • We began with calisthenics and reviewed  hopping, skipping, and jumping. Ask your student about the two new games we played. Builders and Bulldozers and Whistle Stop have quickly become a class favorite.
Memory Work:
  • This week’s verse was Psalm 95:1. Next week we will work on John 14:6.

 

1st Grade (Mrs. Campbell)

Language Arts
  • Phonics target: Long vowels (bake, kite, wrote)
  • Phonics primer: The Black Flag – the story of pirates and a pastor named Cotton Mather who had a burden to reach them with the Gospel.
Math
  • This week we practiced creating and reading a bar graph, tallying and counting by 5’s, and addition facts with sums of 8 and 9.
History
  • Our class enjoyed reading Jamestown, the journal account of Israel Worth, who was one of the first men to settle the first English colony.  We also began reading Pilgrim Stories which begins in the town of Scrooby, England and chronicles the events which led William Bradford and many others to leave their country to pursue religious freedom.  The students become very excited upon hearing the words ‘Scrooby’ and ‘Bradford’!
Science
  • The children discovered the unique call and markings of the Canada Goose.  We also read a fun book about birds and their amazing ability to fly.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we spent some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “More Love to Thee O Christ.” Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the bass clef. Finally, we practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
  • We will be performing Bradford Night in 13 days!!!
Art
  • Students used their knowledge of the elements of shape to imitate a series of drawings including a shoe, teddy bear, and sliced apple.  
P.E.
  • This week we played a fun game of tag. We added a “doctor” to the game who could save the ones who were tagged.
Memory Work:  
  • Proverbs 2:6,7

 

2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones)

Language Arts
  • We began reading Encyclopedia Brown this week. The students love trying to solve the mysteries right alongside “Encyclopedia.” Ask your child if they know what an encyclopedia is.
  • The students worked together as a class, using the four parts of speech that we have learned, to create several unique sentences. Then, they each chose their favorite sentence to use as an opening line for the story they were assigned to write.
  • We reviewed the cursive lowercase “l” and learned “h” and “k.”
Math
  • Adding three or more single-digit numbers
  • Telling time to five-minute intervals
  • Identifying a.m. and p.m.
  • Identifying place value to hundreds
History
  • God’s blood covenant with Abraham
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we spent some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “More Love to Thee O Christ.” Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the bass clef. Finally, we practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
  • We will be performing Bradford Night in 13 days!!!
Art
  • We learned about perspective in art as the students created the backdrop for their Last Supper recreations.
P.E.
  • This week we played a fun game of tag. We added a “doctor” to the game who could save the ones who were tagged.
Memory Work:
  • Proverbs 25:6-7
  • Proverbs 25:8-10

 

3rd Grade (Mrs. Mitchell)

Language Arts
  • Reading:  We are continuing to read and answer questions about the gods & goddesses in the Greek pantheon.
  • Writing: Final drafts of our first 2-point paragraph were completed and we brainstormed for our 2nd attempt.
  • Grammar:  Test on prepositional phrases.  These did not go so well. We will revisit the concept a lot over the next two weeks as it is a big addition to our question/answer flow.
Math
  • Writing “equal groups” (multiplication) stories from a math sentence; writing 3-digit numbers using words; writing checks; graphing 2 & 3-digit  numbers on a number line; rounding to the nearest ten and nearest hundred; estimating sums of 2 & 3 digit numbers; telling time to the quarter hour; reading the time as minutes before the next hour; assessment
History
  • Founding of Rome – Students read the legend of Romulus and Remus, yet also learned that Rome was actually founded by the Etruscans and the Latins.  We will trace the rise of Rome through the time of Christ until the fall in 476 A.D.
Science
  • We reviewed study guide from last week and finished filling it in, learning about why there is a leap year.  The test will be in two weeks on 11/14. Study sheets are in the black folders. We also made a phases of the moon accordian book, which we will finish next week.
Latin
  • Review chapter.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we spent some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our history of hymns was about, “More Love to Thee O Christ.” Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the bass clef. Finally, we practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
  • We will be performing Bradford Night in 13 days!!!
Art
  • Students are drawing and painting pumpkins using watercolors.  On Friday, some of the school experts, the 11th grade girls, will help us learn the fine art of watercolor use.
P.E.
  • This week we played a fun game called “Borrowing the Pumpkins.”
Memory Work:
  • Matthew 6:26-27 – A great verse to remind us not to be anxious.

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Hamilton)

Language Arts
  • Literature: Rolf and the Viking Bow: Students are holding their breath as we are coming to the close of this coming-of-age novel!
  • Writing: We began our new writing unit, Writing from Pictures, with an exciting warm-up. Students are beginning to show significant progress in their writing.
  • Grammar: Aside from adding eight new words to our ever-growing vocabulary, we worked with subject/verb agreement and subject, object, and possessive pronouns.
Math
  • Students learned about rounding numbers and estimating, division with zeros in the quotient, and word problems about comparing and elapsed time.
History
  • Otto the First–students learned about the history of Germany and their Holy Roman Emperor, Otto I.
Science
  • Chemistry: After completing a crossword puzzle review of the atom, we learned chemical safety rules and got accustomed to our lab (the kitchen) by conducting a series of exciting demonstrations.
Latin
  • Chapter 7: We learned first person pronouns and continued our focus on the genitive case. Students also wrote short stories (mostly) in Latin using their vocabulary words and derivatives.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we spent some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel.  Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the bass clef. Finally, we got out our recorders, and worked hard on practicing, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” together.
  • We will be performing Bradford Night in 13 days!!!
Art
  • Students finished their cities in one point perspective and we began drawing apples with colored pencil.
P.E.
  • This week we played a fun game called “Borrowing the Pumpkins.”
Memory Work
  • Psalm 23
  • History Song

 

5th Grade (Ms. Windes)

Language Arts
  • Literature: Students enjoyed a wonderful week of preparing for and celebrating Hobbit Day! Students did an amazing job with the skit and enjoyed both second breakfast and afternoon tea throughout the day, besides competing with hobbit trivia and building miniature hobbit holes. Parents, thanks so much for your immense help in making the day happen!
  • Writing: Students made edits on their poems as well as presenting the oral reports of their Jamestown paragraphs.
Math
  • In math this week we learned to change decimals into fractions, read and write decimal numbers, subtract fractions from mixed numbers, and add and subtract decimal numbers.
History
  • Ten years after the Mayflower landed at Plymouth, John Winthrop lead a much bigger and more prepared group of Puritans to settle in Boston, Massachusetts. This colony ended up growing by over 20,000 new settlers over the next ten years.
Science
  • After having the pleasure of observing the last of the projects, we were able to have a brief introduction to our next unit, chemistry.
Latin
  • We learned the perfect tense verb endings as well as how to find the stem for a perfect tense verb.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we spent some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel.  Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the bass clef. Finally, we practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
  • We will be performing Bradford Night in 13 days!!!
Art
  • Students continued work on their block and chess piece structures in pencil.
P.E.
  • This week we played a fun game called “Borrowing the Pumpkins.”
Memory Work:
  • This week: Proverbs 15:1-2, 4
  • Next week: Proverbs 15:16-17

 

6th Grade (Mrs. Garrett)

New Testament Survey
  • After comparing the four gospels, the students embarked on a roaring discussion surrounding the purpose of Jesus’ death, and the punishment involved. Mr. Johnston gave some insights for the students to mull over.
Literature
  • The class worked through the concept of themes. After looking at themes of various pieces of literature, the class worked through themes of London’s The Call of the Wild.
Math
  • After completing an assessment, the class began working through dividing fractions, multiplying and dividing mixed numbers, multiples, least common multiples, equivalent division problems, and two step word problems.
History
  • The War with Mexico and the Alamo have continued to be the topic of discussion this week. The class looked closely at the historical events occurring at the same time around the world. They culminated the week with an exam.
Science
  • After discussing genes, chromosomes and heredity, the class practiced drawing a double helix.  A sample of each student’s traits and parents’ traits were examined as well.
  • Upcoming: Science Test on Genetics: 11/8
Writing/Grammar
  • The class modified sentences using synonyms and antonyms. Vocabulary sentences using a variety of sentence types allowed the students to practice their writing craft.
Latin
  • We spent most of our week practicing translations, using the story of the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus to practice.
Music
  • This week we began class with prayer and read our weekly praise verse out loud together. Then, we spent some time listening to the music of our quarterly composer, Handel. Our music theory lesson was about the names of the spaces on the bass clef. Finally, we practiced singing our music for Bradford Night.
  • We will be performing Bradford Night in 13 days!!!
Art
  • The class started on their plein air leaves with an eye toward blending color, seeing the details of the leaf, and enjoying God’s creation while studying His creativity.
Logic
  • The students debated through the fallacy of faulty appeal to authority. This logical fallacy is quite popular, as the class noted, in advertisements and public debates. The students looked at examples of alleged authorities using their “knowledge” as evidence in an argument when the source is not really an authority on that specific subject. As the audience, one can also allow an irrelevant authority to add credibility to the claim being made, even though it is false.
P.E.
  • This week we played a fun game called “Borrowing the Pumpkins.”
Memory Work:
  • God’s Faithfulness verses, I John 1:1-10
  • FIELD TRIP: 1/8/18: QUO VADIS: Lunch with the headmaster and Upper School Campus visit.

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We are wrapping up our study of projectile motion.  This week we had fun launching a rocket at various angles and calculating the velocity and trajectory height.  A test is planned for Monday.
Precalculus
  • We have started a study of logs and exponents.  This week we’ve learned about the graphs and some various applications of these functions.
Geometry
  • The weight trials of our popsicle stick bridges was very exciting.  Many thanks to the students for bringing in the weights and related materials.  It was dramatic to put in the last few weights as each bridge began to slowly buckle and splinter as it reached its maximum capacity.  The winning bridge (Jack, Chip, Daniel, and Landon) held 72 lbs. The runner up bridge (Josh J, Lucy, and Andrew) held 67 lbs. Congratulations on your engineering feats!

 

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • We have been blessed by the faith of Elijah as we have studied the second half of the book of I Kings. We will begin examining the book of II Kings next week. Our new memory verse is James 5:16-18. This verse teaches us that the Lord answers fervent prayer.

 

Mrs. Dovan

8th Omnibus
  • Literature: We are enjoying our reading of Beowulf! We’ve paid attention to passages that employ biblical language (especially the David & Goliath parallels), and students have spent the week preparing for their graded discussion this Friday highlighting the function of storytelling, the agency of women, and the role of heroism in the poem.  
  • Composition:  This week our history hour functions as composition class.  Students are writing an encomium of Beowulf. We will be working on a different section of this 6 paragraph essay for the next several days in class.
  • Theology:  We began On the Incarnation this week. In just the first few pages, St. Athanasius welcomes us into the discussion of Christ’s pre-existence, creation ex nihilo, and fallen human nature as the (foreknown) cause of the incarnation.
11th Elective – Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing is continuing to work on their poetry chapbooks.  We currently have five poems in progress and will add two more for the final project.

 

Mrs. Frueh

7th Grade Science
  • We have been learning about the relationship between the Earth and the Sun, as well as the various implications of Earth’s positioning in space as it rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun. The students have become familiar with time zones, the International Date Line, the reason for the seasons, and the timing of the 2 solstices and 2 equinoxes Earth experiences each year with the changing seasons.
  • Students will take an Earth and Sun test on November 8th.
8th Grade Science:
  • We have wrapped up our unit on states of matter this week with a study of gas laws, including Boyle’s Law and Charles’ Law. We all enjoyed seeing how both a drop in pressure or an increase in temperature could cause a marshmallow to expand.
  • Students will take an exam on States of Matter on November 6th. This exam will include the characteristics of each state of matter, phase changes, heating curves, and gas law calculations.

 

Mr. Hamilton

7th Grammar/Comp
  • This week we learned about active voice and positive form.
7th Omnibus
  • We continue to march through The Histories, learning this week of the rise of Persia and the rebellion in Ionia.
9th History
  • We discussed the Enlightenment this week, paying special attention to the development of science and new directions in literature and art.
9th Literature
  • We continued reading through The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin this week, discussing the many interesting incidents in Franklin’s life as well as his deism and system of personal virtues.
9th Theology
  • In conjunction with literature and theology, we discussed the Christian’s view of scientific progress and reason, as well as how to understand deism and rationalistic criticisms of Christian claims.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • This week we took a look at the philosophy of Hume, Kant, and Hegel.

 

Dr. James

9th/10th Biology
  • This week the students completed their Plant ID project, we concluded our introduction to Botany (anatomy), and the students took their first test of Q2.
  • Next week we will begin our next section, an introduction to plant physiology.

 

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
  • This week we covered various uses of the dative, including verbs that take a direct object in the dative case and adjectives that are usually followed by a noun in the dative case.
8th Logic
  • We continued learning about the square of opposition this week and the various ways different categorical statements relate to one another. These relationships are contradiction, contrariety, subcontrariety, subimplication, and superimplication. The students will be tested on this material next Thursday (11/8).
10th Literature
  • We have been enjoying reading through a collection of Aesop’s fables, picking out our favorites along the way and discussing them.
10th History
  • We finished reading the first two books of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, which sets out the course of the book as he introduces the theme of virtue and the idea of the “golden mean”: virtue as the mean between two extreme vices.
10th Rhetoric
  • This week we worked on finishing up their essay submissions for the Voice of Democracy competition. Their final recordings turned out really good!
11th Literature
  • This week we read Notker’s portrayal of Charlemagne and compared it with Einhard’s. It was interesting to note the many differences in style, purpose, and content between the two biographies, all of which present two very distinct images of the great king.
11th History
  • This week we read and discussed Anselm’s classic work Why God Became Man. He presents a very compelling, well-reasoned account of the necessity of the Incarnation that is shaped by important ideas of his time such as honor and restitution.
NT Greek
  • We finished our review of chapters 1-12 this week and then the students were re-tested on the material. Next week we’ll start a new lesson.

 

Mrs. Palmer

7th Art
  • We took a quiz on Claude Monet and worked on a chalk study of one of Monet’s famous water lily paintings.
8th Art
  • We took a quiz on Claude Monet and worked on a chalk study of one of Monet’s famous water lily paintings.
9th Spanish
  • We started a new chapter this week which meant lots of new vocab! We also listened to some authentic accents, continued to work on conjugating -AR ending verbs, and learned colors. Juan 14:6 is the verse they will recite next week.

 

Mr. Palmer

7th Pre-Algebra
  • This week we learned how to read and write graphs plus how to use variables. We also took time to review for our test.
8th Algebra I
  • This week we worked on solving word problems through algebraic equations. We also spent time reviewing for a test.
7th/8th P.E.
  • This week we played a fun game called “Borrowing the Pumpkins.”
9th Intermediate Logic
  • This week we learned how to use shorter truth tables to determine the validity of a statement.

 

Mr. Davis

7th and 8th Grade Choir
  • This week the 7th and 8th grade choir worked on their Christmas Chorale program which includes both Narration and Christmas Carols.
  • Next week they will continue to work on the Christmas Chorale program. They will be working on “O Little Town Of Bethlehem.”
11th Grade Introduction to Church Worship
  • This week the 11th Grade class worked on a worship set for Forum.
  • Next week the will be leading worship for the Upper Campus’ Forum on Friday, November 9th.     
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