VOLUME XIII, ISSUE 5
September 11, 2020
FROM THE OFFICE
- Bradford Plus pick up: Save this number in your phone: 336-494-8016 Some of you don’t use Bradford Plus frequently, so I just want to remind you of our new protocols:
Only enter the parking lot using the driveway farthest from the building (just like for drop off and pick up).
**Please note that our cross country team practices in the afternoons and often crosses the driveways and runs along the bottom of the parking lot. Please enter the parking lot cautiously, giving priority to the runners.
Call the highlighted number above when you arrive.
Wait in your car while staff helps your child pack up and walks them to you.
- Safety Week next week will include: Fire Drill (Tues.) Tornado Drill (Wed.) and ALERT Lockdown Drill & Playground Drill (Thurs.) We are preparing the children in advance, letting them know what to expect so they will not be caught off guard or afraid.
Monday, 9/14: Soccer game at MACC, 4:00
Tuesday, 9/15: Soccer game at MACC, 4:00, XC Meet at Union Grove
Thursday, 9/16: XC Meet at Cedarock Park, 3:30
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
End of quarter: Friday, 10/2 Report cards will be posted on EDUCATE. We will not be sending home a paper copy on 10/2. Please set up your log-in so that you will have access to the report card.
FALL BREAK: October 5th – 9th
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week we concluded our study of creation. We have been careful to note the world around us and praise the Lord for how wonderfully he made it all. Next week we will study the fall of man through Adam and Eve.
- For the month of September the memory verse is Psalm 19:1
- This week we conclude our focused study on the 5 senses. We will continue to call attention to them in the weeks to come to enjoy all the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and weather changes that autumn brings.
- Next week we will begin exploring emotions. We will use other curricula and books to help us identify the emotions the characters are experiencing. We will also explore emotions we regularly feel.
- Next week we will bake apple pies in the kitchen!
- TK students began work in their green writing books this week. The lessons are currently focusing on hand and eye coordination along with fine motor control in their writing hands.
- We work on crayon grip every day.
- Students are learning about syllables and continue to learn other student names.
- TK students worked with pattern blocks this week. Students began the week creating their own pattern block (geometric) designs and ended it with using pattern blocks to fill in the designs provided by the curriculum.
Arts and Sciences
- TK students dissected an apple this week and learned to label each part of an apple.
- TK students spent time in the kitchen learning about expectations and safety while cooking. We are prepared for baking pies next week!
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th This week the students continued to work on their stretching as well as hand and eye coordination through various games and activities.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rivera & Mrs. McDorman)
- This week in kindergarten our small scholars have been busy mastering their phongrams, learning new songs, and studying the five senses. We have memorized the first four artists/works on the letterboard and can recite the first three catechisms. Ask your student who painted Apple Harvest or what is the chief end of man? In art, we used the basic elements of drawing learned last week to make geometric and organic shapes. After drawing the shapes, students cut and pasted them to create a colorful collage. Our study of the five senses has led us to use our sense of smell to make observations about various objects. Can we identify items just by smelling them? Did you know that people can detect up to one trillion different scents and each human has their own distinct scent? In math we introduced the concept of fractions by cutting apples in half. And students can now write a, c, d, and g in cursive. God has been good.
- Proverbs 10:19
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- First graders are becoming more comfortable with their routines and transitions are beginning to flow more smoothly. In Math this week we found that even numbers always have a partner; otherwise there is an “odd man out”. We continue to learn about nouns and it’s fun to hear students tell about a word seen outside of school and exclaim “It was a proper noun!” In Science we began a unit on scientific classifications and have a song to go with it. In Art we are drawing Leo the lion using the basic elements of shape. In History we began our study of Christopher Columbus. Students are using their cursive to write in their History journals. Cursive is going great!
- John 1:12-13
- “Work” by MA Stodart
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- This week second grade read through Genesis 6-9 together to learn about Noah and the Great Flood. What an amazing story of deliverance this is. We talked about some of the differences between common artwork and books featuring Noah’s Ark and what the text of the Bible actually says. Ask your child if they remember some of these differences. We have finally made it through all 70 phonograms and are ready to begin taking spelling tests! Be on the lookout for their first spelling list to come home on Monday or Tuesday. To begin with, the students will only have 10 words on their test. We will very quickly double that to 20 words each week. In reading, the students enjoyed learning about Monarch Butterflies in the nonfiction book, Flight of the Butterflies. God’s magnificent creation is on full display here as this fragile insect survives such a dangerous journey year after year. In art this week, we are learning about the early life and career of this quarter’s featured artist, Michelangelo. We are beginning to study the Sistine Chapel, the Statue of David, and other Renaissance artwork.
- Matthew 22:37-39
- Romans 12: 18-19
- First Spelling Test on Friday, September 18
- We need old magazines to cut up for a future project! If you have any to donate, please send them in with your child.
3rd Grade (Mrs. Garner)
- Our class has finished our first novel, Homer Price, this week and the students are excited about starting our new book, D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths. As we read this book, we are gaining information to complete our greek gods project, that will be assigned in a few weeks. The highlights of our week were in Math and in History. Our favorite math lesson was cutting out circles, identifying fractional parts of one whole to twelfths, and identifying the numerator and denominator of a fraction. During our history game, we not only studied for our test, but we worked on our good sportsmanship behavior and loving our classmates (and ourselves) through mistakes. Overall, the “Greek” team and the “Phoenician” team had a fantastic time playing together.
- Proverbs 23: 22-23
- 9/15- Math Test
- 9/17- Grammar Test
- 9/18- Latin Ch. 4 Test, Israel Divides into Two Kingdoms Test, Spelling M-2 Test
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- We had a wonderful week digging into Latin Grammar with a visit from Mrs. Mitchell. The students loved learning about cases and how to translate and identify Latin words with the students’ prior knowledge of noun parts. We are excelling in our writing study using an annotated version of Beowulf. Landon Fairchild, a Bradford Highschool Senior, read aloud the tale to the class. We will be writing our own version of Beowulf tales in the next couple of weeks. We ended our week with the study of The Council of Chalcedon and shared how a council of 600 Bishops used God’s Word to study and confront heresies facing the church during the Middle Ages. We ended our week drawing cylinders in many ways using overlapping and shading skills. Students had a wonderful opportunity to practice group skills this week working in small groups to present class skits related to our literature selection, Door in the Wall.
- We finished many science experiments this week including measuring oxygen levels in soil, water and how it travels in a plant, plant parts, and light needed for plant growth. We are continuing to work in our books and chant our Creation Sound Off!
- Philippians 4:8
- History Events
- For the Beauty of the Earth- Hymn Verse 4
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
- St. Benedict and Monasticism
5th Grade (Ms. Vogus)
- This week was a short one but we learned a lot! The students learned about the Spanish Explorers, with an emphasis on Cortez, de Soto, and Leon. We completed Chapter 5 in The Hobbit and discussed how beautiful and descriptive Tokien’s writing is. In our writing class, the students have been working hard on a short history essay about Christopher Columbus. In Math, we have been working with number lines, negative numbers, and mixed numbers. Lastly, we have reviewed singular and plural rules in Grammar.
- Romans 12: 1-8
- Romans 12: 9-11
- Cartier, Champlain and Cabot
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We began to quicken our pace in Language Arts, reading chapters 5 and 6 of the Jungle Book and discussed how Kipling uses literary elements to tell these stories.
- We began looking at slavery in the South by seeing how the Cotton Gin indirectly increased slavery, how slaves were treated, and we learned what the Underground Railroad was.
- We continued our discussion on the nature of science by talking about scientific facts and truth.
- We reviewed Red Herrings, Ad Hominem, Tu Quoque, and learned about the Genetic Fallacy and how to recognize them. We spoke a lot about the upcoming election season which is riddled with fallacies so kids can begin to identify them in the real world.
- We reviewed all of the Ad Fontem fallacies in order to take a quiz on Thursday. In addition, we began discussing what premises we would need to lay in place in order to debate whether free will exists or not.
- We learned about the differences in statements, questions, commands, and nonsense. In addition, we delved into the free will debate via one on one debate and open class discussion.
- We will will finish the Jungle Book, learn more of 1 John 2, practice our formal debating, and continue discussion on slavery.
- We considered the factors influencing air resistance and its effects on free falling objects. This also includes the concept of terminal velocity in which the acceleration due to gravity is counteracted by air resistance. Our next topic will be two dimensional motion and working with vectors.
- This week we learned various ways to combine functions and how that influences domain. We also learned the characteristics of inverse functions and how to find them.
- We are nearly finished with our study of dividing lines and planes. This week we learned how planes can be divided using curves. (You can ask your student how it can be that in geometry a straight line or segment can be considered a “curve”.) Some of the regions formed (polygons) have specific names related to the number of sides.
10th Bible Survey
- We have finished the book of Numbers seeing that God is faithful, that He sustains, and that He delivers. We are beginning the book of Deuteronomy. Next week we will see how Jesus quotes from Deuteronomy when He is tempted in the wilderness.
- Scripture Memory: Romans 15:4
- This week the students worked on upper and lower body training as well as played four square dodgeball.
- This week the students worked on upper and lower body workouts. They also worked on endurance running. They finished class with a game of four square dodgeball.
- This week the students worked on upper and lower body workouts. They also worked on endurance running. They finished class with a game of four square dodgeball.
10th Advanced P.E.
- This week the students completed two total body workouts. They also played ultimate frisbee and foursquare dodgeball.
9th Grade Advanced Art
- This week involved testing out some watercolor skills in order for the students to feel confident that they have many “tools” to use for any project they want to undertake. Our students reviewed the basic skills of flat washes and dry brushing and even experimented with some techniques that used rubbing alcohol, salt and a scraping technique called “sgraffito”.
7th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our soil unit this week with a study of the pH scale and a discussion of how soil pH affects which crops will thrive in different soils. We concluded our week with our first large Unit Test on Scientific Inquiry and Pedology (the study of soil).
8th Grade Science:
- We continued our discussion this week of the role of mathematics in physical science. After learning how to convert units within the metric system, the students then learned how to convert between units in the US Customary System and the Metric System, including between the three most common temperature scales: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin. We concluded our week with our first large Unit Test on Measurement, Calculations, and Unit Conversions.
- This week we had our first test and then continued our learning with truth tables as tests for validity. Students are doing a good job so far!
9th Historic Theology
- Students performed well on their first test. Next up is a study of the Patristic period and the creeds that developed during this time.
- This week we took our unit test, on ancient Mesopotamia. We then took a closer look at the world of the Hebrews.
- Students are busy preparing speeches on the book of Proverbs. This unit of study gives us a chance to apply the wisdom of this wonderful book to our own lives, as well as to practice the critical art of speech making.
- This week we took our first mid-quarter exam, which covered ancient Eastern philosophies, Plato and the problem of universals, Aristotle’s naturalistic philosophy, and questions about teleology.
- We continued to focus on the rise of scientific thinking this week, as well as the horrors of the post-Reformation religious wars.
- We have completed Paradise Lost, appreciating its poetic power while also noting its philosophical limitations. Next up: Hamlet, where we will be examining T.S. Eliot’s claim that it is the “Mona Lisa of literature.”
- In music theory, students continued to work on reading and writing music by learning about rhythm notation and rests. Students also continued to improve their piano skills and are just about ready to begin working on an ensemble piece. In music history, students learned about the Baroque opera, with Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido’s Lament).
- Students worked hard to improve their reading and writing music skills by playing with both hands several piano pieces. They are just about ready to begin working on their ensemble pieces.
- In music history, students learned about Baroque opera, with Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido’s Lament); they also learned about the harpsichord, the use of basso continuo, and instrumental music forms of the mid-Baroque period in Italy and France. Students also greatly enjoyed learning about Antonio Stradivari’s art of violin making. In music theory, students continued to work on reading and writing music by learning about rhythm notation and rests. Students also continued to improve in their piano skills and are just about ready to begin working on an ensemble piece.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- We finished our study of the Baroque period with the life and works of Handel. Students also enjoyed learning about lesser-known composers of the early Enlightenment period, such as Galuppi, Pergolesi, C.P.E. Bach, J.C. Bach, and others, who were eventually eclipsed by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven–the musical giants we are about to encounter.
7th Grade Omnibus
- History Our class has been working on their Personal Timelines, adding ancient historical events and important people from the past, including Sargon the Great, Noah, King Gilgamesh, and Nimrod. Students are learning that dating events that happened thousands of years ago can be tricky. They are also learning that the Bible is our most thorough source of historical information about humankind’s ancient past, and is repeatedly validated by current archeological information.
- Literature 7th grade students have begun their study of The Epic of Gilgamesh, which was written around 2200 BC. This ancient story tells of a man, Gilgamesh, who went in search of the “man who had survived the Great Flood”. Exciting adventures await us as we read this classic epic poem.
- Hymn: It Is Well With My Soul
- Memory work: 2 Timothy 1: 8-9 Students are considering the idea that many stories have, as a central theme, a character that serves as a “savior” figure in the book. Gilgamesh is one such “savior” figure. Students are comparing the character and person of Gilgamesh with that of Jesus, our perfect Savior, and, hopefully, gaining a deeper understanding of the divinity and flawless nature of God made man;the One who is “with us”, and can save us completely.
9th Grade Biology
- This week, Biology students examined their pond water samples under the microscope and began writing their first Formal Lab Report of the school year. We are continuing our study of Kingdom Monera, looking at the feeding habits of bacteria and understanding the way that bacteria reproduce. Students have learned about the exponential growth phase, the stationary growth phase and the death phase of bacterial colonies, and what conditions are ideal for bacterial growth.
- This week the students took their second test of Q2, and we began a study of atomic structure.
- Next week we will continue our study of atomic structure, looking at the development of our understanding over time and focusing on the configuration of electrons.
9th Grade Literature
- We are wrapping up our discussions on The Pilgrim’s Progress. This has been a fruitful and edifying book for all of us in the class.
9th Grade History
- We are continuing to look at Western historical trends in the modern era. The students are also continuing research on their chosen topics.
11th Grade Literature
- We are traveling with Dante through Purgatory and discussing how it mirrors the Christian’s walk on Earth.
11th Grade History
- The students are drawing parallels between the Medieval time period and the 20th century.
10th Rhetoric I
- We are discussing Aristotle’s five canons of rhetoric and how the three rhetorical appeals can be applied in speeches as well as in everyday life. Be on the lookout for more persuasive tactics from your students!
12th Rhetoric II
- The student has been reading to various classes in the lower school to practice how a speaker reacts to an audience. He will also be delivering his first speech on Tuesday September 15th during all-school forum.
- This week we continued working on our charcoal shoe drawings. Students are starting to understand the medium and these are coming along nicely.
- This week we worked on our comic strips. Students worked hard to get their comic strip rough drafts worked out and will soon be starting on their final draft.
- This week we began our final pen and ink historical figure portraits. Students have been working hard with hatching, cross hatching and stippling. These are the techniques they will use in their finals. I cannot wait to see how these shape up.
- This week we finished our Telling Time notes. We worked through vocabulary and the verb SER some more. We will have our Chapter 1 test NEXT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th.
- This week we reviewed regular preterite verbs and irregular preterite verbs. We took a quiz on food vocabulary and introduced some new vocabulary. Next week we will begin a new chapter with new grammar concepts and vocabulary.
- This week we worked with fractions and prepared for a test. We then took the test.
- This week we worked some with exponents and prepared for a test. We then took the test.
8th Algebra I
- This week we worked with finding the area of certain shapes and solved more equations with signed numbers. We also prepared for a test and took a test.
10th Algebra II
- This week we worked with the substitution and elimination methods for solving the variables of systems. Next week there will be a test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we learned the genitive and dative cases of first and second declension nouns. We also learned more vocabulary.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: The students did a great job on their presentations on Roman life and many legacies that Rome left to us in their language, government, architecture, military, and more!
- Literature: We continue to read Augustine’s Confessions, journeying with him through many obstacles to his conversion in the garden.
- Composition: The students have nearly finished their persuasive essays. We plan to review editing skills and turn in the essays on Monday!
6th Grade LATIN
- The sixth graders continue to make great progress, learning to use first and second declension nouns and how to translate sentences.
7th Grade LATIN
- We spent much of our week reviewing and practicing the steps to translating sentences carefully and precisely!
8th Grade LATIN
- Eighth graders began chapter 27, first reviewing how to create adverbs from adjectives in Latin and beginning a new set of vocabulary.