BB 2021-10-15

 BRADFORD BULLETIN

VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 11

OCTOBER 15, 2021

 

FROM THE OFFICE

  • A couple of easy ways to earn cash for the school just doing what you already do:
    • Link Lowes Food card:  lowesfoods.com/back2schools
    • Amazon Smile:  Choose Christian Education Society of Mebane to support
  • SCHOOL PICTURES:  Coming up at the end of this month. Time to get hair cuts!
  • HOUSE SOCIALS:  Please see the dates below for your house social and watch for more info to come.
  • PLYMOUTH:  Remember to bring your extra supplies!  (Paper towels, tissues, 1 bottle hand soap, Clorox wipes)
  • SOCKTOBER: Note from Mrs. Rivera:   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 box at the lower campus. I have partnered with a local business that is able to get a dozen socks for $5.00. If you would like to send in $5.00 to your student’s teacher, we can purchase a bulk order. This will be the ninth year we have participated in this important ministry. Our collection will end on Oct 29th. 

UPCOMING

NEXT WEEK:

  • Tuesday, 10/19:
    • STATE PLAYOFF GAMES!
      • 3:30 (Time to be confirmed)- Home volleyball game
      • 3:30 (Time to be confirmed) – Home soccer game
  • Thursday, 10:21:  POTENTIAL STATE PLAY OFF GAMES
  • Friday, 10/22:  POTENTIAL STATE CHAMPS
  • Saturday, 1023:  XC State Champs (definite) @ Fisher River Park

 

IN THE NEAR FUTURE:

  • Thurs, 10/28:  Lower school picture day – wear dress uniform!
  • Fri, 10/29:
    • Upper school picture day
    • K – 5th:  GREEK OLYMPICS
    • XC End of Season party
  • Fri, 11/5:  Scrooby House Social
  • Sat, 11/6:  Austerfield House Social
  • Thurs, 11/11:  Veteran’s day – no school
  • Fri, 11/12:  Leiden House Social
  • Sat, 11/13:  Plymouth House Social  

FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK

 

GRAMMAR SCHOOL

 

Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)

Bible
  •   This week students learned about God’s promise to Abraham, that his descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky.  Abraham loved and believed God so he obeyed.  
Theme Adventure
  •  This week was Camp TK Promise! Students enjoyed the entire day in the great outdoors.  The classroom was a tent.  Students roasted marshmallows and hot dogs over an open fire. 
Literacy
  •  Students created their special letter using items they found in the campus forest.  They assembled some of their favorite things into the capital letter of their first name. 
  • Students used Play-Doh to create letters in different ways.  They were challenged to use the back of a paintbrush to carve letters into soft dough.  We are using all sorts of fun methodologies to build strength in their hands! 
  • TK continues to memorize nursery rhymes and read many books that tie in all the subjects they are learning in class.  This week there was a special focus on Hey Diddle Diddle, Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 
Math
  •  Students continue to practice patterns and comparison of numbers.  
  • This week students counted objects and matched a number card to the number of objects they had.  
Arts and Sciences
  • TK Camp Promise offers fun in learning.  This week we learned about constellations.  God asked Abraham to count the stars in the sky.  When Abraham could not count them God used that opportunity to make an incredible promise.  TK students were able to look at real constellations through constellation viewers as well as study stars that were aligned in their letters.  Be sure to take a look at the night sky this weekend.  We are challenging the students to find Orion! 

Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)

K – 5th:  This week the students worked on games for the coming Greek Olympics. 

Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)

K- 5th

  • This week students worked on “Row Row Row Your Boat” and tried it in a round.  Students are working on matching pitches and will begin learning solfege. Third grade students started recorders. Fourth and Fifth grade students worked on recorder songs with notes “A” and “B”.  

 

Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)

This Week
  • This week our Kindergarten students started the second quarter by beginning our first book! Each student is taking a turn to read a sentence in class. The books will be coming home with them next week, so parents can listen to their child read. In math, the students are learning about doubles and adding one to a number. In art this week, we used different sized circles to replicate one of Kandisky’s works. We are learning about trees in science and the students have enjoyed walking in the woods to identify the leaves of different trees.
 Memory Work:
  • Psalm 75:1

 

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

This Week
  •  Our first grade students have been learning about different types of lines in math: horizontal, vertical, and oblique. In phonics, we are introducing more double-letter phonogram sounds. We have also been reading a very fun book about a boy and a cat from Holland called “The Grand Cat”. In science, we are continuing to understand the different classifications of animals, including the five kinds of vertebrate animals. In history, we have finished up our study of Pocahontas. Now, we are getting ready for our US states project.
Memory Work:  
  • Isaiah 40:8
Upcoming:
  • US States Project

 

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

This Week
  • We have been busy this first week back from Fall Break! Students have continued to work on mastering new math concepts such as measuring using centimeters, new math facts, and writing fraction number sentences. We have started reading Encyclopedia Brown as a class, and students have done very well with trying to solve each case before we read the explanation. Ask your child and see if they can describe the Case of the Civil War Sword and how Encyclopedia solved the case! In science, we have been working on learning the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates, and studying the different parts of insects. We are preparing for Bug Day next Friday where both classes will be participating in loads of insect related activities, and we will even have a special visit from the Museum of Life and Science with some real live insects for us to learn about! 
Memory Work: 
  • Colossians 3:1-2 
Upcoming:
  • Bug Day – October 22, 2021 

 

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

This Week
  • We have enjoyed our first week back! We began our pumpkin watercolor projects to celebrate the season of fall. Genesis 8:22, tells us that “as long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Using a flashlight and globe, we discovered how the earth’s axis and orbit around the sun cause the change in seasons. Encourage your students to begin brainstorming for their Greek god projects, which will not be due until November 16th. In math, we learned the basic concept behind borrowing money and paying it back with interest. Your students continue to work on their expository writing skills with two point paragraphs, and strong verbs. It is our hope that they enjoy the writing process! It was a busy first week back!
Memory Work:
  • Mathew 6:25- 27
Upcoming:
  • October 15, 2021- Duct tape needed for Greek armor
  • November 16, 2021- Greek god projects due

 

 

4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram) 

This Week
  •  We are learning our BC History Song and polishing up performance techniques to share our song.  The students have been working very hard in Math finding mixed numbers on a number line, drawing out story problems with pictures to help understand equations, and learning many new terms in Geometry.  We wrote Limericks this week in English and applied our skills to writing a limerick for Rolf and the Viking Bow.  We are finishing up our pronoun study in Latin and will begin prepositions next week.  We are finishing up our study in Color Theory this week focusing on warm colors, cool colors, mixing warm and cool colors using a hatch method, and contrasting colors as complements to one another in a picture.
Science
  •  We started learning about the wonderful world of Chemistry this week.  We have enjoyed talking about matter and why it matters as well as many new vocabulary words.  Next week we will have many fun activities relating to these new concepts
Memory Work:
  • Psalm 23
Upcoming:
  • Field Trip and Poetry Contest- information will be sent home soon

 

5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt) 

This Week
  • We had a great time getting back into the swing of school life.  We wrote a three point paragraph and began the level T spelling list.  Students have enjoyed learning about The Mayflower and the Puritans and Pilgrims.  We began our new hymn for the quarter and learned a new prime number chant together. 
Memory Work:
  • Romans 12 verses 17-19
Upcoming:
  • Next week we will wrap up our reading of The Hobbit and begin preparations for HOBBIT DAY!

 

LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL

Mr. Batten

6th Language Arts
  • We began reading Across Five Aprils as we work towards the Civil War in History. Students are becoming familiar with how many Americans felt leading up to the war.
6th History
  • We discussed the Alamo, and began learning about Westward Expansion. Students should be familiar with which trails were used to travel across the nation, and why people decided to settle in particular areas. 
7th Grade Omnibus
  • We wrapped up our study of 1 and 2 Samuel by discussing what it means to be a good political leader, and took a test on the books. 
7th Logic
  • Students started learning Appeals to Emotion by discussing the Appeal to Fear fallacy.
8th Logic
  • We learned about the square of opposition by discussing which categorical statements contradict one another. 

 

Mrs. Byrd

Physics
  • We are learning to consider two dimensional motion and how to algebraically deal with the fact that gravity only affects the vertical dimension.  To see this in slow motion, we watched a “myth busters” clip where we saw that a bullet that is fired lands at the same time as a bullet that is dropped.
Precalculus
  • Our topic this week is learning how to find solutions for polynomial equations.  This introduces the need to learn how to factor higher degree polynomials.  In order to help with this process, we are learning the technique of synthetic division.
Calculus
  • We are learning how to take derivatives of more complex expressions using the Chain Rule and Implicit Differentiation.

Dr. Byrd

10th Bible Survey
  • This week we have been studying the book of I Samuel and it’s key characters. We have seen the faith and prayerfulness of Hannah. We have learned how Samuel was devoted to God and also a man of prayer. We have observed David’s humility and how he was chosen by God to be the King of Israel. He defeated Goliath because he believed in the Lord his God and God was with him. Many important applications/lessons we made to our lives.
  • Memory verse: 2 Samuel 23:2-4

 

Mr. Davis

6th -10th PE
  • This week the students played ultimate frisbee. 

Mrs. Fairchild

9th Grade Advanced Art

  • Our students had a great discussion in class on Tuesday as they analyzed some of Rembrandt’s art.  Additionally, they continued working on the composition of their original watercolor paintings.

 

Mrs. Frueh

6th Grade Science:
  • We started our unit on bacteria and viruses. After learning the criteria for life we were able to discuss whether or not bacteria and viruses are alive.
6th Grade Math:
  • We reviewed fractions and exponents this week.
7th Grade Science:
  • This week we learned about the four different types of mountains and how they form.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
  • This week we learned how to convert between measurements of area using unit multipliers.
8th Grade Science: 
  • We have now learned how to calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration.
8th Grade Algebra I: 
  • We have started learning how to evaluate exponents and how to use them in calculating volume of geometric solids.
9th Grade Biology:
  • We have started our study of protists. The students are becoming adept at creating dichotomous keys to classify organisms.

 

 

Mr. Hamilton

9th Theology
  • This week we are examining the Chalcedonian definition, the church’s attempt to clarify the Nicene Creed.
9th Literature
  • We have begun our first novel, Frankenstein, the famous cautionary tale written by Mary Shelley.
9th History
  • This week we are learning about the scientific revolution and the changes it brought about in Europe.
10th Literature
  • We have begun reading the Iliad, Homer’s great epic poem.
10th History
  • This week we are learning about the fall of Egypt, the rise of the Assyrians, and the Sea Peoples.
11th Philosophy/Apologetics
  • We are presently focusing on Aquinas and the five ways, seeking to understand why the arguments fail and about arguments for God in general.

 

 

Mrs. Hamilton

6th Music
  • In theory and performance, students focused on the concept of dynamics, after which students chose their exciting and beautiful ensemble repertoire. We will begin working on those pieces next week!
  • In music history, students began learning about Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi and his contemporary–the violin maker Antonio Stradivari. 
7th Music 
  • Students learned more about the art of performance from the masterclasses of the great violinist Maxim Vengerov. 
  • In performance, students were very excited to choose their ensemble repertoire, which includes a Chopin prelude, Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen, Handel’s Passacaglia, and a couple of hymns. 
8th Music 
  • Choral pieces are beginning to take shape. Students are doing an amazing job studying and learning their parts. We are looking forward to performing several choral pieces in upcoming performances.
  • Students who elected to participate only in a few choral selections, began working on a piano transcription for 8 hands of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
  • We had a week filled with the beauty of the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 

Dr. James

10th Chemistry
  • This week we discussed how to glean information by looking at the periodic table.
  • Next week we will discuss the periodicity of elements and properties of various groups of elements.

 

Mr. Lopes

12th Systematic Theology
  • The students took time to work on their research papers this week. 

 

 

Miss Oldham

12th Grade Literature
  • We wrapped up our discussion of The Red Badge of Courage. Students’ essays are due in a week. 
12th Grade History
  • We delved into the American Revolution this week. 
11th Grade Literature
  • We took our final test over Purgatory and will begin Shakespeare when we come back on Monday! 
11th Grade History
  • Students have projects that they have been working on this week. 
10th Rhetoric I
  • Students are gearing up to write their first persuasive speeches. 
12th Rhetoric II
  • Seniors continued work on their theses and are looking forward to their writing process in November. 

 

Mrs. Palmer 

6th Art
  • This week we learned about our artist of the quarter, Vermeer. We will have a quiz next week. 
7th Art
  • This week we learned about our artist of the quarter, Vermeer. We will have a quiz next week. 
8th Art
  • This week we learned about our artist of the quarter, Vermeer. We will have a quiz next week. 
9th Spanish 
  • This week we added new vocabulary. We talked about question words and learned how to conjugate the irregular verb, “gustar”
10th Spanish
  • This week we reviewed for a test. We took our chapter test and listened to a Spanish conversation for comprehension. 

Mr. Palmer

9th Geometry
  • This week we began talking about our bridge building project and started a new chapter in our book.
9th Logic
  • This week we took a quiz and began learning how to test for the validity of an argument.
10th Algebra II
  • This week we learned how to do monomial factoring.
11th / 12th NT Greek
  • This week we reviewed the “to be” verb and Greek prepositions.
11th/12th Finance
  • This week we talked about different banking institutions and what types of accounts you can open within them. 

 

Miss Windes

8th Grade Omnibus
  • History: We jumped ahead to study the Anglo Saxon period in history this week, learning about the exploration of the Sutton Hoo treasure hoard as a way to understand their culture. 
  • Literature: We began Beowulf, a tale of heroes and monsters, courage and loyalty. We are enjoying Seamus Heaney’s sparse but vivid translation of this epic poem. 
  • Composition: The students began their first essay, learning how to use comparison to think more deeply about a topic. 
6th Grade Latin
  • Sixth graders continue to practice declining and using nouns, case endings, and translating sentences. Their first test of the quarter will be next Wednesday. 
7th Grade Latin
  • Seventh graders learned about 3rd conjugation -io verbs and using the imperative mood.
8th Grade Latin
  • Eighth graders continue to practice using and translating all of the pronouns and demonstrative adjectives they have learned recently. 
6th Grade Logic
  • We learned about the fallacy of avoiding the question this week. 

 

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