Bradford Bulletin 01-28-2022
VOLUME XIV, ISSUE 23
JANUARY 28, 2022
FROM THE OFFICE
It was a blessing to have a normal week of school, and join in with the Kindergarten and 1st grade to celebrate our 100th day!
- Tues, 2/1: Deadline for Financial Aid application to be considered in first batch
IN THE NEAR FUTURE:
- Tues, 2/15: Deadline for: 1) choosing a different payment plan for 22/23, and 2) informing the office in writing if your child will not return in 22/23
- Fri, 2/18: Teacher workday – no school
- Mon, 2/21: President’s day – no school
- Fri, 3/11: End of 3rd quarter
- 3/14 – 3/18: Spring Break
FROM THE TEACHER’S DESK
Transitional Kindergarten (Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Grubb)
- This week TK learned about Jesus calling his disciples. We discussed further what it means to follow Jesus.
- Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
- This week TK learned writing the letters D and P and the number 6.
- TK students reviewed rhyming words by identifying them in a book.
- Students were introduced to nouns by identifying if an item is a person, place, or thing
- Vocabulary words: pour, strain, clear, cloudy, stream, river
- TK students continued to practice the nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock and began learning Jack and Jill.
- Students were introduced to Geoboards! We had fun exploring Geoboards by creating shapes using lines made with geobands.
- TK students reviewed identifying shapes by using two attributes.
Arts and Sciences
- Students watched salt being poured into water which made it cloudy. This was to demonstrate vocabulary words clear and cloudy.
- Students were back in the science lab this week. They were able to experiment with common objects to determine whether they would sink or float. Students were able to share their predictions and observations throughout the experiment.
Lower School P.E. (Mr. Davis)
K – 5th
- Due to the cold weather, the students had PE inside this week. In class they all participated in a short workout and then played inside active games.
Lower School Music (Mrs. Bennington)
- This week in music, students continued to work on the vocal warm-up, “Many Mumbling Mice”. Students reviewed the meaning of the musical term “Tempo” and practiced the songs, “Rise and Shine” and “Head and Shoulders” with fast and slow speeds. Students also worked on “Lo In The Grave He Lay”. Fourth and fifth grade students tried adding beginning harmony to the hymn. Third grade worked on pages 8-9 for recorder and had a test on one of the exercises on page 8-9. Fourth and fifth grade students worked on pages 10-11 for recorder and even started learning the beginning of “Lo In The Grave He Lay”.
Kindergarten (Mrs. Lopes and Mrs. Rivera)
- We are happy to have a full week of school after the snow days and holidays! This week, our students learned their doubles plus one facts in math and how to add double digit numbers. We had our third spelling test and the students have been working on using their best handwriting for whatever we are working on. In history, we discussed Constantine and discovered he was the first Roman emperor to profess Christianity. The highlight of our week was celebrating 100 days of school! Our kinders were amazed at how much information they have learned since the beginning of school. Jellybean made a special appearance and was happy to take photos with our buckaroos.
- While we will continue to reinforce missed concepts, we are no longer allowing students to retake tests. The grade they make is the grade that will be entered into Educate. Please remind your child to check over their test before turning it in! We do encourage them to check their work in class, but more reminders are always helpful. This is also true for questions they leave blank. We will not be allowing them to go back later to fill them in. We want to be able to compare the student’s progress to the rest of the class.
- Review third quarter verses
1st Grade (Mrs. Morgan & Mr. Law)
- It has been wonderful to have a full week back to school after some interruptions due to snow! The first graders have been adding double-digit numbers in math and going on beyond 100. In reading, we have been reading a really cool spy story called “Red Hood”. The children have really enjoyed it! In grammar, we are continuing to put together complete sentences and using our knowledge of pronouns to make it all work. In history, we have been studying the fascinating life of Benjamin Franklin. In science, we have been doing some experiments with the states of matter.
- Philippians 4:19
- Spelling Assessment I-2
- 100 addition fact assessment
2nd Grade (Mrs. Jones & Mrs. Batten)
- What a wonderful full week it has been in second grade! Students have learned a lot and have persevered through some very difficult concepts this week. In math we have continued learning about fractions and working on new subtraction and multiplication facts. In grammar, we are continuing to learn how to code sentences and have been focusing on sentence patterns. See if you child can remember what a pattern one sentence is! We have also been practicing telling what complete subjects and complete predicates are in sentences. Students learned all about the three states of matter in science, and we conducted a small experiment with root beer floats so students could see the different states of matter!
- Hebrews 11:1-5 (review this week)
- Hebrews 11:6-7 (next week’s verse)
- 2/25 – Mummification Day (more information to come)
3rd Grade (Mrs. McDorman and Mrs. Meredith)
- This week students learned about three influential Greek philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. These men were known for their love of learning. Although Aristotle was one of the greatest philosophers that ever lived, he did not always come to the right conclusions. For over 2,000 years, people followed his theory of a fifth element, which he believed made up the heavenly bodies, could turn metal into gold, cure diseases, and give immortality. The pursuit of this element was known as alchemy. In 1627, Robert Boyle proposed a definition of an element that changed the way we see the world around us. Ask your students what that definition is and while you are at it, ask them how the Socratic method works! Math presented new challenges as we began multiplying two double digit numbers, identifying congruent and similar shapes, and continued working with the two systems of measurement to identify mass. In Latin, we introduced the imperfect tense endings and began parsing Latin verbs. We finished our third FULL week of the third quarter by celebrating 100 days of third grade! Despite the difficult challenges we faced as we pursued truth and knowledge, we were able to rejoice knowing that “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
- Psalm 19:7-8
4th Grade (Mrs. Burtram)
- It is so nice to be back with my students this week. We have been creating wonderful creative stories for the Burlington Writers Club. The students have had classroom time to create their original work and I have enjoyed listening and reading these stories. I love the enthusiasm and excitement the students have had this week creating and sharing their written work. We have had three new Math lessons and focused on reviewing multiplication of fractions, square roots and exponents. The students have engaged in wonderful literacy conversations with The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe. We made watercolor paintings, learned vocabulary and sayings as well as completed comprehension questions. I am looking forward to a fresh five day week next week.
- Matthew 5: 10-12
5th Grade (Mrs. Erdt)
- We had a great week in 5th grade! Thank you for typing the essays for the Burlington Writers Club submissions. This week we continued to work on prime factorization in Math. We learned how prime factorization can be used with exponents. We also learned how to multiply up to three fractions at a time and reduce them with factors to make it easier. In history we learned about how Parliament passed several acts as punishment for unruly colonies. We spent a lot of time on quotation and learned how to properly format and punctuate beginning quotes, end quotes, and split quotes. 5th graders are really growing as writers!
- Philippians 2:3-4* “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
- Next week we will learn about the first continental congress. We will also work on persuasive writing- I’m excited to see the topics they choose for this topic!
LOGIC & RHETORIC SCHOOL
- We’ve concluded our study of conservation of energy and are moving on to consider momentum – inertia in motion.
- Constructing and using a unit circle were major topics for the week. We’ve also been introduced to some basic trig identities and learned a few ways to use them to solve for missing information or to simplify an expression.
- This week we’ve considered various techniques of integration. Following our test we’ll be moving to applications of integration.
10th Bible Survey
- This week we have studied the books of Isaiah and Jeremiah. Isaiah presents to us the coming Messiah – King, Servant, and Sacrifice. Jeremiah is called by God to proclaim judgment to a rebellious and unrepentant people. Jeremiah is the longest of the major prophets as far as number of words, exceeding Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel.
- Book Analysis project is due on Mar 3, 2022.
- The next test on Proverbs through Jeremiah will be next Thursday, as will the verse quiz Jer. 33:3.
6th -10th PE
- This week the students played basketball. They worked on dribbling, shoot and jumping skills.
6th Grade Science:
- We are continuing our tour of the cell. This week we learned about the role of the ribosomes and the endoplasmic reticulum. We also learned about the role of chloroplasts in plant cells.
6th Grade Math:
- The sixth grade students have attempted many new and difficult concepts this week, including graphing functions and calculating added tax.
7th Grade Science:
- The students have been excited to start our study of the solar system this week. We have learned to distinguish between terrestrial and Jovian planets, as well as the location of the asteroid belt, Kuiper Belt, and Oort Cloud. There has also been lots of discussion about the importance of defining terms as we wrestle with Pluto’s designation as a dwarf planet.
7th Grade Pre-Algebra:
- This week the students tackled the difficult task of calculating the volume and surface area of right circular cylinders.
8th Grade Science:
- We wrapped up our study of solids, liquids, and gases with a lab. We observed water moving through all three phases of matter while collecting temperature readings. We used our data to create a heating curve and to calculate the latent heat of fusion and vaporization.
8th Grade Algebra I:
- The students have started practicing the addition of radical expressions and rational expressions. We also prepared for and took a test.
9th Grade Biology:
- We have continued our tour of the cell this week. We wrapped up our study of cell organelles with a detailed look at the nucleus and nucleolus. The students had the opportunity to observe onion cells through the microscope as well.
- We spent this week investigating Augustine’s unique contributions to Christian theology.
- Our current unit investigates Romantic poetry, including Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, and Byron. We then used this unit to inspire us to write our own poetry.
- This week we are continuing in our study of the Enlightenment period.
- Our present work is Aristotle‘s Poetics. This week we focused on Aristotle‘s definition of tragedy.
- We are continuing our overview of Greek history. This week we focused on the Archaic period and its standards regarding family life.
- This week we covered the why of apologetics and surveyed the various schools of method.
- Students did a great job on the instruments of the orchestra test and continued working on their piano ensemble pieces.
7th and 8th Music
- Students were excited to choose their instrumental and choral repertoire and eagerly commenced their practice.
Music History Elective (Baroque to Modern)
- After completing our study of the early Romantic opera with operas by Donizetti, Bellini, Meyerbeer, and Weber, we shifted our focus to the late instrumental music of the 19th century with the works of Brahms, Richard Strauss, Bruckner, and Mahler.
6th Language Arts
- We have been finishing and reviewing The Call of the Wild for a test this week, and we’ve also been working on writing strong paragraphs with a focus on topic sentences.
- This week the 6th graders made an admirable recovery from last week’s bump in the schedule by taking their test on The Battle of Little Big Horn on Monday. They will resume the normal schedule by testing over the Cowboys and the West on Thursday, 1/27.
7th Grade Omnibus
- Our time with Herodotus and the earliest origins of Greek civilization winds down this week as we prepare to turn our focus toward Classical Greece, Livy, and Plutarch’s Lives. Students have a test over Herodotus, the Greek & Persian Empires, and the way that God used those groups in working out His plans for the Israelites.
- We’re wrapping up fallacies of presupposition this week, culminating in the test taken by students on Wednesday (1/26). The next chapter will cover fallacies of induction– Induction seeks to begin with particular facts in the premises and then prove a general conclusion.
- The 8th graders have wrestled valiantly with the task of testing syllogisms by rules. While this is certainly a great improvement in technique over testing syllogisms by counter-example, it is nevertheless a challenging endeavor that requires memorization and the thorough understanding of the definition and role of a new concept: distributed vs. undistributed. If you would like to share in your 8th grader’s efforts, ask them to define those terms for you. 🙂
- After missing classes due to the weather, we resumed our discussion of calculations this week. The students learned how to determine the molecular formula of an unknown compound from elemental analysis and mass data.
- Next week the students will take their first test of Q3.
12th Systematic Theology
- We are learning about how Christ has two natures, divine and human, in one Person.
12th Grade Literature
- We are preparing for a debate next week on whether or not we should ban The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
12th Grade History
- We are learning about World War 1. Students are also researching new topics for their research papers.
11th Grade Literature
- We are walking through Lewis’s The Great Divorce.
11th Grade History
- We are learning about the colonization of Asia. Students are also researching new topics for their research papers.
10th Rhetoric I
- Students presented their speeches on the topic of “what is something that you wish more people knew”.
12th Rhetoric II
- Students are editing their theses and giving them to their mentors to give feedback on arguments presented.
- This week we worked on Homer-inspired pencil drawings using pencil techniques such as hatching, cross hatching and stippling.
- This week we began working on our sunset watercolors.
- This week we worked on our oil pastel sunsets.
- This week we reviewed for our Chapter 4 Test. We worked on stem changing verbs, irregular “yo” verbs and reviewed vocabulary. Chapter 4 Test is next Tuesday.
- This week we began the Imperfect Tense. We learned the endings, how to conjugate in this tense and the difference between preterite and imperfect.
- This week we worked with proofs and triangles.
- This week we practiced using the rules of replacement.
10th Algebra II
- This week we prepared for a test and took the test.
11th / 12th NT Greek
- This week we learned the present active indicative verb form in Greek.
- This week we learned about the countries of Central America.
8th Grade Omnibus
- History: We spent the last week learning about Charlemagne and his growing Carolingian empire, the intellectual revival he brought to Europe, the way monasticism helped preserve classic books, and the new organization of civilization ushered in during the 800s.
- Literature: The students have come to the end of The Two Towers, bringing great thoughts to our discussions about temptation, hope, despair, kindness and the other topics that Tolkien brings up through his stories.
- Composition: Each of the students has been writing and typing a creative short story for the Burlington Writer’s Contest. We are writing our stories with the template of the eight point story arc, but are especially focusing on creating characters with depth who change or grow when faced with a conflict. They are doing a great job with their stories.
6th Grade Latin
- Sixth graders learned about the second conjugation of verbs, memorized a new set of vocabulary, and began learning about the perfect tense.
7th Grade Latin
- Seventh graders reviewed and took their test over the irregular verbs and began learning and using the Latin personal pronouns.
8th Grade Latin
- Eighth grade students reviewed the accusative and ablative time constructions, took their test over the constructions, and began the next chapter on reflexive pronouns.
6th Grade Logic
- Sixth graders learned the fallacy of the hasty generalization, jumping to conclusions too quickly based on too little evidence or a skewed sample of the population.