Update: November 20, 2020

Connect

 

 

Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

 

 

 

Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.                                                                                                                                

                                                    

                      
 

 

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

As we enter the cold-weather season, we would appreciate your support with your students in reaffirming the importance of the safety precautions we committed to as a community in our reopening plan. Please re-train your students in handwashing and self-care, social distancing and mask use. It’s also very important that you be extra vigilant with your at-home checks for signs and symptoms before bringing your students to school. We should err on the side of caution and allow for longer recoveries from an illness during this season. We continue to look to our Hamilton county health department for their guidance and recommendations. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Barney.

Uniforms:

Please make sure your student is always in their Coram Deo Academy uniform. Here is the link to our uniform expectations. Some things to note:

  • No pop culture items of any sort (backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.)
  • Uniforms must be purchased from uniform suppliers- Lands’ End, Schoolbelles, or Custom Embroidery Indiana
  • No hoodies, sweatshirts, etc. are to be worn during the school day. If your student is chilly in class, the fleece from Lands’ End is the uniform standard.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. MacKay or Mr. Barney.

Here is a reminder of the uniform changes that occur on November 1st:

  • 4th-8th Grade Boys and Girls must wear either a sweater or a sweater vest as a part of the Thursday Formal Dress Uniform
  • Girls may wear either their skort or khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
  • Boys must wear khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (please, no more khaki shorts until the Spring!)

Clarification regarding hair accessories:

 

We have had some questions concerning what hair accessories are allowed under our uniform policy. Here is clarification on the topic of hair accessories as discussed in our student handbook:

Acceptable hair accessories would include:

1) A headband, barrette, scrunchy, or bow that is made from our CDA plaid (can be purchased from Schoolbelles)

2) A plain black, plain red, or plain white headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. No decorations should be on the headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. A plain black, or plain red, or plain white headband with the same color bow is acceptable.

Request for dismissal pick up line:

Please remember if you are the first car in the second pick up line, please pull forward all the way to the bell. This will help alleviate having cars backed up and waiting on Main Street during this busy time.

Morning Assembly for Fall/Winter

We are currently planning on moving Assembly inside to the gym (still without parents at this time due to pandemic restrictions) if either the air or windchill temperature is 32 degrees or below. We will have Assembly inside the gym as well if there is inclement weather. 

 

Tardies………

Students are considered TARDY if they are not in their class line for Assembly at 8:00 AM. We understand that it can be difficult to be motiviated to get up and moving during the Fall and Winter when it is darker out, but please ensure your student arrives by the start of the day.
 

Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

Calendar

 

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Feeney!   

                  Snacks with Mr. Seibel!

December events

Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions put into place by the state of Indiana, we are determining the logistics of our December events. This includes our Christmas Concert, Nursing Home Caroling, and the newly planned Muffins with Moms. More details will be forthcoming.

Archery and Crochet Club


We are in the midst of developing these new clubs! Archery Club will be for Grades 4-8. We will alert everyone once more details have been finalized. 

Chess Club 

From Grandmaster Racke:
 

So many parents and students have responded positively to the restart of Chess Club this year, and I had a number of exciting plans laid out for our chess-players this quarter.

Unfortunately, with virus numbers in Indiana on the rise and the governor beginning to lay out additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID, Mr. Barney and I feel that this is not the right time to begin an indoor extracurricular, especially one with a large number of students and parents involved. We are putting Chess Club on hold while we wait for a safer time to begin.

Tuesday, November 24

This date is a full day of school, pick up will be at 3:20 PM

 

Note from Principal Mr. Barney: School Thanksgiving Celebration and Chapel:

Thanksgiving is a holiday with such scriptural and historical significance. We are instructed throughout God’s word to be grateful, to remember what God has done, and to have a heart of thanksgiving. History is full of stories of people God has used to accomplish His purposes. Squanto is a perfect example of this truth. The book, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, is available in the CDA bookstore. This is a great family read aloud this time of year. Your family could also spend some time researching some famous Pilgrims and Native Americans from this time period.

With the purpose of remembering the historical significance of Thanksgiving and having an attitude of gratitude, the students may dress up as either a Pilgrim or Native American on Tuesday, November 24. We will also be having a special Chapel that morning from 8:05 until 8:30. Unfortunately, because of rising cases, we do not feel we can invite parents at this time.

“Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!  Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!”  Psalm 150:1-2

      

Wednesday, November 25- Friday, November 27

Thanksgiving Break/No School

Spelling Bee: Thursday, December 3

Our Spelling Bee will be held on December 3rd. We will relay more information once details become finalized. However, due to COVID restrictions, only parents of the top two students in each grade who have advanced will be permitted to attend.

Our Makeup School Picture Date is Thursday, December 10th!

Please let Mrs. MacKay know if your student will have their picture re-taken.

Friday, December 18

There is Early Release on this date, pick up will be at 11:00 AM 

Monday, December 21-Friday, January 1

Christmas Break

Monday, January 4

Teacher Day- No Students

Tuesday, January 5

First day back from break

Upcoming Open Houses

 

Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

 

 

Community

 

 

                                   

 The Trowel is given to teachers who show intention, purpose, and skill in their teaching. Mr. Barney was our most recent recipient!

Coram Deo Shout and sayings

Here is a copy of the Coram Deo Shout and sayings that are frequently used during Assembly. 

                                                                                                                         

Lunch and Recess Volunteers needed

We are in need of additional volunteers to assist during lunch and recess. If you would like to help bless our teachers in this capacity, please contact Mrs. MacKay to get connected. These volunteers typically serve one day a week and are present in the classrooms and outside during recess, allowing the teacher a brief break for their own lunch.
 

Schoolbelles is closing its physical store until Spring!

Schoolbelles has informed us that they will be closing their physical store location sooner than expected until next Spring, starting immediately. You are still able to order items online. However, the store will be changing to a different location. We will communicate all information once we receive it from Schoolbelles as to when they have reopened and the location of their new store.

Here is the current Schoolbelles information:

Website: www.schoolbelles.com
Phone: 317-255-5275

CDA School Code: S2367

 

Help support CDA while you shop!

Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
Coram Deo Academy 
Location: Carmel, IN
Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
Organization Name:
CORAM DEO ACADEMY
Organization Number:
MD586

Thank you for your support!
 

Yearbooks have arrived……

We still have a few copies of the 2019/2020 yearbook-please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

      

Have great pictures?????

Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

Please check out our Vlog!

 

Please check out this vlog showcasing our Master Lead Teacher DeeDee Feeney and Principal Jason Barney- Classical U At Coram Deo: Education is an Atmosphere. In this vlog, Mrs. Feeney and Mr. Barney discuss how education is an atmosphere and the Habits of the Heart in the Home. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
 

Opportunities to be involved!

 

Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
 

Social Media Presence

Here is our Facebook page.

Here is our Twitter information.

Here is our Instagram information.

 

 

 Teacher Updates

 

Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

Notes from the Teacher

We have been busy learning about the history of Thanksgiving by reading Squanto and a story about Sarah Morton.  We have been practicing our Thanksgiving Play to be performed during our Thanksgiving Chapel.  I have received approval to perform this cute skit for the parents at 2:30 in the gym for the parents.  Please join us if you can.  I will have chairs set up so we can socially distance. 

If you can come, please park away from the pick up line in the middle of the parking lot or at the far side by the basketball hoop.  Thank you.

Looking ahead at our short week:

Bible- We will read about Hannah and Samuel. This is a very fitting story as we are thinking about what we are thankful for.

Phonics- We will review all phonograms and play some games with our high frequency words and sight words.

Math- We will begin counting by 2’s and continue practicing our math facts.

History- We will finish up our reading about the first Thanksgiving. 

1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

Notes from the Teacher

Next week will be a short week so there will be no spelling test or math test. We will do some fun thanksgiving crafts as well as continue practicing for the spelling bee. Additionally we just read about the sailing of the Mayflower this past week so we will watch “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving: the First Thanksgiving” on Tuesday. 

Important Reminders 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break! 

2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

 

Notes from the Teacher

As we come to that time of year when we become a bit pensive and thoughts of gratefulness come to mind, I want you all to know how grateful I am for each of my precious students, for my coworkers and the community that Coram Deo provides.  I pray that each of you has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

The focus next week is thankfulness.  We will look into Bible verses that show we should be thankful, not only for others, but for God, as well. We will learn to write a 3-point paragraph showing three things for which we are thankful. Students will partake in a reading assessment in class.

 

Week of November 30-December 4, we will…

  • Learn about The 12 Tribes of Israel
  • Begin our first novel, A Question of Yams,, a missionary story based on true events
  • Continue learning how to connect letters in cursive
  • Learn more about the moon
  • Continue rewriting stories using keywords

Homework Information

Monday, November 23 No math homework (test); read for 10 minutes, study 7’s multiplication facts

Tuesday, November 24 No homework!  Happy Thanksgiving! 

 

Monday, November 30 Math lesson 56,  study 7 facts for multiplication, read for 10 minutes

Tuesday, December 1 Math lesson 57, study spelling words, read for 10 minutes

Wednesday, Dec. 2 Math lesson 58,  study 7 facts for multiplication, read for 10 minutes

Thursday, Dec. 3 Math lesson 59, study spelling words, read for 10 minutes

Friday, Dec. 4 Math test; Spelling test over unit 4

3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

Notes from the Teacher

 

Highlights of learning from this week:

  1. Odysseus has made it home, where he will soon defeat his wife’s evil suitors!
  2. We have learned 3 ways to write division problems..
  3. We have been filling up our “Gratitude” Wall with many hearts. We are grateful.
  4. We have created a new “verse” to our favorite lunch time song:

“I may never take a trip to Sparta…

Talk with Athena…

Eat a bunch of pita…

I may never go to Olympia,

But I’m in the Lord’s army! OPA!”

Homework Information 

IN CLASS SPELLING BEE ON MONDAY, 11/23!

Spelling Words: Week of 11/30 (Pattern: al, el) normal, personal, royal, criminal, total, fatal, natural, animal, recital, arrival, chapel, hotel, camel, jewel, barrel, level, label, model, tunnel, travel 

Stella Words: Indianapolis, amphibians, descendants

Memory: Romans 4:20-25 due Wednesday, December 16th

Important Reminders

Links to Any Files

Please check out our Google Classroom photo album for new pictures and videos showcasing our week!

4th Grade: Mr. Racke

Notes from the Teacher

Tidbits from this week:

  • The legend of King Arthur mixes British history from several time periods into a single story, making it tricky for historians to tell what truth might be behind the myth.
  • King Richard the Lionhearted spent very little time actually ruling in Britain as king, and died during the siege of an unimportant French castle!
  • Revising a paper involves changing and improving the content, while editing is about correcting mistakes in style.

 

Homework Information

Spelling: No spelling list next week–enjoy time with family and give thanks!

Memory: “The Road Not Taken,” entire poem DUE TUESDAY

Important Reminders

Monday, November 23, is the 4th grade class spelling bee; ask your students how they did afterwards!

5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!  I am thankful for the privilege of being your child’s teacher!  What a delightful and engaged group of students the Lord has blessed me with.  

Don’t forget the Seterra app or Seterra.com.  The students are working on the countries of Asia map.  

 

Homework Information: Test Schedule

Monday – None

Tuesday – Gettysburg Address (sec. 1), Preposition List 

Wed-Fri – Enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!!!!

Monday – Class Spelling Bee

Tuesday-  None

Wednesday – Math Test (5th grade), Grammar Test

Thursday – All School Spelling Bee at 1:00, History Quiz (Card 11), Gettysburg Address (sec. 1-2)

Friday – Verse Quiz (James 2:14-16), Science Test (Chapter 7)

Important Reminders

  Class Spelling Bee will be Monday, 11/30, School Spelling Bee will be held on Thursday, 12/3.

7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

  • Create a bookmark on your home computer to the MLA Formatting and Style Guide Online. In the future, your student will be frequently accessing it to type and format the final drafts of their persuasive essays in Language Arts.
  • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com
  • Help your student stay on top of memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
  • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.

Coram Deo Academy

 

 

Update: November 13, 2020

Connect

 

 

Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

 

 

 

Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
 

 

Classical U Fall 2020 “Education is an Atmosphere….”

We had a great turnout for this event! Thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy night to join us. We look forward to offering this again in the Spring!

Uniforms:

Please make sure your student is always in their Coram Deo Academy uniform. Here is the link to our uniform expectations. Some things to note:

  • No pop culture items of any sort (backpacks, lunch boxes, etc.)
  • Uniforms must be purchased from uniform suppliers- Lands’ End, Schoolbelles, or Custom Embroidery Indiana
  • No hoodies, sweatshirts, etc. are to be worn during the school day. If your student is chilly in class, the fleece from Lands’ End is the uniform standard.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. MacKay or Mr. Barney.

Here is a reminder of the uniform changes that occur on November 1st:

  • 4th-8th Grade Boys and Girls must wear either a sweater or a sweater vest as a part of the Thursday Formal Dress Uniform
  • Girls may wear either their skort or khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
  • Boys must wear khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (please, no more khaki shorts until the Spring!)

Clarification regarding hair accessories:

 

We have had some questions concerning what hair accessories are allowed under our uniform policy. Here is clarification on the topic of hair accessories as discussed in our student handbook:

Acceptable hair accessories would include:

1) A headband, barrette, scrunchy, or bow that is made from our CDA plaid (can be purchased from Schoolbelles)

2) A plain black, plain red, or plain white headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. No decorations should be on the headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. A plain black, or plain red, or plain white headband with the same color bow is acceptable.

Request for dismissal pick up line:

Please remember if you are the first car in the second pick up line, please pull forward all the way to the bell. This will help alleviate having cars backed up and waiting on Main Street during this busy time.

Morning Assembly for Fall/Winter

We are currently planning on moving Assembly inside to the gym (still without parents at this time due to pandemic restrictions) if either the air or windchill temperature is 32 degrees or below. We will have Assembly inside the gym as well if there is inclement weather. 

 

Tardies………

Students are considered TARDY if they are not in their class line for Assembly at 8:00 AM. We understand that it can be difficult to be motiviated to get up and moving during the Fall and Winter when it is darker out, but please ensure your student arrives by the start of the day.
 

Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

Calendar

 

                    

 

December events

Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions put into place by the state of Indiana, we are determining the logistics of our December events. This includes our Christmas Concert, Nursing Home Caroling, and the newly planned Muffins with Moms. More details will be forthcoming.

Chess Club 

From Grandmaster Racke:
 

So many parents and students have responded positively to the restart of Chess Club this year, and I had a number of exciting plans laid out for our chess-players this quarter.

Unfortunately, with virus numbers in Indiana on the rise and the governor beginning to lay out additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID, Mr. Barney and I feel that this is not the right time to begin an indoor extracurricular, especially one with a large number of students and parents involved. We are putting Chess Club on hold while we wait for a safer time to begin.

Friday, November 20th

Late Start, Jeans Day, Truth, Goodness, and Beau-TEA, and Parent Ambassador Meeting!

Next Friday will be Late Start. This means school will start at 9:00 AM that day. We understand that before care might be beneficial to families as well.

We are in need of parent volunteers to serve by providing before care for students starting at 8:00 AM on Late Start days. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you are able to assist us in this capacity.

We ask that you please reserve a spot for your child/children. Please contact Mrs. MacKay to reserve your child’s place. Mrs. MacKay will contact you if you have signed up for before care, but we do not have any volunteers to run the program that day.

For Jeans Day, we want this to be a fun perk to our students, but we also have a few parameters to keep in mind:

  1. Bottoms: Full-length jeans in good condition only (no jean shorts, no jeggings, no holes, rips, etc. on the jeans)

  2. Tops: Uniform CDA polo shirt only

  3. Shoes: Tennis shoes are OK!

Truth, Goodness, and Beau-TEA – More details to follow!

Parent Ambassador meeting– our next meeting is November 20th at 2:00 PM in the White Chapel. We will brainstorm more creative ideas on how to reach out to members of our community especially future Kindergarten parents.

There will NOT be a Parent-Teacher Fellowship meeting this month.

Note from Principal Mr. Barney: School Thanksgiving Celebration and Chapel:

Thanksgiving is a holiday with such scriptural and historical significance. We are instructed throughout God’s word to be grateful, to remember what God has done, and to have a heart of thanksgiving. History is full of stories of people God has used to accomplish His purposes. Squanto is a perfect example of this truth. The book, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, is available in the CDA bookstore. This is a great family read aloud this time of year. Your family could also spend some time researching some famous Pilgrims and Native Americans from this time period.  

With the purpose of remembering the historical significance of Thanksgiving and having an attitude of gratitude, the students may dress up as either a Pilgrim or Native American on Tuesday, November 24. We will also be having a special Chapel that morning from 8:05 until 8:30. Unfortunately, because of rising cases, we do not feel we can invite parents at this time. 

“Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!  Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!”  Psalm 150:1-2

                        

Spelling Bee: Thursday, December 3

Our Spelling Bee will be held on December 3rd. We will relay more information once details become finalized. However, due to COVID restrictions, only parents of the top two students in each grade who have advanced will be permitted to attend.

Our Makeup School Picture Date is Thursday, December 10th!

Please let Mrs. MacKay know if your student will have their picture re-taken.

Upcoming Open Houses

 

Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

 

 

Community

 

 

                          

 

Coram Deo Shout and sayings

Here is a copy of the Coram Deo Shout and sayings that are frequently used during Assembly. 

                                                                                                                         

Lunch and Recess Volunteers needed

We are in need of additional volunteers to assist during lunch and recess. If you would like to help bless our teachers in this capacity, please contact Mrs. MacKay to get connected. These volunteers typically serve one day a week and are present in the classrooms and outside during recess, allowing the teacher a brief break for their own lunch.
 

Schoolbelles is closing its physical store until Spring!

Schoolbelles has informed us that they will be closing their physical store location sooner than expected until next Spring, starting immediately. You are still able to order items online. However, the store will be changing to a different location. We will communicate all information once we receive it from Schoolbelles as to when they have reopened and the location of their new store.

Here is the current Schoolbelles information:

Website: www.schoolbelles.com
Phone: 317-255-5275

CDA School Code: S2367

 

Help support CDA while you shop!

Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
Coram Deo Academy 
Location: Carmel, IN
Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
Organization Name:
CORAM DEO ACADEMY
Organization Number:
MD586

Thank you for your support!
 

Yearbooks have arrived……

We still have a few copies of the 2019/2020 yearbook-please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

      

Have great pictures?????

Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

Please check out our Blog!

 

Please check out this blog written by one of our parents Valerie Malabonga- Alumni Interview Series: Leah Bobbitt-Rischar and Luke Rischar. In this article, Mrs. Malabonga discusses with two of our alumni the value of a Coram Deo education. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
 

Opportunities to be involved!

 

Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
 

Social Media Presence

Here is our Facebook page.

Here is our Twitter information.

Here is our Instagram information.

 

 

 Teacher Updates

 

Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

Notes from the Teacher

We got a good jump start on practicing for our Thanksgiving Play in which we will perform at the Thanksgiving Chapel November 24th.  I sent home today what character your child will need to dress like on November 24.  Let me know if you need any help with a costume.  This is always such a fun day for the students. 

 Looking ahead:

Bible: We will be reading about Ruth, Naomi, Boaz and Obed this week.  Continue working on Psalm 23.

Phonics: We will continue to work with our phonograms “sh” and “th.”  We will learn “ck.”  We will work with the following “high frequency” words to be able to read them quickly and smoothly: “this, that, he, she, go, so, we, is, had, a, his, the.”  

Reading:  Readers will come home on Monday and Wednesday.   

Math:  We will begin counting dimes, and telling time to the hour. We will also continue working on our math doubles math facts , +1 math facts, and our +0 math facts.

History- We will be reading about the original Thanksgiving and practicing for our skit.  Unless I heard from you, I let the kids choose weather they wanted to be a Native American or Pilgrim.  Here is what we came up with:  Natitive Americans: Nora, Kendall, Rylee, Xander, Christina, Isla and Jason.

                      Pilgrims: Will, Colbie, Jack, Sam, Willow, Truman, Davey, Jameson

 

Important Reminders 

Show and tell this week will be to bring another item that you are thankful for. 

1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

We have had some wonderful moments in our lessons this week as we have continued to deep into our lessons about Jesus, as well as beginning our study of history.

 

Bible- In Bible this week we explored Jesus’ heart to let the children come to Him and how He talked about the kingdom of God belonging to them! They beamed to know that Jesus has offered them a special place, and important place in His kingdom as well as a jobs to see His kingdom be established here on earth through them! We also talked about how our problems are just doors for us to experience Jesus as the answer. We usually see problems as bad things but really, they are platforms for God to BE the answer. In the story of Lazarus, the problem of the death of Lazarus became the door for Jesus to reveal Himself as the answer- the One who raises us from the dead. We can now THANK God for problems because they are doors for us to experience Jesus as the answer! 

History- We started this week by asking the questions: What is history? And When did history begin? We then reviewed the creation story by reading When the World was New and started our history timeline with this story.

Read Aloud- We have started in time for Thanksgiving, The Story of Squanto, First Friend to the Pilgrims. In this piece of historical fiction, we are learning about the life of Squanto (Tisquantum). We have opened our study of American History by discussing how there were many wonderful things woven into our story as well as many unlovely things (Squanto and other native Americans enslaved). We will continue to navigate the good and the bad. We talked about letting the sad parts and the bad parts lead us to lament. Lament is a Holy response to things that are not right. We will continue to talk about how Jesus will emerge as the hero of all stories, of all nations, and of our lives. 

Math- We are growing in our skills to count money using a mixture of nickels, dimes and pennies. We are also still growing in our ability to hone in on what the problem is in math in order to be able know which information to focus on. We have completed through lesson 52 this week and completed an assessment this week. 

Spelling/Phonics: Next week we will learn the phoneme -ey which can say long ‘a’ or long ‘e’. We will also practice making plural nouns by adding an es. The rule is if it hisses or buzzes in its ending sound or if making it plural changes the number of syllables, you add an “es” to make it plural. Our words to reinforce these two concepts will be: they, whey, turkey, foxes, bushes, dishes and our sight words will be egg and fifth. 

Important Reminders 

-Recitations/memory verse will be due on Monday, November 30. 

-PLEASE make sure your child has his or her name written in each jacket or item of clothing that is consistently removed at school. 

-Please make sure students have WARM coats and gloves for recess from here on out. 

2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

 

Notes from the Teacher

What are we learning in Astronomy:

  • We have studied the sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth.
  • We just finished our study of Earth and saw how God made it
    • The perfect distance from the sun
    • The perfect tilt  so we can have seasons
    • The perfect atmosphere, which is filled mostly with oxygen so we can breathe
    • The perfect temperature, not too hot and not too cold
  • We did an experiment to see the earth’s layers using playdough
  • We watched a short video to reiterate everything we’ve learned about our planet
  • Our next unit of study will be the Moon!

 

Ask your child…

  • To tell you the story about Joseph as a Slave
  • What is the definition of perimeter?
  • To tell you school subjects in Latin…mathematica, lectio, grammatica, scriptio, physica, historia
  • What is a contraction?
  • To sing their grammar jingles for you (noun, verb, adjective, article adjective)

 

Homework Information

Monday, November 16 Math Lesson 50, study math facts, read for 10 minutes

Tuesday, November 17 Math Lesson 51, study spelling words, read for 10 minutes

Wednesday, November 18 Math Lesson 52,  study math facts, read for 10 minutes

Thursday, November 19 Math Lesson 53, study spelling words, read for 10 minutes

Friday, November 20 Late Start!  Jeans Day (with a CDA polo)

Important Reminders/Request

At this point in our 3rd grade math curriculum , students should know how to multiply by 0, 1, 10 and 7.  If they don’t know these by “heart” (no using fingers, etc), now is the time to step up the study at home.  Thanks for working with your child and I as a team! Teamwork makes the dream work!

 

Our poem, The Months will be due for a recitation grade on Friday, November 20 (all stanzas). 

3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

Notes from the Teacher

Highlights of learning from this week:

  1. Odysseus is getting closer to finding his way home to Ithaca! 
  2. God has a divine plan for His glory and our good. What God plans always happens just as He plans it to be. AMEN!.
  3. We are working on adding and subtracting decimals and comparing money fractions.
  4. We have been filling up our “Gratitude” Wall with many hearts. We are grateful.

Homework Information

Spelling Words: (Pattern: al, el) normal, personal, royal, criminal, total, fatal, natural, animal, recital, arrival, chapel, hotel, camel, jewel, barrel, level, label, model, tunnel, travel 

Stella Words: Indianapolis, amphibians, descendants

Memory: Psalm 33:1-9 due this Friday, November 20th 

4th Grade: Mr. Racke

Notes from the Teacher

Thank you to those able to make it to our first Classical U this past week!

Tidbits from this week:

  • Richard the Lionhearted may have been brave, but he wasn’t very wise; he quarreled with other Christian rulers during the Crusade and ended up in an Austrian dungeon!
  • Rainforests of the tropical climates cover about 7% of the Earth’s surface, but they contain more than 50% of the planet’s animal and plant species!
  • The Queen and King of Hearts, rulers of Wonderland, do not follow proper court procedure. At all.

Homework Information

Memory: “The Road Not Taken,” entire poem, DUE FRIDAY

Spelling – Homophones, pt. 3: fowl, foul, hole, whole, weather, whether, their, there, principle, principal, which, witch, right, write, rite

5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

Don’t forget to be studying for the Spelling Bee, Map of Asia, Preposition lists, and History cards 1-10. 

We will soon be starting to learn “The Gettysburg Address.”  

The students are doing so well on learning the Book of James.  Keep up the Good work, 5/6th graders! 

 Homework Information: Test Schedule

Monday – Grammar Test

Tuesday – Science Test (Chapter 6-Three Laws of Motion)

Wednesday – Spelling Test (List #11), Math Test (5th grade)

Thursday – History Test (Cards 1-10)

Friday – Verse Quiz (James 2:8-13)

Important Reminders

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  

7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

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          Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.                                                                                                                                                                             
           

           

          Thank you!

          Thank you to everyone who completed our 2020-2021 Annual Parent Survey. We appreciate your thoughts and feedback, as well as your continued partnership this school year. Your honest answers and responses help us (the Board and Administration) better serve you and your desires for our school. 
                                      

          Classical U Fall 2020 “Education is an Atmosphere….”

          Pitch in for a babysitter. Come to Classical U. Be inspired.

          6:30 – 8:00 pm, next Thursday: 11/12/20

          The purpose of Classical U at Coram Deo Academy is to inspire and equip parents in their God-given role as their children’s primary educators. We will begin by meeting as a community in the gymnasium, hearing announcements and the vision of education as an atmosphere from Jason and Dave.

          Then parents will have the opportunity to choose to attend 2 of 4 lessons that are about 30 min each (at approx. 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm). These lessons by our skilled teachers will inspire parents and give practical tips for helping with homework and creating an atmosphere of learning in your home.

          Habits of the Heart with DeeDee Feeney, Kindergarten 

          Location: Gymnasium

          At Coram Deo Academy, we help our students practice habits that will benefit them for life, not just for school. Rather than using behavior modification, we focus on character by helping our students practice Attention, Obedience, Respect, and Responsibility. In this class I will share with you some practical tips that you can use at home to help you help your child form habits that will last a lifetime.

          The Power of Music with Emma Foss, Music Instructor 

          Location: Music Room

          Description coming….

          THE GREAT MORTALITY: The Black Death and the End of the Middle Ages with Daniel Racke, 4th Grade

          Location: White Chapel

          Unseen, incomprehensible, and deadly, the Black Death ravaged Europe in the late Middle Ages, killing one to two thirds of the entire population of the continent. For the devout Christians of the time, none too well educated in microbiology or epidemiology, the horror and death of the Pestilence meant the End Times had come. When the disease finally burnt itself out, it left a changed economic and cultural landscape, ready to emerge into the Modern Age. Come hear the messy and fascinating details at Classical U with Mr. Racke.

          Narration and the Image of God with Jason Barney, Principal

          Location: Sanctuary

          Come learn about the teaching tool of narration and how it respects children as persons made in the Image of God! We’ll encounter some thoughts from the British Christian educator Charlotte Mason about how this ancient tool of learning takes children’s natural joy in storytelling and uses it as the ground plan of their education. Experience it yourself through partner-telling a short inspiring story at the end of our time.

          Uniform Changes: November 1st

          Here is a reminder of the uniform changes that occur on November 1st:

          • 4th-8th Grade Boys and Girls must wear either a sweater or a sweater vest as a part of the Thursday Formal Dress Uniform
          • Girls may wear either their skort or khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
          • Boys must wear khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (no more shorts!)

          Clarification regarding hair accessories:

           

          We have had some questions concerning what hair accessories are allowed under our uniform policy. Here is clarification on the topic of hair accessories as discussed in our student handbook:

          Acceptable hair accessories would include:

          1) A headband, barrette, scrunchy, or bow that is made from our CDA plaid (can be purchased from Schoolbelles)

          2) A plain black, plain red, or plain white headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. No decorations should be on the headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. A plain black, or plain red, or plain white headband with the same color bow is acceptable.

          Request for dismissal pick up line:

          Please remember if you are the first car in the second pick up line, please pull forward all the way to the bell. This will help alleviate having cars backed up and waiting on Main Street during this busy time.

          Morning Assembly for Fall/Winter

          We are currently planning on moving Assembly inside to the gym (still without parents at this time due to pandemic restrictions) if either the air or windchill temperature is 32 degrees or below. We will have Assembly inside the gym as well if there is inclement weather. 

           

          Tardies………

          Students are considered TARDY if they are not in their class line for Assembly at 8:00 AM. We understand that it can be difficult to be motiviated to get up and moving during the Fall and Winter when it is darker out, but please ensure your student arrives by the start of the day.
           

          Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

          CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

          Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

          Calendar

           

                                         

           

          Classical U: Thursday, November 12 6:30-8:00 PM

          Pitch in for a babysitter. Come to Classical U. Be inspired.

          Chess Club callout

          From Grandmaster Racke:

          CALLING ALL CHESS LOVERS

          WHAT: CDA Chess Club–back, by popular demand!

          WHEN: Each Thursday of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, 3:30pm-4:15pm

          WHERE: CDA gymnasium

          WHO: Students interested in improving their skills or learning to play chess; parents willing to help, organize, and lead

          HOW: Sign up by sending an email to Mr. Racke (dracke@coramdeo-in.com) with the names of the students and/or parents interested in participating

          Levelled play! Tournaments for advanced players! End-of-year trophies?!?!

          First week of Chess Club will be THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12! Sign up and I will see you there.

          –Grandmaster Racke

                                  

          Thanksgiving Chapel

          Thanksgiving Chapel will be on Tuesday, November 24. Students are encouraged to wear Native American or Pilgrim attire for school that day. 

          Spelling Bee: Thursday, December 3

          Our Spelling Bee will be held on December 3rd. We will relay more information once details become finalized. However, due to COVID restrictions, only parents of the top two students in each grade who have advanced will be permitted to attend.

           

          Christmas Concert: Friday, December 4

          We are currently planning to have our Christmas Concert on Friday, December 4. We will relay more information once details become finalized.

          Our Makeup School Picture Date is Thursday, December 10th!

          Upcoming Open Houses

           

          Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

           

           

          Community

           

           

                                    

           

          Rocket Day for 2nd and 6th Grades was a blast!

          Mrs. Smith’s students are studying astronomy, and Mr. Seibel’s students love seeing explosive applications of the content that they are learning.  The sixth graders shot off rockets with the assistance of the second graders. Students were also able to listen to Mr. Zeaton, an engineer at Rolls Royce, explain how a Potato gun works and then… watched him shoot it off into the sky!

                                                                    

          Mr. Orton presents his coin collection

          From Mrs. Warman: “Last year, I met a man named John Orton through the Glendale Library who has traveled the world and done excavating in Egypt and Israel. He presented a large display of items and photography last year, and the 3rd and 4th grade were eager to have him back. 

          He has spent over 40 hours this summer on an American and Foreign coin collection that he has, as well as photographs from his travels.” This past Wednesday, students were able to view Mr. Orton’s coin collection and listen to a presentation as well. Thank you Mrs. Warman for arranging such a unique opportunity for our students!

                                              

          Thank you for your generosity in contributing to a gift for the Seibels!

          As you may know, the Seibels are welcoming baby #5 any day now! Thanks to your extreme generosity, we were able to present to the Seibels a gift card to Target for $425, as well as a gift card to Amazon for $425 at Assembly on November 6. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping make this gift so special!

                                                                                   

          Lunch and Recess Volunteers needed

          We are in need of additional volunteers to assist during lunch and recess. If you would like to help bless our teachers in this capacity, please contact Mrs. MacKay to get connected. These volunteers typically serve one day a week and are present in the classrooms and outside during recess, allowing the teacher a brief break for their own lunch.
           

          Schoolbelles is closing its physical store until Spring!

          Schoolbelles has informed us that they will be closing their physical store location sooner than expected until next Spring, starting immediately. You are still able to order items online. However, the store will be changing to a different location. We will communicate all information once we receive it from Schoolbelles as to when they have reopened and the location of their new store.

          Here is the current Schoolbelles information:

          Website: www.schoolbelles.com
          Phone: 317-255-5275

          CDA School Code: S2367

           

          Help support CDA while you shop!

          Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

          Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
          Coram Deo Academy 
          Location: Carmel, IN
          Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

          Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
          Organization Name:
          CORAM DEO ACADEMY
          Organization Number:
          MD586

          Thank you for your support!
           

          Yearbooks have arrived……

          We still have a few copies of the 2019/2020 yearbook-please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

                

          Have great pictures?????

          Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

          Please check out our Blog!

           

          Please check out this blog written by our Head of School, Dave Seibel- Project Legacy-Whitley Yates. In this Project Legacy article, Mr. Seibel shares lessons learned from Whitley Yates about the importance of life, rhetoric, and relationship. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
           

          Opportunities to be involved!

           

          Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

          Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

          Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
           

          Social Media Presence

          Here is our Facebook page.

          Here is our Twitter information.

          Here is our Instagram information.

           

           

           Teacher Updates

           

          Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

          Notes from the Teacher

          It has been fun practicing for Grandparent’s Day.  We are now going to begin practicing for our Thanksgiving Day skit. These Kindergartners will be used to presenting in front of a crowd by the time they are finished with Kindergarten.  Please let me know if you would prefer your child to be a Pilgrim or an American Indian.   

          Looking Ahead:

          Bible: We will be looking at the Judges Deborah, Gedeon, and Samson this week. 

          Our November memory passage is Psalm 23. (See folders)

          Phonics- We will learn our first spelling rule: “AEOU say their long sound at the end of a syllable.

          Words that we will read that apply to this rule are he, she, go, so, no, we.

          Writing- We will practice writing our uppercase and lowercase F and H this week.  We will also begin our Thankful journal. 

          Math- We will continue to practice all the math facts we have learned thus far and add our +0 facts.  We will also continue to practice writing our number sentences for our story problems. 

          History- We will begin reading about the history of Thanksgiving.  We will use our map to track the pilgrims.  

          Important Reminders 

          Show and tell this week: Bring one item that you are thankful for. 

          1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

          Notes from the Teacher

          Happy Friday, families! I first want to start by apologizing…I realized after receiving the newsletter last week that my section had gotten cut short. When I was typing it, the area I was in was having trouble with the wifi and I did not realize it didn’t save the last part of my draft, so forgive the short communication please! 

          Here is a longer rundown of where we are:

          Bible- We have had some good discussions this past week in our Bible lessons. From taking time to remember (despite this crazy election) who sits on the throne and where we put our hope to delving into the importance of taking every thought captive to Jesus and to truth, this has felt like a fruitful week. (I also have to admit, the election conversations we have had this week have been super refreshing as the first graders seemed to be able to talk about it and disagree better than most adults I know! 🙂 

          Math- Due to the short week, we covered three lessons this week and did not do any assessments. Next week we will pick back up with our normal daily lessons and assessments rhythm. Concepts introduced this week include counting nickels and honing our skills of determining which story problem information is necessary and which details we can ignore based on what the questions are asking us to focus on. 

          Phonics/Spelling- Our two new phonemes for next week are -dge (“j”) and -ph (“f”). Our new spelling words are: edge, judge, ridge, phone, graph, dolphin and the  sight words will be this and fourth. As usual, pretest will be Thursday and actual test will be Friday. 

          History/Geography- We will begin our study of history and geography next week by reviewing the seven continents (geography) as well as reviewing the basics of creation (HIS-story is God’s story of the world) before diving into the birth of America and our study of maps and the US states. 

           

          Important Reminders 

          -We will pick back up with show and tell next week (Friday). Students may bring items that exhibit a correlation with our phonemes (dge, or ph). 

           

          -New recitation and scripture memory pieces were sent home this week (in the red folders). The due date for these will be Monday, November 30. The assignments are Proverbs 2:6-8 and the poem “The Seven Continents” by Gina Sanguino. 

           

          -For those of you who have asked, I am still working on putting together a plan for field trips (which are tricky this year.) I will let you know asap when I am able to finalize those plans.

           

          Have a wonderful weekend!

          2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

           

          Notes from the Teacher

          Students enjoyed reciting their Psalm 8:1-9 passage for Grandparent’s Day today!  It was so nice to see the support of so many grandparents. Our class is working on The Months poem for the next few weeks.  We have been practicing our words for the Spelling Bee, as well.  I love that there are so many opportunities for students to hone their public speaking skills at such a young age!

           

          What kinds of skills is my child learning in Reading?

          • Fiction books have a setting, characters, problem/solution, plot
          • Non-Fiction books have Table of Contents, bold/italicized words, photographs, captions, graphs, glossary, index, headings
          • Making a mental picture while you’re reading
          • How to compare/contrast
          • Author’s purpose
          • How to “scoop up words” (to read more fluently)
          • What to do when you come to a words you don’t know 
            • Look at the picture
            • Get your mouth ready (to make the first sound)
            • Chunk it up
            • Stretch out the sounds
            • Does it sound/look right
            • Take a guess
            • Hop over the word

           

          Ask your child if she/he can tell you…

          • Who were Jacob and Esau?
          • What did Jacob do to Isaac?
          • What is an oblique line?
          • What 2 letters spell the phonogram /er/ ?
          • What 2 letters spell the phonogram that says long a, short e, and long a?
          • How do you say “I fly” in Latin?  “I walk”?

           

          Homework Information

          Monday, November 9 Math lesson 46B, read for 10 minutes, study math facts

          Tuesday, November 10 Math lesson 47B, read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

          Wednesday, November 11 Math lesson 48B, read for 10 minutes, study math facts

          Thursday, November 12 Spelling Test tomorrow! Math lesson 49B, read for 10 minutes

          Important Reminders/Request

          I still see many students using their fingers to count on math facts tests.  Please make a concerted effort to help your child memorize his/her facts.  Remember, we are doing 3rd grade math.  As students progress to higher grades of math, they need these basic facts embedded into their memories.  Flash cards or a certain amount of “screen time” devoted to a math fact program daily would help your child so much. 

          3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

          Notes from the Teacher

           Highlights of learning from this week:

          1. We finished part 1 of “The Odyssey”!
          2. God is Sovereign, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent.
          3. We learned that 1/10 is the same as 0.10 and 35/100 is the same as 0.35
          4. We are excited to celebrate Ancient Greece with an Olympics and Feast next Friday!

          Homework Information

          Spelling Words: (Pattern: ew, ue) curfew, few, dew, knew, hew, stew, pew, nephew, new, argue, avenue, barbecue, continue, cue, due, virtue, value, rescue, statue, sue

          Stella Words: energize, excitement, entertain

          Memory: Psalm 33:1-9 due Friday, November 20th 

          Important Reminders

          Links to Any Files

          Please check out our Google Classroom photo album for new pictures and videos showcasing our week!

          4th Grade: Mr. Racke

          Notes from the Teacher

          Thank you to all–students, parents, and grandparents–who helped make Grandparents Day a success! Come out to Classical U next Thursday evening for a preview of what the 4th graders will get to learn about later this year: the Black Death!

           

          Other tidbits from this week:

          • Hatters were stereotypically mad because one of the materials they used to make hats was mercury!
          • Camels are incredibly well-adapted to arid climates; they can store water in their blood, and have extra-long eyelashes that act as sand filters!
          • Peasants were forbidden from owning weapons in medieval Japan, so commoners who wanted to strike back against their samurai overlords were forced to use adapted farm tools; that’s where many of the traditional “ninja” weapons come from!

          Homework Information

          Spelling: TBA

          Memory: “The Road Not Taken”, stanzas 1-3 DUE FRIDAY

          Important Reminders

          Don’t forget that last week was the last opportunity to wear shorts with the regular uniform (though it is 71 degrees as I type this).

          5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

          Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

          *Students are working on learning Asian countries, “The Gettysburg Address,” and the list of prepositions.  

          *Don’t forget about Seterra.com or the Seterra app

          *Learning to type is a great skill to learn.  Use Typingclub.com or Typing.com.

           Homework Information: Test Schedule

          Monday – None

          Tuesday – None

          Wednesday – Spelling Test (List 10)

          Thursday – History Quiz (card 9)

          Friday – Verse Quiz (James 2:6-10)

          7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

          Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

          • Create a bookmark on your home computer to the MLA Formatting and Style Guide Online. In the future, your student will be frequently accessing it to type and format the final drafts of their persuasive essays in Language Arts.
          • Get audio and e-books for on-the run at Epic! Sign-in here to your own free account by joining with class code yjv6429.
          •  Help your student stay on top of memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
          • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
          • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com

                   

                   

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                  Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.                                                                                                                                             
                   

                   

                  Annual CDA Parent Survey is now available!

                  Please complete this annual CDA Parent Survey by November 6th. Thank you for your thoughts on these topics, we appreciate your feedback and your continued partnership this school year. Your honest answers and responses can help us (the Board and Administration) better serve you and your desires for our school. 
                                              

                  Clarification regarding hair accessories:

                   

                  We have had some questions concerning what hair accessories are allowed under our uniform policy. Here is clarification on the topic of hair accessories as discussed in our student handbook:

                  Acceptable hair accessories would include:

                  1) A headband, barrette, scrunchy, or bow that is made from our CDA plaid (can be purchased from Schoolbelles)

                  2) A plain black, plain red, or plain white headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. No decorations should be on the headband, barrette, scrunchy, ponytail holder, or bow. A plain black, or plain red, or plain white headband with the same color bow is acceptable.

                  Request for dismissal pick up line:

                  Please remember if you are the first car in the second pick up line, please pull forward all the way to the bell. This will help alleviate having cars backed up and waiting on Main Street during this busy time.

                  Morning Assembly for Fall/Winter

                  We have been receiving many questions regarding if Assembly will remain outside all year, or if we will move inside at some point. Our objective during this current pandemic environment of having Assembly outside is to include as many parents as we can at the start of our day together. We believe we are partners together, and worshiping, singing, praying, and meeting together are key ways of growing in our relationship with our families.

                  However, we do live in Indiana and it does get pretty chilly. We are currently planning on moving Assembly inside to the gym (still without parents at this time due to pandemic restrictions) if either the air or windchill temperature is 32 degrees or below. We will have Assembly inside the gym as well if there is inclement weather. 

                  Of course, we will re-address this if the current conditions change and restrictions are lessened. We pray that we can all be together soon- both inside and outside!
                   

                  Tardies………

                  Students are considered TARDY if they are not in their class line for Assembly at 8:00 AM. We understand that it can be difficult to be motiviated to get up and moving during the Fall and Winter when it is darker out, but please ensure your student arrives by the start of the day.
                   

                  Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                  CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                  Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                  Calendar

                   

                                      

                   

                  Uniform Changes: November 1st

                  Here is a reminder of the uniform changes that occur on November 1st:

                  • 4th-8th Grade Boys and Girls must wear either a sweater or a sweater vest as a part of the Thursday Formal Dress Uniform
                  • Girls may wear either their skort or khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
                  • Boys must wear khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (no more shorts!)

                  No School: Election Day- November 3rd

                  Chess Club callout

                  From Grandmaster Racke:

                  CALLING ALL CHESS LOVERS

                  WHAT: CDA Chess Club–back, by popular demand!

                  WHEN: Each Thursday of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, 3:30pm-4:15pm

                  WHERE: CDA gymnasium

                  WHO: Students interested in improving their skills or learning to play chess; parents willing to help, organize, and lead

                  HOW: Sign up by sending an email to Mr. Racke (dracke@coramdeo-in.com) with the names of the students and/or parents interested in participating

                  Levelled play! Tournaments for advanced players! End-of-year trophies?!?!

                  First week of Chess Club will be THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5! Sign up and I will see you there.

                  –Grandmaster Racke

                  Uniform change for next week ONLY-due to Grandparents Day

                  For next week only, we will wear our everyday polo uniform on Thursday, and our Chapel dress uniform on Friday!

                  Grandparents Day- November 6!

                   

                  We have mailed invitations to CDA grandparents to this year’s Grandparents Day. The event may look a little different than it has in years past, but we will still be able to spend time with these important family members! Grandparents will be able to see recitations and join in singing hymns with students in the gym. 

                  Detailed information for this event can be found here. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we request that all grandparents RSVP to Mrs. MacKay.

                  We also encourage you to write a personal invitation letter to grandparents if you feel that would be appropriate. 

                   

                  Upcoming Open Houses

                   

                  Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                   

                  Our Makeup School Picture Date is Thursday, December 10th!

                   

                  Community

                   

                   

                                                

                   

                  Spelling Bee

                  Our Spelling Bee will be held on December 3rd. We will relay more information once details become finalized. However, due to COVID restrictions, only parents of the top two students in each grade who have advanced will be permitted to attend.

                  The Brick is passed on!

                  The Brick is given to an exemplary student for learning with attention, obedience, respect, and responsibility. The brick is given by the current brick holder to another.

                  Lunch and Recess Volunteers needed

                  We are in need of additional volunteers to assist during lunch and recess. If you would like to help bless our teachers in this capacity, please contact Mrs. MacKay to get connected. These volunteers typically serve one day a week and are present in the classrooms and outside during recess, allowing the teacher a brief break for their own lunch.
                   

                  Schoolbelles is closing its physical store until Spring!

                  Schoolbelles has informed us that they will be closing their physical store location on November 15th until next Spring. You will still be able to order items online. However, the store will be changing to a different location. We will communicate all information once we receive it from Schoolbelles as to when they have reopened and the location of their new store.

                  Here is the current Schoolbelles information:

                  Website: www.schoolbelles.com
                  Phone: 317-255-5275
                  Retail location: 2635 E. 62nd St. Suite 2018, Glendale Town Center in Indianapolis

                  CDA School Code: S2367

                   

                  Donated supplies thank you!

                  Our community is absolutely amazing! In just one week, you have surpassed all expectations and provided many, many paper towels. Thank you so much for your generosity, and for helping our students keep their hands washed and surfaces cleaned! Thank you!

                  Help support CDA while you shop!

                  Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

                  Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
                  Coram Deo Academy 
                  Location: Carmel, IN
                  Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

                  Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
                  Organization Name:
                  CORAM DEO ACADEMY
                  Organization Number:
                  MD586

                  Thank you for your support!
                   

                  Yearbooks have arrived……

                  We do have extra copies of the 2019/2020 yearbook-please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

                        

                  Have great pictures?????

                  Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

                  Please check out our Blog!

                   

                  Please check out this blog written by a CDA parent, Jen Hutson- Zombies vs. Saints: Is Halloween More Heaven or Hell? This blog discusses if Halloween is an innocent tradition or a disguise for Satan worshiping cults. The truth is not found in either extreme. And while it may be futile to spiritualize our modern Halloween practices, there is an opportunity to seize virtue from the roots of its celebration. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                   

                  Opportunities to be involved!

                   

                  Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                  Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

                  Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                   

                  Social Media Presence

                  Here is our Facebook page.

                  Here is our Twitter information.

                  Here is our Instagram information.

                   

                   

                   Teacher Updates

                   

                  Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                  Notes from the Teacher

                  We had a lot of fun exploring our pumpkin this week.  See our pumpkin book that went home today for all that we learned about our pumpkins.   We will be working with leaves next week. 

                  Now that it is getting colder and the kids are wearing their coats, I need your help.  Will you please help your children pull out  their coat sleeves to put on their coats and zip them up themselves.  It is taking us so long to get out to recess as so many need my help getting their coats straightened to put on.  Thank you for helping your child with this. 

                  Looking Ahead:

                  Bible- We will be reviewing all of the stories we have learned so far in Bible as well as making our Bible notebook that contains one important fact about each book from Genesis to Joshua. 

                  Memory verse- Joshua 1:9 “ Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

                  Phonics- We will learn two new phonograms: sh, and th.

                  Writing- We will be practicing Ss, T t this week.  We will finish our October Copy Journal.

                  Reading- Readers will come home on Mondays and Wednesdays for your child to read with you. Please sign the sheet in your child’s folder after they have read the book.  I may send the same book home more than once if I think your child needs more time with that book. 

                  Math-  We will begin out +0 math facts, weigh objects, count by 10 to 100 and continue working on  writing our number sentences to explain a story problem.

                  Science- We will be working with our fall leaves this week. We will sort, measure and do an experiment that will help us discover why the leaves turn colors in the fall. 

                  Important Reminders 

                  -For Grandparent’s Day we will be reciting All Things Bright and Beautiful.  We will recite this at Monday’s Assembly as well.

                  -Our class will be doing a simple Thanksgiving Play for our Thanksgiving Chapel on November 24th.  I will be dividing the class into Pilgrims and Native Americans for this play.  If you have a preference, let me know this week.  I will let you know by the end of the week if your child will be a pilgrim or Native American.

                  -If you are taking your child trick or treating, feel free to make a trip up to Sheridan to knock on the Feeney door.  There will be a Chai Latte, or coffee for the adults. 

                   

                  ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!!!!!

                  1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                  Notes from the Teacher

                  I have such a hard working group of students this year which makes learning so fun! Here are some of the highlights of what we are learning and what we are heading into next week:

                   

                  Spelling/Phonics: With next week being an irregular week, we will not learn new phonemes. Instead, we will practice spelling words that coincide with our rules we are learning about suffixes, namely -ing as well as words that deal end in two consonants which make the vowel in the middle of the word say it’s long sound. The shortened list we will practice to support these rules is: kicking, running, punching, find, wild, cold.

                  Math: We are still learning about money and counting coins, and adding 10 to numbers.

                  2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                   

                  Notes from the Teacher

                  What is calendar time and what does my child learn?

                  • How to sing days of the week/months of the year in English and Latin
                  • Adding one straw per day for our count of school days (practicing adding ones and grouping them into bundles of ten)
                  • How to use a calendar
                  • Hold discussions about the weather
                  • comparing/contrasting today’s temperature with yesterday’s temperature

                   

                  Ask your child…

                  • Who was Rebekah from the Bible?
                  • How did Isaac’s servant know Rebekah was the one Isaac was to marry?
                  • How many quarters make one dollar?
                  • What are the freezing/boiling points on the Fahrenheit scale?
                  • What two letters make  up the phonogram /k/?
                  • What was the name of the man who was the dictator of the Akkadians?
                  • What do these Latin words mean? Dico, clamp, sussuro, scribo, oro?  (Hint: they all have to do with communication)
                  • Name three ways that God made the earth so perfect for us to live. 

                   

                  Homework Information

                  Monday, November 2 Math Lesson 43B, read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                  Tuesday, November 3 No School

                  Wednesday, November 4 Math Lesson 44B, read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                  Thursday, November 5 Math Test, read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

                  Friday, November 6 Grandparent’s Day, Early Dismissal

                  Important Reminders/Requests

                  CDA will be holding class- and school-wide  Spelling Bees! November calendars were sent home today with practice dates, along with a list of words students can study to be ready for the all-Grammar School Spelling Bee in December!

                  3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                  Notes from the Teacher

                   Highlights of learning from this week:

                  1. We have finished learning every cursive letter in upper and lowercase!
                  2. God is behind the order of creation.
                  3. Odysseus is a good leader because he 1) Looks ahead 2) Makes a plan 3) Has courage 4)Respects the gods 5) Is loyal to his men and family – How could we turn these into our habits so that we can be better leaders?
                  4. We have learned ⅞ part of speech!

                  Homework Information

                  Spelling Words: (Pattern: y, ey) dirty, happy, skinny, candy, puppy, pantry, party, city, pity, slippery, valley, chimney, turkey, hockey, journey, monkey, money, honey, donkey, key

                  Stella Words: laughter, belief, perform

                  Memory: Psalm 33:1-9 due Friday, November 20th 

                   

                  4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                  Notes from the Teacher

                  Tidbits from this week:

                  • Attacking a castle head-on was a dangerous proposition, as the defenders could launch arrows, rocks, and hot oil or tar at you through arrow slits or murder holes!
                  • Although the kingdom of Judah only consisted of two of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, it was the same size as its neighbor Israel!
                  • The Inuit people of the Arctic can create an igloo for shelter from Arctic cold using only a knife and a saw!

                  Homework Information

                  Spelling, Week 11–Homophones: berry, bury, passed, past, yoke, yolk, coarse, course, tacks, tax, altar, alter, their, there, they’re

                  Memory: “The Road Not Taken,” stanzas 1-2 DUE THURSDAY

                  5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                  Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

                  We have moved on to the map of Asia.  The students will have until the week before Christmas break to study the countries of Asia.  Remember Seterra.com or the Seterra app  is a great resource for learning their geography.  

                   We will be reciting all of James 1 on Wednesday morning during Assembly.  Parents are welcome!  

                   Homework Information: Test Schedule

                  Monday – None

                  Tuesday- No School (Election Day)

                  Wednesday – Spelling Test (List #9), Grammar Test 

                  Thursday – History Quiz (Westward Expansion)

                  Friday – Verse Quiz (James 2:1-7)

                  Important Reminders

                  There is no school on Tuesday because of the Election.  Enjoy your day!

                  Grandparent’s Day is on Friday, so there is Early Dismissal at about 11 a.m.  

                  7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                  Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                  • Create a bookmark on your home computer to the MLA Formatting and Style Guide Online. In the future, your student will be frequently accessing it to type and format the final drafts of their persuasive essays in Language Arts.
                  • Get audio and e-books for on-the run at Epic! Sign-in here to your own free account by joining with class code yjv6429.
                  •  Help your student stay on top of memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                  • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                  • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com

                         

                         

                        Coram Deo Academy

                         

                         

                        Update: October 23, 2020

                        Connect

                         

                         

                        Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

                         

                         

                         

                        Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                         

                                                                                       
                         

                         

                        Annual CDA Parent Survey is now available!

                        Please complete this annual CDA Parent Survey by November 6th. Thank you for your thoughts on these topics, we appreciate your feedback and your continued partnership this school year. Your honest answers and responses can help us (the Board and Administration) better serve you and your desires for our school. 
                                                    

                        Morning Assembly for Fall/Winter

                        We have been receiving many questions regarding if Assembly will remain outside all year, or if we will move inside at some point. Our objective during this current pandemic environment of having Assembly outside is to include as many parents as we can at the start of our day together. We believe we are partners together, and worshiping, singing, praying, and meeting together are key ways of growing in our relationship with our families.

                        However, we do live in Indiana and it does get pretty chilly. We are currently planning on moving Assembly inside to the gym (still without parents at this time due to pandemic restrictions) if either the air or windchill temperature is 32 degrees or below. We will have Assembly inside the gym as well if there is inclement weather. 

                        Of course, we will re-address this if the current conditions change and restrictions are lessened. We pray that we can all be together soon- both inside and outside!
                         

                        Tardies………

                        Students are considered TARDY if they are not in their class line for Assembly at 8:00 AM. We understand that it can be difficult to be motiviated to get up and moving during the Fall and Winter when it is darker out, but please ensure your student arrives by the start of the day.
                         

                        Teacher Updates

                        Please note our Teacher Updates at the bottom of this communication. We have added Music updates this week as well.

                        Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                        CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                        Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                        Calendar

                         

                                            

                         

                          

                         

                        Friday, October 30th:

                        Late Start, Jeans Day, Rocket Day, and Parent-Teacher Fellowship Meeting!

                        Next Friday will be Late Start. This means school will start at 9:00 AM that day. We understand that before care might be beneficial to families as well.

                        We are in need of parent volunteers to serve by providing before care for students starting at 8:00 AM on Late Start days. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you are able to assist us in this capacity.

                        We ask that you please reserve a spot for your child/children. Please contact Mrs. MacKay to reserve your child’s place. Mrs. MacKay will contact you if you have signed up for before care, but we do not have any volunteers to run the program that day.

                        For Jeans Day, we want this to be a fun perk to our students, but we also have a few parameters to keep in mind:

                        1. Bottoms: Full-length jeans in good condition only (no jean shorts, no jeggings, no holes, rips, etc. on the jeans)

                        2. Tops: Uniform CDA polo shirt only

                        3. Shoes: Tennis shoes are OK!

                        Rocket Day– Families of second and sixth grade CDA students are invited to Rocket Day. (Please note: If you bring a little, you will need to be vigilant in overseeing them so Mrs. Smith, Mr. Seibel, and Mr. Zeaton can focus on the learning activity with CDA students.).

                        The sixth graders are going to shoot off rockets with the second graders and we are going to listen to Mr. Zeaton, an engineer at Rolls Royce, explain how a Potato gun works and then… watch him shoot it off into the sky! Why are we doing this? Mrs. Smith’s students are studying astronomy, and Mr. Seibel’s students love seeing explosive applications of the content that they are learning. 

                        We need parents to drive students to and from the Rabers’ house. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you can drive and arrive at the school on Friday 10/30 by 10:30 AM!

                        Parent-Teacher Fellowhip meeting– our next meeting is October 30th at 2:00 PM. Please join us for an invigorating discussion on activities that are being planned and how you can assist us in furthering the school’s mission.

                        Uniform Changes: November 1st

                        Here is a reminder of the uniform changes that occur on November 1st:

                        • 4th-8th Grade Boys and Girls must wear either a sweater or a sweater vest as a part of the Thursday Formal Dress Uniform
                        • Girls may wear either their skort or khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday
                        • Boys must wear khaki pants as part of their Standard Uniform on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday (no more shorts!)

                        No School: Election Day- November 3rd

                        Chess Club callout

                        From Grandmaster Racke:

                        CALLING ALL CHESS LOVERS

                        WHAT: CDA Chess Club–back, by popular demand!

                        WHEN: Each Thursday of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, 3:30pm-4:15pm

                        WHERE: CDA gymnasium

                        WHO: Students interested in improving their skills or learning to play chess; parents willing to help, organize, and lead

                        HOW: Sign up by sending an email to Mr. Racke (dracke@coramdeo-in.com) with the names of the students and/or parents interested in participating

                        Levelled play! Tournaments for advanced players! End-of-year trophies?!?!

                        First week of Chess Club will be THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5! Sign up and I will see you there.

                        –Grandmaster Racke

                        Grandparents Day- November 6!

                         

                        We have mailed invitations to CDA grandparents to this year’s Grandparents Day. The event may look a little different than it has in years past, but we will still be able to spend time with these important family members! Grandparents will be able to see recitations and join in singing hymns with students in the gym. 

                        Detailed information for this event can be found here. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we request that all grandparents RSVP to Mrs. MacKay.

                        We also encourage you to write a personal invitation letter to grandparents if you feel that would be appropriate. 

                         

                        Upcoming Open Houses

                         

                        Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                         

                        Our Makeup School Picture Date is Thursday, December 10th!

                         

                        Community

                         

                         

                                                 

                         

                        Cross Country

                        During this past weekend, our team won 3 more trophies, had 2 individual race winners, and achieved lots of new personal records. Thank you to our entire team and fabulous Coach Lesnet. We are so proud of all of you! What a great way to end your season. Our team has won so many trophies that we ran out of room in the office, so we had to get a trophy case-we are blessed to have this problem!

                        Schoolbelles is closing its physical store until Spring!

                        Schoolbelles has informed us that they will be closing their physical store location on November 15th until next Spring. You will still be able to order items online. However, the store will be changing to a different location. We will communicate all information once we receive it from Schoolbelles as to when they have reopened and the location of their new store.

                        Here is the current Schoolbelles information:

                        Website: www.schoolbelles.com
                        Phone: 317-255-5275
                        Retail location: 2635 E. 62nd St. Suite 2018, Glendale Town Center in Indianapolis

                        CDA School Code: S2367

                         

                        Supplies needed!

                        Due to the extra-hand washing and cleaning that the students have been doing, we have gone through almost all of our paper towel supply that everyone so generously gave us at the start of the school year. 

                        We would gratefully accept any kitchen-type paper towel donations, multi-packs would be especially helpful. Thank you!

                        Help support CDA while you shop!

                        Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

                        Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
                        Coram Deo Academy 
                        Location: Carmel, IN
                        Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

                        Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
                        Organization Name:
                        CORAM DEO ACADEMY
                        Organization Number:
                        MD586

                        Thank you for your support!
                         

                        Yearbooks have arrived……

                        We do have extra copies of the 2019/2020 yearbook-please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

                              

                        Have great pictures?????

                        Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

                        Please check out our Blog!

                        Please check out this blog written by our Head of School Dave Seibel- Project Legacy- Marcus Schrader. This Project Legacy interview of Marcus Schrader discusses his perspective on children, education, and ministry. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                         

                        Opportunities to be involved!

                         

                        Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                        Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

                        Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                         

                        Social Media Presence

                        Here is our Facebook page.

                        Here is our Twitter information.

                        Here is our Instagram information.

                         

                         

                         Teacher Updates

                         

                        Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                        Notes from the Teacher

                        We have made it through our first quarter of Kindergarten!  I am thanking the Lord for the students He has entrusted to me this year.  This coming week we will continue to review all our phonograms and practice writing them correctly before we move on to learning more phonograms.  

                         

                        Looking Ahead:

                        Bible- We will be reading about Joshua this week.

                        Phonics- We will review our short vowel sounds and be introduced to long vowels.  We will also be working with rhyming words by changing the first sound of a word to form a new word.

                        Writing- We will finish writing our  poem “All Things Bright and Beautiful” in our copy journals. 

                        Math- We will begin memorizing out +1 math facts.  Students will bring home math fact cards.  We will also sort items and create a graph.

                        Science- We will read about what the animals are busy doing in the fall and we will be exploring fall leaves.

                         

                        Important Reminders 

                        Show and Tell this week: Bring in one item that reminds you of fall. 

                        Mondays- Isla, Rylee, Christina

                        Tuesdays- Davey, Sam, Colby

                        Wednesdays-Kendall, Jason, Jack

                        Thursdays-Truman, Willow, Nora,

                        Friday- Will, Xander, Jameson

                        1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                        Notes from the Teacher

                        What a beautiful end to our first week back after break! We have enjoyed this warm, sunny day after so much rain.  Also it was a very productive re-entry after break. 

                         

                        Phonics: Our two new phonemes next week are -bu (“b”) and -gu (“g”, and “gw”). Our spelling words will be : buy, build, guard, guava, guy, and the sight words second, third, many

                         

                        Math: we will continue counting money next week, talking about the phrase “a quarter til and a quarter after, and we will practice measuring next week. We will cover Lessons 41-45. 

                         

                        Bible: We are so enjoying our lessons on Jesus– what He did when He was here as well as looking at scripture to learn who He is revealing Himself as…such important, foundational truths to get to dive into each day! This past week we talked about lots of His miracles from calming the storm, feeding the 5000 (50 Coram Deo’s, approximately :-), and raising people from the dead. This is by far my favorite part of each day as we take time to marvel at what He did, and remind ourselves that He hasn’t changed!

                         

                        Science: We will finish up our last sections on the human body next week and then take a break until spring. I am excited to begin history and geography at the beginning of November! 

                        Important Reminders 

                        Keep working on Psalm 100, and “The Swing.” They are due NEXT FridaY.

                         

                        ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!!!!!

                        2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                         

                        Notes from the Teacher

                         

                        Thank you, thank you, thank you  to the Wilson family for donating playdough, the Furnish family for a new math game and the Hutson family for donating 2 language arts games!  We appreciate you and your support!

                         

                        What does my child learn during Bible time?

                        We learn…

                        • about the books of  Genesis-Exodus.
                        • Bible characters and their history.
                        • to bring anything to God in prayer.
                        • how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
                        • young children’s Bible songs.
                        • A song that helps us remember the major stories of the Old Testament and Ancient Egypt chronologically
                        • how to ask the Lord Jesus into our heart.
                        • to memorize bible verses and hide them in our hearts.

                         

                        Ask your child…

                        • To tell you what coquo, laboro, pasco, lovo and purgo mean
                        • What would happen if the earth were any closer to the sun? Any farther away?  Who designed how perfectly the earth was placed from the sun?
                        • What does “compare” and “contrast” mean?
                        • How many centimeters are in 12 inches (the size of our ruler)?
                        • What is an amulet?
                        • What two letters make up the phonogram sound that says /k/?  When is it used in a word?

                        Homework Information

                        Monday,  October 26 Math 39B, read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                        Tuesday, October 27 No math homework, read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

                        Wednesday, October 28 No math homework (Unless in-class activity not finished during class time) read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                        Thursday, October 29 Math 41B, read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

                        Friday, October 30 Spelling Test!

                        Important Reminders/Requests

                        On Wednesday, we will have an art lesson from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis via Zoom.  On Friday, October 30, we will have “Rocket Day” with Mr. Seibel’s 6th grade class at the Raber’s farm.  If you prefer your child sit in a booster seat for the drive, please bring it in with your child’s name clearly marked on it and leave it below the hangers in the lobby when you drop off your child for school. 

                         

                        Please continue to work with your child on learning his/her math facts.  Remember, we work a grade ahead in math and  math facts become more and more necessary to know with instant recollection (not using fingers or counters).  Is time a major factor in helping your child?  Put an app on an iPod and use some of your child’s daily “screen time” for only that purpose.  Thank you for partnering with CDA to help your child become a master of math facts!

                        3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                        Notes from the Teacher

                         Highlights of learning from this week:

                        1. We will have learned all of our cursive letters next week!
                        2. God cares about our faithfulness and obedience, and he knows we are weak.
                        3. Odysseus is a good leader because he 1) Looks ahead 2) Makes a plan
                        4. Did you know that there are 8 main types of aquatic turtles? 

                        → We will attempt to do Aquatic Frogs in the Spring – Mrs. Simpson will release them in the Springtime. Right now, it is too cold for it to work out. That will be fun later! Thanks for being willing to pitch in.

                        Homework Information

                        Spelling Words: (Pattern:Homophones/Sight Words) to, two, too, by, buy, bye, ant, aunt, hear, here, color, people, almost, minute, always, already, really, promise, piano, guitar

                        Stella Words: collaborate, participate, associate

                        Memory: “Spider Webs”  by James S. Tippett due Friday, October 30

                        Important Reminders

                        Links to Any Files

                        Please check out our Google Classroom photo album for new pictures and videos showcasing our week!

                         

                        4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                        Notes from the Teacher

                        Tidbits from this week:

                        1. The Bayeux Tapestry, telling the story of William the Conqueror, is only 20 inches high but 230+ feet long!
                        2. Solomon, despite his great wisdom, wanted to show off his wealth and power by marrying 700 wives (not including concubines)!
                        3. Alert, Canada, the northernmost town in the world, doesn’t see the sun between mid-October and mid-February because of seasonal tilt!

                        Homework Information

                        Spelling words – words ending in “ness” and “ly”: radically, willfully, alphabetically, electrically, hopefully, magically, frugally, morally, truthfully, practically, usually, scornfully, annually, skillfully, biologically, gradually, thankfully, suddenness, tastefully, cleanness

                         

                        Memory: “The Road Not Taken,” first stanza due Friday, October 30

                        Important Reminders

                        After extensive whiteboard use in Math and Latin class, we are in need of some fresh Expo markers for our students! If a few students bring in packs of dry erase markers (preferably black or standard colors), we should have enough to replace them as they dry up.

                         

                        5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                         

                        Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

                        *New Map Study: Countries of Asia.  Seterra.com or the Seterra app are a wonderful resource in helping your student learn their geography.  

                        *We have completed the memorization of James 1.  The students have learned it so well, and so we proceed on to James 2.  

                        *We are finishing up our introductory study of chemistry next week.  We will be forging our way into the world of physics.  

                         

                         Homework Information: Test Schedule

                        Monday – None

                        Tuesday – 5th Math Test

                        Wednesday – Spelling Test (List 8), Grammar Test

                        Thursday – History Quiz (Card 7: Remember the Alamo)

                        Friday – Science Test (Chapter 5), Verse Quiz (James 2:1-5)

                        Important Reminders 

                        *Election Day – Nov. 3  No School

                        *Grandparents Day – Nov 6   Early Dismissal

                        7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                        Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                        • Create a bookmark on your home computer to the MLA Formatting and Style Guide Online. In the future, your student will be frequently accessing it to type and format the final drafts of their persuasive essays in Language Arts.
                        • Get audio and e-books for on-the run at Epic! Sign-in here to your own free account by joining with class code yjv6429.
                        •  Help your student stay on top of memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                        • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                        • Typingclub.com and Typing.comStudents learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  

                            Music- Mrs. Foss

                            Welcome to Music Class!! My goal here is to update you about once a month on 1) what we are doing in music class, 2) skills, concepts, or units that we have accomplished, and 3) new information! I will also include some pictures of the kids so that you can see how much fun they have while learning. 

                            We are currently wrapping up the Rhythm Unit in Music. Our minds have been in full gear as we study rhythms in music and practice them through song, game, dance, and various reading/writing activities. Rhythm is what I believe to be the backbone of music. Your children are developing strong backbones!

                            There are a few things that you can do at home to help your children with their rhythmic development. Reading stories and poetry are wonderful ways for them to internalize the beat and practice rhythm through words and syllables, meter and rhyme.

                            While listening to music, practice maintaining the steady beat through various forms of body percussion (snapping, patting legs, jumping, clapping, etc). Having a family dance party is also always a fun way to expose oneself to more rhythm and beat. Don’t be afraid to ask your child to sing you a song they’ve learned in music class!

                            Even better, ask them to tell you a rhythm from that song. That will be sure to get their wheels turning. Creating rhythmic chants, rhymes, or songs to remember things is also always helpful. And rhythm/meter are proven to increase memory and cognitive functions. If you are interested in more ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out and I’m happy to make specific suggestions to you! There are plenty of rhythmic books out there that kids ALWAYS love.

                            Today, we began preparing for the Christmas concert. While we are still not sure exactly how this is going to pan out, we still see the need to be proactive and diligent in our preparation. Below, I’ve listed three of the songs that we will be singing as a whole school (or at least large group.) Feel free to listen at home and get familiar with these! 

                            • Hope Was Born This Night by Sidewalk Prophets
                            • Light of the World by Lauren Daigle
                            • Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music (this will be mixed with the popular carol “Joy to the World”)


                            Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped. My heart exults, and with my song, I give thanks to Him.” Let that be your prayer. That God would be the source of your strength and satisfaction. That He would have nothing short of our full trust. He promises to help us. We can praise Him for all that He is and all that He’s done. Let’s give thanks to Him through music and song. Have a blessed weekend!

                                In Christ,

                                 

                                Coram Deo Academy

                                 

                                 

                                Update: October 9, 2020

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                                Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                 

                                                                       
                                 

                                 

                                Kindergartners go on their first field trip!

                                Our Kindergartners were able to visit Stuckey Farm Orchard & Cider Mill, and the Rabers’ home on their first field trip of the year! They were able to go through the corn maze, ride on the wagon, and pet donkeys! Thank you to everyone who volunteered to be chaperones on this fun trip.

                                Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                Calendar

                                 

                                 

                                                    

                                 

                                Grandparents Day- November 6!

                                 

                                We have mailed invitations to CDA grandparents to this year’s Grandparents Day. The event may look a little different than it has in years past, but we will still be able to spend time with these important family members! Grandparents will be able to see recitations and join in singing hymns with students in the gym. 

                                Detailed information for this event can be found here. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we request that all grandparents RSVP to Mrs. MacKay.

                                We also encourage you to write a personal invitation letter to grandparents if you feel that would be appropriate. 

                                 

                                Don’t forget- Fall break is next week! We pray everyone has a safe, fun, and relaxing week. We will miss you, and look forward to seeing you again in a week!

                                 

                                Our School Picture Date is Thursday, October 22nd!

                                The date for our school pictures has CHANGED to Thursday, October 22nd. The make up date will be December 10th. 4th-8th Grader will need to wear their sweaters on picture day! 

                                Picture ordering information was sent home with students this week. You may also order online here using our school ID: EVTQ9CS78.

                                We are looking for a volunteer to work in the front office on this date so Mrs. MacKay can coordinate all of the classes for their pictures. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you would be able to help out!

                                Upcoming Open Houses

                                 

                                Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                 

                                Community

                                 

                                 

                                                  

                                 

                                Note from our Principal, Jason Barney

                                One of the things I love about Coram Deo Academy is the joyful and welcoming community. As Dave, Susan and I were saying at a meeting this last week, community is one of the things CDA does well. Whether it’s parents together at a Cross Country meet, Dads BBQ, Ladies Night, Symphony at the Academy, volunteering at lunch/recess or just a normal morning assembly outside, it’s a delight to see parents and students connecting with one another.

                                And precisely because it’s a strength, I want to encourage families to keep it up, and keep growing at this strength strive for enduring arete (purposeful excellence) in this area. We have a number of new families who have joined our community in the last few months. Keep reaching out to them, veteran CDA families. And don’t be shy if you are new. There’s no threshold of time you have to pass to start to own the community. And be sure to reach out to families who are different from you too, and to encourage your children to do the same. 

                                Some great ways to continue to build the community at CDA to a place of enduring excellence include:

                                • the Cross Country Meet at Horizon Christian tomorrow
                                • the Open House on Oct 22nd (Invite your friends and neighbors!)
                                • our tentative plans to relaunch Guilds (with thoughtful precautions in place) at the end of October
                                • Grandparents Day on Nov. 6th with precautions and a live feed option (see details here to share with your parents)

                                Keep fostering a community of faith and learning soli Deo gloria!  

                                We welcome Maxwell Gipson!

                                Please join us in welcoming the newest addition to Art Teacher DeAnna Gipson and husband Chris Gipson’s family…Maxwell! Mom and baby are doing well and are home from the hospital. If you would like to help them out with a meal, please sign up for their Meal Train. Thank you!
                                 

                                https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/l13o44

                                 

                                CDA Dad’s Cookout!

                                Thank you to the Tangs for hosting an evening of fellowship for our dads- thank you, thank you, thank you.

                                CDA Ladies’ Night!

                                Thank you to the Kings for hosting an evening of friendship and relationship building for our moms- thank you, thank you, thank you!

                                Help support CDA while you shop!

                                Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

                                Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
                                Coram Deo Academy 
                                Location: Carmel, IN
                                Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

                                Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
                                Organization Name:
                                CORAM DEO ACADEMY
                                Organization Number:
                                MD586

                                Thank you for your support!
                                 

                                Yearbooks have arrived……

                                We do have extra copies of the 2019/2020 yearbook-please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

                                      

                                Have great pictures?????

                                Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

                                Please check out our Blog!

                                Please check out this blog written by our Head of School Dave Seibel- Project Legacy- Reverend David Greene. This Project Legacy interview of Reverend David Greene discusses two lessons: there is one savior but many types of service in many spaces, and we must remember the have-nots. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                 

                                Opportunities to be involved!

                                 

                                Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                                Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

                                Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                                 

                                Social Media Presence

                                Here is our Facebook page.

                                Here is our Twitter information.

                                Here is our Instagram information.

                                 

                                 

                                 Teacher Updates

                                 

                                Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                Notes from the Teacher

                                We made it to Fall Break!  We had such a fun week with Stuckey Farm and Letterbration.  Thank you to all of you who came on the field trip with us.  I pray you all have a good restful break and make some fun memories with your families.

                                Looking Ahead:

                                Bible: We will be reading about the Israelites in the Wilderness.  We will especially be looking at how God provided for them during this time.

                                Phonics: We will practice blends st, nd, and nd, listen for the middle sounds in words, and create new words by changing the initial sounds.

                                Reading: I will be sending home readers on Monday and Wednesday for your child to read to you. Please return it the next day. 

                                Math: We will order numbers to 20, work on our doubles facts 6+6, 7+7, 8+8, and 9+9, and work on some, some went away story problems. (Subtraction story problems)

                                Science- We will explore fall.

                                Memory Work- Continue to work on memorizing All Things Bright and Beautiful.

                                Important Reminders 

                                *** There is no October Homework Packet .  Students will have reading homework on Mondays and Wednesdays and math homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  

                                1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                                Notes from the Teacher

                                We made it to fall break! I can hardly believe the quarter is almost over. We are keeping a good pace with our subjects and the students continue to put forth good effort on a consistent basis. We are all looking forward to a break so we can gear up for quarter number 2 however. 

                                One new thing when we return will be the starting of the guilds. The students are excited about that as well as returning to our routine of sitting in the lunchroom together. I am also working on trying to book some field trips. I am waiting to hear back from one of the desired places and will let you know as soon as possible once I know anything.

                                 

                                Spelling/Phonics: When we return, our new phonemes for the week will be -kn and -gn. Since they both make the same sounds, students will need to work at visually recognizing when to use which phoneme. The spelling words will be : knit, knee, knob, gnaw, gnat, gnome,  and our two sight words will be more, and first.  This last word will begin our focus on learning to spell ordinal numbers. 

                                 

                                Math- We have just finished through lesson 36. Concepts we have been working on and will continue to build on are counting coins, fractions, time, and writing number sentences from data in our story problems. If you want to work on somethings at home, encourage your student to use terms such as “half past the hour.” We will work on “a quarter til” and “a quarter after” when we get back. 

                                 

                                Bible- We have just finished the story of Jesus sending out the 12 disciples. It has been fun to dive into the timeline of Jesus’s ministry and the cities He visited. We are also through our overview of Romans, the first of Paul’s nine letters and how the books are often named according to the city in which the church Paul addressed was residing.

                                 

                                Science- We have begun the last two units we will do in science on the human body, beginning with heart and lungs and will end with the integumentary system around the time the first quarter ends. At that point, we will take a break from science for the next two quarters and move into history and geography. I am looking forward to diving into our country’s history right as the elections are approaching and Thanksgiving.  

                                Important Reminders 

                                Recitations : Psalm 100 and “The Swing” are due October 29

                                 

                                Have a wonderful fall break!!!! 

                                2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                                 

                                Notes from the Teacher

                                What is Discovery Time used for? 

                                Discovery Time is used for reinforcing skills learned in the classroom that are purposeful  and fun!  Things we have done this year…

                                 

                                • Practice writing “Whom” was doing “What” sentences using a game
                                • Sort  nouns, verbs and adjectives with a toaster game
                                • Make spelling words out of playdough
                                • Match compound words
                                • Practice addition and subtraction facts through math games
                                • Suffix/prefix games
                                • Match antonyms
                                • Put homonym puzzles together
                                • Put contractions puzzles together
                                • Create a crown for a pharaoh and create a pyramid using magnetic blocks
                                • Play word games such as Scrabble, Jr. and Upwords

                                 

                                Ask your child….

                                • What did you learn about the surface of Venus through our experiment?
                                • Can you recite our OST chant?  What are these used for in Latin?
                                • What is the “4-Point Check” in Composition?
                                • Can you multiply 4X10? 8X10?  35X10?

                                Looking ahead…we have a fun field trip coming to us from the Children’s Museum on October 28!  Via Zoom, we will have an interactive Art lesson from a guest artist Israel Solomon, who will instruct us on use of line and form inspired by Dale Chilhuly art!

                                 

                                I hope you all have a nice and safe Fall Break!

                                Homework Information 

                                **Watch for Updated October Calendars.

                                 

                                Monday, October 19 Math Lesson 34B, read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                                Tuesday, October 20 No math homework, read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

                                Wednesday, October 21 Math Lesson 35B, read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                                Thursday, October 22 Math Lesson 36B, read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

                                Important Reminders/Requests

                                 

                                School pictures will be October 22.  Flyers were sent home with information about photos on Thursday of this week. Check your child’s folder if you’ve not yet seen this information. 

                                 

                                We could use more play dough and other math and language arts games (used are fine).  Thanks to the Hutson Family for donating some games earlier this school year!  Let me know if you are interested and I can make some suggestions if you would like to purchase new items. Thank you in advance! 

                                3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                                Notes from the Teacher

                                 

                                Highlights of learning from this week:

                                1. God is faithful, even when we sin. Praise God!
                                2. The Trojan War (The Iliad) is the prequel to The Odyssey
                                3. Protagonists are the main characters and usually the “good guys” in a story.
                                4. Did you know that walruses can weigh up to 3,000 pounds?!

                                Homework Information

                                Spelling Words: (Pattern: ge, dge) hinge, page, stage, huge, cage, strange, rage, age, gauge, change, edge, badge, ledge, ridge, judge, bridge, fudge, dodge, hedge, budge 

                                Stella Words: access, process, descent

                                Memory: “Spider Webs”  by James S. Tippett due Friday, October 30

                                Links to Any Files

                                Please check out our Google Classroom photo album for new pictures and videos showcasing our week!

                                 

                                4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                                Notes from the Teacher

                                Rest time spent in natural settings is vitally important for mentally and physically healthy people, so go out and enjoy some of God’s beautiful fall creations this week!

                                 

                                This past week, we’ve learned…

                                • Leif, son of Erik, was almost certainly the first European to discover the continent of North America! The Vikings liked the grapes in Newfoundland, but the Native Americans didn’t like them!
                                • Solomon was famed for his wisdom, which is the ability to discern between right and wrong. But even he made some bad decisions (like being married to 700 women simultaneously)!
                                • Jackals, as clever creatures that can coexist alongside humans and other dangerous creatures, are often portrayed in stories and fables as crafty, intelligent tricksters (much like foxes and coyotes are, as well).

                                Homework Information

                                Spelling words: (-ness and -ly words) artfully, smelly, painfully, naturally, openness, musically, mentally, dully, emotionally, finally, fully, gleefully, hilly, leanness, critically, chilly, casually, carefully, brokenness, beautifully

                                Memory verse: Psalm 51:1-10

                                Important Reminders

                                Please remind our 4th graders to empty out their red folders at the end of a week, so they don’t become clogged with old graded work!

                                Links to Any Files 

                                In science this past week, we talked a bit more about meteorology and the tools that meteorologists use to track and forecast the weather. Here are a few website links to the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center:

                                NWS: https://www.weather.gov/

                                NHC: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?atlc

                                 

                                5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                                 

                                Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

                                *Have a wonderful, restful, safe, and healthy Fall Break!

                                *Take the opportunity to clean out that “There it is” Folder so that it will be ready after break.  (It should only have  James, Literature Checklist, Preposition Rap and the  Europe map still in the pockets.)  

                                *I highly recommend the Seterra app or Seterra.com in preparation for the Europe map test after break.  

                                 Homework Information: Test Schedule

                                Monday – None

                                Tuesday – None

                                Wednesday – Grammar Test 

                                Thursday – Europe Map Test

                                Friday – Verse quiz (James 1: 22-27)

                                Important Reminders 

                                End of First Quarter is Wednesday, Oct. 21st

                                Picture Day is Thursday, Oct 22nd (need to wear sweaters or vests)

                                7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                                Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                                • Get audio and e-books for Fall Break at Epic! Sign-in here to your own free account by joining with class code yjv6429.
                                •  Help your student stay on top of memorization over Fall Break using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                                • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                                • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com

                                   

                                      In Christ,

                                       

                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                       

                                       

                                      Update: October 2, 2020

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                                      Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

                                       

                                       

                                       

                                      Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                       

                                                                                                       
                                       

                                       

                                      Thank you for an enchanting evening at Symphony at the Academy!

                                      Thank you, thank you, thank you! We hope you had an amazing time at the Symphony at the Academy. It was a great evening of music and community fellowship- and a perfect way to help support classical musicians during this time.

                                      Special thanks go to Emma Foss and Tara Tang for such a creative idea for an evening, and thanks to Shelly Wilson and all of her volunteers for pulling off a spectacular event. We could not have done it without everyone’s vision and hard work.
                                       

                                      Parent-Teacher Conferences

                                      Thank you to all who participated in our conferences. The parent-teacher relationship is so special and imperative to the development of our students. We exist to assist parents in their duty of biblically training their children by offering academic instruction that is distinctly and consistently Christ-centered and classical.

                                      Thank you to the families who blessed our teachers with snacks, drinks, fruit, dessert, and lunch for the day. You really made a large impact on helping out teachers feel appreciated and loved- many thanks to you.

                                                                                         

                                      Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                      CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                      Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                      Calendar

                                       

                                       

                                                                       

                                       

                                      CDA Dad’s Cookout on October 4!

                                      The Tangs are graciously hosting all CDA dads for a cookout! RSVP to Tim Tang at 317-225-1576. The cookout is on Sunday, October 4th at 5:30 PM. 
                                       

                                      CDA Ladies’ Night on October 8!

                                      Our next night of fellowship will be on October 8th at the Kings’ home from 6:30. We hope to see you there!

                                      Grandparents Day- November 6!

                                      We want to invite CDA grandparents to this year’s Grandparents Day. The event may look a little different than it has in years past, but we will still be able to spend time with these important family members! Grandparents will be able to see recitations and join in singing hymns with students in the gym. 

                                      We will be sending out mailed invitations to grandparents for this special day. We also encourage you to write a personal invitation letter to grandparents if you feel that would be appropriate. 
                                       

                                      Don’t forget- Fall break is coming up soon!

                                       

                                      School Picture Date change!

                                      The date for our school pictures has CHANGED to Thursday, October 22nd. The make up date will be December 10th. 4th-8th Grader will need to wear their sweaters on picture day!

                                      We are looking for a volunteer to work in the front office on this date so Mrs. MacKay can coordinate all of the classes for their pictures. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you would be able to help out!

                                      Upcoming Open Houses

                                      Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                       

                                      Community

                                       

                                       

                                                                   

                                       

                                      Note from Head of School, Dave Seibel

                                       

                                      One of my favorite aspects of serving at Coram Deo is watching the students recite what they have memorized— but I appreciate this activity for a reason you might not expect. Memorization feeds the imagination of the child and reduces the likelihood that they will be bored and boring adults. This quote by Ed Cooke, a British author and Grand Master of Memory, from How Memorization Feeds the Imagination summarizes my feeling-“My philosophy of life is that a heroic person should be able to withstand about ten years in solitary confinement without getting terribly annoyed.”

                                      If your mind is full of delightful words that convey truth, goodness, and beauty, you’ll never be bored. So many young people rely on the superficial stimulation of video games, television, and unsanctified silliness to make it through a day. I am so encouraged to see our Logic students memorizing the book of James and the twelfth chapter of Hebrews. Blaise Pascal wrote, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” 

                                      At Coram Deo Academy, we assist parents by providing an education that enables children to sit alone in their room without a television, cell phone or video games. We don’t take the kid out of the child, but we do put in a love for the best things, and as Charles Spurgeon said, “The best education is in the best things.” Join your kids in memorizing and have the patience to observe the fruitful impact on your perspective.  

                                      Help support CDA while you shop!

                                      Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

                                      Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
                                      Coram Deo Academy 
                                      Location: Carmel, IN
                                      Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

                                      Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
                                      Organization Name:
                                      CORAM DEO ACADEMY
                                      Organization Number:
                                      MD586

                                      Thank you for your support!
                                       

                                      Yearbooks have arrived……

                                      The yearbooks from 2019/2020 were distributed to students this Thursday and Friday We do have extra copies, so please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

                                            

                                      Have great pictures?????

                                      Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

                                      Please check out our Blog!

                                      Please check out this blog written by one of our parents, Valerie Malabonga- Alumni Interview Series: Kelsey Yoder. We think it’s so helpful for you as CDA parents and students to learn about our alumni who are in college and beyond, so that you can catch a vision for how your classical Christian education now is preparing you for a life of fruitful service Coram Deo, before the face of God. Don’t miss the articles in this series. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                       

                                      Opportunities to be involved!

                                       

                                      Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                                      Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

                                      Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                                       

                                      Social Media Presence

                                      Here is our Facebook page.

                                      Here is our Twitter information.

                                      Here is our Instagram information.

                                       

                                       

                                       Teacher Updates

                                       

                                      Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                      This coming week will be a busy week as we have our first field trip on Wednesday and “Letterbration” on Friday. We will finish our last 3 letters, x, y, and  z, and then celebrate on Friday. 

                                      Looking Ahead: 

                                      Bible:  We will begin our look at how God used Moses: His call, the ten plagues, and the crossing of the Red Sea.

                                      Phonics:  Our letters are x, y, and z this week. We will have a Letterbration on Friday.  

                                      Reading: I will be sending home readers on Mondays and Wednesdays.  This will be a book we have read in class. Read it with your child and return the book the next day.

                                      Math: We will continue to work on memorizing our doubles math facts.  We are playing games in class with the doubles facts.  

                                      Science: This week we will learn about the life cycle of an apple tree and how bees help us and the fruit. 

                                      Memory:  In October we will memorize  “All Things Bright and Beautiful.”  See folders for poem.

                                      Important Reminders 

                                      Field trip to Stucky Farm is on Wednesday.  *** We will leave school at 9:30 on Wednesday and return about 12:00-12:15.  If you are not driving/chaperoning, you will need to send your child’s car seat to school with them on Wednesday.  

                                      Students will wear their PE uniforms and need to bring their lunch. They can bring their lunch boxes and water bottles.  There is no charge for students as all field trip charges were included in tuition.  There will be a $7 for chaperones which will be charged through your account here.

                                      1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                                       

                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                      Thank you all for making time to come to the conferences this week. It was a joy to sit and talk with you about creative ways we can partner to see each of the students be challenged and grow this year into the young people the Lord has determined for them to be. I am enjoying our days in the classroom as I continue to get to know the students better and better.

                                       

                                      Phonics and Spelling next week: we will cover two new phonemes, wr- and oo- . Our spelling words for next week’s spelling test will reflect our phonemes plus two sight words or high frequency words. We will also continue our study of compound words. Spelling list:

                                      wrist cook

                                      write loon

                                      wrap door

                                      each read

                                       

                                      Bible: On our New Testament timeline, we have been discussion the accounts of Jesus teaching and performing miracles. Next week we will cover the paralytic man as well as the sending out of the disciples. I will show a clip or two of the Chosen again, as the episodes reflect the exact stories we have been discussion. Also we have covered the gospels and acts book overviews and will begin an overview of the book of Romans.

                                       

                                      Math: The students completed two assessments this week: test 5 and facts assessment 5, which is doubles plus one. Next week we will assess for facts whose sums are either 8 or 9.

                                       

                                      Read Aloud: We have started our study of The Sign of the Beaver one of my childhood favorites as well. This is a great book to coincide with our study of American History that we will begin soon. The book takes a dive into the lives of early settlers, as well as a lovely story of friendship between a Native American boy and settler.

                                       

                                      Science: We finished our study of the digestive system this week and will begin our last two sections on the circulatory system and the integumentary system (skin).  Once these two units are completed we will transition and begin American History and Geography which will last through winter. We will pick science back up in the spring when we begin our study of animals. 

                                      Important Reminders 

                                      Please be working on memorization of “The Swing” by Robert Louis Stevenson and Psalm 100. These are due to be recited in class October the 29th. 

                                       

                                      Our next class recitation for morning assembly will be Friday, October 30. The first grade will recite Psalm 100.

                                       

                                      2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                                       

                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                      Today is the 35th day of school!  I am grateful to our Heavenly Father for allowing us to meet in person, as I know my students are, as well.

                                      Thank you all for meeting with me to discuss your child during our conferences on Monday.   I appreciate your input and support!  Please let Mr. Barney or me know if you have further questions or need clarification on our new grading system for second grade. 

                                       

                                      Questions of the Week for your child to answer…

                                      1. What are the three reasons authors write books?
                                      2. Can you tell the story of Abram that we learned in the Bible this week?
                                      3. How long did the “Old Kingdom” in Ancient Egypt last?
                                      4. How far can you count in Latin?
                                      5. How hot does it get on Venus?

                                       

                                      Homework Information 

                                      Monday, October 5 No math homework, Read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                                      Tuesday, October 6 Math 30B, Read for 10 minutes, practice spelling words

                                      Wednesday, Oct. 7 Math 31B, Read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                                      Thursday, Oct. 8 Math 32B, Read for 10 minutes, practice spelling words

                                      Friday, Oct. 9 Psalms 8, verses 1-2 due to be recited.

                                       

                                      Important Reminders/Requests

                                      Fall Break is October 12-16.

                                      School pictures have been rescheduled for October 22. 

                                      Links to Any files:

                                      *Below is a reading link with strategies to help any beginning reader when they come to a word they don’t know.  It is set to a  song to help your child.  We use the song at school in some of our reading groups.

                                      Reading Strategies Song

                                       

                                      3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                      Highlights of learning from this week:

                                      1. Keywords from Bible:

                                      -Glorify God: Honor Him by reflecting Him

                                      -Redemption: Paying or sin through a Savior

                                      -Covenant: An unchangeable promise God makes to His people

                                      -Repentant: Knowing you sinned and being truly sorry for it (and wanting to change!)

                                      -Grace: God’s forgiveness to sinners who deserve judgment

                                      1. Prepositional phrases always begin with a Preposition and end with an Object of a Preposition.
                                      2. The Greeks believed that the origin of sin derived from Pandora’s box.
                                      3. Did you know that sea lion babies are called “pups”?

                                      Homework Information

                                      Spelling Words: (Pattern: c, ic) public, picnic, magic, electric, garlic, frantic, classic, elastic, traffic, plastic, heroic, arithmetic, athletic, panic, attic, gigantic, comic, basic, Pacific, music 

                                      Stella Words: judgment, repentant, forgiveness

                                      Memory: Exodus 15:7-11  due Friday, October 9

                                      Important Reminders

                                      Links to Any Files

                                      Please check out our Google Classroom photo album for new pictures and videos showcasing our week!

                                      4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                                       

                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                      Learning tidbits from this week:

                                      • The Battle of Tours in 732 AD probably decided what religion medieval Europe would be!
                                      • If you encounter a bear while out hiking in North America, try to scare it off if it’s a black bear, play dead if it’s a brown bear, and run away if it’s a white bear!
                                      • Every story needs at least one protagonist, but not every story has an antagonist!

                                      Homework Information

                                      Spelling words: (Final “y” words) obeyed, geographic, funnier, hurried, mightier, accompanied, conveyed, envied, majestic, happiest, ladies, busiest, bodily, delaying, easily, dignified, colonial, beautician, defying, dutiful

                                      Memory verse: Psalm 51:1-6

                                      Memory work: Song of Roland, Stanza LXXXI

                                      Important Reminders

                                      Please remind our 4th graders to empty out their red folders at the end of a week, so they don’t become clogged with old graded work!

                                      Links to Any Files 

                                      In science this past week, we simulated the creation of a hurricane and made a classroom barometer out of simple household materials. If you’d like to explore more about these at home, here are the links:

                                      Hurricane simulator: https://scijinks.gov/hurricane-simulation/

                                      Building a balloon barometer: https://easyscienceforkids.com/build-balloon-barometer/

                                       

                                       

                                      5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                                       

                                       

                                      Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

                                      *Our school days are flying by. This is the last week of school before Fall Break.  Keep on keeping on.

                                      *Keep working on the map of Europe.  The countries of Europe map test will be on Thursday, Oct. 22.  Keep practicing on Seterra.com or on the Seterra app.  

                                      *Remember to empty the graded papers daily out of the “There it is” folder.

                                      *I hope you found the Spelling study ideas helpful.  Another great idea is to break the word up into syllables and look for phonetic rules that apply.  

                                       

                                       Homework Information: Test Schedule

                                      Monday – None

                                      Tuesday – None

                                      Wednesday – Spelling Test (List 7), “A Psalm of Life” (Final recitation)d

                                      Thursday – History Quiz (card 6),  Math 5 Test

                                      Friday – Verse Quiz (James 1: 19-25), Science Test (Chapter 4)

                                      Important Reminders 

                                      Picture Day – Thursday, October 22.  Students must wear sweaters or vests that day for their pictures.  

                                      End of the First Quarter is Thursday, October 22.  

                                       

                                      7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                                       

                                      Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                                      • Access the Latin Noun Declension songs here to make memorization and review easy for your student!
                                      • Students absent may arrange to access their daily assignments on Google Classroom. Students attending class on campus will receive and submit their daily assignments in person.
                                      • Check RenWeb Parent Portal weekly for your student’s progress.
                                      • Help your student stay on top of memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                                      • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                                      • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com

                                       

                                          In Christ,

                                           

                                          Coram Deo Academy

                                           

                                           

                                          Update: September 25, 2020

                                          Connect

                                           

                                           

                                          Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

                                           

                                           

                                           

                                          Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                           

                                                                                                           
                                           

                                           

                                          It is not too late to RSVP and attend Symphony at the Academy– TONIGHT!

                                          Date: September 25, 2020
                                          Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
                                          Cost: $10 per CDA Family (will be billed through your FACTS account)

                                          This year due to COVID we will not be able to have our traditional Fall Fest. Many of the activities do not fall under the CDC guidelines: therefore, this creates a potential safety issue. CDA is committed to do all that we can to keep our families and community safe. In lieu of the Fall Fest, we will be hosting Symphony at the Academy! PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND THIS EVENT!! This will include none other than members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! We ask that each family bring their own food and a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concert. Once the concert has concluded we will open our game and craft stations to close out the night.

                                          In the past this event has been primarily for CDA families only, but this year we welcome you to invite your family and friends, especially potential CDA families. The cost will be free to our guests, but we do ask that they RSVP. There will be a donation location for the ISO. All donations to the ISO are greatly appreciated in this challenging season for live musicians. Let’s support the beauty of music in our community!

                                          RSVP here!

                                          Here is a flyer to distribute to family and friends!
                                           

                                          Main Event 

                                          Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Quartet – 1 hour

                                          Families bring their own food, blanket & lawn chairs

                                          Game/Craft Stations

                                          Cotton Candy machine
                                          Pumpkin Bowling
                                          Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe
                                          Pumpkin Decorating
                                          Balloon Artist
                                          Corn Hole

                                          Parent-Teacher Conferences

                                          Conferences will be held on Monday, September 28 (NO SCHOOL!). Each teacher’s link for conference time sign-ups are provided in the Teacher Updates section below. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to assist with providing teachers lunch on this date. This enables us to demonstrate to our teachers how much they mean to us, thank you!.
                                           

                                          Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                          CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                          Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                          Calendar

                                           

                                           

                                                                           

                                           

                                          CDA Dad’s Cookout on October 4!

                                          The Tangs are graciously hosting all CDA dads for a cookout! RSVP to Tim Tang at 317-225-1576. The cookout is on Sunday, October 4th at 5:30 PM. 
                                           

                                          Don’t forget- no school on Monday, September 28!

                                          Be sure to sign up for your child’s Parent-Teacher conference. Links for sign ups are listed below in the Teacher Updates section!
                                           

                                          Please note: Our next Parent-Teacher Fellowship meeting will be October 2nd!

                                          School Picture Date change!

                                          The date for our school pictures has CHANGED to Thursday, October 22nd. The make up date will be December 10th. 4th-8th Grader will need to wear their sweaters on picture day!

                                          We are looking for a volunteer to work in the front office on this date so Mrs. MacKay can coordinate all of the classes for their pictures. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you would be able to help out!

                                          Upcoming Open Houses

                                          Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                           

                                          Community

                                           

                                           

                                                               

                                           

                                          Help support CDA while you shop!

                                           

                                          Did you know that Kroger and Amazon both offer an easy way to support our school, simply by shopping? They each will donate a portion of qualified sales to CDA! We get paid for you shopping! Here is our information to help you locate Coram Deo Academy for both Amazon Smile and Kroger:

                                          Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_se_uspo_laas_aas 
                                          Coram Deo Academy 
                                          Location: Carmel, IN
                                          Mission: The Mission Of Coram Deo Academy Is To Provide A Kindergarten Through 12th Grade, Full-Time, Private, Religious Education For Students In Metropolitan Indianapolis, Indiana.

                                          Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards
                                          Organization Name:
                                          CORAM DEO ACADEMY
                                          Organization Number:
                                          MD586

                                          Thank you for your support!
                                           

                                          Yearbooks have arrived……

                                          The yearbooks from 2019/2020 were distributed to students this Thursday and Friday We do have extra copies, so please contact Mrs. MacKay if you would like to purchase one (or more!). The yearbooks are $36 each.

                                                

                                          Have great pictures?????

                                          Are you a budding photographer? Do you have lots of great pictures from this year already? Please contact Mrs. MacKay for information on how you can share your photos with us. We utilize these pictures for our Weekly Update photos, end of the year slideshow, social media posts, and this year’s yearbook just to name a few! Please let us know if you have any to share.

                                          Please check out our Blog!

                                          Please check out these blogs written by one of our teachers, Mrs. Foss- Music in Classical Education- The Value of Music in Education. This blog explores why music is a valuable and necessary part of education, and what its role is. Or Mrs. Foss’ blog A Musical Classical Education, which discusses that our belief as a Classical Christian school is to educate our students by drawing out potential, creating enlightening experiences, and helping conform them to the image of Christ. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                           

                                          Opportunities to be involved! 

                                          Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                                          Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete this background check form! Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in volunteering!

                                          Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                                           

                                          Social Media Presence

                                          Here is our Facebook page.

                                          Here is our Twitter information.

                                          Here is our Instagram information.

                                           

                                           

                                           Teacher Updates

                                           

                                          Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                          Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                          Conference Sign-up Link

                                           Notes from the Teacher

                                          I am looking forward to meeting with each of you Monday for parent/teacher conferences.  If for some reason you are not available to meet on Monday, I can work out another time for you.  We have been in school for 31 days as of today and I have seen so much growth in your children. 

                                          *** Our Field trip for Stuckey Farm is booked for October 7th. We will leave the school at 9:30. Our tour is set for 10:00-11:00.  We will then head over to the Raber’s Farm. The Rabers are a family at CDA with boys in 5th and 7th grade. They have a farm with some animals that they allow us to pet and feed every year.  We will eat lunch on the grounds of the Raber Farm. We will return to the school about 12:00.   Let me know if you are able to drive/chaperone for this trip.  I have heard from a few of you already.  Thank you.

                                          Looking ahead:

                                          Bible- We will review what we learned in Genesis and move on to Exodus with the story of Moses’ birth.

                                          Memory verse: Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

                                          Phonics- We will be learning b, h, k, h, v and how to write them correctly. We will also be working with blends, nd, nk, and st.  

                                          Reading- We will be making another reading book this week.  I will be working with the students in small groups as we begin reading.  

                                          Some of the Read-alouds I will read this week are The Best Nest, Blueberries for Sal , Hubert’s Hair Raising Adventures,  and The Kissing Hand, 

                                          Math- We will continue working on our doubles math facts. I sent home fact cards for you to use at home to practice.  We will also use a balance this week to determine lighter and heavier.   

                                          We are working hard on number recognition from 10-20.  The teens are tough. 

                                          Science- We will continue with the sense of smell and begin reading about fall. 

                                          Friday we will make blueberry muffins.  

                                          1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey


                                          Conference Sign-up Link

                                          Notes from the Teacher

                                          Happy first week of fall! We have certainly enjoyed recess more this week since the temperatures have dropped a little. We have even taken a couple of extra recesses to soak up that sunshine and vitamin D. 

                                           

                                          We did not have our weekly math test this week as I postponed due to wanting to make sure the students have a good handle on the new concepts we have been working on. We will most likely have the test Monday or Tuesday of next week.

                                           

                                          Spelling test have been going well so far.  We will continue on the same schedule. We have also moved into our official 1st grade phonics book. Up to this point we were finishing a few things that were not hit at the end of last year. Going forward, you will be able to find next week’s spelling words as well as next week’s phonemes in this section of the newsletter. 

                                           

                                          Math- we have started counting money (dimes and pennies) and are chugging right along memorizing our math facts. The minute math has also been going well.

                                           

                                          Science-we are studying the digestive system and have been focusing on nutrition lately. Thus the “healthy snack” theme for show and tell today!

                                           

                                          The students did beautifully with their memorization for September. Well done everyone! 

                                          Important Reminders 

                                          Please if you haven’t sent the bag of money/coins  that was on the supply list for the year, do so by Monday. It really helps the students to have this for our hands on activities we do. 

                                           

                                          2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith


                                          Conference Sign-up Link
                                           

                                           Happy Fall!  October is just around the corner!

                                           

                                          Looking ahead to next week…

                                          We will be discussing the Call of Abram (Genesis 12, 13).  In history, we will cover the Old Kingdom of Egypt.  We will be learning more about mummies and pyramids.

                                           

                                          Topics for math include counting dimes/nickels/pennies, adding the 9 facts, writing money amounts using dollar and cent notation, and reading a thermometer to the nearest 2 degrees. I can’t stress enough that students must know their facts.  Currently, we are working on addition facts.  You can either use flashcards or a game/app on a device to help your child memorize these facts. 

                                           

                                          Author’s purpose for writing books will be our reading topic next week (either to entertain or inform)..  We continue to meet in small groups where we are working on how to read better.

                                           

                                          In astronomy, we just finished learning about Mercury and are learning about the planet Venus.  We will be doing an experiment to find out the effect that volcanoes have on the surface of Venus.

                                           

                                          Next week will be a review week for Latin.  We can now count to 15 in Latin, so each student now knows their class number in Latin, which we use for lining up, etc.  

                                           

                                          We will continue with learning Keyword Writing.  We read a fable, choose the 3 most important words from each sentence, then rewrite it using our keywords.

                                           

                                          Homework Information 

                                          Monday, September 28 No homework and no school. See you at parent conferences!

                                          Tuesday, September 29 Math 28B, practice spelling words, read for 10 minutes

                                          Wednesday, September 30 Math 29B, practice math facts, read for 10 minutes

                                          Thursday, October 1 No math homework, practice spelling words, read for 10 minutes

                                           

                                          Important Reminders/Requests

                                          See you on Monday at Parent Teacher Conferences!

                                          3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                                          Conference Sign-up Link

                                           

                                           Notes from the Teacher

                                           Highlights of learning from this week:

                                          1. Did you know that unicorns are real? Well, they’re called narwhals!
                                          2. God always had a plan of REDEMPTION to save us through the SAVIOR, Jesus. Alleluia!
                                          3. You can change nouns to become plural by adding “s” or “es”
                                          4. The Greek Goddess Athena competed with a woman named Arachne – she was prideful and got herself turned into a Spider! (That’s where we get “arachnid”.)
                                          5. Conversions are hard… Centimeters to Meters to Millimeters… Oh my!

                                          Homework Information

                                          Spelling Words: (Pattern: ch, tch) chunk, teach, flinch, chap, rich, such, sandwich, much, which, beach, stitch, stretch, latch, pitcher, kitchen, hatchet, patch, match, catch, sketch 

                                          Stella Words: possessive, preposition, adjective

                                          Memory: Exodus 15:7-11  due Friday, October 9

                                          Important Reminders

                                          Please let me know if you cannot make conferences, and we can find another time that works. I plan to have them between 8:30-12 on September 28. 

                                          Links to Any Files

                                          Please check out our Google Classroom photo album for new pictures and videos showcasing our week!

                                           

                                          4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                                           

                                          Conference Sign-up Link

                                          Notes from the Teacher

                                          Snippets of knowledge from this week:

                                          • Meteorologists started naming alternate hurricanes with male names in the 1970s (from the 50s to the 70s, all hurricanes were female!)
                                          • David’s problems with Bathsheba started because he wasn’t away leading his army like ancient kings were supposed to do.
                                          • Clovis, the first king of the united Franks, became a Christian after promising God he would if God helped him win a battle against his rivals
                                          • Some English words break normal rules of spelling! (Like either and neither)

                                          Homework Information

                                          Spelling words–Final “y” words: beautiful, cloudier, spraying, crying, displayed, drying, easier, flying, frying, apologize, biologist, earlier, energize, friendlier, geologist, historian, praying, zoologist, tinier, swaying

                                          Important Reminders

                                          Your student will be taking home a pass that is good for entry to all national parks!  Thanks to the Every Kid Outdoors program, you can use the paper pass to gain entry for any members of your party under the age of 16, and up to three adults. 

                                           

                                          5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                                           

                                          Conference Sign-up Link

                                           

                                           Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

                                          *We are currently studying the map of Europe.  Seterra.com or the Seterra app are great to use for practicing at home.  

                                          *Don’t forget to empty out the graded pocket in the “There it is!” folder daily.  

                                          *If your child says they have no homework, they need to study for at least 30 minutes every night.  They should study their spelling (hopefully, you took note of the study helps for spelling from last week’s update), verse, poem, history, and science.  

                                          *Dinner time question of the week: :  “What does pass the NaCl or sodium chloride mean?”  

                                           Homework Information: Test Schedule

                                          Monday – No School (Parent-Teacher Conferences)

                                          Tuesday – Math 5 

                                          Wednesday – Spelling Test (List 6), “A Psalm of Life” (stanzas 1-7), Grammar Test (Chapter 4)

                                          Thursday – History Test (cards 1-5)

                                          Friday – None

                                          Important Reminders 

                                          If you have not signed up for Parent-Teacher Conferences,  I still have some open slots for Monday. 

                                           

                                          7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                                           

                                           Conference Sign-up Link

                                           

                                              In Christ,

                                               

                                              Coram Deo Academy

                                               

                                               

                                              Update: September 11, 2020

                                              Connect

                                               

                                               

                                              Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

                                               

                                               

                                               

                                              Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                               

                                                                                                        
                                               

                                               

                                              Invitation to Dads’ Day!

                                              You are invited to a celebration of fathers on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 AM in our gym. We will have Chad Hankinson from Cornerstone Bible Church in Westfield as our speaker to bless us with encouragement. Of course, there will also be donuts! Please see our invitation here. If you would like to attend, simply RSVP to Mrs. MacKay.  

                                              Symphony at the Academy (in lieu of Fall Fest)

                                              Date: September 25, 2020
                                              Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
                                              Cost: $10 per CDA Family (will be billed through your FACTS account)

                                              This year due to COVID we will not be able to have our traditional Fall Fest. Many of the activities do not fall under the CDC guidelines: therefore, this creates a potential safety issue. CDA is committed to do all that we can to keep our families and community safe. In lieu of the Fall Fest, we will be hosting Symphony at the Academy! PLEASE RSVP TO ATTEND THIS EVENT!! This will include none other than members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! We ask that each family bring their own food and a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concert. Once the concert has concluded we will open our game and craft stations to close out the night.

                                              In the past this event has been primarily for CDA families only, but this year we welcome you to invite your family and friends, especially potential CDA families. The cost will be free to our guests, but we do ask that they RSVP. There will be a donation location for the ISO. All donations to the ISO are greatly appreciated in this challenging season for live musicians. Let’s support the beauty of music in our community!

                                              RSVP here!

                                              Here is a flyer to distribute to family and friends!
                                               

                                              Main Event 

                                              Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Quartet – 1 hour

                                              Families bring their own food, blanket & lawn chairs

                                              Game/Craft Stations

                                              S’mores
                                              Pumpkin Bowling
                                              Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe
                                              Pumpkin Decorating
                                              Balloon Artist
                                              Corn Hole

                                              Parent-Teacher Conferences- Help Needed!

                                              Conferences will be held on Monday, September 28. More information will be coming shortly. However, we would like to bless our teachers by having lunch provided for them. We are looking for parent volunteers to provide lunch as well as bring it to the school for our teachers. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you’d like to help demonstrate to our teachers how much they mean to us.

                                              School Distribution of Medicine Procedure

                                              If you have given the school approval through FACTS (what used to be known as RenWeb) to distribute medicine to your student, please make sure that you have supplied the school with that particular medicine. This includes Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and aspirin. Here is the verbiage from the section in our Parent Handbook regarding medicine distribution. If you need to provide us with the medicine, please drop off at the office- do not send in with your student.

                                              If you are providing the school with liquid medicine to distribute, please ensure that you also provide the measuring cup or spoon as well to use with that medicine.
                                               

                                              Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                              CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                              Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                

                                              Drop off and pick up information

                                              On Thursdays and/or if it is raining and we will not be holding assembly outside, please drop your student off at the main school doors, where students exit the building for pick up.

                                              For safety reasons, please ensure that your student is exiting your vehicle CURBSIDE.

                                              Also, If your student will be late to school, leaving early from school, absent from school, or being taken home from school one day by someone other than your listed pickup contacts, please be sure to contact Mrs. MacKay. You may phone the school office at 317-844-4224, but we will also ask for this in writing via email.

                                              If your student is returning to school from an appointment- please do not simply drop off the student to come into the building on their own. The student MUST be signed back into school by the adult returning them to school. This allows us to keep an accurate count on who is at school at all times.

                                              Because we are having morning assembly outside, if you are not attending the assembly please drop off your students by the bell. If you are attending assembly please park along the side of the church or to the east side of the basketball hoop. Here is a diagram for more detail.

                                              Calendar

                                               

                                               

                                                                  

                                               

                                              Truth, Goodness, & Beau-Tea

                                              Fifth and Sixth Grade parents are encouraged to attend our next Truth, Goodness, & Beau-Tea on September 25. There is training scheduled prior to the discussion on September 17 via Zoom. 

                                              School Picture Date change!

                                              The date for our school pictures has CHANGED to Thursday, October 22nd. This was originally our date for picture retakes. 

                                              We are praying that by then, COVID-19 will be much less prevalent and we are able to all be together for our school-wide photo. We will communicate if there are any other further date changes.

                                              Morning Assembly & parents inside the building

                                              Due to the current environment regarding COVID-19, we refer to our Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures for guidance. To reduce the number of people in our buildings, large groups of non-Faculty/Staff adults will not be permitted to come inside during the school day at this time. However, we will start to allow one adult family member at a time inside the building. We will require a mask to be worn, as well as temperature taken. We will re-evaluate this decision periodically to determine if this allowance needs to be changed at all.  

                                              We love our families and feel that we need to come together as a community. For our morning Assembly every day except Thursdays, we plan to hold that in the parking lot (or gym if inclement weather). As this would occur outside, families are welcome to join us at that time. Thursdays will be Chapel and inside with students only.

                                              Upcoming Open Houses

                                              Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                               

                                              Community

                                               

                                               

                                                                   

                                               

                                              Notes from the classroom……

                                              Second Graders made dough maps of ancient Egypt!

                                                    

                                              Please check out our Blog!

                                              Please check out our most recent blog written by one of our parents,Jen Hutson, Third Place-Creating a Place of Connection During COVID that asks the question of have you lost your family’s third place away from work or home and how to learn some practical strategies for creating places of connection in a post-COVID world. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                               

                                              Opportunities to be involved!

                                              Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                                              Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete an indemnification waiver and this background check form! We are in need of an office volunteer for Monday afternoons starting the first week of October through December, for the hours of 1:00-2:30, or through the end of school would work as well. Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in this opportunity!

                                              Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.

                                               

                                              Social Media Presence

                                              Here is our Facebook page.

                                              Here is our Twitter information.

                                              Here is our Instagram information.
                                               

                                               

                                               Teacher Updates

                                               

                                                

                                              Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                              Notes from the Teacher

                                              This week in Bible as we learned about Abraham we learned that “Nothing’s too difficult for God.”  This is a great reminder as we learn to put our trust in God just like Abraham. 

                                              We moving along with learning the sounds our letters make and beginning to learn addition.  I am seeing growth in the entire class. 

                                              Looking Ahead:

                                              Bible- We will read about the bride for Isaac, and about Esau and Jacob.  As we learn about these important characters in the Bible we are putting them into a Bible Timeline using hand motions. 

                                              Phonics- This week we will learn “j, w, r, n”  We are writing them and making words with all the letters learned so far. I will be working with the kids in small groups practicing our sight words and building words with our letters.

                                              Reading- Our sight words for this week are and, an, me.  I will be reading Walter the Baker, Rainbow Fish, Johnny Apple Seed  and a few chapters from Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride.

                                              Math- This week we will begin writing addition number sentences as well as learn to use a pictograph.

                                              Science- This week we will explore our sense of smell. We will also read about animals sense of smell and how God made them different from us and why.

                                              Important Reminders 

                                              Please be using the homework packet every evening except Friday. Please send these back every Friday and I will return them on Mondays.  This is different than I originally stated.   

                                              1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                                              Notes from the Teacher

                                              This week in Phonics we discussed the phonogram -ea as well as began to work on our first spelling list. Next week we will add to this the phonogram -oa. Our first spelling list will go out on Monday for Friday’s test next week. It will include 3 words to support using each new phonogram plus two sight words. There will be a total of 8 words on the test. A pretest will be given every Thursday, including this coming Thursday. Students who do not miss any on Thursday’s pretest do not have to take Friday’s test. I will print the list and add them to the red folders on Monday.  Going forward, you can expect to see the next week’s spelling words in the newsletter a week before as well.

                                               

                                              In Bible we have gone through the first 4 books of the New Testament and are finishing up the story of John the Baptist. Jesus has been baptized and is ready to embark on his last three years here on earth. I am looking forward to diving into this part of the story with the kids next week!

                                               

                                              In Math, we took our assessments for both the lessons and the math facts. The students are all doing well keeping up with the math facts. Well done!

                                              Important Reminders 

                                              Memory verse and poem for this past month are due to be recited next Friday– September 18. Please make sure the students are ready to say “Autumn Woods” poem and Psalm 1:1-3

                                               

                                              Have a great weekend!

                                              2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                                               

                                              Notes from the Teacher

                                              I want to say a big “thank you” to Amy Poer for coming in to help everyone make their maps, and to the Hutson, Berg, Cook and Wilson families for making all the dough so our class could make some amazing maps of Ancient Egypt on Thursday!  Check out the pictures on our Class of 2031 CDA Facebook page! (Let me know if you need to be added, along with your FB name.)

                                              Next week, we will be diving into the story of God’s covenant with Noah, Cuneiform and Hieroglyphics (and maybe even try to write our names in hieroglyphs!).

                                              Students will be learning how to round numbers to the nearest 10, use pattern pieces to make a shape with a certain amount, learn more about fractional parts and how to regroup ones and tens.

                                              Knowing the setting as both time and place will be a focus of reading. We continue to build our reading strategies in small groups.

                                              Students will learn to pronounce the first five numbers in Latin and  learn about our first planet in depth, Mercury.  (Check out our not-so-perfect model of the solar system we made with balloons in our classroom!).

                                              Students are just beginning to learn to make a keyword outline to help them retell a story that they have read.  This is another step toward independent composition. 

                                              We are now learning curve letters in cursive writing.  

                                               

                                              Homework Information 

                                               

                                              Day/Date Homework
                                              Monday 9/14

                                              Math lesson 19B

                                              Read for 10 minutes

                                              Study math facts

                                              Tuesday 9/15

                                              No math homework

                                              Read for 10 minutes

                                              Study spelling words

                                              Wednesday 9/16

                                              Math 20B

                                              Read for 10 minutes

                                              Study math facts

                                              Thursday 9/17

                                              Math 21B

                                              Read for 10 minutes

                                              Study spelling words–test tomorrow!

                                               

                                              Important Reminders/Requests

                                              Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Monday, September 28.  Watch the Weekly Update for more information. 

                                               

                                              3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                                              Notes from the Teacher 

                                              Parents, thank you for speaking with me over the phone this week. I enjoyed connecting and look forward to conferences with you on September 28th. This week we have begun our study of whales. It might be a fun idea to look up whale watching videos on Youtube.

                                              Homework Information

                                              Spelling: ate, eight, beat, beet, heard, herd, hare, hair, capitol, capital, what, said, whom, were, sew, answer, beauty, pretty, animal, laugh 

                                              Stella: abyss, continent, creature

                                              Memory: Exodus 15:1-6 due Friday, September 25

                                              Important Reminders

                                              Practice addition and subtraction facts between 10-20 (14+6, 19-7, etc.)

                                              Links to Any Files

                                              The Ultimate Guide to Whales Documentary (Nat. Geo.)

                                              Whale Watching Videos

                                              4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                                               

                                              Notes from the Teacher

                                              Parents, looking forward to our late September conferences, I will be reaching out about the possibility of scheduling “mini-cons” to touch base on goals and observations in class thus far. I am hoping to speak with all of you over the next week or two!

                                              Homework Information

                                              Spelling: “I” before “E” words: belief, chief, brief, believe, relieve, yield, weigh, view, vein, thief, shriek, shield, eight, neighbor, piece, priest, receive, field, achieve, reign

                                              5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                                               

                                              Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers: 

                                              • Access the Latin Noun Declension songs here to make memorization easy for your student!
                                              • We are working on the countries of Europe.  Seterra.com or the Seterra app is a very helpful way to study.
                                              • Typing.com and Typingclub.com are great tools to help your student learn how to type.  Now is a great time to learn this important life skill.  
                                              • Don’t forget to empty out your child’s graded papers from the “There it is” folder.  

                                              Homework Information: Test Schedule

                                              Monday – None

                                              Tuesday – None

                                              Wednesday – Spelling Test (List #4) and “A Psalm of Life” (stanzas 1-4), Grammar Test (Chapter 3)

                                              Thursday – History quiz (Jacksonian Democracy-card 3)

                                              Friday – Verse quiz (James 1: 9-15), 5th Math Test

                                              Important Reminders 

                                              *If your child tells you they have no homework, they always have homework.  They need to set the timer for 30 minutes every night.  Study their spelling, verse, poem, and review Latin, history and science.  We want to study, study, study-Remember not cram-test-forget.

                                              7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                                               

                                              Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                                              • Access the Latin Noun Declension songs here to make memorization and review easy for your student!
                                              • Students absent may arrange to access their daily assignments on Google Classroom. Students attending class on campus will receive and submit their daily assignments in person.
                                              • Check RenWeb Parent Portal weekly for your student’s progress.
                                              • Help your student stay on top of memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                                              • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                                              • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com

                                                In Christ,

                                                 

                                                Coram Deo Academy

                                                 

                                                 

                                                Update: September 4, 2020

                                                Connect

                                                 

                                                 

                                                Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

                                                 

                                                 

                                                 

                                                Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                                 

                                                                               
                                                 

                                                 

                                                Cross Country Teams take First Place in first meet of the year!

                                                Congratulations to our boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams! Each team placed First Place in their first meet of the year this week in Brownsburg. Perseverance and determination played a key role in these wins. Well done!
                                                 

                                                School Distribution of Medicine Procedure

                                                If you have given the school approval through FACTS (what used to be known as RenWeb) to distribute medicine to your student, please make sure that you have supplied the school with that particular medicine. This includes Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and aspirin. Here is the verbiage from the section in our Parent Handbook regarding medicine distribution. If you need to provide us with the medicine, please drop off at the office- do not send in with your student.

                                                If you are providing the school with liquid medicine to distribute, please ensure that you also provide the measuring cup or spoon as well to use with that medicine.
                                                 

                                                Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                                Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                  

                                                Drop off and pick up information

                                                On Thursdays and/or if it is raining and we will not be holding assembly outside, please drop your student off at the main school doors, where students exit the building for pick up.

                                                For safety reasons, please ensure that your student is exiting your vehicle CURBSIDE.

                                                Also, If your student will be late to school, leaving early from school, absent from school, or being taken home from school one day by someone other than your listed pickup contacts, please be sure to contact Mrs. MacKay. You may phone the school office at 317-844-4224, but we will also ask for this in writing via email.

                                                If your student is returning to school from an appointment- please do not simply drop off the student to come into the building on their own. The student MUST be signed back into school by the adult returning them to school. This allows us to keep an accurate count on who is at school at all times.

                                                Because we are having morning assembly outside, if you are not attending the assembly please drop off your students by the bell. If you are attending assembly please park along the side of the church or to the east side of the basketball hoop. Here is a diagram for more detail.

                                                Calendar

                                                 

                                                 

                                                            

                                                 

                                                We pray you have a safe and restful three-day weekend! No school on Monday!

                                                 

                                                Invitation to Dads’ Day!

                                                You are invited to a celebration of fathers on Thursday, September 17th at 7:00 AM in our gym. We will have Chad Hankinson from Cornerstone Bible Church in Westfield as our speaker to bless us with encouragement. Of course, there will also be donuts! Please see our invitation here. If you would like to attend, simply RSVP to Mrs. MacKay.

                                                Symphony at the Academy (in lieu of Fall Fest)

                                                Date: September 25, 2020
                                                Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
                                                Cost: $10 per CDA Family (will be billed through your FACTS account)

                                                This year due to COVID we will not be able to have our traditional Fall Fest. Many of the activities do not fall under the CDC guidelines: therefore, this creates a potential safety issue. CDA is committed to do all that we can to keep our families and community safe. In lieu of the Fall Fest, we will be hosting Symphony at the Academy! This will include none other than members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! We ask that each family bring their own food and a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the concert. Once the concert has concluded we will open our game and craft stations to close out the night.

                                                In the past this event has been primarily for CDA families only, but this year we welcome you to invite your family and friends, especially potential CDA families. The cost will be free to our guests, but we do ask that they RSVP. There will be a donation location for the ISO. All donations to the ISO are greatly appreciated in this challenging season for live musicians. Let’s support the beauty of music in our community!

                                                RSVP here!

                                                Here is a flyer to distribute to family and friends!
                                                 

                                                Main Event 

                                                Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Quartet – 1 hour

                                                Families bring their own food, blanket & lawn chairs

                                                Game/Craft Stations

                                                S’mores
                                                Pumpkin Bowling
                                                Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe
                                                Pumpkin Decorating
                                                Balloon Artist
                                                Corn Hole

                                                Cross Country practice canceled next week!

                                                Due to the Cross Country team having two meets next week, there will be NO Cross Country practice! Click here to see the Cross Country schedule.

                                                School Picture Date change!

                                                The date for our school pictures has CHANGED to Thursday, October 22nd. This was originally our date for picture retakes. 

                                                We are praying that by then, COVID-19 will be much less prevalent and we are able to all be together for our school-wide photo. We will communicate if there are any other further date changes.

                                                Morning Assembly & parents inside the building

                                                Due to the current environment regarding COVID-19, we refer to our Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures for guidance. To reduce the number of people in our buildings, large groups of non-Faculty/Staff adults will not be permitted to come inside during the school day at this time. However, we will start to allow one adult family member at a time inside the building. We will require a mask to be worn, as well as temperature taken. We will re-evaluate this decision periodically to determine if this allowance needs to be changed at all.  

                                                We love our families and feel that we need to come together as a community. For our morning Assembly every day except Thursdays, we plan to hold that in the parking lot (or gym if inclement weather). As this would occur outside, families are welcome to join us at that time. Thursdays will be Chapel and inside with students only.

                                                Upcoming Open Houses

                                                Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!
                                                 

                                                Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                Art: Monday and Friday
                                                Music: Tuesday and Thursday
                                                PE: Wednesday
                                                Chapel: Thursday

                                                 

                                                Community

                                                 

                                                 

                                                             

                                                 

                                                Notes from the classroom……

                                                Third Graders learned how to make donuts!

                                                Second Graders used magnifying glasses to use the power of the sun’s heat to melt chocolate. They learned the smaller the circle of light, the more concentrated the heat!

                                                      

                                                Summer Reading Program Awards!

                                                What is the Summer Reading Program?  Coram Deo Academy puts together an annual summer reading program for each student, Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Students read grade-level literature, one assigned book, and several others chosen from the prescribed resources and track all the books that they read over the summer.  Students then earn a reading medal and a special treat when they return to school in the fall.  Children can read fiction and non-fiction books. Friday 9/4 was our Summer Reading Awards ceremony for this year’s readers. See pictures of your students here.

                                                Why?  Reading is inherently classical.  One of the key components of a classical education is reading good quality literature, and lots of it.  Classical education has a long tradition of emphasizing the seeking after of truth, beauty, and goodness and the study of liberal arts and great books.  Reading begets reading.  The more a person reads, the more they enjoy reading.  A child who reads well, will write well and have the opportunity to succeed in every subject.  The opposite is also true, a child who has difficulty reading, will struggle in every subject.  
                                                 

                                                Please check out our Blog!

                                                Please check out our most recent blog written by one of our parents, Tara Tang, Beyond COVID Slogans: Review of Coronavirus and Christ by John Piper that demonstrates how John Piper’s book can help encourage your heart to trust in Christ in the midst of this troubling season with the new Coronavirus pandemic. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                                 

                                                Opportunities to be involved!

                                                Parent Ambassador Team: We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                                                Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete an indemnification waiver and this background check form! We are in need of an office volunteer for Monday afternoons starting the first week of October through December, for the hours of 1:00-2:30, or through the end of school would work as well. Please email Mrs. MacKay if you’d be interested in this opportunity!

                                                Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                                                 

                                                Social Media Presence

                                                Here is our Facebook page.

                                                Here is our Twitter information.

                                                Here is our Instagram information.
                                                 

                                                 

                                                 Teacher Updates

                                                 

                                                  

                                                • Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                                  Notes from the Teacher

                                                  We are headed into week 5 of school already.  It has been fun to see the kids grow in all areas in such a short period of time.  We had fun this past week learning about how an animal’s sense of sight is different from ours.  We hunted for animals (stuffed) in the field using our binoculars to mimic telescopic vision.  It’s fun to be a kindergartner.

                                                  Looking Ahead:

                                                  Bible-We will begin reading about Abraham this week. We will learn how he obeys God and about God’s promise to him.

                                                  Memory verse Hebrews 12:1-2- We will recite this passage on Friday.

                                                  Phonics/Handwriting-We will learn the sounds and how to write i, u, and u.  We will review all letters previously learned and write words and phrases using these letters.

                                                  Reading- I will begin informal reading groups this next week.  For those that are already readers, I will begin reading books with them. For my upcoming readingers, we will begin making words and reading them during our reading group time.

                                                  Read-alouds- This week I will read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Petunia, There’s an Alligator Under my Bed and Inch by Inch

                                                  Math- We will begin working with addition story problems.  We will call them “some, some more” story problems.  We will act them out and draw illustrations to help us understand.

                                                  Science-We will read about our sense of hearing and animals’ sense of hearing.

                                                  Important Reminders

                                                  Friday is show and tell.  This week your child may bring one item that begins with either ‘i, u, or p.”

                                                   

                                                  1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                                                   Notes from the Teacher

                                                  We have another week under our belts and the students have been working hard. I nice three day weekend will be a good refresher before we ramp up a little more next week!

                                                  Homework Information

                                                  Spelling – this week we introduced our first new phoneme -ough. We had a mock spelling test today in preparation for beginning spelling tests next week. Our new phoneme next week will be -ea that makes the short e, long e and long a sound in a word. After next next well will start to focus on two a week.

                                                  Math- we had our second test today in math. We are still very much reviewing material learned last year, which helps the students grow in habits of how we do our work before we begin new concepts.

                                                  Bible- We have begun learning the books of the new testament and are studying one a week. We have covered Matthew, Mark, and Luke and next week will start John. Additionally we are to the point in our story timeline in the NT of when Jesus taught in the temple. Next week we will talk about John the Baptist’s ministry and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.

                                                  Science- We are starting our study of the brain and nervous system next week after covering muscles, bones, and joints this week.

                                                   Important Reminders

                                                  Uniforms: Please remember to have our gentlemen in belts and they may need some instruction at home on how to tuck in their shirts well.  Also ties need to be worn on Thursdays as well.

                                                  Have a wonderful weekend!!!!

                                                  2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                                                   Notes from the Teacher

                                                  I hope you all had a great Labor Day and perhaps had a rest from your regular labors. I am looking forward to a great week with your children!

                                                   Thank you to the Hutson and MacKay families for donating items for Astronomy experiments recently!  Also thanks to the Hutsons for donating new privacy folders to our classroom!

                                                   Next week, we will be learning about some ancient Egyptian gods in history.  We will continue working in our interactive Egyptian notebooks. We will also make a map of Ancient Egypt.  This is a special project and will require each student to bring in a disposable, rectangular aluminum pan with their name on the side by Wednesday, Sept. 9  of next week. In addition, I will be emailing parents to help make the dough for Wednesday, September 9 for our project on the 10th, as well as volunteers to help out in the kitchen while the children are creating their map.

                                                   During Bible time, we will be learning about The Flood in Genesis 6-9.  Ask your child if they know the father of Noah and how old that person was. We will learn the next 2 verses of Ephesians 3: 14-19. Students should be able to recite verses 14-18 by Friday, September 11.

                                                  Math will include adding 10 to a 2-digit number,  more some, some more (addition) and some, some went away (subtraction) stories with drawings,  dividing shapes into 2, 4, and 8 equal parts and shading halves, fourths and eighths.

                                                   Grammar will include continued work on memorizing jingles for sentence structure, nouns, and verbs.  Students will continue to work on sentence flow and labeling the subject noun and verb in a short sentence.

                                                   Curve letters will be our next type of letter for Penmanship.  Students have learned 8 lower case letters so far and are really working hard.

                                                   Reading groups are being held.  Students will continue to learn to make connections between the text they are reading and themselves (text-to-self) and the world around them, (text-to-world). Next week,  students will learn to connect to another text (text-to-text).  We are working on reading accurately (reading the words as they are written), reading fluently (reading as if one was speaking) and having good comprehension (being able to recall the details of the story).

                                                   

                                                  Homework Information

                                                   

                                                  Day/Date Homework
                                                  Monday 9/7 No School
                                                  Tuesday 9/8

                                                  Math 15B

                                                  Study Spelling Words

                                                  Read for 10 minutes

                                                  Wednesday 9/10

                                                  Math 16B

                                                  Study math facts

                                                  Read for 10 minutes

                                                  Thursday 9/11

                                                  Math 17B

                                                  Study spelling words (test tomorrow)

                                                   

                                                  Important Reminders/Requests

                                                  ***Each child will need a rectangular disposable aluminum cake pan (No lid) for a fun learning activity for History..  Please have your child bring in a pan by Wednesday, September 9.  It would be helpful if you put your child’s name on the side of the pan with a Sharpie marker. Thank you!

                                                  3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                                                  Notes from the Teacher

                                                  Another great week in 3rd grade! Next week, we will be talking about The Fall, exploring whales, and journeying into Greece! Please let me know a time to connect with me 1-1 and create goals for your child.

                                                  In Bible, we have been talking about our existence and God’s purpose. Try asking your child these questions:

                                                  1. Why did God make you and all things? (For His glory)
                                                  2. How can you glorify God? (By loving Him and doing what He commands)
                                                  3. Why ought you to glorify God? (Because He made me and takes care of me)
                                                  4. Have you a soul as well as a body? (I have a soul that will never die)
                                                  5. How do you know that you have a soul? (Because I can think about God and the world to come)

                                                  Homework Information

                                                  Spelling: yawn, lawn, straw, law, lawyer, flaw, saw, paw, draw, drawer, claw, crawl, hawk, raw, shawl, bawl, awful, fawn, squawk, brawl

                                                  Stella: contestants, embarrassed, syrup

                                                  Memory: “September” by Helen Hunt Jackson due September 14th

                                                   4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                                                   Notes from the Teacher

                                                  Our red folders are an important tool for transporting material between school and home, which means we want to keep them lean, mean, and organized.

                                                  Graded work that students receive back should be brought home and then removed from the folder. Homework due should be able to travel back and forth without becoming lost in clutter, and our weekly homework log sheet should be easily accessible and checkable.

                                                   In an effort to encourage students in their extracurricular reading, I’ve created the Box of Wonders from which students may choose small prizes after they complete a book and fill out a small report sheet. It currently is stocked with novelty erasers, but any other contributions to the Box’s variety would be met with glee by the class (and me).

                                                  Homework Information

                                                  Thursday: Science quiz, Unit 2 “Clouds”

                                                  Friday: Spelling test #4

                                                  Important Reminders

                                                  Please don’t bring your child to school on Monday. They would be rather lonely.

                                                   5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                                                   Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

                                                  • Since your student will be using Latin Alive! 1 for two academic years, please cover the workbook with transparent “Con-Tact” or “Magic Cover” for longevity.
                                                  • Help your student stay on top of Latin vocabulary memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:

                                                  *We are learning the countries of Europe in Geography.  Please help your child by showing them the Seterra.com website or loading the Seterra app on a device for them to use.  They will be able practice by using the quiz feature.

                                                  *Learning to type is an important skill for your child to learn.  Typing.com or Typingclub.com are both excellent tools for your child to use.

                                                  * Have a safe and restful Labor Day weekend!

                                                  Homework Information: Test Schedule

                                                  Monday – No School: Labor Day

                                                  Tuesday – History Quiz (Card #2: Erie Canal and the first group of Presidents)

                                                  Wednesday – Spelling Test (List #3)

                                                  Thursday – None

                                                  Friday – Science Test (Chapter 2); No verse quiz this week

                                                  Important Reminders

                                                  *Fall Fest is Friday evening, September 25.

                                                  *Parent Teacher Conferences will be Monday, September 28.  There will be no school that day.

                                                  Please watch the upper part of the Weekly Update for sign up information.  I look forward to meeting with each of you.  Since I have so many students in my mighty army, I will be spreading out my conferences into other days and times.  Please let me know if you cannot find a day or time that works for you, I will be happy to figure out a time and day that will work.

                                                   7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                                                   Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                                                  • Please notify Mrs. Weirich if you have access to a heavy duty, thick-stack, three-ring hole punch.
                                                  • Check RenWeb FACTS Parent Portal weekly for your student’s progress.
                                                  • Help your student stay on top of Latin vocabulary memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                                                  • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                                                  • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com

                                                   In Christ,

                                                   

                                                  Coram Deo Academy

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Update: August 28, 2020

                                                  Connect

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Atmosphere – Discipline – Life

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

                                                   

                                                                                 
                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Snacks with Mr. Seibel!

                                                   

                                                  Mr. Seibel will be taking time each week on Thursday to devote to a handful of students to interact, discuss, and deepen his relationship with each one. Students will be invited at the end of the week for the following week’s meeting time. 
                                                   

                                                   

                                                  School Distribution of Medicine Procedure

                                                   

                                                  If you have given the school approval through FACTS (what used to be known as RenWeb) to distribute medicine to your student, please make sure that you have supplied the school with that particular medicine.  This includes Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and aspirin. Here is the verbiage from the section in our Parent Handbook regarding medicine distribution. If you need to provide us with the medicine, please drop off at the office- do not send in with your student.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                   

                                                  CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                                   

                                                  Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Help requested to shorten the car line at pick up

                                                   

                                                   Please make sure that if you are in the left pick up lane that you pull up as far forward as possible. This will help tremendously in helping ensure that the cars behind you are not backed up onto Main Street. Thank you!
                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Placement of car hang tags

                                                   

                                                  Please ensure to hang your hang tag from the rearview mirror. Kindly do not place the hang tag in the corner of your dashboard. It is very difficult to see and read, taking more time to determine who you are picking up. To hang your hang tag, you can simply use a child-sized hanger. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you need a car hang tag or a child-sized hanger.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Drop off and pick up information

                                                   

                                                  On Thursdays and/or if it is raining and we will not be holding assembly outside, please drop your student off at the main school doors, where students exit the building for pick up.

                                                   

                                                  For safety reasons, please ensure that your student is exiting your vehicle CURBSIDE.

                                                   

                                                  Also, If your student will be late to school, leaving early from school, absent from school, or being taken home from school one day by someone other than your listed pickup contacts, please be sure to contact Mrs. MacKay. You may phone the school office at 317-844-4224, but we will also asfor this in writing via email.

                                                   

                                                  Because we are having morning assembly outside, if you are not attending the assembly please drop off your students by the bell. If you are attending assembly please park along the side of the church or to the east side of the basketball hoop. Here is a diagram for more detail.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Calendar

                                                   

                                                   

                                                              

                                                   

                                                  School Picture Date change!

                                                   

                                                  The date for our school pictures has CHANGED to Thursday, October 22nd. This was originally our date for picture retakes. 

                                                   

                                                  We are praying that by then, COVID-19 will be much less prevalent and we are able to all be together for our school-wide photo. We will communicate if there are any other further date changes.

                                                   

                                                  Summer Reading Awards Date Change!

                                                   

                                                  Summer Reading Awards will be given out next Friday 9/4 during assembly in the morning. So be sure to be there to witness the ceremony at 8:00 am. Later in the afternoon students who participated will receive a treat shortly before dismissal.

                                                   

                                                  Morning Assembly & parents inside the building

                                                   

                                                  Due to the current environment regarding COVID-19, we refer to our Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures for guidance. To reduce the number of people in our buildings, large groups of non-Faculty/Staff adults will not be permitted to come inside during the school day at this time. However, we will start to allow one adult family member at a time inside the building. We will require a mask to be worn, as well as temperature taken. We will re-evaluate this decision periodically to determine if this allowance needs to be changed at all.  

                                                   

                                                  We love our families and feel that we need to come together as a community. For our morning Assembly every day except Thursdays, we plan to hold that in the parking lot (or gym if inclement weather). As this would occur outside, families are welcome to join us at that time. Thursdays will be Chapel and inside with students only.

                                                   

                                                  Upcoming Open Houses

                                                   

                                                  Please share this flyer about our Open Houses with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!
                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                   

                                                  Art: Monday and Friday
                                                  Music: Tuesday and Thursday
                                                  PE: Wednesday
                                                  Chapel: Thursday

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Community

                                                   

                                                   

                                                           

                                                   

                                                  A Note from Mr. Barney

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  What a wonderful start to the year! I’ve been overjoyed to see the atmosphere of friendliness and scholarship at Coram Deo Academy these past couple weeks. Students are working hard and learning the disciplines of mind, heart and body in service to Christ. Classrooms are bursting with life and the vitality of rich ideas in discussions, as our mentor-teachers lead souls to truth, goodness and beauty.

                                                  Parents, this last week I published a blog article on the importance of the parent-teacher relationship. If you haven’t had an opportunity yet, carve out some time to read my 4 tips for forging a partnership with your child’s teacher. Don’t miss the opportunity to get on the same page and connect around your child’s strengths, challenges and personality. You’ll be happy you took that proactive step.

                                                  This week we were able to celebrate some students who received awards on the National Latin Exam. This, like every other public award or honor, is a great time for a teachable moment with your student. Whether they received an award or not, we want to focus them back on giving glory to God alone (Soli Deo Gloria) and the joy of celebrating with our fellow brothers and sisters. We should all strive for excellence (arete), but maintain a heavenly-minded disinterest in our own recognition. This is a hard balance to keep, so use these experiences as an opportunity to guide your children and prompt reflection on these ideas.

                                                  Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns! I look forward to working with you all to make this one of CDA’s best years yet!

                                                  -Mr. Barney

                                                   

                                                        

                                                   

                                                  Congratulations to our National Latin Exam winners!

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  We want to extend a well-deserved congratulations to our recent National Latin Exam winners!

                                                   

                                                  Several of our students received awards in taking the Latin I Exam. Congratulations!

                                                   

                                                  Cum Laude: Abigail Wojick
                                                  Magna Cum Laude: Selah Poer
                                                  Magna Cum Laude: Kai Lesnet
                                                  Magna Cum Laude: Michael Taylor
                                                  Maxima Cum Laude: Annie Tang

                                                   

                                                  Also, one of our students received an award in taking the Latin II Exam.
                                                  Congratulations!

                                                   

                                                  Maxima Cum Laude: Emily Comparini

                                                   

                                                  Please check out our Blog!

                                                   

                                                  Please check out our most recent blog written by Mr. Barney, Building a Great Partnership with Your Child’s Teacher: 4 Tips for Forging an Alliance Aimed at Your Child’s Growth that shares four tips for fostering an ideal relationship with your child’s teacher so that you can have a great year of celebrating growth and allying together. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Opportunities to be involved!

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Parent Ambassador Team:   We are in need of parents to help write blog articles! This is a great way to be able to volunteer and assist the school- especially if you would like to help out but are unable to during the school day or for other events. If you would like to try out this opportunity, simply email Mr. Barney for more details.  

                                                   

                                                  Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete an indemnification waiver and this background check form!

                                                   

                                                  Substitute Teachers Needed:  If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                                                   

                                                   

                                                  Social Media Presence

                                                   

                                                  Here is our Facebook page.

                                                   

                                                  Here is our Twitter information.

                                                   

                                                  Here is our Instagram information.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   Teacher Updates

                                                   

                                                    

                                                  Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                                   

                                                  Notes from the Teacher

                                                   

                                                  We have had another great week.  We talked a great deal about obedience this week as we read about Adam and Eve and how they disobeyed God and as we practiced “first time obedience.” Next week we will focus on Respect; “Valuing others more than self.”

                                                   

                                                  Show and tell will be Friday. Your child may bring one item that begins with either “s” or “t.”

                                                   

                                                  I have attached a link to the phonogram chart that might be helpful for you as we learn all the sounds each letter makes.  Simply click on the letter we are working on this week and it will say all the sounds it makes.

                                                   

                                                  Looking Ahead:

                                                   

                                                  Bible- We will read the story of Noah and talk about how he obeyed God even when it seemed crazy. And then we will read the story of the Tower of Babel.

                                                   

                                                  We will begin memorizing our school’s verses for the year, Hebrews 12:1-2

                                                   

                                                  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

                                                   

                                                  We will work on this for 2 weeks.

                                                   

                                                  Phonics, handwriting- This week we will learn the two sound “s” makes and the one sound that “t” makes.  We will review all the phonograms learned so far.  We will practice writing these two letters with all the others we have learned.  We will make

                                                   

                                                  Math- We will be acting out “some, some more “ story problems.  These are addition story problems.  We will also be working with triangles and making shapes using our geoboards. We will continue to practice writing our numbers correctly.  There is no required homework until after Labor Day, however, if your child would like to do the back side of his math page, that would be great.

                                                   

                                                  Read a louds- This week I will read The Adventures of Taxi Dog, Swimmy, Super Duck, and Big Al

                                                   

                                                  After I read, I have a few students narrate back to me the story.  They are doing great with this.  This helps them to practice the habit of attention while I am reading.

                                                   

                                                  Science-This week we will explore how animals’ sense of sight is different than ours.  We will learn about compound vision and telescopic vision.  We will also do our first nature notebook drawing. We will draw a sunflower from our garden.

                                                   

                                                  We will be weeding our garden on Friday this week.  If your child has garden gloves, could you please send them in to use on Friday. Thank you.

                                                   

                                                  https://phonograms.logicofenglish.com/chart

                                                   

                                                  1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                                                   

                                                   Notes from the Teacher

                                                   

                                                  I can hardly believe we are closing in on our second full week of school! We are building more and more into our days as we continue to get quicker at our rhythms and procedures. I am so pleased with their progress so far.

                                                   

                                                  Homework Information

                                                   

                                                  Math- We had our first assessment today (Friday).  This will be our new rhythm where we have an assessment every 5th lesson from now on, now that we have completed 10 lessons. The assessments are over material and lag 5 lessons behind where we actually are in order to ensure adequate interaction and exposure to the material. We are still very much reviewing from last year and won’t start new things for a few more lessons. Please do encourage your students to practice their math facts regularly. This week we covered doubles 1+1 through 9+9. Next week we move on to adding 0 and 1 to numbers.

                                                   

                                                   Also, we have minute math up and running. We do these drills twice a week. ALL of the students have made gains so far. And they seem to enjoy this exercise 🙂

                                                   

                                                   Science-we are continuing to learn about the skeletal and muscular systems. We will be in this unit for the next week and a half.

                                                   

                                                   Latin-we started chapter 3 today which introduces 5 new words or phrases to learn regarding how we are doing/feeling.

                                                   

                                                  Read Aloud-We have begun the book Sarah Plain and Tall and have begun to discuss literature terms such as exposition, setting, and characters. We will begin to build a basic foundation this year for understanding and studying various ways to study the books we are reading that will serve as building blocks in the years to come.

                                                   

                                                  Important Reminders

                                                   

                                                  Just a quick reminder to look over your student’s math homework side B on their worksheet each night. Even though we are finishing in class most days right now, I encourage the students to build good habits by practicing 1. Packing it in their folder on the correct side 2. Showing it to a parent each night to ensure understanding at home and 3. Bringing it back in the next morning in their red folders.

                                                   

                                                  Show and Tell: I meant to send a note home regarding show and tell this year so that we could begin this week.  We will officially begin NEXT Friday, September 4, and I would request the students bring something in that tells us about themselves. For example, if your student loves some sport, bring their ball in or whatever equipment that relates to that. If they love horses or animals, bring in something that relates to their interest. Whatever they bring in, I am encouraging them to be able to tell the class what they like about that item and or what it represents. I want this exercise to be meaningful and to help the students grow in their skills of speaking in front of the class as well as being able to grow in communication skills. I will ask they bring only things that are related to the topic for that week.

                                                  2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                                                   

                                                   Notes from the Teacher

                                                  Second graders are really getting into the swing of things.  They are learning classroom and school procedures and the Habits of the Heart.

                                                  Our Bible story will be focused on Enoch and Methuselah (Genesis 5:21-32).  Students will add on verse 15 to our Ephesians 3 passage.  We will begin our study of Ancient Egypt in history.  Students are anxious to start working on their interactive notebooks.

                                                  Math concentrations will be dividing squares, counting dimes, and continuing to work on “some, some more” (addition) stories. Our first assessment was on Thursday of this week. Generally, we will have an assessment every 5 lessons.  

                                                  Many students need to practice knowing math facts (for now, addition and subtraction) with instant recall.  Flashcards are a great way to practice.  If you are a “ techie” family, check out these free apps:  “Splash Math”  or “Math Slide” to help your child practice his/her facts. 

                                                  We are learning to make connections with the books we read.  We have learned text-to-self and will learn text-to-world connections next week. See if your child can explain these connections to you. We are also learning how to read better readers so that we will be ready to read chapter books next semester. 

                                                   Fables have been our focus for composition.  We have learned about Aesop and have read some of his famous fables.  Students are practicing copywork and drawing accompanying pictures. We are learning jingles to help us learn parts of speech, such as nouns and verbs. Students have been very excited to begin learning cursive.  We will continue to focus on lower case letters.  


                                                  Homework Information 

                                                   

                                                  Monday, August 31

                                                  Math 11B; Read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                                                  Tuesday,  Sept. 1

                                                  Math Lesson 12B, Read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

                                                  Wednesday, Sept.2

                                                  Math Lesson 13B, Read for 10 minutes, study math facts

                                                  Thursday, Sept. 3

                                                  Math Lesson 14B, Read for 10 minutes, study spelling words

                                                   

                                                  Important Reminders/Requests

                                                   

                                                  We are planning to do an experiment using the power of the sun next Tuesday, September 1st.  I’m looking for parents who would be willing to donate 3 packages (total) of plain Hershey bars (18 bars, 6 per package, regular size with NO NUTS. Please send an email if you plan on running errands this weekend and could send these in on Monday, 8/31. Thank you. 

                                                  3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                                                  Notes from the Teacher 

                                                  Please drill addition and subtraction facts as much as possible with your child. They’re making lots of silly mistakes, and they should be quicker at these on their school work. Thank you!  

                                                  We completed our first math, history, and grammar tests! They did very well. There are minor things to work on. In Grammar, there is still confusion between adjectives and adverbs that we are practicing. In addition, there is more written work this year, and they are making the adjustment.

                                                   I sent out an email last Wednesday sharing a link to our Google Classroom Photo Album. I update weekly with pictures of your children working, playing, and learning! Enjoy and use the photos however you wish. I really want you to be able to see a more “inside” view of the classroom world.

                                                  Homework Information

                                                  Spelling: “ow” words – down, brown, town, clown, growl, fowl, flower, crown, power, towel, plow, coward, shower, crowd, tower, allow, trowel, frown, howl, owl

                                                  Memory: “September” by Helen Hunt Jackson (Stanzas 1-4 this week) – Due Sept. 14

                                                  Important Reminders

                                                   

                                                  We will celebrate Maddox’s birthday on Sept. 9th! 

                                                   

                                                  4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                                                  Notes from the Teacher

                                                  This past week, we journeyed from Byzantium into India, hid out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discovered we could do basic algebra, and put on (imaginary) lab coats on to become meteorologists.

                                                  This week (and this year), we want to focus on comprehension when reading independently. Ask your students to narrate back to you sections from Mixed-Up Files or books they are reading on their own!

                                                  Homework Information

                                                   

                                                  Spelling: Final “e” words: graceful, inflating, frustrated, baker, skating, making, illustrator, deflating, creating, frustrating, hating, shaking, rotating, scraped, freely, safely, surely, raking, skating, timing

                                                  Memory: Dreams, by Langston Hughes

                                                  Important Reminders

                                                  Our red folder should be coming home every day so that graded material can be cleared out of it and the homework log can be checked for assignments due the next day. With such a sizeable class, I don’t always have the opportunity to check each student’s log individually before they go home; some reinforcement at home will go a long way towards avoiding forgotten assignments!

                                                  Links to Any Files 

                                                  For the last two weeks, we’ve been making observations and tracking the weather. If you would like your student to continue this meteorological endeavor, here is the tracking sheet we’ve been using:

                                                  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bBloLM_HQvunOYDv03XweofPcrw_4WT81GPLgT-JvDg/edit?usp=sharing

                                                  5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                                                  Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers: 

                                                  • Since your student will be using Latin Alive! 1 for two academic years, please cover the workbook with transparent “Con-Tact” or “Magic Cover” for longevity.
                                                  • Help your student stay on top of Latin vocabulary memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:

                                                  *Remember to use the Seterra.com or Seterra app to review geography.  We are currently working on  learning  the countries of  Europe.  

                                                  *Typing Club and Typing.com are useful tools for helping your child learn how to type.  This is a useful skill that they will use for the rest of their life.  

                                                  *Thanks so much for all the lovely birthday cards, notes, gifts, and kind words.  I appreciate you all, and am so grateful I have the privilege of teaching your children everyday.  They are delightful!   Hugs to you all, Mrs. Griffin

                                                  Homework Information: Test Schedule

                                                  Monday – None

                                                  Tuesday – None

                                                  Wednesday – Spelling Test List 2, Grammar Test, “A Psalm of Life” (stanzas 1-2)

                                                  Thursday – None

                                                  Friday – Verse ( James 1:5-11)

                                                  Important Reminders 

                                                  *Remember to have your child empty out the Graded pocket of their “There it is” folder.  

                                                  *Let me know if you have any questions or concerns  that I can help you with.  

                                                     

                                                    7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                                                    Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                                                    • Please notify Mrs. Weirich if you have access to a heavy duty, thick-stack, three-ring hole punch. 
                                                    • Check RenWeb Parent Portal weekly for your student’s progress.
                                                    • Help your student stay on top of Latin vocabulary memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                                                    • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                                                    • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com

                                                       

                                                       

                                                       

                                                      In Christ,

                                                       

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                       

                                                      Update: August 21, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      Welcome back friends! Now that the first full week of school has been completed, we’re starting to get back into our routines and experiencing the joy of being together again!

                                                                    

                                                      We have once again commenced Donuts with Mr. Seibel (although we changed the name to Snacks with Mr. Seibel)…

                                                      Mr. Seibel thoroughly enjoys spending time with our students. He will be taking time each week on Thursday to devote to a handful of students to interact, discuss, and deepen his relationship with each one. Students will be invited at the end of the week for the following week’s meeting time. Mr. Seibel’s goal is to have a snack with each student! As this week was our first meeting this year, we also included Mr. Barney as well. Our Seventh and Eighth Graders were the first group of students invited this year.
                                                       

                                                      Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                      CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                                      Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                       

                                                      Help requested to shorten the car line at pick up

                                                      As our building is situated on a main thoroughfare, it is imperative that we do not have cars sitting on the main road while waiting to pick up students at the end of the day. We are working hard inside the building to have procedures in place to make pick up as speedy as possible. You can also assist us in ensuring that all cars are in the parking lot itself as well! Please make sure that if you are in the left pick up lane that you pull up as far forward as possible. This will help tremendously in helping ensure that the cars behind you are not backed up onto Main Street. Thank you!
                                                       

                                                      Placement of car hang tags

                                                      For the ease of the teacher who is responsible for locating the hang tag in your vehicle to determine what student/s you are picking up, please ensure to hang your hang tag from the rearview mirror. Kindly do not place the hang tag in the corner of your dashboard. It is very difficult to see and read, taking more time to determine who you are picking up. To hang your hang tag, you can simply use a child-sized hanger. Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you need a car hang tag or a child-sized hanger.

                                                      Change in PE uniform vendor to Lands’ End!

                                                      This year we will start transitioning from these uniforms to the option from Lands’ End. By the 2021-2022 school year, all PE shirts will be transitioned to be the Lands’ End shirts. The remaining PE uniform items will be phased out over the next several years. If you need to purchase a new PE item, kindly purchase the item through Lands’ End- as that will become the new uniform supplier in a few years after this transition is complete.
                                                       

                                                      Drop off and pick up information

                                                      If your student will be late to school, leaving early from school, absent from school, or being taken home from school one day by someone other than your listed pickup contacts, please be sure to contact Mrs. MacKay. You may phone the school office at 317-844-4224, but we will also ask for this in writing via email.

                                                      Because we are having morning assembly outside, if you are not attending the assembly please drop off your students by the bell. If you are attending assembly please park along the side of the church or to the east side of the basketball hoop. Here is a diagram for more detail.

                                                      Calendar

                                                      Late Start on Friday, August 28th- School starts at 9:00 AM!

                                                      Next Friday will be our first Late Start day of the year. This means school will start at 9:00 AM that day. We understand that before care might be beneficial to families as well.

                                                      We are excited to announce that we have three parent volunteers who have offered to serve by providing before care for students starting at 8:00 AM on Late Start days. 

                                                      We ask that you please reserve a spot for your child/children. Please contact Mrs. MacKay to reserve your child’s place.

                                                      Morning Assembly & parents inside the building

                                                      Due to the current environment regarding COVID-19, we refer to our Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures for guidance. To reduce the number of people in our buildings, large groups of non-Faculty/Staff adults will not be permitted to come inside during the school day at this time. However, we will start to allow one adult family member at a time inside the building. We will require a mask to be worn, as well as temperature taken. We will re-evaluate this decision periodically to determine if this allowance needs to be changed at all.  

                                                      We love our families and feel that we need to come together as a community. For our morning Assembly every day except Thursdays, we plan to hold that in the parking lot (or gym if inclement weather). As this would occur outside, families are welcome to join us at that time. Thursdays will be Chapel and inside with students only.

                                                      Upcoming Open Houses

                                                      We are excited to announce our upcoming Open House schedule. Please share this flyer with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!
                                                       

                                                      Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                      Art: Monday and Friday
                                                      Music: Tuesday and Thursday
                                                      PE: Wednesday
                                                      Chapel: Thursday

                                                       

                                                      Community

                                                         

                                                      A Note from Mr. Seibel

                                                      Starting school with students on campus has breathed new life into my soul. In Mrs. Harvey’s class each year, the students learn that they are fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps. 139:14), and students are instructed to draw a self-portrait with the letters ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ displayed across the bottom.  Mrs. Harvey is dead-set on her students feeling known and loved in the first weeks of the school year.  After doing this activity, 1st Grade student Camille Dick saw this as an opportunity to be creative and she took her drawing and gave it to me.  With a wink and a smile, Camille looked at me and said, “You’re fearfully and wonderfully made too Mr. Seibel— and you’re unique in your own way!” Camille’s comments and gesture incarnate something precious that we want for our students and that’s to be contagious Christians.  We don’t want to pump kids full of knowledge about God, but we want them to be a transformed and transforming presence and see all of their lives from His perspective.  Her little gesture tells a big story of what we are aiming for in the long-run: to take what you know intellectually and use your life to show it to others. Seeing new families participate in our community and watching our students blossom is the best part of my job.  Camille’s blend of humor, humility and generosity represents the transformed and transforming presence we want to see our students demonstrate when they are grandparents one day.  Non Scholae Sed Witae (Not for school but for life!)

                                                      On a similar note, watching the 7th Graders adjust to the more challenging aspects of Logic school has breathed new life into my soul as well. I’d like to highlight Mrs. Weirich for a moment, because she adds a gravitas to our Academy that is quite valuable for forming students.  The Weirich family has walked through a lot in the past year, and I am thankful to be a spectator in the good ways that God is using Mrs. Weirich in her students this first week.  Many of the incoming 7th Graders only had her for Latin (one of the most difficult, yet delightful, subjects taught at the Academy), and had not yet experienced the joy of being under her tutelage in history, literature, etc.  The greatness of this Academy is most evident in students doing hard things— why else would you pay for school if you could get the same thing for free down the road?  The walls are thin in the modular so I hear a lot of the great things going on in her class. I taught these students Bible in 5th Grade and now I am hearing them participate in the Great Conversation for the Great Commission in 7th Grade with Mrs. Weirich. They are not just talking about what they did over the summer or their favorite YouTube videos, but rather interacting with the perennial ideas that have shaped human history. That’s what this Academy is all about— creating an atmosphere, a discipline and a life where kids are known, loved and challenged so that they reach their full potential.  Education is a one time event with eternal consequences.  I am blessed by your partnership and feel the weight and the joy of the responsibility of overseeing the vitality of your children in this Academy. Virtus Tentamine Gaudet (Strength rejoices in the challenge!) 

                                                      -Mr. Seibel
                                                            

                                                      Please check out our Blog!

                                                      Please check out our most recent blog, Project Legacy: Dountonia Batts that shares how adversity is an advantage and about the importance of keeping a focus on mission for our children. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                                       

                                                      Opportunities to be involved!

                                                      Parent Ambassador Team:  Members write blog articles, lead tours, and brainstorm ways to share about Coram Deo Academy through word of mouth. If you have a gift of writing, or a gift of hospitality, or a gift of creativity, then being a Parent Ambassador may be a great way for you to help out our community! Please email Mr. Barney if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.  

                                                      Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete an indemnification waiver and this background check form!

                                                      Substitute Teachers Needed: We are looking for referrals for substitute teachers, or parents who are willing to be a substitute. If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                                                       

                                                      Social Media Presence

                                                      Social media plays such a large role in communication in today’s environment. We have been making a concentrated effort in increasing our social media presence so that we can let as many people know about CDA as possible! For those who are also on social media, please like and follow us on our social media channels! Sharing posts also helps in getting the word out!

                                                      Here is our Facebook page.

                                                      Here is our Twitter information.

                                                      Here is our Instagram information.

                                                       Teacher Updates

                                                        

                                                      Kindergarten: Mrs. Feeney

                                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                                      It has been a great 7 days of school. We have been learning so very much.  We have been focusing on the habit (of attention this week. (Listening with eyes, ears and heart)  Next week we focus on obedience. I will play some games with the students to practice first time obedience.  If you would like some tips to work on this at home, I have attached the link to my blog post on the habit of obedience.

                                                      Areas to be working on at home:

                                                      Tucking shirts in, tying shoes, and unbuckling and buckling belts

                                                      Looking Ahead:

                                                      Bible- This week we will read the story of Adam and Eve and answer the question, “Why did God make us?” (God made us to have a relationship with Him.)

                                                      We will also will read the story of when Adam and Eve disobeyed. We will answer the question, “What is it called when we disobey God?” (Sin)

                                                      Memory verse- Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

                                                      We will recite this verse on Friday.

                                                      Phonics and handwriting- This week we will review the phonograms a, c, d, g, and o and how we form these letters.

                                                      We will also be introduced to qu.  We will spend a lot of time practicing writing our letters and saying the sounds as we form them.

                                                      Read-aLouds- I will be reading the following books this week to the class: The Quilt Story, Duck on a Bike, Come Over to My House, Oliver, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

                                                      Math- Our goals this week is to write our numbers 0, 6, 8, and 9,

                                                      • Review our shapes, identify fewest to greatest, and work on recognizing our numbers 1-20.

                                                      Science- We have been learning about the sense of sight. We learned that we need light to see.

                                                      This week we will continue with sight and get a peek into the word of the blind as we blindfold ourselves and try to put the squirrel in the tree.  We will learn about Louise Braille and feel a Braille book.

                                                      Geography- We will look at the difference in a globe and a map. We will find Indiana on both the Globe and the map. We will find the county where we live and draw a picture of our house.

                                                      The Habits of the Heart in the Home

                                                      1st Grade: Mrs. Harvey

                                                       

                                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                                      What a wonderful class I have this year! We have gotten off to a great start so far. I love how enthusiastic they are about learning. It is a joy to teach students who love to learn.

                                                      Homework Information

                                                      We have started our weekly homework routine for math. Look for a page to come home most nights except Friday. Also, please keep up reading with your student daily. It will really help them achieve gains so much more quickly if these readers are also read each night.

                                                      Important Reminders

                                                      Try and empty red folders daily and remember to send the readers back.

                                                      Please make sure your student has a water bottle everyday, especially during our hot months!

                                                       

                                                      2nd Grade: Mrs. Smith

                                                       

                                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                                      Welcome back.  We are so happy to see returning and new faces.  We have had a great start to school.  Students are already learning and growing.  Know that I am working on adding your email addresses to a group so that I can email you to inform or make requests known.

                                                      Also, please check your child’s red “take home” folder daily and return to school the next day.  I put homework and important information from school in these folders.

                                                      **A 2nd grade Latin CD was found on the floor on Monday.  If your child lost theirs, please email Mrs. Smith.

                                                       Here is an overview of what we’ve done so far:

                                                      Math–Students have learned to create and read a graph, practice knowing our doubles (addition) facts in a snap, tell time to the hour and ½ hour and measure the length/width of a rectangle in inches.

                                                      Penmanship–Students are learning to make our cursive swing letters (one has to “swing” to make the first line) with letters such as i and t.

                                                      Composition–Synonyms are starting to be used as students compose their writing.  We are creating a list of better words to use for the word “run”, such as “scurry”,  etc.

                                                      Spelling–Students practiced spelling and word wall words.  We are using phonics to help us spell. Our tests for now will be weekly on Fridays.

                                                      Grammar–Jingles have been fun for students to learn and sing.  We have learned the jingle for nouns and verbs.

                                                      Latin–Excitement abounds as students embark on learning a new language!  Have your scholar ask you what day it is (Qui dies est?) and answer, “(Hodie est ________.)

                                                      Astronomy–”What is astronomy?” and many other general questions are being answered this week as students gain a knowledge base of what will be taught this year.  We look forward to delving more into Astronomy.  I will be emailing you about donating specific items for various projects and experiments.

                                                      Reading–Mrs. Smith is working on assessments this week and will start reading groups soon.

                                                       

                                                      Homework Information

                                                      Generally, we will do only the ODDS or EVENS on the B side of our math homework. Students are to circle the correct numbers that they should do.

                                                       

                                                      Monday, August 24 Read for 10 minutes; Math 7B
                                                      Tuesday, August 25 Read for 10 minutes, Math 8B
                                                      Wednesday, August 26 Read for 10 minutes, Math 9 B
                                                      Thursday, August 27 Read for 10 minutes; Math 10B (correction from calendar)
                                                      Friday, August 28

                                                      Spelling Test Lesson  122

                                                      Know and recite Ephesians 3:14-15

                                                      No homework on Fridays/weekends

                                                      3rd Grade: Mrs. Warman

                                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                                      We are off to a great start to 3rd Grade! In math, we are doing a thorough review. In Literature, we are reading “Homer Price”, and in History, we are studying the Minoan Civilization (King Minos and the Minotaur – ask your child; they loved that story last week.)

                                                      We are also practicing our lowercase cursive letters each day. Challenge your child to practice writing everything in lowercase cursive at home when they have the opportunity to. The goal is for them to get comfortable combining lower case letters.

                                                      Homework Information

                                                      *See Homework Logs in Red Take Home Folders for more detailed information.*

                                                      Spelling Words: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, week, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

                                                      Memory: “September” by Helen Hunt Jackson (due Monday, Sept. 14)

                                                      We are learning about Mister Rogers during our “Symposium” time at the end of each day. Here is the theme song to Mister Roger’s Neighborhood by Johnny Costa (Piano): “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

                                                      4th Grade: Mr. Racke

                                                       

                                                      Notes from the Teacher

                                                      4th Grade has had a great week, especially considering our extra-long exile from the classroom this spring and summer! They are quickly mastering our routines, old and new, and are working to set an outstanding example for the younger students.

                                                      I was delighted to meet you during the run-up to school, and I’m thrilled to be part of such an involved school community. In the coming weeks, I’ll offer you a bit more information about what we’re learning and practicing here in the classroom.

                                                      Homework Information

                                                      Wednesday 8.26: Math Cumulative Assessment

                                                      Thursday 8.27: Science Unit 1 Quiz, Atmosphere and Air

                                                      Friday 8.28: Spelling Test, Lesson 2

                                                      Important Reminders

                                                      Next week, we are going to try to move some of our classes out into the fair weather. Please send a large beach towel or small picnic blanket to school with your student. We will store them here at school and use them as seating for outside classes.

                                                      5th/6th Grade: Mrs. Griffin, Mr. Seibel, and Mrs. Weirich

                                                       

                                                      Notes from the 5th/6th Teachers:

                                                      • Help your student stay on top of Latin vocabulary memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                                                      • We will be working on our geography skills this year.  Seterra.com or the Seterra app is a great resource for students to hone their skills at home.
                                                      • Students learning to type in 5th/6th grade is important.  Typing.com and Typingclub.com are two good resources to use.

                                                      Homework Information: Test Schedule

                                                      Monday – None

                                                      Tuesday – None

                                                      Wednesday – Spelling Test (List 1)

                                                      Thursday – History Quiz (7 continents/5 oceans map, and The Monroe Doctrine)

                                                      Friday – Verse Quiz (James 1:1-8), Science Test (Chapter 1) and 5th grade Math Test

                                                      Important Reminders

                                                      • Make sure you are reminding your child to empty their graded pocket in their “There it is!” folder.
                                                      • Make sure your child has a mask at school each day.  We need them a few times a day.
                                                      • If your child tells you they have no homework, encourage them to study their verse, poem, spelling list, presidents, history, and science.  Studying each day is a discipline your child needs to develop.  We want to study, study, study REMEMBER!  Not Cram, Forget.  “Repetition is the key to learning.”

                                                      7th/8th Grade: Mrs. Weirich and Mr. Barney

                                                       

                                                      Notes from the 7th/8th Teachers

                                                      • Check RenWeb Parent Portal weekly for your student’s progress.
                                                      • Help your student stay on top of Latin vocabulary memorization using Quizlet online or app. It’s a great activity for on-the-go! To download the app for smart device, click here. To join the class, click the subject:
                                                      • Find your student’s modern geography map for Asia at Seterra.com or on the Seterra app. Remind your student to set the “Game Mode” to “Learn” while becoming familiar with the countries.
                                                      • Students learning to type in 7th/8th grade is important for their transition to high school.  Encourage your student to practice with Typing.com and Typingclub.com.

                                                       

                                                      In Christ,

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                      Update: August 14, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      Welcome back friends! We pray you had a fabulous first day of school!

                                                       

                                                             
                                                       

                                                       

                                                      Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                      CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. 

                                                      Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                       

                                                      Drop off and pick up location NEW from last year!

                                                      Because we are having morning assembly outside, if you are not attending the assembly please drop off your students by the bell. If you are attending assembly please park along the side of the church or to the east side of the basketball hoop. Here is a diagram for more detail.

                                                      Car Hang Tags

                                                      Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you need a car hang tag for pick up!  

                                                      Change in the timeline to phase out current PE uniforms to Lands’ End PE uniforms!
                                                       

                                                      After evaluating parental feedback regarding our current PE uniforms, we have opted to start utilizing Lands’ End options for our PE uniforms. This year we will start transitioning from these uniforms to the option from Lands’ End.  We have modified the original timeline regarding the phasing out of the use of the current PE uniforms. By the 2021-2022 school year, all PE shirts will be transitioned to be the Lands’ End shirts. The remaining PE uniform items will be phased out over the next several years. If you need to purchase a new PE item, kindly purchase the item through Lands’ End- as that will become the new uniform supplier in a few years after this transition is complete.
                                                       

                                                      Weekly Updates are being sent!

                                                       

                                                      As the school year is fastly approaching, we have once again commenced sending Weekly Updates. If you happen to know someone in our community who says they are not receiving these updates, please have that person verify that the update is not going straight to their email’s junk or trash folder. We have lots of information to distribute, and we want to make sure everyone is receiving it!

                                                       

                                                      Calendar

                                                      Morning Assembly

                                                                                       

                                                      Due to the current environment regarding COVID-19, we refer to our Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures for guidance. To reduce the number of people in our buildings, non-Faculty/Staff adults will not be permitted to come inside during the school day at the start of the year. We will re-evaluate this decision periodically to determine if that restriction needs to be extended or removed.  

                                                      Yet, we love our families and feel that we need to come together as a community. For our morning Assembly every day except Thursdays, we plan to hold that in the parking lot (or gym if inclement weather). As this would occur outside, families are welcome to join us at that time. Thursdays will be Chapel and inside with students only.
                                                       

                                                      CHANGE of when to bring in art supplies!

                                                      There has been a change of when to bring in art supplies. Students will design their art bags today during Art, then the bags will dry over the weekend. Please have your students bring in their art supplies to school on MONDAY! Thank you!

                                                      Upcoming Open Houses

                                                      We are excited to announce our upcoming Open House schedule. Please share this flyer with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!
                                                       

                                                      Change in Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                      We have had a change in days of the week for our Specials and Chapel. Specials and Chapel will occur on the following days:

                                                      Art: Monday and Friday
                                                      Music: Tuesday and Thursday
                                                      PE: Wednesday
                                                      Chapel: Thursday

                                                      This change will allow Mrs. Foss to accompany our singing during Chapel, as well as eliminating having Art on a day where we wear our Chapel uniform.
                                                       

                                                      Community

                                                      Please check out our Blog!

                                                       

                                                      Please check out our most recent blog, Project Legacy: David Bell that shares about finding common ground to do good and embodying grace and truth in our leadership and work for the Kingdom. Our previous blogs can be found here! Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!
                                                       

                                                      Community Work Day
                                                            

                                                       
                                                      Thank you to everyone who showed up to help make our facility look top-notch for our first day of school. Without our volunteers, we would not be able to accomplish much of what we set out to complete. Thank you thank you thank you!

                                                      Opportunities to be involved! 

                                                      Parent Ambassador Team:  Members write blog articles, lead tours, and brainstorm ways to share about Coram Deo Academy through word of mouth. If you have a gift of writing, or a gift of hospitality, or a gift of creativity, then being a Parent Ambassador may be a great way for you to help out our community! Please email Mr. Barney if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.  

                                                      Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete an indemnification waiver and this background check form!

                                                      Substitute Teachers Needed: We are looking for referrals for substitute teachers, or parents who are willing to be a substitute. If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.
                                                       

                                                      Social Media Presence

                                                      Social media plays such a large role in communication in today’s environment. We have been making a concentrated effort in increasing our social media presence so that we can let as many people know about CDA as possible! For those who are also on social media, please like and follow us on our social media channels! Sharing posts also helps in getting the word out!

                                                      Here is our Facebook page.

                                                      Here is our Twitter information.

                                                      Here is our Instagram information.

                                                       In Christ,

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                      Update: August 7, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      Let the countdown begin! Less than a week until school resumes!

                                                      Here is some important information we wanted to share with you:

                                                       

                                                      Covid-19 Exposure and Return to School

                                                      We wanted to inform the Coram Deo community that a non-CDA student from a Coram Deo family tested positive for Covid-19 today after returning recently from travelling. All families with a member who was exposed to Covid-19 should isolate or quarantine themselves for 14 days, watch for symptoms and strongly consider getting tested. Exposure is defined as close contact (less than 6 ft) with a positive test case for more than 15 min going back two days before the test result. Please see the following resources on family quarantineexamples of exposure, and guidance for return to school. Students and parents who have been directly exposed to a person with a positive test case are required to quarantine themselves from school and CDA events for 14 days from the last contact. This is hard, but it is the guidance we have received and it helps prevent spread in the CDA community. We must care for our vulnerable members. Thank you for understanding.

                                                      Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                      CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. However, there are exemptions for students and teachers in the classroom who can maintain enough distance. As one news article explains,
                                                      The following are exceptions to the mask mandate as it applies to schools specifically:

                                                      • If a school classroom can be configured so that all students and instructors are at least 3-6 feet apart
                                                      • During outdoor recess where proper social distancing measures are enforced
                                                      • When deemed necessary by a school official for instructional purposes
                                                      • Individual discretion for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 learning plan

                                                      Instructors in classrooms with at least six feet between the instructional area and the students will not be required to wear a mask while social distancing is observed.

                                                      Because of the size of our school and classrooms, students and teachers therefore will only be required to wear masks at select times. All other aspects of our Handbook of New Health and Safety Measures remain the same, and once the mask requirement is lifted by the local government, we plan to lift it at CDA as well. We suggest that parents of 3rd-8th graders purchase a comfortable and appropriate cloth face mask that will be, to the extent possible, enjoyable. CDA colors are encouraged! We are working on making one available through Lands End

                                                      Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                      Updated Supply Lists are available!

                                                      You may view each grade’s school supply list here.

                                                      Also, due to the shortage of availability for disinfectant wipes and baby/hand wipes, we would also gladly accept a spray disinfectant cleaner and paper towels. We know that these items might be in short supply, but we would welcome any type of disinfectant cleaner (best if it states it is for disinfecting for viruses), not just simply wipes.

                                                      Car Hang Tags

                                                      Please let Mrs. MacKay know if you are a returning family and need a car hang tag for pick up!  New families will receive their car hang tag during Parent Orientation.

                                                      Change in the timeline to phase out current PE uniforms to Lands’ End PE uniforms!

                                                      After evaluating parental feedback regarding our current PE uniforms, we have opted to start utilizing Lands’ End options for our PE uniforms. This year we will start transitioning from these uniforms to the option from Lands’ End. 

                                                      We have modified the original timeline regarding the phasing out of the use of the current PE uniforms.  By the 2021-2022 school year, all PE shirts will be transitioned to be the Lands’ End shirts.  The remaining PE uniform items will be phased out over the next several years.  If you need to purchase a new PE item, kindly purchase the item through Lands’ End- as that will become the new uniform supplier in a few years after this transition is complete.

                                                      Uniform Exchange/Sale

                                                      Our virtual Uniform Exchange/Sale continues! We’ve already had several families take advantage of our sale! Here is how to participate:

                                                      • If you would like to purchase a uniform item, simply email Mrs. MacKay the item and size.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will put your order together from uniform items that are currently available for sale. This is on a first-come, first-served basis.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will email you when your order is ready for pick up!

                                                       Or….you can simply email Mrs. MacKay to set up an appointment to come and select the uniform items that you’d like to purchase.

                                                      Weekly Updates are being sent!

                                                      As the school year is fastly approaching, we have once again commenced sending Weekly Updates. If you happen to know someone in our community who says they are not receiving these updates, please have that person verify that the update is not going straight to their email’s junk or trash folder. We have lots of information to distribute, and we want to make sure everyone is receiving it!

                                                      Payment Plan reminder

                                                      If you have not already done so, please remember to set up your payment plan for next year. August is the first month that tuition is due, so please make sure to have your plan selected by the end of next week.

                                                      Calendar

                                                      TONIGHT!!!  Ice Cream Social Details

                                                      • The ice cream will be individually wrapped ice cream sandwiches.
                                                      • CDA will be monitoring and controlling the flow of people in the buildings. Mr. Seibel will be stationed at the Logic door, Mr. Barney will be stationed at the Grammar door, and Mrs. MacKay will be stationed in the front office. Teachers will be stationed in their classrooms.
                                                      • Outside of the buildings, parents will be responsible for ensuring there is adequate space for the recommended social distancing guidelines of six feet.  
                                                      • Please bring your school supplies into the building. CDA faculty or staff will be assisting with where to place the supplies. Please do NOT bring art supplies to this event. Once each student receives their own art bag that is provided by the school, they will then bring in their art supplies in that bag.


                                                      Our Community Work Day will be TOMORROW Saturday, August 8 at 8:00 AM. All family members are welcome at our Community Work Day! Then, Parent Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30-8:00 PM. We kindly ask that only parents attend Parent Orientation. Then… the moment we’ve all been working towards… the first day of school is Thursday, August 13!

                                                      The First Day(s) of School

                                                      Our first day of school is Thursday, August 13. There will NOT be Chapel on the first day of school, but we will have Assembly. Please still wear your Thursday Chapel uniform on the first day of school. We will go into more details of drop-off, pick up, and Assembly during Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 11. 

                                                      Due to the current environment regarding COVID-19, we refer to our Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures for guidance. To reduce the number of people in our buildings, non-Faculty/Staff adults will not be permitted to come inside during the school day at the start of the year. We will re-evaluate this decision periodically to determine if that restriction needs to be extended or removed.  

                                                      Yet, we love our families and feel that we need to come together as a community. For our morning Assembly, we plan to hold that in the parking lot (or gym if inclement weather). As this would occur outside, families are welcome to join us at that time. We will discuss this in further detail at Parent Orientation.

                                                      Upcoming Open Houses

                                                      We are excited to announce our upcoming Open House schedule. Please share this flyer with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                                      Change in Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                       

                                                      We have had a change in days of the week for our Specials and Chapel. Specials and Chapel will occur on the following days:

                                                      Art- Monday and Friday
                                                      Music- Tuesday and Thursday
                                                      PE- Wednesday
                                                      Chapel- Thursday

                                                      This change will allow Mrs. Foss to accompany our singing during Chapel, as well as eliminating having Art on a day where we wear our Chapel uniform.

                                                      Community

                                                       

                                                      Please check out our Blog!

                                                      We have been working hard on re-starting our Blog on our website, and involving more parents in the process to share insights and wisdom. If you have missed any of our past Blogs, please check them out here!  Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!

                                                      Community Work Day

                                                      We have always been blessed by parents, students, grandparents, and other family and friends that have generously donated time and resources to help beautify our campus and facilities during our Community Work Day. Our work day this year will be TOMORROW Saturday, August 8 at 8:00 AM. We would welcome your assistance with several projects this year! You can bring the whole family, or just bring yourself. We have projects for everyone! Please see this Sign Up Genius list to see where you could help bless our community.

                                                      Join our Parent Ambassador Team!

                                                      We are looking to expand our Parent Ambassador Team!  Members write blog articles, lead tours, and brainstorm ways to share about Coram Deo Academy through word of mouth. If you have a gift of writing, or a gift of hospitality, or a gift of creativity, then being a Parent Ambassador may be a great way for you to help out our community! Please email Mr. Barney if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.  

                                                      Social Media Presence

                                                      Social media plays such a large role in communication in today’s environment. We have been making a concentrated effort in increasing our social media presence so that we can let as many people know about CDA as possible! For those who are also on social media, please like and follow us on our social media channels! Sharing posts also helps in getting the word out!

                                                      Here is our Facebook page.

                                                      Here is our Twitter information.

                                                      Here is our Instagram information.

                                                      Volunteers

                                                      We want to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who volunteers their time and talents to our community. We would not be able to complete as much as we do without volunteers, so thank you!

                                                      And, we would love to have many, many volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete an indemnification waiver and this background check form! Also, during Parent Orientation, there will be sign ups for opportunities after teachers discuss their needs.
                                                       

                                                      Substitute Teachers needed

                                                      We are looking for referrals for substitute teachers, or parents who are willing to be a substitute. If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.

                                                      Have a great week!

                                                       

                                                      In Christ,

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                      Update: July 31, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      Let the countdown begin! Two weeks until school resumes!

                                                      Here is some important information we wanted to share with you:

                                                       

                                                      Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                      CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as Governor Holcomb’s recent mask mandate is in effect. However, there are exemptions for students and teachers in the classroom who can maintain enough distance. As one news article explains,
                                                      The following are exceptions to the mask mandate as it applies to schools specifically:

                                                      • If a school classroom can be configured so that all students and instructors are at least 3-6 feet apart
                                                      • During outdoor recess where proper social distancing measures are enforced
                                                      • When deemed necessary by a school official for instructional purposes
                                                      • Individual discretion for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 learning plan

                                                      Instructors in classrooms with at least six feet between the instructional area and the students will not be required to wear a mask while social distancing is observed.

                                                      Because of the size of our school and classrooms, students and teachers therefore will only be required to wear masks at select times. All other aspects of our Handbook of New Health and Safety Measures remain the same, and once the mask requirement is lifted by the local government, we plan to lift it at CDA as well. We suggest that parents of 3rd-8th graders purchase a comfortable and appropriate cloth face mask that will be, to the extent possible, enjoyable. CDA colors are encouraged! We are working on making one available through Lands End

                                                      Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                      Updated Supply Lists are available!

                                                      You may view each grade’s school supply list here.

                                                      Also, due to the shortage of availability for disinfectant wipes and baby/hand wipes, we would also gladly accept a spray disinfectant cleaner and paper towels. We know that these items might be in short supply, but we would welcome any type of disinfectant cleaner (best if it states it is for disinfecting for viruses), not just simply wipes.

                                                      Lands’ End PE uniforms are now available!

                                                      After evaluating parental feedback regarding our current PE uniforms, we have opted to start utilizing Lands’ End options for our PE uniforms. This will be a transition year for these uniforms so students may wear either the option from Custom Embroidery Indiana or the option from Lands’ End for this year. Then in 2021/2022 we will fully transition the PE uniform to be from Lands’ End.   

                                                      Uniform Exchange/Sale

                                                      Our virtual Uniform Exchange/Sale continues! We’ve already had several families take advantage of our sale! Here is how to participate:

                                                      • If you would like to purchase a uniform item, simply email Mrs. MacKay the item and size.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will put your order together from uniform items that are currently available for sale. This is on a first-come, first-served basis.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will email you when your order is ready for pick up!

                                                       Or….you can simply email Mrs. MacKay to set up an appointment to come and select the uniform items that you’d like to purchase.

                                                      Weekly Updates are being sent!

                                                      As the school year is fastly approaching, we have once again commenced sending Weekly Updates. If you happen to know someone in our community who says they are not receiving these updates, please have that person verify that the update is not going straight to their email’s junk or trash folder. We have lots of information to distribute, and we want to make sure everyone is receiving it!

                                                      Payment Plan reminder

                                                      If you have not already done so, please remember to set up your payment plan for next year. August is the first month that tuition is due, so please make sure to have your plan selected by the end of next week.

                                                      Calendar

                                                      Ice Cream Social Details

                                                      Here is our 2020/2021 Event Calendar to utilize to start planning for our events. This calendar is also on our website. Our first event of the year is our Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 7 at 6:30-8:00 PM (the buildings will close at 8:00). This is also the time where your child will meet their teacher and drop off school supplies. 

                                                      Due to current government mandates, we have determined safety precautions that will be utilized during this social. Also, please bring a mask to use in case you are not able to adequately maintain social distancing guidelines either inside or outside.

                                                      • The ice cream will be individually wrapped ice cream sandwiches.
                                                      • CDA will be monitoring and controlling the flow of people in the buildings. Mr. Seibel will be stationed at the Logic door, Mr. Barney will be stationed at the Grammar door, and Mrs. MacKay will be stationed in the front office. Teachers will be stationed in their classrooms.
                                                      • Outside of the buildings, parents will be responsible for ensuring there is adequate space for the recommended social distancing guidelines of six feet.  
                                                      • Please bring your school supplies into the building. CDA faculty or staff will be assisting with where to place the supplies. Please do NOT bring art supplies to this event. Once each student receives their own art bag that is provided by the school, they will then bring in their art supplies in that bag.

                                                      Our Community Work Day will be on Saturday, August 8 at 8:00 AM. All family members are welcome at our Community Work Day! Then, Parent Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30-8:00 PM. We kindly ask that only parents attend Parent Orientation. Then… the moment we’ve all been working towards… the first day of school is Thursday, August 13!

                                                      The First Day(s) of School

                                                      Our first day of school is Thursday, August 13. There will NOT be Chapel on the first day of school, but we will have Assembly. Please still wear your Thursday Chapel uniform on the first day of school. We will go into more details of drop-off, pick up, and Assembly during Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 11. 

                                                      Due to the current environment regarding COVID-19, we refer to our Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures for guidance. To reduce the number of people in our buildings, non-Faculty/Staff adults will not be permitted to come inside during the school day at the start of the year. We will re-evaluate this decision periodically to determine if that restriction needs to be extended or removed.  

                                                      Yet, we love our families and feel that we need to come together as a community. For our morning Assembly, we plan to hold that in the parking lot (or gym if inclement weather). As this would occur outside, families are welcome to join us at that time. We will discuss this in further detail at Parent Orientation.

                                                      Upcoming Open Houses

                                                      We are excited to announce our upcoming Open House schedule. Please share this flyer with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                                      Change in Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                       

                                                      We have had a change in days of the week for our Specials and Chapel. Specials and Chapel will occur on the following days:

                                                      Art- Monday and Friday
                                                      Music- Tuesday and Thursday
                                                      PE- Wednesday
                                                      Chapel- Thursday

                                                      This change will allow Mrs. Foss to accompany our singing during Chapel, as well as eliminating having Art on a day where we wear our Chapel uniform.

                                                      Community

                                                       

                                                      Faculty Changes

                                                      It is with great sadness that we announce that our Physical Education Teacher, Ms. Kata Bawel, has resigned. However, she is following God’s calling and is starting a new position. We pray that God uses her for His glory in her new role, and guide her as she transitions from our community.

                                                      Here is a letter to the CDA Community from Ms. Bawel.

                                                      Although we are saddened by Ms. Bawel’s departure, we are pleased to announce that our Cross Country Coach, Mr. Lesnet, has accepted the position of Physical Education Teacher. Coach Lesnet has been instrumental in facilitating our Cross Country team, and we are excited to see what other ideas and plans he has for CDA! Welcome Coach Lesnet!

                                                      Please check out our Blog!

                                                      We have been working hard on re-starting our Blog on our website, and involving more parents in the process to share insights and wisdom. If you have missed any of our past Blogs, please check them out here!  Share blog articles with your neighbors and friends!

                                                      Community Work Day

                                                      We have always been blessed by parents, students, grandparents, and other family and friends that have generously donated time and resources to help beautify our campus and facilities during our Community Work Day. Our work day this year will be on Saturday, August 8 at 8:00 AM. We would welcome your assistance with several projects this year! You can bring the whole family, or just bring yourself. We have projects for everyone! Please see this Sign Up Genius list to see where you could help bless our community.

                                                      Join our Parent Ambassador Team!

                                                      We are looking to expand our Parent Ambassador Team!  Members write blog articles, lead tours, and brainstorm ways to share about Coram Deo Academy through word of mouth. If you have a gift of writing, or a gift of hospitality, or a gift of creativity, then being a Parent Ambassador may be a great way for you to help out our community! Please email Mr. Barney if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.  

                                                      Social Media Presence

                                                      Social media plays such a large role in communication in today’s environment. We have been making a concentrated effort in increasing our social media presence so that we can let as many people know about CDA as possible! For those who are also on social media, please like and follow us on our social media channels! Sharing posts also helps in getting the word out!

                                                      Here is our Facebook page.

                                                      Here is our Twitter information.

                                                      Here is our Instagram information.

                                                      Volunteers

                                                      We want to extend a very sincere thank you to everyone who volunteers their time and talents to our community. We would not be able to complete as much as we do without volunteers, so thank you!

                                                      And, we would love to have many, many volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity, please complete an indemnification waiver and this background check form! Also, during Parent Orientation, there will be sign ups for opportunities after teachers discuss their needs.
                                                       

                                                      Substitute Teachers needed

                                                      We are looking for referrals for substitute teachers, or parents who are willing to be a substitute. If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.

                                                      Have a great week!

                                                       

                                                      In Christ,

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                      Update: July 24, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      Let the countdown begin! Three weeks until school resumes!

                                                      Here is some important information we wanted to share with you:

                                                       

                                                      Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                      Many of you will have heard the news this week that the Indiana governor is now mandating the use of masks in public indoor spaces, including schools for grades 3 and up from July 27 through August 26. CDA supports the authority of the local government to make emergency declarations for the safety of its citizens and we will comply as long as this mandate is in effect. However, there are exemptions for students and teachers in the classroom who can maintain enough distance. As one news article explains,
                                                      The following are exceptions to the mask mandate as it applies to schools specifically:

                                                      • If a school classroom can be configured so that all students and instructors are at least 3-6 feet apart
                                                      • During outdoor recess where proper social distancing measures are enforced
                                                      • When deemed necessary by a school official for instructional purposes
                                                      • Individual discretion for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 learning plan

                                                      Instructors in classrooms with at least six feet between the instructional area and the students will not be required to wear a mask while social distancing is observed.

                                                      Because of the size of our school and classrooms, students and teachers therefore will only be required to wear masks at select times. All other aspects of our Handbook of New Health and Safety Measures remain the same, and once the mask requirement is lifted by the local government, we plan to lift it at CDA as well. While the use of masks may not be ideal, the value of meeting in person still outweighs the prospect of mask-wearing for teachers and students who are able. We suggest that parents of 3rd-8th graders purchase a comfortable and appropriate cloth face mask that will be, to the extent possible, enjoyable. CDA colors are encouraged! We are working on making one available through Lands End

                                                      Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                      Updated Supply Lists are available!

                                                      You may view each grade’s school supply list here.

                                                      Also, due to the shortage of availability for disinfectant wipes and baby/hand wipes, we would also gladly accept a spray disinfectant cleaner and paper towels. We know that these items might be in short supply, but we would welcome any type of disinfectant cleaner (best if it states it is for disinfecting for viruses), not just simply wipes.

                                                      Lands’ End PE uniforms are now available!

                                                      After evaluating parental feedback regarding our current PE uniforms, we have opted to start utilizing Lands’ End options for our PE uniforms. This will be a transition year for these uniforms so students may wear either the option from Custom Embroidery Indiana or the option from Lands’ End for this year.  Then in 2021/2022 we will fully transition the PE uniform to be from Lands’ End.   

                                                      Uniform Exchange/Sale

                                                      Our virtual Uniform Exchange/Sale continues! We’ve already had several families take advantage of our sale! Here is how to participate:

                                                      • If you would like to purchase a uniform item, simply email Mrs. MacKay the item and size.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will put your order together from uniform items that are currently available for sale. This is on a first-come, first-served basis.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will email you when your order is ready for pick up!

                                                       Or….you can simply email Mrs. MacKay to set up an appointment to come and select the uniform items that you’d like to purchase.

                                                      Payment Plan reminder

                                                      If you have not already done so, please remember to set up your payment plan for next year. August is the first month that tuition is due, so please make sure to have your plan selected by the end of next week.

                                                      Calendar

                                                      Our 2020/2021 Event Calendar is now available!

                                                      We have been hard at work planning all of our exciting community events. Here is our 2020/2021 Event Calendar to utilize to start planning for our events. This calendar is also on our website.

                                                      As August is quickly approaching, the start of the school year is a busy, yet exciting time of the year! The first events coming up are our Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 7 at 6:30 PM. This is also where your child will meet their teacher and drop off school supplies.  Our Community Work Day will be on Saturday, August 8. Then, Parents Only Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 11 and the first day of school is Thursday, August 13.

                                                      Upcoming Open Houses

                                                      We are excited to announce our upcoming Open House schedule. Please share this flyer with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                                      Change in Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                       

                                                      We have had a change in days of the week for our Specials and Chapel. Specials and Chapel will occur on the following days:

                                                      Art- Monday and Friday
                                                      Music- Tuesday and Thursday
                                                      PE- Wednesday
                                                      Chapel- Thursday

                                                      This change will allow Mrs. Foss to accompany our singing during Chapel, as well as eliminating having Art on a day where we wear our Chapel uniform.

                                                      Community

                                                       

                                                      Please check out our Blog!

                                                      We have been working hard on re-starting our Blog on our website.  If you have missed any of our past Blogs, please check them out here!

                                                      Community Work Day

                                                      We have always been blessed by parents, students, grandparents, and other family and friends that have generously donated time and resources to help beautify our campus and facilities during our Community Work Day. Our work day this year will be on Saturday, August 8 at 8:00 AM. We would welcome your assistance with several projects this year! You can bring the whole family, or just bring yourself- we have projects for everyone! Please see this Sign Up Genius list to see where you could help bless our community.

                                                      Join our Parent Ambassador Team!

                                                      We are looking to expand our Parent Ambassador Team!  Members write blog articles, lead tours, and brainstorm ways to share about Coram Deo Academy through word of mouth. If you have a gift of writing, or a gift of hospitality, or a gift of creativity- then being a Parent Ambassador may be a great way for you to help out our community! Please email Mr. Barney if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.  

                                                      Social Media Presence

                                                      Social media plays such a large role in communication in today’s environment. We have been making a concentrated effort in increasing our social media presence so that we can let as many people know about CDA as possible! For those who are also on social media, please like and follow us on our social media channels! Sharing posts also helps in getting the word out!

                                                      Here is our Facebook page.

                                                      Here is our Twitter information.

                                                      Here is our Instagram information.

                                                      Project Arete: Accreditation with ACCS 

                                                      CDA faculty and staff have been hard at work this summer on the process of accreditation with the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS). This has included developing and improving systems, curriculum scope and sequences, and documentation of our incredible educational process. All this work will culminate in the writing of reports for a self-study that we will submit for feedback this fall. Please pray for increased excellence (arete) in all that we do at CDA.
                                                       

                                                      Yearbook Delivery Update

                                                      Please see this delivery update for the 2019/2020 Yearbooks from Lifetouch. 

                                                      Substitute Teachers needed

                                                      We are looking for referrals for substitute teachers, or parents who are willing to be a substitute. If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.

                                                      Have a great week!

                                                       

                                                      In Christ,

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                      Update: July 17, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      Let the countdown begin! Four weeks until school resumes!

                                                      Here is some important information we wanted to share with you:

                                                       

                                                      Handbook of New Health & Safety Measures

                                                      As we extend love to your children and your family, we have developed a handbook of New Health & Safety Measures. Please read through this document for the details of our health and safety plan for this upcoming fall. Please contact Mr. Barney if you have any questions.

                                                      Updated Supply Lists are available!

                                                      As our environment is constantly changing, we have implemented some additional measures regarding the use of shared community art supplies. Each student will receive their own bag from the school to contain their own individual art supplies for Art class. In order to accommodate everyone having their own supplies, the following art supplies have been added to the supply list:

                                                      *    COLORED PENCILS
                                                      *    REGULAR PENCILS
                                                      *    PENCIL SHARPENER
                                                      *    ERASER
                                                      *    24 BOX OF CRAYONS (K-4 only)
                                                      *    FOLDER
                                                      *    SCISSORS
                                                      *    BLACK FELT TIP PEN
                                                      *    WATERCOLOR PAINT SET W/BRUSH
                                                      *    SMOCK OR OVERSIZED SHIRT

                                                      You may view each grade’s school supply list here.

                                                      Due to the shortage of availability for disinfectant wipes and baby/hand wipes, we would also gladly accept a spray disinfectant cleaner and paper towels. We know that these items might be in short supply, but we would welcome any type of disinfectant cleaner (best if it states it is for disinfecting for viruses), not just simply wipes.

                                                      Change to Uniform Expectations!

                                                      Here is our current Uniform Expectations information.  However, after evaluating parental feedback regarding our current PE uniforms, we are now in discussions with Lands’ End to use their options for our PE uniforms. This will be a transition year for these uniforms so students may wear either the option from Custom Embroidery Indiana or the option from Lands’ End for this year.  Then in 2021/2022 we will fully transition the PE uniform to be from Lands’ End. We will communicate when this process with Lands’ End has been finalized.

                                                      Uniform Exchange/Sale

                                                      Our virtual Uniform Exchange/Sale continues! We’ve already had several families take advantage of our sale! Here is how to participate:

                                                      • If you would like to purchase a uniform item, simply email Mrs. MacKay the item and size.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will put your order together from uniform items that are currently available for sale. This is on a first-come, first-served basis.
                                                      • Mrs. MacKay will email you when your order is ready for pick up!

                                                       Or….you can simply email Mrs. MacKay to set up an appointment to come and select the uniform items that you’d like to purchase.

                                                      Calendar

                                                      Our 2020/2021 Event Calendar is now available!

                                                      We have been hard at work planning all of our exciting community events. Here is our 2020/2021 Event Calendar to utilize to start planning for our events. This calendar is also on our website.

                                                      As August is quickly approaching, the start of the school year is a busy, yet exciting time of the year! The first events coming up are our Ice Cream Social on Friday, August 7 at 6:30 PM. This is also where your child will meet their teacher and drop off school supplies.  Our Community Work Day will be on Saturday, August 8. Then, Parents Only Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 11 and the first day of school is Thursday, August 13.

                                                      Upcoming Open Houses

                                                      We are excited to announce our upcoming Open House schedule. Please share this flyer with friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about our school!

                                                      Change in Specials and Chapel schedule for this year:

                                                       

                                                      We have had a change in days of the week for our Specials and Chapel. Specials and Chapel will occur on the following days:

                                                      Art- Monday and Friday
                                                      Music- Tuesday and Thursday
                                                      PE- Wednesday
                                                      Chapel- Thursday

                                                      This change will allow Mrs. Foss to accompany our singing during Chapel, as well as eliminating having Art on a day where we wear our Chapel uniform.

                                                      Community

                                                       

                                                      Community Work Day

                                                      We have always been blessed by parents, students, grandparents, and other family and friends that have generously donated time and resources to help beautify our campus and facilities during our Community Work Day. Our work day this year will be on Saturday, August 8. We would welcome your assistance with several projects this year! Please see this Sign Up Genius list to see where you could help bless our community.

                                                      Join our Parent Ambassador Team!  

                                                      We are looking to expand our Parent Ambassador Team!  Members write blog articles, lead tours, and brainstorm ways to share about Coram Deo Academy through word of mouth. If you have a gift of writing, or a gift of hospitality, or a gift of creativity- then being a Parent Ambassador may be a great way for you to help out our community! Please email Mr. Barney if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.  

                                                      Social Media Presence

                                                      Social media plays such a large role in communication in today’s environment. We have been making a concentrated effort in increasing our social media presence so that we can let as many people know about CDA as possible! For those who are also on social media, please like and follow us on our social media channels! Sharing posts also helps in getting the word out!

                                                      Here is our Facebook page.

                                                      Here is our Twitter information.

                                                      Here is our Instagram information.

                                                      Substitute Teachers needed

                                                      We are looking for referrals for substitute teachers, or parents who are willing to be a substitute. If you would like further information on this opportunity, please email Mr. Barney.

                                                      Have a great week!

                                                       

                                                      In Christ,

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                      Update: July 10, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      We pray that your summer has been off to a fun and relaxing start! We long to see all of you again in the fall, and cannot wait until school starts again soon. May God be with your family during the rest of our time apart, and we look forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks!

                                                      Here is some important information we wanted to share with you:

                                                      Supply Lists now available!

                                                      As the school year quickly approaches, this is a great time to get school supply shopping completed! You may view each grade’s list here.

                                                      Updated Uniform Expectations!

                                                      Here is our updated Uniform Expectations information. 

                                                      Please note that Chapel will now be on THURSDAYS!!! 

                                                      By switching the day of Chapel, Mrs. Foss will be available to play the piano for our hymns, as well as ensuring that our Chapel dress uniform will be kept a bit more nice and tidy since we will not have Art on the same day as Chapel.

                                                      Calendar

                                                      Uniform Exchange/Sale

                                                      Have you noticed that your child is constantly hungry? Pants are suddenly too short? Seeping all the time? Gaining weight? What could be happening? It is possible that your child is in a growth spurt! So what do you do with all of those uniforms that have possibly been worn one time? And what is an economical way to get new uniforms for this upcoming school year?  

                                                      Our Uniform Exchange/Sale!

                                                      Due to our current pandemic environment, this year’s sale will look somewhat different than in past years. Rather than being on one set day for a few hours, this will be more of a continuous process.

                                                      • Simply return any uniforms that are no longer needed to Mrs. MacKay at the front office.
                                                      • If you would like to purchase a uniform item, simply email Mrs. MacKay the item and size.
                                                        Mrs. MacKay will put your order together from uniform items that are currently available for sale. This is on a first-come, first-served basis. Mrs. MacKay will email you when your order is ready for pick up! Or….you can simply email Mrs. MacKay  to set up an appointment to come and select the uniform items that you’d like to purchase.Of course, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee, so if an item that is selected does not work for some reason we will exchange it for another item.

                                                         

                                                        Each item is $5 and can be paid via cash or check. Thank you for your flexibility in this process for this year!

                                                      Community

                                                       

                                                      Although there are many things that we cannot control about our current situation, we are loved by a God who is in command at all times. During times of trouble, we look to Him for guidance and strength.

                                                      As we look forward to what the 2020-2021 school year looks like, there will be several changes to our faculty. Change can be scary – but remember Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” And even though we live in a world that is constantly changing, Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

                                                      One change for next year will be the addition of our Principal, Mr. Jason Barney. Mr. Barney comes to Coram Deo Academy with many accolades and vast experience from Clapham School in Wheaton, Illinois. Mr. Barney will be tasked with the day to day operations of the school. The addition of Mr. Barney to our faculty will allow Mr. Seibel to focus on our school’s growth. In the event there is a situation that needs addressed, your child’s teacher will remain your first point of contact. Mr. Barney will be the second point of contact, and then if needed Mr. Seibel would be your third point of contact.

                                                      As a result of this restructuring, we are saddened to announce that the roles of Partnership Director and 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher will be removed. Mrs. MacKay and Mr. Barney will now handle Mrs. Deaton’s responsibilities of marketing and admissions. Mr. Seibel, Mr. Barney, and Mrs. Griffin will be handling Mrs. Kempson’s responsibilities. Many thanks to Mrs. Paige Deaton and Mrs. Kathryn Kempson for all of their contributions to the school. We will miss both of you, and wish you the best.

                                                      Also, we are currently working on COVID-19 procedures for returning to campus in August. We are in conversation with the Hamilton County Health Department, and once these procedures have been processed through our faculty and our Board we will communicate these procedures to our families.

                                                      Although we might not have all of the answers right now as to what exactly next fall will look like, we have been focused on positioning ourselves, our faculty, and our staff in a manner that is consistent with our goal to be a thriving partner with parents. We exist to come alongside families in their duty of biblically training their children by offering academic instruction that is distinctly and consistently Christ-centered and classical.

                                                       

                                                      In Christ,

                                                      Coram Deo Academy

                                                       

                                                      Update: May 8, 2020

                                                      Connect

                                                      The Habits of the Heart in the Home: Responsibility

                                                      We are not teaching our children habits as another accomplishment for us or them, but so they may grow into the men and women with the ability to glorify God to the fullest. Read Mrs. Feeney’s last blog post in her series.

                                                      Calendar

                                                      Field Day @ Home: May 11-15

                                                      Our Virtual Field Day with activities from OPEN starts May 11th and runs until May 15th. Please take part to help your student remain physically active and participate against other Guilds! As a reminder, here are the links: Virtual Field Day 2020 and Score Card. Please only enter scores on the scorecard. Do not edit the whole document.   
                                                       
                                                      If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact kbawel@coramdeo-in.com

                                                      Community Meeting

                                                      Please attend our community Zoom meeting on Thursday night next week. The community meeting is our annual ‘town hall’ gathering to give a snapshot of where we have been as a school, where we are today, and where we are going tomorrow. It will last for 45 minutes and we will have time for questions at the conclusion. Join using this link (password is dseibel).

                                                      Community

                                                      Chess Club Finals Update

                                                      Some of our Chess club participants are still competing in our chess.com tournament. We will have winner announcements in the near future, so stay tuned for that. Those still participating will be receiving their information in emails directly from Mrs. Griffin.

                                                      Great job to all our chess club participants. I saw so much growth in strategy and critical thinking skills. I am so proud of you all. I look forward to seeing your participation next year.

                                                      Summer Reading

                                                      Since Coram Deo Academy assists parents in their biblical duty of training their children in a distinctly and consistently Christ-centered and classical way, here is your Summer Reading Program Information. Click on this link to learn all you need to know for your family to participate in the CDA Summer Reading Program. There are required reading assignments for students going into 3rd-8th grade, so make sure you look closely. Happy reading!

                                                      Update RenWeb

                                                      As we’re nearing the end of the school year at home, please take a few minutes and update your contact information and mailing addresses on RenWeb.

                                                      Upcoming Webinars

                                                      We are halfway through our Wednesday Webinars, so please share the information with others so we can pack out the next three!

                                                      Classroom

                                                      Zoom Schedule

                                                      Make sure to bookmark this document that lists the start times of all Zoom meetings for the school.

                                                      KINDERGARTEN
                                                      Notes from Mrs. Feeney

                                                      Happy Mother’s Day! This week has been a great week with your children on my zoom calls. They are reading like first graders! You have all done a fabulous job teaching them at home. Keep reading and practicing those math facts! Have a great week.

                                                      Homework Information

                                                      Please see the following document for May 11-15 lesson plans

                                                       

                                                      FIRST GRADE
                                                      Notes from Mrs. Harvey

                                                      Thank you all so much for making my quarantine birthday so special. It was great to see your faces on zoom and I very much enjoyed the cheesecake, cards, messages, gifts, and all-around just feeling loved and celebrated. To top it all off, God gave us the great gift of breaking ground on our new house on my birthday! So special…. If all goes well, we are set to be in by mid-August. So it was an exciting week around my house. 

                                                      I am so, so very proud of all the hard work you are doing. We are living in a story none of us would’ve written and you all, parents and students alike, are doing so well! Keep up the hard work. The finish line is in sight! 

                                                      Homework Information

                                                      Check this link to be updated with next week’s assignments and videos. We will finish Latin next week. Woot woot! I will also be sending an email if there are any missing assignments for anyone by tomorrow from weeks prior to this one. Also, be on the lookout for a special video and announcement from me in the newsletter. 

                                                      Important Reminders

                                                      Just a reminder that we have a class Zoom call Monday at noon. All info for that should be updated in the Zoom schedule

                                                      SECOND GRADE
                                                      Notes from Mrs. Smith

                                                      Thank you all for bearing with me as our third granddaughter was born. As many of you know, Annabelle Smith was born Tuesday evening. Both mama and baby are healthy, praise God. It was quite an adventure for Mr. Smith and me, caring for 2 toddlers this week. But again, thanks for your grace and patience! I will email grades home this weekend as I get caught up on schoolwork. Don’t forget to send your child’s spelling list with dictation sentences if you haven’t already. Thank you!

                                                      I can’t believe we have just two weeks left until school is over. I see progress in each and every student. Thanks to you, our wonderful partners in education, your child has continued to learn and grow.

                                                      I wish all the mothers and grandmothers a very Happy Mother’s Day. God bless you all.

                                                      Homework Information

                                                      Student copy of lesson plans   |   Parent’s copy of lesson plan

                                                      THIRD GRADE
                                                      Notes from Mrs. Warman

                                                      Let’s finish strong third graders! Two more weeks! I’m so blown away by the detailed and descriptive work you have done this last week. Keep up the good work.

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        Lesson Plan

                                                        History ReadingReading during Class Zoom
                                                        Magician’s Nephew Read-Aloud Link
                                                        Math Answers
                                                        Lessons during Small Group Zooms
                                                        Grammar Answers Lessons during Class Zoom 
                                                        Bible Video / Bible Answers
                                                        → Latin with Mrs. Chasen: 

                                                        • Please continue to review vocab from Chapter 20 page 145. 
                                                        • Read “Grammar Lesson” on page 148. Think about Direct Objects in English to help you translate this knowledge into Latin! Please then complete the worksheet on page 149. 
                                                        • Try to complete the chart and vocab without looking back, see what you remember. Then go back and fill in the ones you left blank- this is a great way to review and know what material you need to review more often!

                                                         

                                                        FOURTH GRADE
                                                        Notes from Mrs. Chasen

                                                        Hi everyone! Crazy to think we are entering the last two weeks of school! This year is not ending the way I had envisioned, but regardless, the students have completed almost all of their curriculum! I am so encouraged by their diligence and hard work in the classroom and at home! I am also so appreciative to partner with such involved and gracious parents as yourselves. 

                                                        After discussing with Mrs. Griffin that the students would be very close, but not quite finished with their English grammar workbooks and composition books, we have decided that we will collect these at the end of the year to have them finish at the start of next school year. We still have two more weeks of hard work in them, but please hold onto these as we figure out a way to collect them at the end of the year so we may hold them for next year. More to come on this! 

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        All information and attachments needed for this next week may be found in this document. 

                                                         

                                                        FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
                                                        Notes from Teachers

                                                        Please feel free to contact your teachers if you have any questions or concerns. They are here to help.

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        Mrs. Griffin’s Lesson Plan for 5/11-5/15
                                                        Testing Schedule

                                                        • Monday – None
                                                        • Tuesday – Spelling Test, History quiz (card 29: Lewis and Clark Expedition)
                                                        • Wednesday – Grammar Test
                                                        • Thursday – None
                                                        • Friday – Verse Quiz (Romans 13: 8-12)

                                                        Mrs. Warman’s 4th/5th Grade Latin: Please review the last three chapters of vocabulary and then take this quiz.

                                                        Mrs.Weirich’s 6th/7th Latin:  All of Mrs. Weirich’s lesson plans are available daily on RenWeb Family Portal. To take advantage of all resources and updates, please access assignments on the day they are assigned. If you have any urgent questions, please contact me via email or text at 757.402.0457. A student needing additional help may click here to schedule an appointment during virtual office hours on Tuesdays at least two hours in advance. Latin students may schedule last-minute minute meetings after Tuesday classes and notify Mrs. Weirich.

                                                        Mrs. Kempson’s 5th Grade Math and 6th Grade Math lesson plans

                                                        Important Reminders

                                                        From Mrs. Griffin: We are doing our best to work on and finish our Research papers. I sent an email about Epic books, so the students can find books about their famous person. Parents, I am trying to teach your children the process, so help them the best you can and try not to be too stressed about it. I am aware that this is distance learning, and so the papers will be graded differently than if we had done them together at school. Hang in there! The finish line is near. 

                                                        Praying for you daily, and sending lots of virtual hugs.

                                                        SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
                                                        Notes from Mrs. Weirich

                                                        Giovanni Ruffini once observed, “A teacher is like a candle which lights the way for others in consuming itself.” But that’s even more true about parents! To all our hard-working, devoted moms–have a blessed Mothers’ Day! You’re the light-givers, the life-bearers, the moral compasses of the world. We couldn’t live–or do much of anything–without you.

                                                        If you have any urgent questions, please contact me via email or text. A student needing additional help may click here to schedule an appointment during virtual office hours on Tuesdays at least two hours in advance. Latin students may schedule last-minute minute meetings after Tuesday classes and notify Mrs. Weirich.

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        ✓ All of Mrs. Weirich’s lesson plans are available daily on RenWeb Family Portal. To take advantage of all resources and updates, please access assignments on the day they are assigned.

                                                        ✓ Keep them typing–and don’t let them look down! TypingClub and Typing.com are great options for beginners. Intermediate and advanced students should consider NitroType (not recommended for beginners), a competitive game that allows the student to race with typists from around the world.

                                                         

                                                        Notes from Mrs. Kempson

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        Notes from Mrs. Deaton

                                                        If your family is having difficulties uploading homework to Google Drive, please email me the homework. 

                                                        Logic students: Be advised that next week’s homework is challenging. Please reach out to me if you need assistance!

                                                        SPECIALS
                                                        Music with Mrs. Foss

                                                        Click here for access to your music assignments. Click here to see the Zoom meeting schedule. Don’t forget about Music meetings on Wednesdays! 

                                                        Psalm 100

                                                        1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! 

                                                        2 Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! 

                                                        3 Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

                                                        4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 

                                                        5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

                                                        Art with Mrs. Gipson

                                                        Hello CDA Families!

                                                        This week I would like you to draw a picture of you and your family participating in the Virtual Field Day! Here is a great video to help if you are having a hard time showing motion in your drawings. (Don’t forget, we all have knees and elbows). 

                                                        Also, this week is the next installment of the Coram Deo Virtual Art Show! This week is the 7th and 8th-grade class. Follow this link to view.

                                                        P.E. with Miss Bawel

                                                        Please take a look at my Physical Education Weekly Announcement here. 

                                                         

                                                        Update: May 1, 2020

                                                        Connect

                                                        The Habits of the Heart in the Home: Respect

                                                        We all desire for our children to act respectfully, so how do we help them do so? Read Mrs. Feeney’s blog post on training your kids in this habit at home.

                                                        Calendar

                                                        Chess Club Finals | May 5

                                                        Please see this flyer for more details on Chess Club Finals! Each family will soon receive more specific directions from Mrs. Griffin via email.

                                                        Field Day @ Home: May 11-15

                                                        See Mrs. Bawel’s information at the bottom of this email for more details on Field Day. Mrs. Bawel is ordering T-shirts today at 6 PM, so make sure you’ve entered your student’s shirt size for the shipment.

                                                        Community

                                                        Update RenWeb

                                                        As we’re nearing the end of the school year at home, please take a few minutes and update your contact information and mailing addresses on RenWeb.

                                                        Upcoming Webinars

                                                        We are halfway through our Wednesday Webinars, so please share the information with others so we can pack out the next three!

                                                        Classroom

                                                        Zoom Schedule

                                                        Make sure to bookmark this document that lists the start times of all Zoom meetings for the school. 

                                                        Please be aware that next week’s schedule will differ due to Guild meetings!
                                                        KINDERGARTEN
                                                        Notes from Mrs. Feeney

                                                        We have three more weeks of Kindergarten. This is hard for me to believe. I am going to put together something for a proper ending to kindergarten when all of this is over. 

                                                        Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I sure appreciate you all.

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        Please see the following document for May 4-8 lesson plans.

                                                        Important Reminders

                                                        There will be no Kindergarten class Zoom on Friday. Instead, you will have a Guild Zoom Call at 8:30 on Friday.

                                                        Access BREE Guild Meeting.
                                                        Password: Feeney

                                                        FIRST GRADE
                                                        Notes from Mrs. Harvey

                                                        It’s so hard to believe we are down to our last three weeks. I have so many emotions. On one hand, I think we will all be glad to have the online activity slow, but I am also feeling so strange at the lack of personal connection. I think you all have done truly remarkable work and your kids are thriving despite these exceptional times we are in. What an honor it is to be able to assist you, truly. 

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        Please check this link for homework for next week. All homework will be uploaded by Sunday evening.

                                                        Important Reminders

                                                        Access GLIMFEATHER Guild Meeting at 8:30 AM Friday.
                                                        Password: 4SvBdU

                                                        SECOND GRADE
                                                        Notes from Mrs. Smith

                                                        I was so encouraged and excited to meet with your children in our 1:1 times this week. It is so awesome to see the growth over time in each child. As I assessed each child’s reading fluency, it was great to hear how they have all progressed. You (parents and grandparents) are an inspiration to me as we have worked as a team, especially this year in our final quarter, knowing that we each played a part in students continuing to learn and move forward with their studies. 

                                                        As you know from Mr. Seibel’s email, my son, Jacob, and his wife, Daniela, are scheduled for an induction to have their third child on Tuesday morning. My husband and I are the only family members in contact with them since COVID, so we are Chief-In-Charge of the two toddlers. We will be staying at their house while Jacob and Daniela are at the hospital. 

                                                        If all goes as planned, we will be staying the night Monday and Tuesday, but are unsure of how much we will be needed once they get home. Had this been a “normal” time, I would have taken off a few days to spend with the family. I have created plans for this week that are attached, and I plan to meet with your child in small groups and for our class group meeting on Monday. I am unsure if we will meet for 1:1 conferences this week, so I will email you if we are to meet.

                                                        Homework Information

                                                        Student copy of lesson plans   |   Parent’s copy of lesson plan

                                                        Important Reminders

                                                        We will be having Guild Games on Friday, May 4th at 8:30 AM. I hope each of your children can join us for some online fun.

                                                        THIRD GRADE
                                                        Notes from Mrs. Warman

                                                        The students will really enjoy the video I have attached below on illuminated manuscripts and medieval bookmaking! Be sure that they see this video and use it when creating their manuscript pages. 

                                                        Challenge: Create a “coral reef” out of food items – Thanks for the idea, Parker Weirich!

                                                          Homework Information

                                                          Week of May 4 Lesson Plans

                                                          History Video
                                                          History Illuminated Manuscript Examples

                                                          Math Test
                                                          Grammar Worksheet
                                                          → Latin with Mrs. Chasen: 

                                                          • Please review your declension (noun endings) endings on page #145 Chapter 20 in your Latin book.
                                                          • Remember our chants! First declension-feminine, second declension masculine, second declension neuter. Your book is WRONG! Please see this picture for how to correct it.
                                                          • Review new vocab on page #145. Make flashcards for these words.
                                                          • Please complete the story on page #147.
                                                          Important Reminders

                                                          Access the FLEDGE Guild Meeting at 8:30 AM Friday.

                                                          ID: 471-748-5241
                                                          P: mrswarman

                                                          FOURTH GRADE
                                                          Notes from Mrs. Chasen

                                                          Thank you all so incredibly much for my surprise birthday drive-by! I had so much fun seeing you all and chatting for a bit! Thank you also, for the generous birthday gifts! Mr. Chasen and I cannot wait until social distancing is over and we can go to Patachou for brunches after church. Hopefully, we can all get together this summer for a cookout of sorts too. You all truly made me feel so blessed and loved on my birthday, I am so grateful for the wonderful community at CDA! Don’t forget to have some Tacos on Tuesday.

                                                          Homework Information

                                                          All assignments for the week of May 4-8 may be found in this document

                                                          Important Reminders

                                                          Access PATTERWIG Guild Meeting on 8:30 AM Friday.
                                                          Password: Chasen

                                                          FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
                                                          Notes from Teachers

                                                          Please feel free to contact your teachers if you have any questions or concerns. They are here to help. 

                                                          Homework Information

                                                          Mrs. Griffin’s lesson plans for the week of May 4-8

                                                          Mrs. Warman’s 4th/5th Grade Latin:  For the remainder of the year, we are going to be reviewing all vocabulary and endings taught so far. I would recommend going to quizlet.com and searching: “Latin for Children Primer B Chapter ___” to find vocabulary flashcards and games to review for each chapter. This is the BEST way to get ahead for next year’s Latin.

                                                          Mrs.Weirich’s 6th/7th Latin:  If you have any urgent questions, please contact Mrs. Weirich via email or text. A student needing additional help may click here to schedule an appointment during virtual office hours on Tuesdays at least two hours in advance. Latin students may schedule last-minute meetings after Tuesday classes and notify Mrs. Weirich. All of Mrs. Weirich’s lesson plans are available daily on RenWeb Family Portal. To take advantage of all resources and updates, please access assignments on the day they are assigned.

                                                          Mrs. Kempson’s 5th Grade Math and 6th Grade Math lesson plans

                                                          Mrs. Griffin’s Testing Schedule

                                                          • Monday – None
                                                          • Tuesday – Spelling Test (Lesson #22)
                                                          • Wednesday – None
                                                          • Thursday – None
                                                          • Friday – Verse Quiz (Romans 13:5-10), Chreia/Refutation Final Drafts Due
                                                          Important Reminders

                                                          Access REEPICHEEP Guild Meeting at 8:30 AM Friday.
                                                          Meeting ID: 781 6265 8255
                                                          Password: jgriffin

                                                          SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
                                                          Notes from Mrs. Weirich

                                                          NOTA BENE: On Wednesday, May 6, the 8th-grade students will be taking the Classic Learning Test. In anticipation of the assessment, students will have an additional flexible day prior to the test. To see a practice or example test, please click here. Please keep in mind that the practice test is leveled to grade 10. Students who do not need the additional FLEX time should work ahead in literature.

                                                          If you have any urgent questions, please contact me via email or text. A student needing additional help may click here to schedule an appointment during virtual office hours on Tuesdays at least two hours in advance. Latin students may schedule last-minute minute meetings after Tuesday classes and notify Mrs. Weirich.

                                                          Homework Information

                                                          ✓ All of Mrs. Weirich’s lesson plans are available daily on RenWeb Family Portal. To take advantage of all resources and updates, please access assignments on the day they are assigned.

                                                          Important Reminders

                                                          Access JEWEL Guild Meeting at 8:30 AM Friday.
                                                          Meeting ID: 717 3095 6557
                                                          Password: jewel

                                                          ✓ Students may use their public library accounts to access electronic media resources like Hoopla and Overdrive (see your library’s electronic resources page for details). See your email for a link to subscribe for free until June 2020 to Epic!, another database of electronic books.

                                                          ✓ Keep them typing–and don’t let them look down! TypingClub and Typing.com are great options for beginners. Intermediate and advanced students should consider NitroType (not recommended for beginners), a competitive game that allows the student to race with typists from around the world.

                                                          Notes from Mrs. Kempson

                                                          Homework Information

                                                          Notes from Mrs. Deaton

                                                          Hello parents! Thank you for helping your students submit their missing homework. I’m still in the process of reviewing these assignments, so RenWeb grades may not be up to date until this evening.

                                                          If your family is having difficulties uploading homework to Google Drive, please just email me the homework.

                                                          SPECIALS
                                                          Music with Mrs. Foss

                                                          I can’t tell you how much I miss you all! I’m sorry about how technical difficulties affected our meetings on Wednesday! Hopefully, the problem will be solved by next week. In the meantime, please just know that you are all in my prayers and I can’t wait for the day to be able to see you face-to-face again! If you ever have a specific way that I can pray for you, please email me as I’d love to add those to my prayer list.

                                                          Assignments

                                                          Click here for your music assignments. There is a lot of fun stuff in store this week! Click here for the Zoom meeting schedule.

                                                          Psalm 150

                                                          Praise the Lord!
                                                          Praise God in his sanctuary;
                                                          praise him in his mighty heavens![a]
                                                          Praise him for his mighty deeds;
                                                          praise him according to his excellent greatness!
                                                          Praise him with trumpet sound;
                                                          praise him with lute and harp!
                                                          Praise him with tambourine and dance;
                                                          praise him with strings and pipe!
                                                          Praise him with sounding cymbals;
                                                          praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
                                                          Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
                                                          Praise the Lord!

                                                          Art with Mrs. Gipson

                                                          This week I interviewed an artist from NYC with the help of the 4th-grade class. 

                                                          Assignments:
                                                          This week, the assignment is to watch this video and create your own tiny painting.
                                                          You will need:

                                                          • Paint
                                                          • Brushes
                                                          • Water cup
                                                          • Paper towel
                                                          • 3in x 3in piece of cardboard

                                                          When finished, take a picture of your finished painting and email it to me: dgipson@coramdeo-in.com 

                                                          P.E. with Miss Bawel

                                                          Please take a look at my Physical Education Weekly Announcement here. 

                                                          Field Day Info: 

                                                          I am looking forward to our week-long Field Day activities. This does not mean that you have to do something every day! Here is the PowerPoint with all the activities, which you can do any time with your family members during the week of May 11th. After completing an activity and acquiring a score, please record it on this scorecard.
                                                           
                                                          If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at kbawel@coramdeo-in.com

                                                           

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