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Weekly Updates

Update: March 27, 2020

Connect

5 Principles for Winning My Child’s Heart & Mind at Home

Tonight at 8 PM, Mr. Seibel and Mrs. Feeney will be hosting a Zoom call for parents on the topic of 5 Principles for Winning My Child’s Heart & Mind at Home. During this call, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive Q&A. Join the meeting tonight at this link.

Calendar

Spring Break

April 6-9

Community

The Pandemic Guide

Don’t forget that you have many resources to help your family make the most of this time together over the next few weeks in the CDA Pandemic Guide.

Open Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Lord willing, we will add another Kindergarten class this coming year to support increased enrollment. You can view the job description and application on our website. Please also note the additional open positions. If you know someone who could fit these openings, we encourage you to share this information with them!

Classroom

CONNECTING WITH TEACHERS

Just a reminder, here are the time slots for each online video conference for students to meet with their teachers during the week: see this schedule.

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

This week as I have prayed for you all, Psalm 23 keeps coming to mind. Our Shepherd loves us, knows us, and is watching after us as the very best shepherd cares for his sheep. See if your children can still recite Psalm 23.

Homework Information

This week I will give you 3 days worth of work and some optional activities you may do if you would like. Please follow this link to access a printable document that lists the work for this upcoming week. Have a blessed week!

Important Reminders

❖ Join our Zoom class meeting on Monday at 11:00 AM by clicking on this link.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

God does not call the equipped, He equips the called. 

I could not stop thinking about this phrase yesterday as I was processing this place parents all over the world have found themselves in. By the time this newsletter reaches you, I will have spoken to all of you this week. It has been a joy to connect with you and hear what’s happening in your homes as you embrace this season which no one asked for. I have loved hearing specific things God is putting on your hearts in regards to depositing seeds of faith and truth into your children as you respond to what’s happening across the globe.

I know it can be daunting, but be encouraged: God will continue to equip you with what you need to accomplish His will (Heb. 13:21) in this season in regards to having your kiddos home with you. I am so happy to be coming alongside and supporting!

Homework Information

We are only assigning three days worth of work this week. Feel free to review things like Latin Vocabulary the other days. Follow this link to print a guideline for next week’s work.

❖ Recitations and Memory verse for March due Friday, April 3.
❖ Please send a video of your student reciting both 2 Corinthians 5:17 and the poem “Special Friend.”
❖ New verse and poem for April due Friday, May 1.

Important Reminders

❖ Zoom Meetings at 12 PM on Mondays for 1st Grade can be accessed at this link.

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

I have been very impressed with the work that students and parent-teachers have done this week. Well done.

Thank you for responding with your prayer requests! It helps me pray more specifically for your family!

I will be posting teaching and reading videos for the next week on Sundays. I will email links to the videos then, as well.

Homework Information

I will be posting teaching and reading videos for the next week on Sundays. I will email links to the videos then, as well.

Please continue to keep written student work in a folder for me to look at later. Generally, math lessons need to be completed in order. However, parents and/or students can determine the order they do other subject lessons. Follow this link to print a guideline for next week’s homework.

Important Reminders

❖ We will be keeping the same times this coming week and in the weeks following for Zoom time. In the event that Zoom fails for 1:1 times, or if it’s easier, please have your child FaceTime me at their 1:1 time only (we need the interaction other times with Zoom). Here is the link to my Zoom account.

Here is our weekly schedule for Zoom: 
Monday small group time

  • Group 1: 10:30 AM-11:00 AM – Maddox, Anna, Graycen, Sri
  • Group 2: 11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Levi, Story, Crew, Ainsley

Monday Class Meeting at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:1 Meetings

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Take some time to read this inspirational devotional poem “Some Definite Service” by John Henry Newman.

Since we have finished our history books and cannot use the 4th-grade books at this time, I’ve decided to share some articles instead for your student to read/watch:

Homework Information

As your child completes work, send me pictures of Math, Grammar, or other work that shows progress or completion. You don’t need to send me everything, and shouldn’t! I just want to see some assignments to stay on track with how they are doing. Text these to me.

❖ Week of March 30-April 3 Lesson Plans
❖ Bible Answers p.145-146
❖ Listen to me reading “Baby Island” (Chapters 7-9 will be added by March 30)

Latin:
Continue to Review Chapter 18 vocab!
Review the two different verb tense ending we have (present tense and past tense). We will be learning a NEW TENSE: FUTURE TENSE.

Please complete the attached worksheet.

Important Reminders

Zoom Schedule: 10 minutes before all Zoom meetings, I will send a link out to join the meeting.

Monday mornings: I have small group Zoom meetings. Sign up.
Mondays at 2 PM: We have an all-class Zoom meeting.
Thursdays and Fridays: I have 1-1 meetings with students to check-in and answer any questions from the week’s work. Sign up.

If the time you need is not available or you have an urgent question, please text me.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Please feel free to call, text, email, or set up a Zoom chat time if you are struggling to understand, teach students, or organize information. I am more than happy to schedule a time to chat with you or your student. I am available during the day via my cell or email (cell I will check more frequently throughout the day).

Homework Information

Please see this document for information on next week’s lesson plans.

Important Reminders

 Tuesdays at 11 AM we have our classroom meeting via ZOOM. 10-15 minutes prior to this meeting I will email out a NEW LINK.

 Thursdays & Fridays:  I will be calling students to check-in, chat about work, and answer questions.

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Access Mrs. Griffin’s Lesson Plan for the week of 3/30.

Notes on Latin:

Latin 5 – Learn vocabulary for Chapter 22 using Quizlet. Check out my YouTube video to practice with me. 
Latin 6/7 – Until further notice, Mrs. Weirich’s 6th and 7th grade Latin class will be reviewing material that has already been introduced. Please find your assignments in the “Homework” tab of your Parent Portal on RenWeb.

Notes from Mrs. Kemspon

5th/6th Math
I miss all of you! You’re all doing a great job of finishing your math! I’ll be teaching math classes over Zoom Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Please click on this link each day at 9 AM (6th grade) and 10 AM (5th grade): https://zoom.us/j/6349008863. Meeting ID: 634 900 8863. 
  • If you have difficulty joining the Zoom classroom, call, text or email!

When you finish your work for the week, be sure to send me a message to let me know. Keep all your papers to hand in when we return to school.

5th Grade 
 Monday: 10 AM Zoom Class Lesson 92, Lesson Practice and Mixed Practice Evens
 Tuesday: Bake something while reminding yourself of common household volume measurements (3 teaspoons=1 tablespoon, 2 cups= pint, 4 quarts=1 gallon etc.). Send me a picture of your creation or show us on Wednesday’s Zoom class.
 Wednesday: 10 AM Zoom Class Lesson 93, Lesson Practice and Mixed Practice Evens
 Thursday: 10 AM Zoom Class Lesson 94, Lesson Practice and Mixed Practice Evens
 Friday: Practice your math facts while you do jumping jacks, pushups, and cartwheels. (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)

Answer Key

6th Grade 
 Monday: 9 AM Zoom Class Lesson 91, Lesson Practice and Mixed Practice Evens
 Tuesday: Bake something while reminding yourself of common household volume measurements (3 teaspoons=1 tablespoon, 2 cups= pint, 4 quarts=1 gallon etc.).Send me a picture of your creation or show us on Wednesday’s Zoom class.
 Wednesday: 9 AM Zoom Class Lesson 92, Lesson Practice and Mixed Practice Evens
 Thursday: 9 AM Zoom Class Lesson 93, Lesson Practice and Mixed Practice Evens
 Friday: Practice your math facts while you do jumping jacks, pushups, and cartwheels (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).

Testing Schedule

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – None
✓ Wednesday – History Quiz (card 26)
✓ Thursday – United States Map Quiz Part A, Science Quiz (eye)
✓ Friday – Romans 12

Important Reminders

 Zoom Link is in my lesson plan along with the password.

 Please feel free to call, text, or email me if you need any assistance.

 I sure miss all of you. It is much easier and more fun to teach you in person. I miss your hugs.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Thank you all for your great patience in learning a new way to submit work and contact me!

If you have any urgent questions, feel free to 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 6 hours in advance.

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.

✓ Unless otherwise specified, please continue to upload required student work for Mrs. Weirich as a .docx or a .pdf using the linked “Class Assignment Submission” form.

Important Reminders

✓ As we approach Spring Break, students will have two flexible days in their classes throughout the week. As noted in RenWeb, assignments on those days will be recommended but not required.

✓ Until further notice, 7th and 8th-grade students will have a standing virtual meeting at 9 AM on Tuesdays at this link to check-in with their class. Additional virtual meetings will be scheduled via RenWeb.

✓ 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. Deaton

Hello everyone! I hope you are staying well. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak one-on-one with your students today to discuss their progress this week and answer any questions they have in our “Teacher Talk” meetings.

Your students are doing well. I apologize for the delay in reviewing their homework from last week. You can now check on your student’s work by viewing their respective “Homework Feedback” folders as linked on RenWeb.

If your student is having issues uploading their homework to Google Drive, they may email me their homework. I notified students in our Teacher Talks of any missing assignments, so please check in with them to ensure they’re returned all homework by Monday. I’ve marked any missing assignments from last week as “0” in RenWeb grades but will update those grades once I receive students’ work.

I will continue to add ideas for assessment to Thursday lesson plans on RenWeb. Please use those ideas as you so choose!

Notes from Mrs. Kempson

Hello. I miss all of you! You’re all doing a great job of finishing your math! I’ll be teaching math classes over Zoom Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Please click on the link each day at 11 AM. Meeting ID: 634 900 8863 
  • If you have difficulty joining the Zoom classroom, call, text or email

When you finish your work for the week, be sure to send me a message to let me know and keep all of your papers to hand in when we return to school.

MATH
Monday: 11 AM Zoom Class.
Algebra 1: Lesson 92, Lesson Practice + Odds
Algebra 2/Math 8: Continue

Tuesday: Bake something while reminding yourself of common household volume measurements (3 teaspoons=1 tablespoon, 2 cups= pint, 4 quarts=1 gallon etc.). Send me a picture of your creation or show us on Wednesday’s Zoom class.

Wednesday: 11 am Zoom Class
Algebra 1: Lesson 93, Lesson Practice + Odds
Algebra 2/Math 8: Continue

Thursday: 11 am Zoom Class
Algebra 1: Lesson 94, Lesson Practice + Odds
Algebra 2/Math 8: Continue

Friday: Practice your math facts while you do jumping jacks, pushups, and cartwheels. (Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) You might think you’re a little old for this, but since you’re allowed to use calculators for homework, I fear you may be getting rusty on these basic facts!

Science Reasoning
Social distance and quarantine are two public health measures intended to prevent the spread of disease. Find a passage of scripture from the Old Testament that references some form of public health measure. Examples include but are not limited to sanitation (where to go to the bathroom, how to wash) and quarantine measures.

Choose one and write a paragraph about how you might have viewed these measures before CoVid-19 and how you view them now. Do you see God’s wisdom in providing public health measures before we as humans even understood how diseases spread? Then write another paragraph about your experience and opinions during this time of social distancing and quarantine.

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to be able to meet via Zoom with many of your kiddos. I love them and miss them very much! The main purpose of that meeting is to reconnect with them, explain the music instructions from the previous week, discuss the music instructions for the current week, then have a time of questions/answers. I love seeing their faces and hearing their input and feedback. It also gives me a chance to check up on their student work.

Click here for this week’s (3/30-4/3) music assignments

Please note the following important announcements:

❖ Begin keeping a collection of student work for music class. Maybe keeping a folder would be a helpful way to stay organized and not lose anything. When we reconvene at CDA, I will collect all student work that took place during this time. It’s not for a grade, but rather for keeping checkpoints of student learning. We’d like to keep music class going, even if it takes place at home!

❖ Join our music meeting next week! The times will be slightly different as I am beginning my other job virtually next week. If possible, please make this meeting time a priority as it is so crucial to stay connected during this time and continue to cultivate a love for learning and community. See you then!!

  • 10:20 AM K-2nd Grade
  • 11:00 AM 3rd Grade
  • 11:40 AM 4th Grade
  • 12:20 PM  5th/6th Grade
  • 1:00 PM 7th/8th Grade

❖ Spring Concert plans are unknown right now for obvious reasons. Please continue to listen to and learn the “Songs for ALL” section in the Spring Concert document, but hold off on the songs that are separated by grade level.

❖ If you have any questions during this time, feel free to email me (efoss@coramdeo-in.com) or text me

Art with Mrs. Gipson

Hello CDA artists! I’m really missing seeing all the smiling faces each week. I hope you are enjoying all the extra family time. For me, I’m going a little stir crazy in this house all the time. So with that in mind, I say we get out of the house.

This week I would like you to submit a picture of art you made outside, or with items found outside. This could be a sidewalk chalk drawing, a stick sculpture, a collage made from nature, or even just a bunch of pebbles arranged in a cool pattern. Use what The Creator has already made to create something new. Get Creative and Get Outside!

I’m excited to see what you come up with. You may upload the pictures to this Google Drive Folder, or send them to me in an email.

P.E. with Miss Bawel

I miss our time together in PE class, you all made me laugh! While we are not at school, here are some resources to help you stay active every day of the week, not just Fri-YAY!

Update: March 20, 2020

A Note from Mr. Seibel

What you accomplish for God beyond your home will typically never be greater than what you practice with God within your home. We want to encourage you to not waste this once in a lifetime opportunity with your children.

Home is a great place to learn. Although it is a greater burden to parents, there are great rewards to come. Nothing is better than seeing the light bulb flicker on in a child’s mind. Although we have temporarily traded places, we want to extend ourselves however we can to assist you in your duty of biblically training your children. I have been greatly encouraged already by how our teachers are sacrificing to make this a minimally disruptive transition.

Please share your at-home successes with us so we can celebrate together.

– Mr. Seibel

Connect

Making Vision a Reality

Enjoy this interview Mr. Seibel conducting with Mayor Jim Brainard on how Carmel has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Indiana.

Calendar

Spring Break

April 6-9

Community

The Pandemic Guide

Don’t forget that you have many resources to help your family make the most of this time together over the next few weeks in the CDA Pandemic Guide.

Open Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Lord willing, we will add another Kindergarten class this coming year to support increased enrollment. You can view the job description and application on our website. Please also note the additional open positions. If you know someone who could fit these openings, we encourage you to share this information with them!

Classroom

CONNECTING WITH TEACHERS

During the next two weeks of at-home-learning, your students will have the opportunity to connect with teachers in online video conferences. Check teacher’s notes below for the link to their respective meetings. To ensure that families with technological limitations/multiple kids can have their students participate in these video meetings, we’ve created this schedule.

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

I am praying for all of you daily and am reminded of God’s faithfulness. Consider Psalm 119:90 – “ Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.”  

Homework Information

Please follow this link to access a printable document that lists the work for this upcoming week. Plan a schedule with your child. Be creative. Get outside when you can.

Remember to text, email or call me if you have any questions. Just hold on to all their work and return it when we come back to school. Please help your child in the areas they are struggling.,

Important Reminders

❖ We will begin this next week with a Zoom class meeting on Monday at 11:00 AM. Please join the meeting by clicking on this link.

❖ Check the art and music section of this weekly update to find more ways to keep your children engaged this week.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

“…who enclosed the sea with doors when it burst forth and went out of the womb; …and set bars and doors [defining the shorelines], And said, ‘This far you shall come, but no farther; and here your proud waves shall stop?’ “ Job 38: 8,10-11

Twice this past week, this passage has been highlighted during times of worship, prayer, and intercession from several people I have talked to. The Lord is bringing comfort to His people by reminding us that this wave we have found descending on us has a boundary that the Lord Himself, establishes.

Jeremiah 33:3 encourages us to, “Call to ME and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not recognize, have knowledge of and understand).” If ever we have needed to have wisdom from heaven, and to ask of Him things we do not have knowledge of I think it’s now. And because it’s our birthright in Christ Jesus to hear His voice as His sheep, we can come with the long list of questions and He will respond.

Whether your questions are of a global nature, or if they are simply, “How do I teach my children at home?” We are hard-wired to be dependent, and we are supernaturally able to hear those answers. We are all being challenged to press in, ask more, and listen. He is a faithful Father! He will lead and direct His people. So as we press on together, let’s seek Him with each and every detail. I look forward to hearing from Him together with you!

Homework Information

Follow this link to print a guideline for the work that has been sent home for next week.

❖ Recitations will be due March 31.
❖ Science notebooks due next week (will collect when we can)

Important Reminders

❖ Zoom Meetings at 12 PM on Mondays for 1st Grade can be accessed at this link.

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

The first part of Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid…”  There is a lot going on in your child’s mind right now. Why are we not in school?  Why are both mom and dad home? However, you explain the current pandemic in our country and the world right now, explain things simply and honestly to your child. Share information carefully, but truthfully.

In order to help your child while at home with school, set a daily schedule.  Children crave both structure and predictability.  One of Mr. Rogers’ famous sayings about how when something bad happens, his mother always taught him to “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Remind them that God is still in control.  There is still goodness and beauty in the world. Tell them you love them, you will care for them, and God will care for each of you.

I miss each of my students and wish we were at school each day.  But I know God has a plan and will work this out for our good. I am realizing how many blessings I have taken for granted in the past few days.  I miss my eight little “blessings” so much and can’t wait to see them, at least through video (see note below on our weekly class video chats on Zoom.us).

Homework Information

Mr. Seibel will be delivering several things to your child, including our next 2 Bible lessons. Please check the manila folder for yes/no sticks, coins, etc. from the student’s desks. The rest of your child’s math books were torn out and can be placed in their math binder. Latin books are being sent home so that we can have fun and sing some Latin songs during our Monday class meetings. As Latin is an ungraded subject, there is no expectation to complete the workbook, but your child will want to have the words to the songs we’ll continue to learn.

Follow this link to print a guideline for the work that has been sent home for next week.

You should have received via email an invitation for your child to utilize SplashLearn with a link. This is not a requirement, but would greatly benefit your child to practice on math skills any amount of time per day. I am able to assign students, either individually or as groups for review of math skills taught this year. I can see if they are struggling if they need to be challenged more, etc. I have used this program before, and it is so helpful to both teacher and student.

Important Reminders

❖ As the status of our city/state/country have changed, please photo both sides of last week’s math test and send it to me at lsmith@coramdeo-in.us.

❖ If you have any questions on assignments, feel free to TEXT before emailing me. Since I am home, I am on my phone more than my computer. I can Facetime 1-1 if that is easier for questions.

❖ Please set up a Zoom account at zoom.us. We will be having an all-class meeting on Mondays from 1:00 p.m. Please set up a Zoom account so that I will be able to send your child an invite to the meeting. Please be with your child while they do the video to help with connection glitches. Here is the link to my Zoom account.

❖ I plan to Facetime/Zoom with your child in either a small group on Mondays (along with our class meeting) and on Thursdays of each week just to check in with them personally. For small group times, please sign up your child in the following groups:

Group 1: 10:30-11:00–Maddox, Anna, Graycen, Sri
Group 2: 11:30-12:00 Levi, Story, Crew, Ainsley.

Here is a SignUp Genius Link (we will keep the time each week)

❖ If you would like to turn in your work to me, text or email a photo or send it via email.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Oh, how I miss my students terribly! I love routine, I love teaching, and I love teaching this class. Please read my reflection in the Bible Notes that are attached below.

Homework Information

Here is the Lesson Plan Chart for this upcoming week. Please note that I have broken up the assignments into daily tasks, and there is a “checklist” on the side.

Here are all the Notes and Answer Keys you will need.

Objectives:

❖ History – Be able to answer “How was Rome divided in two?”, “Who was Attila the Hun, and who were the Barbarians?”, and “How did Rome Fall?

❖ Reading – Be able to answer “Who, What, When, Where, Why” for each chapter

❖ Math – Identify place values into the thousands/thousandths; Recognize and Draw Quadrilaterals; Estimate Products & Quotients by Rounding; Solve 2-step Word Problems (with help/guidance)

❖ Spelling/Cursive – Practice cursive letter formation and memorize new words

❖ Latin – Thoroughly review words and concepts from previous chapters, completing review Ch. 18 in the book. Students are encouraged to use the book and flip back to previous chapters to help them complete these worksheets. If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Chasen (772-453-9307 or dgchasen@coramdeo-in.com).

❖ Grammar – Identify Linking Verbs, Rewrite Sentences with Negative Words

❖ Bible – Retell “Spies in Canaan” story, Create a Prayer/Devotion on Blessings

❖ Science – Retell 3-4 facts on Jellyfish and Sea Anemones and sketch details

❖ Memory – Be able to recite Stanzas 1-4 of “The Children’s Hour”

Important Reminders

❖ If you have any questions on assignments, feel free to TEXT before emailing me. Since I am home, I am on my phone more than my computer. I can Facetime 1-1 if that is easier for questions.

❖ Please set up a Zoom account at zoom.us. We will be having an all-class meeting on Mondays at 2pm. Please be with your child while they do the video to help with connection glitches. Here is the Zoom link that will take you to the meeting. 

❖ I plan to Facetime/Zoom with your child on either Thursday or Friday of each week just to check in with them personally. In addition, it would be nice to meet with them in small groups on Mondays, so I have provided time for that, as well. Here is a SignUp Genius Link (we will keep the same time each week).

❖ If you would like to turn in your work to me, text or email me.

❖ Now’s a good time for your student to practice typing! Examples of typing tutors are TypingClub and Typing.com.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Hi, 4th grade and family! First off I just want to let everyone know I am praying for everyone’s health, safety, and sanity during this strange time. Please use this time to pray, slow down (if you can), and read a good book! I am so sad that our Medieval Feast had to be canceled, but I do plan on rescheduling it once we resume school!

I am already missing each of my students and interacting with them daily! With that being said, going forward, we will be having classroom group video chats on Tuesdays at 11 am via ZOOM and I will be trying to get in touch with each of the students at least once a week (preferably Thursdays and Fridays) to check-in, discuss the work, answer any questions, and chat. Here’s my personal link to join the meeting.

However, please continue to reach out to me through text, phone call, email, Facetime, whenever you do have questions regarding work throughout the week.

As far as work goes for this upcoming week, when you received your work/books from school this past week, I had prepared two weeks of curriculum for students. Please continue next week with the “WEEK 2” assignments.

The only change I will be making is adding a spelling test to the curriculum to be given on Thursday/Friday of the week, as well as I will be sending out some comprehension questions for Lit for the week of March 30th (not next week 23rd).

Please be checking students’ math work, and ONCE a week have them do a full review (MIXED PRACTICE) of any of the math lessons for this week. This way students will be learning new lessons, as well as reviewing all previous lessons to stay on top of all math material. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out. I am happy to clarify.

Lastly, I am currently working on how students can begin to grow their own plant at home. This is something we would’ve been doing at school, and it is a fun interactive project that I believe students will benefit from. I would aim to begin this the week of March 30th. Since I know not all students have seeds or pots at home, I am debating mailing each student a seed and emailing instructions of how to begin germination with just a paper towel, container, and water! I always appreciate any ideas, or feedback. These are times when creativity will flourish, so any innovative ideas are always welcome!

Homework Information

LATIN
You should have received your Latin books on Friday so you can begin working on our next chapter. We are in Chapter 20. Memorize the chart, vocabulary words, complete the story, and do the workbook pages.

If you have any questions, facetime, text, or call me. You can also sign up for a time here.

Here is a link to the Chapter 20 words on Quizlet.

Please also see Mrs. Warman’s Zoom link.

Important Reminders

Email: dgchasen@coramdeo-in.com
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/2634797725

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin
Homework Information

Mrs. Griffin’s Lesson Plans for March 23-27 are in this printable document.

Mrs. Kempson’s Lesson plans for March 23-27:

  • 5th Grade: Lesson 89, 90 and 91. Read each lesson, do the lesson practice, then complete the Evens.
    Investigation 9 (#1-5 Only), Lesson 91. Here is a link to the answer key.
  • 6th GradeLesson 88, 89, 90  Read each lesson, do the lesson practice, then complete the Evens.
    Investigation 9 (#1-9 Only). You have the answer key already.
Testing Schedule

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – History quiz (Card 25)
✓ Wednesday – Science quiz (the ear and hearing)
✓ Thursday – None
✓ Friday – Verse quiz (Romans 12:16-21)

Important Reminders

 If you would like to turn in your work to me, feel free to email or text me to see what we can work out. I love to receive pictures or scanned papers. Otherwise, you can just keep it all organized in a folder until we are able to have school again.

 We will have a class meeting on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Please use the following link to have your child join the meeting. For Zoom meeting click here.

 I will continue calling or using Zoom on either Thursday or Friday of each week just to check in with each student personally. I miss them all so much!

 Please upload all student work for Mrs. Weirich as a .docx or a .pdf using the linked “Class Assignment Submission” form. Please scan only one document per page into a single file. If you do not have a scanner, consider smartphone scanner apps like Scanner App or iPhone Notes. After scanning your document, send it either directly to your preferred cloud storage or email it to yourself. From your desktop, upload your scanned documents into the “Class Assignment Submission” form. Please contact Mrs. Weirich if you have any questions about submitting assignments.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Thank you all for your patience as we’re transitioning to distance learning.

All of Mrs. Weirich’s lesson plans are available daily on RenWeb Family Portal. Though they are designed to enable the student to work independently, please proctor your student during summative assessments like quizzes. On the other hand, formative assessments like Exit Tickets may be completed without supervision.

Please upload all student work for Mrs. Weirich as a .docx or a .pdf using the linked “Class Assignment Submission” form. Please scan only one document per page into a single file. If you do not have a scanner, consider smartphone scanner apps like Scanner App or iphone Notes. After scanning your document, send it either directly to your preferred cloud storage or email it to yourself. From your desktop, upload your scanned documents into the “Class Assignment Submission” form. Please contact Mrs. Weirich if you have any questions about submitting assignments.

Until further notice, 7th and 8th-grade students will have a standing virtual meeting at 9AM on Tuesdays at this link to check-in with their class. Please see one-time setup instruction in your email.

Now’s a good time for your student to practice typing! Examples of typing tutors are TypingClub and Typing.com. When the student has grown comfortable with typing, consider NitroType (not recommended for beginners), a competitive game that allows the student to improve typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with typists from around the world.

Notes from Mrs. Deaton

Blessings to all! I am praying for you and your students as we enter this at-home-learning adventure together.

Similar to Mrs. Weirich, all 7th Comp and 7th/8th Logic plans are available daily on the RenWeb portal. Please see Thursday plans for ideas to assess your students’ progress from the week. Since Logic in particular is a beastly subject, please let me know if I can assist you in assisting your student.

All student work is to be submitted to a class “Homework Submissions” Google Drive folder – links are available in RenWeb. To upload work, students can either drag-and-drop files or right-click to access the folder menu.

I will be joining Mrs. Weirich for the 9AM meeting on Tuesdays! Starting next week, I have also set up “Teacher Talk” meeting slots on Friday so your students can take ten minutes to check in with me and get any help they need. Links are available on RenWeb. Please ensure that your student has scheduled their check-in for next week by Thursday.

Notes from Mrs. Kempson

 Math 8 and Algebra 2: Continue with your assignments

 Algebra 1: Lesson 88, 89, 90, 91  Odds + Correct your work

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

Greetings CDA families!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition to distance learning. We are all exploring new territory right now together. See the following document for Music notes this week. Please take note of the links and assignments that correspond with your class.

Here is some valuable information for all:

  • As of now, we are still preparing as if there will be a Spring Concert on May 8th. In the meantime, we will be missing a substantial number of rehearsals. It would be extremely helpful for you to take a small amount of your at-home schooling schedule to dedicate towards listening to and practicing the songs! I have attached a link to the document with all the song links here: Spring Concert Instructions. Please listen to these. Older students may benefit from looking up the words to the songs and studying those as well. Keep an eye out in the newsletter next week as I will be recording and attaching specific parts to the songs for students to listen to as well as recorder and ukulele parts to practice. Thank you for your help as we prepare in new and creative ways!
  • I will be having a Zoom call with every class next week on Wednesday (3/18.) Please join in on the call here. The main purpose is to discuss what we are learning, work on a few details for Spring Concert, and have a brief Question/Answer time. The call should be somewhere between 20-30 minutes. See below for your music meeting times:9:00 AM: K-2nd Grade (We will combine these grades for now.)
    9:40 AM: 3rd Grade
    10:20 AM: 4th Grade
    11:00 AM: 5th-6th Grade
    11:40 AM: 7th-8th Grade
Art with Mrs. Gipson

Hello CDA Artists! I am listing a few great art resources for you to explore for drawing instruction. Please choose a video or two to follow along with. K-4 or 4-8:

Please take a picture of any work you do and upload it here. Title with your name and grade.

Follow this link for a new drawing game.

Update: March 6, 2020

Connect

A Musical Classical Education

In this article, I hope to demonstrate 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. So what does this have to do with music? Read more in Mrs. Foss’ latest blog. 

Calendar

Spirit Week

March 9-13

Important note: Have your students bring a beach towel to sit on during lunch. Please direct any questions to Mrs. DeeDee Feeney.

See this image for details on the dress code.

Lower School Field Trip

March 18

Lower School (grades K-4) will be headed to Clowes Hall to see a play of Charlotte’s Web. 

Classical U

6 PM | March 20 | CDA

Please join us for Classical U for helpful education in cultivating a classical mindset. Bring your kids, as they’ll be having a game night during this event!

Monthly Late Start

9 AM | March 27 | CDA

Community

Mother/ Son Adventure

10 AM | April 18 | Turkey Run

Calling all CDA Mothers & Sons! Set a reminder for Saturday, April 18, 10 AM-3:00 PM for the CDA Mother/Son Adventure! We will hike at Turkey Run, share a picnic and game, and have a Mother/Son Spirit content! An RSVP sign-up link will be sent out with more information in the next few weeks. Please direct any questions to Jen Hutson & Amy Poer

Open Position: Kindergarten Teacher

Lord willing, we will add another Kindergarten class this coming year to support increased enrollment. You can view the job description and application on our website. Please also note the additional open positions. If you know someone who could fit these openings, we encourage you to share this information with them!

2020-2021 Calendar

To assist our families in planning any trips during the 2020-2021 school year, we have published the initial calendar for the upcoming school year. Please note that this calendar does not include any special events and is intended for planning purposes.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

Happy March!  

❖ Bible– Memory: Psalm 150. We will be reading about Nehemiah and Jonah this week.

❖ Phonics– We will be reading and writing words with the phonogram “or” this week.

❖ Writing– We will be writing about the countries we visit in our copy journals.

❖ Reading– I will be finishing Charlotte’s Web and reading some Fairy Tales.

❖ Math– We will learn our math facts that have sums of 10 this week.

❖ Geography– We will “visit” Antarctica this week.

❖ History– We are going to read a book about the history of children’s literature. We will also make a timeline of some of our favorite stories.

Important Reminders

❖ March 18th – Field trip! We will leave here at 11:00 AM and return at about 2:00 PM. We will eat an early lunch.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

Speech Meet on Thursday was quite the learning experience.  I am so proud of the courage shown by many for whom this was an especially difficult task, and I know we will all learn and grow so much now that this “first” is under our belts!  Well done everyone. Due to the crazy schedule, however, we did not get to our spelling pretest. We had the pretest today and will have the final test on Monday of next week. 

❖ Reading: We have been reading a book for read-aloud called Kisses from Katie. It is a story about a modern-day missionary to Uganda, Africa. It has been a fun follow up to the Lillian Thrasher story we finished last week. 

❖ Phonics: We will continue our sh sound phonemes this week by learning the -ci, and -si phonemes. We will have two bonus words this week for those who are up for a little bit of a challenge. Also, we will focus on the “teen” words. Our 10 required words to learn will be: special, precious, mansion, tension, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and eighteen. Our challenge words (for extra credit) will be musician and explosion.

❖ Math: We introduced multiplication this week with our 10 times tables. The students were SO excited to be able to do such a challenging thing and have it come so easy to them. It was quite fun to watch as they begged for more math due to feeling so accomplished.

❖ Science: We start mammals next week in science. We will spend two weeks looking at different ones. 

Important Reminders

❖ Animal notebooks will be due Monday, March 23. Speeches on their favorite animal will be due Thursday, March 26.

❖ Show and Tell next week: Bring something spring related. Possible ideas: favorite flower, favorite activity to do when spring comes, past spring break trips, birds nests or other nature-related spring items. 

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

I was so proud of each and every 2nd-grade student this week as they participated in our first CDA Speech Meet.  Every single student did his/her best.  They sat quietly and respectfully as they watched their peers speak.  My heart is overflowing with love and pride for these sweet children! Results will take a few days to be returned.

❖ Bible--The Levitical Priesthood was the topic for this week’s Bible time.  Numbers 3 was our reference. We learned how a priest is the one who stands between God and the people, and that Jesus is our High Priest, standing between God and us.

❖ ReadingBalto and the Great Race saga continues.  We are learning many new vocabulary words.  In addition, students have now learned the literary terms 

❖ Composition–Students worked on a 3-point paragraph on ways that they share God’s love.

❖ Latin–We had a good week of review of the last 10 chapters this week.

❖ Astronomy–Mars was the topic of study this week.  We are learning to name which position planets are from the sun, how many days/months/years it takes to orbit the sun, high/low temperature, whether the planet is made of rock or gas, and an interesting fact learned about that planet. 

❖ Math–This week addition with 3 addends, measurement to the nearest ¼ inch, telling time to the minute and subtracting 2-digit numbers.  If any student had trouble figuring out the current “age” math problems, please don’t worry.  This skill was put in before we began double-digit subtraction and is not on the next test.  I did not count it wrong on student’s homework and we will put that skill aside for now.

❖ Spelling–New phonograms gn /n/ and kn /n/ were introduced this week.  We sorted vowel sounds, worked on subject/verb agreement and practiced our speeches during this time. 

Homework Information

Monday, March 9 –Math 90B
Tuesday, March 10–Math 91B
Wednesday, March 11–Math 92B
Thursday, March 12–Math 93B

– Remember to encourage your child to read daily and be ready to share in our “book talk” on Fridays.
– Work on multiplication facts.  
– Study spelling and high-frequency words.

Important Reminders

❖ March 18 Lower School Field Trip to Clowes Hall. Please send an extra snack for the afternoon.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

We are having SO much fun reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There are so many great lessons about character and as you know, I have many things up my sleeve that the kids are yet to find out… 

We are grateful for all the volunteers and donations that have been brought in or signed up for. PLEASE DO NOT tell your children about the party. I will be telling them in a special way very soon!

❖ In Math next week, we will be multiplying y 10, 100, 1000, testing on Tuesday, multiplying by 2 digit numbers, and identifying and calculating remainders in division.

❖ In Science, we are going to be studying jellyfish! It perfectly goes with this week’s poem memory. This is one of my favorite chapters, and I think jellyfish are so beautiful.

Homework Information

Spelling Words: eighty, seven, eleven, twenty, thirty, fifteen, nineteen, sixty-four, forty-three, ninety-one, fifty-two, seventy-two, twelve, four, counting, hundred, billion, million, thousand, numbers
Review Words: vineyard, midnight, highway
Stella Words: belligerent, constable, delinquent

Memory Verse: “A Jelly-fish” due this Friday, March 13, 2020

For those interested, here is a link to a neat military video on Alexander the Great.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

We had a wonderful week with nice weather for some outside class time! Next week is Spirit Week, which I know all of the students are very excited for. However, if students don’t wish to participate in the dress-up day they are required to wear their regular uniform. 

❖ Math: Looking into next week we will continue to learn about fractions and simplification in Math, with a Math Test on Monday.

❖ Bible: In Bible class, we move into Chapter 26, God’s Messenger to the exiles. Students have also received a new memory verse for the month of March, Ephesians 6:10-20. This is due Thursday, April 2nd or before leaving for Spring Break.

❖ English: In English, we are learning about Direct Objects, Indirect Objects, and how to properly punctuate a quotation.

❖ Science: In Science, we learned about the different classifications this past week, and looking into next week there will be a quiz over those on Tuesday.

❖ History: In History, we are moving into Ch. 29/30 about Africa. 

❖ Literature: In Literature, we have 40 pages left in Robin Hood, and we’ll finish this week. Our next book will be 21 Balloons, most likely starting around March 16th.

❖ Spelling: We will move into Ch. 28. 

❖ Botany: Students will be responsible for taking notes in their provided notebooks. I will be doing sporadic notebook checks for a classwork grade to see if students are taking notes, and staying on task. 

Homework Information

✓ Math- Monday the 9th
✓ History Ch. 29- Tuesday the 10th
✓ Science Classifications- Tuesday the 10th
✓ Bible Ch. 26- Friday the 13th
✓ Spelling Ch. 28- Friday the 13th – Planner, running, fretted, quitter, omitted, towing, splatter, winnable, sufficient, slippery, Roaring Twenties, depression, prohibition, voting, penalties, plentiful, migration, habitat, dictionary, illegal

Important Reminders

❖ The Medieval Feast is in just two weeks! Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, I am very excited to see the costumes and have a fun day with the students! Thank you so much for all contributing to make this fun day possible. As a reminder, here is the official sheet explaining the day, dress code, and schedule.

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ List the 5 sections of nerves that make up the spinal cord.
❖ What did you think of the ending of the book Johnny Tremain?  How would you change it?
❖ Who was chosen to lead the Continental Army?  
❖ Who said, “I have not yet begun to fight”?  When did he say this?  
❖ What was Francis Marion’s nickname?  Why was he called this?

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (List 20)
✓ Wednesday – None
✓ Thursday – History Test (cards 1-24), National Latin Exam
✓ Friday – Verse quiz (Romans 12:9-15)

Important Reminders

 Latin students should study daily for the National Latin Exam on Thursday. Please help your student access practice questions at the NLE Online Practice App.

 Friday folders need to be emptied, initialed, and returned on Monday.

 We are nearing the end of the third quarter which ends on Tuesday, March 17.  

 Biographies should be finished by Spring Break.  

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Latin students should study daily for the National Latin Exam on Thursday. Please help your student access practice questions at the NLE Online Practice App.

To learn geography quickly, students using Seterra.com or the Seterra app to study geography should select the “LEARN” game mode in the bottom left corner of the map. With the “LEARN” game mode, students can practice sections of the map before they attempt to quiz themselves. Some students have been trying to quiz themselves before studying the continents in sections, which can be very frustrating. Please make sure that they understand how to use the various modes.

Since the end of Quarter 3 approaches, current student grade summaries have gone home for your student. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Topics for the Table

 COMPARISON: Compare the first and second Persian invasions of Greece.
 DEFINITION: What two emotions should your amplification likely arouse in the judge of your case?
 RELATION: What impact did Esther have on the future of the Jews?

Homework Information

Due to Speech Meet, students have been working on Bible memory at a slower pace. Our next verse quiz over Phil. 3:7-14 is Tuesday. Anticipate the Bible memory pace accelerating over the next weeks and encourage your student to work daily on their verses. In the car to and from school, for example, is an excellent time to memorize.

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

This was our final week learning recorder and ukulele! As much fun as we were having, I believe it is so important to cultivate a love for learning by keeping concepts, skills, and knowledge fresh and not allowing them to grow stale by prolonging them.

However, we will be picking these instruments back up occasionally in hopes of retaining what we’ve learned! (NOTE: 3rd Grade will be using their recorders in our Composition Unit for the next couple Tuesdays. Please encourage them to bring them).

Thank you for your support in these endeavors! Your children are quick learners. Now I want to leave the Recorder/Ukulele Unit with a word of encouragement: Learning an instrument is not just beneficial in just music class or even academics, but it is beneficial for real life.

One of my favorite books Raising Musical Kids by Patrick Kavanaugh gives several wonderful points and arguments for the personal and practical benefits of music:

  • Perseverance
  • Confidence
  • Responsibility
  • Discipline
  • A Love of Art, Culture, and History
  • Teamwork
  • Identification of Talents
  • Using Time Wisely
  • Following Directions
  • Precision and Motor Control
  • Overcoming Fears in Public Speaking
  • Intellectual and Social Development
  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Creativity and Self-Expression
  • Spiritual Nurturing

How neat is that! If one of these points raises a question or interest for you, I venture into some of them more in-depth in my blog post entitled “The Benefits of Music.” 

We will now be beginning the Improvisation/Composition Unit as well as Spring Concert preparations!

K5-2nd have also been wrapping up the Pitch Unit. Their excitement about learning new solfege syllables and notes was inspiring. This week, they reviewed songs, completed a written pitch assessment, and are now moving on to the Music History Unit. They are excited to learn about the musical time periods and composers! Beginning with Baroque, they are learning more about Bach, the fancy instruments of the 1600s, and Four Seasons by Vivaldi. They even made a beautiful drawing of the four seasons while they were listening to the music.

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