Update: September 25, 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.

 

                                                                 
 

 

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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