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Update: February 14, 2020

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The Biblical Significance of Music

One must first and foremost understand the biblical significance of a subject before attempting to understand it from a classical or educational approach. In this blog post, Mrs. Foss reflects on music from a biblical perspective.

Calendar

Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 14 | CDA

Please sign up for a slot to meet with your student’s teacher.

President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

February 17 | CDA

Dads’ Day

7:00 AM | February 26 | CDA

Dads, please bring your CDA children to this event. Speaker David Michael from Truth78 Ministries will be returning for breakfast with us, followed by Worship Wednesday. Please register to ensure we have enough food!

Speech Meet

1st-8th Grade | March 5 | CDA

Now that the Spelling Bee is completed, it is time to move on to Speech Meet. Each child will be learning a recitation on their own (at home). Their teacher will give them two copies of their choice. Options for categories are based on grade level.

Please encourage and remind your child to learn and recite with vocal and facial expressions. They will need to be ready to recite their selection in their class on Thursday, March 5. A group of special judges will come to listen to each student, and each student will be given a rating (Superior, Excellent, Good, or Fair).  

Be watching the weekly update for information regarding the Speech Meet Showcase, where all superior ratings will recite their selections.

Monthly Late Start & Pizza Lunch

9 AM | February 28 | CDA

Leandra Claybrook has volunteered to offer before care for those who register. If you would like to register for before care for this month please email Mrs. Ferreira. Pizza will be available to those who ordered.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We have had a great week and really enjoyed our Valentine’s activities. I will be touching base with each of you in lieu of conferences.   

For this shorter week coming up, we will be doing a review week in our phonics and math. 

We will continue working on I Corinthians 13:4-8a and we will continue reading about our heroes. We will read about Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

We have had a busy week! The students have enjoyed our focus on amphibians this week. We will start reptiles next week. I am thrilled that they are enjoying diving into our study of animals, though not surprised this is the case. I have also enjoyed the time and intentionality they have taken to write notes of encouragement to one another for our Valentine’s day celebration. I love seeing them lifting one another up. 

We are working hard to not have any other homework other than reading over the next few weeks as you work on the animal project. I am giving extra time for students to finish their math in class, and encouraging the students to use that time diligently.

❖ Spelling: Due to the short week, we will only have one new phoneme next week -augh, and a small spelling test on Friday. The words will be: laugh, taught, daughter, caught. No dictation sentence next week.

❖ Math: We will be focusing on place value into the hundreds this coming week, continuing to add using carrying, as well as continuing to practice writing addition sentences from story problems with more than two numbers. 

❖ Science: Reptiles.

❖ Read Aloud: We have begun a book about Lillian Trasher– a true story about a missionary to Egypt in the early 1900s who started Egypt’s first orphanage. The students are enjoying hearing the stories about how God came through for her over and over in miraculous ways of provision. 

Homework Information

✓ Spelling test will be on Tuesday 2/18 for list 21, Friday 2/22 for list 22. 

Important Reminders

❖ Animal notebook sleeves will come home at the end of each week with sheets that are done and ready to be placed in the notebook. Please send them back in on Mondays with the red folders. This first week I have also put in the blank sheets for the individual animals the students can choose for each section, as well as the information sheet for the speech. Many students are ready to choose their animal, and while I am not opposed to this, I would encourage the students to wait until they have had a chance to explore some new animals in case they want to do a speech on a new animal they have not heard of. If your child is ready to choose, he or she may make that known next week. I will approve the animals so as to not have two students reporting on the same animal.   

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

We enjoyed our Valentine’s Day party on Thursday. Thank you to Mrs. Adkinson for the plan and to Mrs. Simpson for executing our party! I love each and every one of my students and am grateful to all the parents for their support. Happy Valentine’s Day. 

❖ Bible--Moses received new stone tablets on which the 10 Commandments were written in our Bible story.  In addition, we began memorizing Exodus 20:1-17 as our verse for February and March.

❖ Reading–We are working on our reading and discussion of The Boxcar Children.  Students need to bring in a shoebox by next Friday, February 21, as we will be making dioramas of a particular scene from the story.  Students may bring in any craft items in one quart-sized baggie to help create their “boxcar”.  Paper (white and colored) and glue will be provided at school. Students must be able to name the setting, describe the scene and depict all 4 boxcar children.

❖ Composition–We are writing across the curriculum as we worked on a 3-point paragraph.  We brainstormed character traits about each of the 4 main characters in The Boxcar Children. Students then used time order words to help move their writing along and wrote about 3 character traits about their favorite character from the book.

❖ Latin–Adverbs and the being (irregular) verb “sum” was the topic this week.  Quiz your student on the translation of these adverbs…nunc, numquam, saepe, cito, lente and semper (now, never, often, fast/quickly, slowly and always).

❖ Astronomy–We made a KWL chart about stars this week (what we Know, what we Want to know, and what we Learned).  watched a fun video about stars and learned some facts.  We also read more about stars in a book to answer our remaining questions from our chart.

❖ Math–How to write numbers to 999, knowing the number of days in the months and in a year, and selecting coins for a given amount were topics for math this week.

❖ Spelling–We continued working on our phonemes and played a spelling game to help us practice this week.

Homework Information

✓ Monday (No School)
✓ Tuesday–Math, Lesson 85B
✓ Wednesday–Math, Lesson 86B
✓ Thursday–Math, Lesson 87B
✓ Friday–test over Stars poem

Study spelling words, read for fun (and be able to share during our weekly Book Talk), and study your addition/subtraction/multiplication facts. Keep working on your Exodus 20 verses.

Lesson 11A Spelling Words

Important Reminders

❖ Your child should be memorizing his/her Bible verse or poem for the Speech Meet! We will hear each child present the week of February 24th. The speech meet will be on March 4.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Homework Information

Spelling Words: meat, meet, peace, piece, ,main, Maine, mane, right, rite, fruit, because, salad, suit, calm, recipe, engine, island, America, juice

Stella Words:  opportunity, pleasant, frightened

Memory Verse: poem, The Poison Tree, due Friday, February 28.

Important Reminders

❖ IMAX Field Trip will be Friday.  Wear your PE uniform.  Chaperones, please arrive by 9:45. Chaperones include:  Giddings, Zeaton, Schall, Rogers, Achenbach, and Weirich.  

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Happy Valentine’s Day! Students had a great time at their fondue party on Thursday to celebrate. 

Despite next week being short, we will have both Bible and Spelling quizzes on Friday. 

Please keep working on Speech Meet poems at home! These are due at the end of the month to be able to practice in class once or twice prior to the actual Speech MEET. 

Homework Information

✓ English- Tuesday (18th)
✓ Bible- Friday (21st)
✓ Spelling- Friday (21st) – Sudden, suddenness, skillful, skillfully, natural, naturally, casual, casually, musical, musically, mean, meanness, armistice, investment, designed, cooperation, advantageous, medieval, geographical, eighteen

 

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ How has Johnny Tremain changed from the beginning of the book until now?
❖ What was the background behind Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s writing of “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”?
❖ Describe the Battles at Lexington and Concord. 

Homework Information

✓ Monday – No School (President’s Day)
✓ Tuesday – Field Trip to Benjamin Harrison House
✓ Wednesday – None, Frog Dissection in the afternoon
✓ Thursday – None
✓ Friday – Verse Quiz (Romans 12:1-5)

Important Reminders

❖ Friday Folders need to be initialed, emptied, and returned.

❖ Field trip to Benjamin Harrison House on Tuesday, February 18 from 8:30-2:00.  Students will need a disposable lunch and will wear their regular uniforms.  I still need one driver.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be able to drive.  There is no cost for drivers.

❖ Frog dissection with Dr. Scott Thompson will be from 12-3 on Wednesday, February 19.

❖ Students have picked out their speech meet selections.  Please encourage and remind them to be working on them at home.  Deadline for recitation is Thursday, March 5.

❖ I look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

The 7th/8th especially thank Mrs. Comparini for volunteering to make hamentaschen Purim cookies for our upcoming study of Esther.  As a parent, your support in little ways makes all the difference.

In the wake of the CDA Spelling Bee, we offer our congratulations to Emily Comparini, the 2019-2020 Logic School Champion. Throughout and after the competition, she modeled scholarship and sportsmanship to her fellow spellers.

Students will be picking out their CDA Speech Meet selections over the next few days.  Please encourage and remind them to be working on them at home.  The deadline for recitation is Thursday, March 5.

Topics for the Table

COMPARISON: Compare Sparta to Athens.
DEFINITION: Describe the Spartan agoge.
RELATION: What characteristics were most valued in Spartan society? Why?
RELATION: How did the Athenian focus on culture and education possibly affect the role of women in society?

Important Reminders

In history, many students have mastered the countries of Asia, moving on to study the countries of Europe. To verify that students are actively studying their geography, they will be pop-quizzed periodically. To help your student prepare at home, please help them access Seterra geography quiz games online or using the Seterra app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

This week in Music, K5-2nd have been learning to differentiate between high and low sounds as well as starting to learn solfege syllables for different pitches. They are practicing this through various activities, games, and songs. 3rd-8th have been practicing their note-reading in music as well as intervals and chords. This is helping prepare them for the musical instruments they will begin learning this coming Tuesday! As mentioned previously, 3rd will learn recorder, 4th-6th will learn ukulele, and 7th-8th plan to learn violins but may resort to ukulele. If they have their own options of those instruments that they would like to play, please allow your children to start bringing them on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a spectacular field trip to the “Journey to the Jurassic,” brought to you by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. It was a fun-filled concert with a wonderful selection of music that portrayed beauty, imagination, and creativity. It was also exciting to see connections drawn between Music and History (specifically, paleontology.) It is so crucial for students to practice drawing these connections themselves between the information they are learning in various subject areas (such as history, science, or math) and the concepts they are practicing in Music class.

Please stay tuned next week for a post on CDA’s website about the importance of building a musical framework in early childhood education.

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In Memory of Miss Hall

It is hard to believe that one year ago our beloved friend and teacher, Miss Emily Hall, walked into the presence of her Savior. I [Julie Griffin] would like to honor her memory and legacy by talking about the beautiful impact that she left on all of us here at Coram Deo Academy, as well as in the hearts and lives of people around the world.

Worship Wednesday at the Dinner Table

❖ How can you as a family lay up treasures in heaven?
❖ What does it mean to have “generous eyes”?

Calendar

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Tonight 7:00 PM | February 7 | CDA

This event is open to both current CDA students and students in the enrollment process for the next school year!

The Daddy Daughter Dance costs $10 per family. All fees will be applied to your FACTS account. To register, please email Allison Parker.

Corsages are available for sale for $5 each. If you are interested in buying corsages, please request how many you would like to order when registering.

To make this event a success, PTF needs a few donations and volunteers to set up. Please sign up to help.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 14 | CDA

Please sign up for a slot to meet with your student’s teacher.

President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

February 17 | CDA

Dads’ Day

7:00 AM | February 26 | CDA

Dads, please bring your CDA children to this event. Speaker David Michael will be returning for breakfast with us. Please register to ensure we have enough food!

Speech Meet

1st-8th Grade | March 5 | CDA

Now that the Spelling Bee is completed, it is time to move on to Speech Meet. Each child will be learning a recitation on their own (at home). Their teacher will give them two copies of their choice. Options for categories are based on grade level.

Please encourage and remind your child to learn and recite with vocal and facial expressions. They will need to be ready to recite their selection in their class on Thursday, March 5. A group of special judges will come to listen to each student, and each student will be given a rating (Superior, Excellent, Good, or Fair).  

Be watching the weekly update for information regarding the Speech Meet Showcase, where all superior ratings will recite their selections.

RESCHEDULING: Community Meeting

TBD

We are rescheduling the Community Meeting. Please watch the newsletter for updates.

Community

Spelling Bee Results

CDA hosted its first Spelling Bee Wednesday. Reghan Weirich won the grammar school competition and Emily Comparini won the logic school competition. Thank you to all the teachers and Mrs. Griffin for making this event successful!  

Would your parents like to join our Grandparents Association?

Please share this form with them! 

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We have now been in school for 105 days. Your children are “rising and shining” in so many ways. Their speeches went so well last week. They told me they are excited about their next speeches (not until March). Looking ahead:

❖ History: We are reading about Heros this month. “A hero is someone who has done something worth imitating.” We read about George Washington and Jackie Robinson. This coming week we will read about Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Tubman, and Mother Theresa. We are writing about these heroes in our February Copy Journal.  

❖ Phonics: We will be writing and reading long vowel words and especially concentrating on long u words like cute, flute, cube, and blue. 

❖ Grammar: We will be learning the difference between a statement, a question, and an exclamation and the end marks to use for each of these sentences.

❖ Math: We will continue to work on our “double +1 math facts.” I will be sending home the math fact cards on Monday. Please use these to help practice with your child. We will also be working on identifying how many more using graphs to help us.

❖ Geography– We will stay in Europe for one more week as we visit England and France.

Important Reminders

❖ We will be exchanging our Valentine’s Cards on Wednesday, February the 12th. Students in our class: Danielle Conrad, Asher Greenwood, Fred Miller, Liliah Poer, Adelaide Reher, Diego Rios, Norah Tang

❖ I will be attending a Job Fair at Hillsdale College with Mr. Seibel and Mrs. Warman on February 13th -14th.  Amy Poer will be substituting for me that day. 

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

I was so proud of the students and the hard work many of them put in for the spelling bee. We had a fun time preparing and then enjoyed cheering on Evelyn and Adalynn, our class winners, as they bravely took the stage as the youngest participants for the school bee. Well done you two!

We have so much going on in the next few weeks. First, coming up next week, we will have our class Valentine’s Day party on Thursday, February 13, since students will not be here on the 14th due to conferences. We will be working together on individual valentines to pass out to one another next week. I plan on talking about the power of encouragement as a way to show love and we will record these together to hand out as our valentines. If you have additional traditional class valentines you want to pass out, that is fine too. I will touch on the history of where the holiday came from next week as well.

Thursday, we will share our words of encouragement with one another and will make a treat together. I will send out further details via Mrs. MacKay on how you can help. We will start our animal notebook project on Monday. Please see your child’s folder for extensive information on that project.

We are also going to participate in the school-wide speech meet. Each student will choose what they want to do, I will send the speech and further information home in their folders. Due dates will be listed below as well as included in your child’s folder.

❖ Bible: We will continue to look at Jesus’ last few hours with His disciples in the Upper Room, primarily in John 14-15 this week. There is a lot of rich teaching and revelation of Christ in this story and the students have been enjoying it very much. 

❖ Math: Continuing to work on double-digit addition with carrying. The students are doing a great job facing this new challenge.

❖ Phonics: Our two new phonemes for next week are -y that says long e at the end of a word as well as a review of -y that says long i at the end of a word, and we will look at -au which also says short a and how it is used instead of -aw which we previously studied. New spelling words to support these new phonemes are: cry, fly, my, ugly, baby, sandy, gaudy, vault, auto, pause. The dictation sentence is: A fly cannot cry. 

❖ Science: We will kick off our study of animals with amphibians, specifically, how these animals are classified. 

❖ Geography: We will continue to focus on NSEW directions on a map. 

Homework Information

✓ Spelling Pretest next week will be on Thursday, I will postpone the test to Tuesday, February 18, as I don’t want to rush and feel next week may be rather busy. 
✓ Look for animal project information, speech information, and new spelling list to come home in red folders today.
✓ February verse and recitations are due on Friday, February 28. 

Important Reminders

❖ Show and Tell on Thursday 2/13 will be about your favorite pet or an animal you would like to have as a pet and why. 
❖ Valentine’s party will be on Thursday, February 13.  

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

Happy February. Congratulations to all our scholar-spellers at CDA.  We had a great Spelling Bee. Congratulations to our 2nd-grade winner and finalist, Sritaaksh Vemula and Story Hinton! I am so proud of you both!

I am excited to meet with each of you to discuss your child next Friday, February 14. Please see this newsletter for the signup link. Also, note that we’re having our Valentine party on 2/13 at 2:00. 

❖ Bible--Our story this week was about Aaron and the Golden calf from Exodus 32. We enjoyed Mrs. Feeney presenting on how to store up your treasures in Heaven and how that looks different from storing up your treasures on earth. How do you model to your child how you store up treasures in Heaven?

❖ Reading–The Boxcar Children continues to be our focus for literature. We are learning how to make predictions as we read based on a character’s traits. The teachers are in the process of learning how to teach reading Socratically.  We are all learning to “dig deeper.” One goal I have for my students is to know that you never stop learning, and I like to provide an example by doing so myself.

❖ Composition–Students finished up another keyword writing this week. We practiced our Shurley jingles for parts of speech and reviewed subject nouns and verbs of sentences (pattern 1). We added adverbs and practiced that flow.

❖ Latin–Words for everyday actions was our task in Latin. We learned verbs to say I carry, I look at, I tell, I live, I love, I call (porto, specto, narro, vivo, amo, voco). Keep listening to the CD to learn songs and vocabulary.

❖ Math–After a test on Monday, students learned about probability and chance, graphing data, and adding 2- and 3-digit numbers.

❖ Spelling–New phonograms for this week are /ow/, /ou/ and /ough/.  Did you know that -ough has six sounds? The short o in thought, the long o in though, the /oo/ sound in through, the /ow/ sound in bough, the /uf/ sound in rough and the /off/ sound in trough.  Now we know why English is such a difficult language to learn.

Homework Information

✓ Monday 2/10–Math Lesson 81B
✓ Tuesday 2/11–Math Lesson 82B
✓ Wednesday 2/12–Math Lesson 83B
✓ Thursday 2/13–Math Lesson 84B (due on Monday, 2/17), know/recite the first two stanzas of Stars poem; Spelling Test; be able to discuss a fictional book you have been reading this week and answer questions during our “Book Talk”.
✓ Friday–No School;  Parent/Teacher Conferences

Read, read, read. Study spelling words. Learn your math facts.

Spelling List Lesson 10A
Exodus 20:1-17 Verses for Feb-March

Important Reminders

❖ Second grade Valentine Party will be Thursday, February 13 at 2:00 PM.  
❖ Students are allowed to exchange Valentine’s with their friends. Please have them write names on their own Valentines.
❖ SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Students have chosen their topic for speech meet (from an approved list) of Dramatic Interpretation, Bible Memory or Poetry. Students may not repeat anything previously memorized, whether in class, church, etc. This is an at-home project, so we will not be spending time in class. Your child will need to write his/her speech and follow the guidelines on the packet sent home in their take-home folders. Speeches will need to be memorized by February 24th and presented to the class.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

We are going to have a small, low key Valentine’s Day party to celebrate how much we care about each other and enjoy being together. I have created a signup genius for a few items that we need. Please bring in the items by Tuesday after school. If your student chooses to pass out valentine’s, they must give one to every student.

We are continuing to work on Stuart Little Dioramas. They will be on display the week of February 17th if you want to see them! They are creating a scene from the story and will be writing summaries of the scene to put with them. All of the work is done in the classroom. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: All students at CDA will be participating in a mandatory speech meet on Thursday, March 5 (just a month away). Students have chosen their topic (from an approved list) of Dramatic Interpretation, Bible Memory or Poetry. Students may not repeat anything previously memorized, whether in class, church, etc. This is an at-home project, so we will not be spending time in class. Your child will need to write his/her speech and follow the guidelines on the packet sent home in their take-home folders.  Speeches will need to be memorized by February 24th and presented to the class. On March 5, students will perform for judges in front of their class.  Judges will rate each student with Superior, Excellent, Good or Fair rating. Students with a Superior rating will be presenting their speeches at a Speech Meet Showcase, details TBA. Thank you for partnering with Coram Deo Academy to better our students.

Homework Information

Spelling Words: addition, station, execution, protection, education, nation, creation, definition, fiction, friction, action, pollution, eruption, mission, division, confusion, explosion, decision, television, permission
Stella Words: arrangement, decomposition, cephalopod

Memory Verse: “Joshua 1:5-9” due Wednesday, “Poison Tree” due TBD end of February

We have been using Dennis Prager’s videos on The Ten Commandments in our classroom. We are comparing his Jewish views to our own, as well as learning about his insight into the 10 Commandments.

Important Reminders

❖ I will not be at school on Thursday, Feb. 13 or Friday, Feb. 14 for the Hillsdale College Classical School Job Fair with Mrs. Feeney and Mr. Seibel. Mrs. Dodson will be my substitute on Thursday. Please feel free to email or text me during that time if you need me. 

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

We had a busy and fun-packed week! On Tuesday, the students enjoyed their symphony field trip and on Wednesday Reghan and Josh competed in the 1st annual CDA Spelling Bee! Congratulations to Reghan for taking home the title of Grammar School Spelling Bee Champion.  

Looking into next week, we have no school Friday due to conferences. If you would like to come in another time or speak over the phone, please just let me know and I am happy to accommodate! Despite next week being shortened, we will still have our Bible Ch. 22 and Spelling Ch. 24 quizzes, but on Thursday. 

The Medieval Feast is tentatively scheduled for March 20th. I am just awaiting approval for the use of some of the church’s rooms. This gives plenty of time for the planning and preparation of the Medieval Feast. I will send out a more detailed email soon. 

In class, students have been working diligently on their History Essays that we will then turn into speeches. I am hoping to finish these by the end of next week or early the following week. A few students will then share theirs during assembly one day, I will keep everyone informed as to who is sharing and when it will be.

In other news, we are finishing up our Weather textbook, and will be moving onto our Botany curriculum soon.

Homework Information

✓ Tuesday- Robin Hood mini quiz Ch. 10-16
✓ Tuesday- History Quiz Ch. 25
✓ Thursday- bible Ch. 22
✓ Thursday- Spelling Ch. 24: Glowing, swimmer, devoted, infiltrator, conceited, neighborly, apologized, dutiful, classically, stubbornness, diligent, gracious, faithful, careful, reliable, rectangle, triangle, neutral, transmitted, document

Important Reminders

❖ SPEECH MEET: All students at CDA will be participating in a mandatory speech meet on Thursday, March 5 (just a month away).  Students have chosen their piece (from an approved list) of Dramatic Interpretation, Bible Memory or Poetry.  Students may not repeat anything previously memorized, whether in class, church, etc.  This is an at-home project, so we will not be spending much time in class.   Their chosen pieces will need to be memorized and performed for judges in front of their class.  Judges will rate each student with Superior, Excellent, Good or Fair rating.  Students with a Superior rating will be presenting their speeches at a Speech Meet Showcase, details TBA.  Thank you for partnering with Coram Deo Academy to better our students.

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ What did you learn from going to the symphony?  What was your favorite part?
❖ Tell me the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the First Continental Congress.
❖ What did Johnny Tremain come to learn and understand about the British soldiers that were in Boston? Why do you think this is an important point of the book?

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (List 17)
✓ Wednesday – Science Test (Chapter 9)
✓ Thursday – History Quiz (card 19)
✓ Friday – No School (Parent-Teacher Conferences)

Important Reminders

❖ Friday Folders need to be initialed, emptied, and returned.  

❖ Field trip to Benjamin Harrison House on Tuesday, February 18 from 8:30-2:00.  Students will need a disposable lunch and will wear their regular uniforms.  I still need one driver.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you will be able to drive.  There is no cost for drivers.

❖ Frog dissection with Dr. Scott Thompson will be from 12-3 on Wednesday, February 19.

❖ Students have picked out their speech meet selections.  Please encourage and remind them to be working on them at home.  Deadline for recitation is Thursday, March 5.    

❖ I look forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher Conferences.  

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

The 7th/8th especially thank Mrs. Comparini for volunteering to make hamentaschen Purim cookies for our upcoming study of Esther.  As a parent, your support in little ways makes all the difference.

In the wake of the CDA Spelling Bee, we offer our congratulations to Emily Comparini, the 2019-2020 Logic School Champion. Throughout and after the competition, she modeled scholarship and sportsmanship to her fellow spellers.

Students will be picking out their CDA Speech Meet selections over the next few days.  Please encourage and remind them to be working on them at home.  The deadline for recitation is Thursday, March 5. 

Topics for the Table

COMPARISON: Compare Sparta to Athens.
DEFINITION: Describe the Spartan agoge.
RELATION: What characteristics were most valued in Spartan society? Why?
RELATION: How did the Athenian focus on culture and education possibly affect the role of women in society?

Important Reminders

In history, many students have mastered the countries of Asia, moving on to study the countries of Europe. To verify that students are actively studying their geography, they will be pop-quizzed periodically. To help your student prepare at home, please help them access Seterra geography quiz games online or using the Seterra app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

This week in Music, K5-2nd have been learning to differentiate between high and low sounds as well as starting to learn solfege syllables for different pitches. They are practicing this through various activities, games, and songs. 3rd-8th have been practicing their note-reading in music as well as intervals and chords. This is helping prepare them for the musical instruments they will begin learning this coming Tuesday! As mentioned previously, 3rd will learn recorder, 4th-6th will learn ukulele, and 7th-8th plan to learn violins but may resort to ukulele. If they have their own options of those instruments that they would like to play, please allow your children to start bringing them on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a spectacular field trip to the “Journey to the Jurassic,” brought to you by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. It was a fun-filled concert with a wonderful selection of music that portrayed beauty, imagination, and creativity. It was also exciting to see connections drawn between Music and History (specifically, paleontology.) It is so crucial for students to practice drawing these connections themselves between the information they are learning in various subject areas (such as history, science, or math) and the concepts they are practicing in Music class. 

Please stay tuned next week for a post on CDA’s website about the importance of building a musical framework in early childhood education.

Art with Mrs. Gipson

This week the older grades had “free painting.” It is fun to see what they each came up with. The younger grades worked on patterns and using shapes to create animals. We have finished painting for a while and will be moving on to other mediums in the coming weeks.

Update: January 31, 2020

Calendar

Grades 4-8th Field Trip

9 AM | February 4 | Symphony

Led by Mrs. Foss, the fourth-eighth graders and their teachers will go to “Journey to the Jurassic” at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. We need chaperones who can drive four or more students for this event.

After the concert, students will dine at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Students will be served spaghetti with marinara or alfredo sauce, salad, bread, and vanilla ice cream, along with water. Please email Mrs. Ferreira by Monday if your student needs gluten-free pasta or if you have allergy-related questions.

Your students will need to wear their chapel uniforms. For any questions about this field trip, please contact Mrs. Foss

We ask that all chaperones fill out this form to select their meal.

Spelling Bee

1:00 PM | February 5 | CDA

The CDA finalist Spelling Bee will be held in the Sanctuary. All classes 1st-8th grade are already holding in-class practice spelling bees. During the week of January 27th, classes held in-class spelling bees to determine the two students from each class who would advance to the final all-school finalist spelling bee. Watch your student’s class updates for more specific times.  

Daddy/Daughter Dance

7:00 PM | February 7 | CDA

This event is open to both current CDA students and students in the enrollment process for the next school year!

The Daddy Daughter Dance costs $10 per family. All fees will be applied to your FACTS account. To register, please email Allison Parker.

Corsages are available for sale for $5 each. If you are interested in buying corsages, please request how many you would like to order when registering.

To make this event a success, PTF needs a few donations and volunteers to set up. Please sign up to help.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 14 | CDA

Please sign up for a slot to meet with your student’s teacher.

President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

February 17 | CDA

Dads’ Day

7:00 AM | February 26 | CDA

Dads, please bring your CDA children to this event. Speaker David Michael will be returning for breakfast with us. Please register to ensure we have enough food!

Community

Would your parents like to join our Grandparents Association?

Please share this form with them! One of the fun jobs grandparents can do is being a surprise reader.  Last week, Grandparent association member Sharon VanHoozer visited the 1st Grade class. We’d love to see more grandparents visiting classes.

Contact Mrs. Ferreira if you have any questions.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We had a great 100’s Day today. We wrote 100 words, read 100 pages, made a necklace with 100 beads, ran around the gym 100 times (collectively), ate pancakes with 100 chocolate chips (collectively), and read Psalm 100. Whew, what a day. Looking ahead:

❖ Bible: We will be reading about Elijah and Elisha this week. Our memory passage for February is I Corinthians 13:4-8a.  

❖ Phonics: We will continue reading and writing long vowel words with a silent e at the end.

❖ Writing: We will finish “Oh There Once was a Puffin” poem in our January copy journals.

❖ Math: We will be adding double-digit numbers without regrouping, and will begin memorizing our doubles + one facts (2+3, 3+4, etc).

❖ Geography– We will travel to Europe and visit Iceland and Denmark. 

Important Reminders

❖ We will exchange Valentine’s cards this year on February 12th. I will be out of town on the 13th and did not want to miss this special time, so we will do it on the 12th. Be watching for more to come next week. 

This is a terrific podcast about reading with your children. It always has such great tips and terrific book recommendations for all ages. I recommend this to all parents.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

We celebrated 100 Days today! The kids enjoyed the break from our normal routine to do activities such as running laps, setting timers for 100 minutes, games, etc… We also talked about how far we were able to come in 100 days.

❖ Math: We have begun adding double digits and we will work on the concept of carrying the ten. 

❖ Phonics: Next week our phonemes will include –aw, as well as the suffixed. Our spelling words will be: planted, asked, helped, called, law, lawn, hawk, squawk, mammal, animal. The dictation sentence will be, “Did you hear the hawk squawk?”

Homework Information

✓ New recitations and Bible verse will be sent home Monday for February. They will be due February 28.
✓ Spelling pretest Thursday, test Friday

 

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

❖ Bible/History--The Ten Commandments in the book of Exodus was our story for the week. We enjoyed Mr. Seibel’s Worship Wednesday sermon on how to use the Lord’s prayer to pray God’s word back to Him. We studied ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and wrote our names using these unique characters. Students were tested over their verse from 2 Peter today. 

❖ Reading–We began a new chapter book, The Boxcar Children, this week. We read a few chapters and answered several comprehension questions. At the end of this unit, students will be creating their own diorama. Be on the lookout for a shoebox for your child to use.

❖ Composition–We continue to work on our keyword writing, but listening to stories instead of having them in written form. Students then rewrite the story using keywords and trying to add in a “dress up” adjective or two. Our fable this week was The Little Red Hen.

❖ Latin–Military Matters was the concentration for our Latin this week. We learned words for soldier, sword, war, and verbs for I fight, I conquer and I see (miles, gladius, bellum, pugno, vinco and video). Ask your child to pronounce these words for you.

❖ Astronomy–We learned about the sun this week. We did an activity to learn about how the moon revolves around the earth as the earth is revolving around the sun. We learned about solar flares and how huge the sun is compared to the earth.

❖ Math–Our focus this week was on money amounts, writing a check, two tricks for knowing how to quickly find out subtraction of 9’s facts, and square roots. 

❖ Spelling–We reviewed our spelling words, parts of speech, words with i and y and practiced our phonograms. Today we had our class spelling bee. Ask your child who is moving on to the Lower School Spelling Bee on February 5th.

Homework Information

✓ Monday, February 3 Math Study multiplication facts (no regular math paper)
✓ Tuesday, February 4 Math Lesson 80B
✓ Wednesday, February 5 no homework (due to Spelling Bee) 
✓ Thursday, February 6 Math Lesson 81B
✓ Know the first 2 stanzas of the  poem Stars by Sara Teasdale

Spelling List Lesson 10A

Poem–Stars by Sara Teasdale

Important Reminders

❖ There will be no more reading logs sent home.  Your child should be prepared on Fridays to share with the class something they have been reading and be able to tell us about it–title, characters, setting, problem/solution, etc. 
❖ Keep practicing multiplication facts.
❖ Find and save a shoebox for a future project for a reading project–details to come.
❖ Valentine’s Day Party Thursday, February 13–watch email for update.

Upcoming Field Trips
❖ March 18–Clowes Hall to see Charlotte’s Web play
❖ April 21–Children’s Museum to the STEM lab for a NASA experience and the NASA space exhibit. (This will be more of a focused trip instead of an overall experience visit.)

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

If you are interested in chaperoning our field trip to the IMAX on Friday, February 21, please return a yellow chaperone form that was sent home on Thursday. The first four returned will be allowed to go. 

Congratulations to Aliyah (1st) and Khloe (2nd) who won our in-class Spelling Bee! 

Homework Information

I would suggest breaking down the words into syllables this week.

Spelling Words: graduate, fortunate, delicate, private, illiterate, climate, chocolate, pirate, separate, operate, perfect, direct, select, connect, elect, defect, respect, detest, suspect, expect
Review Words: character, creature, temperature
Stella Words: highlighter, freight, deceive

Memory Verse: Joshua 1:5-9 (due Wednesday, February 12

Important Reminders

❖ We are beginning Stuart Little Dioramas next week – please bring in a shoebox no later than Monday, Feb. 3!

❖ There will be no 3rd or 4th grade Latin next Tuesday or Wednesday due to scheduling conflicts. 

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Students had a fun and productive week. On Thursday we celebrated National Croissant Day with some chocolate croissants. We are currently enjoying our Robin Hood book in Literature, learning about decimals in Math, and studying the Black Plague in History. 

I’ve looked at some potential dates for the Medieval Feast and have decided to plan it for a Friday in March. March tends to be a long month with no days off, and I thought it would be great to have a fun day to break it up. I am still deciding between a few potential dates to make sure there are no conflicts that day with any other school functions but will let you know by next week. 

I have encouraged students to study spelling and Bible for 10-15 minutes each night starting on Monday to prepare them for the quizzes on Friday, repetition is key.  Creating good study habits now will benefit them moving forward next year into 5th grade.

I have opened up my morning on Feb 14th for conferences from 10 am on, I hope this helps some of you. If you cannot meet Feb 14th, but would still like to, I am flexible and able to meet most morning or afternoons after school, just email me to set it up. 

Congratulations to Josh and Reghan our Spelling Bee Finalists. They will be competing in the school spelling bee next Wednesday at 1 pm in the Sanctuary.

Homework Information

✓ Math- Monday
✓ History-Ch. 24- Quiz Thursday
✓ Bible- Ch. 21- Friday
✓ Spelling- Ch. 23- Friday
Thirteen, fifteen, ninety, forty, fourteen, twelfth, hundredth, decimal, orange, sharecropper, binoculars, superior, plagued, century, transatlantic, agonize, invention, clamber, necessity, reconstruction

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ What is the difference between the CNS and PNS?  What are the 3 main parts of the brain and what is the function of each?
❖ What does a pattern 6 sentence have and what is its purpose?  What does a pattern 7 sentence have and what is its purpose?
❖ What are demonstrative and interrogative pronouns and adjectives?

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (Lesson 16) and “Ring Out, Wild Bells” Recitation
✓ Wednesday – None
✓ Thursday – History Quiz (card 18)
✓ Friday – Verse quiz (Romans 12:1-2)  

Important Reminders

❖ Field Trip to Benjamin Harrison House is on Tuesday, February 18. We will leave school at 8:30 AM and arrive back by 2:00 PM. Students need a disposable lunch and will wear regular uniforms. Drivers still needed.  

❖ Frog Dissection will be on Wednesday, February 19 from 12-3 PM with Dr. Scott Thompson.  

❖ Friday folders need to be initialed, emptied, and returned.  

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Are you a baker? If so, the 7th and 8th are seeking someone who can bake hamentaschen Purim cookies. Please contact Mrs. Weirich if you can bless the class in this way.

In history, students are spending the rest of the year primarily in Greece and Rome. As we go deeper in these areas, students will need to show their knowledge in a variety of assessments, including essays. Please encourage your students – especially if you do not often see them studying – to review their notes daily.

Topics for the Table

Common Topic of Comparison: Compare Achilles’ attitude toward the prize-based honor system before and after Agamemnon sends ambassadors to bring him back to the fight?
Common Topic of Relation: Why was Achilles’ change in attitude toward the prize-based honor system so shocking to the ambassadors? In other words, what effect could his change of heart potentially have on his polis?

Important Reminders

In history, many students have mastered the countries of Asia, moving on to study the countries of Europe. To verify that students are actively studying their geography, they will be pop-quizzed periodically. To help your student prepare at home, please help them access Seterra geography quiz games online or using the Seterra app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

Please take note of the announcement regarding our field trip this coming Tuesday, February 4th, to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

This week in Music…

❖ Students discovered how to draw connections between music and art. They are learning so much about various moods or expressions a listener can find in different styles of music. Here are some ways they’ve practiced this:

  • K5 learned the difference between forte and piano by participating in a matching game and by learning a dance.
  • 1st Grade did a passing game where the tempo of the song they were singing accelerates.
  • 2nd Grade learned the difference between staccato and legato by acting out a song and by participating in a matching game.
  • 3rd Grade drew pictures to match each phrase of the song “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • 4th Grade learned a plastic cup routine to the song “El Capitan” by Sousa.
  • 5th-6th Grades listened to three different songs and drew pictures to match the image and emotion the songs portrayed to them.
  • 7th-8th Grades learned to listen to music and identify various elements in it as well as explain how it affected them or what they liked/disliked.

❖ K5-2nd started understanding the difference between high sounds and low sounds.

❖ 3rd-8th started learning how to read music notes on the staff (preparation for instruments.) They even came up with their own acrostics to help them remember the line and space notes. Here are some class favorites:

  • For Treble Clef Line Notes:
    • Eggplants Grow Badly During Fall (3rd)
  • For Treble Clef Space Notes:
    • Ferocious Apes Catch Everyone (7th/8th)
    • Flying Alligators Chase Eagles (4th)
  • For Bass Clef Line Notes:
    • Go Bananas During Friday’s Assembly (7th/8th)
  • For Bass Clef Space Notes:
    • Angry Children Eat Grannies (5th/6th)

We are preparing to start instruments in 12 short days and are very much looking forward to it. The school will be providing the instruments for students. However, the only instruments that may be brought home on a daily basis are the recorders (3rd Grade).

Art with Mrs. Gipson

We have finished Abstract Art. The students have created some amazing pieces, and I believe they have enjoyed it. Next week we are still painting.

If you would like to see photos of all the work, follow CDA’s Art Instagram at cda_art_room.

Update: January 24, 2020

Calendar

Pastor’s Breakfast

8 AM | January 27 | CDA

Please invite your pastor to our annual Local Pastor’s Breakfast. This is a great way to minister to them! We will begin with a time of fellowship and pastors will enjoy a breakfast buffet served by our Parent/Teacher Fellowship. David Seibel will speak on a theology of biblical collaboration of how the local church benefits CDA and how CDA benefits the local church.

Currently, pastors and elders from Soma Northwest, Harvest North Indy, Cornerstone Lutheran, Church at the Crossing, Grace Church, Northview Church, Carmel Lutheran Church, Christ’s Community Church have RSVPed. If your pastor hasn’t, share the invitations here

Monthly Late Start + Pizza Lunch

9 AM | January 31 | CDA

Before care is available for families who pre-register. To do so, please email Mrs. Ferreira.

Grades 4-8th Field Trip

February 4 | Symphony

Led by Mrs. Foss, the fourth-eighth graders and their teachers will ride a bus to Journey to the Jurassic at the Indianapolis Symphony. After the concert, students will dine at the Old Spaghetti Factory. Your students will need to wear their chapel uniforms. For any questions about this field trip, please contact Mrs. Foss.

Spelling Bee

1:00 PM | February 5 | CDA

The CDA finalist Spelling Bee will be held in the Sanctuary. All classes 1st-8th grade are already holding in-class practice spelling bees. During the week of January 27th, classes will hold in-class spelling bees to determine the two students from each class who will advance to the final all-school finalist spelling bee. Watch your student’s class updates for more specific times.  

Daddy/Daughter Dance

7:00 PM | February 7 | CDA

This event is open to both current CDA students and students in the enrollment process for the next school year!

The Daddy Daughter Dance costs $10 per family. All fees will be applied to your FACTS account. To register, please email Allison Parker.

Corsages are available for sale for $5 each. If you are interested in buying corsages, please request how many you would like to order when registering.

To make this event a success, PTF needs a few donations and volunteers to set up. Please sign up to help.

Community Meeting – CDA Parents

6:30 PM | February 12 | CDA

Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 14 | CDA

Please sign up for a slot to meet with your student’s teacher.

President’s Day – NO SCHOOL

February 17 | CDA

Dads’ Day

7:00 AM | February 26 | CDA

Dads, please bring your CDA children to this event. Speaker David Michael will be returning for breakfast with us. Please register to ensure we have enough food!

Community

Parent Survey

Our focus this year is to “Rise and Shine.” This is not just a phrase or a poster. Rather, it is our belief that we as an Academy have the delightful duty of consistently improving for the benefit of the next generation. In light of this focus, we desire to understand how your family would assess your experience at Coram Deo and how the school might improve.

To help us grow in our awareness of CDA’s effectiveness in “rising and shining,” we ask that you participate in our annual parent survey. Please respond with all honesty so that our community can grow in both strength and competence.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We have been in school for 100 days Friday! The kids have come so far in those 100 days. This week we will be doing our first speech, The Story of Me (see important reminders).

❖ Bible: We recited Matthew 7:24-27 in assembly on Wednesday and did a great job. We will be looking at David’s death and Solomon becoming King this week.

❖ Phonics: This week we will be reading and writing long vowel words. These have a long vowel sound because of the “e” at the end of the word.

❖ Writing: We will finish “Oh There Once was a Puffin” poem in our January copy journals.

❖ Math: We will continue counting by 5’s, learning to tally, and we will begin adding two-digit numbers without regrouping.

❖ Geography– We will travel to our last country in Asia (China) and then head over to Europe to visit Iceland and learn more about Puffins.

Homework Information

✓ All speeches are due by Thursday. Parents, please type these up for your students and practice at home a number of times before sending them in.

Important Reminders

❖ Field trip on Wednesday to the Library and Joes Next Door. I have enough drivers! Please take a look at the attached menu, choose a sandwich for your child from the Children’s menu, and email or text me your child’s specific order including condiments on the sandwich. They do have gluten-free bread available, and ham and cheese instead of turkey and cheese if wanted. Choose a bag of chips from the Broad Ripple Chips.  This is paid for from our field trip fund.)

❖ Friday is 100’s Day. Bag with 100 items and 3 clues needs to be in by Friday (bags went home today).

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

We have had a good week this week. I am so proud of the way the students are facing new challenges in their school work.

❖ Phonics: Our two new phonemes will be -oe , and -ui.

❖ Spelling: Our list for next week is: fruit, juice, cruise, suit, doe, hoe, aloe, shoe, were, was. Our dictation sentence will be: Oh no! There is fruit on my suit!

❖ Math: Next week we will continue adding double-digit numbers as well as reading thermometers to two-degree marks.

❖ Science: We will begin our study of animals by talking about the classifications and how things are ordered in the animal kingdom. Be on the lookout for a packet of explanation for the animal notebook the students will compile in folders next week.

Homework Information

✓ Recitations are due January 31.

Important Reminders

❖ Show and Tell: For next Friday, students may bring in something money-related that goes with our study of money. Ideas include foreign coins (help make sure they know something about where it is from and how they got it), interesting U.S. currency; a favorite piggy bank; etc.

❖ Field trip on Wednesday to the Library and Joes Next Door. Please take a look at the attached menu, choose a sandwich for your child from the Children’s menu, and email or text me your child’s specific order including condiments on the sandwich. They do have gluten-free bread available, and ham and cheese instead of turkey and cheese if wanted. Choose a bag of chips from the Broad Ripple Chips.  This is paid for from our field trip fund.)

❖ Friday is 100’s Day. Bag with 100 items and 3 clues needs to be in by Friday.

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

We watched a short video (Kid President) on Martin Luther King, Jr. We also read a book about his life.

❖ Bible--Our story this week was about The Exodus of the Israelites and the parting of the Red Sea.

❖ Reading–We have finished our Mummies in the Morning book.  Next week, we will begin reading The Boxcar Children (book 1). We continue to learn more reading strategies.  We discussed positive and negative character traits this week.

❖ Composition & Cursive–We read another fable, Stone Soup and rewrote it using keywords. We have learned to add “dress up”  word(s) to our writing to make it more interesting by adding adjectives.

❖ Latin–Our words this week were all about royalty. See if your child can tell you the meaning of these Latin words:  corona, rex, regina, patria, populus and rego.

❖ Astronomy–We learned about the planets (there are 9 again, as Pluto has regained its standing as a planet). We watched a short video on the Hubble Space Satellite. Today, we made a representation of the planets with balloons

❖ Math–We took our 14th assessment this week. We learned how to measure to the nearest millimeter, how to multiply by four, and created a line graph. Keep practicing multiplication facts at home. Your child should know 0’s 1’s, 2’s, 4’s, 5’s, 7’s, 10’s and doubles facts by now.

Homework Information

This is the LAST week for homework logs. From now on, your child should be ready to discuss and write about what s/he is reading on Friday mornings. Please ensure that your child reads on a daily basis.  Readers are leaders.

Math
✓ Monday, January 27, Lesson 77A
✓ Tuesday, January 28, Lesson 78A
✓ Wednesday, January 29, Lesson 79A
✓ Thursday, January 30, test over past 5 lessons and spiral review
Spelling–Test over Lesson 9 words will be Friday, January 31.
Bible verse test over 2 Peter 1:3-9 will be Friday, January 31.

Spelling Lesson 9
2 Peter 1:3-9

Important Reminders

❖ Our class spelling bee will be held Friday, January 31 at 9:30 AM.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Monday, January 27, 2020 is a busy day in 3rd grade:
1. In-Class Spelling Bee Competition
2. Chapter 32 History test (China)
3. Chapter 15 Bible Quiz (Provision in the Wilderness)

Exciting News! We have a field trip scheduled to the Imax Theater downtown on Friday, February 21 for an 11:00am showing of “Turtle Odyssey”. Details will be provided next week regarding chaperones, what to wear, etc. Please wait for forms to go home next week before emailing about chaperoning. It will help me stay organized. Thank you. I am looking forward to another fun field trip.

Homework Information

Spelling Words: school, anchor, choir, echo, character, mechanic, orchid, scholar, ache, stomach, nature, posture, capture, creature, future, pasture, picture, scripture, torture, temperature
Review Words: urge, occur, surprise

Stella Words:oceanography, descriptive, elaborate

Memory Verse: Guard, My Child, Thy Tongue (due Friday, January 31

TedEd Video on China’s Great Wall from class this week.

Important Reminders

❖ We are working on long division now, so your student may need some assistance practicing this method. We say “Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring Down” and show arrows. If they are struggling with specific problems, please have them come to me before or after school. Mrs. Dodson can also assist in class.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Students had a great week back after the long weekend. This past week and for the next 2 weeks, our writing focus will be on their expository History Card paper, which we will then modify to turn into a speech to present in assembly. Students may bring this paper home to work on it, as well as to get feedback from parents on the organization, content, and flow of it. The two big questions are 1. Why is this event important to history? And 2. Why is this event important to Christianity?

I am encouraging students to bring these two questions home for discussion and ask for help if they should need it. 

In literature, we are about halfway through Robin Hood, it is a challenging book, but the students are enjoying it! 

I am currently working on finding a date that will work for our Medieval Feast. I will send an informative email out when I am able to do so. Thank you for your patience!

Homework Information

✓ Latin- Ch. 15- Tuesday the 28th
✓ History- Ch. 22 & 23- Wednesday the 29th
✓ Bible- Ch. 20-Friday the 31st
✓ Spelling- Ch. 22- Friday the 31st
✓ Recitation- Today we had a bit of weather & 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24. Recitations are due next Friday, the 31st.

Important Reminders

❖ Next Monday, the 27th, is our in-class spelling bee! 1st and 2nd place will move on to the school spelling bee.

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ What was Johnny Tremain arrested for and what was the result of his trial?
❖ What are the 6 traits of effective writing? Ask to see your child’s 3-point expository paragraph.  

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (List 15)
✓ Wednesday – None
✓ Thursday – History Quiz (card 18)
✓ Friday – Verse Test (Prov. 4) , Biography choice is due

Important Reminders

❖ Field trip to the Benjamin Harrison House is on Tuesday, February 18. We will be leaving school at 8:30 and returning by 2:00. Students are to bring a disposable lunch and wear their regular uniforms.  Drivers are needed and there will be no cost. Chaperones will be $8.00. Please let me know if you are able to drive.  

❖ We will be having a lab activity soon where your child with their lab partner will be dissecting a frog.  This exercise will take place on a Wed. afternoon (TBA) from 12-3 PM. This learning opportunity will be led by Dr. Scott Thompson. I am thankful for his willingness to help our class learn more about anatomy and physiology, and how marvelous God’s creation is.  

❖ Friday folders need to be initialed, emptied, and returned. Thanks.  

❖ The CDA spelling bee final for our class will be next Friday, January 31. The all-school spelling bee will be on Wednesday, February 5 at 1 p.m in the Sanctuary. I will email you if your child is one of our two class finalists, so you can attend. All parents are welcome.  

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Our class is collecting donations to offset the cost of our turtle supplies. Any contributions that you make would be greatly appreciated!

In history, many students have mastered the countries of Asia, moving on to study the countries of Europe. To verify that students are actively studying their geography, they will be pop-quizzed periodically. To help your student prepare at home, please help them access Seterra geography quiz games online or using the Seterra app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Topics for the Table

Common Topic of Definition: What are three ways that you can refine an exordium to “hook” the audience–including the judge or jury–in a judicial address?
Common Topic of Comparison: Compare ancient Sparta and Athens. How are they similar and different? If they’re different, are they different in kind or in degree?
Common Topic of Relation: In ancient cultures like Mycenaean Greece or Troy, how did gender roles impact survival?

Homework Information

✓ Verse Memory: Phil. 2:29-30, Phil. 3:1-2

✓ Poetry Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron, ll. 1-24

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

This past week, we continued to learn about Expression in Music! While the younger grades are listening to and experiencing the differences between soft/loud and fast/slow, older grades are learning how to draw connections between music, art, and/or poetry. They are also practicing the skill of analyzing and evaluating the moods and passions of music at a personal level. 

Next week, we will be wrapping up Expression and will be entering the Pitch Unit! Here’s what you need to know about what is coming up just around the corner:

January 30th- Pitch Unit begins.
February 4th- Field Trip for 4th-8th Graders to the ISO “Journey to the Jurassic.” More details to come.
February 11th- We begin learning instruments in music class!
    — 3rd Grade – Recorder
    — 4th Grade – Ukulele
    — 5th/6th Grade – Ukulele
    — 7th/8th Grade – Violin or Ukulele (TBD)

Art with Mrs. Gipson

This week we started Abstract Art! The students learned about depicting ideas and feelings through color, shape, and lines, rather than a clear physical subject (Example: The Idea of Winter: Blue, silver, white, maroon, deep green). All grades worked on a collaborative piece resembling Wassilly Kandinsky’s “A Color Study in Concentric Circles,” as shown above. Each student did one square of this piece, using their own “idea/color theme.”

Next week, we will continue Abstract art, and most grades will still be painting. So please don’t forget those Smocks! 

If you would like to see photos of all the work, follow CDA’s Art Instagram at cda_art_room.

Update: January 17, 2020

Calendar

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

8 AM | January 20 | CDA

Pastor’s Breakfast

Morning | January 27 | CDA

Please invite your pastor to our annual Local Pastor’s Breakfast. This is a great way to minister to them! We will begin with a time of fellowship and pastors will enjoy a breakfast buffet served by our Parent/Teacher Fellowship. David Seibel will speak on a theology of biblical collaboration of how the local church benefits CDA and how CDA benefits the local church.

Currently, pastors and elders from Soma Northwest, Harvest North Indy, Cornerstone Lutheran, Church at the Crossing, Grace Church, Northview Church, Carmel Lutheran Church, Christ’s Community Church have RSVPed. If your pastor hasn’t, share the invitations here

Monthly Late Start + Pizza Lunch

9 AM | January 31 | CDA

Before care is available for families who pre-register. To do so, please email Mrs. Ferreira.

Grades 4-8th Field Trip

February 4 | Symphony

The fourth-eighth graders will be going to Journey to the Jurassic this February.

Spelling Bee

1:00 PM | February 5 | CDA

The CDA finalist Spelling Bee will be held in the Sanctuary. All classes 1st-8th grade are already holding in-class practice spelling bees. During the week of January 27th, classes will hold in-class spelling bees to determine the two students from each class who will advance to the final all-school finalist spelling bee. Watch your student’s class updates for more specific times.  

Daddy/Daughter Dance

7:00 PM | February 7 | CDA

Registration begins next week!

Community Meeting – CDA Parents

6:30 PM | February 12 | CDA

Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 14 | CDA

Look for registration links in next Friday’s newsletter.

NEW DATE: Dads’ Day

7:00 AM | February 26 | CDA

Dads, please bring your CDA children to this event. Speaker David Michael will be returning for breakfast with us.

Community

Parent Survey

Our focus this year is to “Rise and Shine.” This is not just a phrase or a poster. Rather, it is our belief that we as an Academy have the delightful duty of consistently improving for the benefit of the next generation. In light of this focus, we desire to understand how your family would assess your experience at Coram Deo and how the school might improve.

To help us grow in our awareness of CDA’s effectiveness in “rising and shining,” we ask that you participate in our annual parent survey. Please respond with all honesty so that our community can grow in both strength and competence.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

Today was the 91st day of school. We are excited about the upcoming 100th day of school. 100’s Day falls on January 31st. All I will need from you is for you to help your child come up with 100 items to bring in for our 100’s museum. They will need to come up with 3 clues for these items. I will be sending home a bag next week for you to use for the 100 items. Think small (marshmallows, legos, etc.).

Looking ahead:
❖ Bible: We will look at the life of David this week. We will see how tall Goliath really was.
❖ Phonics: “ai”, “ay” And we will compare the sounds of a f and a v.
❖ Reading: We will read the story of Martin Luther King Jr in honor of his birthday.
❖ Math: We will divide items in half, we will subtract ½ a number (14-7, 2-1, etc.). We will learn to keep count by using tally marks and count by 5.
❖ Geography– We have our passports and will visit Japan this week.

Homework Information

❖ There will be no math or reading homework this week as  I am going to send home the instructions for your child’s first speech. I would like for you to work on that for the week and we will present them the week of January 27th. I will send home the instructions Tuesday.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

We are jumping right into the third quarter by stepping into some new skills and challenges. I am so pleased with the students’ efforts on our new dictation sentences this week as well as the soft start to speeches with our states show and tell project. I look forward to seeing how this bright, lively, creative class will continue to shine in the coming weeks as we delve deeper into our learning. 

❖ Bible: we spent the week talking about who Jesus/God is revealing Himself as through the story of Lazarus. We observed  He is the God who brings dead things to life and how He sees things we don’t see (in his statement about Lazarus being asleep, not dead). Next week we will talk more about some of the other parables Jesus taught.

❖ Spelling: Look for next week’s words to come home on Monday along with our new phonemes for the week. 

❖ Math: We will continue practicing addition skills for more than 2 numbers by identifying number pairs that make 10. I was pleased with how quickly the students caught on to this new skill. 

❖ Geography: We did not get into creating Venn diagrams with our class information this week so I am excited to jump into that next week. 

 

Important Reminders

✓ Spelling pretest with dictation Thursday 1/23, test 1/24
✓ Recitations due 1/31

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

❖ Bible--We learned about how God commanded Moses to tell the Pharoah to let his people go.  The Pharoah refused ten times, and each time he refused, a plague was put on the people of ancient Egypt by God.

❖ Reading–We continued reading Mummies in the Morning.  We have learned many vocabulary words, including medallion, sarcophagus, mirage, scepter, and hieroglyphs. We have also focused on looking for strong emotions from characters and reading with expression to communicate how characters are feeling.

❖ Composition & Cursive–We have begun to use our good, listening ears to hear keywords (instead of seeing them)  to a story and write them down.   Next, we re-write the story.  We are also learning to add “dress-ups” to the story.  To that end, we are practicing using an adjective to add some interest to our story.

❖ Latin–We completed our review of Chapter 13.  

❖ Astronomy–We are reading trade books, as well as using our textbook to learn about Astronomy.  Our topic for this week was an overview of stars and planets.

❖ Math–we learned to add numbers mentally with horizontal addition. We practiced writing 2-digit numbers.  We learned to identify ordinal numbers through twentieth and writing number words through 100.  Keep practicing multiplication facts!

❖ Spelling–we have been practicing our words using proper Spelling Bee protocol;  Say the word, spell it, then say the word again.  Students received packets with which to practice before our classroom Spelling Bee on January 31st.  These are hard words, many of which are rule-breakers.  Hats off to student motivation to want to practice these difficult words. We’ve also worked on commas in a series, parts of speech, and practiced our phonograms.

Homework Information

Math
✓ Tuesday, January 21 Lesson 74A
✓ Wednesday, January 22, Lesson 75A
✓ Thursday, January 23, Lesson 76A
Spelling–Study new words; Test next Friday, 1/31
Bible–Study all of 2 Peter 1:3-9, Test next Friday 1/31 over entire verse 

Important Reminders

❖ Thank you to Mrs. Adkinson and Mr. Simpson, our Spelling Bee volunteers for Friday, 1/31 at 9:30!  The winning student will compete against the first-grade winner for the Lower School Champion!

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

We are beginning a unit on Ancient China next week, and are enjoying reading Stuart Little. The students are creating memory books to help them remember the story, and they are having lots of fun. It has taught them ways to organize the story’s information, and it also helps with retelling. We have pop quizzes for every three chapters, and so there will be one on Chapters 4-7 on Monday. 

Stay tuned for information regarding an upcoming Field Trip at the end of February! A yellow slip will go home next week, and the details will be in the next newsletter.

Homework Information

Spelling Words: nurse, purple, urge, hurl, blur, occur, surprise, burn, church, sturdy, hurt, turtle, fur, surgeon, survive, turn, murder, disturb, purse, surf

Review Words: although, special, enough

Stella Words: projection, righteous, glorify

Memory Verse: “Guard, My Child, Thy Tongue” due Friday, January 31

Lyrics to SchoolHouse Rock Math Songs

Important Reminders

❖ Most assignments will now be required to be completed in cursive. Also, since math is getting more challenging, I plan to use Fridays as review days. That will allow me to focus on where they are struggling, as well as give them more practice. If you see specific areas where your child is having trouble, Mrs. Dodson or I will gladly help either in-class during work time or after school. Please email me or let me know in person.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Students are enjoying our literature book, Robin Hood, as well as our History Unit on Marco Polo and the East. Looking forward to scheduling in the first week of February, we will need to reschedule our Medieval Feast for later in February, as the week of Feb. 7th is a very busy one with multiple events happening. I will continue to work on a better date with Mrs. Ferreira and update you ASAP. Thank you for your patience and flexibility on this. Despite next week being a short week, we will still have Bible and Spelling on Friday. We have skipped ahead in our spelling book 2 chapters, as to better challenge the students. 

We have started a new writing assignment this week. Students have each picked a history card we have learned so far this year, and will be writing an informative essay on it; we will then turn these essays into speeches. Two of the questions they must answer for their card are: Why is this card important to history? Why is this card important to Christianity. I am challenging the students to try to see the bigger picture with this history assignment, and hope it encourages some discussion at home!

Homework Information

Tests
❖ Latin Test – Ch 15 – Monday, January 27
❖ Math- Friday, January 24th
❖ Bible- Ch. 19- Friday, January 24th
❖ Spelling- Ch. 21- Friday, January 24th | CH 21 WORDS: roused, nauseate, consternation, piteous, blunder, bailing, sparse, penetrate, emerge, vague, ominous, smolder, croon, trussed, proclamation, gentle, adventure, evacuate, wince, dither

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ Explain the blood flow through your body.
❖ How did the English Parliament and the King treat the colonies unfairly?  Why?
❖ 5th – How is Yertle the Turtle an example of a contrast to King Canute?
❖ 6th – How would you refute the story Brer Fox Catches Brer Rabbit?

Homework Information

Tuesday – Spelling Test (List 14), “Ring Out, Wild Bells” (stanzas 1-6)
Wednesday – None
Thursday – History Test (Parliament Acts Unjustly, cards 1-17 in order with dates)
Friday – Verse Quiz (Prov. 4:20-27), Science Test (Chapter 8)

Important Reminders

❖ Reminder to initial, empty, and return Friday Folders.  
❖ Hopefully, you are enjoying the geography app I told you about last week.  

❖ Field Trip: Upcoming field trip to Benjamin Harrison House on Tuesday, February 18. We will leave school at 8:30 AM and arrive back by 2 PM. If you would like to drive/chaperone, please let me know. Drivers are free and chaperones are $8.  Students will need to bring a disposable sack lunch. Dress will be our regular Tuesday uniform.  

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Our class is collecting donations to offset the cost of our new aquarium and stand. Any contributions that you make would be greatly appreciated!

In history, students are studying the geography of Asia. So far, they’re really enjoying some active learning with “The World Game”, a card game designed to help students learn countries in a group. To help your student prepare at home, please help them access Seterra geography quiz games online or using the Seterra app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Topics for the Table

Common Topic of Relation: In Homer’s Iliad, why does the poet so elaborately detail a description of Pandarus’s bow, the bow that breaks the truce between the Greeks and the Trojans?
Common Topic of Comparison: Compare the historical character Cyrus the Great and the literary character Achilles.

Homework Information

✓ Verse Memory: Phil. 2:25-28
✓ Poetry Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron, ll. 21-24-20

SPECIALS
Music with Mrs. Foss

We are back at it learning and having a blast in the Music classroom! Last week we learned:

K5- Call and Response Form
1st- AB (Binary Form)
2nd- ABA (Ternary Form) 
3rd- Rondo Form
4th- Rondo Form
5th/6th- Rondo Form/ Texture in Music
7th/8th- Texture in MusicExpression Unit. | Why is expression important in music? Similar to expression in speaking, expression in music is what makes the music interesting, engaging, and captivating! Expressive elements include dynamics, tempo, and articulation. Each grade is learning about these elements at a different level.

Art with Mrs. Gipson

Please follow CDA’s Art Instagram at cda_art_room. I will be adding more pictures each week.

Update: January 10, 2020

Connect

Building With Purpose
Project Legacy Blog Post

Dale Needleman is truly a change agent and kingdom builder. He has spent his career focusing on growing business and creating jobs. In this post, he shares three lessons that those in education can learn for life and leadership. Read more here.

Calendar 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

January 20 | CDA
 

Pastor’s Breakfast

Morning | January 27 | CDA

Please invite your pastor to our annual Local Pastor’s Breakfast. This is a great way to minister to them! We will begin with a time of fellowship and pastors will enjoy a breakfast buffet served by our Parent/Teacher Fellowship. David Seibel will speak on a theology of biblical collaboration of how the local church benefits CDA and how CDA benefits the local church.

Currently, pastors and elders from Soma Northwest, Harvest North Indy, Cornerstone Lutheran, Church at the Crossing, and Christ’s Community Church have RSVPed. If your pastor hasn’t, share the invitations here

Monthly Late Start + Pizza Lunch

9 AM | January 31 | CDA

Before care is available for families who pre-register. To do so, please email Mrs. Ferreira.

Community

Parent Survey

Our focus this year is to “Rise and Shine.” This is not just a phrase or a poster. Rather, it is our belief that we as an Academy have the delightful duty of consistently improving for the benefit of the next generation. In light of this focus, we desire to understand how your family would assess your experience at Coram Deo and how the school might improve. 

To help us grow in our awareness of CDA’s effectiveness in “rising and shining,” we ask that you participate in our annual parent survey. Please respond with all honesty so that our community can grow in both strength and competence.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

Your children look like they grew up over Christmas. I spent this first week back reviewing. The kids let me know they did not forget ANYTHING over Christmas Break. We have had a great week back.

Looking forward:
❖ Bible:  Saul, David, Goliath, and Jonathan
❖ Phonics: Phonograms- “oi, oy”
❖ Spelling Rule-”English words do not end in i, u, v, or j.
❖ Math:  Writing our number words 0-10 (we will work on this for a few weeks), identifying pairs, and practice paying for items with pennies and dimes
❖ Geography– We will be “traveling the world” beginning with the continent of Asia. We will “visit Israel” and learn about the place Jesus was born and do an experiment to learn more about the Dead Sea.
❖ History-We will do the “The Time-Line of Me” using the pictures you sent in.

Important Reminders

❖ I will be sending home our first speech information this coming week. Each child will be doing a speech entitled “The Story of Me.”  They will be using their Time-Lines to help them with this speech.  Be watching for the specifics to come home.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

First I want to say thank you for your sweet cards, photos, and gifts for Christmas. I was truly blessed by your generosity, as well was Mrs. Schall, who also asked that I relay her gratitude to you. 

We’ve had a great first week back….the students have needed very few reminders as we get back into our rhythms. 

We have enjoyed our Bible stories this week about the prodigal son and the parable of the lost sheep. They have sparked great conversations on looking at scripture and what it is telling us about who Christ is. I continue to love making space for their questions and processing in our lessons. We will begin next week with the story of Lazarus.

Math: we are beginning our section on measurements in cooking, diving into venn diagrams, and looking at a.m. and p.m. and midnight in time

Geography: we have begun analyzing our class data regarding the states we have visited and will be  using that info to create our own venn diagrams. The students also drew the name of a state out of a cup today, which we will study in class this week. On Friday, students will present that information in show and tell. Feel free to have students bring something from home regarding the state they drew if they have anything, but it won’t be necessary as we will cover it in class this week. We will also continue our study of how to read N S E W on maps.

Phonics: we will focus on the phoneme -ew as well as words that end in -ge and follow the rule that states that the G says J because of the e at the end. Our spelling words will be: crew, flew, new, knew, large, change, cage, hinge, orange, and tenth.

Science: we will begin our study of animals soon. I have decided to assign an animal notebook as a project. It will occur over several weeks and will end with the students presenting their favorite animal they studied, as well as giving a speech on said animal. I will send home an information packet sometime next week detailing this information. 

Recitations: since one of our recitations this month is an excerpt from Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have a Dream”, we watched a short video on his life and will spend some time focusing on his life and who he was next week.

Homework Information

✓ Spelling Pretest Thursday, Test Friday
✓ Recitations (“A Winter Walk” and excerpt from “I Have a Dream” due Friday, January 31st. 

Important Reminders

❖ Show and Tell next week: tell about the state you studied.

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

Happy New Year. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful time over break celebrating the birth of Christ and welcoming in the new year.

❖ Bible--We studied Moses’ birth, covering Exodus 1 and 2 this week. 

❖ Reading–Chapter books will be studied throughout this semester.  Mummies in the Morning (A Magic Tree House book) is our first book for the new year.  We are reading these as a class, answering comprehension questions in a packet and learning new vocabulary words.

❖ Composition & Cursive–This week, we are learning how to listen for keywords as stories are read, write down the 3 most important words and rewrite the story.  We are also learning how to use “dress-ups” to improve our writing by adding adjectives to nouns to make stories more interesting. We continue to learn our “loop letters” in cursive (l, b, f, e h, k)

❖ Latin–This week and next are big review weeks.  We are reviewing vocabulary from first grade and first semester words from 2nd grade. .

❖ Astronomy–We are beginning our study of Astronomy.  We will learn all about planets, stars, and the sun.  Students are excited to learn more about space and the world God created.

❖ Math–We learned about squaring numbers, what a perfect square is and reviewed fractional amounts. Continue to practice those addition, subtraction and multiplication facts at home.

❖ Spelling–We learned the phonograms wh- and -igh this week.  Students are excited to participate in a class  (Jan. 31) and school-wide ( Feb. 2) spelling bee. We are practicing proper spelling bee procedure by working on our spelling words. 

Homework Information

For next week…
✓ Spelling–study Lesson 8 words; test on Friday, January 10
✓ Math–Monday, Lesson 69B 
    Tuesday, Lesson 70B (test over last 5 lessons and spiral review)
    Wednesday, Lesson 71B
    Thursday, Lesson 72B
✓ Reading Log due Friday, January 10
✓ Test over Skyscrapers poem
✓ Keep working on 2nd Peter 1:3-9

Important Reminders

❖ Looking for two parents to volunteer to help with class Spelling Bee on January 31 at 9:30 a.m. Please email me if you are available!

❖ Reading Log

❖ Spelling Lesson 8A

❖ Skyscrapers Poem (due Jan. 17)

❖ 2 Peter 1:3-9 Verse (entire verse due Jan. 31)

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Happy New Year – We have had a great start to the new year. I am proud of the questions they have been asking and their diligence in working hard. 

With that being said, this is a reminder that Math lessons will be increasing in difficulty this next Quarter, and so students should have all of their math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication) memorized. If they are struggling with these still, they will be really struggling and taking a while on their homework. As we learn 3 and 4 digit multiplication, if they make one mistake on their multiplication facts, it affects the whole problem. They should slowly do the problems, continue to show their work clearly, and check when they are done for little mistakes. I applaud the students who have come to me this week when they have had questions. This shows maturity. Please reiterate this at home. Thank you.

Homework Information

Spelling Words: hole, whole, knight, night, theirs, there’s, whether, weather, which, witch, strength, although, clothes, special, shoulder, enough, material, group, dough, broad
Review Words: officer, laborer, foreigner
Stella Words: decent, gradual, flourish
Memory Verse: Due Wed. 1/15: Romans 8:31-39 (9 verses) /  Due Fri. 1/31: “Guard, my child, thy tongue” (4 Stanzas)

❖ 3rd Grade Latin Test Chapter 12 – next Wednesday, January 15
❖ View the Preamble Song and Latin Quizlet

Important Reminders

❖ If homework is not turned in before school starts, it will be marked as a “0” until it is turned in. Then it will be marked “late” and 1 point will be taken off for each day it is late. At this point in the year, there will be no more reminders about this policy. Obviously, there are exceptions for illness, absence, etc. 

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Happy New Year! I hope everyone enjoyed their break, and time together. This week we went right back into the swing of things, and I am so proud of the students ability to get right back to work. 

This past week we started our new book, Robin Hood. We will be reading this book for the next two months. In addition to a new literature book, we have also started some new writing assignments. It is my goal this semester to have the students writing more! Our first writing assignment is an informative speech on something we have learned in History together this year. We will turn these papers into speeches, and I will keep you updated on when some of them will be sharing them during assembly. 

Looking forward I am planning to have the Medieval Feast on Friday February 7th. This day takes a lot of planning, and the more parent involvement the more fun it truly is for the students. I will type out details, and send them out by next week. Thank you in advance for helping to make this day so special for the students!

Homework Information

Tests
❖ History Ch. 20-210 Tuesday the 14th
❖ English Ch. 7- thursday the 16th
❖ Bible Ch. 18- Friday the 17th
❖ Spelling Ch. 19- Friday the 17th
Independence, completed, frontier, delicious, immigration, heifer, deceitful, Europe, diesel, faint, citizen, destruction, century, harbor, processing, language, poverty, famine, mountainous, foreign
❖ 4th Grade Latin Test – next Wednesday, January 15

Other Notes
❖ New memory recitations for this month are due Fri. Jan 31st:
❖ Bible: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 (ESV)
❖ Poetry: Today We had Some Weather- Nesbitt

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Thank you so much for the lovely gifts you poured upon me this Christmas.  The gifts but especially each of you are so appreciated.  I am truly grateful for each one of you, and the privilege I have of being your child’s teacher.  I missed them over break and was glad to see their smiling faces arrive on Tuesday.  May each of  you have a blessed New Year.

Questions from this week:
❖ In your opinion, what was the most interesting thing you learned about the French and Indian War?
❖ From the book, Johnny Tremain, give me some information about Johnny.
❖ What is the difference between a pattern 4 and pattern 5 sentence?
❖ In our heart, where are the atrium located and where are the ventricle located?

Homework Information

Monday – Heart Diagram Quiz
Tuesday– Spelling Test (List 13), History Quiz (French and Indian War)
Wednesday – None
Thursday – None
Friday – Grammar Test, Verse Quiz (Prov. 4:17-23)

Important Reminders

❖ Each student will need to have a biography picked out to read of a famous American who is no longer living by January 31. The book should be around 200 pages or so.  It will need to be finished by Spring Break. This will be used to write a research paper and do another Living History Museum.  

❖ We are practicing for the CDA all school Spelling Bee which will be held on Feb. 5.  We are doing practice bees in the classroom for the next few weeks, and will be having our official classroom bee to decide our participants the week of Jan. 27th.  

❖ Want to help your child learn their geography in a fun way?  Use Seterra geography quiz games online or using the Seterra app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Another way is to play The World Game which can be purchased for the whole family to be able to learn and practice their geography skills together.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Blessings to your family as we begin this New Year! My family is enjoying the thoughtful gifts that you sent during the holiday season. More than anything, I thank you for the gift of your children. Not having them for a couple of weeks reminded me of how much they bless me every day.

In history, students are studying geography of Asia. To help your student prepare, please help them access Seterra geography quiz games online or using the Seterra app, available on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

Topics for the Table

The following questions apply Aristotle’s common topics to classroom content to help you engage your student(s) at home:
Common Topic of Relation: How did pre-legal societies like ancient Greece and Troy maintain order and justice without courts and police?
Common Topic of Comparison: In Homer’s world, what made the gods different from men?

Homework Information

Verse Memory: Phil. 2:21-24

Poetry Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron, ll. 17-20

Important Reminders

The 7th and 8th are looking for a used 40-gallon aquarium for our class pet, Hercules. Please contact me if you have one available to donate.

SPECIALS
Introducing our new Art Teacher: Mrs. Gipson!

Hello CDA families! My name is DeAnna Gipson. I am so honored to be a part of this amazing community as your art teacher.

A little about me: I am a freelance graphic design artist, creating is a passion of mine, and I run on coffee and Jesus. I graduated from Ball State University in 2014. I firmly believe that God has given us all the gift of creativity, and I’m excited to help your children hone their ability to express this gift.

This week we started learning about Color Theory. The younger grades made a color wheel and the older grades made a “water spill” painting. We will be continuing Color Theory and painting next week, so don’t forget those long sleeve smocks!

Look for photos of the artwork in future Newsletters.

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