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Weekly Updates

Update: September 20, 2019

View the complete update here.

Greetings CDA families,

Please read the following updates for information on upcoming school events.

Connect

Worship Wednesday at the Dinner Table
Questions
1. What do you most desire?
2. How does God fulfill the longings of the human heart?
3. What does it mean that we are ‘far too easily pleased?
The Coram Deo Blog

In conjunction with our newly updated website, we have launched a blog for Coram Deo at coramdeo-in.com/blog.

Recent Posts

The ABCs of Creating Fragile Children

Calendar

CDA Banquet
6:30 PM | Saturday November 2 | CDA

Bring friends, families and prospective financial partners to an evening of laughter and fun as we celebrate what God is doing at CDA and look ahead to the future. This banquet will also feature Comedy Sportz, an improv comedy club. Sign up to reserve your seat.

We need your help to. Sign up to donate supplies to the banquet.

CDA Banquet Sponsorship
Do you know a business owner? We would love to share with them the CDA vision.
Do you own a business? We would love for you to sponsor the banquet this year.

Contact Ashley LaBar for more information or click here to register your business.

See our Level of Sponsorships:

Title Sponsor $3,000 (only 1 available):
3 Tables (24 ticket), company name on table and in program, recognition from MC
Gold Sponsor $2,000 (no limit):
2 Tables (16 tickets), company name on table and in program, recognition from MC
Table Sponsor $1,000 (no limit):
1 Table (8 tickets), company name on table and in program
Monthly Late Start & Pizza Friday
9:00 AM | Friday September 27 | CDA

Parents may begin dropping off students in the car line at 8:45 AM. If you need childcare, please communicate your need for childcare to Kristina Ferreira. If you drop your student off for childcare, your student must be signed in by a parent inside the gym. As this is also Pizza Day, please be sure to make your payment in FACTS for the fee if you have not already.

Fall Fest
6:30 PM | Friday September 27 | CDA

Please join us for fellowship with our community at our Fall Fest at CDA, one of our biggest event of the year! This year’s Fall Fest will will include a taco bar catered by Red Habanero. There will also be bounce houses, Knocker Ball, and Face Painting. Register for Fall Fest by 9/22 so we can order the correct amount of food. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences
12:00 PM | Monday September 30 | CDA

The sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences is now available. Schedule your spot.

Dads’ Day
RESCHEDULE 7:00AM | Wednesday October 2 | CDA

Due to extenuating circumstances, we are rescheduling the Dads’ Day breakfast with David Michael of Truth:78 Ministries to October 2. We want to bring your student with you to this event. We will serve Chick-Fil-A, so RSVP with Kristina Ferreira so we know how much food to cater.

Open House
9:30 AM | Wednesday October 2 | CDA

We’re hosting an open house for prospective families and would love for our current families to participate! Please invite your friends and join us for our Open House. Register today!

Business Leaders’ Lunch
1:00PM | Monday October 14 | CDA

Help us welcome local business leaders to a complimentary luncheon with like-minded people where they can learn how a good education forms the graduates they’ll want to hire. See the RSVP invitation here.

Community

Spread the Word

Coram Deo Academy is seeking qualified board candidates. If you or someone you know would like to learn more, please email the board.

Read the Trustee Candidate Profile

Provide Immunization Records

We request immunization records during the enrollment process and must maintain them during a student’s academic career at CDA. if you choose not to administer all required immunizations, a physician must sign the Immunization Exemption form, or a parent may write a religious objection letter and submit it to the school office.

As we are updating our records, all students must submit updated immunization records or immunization exemptions or religious objection letters by October 1st. Please contact Kristina Ferreira with any questions.

Provide Records

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

It was a great week. We began our Copy Journals, started adding, went on a treasure hunt using our North, South, East, West directions and made lemonade. Next week will be full leading up to our field trip on Thursday.     

In Bible we will be reading about Jacob and Esau, Jacob’s sons, and begin the story of Joseph. 

❖ We will learn how to properly write the letters b, h, k, and f as we use them in our September Copy Journals. 

❖ In math this coming week we will begin learning our doubles addition facts. Be watching for addition fact cards to come home as a tool for you to use to help your child learn these facts well. We will be working on these for a few weeks.

Homework Information

✓ Math homework will come home on Monday and Wednesday. Practice your math facts daily.
✓ Reading books will come home on Tuesday and Thursday.

Important Reminders

 Stuckey Farm field trip is Thursday, September 26. I am still in need of a couple of drivers/chaperones. Please email if you are able to help on this trip. 

 We will be leaving the school at about 10:15am and head to the Raber’s farm first. The Raber’s are a family in our school that have graciously opened their farm to the Kindergarten and 1st graders every year for us to pet and feed their animals. We will eat lunch there as well before heading over to Stuckey Farm at 11:40am. We will return to the school by 2:30pm.  

 Show and tell on Friday: Bring one item that begins with either a  b, h, k, or f.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

Hello parents! I have a few requests. We are in need of a few things for crafts by this Monday, September 23rd. I need for each student to have a toilet paper roll and a paper towel roll but just the cardboard inserts.

Second, I would like to start doing at least one fun food/cooking project together a month and would love to do caramel apples in September. Would anyone like to volunteer to help come in on Friday, September 27, around 2:00 to assist with that? Also if someone has a crock pot they would be willing to drop off that morning that I could heat the caramels in that would be great. I will provide the sticks and bags to transport home and we can get the apples from Stuckey Farm the day before. If you do not want your student to have any of the caramel apple, let me know and I can have an alternate treat for them, and they can make theirs to give away. 

Our first field trip will be on Thursday, September 26th. We will plan on eating snack here at school at 10 am and leave at 10:15 to head first to the Raber family’s farm. There we will see their animals and eat lunch at 11:15. We will aim to leave there to head to Stuckey’s Farm at 11:40, where our tour starts at 12:00 and goes to 1:00. 

From 1-2 we will play on the play things, restroom break and pack up, leaving there by 2:00, to come back to school. We will need chaperones/drivers but ask those who are officially coming as a chaperone not have younger siblings along. You are free to meet us at our destinations with younger siblings, but not as an official chaperone. Students may leave from Stuckey’s with parents, but it isn’t mandatory. Please contact me if you would like to drive/chaperone. 

Important Reminders

  Spelling words for NEXT week: our, own, world, work, worst, word, wasp, tall, want, fall.
  Show and Tell next Friday–bring something in that has to do with geography–places they have visited, or lived, or would like to go to, etc, as we have started studying maps and geography this past week. 

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

L–Stands for our love of hearing about Bible stories. This week, we studied the flood.  We  went out to the parking lot to measure how wide the Ark was. We ran out of parking lot before we could measure how long it was.

E–Stands for one of our four new sounds in Lesson 2 of our spelling, spelled ee.  We also learned /th/ (2 sounds, such as in this and with), /ng/ (one sound, such as in sing), and /ck/, ( 1 sound, such as in tack). 

A–Stands for Awesome teachers.  We love our new special area teachers, Mrs. Dennis (Art), Mrs. Foss (Music) and Ms. Bawel (P.E.)

R–Stands for Reading.  Students learned about author’s purpose this week, such as for enjoyment or to teach us something.

N–Stands for another new fable.  We read The Dog and His Reflection.  Students are working hard to learn how to make three meaningful word choices, then re-create the story using the three words they chose for each sentence.

I–Stands for interesting. What interesting facts can your child tell you that we’ve learned about birds so far in Zoology?

N–Stands for new.  Our new Latin words include numbers one through four:  unus, duo, tres, quattour.  See if your child can pronounce them correctly!

G–Good job!  Every second grade student received an A on their math test  this week! 

Homework Information

✓ Monday–Math lesson 25B
✓ Tuesday–Math lesson 26B
✓ Wednesday–Math lesson 27B
✓ Thursday–Math lesson 28 B
✓ Friday– (No assigned homework);  Spelling Test, Lesson 2 today;  Recite Matthew 5:1-16 for a grade; Reading Logs due

One hour of reading is expected each week. Students may use the weekend as needed to work ahead. Students are expected to know or be in the process of learning addition facts.  Remember, we do third grade math and will be working on multiplication facts as the year progresses. Bible verses and/or poem memorizations are a  part of the classical curriculum at Coram Deo Academy. Thank you for partnering with me and helping your child.  Remember to help your child study for their spelling tests!  A link is provided below if your list has been misplaced. 

Important Reminders

❖ Please remember to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences!  The link is below. 

❖ Please help your child be responsible by keeping their take-home folder empty of “Keep at Home” items and so that you know what your child is learning at school.

Reading Log
Memory Verse
Spelling List

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Field Trip! The Children’s Museum

When: Thursday, October 17  (all day)
Wear: PE Uniform
Need: Sack Lunch

1. If you have a Children’s Museum membership, please email me your ID.
2. If you would like to chaperone our field trip, please email me.

Highly Recommended Book for Parents:
Caught Up in a Story by Sarah Clarkson  
How to captivate your child’s love for reading and imagination

Homework Information

Spelling Words: silk, look, speak, cake, bank, sunken, drink, smoke, brisk, squeak, track, stuck, stick, lock, deck, duck, bucket, cracker, stricken, check
Review Words: said, answer, beauty
Stella Words: consequence, covenant, redemption

Important Reminders

❖ New memory this week – Bible verses! Exodus 2:23-25 (ESV) – Due next Monday

❖ We are learning about whales and dolphins. This is a fun website that is interactive.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Field Trip! The Children’s Museum

When: Thursday, October 17  (all day)
Wear: PE Uniform
Need: Sack Lunch

1. If you have a Children’s Museum membership, please email me your ID.
2. If you would like to chaperone our field trip, please email me.

Homework Information

Quizzes
✓ Literature- We have finished our literature book! Test over the whole book will be next Wednesday (25th) after 4 full days of review.
✓ Math- Lessons 1-20 Thursday (26th)
✓ Bible- Chapter 6  Friday (27th)
✓ Latin (with Mrs. Warman)- Chapter 4  Wednesday (October 2)
✓ Spelling- Lesson 6 Friday (27th): Siege, niece, masterpiece, airfield, conceit, grieve, retrieve, infield, believable, ceiling, briefly, feign, besiege, eighty, priestly, sleigh, overachieve, freight, either, neither

Important Reminders

❖ Please continue to clean out “graded” side of the black HW folders over the weekend.
❖ Please continue to practice the September Recitations at home. Habakkuk 3:17-19 & Trees by Joyce Kilmer- Due Oct. 4th (day before fall break). If you know your student will not be here that day, please let me know so I can organize an earlier time for them to recite the poem and verse. 

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
How did the book Walk the World’s Rim end?  Did you enjoy the book?  How would you change it?  
What have you learned about Roanoke?  
What is the Indiana state bird?
What are the differences between a long bone,  short bone, a flat bone, and an irregular bone?
Did your child ask you how your synovial fluid was?  What is synovial fluid?
What did you learn by dissecting a chicken wing? 

Homework Information

✓ Monday – Grammar Test
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (List 4), Poem Recitation “God Knows What He’s About”
✓ Wednesday – None
✓ Thursday – History Quiz (Raleigh Settles Roanoke)
✓ Friday – Verse (Prov. 3: 16-22)

Important Reminders

❖ Friday folders need to be initialed, emptied, and returned on Monday.
❖ Don’t forget to sign up for a Parent-Teacher Conference (9/30).  I am looking forward to meeting with each of you.  
❖ Encourage your child to faithfully use their planners and calendars to keep track of assignments. 

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Ways to Help

Our class turtle Hercules is still needing some supplies. Every week, he needs a couple leaves of cabbage or romaine. He also needs special replacement light bulbs and a dock to thermoregulate. If you can donate or fund the supplies on this list, we greatly appreciate the help! 
Bless your student by incorporating their Bible memory into your daily routine. Our current text, Philippians, has long, complex sentences. Reach out to your student and ask what sections are difficult to understand.

Topics by Discipline

In 7th and 8th grade history and literature, students continue to study ancient India,  the kings of ancient Judah, and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
In 6th and 7th Latin, students are reviewing transitive/intransitive verbs and accusative case uses.
In 8th Latin, students are learning special adjectives and the irregular verbs.
In 7th math, students are reviewing fractions, least common multiple, averaging, and unit multipliers.
In 7th & 8th logic, students have reviewed our introduction to formal logic in preparation for an upcoming quiz.  

Topics for the Table

How do Stoicism, Hinduism and Jainism compare to Buddhism?
What impact might Hinduism have had on India’s economy, society, and politics?

Homework Information

Poetry/Letters Memory: “Antony’s Speech” from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Bible Memory: Philippians 1:16-19

Important Reminders

Help your student study by adding them to the Latin 1 (6th-8th grades) and Latin 2 (8th grade) Quizlet groups, as well as Literature (7th-8th grades).

Update: September 13, 2019

View the complete update here.

Greetings CDA families,

Please read the following updates for information on upcoming school events.

Connect

The Coram Deo Blog

In conjunction with our newly updated website, we have launched a blog for Coram Deo at coramdeo-in.com/blog.

Recent Posts

Does Latin Nurture or Undermine a Love of Lifelong Learning?
Three Cautions for the Enneagram
Three Benefits of the Enneagram

Calendar

Monthly Late Start & Pizza Friday
9:00 AM | Friday September 27 | CDA

Parents may begin dropping off students in the car line at 8:45 AM. If you need childcare, please communicate your need for childcare to Kristina Ferreira. If you drop your student off for childcare, your student must be signed in by a parent inside the gym. As this is also Pizza Day, please be sure to make your payment in FACTS for the fee if you have not already.

Fall Fest
6:30 PM | Friday September 27 | CDA

Please join us for fellowship with our community at our Fall Fest at CDA, one of our biggest events of the year! This year’s Fall Fest will will include a taco bar catered by Red Habanero. There will also be bounce houses, Knocker Ball, and Face Painting. Register for Fall Fest!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
12:00 PM | Monday September 30 | CDA

The sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences is now available. Schedule your spot.

Dads’ Day
RESCHEDULE 7:00AM | Wednesday October 2 | CDA

Due to extenuating circumstances, we are rescheduling the Dads’ Day breakfast with David Michael of Truth:78 Ministries to October 2. We want to bring your student with you to this event. We will serve Chick-Fil-A, so RSVP with Kristina Ferreira so we know how much food to cater

Open House
9:30 AM | Wednesday October 2 | CDA

We’re hosting an open house for prospective families and would love for our current families to participate! Please invite your friends and join us for our Open House. Register today!

CDA Banquet
6:30 PM | Saturday November 2 | CDA

Bring friends, families and prospective financial partners to an evening of laughter and fun as we celebrate what God is doing at CDA and look ahead to the future. This banquet will also feature Comedy Sportz, an improv comedy club. Sign up to reserve your seat.

We need your help to. Sign up to donate supplies to the banquet.

Christmas Concert & Art Show
RESCHEDULE 7:00PM | Friday December 13

The Christmas Concert and Art Show has had a date change due to building availability at Cornerstone Lutheran. Our Concert and Art Show will now be held on December 13th at 7 p.m. Subsequently, we will have our Christmas caroling field trip December 6th.

Community

Volunteer with CDA

Volunteers are a crucial support for our school. We need your help with keeping our community active and flourishing. If you have not already, we ask that each family sign up for at least two events or to be a room parent. If you have questions about these events, please email us.
Sign up to support CDA

Provide Immunization Records

We request immunization records during the enrollment process and must maintain them during a student’s academic career at CDA. if you choose not to administer all required immunizations, a physician must sign the Immunization Exemption form, or a parent may write a religious objection letter and submit it to the school office.

As we are updating our records, all students must submit updated immunization records or immunization exemptions or religious objection letters by October 1st. Please contact Kristina Ferreira with any questions.
Provide Records

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We completed another great week in Kindergarten. I am impressed with how quickly the class is picking up on new concepts taught. They are memorizing their verses very well and we are having fun learning about our senses.  

This next week we will learn the phonograms b, l, m, n, and begin spelling words using all the sounds we have learned so far.  We will also concentrate on identifying the middle vowel sounds in words.

❖ In math, we will be making a pictograph, writing number sentences, and learning ordinal positions up to sixth.

❖ This week we will concentrate on Geography by looking at a United States map and identifying Indiana, the state where they were born and the state where their grandparents live. Please help me by making sure your child knows their birth state and their grandparents state.

❖ In Bible we will have a new verse  for the next two weeks: Psalm 95:6-7.  It will be in their folders.  We will read about Isaac, Esau and Jacob.

Homework Information

✓ Math homework will go home Monday and Wednesday.
✓ Reading homework will go home Tuesday and Thursday.

Important Reminders

 Show and Tell on Friday-bring in one item that begins with either b,l, m, or n.
 Please send in one Pringle can by Friday for our Time Capsules. Thank you.
  Our Field Trip to Stuckey farm is on September 26th. There will be more details to follow.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

Hello, parents. I sent home a communication in the students folder yesterday. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to read, initial and send back so I know everyone had a chance to see it. I also wanted to remind everyone about show and tell every Friday.

Next week, we will conclude our study of “us” being fearfully and wonderfully made by finishing up our study of our senses. So, for show and tell, I am asking the students bring something in that relates to one of our 6 senses….I know it’s usually five, but ask them to explain the sixth to you.

Homework Information

Just continue to look for math papers and try and remember to send the readers back to school. Next week’s spelling words are: learn, through, small, bread, outside, birthday, grandma, type, leave, warm.

Important Reminders

We will be going to Stuckey Farm on September 26. More information to follow in the coming week. 

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

❖ We had a great week in second grade. We have continued our study of ancient Egypt through reading books and creating a timeline from 3500 BC-500 BC.

❖ We are also practicing our passage from Matthew. Our assignment this week was to learn Matthew Chapter 5, verses 1-8. Our Bible story for this week was about Genesis 5;  the story of Enoch and Methuselah. We are learning a song to help us remember the story of the Old Testament.

❖ Our first spelling test over Lesson 1 was today.  Remember that our spelling units are for 2 weeks at a time.  New words were sent home today (and added below in a link). We also had our bi-weekly phoneme (sound) test of all the sounds for letters A-Z (there are 35 of them). 

❖ During reading time, students are reviewing parts of a fiction book. This week, characters and setting were taught. 

❖ Keyword writing remains the topic of our Writing. Students are in the process of learning how to edit their own writing and their partner’s paper before they submit a final copy.

❖ Students have learned to identify nouns and verbs and the jingles that accompany them.

❖ During Zoology, students learned about feathers. We watched a short video on why birds need their feathers.  Today, students made a bird feeder from a pinecone, peanut butter and birdseed. Thank you to the Simpson Family, the Fox Family, and the Parker Family for providing items for this usable craft.

❖ In Math, students learned how to add 10 to a 2-digit number, drawing pictures for some, some more and some, some went away story problems, representing fractions of halves, fourths and eighths, reading thermometers to the nearest 10 degrees and rounding numbers to the nearest 10. 

Homework Information

Weekly expectations include 60 minutes of reading, studying spelling words, math facts and memorizing our current verse and/or poem. I suggest breaking up the days with some days for math facts, alternate days for spelling and daily review of memorization and math lesson side B.

✓ Monday 9/16–Math lesson 20B 
✓ Tuesday 9/17–No math homework tonight! 
✓ Wednesday 9/18–Math lesson 21B
✓ Thursday 9/19–Math lesson 22B

Important Reminders

❖ Please save math homework papers at home to help guide you in preparing students for their math tests.
❖ Please have your child wear white crew socks on Fridays. 
❖ Help your child develop responsibility at home.  They should be emptying out their take-home folder each night with papers that are on the Keep at Home side. 
❖ Please see that links for papers that might go missing, such as spelling lists, Bible verses, poetry, etc are added below.

Download this week’s Spelling List.
Download this week’s Bible verses.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

If Conference Day does not work for you, I am more than happy to meet after school before or after that date. Please just give me a head’s up. Because there are 17 students, it will be a busy day. Thank you.

Highly Recommended Book for Parents:
Caught Up in a Story by Sarah Clarkson  
How to captivate your child’s love for reading and imagination

Homework Information

Spelling Words: Spelling Words: ate, eight, beat, beet, heard, herd, hare, hair, capitol, capital, what, said, whom, were, sew, answer, beauty, pretty, animal, laugh
Review Words: lawyer, drawer, awful
Stella Words: abyss, continent, creature

Important Reminders

❖ Please have your child wear white crew socks on Fridays. 
❖ Please do not take any papers out of your child’s folder that do not have a grade. They are still learning to put graded papers on the right and homework papers on the left. 
❖ Latin test Thursday on Chapter 3.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Please continue to practice the Sept. recitation for Bible and Spelling. Each student has a hand out to keep in their black HW folder- Due Oct. 4th (the day before Fall Break).

If you know your student will be absent ahead of time, please let me know so I can organize missed assignments for them
I will not be here next Friday the 21st, but will still be reachable by email.  Students will still have quizzes scheduled for that day. 

Homework Information

Quizzes
✓ Science: water cycle & diff. types of clouds Tuesday (17th)
✓ Literature: Ch. 1-10 Wednesday (18th)
✓ Latin: Ch. 3 Thursday (19th)
✓ History: Ch. 6-7 Friday (20th)
✓  Bible: Chapter 5 “David in Saul’s court” Friday (20th). Bible worksheets are always assigned on Monday and due Wednesday, giving the students 2 nights to complete it. 
✓ Spelling: Lesson 5 Friday (20th) RULE: “i” before “e” except after “c” or when sounding like “ay” like in vein. Belief, chief, brief, believe, relieve, yield, weigh, view, vein, thief, shriek, shield, eight, neighbor, piece, priest, receive, field, achieve, reign.

Important Reminders

❖ Please have your child wear white socks on Fridays for PE
❖ Please empty out black HW folders during the weekend.

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
What incredible feat did Ferdinand Magellan accomplish, , and why is it significant?
Play Skeleton Simon Says. What are the three layers of a bone?  
What is the Indiana State Tree and flower?

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (List #3), “God Knows What He’s About” (sec. 1-2)
✓ Wednesday – None
✓ Thursday – History Test (Explorers)
✓ Verse Quiz (Prov. 3:13-18),  Science Test (Chapter 2-Skeletal System)

Important Reminders

❖ We will be dissecting a chicken wing this week. Learning is fun and messy.  
❖ Friday Folders need to come back on Monday initialed and empty. Thank you.  
❖ White socks with your child’s P.E. uniform.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Ways to Help

Recently, our class adopted a baby turtle, Hercules. To keep our turtle healthy, we need supplies. If you can donate or fund the supplies on this list, we greatly appreciate the help
Bless your student by incorporating their Bible memory into your daily routine. Our current text, Philippians, has long, complex sentences. Reach out to your student and ask what sections are difficult to understand.
Make sure that your student wears solid white socks with Friday’s PE uniform.

Topics by Discipline

In 7th and 8th grade history and literature, students continue to study ancient India,  the kings of ancient Judah, and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
In 6th and 7th Latin, students are studying first declension nouns.
In 8th Latin, students are studying demonstrative pronouns.
In 7th math, students are reviewing fractions, decimals, exponents, areas of rectangles, and multiplying fractions and whole numbers.

Topics for the Table

How did the Aryans relate to the people indigenous to the Indus Valley?
Compare (similarity, difference, degree) the Rig Veda to Hebrew Psalms?
Compare the idea of karma with the idea of salvation in Christ alone.

Homework Information

Poetry/Letters Memory: “Antony’s Speech” from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Bible Memory: Philippians 1:13-16

Important Reminders

Help your student study by adding them to the Latin 1 (6th-8th grades) and Latin 2 (8th grade) Quizlet groups, as well as Literature (7th-8th grades).

Update: September 6, 2019

View the complete update here.

Greetings CDA families,

Welcome to September! We hope you enjoyed your Labor Day weekend. Please read the following updates for information on upcoming school events.

Connect

Worship Wednesday at the Dinner Table

This week’s questions:
1. Do you tend to be more of an idealist focused on comfort or a realist focused on mourning?
2. Fill in the blank: Most people can picture themselves in a white robe of righteousness, but not in the orange jumpsuit of ______ (criminal/prisoner).
3. Share a time when Christ comforted you after sin.

Calendar

Monthly Late Start
9:00 AM | Friday September 27 | CDA

Parents may begin dropping off students in the car line at 8:45 AM. If you need childcare, please communicate your need for childcare to Kristina Ferreira. If you drop your student off for childcare, your student must be signed in by a parent inside the gym.

Fall Fest
6:30 PM | Friday September 27 | CDA

Please join us for fellowship with our community at our Fall Fest at CDA, one of our biggest events of the year! This year’s Fall Fest will will include a taco bar catered by Red Habanero. There will also be bounce houses, Knocker Ball, and Face Painting. Register for Fall Fest!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
12:00 PM | Monday September 30 | CDA

Please put this date on your calendar! We will send the sign up information for parent/teacher conferences in the next newsletter.

Dads’ Day
RESCHEDULE 7:00AM | Wednesday October 2 | CDA

Due to extenuating circumstances, we are rescheduling the Dads’ Day breakfast with David Michael of Truth:78 Ministries to October 2. We want to bring your student with you to this event. We will serve Chick-Fil-A, so RSVP with Kristina Ferreira so we know how much food to cater.

Open House
9:30 AM | Wednesday October 2 | CDA

We’re hosting an open house for prospective families and would love for our current families to participate! Please invite your friends and join us for our Open House. Register today!

Christmas Concert & Art Show
DATE CHANGE

The Christmas Concert and Art Show has had a date change due to building availability at Cornerstone Lutheran. Our Concert and Art Show will now be held on December 13th at 7 p.m. Subsequently, we will have our Christmas caroling field trip December 6th.

Community

Volunteer with CDA

Volunteers are a crucial support for our school. We need your help with keeping our community active and flourishing. If you have not already, we ask that each family sign up for at least two events or to be a room parent. If you have questions about these events, please email us.
Sign up to support CDA

Update Your Information

Please ensure all your student’s information is correct in Parents Web. We need updated contact information for both parents, including emails and phone numbers, and any address changes. 
Check ParentsWeb

Provide Immunization Records

We request immunization records during the enrollment process and must maintain them during a student’s academic career at CDA. if you choose not to administer all required immunizations, a physician must sign the Immunization Exemption form, or a parent may write a religious objection letter and submit it to the school office. 

As we are updating our records, all students must submit updated immunization records or immunization exemptions or religious objection letters by October 1st. Please contact Kristina Ferreira with any questions.
Provide Records

Authorize Drivers

Please email authorized driver changes to the office before 2:45 p.m during the school day. This is applicable when your child is going home with another family, or someone who is not a normal driver for your child is picking them up for the day.

Order Pictures

You may order CDA pictures before or after your student has had their picture taken on Picture Day. Visit mylifetouch.com and enter our Picture Day ID: EVTM9R38RIf your child was absent, we have retakes scheduled for Friday October 18th.
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ISO Substitute Teachers

We are in need of substitute teachers. If you have interest in this paid position, or know someone who might, please refer to the information on our website.
Help us find a sub

Meet the Winners

On Tuesday the CDA boys took first place and CDA girls took third place at their first Cross Country meet of the season at Bethesda. Way to start strong!

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

I am so proud of these Kindergartners. They came back from their long weekend ready to learn. It is fun to watch them learn the procedures and enjoy practicing the Habits of the Heart.  

This week in Bible we first read about the “Tower of Babel and then  will be reading about another man that trusted fully in God: Abraham.  
❖ In Phonics, we will be learning the phonograms r and e.  We will begin  spelling three letter short vowel words, and listening for the last sound in a word. With this phonogram chart, you can press on the phonogram and hear all the sounds that phonogram makes. These are the sounds that I teach them through the year. I will let you know every week which ones in which we will be working. 
❖ In Math, we will continue working on addition story problems which we call Some, some more problems. We will begin counting pennies and learning the value of the other coins.
❖ In science this week, we will begin learning about our sense of sound. 

Homework Information

✓ Be able to recite Proverbs 3:5-6 by Friday.
✓ Math homework will come home Monday and Wednesday.
✓ Reading homework will come home Tuesday and Thursday.

Important Reminders

 Friday Show and Tell: bring one item that begins with either a “R” or an “E”.  This might be tricky.
 September 26th we will have our first field trip to Stuckey Farm. If you would like to chaperone on this trip and can be a driver, please email me to let me know.  Thank you.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Our family sure did. The students are doing well as we continue to add more to our schedule and are learning to face challenges that are new to them (you can ask them about the crossword puzzle we did together today….it was quite a bit harder than we all expected). Also, thank you for the offers to help with reading groups. We should be up to four days a week starting next week. 

Homework Information

Homework is in the right side of the folder that says back to school. Look for readers and math on a regular basis. Since we had a short week, I won’t send a new spelling list out until Monday. I will put it in the red folder. We will continue to pretest on Thursdays, and Test on Fridays. I have put the spelling test from last week and the pretest from today in their red folders. Have them study the words they missed today a little extra. 

Important Reminders

✓ Recitations due today.
✓ Spelling test for those who did not make a 100% on Wednesday’s pretest due today.

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

Second graders managed to pack in a lot in this short week. The topic in Bible was the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. The class stood up to recite our Bible passage in front of the entire school at the Reading Awards program. Students did a great job. I was very proud of them, since this was an impromptu performance. 

Strategies for when a reader comes to a word they don’t know are in the process of being taught. I created a short lyric to accompany these strategies (set to the tune of Are You Sleeping):

Look at the picture. Get your mouth ready.
Look for chunks. Stretch it out.
Does it look right? Does it sound right?
Take a guess. Hop over it.

If your child has a problem with a word, encourage them to sing this song.

  1. Look at the picture. (Does it help you figure out the word?)
  2. Get your mouth ready (to make the first sound).
  3. Look for chunks (such as  the blend fl in flower.
  4. Stretch it out (Stretch out the sounds (if you can).  fl-ow-er
  5. Does it look right? Does it sound right? (Does the word you are saying look anything like this word?   Does it sound right to you?)
  6. Take a guess.
  7. Hop over it. (Skip over the word. Finish the paragraph.  Did you figure it out (using context?)

❖ Students continue to learn about birds in Zoology.  I am looking for 8-10 pine cones (the “fat”kind that are opened up), 1 jar of peanut butter and 1 bag of bird feed for a project for Friday, September 13.  Please email me if you can donate any of these items.  Students don’t know, so please keep this activity a surprise–we will be making a bird feeder that they can take home.
❖ In Latin, students continue to learn vocabulary and have also learned verb endings for singular nouns.  To help connect what we are learning in Latin with English, we learned our first jingle about identifying nouns. Plural endings were taught this week. Phonemes A-Z (45 sounds) continue to be reviewed frequently. We also learned about the schwa /uh/ sound, such as in the word above.
❖ Students should be studying their spelling words. The test over Lesson 1 words will be next Friday, September 13.  
❖ Please continue to review addition math facts with your child daily.  Grades are being taken and all students need to keep working in order to show growth.  Adding 0 to a number, 1’s,  doubles, and doubles plus one facts have been taught.  Students should be able to answer 25 problems in 45 seconds.
❖ Math time this week was focused on dividing a shape into 2 and 4 equal parts, counting money (dimes and nickels), and identifying “some, some went away” (subtraction) story problems.

Homework Information

✓ Monday–Math Test today.  (students should look over homework from lessons 10-14 over the weekend); Math lesson 15B, study Bible verse, math facts, read 10 minutes
✓ Tuesday–Math Lesson 16B, study spelling words and Bible verse; read 10 minutes
✓ Wednesday–Math Lesson 17B, study math facts, Bible verse and read for 10 minutes
✓ Thursday–Math Lesson 18B,  study spelling words, Bible verse and read 10 minutes
✓ Friday–Lesson 1 Spelling Test, Bible verse quiz; No homework over the weekend.  Reading logs are due!

Important Reminders

Our next Bible verse is Matthew 5: 1-16.  Your child should learn verses 1-8 for next week. All verses are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible. 

Download this week’s Spelling List.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

On the homework folder it says “20 minutes” for reading every night. I put this here to remind students that they should make it a habit to read everyday. I also realize that people have different schedules and may read more one day and less another. I leave that up to the parent’s discretion with the understanding that reading should be a daily habit. If they read 20 minutes per day, they will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year. 1 minute per day is only 8,000 words per year!

Homework Information

Spelling Words: yawn, lawn, straw, law, lawyer, flaw, saw, paw, draw, drawer, claw, crawl, hawk, raw, shawl, bawl, awful, fawn, squawk, brawl
Review Words: growl, fowl, coward
Stella Words: contestants, embarrassed, syrup
Memory: “September” by Helen Hunt Jackson (through Stanza 6 by Friday)

Important Reminders

❖ Please get Bible tabs on those Bibles. 
❖ We will be talking about John 1:1-5 (not for a grade) this week. Read it aloud with your student and share a reflection with them! You could ask them how it points back to Genesis and Creation.
❖ Here’s the Quizlet for Latin Vocab on Ch. 1-8

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Hi Parents, we had a wonderful, but jam packed week back at school. Students have done a wonderful job of adjusting to 4th grade curriculum, expectations, and routines. 

Please continue to clean out the “Graded” side of their black HW folders over the weekend. The more packed these folders get the easier it becomes for them to lose or misplace important HW assignments and papers. 

As we continue to make progress in our literature book, From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, we will have random “mini quizzes” to check for reading comprehension and attention. These “mini quizzes” are solely to motivate students to pay attention and ask questions in class about the reading, they are not overly detailed. 

Homework Information

Each Friday there is a Bible and spelling quiz. Just because students don’t have HW written down for the night M-Th, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be studying for these quizzes. Please continue to review both Bible and Spelling with them throughout the week leading up to Friday. 

Quizzes for Next Week:
✓ History- Ch. 4&5 -Wednesday the 11th
✓ Comp: Types of narrative (p. 15 in Rhetoric. book) -Thursday the 12th (mini quiz)
✓ Bible- Ch. 4 – Friday the 13th
✓ Spelling- Lesson 4 – Friday the 13th
✓ Science- Water Cycle/Clouds – Friday the 13th (mini quiz)

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
What is the Spelling rule on list #3?
❖ Who was the  Italian explorer sent out by King Henry VII of England to find a trade route to the Indies?  Where did he land and what happened to him? 
❖ Which explorer was sent out by Spain and Portugal to retrace Columbus’s route?  What did he discover?

Homework Information

✓ Monday-None
✓ Tuesday-”God Knows What He’s About” (sec. 1)
✓ Wednesday-Grammar Test
✓ Thursday-None
✓ Friday-Verse Quiz (Prov. 3:9-15), Science Quiz (Label skeleton)

Important Reminders

❖ A regular size, adult shoebox lid is needed by Tuesday.
❖ No Spelling test this coming week.  
❖ Thank you so much for all of my birthday wishes, cards, and gifts. It was a very special day, and I felt so loved. I am so blessed to be your child’s teacher.
❖ Friday Folders – make sure you initial and empty it.  

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

This week, students officially took over leadership of their guilds at lunch time.
❖ In combined classes, the 7th and 8th will continue reading Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and start studying ancient Indian culture through the coming week. 
Urge your student to daily study poems, verses, and Latin vocabulary!
❖ Some review questions that you might ask your student over dinner from include:
What caused and ended the Greek Dark Age?
How did the development of bronze affect history?
Who’s the protagonist in Julius Caesar?

Homework Information

Poetry/Letters Memory: “Antony’s Speech” from Julius Caesar
Bible Memory: Philippians 1:9-12

Important Reminders

Help your student study by adding them to the Latin 1 (6th-8th grades) and Latin 2 (8th grade) Quizlet groups.

Update: August 30, 2019

View the complete update here.

Greetings CDA families,

Another week of school has passed successfully! Please read the following updates for information on upcoming school events.

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Worship Wednesday at the Dinner Table

This week’s Dinner Table questions from Worship Wednesday are based on the first Beatitude in Matthew 5:3.

This week’s questions:
1. How can the Beatitudes both cut and comfort the disciples?
2. Fill in the blank: Matthew 5:3 teaches the disciples to be poor in self but rich in _____.
3. Do you think of yourself as a wild stallion needing to be cut down or a weary stallion needing to be comforted? Explain.

Calendar

Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
Monday 9/2 | Enjoy the weekend!

 

Summer Reading Program Party
2:45 PM | Wednesday 9/4 | CDA Gym

To celebrate the students who achieved their summer reading goals, we’re hosting an ice cream party in the gym!We encourage parents to attend the award ceremony starting at 2:45 PM. Please note: we will not have a car line on 9/4. Parents must pick up their student from the sanctuary.

If you have a food allergy concern, please contact Mrs. Ferreira by 8/30. For the Summer Reading party, parents are also welcome to send a replacement treat for their child.

Dads’ Day
7:00 AM | Wednesday 9/18 | CDA Gym

Join us for Dads’ Day breakfast, during which time David Michael of Truth:78 Ministries will speak with us on how fathers can bless their children.We want to bring your student with you to this event. We will serve Chick-Fil-A, so please RSVP with Kristina Ferreira so we know how much food to cater.

Community

Grow Our Community

Volunteers are a crucial support for our school. We need your help with keeping our community active and flourishing. If you have not already, we ask that each family sign up for at least two events or to be a room parent. If you have questions about these events, please email us.
Sign up to support CDA

Help with Fall Fest

Fall Fest is always a wonderful time of fellowship and fun. Our next Fall Fest is scheduled for Friday September 27, and we need your help to make it a success! Please contact Shelly Wilson if you have any interest in volunteering.
Help with Fall Fest

Order Pictures

You may order CDA pictures before or after your student has had their picture taken on Picture Day. Visit mylifetouch.com and enter our Picture Day ID: EVTM9R38RIf your child was absent, we have retakes scheduled for Friday October 18th.
Order pictures

ISO Substitute Teachers

We are in need of substitute teachers. If you have interest in this paid position, or know someone who might, please refer to the information on our website.
Help us find a sub

Update Your Information!

Please ensure all your student’s information is correct in Parents Web. We need updated contact information for both parents, including emails and phone numbers, and any address changes.
Check Parents Web

Notice on Invoices

Invoices from Pizza Lunch and Cross Country will be sent the first week of September through FACTS. Thank you for your patience as we navigate through this new method of receiving payments.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We had another great week in Kindergarten. I am proud to say that your children have done a super job learning the classroom and school procedures and are practicing the “Habits of the Heart” well.

We learned about Adam and Eve this week and talked about The Fall and what sin means. We thanked God for His plan of sending Jesus to save us. I love hearing the pure responses from these Kindergartners. We will continue in Genesis by reading the story of Noah and how he trusted God.

❖ In phonics, we will be learning the sounds of i, p, u, and w.
❖ In math, we will be learning about some addition word problems and some more stories. We will also be identifying shapes by attributes.
❖ In science this week, we will look at animals that have telescopic vision and animals and insects that have compound vision.
❖ In geography this week, we will look at an Indiana map and identify where we live by coloring our county.

Homework Information

Homework started coming home this past week.
✓ Reading homework will be on Tuesday and Thursday. Please sign the reading log after they read to you.
✓ Math homework will be on Monday and Wednesday.
✓ New Bible memory is Proverbs 3:5-6. It will be in your child’s folder. We will work on this verse for two weeks.

Important Reminders

Friday is Show and Tell. Bring one item that begins with one of the following letters: i, p, u, or w.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

We had an excellent week. Each day we are finding more of a rhythm. We should hopefully be humming along with a more regular schedule by the end of next week.

The class overall has been doing so much better adjusting to not speaking out constantly. Let’s keep encouraging them, as it makes our day so much smoother. I had many of you volunteer to come in and help out this year. Reading group help is the first area I would like to recruit. If you are free on Monday, Wednesday, and/ or Friday mornings, I would love to accomplish this in the morning hours when the kids are fresh and awake.

Homework Information

Math: As you may have noticed this week, we have a math sheet that continues to go home almost every night, though many are still finishing during the day. We won’t have any on a Friday night unless they forgot to do it during the week.

Reading: I am hoping to up our reading groups to at least three to four times a week in these next two weeks so those readers will appear on a more frequent basis. We are adjusting reading levels since the students were evaluated at the end of last year, so if the books seem too easy or too hard, we are working toward re-placing them to their current level.

Spelling: I am sending home a new spelling list today, and am planning on testing on Fridays. Please review these at home with your students, even though we work on them daily at school. Some need a little more support.

Bible: I have been so impressed with their progress on memorizing their Scripture verse and poem. Keep up the good work!

Important Reminders

✓ Spelling test next Friday 9/6: by, show, fly, pass, ate, great, my, team, cry, grass
✓ Recitations due next Friday 9/6

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

Second graders had a great week. Students are learning their procedures and expectations for both school and for second grade.

❖ Writing: Students will continue to work on learning how to make/use a keyword outline to rewrite a story.
❖ Reading groups began this week. Students are meeting daily with me to read, learn new strategies, and build words.
❖ History/Bible: Students have learned about Creation and The Fall. They have begun to learn about Ancient Egyptian history. Today, they made salt dough maps of Ancient Egypt. Thank you to Mrs. Adkinson for donating the flour and salt for our project and offering her helping hands for this project.
❖ During Latin, students are learning the days of the week and months of the year. Keep practicing the songs from the CD.
❖ Please keep in mind that at the beginning of the year, math is a lot of review. It will become more difficult. Students learned that opposite sides of a rectangle have the same measure. We reviewed odd/even numbers and “some, some more” stories. Students took their first math test today. Students all need help with memorization (“Instant recall”) of addition and subtraction math facts.
❖ During Spelling, we continue to review all the sounds that each letter of the alphabet makes. Altogether, there are 45 sounds. A says short a as in apple, long a as in cake, and ah as in father, for example.
❖ In geography, students studied continents and oceans.

 

Homework Information

✓ Monday 9/2 – No School (Labor Day)
✓ Tuesday 9/3 – Math Lesson 11 B, read, memorize entire poem The Little Turtle, review spelling words
✓ Wednesday 9/4 – Math lesson 12 B, read, study math facts and memorize entire poem The Little Turtle
✓ Thursday 9/5 – Math lesson 13 B, read, study math facts, and memorize entire poem The Little Turtle, review spelling words
✓ Friday 9/6 – Final Test for poem The Little Turtle

Important Reminders

Spelling words were sent home with your child today. Please post these words somewhere visible to review. Spelling tests will be given every two weeks, following the curriculum. 5 Dolch, or “sight” words, are added to the first 15. Our first test will be on Friday, September 13.

Words are: skunk, piglet, kitten, rabbit, mitten, pumpkin, canyon, banquet, splendid, grand, drab, timid, vast, velvet, damp, the, to, you, and, it

Challenge word is: tranquil and will add one bonus point to the previous 20. Challenge word is NOT required.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

❖ Reading: The students really enjoyed reading Homer Price this week and eating donuts on Wednesday when we read the chapter about the donut disaster.
❖ Bible: We will not have a formal grade for reciting verses until September. I am reviewing the verses of this month daily, and we are talking about how to study them in the future. It is good, though, that they practice them at home, as they are very important.
❖ Latin: Mrs. Chasen is the 3rd Latin teacher, and if you have questions about assignments or upcoming assignments/tests, please email her: dgchasen@coramdeo-in.com. With that said, I can always help your student with Latin, but I won’t know specific due dates or tests.

Homework Information

✓ Spelling Words: down, brown, town, clown, growl, fowl, flower, crown, power, towel, plow, coward, shower, crowd, tower, allow, trowel, frown, howl, owl
✓ Review Words: None – short week

Important Reminders

As we continue to use our Bibles more, it is helpful to have Bible tabs. Please have your child take home their Bible in the next week and place Bible tabs in the books. It really makes class searching easier and more accessible.

Please let me know ASAP if you plan to be out of town or your child has to leave school early. It helps me with planning and helping your child to stay caught up.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

❖ Latin: Mrs. Warman is the 4th grade Latin teacher. If you have questions about assignments or upcoming assignments/tests, please email her: kwarman@coramdeo-in.com. With that said, I can always try to help students with Latin, but I won’t know specific due dates or tests.
❖ Students did a wonderful job last week on both Spelling and Bible quizzes. Please continue to work with them outside of school in both areas throughout the week leading up to the quizzes on Friday.
❖ Each month there is a Poetry and/or Bible Recitation. These are handed out at the beginning of each month and due at the end. Septembers Poetry and Bible Recitation is due Friday the 27th.
❖ On Fridays, please empty your students black HW folder of graded assignments. When students packets become to full of papers, it becomes easier to lose or misplace current HW assignments.

Homework Information

✓ Heading into the third week of school, students should be getting the hang of consistently writing down HW assignments in their HW logs. I am continuing to hone this skill with them.
✓ Common Books to see being brought home: Math, Bible, Spelling, English Workbook. Science and History usually are only brought home in preparation for a quiz/test.
✓ Spelling Words: graceful, inflating, frustrated, baker, skating, making, illustrator, deflating, creating, frustrating, hating, shaking, rotating, scraped, freely, safely, surely, raking, skating, timing
✓ Recitations:

Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV
Though the fig tree should not blossom
Nor the fruit be on the vines,
The produce of the olive fail
And the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
And there be no herd in the stalls,
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
He makes my feet like the deer’s;
He makes me tread on my high places.

Trees by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Important Reminders

✓ Math Test next Friday the 6th
✓ Bible and Spelling Quizzes next Friday the 6th.
✓ September Poetry and Bible due Friday, September 27th

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

❖ Where was Christopher Columbus from, what is he known for, what is significant about it, and what did he use to accomplish this feat, who helped him accomplish it, when did he first accomplish it, why did he believe he should do it, and finally, how did his life end?
❖ What are the basic building blocks of life called and who and why gave them this name?

Homework Information

✓ Monday – Labor Day (No School)
✓ Tuesday – None
✓ Wednesday – Spelling Test (List #2)
✓ Thursday – None
✓ Friday – Verse (Prov. 3:8-12), Science Quiz (Chapter 1B)

Important Reminders

✓ New Poem – “God Knows What He’s About” By: Anonymous
✓ Will need to bring in a normal adult size shoebox lid by Tuesday, September 10
✓ Remember to initial your child’s Friday Folder and take out the papers

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

❖ This week, students mentored their guilds at lunch, prepared for guild activities, and practiced staying on top of their new class schedules. While having less social time can be challenging, students are finding many more opportunities to invest their time in the lives of the smaller children they serve.
❖ Based on our classroom conversations and weekly assessments, some students may need to schedule more study time or drop an extracurricular activity. Encourage your student to anticipate how much independent study time that he/she should schedule to meet your academic goals for him/her.

Homework Information

✓ Verse Memory: Philippians 1:5-8
✓ Poem/Letters Memory: “Antony’s Speech” from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Important Reminders

Help your student study by adding them to the Latin 1 (6th-8th grades) and Latin 2 (8th grade) Quizlet groups.

Past Update: August 23, 2019

View the complete update here.

Greetings CDA families,

We’ve had a great start to the year! In this edition of the CDA Weekly Update, you’ll find information for events on the school calendar, grade-specific notes from teachers, and community opportunities. Please read each section carefully. 

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Worship Wednesday at the Dinner Table

This week, we held the first ever Worship Wednesday. Our Head of School spoke on Matthew 5:1-2. Following Worship Wednesdays, we’ll send out a few questions about the message you can discuss as a family over dinner.

This week’s questions:
1. Why did Jesus go on the mountain after He saw the crowds?
2. What is the difference between the crowds and the disciples in Matthew 5:1-2?
3. Do you see yourself as someone in the crowds or as one of the disciples?

Calendar

Parent Orientation
6:30 PM | Tuesday 8/13 | CDA sanctuary

Thank you all for coming out to Parent Orientation last Tuesday! For your reference, you may download the Powerpoint slides from that evening.

Picture Day
8:00 AM | Thursday 8/29 | CDA

Your student will need to arrive on Picture Day in the appropriate uniform. For Picture Day week, please have your student wear their polo uniform Wednesday 8/28 and their chapel uniform (with sweaters for all boys and girls 4th grade and up) on Thursday 8/29. To reiterate, students should wear everyday uniforms (polos) on August 28 and chapel uniforms (with sweaters) on August 29.

Monthly Late Start
9:00 AM | Friday 8/30 | CDA

Our first late start day of the school year is Friday August 30. Parents may begin dropping off students in the car line at 8:45 AM.

If parents need childcare, Amy Marquis, an active volunteer and mother of a first grader, has offered to provide care for students beginning at 8:00 AM on late start days while our faculty prepares for the school day. Please communicate your need for childcare to Kristina Ferreira by August 28. If you drop your student off for childcare, your student must be signed in by a parent inside the gym.

This will also be the first day of Pizza Lunch. If you wish to sign up, see below in the “Community” section.

Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
Monday 9/2 | Enjoy the weekend!
Summer Reading Program Party
2:45 PM | Wednesday 9/4 | CDA Gym

To celebrate the students who achieved their summer reading goals, we’re hosting an ice cream party in the gym! We encourage parents to attend starting at 2:45 PM. Please note: we will not have a car line on 9/4. Parents must pick up their student from the sanctuary.

If you have a food allergy concern, please contact Mrs. Ferreira by 8/30. For the Summer Reading party, parents are also welcome to send a replacement treat for their child.

Dads’ Day
7:00 AM | Wednesday 9/18 | CDA Gym

Join us for Dads’ Day breakfast, during which time David Michael of Truth:78 Ministries will speak with us on how fathers can bless their children. We will serve Chick-Fil-A, so please RSVP with Kristina Ferreira so we know how much food to cater.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We have had a terrific start to the school year! It has been a joy getting to know each of your children. This past week, we worked hard on two of our “Habits of the Heart:” Attention and Obedience. This coming week, we will focus on Respect and Responsibility. Along with this, we have been learning all the procedures of the school. They are doing great.

This Week:

We will review the phonograms a, c, d, o, and g. I will introduce the phonograms qu, s, j, i and t.

In math, we will continue practicing writing our numbers, reviewing our shapes, and ordering our numbers from least to greatest.

In science, we will continue learning about our senses as we read about Louis Braille and explore colors by using food coloring.

On Friday, we will make Jello Jigglers. If this is a problem for your child, please let me know.

Homework Information

✓ Have Matthew 5:14-16 ready to recite by Friday.
✓ Math and reading homework will begin coming home this week.

Important Reminders

Friday is Show and Tell. Your child may bring in one item that begins with either qu, s, j, or t.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

We have had a really great first week! The students are starting to remember what being at school is like after being in summer mode for a while. I am enjoying getting to know each one of their precious personalities. We have loved talking about how uniquely we have all been made. This group is lively with so much to say.

On that note, we are really working hard at talking only at the appropriate times. Some have had a harder time than others. It would be helpful if you could talk with your students and perhaps ask them how they are doing with that, and encourage them to work harder this week in this area.

Homework Information

Please check folders every night, as we have started reading groups. Your child will have a reader to practice with you, as well as a math page. Some students have had time and opportunity to finish math homework at school this week, so there may not be any problems left. Please have them send it back anyway. “Keep at Home” things should be taken out and left at home, but take a look and see what we have been learning this week!

Important Reminders

We have started working on our recitations this week, and have some hand motions we have made up to the Bible verse. Ask your students if they can remember. While we have started working on those each day, it will be important for you to work with them at home as well. They need to have them memorized by September 6.

Lastly, we will start Show and Tell NEXT Friday, August 30. They may bring one item they feel represents who they are (to continue our fearfully and wonderfully made theme).

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

We’ve had a great start to the school year. I look forward to the coming year with this class. We’ve been working on cursive, time to the hour and half hour, graphing, writing a keyword outline, and Latin days of the week, among other things. We are also learning classroom rules using our Habits of the Heart (being Attentive, Obedient, showing Respect, and Responsibility).

This Week:

We will continue to review spelling rules/phonics next week. Our first “official” spelling list will be sent home on Friday, 8/30 and tested in two weeks later, on 9/13.

Each student needs to bring in a disposable 9x11 pan by next Thursday, 8/29. We will be making salt dough maps of Egypt to go along with our history curriculum. I also need parents to donate 4 pounds of flour and 2 containers of salt for this activity by 8/29. Please email me if you can provide any of these items. I have a parent helper for this activity. Thank you!

Happy Birthday to Crew LaBar on Saturday!

Homework Information

✓ Monday 8/26: Math Lesson 6, read for 10 minutes, study verse
✓ Tuesday 8/27: Math Lesson 7, read for 10 minutes, study verse
✓ Wednesday 8/28: Math Lesson 8, read for 10 minutes, study verse
✓ Thursday 8/29: Math Lesson 9, read for 10 minutes, study verse
✓ Friday 8/30: Reading Logs Due; Test over Ephesians 3:14-19. No homework!

Important Reminders

As a reminder, math homework is due DAILY. Reading logs are due Fridays. Quizzes/Tests over verses are on Fridays, as well.

Today, students were tested over Ephesians 3:14-16. For next week, please study the next three verses (Ephesians 3: 17-19). The entire scripture so far, Ephesians 3:14-19 will be tested next Friday, August 30.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

We have had a fantastic first week of school. I am enjoying getting to know all of the students and their unique God-given gifts. I look forward to this year!

Homework Information

Spelling Words: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, week, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Review Words: Vowel, consonant, recess

Stella Society Words: There are no Stella words yet, since they have not yet taken 3 tests. To enter the Stella Society, students must score 100% on three tests. Once admitted, they get 3 bonus words to study, their name goes on the wall, and they get a sticker. In order to stay in the Stella Society, the student must keep a score of 100% on their tests INCLUDING the three bonus words.

Memory: Genesis 3:15
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Important Reminders

It would be very helpful if your child had tabs in their Bible. Please see if you can send a set into school, and Mrs. Dodson and I can help put them into the Bibles. Thank you! It will make our Bible verse searching go a little faster.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

We had a wonderful first full week back! I feel that the students are adjusting well to their new found 4th grade responsibility as well as working hard in class.

Some of you have asked about the HW log. The HW log is given out at the beginning of each week for the students to keep track of their HW for various classes. They are to put it in their black HW folder. At the end of each class, I write on the board if there is HW for the class. The students then copy it down onto their log. The HW folder is a new responsibility and there will be a learning curve to it.

Currently, I am working with the students to ingrain the habit of copying down HW onto their logs. Common books for you to see at home include: spelling, Bible, math, and English. Any worksheet, should they have any, would be in their black HW folder.

As for tests/quizzes I try to plan these out a week or so in advance to give adequate time for review. However, students will always have a Bible and Spelling quiz on Fridays. If it is a short week with 4 days, like the week of September 3rd, they will still have a Bible and Spelling quiz.

Homework Information

✓ History test over Ch. 1-3 in Story of the World on Thursday (29th)
✓ Bible and Spelling quiz on Friday (30th)
✓ Poetry recitation, The Eagle by Alfred Lord Tennyson due Friday (30th)
✓ Bible Recitation, Psalm 121 (ESV) due Friday (30th)

We will review all of the above prior to the due date, but students will need to review and prepare at home as well.

Spelling Words: Wrapped, Slapped, Plowing, Knowing, Skidding, Spitting, Knitted, Shopping, Mugger, Saddest, Splatter, Trapping, Fanning, Bowing, Flapping, Runner, Snapped, Tapping, Tanning, Towing

Psalm 121
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
8 The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

The Eagle By: Alfred Lord Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring’d with the azure world, he stands.

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls.

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

We are off to a great start in 5th/6th grade. I have had such an enjoyable time getting to know the new students and reconnecting with my former students. We have done some fantastic activities. I love how this group is stepping into the role of being leaders and examples to the younger students at CDA.

We will be starting to break down how we can have GRIT here at CDA. Next week, we will be focussing on the G for Growth. I desire for the students to grow this year in all areas of their lives, and following the example of Christ in Luke 2:52 which says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” Our keyword with growth will be next. I will be giving out GRIT awards throughout the year when I see an exceptional display of GRIT.

Homework Information

Test Schedule for Week of 8/26-8/30
✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test List #1
✓ Wednesday – Map quiz (Continents and Oceans) and Grammar Test
✓ Thursday – History Quiz (card 2: Christopher Columbus)
✓ Friday – Verse Quiz (Proverbs 3:1-8) and Science Test (Chapter 1)

Important Reminders

I will be sending home the green Friday Folder every Friday. Please ask your child for it if they do not bring it to you. You are to empty it, and then initial by the correct date. It should come back to school on Monday.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Perhaps the most significant event from this last week has been the opportunity our 7th and 8th graders have been given to lead guilds this year. As we move forward into the year, this new responsibility will enable them to see from a new perspective and to grow into better leaders.

Homework Information

✓ Bible Memory – Philippians 1:5-8
✓ Poetry/Letters Memory – “Antony’s Speech” from Julius Caesar

Whether or not homework is assigned, students should take opportunities they have to practice Latin vocabulary and Literature terms.

Important Reminders

For Logic: Parents, your students may continue to come home with “dinner table conversations.” Engage with your students as they’re covering new material this year. We’ve talked in class about how teaching someone else can help you better remember things, so allow them to teach you what they’re learning.

Community

Be a part of CDA through Volunteering

Volunteers make events like the upcoming Fall Fest possible! We need your help with keeping our community active and flourishing. If you have not already, we ask that each family sign up for at least two events or to be a room parent. If you have questions about these events, please email us.
Sign up to support CDA

Pizza Lunch

Once a month, CDA will order Domino’s for lunch. Each child will receive two pizza slices, plus a side of a seasonal fruit. If you sign up for pizza lunch for the school year, you will receive an invoice through FACTS for $40/child by September 6th. 
Order pizza by August 28.

Order Pictures

You may order CDA pictures before or after your student has had their picture taken on Picture Day. Visit mylifetouch.com and enter our Picture Day ID: EVTM9R38R
Order pictures

ISO Substitute Teachers

We are in need of substitute teachers. If you have interest in this paid position, or know someone who might, please refer to the information on our website.
Help us find a sub

Carmel Friends Church Office Manager

Carmel Friends Church is hiring a new Office Manager in December. They have expressed interest in CDA parents for this role. Currently, the position requires the manager to work from 9 AM-2PM, but may be adjusted. 
Contact CFC

Past Update: August 1, 2019

View the complete update here.

Greetings CDA families,

We hope you’ve enjoyed your summer break! As it draws to a close, we want to make you aware of upcoming Coram Deo events. Please read this communication carefully, as it provides important details about this 2019-2020 school year.

Calendar

Uniform Sales
9:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Tuesday 8/6 & Wednesday 8/7 | CDA gym

All items available in uniform closet can be purchased for $5, cash or check. No swapping is allowed. If you wish to drop off gently used uniforms, you may do so on Monday August 5 between 3:00-5:00 PM.

Community Cookout
6:30 PM | Friday 8/9 | CDA

Meet new parents and students at our annual cookout. This event builds our community and is a great opportunity to fellowship. Please RSVP for food!

Parent Orientation
6:30 PM | Tuesday 8/13 | CDA sanctuary

Orientation introduces parents to important information about the year, such as drop off and pick up procedures. CDA staff will also share the 2019-2020 goals and objectives for the academy. Please note this event is only open to parents (nursing babies are welcome).

Ice Cream Social
6:30 PM | Wednesday 8/14 | CDA

Bring your whole family to drop off school supplies and have your students meet their teachers. Plus, enjoy ice cream served by our fantastic Board Members!

First Day of School!
8:00 AM | Thursday 8/15 | CDA

For the first day of school, we welcome parents to take pictures with their students in front of our building. We’re excited to invest in the next generation Soli Deo Gloria!
Please note: the uniform for the first day is different than last year.

Worship Wednesday
8:00 AM | Wednesday 8/21 | CDA

We have changed our calendars and will now hold chapel on Wednesdays in the morning from 8:00-8:30 AM. We welcome parents to join us!

Picture Day
8:00 AM | Thursday 8/29 | CDA

Please be aware that your student will need to arrive on Picture Day in the appropriate uniform. For Picture Day week, please have your student wear their polo uniform Wednesday and their chapel uniform Thursday.

Monthly Late Start
9:00 AM | Friday 8/30 | CDA

This year, CDA is instituting a monthly late start on Fridays. Our first late start day is August 30. If parents need childcare, Amy Marquis, an active volunteer and mother of a first grader, has offered to care for students between 8:00-9:00 AM on late start days while our faculty prepares for the school day. Please communicate your need for childcare to Kristina Ferreira in advance.

Classroom

Review the student uniform expectations

Please note there are a few small uniform changes this year. Girls’ and boys’ sweaters are to be worn November 1 – March 20. Students may also wear black bicycle shorts under PE shorts.
Uniform Expectations

Prepare your supplies

The supply list for this year is now available! You will want to review this in preparation for the ice cream social, during which time your student can drop off their supplies.
Supply List

Provide your immunization records

We request immunization records during the enrollment process and must maintain them during a student’s academic career at CDA. if you choose not to administer all required immunizations, a physician must sign the Immunization Exemption form, or a parent may write a religious objection letter and submit it to the school office.

As we are updating our records, all students must submit updated immunization records or immunization exemptions or religious objection letters by October 1st. Please contact Kristina Ferreira with any questions.
Medical Exemption Form

Register for Cross Country

Practice for cross country begins 8/19 and will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:20 PM at CDA. Students 2nd grade and up must register by 8/19 to participate. Instead of sending checks this year, we will invoice participating families through FACTS.
Athletics Registration

Community

Support CDA through Volunteering

PTF has created a universal sign up for CDA community events this year. Volunteers make these events happen! We ask all families to sign up for two or more events by Parent Orientation. If you have questions about these events, please email us.
Sign up to support CDA

Join Work Day

On August 10, we will have a work day at CDA to beautify our school. Students and parents are welcome to help with landscaping, painting, sanding, moving, and repairing. If your student would like to volunteer to watch some of the younger students, please email Mrs. Ferreira.
Volunteer for work day

Pizza Lunch

Once a month, CDA will order Domino’s for lunch. Each child will receive two pizza slices, plus a side of a seasonal fruit. If you sign up for pizza lunch for the school year, you will receive an invoice through FACTS for $40/child by August 25th. 
Get pizza every month

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