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Weekly Updates

Update: January 17, 2019

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, 2019

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.

Update: December 13, 2019

Calendar

Christmas Concert

7:00 PM | December 13 | Cornerstone Lutheran Church

Please join us for CDA’s annual Christmas Concert! We will be at Cornerstone Lutheran Church: 4850 E Main Street, Carmel, Indiana 46033. If you have family that would like to watch, please view our live stream on Facebook or Vimeo.

Please arrive no later than 6:45 PM with your student. This year, all students will remain seated with their class for the entire performance. As a reminder, students are to wear their Chapel uniforms. 

A special thank you to our wonderful music teacher Emma Foss for all her diligent work in preparation for tonight and to her mother Sara Whitehouse for playing piano!

Uniform Change

Reminder | December 18 | CDA

Please have your students wear their polo uniform to keep their Chapel uniform spiffy for the field trip Friday.

Christmas Chapel

8 AM | December 20 | CDA

Please join us for Christmas chapel before break!

Early Dismissal & Guild Christmas Caroling

11 AM | December 20 | CDA

Students will spread Christmas cheer and shine their lights for Jesus! Parents are welcome to join us and ride the bus or meet us there. Guilds:

  • Bree, Glimfeather, and Fledge will board busses the bus at 8:45 AM and be delivered at Door #4 of Carmel Health and Living at 118 Medical Drive.
  • Rumblebuffin, Reepicheep, Patterwig, and Jewel will arrive at Summertrace at about 9:30 AM. 

Christmas Break – NO SCHOOL

December 23-January 6 | CDA

 

Teacher Day

January 6 | CDA

 

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! Share the invitations here.

Community

A big thank you to Greta Achenbach for subbing in Art the last few weeks. If you see her, please thank her!

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

I am excited about our Christmas program this evening. The kids are so excited about playing the pipes and singing. We have a busy week ahead and I know you all are in the middle of all sorts of things leading up to Christmas, so as a Christmas gift to you and the kids, we will not have any homework at all this week. Merry Christmas. Here is what we will be covering:

  Phonics– new phonograms “er” and “wh”
  Reading– I will finish Jotham’s Journey.
  Math- Telling time to the hour, +2 math facts
  History– The Christmas story time-line

Important Reminders

Class Christmas Party December 19th at 2:45 PM. Please have your child bring a wrapped book to share. Everyone will go home with a new book.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

As we barrel toward the holiday break, doing our best to dodge sickness, keep up with the unusual schedule changes both at school and at home, enjoy festivities and treats, and still try and juggle our school work, the students are all working hard and seem to be doing well going with the ever-changing flow each day. The next week promises no change in the current craziness and fun. 

We will continue with reading groups and math as normal next week. However, in spelling we will only cover one new phoneme next week –eigh. We will only have 6 spelling words next week: eight, eighth, sleigh, neigh, weight, and height. 

Important Reminders

We will do a class party next Thursday afternoon instead of trying to squeeze it in after caroling on Friday the half-day. I’ve decided to incorporate a book exchange/recycle as a part of our party. Don’t feel you need to buy a new book, though you may if you would like, but feel free to wrap a gently used book from home you may be ready to part with. Either way, please send a wrapped book no later than Wednesday, December 18. More details will follow on the party soon. 

I have also sent home a sheet with the 50 states. Please send that back in by Tuesday of next week 12/17. Put a checkmark by each state your student has visited. We will make a chart for the class to use for different activities to go with our study of the states.

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

❖ Students have worked hard in preparing for their Christmas performance tonight. Mrs. Foss has done an excellent job integrating the entire school in song.

❖ Bible/History–Students learned about the famine in Egypt and how Joseph was reunited with his brothers. We worked on our Scripture verse and are getting better and better at our memorization.

❖ Latin–Our words for this week were words of celebration–celebratio, ludus, epulae,  familia, musica, amicus/amica/amici (celebration, game/school/play, feast, music, friend (male)/friend (female)/friends of both sexes.

❖ Math–Students explored hundreds, tens, and ones; measuring liquid and dry ingredients along with fractions; multiples of 10 and 100. A math test was taken today.

❖ Spelling/Phonics/Grammar–We practice our phonograms daily, along with grammar and spelling skills.  We took our “last spelling test of the year” today.  We then discussed that January will be a new year and there will still be spelling tests, much to their chagrin.

❖ We made tree ornaments of the manger scene this week as a fun art project. Students will bring these home next week.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year. I love working with these sweet boys and girls every day. I am blessed just to know these wonderful children and to work at a place like  Coram Deo.

Important Reminders

 Merry Christmas, students and parents. There will be NO spelling, reading or math homework this week. These will be an important review week, however.

 Your student will be required to recite their entire verse of John 1:1-18 for a grade on Thursday, December 19.

 Class Christmas Party December 20th. We are having a book exchange. Please have your child bring a wrapped book to share. You do not have to buy a new book (but you are welcome to do so). Boys, please bring a book for a boy and girls, bring a book for a girl.  Everyone will go home with a new-to-them book.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

We are all getting excited about the Christmas break, but we are also excited about many CDA activities coming up next week! On Wednesday, we will recite Psalm 103:1-14 and listen to Mr. Orton speak on excavating in Israel. On Thursday from 2-3 pm, we will have our Christmas Party. If you are interested in helping out, please email Mrs. Bahler. On Friday, we will be Christmas Caroling with our guilds and returning to do book buddies and more Christmas activities. Dismissal at 11 am.

Christmas Party Needs:
Glue guns
Premade Sugar Cookies to decorate
White Frosting, Green Frosting, Red Frosting 
Sprinkles
Paper Plates

If you can donate any of these items for the party, please email Mrs. Bahler with the address listed above. Thank you.

If your family will be absent this upcoming week for traveling reasons, please let me know ASAP. Thank you.

Homework Information

✓ Spelling Test on THURSDAY.
Spelling Words: comb, dumb, thumb, lamb, climb, bomb, crumb, debt, gnaw, rhyme, herb, sign, gnat, hour, ghost, knee, knife, hymn, cupboard, island
Review Words: None
Stella Words: envelope, elephant, elevator

✓ Psalm 103:1-14 Due Wednesday
✓ Latin Quiz Chapter 11 Wednesday
✓ Bible Quiz Chapter 13 Thursday

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Christmas Break is right around the corner, however, we still have a very full upcoming week. On Wednesday, we will join the 3rd grade in listening to Mr. Orton speak on excavating in Israel. On Thursday we will both our Bible and Spelling quizzes, and on Friday we will be caroling and having out Christmas Party.

For the Christmas Party, Mrs. Labar has helped organize we will be doing a “junk food” white elephant. We have a limited amount of time that day, so we thought this would allow for a fun activity that would fit within the time constraint. Please bring snacks wrapped up, as to keep them a surprise.

Homework Information

✓ History Test– Ch. 18- Tuesday (Dec. 17th)
✓ Macbeth Mini-Quiz– Wednesday (Dec. 16th)
✓ Bible and Spelling will be Thursday (Dec. 19th)  next week due to the ½ Friday. 
Spelling words: Ezekiel, Conestoga, Appalachian, utensils, prairie, frequently, survival, travelers, irrigate, ordinary, Proverbs, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Malachi, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, locomotive

Access our Latin Quizlet.

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ What was the name of Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon?
❖ What did Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield not agree on?
❖ What are the four main functions of blood?  What are the parts of the blood?
❖ In The Witch at Blackbird Pond, the “red ear” at the corn husking is similar to what Christmas tradition?

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – None
✓ Wednesday – Grammar Test
✓ Thursday – History Quiz (card 15), Verse quiz (Prov. 4:10-16)
✓ Friday – None 

Important Reminders

❖ Friday Folders went home today. Please initial, empty, and send them back on Monday.  

❖ Your student is a secret angel to another student in the class.  This is not supposed to be expensive or elaborate. Just little trinkets and acts of kindness.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

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.

Topics for the Table

❖ Did Cassius and Brutus make decisions consistent with their Epicurean and Stoic beliefs?
❖ Who wrote the Iliad? Why is this a controversial subject?

Homework Information

✓ Verse Memory: Phil. 2:21-24
✓ Poetry Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron, ll. 13-16

Update: December 6, 2019

Calendar

Pizza Lunch

11:15 AM | December 12 | Coram Deo Academy

Due to the field trip on Friday December 13, this month’s pizza lunch will fall on Thursday December 12.

Monthly Late Start

9:00 AM | December 13 | Coram Deo Academy

Before care is available provided by Bill Claybrook, father of Liam in 3rd Grade. If utilizing before care, please walk your student into the gym and sign them inPlease pre-register for care by emailing Mrs. Ferreira.

Field Trip

9:15 AM | December 13 | Cornerstone Lutheran Church

To rehearse for the concert, we will take a field trip to Cornerstone Lutheran Church. Students will be dropped off by bus shortly after late start arrival.

Christmas Concert

7:00 PM | December 13 | Cornerstone Lutheran Church

Please join us for CDA’s annual Christmas Concert! We will be at Cornerstone Lutheran Church: 4850 E Main Street, Carmel, Indiana 46033. The concert will be streamed live on our Facebook page if you have family that would like to watch!

Please have your students wear their polo uniforms on December 11 to keep their Chapel uniform spiffy for the concert. For the concert, students are to wear their Chapel uniform. 

Early Dismissal & Guild Christmas Caroling

11 AM | December 20 | CDA

Students will spread Christmas cheer and shine their lights for Jesus! Parents are welcome to join us and ride the bus or meet us there. Guilds:

  • Bree, Glimfeather, and Fledge will board busses the bus at 8:45 AM and be delivered at Door #4 of Carmel Health and Living at 118 Medical Drive.
  • Rumblebuffin, Reepicheep, Patterwig, and Jewel will arrive at Summertrace at about 9:30 AM. 

Christmas Break – NO SCHOOL

December 23-January 6 | CDA

 

Teacher Day

January 6 | CDA

 

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! Share the invitations here.

Community

Support the Seibel Family

In Loving Memory of Knox Seibel
The Seibel family will be receiving friends for Knox’s visitation on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 1:30 – 2:00 pm at Soma Church Midtown. A funeral ceremony will follow at 2 pm at the churchMr. Seibel has requested that Coram Deo students come in their chapel uniforms and present the Coram Deo Shout. 

Please find more information and leave the Seibels a supportive message here. Continue to keep their family in prayer.

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We recited our Psalm 23 Wednesday in assembly and I was simply taken aback at how God has gone before us and prepared us for this difficult and very sad time as we grieve with the Seibels. As the kids were quoting, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort me.”  I was reminded that God is with the Seibels and comforting them in a way we will not be able to understand.

  Bible– We will be working on our new Scripture memory passage: Luke 2:8-14 (not 20 as listed on the print out in your child’s folder). We will be reading the Christmas story and doing some activities with what we learn.

  Phonics– This week we will learn the phonogram “ee.”  I will teach this with this saying “e double e which always says e.”  We will review ch, sh, th, igh,  and ck. The class is doing a great job learning all their phonograms.

  Reading– I will be reading Jotham’s Journey until our Christmas Break. It is a terrific story of a boy who lived in the time of Jesus’ birth. It helps us learn about what it was like to live where Jesus lived. I will be sending home reading for homework on Tues. and Thurs.

  Math- I will introduce dividing a whole into a half and a fourth. We will do this using chocolate bars. We will also be working on identifying our even and odd numbers and telling time to the hour. Math homework will be Monday and Wednesday.

  History– We will be using this time all week to practice for our Christmas Concert and to make some Christmas Presents.

We have not yet done anything with the pictures you sent in of your children. We are putting this project off until January. There will be more details to come.

Important Reminders

Christmas Party: For our Christmas party this year, I would like each child to buy a book for a classmate and wrap it up. If you could make it where either a girl or boy would enjoy it, that would be helpful. We will then play a little game to exchange it at our Christmas Party. The kids usually really enjoy this and treasure the book bought by their classmates.  

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

It’s so hard to believe we only have two weeks before Christmas break. Here is what we will attempt to cover before we break for the holidays:

 Math-we will continue to talk about lines of symmetry, adding and subtracting 10 to and from two-digit numbers, adding dimes, nickels, and pennies, and will introduce number lines next week.

 Spelling– we will cover the following phonemes next week: a review of wor- and -ey; we introduced and will continue to talk about homophones; we are focusing on when to use capital letters and when to use lowercase. Week 14 List: hey, they, key, obey, worm, world, work, worth, seventh, star

 Latin– we continue to introduce basic vocabulary primarily through song to build a base for years to come. New words this week include casa, murus, porta, and fenestra. See if your student can remember these. 

 Read Aloud– we are over halfway through the book The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, a historical fiction book that takes place during the life and times of Jesus during His earthly ministry. It pairs well with our Bible focus which is also on the life and miracles of Jesus. 

 Handwriting– we have been focusing more and more on penmanship over the last couple of weeks and will only increase that focus, incorporating more practice to support memory verse work as well as spelling lists

Important Reminders

– Spelling Pretest Thursday, 12/12, Test 12/13
– Show and Tell – Friday 12/13 (a favorite gift they have given)
– Recitations due 12/19

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

❖ The Bible story this week was about Joseph as a slave. We have been reading good books about Christmas each day to review the story of Christ’s birth, as well.  

❖ We discussed the pyramids at Giza and added a page about these wonders of the world to our interactive history notebooks.

❖ Students finished their bird reports. They worked so hard researching to find many different facts about their assigned bird. I’m so proud of their efforts. Two students will be chosen to present their reports as a speech in next week’s Assembly. I will let you know if your child is chosen so that you can come hear him/her. 

❖ During our reading time, we learned about comparing and contrasting and cause/effect.

❖ Focus for our Latin lessons this week was school subjects and some simple translation. As your child to tell you what the following words mean: lectio, mathematica, grammatica, scriptio, physica and historia.

❖ During math time, students learned how to read and create a pictograph, multiplying by 2,  locating information on a map (and where each state of the US is located) and writing parts of a set as a fraction.  

❖ Spelling words were sent home on Monday. Our focus is the phonograms /oa/ and /oe/.  Students learned the spelling rule that letters that are often doubled are f, l, and s if they follow a short or broad vowel.  Plurals were also reviewed. Our spelling test will be next Friday, December 13.

Homework Information

 Monday, December 9, Math Lesson 62B
 Tuesday, December 10, Math Lesson 63B
 Wednesday, December 11, Math Lesson 64B
 Thursday, December 12, Math Lesson 65B
 Friday, December 13, Reading Log Due, John 1 1-15 due 

Reading Log
Spelling List
John 1:1-18

Important Reminder

For the CDA Christmas Concert, please have your students meet me in the lobby by 6:45 PM at the latest. 

December 20th is our last day of school before our Christmas Break. Students will be having a class party that day. More information will be forthcoming. 

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

 Spelling Words–cent, scent, sent, their, there, they’re. know, no, its, it’s flood, blood, heart, tongue, length, half, sure, sugar, orange, machine
 Review Words–criminal, natural, arrival
 Stella Words–criminal, natural, arrival

Psalm 103:1-14 memory verse is due Wednesday, Dec. 8

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

We have finished our Prince Caspian Narnia book and have officially started Macbeth! This is an adapted version, so I believe we will be able to finish it by Christmas Break.

Please empty out black HW folders over the weekends, and especially over long school breaks. 

Homework Information

✓ Grammar– Monday the 9th
✓ Latin– Ch. 11 Monday the 9th
✓ History– Mini Quiz (ch. 18) Tuesday the 10th
✓ Bible– Ch. 15 Friday the 13th
✓ Spelling Ch. 15 Friday the 13th – Colossians, Thessalonians, Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, Peter, Jude, Revelation, Oregon, settler, opportunity, abandon, exaggeration, medicine, chemical, viruses, lightning, bacteria

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ List the 13 original colonies.  What is the difference between a colony given a charter and a royal colony?
❖ What is the purpose of the Heimlich maneuver?  What can a person not do if they are choking?  
❖ Explain the breathing process.

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (List 11), “Ring Out, Wild Bells” (stanzas 1-4)
✓ Wednesday – None
✓ Thursday – History Test (cards 1-14 in order with dates)
✓ Friday – Verse quiz (Prov. 4:10-15)

Important Reminders

❖ Friday folders need to be emptied, initialed, and returned on Monday.  I will not be sending them home next Tuesday.  

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Topics for the Table

❖ How can you use personification to change the audience’s or jury’s perception of evidence?
❖ Why did Isaiah say that God called Cyrus the Great his “shepherd”?
❖ Why were the Hebrews without a homeland between 587BC(E) and 538BC(E)? 

Homework Information

 Verse Memory: Phil. 2:17-20
 Poetry Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron, ll. 9-12

Update: November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving Chapel

8:00 AM | Tuesday November 26 | CDA

We invite all parents to attend. Kindergarten parents in particular are urged to come watch their children’s performance. All students may all dress in Pilgrim and Native American attire.

Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

November 27-29 | CDA

There will be no chess club on November 29.

Christmas Concert

7:00 PM | December 13 | Cornerstone Lutheran Church

Please join us for CDA’s annual Christmas Concert! We will be at Cornerstone Lutheran Church: 4850 E Main Street, Carmel, Indiana 46033.

DATE CHANGE: Guild Christmas Caroling

December 20 | CDA

More information to follow!

Early Dismissal

December 20 | CDA

Christmas Break – NO SCHOOL

December 23-January 6 | CDA

Teacher Day

January 6 | CDA

MLK 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! Share the invitations here.

Community

Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We have been working on our Thanksgiving skit every day. I love how the kids are gaining confidence as they practice. This is the first of many readers theater-type performances we will do in kindergarten.

This short week, we will be doing a review in all subjects and learn more about why we celebrate Thanksgiving while we put together the timeline of the Pilgrims.

We will finish the story of Squanto and compare and contrast his story to the story of Joseph in the Bible. God uses bad situations for His glory if we trust Him.

I am so thankful for each of you. You are all amazing parents. I know because I work with your children daily.

  No homework next week. Happy Thanksgiving!

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

The students have been working so hard the last six weeks on creating a large map of the United States. They have colored and labeled all 50 states and have learned songs for the Northern, Southern, and Pacific border states. We are currently working on memorizing the locations of the Eastern and middle states. They are really enjoying this activity and I am so proud of their hard work. We can’t wait to finish learning the locations of all 50 states. This map will also serve as a resource for future classes.

 Note the following updates on individual subjects we are studying:

 Math — measuring in inches, beginning subtraction, adding 10 to any number. We will have math as usual on Monday. No homework on Tuesday.

 Reading — we’ll most likely have a reader Monday night next week only. Thank you so much for reinforcing these at home. It makes a huge difference in their progress.

 History — we will take the opportunity next week to focus on the history of our country as we focus on Thanksgiving. 

 Handwriting — we will be moving toward greater expectations as it relates to handwriting in the coming weeks. Work on reminding students to check their work for letter reversals, spacing between words, and using capitals and lowercase letters appropriately.

Important Reminders

No Spelling test next week. Recitations are due on Tuesday. No Show and Tell next week. 

Feel free to come Tuesday dressed as a Native American or a Pilgrim. If you choose Native American, we are encouraging students to research a specific person from our history to come as. Dressing up is not required, however. Students may wear normal uniforms as well.

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

❖ The Bible story we read about this week was about Jacob and Esau, Isaac’s sons. We are learning/reviewing the books of the Bible and how to find the different books in the Old/New testament.

❖ During reading time, we have been sharing Thanksgiving books and using them to help us review characters, problem/solution and setting. Small groups meet nearly every day to read aloud and work on all of our reading strategies.

❖ Students have been diligently working on taking notes on their individual bird and turning notes into a report. Most students have finished their “sloppy copy” and are ready to work on their final copy.

❖ Latin verbs for this week were Ways to Travel. Ask your child to tell you the Latin verbs “I fly”, “I walk”, “I ride a horse”, “I ride in a car”,  “I run” and “I sail”. Keep listening to the songs on your CD to help your child remember his/her vocabulary.

❖ Math lessons included learning about volume, time to the nearest 5 minutes and measuring/drawing line segments to the nearest ½ inch. Help your child with volume at home by asking him/her to read labels of liquids in your refrigerator. Is it sold by pint, quart, half-gallon, gallon or liter?

❖ Today, we combined math and reading by baking “Grandma’s Cranberry Bread” from our story, Cranberry Thanksgiving. 

❖ For spelling, students worked on how to use commas in a series, sorting our phonograms into consonants, vowels, and r-controlled vowels and practiced our spelling words. Our spelling test over Lesson 6 will be on Tuesday.

Homework Information

 Monday, November 25: Math 56B, study for a spelling test
 Tuesday–no homework; Spelling Test Lesson 6 today
 No reading logs for this week
 No recitations of our Bible verse this week. Review John 1: 1-10.

Important Reminder

Friday, December 6, we will be going to see The Nutcracker Ballet at Clowes Hall on the campus of Butler University. Students should wear their dress uniforms. We will leave at 9:00 AM. and return by 2:00 PM.

Students should know all their addition and subtraction facts with automaticity. We are now working on multiplication by 4’s, 7’s, 10’s and 12’s. Please continue to quiz your child. This can be done with flashcards, an iPad or a phone app or a computer.

Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for each student and parents and grateful for the CDA community. 

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Hoping everyone has a great Thanksgiving break next week. There will be no new spelling words or memory verse. Psalm 33:1-9 is due Monday, Dec. 2 after break. 

The week of Dec. 2 is “Judaism Week”, where we will be exploring more deeply the Jewish faith in ancient times and today. On Monday, we will be visited by a guest speaker who is Jewish and will share with us knowledge of Hebrew and the important symbols of her faith. I am looking forward to this week.

We are beginning our final book of 2019 on Monday, Dec. 2 – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. 

The students are still struggling overall with capitals, end marks, and commas. I will be reinforcing the importance of these even more strongly after Thanksgiving break. Please work with your student at home to help form the habit of checking their writing.

From Mrs. Dodson: Thank you so much for the special gifts and cards to help celebrate my birthday! It is an honor and joy to serve in the third grade class. I am thankful for each of you.

Homework Information

Nov. 25/26
 Monday – Special Surprise Performance at Assembly – Come watch!
 Tuesday – Thanksgiving Chapel – Dress as Pilgrims/Native Americans

Dec. 2-6 – Judaism Week 
 Spelling Words: normal, personal, royal, criminal, total, fatal, natural, animal, recital, arrival, chapel, hotel, camel, jewel, barrel, level, label, model, tunnel, travel
 Review Words: around, found, ounce
 Stella Words: Indianapolis, amphibians, descendants
 Memory Verse: Psalm 103:1-14 due Wednesday, December 18

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving Break next week!

Next week there will be no Bible or Spelling Quiz. Following Thanksgiving Break, we will be moving into Ch. 14 and Lesson 14 in Bible and Spelling. 

Next week we will finish our book Prince Caspian; after Thanksgiving, they will be tested over it, and then we will move into our last book of 2019, Macbeth!

Over Break please empty out black HW folders of all papers. 

Friday Dec. 6th will be 2nd-4th Field Trip to see The Nutcracker– however, we will still have Bible and Spelling Quizzes that day. 

Homework Information

NEXT WEEK

✓ *No Bible or Spelling*
✓ Math- Monday 25th
✓ Recitations-Tuesday 26th
✓ History- Tuesday Ch. 15/16 26th

WEEK OF DEC. 2-6

✓ Science- Tornado Quiz (p. 45-51)- Wednesday 4th
✓ Literature- Prince Caspian Test- Wednesday 4th
✓ Bible- Ch. 14 Quiz- Friday 6th
✓ Spelling-Lesson 14- Friday the 6th: Swimming, wrapper, mixed, pinned, knowing, knitted, runner, spitting, shopping, graceful, frustrated, shaking, usable, rehearsal, decorating, belief, brief, neighbor, believable, earlier

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
❖ What was the root cause of the Salem Witch Trials?
❖ What did you enjoy most on our field trip to the ICM?
❖ What is the main purpose of the respiratory system?

Homework Information

✓ Monday -None
✓ Tuesday – “Ring Out, Wild Bells” (poem) stanzas 1&2
✓ Wednesday – No School
✓ Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!
✓ Friday – No School

Important Reminders

❖ Friday folders need to be emptied, initialed, and returned on Monday.  I will not be sending them home next Tuesday.  

❖ In this season of Thanksgiving, I want to express to you all how thankful I am for each of you.  Your children delight me daily, and I am so blessed to be their teacher.  Thank you, parents, for allowing me the privilege of spending the majority of your child’s waking hours with them.  

❖ A big thanks to all the parents who volunteered for the field trip on Tuesday.  The children seemed to learn a great deal, and enjoy themselves in the process.  

❖ For those of you with students in chess club, there will be no chess club this Tuesday.  

❖ We have initiated a yellow card/red card system for discipline in our classroom.  Ask your child about it.  If they cannot explain it to your satisfaction, let me know, and will be happy to explain it to you.SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE

Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Thank you, all parents who volunteered at our field trip at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum!

The class Quizlets for literature have been updated to separate “Literary Devices and Figurative Language” from “Dramatic and Poetic Conventions”. Encourage your student to use the feature allowing him/her to “star” and “quiz” terms that he/she needs to memorize.

Students this week have been learning greater self-awareness in class with our new yellow- and red-card penalty system. Please be advised that if your student gets “sent off” the playing field, he/she will be calling home for one-on-one coaching!

Topics for the Table

❖ What’s the climax in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar?
❖ Why are Zedekiah and Nebuchadnezzar important characters in Israel’s history?
❖ Which kind of proof should the narration use to elicit pity or indignation from the audience?

Homework Information

✓ Poetry/Letters Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron
✓ Bible Memory: Philippians 2:9-12

Important Reminders

Chess club will not be meeting Tuesday.

Students will no longer have the opportunity to retest on verse and poetry quizzes. Please track your student’s assessment results on the RenWeb Parent Portal.
  

Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club is open to 7th and 8th Grade. Students must bring a laptop to each meeting. They will need to use this laptop at home as well so they can design the yearbook pages. Yearbook club is lead by Mrs. Comparini. The Club meets the first and third Thursday of every month beginning December 5 after school. Students must be picked up from the modular at 4:00 PM. Please email Mrs. Comparini to sign up.

Update: November 15, 2019

Calendar

CANCELED: Classical U

Wednesday November 20 | CDA

Monthly Late Start & Pizza Lunch

9:00 AM | Friday November 22 | CDA

We have not had anyone volunteer to provide before-school care, so we are unable to provide it until we get another volunteer. Please email Mrs. Ferreira if you would like to serve.

Thanksgiving Chapel

8:00 AM | Tuesday November 26 | CDA

We invite all parents to attend. Kindergarten parents in particular are urged to come watch their children’s performance. All students may all dress in Pilgrim and Native American attire. More information to follow!

Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

November 27-29 | CDA

Community

Thank You!

We extend a huge thank you to all of you who were able to make the Coram Deo Academy Banquet this year. We hope you all enjoyed the evening filled with laughter and fellowship within our community. Thank you for inviting and hosting so many guests as well! It was wonderful to see so many new faces present! We are praising the Lord for a successful event!

We also want to extend a special note of gratitude to the wonderful individuals who made the evening possible.

  • Ashley LaBar, who has fearlessly led our banquet committee for her 4th year. ​
  • Silvia Comparini and Kelly Giddings,  who served on the banquet committee.
  • Jen Hutson, who created all printed materials for the banquet.
  • Kristina Ferreira, for all of her office support for the event.
  • Tim Tang, for his tech support throughout the evening.

Thank you to the many others who helped donate gift cards, decorations, set up artwork, and more! 

Food & Supply Drive for Carmel Friends Church

November 7-22 | CDA

Remember, there’s a guild contest for this! The winning team will receive lunch from Chick-Fil-A. The items on the following list are the only items that will earn your guild points. The detergent and diapers are worth 2 points. Any extra-large package of an item may also earn you 2 points.

  1. Paper Towels
  2. Toilet paper
  3. Soap
  4. Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  5. Razors and Shave Cream
  6. Lotion
  7. Shampoo and Conditioner
  8. Deodorant
  9. Diapers and wipes
  10. Feminine supplies
  11. Dishwashing liquid
  12. Laundry Detergent
  13. Any household cleaners
  14. Canned meat (tuna, spam, canned chicken or beef)
  15. Canned Chili

Chess Club Pickup

Please ensure your child is picked up inside the gym no later than 4:00 p.m. on Chess Club days every Tuesday.

Inclement Weather

Coram Deo Academy will no longer follow Carmel Clay Schools’ decision to close or delay school.  The Head of School will take all factors into consideration (road conditions, forecast, building conditions) when there is inclement weather and send an alert out on RenWeb by 6 AM if there is a schedule alteration.

Ultimately, student safety is our number one priority as we serve you en loco parentis. Please email David Seibel with questions or concerns

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

Our field trip was a success.  We really enjoyed “visiting Greece.” In fact, we made the Christopsomo (the Greek bread with a cross on top) today. 

We have been practicing for two upcoming events in Kindergarten: Our Thanksgiving Play and our Christmas Concert. We will be presenting a Thanksgiving play in our Thanksgiving Chapel November 26th from 8:00-8:30. I will have more details to come soon about what to wear.

For the Christmas concert, besides singing, we will be playing pipes. We are excited to show you what we have been practicing.  

 Bible – We will be learning about the Judges Debra, Gideon and Samson. We will continue working on Psalm 23.

 Phonics – Our new phonogram is ck. Our spelling rule: “CK is used only after a single vowel which says its short sound.” 

 Reading – Reading books will come home on Tuesday and Thursday this week.  I have begun reading Hiedi to the class.

 Math – We will continue practicing our math facts: doubles, +1 and +0.  This week we will add -1 facts.

 History – We will continue learning about the history of the Pilgrims as well as Squanto. We have not yet started on our “Time-line of Me” as I still need pictures from a few of you. Please send those in this week. Thank you.

Important Reminders

When it snows, the kids can play in the snow if they are wearing snow boots and waterproof gloves. You can send them to stay here if you would like.

I still need pictures for our timelines from a few of you. I need one picture from each year of your child. Copies on regular paper are fine.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

Students enjoyed our visit to the museum earlier this week. Many of them journaled that they enjoyed the ancient Egypt and modern-day Greece exhibits the most. 

Other things we are studying this coming week include:

 Math – Beginning subtraction, continuing counting money, and telling time on analog clocks in 5-minute increments.

 Phonics/spelling – Introducing two new phonemes: -dge and ph. Our spelling words that reinforce these are:: edge, fudge, fridge, badge, phone, dolphin, phew, and graph, and our sight words are fifth and zero.

Important Reminders

Spelling pretest Thursday, test Friday 11/22

Show and Tell on Friday 11/22: Bring something that you are thankful for, or that represents what you are thankful for and be ready to explain why. 

Recitation and Bible Verse are due Tuesday 11/26

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

❖ The Bible story we focused on this week was Isaac and Rebekah. We have learned our verse from John 1: 1-8. We had a great time learning about King Seti the first’s tomb at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. We added a puzzle about The Book of the Dead that ancient Egyptians used to our interactive Egypt notebook.

❖ We reviewed parts of non-fiction books in reading. Students should be able to identify headings, captions, photographs, table of contents/glossaries and how to use them, and bold-faced & italicized words.

❖ We are deep in research and taking notes for our bird reports, combining writing with Zoology.

❖ We learned several verbs in Latin: dico, clamo, susurro, scribo and oro. We learned to conjugate the verb clamo. 

❖ Students have been introduced to multiplication and simple division. They should know their addition and subtraction facts from memory and should now be working on multiplication fact memorization. Perimeter and area were also introduced this week.

❖ Students should be able to sing jingles for these parts of speech:  noun, verb, adverb, adjective, article adjective.  We are working on identifying these parts of speech in sentences AND “dressing-up” our writing by adding an adverb in every 3 sentences when writing a composition.

❖ Our spelling test over Lesson 5, /ay/ and /ai/, and review words was today.  New spelling words were sent home in your child’s folder today.

Homework Information

 Monday–Math Lesson 52B
 Tuesday–MathLesson 53B
 Wednesday–MathLesson 54B
 Thursday–Math test; Lesson 55B
 Friday–Reading Logs due; John 1:1-9 recitation.

Please remember that your child needs to work on memorizing his/her addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.  Also work on memorizing John 1: 1-10 for next week.

2nd Grade Reading Log

John 1:1-18

Important Reminder

We are looking forward to our December 6th field trip to see The Nutcracker ballet at Clowes Hall.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Thank you so much for all the food, supplies, and help you have given me and our class this last week. We had many fun events, and the kids loved every minute. I appreciate you all. Please check the Facebook page for pictures.

We are beginning our Odyssey Projects (poster boards explaining the story we just finished reading) this week and will be completing them before Thanksgiving break. They are NOT homework assignments. All work will be completed at school unless the student is not using their time wisely. I have found that it adds too much stress to send it home, and the kids love working on it at school. You will be amazed at how great these turn out. They are working hard.

Homework Information

 Spelling Words: shout, flour, ground, out, scout, loud, sour, around, mouse, found, mouth, slouch, bounce, house, sound, pounce, couch, foul, trousers, ounce
 Review Words: nephew, argue, continue
 Stella Words: connection, correction, election

Memory Verse: Psalm 33:1-9 (due Monday, December 2)

Important Reminders

See an email from our room mom, Mrs. Bahler regarding a surprise next Thursday…

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Please continue to empty out the student’s black folders of graded work, over the weekends especially. 

Please have students bring warm winter coats as temperatures remain cold. 

We are going to begin out Feudal System unit next week, which means the Medieval Feast is around the corner. I am tentatively thinking after Christmas Break in toward the end of January. This will allow time to plan and prepare, without being overwhelmed during the holiday season. More details to follow later, but I wanted to put it on all of your radar. The Feast is only made possible through parents’ involvement and help! It is such a fun and educational day for the students!

Recitations are due prior to Thanksgiving. I know some of you may leave early, please let me know ahead of time so that I may have your students give their recitation prior to the break. 

Homework Information

As we head it second semester, students should be writing down HW in their HW log every night. Please also continue to empty out black HW folders with graded papers. The more papers, the more likely students are to misplace something. 

Quiz/Test Schedule
✓ Latin Ch. 9- Monday 18th
✓ Literature Quiz- Wednesday 20th
✓ Bible Ch. 13- Friday 22nd
✓ Spelling L. 13- Friday 22nd (This is our last week of homophones): Fowl, foul, hole, whole, weather, whether, their, there, principle, principal, which, witch, right, write, rite

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
 How did the book, Voyage to Freedom end?  What are three things you admire about the Pilgrims?
 What is the difference between a vitamin and a mineral?  How do their jobs in the body differ?
 6th grade: What is the difference between a quarrell and an argument?

Homework Information

✓ Monday: None
✓ Tuesday: Field Trip to ICM (see reminders)
✓ Wednesday: Grammar Test (Chapter 12) and Spelling Test (List 10)
✓ Thursday: History Test (Card 12, cards and dates in order, and review questions)
✓ Friday: Science Quiz (Diagram of Respiratory System

Important Reminders

Field Trip on Tuesday (11/19) to Indianapolis Children’s Museum: We will leave school at 9:15 AM and arrive back at 3:00 PM. P.E. uniforms and disposable lunches needed for the day. If you are a field trip driver or chaperone, watch you email for important information.  

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

Please remind your child to wear deodorant, and to make sure they scrub a dub dub in the shower regularly.  We will all appreciate this very much.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Topics for the Table

❖ What are the three kinds of proofs that you can use to persuade your audience?
❖ Which kind of proof should the narration use to elicit pity or indignation from the audience?
❖ What are at least five common feet in English poetry?

Homework Information

✓ Poetry/Letters Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron
✓ Bible Memory: Philippians 2:5-8

Important Reminders

The field trip to Treasures of Ancient Greece at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum (ICM) on Tuesday, November 19. Please send your student in their PE uniform with a disposable lunch.
Departing: 9:15 AM
Returning: 3:00 PM

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: November 8, 2019

View the complete update here.

Calendar

CANCELED: Classical U

Wednesday November 20 | CDA

Monthly Late Start & Pizza Lunch

9:00 AM | Friday November 22 | CDA

We have not had anyone volunteer to provide before-school care, so we are unable to provide it until we get another volunteer. Please email Mrs. Ferreira if you would like to serve.

Thanksgiving Chapel

8:00 AM | Tuesday November 26 | CDA

We invite all parents to attend. Kindergarten parents in particular are urged to come watch their children’s performance. All students may all dress in Pilgrim and Native American attire. More information to follow!

Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

November 27-29 | CDA

Community

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered, contributed to, and attended the banquet. We hope you all enjoyed the evening!

Food & Supply Drive for Carmel Friends Church

November 7-22 | CDA

Remember, there’s a guild contest for this! The winning team will receive lunch from Chick-Fil-A. The items on the following list are the only items that will earn your guild points. The detergent and diapers are worth 2 points. Any extra-large package of an item may also earn you 2 points.

  1. Paper Towels
  2. Toilet paper
  3. Soap
  4. Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  5. Razors and Shave Cream
  6. Lotion
  7. Shampoo and Conditioner
  8. Deodorant
  9. Diapers and wipes
  10. Feminine supplies
  11. Dishwashing liquid
  12. Laundry Detergent
  13. Any household cleaners
  14. Canned meat (tuna, spam, canned chicken or beef)
  15. Canned Chili

Label Your Uniforms

Please make sure every article of your children’s’ clothing is labeled with their name, including hats, gloves, coats, jackets, sweaters, and shoes. Thank you!

Beware of Snow Days

We will no longer follow the Carmel Clay school weather delays and cancellations. Delays and cancellations will be announced via text and email. To ensure you receive these notices, please ensure your contact info in RenWeb is current.

Dress for the Cold

As it gets colder, please remember to dress your children warmly for outdoor recess. We will go outside if the wind chill is 25 degrees or above. Our students may play in the snow if they wear boots, snow pants, and waterproof gloves. Students are welcome to keep these items here during the week.  

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

Our field trip is Tuesday, November 12. If you are chaperoning, please be here by 9:25 AM. We will try to leave right at 9:30 AM. We will be returning by 3:00 PM. We are moving right along in all our subjects.

 Bible – Battle of Jericho, Deborah, and Samson

 Phonics – We will continue to review all phonograms learned so far and especially work with “th” and “sh.” We will also learn how to figure out how many syllables are in a word. Our first spelling rule of the year is  “AEOU usually say their long sounds at the end of a syllable.”

 Math – We will continue to practice our doubles math facts and our +1 math facts. I will introduce +0 math facts this week. We will also be counting by 10’s and 5’s.

 History – We will be working on “The History of Me” and begin reading about Squanto.

Important Reminders

For Tuesday: Please leave a booster seat if you are not driving. Send a disposable lunch (no lunch boxes or nondisposable water bottles), as we will need to throw everything away after lunch.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

None!

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

I hope everyone enjoyed your Tuesday off. Second graders will still quite busy.

❖ Students learned about plot in reading. We continue to meet in small groups 4-5 times per week to review other reading skills.

❖ Abraham’s son Isaac’s birth and near-sacrifice was the Bible discussion this week. Students worked on learning the first 5 verses of John 1:1-18.  

❖ Students learned several new verbs in Latin. See if your child can tell you what pasco, purgo, coquo, and laboro mean. 

❖ Zoology and Writing continue with students learning how to research, find answers and take notes about their bird.

❖ Students learned about adding multiples, adding 3 single digits (and how to combine them easily) and to multiply by 7. 

❖ Lesson 5 spelling words with words containing the phonogram /ai/ and /ay/ were introduced. 

❖ In honor of Veteran’s Day, students wrote postcards to local veterans.

❖ Students enjoyed making their own corn craft today, traditionally called “Indian” corn, but referring to “Native American” corn. 

Homework Information

 Monday, November 11–Math 48B
 Tuesday, November 12–No homework due to Field Trip
 Wednesday, November 13–Math 49B
 Thursday, November 14–Math 50B (Test)
 Friday, November 15–Reading Log Due, Spelling Test Lesson 5 words

Remember, students should be working on knowing/reciting verses 1-8 of John 1 today.

Also remember to brush up this week on spelling words for our Friday test, (Nov. 15) 

Spelling List Lesson 5

2nd Grade Reading Log

John 1:1-18

Important Reminders

Field Trip Tuesday, November 12: Completely disposable lunch on Tuesday (NO water bottles unless disposable). Dress is red CDA polo and jeans.  Car or booster seat needs dropped off Tuesday morning.

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Thank you for a successful field trip. Thank you to all the parents who made our day go well. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We are all set for our “Cards and Cookies for Vets” event on Monday. Thank you.

Homework Information

 Spelling Words: curfew, few, dew, knew, hew, stew, pew, nephew, new, argue, avenue, barbecue, continue, cue, due, virtue, value, rescue, statue, sue
 Review Words: valley, journey, money
 Stella Words: energize, excitement, entertain

Memory Verse: (Due Monday, November 18) “Gathering Leaves” by Robert Frost 

See links below to assist with memorization and further enjoyment.
Video #1
Video #2
Video #3

Important Reminders

We are having our Greek Festival and Olympics on Tuesday, November 12. We are in need of 1-2 volunteers to help during the event and for cleanup after. It will be from 9:45 AM-11:15 AM. Please email or text me if you can help.

Here is a signup for food/supplies needed.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Thank you so much to all of our parents, for helping our first field trip of the year go so smoothly. We are so appreciative to have such a wonderful community. 

Please have students bring in an art smock for art. When they do painting or other messier projects, they are required to wear one. 

As the weather continues to get cooler, please have students bring a warm jacket to wear outside for snack and recess! We will continue to go outside unless the weather is rainy/wet/or a wind chill below 20 degrees. 

Homework Information

As we head it second semester, students should be writing down HW in their HW log every night. Please also continue to empty out black HW folders with graded papers. The more papers, the more likely students are to misplace something. 

Quiz/Test Schedule
✓ History– Wednesday 13th
✓ Math- Thursday 14th
✓ Bible- Friday 15th
✓ Spelling (homophones)- Friday 15th. Plain, plane, pray, prey, wait, weight, pail, pale, board, bored, wail, whale, heal, heel, he’ll

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
 Describe some events in Squanto’s life that show evidence of God’s providence.
 Why is water so important for our bodies?
 In the book, Voyage to Freedom, explain what happened to John Howland?  How did his actions affect everyone else?  

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – Spelling Test (List 9)
✓ Wednesday – None
✓ Thursday – History Quiz (Roger Williams)
✓ Friday – Verse Quiz (Prov. 4: 1-5), Science Test (Chapter 5)

Important Reminders

Remember Friday Folders need to be initialed, emptied and returned on Monday. Hopefully, I remembered to send them home this week.

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

Field Trip to ICM on Tuesday, November 19 from 9:15 AM until 3:00 PM.  Disposable lunch needed, and P.E. uniform attire is the uniform for the day. Thank you to all you have volunteered to drive.  

I will be sending home the paper you need to fill out and sign in your child’s homework folder this coming week. Please return quickly after receiving it.  We could still use a few more drivers if you can help, please email me. Thanks.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Students will no longer be given the opportunity to retest for verse or poetry memory quizzes. Encourage your student to study daily in preparation for these assessments.

Drivers are urgently needed for the field trip to Treasures of Ancient Greece at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum (ICM) on November 19. Please email Mrs. Weirich and include your ICM membership number (if applicable).
Departing: 9:15 AM / Returning: 3:00 PM. 
Cost to Chaperone/Driver: $10.75 without ICM Membership.

Topics for the Table

❖ Why is it important to evaluate every judicial issue with both a “hostile” and a “friendly” eye?
❖ How does the persuasive essay ANI compare to the judicial address PDI?

Homework Information

✓ Poetry/Letters Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron
✓ Bible Memory: Philippians 2:1-4

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: November 1, 2019

View the complete update here.

Calendar

CDA Banquet 2019

6:30 PM | Saturday November 2 | Renaissance Carmel Hotel

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:
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

No School & Teacher In-Service

9:00 AM | Tuesday November 5 | CDA

Community

Join the CDA Chess Club

Who? Any CDA student who would like to participate in the after-school chess club. Parents are also invited to join when they can come. A CDA staff member will be supervising. There is no fee for this club.
When? Tuesdays starting October 29 through March 17 (from dismissal to 4:00 PM).
Where? In the gym.
What? Students play against each other in chess matches. Bigs can teach littles, and all can improve their skills.  
Why? So the CDA community can interact with each other. Plus, chess is the ultimate classic game of strategy and skill.  
How? Sign your student up by emailing Mrs. Griffin so we know how many chess sets to purchase.

Check Lost & Found

At the end of every grading term, we donate all items left in the lost and found to charity. Please take an opportunity to look through this bin by Monday November 4th. 

Label Your Uniforms

Please make sure every article of your children’s’ clothing is labeled with their name, including hats, gloves, coats, jackets, sweaters, and shoes. Thank you!

Beware of Snow Days

We will no longer follow the Carmel Clay school weather delays and cancellations. Delays and cancellations will be announced via text and email. To ensure you receive these notices, please ensure your contact info in RenWeb is current.

Dress for the Cold

As it gets colder, please remember to dress your children warmly for outdoor recess. We will go outside if the wind chill is 25 degrees or above. Our students may play in the snow if they wear boots, snow pants, and waterproof gloves. Students are welcome to keep these items here during the week.  

Classroom

KINDERGARTEN
Notes from Mrs. Feeney

We had a great week investigating our pumpkin. We measured and weighed it before we took the seed out. We also learned that it floated and counted the stripes and seeds. On Thursday, we made “Pumpcakes.” Fall is such a fun time of the year. 

I put a laminated handwriting letter chart in each folder today. You can have your child use a dry erase marker to trace over the letters they may have trouble forming. Remember we do not have any letters that start on the base-line. I am so proud of how far everyone has come with their handwriting. 

 Bible – We will be reading about the Ten Commandments, the twelve spies and Rahab.

 Phonics – I will introduce “sh” and “th”.  We will also work with determining how many syllables in words.

 Math – We will continue to review our doubles math facts and begin our +1 math facts. We will also weigh, measure and create a graph this week.

 Writing – We will finish our October Copy Journal and begin our November one.

 History – Leading up to Thanksgiving, we have been talking about the meaning of history. We made a toy timeline last week.

This week I need your help in making “The Timeline of Me.” What I need from you is one picture of your child from every year (so only 5 or 6). You can simply print them on your computer if you would like. Please, write their name, date, and how old they were on the back. We will make this on Friday, November 8th. Thank you for your help with this.

Important Reminders

Our field trip to the Children’s Museum is on November 12. We need 2-3 drivers and chaperones in order for us to go. We have 7 students and 1 teacher that will need a ride. If you can help us out, please email me as soon as possible with how many car seats/booster seats your vehicle can hold. Also, please let me know if you have a membership. The student cost is already paid with our school membership, but that will not cover the chaperones. Thank you for letting me know soon.

FIRST GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Harvey

We have enjoyed our extra celebrations this week, including our “meal inside a pumpkin” cooking adventure. A few students even showed enough courage to try some, but many remarked, “My mom would love this. You should send her the recipe.” So, per the student’s request, I will send a hard copy of the recipe we used. They each took turns measuring, stirring and chopping the ingredients and they had fun doing that at least.

 Math – We have been working on fractions and are continuing to work on counting coins, starting with dimes and pennies. 

 Phonics – We will be working on adding an -s to the end of words to make them plural, as well as familiarizing ourselves with the phonograms -kn and -es. 

 Latin – We are working on developing a vocabulary base through song. 

 Geography – We are well into our study of the 50 states, having completed both northern and southern border. We will focus on Pacific states and eastern seaboard states next, as well as the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico.

 Bible is often a highlight as we continue to have wonderful times of discussion about the life and ministry of Jesus.

Important Reminders

Spelling words for Friday, November 8: nests, bells, streets, doors, dresses, churches, buzzes, bushes, third, are

Show and tell for Friday, November 8: Have students bring something in that is related to our study of either the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or the Gulf of Mexico. Perhaps different wildlife that lives them or trips taken to one of them are some ideas. I am open the sharing about grandparents or great grandparents at this show and tell to anyone who didn’t get an opportunity to or forgot if they choose. For those who shared already, focus on the oceans. 

Look for November recitation and memory verse to be sent home on Monday in the red folder. 

SECOND GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Smith

We have begun quarter 2. You should have all received an email with your child’s quarter 1 report card attached.

 Thank you to all the grandparents and special people who were able to attend our Grandparent’s Day. The children look forward to showing off their school and classroom.

 Bible/History – We learned about two cities in which God could not find even ten righteous men, Sodom and Gomorrah. Students decorated a sarcophagus for their interactive notebooks.

 Reading – In a cross-curricular study, students completed reading their first class novel, Tut’s Mummy Lost…and Found. We learned many facts about ancient Egypt and took a comprehension test over what we learned.

 Science/Writing – In yet another cross-curricular study, students are learning about a particular bird. They are learning to take notes and will turn those notes into a written report.

 Math – We have reviewed a.m. and p.m., reading a thermometer to the nearest degree, freezing/boiling points and “normal” or average body temperature. We also learned about horizontal, vertical and oblique lines.

 Spelling/Grammar – Most students can now classify a pattern 1 sentence (subject noun and verb).  We know many more parts of speech with jingles and are learning what they mean and how to apply them.

 Our current read-aloud is Charlotte’s Web.

Homework Information

 Monday, Nov. 4, Math Lesson 44; homework 44B
 Tuesday, Nov. 5 NO SCHOOL (due to voting in the church)
 Thursday, Nov. 7, Math lesson 45B (test)

Please help your child begin learning his/her new Bible verse and spelling list, which was sent home on Friday.

Please read with your child 60 minutes weekly. Reading logs are due on Fridays.

Spelling List Lesson 5

2nd Grade Reading Log

John 1:1-18

Important Reminders

Our first field trip to the Children’s Museum is on November 12. We need 2-3 drivers and chaperones in order for us to go. We have 8 students and 1 teacher that will need a ride. If you can help us out, please email Mrs. Smith as soon as possible with how many car seats/booster seats your vehicle can hold. As of today, we do not have rides to the museum. Thank you for your help. As a reminder, students will need a completely disposable lunch that day. 

THIRD GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Warman

Our field trip to the Children’s Museum is on Thursday! Chaperones, please arrive at 8:45, and we will leave at 9 am. We will return near the end of the school day. Please remember to have your students wear their PE Uniforms and bring a completely disposable lunch.

We are going to make cards and cookies for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11. If you can donate a cookie mix, eggs, or butter to our class, please email me with what you are bringing. I appreciate it! We usually make about 75-100 cookies. Also, if you have bowls, spoons, etc., that would be helpful, too!

We will be having a Greek Festival and the Olympics on Tuesday, November 12. Please email me if you are interested in planning or attending.

Homework Information

 Spelling Words: dirty, happy, slippery, valley, turkey, hockey, journey, monkey, honey
✓ Review Words: people, already, really
 Stella Words: laughter, belief, perform

Please review their communication logs with them, since this is an odd week.

There are just 10 spelling words this week due to the short week.

There will not be a memory verse this week due to the short week. However, if your child likes to get ahead, we will begin memorizing “Gathering Leaves” next week.

FOURTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Chasen

Parents, next week is our field trip to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Thursday the 7th. We will depart school at 9 am and return at about 3 pm. Please have students wear their PE uniform and pack a sack lunch. 

Next Friday, I will not be here, Mrs. Taylor will be the substitute. I will still be available through email if you should need me. 

In literature, we will begin having worksheets after we finish reading a chapter. Students are to answer these questions in complete sentences, with detail/examples, and should use their book to complete. Although they may use their books, they should be writing the answers in their own words. We are working on full complete answers with detail and using our books as a tool. 

Homework Information

Quiz/Test Schedule
✓ NOV. Poem and Bible Recitations are due Tuesday the 26th prior to Thanksgiving Break. 
✓ Poem: Wind is a Cat! By Ethel Romig Fuller
✓ Bible: Isaiah 40:20-31 (ESV)
✓ Latin Ch. 8- Wednesday the 6th
✓ Bible Ch. 11- Friday the 8th
✓ Spelling Ch. 11 (homophones-only 15 words)- Friday the 8th: Berry, bury, passed, past, yoke, yolk, coarse, course, tacks, tax, altar, alter, their, there, they’re

FIFTH/SIXTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Griffin

Questions from this week:
 What were the two settlements beside Plymouth to become part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony?
 From what religious group were these settlers from?
 What did Justice and Prudence discover about the captain of the Speedwell and how did they discover this?  
 What is a compound-complex sentence?

Homework Information

✓ Monday – None
✓ Tuesday – No School (Election Day)
✓ Wednesday – Spelling Test (List 8),  “In Flanders Fields” Recitation
✓ Thursday – Grammar Test (Chapter 10)
✓ Friday – None

Important Reminders

Remember Friday Folders need to be initialed, emptied and returned on Monday. Hopefully, I remembered to send them home this week.

Field Trip to Indianapolis Children’s Museum on Tuesday, November 19. We will leave school at 9:15 and return at 3:00. We still need drivers. Please let me know if you will be able to attend. The students will be attending a class called The Odyssey Trail and will be given a tour of the Treasures of Ancient Greece. They will need to bring a disposable sack lunch. Attire is a P.E. uniform. Drivers and chaperones will be charged a small fee after the field trip. If you have a membership, please send me the name on the membership and the number.  

I will not be in the classroom on Thursday, November 7. Mrs. Taylor will be subbing for me.  

I have sent home some spelling worksheets the students can use to help them study over the course of the week. They are not required yet.

SEVENTH/EIGHTH GRADE
Notes from Mrs. Weirich

Please join your student as a chaperone/driver for our field trip to Treasures of Ancient Greece at Indianapolis Children’s Museum (ICM) on November 19, 2019. Students and chaperones/drivers will bring their sack lunches. If you want to chaperone/drive, please email Mrs. Weirich at dweirich@coramdeo-in.com and include your ICM membership number (if applicable).  
Departing: 9:15 AM / Returning: 3:00 PM. 
Cost to Chaperone/Driver: $10.75 without ICM Membership.
Dress for Students: PE Uniform

Topics for the Table

❖ What is character bias? Why is it important to recognize?
❖ What’s the relationship between a defendant and a victim?

Homework Information

✓ Poetry/Letters Memory: “Destruction of Sennacherib” by George Gordon, Lord Byron
✓ Bible Memory: Philippians 2:1-4

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).

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