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Liz Hill, 4th Grade

Liz Hill graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education/Math & Science from Emmanuel College in 2001, and her Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2011 from the University of Phoenix. She taught Elementary, Middle, and High School Math and Science at a private school in Charlotte and two years of 4th grade in Union County before moving to Bradford Prep in 2016. She currently teaches 4th Grade at Bradford. During her time at Bradford, Liz has had the opportunity to serve as grade-level chair, participate on the Communications, Math, and Technology committees and served on the School Improvement Team. She is passionate about life-long learning and supporting fellow teachers. Liz lives in Charlotte with her husband Stephen, and their daughter, Hailey. She enjoys crafting, cooking, reading, spending time with her family, and playing with their two dogs.
 
 
 

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House Buddies - Bradford Cares

At Bradford every student is placed into one of four houses: Paz, Esperanza, Fuerza, or Sabio. The house names correspond with important qualities we try to build in every student: peace, hope, strength, & wisdom. Every other Friday Bradford students meet with their House Buddies, a grade level paired to foster relationships between students in Lower, Middle, & Upper School. This is an opportunity for students to practice leadership and conversation skills as well as work together to serve our community through service projects. Fourth grade is paired with 9th & 10th graders and are the oldest of the pairs. Next year, fourth graders will become the elder buddies and partner with Kindergarteners. So this is a great year for them to learn to be leaders and good examples of what Bradford House Buddies should be.
 
The motto of the House program is Bradford Cares. Not only do we foster caring among students at our school; we also teach them to care for the community. Throughout the year, each House Buddy pair will decide on a project they want to sponsor for the school. The groups brainstorm ideas, vote for the one they believe will be the best, promote the project throughout the school, collect items, run the competition between houses, and announce the winner. It's a chance for them to show initiative and be proud of the positive difference they can make in their community. Fourth, ninth, and tenth grade go first and we brainstormed our ideas on Friday. They will vote in their homerooms next week for the project they want to sponsor.
 
We have seen this program grow so much since it's start in 2016. Each year students learn new ways to work together and what it means to be a Bradford House Buddy. Because we welcome new students each year, it's a great chance to teach others The Bradford Way. You can help your child develop these skills in a variety of ways:
Watch for the announcements of the current project. We will announce the projects in our newsletters but communication may also come from the school and be on the web page.
Talk to your child about how they can participate in the current project. Incorporate it into everyday conversations and dinner table talks.
Allow your child to make sacrifices to contribute. Giving of themselves is an important part of students feeling like they made a difference.
Help them be responsible for bringing the items in. Bins will be placed in the front hallway that students can drop donations into. If there is an option to purchase online, a receipt of purchase is enough to give their house credit.
Encourage healthy competition between houses. Help your child be proud of his/her house buddies, color, and quality (peace, hope, strength, wisdom). Talk about how great it would feel to know your house made the biggest impact in helping others.
 
If you know of any charitable organizations and ideas that we can consider for our projects, please let the school know. We are always looking for ideas to help the community and although we can only choose a few, it's important that we hear about what is out there and where the needs are around us. Secondly, if you have any concerns throughout the year about your child and their buddy, please let your child's teacher or House teacher know. I am the House teacher for Fuerza and I would hate to find out at the end of the year that your child never connected with their buddy or didn't have a good experience. We can't make a difference if we don't know about the concerns. So please keep us informed. The house teachers are as follows:
 
Sabio - Julia Haferman
Paz - Kayla Champion & Lori Hawes
Fuerza - Liz Hill
Esperanza - Brittany Flair 
 
Buddies are flexible from year to year, so if your child has had a certain buddy in the past that they didn't connect with, the beginning of the year a good time to change things up. The bottom line is that we put student safety first and we will do our best to make sure every child is placed with someone who will nurture and be a good example to them.
 
Thank you for all you will do this year to help us build this program! We look forward to this year and showing just how much Bradford Cares!
 

Data Binder

Dear Parents,

At Bradford Preparatory School our lower school students do not receive report cards. Instead we track children’s growth in a data binder. A data binder is a collection of formal and informal assessments. Your child will be bringing home his/her data binder approximately every two weeks. (We will try and send out an email the day the data binders come home so you know to look for them.) This binder will show you the progress your child is making and the areas that need improvement.

All the work that is in the three binder clips must remain in the binder. Papers in the front pocket of the binder are for your information, and you may keep these at home unless otherwise noted. Papers in the back pocket should be reviewed and returned to school. We encourage you to take time to review the data binder and discuss it with your child. Use the notebook to help your child make progress. After you have reviewed the binder with your child, please date, initial, and write a comment to your child on the Parents Comments page. The binder should then be returned to school on the following school day unless otherwise noted.

We appreciate all that you do to support the teachers, staff, and students here at Bradford Preparatory School. We hope that the data binder will provide you with the information you need as we work together in making sure that our children are happy, healthy, productive, and capable kids.

Sincerely,

The 4th Grade Team

Ready for a New Year!

I am so excited to begin my third year at Bradford Prep! The new 4th grade team is working hard to get ready for school to start on August 27th, 2018. Before then, we look forward to meeting everyone at Open House and encourage parents to be sure they are signed up to receive email and Remind messages from Bradford to stay in-the-know.
Remind: text bpstext to 81010 or go to remind.com and join bpstext
 
Please bring any supplies you can to Open House. This will allow us to start strong on the first day and prevent your child from having to lug them in all by him/herself. Click here for the 4th grade supply list.
 
Bradford's website has a wealth of resources you will want to check out. Visit the school's Calendar and Schedule page for information on teacher workdays and conference dates as well as drop-off and pick-up times. Another helpful page is the new uniform explanation. And we couldn't do all that we do without parent volunteers. Please consider joining the PACK and helping us make Bradford the wonderful place we love to be every day! Find more info here
 
Finally, if you are the family of a new student in my class, please subscribe to my page so that you receive notifications when I post updates. I use Remind and will have the link available at Open House but we also share things here that I'm sure you'll want to see. 
 
I have been praying for my students all summer and can't wait to meet them. We are going to have a great year!!
 
Love,
Mrs. Hill
 
 

Proctors Needed

Between May 18th- May29th, we will administer End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments in grades 3rd through 11th. As part of the requirements for state testing, we need parent and community volunteers to help on these days by serving as proctors. We are required to have a proctor in each testing session.
 
If you are interested and available to help, we would appreciate you donating your time. Whether you are available to help on one day or every day, we can use you! All proctors must be at least 18 years of age and not enrolled as a student in a K-12 public school system. All proctors will be required to attend proctor training the morning before your scheduled assessment.
 
 
If you have any questions, please contact our Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Goodman at carla.goodman@bradfordprep.org.

The Rebound Screening

At the 2017 National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, my friend Sophia Brunk, who plays for the Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets, a wheelchair basketball team, won an Impact Grant awarded by ABC Medical. Sophia, 9, is also a Cabarrus resident and member of the West Cabarrus YMCA. Sophia’s grant will fund a free public screening of the award-winning wheelchair basketball documentary, “The Rebound.” Other organizations — West Cabarrus YMCA, Abilities Unlimited of the Carolinas, Charlotte Rollin’ Hornets, McGill Baptist Church and Strive 4 Multisport — have joined in to create a rich event with something for the entire family. Join us on Saturday, February 24th for the screening and say "Thank you, Sophia!" Then come watch our very own, Jayson Patterson join Sophia on the court for an exhibition of their skills!

Gianna's Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

For her star student "Teach Me Something", Gianna shared her favorite recipe for Chocolate Chip Muffins. She combined her love for art and invited the class to draw a picture of their delicious muffins!
 
Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of chocolate chips
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 cup of vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of oil
 
Directions:
Set your oven to 400 degrees.
In one bowl, combine your flour, sugar, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and baking soda. 
In another bowl, whisk your egg, yogurt, milk, and oil.
Combine all.
Pour into lined muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes.
Should make about 12 muffins.
 
Thanks, Gianna! We can't wait to try them!

Bradford Cares

Please help us finish this week strong by donating new toys for Hemby Children's Hospital. Collection bins are in the front hallway and this is a house competition. Contest ends Wednesday, January 24th!

Fall Field Trip - Thursday 10/26

The 4th Grade will be traveling uptown on Thursday, October 26th to visit the Children's Theater production of Mary Poppins. The cost of this trip was included in your child's student fees. If you have not paid, please check with the front office.
 
Students should wear their navy school polo shirt and khaki pants on all field trips. This is part of our Enrich goal of representing Bradford well to our community!
 
We will leave school at 8:45am and should be back on campus by 1:30pm. We have changed our plans for a picnic lunch uptown and will come back to campus for lunch so that students who ordered hot lunch to pick that up. Please be sure your child packs a couple of snacks and water bottle.
 
Thank you to the parents who volunteered as chaperones. Please know that volunteering to chaperone is committing to be present for all children, not just your own, and following the instructions and schedules that we give. We want to give every student a quality experience that they will remember for a lifetime!

2017 Day of Service - Handmade Tie Blankets

Fuerza Rocks! Smell our socks! Now get ready to tie some knots!!! That was our chant as we cut and tied 30 blankets to donate to Levine Children's Hospital. We only had an hour and our original goal was 10. We thought it would take a long time to cut all those tabs and tie them together. But the Fuerza team ROCKED it and cheered each other on as we passed our original goal, increased it to 25, and then passed it again and completed 30 blankets!!! What a great day working together to serve others!
I get really excited when we reach our goals! Because Bradford reached our weekly fundraising goal of $25,000 for the Capital Campaign, I agreed to take one for the team. And Isaiah was more than happy to oblige. He really smushed it in there! I loved the look on his face when he realized exactly what he had done! 
Capital Campaign & Spirit Weeks
As we continue to improve our school and take us from a good school to a great school we are asking that each of our families give to our 4th annual campaign. Our goal is to raise $150,000 between October 9-27th. Every dollar counts and the money we raise will go towards the following initiatives:
  • Classroom technology
  • Community service field trips
  • Establishing our college and career counseling program
  • Building our arts and music program
  • Teacher training
  • Purchasing land for future expansion
  • Building up capital to make down payments on future facilities (ie. gym)
Please join us over these next three weeks as we come together to celebrate what Bradford is all about. During this campaign the students and staff will celebrate by participating in spirit days and talking about how we can work together to make our school better. The whole school will also participate in the Day of Service on October 20th. While giving to Bradford is important, we want to make sure that at the same time our students are supporting the community around them as well. We will end the campaign with the fall festival on campus on October 28th from 1-4 PM. We will also be sharing testimonials and pictures on our new website and on the Bradford Prep Official Facebook page throughout the campaign. 
 
Our hope is that every family will contribute to making this a successful campaign. Each and every contribution will be used to the betterment of our students and help Bradford grow into the school that we desire to be.  Please join us in celebrating our wonderful school!

Music to Our Ears!

As many of you know, in the past, violin has been a treat for 4th graders at Bradford. We were hoping that we would be able to work out a way to fit it in again this year.
 
I am happy to announce that our class was selected to pilot a new way of learning violin beginning Monday, October 9th. For an hour a week, our students will be taught violin by Mr. Rosario. At the end of 4 weeks, we plan to have a concert performance to show you what we've learned. If our experience goes well, there is a chance we will be able to share the same opportunity with the rest of the 4th grade. 
 
Bradford will supply all the instruments and there is no need to purchase anything. However, if you have a violin that you'd like your child to use, please be sure he/she brings it in every Monday and Wednesday. Thank you for your help and cooperation. We are looking forward to a wonderful experience!