January 19 – January 25

 January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – No School

January 23 – Donut Benefit Sale

January 24 – BBS Spelling Bee

January 31 – Parent Coffee Seminar

February 1 – Tutus and Tennis Shoes Ticket Deadline

  • On Wednesday, January 23, some of our 4th grade students will be selling warm Krispy Kreme donuts for $1.00 each.  This project was developed by some of our 4th grade students who want to help a BBS family with out of town expenses during an extended hospital stay at St. Jude.  Donuts will be sold where Chick-fil-A biscuits are passed out on the Kindergarten hall.  Contact Dr. Corcoran if you would like to pre-order a dozen so that he can plan accordingly.

  • Students in 3rd-5th grade will have the opportunity to participate in the BBS Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 24, at 9:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  Parents are welcome to attend. The top three finishers of the school bee will participate in the zone spelling bee on Thursday, February 7, at St. Nicholas School. 

  • We are very excited about this year’s auction!  Students received information and tickets for a raffle that is being offered as part of the auction.  The winner of the raffle can win $5,000 cash or a full year of BBS tuition.  Tickets are $50.00 each, or 3 for $100. Each child who turns in $250.00 or more will have a civilian week, get a free t-shirt and will participate in a luau breakfast with Hawaiian ice and donuts. The top seller will receive $100 cash.  

  • Lauren’s Kids – Safer Smarter Kids is an evidence-based curriculum for elementary school aged children teaching the importance of safety rules, boundaries, identifying a safe adult, and how to act in an unsafe situation.  Safer Smarter Kids is designed to have a different, more advanced lesson for each grade level.  Each lesson is paired with a short video and interactive activity.

  • Parents are invited to come learn from Jessica Bastianelli from our local Child Advocacy Center on January 31, at 8:30 a.m. in room #207.  She will share with us more about Lauren’s Kids and the role you play in keeping your kids and other kids you know safe.

  •  Brainerd Baptist School offers need-based financial aid for students in K5 through 5th grade on a yearly basis.  Financial aid applications are now being accepted via FACTS.  It is very important for parents to complete the application before January 31.  No late applications will be considered.  Click here for the link and more information.

2nd Grade Overview

January 21-25

BIBLE: Our Next Bible Memory Test will be on Wednesday, January 23. We will re-test the last two verses by putting them together: Acts 17:24-25, "The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and of earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.”

MATH: We will be writing numbers in expanded form, practicing facts, and using tangrams for spatial reasoning skills.

Facts to know: subtraction facts through-4. Use homework pages to help your child practice all math facts learned so far. Make sure you are checking their math homework and paying attention to any areas of need.

**Tests: A Written Assessment will be given on Thursday, January 24th (no study required). A Fact Assessment will be given on Wednesday, January 23rd (50 subtraction facts).

READING: We will be working on our new unit Main Idea. We will be learning the importance of gathering supporting details from a text and identifying the main idea from that text. We will be talking about this process by using the visual tool called “Idea Framework.” Our pattern statement for the unit is: Something large can be supported or held up by enough smaller things.

**Homework time should include a periodic review of the pattern statement, process questions, and vocabulary words. As usual, students will need to be able to write out three of our process questions by memory.

**Tests: The Main Idea tests will be the last week of January.                         

SPELLING/PHONICS:  We will be working on Unit #18 in Spelling Connections. This will be a review of the spelling patterns from the last five units.

**Test: The Spelling Test for Unit #18 will be on Friday, January 25th.

SCIENCE: We will be studying Matter and Energy.

-Matter can be a liquid, solid or gas.

-Matter can undergo physical or chemical changes.

-Energy is the power to make matter move or change.

LANGUAGE/WRITING: Students will be summarizing a reference by limiting facts and choosing details that are interesting or important to them. They will create a key word outline and write a paragraph using the supporting details they select.


  • AR goal for the month of January is 6 points. Help your child select books within their reading zone to read for AR points. Read every day!

  • Box Tops are due February 21st.

  • A field trip to the Parthenon in Nashville is being planned for the week before Spring Break. Details to come.