February 8th marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, and the Year of the Fire Monkey! With Valentine’s Day and President’s Day also just a few days away, it’s certainly a time for celebration. And with such great weather on the horizon, I agree with the groundhog that we will have an early spring!
Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux:
Ever thought of visiting France? Ask Ms. Coyne about next year’s Spring Break trip to Paris and the Châteaux! For more information online, check the EF Tour website here: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.
No School on President’s Day: Monday, February 15th
There will be no school on Monday, February 15th to honor President’s Day.
Late Opening: Wednesday, February 17th
School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 17th, so Beaumont staff can meet for professional development.
Beaumont UnAuction: Life is a Circus: Saturday, March 12th
Be sure to put the Beaumont UnAuction on your calendar! It’s going to be from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th, at the German American Society, located at 5626 NE Alameda Street. I plan on going and hope to see you there! Early bird tickets are $65 per person if you purchase by March 4th. Enjoy beer, wine, and dinner on the midway, and a competitive raffle. To register, go to allhandsraised.org. Then, click donate. Designate Beaumont MS as a recipient. Indicate total donation for number of tickets you purchase at $65. In notes section, write “UnAuction” and the number of tickets you wish to purchase. You will not receive a paper ticket to this event. You will receive an e-mail confirmation only. If you’d like to donate items or your time for the UnAuction, please contact the Beaumont Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late Start: Wednesday, March 16th
School will open for students at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16th, so Beaumont staff can meet for professional development.
Science Fair: Thursday, March 17th
The Beaumont Science Fair will be on Thursday, March 17th. Be sure to check in with your child about his or her Science Fair Project.
Friday Fun Day: Friday, March 18th
On Friday, March 18th, students who have all assignments completed and no disciplinary referrals for third quarter will get to enjoy Friday Fun Day in my class. Those who do not meet the criteria will have a study hall in another location.
Spring Break: Monday, March 21st-Friday, March 25th
School will be closed for Spring Break the week of Monday, March 21st through Friday March 25th. Classes will resume on Monday, March 28th.
I’ve entered all assignments into Synergy that were turned in to me by Friday. To see how your child is doing in Language Arts, Social Studies, and other classes, please access Synergy here: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/.
West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide
Students will create an original guide about West African art, music, and oral and written traditions. The guide should be between 500-700 words and include: a colorful and creative title; at least three pages devoted to art, music, and oral and written traditions; at least five illustrations or drawings; information to help the reader understand African culture; at least three paragraphs that describe the exhibits and explain what they teach us about African culture and society; a list of at least four examples of ways in which West African cultural achievements influence our world today; and be typed or neatly written in ink. The assignment is due on Friday, February 19th. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide
Beverley Naidoo’s: The Other Side of Truth
With our new unit, comes a new novel to study! Students will be reading Beverley Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth, as part of their Africa unit. Published in 2000, and taking place in 1995, it’s about a Nigerian girl and her brother who must flee to London, because their father, an outspoken journalist, is targeted by the Nigerian government. This week, students will read chapters 16-25 while we explore plot, themes, characters, and symbols in the book.
Independent Novel Project
With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new projects! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project is due on Wednesday, March 30th. Independent Novel Project
Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 87-91 are due on Friday, February 12th. It would be fantastic if students could use spiral or composition notebooks to write their daily journals, so entries are all in one place at the end of the week, and students can review words studied from previous weeks. Daily Journal Topics
Students will have class time to complete a current event with a partner. Students will have the opportunity to choose an article from one of the many newspapers I have in the room, including: The Portland Tribune, The Portland Observer, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Alternatively, they are welcome to use other newspapers they may have available at home. Current events are due on Thursday, February 11th. Current Events Sheet
Morning Library and Computer Access
If students need computer access, Beaumont’s library opens each morning at 8:15 a.m.. Students can enter with a pass from a teacher, or with a parent, as a “walking hall pass.”
My hall neighbors, Mr. Aquino and Ms. Meadows, run Homework Club every morning at 8:00 a.m. in their classrooms–Mr. Aquino facilitates Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while Ms. Meadows facilitates Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mr. Columbo facilitates Homework Club after school Mondays through Thursdays. Be sure to sign students up for Homework Club through SUN School if they need extra time or help completing assignments.