I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! As I read about California’s drought, I’m more grateful than usual for our rainy weather.
This Week in Class
This week, we continue our study of The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa!
African Scavenger Hunt
Students will get to partake in a two-period outdoor African Scavenger Hunt with Ms. Ruhlman’s class toward the end of the week.
Ghanaian Pen Pal Letters
Students will write a letter to a pen pal at Angel’s Academy in Ghana. Letters will be hand-written, at least one page in length, and proofread for spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide
Students will imagine that they are the directors of the Cultural Center of West Africa. Then, they will write and illustrate a colorful and creative visitor exhibit guide about West African art, music, and oral and written traditions. Guides must be between 500 and 700 words, be at least three pages long, have at least three paragraphs that describe the exhibits, and explain what they teach us about African culture and society. West African Cultural Center Exhibit Guide
Nigerian Proverb Essay
Students will locate, analyze, and write about the significance of Nigerian proverbs in Beverly Naidoo’s novel, The Other Side of Truth. Typed essays should be at least two pages in length, with 12 point Time New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced, and proofread for spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Nigerian Proverb Essay The Other Side of Truth
Parent Volunteers Needed: Clover Grams Sale, Monday, March 16th-Tuesday, March 17th
The Student Council needs two to four parents to help with the Clover Grams sale on Monday and Tuesday. We need help from 1:00-3:30 pm. Please contact Ms. Bennett (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are able to come in either Monday, March 16th or Tuesday, March 17th. May the luck of the Irish be with you!!
Late Start: Wednesday, March 18th
Students will have a two-hour late start this Wednesday, March 18th.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day: Thursday, March 19th
You are invited to join your Grandchild/Special Student as we celebrate Grandparents/Special Friends Day this Thursday, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Enjoy refreshments, listen to the bands and choir, and preview the Annual Science Fair. Please join us in our cafeteria at 9:30 am. Students will need to return the form below to the office by Monday March 16th, 2015. This helps us prepare for numbers in attendance. Please support the Beaumont PTA by purchasing a flower for your guest, $2.00. We are looking forward to sharing our Middle School with you. Please fill out and sign the following permission slip if you would like your child to participate: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/53c965b2b857fce73e85abf2d/files/Grandparents_special_day_2015.pdf
Annual Science Fair: Thursday, March 19th
The Annual Science Fair is happening this Thursday, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Come check out the innovative projects students have been engineering! And, if students need extra help on those finishing touches, teachers will be available this Monday, March 16th, and Tuesday, March 17th, in the library, from 8:15-9:00 a.m. to assist.
Alliance Française de Portland Portes Ouvertes: Thursday, March 19th
The Alliance Française de Portland will hold their Spring Open House this Thursday, March 19th, at the Kamm House in Goose Hollow (1425 SW 20th Avenue) from 6:15-7:45 p.m. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while you visit with teachers, staff members, and board members (like me!), register for French classes, learn more about upcoming events, and learn about the perks for an Alliance membership. Class enrollments prior to or during the Open House will qualify for a 10% discount. Check out the Alliance website for more information: http://www.afportland.org/
Spring Break 2015: Monday, March 23rd-Friday, March 27th
This year, students will enjoy time off between Monday, March 23rd and Friday, March 27th–just one week from now! Classes will resume on Monday, March 30th.
GirlStrength: Wednesday, April 8th-Wednesday, May 27th
GirlStrength, a self-defense program for girls 10-14 years of age, will be returning to Beaumont every Wednesday starting April 8th, 2015 and will run through May 27th, 2015. Classes will be held from 4:00-5:45 P.M. and all applicants must sign up through the Sun School’s office. Ms. Smith and Ms. Ewers are very excited and look forward to empowering as many girls as possible this Spring.
Third Quarter Report Cards: Thursday, April 9th
The end of third quarter is just around the corner–on Thursday, April 9th, just two weeks after students return from Spring Break! Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.
Scrip: Spring Break Shopping
Planning on buying any Passover or Easter supplies at your favorite store? Or possibly taking the kids to the movies? Or making a trip to Backyard Bird Shop to attract and feed all of the birds that are flying by your windows? When you order gift cards through the scrip program to make your purchases, participating stores donate part of your purchase amount back to Beaumont PTA! Get your order in by Monday, March 16th at 4:00 pm and receive your gift cards by next Thursday, just in time for Spring Break shopping. It’s easy: Fill out the form, attach your check made out to Beaumont PTA, deliver the form with the check to the office (your child can drop it off, too), and return to the office on Thursday to pick up the cards that you ordered. Got questions? Contact email@example.com. Also, here’s a link to Scrip forms: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/beaumont/280.htm
Spring Break 2016: Paris and the French Riviera
If you’re looking for global travel opportunities for your child, look no further! I’ll be taking a group of students to explore Paris and the French Riviera during Spring Break 2016. Check here for more information: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE
Video of the Week: Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs
As students will be writing about proverbs this week, I thought you might enjoy this inspirational video about proverbs. It comes from Lifelines: The Black Book of Proverbs, by Askhari Johnson Hodari and Yvonne McCalla Sobers, and with a foreword by Archbisho Desmond Tutu. It’s a fascinating and inspirational exploration of African wisdom throughout the centuries. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZxjNXNQoZ0