I so enjoyed the Ambassadors’ performance Friday morning! What a talented group of musicians we have at Beaumont. Good luck to those students who will be auditioning this month! I’m looking for parent chaperons for our field trip to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this Wednesday, to see the White Bird Malpaso Dance Company performance. Our bus leaves Beaumont at 10:15 a.m., and we would return to school by 12:45 p.m. Please let me know if you are interested and available!
White Bird Malpaso Dance Company Performance: Wednesday, May 4th
I received free tickets for both core classes and a few chaperons to the White Bird Malpaso Dance Company performance on Wednesday, May 4th. The show is from 11:00 a.m. until noon, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Students will leave Beaumont at 10:15 a.m. and return to school by 12:45 p.m.. Please let me know if you would be willing to chaperon for this event. As background, the Malpaso Dance Company is based in Havana, Cuba, and will be accompanied by a live Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. I distributed parent permission slips on Friday–please make sure to sign your student’s slip and have him or her return ito to me as soon as possible. Here is the White Bird website with more information: http://www.whitebird.org/event/malpaso/
Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux
Ever thought of visiting France? I will be taking a group to visit Paris and some of the many gorgeous castles in France next year during Spring Break. Students who have already taken one trip with EF Tours will get a $100 discount if they go on this tour. Check out the EF Tour website to learn more: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS.
I’ve updated all grades as of assignments turned in on 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/.
Ties That Bind, Ties That Break Character Silhouettes
To help students reflect on characterization and point of view in the novel, students will work in groups to complete character silhouettes for one of the following characters in the book: Ailin, Xueyan, Liu Hanwei, Mrs. Liu, Big Uncle, James Chew, Miss Gilberson, Miss Scott, Second Sister, Eldest Sister, Little Brother, Mr. Warner, Mrs. Warner, Grace Warner, Billy Warner, Mother, Father, Grandmother, or The Amah. Using descriptors and passages from the reading material, both by the character and about the character, students use the text to support their conclusions. The assignment is due on Monday, May 2nd. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Character Silhouette Student Handout and Rubric
Sequel to Ties That Bind, Ties That Break
Now that students have finished reading Lensey Namioka’s Ties That Bind, Ties That Break, and analyzed setting, characters, plot, theme, and figurative language, they will write a multi-paragraph sequel to the novel, from the perspective of one of the characters in the book, fifteen years in the future. The sequel should focus on one character and what life is like for him or her. Students may write from the perspective of any of the following characters: Ailin, Xueyan, Liu Hanwei, Mrs. Liu, Big Uncle, James Chew, Miss Gilbertson, Miss Scott, Second Sister, Eldest Sister, Little Brother, Mr. Warner, Mrs. Warner, Grace Warner, Billy Warner, Mother, Father, Grandmother, or The Amah. Sequels should be typed in 12 point, Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and formatted in MLA style. The assignment is due on Friday, May 6th. Ties That Bind Ties That Break Sequel
Independent Novel Project
With a new quarter comes the opportunity for new books to read! Students will read a teacher-approved book and complete a variety of choice activities to demonstrate what they learned. The Independent Novel Project for fourth quarter is due on Wednesday, May 25th. Independent Novel Project
Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, journal entries 138-142 are due on Friday, May 6th. 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 or that they find online. Current events are due on Thursday, May 5th. 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.
Merci et bonne semaine!