Week of August 31st

Bonjour!

What a great first week and a great bunch of students!! It’s going to be a great year.

Biopoems

I look forward to reading and publishing students biopoems this week! Students should either bring a hard copy to class on Monday, August 31st, or send me an electronic version by that time at jcoyne@pps.net. Biopoem

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 1-5. Journal entries are due Friday, September 4th. Daily Journal Topics

Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead

In Language Arts, students will read, analyze, and discuss the first ten chapters of Avi’s historical fiction novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. This coming-of-age historical narrative features a 13 year-old peasant boy, who flees his village in 14th-century England. Themes include fate, family, friendship, and feudalism.

European Geograpy Challenge and The Legacy of the Roman Empire

In Social Studies, we continue the foray into Medieval Europe! Students will complete their European Geography Challenge, and then learn about the legacy of the Roman Empire. Students should turn in pp. 4-17 of their History Alive Interactive Student Notebooks by Friday, September 4th.

Current Events

Students will have time in class to work on 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, El Hispanic News, The Asian Reporter, and The Skanner. Current events will be due on Thursday, September 3rd. Current Events Sheet

Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 10th

Mark your calendars for Back-to-School Night–it’s coming up on Thursday, September 10th!

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. I’ll also have tour information available at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 10th.

Alliance Française de Portland Portes Ouvertes / French Alliance of Portland Open House: Thursday, September 3rd

I’m proud to serve as the Acting Secretary for the board of the Alliance Française de Portland, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of French language and culture. This Thursday, September 3rd, feel free to stop by the Kamm House, located at 1425 SW 20th Avenue, to chat with teachers and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Get a 10% discount if you sign up for a French class that night. The Open House goes from 6:15-8:00 p.m. I plan on attending, and would love to see Beaumont families there! http://www.afportland.org/2015/08/alliance-open-house-on-september-3%C2%A0%C2%A0/

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.”

Homework Club

My next-door hall neighbor, Mr. Aquino, is holding Homework Club every morning in his classroom before school. Be sure to sign your student up for Homework Club through the SUN School if your child needs a quiet place to work on homework before the start of the school day.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of August 27th

Bonjour!

I’m so excited to meet my new students this year! With a short week, we’ll focus on getting to know each other, assigning lockers, checking out textbooks and novels at the library, and filling out the many forms that the beginning of a new school year always brings.

So we can all start getting to know each other, students will compose biopoems for publication on our classroom bulletin board. Biopoem

We will start the year by exploring Medieval Europe. Students will begin by learning about the legacy of the Roman Empire, and begin their novel study of Avi’s historical fiction novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. This coming-of-age historical narrative features a 13 year-old peasant boy, who flees his village in 14th-century England. Themes include fate, family, friendship, and feudalism.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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