Week of March 2nd

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! It’s been great to have the sun out past 6:00 p.m. each day! Spring is definitely on its way.

This Week in Class

This week, we continue our study of The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa. Students will create a group griot performance about Sundjata, The Lion King, and continue to read and analyze Beverly Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth. To tie in with their study of Africa and The Other Side of Truth, students will explore and analyze ten different African proverbs and enjoy a few video tutorials on West African dancing and drumming from the Kennedy Center’s Rujeko Dumbutshena and Farai Malianga.

Progress Reports: Calculated This Tuesday, March 3rd

It’s hard to believe, but it’s time for midterms! Midterm grades will be submitted this Tuesday, March 3rd. Please be sure to check Synergy to see how your child is doing in all of his/her classes:

Camp Beaumont Unauction: Saturday, March 7th

Registration is now open for Camp Beaumont! This adult-only fundraiser is happening on Saturday, March 7th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Irvington Tennis Club. To register, go to All Hands Raised: http://allhandsraised.org. If you’d like to procure items for the raffle, or volunteer for the event, send an e-mail to: beaumontfoundation@gmail.com. I plan on attending the event, and hope to see you there.

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 about the trip: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE

Video of the Week: 10 African Proverbs

As I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did, here’s a video about ten inspiring African proverbs I’ll share with students this week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlOCFrcgf0o

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of February 23rd

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a good weekend and is taking a moment to enjoy the Oscars! I now have a few new films to add to my “to be watched” list!

This Week in Class

This week, we continue our study of The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa. Students will focus on the Cultural Legacy of West Africa and Beverly Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth. To tie in with their novel study and their study of Africa, students will gain background information on immigration in the UK, the renowned Ballets Africains out of Guinea, and the symbolism found within kente cloth.

Oregon Food Bank Food Drive: We Did It!!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Beaumont’s Oregon Food Bank Food Drive! Having enough food to eat is one of the most basic needs in our community. I’m so glad we’re focusing so heavily on this issue. I’m also pleased to announce that my class raised the most food and monetary donations out of any class in the school! Way to go!!

7th Grade Backstage Pass Field Trip to Skate World: Wednesday, February 25th

Please note that seventh-graders with Backstage Passes will be on an all-day field trip to Gresham’s Skate World this Wednesday. Students not going on the field trip will have a study hall in my core classes.

Successful Schools Survey: Ends Saturday, February 28th

Please take a moment to read a little bit more about PPS’s Successful Schools Survey here: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm. Our goal is to get as many Beaumont parents to fill out the survey as possible, so we can get your feedback on safety, rules, and norms; teaching and learning; interpersonal relationships; and institutional environment. The survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen  Table: http://oregonkitchentable.org/. You’ll need to create a free Kitchen Table account to take this survey and future surveys. Survey’s must be completed no later than Saturday, February 28th. Thanks for your participation and feedback!

Third Quarter Midterm Progress Reports: Calculated Tuesday, March 3rd

It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost third-quarter midterm time! Midterm progress reports will be submitted on Tuesday, March 3rd–a little over a week away! Please be sure to check Synergy to see how your child is doing in all of his/her classes: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/

Camp Beaumont Unauction: Saturday, March 7th

Registration is now open for Camp Beaumont! This adult-only fundraiser is happening on Saturday, March 7th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Irvington Tennis Club. To register, go to All Hands Raised: http://allhandsraised.org. If you’d like to procure items for the raffle, or volunteer for the event, send an e-mail to: beaumontfoundation@gmail.com. I plan on attending the event, and hope to see you there.

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 about the trip: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE

Video of the Week: Donna Summer’s “MacArthur Park”

In honor of roller-skates, polyester, and all things 70s, I leave you with Donna Summer’s oldie but goodie, “MacArthur Park.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F327tD1KHqE

Don’t leave that cake out in the rain,

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of February 17th

Bonjour!

Students did a great job performing in Friday’s Unity Assembly! We have a wonderfully wide range of talents at Beaumont.

This Week in Class

This week, students will complete journal entries for the following words: listless, literal, loiter, and malevolent. We will also continue our study of The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa. Students will focus on the influence of Islam in West Africa and Beverly Naidoo’s award-winning novel, The Other Side of Truth. To tie in with their novel study and their study of history, students will gain background information on the current Nigerian presidential elections; the famous ruler of the Malian Empire, Mansa Musa; the music of Nneka Egbuna, a world-renowned Nigerian/German hip-hop and soul singer and songwriter, and educational efforts in Nigeria around renewable energy and energy conservation.

Synergy: Grades Updated

I’ve updated grades as of last Friday. Please check Synergy to see how your child is doing in all of his/her classes: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Food Drive: Ends This Friday, February 20th

Beaumont is spearheading a canned food drive through this Friday, February 20th. Students should bring in cans of food or monetary donations to their first-period teacher. For monetary donations, one dollar equals one pound of food. Any checks should be made out to the Oregon Food Bank. The first-period class with the greatest amount of canned food/monetary donations will win free doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut! Yum …

Successful Schools Survey: Ends Saturday, February 28th

Please take a moment to read a little bit more about PPS’s Successful Schools Survey here: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm. Our goal is to get as many Beaumont parents to fill out the survey as possible, so we can get your feedback on safety, rules, and norms; teaching and learning; interpersonal relationships; and institutional environment. The survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen  Table: http://oregonkitchentable.org/. You’ll need to create a free Kitchen Table account to take this survey and future surveys. Survey’s must be completed no later than Saturday, February 28th. Thanks for your participation and feedback!

Camp Beaumont Unauction: Saturday, March 7th

Registration is now open for Camp Beaumont! This adult-only fundraiser is happening on Saturday, March 7th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Irvington Tennis Club. To register, go to All Hands Raised: http://allhandsraised.org. If you’d like to procure items for the raffle, or volunteer for the event, send an e-mail to: beaumontfoundation@gmail.com. I plan on attending the event, and hope to see you there.

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 about the trip: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1681167KE

Video of the Week: Nneka Egbuna’s “Africans”

As I have now become a fan of Nneka Egbuna’s music, I thought I’d leave you with a video of her 2005 song, “Africans,” where she explores issues of colonialism, class, and racism. Born to a Nigerian father and German mother, Nneka Egbuna is a world-renowned hip-hop and soul singer and songwriter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh1JfyhbrOU&list=PL38A76746059E46CA

Merci beaucoup!

Jennifer Coyne

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Camp Beaumont Unauction: Saturday, March 7th

Bonjour!

Registration is now open for Camp Beaumont! This adult-only fundraiser is happening on Saturday, March 7th, from 6:00-10:00 p.m., at the Irvington Tennis Club. To register, go to All Hands Raised: http://allhandsraised.org/. If you’d like to procure items for the raffle or volunteer for the event, send an e-mail to: beaumontfoundation@gmail.com. I plan on attending, and hope to see you there!

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Successful Schools Survey

Bonjour!

Please take a moment to read a little bit more about PPS’s Successful Schools Survey: here: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/10281.htm. Our goal is to get as many Beaumont parents to fill out the survey as possible, so we can get your feedback on:

  • Safety, Rules, & Norms
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Institutional Environment

The survey will be administered through Oregon’s Kitchen Table: http://oregonskitchentable.org/. You’ll need to create a free Kitchen Table account to take this survey and future surveys. Surveys must be completed no later than February 28. Thanks for your participation and feedback!

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Canned Food Drive

Bonjour!

Beaumont is spearheading a canned food drive between now and Friday, February 20th. Students should bring cans of food or monetary donations to their first-period teacher. For monetary donations, one dollar equals one pound of food. Any checks should be made out to the Oregon Food Bank. The first-period class with the greatest amount of canned food/monetary donations will win free doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut! Yum …

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Unity Assembly: Friday, February 13th

Bonjour!

I would like to invite you to the Unity Assembly this Friday, February 13th, at 10:40 a.m., in the gym.

Several students from my core classes will perform “The Wobble” (a popular hip-hop dance) with me on stage. There will also be audience participation in this dance number. Here’s an instructional video if you’re curious to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vTIY0xHBUg.

In addition to my core students dancing, my French class will sing La Marseillaise (The French National Anthem). As we’ll be providing a karaoke video, feel free to swing by and sing along! Here’s the karaoke link if you’d like to practice a little before Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CTpRu_A_Go.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

 

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