Week of March 30th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a restful and rejuvenating spring break! It’s hard to believe rhododendrons are already in bloom!

This Week in Class

This week, we continue our study of The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa!

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

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, from April 8th 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 two weeks away–on Thursday, April 9th! Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

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: Guinea Fare Dance

As we’re in the middle of our West Africa unit, and it’s just about the end of Women’s History Month, I wanted to share Guinea Fare, a women’s dance, from the Baga people of Guinea, West Africa. The Chiku Awale African Dance Group performs in this video. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ_O7DW8m-s

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week of March 16th

Bonjour!

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 (jbennet1@pps.net) 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 beaumontscrip@gmail.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

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Week of March 9th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! A good time was had by all at the Camp Beaumont Unauction! It was great to see so many of you there!

This Week in Class

This week, we continue our study of The Culture and Kingdoms of West Africa. Students will create and perform 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 a variety of African dancing and drumming techniques.

Late Start: Wednesday, March 18th

Students will have a two-hour late start on Wednesday, March 18th (the week before Spring Break).

Alliance Française de Portland Portes Ouvertes: Thursday, March 19th

The Alliance Française de Portland will hold their Spring Open House on 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, 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: March 23rd-March 27th

This year, students will time off between Monday, March 23rd and Friday, March 27th. Classes will resume on Monday, March 30th.

Third Quarter Report Cards: Thursday, April 9th

The end of third quarter is just a few weeks away, on Thursday, April 9th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

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: Kpanlogo

The Kpanlogo dance comes from the Ga ethnic group in and around Accra, Ghana. While the dance was created in the 1960s, the music comes out of older Ga drumming traditions: gome, oge, and kolomashie. The music uses three instruments: the nono (metal bell), fao (gourd rattle), and kpanlogo drums. The nono bell pattern is one of the oldest patterns found in sub-Saharan Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjBuiR2fs30

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment