Week of April 20th

Bonjour!

It’s hard to believe fourth quarter is already here! What lovely weather to get us started.

This Week in Class

Imperial China

This week, we will continue exploring Imperial China! Students will complete imaginary application letters for a Chinese government job to gain practice with argumentative writing. Letters are due on Thursday, April 23rd.

Additionally, students will continue their study of Lensey Namioka’s historical novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. The story is set in early twentieth-century China, focused on a girl, named Ailin, who refuses to have her feet bound. Foot binding was practiced widely on girls in China from the 10th century until the early 20th century.

Independent Novel Project: Due Wednesday, June 3rd

Students will be responsible for reading a novel of choice and completing a few of the project options described here  Indie Novel Project Options. Projects will be due on Wednesday, June 3rd, though students should get started reading their novels as soon as possible.

Current Event: Due Thursdays

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 119-123 this week. Daily Journal Topics

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.”

Updated Grades on Synergy

I’ve updated grades as of all assignments completed Friday, April 17th. Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy. Also, please remind students to put their first and last names on all assignments before turning them in, so papers don’t end up in the dreaded “no name” pile: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Smarter Balanced Reading Test: Monday, May 4th – Friday, May 8th

Students will take the Smarter Balanced Reading Test in my core classes from May 4th-May 8th. Make-up testing will happen in June. Peruse the Smarter Balanced Testing website for general information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. Access Math and Reading student practice tests here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

Yo Ghana! Celebration: Sunday, May 3rd

In celebration of all the great letter-writing students have done this year, students and families are invited to the Yo Ghana! Celebration on Sunday, May 3rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in the Portland State University Smith Center Ballroom. The event will feature speakers, Ghanaian drummers, delicious Ghanaian food, games, and more! Space at the event is limited, so reserve at yoghana.org@gmail.com ASAP if you’d like to attend. There is a suggested donation of $10-$20 per person. For more information about Yo Ghana!, check out their website here: http://www.yoghana.org/.

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: Political Development of Imperial China Rap

I found this excellent rap about the chapter we’re studying right now in Social Studies, from New LA Production and Mr. Bloom’s class. It’s an entertaining overview. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r7DeYkJedo

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 13th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone enjoyed the three-day weekend!

This Week in Class

Imperial China

This week, we embark on our Imperial China Unit! Students will complete a Geography Challenge and explore Chinese ruling dynasties from 220-1644 C.E..  Additionally, students will begin their study of Lensey Namioka’s historical novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. The story is set in early twentieth-century China, focused on a girl, named Ailin, who refuses to have her feet bound. Foot binding was practiced widely on girls in China from the 10th century until the early 20th century.

Current Event

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 114-118 this week. Daily Journal Topics

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.”

Synergy

I will finalize third quarter report card grades during 7th period on Monday, April 13thBe sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/.

Smarter Balanced Testing

Students will embark on Smarter Balanced Tests in Reading and Math this year. The Reading Test will be administered between April 20th-May 8th, the Math Test from May 11th-May 29th, and make-up testing on June 5th. Peruse the Smarter Balanced Testing website for more general information: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. Access Math and Reading student practice tests here: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/.

Yo Ghana! Celebration: Sunday, May 3rd

In celebration of all the great letter-writing students have done this year, students and families are invited to the Yo Ghana! Celebration on Sunday, May 3rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m., in the Portland State University Smith Center Ballroom. The event will feature speakers, Ghanaian drummers, delicious Ghanaian food, games, and more! Space at the event is limited, so reserve at yoghana.org@gmail.com ASAP if you’d like to attend. There is a suggested donation of $10-$20 per person. For more information about Yo Ghana!, check out their website here: http://www.yoghana.org/.

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: History Channel’s Engineering an Empire: China Documentary

For a great overview of how the Chinese people built the Grand Canal, the Great Wall of China, tombs, and ships, look no further than the History Channel’s documentary, Engineering an Empire: Chinahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qsd05kjnayM

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of April 7th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family!

This Week in Class

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

Nigerian Proverb Essay

Students will locate, analyze, and write about the significance of Nigerian proverbs in Beverley 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

Theme Essay

Students will analyze and write about themes in Beverley 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. Theme Essay The Other Side of Truth

Current Event

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

Journal

Students will start each class by completing a journal warm-up. This week, students will complete 111-113 this week. Daily Journal Topics

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.”

Third Quarter Report Cards: Thursday, April 9th

The end of third quarter is this Thursday, April 9th! Be sure to check your child’s progress on Synergy: https://parent.cascadetech.org/pps1j/. I will finalize grades during 7th period on Monday, April 13th. Any assignments turned in prior to that time will get included in students’ third quarter report card grades.

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: Best Baguette in Paris!

Djibril Bodian, a Parisian baker of Senegalese descent, who works at Le Grenier à Pain (which translates to “the attic of bread”), has, for the second time, won the 2015 Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris,  a.k.a. The Best Baguette in Paris Competition. As the winner of this high-profile competition, Bodian’s baguettes will grace the table of French President François Hollande. Here’s a video from 2010 (when Bodian won for the first time) where he discusses the art of making the perfect baguette. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJqlaNGR8f0

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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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

Theme Essay

Students will analyze and write about themes 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. Theme Essay The Other Side of Truth

Current Event

Students will analyze and summarize informational text found in newspapers or magazine articles through completion of a current event. The current event sheet can be found here Current Events Sheet and links and passwords for Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope magazines can be found below.

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.”

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

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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

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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

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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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