Autumn is in the air as we head into the last week of September! I’m so excited to be working with such a wonderful group of students!
easyCBM Testing: Fluency, Vocabulary, and Reading Comprehension
To provide baseline knowledge for students’ reading skills, students will take two computer-based tests and a one-minute fluency test this week in class.
To create a sense of classroom community, students composed biopoems for publication on our classroom bulletin board. The assignment was due on Friday, September 2nd, but I’ll gladly accept assignments this week. Biopoem
Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead
This week, students will continue their novel study of Avi’s historical fiction novel, Crispin: The Cross of Lead, focusing on chapters 29-38. As background, this John Newbery Medal-winning, coming-of-age, historical narrative features a 13 year-old peasant boy, who flees his village, in 14th-century England. Through the study of this book, students will explore key historical issues, including the plague, religion, feudalism, and revolt, as well as more universal themes of fate, family, and friendship.
Ch. 5: The Decline of Feudalism
In Social Studies, we will continue our exploration of Medieval Europe! Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize how the Magna Carta, the establishment of Parliament, the bubonic plague, and the Hundred Years’ War contributed to the decline of feudalism. Students will read pages 53-59 of their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 27-30 in their History Alive Interactive Student Notebooks by Friday, September 30th.
Independent Novel Project
Each student will read a novel independently and complete an Independent Novel Project,. based on a variety of different project options. Through this activity, students will increase their reading of fiction; expand their skills in the six traits of writing; develop their knowledge of literary elements, including setting, plot, theme, characterization, and symbolism; and gain computer proficiency with different software applications. This assignment is due on Thursday, October 27th. Independent Novel Project
Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux Interest Meeting: Tuesday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m.
I am very excited to invite students and parents to Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux! I will hold an interest meeting this Tuesday, September 27th, at 6:30 p.m., in my classroom (212), to provide an overview of the trip and answer any questions students and parents might have. I will also be serving refreshments. As background, on this educational trip to France, students will experience such amazing places as the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. In the Loire Valley, they’ll see the Chartres Cathedral, Amboise, and Chenonceau. In St. Malo, they’ll see Mont St. Michel, St. Vincent Cathedral, and the Jacques Cartier plaque and tomb.In Normandy, students will tour the D-Day beaches, Pointe du Hoc, the American Cemetery, and the Caen Memorial. Finally, after returning to Paris, students will take a guided tour of Versailles, including the State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Gardens. I’m very excited to coordinate this trip and help expose students to French history and culture! For more information online, here’s a link to the EF Educational Tours website: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS. I hope to see you Tuesday evening at the interest meeting! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!
Beaumont Midterm Progress Reports: Wednesday, September 28th
First quarter midterm progress reports will be finalized on Wednesday, September 28th. Be sure to check Synergy to see how your child is doing in all of his or her classes: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/
Statewide In-Service: No School: Friday, October 14th
School will be closed on Friday, October 14th for Oregon’s statewide teacher in-service day.
Late Opening: Wednesday, October 19th
Students will arrive at 11:00 a.m. so Beaumont staff can partake in professional development activities.
End of First Quarter: Thursday, November 3rd
The end of first quarter is in Thursday, November 3rd. Be sure to check Synergy to see how your child is doing in all of his or her classes: https://parent-portland.cascadetech.org/portland/
No School: Friday, November 4th
Students will not have school on Friday, November 4th, while teachers finalize first quarter grades and plan for second quarter.
Parent Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, November 9th and Thursday, November 10th
Please send me an e-mail at email@example.com or call me at 503.916.5610 if you didn’t have a chance to sign up for an appointment with me at Parent Teacher Conferences already on Wednesday, November 9th or Thursday, November 10th.
No School: Friday, November 11th
There is no school on Friday, November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.
No School: Wednesday, November 23rd – Friday, November 25th
There will be no school from Wednesday, November 23rd through Friday, November 25th so families have time to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.