Week of September 26th

Bonjour!

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.

Biopoem

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 jcoyne@pps.net 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.

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of September 19th

Bonjour!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the fabulous Portland weather!

Biopoem

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 19-28. As background, 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.

Ch. 4: Life in Medieval Towns

In Social Studies, we will continue our exploration of Medieval Europe! Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize how geography affected medieval town development, the relationships between trade and town growth, daily life, and the purpose of guilds.Students will read pages 43-51 of their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 21-26 in their History Alive Interactive Student Notebooks by Friday, September 23rd.

Beaumont Late Opening: Wednesday, September 21st

Students will arrive two hours later than usual for our monthly Late Opening, as staff partakes in professional development.

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/

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 jcoyne@pps.net 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.

Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux

I am very excited to invite students to Spring Break 2017: Paris and the Châteaux! 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! Any parents who would like to sign up for the trip would be welcome! For more specific information, here’s a link to the EF Educational Tours website: http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1826882ZS. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of September 12th

Bonjour!

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting parents this week at at Back-to-School Night!! I’m glad so many of you were able to sign up for conferences on November 9th and 10th. Please send me an e-mail at jcoyne@pps.net or call me at 503.916.5610 if you didn’t have a chance to sign up already.

Biopoem

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 9-18. As background, 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.

Ch. 3: The Role of the Church in Medieval Europe

In Social Studies, we will continue our exploration of Medieval Europe! Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize the structure and the role of the Roman Catholic Church in medieval Europe; the influence of the church on art, architecture, and education; the conflict between Pope Gregory VII and Emperor Henry IV; and the role of monks and friars. Students will read pages 31-41 of their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 15-19 in their History Alive Interactive Student Notebooks by Friday, September 16th.

Beaumont Back-to-School Picnic: Friday, September 16th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring a picnic dinner and your family to Beaumont’s Back-to-School Picnic! Meet Beaumont staff and families and enjoy the lovely autumnal Oregonian weather.

Beaumont Late Opening: Wednesday, September 21st

Students will arrive two hours later than usual for our monthly Late Opening, as staff partakes in professional development.

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/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of September 6th

Bonjour!

What a wonderful bunch of students in my core classes this year! I look forward to meeting parents on Wednesday at Back-to-School Night!!

Biopoem

So we can all start getting to know each other, students will compose 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 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.

Ch. 2: The Development of Feudalism in Western Europe

In Social Studies, we will continue our exploration of Medieval Europe! Students will read, analyze, discuss, and summarize the development of feudalism in Western Europe, including Charlemagne’s accomplishments; how invasions created a need for a new political and economic system; land divisions and political organization; and the lives of nobles, knights, and serfs. Students will read pages 19-29 of their History Alive textbooks and complete pages 11-14 in their History Alive Interactive Student Notebooks by Friday, September 9th.

Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 5th

There will be no school on Monday, September 5th to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

Beaumont Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m.

Come to Beaumont, meet staff, and learn more about your student’s classes!

Alliance Française de Portland Open house: Thursday, September 8th, at 6:15 p.m.

Please join the Alliance Française de Portland (http://www.afportland.org/)for our Portes Ouvertes (Open House) on Thursday, September 8th, at 6:15 p.m.. We’ll be at the beautiful and historical Kamm House, located in Goose Hollow, on SW 20th and Jefferson. For the Portes Ouvertes, you can savor fresh-made crêpes while mixing and mingling with other francophiles and the fabulous staff of the AF! I hope to see you there!

Beaumont Back-to-School Picnic: Friday, September 17th, at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring a picnic dinner and your family to Beaumont’s Back-to-School Picnic! Meet Beaumont staff and families and enjoy the lovely autumnal Oregonian weather.

Beaumont Late Opening: Wednesday, September 21st

Students will arrive two hours later than usual for our monthly Late Opening, as staff partakes in professional development.

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/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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Week of August 29th

Bonjour!

I’m so excited to meet my new students this year! This 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.

Biopoem

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

Avi’s Crispin: The Cross of Lead

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.

European Geograpy Challenge and The Legacy of the Roman Empire

In Social Studies, we will being our foray into Medieval Europe! Students will complete a fun and informative mapping activity with the European Geography Challenge. Students should turn in pp. 4-5 of their History Alive Interactive Student Notebooks by Friday, September 2nd.

Labor Day Holiday: Monday, September 5th

There will be no school on Monday, September 5th to celebrate the Labor Day holiday.

Beaumont Back-to-School Night: Wednesday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m.

Come to Beaumont, meet staff, and learn more about your student’s classes!

Alliance Française de Portland Open house: Thursday, September 8th, at 6:15 p.m.

Please join the Alliance Française de Portland (http://www.afportland.org/)for our Portes Ouvertes (Open House) on Thursday, September 8th, at 6:15 p.m.. We’ll be at the beautiful and historical Kamm House, located in Goose Hollow, on SW 20th and Jefferson. For the Portes Ouvertes, you can savor fresh-made crêpes while mixing and mingling with other francophiles and the fabulous staff of the AF! I hope to see you there!

Beaumont Back-to-School Picnic: Friday, September 17th, at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bring a picnic dinner and your family to Beaumont’s Back-to-School Picnic! Meet Beaumont staff and families and enjoy the lovely autumnal Oregonian weather.

Beaumont Late Opening: Wednesday, September 21st

Students will arrive two hours later than usual for our monthly Late Opening, as staff partakes in professional development.

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/

Merci!

Jennifer Coyne

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