Newsletter 10/20/16

Autumn in ParisThe  leaves are turning here as they are in Paris.  In Paris they lay a beautiful carpet of gold over this wide sidewalk. .  It means for us the arrival soon of our much-enjoyed celebration of Halloween.  The French have begun in the last few years to adopt Halloween as a celebration in France.  For students at Georgia Virtual School Halloween also means that Thanksgiving will be arriving soon.  The return from Thanksgiving holidays means the imminent completion of the fall semester.

PROGRESS REPORT

Time is moving quickly.  Please encourage your students to stay current with their assignments.  Please use the auditor’s login to look at what your student is accomplishing in French.  Progress Reports have just gone out and this is a little reminder about that.  If you need the instructions for creating the Parent Portal to the course, please click below.

Parent Portal Set-up

I want to remind you that I am available by email and phone if you have questions or if your student needs help.  This class has been very good about letting me know they don’t understand or need help.  It really makes a difference.

THE WORLD LANGUAGE SPEAKING CONTEST

Please encourage your student to participate in the annual speaking contest.  All of the information is on the homepage of the course.  It will take place in Adobe, so you don’t even have to leave home.

 

 

Bonne Halloween!citrouille-gravure

Regards,

Mrs. Abell

March 3 Update

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printemps boutique

 

 

March 3, 2016

Dear Parents,

Your student’s grades in French 1B were updated on Tuesday. To see the most current grades, please log in with your parent portal credentials. Instructions for setting up the parent portal were in the welcome email I sent. If you need the information again, please let me know.

Currently we are studying how to talk about buildings, how to go shopping and various past-times. The students have been submitting some fine projects. Please ask your student to see recent projects.

GAVS does not allow extra credit nor bonus points. These do not enhance learning and mastery of the standards of the course. However, Remediations are offered in each chapter of the French 1B course. Here is an explanation of how Remediations work:

During the school year, there are often opportunities to extend students’ learning or to provide enrichment or alternative assessments for students to demonstrate their knowledge. When offering remediation opportunities to students, please keep in mind that remediation/mastery opportunities should be designed to allow students to fully master the content/standards of their courses and promote deeper understanding. The purpose of remediation is not to allow students to make up assignments that they did not complete or did not invest adequate time/effort on. We want to ensure that our students have every opportunity to master course content; but want to avoid artificially inflating grades.

A student can earn a 10% addition to an existing grade in the same chapter as the Remediation. The Remediation opportunities are listed under chapters 6 through 10 in the Livebinder. The link to the Livebinder is on the homepage of the course. Please encourage your student to complete the Remediations. A student may earn more than 100 on a single assignment, but the maximum course grade is 100.

As always, please get in touch with me and encourage your student to do the same if you have any questions.

Barbara Abell

GAVS

French Teacher

barbara.abell@gavirtualschool,org

678-591-7469

 

Newsletter/update – 1/20/2013

paris snowHi,

We have reached our first milestone…the first progress report. The students have worked diligently to complete their assignments. Please remember that for any submission deadline, there must be a cut-off after which zeros are put in. Students may make a submission after the deadline for late credit; however, their zero may not be replaced with a grade if the teacher has already pushed grades into the Progress Reports system. It will be replaced when re-graded.

To see the most up-to-date information on grades and completed assignments, you need to log into the parent auditor site. If you need the information on creating that site, please let me know.

We have reviewed important verbs from first semester and new verbs have been added to the students’ repertoire. Being able to describe weather has been a major element of the last two week study. We are making a virtual trip to Paris during this chapter. We have just looked at the Métro, the major intown transportation system. Students have seen what it looks like and how to find their way through city by using the Métro map to locate lines, stations and the direction in which they want to go

A number of students wrote in their first Discussion that they hope to go to Paris in the future. This information will help them navigate the beautiful City of Lights.

As always, I am an email or phone call away. My contact information is below. Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have questions.

Regards.

Barbara Abell678-591-7469

barbara.abell@gavirtualschool.org

metro entrance                         train in station

Newsletter 10/1/15

Autumn in ParisThe  leaves are turning here as they are in Paris.  In Paris they lay a beautiful carpet of gold over this wide sidewalk. .  It means for us the arrival soon of our much-enjoyed celebration of Halloween.  The French have begun in the last few years to adopt Halloween as a celebration in France.  For students at Georgia Virtual School Halloween also means that Thanksgiving will be arriving soon.  The return from Thanksgiving holidays means the imminent completion of the fall semester.

Time is moving quickly.  Please encourage your students to stay current with their assignments.  Please use the auditor’s login to look at what your student is accomplishing in French.  Progress Reports have just gone out and this is a little reminder about that.  If you need the instructions for creating the Parent Portal to the course, please click below.

Parent Portal Set-up

I want to remind you that I am available by email and phone if you have questions or if your student needs help.  This class has been very good about letting me know they don’t understand or need help.  It really makes a difference.

THE WORLD LANGUAGE SPEAKING CONTEST

Please encourage your student to participate in the annual speaking contest.  All of the information is on the homepage of the course.  It will take place in Adobe, so you don’t even have to leave home.

PROGRESS REPORT

Bonne Halloween!citrouille-gravure

Regards,

Mrs. Abell

Newsletter 10/15

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Dear Parents and Students.

This newsletter will present how Halloween arrived in France.  It also serves as our bi-weekly information about grading.

Students are in the process of studying family and celebrations.  It was interesting that, in addition to Noël (Christmas), almost every student mentioned Halloween as a favorite celebration.  Please watch the video below to see how Halloween came to France and how it is celebrated.

Grades have been updated.  Please continue to follow your student’s progress in the course via the parent auditor tool.  We are rapidly approaching the final weeks of the course.  Please encourage your student to keep eyes focused on the goal…successful completion of the course and an increasing grasp of French!

Joyeux Halloween.

Barbara Abell

Newsletter 2

 

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Lavender in Provence, France

Dear Parents:

Time is flying, and it is already time for our next update newsletter.  This one will begin much as the last one did.  Your students are among the most respectful and responsive I have had the pleasure to teach.  Their requests and comments are polite.  One of the best things I can say is that they are asking questions and showing a real interest in their work.  I have had phone calls, emails and texts.  They need help. and many don’t waste time  asking for it.  This is ideal.  This is what keeps us on track with a successful course.  Students who struggle and do not ask for help will simply continue to struggle.

Please ask your student if he or she is getting in touch with me if there are questions.  If they say “yes,’ please give them your positive feed back.  If they say “no,” then please remind them that I am here, not to be an umpire, but to be a coach.  No one wants them to succeed more than I do.  Tell them  I am the encourager.  Oh, and I welcome communication from parents and facilitators!  Live sessions are on Mondays at 4:30PM.  If your students need some visual help at other times, we can schedule a time to go into my office together and work.

Grades have just been updated.  Please use your view to look and see what progress your student is making.

We continue working and enjoying cognates…remember from our last newsletter that these are words that look similar, sound similar, and mean the same thing.  Have a look and listen below.

Cordialement,

Barbara Abell

678-591-7469

barbara.abell@gavirtualschool.org

No images needed. Yes, for all of the fame of French cuisine, they have borrowed some from us.  H” is always silent in French:

le hot dog        le hamburger        le coca cola

Please click to listen: