Les nouvelles – 13-17 juin

lots of help with answer number 1. Chex hockey card via wikimedia commons.

lots of help with answer number 1. Chex hockey card via wikimedia commons.

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.
gesture vocab with English
This week in French: 
Grade 5/6:  Lots of time to work on the play over the next few weeks to prepare for presentation
Grade 6: Working towards presentation of the plays.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: Mr Lush’s class is diving into learning about French culture in the Americas (outside Canada) and  Ms. Najarro`s class will be joining them in that adventure.
Grade 8:  Crunch time, as we get ready to present “Veux-tu danser?” on Friday.
Music:Sharing compositions and talking about the elements of music in the intermediate classes. Hopefully, the juniors will get a chance to try out a brass instrument this week.
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band this week – last practice is Monday morning.  Wonderland trip is June 14 – permission forms are here. Please make sure your departure from itinerary form is returned if you are not coming back on the bus with us.Appendix D1 – Parent Permission For Out-of-Classroom Program 2016
 Dear band parent v2 
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:
June 14: band to Wonderland
June 15: KPREEA track and field
June 16: Dudes’ Day (Zomer/Payne)
June 17: Dudes’ Day (Foster/Perdue; Fowler/Wilford)
June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua
June 22: girls’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: boys’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: kindergarten bike rodeo
June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)
June 27: Ruck/Johnston to Lang Pioneer Village

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qui est Mr. Hockey?
  2. Pourquoi est-ce qu’on a chanté “O Canada” pour Mauril Bélanger à un “ALS Walk” à Ottawa?

Website: Wish I was getting one of these picnic baskets: picnic basket contents

Lovely piece here about the answer to Question 1: Gordie Howe obit

And a little bit of time travel, to read Gzowski writing about his hero:

Gordie Howe, hero. A Peter Gzowski report: Dec. 14, 1963

Books: 

This is probably on my job-related reading list this summer. Do you have one of those, as well as your pleasure list? What’s on it?

On that pleasure list: The weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders

 

Music: Brandi Carlile, who is a favourite at this house, is playing the Ottawa Blues Fest this summer. Heard this one this weekend, in the context of relationships between parents and teens. The lines: “Do I make you proud? Do you get me now? Am I your pride and joy?” get me every time.

 

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Les nouvelles – 6-10 juin

There will never be another one like him. photo credit: flickr user joshi bhavya via cc

There will never be another one like him. photo credit: flickr user joshi bhavya via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.
gesture vocab with English
This week in French: 
Grade 5/6:  Ask your child about the writing task they worked on last week. We’ll focus on the play over the next few weeks.
Grade 6: Writing is a focus this week, to show what we know.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: Mr Lush’s class has wrapped up their movie conversation and starting into some work on French culture in the Americas. Ms. Najarro`s class is working on presenting their movie conversations.
Grade 8:  Some one -on-one conversations will be happening this week, as well as a focus on the play. 
Music: 8`s and Mr Lush’s 7’s have been composing amazing music this week. Check out their Edsby boards in music. Ms Najarro’s 7’s are prepping  for a playing test. 5/6 and 6 are doing some close study  (and compositions) of the idea of motif in music. 
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – practice Thursday this week. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circumstance. Wonderland is June 14 – permission forms are here: Appendix D1 – Parent Permission For Out-of-Classroom Program 2016
 Dear band parent v2 
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:
June 6: ultimate frisbee (junior)
June 8: ultimate frisbee (intermediate)
June 9: JDRF walk/yoga
June 14: band to Wonderland
June 15: KPREEA track and field
June 16: Dudes’ Day (Zomer)
June 17: Dudes’ Day (Foster/Fowler)
June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua
June 22: girls’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: boys’ 3 pitch (junior)
June 23: kindergarten bike rodeo
June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Comment s’appelle Muhammad Ali, avant qu’il a converti à Islam?
  2. Qui a gagné le French Open?

Website: An interesting perspective on French immersion, particularly here in Ontario: French immersion

So many Ali obits – I thought this was one of the best:

 

Books: The Griffin Prize for Poetry (Canada’s biggest) was awarded this week. Liz Howard won for her first collection of poetry. A very visual example here:

Boreal Swing

 

Music:

I have a friend on Twitter, who regularly asks what his tweeps are listening to. This week, he wanted to know what song had stayed in my head all week. Tanika Charles, “Two Steps”:

 

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Les nouvelles – 30 mai – 2 juin

a clue to question 1. photo credit: flickr user Karoly Lorently via cc

a clue to question 1. photo credit: flickr user Karoly Lorently via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.
gesture vocab with English
This week in French: 
Grade 5/6:  Building vocabulary, showing our knowledge of the story, and working on learning our parts in the play are the big foci right now.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend. Working on small group and full-class reading, as well as answering questions based on the story.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: movie focus: Mr Lush’s class will be wrapping up their amazing movie convos, and starting into some study of parts of the world where French is spoken. Ms. Najarro`s class is working on writing scripts for their movie conversations.
Grade 8:  Listening and reading with “real-world” examples is what we are working on this week, as well as small group play work. 
Music: 8`s and Mr Lush’s 7’s have been composing amazing music this week. Check out their Edsby boards in music. Ms Najarro’s 7’s are prepping  for a playing test. 5/6 and 6 are doing some close study of the idea of motif in music. 
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – practices Tuesday and Wednesday this week. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circumstance. Wonderland is June 14 – permission forms are here: Appendix D1 – Parent Permission For Out-of-Classroom Program 2016
 Dear band parent v2 
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:
June 3: PA Day
June 8: ultimate frisbee (intermediate)
June 14: band to Wonderland
June 15: KPREEA track and field
June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua
June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Quel animal a disparu à High Park à Toronto?
  2. Pourquoi est-ce que Angela Merkel et François Hollande ont rencontré (met) à Verdun, en France?

Website: I’m looking forward to seeing this one, but I thought this was an interesting perspective on what`s wrong with the franchise.

X-men apocalypse

And if you’re picking up rhubarb at the market – you can’t ever, really go wrong with this. We add whatever other fruit we have – raspberry rhubarb is amazing!:

strawberry rhubarb crisp bars

Books: Are you starting to put together your summer reading? What’s on the list? Here’s a start – the first one looks very good to me!

Music:

Summer music festivals kicked off with the CBC Music Fest at Echo Beach yesterday (yes, that Echo Beach). Not able to be there, but we were listening to it on the radio. Several of the featured bands will be here this summer, for free! (Whitehorse, Hey Rosetta, Ria Mae)

And just ’cause, here’s a retro summer song:

 

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Les nouvelles – 24-27 mai

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did anyone catch the moon on Saturday night? photo credit: flickr user william thomas via cc

did anyone catch the moon on Saturday night? photo credit: flickr user william thomas via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.
gesture vocab with English
This week in French: 
Grade 5/6:  Building vocabulary, showing our knowledge of the story, and working on learning our parts in the play are the big foci right now.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend. Working on small group and full-class reading, as well as answering questions based on the story.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: movie focus: Mr Lush`s 7`s are presenting their conversations about going to a movie – time, date, transportation, which film, why/why not? Lots of things to think about and expand on. Ms. Najarro`s class are starting into brainstorming vocabulary for this task. 
Grade 8:   Reading comprehension will be a focus this week, as we continue to work on the play as main text. 
Music: 8`s and Mr Lush’s 7’s will be working on some comparative listening this week; Ms Najarro’s 7’s will prep for a playing test. 5/6 and 6 will be doing some critical listening, and some sound experimatation. 
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – practices Tuesday and Thursday this week. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circumstance. Wonderland is June 14 – permission forms are here: Appendix D1 – Parent Permission For Out-of-Classroom Program 2016
 Dear band parent v2 
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:

 

May 25: HPV, Hep B vaccinations (Grade 7 and 8)

June 14: band to Wonderland

June 20-22- Grade 7/8 to Camp CanAqua

June 27: Grad (10:00 Grade 8’s vs teachers sports, 11:30 clap out, 6:30 ceremony)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Pourquoi est-ce que Rougned Odor a été suspendu pour 8 jeux?
  2. Quel film canadien a gagné le Grand Prix au festival de film à Cannes?

Website: A local feel-good story, featuring one of our own QM kids: What Kiana found

This one reinforced my feelings about Twitter as a powerful learning tool. Twitter in the classroom

Books: I was away from home part of last week, and returned to an old favourite to help me relax. I can’t say enough good things about Guy Gavriel Kay’s YA fantasy novel, Ysabel. It’s about place, and growing up and family and….it’s pretty much perfect, and it takes place in Provence in May, and you should read it. 🙂

Music: It’s getting to be dreaming of summer festival time. These 3 are at Mariposa in Orillia the 2nd weekend in July. I’d love to be there:  3 Women and the Truth.

 

 

 

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Les nouvelles – 16-20 mai

it`s that time again. Area track and field is Wednesday, May 18. photo credit: flickr user Gus Estrella via cc

it`s that time again. Area track and field is Wednesday, May 18. photo credit: flickr user Gus Estrella via cc

I can always be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm. We post what we’re learning on Edsby.
I’m Madame Noble, and I teach Core French to students in Grade 5/6-8. I also teach music (vocal and instrumental) to those classes. 
On this blog, you’ll find what we’re doing in class, important dates, permission forms/letters to download and print at home (in case they didn’t make it home in the backpack), the trivia questions the class has been challenged with each week, and some links to websites, music and books you might find interesting.
I’ve chosen to use a blog in the hopes that it will start a conversation – so please feel free to leave a comment or a questions. Let’s keep the lines of communication open.
The big goal in my classroom is being able to communicate in our second language. We do our best to speak only in French, as much as we can, and to use the vocabulary we’re learning (using the AIM approach, where there is a sign-language type action for every word we learn – I sign, and the students speak) to convey our ideas. There’s a list here of the words we start with, and a look over it, to review, or remind your children of how much they know, would be a great idea.
gesture vocab with English
This week in French: 
Grade 5/6:  Our big focus right now is reading – in small groups and as a full class, and showing our knowledge in different ways.
Grade 6: This group is getting a huge kick out of our story of a lonely frog looking for a friend. Starting to work together on small group play presentations.
Grade 7:  Lush/Najarro: movie focus: Mr Lush`s 7`s will be presenting conversations this week about going to a movie – time, date, transportation, which film, why/why not? Lots of things to think about and expand on. Ms. Najarro`s class has been working on time this week to movie into this unit.
Grade 8:  Working on choosing small groups for play presentations, showing our understanding of the story, and expanding our vocabulary.
Music: 8`s and Mr Lush’s 7’s will be working on some comparative listening this week; Ms Najarro’s 7’s will prep for a playing test. 5/6 and 6 will be doing some critical listening, and some sound experimatation. 
All signouts are now open – come up and sign our your instrument. Weekends included.
Band:  Band – practice is Friday this week. 7’s will be focusing on pomp and circumstance. Please let me know (via paper, e-mail or Edsby) if you can come to Wonderland, so we can confirm numbers before we book. Dear band parent v2 
Documents for download: 
Reminder to return your e-mail address, so I can send you the link to the blog. Thanks so much to those of you who have already done that.
intro letter 2015
instrument permission 2016
band letter 2016
Coming events:

May 17: rugby clinic (Grade 5 and up)

May 18: track and field area meet (Grade 4-8, some students)

May 19: rugby tournament (some junior and intermediate)

May 25: HPV, Hep B vaccinations (Grade 7 and 8)

Trivia Questions:

  1. Qui a gagné Eurovision 2016?
  2. Qu’est-ce qui se passe avec les Raptors?

Website:

My younger son found this and shared it this week. If you’re a fantasy geek, this will be right up your alley:

 

Books: I devoured a terrific book this week. Very character-driven, which I’m realizing is very important to me. Lots of excitement, but with an important underlying theme. Iraq/Afghanistan vet comes home with PTSD and ends up investigating the death of a fellow veteran. If urban thriller with a strong protagonist is your thing, this might be up your alley. The Drifter

Music:

While it wasn’t the winner, this was one of our faves from this year’s Eurovision competition (is there a better way to spend a rainy Saturday?)

 

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Les nouvelles – le 2 juin au 6 juin, 2014

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Our big word in terms of learning this year at QM is WHY?  (POURQUOI?) Be sure to ask your kids why they’re learning what they’re learning (and, if you like, share the conversations in the comments)

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the art show and performances at Spring Fling. It was a great evening.

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: lots of passé composé work here; our eventual goal will be creating a learning tool that other students can use to learn the topic. Ask your child about what resources they’re finding that suit their learning style.

Grade 6/7: working on some writing to describe ourselves and our interests, which fits with the CEFR goals (you can see the wheels of those goals below)

Grade 5/6: Still focusing on comprehension, and on using the vocabulary we have to help us communicate.

Grade 4:  We’ll be playing around with “phrases bizarres” this week, as well as working on comprehension strategies.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Instrumental music update: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Wonderland trip is a GO! If you wish to come with us, you need a valid police check. Departure details, soon.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

self-assessment wheels (ask your Grade 6-8 student about them)  A2 Handout – FR a1-handout-fr

Important dates:

June 9: intermediate Ultimate

June 10: junior Ultimate

June 11: band trip to Wonderland/KPREAA track meet

June 19: 7/8 Trip to Toronto

June 24: QM Grad – clap out 11:30; grad 6:30.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé (what happened) en juin, 1989, à Beijing?

2. Pourquoi est-ce que les Soeurs de Notre-Dame, à Montréal, sont très contentes?

Web:Are you someone who dreams of other places? Does the idea of traveling make your heart race with excitement? Exploring these two sites (with or without your kids) may give you a fix when the budget just won’t co-operate. Secret Door takes you places around the world, and you can happily explore (we’ve used this one in class, to describe what we see), and Map Crunch does much the same, but lets you be specific about where you want to go. Have fun!

Book: Absolutely ripped through Lauren Oliver’s “Panic” this weekend. Great YA thriller, about a dead-end town, an empathetic bunch of characters, and the dark game they get involved in one summer. Meth, tigers, and how to face your darkest fears all play a role. Definitely a beach book, despite that description.

Music: The 7/8 students are working on an assignment in music, doing an analysis of a favourite song. Here’s my most recent favourite. Can’t help but think it would make a great flash mob.

 

 

 

 

 

Les nouvelles – le 26 mai au 30 mai, 2014

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

one of the places I hope to be this summer. Where are your dreams taking you? photo credit: flickr user sachin kamdar via cc

I can be reached at lisa_noble@kprdsb.ca. I’m @nobleknits2 on Twitter, and our class hashtag is #laclasseaqm.
Our big word in terms of learning this year at QM is WHY?  (POURQUOI?) Be sure to ask your kids why they’re learning what they’re learning (and, if you like, share the conversations in the comments)

 SPRING FLING HAS MOVED TO MAY 27! Concert starts at 6:30 pm.

Class Updates:

Grade 7/8: lots of passé composé work here; our eventual goal will be creating a learning tool that other students can use to learn the topic. Ask your child about what resources they’re finding that suit their learning style.

Grade 6/7: EQAO this week, which has French on hold for the 6’s.

Grade 5/6:some disruption from EQAO here, continuing to work on comprehension strategies as a main activity.

Grade 4:  We are working on comprehension activities based on the main story. We will be dancing on stage for Spring Fling, May 27. Students need to arrive by 6:15, for the evening performance.

Gesture vocab with english 

In all classes, 10 minutes or so each day of reviewing new vocabulary at home (or review vocabulary right now) is very helpful. Let your kids teach you what they’re learning!

Instrumental music update: Every day (except Tuesdays) are open sign-out days – that means that anyone can take their instrument out after school. No class has first priority. Please encourage your child to bring their instrument home, as practice is one of the only ways to keep improving.

Permission forms have gone home for Wonderland trip for band – Cost is $60 ($31 if you have a season’s pass). We are looking for parent volunteers. Forms must be returned by Friday, May 30.

Documents for download:

intro letter and e-mail request

instrument sign-out letter

self-assessment wheels (ask your Grade 6-8 student about them)  A2 Handout – FR a1-handout-fr

Important dates:

May 26-30: EQAO, Grade 3 and 6.

May 27: Spring Fling, 6:30

June 11: band trip to Wonderland/KPREAA track meet

June 19: 7/8 Trip to Toronto

June 24: QM Grad – clap out 11:30; grad 6:30.

Trivia Questions:

1. Qui était (was) Knowlton Nash?

2. Qu’est-ce que les enseignants font en Colombie-Brittanique (B.C.) ?

Web: Star Wars fans at your house? You probably want to point them in this direction. I mean, really, who doesn’t want to be in a Star Wars movie?

Book: I freely admit I’m a sucker for a good historical romance, and the books Susanna Kearsley writes are among my favourites. I reread The Rose Garden, after finding it at the library book sale a few weeks ago, and now am ripping through Every Secret Thing, which is much more in the thriller Vein, but still has the terrific detailed history that makes Kearsley’s writing. Also looking for anybody with Steampunk suggestions that a 13 year old boy might enjoy.

Music: The Queen Mary community gathered at the Red Dog Saturday night for some great music from our community. I was amazed by the talent, and particularly by the StavelEy project. Jill sounds (to me, at least) much like Natalie Merchant of 10,000 Maniacs, but the band has a really crunchy sound.

The StavelEy project