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Reading: Sight words have been updated and will be checked every other Monday. We’ve focused on asking ourselves, “Does that make sense?” when stuck on tricky words.

Writing: Please mark your calendars for March 22nd. We will have our Author Celebration for our How-to Writing Unit. We continue to work on procedural writing as well as discussing what we might be able to explain

Math: We continue to look at subtraction/addition. Ask your child about our Addition Song. It begins with, “When you add, when you add…” We worked on some fun Valentine’s addition problems this week. They’ll be coming home next week.

Social Studies: We are looking at where we live in the world and on the map. Reading maps, learning the city and country where we live is all part of it. Fun!

“Word Work Words” also known as Spelling words will start coming home on Monday. I’m adding directions and will have a Workshop offered on Thursday, February 21stat 3:40pm. I will demonstrate what it might look like when you practice at home.


  • March 7th:Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • March 8th:Parent Teacher Conferences (no school)
  • March March 22nd- Author Celebration at 2:30pm in the K-5 classroom


  • Read to your child as often as possible
  • Practice sight words daily

Keep 1 extra set of clothes (including socks and underwear) in a ziplock bag in your child’s backpack all year in case of any wet clothing (seasonally appropriate).

Please send 1 labeled toothbrush, 1 plastic toothbrush cup, and 1 tube of toothpaste labeled with your child’s name.

Also, please send a small and quick healthy snack for morning time.

  • 1 filled water bottle (taken home daily)
  • 1 pack of washable markers
  • 1 pack of Dry-Erase Expo Markers
  • 1 pair of school scissors


Dear Kindergarten Families,

Welcome to Kindergarten! My name is Jasenka Besic and I will be your child’s Kindergarten teacher. I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in K-2 and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Oglethorpe University. Additionally, I have completed my gifted certification from the state of Georgia. I am excited to join the Busan Foreign School staff for my ninth year of teaching! Some of my teaching experience includes teaching in the United States, Senegal, most recently in the Czech Republic, and now South Korea. In my spare time, I can be found hiking, scrapbooking, learning new languages, and traveling.

Next week will complete one of the most important milestones of his or her life–the first official day of kindergarten! I am looking forward to working with you and your child in reaching their full potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead. I believe that communication is the key to a great parent-teacher relationship. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can email me at ​​. I will try my best to respond to any messages within 24 hours.

Each child will be given a “M.O.N.K.E.Y. folder,” that stands for My Organizational Notebook Keeping Everyone informed for the Year. This folder will be sent home each night. Please empty with your child and make sure you initial. This will provide an excellent opportunity for your child to tell you about his/her day and explain what we learned about in the classroom. The folder should accompany your child back to school each day.

Please feel free to participate in your child’s kindergarten year as much as you are able. Helping hands are always welcomed. Whether it is reading a story to the class, practicing sight words with a student, or any other participation–your child will be greatly impacted. I hope to be a guide and mentor to your child this year as they embark on a learning journey filled with excitement, challenges, and many learning opportunities. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year with you and your child!


Jasenka Besic

2018- Aug.24

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2018 - Aug.17

Dear Kindergarten Parents,

It has been a busy week here in Kindergarten! We have been working on routines such as practicing how to line up, walking in the hallway, transitioning from one activity to another, and getting to know one another. Our Classroom Promise has been completed and each child has signed it. Please help support the language at home:

We promise to be good listeners.

We will always follow directions.

We will work hard every day.

We will be kind to each other.

We will have fun learning!

I have started assessments and will have more information to share once those have been completed in 1-2 weeks. The first homework assignment went home on Thursday, August 16th, 2018. Please find the “All About Me Bag” in your child’s blue folder and send in the items by Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jasenka Besic

Ms. Besic’s email:

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