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Dear K-5 families, 

My name is Ms. Empson. I am very excited to be BFS’s K-5 Kindergarten teacher this year! I want to know ALL about your child, but first, I will tell you a few things about myself. 

I grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. I love to go back to visit and enjoy the Appalachian Mountains! I graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in education and child development. I went on to complete a teacher training program and earned a teaching license in Elementary K-6. 

This is my first year teaching at BFS. I moved to Busan from Istanbul, Turkey, where I taught for six years in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. I love teaching little learners because of the excitement they bring to learning new things! My interests, aside from education, include exploring new places, improv acting, and learning about the world.

Ms. Ji-Young is our class’s instructional assistant. Busan is her hometown. She has been living in the Philippines for the last 19 years. Ms. Ji-Young enjoys listening to music and watching movies. She is looking forward to working with our class and assisting in the children’s growth through the year.

Our goal is to build a safe and positive learning environment where students can develop a growth mindset to drive their lifelong learning journey. I want to work together as a team to make sure your child is successful this year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Ms. Empson’s email: rempson@bfs.or.kr 

I’m looking forward to an engaging, challenging, and fun year of learning!

Kind regards,

Rachael Empson

September 10th, 2021

SOME LEARNING HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK

This week was our first assembly! We got to see our school mascot Sharky and listened to the 5th graders’ presentation.

Reader’s Workshop:

  • We explored the school looking for things to read on the walls. We learned that reading can happen anywhere!
  • We continued working this week on reading pattern books. This week we did ‘private reading’ (by ourselves or with help from a teacher) and partner reading.
  • We shared ‘Wow! Pages’ in which we talked about a page that was really interesting to us with our partner.

Word Work:

  • We continued our daily work with phonemic awareness
    (the ways that sounds are put together and used in words).
    This week we worked with:
  • repeating pairs of words and indicating whether or not they rhyme;
  • identifying the beginning sound in a given word;
  • identifying the final sound in a given word;
  • breaking compound words apart into their base words;
  • adding words at the end of a given base words to create compound words;
  • removing the second base word in a compound word, leaving just the first base word;
  • replacing the second base word in a compound word to create a new compound word;
  • identifying letter names and sounds; and
  • counting the number of words in sentences.

Math:

  • We worked on:
  • chanting a rhyme to help us remember how to write numbers 0-3;
  • counting and ordering the numerals 0 to 5 to answer ‘how many’ questions

Social Studies:

  • The focus for this week was the question:
  • “How can we be a good friend?”
  • We also started the 2nd Step Program with Ms. A.-C. our counselor. We listened to a story which helped us better understand how to do our best during circle time.

REMINDER

  • On Friday, September 17th, students and teachers are invited to wear a Hanbok to celebrate Chuseok. 

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday

13 September

DAY C

Please have your child return in their ‘library book’ bag books previously checked out from the library.

Morning Special:  Library

Afternoon Special:  Art

 
Tuesday

14 September

DAY D

Children should wear their P.E. uniforms today.

Morning Special:  P.E.

Afternoon Special:  Art

 
Wednesday

15 September

DAY E

Please have your child return in their ‘library book’ bag books previously checked out from the library.

Morning Special:  Maker Space

Afternoon Special:  Language

Thursday

16 September

DAY F

Please have your child return in their ‘library book’ bag books previously checked out from the library.

Morning Special:  Library

Afternoon Special:  Language

Friday

17 September

DAY A

Children should wear their P.E. uniforms today.

Morning Special:  P.E.

Afternoon Special:  Music

ON THE HORIZON

  • September 20 ~ 22 – Chuseok (No School)
  • September 23 – School Resumes

Ms. Empson’s email: rempson@bfs.or.kr

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