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Last updated May 9, 2018.

It All Begins With Hopes and Dreams

During the first week of school, students will be talking about their hopes and dreams. This will help us set goals for the year and will give the rules that we make as a class more meaningful because they will help us to achieve these goals. Each week students make a hope for what they will achieve or work on for the week.

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For the most up-to-date and more detailed information about what we are working on in the classroom, please check the lesson plans on renweb.

Literacy: We’re learning more strategies that we can use while reading any type of book. Our current unit focuses on fluency, phonics, and comprehension. Students are doing three reading jobs independently or with a partner. Students are doing read-to-self (once a week, this includes picking new books from the classroom library), read-to-someone, and listening. Ask your child to tell you about their reading jobs! Also during literacy time, students do word work building phonics and spelling skills based on their current level and needs.

Writing: We wrote our opinions about books that we’ve read. We’ve published our book reviews online! Go check them out! We’re currently writing realistic fiction.

Math: We’re learning about adding within ten and how to do math stations so that we soon do independent work to build their addition fact fluency and do guided math to develop new skills.

Social Studies: We’re learning about getting along with others.

Picking good fit books

Students will use this strategy for picking good fit books from our classroom library or “Book Nook”. This will ensure that they are reading a book that will challenge them, but not to the point of frustration.


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Purpose – Students should ask themselves why they are reading a book.

Interest- Students should ask themselves whether they are interested in a topic, author, or theme.

Comprehension – Students should ask themselves if they can understand the meaning of the text.

Know – Students should ask themselves if they know MOST (95%+) of the words.

New Words

We are always learning new words! Some are words that are introduced as part of a lesson, while others pop up while we are reading or discussing. I will list them here. With the newest words a the top of the list.

content – what is inside something

feminism – the belief that men and women are equal.

fluency – the ability to do something quickly and easily

sum – the answer to an addition sentence

addend – a number that is added in an addition sentence (equation)

stamina – being able to do something for a long time

collaboration – working together

Snacktime Reminder

Students perform better when they have good food in their bodies. Please try to send your student with a simple, healthy snack that they can enjoy in the afternoon.  This extra nutrition can help their brains and bodies do their best in the late afternoon and during after school activities.


Upcoming Dates

  • August 15: No School – Independence Day

Please remember students should wear their PE clothes and PE appropriate shoes on PE days. Even if PE is on a Friday (which is normally casual dress day) students still need to wear their PE uniform.

● On our first day of school first grade will have computer science and music.

● We will have a student teacher through August! His name is Mr. Cassel.

● Each day remember to bring a healthy snack to have in the afternoon.

● All BFS sweaters and sweatshirts should be labeled with your child’s name.

Please keep 1 extra set of clothes (including socks and underwear) in a ziplock bag in your child’s backpack all year incase of any accidents.

Required Personal Supplies (Please label each with your child’s name)

● 1 pack of washable markers

● 1 water bottle

● 1 pencil eraser

● 1 pack of crayons (NO oil pastels)


Helpful Resources


Class Dojo is where I will update parents on student behaviors.  I’ll mostly be letting you know about their positive behaviors such as helping classmates. There will also be information on areas where they need to set goals, such as staying on task.  I will also try post many photos and videos throughout the year so you can get a look inside our classroom.

Raz-Kids is where students will be reading each night. Students can read a story, listen to a story and answer questions about a story. Ideally students should do all 3 for at least one story a night.

Log in information coming soon.


Sumdog is a fun math game site. Students can practice their math skills while playing games, earning points, and competing against friends.

Log in information coming soon.


GoNoodle’s movement videos and games help to keep us moving inside the classroom. It makes it easy to be active, the kid way – silly, energetic, playful, and fun!

Counting by 1’s

Common core standard: Extend the counting sequence (Count to 120, starting at any number less than 120).

Counting down

We’ve been practicing counting down in preparation for subtraction.

Counting by 2’s

Common core standard: Add and subtract within 20 (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).


Common core standard: Add and subtract within 20.

Place Value

Common Core Standard: Understand place value


Phonics are the building blocks for literacy so we like to review with these videos.

Common core standard: Phonological Awareness

Sight word playlist

English Language Learners

These videos are for students that are just beginning to learn English.


Classroom Vocabulary

Actions Words 1

Action Words 2

House Vocabulary

Dear first grade family,

Hello and welcome to first grade! My name is Miss Sterr. I am beyond thrilled  that I get the opportunity to teach your child this year. It is going to be a year  full of adventures, challenges, success, hard work, fun, and oh so much  learning. I cannot wait to work with you to help your child succeed. It is going  to be a wonderful year. I want to get to know you, but first I want to tell you  about myself.

I come from a small town in Southeastern Wisconsin, USA. I have been  working with primary-age students for the past 8 years as a photographer,  tutor, Au Pair, and teacher. I most recently taught in Doha, Qatar. I have lived  abroad in Italy, Czech Republic, Qatar, and now South Korea.

From the moment I first heard about Busan Foreign School, I knew I wanted  to work here. This is my third year teaching at BFS. In my free time, I enjoy  running, hiking, exploring, traveling, problem solving, decorating and playing  with my cat, Buchy.

I am going to work my hardest to make sure this year is a year filled with  discovery and growth. I strive to make our classroom a safe, fun, and  structured place. It is very important to me to have a strong classroom  community where students are respectful and accepting of their peers.

Again, I am extremely excited to get to work with you and your family this  year. If you need to get ahold of me for any reason please contact me  through class dojo or email me at I will try my best to reply to  any messages within 24 hours.


Miss Sterr

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