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May 4th, 2022


We continue with Unit 2 in phonics, with its focus on solidifying students’ ability to blend, segment, and manipulate sounds and parts of words, as well as continuing its work with connecting phonological awareness and listening to phonemes, reading and writing words, and developing skills in phonics, mostly in the context of multisyllabic words. We continue to work especially on improving our knowledge and use of spelling patterns when we write, as well as using correct letter formation.

These are links to Sessions 6 and 7 in Unit 2 which we worked with in class:

Children can also review them at home to reinforce learning.

Username:  GR2BFS

Password:  gus4us

In writing we have been reviewing everything we have been learning this year to make our writing better and stronger. In particular, we have been reviewing and practicing skills for writing about non-fiction books, as well as skills for writing personal narratives. In their personal narratives, the children have been working on adding lots of details and sensory words to make really strong descriptions of the settings and characters in their stories. Each child has a writing tools binder and a ‘snap words’ book. If there is a word a child wants to write that they don’t yet know how to write, once they have figured out how to write it, they add it to their ’snap words’ book, so in the future they can refer to the book and spell it in a ‘snap.’

    • What is this book about? Why might it be important for you to learn about this?
    • What are the main ideas presented in the book?
    • How does the author elaborate on those ideas?
    • How does the author organize the information in the book?
    • How does the author use graphics, photos, tables, and charts in the book to help teach?
    • How does the author emphasize or teach new vocabulary?


In reading, in addition to reading independently, we have been working in small groups with Ms. Gleb and Mr. Ehrke discussing books to further develop our comprehension skills.

These are some of the questions we regularly discuss about the books we have read:

  • What is the genre of this book?
  • What does the writer to do make the book more interesting?
  • What connections can you make between the book and your own life?

Then for FICTION books these questions are particularly relevant:

  • What is the setting of the story and who are the characters?
  • What are the important events that happened in the story?
  • What problems developed in the story? How were they resolved?
  • What life lessons were there in the story?
  • What did you notice about how the author told the story?
  • What does the writer do to keep you interested in reading the story?

And for NON-FICTION these questions are particularly relevant:

  • What is this book about? Why might it be important for you to learn about this?
  • What are the main ideas presented in the book?
  • How does the author elaborate on those ideas?
  • How does the author organize the information in the book?
  • How does the author use graphics, photos, tables, and charts in the book to help teach?
  • How does the author emphasize or teach new vocabulary?

In math, we finished our work with Module 6 on ‘Foundations of Multiplication and Division’ and have moved on to Module 7, ‘Problem Solving with Length, Money and Data,’ and Module 8, ‘Time, Shapes, and Fractions as Equal Parts of Shapes.’ We are working on these two modules concurrently. Module 7 provides students with opportunities to apply, practice, and solidify their understanding of addition and subtraction strategies within 100. Students also further develop their problem-solving skills as they work with various types of units within the contexts of length, money, and data. In Module 8 students extend their understanding of part-whole relationships through geometry. Composing and decomposing shapes helps students to develop an understanding of unit fractions (fractions with one in the numerator) as equal parts of the whole. Further information on each of these modules can be found in the ‘Parent Tips and Guide’ for each of the modules that has been sent home in your child’s take-home folder. Also, exercises and activities for all the modules we have worked on in math this year are available in IXL, so please continue to have your child log on regularly to work on developing and solidifying their understanding of the skills in all these areas.

We continue in our science unit on ‘Matter and Its Properties.’ The children have been learning about how materials are used for a variety of purposes, and how the uses of a particular material are related to its properties. Some properties may make the material suitable for a particular purpose, whereas others may make it unsuitable for that purpose. We have also been exploring how engineers explore ways to use materials in new and different ways, how materials can be reused, and how materials’ shapes can be changed. Some changes to the shapes of materials are reversible and some are not.





09 May


Start working at home on this week’s ‘no-excuses’ spelling words (listed in the column to the right). These are words your child needs to know how to spell correctly with
‘no excuses’ for not knowing how to spell themMorning Special:  P.E.

Afternoon Special:  Language


10 May


     Morning Special:  Maker Space

Afternoon Special:  Language


11 May


Please have your child return their library books previously checked out from the library.

Morning Special:  Library

Afternoon Special:  Music


12 May


     Morning Special:  P.E.

Afternoon Special:  Music


13 May


Friday Spelling Test for this week’s words

Morning Special:  Maker Space

Afternoon Special:  Art



Thu 26 May

Fri 27 May

Wed 01 June

Mon 06 June

Thu 09 June

Fri 10 June

Korean Uniform Provider Visit

5:00 p.m. | EC+ES Spring Concert and Arts/Makerspace Showcase

Election Day (Normal School Day)
Spring Band Concert

Memorial Day (Normal School Day)

Quarter 4 Ends

Last Day of School
Quarter 4 Report Cards Sent Home
12:00 p.m. Dismissal | Summer Break Begins

Dear Grade 2 Families,

Welcome to our Grade 2 class at Busan Foreign School! I am excited about working with

the Grade 2 children this coming school year to continue supporting them on their learning journey. My goal is to provide the most enriching and nurturing environment I can. For the children in our class who were enrolled at BFS in Kindergarten, I will be their teacher again as I taught them in Kindergarten two years ago. For the children who have joined BFS since then, I am very much looking forward to getting to know them also.

This is my third year teaching at BFS. Two years ago I moved to Korea from China, where I had taught in the elementary school at the International School of Beijing for the previous fifteen years. I have also lived and taught in San Jose, California; Vancouver, Canada; Singapore; and St. Paul, Minnesota. I am originally from Minnesota, where as a child I lived on a dairy farm which supplied milk to a farmers’ cooperative that manufactured cheese. My interests, in addition to education, include cooking, computers, books, music, walking, and swimming.

I will be involving your child in many different learning experiences aimed at further

developing language, reading, writing, and mathematical skills, as well as with exploring

concepts in science and social studies. In addition your child will work regularly with other teachers at BFS in physical education, design, library, music, visual arts, and language. I am looking forward to a stimulating and fun-filled year!

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me:

School E-Mail:

The student information form I am sending home in your child’s take-home folder on the

first day of school will help me get acquainted with your child and will help me understand your child’s individual needs and personality. Please complete the form at your earliest convenience and return it to me in the take-home folder.

I am looking forward to a wonderful year together with you and your child!


Mark Ehrke

Mr. Ehrke’s email:

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