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Monday, December 17th, 2018


Dear Grade 2 Families,

This is our last Newsletter of 2018.  It is hard to believe the passage of time.  I am so happy to be here at BFS and to be working with your children.  They are enthusiastic and engaged.  They ask wonderful questions and take the initiative to find answers.   I look forward to our work in the New Year!

Science Fair and Navy Read-Aloud

What a wonderful few days we had!  It is always a good time when parents come to school to participate in the sharing of student projects.  Our class worked very hard on collecting leaves and other plant debris to study what may be living there.  We soaked all in water and then waited.  Sure enough, there were live organisms.  Further study introduced us to the concept of microorganisms; life so small a microscope is needed.  This work helped us answer the essential question: How do plants and animals depend on each other? We thank Mr. Cressy for his guidance. 

Math Test

Yesterday, students took their Module 3 test.  It will be coming home tomorrow for you to see. Due to the time of year, the re-test will not be scheduled until after the holiday break. We will review and study and practice together.  It will be a good warm-up and review of our work. We will then move on to Module 4.  

The January Specialists Calendar is included in this week’s newsletter.

We wish you a wonderful holiday break.  Hoping that all enjoy time with family and friends.

See you in 2019!


Ms.Cleary and Second Grade Students

ES Specialist Calendar January 2019

At this point, the teacher does not need additional supplies!

Dear Second Grade Families,

My name is Ms. Cleary and I am excited to welcome you to our second grade classroom. Here at Busan Foreign School, we have been busily preparing for our work together this year. There are new books and stories to read and explore. We will continue to build our writing skills as we create stories, write about what we are reading and even write about our work in mathematics. In mathematics throughout the year, we will learn about multiplication, division, fractions and geometry. These are just a few things that we will be learning about and exploring in second grade!

I am looking forward to meeting you! Until then, here are a few things about myself. My hometown is in Seattle, Washington which is located in the Northwest corner of the United States. I have been an elementary school teacher for over thirty years, teaching first through fifth grades. Besides being a teacher, I am also interested in outdoor activities such as running, hiking and skiing.

Besides the work we do with academics, we will spend time getting to know one another and building a supportive classroom culture. Our room will be a place where we work together to build a community which supports each member and provides opportunities for all to grow as learners.

The beginning of the new school year is a wonderful time. I am very excited to meet you and begin our work together. If you have questions, you may email me at


Ms. Cleary

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