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Friday, December 6th, 2019h, 2019

Dear Second Grade Families,

This is a great time of year.  Fun activities and a concert are scheduled for the next few weeks.  Dates and times are included at the end of the Newsletter. Have a wonderful weekend!


     This week, students continued using place value materials to build numbers in the hundreds.  At this time, students have transitioned to using place value disks. As I’ve mentioned before the disks are more abstract than the place value materials.  This prepares students for moving to the addition and subtraction algorithm. 

     I wanted to let you know that I still have the mid-Module 3 review quiz.  I apologize for not sending it home this week as intended. We will be using it for planning and goal setting. 

Literacy: Writing and Reading

     One of the important things that we work on during our writing sessions is for students to feel like writers and to enjoy writing.  It is important that they feel comfortable using writing as a way to explain their thoughts, share ideas and their understanding of their world.  Writing in all areas of the curriculum is important.  They learn how to write for different purposes.

     We are also continuing our focus on writing mechanics.  Punctuation and the use of capital letters are improving bit by bit as we practice and correct our writing.  We are now learning to recognize and use grammar correctly as well. These skills take time and practice. They are working hard at it! 

     Our students are also working hard as readers! We began new book groups in the past two weeks.  We continue to learn about characters and how they solve problems.  Reading has also been in the content area of Science.  Next week, we will write another set of four-square notes to help with understanding the content and to practice beginning note-taking.


     We will be finishing up our units as the quarter draws to a close.  Our final topic for this quarter will be the concept of matter.  There are some fun experiments to help students understand that everything is made of matter!

Coming Events

  • December 11 – Gruffalo Performance and Elementary Science Fair 
    • Second Grade Gruffalo reader’s theatre performance – 2:15 in the Auditorium
    • Science Fair – 2:30-3:30 in the gym (right after the reader’s theatre performance)
  • December 17 – Elementary Winter Concert @ 6PM in BFS Gym
  • December 20 – Second quarter ends.
  • December 23 – Winter Break begins
  • Report cards sent home 

As always, if there are any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Ms. Cleary and Second Grade Students

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Dear Second Grade Families,

My name is Ms. Kim 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 to read and explore. We will continue to build our writing skills as we create stories and practice taking research notes. Our mathematics curriculum includes learning about addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and geometry.  These are just a few of the wonderful things that we will be learning about and exploring in second grade.

I am looking forward to meeting you! Until then, here is a little bit of information about myself. My hometown is in Seattle, Washington, which is located in the Northwest corner of the United States. I have two wonderful children and three grandchildren that I love to spend time with. In my home state of Washington, there are many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, exploring and skiing. 

Along with our academic work, we will spend time getting to know one another and work to build a supportive classroom culture that provides opportunities for all students 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, please feel free to email me at  


Ms. Cleary

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