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Monday, February 10th, 2020

Dear Second Grade Families,

     It is so good to see more and more of our students back to school this week! Glad that everyone is beginning to feel better.  

     This month we will be preparing to host the next Elementary Morning Meeting (formerly called Student of the Month assembly). Our students will do the planning and then be the leaders and presenters.  They are excited!


     For the past two weeks, we have added Module 6 to our weekly math lessons.  Module 6 is focused mostly on beginning multiplication and division. During this Module, students will work with the concept of equal groups, creating arrays and labeling them.  Our homework assignments for the past two weeks have mostly been from Module 6 as well.

     We will also continue with Modules 4 and 5, which are adding and subtracting with borrowing and carrying. We will be reviewing place value as part of this study as students learn and practice the mechanics of regrouping. This will continue to be a large focus of our math instruction throughout the rest of the school year. 

Literacy: Reading and Writing – across the curriculum

     Students are continuing to do a great job of reading non-fiction.  Soon, they will be using these skills for another report writing experience! This will be our second written report.  This week, students will choose a topic that goes along with our current social Studies unit. They will then begin to read and take notes about their topic as well.   

     Along with their non-fiction reading, students will have a fiction reading assignment. They will focus on characters and how they change over time. 

Social Studies

     We continue our study of community, which is the focus of Social Studies instruction in second grade.  One of the social studies topics we work on as part of community, is geography. Last week, we created  a bulletin board featuring different landforms such as: mountains and valleys, oceans and rivers, buttes and mesas.  We will use this information to help with our mapping work as well.  

Have a wonderful week! If there are any questions, please feel free to email 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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