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Friday, October 18, 2019

Dear Grade Two Families,

It’s been a productive week in Grade 2.  It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of our first quarter. Our class continues to stay focused.  It’s been a pleasure to work with these hard-working second graders!  There is a lot of news this week.  Feel free to email me if there are any questions. 

Spelling Bee

The annual spelling bee is beginning! Last year, our second graders participated and did quite well. BFS participates in the SKAC spelling bee. This year, the spelling bee is divided into different age categories:  lower elementary, grades 1-2; upper elementary, grades 3-6 and middle school, grades 7-8. We will participate in the lower elementary division. 

To help prepare for this Spelling Bee, there are practice materials for class and individual home use. Students are bringing home the word list today.  The work that we do to prepare is good vocabulary work – so all will participate in some of the classroom activities, even if they do not want to join in the spelling bee.  There is no pressure placed on students. For our young students, it should be fun and a challenge as well.


We have now finished Modules 1 and 2.  The Module 2 final test will be sent home next week. Students will have a chance to re-take the test if needed. Module 3, our next unit,  focuses on numbers, operations, and place value-value counting to 1,000. 


We will begin our science curriculum after October 25, Quarter 2.  It’s a great curriculum.  Along with the science activities that go along with our curriculum, our class will participate in the BFS Science Fair.  More information will come soon.

Dates to Remember

  • October 25 – 1st Quarter ends
    • Quarter 1 report cards sent home on Friday, November 1.
  • October 28 – 2nd Quarter begins
    • We will begin teaching Science during 2nd Quarter.
  • October 28 – class spelling bee – the results will determine who goes to the next round.

If you have any questions, please send an email to Thank you!



Ms. Cleary and Second Grade Students

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

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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