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Friday, May 24th, 2019


Dear Grade 2 Families,

The weather is beautiful and I’ve enjoyed my wanderings around the beach.  This is such a beautiful area!


Our reading and writing work continues to be centered around Science.  We are continuing our study of various materials and their uses.  We’ve been building and creating using paper, small cardboard boxes and so forth.  Also, students are continuing note-taking practice as they read their Science textbook. Students read a section, then write down key details in their own words and define any vocabulary words.

This week, students received their last ‘book bag books’ reading work.  These are the little books, at their reading level, that are stored in zip locks. Students spend time each day reading them.  They really enjoy these bags full of books!

Finally, as writers, we continue to work on poetry writing. Students really do enjoy this genre! We’ve added procedure writing to our writing practice this week as well.  So far, our class has chosen something they know how to do very well and then wrote out all of the steps of ‘how to’.

These second graders are enthusiastic about writing in all of its forms. We also continue to talk about conventions of English writing such as paragraphs and punctuation.


Our last study in science is about the earth and its surface.  This study will include looking at the continents, oceans and other features that make up the land of Earth!  Mystery Doug and it’s new companion program, Mystery Science are also part of our science study each day.  Mystery Science is a new program.  It involves going a little deeper into the science concepts being taught by Mystery Doug.  They include wonderful projects 


The two math concepts being taught are equal grouping and geometry. Word problems are a part of these studies as well. Next week, we will take our Module tests in both areas.  Study guides will be created by students as usual.

If there are any questions, please feel free to email.  Have a great weekend!


Ms. Cleary and Grade 2 Students

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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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