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Friday, September 20, 2019

Dear Second Grade Families,

Welcome back! Students excitedly greeted their classmates as they returned on Monday.
Also, it has been a very productive week in each of our subject areas! Everyone came back ready to work.  Wonderful!

Literacy and Social Studies

This week, we read from our Social Studies textbook.  We also began some very basic note-taking by talking about and recording the main idea of each section.
We call these “four-square notes” because they are written in each of the squares of a piece of A4 paper which is folded into fourths. As a class, we write notes together.  

To also help students understand the concepts we are reading about, our class has been creating little murals, out of cut paper.
Each group of students worked on a different part of the mural.  For example, one group created a poster explaining the meaning of the word Geography.
Other murals were: mountains and valleys, rivers and lakes, continents and oceans.


We completed Module 1 and took our final test today.  It was a short test and we did our practice for it in class.  If students score lower than 80%, they will have an opportunity to re-take the test.
Next week, students will bring home their tests.  If they need to re-take it, we will have some practice time in class as well as another study guide.  The important part is that students are given opportunities to practice so they are understanding and learning these important concepts.


I look forward to meeting with you next week for Parent/Teacher conferences! It is always a pleasure meeting and speaking with families.  


Please contact me with any questions at



Ms. Cleary and Second Grade Students

September 2019 Specialists Calendar

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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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