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Happy Chuseok! As we prepare for the holiday, we are thankful for the family, friends, and loved ones who inspire, love, and cheer us on. This week, we witnessed how fortunate we are by talking with Mr. Jordan Hattar, the founder and director of Help4Refugees, about the current situation with Syrian refugees in Jordan. Real connections between classroom topics and current events makes history real and pragmatic. We left Mr. Haddar’s conversation feeling inspired to share that the events in Syria happen to everyday families and friends no different from ours; perfect example to demonstrate how we can be socially conscious.

Students went into elementary classes to share how BFS students can help.

Bake Sales
Thursday, Oct. 5th
Wednesday, Oct. 11th
Baked goods, cooked goods, store bought goods are all welcome. Any amount would be greatly welcome in achieving our goal. If you are interested in participating, here is a google doc where you can write your child’s name and the name and quantity of goods your child will bring. The document for both bake sale dates is attached here.

BFS Elementary Walkathon – Thursday, Oct. 12 (only students)
Community Walkathon at the Reservoir – Sunday, October 15th, 3-4PM (students and families). More information to follow.

This extraordinary event is a moment for our children to be active communicators in advocating for others less fortunate, hard-working to raise funds for refugees, and being socially conscious towards others.

I wish you all a relaxing, peaceful, and fun-filled holiday break! Enjoy!

Most sincerely,
Mr. H

Reading Workshop

Learning Objective: To make connections to the story, identify symbolism, and share opinions on the events and characters in the story. 

Summary: Students continue reading Home of the Brave. We compared and contrasted optimism and pessimism between Kek and Gangwar. We also made connections between Kek’s experiences and ours with working, visiting Lou at the farm, and what he will do next.

Writing Workshop

Learning Objective: To understand and practice editing circles. 

Summary: Students practiced reading their classmates’ writing and editing each other’s writing.


Learning Objective: To explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.

Summary: Students are practicing multiplication and division with decimal numbers and comparing the patterns of zeros when multiplying or dividing. 

Social Studies & Science

Social Studies

Learning Objective:To understand how language, geography, politics, ethnic background, and culture impact countries and their citizens. 

Summary: Students are learning about the Syrian conflict (politics) along with China and the Philippines (Spratly Islands-geography and natural resources), Rwanda (Hutus and Tutsis), and Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Students will begin their case study investigation when we return from Chuseok.


Reading – 20 minutes 

Math – IXL – C1-3

LA – IXL – TT1-2

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events 

Bake Sale – Thursday, October 5th and Wednesday, October 11th. – Feel free to send some items for Grade 5 to sell. All proceeds go to Help4refugees.

Walkathon at Home – How about taking some time for fresh air? Or catching up about your child’s day? While you’re at it, how about pledging some time to walk while helping a great cause. All proceeds go to Help4refugees. 

Community Walkathon – Oct. 15th from 3-4PM @ the Reservoir


Friday, October 6th – Week 5 Spelling Quiz 

Vocabulary Theme Vegetables –  No vocabulary for this week.

Dear Fifth Grade Community, 

I am excited to welcome you to 5th grade at Busan Foreign School.  We have an exciting year ahead of us.  To begin, my name is Andrew Hernandez, but I will go by Mr. H. This is my second year at BFS and my fourth year teaching 5th grade. I am originally from San Diego, California and consider myself a global citizen working and living in places like Egypt, Albania, and Korea. When I am not teaching, you will find me taking walks with my family, heading to the movies, or listening to classical and pop. 

I feel honored for the opportunity to teach your child this year. I truly enjoy working with fifth graders; this year is the culmination of elementary education. It is my goal for every child to reach their maximum potential socially and academically. With your support, we can ensure continuous collaboration at home and school. I will keep you informed on a weekly basis about fifth grade learning so you are in the loop of all the exciting learning experiences happening in our classroom. 

Please keep updated with any news from BFS and my newsletter to keep apprised of any important school matters or updates.  However, if you have any questions, concerns, or anything important you would like me to know regarding your child, please don’t hesitate to contact me on Bloomz or by email I strive to reply to correspondence within 24 hours. 

Looking forward to an amazing school year!


Most Sincerely, 

Mr. Hernandez (Mr. H)

Andrew Hernandez – 5th Grade Teacher (

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