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Weekly News

January 25 ~ 27

Welcome back! So glad everyone enjoyed their 4 day break. It was wonderful to hear about the different travels, playdates, parties, and more.
A special thank you to parents and guardians who generously shared food for our fraction party. Feel free to quiz your child on comparing fractions as well as why fractions must have the same denominator to add/subtract. We have some fraction experts in the class!

Reading Workshop

Learning Objective: To identify a claim and support/refute it with reasons supported with logical, emotional, and character-driven evidence.

Summary: Students read different articles (banning cells in classrooms, saving pennies, protecting the Arctic), chose a claim and supported their claim with reasons and evidence from the articles. Students presented and shared their information in debate style groups.

Writing Workshop

Learning Objective: To identify common traits of memoirs: personal stories, essays, and personal narratives.

Summary: Students brainstormed their own personal experiences and described the events and themes of those moments. We continued writing them and will eventually write a personal memoir.


Learning Objective: To understand and make equivalent fractions and add/subtract fractions with unlike denominators. To compare and contrast fractions based on the numerator and denominator.

Summary: Students continued reviewing their knowledge of fractions by drawing fractions, adding like and unlike denominators, and using a rectangular fractional model to visually demonstrate addition with unlike fractions. We also used visual examples with our class Fraction Party to demonstrate why we can not add or subtract unlike denominators.

Social Studies / Science

Learning Objective:To investigate the causes of the American Civil War beginning from the creation of the Constitution. 

Summary: Students continued to examine how booming industry, westward exploration, agricultural booms, the slave trade, and sectionalism kindled the fires of the Civil War.


Reading – 20 minutes

Math -IXL K4-5, K8, K11
News Reports – Presentations

Upcoming Events

Tuesday – First Debate (Reading and Writing)
Wednesday – Math Mid Unit Assessment

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 first year at BFS and my third 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. 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 at I strive to reply to correspondence within 24 hours. 


Looking forward to an amazing school year! 


Most Sincerely, 


Mr. Hernandez (Mr. H)

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