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Newsletter 2019/20 Term 3 Week 5

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Dear Parents,

I am pleased to have the sound of a clamor of little voices around the school building this week as the F 1-2 and Year 1-2 students returned to in-class learning. The students have shown great resilience in adapting to the new schooling situation and I am happy to report that the short week went ahead without incident.

 

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Year 3-4 to Start In-class Learning from Wednesday 3 June

 On a similar note, the Year 3-4 students will be returning to school from Wednesday 3 June to resume their in-class learning. I would like to include this reminder to parents to return the school equipment and resources with their child on the day. The bus will be operating as normal in the mornings and afternoons, so please be at the bus stop with your child at the regularly scheduled time for the bus to collect them. Please also ensure that your child is wearing a face mask for their first day of school. Masks are mandatory for all staff and children and, upon arrival at the school, HFS will provide 2 reusable fabric masks for your child which should be taken home and labeled clearly with their name. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard.

 

Learning Materials Delivery for Year 3-9

 This afternoon HFS will deliver learning materials with the school bus for Year 3-9 students for next week’s online learning. The school bus will depart the school at 3:45 pm and follow the afternoon school bus route and schedule displayed below. Please be at your designated stop at the scheduled time to collect your child’s learning materials.

1. Hyundai Foreign School     3:45 PM
2. Santevill 115 – 111     3:47 PM
3. E Pyeonhan 103 – 115     3:56 PM
4. Prugio 110 – I Park 107     3:58 PM
5. Ulsan College Back Gate     4:03 PM
6. Bangeojin Foreign Apartment     4:15 PM
7. SMS Residence     4:22 PM

 

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mr. Kearney

 

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 3 Week 4

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Dear Parents,

 

I am pleased that HFS will be reopening for in-class teaching in its first stage next week. While we are facing a challenging and unprecedented situation in terms of how we approach schooling, I would like to assure all parents that the staff at HFS are well prepared in dealing with this “new-normal”. I am certain that if all the protocols are adhered to, we should overcome this trial by working together.

 

 

Disclaimer Regarding Reopening of the School

 

In last week’s newsletter, the HFS Covid-19 Protocol for Reopening the school was outlined and a hardcopy was sent to parents. I do hope that you have taken time to familiarize yourself with the procedures and measures that were explained in the notification. HFS requires all parents to read and agree to a disclaimer regarding the measures that will be put in place to ensure that the school is a safe and hygienic place of teaching and learning for all. Please click here to complete the form and submit your response by no later than Tuesday 26 May. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

 

 

FS 1-2 and Year 1-2 to Start In-class Learning from Wednesday 27 May

 

The school has been far too quiet until now and I will be happy to see the school once again be active with early years and year 1-2 students from Wednesday 27 May. The school bus will be in operation in the morning and the afternoon as per the regular schedule. If you have signed up for your child to take the school bus but prefer not to use it for any reason, please inform the school admin office. Parents are reminded to send all material and equipment to school with their child on the first day of learning to use in class. The school will provide students with 2 sealed, reusable facemasks but parents are required to send their child to school with a face mask until students can receive their allocated masks. Parents must label the masks clearly with their child’s name after receiving them on the first day so that no student uses another child’s mask.

 

 

Learning Materials Delivery

 

This afternoon HFS will once again send the silver school van to deliver learning materials for next week’s online learning. The van will depart the school at 3:30 pm and follow the regular school bus route. Please be at your designated stop at the scheduled time to collect your child’s learning materials.

 

 

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 3 Week 3

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HFS Reopening for Regular Classes in Stages

I am happy to report the positive news that HFS will be reopening for regular in-class teaching and learning according to the following stages as stipulated by the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education (Ulsan MOE). Please ensure that your child attends school for their class from the dates listed below. The school bus will be in operation from Wednesday 27 May following the regular route and schedule. There will be no after school club activities until further notice but the library will be open from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm should parents wish to bring their child to borrow books. Please note that children may not stay in the library unless they are borrowing books.

  • Wednesday 27 May: FS 1-2 / Year 1-2 Classes
  • Wednesday 03 June: Year 3-4 Class
  • Monday 08 June: Year 5-9 Class

These dates are based on the official announcement made yesterday by the Ulsan MOE in the wake of the recent resurgence of infected cases. I must stress that these dates may be subject to change depending on developments and recommendations from the Ulsan MOE. I am glad that regular classes will resume soon. In accordance with guidelines from the Ulsan MOE and to ensure that the school is a safe and hygienic place of teaching and learning, I would like to assure all parents that HFS will be instituting strict protocols which you can view by clicking here. All parents, staff and students will be expected to read and follow these protocols to make sure that the virus is not spread in the school and they will be in place until such a time as it is deemed safe to ease them. Your understanding and cooperation in this situation is appreciated.

 

Contact Form Update

It has been brought to my attention that a number of parents’ contact numbers and email addresses are no longer valid and they are not receiving the regular updates and communiques from the school. If your email address or contact number changes please notify the admin office at admin@hyundaiforeignschool.com and provide them with the most up to date contact information so that they may add it to the HFS Contact Form. It is vital that you are able to receive important notifications from the school. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

 

Learning Materials Delivery

This afternoon HFS will once again send the silver school van to deliver learning materials for next week’s online learning. The van will depart the school at 3:30 pm and follow the regular school bus route. Please be at your designated stop at the scheduled time to collect your child’s learning materials.

 

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 3 Week 2

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Dear Parents,

The weather is getting warmer as we head into Summer. There are a few items that I would like to share with you in this week’s newsletter.

 

Reopening of School

We are all eager to have the school reopen as soon as possible and have teaching and learning return to regular, in-class normalcy. Following the MoE’s recent announcement of the guideline on re-opening of the schools in Korea, we have been in consultation with the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education and when we receive their feedback, we will communicate it to you in the course of next week the exact date that the school will reopen once it is confirmed. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard.

 

Wizard of Oz at the Dongrami Theater

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I am pleased that the Dongrami theater production of The Wizard of Oz could go ahead despite the current situation. Well done to our Year 3-4 students Anna Julia and Chris for confidently performing their roles as Tin-Man and the Wizard (Also Munchkin and Magic Monkey) respectively.

 

Lois and Jeremy’s Birthday

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A number of special days to celebrate this week. Today it is Lois Ha-Won Lee’s birthday and yesterday it was Jeremy Philip’s birthday. To both of you, happy birthday from HFS and we hope you both could make it memorable and celebrate in style.

 

Farewell to Aki

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On a sad note this week we bid farewell to Aki Storie who has been in Japan participating in our E-learning program. In the time that he has been at HFS, Aki has proven to be an intelligent, capable and likeable young man and he will be missed by the HFS community.  We wish him and his family only luck and happiness wherever their feet may land and would like them to know that, should they return, they will always have a place at HFS.

 

Learning Materials Delivery

This afternoon HFS will send the silver school van to deliver learning materials for next week’s online learning. The van will depart the school at 3:30 pm and follow the regular school bus route. Please be at your designated stop at the scheduled time to collect your child’s learning materials.

 

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 3 Week 1

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Dear Parents,

A new term begins at HFS as Spring slowly turns to Summer. This week’s newsletter will be brief with only a few items that I would like to share with you.

 

End of Term Assembly

 I am so impressed that HFS was still able to put on an end of term assembly of note last week despite the circumstances. It was great to see such good work being produced by our students as they complete the term through online learning. A big thank you to Ms. Sara Hirner for joining us from Australia in our assembly to receive the donation from the student council’s fundraising efforts. It really meant a lot to her to see our students doing such good for the worthy cause and we appreciate all her efforts in rescuing animals as part of the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organization, WIRES. The biggest congratulations must go to our commendation and citizenship award recipients from each class, (names to be added). Well done to all of you. You have earned your place on the HFS Wall of Honour.

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Term 3

As we welcome the start of the new term I am positive about what will be in store. The class curriculum overviews have been uploaded to the website, so please take the time to review them for your interest. I look forward to reopening the school as soon as the Ministry of Education gives us the go ahead and parents will be notified as soon as the date is confirmed. We will also inform parents of the health and safety procedures that HFS will put in place to ensure that the school remains a secure and hygienic place of learning for all. I am hopeful that we can resume regular in class teaching as soon as possible as well as the scheduled events and initiatives that make HFS the effective educational institution that it always has been. Term 3 will run until Friday 17 July as per the academic calendar.

 

Learning Materials Delivery

This afternoon HFS will send the silver school van to deliver learning materials for next week’s online learning. The van will depart the school at 3:30 pm and follow the regular school bus route. Please be at your designated stop at the scheduled time to collect your child’s learning materials.

 

Finally, Tuesday 5 May is an important holiday celebrating the children and as such HFS will be closed to acknowledge this important holiday. There will be no online classes on that day so please enjoy that time with your child.

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 2 Week 11

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Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of Term 2 at HFS and, while there will be no break as we proceed into Term 3, I am pleased at how all members of the HFS community – parents, students and staff – have all worked together during this challenging term to make it a success. We will continue straight into Term 3 from Monday 27 April as per the revised academic calendar and planner. These are the newsworthy items that I wish to share with you this week.

 

Online Parent Teacher Conferences Successful

I am pleased to report that the online Parent teacher conferences went smoothly yesterday. The initiative was a resounding success. Thank you to Miss Yujin, our Assistant School Manager, for making it possible. I am sure it was a valuable opportunity for you to discuss your child’s learning progress with their teacher. Thank you to all the parents who took the time to meet with the teachers.

 

End of Term Assembly Today at 2:30 pm

Despite the unique situation in which we find ourselves, we will still go ahead with the end of term assembly as is custom at HFS. The assembly will take place via Google Meets and proceedings will commence at 2:30 pm. Please feel free to participate in the meeting with your child since we will be handing out awards and commendations, viewing a showcase of students’ work and making some important announcements. I look forward to sharing this unique experience with you.

Click here to join our end of term assembly at 2:30 pm.

 

Learning Material Delivery Today

Once again, the HFS silver school van will do the rounds this afternoon delivering materials for next week’s E-learning. The van will leave at 3:30 pm today and follow the regular school bus route. Please ensure that you are at your scheduled stop at the prescribed time to receive the necessary materials for your child’s learning.

 

Buddha’s Birthday on Thursday 30 April – No Online Learning

Thursday 30 April marks an important religious and cultural holiday and as such HFS will be closed on that day. There will be no online lessons or classes for the day. Please enjoy the holiday with your family.

 

Farewell to Angela

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On a sad note, HFS is bidding farewell to Angela Heesoo Jin. In the time that she has been at HFS she proved to be a diligent and capable student, quickly cementing her place in the HFS community. Angela will be joining a Korean school for the next step of her learning journey. We wish her luck and happiness as she embarks on her next adventure and would like her to know that, should she return, she will always have a place at HFS.

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 2 Week 10

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Dear Parents,

As the weather slowly warms there are a number of noteworthy items that I must bring to your attention this week.

 

Survey to Reopen School on Monday 27 April

 While the E-Learning initiative has been a great success, HFS strongly believes that in-person teaching and learning in a school environment has the greatest benefit for your child’s education. We would like your support in our plan to reopen the school for regular lessons on Monday 27 April.

Please click here to complete the survey indicating your support for HFS to open on Monday 27 April. The results will be submitted to the Ulsan Metropolitan Office of Education. Your assistance with this endeavor is vital and greatly appreciated. Please complete and submit this survey by Monday 20 April, thank you.

The number of coronavirus cases gets lesser each day and the situation looks promising but, to alleviate any concerns, HFS will still be vigilant and adopt the strict protocols listed below to ensure that HFS is a safe and hygienic place of learning for all.

  • The school bus will be sanitized but will operate as normal with each student’s temperature being checked before they get on the bus. Any student whose temperature reading is beyond 37.5 Degrees Celsius will not be allowed to board the bus for the safety of other children. We apologize for the inconvenience caused by the newly instituted temperature check at the bus stops, but we would appreciate your understanding and cooperation for the safety of all children. They will also be given drops of hand sanitizer as they board. HHI will conduct fumigations of the bus in the mornings before anyone boards and once everyone has gotten off in the afternoons.
  • Hanmaeum center will be closed until further notice minimizing contact between students and members of the public. HFS will enforce its own procedures of sanitizing stair railings, elevator railings and buttons and other public points of contact at multiple times throughout the day.
  • HFS strongly encourages all persons to wear protective face masks and as such will provide students with two face masks each on Monday 27 April to be worn at all times while at school. Students will be responsible for their face masks which will be labeled with their names. Due to the shortage of face masks any further masks required by students must be provided by parents.
  • HFS will increase the temperature checks to two times per day – in the morning before entering the school and again during lunch break before going out to the field. If a student is seen to have a consistent temperature reading of above 37.5 Degrees Celsius, parents will be notified to collect them from the school.
  • Proper distancing protocols will be enforced in every classroom, in the cafeteria as well as when lining up.
  • Teachers will spend time in class ensuring all students are aware of the best methods of practicing good hygiene, from washing of hands thoroughly and frequently, avoiding touching one’s face and being wary of coming into contact with infected surfaces and also taking careful steps when coughing and sneezing to ensure the wellbeing of those around them.

With these measures in place, HFS is confident that safe, healthy and effective teaching and learning can take place. Thank you for your support in this regard.

 

Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-ups

The Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday 23 April via Google Meets. Thank you to those who have already completed the online form to secure a meeting time with your child’s teacher. These interviews are a vital opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their learning progress. If you have not done so, please click here to complete the form to book a meeting time. The dates must be finalized by Tuesday 21 April to allow sufficient time to prepare. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

 

Term 3 Reports and Learning Material Delivery

The Term 3 progress reports will be sent out to parents on the school van on Friday 17 April along with the learning material delivery for next week’s online classes. Please review the report and mention any concerns you may have to your child’s teacher in the Parent-Teacher conferences next week. I am sure you will be pleased with your child’s learning progress throughout this term, despite the circumstances.

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  • 3:56 PM Bangeojin Foreign Apartment
  • 4:04 PM SMS Residence (At the main gate of the SMS building)
  • 4:13 PM Prugio 203
  • 4:18 PM E Pyeonhan 103 – 115
  • 4:44 PM Sangtevill 115 – 111

 

Term 2 Final Assembly on Friday 24 April at 2:30 pm

We will have a unique final assembly this term. It will be conducted via Google Meets on Friday 24 April from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. We will still be giving out the academic commendations and citizenship awards as is custom, so please ensure that your child participates in this celebration of all the hard work that has been put forth throughout this term. I look forward to what promises to be a special event.

 

Welcome Olivia!

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Finally, it gives me great pleasure to welcome a new student, Miss Olivia Walker-Hutchison, to our FS 1-2 class. She and her family have recently arrived from the UK and HFS is thrilled to have them as part of our community. Welcome to HFS, Olivia. I know your time here will be full of adventure and delight.

 

 

That is all for this week. Thank you for your continued support and do have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

Mr. Kearney

Newsletter 2019/20 Term 2 Week 9

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Dear Parents,

 

I hope you continue to stay healthy and well as we weather this ongoing coronavirus situation. These are the newsworthy items I would like to share with you this week.

 

 

HFS E-Learning Programme Resumed

 

I am pleased that teaching and learning has resumed this week in the form of online lessons. The teachers have done an excellent job in adapting their classes to the online environment. Well done to the students for actively participating and continuing with their learning and a big thank you to parents for assisting and making this possible. Please enjoy these pictures from some of the E-learning this week.

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Learning Material Delivery

 

We will once again send out the HFS school van to deliver material for next week’s E-learning today. The silver school van will leave the school at 3:30 pm and follow the regular morning school bus route and stops. See the schedule below. Please be at your stop ready to collect the material for your child. There will be another delivery for the following week in the afternoon on Friday 17 April.

 

3:51 PM  Bangeojin Daiso
3:56 PM  Bangeojin Foreign Apartment
4:04 PM  SMS Residence
4:13 PM  Prugio 203
4:18 PM  E Pyeonhan 103 – 115
4:44 PM  Sangtevill 115 – 111

 

Farewell to Elif

 

I am always saddened when members of the HFS community depart. This week we must unfortunately bid farewell to Elif Karaçorlu. Elif and her family have returned to Turkey. We wish her luck and happiness in the next step of her journey and would like her to know that, should she return, she will always have a place at HFS. Please enjoy these memories of her time at our school.

 

 

Parent Teacher Conference Sign-Up Sheet

 

Despite the school moving to E-learning, we will still go ahead with the parent teacher conferences on Thursday 23 April. This is an important opportunity to converse with your child’s teacher and discuss their learning progress throughout this term. I am pleased that we will be doing these conferences online despite the current circumstances. The meetings will take place throughout the day on Thursday 23 April but teachers will still assign learning material to keep your child occupied while the conferences are in progress. Please fill in the time slot of your choice by clicking here and completing this form. Once a slot is booked it cannot be overwritten and slots will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis. Thank you for your cooperation in this regard.

 

 

That is all for this week. Do stay safe and healthy and thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Mr. Kearney