Week 1 Wrap-Up

Note: I would like to ask all parents to please send a change of clothes to be stored at school in case of bathroom accidents. The children are still young and accidents do happen. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Wow! I can’t believe we’re already finished our first week here in Ottawa Class! This week was spent getting to know each other, learning school routines, and engaging in learning through active play.

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The students began the week with a keen interest in dinosaurs. They played some jungle scenes and told me the names of all the dinosaurs they knew. A dinosaur exploration is definitely in our future.


They also really enjoyed the play kitchen we have set up in the centre of the classroom. Everyone spent a great deal of time arranging elaborate picnics to feed Ms. Jiyu and I.


Lego blocks and building structures were definitely enjoyed.

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As the week progressed, an interest in numbers and letters began to be seen by the FS2 students. They’re definitely keen to begin diving deep into learning literacy and expanding their number sense. We also explored some colours and patterns.


And a week at school wouldn’t be complete without some Physical Education. Ask your child about the “Red Light/Green Light” game we played in PE class. It was a favourite and it’s sure to be repeated in weeks to come.

We’re looking forward to next week when we have a new student in Y1 joining our merry band of friends.

Have a great weekend!

All the best,

Marie McClellan


Greetings from Ms. M


My name is Marie McClellan, or, as my students call me, Ms. M. I am very excited to be joining the team here at HFS as the FS1/2/Y1 Class Teacher. We’ve got a lot of great things in store this year.

Just to tell you a little bit about myself, I am from New Brunswick, Canada along the Atlantic coast. My father still lives there but my brother is in Japan. I have been teaching for 12 years – beginning my career in Korean hagwons, then Korean public school, an international school in Indonesia, a bilingual school in China, and finally returning to Korea where it all started to work here at HFS. My undergaduate degree is in multimedia studies from the University of New Brunswick and my B.Ed. is from Queen’s University.

In my free time I love to travel, knit, and cook. I have been all over Asia – Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and the Philippines (and I may be forgetting some). I cook a variety of foods from Indian to Ethiopian, to comfort food from Canada. I’ve been knitting since 2003 and love to make hats and mittens. I love the autumn when it’s time to wear all that knitwear again. I also spin my own yarn.I look forward to getting to know you and your children over the upcoming academic year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. My door is always open.