Term 1 Week 1 Update

Wow we’re off to a great start here in FS 1/2. The students had a great week getting to know each other and settling into classroom routines. Our class jobs have been assigned and the students are excited to rotate through their positions as line leader, screen monitor, and lights monitor.


We began the week by making “about me” representations of ourselves.


Our math is focusing on the numbers 1-5 during our calendar time. We’ve counted all the way to 5 because we’ve been in school 5 days. We’ve also looked at many different ways to represent 5 – as a tally, on a domino, and on a tens frame.

In Phonics we’ve begun letter sounds. This is a review for some children but it’s good to have a strong foundation. We’re also learning how to write letters clearly.

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In IEYC we’re starting with our Brainwave unit. We’ve transformed the classroom into Professor Spark’s Learning Lab. We’re learning about the brain and how we learn. We’ve learned that our brain makes connections and that it gets stronger the more times we practice things. The students are really excited to be helping Professor Spark with his research.

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And of course we’ve had plenty of time for developmental play. Developmental play is essential to learning in the early year. It allows students to process the teaching they’ve been exposed to and to develop social and emotional connections.

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We also had our first PE lesson of the year today combined with the Year 1-2 class. All PE lessons this year will be combined allowing a for larger group of students. They had a great time with their friends.

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That’s all for this week. Have a restful weekend and we’ll see you back on Monday ready to learn!


Homework Folders

As you have seen in your child’s backpack today, a pink folder containing homework was sent home. This is work your child should be able to do nearly independently and is a review of work we’ve done in the last week.

Every Friday homework will go home in the folder and should be returned, in the folder, by the following Wednesday.

If you have any questions or concerns about homework, please let me know.

Ulju Mountain Film Festival Trip Permission Form

We’re starting this year off with a bang. We’ll be going to the Ulju Mountain Film Festival on Tuesday September 10. The bus will leave the school promptly at 9:05am and will return by 3:10. Students will still be able to attend clubs.

At the festival we will make some upcycled cars out of boxes, watch a short film, and do some (age appropriate) climbing.

Please make sure to pack a snack, lunch, and water bottle for your child.

Here is the permission form. Please have it signed by Tuesday September 3.

Library Books

Hello! As you may have noticed, your child came home with a library book in a blue book bag today. In order to cultivate a love of reading, your child has been allowed to choose a book that they wish to read or have you read to them this week at home. The book stays home all week and should come back next Thursday for their library class. On that day and every subsequent Thursday during library, the children will choose a book to bring home for the week.

Being read to is an integral part of a child’s literacy development. Try to make time for reading every day. Make it a fun and stress free time to help foster lifelong reading habits.

Happy reading!

Welcome from Ms. M


Greetings! Welcome to FS 1/2 for the 2019-2020 academic year.

My name is Marie McClellan, or, as my students call me, Ms. M. I am very excited to be starting a new year here at HFS as the FS 1/2 Class Teacher. We’ve got a lot of great things in store this year. I am thrilled to be using our new IEYC curriculum which is play-based and full of hands-on enquiry and exploration.

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 13 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 undergraduate 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. Just this summer my family went to Thailand. It was a wonderful experience because my brother-in-law was able to join us travelling all the way from his home in Ohio. 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 seeing some familiar faces and getting to know some new friends over the upcoming academic year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me. My door is always open.