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We started our Map testing today.  It went well.  We have two more days.  Makeup day will be Thursday.

This is our last week before having all of next week off to celebrate Chuseok.  We also have the following Monday off.

We only have two weeks left in the marking period!

In Reader’s Workshop we will finish A Single Shard this week.  We have really enjoyed this book.  We are discussing reading strategies every day.  This week we are talking about theme.  Students are to use these reading strategies and be mindful of them.  We will be finishing up Running Records this week.

In Writer’s Workshop, we have been working on a class story.  We are enjoying this activity.  We are learning how to write well written sentences.  We do not have a spelling unit this week due to Map testing.  We will have a vocabulary test on Friday though.

In Math we started multiplying with two digit numbers.  I would like students to get 5 by 7 index cards so we can make multiplication flashcards.  It is imperative that we learn our multiplication facts.  It would be great if everyone had a set of 100 flashcards by the time we return from Chuseok.  We can make the flashcards ourselves.

We are going to have a great week as we complete our Map testing.  I wish everyone a safe and healthy break.  Until next time, take care.



  • Please remember to check Renweb regularly. This is where I keep detailed homework and grading information.

Mr. Nelson’s email:

Please make sure that your child brings the following supplies to school.  We will be sharing many of these supplies during the year.  Please feel free to choose any brand you like.  Korean brands are cheap and excellent.  You can find most of these supplies at Daiso or at a local stationary store.

Thank you!

  • Scissors
  • A three boxes of wood pencils (No mechanical pencils, please)
  • A box of erasers
  • A box of crayons
  • A box of markers
  • A white board eraser
  • PMA- Positive Mental Attitude must be in high supply!
  • Three  pads of sticky notes
  • Construction paper
  • A box of highlighters
  • Six pocketed notebooks
  • Composition Books for writing

Dear Parents,

Hi, my name is Erik Nelson and I will be your child’s 4th grade teacher for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. I am excited to be entering my first year here at Busan Foreign School. This will be my eleventh year as an educator. I taught in Montana my first eight years. The first three were on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, followed by five years in the cattle ranching community of Ennis, Montana, and the past two years in the Middle East teaching 4th grade at the American School of Kuwait. They were three very different cultures.

I am a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is the birthplace of the United States. At the age of eighteen, I ventured out west spending five years going to college in Texas before moving and settling in Montana in the late 80’s. It is, without a doubt, the most beautiful state in the union. It is here that I met my wonderful wife Christy, who is also a new teacher here at BFS. She will be teaching 5th grade. We have two children, a son Mason Lee, age 8, who will be in 2nd grade, and a daughter Elsie Mae, age 5, who will be in Kindergarten. As a family, we are very excited to be living in Busan, South Korea. We are avid outdoorsman, and have already taken quite a liking to hiking in the surrounding mountains.

I look forward to working with your son or daughter, in what I feel will be an excellent year of growth for both myself and my students. I enjoy working with young people and look forward to meeting parents and students. Throughout the year we will learn from each other, and enjoy the process of doing so. I ensure you that your child is in good hands and will have a memorable year. If you have any questions feel free to email me at


Mr. Erik Nelson

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