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Greetings from Mr. Nelson’s fourth grade classroom.  We finished our first week of school!  Even though it was not a full week, we came together as a class, worked on our community and jumped into our work.  It was a successful three days.

Typically in the weekly newsletter, I will give a brief overview of what we did throughout the week and mention any other important items that need to be mentioned.

In our Reading and Writing workshops we accomplished a lot.  In Reading, we are learning about character development.  We have read the first six chapters of Tiger Rising.  It is a well written book by Kate Decamillo.  We took a few quizzes testing our comprehension of the story and have also written a summary of the first three chapters.

In Writer’s Workshop we are learning how to write narratives.  We are taking a «small moment» from our lives and turning it into a story.  We will learn how to develop our characters, and learn how to plot a story arc.  We will understand that most of the characters we read about are confronted with conflicts they must overcome.  Our Reading and Writing Workshops are closely related and tie into one another.

In Math we started our unit on place value.  We took a pretest yesterday and completed our first assignment in class today which were pages 3-4 in our textbook

In our Social Studies unit we are learning about the four branches of Social Studies.  These are the Social Science of Economics, Geography, Political Science, and the Social Science of History. Today we talked about geography and before you knew it, we were talking about Yellowstone.  Nearly every student had heard of Yellowstone National Park.  It was a fun discussion, especially since I  lived in West Yellowstone for 17 years, 13 of them as a wildlife photographer.

I am excited about the year to come.  We are learning a lot from each other.  I look forward to next week.  One word of importance is that we do not have school on Tuesday.  Please remember that!  Take care and have great weekend.


  • 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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