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5th Grade News-


This week students all had flash debates within their groups in front of the class.  While students gave flash debates others provided feedback on what they felt were the strongest points.  From there groups took feedback and made their evidence stronger providing powerful quotations and more facts to support.  Students worked to organize their points and made posters with pictures to match their claims and reasons.  Students had to delegate roles and learn to work as a team.


Students completed their letters to Mr. Macfarlane on the great Chocolate Milk debate.  Students self assessed their work and having teacher conferences to set goals and receive teacher feedback.  We have moved on to Should Plastic Bags be Banned.  As we work through the new topic we will follow same outlines with a special focus on counter claims and adding to introductions and conclusions.


Students will dive into fractions in the next unit.  Previously learned material on decimals will help students as we move on.

Social Studies-

Students will continue to look at various viewpoints and perspectives as we study the Global Issue of Refugees.

Mr. Soileau was with us for a full week and his time and efforts were appreciated by all of the fifth graders.  Mr. Soileau will head to the United States and join us again at the end of February.  His time with us is almost over and it’s been great having him.

Have a wonderful restful holiday!



Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a great summer with family and friends. More than anything I  hope your son/daughter is looking forward for school to start. My name is Christy Nelson  and I will be teaching your child this year in Grade 5. I am excited to meet all of the  students and get to know them as individuals. I aim to provide your child with a safe,  warm, and inviting environment in which to learn.

I am happy to be in Busan and a member of the BFS community. I grew up in  Aurora, Illinois. I moved to the mountains and worked in Yellowstone National Park and  then attended college in Bozeman, Montana where I received my Bachelor of Science in  Elementary Education. I also hold an endorsement in Special Education k-12 from MSU-Billings. I have taught Special Education on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and  have taught 4th grade at the American School of Kuwait prior to Busan.

This is my second year teaching at BFS. My husband Erik is teaching middle school  Language Arts at BFS. My son and daughter, Mason and Elsie will be attending school at  BFS. I am happy to be a part of the school community not only as a teacher but as a  parent. My family loves spending time outdoors hiking and camping.

I look forward to working with you and your child this year. Please contact me for  any reason at ​

Christy Nelson

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