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Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!


This week we have worked on our routines and building our classroom community.  Students are itching to begin the “hard” stuff, but it is very important to take the time to build our community so we feel comfortable and have a clear understanding of expectations.  

In Writing, students have filled out an autobiography brainstorm organizer and are working on revising and editing their work. Students are working on being good writing buddies.  Students worked in groups and decided on appropriate and helpful compliments and suggestions. 

In Reading, students reviewed what it means to pick a good fit book.  Students were introduced to using sticky notes when reading to help them “digest” what they have read.  We met with the second grade class on Friday. We will be reading buddies this year. Students introduced themselves and spent the morning reading books with the second graders.  Students are enjoying our class read aloud, Wonder.

In Math, students worked with manipulatives and practiced how to use materials.  Students worked at centers practicing array models for multiplication. We ended the week introducing exponents and a game of multiplication BINGO.

We had our first walking field trip today.  Unfortunately, we were driven out of our spot by mosquitos.  I apologize for any bites and will not return to that spot again!  Once we found a better spot that was mosquito free students enjoyed writing while enjoying being outside.  

Looking forward to a great week ahead.  Thank you for all you do as parents and please contact me with any questions or concerns.  

  • Specials for next week-
  • Monday- PE and Music
  • Tuesday- Computer Science and Art
  • Wednesday- Library and Art
  • Thursday- PE and Language
  • Friday- Computer Science and Language

Just a reminder language and art teachers have sent home a supply list for the year.  If you need an extra copy, please remind your son or daughter to request it from their specialist teacher. 

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 third 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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