A Full Week of Celebration

Dear Parents,

Lots happening this week in Grade 2- we’ve had our first Healthy Snack Sale, celebrated the Moon Festival (Check Out the Photos), celebrated UN International Day of Peace, began a new unit of inquiry and continued building community and sharing our thinking.

We celebrated the UN International Day of Peace by identifying what Peace means to us, and ways that bring us Peace. One way we found Peace this week was by adding 15 minutes of play and connection first thing in the morning. We also added our pledges of Peace to a flipgrid which you can check out and add your pledge for making the world a more peaceful place.

Global Goals Week

This next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and center in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week, we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here.

Please remember, Wednesday, September 26 is the Grade 2 Math Coffee Morning with Beth Murray at 8:30-9:30 in the creativity space on the ES Campus near playground 2nd floor. We hope to see you there. Come and find out more about how your child is experiencing Math at UNIS.

Digital Citizenship – An inquiry into “How We Organize Ourselves”.

We have started our new unit of inquiry. You can support your child’s language development by discussing the information below in your mother tongue at home.

Central Idea:

Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community.

Inquiry into:

Purposes and forms of digital technology

-Online responsibilities

-Ways to evaluate media

 

Thank you as always!

Here comes the Moon Festival

Wow, what a week!

This week we touched upon our year-long unit of inquiry about how cultures express creativity. We looked at our host country Vietnam and the Moon Festival celebration. We also compared this to other festivals around the world- some of us chose one of our own celebrations and others of us learned about new celebrations. This next week on Thursday our school will celebrate the Moon Festival with a special assembly, children will wear their Ao Dai to school for the celebration (please make sure to send in their PE uniform as well to change into). In the afternoon we will have a local artist come and make clay puppets with us.

In math, we worked on structuring numbers and what a number is made up of- so how many hundreds, tens and ones. Building those numbers using counters, base-ten blocks, and blocks. We also reviewed even and odd numbers and how we can tell the difference. One interesting thing that popped up this week was when I asked what the difference between two numbers was- in my mind, it was clear I was asking a subtraction problem, but the students identified all the ways the two numbers were different. Students also began to talk about efficient ways to use math tools- is it efficient to count long gigantic strands of blocks or is there a quicker way to keep track of them so we don’t keep losing the number. Some interesting conversations were had.

We continue to build on our reading skills, and our guided reading groups are well underway which is a great thing. I am excited to share this next week all that I learned from a workshop I attended this last week about word inquiry- some fun things about words and how they are structured.

Important things to remember for the week ahead:

  • Students need an Ao Dai for Thursday 20
  • Healthy snack sale on Monday the 17th

Thanks and have a happy, healthy and safe weekend!

Thank you

Dear Parents,

Thank you for those of you who were able to attend Back to School Night. It was wonderful to meet you and begin to make connections. Here is the slideshow for those of you who were not able to attend- Back To School Night.

In hopes of improving the Back To School Night for the next year, or for future meetups we have I’ll be sending a google form that I am hoping you can fill out so that I can best meet your needs and get you the information you want or need.

Please remember that if you have any questions or concerns send me an email and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Thanks,

Christy

2C’s Week of Learning

Wow, have we done a lot in 5 days. We dug into the values of the various communities we belong to and began looking at what might it look like, sound like and feel like to see some of those values come alive in our classroom.

The best part of our week was meeting our Discovery buddies on Thursday! We got to play and discover alongside the littlest learners at UNIS. What fun. Some of us got matched with same language buddies and some of us were lucky enough to match with our young brother or sister. Check out the photo link below.

We’re still building our math community, practicing number routines and learning new games that help us build our number fluency within 20.

We also started doing our Recount writing about small seed moments during our summer holiday. Learning to focus in on just one tiny event of our holiday and add loads of details that make it interesting for the reader.

Important Reminder is that on Thursday is our BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Photos From The Week

Our First Full Week

Hi Parents,

What a great week we have had in 2C. Our learning community is coming together as we learn our new routines and get to know each other. Thursday we had a practice evacuation drill and 2C, actually, the whole of the ES did a phenomenal job staying quiet and safe in the sweltering heat.

We have done a great job remembering our water bottles each and every day, so thank you, parents! One thing we have noticed with our new schedule is that our afternoons after lunch are long, and we get really hungry. If you could please send your child with a little bit of an extra snack I am sure your child would be very appreciative.

Tonight your child is bringing home a note regarding our second line of inquiry which is Our behaviors are influenced by our values. Students are digging into this by having an understanding of what you as a family value. Have a look in the take-home folder and please have a conversation with your child about what you value as a family, and return the sheet home on Monday to help drive our conversation in the classroom.

We also have our designated Library book exchange confirmed which will be on Wednesdays. Please make sure that your child has a book bag every Wednesday. We have such a wonderful Library at our fingertips with most if not all of our home languages being represented- please take advantage of it.

This week we have talked about “just right books” using the I PICK strategy, and this next week students will be bringing home “good fit” books for their home reading. Please remember that it is our expectation that your child reads for a minimum of 20 minutes a night or 80 minutes a week-this can be in either your home language or in English. Students will be responsible for changing their home reading books daily or as they finish them. Please help them to remember to change their books and write down the information in their reading log.

*Our individual and class school photos will be on Friday, August 31 so please make sure that your child is prepared- this is the photo that goes in the yearbook.

 

 

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up on Seesaw, our new digital portfolio. An email was sent on Thursday, August 23 with directions on how to do that, so please check your email.

Thank you for a wonderful start to a great new school year! Your children are all very wonderful little individuals. Our new students seem to have adjusted to their new school and made some friend connections- we will continue to help make sure our “newbies” are supported for months to come. And parents we (I am) here for you should you need anything.

Ms. Christy

Our First Week Back

Wow! It is such a great feeling to be back at school. Our campus looks beautiful and green again. We have our new football pitch and a shiny new canteen. We have spent the last 3 days really getting to know each other, building a learning community and will continue to work on it through the next several weeks in our first unit of inquiry-Who We Are.

Who We Are is all about how our values shape our community. We are investigating the following three topics throughout the next several weeks:

What is a community?

How our behaviors are influenced by our values.

Tools we can use to navigate communities.

The first homework assignment is to bring three items that fit into a small bag to school to share. These items should be things that would show what is important to you as a person. For instance: I put in my bag some sand, a stone with a turtle, the trolley from Mr. Rogers and some of Chewie Chow Chows hair. Ask your child why those things are important to me, or what they represent.

Through various conversations, and activities we are learning a lot about each other, and it is fun. Building a strong trusting learning community is the most important thing we can do to help our students be the best they can be.

Next week we will continue to add more each day, like today we learned a new math game. Next week we will begin to look at what books we can be bringing home to help us be better readers. Be on the lookout.

Please help your child to bring their hat, water bottle, snack and an extra snack each day. Also, their take-home folders need to come back to school every day, this helps set up a routine and supports responsibility.

Thank you and remember if you have any questions please email me at cheitmiller@unishanoi.org

Sincerely,

Christy