Digital Success, Grade 8 and a New Unit of Inquiry!

Dear Parents,

Wow, what a great success our Digital Citizenship Fair turned out to be. Our target audience was Grade 1 students, but we found out that we were able to teach some parents and teachers a few things too! We enjoyed sharing our learning even though we were “nervocited’ (nervous and excited at the same time) to begin with. We were really proud of ourselves especially when adults were learning new things about our Apps and websites. Thank you for the Grade 1 and Grade 5 students for coming and being our target audience, and for the parents who were able to attend (we know it isn’t always possible).

Today, we also had G8 students come and visit us to share a story. We partnered up with an 8th grader and they read us a story. It was a really cool way to share a love of literature and have a new experience with an older student. We will work with them on writing and reading strategies every other week for about 5 sessions. It worked well today getting to know them and sharing a story.

Next week will begin a new unit of inquiry along with a new writing and reading focus. We will be focusing more on Non-Fiction texts, and persuasive writing. Be prepared to listen and share your opinions with us.



A Successful Week of Learning and Helping Others

On your mark…

This week we challenged ourselves with giving our best efforts in supporting the Blue Dragon Walkathon. Each one of us walked between 3 and 23 laps as every bit helps the children of Blue Dragon. We came together as a big community to help out others. Our next job is to bring in our monies for our accomplishments which are due by November 22. Thank you, parents, for your support. And a BIG SHOUTOUT THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers who came out to mark the laps we accomplished.

We began an inquiry into How We Measure Time. Our focus is to look at how we measure not only time but seasons and months as well. Here is the vocabulary that students will be responsible for throughout the unit:

Calendar, Days of the Week, Date, Month, Year, Seasons (Summer, Winter, Fall, Spring), Time, Clock, Analog, Digital, Hour hand, Minute hand, O’clock, Half past, Quarter To, and Quarter After.

We are busy preparing for our Digital Citizenship Fair on Thursday, November 16 from 8:45- 9:30 am. We hope that some parents will be able to attend though we fully understand and anticipate work obligations.

We also made a visit to our buddy class. We always have a fun play with them. Today we were wondering how they communicate since they don’t speak a lot, and how do they learn the language when they are so quiet. Some interesting discussions went on with Mrs. Amy about how our little buddies are taking it all in and learning while we are talking to them.




Important Upcoming Events in G2

Hello Parents,

Tomorrow is UN Day, and we couldn’t be more excited. We are looking foward to everyone celebrating with our shared luncheon for grade 2 upstairs in Mr. Kenny’s room and our classroom. Hopefully you have received emails from the school and from our class parent- Paula.

Next on the Horizon is the Annual Blue Dragon Walkathon which is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8. We will need volunteers to help keep track of the number of laps students have completed. Please let Paula or myself know if you can come and help out on the day.

And then the following week on Thursday, November 16, Grade 2 students will be sharing some of their current learning in a Digital Citizenship Fair. The fair is scheduled for 8:45- 9:30 am in the respective classrooms. Please come and have a look if you can and be asking your child for more details as we get closer to the date.

Welcome Back!

Hi Parents,

I do hope that you and your family had a restful October break last week. My holiday was a little different, as I had arthroscopic surgery on my knee to fix a few things, I really thought it was going to be easy. Ha! I was wrong. I’ve had to relearn how to walk correctly, and deal with some pretty intense swelling and bruising. Your children have been in the best care all week with Mrs. Joh, and have been emailing me to let me know that their Ewok moved forward in Art, and they got four thumbs up in Choir. Apparently, Mrs. Joh is a really funny reader and they have shared lots of stories this week. I will be back on Monday and I am looking forward to it!

Tonight, October 19th there is a Mathematics Evening hosted by Beth Murray in the Community Room for Grades 2-5 parents. There will be a similar one offered for the lower ES on October 27th at 8:30am in the Community Room.

This week we are hosting an APAC Super Volleyball Tournament so there might be some opportunities for you and the family to come and support a game or two. You can check the school website for further information. Also, we are encouraging our students to show their UNIS pride tomorrow by wearing blue. It would be great to see all the kids sporting their UNIS pride in blue.

Thank you for your patience this week and your healing thoughts.

Miss Christy

Learning in 2C

Dear Parents,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for building strong partnerships on Tuesday at Parent Teacher Conferences. It is always a wonderful experience being able to sit down and talk with you about your child. I do hope that your needs were met and if not please send me some feedback about how it could have been better- as I am a learner too. You can send it to if you think of something.

Our Unit of Inquiry has been all about digital technologies and learning how to be safe online. We have put together a digital timeline to see how technology has changed over time- we noticed that things have gotten much smaller than they used to be. We have been learning about some new ways to connect with people around the globe during as we have joined the Global Read Aloud so we are connecting with students in Minnesota, California, and Canada. We even sent out a tweet to the author of our read aloud- Fenway and Hattie and she liked it! What fun! Attached here is a document that has some of our key vocabulary that you could discuss at home in your home language. Let me know if you want a hard copy.

Working on making groups of tens and ones to find our magic number.

Working on a digital timeline for cellphones.

Looking at how the phone went from being ginormous and attached to the wall, to it being small and attached to our hand.

Working together to make groups of 10’s and 1’s to find the magic number.

Making groups to find out how regrouping works.

Working together, communicating and figuring out how regrouping works.

Problem solving- how many 10 and how many 1’s.

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Moon Festival Fun

Today, we celebrated the Moon Festival at UNIS. The Moon Festival as we learned is one of the most important holidays in Vietnam. It is a children’s festival, so we had mooncake treats, heard a traditional Vietnamese band with natural instruments, and dancing from our friends who are in the Vietnamese class here at UNIS. In class, we made Rice Puppets with the help of a local Vietnamese artist. What a day of celebrating and learning about our host country.

Learning, Learning, Learning!

Can you believe we have only been in school for 21 days? It already feels like it has been easily a couple of months. We are a high energy group which is slowly coming together as a learning community.

Our motto has been:

Are we there yet? Not yet! 

Will we get there? You bet!

In Math, we have been learning to play different games that help with our number fluency through 20. We have been playing Number Top-It, using the language of :

Partner 1: I have _____ and _______ which makes ___.

Partner 2: I have _____ and _______ which makes ___.

Person with largest sum: I have _____ more than you, which means I win!

We have also been playing a game called Plus 8, Plus 9 both of which we use a game board and have to spin the spinner and add 8 or 9 to that number. Again we are using a similar language to the above game to help us build our skills of Talking about Math and explaining our strategies.

In reading and writing, we have been working on using the descriptive bubble which is helping us to write more interesting sentences. We have also been working on what verbs are and their purpose in a sentence. The use of strong verbs can help our writing be more interesting and fun to read.

Our Who We Are unit of inquiry is coming to an end though the values and community building will be used to continue working together and building a strong learning community. We have identified some ‘tools’ that we can use to help us navigate our communities and help us to be the best we can be.

Today was Buddies! We went and played with Discovery students and celebrated Dot Day by placing dots all over the wall. We had great fun exploring our buddy classroom.

Coming Up!

Please send in a pair of headphones that students can leave at school for our upcoming unit on Digital Technologies. Students will be accessing various websites and in order to hear what is going on, headphones are a must. We will also use these for some of our literacy rotations for listening to reading and recording our readings. There is a bake sale next Wednesday! Please send students with a small amount of VND to purchase a healthy snack and to support our parent organization. Thank you!


Resources and Library

Dear Parents,

Here is a resource that I mentioned on Thursday at our BTSN. The website is called Youcubed and it has a wealth of information for parents under the resources link, but there is also a lot more on there under all the other tabs. Thank you for checking it out.

Remember, Monday is our library book check out day, so please help us to bring our library bags.

Back to School Night and Updates

Hello Parents,

Tonight is our Back to School Night, and we hope to see you. The first session begins at 6:00 pm and runs until 6:30. The second session begins at 6:35- 7:05 pm. It will be the same presentation each time. In the Center for the Arts building the specialists and language teachers will be sharing information as well. It is always good to put the face to the name.

Most importantly, we have a dedicated library time now. So each Monday, your child will need to bring their library bag with them so that they can go to the library and check out up to 3 books! This is exciting for us.

As always, please remember to send your child to school with a water bottle. Preferably not a single use plastic one. We are trying to do our job as stewards of the earth and protecting our planet. Our brains need water to work their best, and we need your help.

2C is building Community and Skills

Dear Parents,

Throughout our second full week of school, we have been trying to figure out what it means to be awesome, and what we need to do to make our classroom a better place. We have been practicing our routines and trying to set up some good work habits.

We still need your help with reminding us to bring our water bottles, hats and to read each night, and return our home readers for new ones every day. We really need your help to set up a routine with us at home to do our nightly reading for at least 20 minutes. In order for us to become proficient readers, we need to be practicing with books at our level. We could read the book multiple times too, not just once! Please help us to log our books and ask us questions about what we are reading.

In Math we have continued to develop a positive attitude towards math through playing some number games and completing a variety of inquiries from different areas of math.

In English we have written a story about, “What is behind the Door?” and a recount of the things we shared in our bag from home.

Home Reading – this week we started our home readers. We should be reading each night for at least 20 minutes. We also need to get into the habit of bringing our books back in the clear folder to change them each day. We were awesome about it in grade one and should continue being awesome in grade two.

In our Unit of Inquiry we have been looking at what is a community and what communities are we a part of. Our next step is to look at what are the values of those communities, and do we share the same values. This weekend we hope that you will have a conversation about what are some of our family values, and how do those values shape the communities we belong to.

Helpful Information

  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 7th September at 6pm. Learn more about 2C and the Grade 2 Team.  Location will be in 2C homeroom B9 130 and you can meet with the Specialists in the foyer for Centre for the Arts.
  • School will be closed on Monday (September 4th) as we celebrate Vietnam’s National Day.
  • Ask your family, “what do we value as a family?” A sheet to record your values is in your child’s take home folder. You or your child can record your answer.