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Hello Parents,

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We have decided that we blog to:

  • Share our ideas
  • Share information we have learned in class
  • Share our learning from school
  • To learn about other people

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Feed Back Helps Us Improve

Dear Elementary Families,
We in the Elementary School are humbled by the positive experience of Parent-Teacher Conference Day on February 14th.  Thank you for your attendance.  It has been so pleasing to see our parents and faculty come together to discuss our shared commitment to your children’s learning and progress.
As there are many ways that we communicate both learning and student progress to you at home, we would love your feedback on what works, and what we could be doing better.
Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey where you can provide us with any feedback on our communication and reporting procedures – from report cards, to parent-teacher conferences and beyond.
Your feedback is important to us as we strive to constantly improve.
Megan Brazil

New Year, New Inquiries and Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents,

Now that the year of the Rooster is in full swing it is time for some new inquiries. Please remember that Tuesday, February 14 is Parent Teacher Conferences. Please be on time as we want to value the 15 minutes of every family. If you are running late, that 15 minute block is still yours but we cannot run into other families block times. Thank you for your understanding.

 Here is what learning we are aiming for in grade 2 for the upcoming weeks:

Unit of Inquiry is How We Organize Ourselves.

Our central idea is Choices digital citizens make contribute to the global community.

Our inquiry questions include:

  1. How do we manage the information we find on the internet?
  2. Why do we empower people to share ideas?
  3. What responsibilities do we have as digital citizens?

This week we have been focusing on making responsible choices and learning how to send an email. We have discovered our user names and have now been emailing our classmates. Getting comfortable with the keyboard and finding out the correct formatting of an email as been a focus as well.

Next week students will be investigating and setting up their own blogs. Be on the lookout towards the end of next week for your child’s blog. Our big focus is teaching our students to be safe and responsible with their choices regarding technology and its many uses.

MathData Handling and Number

Students are investigating the steps within data handling.

  1. Formulating Questions
  2. Collecting Data
  3. Analyze Data
  4. Interpreting the results

We will be working on all of these steps for the next couple of weeks, and continuing to work on building our number knowledge with addition and subtraction. Our focus is always working within the Math Practices- Looking for Shortcuts, Checking our Work, Thinking about Math, Keep on Trying, Using Math Tools, Looking for Patterns, Modeling Math and Talking About Math.

In Literacy, we are looking at the Response Text. Responses include looking at a piece of work either written, performed or created and making a judgement about it. We are then building a bank of vocabulary to help us give positive critiques and some areas for improvements. We are continuing to work on reading of non-fiction texts and looking at the text features to help us build our skills. We will be looking at various blogs, and creating our own as well. 

Be on the look out for some amazing learning surrounding the use of technology and responsible use.



2C Open Classrooms November 24/25

14th November 2015

Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds!

Dear Grade Two Families,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – being held on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 2016.  

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.    

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How does it work?


  • You may attend any of your child’s open lessons- both homeroom classes and specialists lessons. Please see the 2C schedule below.


What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate). Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking research problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

What is my responsibility?

  • All parents MUST wear their UNIS Parent ID badge
  • Photographing students is not permitted
  • Silence all mobile devices and step outside the classroom for urgent phone conversations.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.  
  • Do not interact with your children unless invited to do so.  Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.  

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November 2016.  



Homeroom Teacher – Christy Heitmiller

Grade 2C Open Lessons

Time Thursday, November 24 Friday, November 25
8:20-9:05 Reading/Writing (8:45-9:45)
10:10-10:50 Math (10:30-11:30) World Languages
11:35-12:25 Lunch Lunch
12:25-13:05 PE with Mr. Mac
13:10-13:50 Music with Sally
13:50-14:10 Break Break


Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

Hello Parents,

Welcome to the new school, and a huge warm welcome to our new families in 2C. What a great day full of action. I think we will all sleep well tonight. I meant to send this home with students today, but the day quickly escaped. It will be in their backpacks tomorrow.

If you should have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at cheitmiller@unishanoi.org


2C Daily Schedule Photo on 8-17-16 at 2.14 PM

How do we express ourselves?

Our new Unit of Inquiry falls under the theme of How We Express Ourselves. We are looking into:

  • The ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values
  • The ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity

Our central idea: Through creative expression communities reflect on and respond to shared experiences.

Our first task is to break down our central idea. What is creative expression? What are communities? What are shared experiences we have at school? At home? In the wider world? What does it mean to reflect and respond to those experiences?

We have redesigned our classroom to allow for more creating spaces and to spread out. If you haven’t seen our changes, come by and have a look- the students designed it. It’s impressive.

More to come…….


The Week in Review and the week ahead

Dear Parents,

Here are some things we focused on this last week, and we will continue into this next week. If you are reading this can you please respond with a quick note? I would be really thankful.

Math: Fractions/Volume

This week in class we did lots of work with fractions and volume- here are some ideas to help out at home to continue our thinking:

  • Review fraction notation. For example, ask: “In a fraction, what does the number on the bottom (the denominator) tell you?” ” What does the number on the top (the numerator) tell you?”
  • Draw a picture of a rectangular cake, a circular pizza, or a similar food. Discuss ways to feed various numbers of people so that each person gets an equal portion.
  • Read a recipe and discuss the fractions in it. For example, ask: “How many 1/4 cups of sugar would we need to get 1 cup of sugar?”
  • Compare two fractions and tell which is larger. For example, ask: “Which would give you more of a pizza: 1/8 of it, or 1/4?”

Writing/Reading: Procedural or Explanation Texts

We also spent some time looking at procedural texts to find out what made them different from other types of non-fiction texts. We are beginning to write our own steps or directions to something.

  • Look at some cookbooks or craft books at home. Where else can you find how to do something?
  • Write out steps on how to walk the dog, or how to do something at home. What are some important things to think about?

Unit of Inquiry: Liquids, Solids and Gases

We are looking at a lot of vocabulary and getting an idea of what matter is and how it can change. Our question this week was how can matter change and why does it change? This next week we will be working on various experiments to see how matter can change.

It’s all about the Area and Student Council

What does Area mean to you?

“Area to me is the surface of something. Area is how many things can fit into something. Area means how big or small something is. Area” Luca

“Area means how big the surface of the thing you are measuring. And how much of that thing you are using to measure can fit inside that surface.” Avik

What are some things you can find the Area of?

“You can find the area of a whiteboard, of a paper, carpet and even a table, or a book.” Niamh


Finding the area of various shapes and putting them in order from smallest to biggest!

Finding the area of random rectangles around the room

Working together

“Books, bags, cubby, board, paper, folders, blocks are things you can find the area of.” Quan

Also a few students expressed an interest in running for student council– elections will be early this next week, so anyone interested please prepare something to say over the weekend and be ready to share on Monday.

Student Council Video