October 5

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We discussed ways to be caring, safe and responsible on the playground and Ms. Kris, our counsellor, shared our ideas at the assembly on Thursday.

Thank you for coming in to meet with me about how your children are settling into K1.  It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your children so far this year.  Please enjoy time together over the October Break.

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Please note:

 -Saturday October 6th to Sunday October 14th: October break, no school

Sept 28

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We focussed on working together as a community to be caring, safe and responsible both in our classroom and on the playground.  We practiced breathing to be calm, and we collaborated to make a class dove – a symbol of peace.  Ms. Kris, our counsellor, came to talk to us about feelings and how to give and respond to invitations to play.  We learned a cooperative board game and we enjoyed time with our Grade 3 buddies on Thursday.  Ms. Nhung and Ms. Renate (a regular ECC supply teacher) took good care of the children in Ms. Charla’s absence.

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Please note:

-Monday October 1st:  No school for students due to Parent Teacher Conferences

 -Thursday October 4th, PM: K1B Parent Teacher Conferences.  This will be a normal school day for the children.  Please sign up here if you haven’t already.  K1B Conference Sign Up
 -Saturday October 6th to Sunday October 14th: October break, no school

 

 

September 21

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We had a lovely week preparing for the Moon Festival.  We finished our lantern dragon, made paper lanterns, made mooncake decorations, read stories about the Moon Festival and Vietnam, and made fresh spring rolls. On Thursday we celebrated as an elementary school with an assembly in the theatre. We enjoyed performances by the Vietnamese language classes and some local performers. Afterwards we enjoyed some Moon Festival snacks and painted paper masks.  The children looked lovely in their ao dai!  Today is the UN’s International Day of Peace.  We read many books about peace, watched a video that last year’s K1B students made, and started working on a “peaceful hands” art project.  We met with K1A to discuss what peace means to us.

Please continue to discuss “community,” “together,” “gentle” and “peace” at home in your home languages.   What do the words mean?  What do they mean to your family and in your home cultures? What might they mean at school and here in Hanoi?  At school we are learning to be caring and safe – with ourselves, our friends and our resources/environment.

On Tuesday we had 2 special guests – Ms. Kristen, the K2 EAL teacher, joined us to play some language games.  Ms. Charla’s daughter Loewen visited us from Grade 1 to read a story called “We are in a book!”

On Friday we had a special visit from 5 very special guests – 5 little ducklings came for a swim in the ECC!  These ducklings hatched in the MS science room earlier this month.

Please be reminded that I will be away from Wednesday afternoon as I am leading a workshop for the IB in Japan. This is a 3 day workshop for experienced PYP teachers from around the Asia-Pacific region.  The workshop is called “Literacy, mathematics and symbolic learning in the early years.” I will be back with the students on Tuesday. Ms. Nhung and Ms. Renate (a regular ECC supply teacher) will take good care of the children in my absence. Please send any important communication about absences and pick up changes to the Ms.  Phuong, ECC Secretary: eccsecretary@unishanoi.org

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Please note:

-Wednesday September 26th:  Ms. Charla will leave in the afternoon to deliver a workshop for the IB in Japan.  She will be back at school Tuesday October 2nd.

-Friday September 28th:

Global Goals Week
Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre 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

-Monday October 1st:  No school for students due to Parent Teacher Conferences

-Thursday October 4th, PM: K1B Parent Teacher Conferences.  This will be a normal school day for the children.  More information to follow via email.

-Saturday October 6th to Sunday October 14th: October break, no school

Sept 14

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We had a wonderful time with our Grade 3 buddies on Thursday, celebrating “Dot Day.” We discussed some of the messages in the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds with our buddies, in both English and home languages.  Some ideas included, “If you don’t like something the first time you do it, don’t give up,” “find lots of ways to do something to be creative,” “know what you are good at and what you need to work on,” and “if you learn how to do something you should help other people do it, too.”  We worked on a collaborative art piece with our buddies.  We had another opportunity to explore our creativity on Friday when we visited the elementary school’s new Maker Space room.  We explored the room and resources with Ms. Michelle (Technology Coordinator) and Ms. Nhan who will be in the Maker Space full time.

This week we introduced some important words – “community,” “together,” “gentle” and “peace.”  Please talk about these words at home in both English and any other home languages.  What do the words mean?  What do they mean to your family and in your home cultures? What might they mean at school? Next Friday is the UN International Day of Peace.  How can we promote peace in our communities and in the world?  Please email Ms. Charla if you have anything to share from your discussions at home.

Next Thursday we will celebrate the mid-autumn Moon Festival as a school.  We have been working on a class dragon after Hugh offered the idea of making a “lantern dragon.”  We are reading traditional Vietnamese stories, making salt dough mooncakes, and making lanterns.  Please ensure you child wears an ao dai to school on Thursday.

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Please note:

-Monday September 17th: Snack sale – please send 20 000vnd with your child

-Thursday September 20th: Moon Festival Celebration (children please wear ao dai to school)

-Friday September 21st:  UN International Day of Peace (how does your family promote peace?)

-Wednesday September 26th:  Ms. Charla will leave in the afternoon to deliver a workshop for the IB in Japan.  She will be back at school Tuesday October 2nd.  More information to follow next week via email.

-Monday October 1st:  No school for students

September 7

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We had our first ECC Community Assembly in the theatre on Thursday.  We enjoyed a performance by Grade One about making responsible choices.  Ms. Megan read a story and we sang songs together.  The children are drawing about and explaining what community means to them.  We are investigating photos from and of our class.  Are we a community?  What makes us a community? On Friday Ms. Nitasha read a story to our class. Ms. Nitasha is the Lower Elementary Deputy Principal.

The children have been exploring letters – copying words on the whiteboard and looking at each other’s names.  They have also been very interested in counting – “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – put one on top to be 0!”.  Size is another mathematical concept of interest to the children right now – stacking boxes of different sizes (“It is so tall!  It is a city!”), drawing planets of different sizes, and using words such as “big,” “tiny,” “biggest,” and “giant.”  To support this I’ve been introducing new materials, vocabulary and problems into the children’s play.  We have been reading stories about size, including the wonderful story You are (not) Small by Anna Kang.  This story introduces the concept of perspective – size is relative!   Please talk about size at home, and don’t forget to “count everything!”

Thank you for joining us last night for Back to School Night.  If you would like to review the slides or weren’t able to attend, please see this link:  K1B Back to School 2018

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Please note:

-Thursday September 20th: Moon Festival Celebration (children please wear ao dai to school)

-Friday September 21st:  UN International Day of Peace (how does your family promote peace?)

Aug 31

Dear Parents,

We had a lovely week in K1! This week we continued our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.   On Thursday we met our Grade 3 buddies for the first time.  The children spent time with their buddies playing and getting to know each other.  Ms. Nhung and the children baked cookies and there have been many “cakes” and “cookies” baked in our play dough area this week as well.  Many of the children are expressing a strong interest in airplanes and have been building airplanes and helicopters using Lego.  The collaboration amongst the children is impressive – they are sharing materials, ideas and techniques with each other.  The children showed their creativity and observation skills as they painted flowers using watercolours to display in the classroom.  Friday morning was photo day for our class – everyone looked extra special!  On Friday we also met Ms. Kris, our school counsellor, who read us a story about feelings.

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Please note:

-Monday September 3rd: National holiday, no school

-Next Thursday September 6th is Back to School Night.  Please join me from 6:00-6:30 or 6:35 – 7:05pm in the classroom (B11 G19) for information about K1.

 

Aug 24

Dear Parents,

We finished our first full week of K1!  The children are enjoying each other’s company and the K1 learning spaces.  This week the children drew self-portraits, wrote name samples, and cut out family photos to display in the classroom. The children loved seeing each others’ family photos.  On Wednesday we had our first Open Classrooms time with the other K1 classes.  The children all mixed together in the 3 classrooms to get to know each other and all of the K1 teachers and TAs. On Thursday we had a school-wide evacuation drill.  The K1 children did an amazing job of following the procedures and set an example for the rest of the school.  All of these experiences are helping us tune into our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choice affect ourselves and the community.

Please follow this link to see photos from this week:  K1B Media

Please note:

-I will be away from the classroom on Monday and Tuesday as I am taking part in professional development at the school.  Ms. Nhung and the specialist teachers will be with the children following our usual schedule. Please email the ECC office if there are any changes to attendance, pick up or drop off:  eccsecretary@unishanoi.org

-Friday August 31:  K1B Photo Day (class photo and individual photos)

-Monday September 3rd: National holiday, no school

-Please send in a healthy snack for afternoon snacks.

Aug 17

Dear K1B Parents,

We had a really lovely start to the K1 year!  It has been such a pleasure getting to know your children this week.  The children seemed to feel very comfortable at school and enjoyed playing with each other.  The block, puzzles, kitchen and playdough areas were particularly busy this week.  We had plenty of outdoor play as well.  The children are learning to get themselves ready for snack, outdoor play and lunch.  Washing hands, helping to set the lunch table and serve food, and getting hats and water bottles for outdoor play are all the students’ responsibilities and they have taken on these tasks very quickly.  We are also learning to greet each other with smiles and a pleasant “good morning” to start the day. Today the children had a wonderful time at music with Ms. Alexis and art with Ms. Emma.

Please help your children prepare for the school day by ensuring they have hats, full water bottles, and an afternoon snack each day.  Just a reminder that PE uniforms and sports shoes should be worn to school on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Please enjoy photos from this week:  K1B Weekly Media.  You may want to download favourite photos of your child at school, and/or to look at and discuss the photos as a family.  Your children will also have their own, private digital learning journals this year. We will be using a platform called See Saw. The school will share more information about this in the coming weeks.

Reminders:

-hats must be worn during outdoor play.  They have been sent home today for washing.

-morning snack (fruit) is provided by the school. Please send a healthy afternoon snack.

-please send in or email family photos if you haven’t done so already cmarshall@unishanoi.org

Have a wonderful weekend with your wonderful children!

About Ms. Charla & Ms. Nhung

My name is Charla Marshall and I’m excited to be your child’s teacher this year.  This is my second year at UNIS Hanoi.  Previously I taught in Singapore for 10 years.  I live  with my husband, Paul (Australian), and my daughter, Loewen (born in Singapore).  Loewen is starting Grade 1 this year.  Originally I’m from Toronto, Canada. I taught in Toronto for several years after completing my Masters before moving overseas. I also work for the International Baccalaureate (IB) as a teacher trainer, consultant and school evaluation team member.  As a teacher I am very passionate about play, inquiry, instilling a sense of community, and creating a love of learning.  I can’t wait to get to know the children this year, and to work with you to help the children learn and grow. Ms. Nhung is starting her 7th year at UNIS.  She is very happy to be working in K1 again and is looking forward to a great year with your children.  Ms. Nhung lives in Hanoi with her husband and her son and is expecting a baby girl in December.