A message from our Room Parent

Dear Parents,

My name is Carmen and I am the mom of Basti. I am looking forward to be this year the class parent for K1B.

Just few words to introduce: It is now our 4th year in Hanoi and at UNIS. I am here with my husband and my two boys (Basti K1 and Max Grade 2). Originally we are coming from Germany but spending now our 7th year abroad from home. We live in Ciputra, close to school and I can drop off and pick up my kids everyday.
The last years I kept on volunteering for UNIS in different ways , not least as being class parent the last 3 years as well. I like to be involved in such a great school where our little ones are spending most of the day.
Main subjects I will contact you are on a socially base, what is going on at school or in the class / class grades. This can be for example a grade level after school party or helping a new family to join better the community or the UN Day with its shared international lunch to be organized that is coming up in November.
So feel free to contact me if you have some parent related questions , via email kuebler@gmx.com or phone 0967805496.
Thanks,
Carmen

Sept 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 focussed on the concept of responsibility – what is our responsibility?  How can we be responsible?  We had an authentic inquiry into responsibility when the students chose not to tidy up at the end of the day on Monday, and returned to school on Tuesday to find a very messy classroom!  We used a visible thinking routine, “See, Think, Wonder” to figure out what happened.  Some students thought that the teachers made the mess, others thought perhaps a monster or ogre snuck in at night and turned over our room, others blamed Goldilocks.  Luckily Ms. Charla had video footage of the end of Monday for the students to review!  As we watched the videos we reflected on our K1B community agreements and decided to take responsibility to tidy up the room and get it ready for the day.  In class we read several different versions of Goldilocks, which helped the students explore the idea of responsibility.  Tuesday was a big day for the school as we celebrated UNIS’ 30th birthday!  On Wednesday we had our first snack sale of the year, and met the ECC Counsellor, Ms. Anissa.  Thursday was the UN International Day of Peace.  In K1 we explored peace by reading stories, watching videos of students reflecting on peace, drawing about what peace looks/feels/sounds like, and working together peacefully in the classroom.  What does peace mean to your family?  How do you say peace in your mother tongue?   Yaara’s parents visited on Thursday to teach the class about the Jewish New Year which takes place this week, and to help us celebrate with apples and honey to wish each other a sweet year to come.  Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*next Thursday we will celebrate the Moon Festival.  Please make sure your child has an Ao Dai to wear to 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 focussed on the concept of friendship – what are the characteristics of friends?  Are you still friends when you’re upset with each other?  How can you be a good friend?  We read a number of storybooks about friendship; “Friend,” “Rex Wrecks It,” “My Friend Rabbit,” and “The Rainbow Fish” to help us explore these questions.  We read a story called “Chrysanthemum,” which prompted the students to begin exploring their names.  Chrysanthemum has 13 letters in her name! We counted and began comparing the number of letters in our own names.   We also learned a clapping pattern math game.  Thursday was a special day as the whole elementary school prepared to celebrate international Dot Day, inspired by the story “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds.  We reviewed the story with our Grade 3 buddies, helped make our mark on the school fence, and created a collaborative “dotty” collage.  Students may wear dots to school tomorrow to help celebrate, if they’d like.  How do you make your mark on the world?  Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please see the presentation slideshow if you were unable to attend Back to School Night last week. K1B Back to School

Please note:

*students are encouraged to wear clothes with dots to school tomorrow (Friday).  We will make dots in class to wear (so please don’t worry if you don’t have clothes already)

*UNIS will kick off its 30th birthday celebration on Tuesday (19th) with a whole school photo and birthday party.  All students should wear blue to school on Tuesday – blue PE shirts or other blue clothes are ok

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 continued to review and develop our our K1B Community Agreements by adding symbols that the students can ‘read’ to understand and remember the agreements.  We created a class web to show that we are all connected and belong together.  What happens when one part of the web is missing or damaged?  We also started collages to show our changing understanding of community.  What shapes, colours and images mean “community” to the students?  Thank you to everyone who has discussed community at home and sent in translated words.   We are practicing forward and backward counting by rote, with counting fingers, and in songs and rhymes.  We had two special assemblies on Thursday, including a visit from Dr. Barder and a performance by gumboot dancers from South Africa.  Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

I look forward to seeing you tonight at Back to School Night.  Please join me in our classroom for either the 6:00-6:30 or 6:35-7:05 session to learn more about K1B.  Our room is G17 in the ECC/Building 11.

Please note:

 

*K1B still needs a room parent. Please email me at cmarshall@unishanoi.org if you are interested or would like more details.

August 31

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 worked on developing our K1B Community Agreements – what do we want our class to look, sound and feel like?  I will send home a photo of our agreements once they are a bit more finalized so that you can look at them as a family.  We have been discussing the word “community” and trying to figure out what it means.  The students understand that their families are the most important part of their communities and now we are beginning to expand that understanding to include our classmates. The students drew pictures of each other and are talking about how we are connected.  Please talk about “community” at home, especially if your home language if it isn’t English.  On Wednesday we cooked some tasty treats for afternoon snack, and Thursday we met our Grade 3 buddies for the first time!  We had lots of fun taking our class photo as well.  Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

I look forward to seeing you next Thursday September 7th at Back to School Night.  Please join me in our classroom for either the 6:00-6:30 or 6:35-7:05 session to learn more about K1B.  Our room is G17 in the ECC/Building 11.

Please note:

*Monday is a public holiday and there is no school.

*Please email me at cmarshall@unishanoi.org to tell me how you say “community” and “friend” in your home language/s.

*send in or email a family photo if you haven’t already

*K1B still needs a room parent. Please email me at cmarshall@unishanoi.org if you are interested or would like more details.

Aug 24

Dear Parents,

We had a great week in K1B!  We started our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme who we are with the central idea:  Personal choices affect ourselves and the community. We learned some cooperative games, including ‘This is a spoon’ and a board game called ‘Snail Pace Race.’  We began discussing what it means to be a class community, and our responsibility for creating the type of classroom we want to have in K1B.  We read a book called How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? and came up with our own ideas about how we should and shouldn’t eat our meals together in K1B.  The students have been learning to sit together for meal times, clear their own plates, and eat politely and safely.  When our schedule permits, the students also set the tables.  You may want to ask your child about lunch times and reinforce these habits at home.  In math we learned an addition song called ‘One Elephant Went Out to Play.”  Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*send in or email a family photo if you haven’t already

*K1B needs a room parent. Please email me at cmarshall@unishanoi.org if you are interested or would like more details.