June 7

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme sharing the planet with the central idea:  understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. Ms. Emma helped the children take the 2-D drawings of the animals they researched to 3-D sculptures using clay.  Each child is creating an e-book about his/her research. These books are almost complete and will be shared on the student blogs.

On Tuesday Ms. Anissa visited the class to help us prepare to have a safe and happy summer, and to understand about body safety.  You may want to ask your child about riding in taxis, playground safety, crossing the street, private parts and saying no.

On Wednesday some Grade 1 students visited the class to teach us about rhino poaching, and distributed books for the students to take home.

We had a very special assembly this morning. We said farewell to Dr. Barder and his wife through song, stories, videos, poems and gifts.  We also congratulated our Grade 1 friends by singing a song with them and presenting flowers.

Tomorrow the students will meet their new teachers and classmates on Moving Up Morning.  Your child will spend part of the morning with his/her K2 teacher and classmates.  Don’t forget to ask your child about his/her experience.  You will receive a class list, class photo and letter from the teacher.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Tuesday June 12th:  Swimming.  Parents are invite to observe K1B’s final swimming lesson from 2:15-2:55. Please meet the children at the pool.

*Wednesday June 13th 1-2:20pm: K1 Year End Celebration. Please join your child at the K1 celebration. There will be light snacks and water play.  Please ensure your child has a change of clothes.

*Thursday June 14th: Last day of school.  Early dismissal @ noon

*Show and tell next week – cancelled due to short week

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May 31

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme sharing the planet with the central idea:  understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. This week all of the students continued researching an animal of their choosing in pairs or small groups.  The students recorded their research using drawings, copied words, and by sounding out words with teacher assistance.  Each student drew the life cycle of the animal researched, and completed a scientific drawing as well.  Ms. Emma will help the children take their 2-D drawings to 3-D sculptures using clay.

We continued to both regain and lose classroom resources this week. Many students are showing increased responsibility towards the organization and care of our shared classroom resources, and are even encouraging others to do the same. Some Grade 4 students visited to tell our class about a pencil and stationary drive to support school children in rural Vietnam. As a class we decided that any pencils, pens, crayons or markers that we lose from now on will be donated to this cause. Please also send in any extras that you have at home.

This morning’s music concert and art exhibition was a huge success!  Congratulations to all of the Discovery and K1 students, as well as the art and music teachers.

Tomorrow the students will visit the K2 classrooms to meet all of the K2 teachers and learn a bit more about what it will be like in K2.  Next Friday the students will meet their new teachers and classmates on Moving Up Morning.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Tuesday & Thursday:  Swimming

*Wednesday June 13th 1-2:20pm: K1 Year End Celebration (details TBA)

*Thursday June 14th: Last day of school.  Early dismissal @ noon

*Show and tell next week – student choice

May 24

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme sharing the planet with the central idea:  understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. This week all of the students in K1 began researching an animal of their choosing in pairs or small groups.  Some students are learning with friends and teachers from the other K1 classes.  We are using books, observations, videos and websites to inquire into the characteristics, habitats, needs and life cycles of these animals.  The students are recording their findings through scientific drawings and copied words and are sharing their learning with their peers.  We continue to collect and observe bugs and animals in the ECC and are wondering about their life cycles.  Thank you for sending in baby photos for show & tell this week – the students love sharing their photos with each other and are noticing how humans grow and change throughout their lives.  The photos are displayed in class and will be returned before end of year.

The draining of our classroom resources took a turn for the better this week!  The children suggested that they could all work together to take care of our remaining resources and have taken action on saving their supplies.  Early in the week Sasha suggested that they could earn back resources if they showed they could be responsible.  We discussed how this would work in nature, and the children suggested that wasted trees and plants could be slowly regrown.  We came to the decision that any children showing responsibility towards our resources could choose 1 item out of the wasted resource bin to return to the class.  We now have some costumes, markers, blocks and small toys back in circulation.  Let’s see how this evolves over the next few weeks!

Friday’s outdoor classroom morning was a huge success.  Everyone had so much fun and it was wonderful to see how all of the Discovery to Grade 1 children played together.  On Tuesday we watched the dress rehearsal for the K2/Gr1 Concert.  The concert was amazing and we’re excited for next week – we’re up next! Thursday we cheered for the graduating Grade 12 students in “The Grand Walk,” an annual tradition at UNIS.  We made special graduation caps for the occasion and talked about what it will be like when our class graduates – in 2031!

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Tomorrow: Early dismissal @ 11:30 due to High School Graduation.  Children will not eat lunch at school.

*Tuesday & Thursday:  Swimming

*Wednesday May 23:  Concert clothes were due yesterday. Please send in ASAP if you haven’t already done so.

*Thursday May 31: Discovery & K1 Art Exhibition & Concert @ 9am

*Wednesday June 13th 1-2:20pm: K1 Year End Celebration (details TBA)

*Thursday June 14th: Last day of school.  Early dismissal @ noon

*Show and tell next week – student choice

May 17

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme sharing the planet with the central idea:  understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The students observed a photo of a butterfly and carefully drew it “like a scientist.”  We had watched and drawn this butterfly when it was in both caterpillar and chrysalis stages.  The butterfly emerged at Hugo’s house during the long weekend.  Our documentation of this process helped to start our discussion about the different life cycles of living things.  A book about egg’s – Nature’s Perfect Package, really caught the students’ interest and helped to extend our understanding of life cycles.

The students have been collecting cicada exoskeletons at home and from our playground at school.Some students are getting very creative with the skins – even designing clothing with the skins as decorations!  We noticed that the ones we are finding now are bigger than the ones we found at first.  We watched several videos of cicadas shedding their “skins” and have been discussing the different ways that different living things grow and change throughout their lives.

Unfortunately we lost even more classroom “resources” this week and now have a big water table full of wasted resources! The children have requested to go into the other K1 classrooms to play.  The other classrooms have been generous in sharing their resources with us – so far.  What happens if we don’t care for these other resources?  Is there enough for everyone?  Some students mentioned that they don’t mind having less to use in the classroom because they have lots of things to use in their homes.  If you’d like to connect to our inquiry at home, please consider removing toys, craft supplies and other “resources” at home if your child isn’t being responsible with them.  Please let me know if you do so as I will follow up in class.

Tuesday was the UN’s International Day of Families.  Please check your child’s bag today for a special gift s/he made for your family!

Tuesday’s K2 Market Day was a great success.  Congratulations to K2 for all of their hard work and creativity. Thank you to the K1B parents who provided for this week’s Snack Sale. It was lovely to see so many homemade snacks this round.

Swimming was a huge hit this week! Swimming continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the school year.

Please don’t forget to help your child prepare for tomorrow morning’s outdoor classroom day.  The children need to wear sunscreen to school, bring a hat, bring a change of clothes in a labelled bag, and have a full water bottle. Thank you!

Please see this link for photos from this week and from Book Week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Tomorrow: Outdoor Classroom Day (please ensure your child is wearing sunscreen, has a hat, has a change of clothes, and brings a filled water bottle)

*Tuesday & Thursday:  Swimming

*Wednesday May 23:  Send in your child’s concert clothes by this date

*Friday May 25th: Early dismissal @ 11:30 due to High School Graduation

*Thursday May 31: K1 Art Exhibition & Concert @ 9am

*Wednesday June 13th 1-2:20pm: K1 Year End Celebration (details TBA)

*Thursday June 14th: Last day of school.  Early dismissal @ noon

*Show and tell next week – please help your child to bring in a baby photo to help us discuss how humans grow and change throughout their lives

K1 Concert Information

Dear Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Parents,

The Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday, May 31st at 9am.  The students are excited to showcase their work in the Arts for the UNIS Community! The art exhibition will begin immediately following the concert.

Please note the following information regarding the performance.

  • Students will come to school at the regular time on Thursday, May 31st, and will be brought to the Center for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.
  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Center for the Arts Foyer at 8:30am and the music concert will begin promptly at 9am.

Concert Attire for Discovery and Kindergarten 1 students:

Students should wear black pants or leggings and a solid colored shirt that is yellow, green, red, blue, pink, orange or purple.  Please label your child’s clothes and send them in a labeled bag to school by Wednesday, May 23rd as they will be used in dress rehearsals.

Concert Duration:  9am – 10am

Please note that following this event, the art exhibition will take place in the Center for the Arts Foyer. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy and discuss your child’s artwork as well as create art together.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning. Thank you so much for your support.

Kind regards,

The Arts Team

 

K1 Special Events Next Week

Tuesday K2 Market:

The K2 children have been learning about goods and services as part of their How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry.  As a culminating project, they will be hosting an ECC Market on Tuesday, 15 May.  Children will be selling goods they have made themselves, including crafts, books and beverages.

Please send 20,000 VND to school with your child on Tuesday so s/he can enjoy shopping at the K2 market.

All of the money earned will be donated to LifeStraw, an organization that helps provide access to clean water.  Along with donations from other ES classes, we are hoping to be able to purchase a community water filter for a local school.  This would reduce the number of plastic bottles that community consumes while also providing clean drinking water.

If you have questions, please contact Ms Andrea in K2:  asnyder@unishanoi.org

Tuesday & Thursday Swimming:

Starting on Monday May 14th  all students in Discovery, K1, K2, and Grade 1 will be swimming during their PE lessons. Swimming will continue until the end of the school year.
Please make sure your child is ready to swim by sending to school:
  • swimming costume (not bikinis, swim-suits with hoods, rash vests- see this blog post on why rash vests hinder rather than help: Rash Vests 
  • goggles
  • swim cap (if hair is below shoulders)
  • towel
    For more details on Swimming Expectations please read the Aquatics blog.  

If there are any special requirements for, or exclusions from, swimming over the next 5 weeks please inform Martin Hamilton as well as your PE teacher.

Wednesday Snack Sale:

Please send in 20, 000vnd for the final snack sale of this school year

Friday Outdoor Classroom Day:

Dear Parents,

On Friday May 18th Discovery, K1, K2 and Grade 1 will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  Weather permitting, the students will be outside from 8:25-10:05.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
-wears sunscreen to school
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
-has a change of clothes in a labelled bag
Sincerely,
The Lower Elementary Team

May 10

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme sharing the planet with the central idea:  understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The students have been reading about and dressing up as different animals and exploring their “characteristics.”  We have many caterpillars, beetles, butterflies, toads and cicadas in the ECC right now and the students have been studying them closely.  Unfortunately we continued to lose our classroom “resources” at a fast rate this week and now have 3 boxes full of wasted resources! The children have become very protective of the few resources that remain.  What happens if we run out?  What is our responsibility to our environment and our resources?

Last week’s book week was a great success. The students love the dress up days, sharing their favourite stories, and all of the mystery readers!  This week helps to foster a love of reading, which is key to literacy development.

In math we have been exploring patterns as they appear in nature, stories, songs and art.  After some students added beads to small sticks that we collected from the playground, all of the students were given the task of copying and extending a pattern that I created, then creating a pattern of their own. Please see your child’s blog for his/her work.

Next week there will be several special events for K1- the start of swimming in PE, a K2 Market Day, Snack Sale, and an outdoor learning day.  Please see my second blog post for more details.  I will send an email as well to ensure all of the students are able to fully participate in these events.

Please see this link for photos from this week and from Book Week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*Tuesday:  K2 Market Day (please send in 20, 000 vnd) and swimming

*Wednesday: Snack sale (Please send in 20, 000vnd)

*Thursday:  Swimming

*Friday: Outdoor Classroom Day (please ensure your child is wearing sunscreen, has a hat, has a change of clothes, and brings a filled water bottle)

*Show and tell next week – Ms. Anissa, our school counsellor, has been helping us to focus on ways to feel happy.  Please help your child bring in something that makes him/her feel happy.  It could be a family photo, a favourite story, a stuffed animal, an article of clothing, a colour…

April 26

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme sharing the planet with the central idea:  understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The students have been very curious, and are engaged in learning more about insects.  We have a lot of bug hunters in our class and we now have a collection of caterpillars, snails, flies, worms, beetles and other critters in our room.  We found a caterpillar that turned into a chrysalis and the students have been documenting its metamorphisis through scientific drawings and observations.  We have been learning about the differences between butterflies and moths, and learned that insects don’t have any bones!  We continued to lose our classroom “resources” at a fast rate this week and now have 2 boxes full of wasted resources – markers without lids, misplaced toys, paper from the floor, glue sticks without caps…. The children have noticed that we don’t have as many supplies to use for projects.  What happens if we run out?  What is our responsibility to our environment and our resources?

On Tuesday we visited the Grade 5 Exhibition.  Exhibition is the culminating event of all PYP students at any PYP school in the world.  At UNIS our students aligned their Exhibition research with one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and focussed on authentic action to help achieve these goals. Congratulations to the Grade 5s!

This morning at assembly we met Super Cycling Man – an English man who is cycling across the world to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s Disease.

Don’t forget that we have a lot going on next week for Book Week!  Enjoy the long weekend.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*No school Monday & Tuesday – public holidays

*Wednesday is Wear a Word Day, Thursday is Book Character Day, Friday is Pajama Day

*Please ensure your child has a hat at school for outdoor play.

*Please help out by checking your child’s bag to ensure s/he is not bringing any toys or cards to school.

*We are hunting for tadpoles and caterpillars (and any other interesting critters) for our unit of inquiry. If you spot any at your home or in your travels, please scoop them up for us!

*Show and tell next week – cancelled due to short week

Mystery Readers & Book Week Details

Dear Parents,

May 2nd, 3rd and 4th we will celebrate Book Week at UNIS, with many exciting events, including “wear a word day,” “book character parade,” and “pajama day.”  We would like to welcome some mystery readers into our classroom for Book Week.  If you can help out, please sign up on the document below.

K1B Book Week Mystery Reader Sign Up

Please let me know if you would like to read but none of these times work for you.  More info below from the organizers of Book Week.

Sincerely,

Charla

Everyday of Book Week will offer special activities!

Wednesday May 2– Wear a Word Day:

Students wear a word on their clothing- Can be a word they identify with, have fun saying or simply enjoy.

Thursday May 3-Character costume dress up day + Parade:

Students dress up as their favourite BOOK character

Friday May 4 Pajama dress up day and bring your best buddy soft cuddly toy to school day  + SCO Book Sale!

Plus week long activities including Literary Lunches, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time Book Walks, Poetry Pathways and AMAZING Library displays!

The Book Week Team

April 19

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme sharing the planet with the central idea:  understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The students have been exploring the role of the veterinarian through role play and reading.  This is helping to draw attention to the different parts of the body that help us to distinguish groups of living things.  The vet role play also helps to develop our understanding of the needs of different living things, and our responsibility to animals.  We have been looking closely at and reading books about insects to learn about what sets them apart from other living things.  Insects have six legs and 3 body parts – a head, a thorax and an abdomen.  This examination has led to some great counting strategies and is helping build organization and categorization skills.  Each student also identified an animal to learn more about.  We are looking forward to conducting research about king cobras, gazelles, hamsters, rabbits, scorpions, whales and dolphins. We introduced the word and concept “resources” by looking at the things we regularly use and need in our school day.  We are collecting a box of wasted resources.  When the students leave markers or glue without lids on, leave pencils on the floor, or leave other items in incorrect places during clean up, the resources are taken away.  What happens if they all disappear?

On Friday Ms. Joan, our school Speech & Language Teacher, visited all of K1 to help us understand more about how the body produces speech.  She will return a few times over the coming weeks.

Thank you to all of our K1B families for your participation and enthusiasm in Student Led Conferences.  Each student carefully planned his/her own conference to help you understand how s/he learns.  They were thrilled to have you in as “students” yesterday.

Please see this link for photos from this week:  K1B Photos

Please note:

*No school Wednesday – public holiday

*Please ensure your child has a hat at school for outdoor play.

*Be sure to check the Tin Tuc for information about Book Week which is coming up soon. I have also published a second post about signing up to be a mystery reader in K1B during Book Week.

*Please help out by checking your child’s bag to ensure s/he is not bringing any toys or cards to school.

*We are hunting for tadpoles and caterpillars (and any other interesting critters) for our unit of inquiry. If you spot any at your home or in your travels, please scoop them up for us!

*Show and tell next week – cancelled due to short week