Penultimate Week in K2B

In this week’s assembly, we said goodbye to Dr. Barder. K2B wrote a description of Dr. Barder, which was shared with him at the assembly (see pic collage below). We also painted portraits of Dr. Barder as a connection to our current Unit of Inquiry of being artists.


We have been learning from MS/HS about being artists. We saw performances in the theatre which included dance, choir, and orchestra.

“On Monday we visited Ms. Sophie’s music class and learned that a computer can also be an instrument. You can make sounds with computers and you can combine two songs to make a new song.” – Jasper & James


Another successful visit to the canteen with our G1 buddies!


Swimming Open Lessons


  • Friday, June 8: K2 End of Year Celebration Potluck at 11:30.
  • Wednesday, June 13: Swimming Open Morning at 10:10.
  • Thursday, June 14: Last Day of School. Dismissal at 12:00.

K2B Artists and Canteen visit

The children have been enjoying expressing their ideas and emotions using a variety of art forms as part of our ‘How we express ourselves’ unit.


Canteen Visit with Grade 1

In preparation for the transition to Grade 1, K2B paired up with G1B for lunch in the canteen today. We will have another visit on Thursday, 7th June.

“Our buddies showed us around the canteen, how to pay for lunch, and where we can play after lunch.” – Amelia, Abigail and Lexie


  • Canteen Lunch Visit: Thursday, 7th June
  • ES Moving Up Morning: Friday, 8th June
  • K2 End of Year Celebration – Potluck lunch: Friday, 8th June at 11:30 (In the ECC Gym)
  • Last Day of School: Thursday, 14th June. Early dismissal at 12:00

Visiting G1 Classrooms, K2 Concert and Grand Walk

Important Information:

Dismissal tomorrow is at 11:50 am, not 11:30 am.


Grade 1 Visit

As a way to make the transition to G1 a bit easier, K2 visited the G1 classrooms, and met the G1 teachers on Tuesday. We will have a few more transition activities in preparation for the move to G1.


K2 Concert and Art Exhibition

K2B did an amazing job at the concert and exhibition today!! Ms. Hang and I are very proud teachers!!


The Grand Walk

The whole ES got together to cheer on the G12 graduates as they made their way to the Sports Center through the elementary school courtyard. K2B made signs to congratulate them.


Busy Week Ahead

Swimming Starts Next Week
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(ren) 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.


K2 Market Day

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, May 15th.  Children will be selling goods they have made themselves, including toys, cookies 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.


International 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
The Lower Elementary Team

Book Week Activities

Gentle Reminders:

*Friday May 4 Pajama dress up day + bring your soft toy friend + SCO Book Sale! 

The Used Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase used books in their native tongue, or another language, at bargain prices! All books are priced from between 10,000 – 40,000 VND only! Remember to bring some spending money to purchase books (along with a reusable bag).

Students have the opportunity to visit the book sale during the school day on Friday.
NOTE: Children books are reserved for students to purchase until 3pm on Friday. Young adult/adult books can be purchased anytime.
Book Sale Hours:

Friday: 9.00 – 16.00 (open to UNIS Community)

Saturday: 8.00 – 12.00 (open to Hanoi Community)

  • Where does the money go?
  • Funds raised from the SCO Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through our Service Learning Programme.
  • For example, helping to create a community school library in Pu Bin and Sapa led by our Grade 8 Middle School students!

K2B Researchers and Grade 5 Exhibition

We continue to prep for our Market Day. This week, K2B interpreted the data from their surveys and decided which popular goods and services they would like to focus on. We then created interest groups. These groups came up with a list of things they think they might need to make their product (See picture below).

After that, they researched different recipes and ideas to help them create these goods or services.


On Monday, K2 surprised Mr Lush with 50 balloons for his 50th birthday!

Today we visited the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition. You might want to ask your child at home what they liked most about the exhibition.

Please note: There will be no guided reading groups next week due to the short week and I will be focusing on reading assessment. Students will select their own books to take home.


  • 30 April and 1 May:  No school!
  • 2-4 May: Book Week
  • 2 May: Wear a Word
  • 3 May: Character Dress up Day & Parade
  • 4 May: Pajama Dress Up and SCO Book Sale

K2B Surveying the ECC Community and Mystery Reader

In K2B, we have been thinking about goods and services for our ECC community. Each child came up with two yes/no questions to find out if these goods and services are something our community might need or want, in preparation for our own Market Day (more info to follow).

Mystery Reader

Don’t forget to sign up for Mystery Reader!! Here is the link again.


  • Student Led Conferences: Wednesday, April 19 from 10 am till 3 pm.
  • Hung King Day: Wednesday, April 25. No school.

Buddies, Sports Day and Mystery Reader

Our Grade 4 Buddies have created mini workshops based on some of our standards. K2B could choose the activity/workshop that interested them the most and sign up for it. We will continue with these for the remainder of the year. K2 students will be able to make a different choice every ‘Buddy’ session. Some of the popular choices today were:

  • Capacity:  Which container holds the most sand?
  • Length: Who can jump the furthest?
  • Length: Who can build the tallest tower using blocks?
  • Procedure: How to make origami – make a heart origami mobile for the classroom.
  • Communication: Telephone. One person sits facing one way and another sit the other. One person draws three simple shapes then tell the other. The other person tries to follow and copies the introductions. At the end compare and switch.

Sports Day

K2 will start at 8:20 and finish at 10:30 tomorrow. Parents are encouraged and welcome to come watch and cheer us on!

Students must have: 
Big Water Bottles
Shoes appropriate for running
House Shirt (Tiger, Lion, Eagle, Buffalo)

Mystery Reader

Don’t forget to sign up for Mystery Reader!! Here is the link again.