Thank you and Happy Holidays

Dear Parents,

August 2017

June 2018

Is it that time already? The year has really flown and I know all of Grade 2A has had a fabulous year socially and academically. I wish to thank each and every member of our 2A family for all your support and positivity throughout the year. I have truly been blessed to have such a wonderful group of students and parents to work with this year. This group will last a long time in my memory for only good reasons. As we head into our holiday break I wish everyone a safe and an enjoyable break. I look forward to seeing every one of you returning students and parents in August. To Ellie and family we wish you a great transition to your new school. Please remember our wonderful year together.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Daniel

Ideas fro the Summer Break to kick start Grade 3.

In class we were reading “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin and we only read until halfway. If you find a copy it would be a great read a loud to do complete with your child

If you are looking for ideas of how to incorporate math into your summer experiences, you can always add more talk about math using Table Talk Math.  Another way to enjoy math this summer is to play math games or digital math games.

To encourage reading over the summer, please check out our summer book list.  We also have a Summer Reading Bingo to encourage students to read different genres as well as books from grade three units of inquiry.

 

Week 36- Last full week of school year

Dear Parents,

Reminders

  • We will be bringing class work books home on Friday 8th June (tomorrow). If you would like to send an extra plastic bag to help carry books home. We will keep one book to work in for the last week.
  • Home reading books and library books should be returned by tomorrow as they need to be collected and stored.
  • Leavers’ Assembly – 12th June, 13.15-13.45 Sports Center
  • Class Party after Leavers’ Assembly – See details below.
  • June 14 is our last day of school. Dismissal at 12:00.

You’re Invited To the G2 End of Year Water Extravaganza!

When: Tuesday, June 12 at 2:00pm- 3:15pm

Where: UNIS Large field near tennis courts

What: Water Play Extravaganza to celebrate a fantastic year and good friends.

Who: All grade 2 students and their parents who want to join in on the fun!

Details:

  • Bring an optional water toy – though NO water balloons. We will have plenty of items (buckets, slip and slide, small wading pools) for students to use but we also know that sometimes they like to have their own toys.
  • Bring your bathing suit or something you are happy to get wet in, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, and a change of dry clothes– you will get wet!
  • Bring a small snack to share at our potluck party on the field. (Fruits, chips, cookies, juice) We will have reusable cups and plates but no cutlery. This potluck will be the whole of grade 2 out behind the swimming pool where there are a few tables. Children will be able to come and go with snack to play with water.
  • This is to celebrate the entire Grade 2 experience, build friendships for the next year and to have a whole lot of fun!

Any questions please contact Ms. Christy at cheitmiller@unishanoi.org

Thank you,

Your G2 Teachers

 

Ballet and Russia –  Expression of Culture. 

On Wednesday Kate, Vasilii’s mum, shared how Russia and Ballet connect together as an expression of their culture. it was a wonderful presentation that the students enjoyed. Thank you so much Kate.

 

Rhythm in UOI 

During UOI we expressed ourselves using rhythm by choosing between dance, hand clapping, cups, kitchen utensils and basketball bouncing. Below are images of us inquiring into rhythm.


Expressing ourselves through rhythm.

Culture though Games

Puppets – We were invited to view 3 puppet plays by the Middle School drama teacher to learn about the UN SDG’s. It was so much fun.

Math Estimating

During math this week we used large numbers to add and subtract and learned to train our eye to estimate a number of items.

Week 35 – Swimming Extravaganza Tomorrow

Dear Parents

Tomorrow Swimming Extravaganza 12.20-2.00

Students will need their usual items for a swimming session. Parents welcome to attend.

Click on the link below

Relay Extravaganza 2018-qdec47

Monday Mandalas

We created Mandalas as part of our How We Express Ourselves unit.

Math

Number games and 3D Shapes were our focus this week.

End of Year Class Party

Tuesday, June 12th at 2.00-3.15pm

Please look at note sent home with your child on Wednesday this week for extra details.

Math ideas for over the Summer Holiday

Elizabeth Murray our Enrichment and Extension Coach has shared some ideas for parents who would like to look into some extra activities.

Week 34 – Early Release tomorrow 11.30am

Dear Parents,

Friday is early release for Grade 12 Graduation. Students will go home tomorrow, Friday, at 11.30am

Ms Anissa’s visits. 

Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Protection
In the second semester of the 2017/18 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Anissa Zotos and Mr Dylan Meikle, will be teaching a series of lessons on personal safety to all students from Discovery to Grade 5.
The series of lessons is entitled Being Body Smart, and one of the main goals of these
sessions is to provide our children with knowledge and protective behaviours in regards to their body and their right to be safe. All Being Body Smart education is age appropriate and non-threatening. Such education is designed to empower students and not to frighten them.
A typical series of lessons might look like:

Lesson 1: “My Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body
Lesson 2: “Safe Touch” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself
safe. These lessons have also focused on having ‘safe adults’ – a list of known and agreed upon adults who are trusted to keep your child safe.

We also had a lesson to chat about leaving Grade 2 and leaving UNIS.

Ellie will be leaving UNIS this year

 

UOI – Creation of Cultural Art Forms

This week we created masks to teach others about one or more of our cultural values.

Geometry 

2D Shapes,Translation and Tessellation have been our focus this week. We have learned about these terms this week- Rotate, Translate, Reflect and tessellate. We had fun with this rap. Geometric Transformations

English has continued to be a narrative focus through readers’ theatre, writing micro stories and storytelling.

Reminders
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats and water bottles are needed everyday.
  • Fri 25 May 11:30 Dismissal due to High School Graduation.  Please be on time to pick your child up.
  • 1 June 12:30-2:00, parents invited!  ES House Relay Extravaganza 2018-qco185

Week 32 – Guest speakers needed for new unit

New Unit – Guest Speakers required.

Grade two has started it’s last unit of inquiry this week. It is, How We Express Ourselves: cultures express their creativity in many ways. This is a fantastic unit to utilize the diversity of our UNIS community. We were hoping some parents would come in to grade two and present different aspects of their culture and creativity. At this stage we have had no offers. If anyone would be prepared to assist next week 14th-18th May would be the best time as we will be looking at forms of cultural expression. Some ideas of culture that could be shared might be: language, music, art, dance, clothing/textiles, theatre, food, games, and sports. If you are interested in presenting, please email me and we can organise an appropriate time and I can help with ideas for the presentation. We would appreciate any support we can receive.
Many Thanks!
Grade Two Team
This week in math we have been focusing on the fraction of an area. We have also started to use fraction of a length.
Reading rotations have focused on reading and retelling narratives, writing stories and summaries  and also improving our sentence writing in word study.
Writing has been focusing on the structure of a narrative, listening to narratives and then retelling the narrative using the structure. Next week we will start to write short narratives.
Reminders
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Please check your child has a hat for these times.

Week 31 – Book Week

Dear Parents,

New Unit – Guest Speakers required.

Grade two is going to start it’s last unit of inquiry next week. It is, How We Express Ourselves: cultures express their creativity in many ways. This is a fantastic unit to utilize the diversity of our UNIS community. We would like to ask for parents to come in to grade two and present different aspects of their culture and creativity. Some ideas of culture that could be shared might be: language, music, art, dance, clothing/textiles, theatre, food, games, and sports. If you are interested in presenting, please email your child’s classroom teacher. We appreciate your help!
Many Thanks!
Grade Two Team

This week we are having great fun enjoying book week!

 

  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May 5
  • ​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 – 40,000VND only! Remember to send money tomorrow for the fantastic book sale.
    Students have the opportunity to visit the book sale during the school day on Friday. It would be great if you can send some spending money to purchase books (along with a reusable bag).
    NOTE: Children books are reserved for students to purchase until 3pm on Friday. Young adult/adult books can be purchased anytime.

 

In exploration, students published their travel brochures by sharing with our friends in 2B. As students presented their brochures, they spoke enthusiastically and convincingly.  As they listened to their friends, they gave specific, helpful, and respectful compliments and suggestions..

Week 30 – Book Week Coming.

Dear Parents

In our exploration unit, students continue to research fascinating facts about their destination for their travel brochures.

In math, students finished up our multiplication unit and began to work on fractions.

In English we have completed our unit on Information reports (reading and writing). Next week we will commence our inquiry into narratives.

Reminders:

  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4  
  • Monday, 30 April and Tuesday, 1 May – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • 10-13 May, the Wizard of Oz (tickets go on sale the first week of May)

Get Ready for Book Week!

Next week is book week; we will be celebrating books in many ways:

  • 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 3Character 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
  • Many other events, such as…Literary Lunches, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time, Book Walks, Poetry Pathways and AMAZING Library displays!

Week 29 – Explorers

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your attendance and engagement in the Student Led Conferences. As a parent I really enjoy this special time with my children. It really allows me to see where they are at and how they are improving their learning. It also is a time where we can set goals together. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Book Week is coming

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

Family Photos

UOI

We have chosen an area of our universe (land, underwater or space) to explore and some reasons why we will explore. Using the internet and books we are gathering information to share our exploration through a travel brochure. The brochure will include a map, fascinating reasons to go, fascinating facts, things to bring, photographs and other things that we learn.

Math

We have completed for the moment our inquiry into multiplication through repeated addition, arrays, number sentences, symbols and pictures. The students have impressed me with their increased understanding of multiplication and understand a great deal about this area of math which will continually be built on for the rest of this year and in the coming school years. We will use this knowledge in the coming weeks to connect it to fractions and division. Congratulations to all the students!

English

We have learned the structure of the information report and have written two drafts. One with the class about superheroes and one with a partner about a country or continent of interest. For our country we had to use books to find the information and then write it in our own words rather than just copy. This is a skill we will need to use as we complete our travel brochures. We also continued to develop our individual reading through our weekly reading to ourselves, through Raz kids, word study and focused guided reading with Mr. Daniel.

Reminders

  • Wednesday, 25 April – Hung King Day NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK DRIVE ENDS: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27 – Currently we have about 100 books!!
  • Monday, 30 April – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday 1st May – International Labour Day  NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May
  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Many students are forgetting their hats for recesses and PE. Please check your child has a hat for these times.

Week 28 – Student Led Conferences Next Week

Dear Parents,

Reminders – Coming Events

Today – Thursday 12th April Grade 2 -5 Art Show 5-7pm in the Centre for the Arts Centre

Wednesday 18th April – Student Led Conference – Sign up for your ALLOCATED time through Veracross. You received an email yesterday explaining the process and how the Student Led Conference is structured. This is not a parent/teacher conference but a time for parents and students to share their learning and progress.

  • Wednesday, 25 April – Hung King Day NO SCHOOL
  • Monday, 20 April – Vietnamese Victory Day NO SCHOOL
  • BOOK DRIVE: Monday April 9 – Friday April 27
  • BOOK SALE: Friday May 4 – Saturday May

Reminders – Weekly routines

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Many students are forgetting their hats for recesses and PE. Please check your child has a hat for these times.

Grade 5 PYP EXHIBITION ACTION – Movie showing next week – 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara

The Plastics Oceans Group

G5 UNIS Students

 

Week 27 – Fun Sports Day Tomorrow

Dear Parents

UNIS Fun Sports Day 

Please come share our celebration of movement, teamwork and school spirit at our UNIS School Sports day. Friday 30th March (tomorrow).
Times specific for Grade G2  – 8:20-11:20 (The calendar has a different starting time please ignore the calendar.)
Make sure students have a hat and water bottle.

English

Writing – Model writing of an information report. Topic: Super heroes

Reading – Investigating the structure of an information report.

Math

The relationship between arrays, groups of, skipping counting, repeated addition and multiplication.

Solving and writing word problems that involve multiplication.

UOI

Guest speakers on the topics of exploring the Himalayas and Vietnam.

Preparing for an exploration (What to bring on a field trip and creating a map of the route needed to be taken.)

Exploring a location through a field trip.

Reminders

  • Please check that your child is reading for 20 minutes a night. They should bring a book daily from school if they are not reading something from home.
  • Hats in PE and recesses. Many students are forgetting their hats for recesses and PE. Please check your child has a hat for these times.
  • Fri 30th March UNIS Fun Sports Day 8:20