June 7th – K1C

Dear parents,

Today was our last ECC assembly. It was held in the theater to say a special goodbye to Dr. Barder and his wife Lillian. There was singing, poetry, special messages and, of course, Dr. Barder played the guitar.

Tomorrow is Moving Up Morning. Your child will meet their new K2 teacher for next year and spend time in their new classroom getting to know their new classmates and environment. All of the K1 classes play together often and we talk about K2 frequently, so this will make the transition much easier. Please ask your child about their experience.

This week we had Ms. Anissa visit our classroom to teach a Body Safety lesson to the children. The children were engaged participants while learning about this important topic.

Don’t forget to join us for the End of Year party next week. Please remember extra clothes as we will be having water play.

Lastly, please enjoy the pictures of the week which include some amazing collaborative block building the children have been working on as well as lotus leaf decorating and observational drawings.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu


May 31st – K1C

Dear parents,

This has been a full week of rehearsals and practice and finally the main event! The children were so excited to perform for you today. They were amazing onstage! We are so proud of them. They demonstrated such confidence and pure joy. Thank you all for attending on this special day and also for engaging with your children in the art exhibition.

Tomorrow, the children will visit the K2 classrooms to familiarize themselves with the environments and the teachers prior to Moving Up Day next Friday. This will make for an easier transition.

Save the Date for our K1 End of Year Party!

Please join us Wednesday June 13th from 1-2:20. We will have outdoor water play with a light snack. You will hear more about this from our Room Mom.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu

May 24th – K1C

Dear parents,

This week we have been focusing on the line of inquiry the life cycle of living things. Each child has chosen a specific animal to research. Here are their choices:

Dragonfly – Anh Minh, Lily

Caterpillar – Andy

Spider – Flynn

Dog – Sarah

Elephant – Marha

Frogs – Elena

Butterfly – Maddison

Kangaroo – Sebastian

Snake – Julian, Liam

Bat – Oscar

Dolphin – Ella

Bird – Katie, Dasha

We took a special trip to the library yesterday to check out books containing more information on observable features, habitats and life cycles to get us started.

The children have been wild about cicadas! We have a growing collection of cicada skins that have been collected during outdoor playtimes. They even found a live one that we brought inside to investigate further that actually started singing in the classroom! This led to watching an amazing life cycle video titled “Return of the Cicadas” which I am betting will lead into further inquiry.

We made posters today with our G3 Buddies to hold up at the Grand Walk for the graduates this afternoon. Don’t forget that there is early dismissal tomorrow for the graduation event.

More pictures of the fun…

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu


May 17th – K1C

Dear parents,

This week was marked by a whirlwind of activity. The children had their first swimming lessons for PE. There were no tears or fear, only smiles and laughter. They are so confident that they got to go in the big pool yesterday.

Market Day was a big hit. There were many activities to take part in such as face painting, manicures, massages and pokemon games. There were lots of unique crafts for sale and some yummy cookies, juices and popsicles. The children had a blast.

Tuesday was the UN International Day of Families. To celebrate, the children drew and painted pictures of their families and described what they like to do with their families and how their families make them feel. I will post them on individual blogs soon.

We visited our grade 3 buddies today. The children were super engaged in patterning activities, drawing and reading.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is outdoor play day! Hats, water bottles and changes of clothes are a must!

Pictures of all the fun

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu

May 10th – K1C

Dear parents,

Last week I sent you an email that said I would include details and pictures of Book Week on this weeks blog so I could capture the entire three days. As you know, every day had a different theme and we had Mystery Readers throughout the week. Wear a Word Day, Character Parade Day, and Pajama Day were all a big hit! We were also joined by many mystery readers which included both parents and staff.

Book Week

Now that the children have bugs on the brain, they have been collecting and observing, or just observing, everything from the smallest spiders, the most colorful beetles and the biggest toads. It has made them much more aware of our outdoor environment and how we share it responsibly with all of these animals.

The children have also created some awesome big bugs for our classroom. They made a gigantic paper mache dragonfly and practiced their weaving skills while making a big buzzing bee.

We were also lucky enough to have Nikhil’s Dad share some photos of bugs he found in the jungle of India. The kids were so excited to count and compare all of the different characteristics..

The children have been working hard to copy, create and extend patterns. They do this every day in our environment, but this week have been working on some very special bracelets, headbands and backpack decorations to practice this skill.

Pics of the week


International Outdoor Classroom Day

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

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, 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.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu





April 26th – K1C

Dear parents,

Unit of Inquiry

As the children are becoming more interested in the animals in our environment, they have started to collect them to observe their characteristics and inquire further into their life cycles. So far they have collected caterpillars, snails and flies. This is helping us to better understand our lines of inquiry.

Today we read a book titled “The Insect Detective” and then tomorrow we will go on an investigative walk. We will document our findings and compare them to the living things list the children thought they would find.


We celebrated another two of our friends turning five this week. Happy Birthday Julian and Marha!

Speech Lessons

On Friday’s Ms. Joan, our speech and language therapist, has been visiting all of K1 for short lessons on voice, sounds and articulation. The children have really been enjoying this time with her.

Community Building with Grade 5

Two grade five students came over this week to share some community building exercises with K1. We all had fun participating in these activities.

Books, Books, Books!

We need books! As you know, the last day for book collection for the book sale is tomorrow April 27th. So far, K1C has only had 4 books donated. This is the perfect time to go through your bookshelves and clean out books you have read or ones you no longer need and bring them in tomorrow. Thank you from K1C!


Next week is Book Week. Please refer to the many school emails for details.

Wednesday: wear a word day

Thursday: character day

Friday: pajama & stuffed animal day

More pictures from the week

Have a lovely long weekend,

Deborah & Thu


August 19th – K1C

Dear parents,

Thank you so much for attending student led conferences with your child yesterday. It’s wonderful to have yet another opportunity for them to share their learning and to spend valuable time with you in the classroom. Please enjoy these pictures.

This week the children finished their drawings of animals they may find in our environment and then added watercolor. They are currently working on the next step which is describing this animal and then adding print to their descriptions. Very soon we will be going on some investigative walks and documenting our findings.

As you know, Book Week is May 2nd-4th. This is after the four day weekend. I am looking for mystery readers for this week. If you are interested, please let me know and we can set up a time. The kids would love it! If you need more information about Book Week, please refer to Julie Conroy’s email with information.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu


April 12th – K1C

Dear parents,

Welcome back from the well deserved holiday! We have heard many stories of all of the fun that was had.

This week we kicked off our new unit under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the Planet.

Our Central Idea is: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.

As we tune in to the new unit, the children are observing animals closely in books, on the light table, on the overhead projector and using magnifying glasses and manipulatives. Today we put on our ‘thinking caps’ and answered the question, “What animals will we find at UNIS?” I was very impressed with the wide variety of answers. Here is what the children said.

Each child then drew a detailed picture of what the animal they contributed looks like. Tomorrow we will be going on an animal hunt and documenting what we find.

We celebrated another one of our friends turning 5 on Tuesday. Happy Birthday Maddison!

And today all of K1 visited Dr. Barder’s office to sing him Happy Birthday and present him with a card signed by all of the children.

Pictures of the week

Belated pictures from Sports Day


  • If you find any interesting bugs outside of school please feel free to bring them to share.
  • We look forward to you joining us next Wednesday for Student Led Conferences.
  • Please make sure your child has at least two complete changes of clothes at school and if they are used, please replace.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu


March 29th – K1C

Dear parents,

Tomorrow is Sports Day! You are welcome to join us on the covered courts in front of the Sports Center from 9-10:30. Please remember to send your child with a hat, water bottle, sport shoes and sunscreen (applied). We will be participating in various games with the Discovery classes. Children will be free to choose the games they find most interesting and parents are welcome to participate as well.

We will finish our current unit of inquiry this week. The children are finishing describing their sock puppets using the six perspectives we have been practicing. They have been telling stories with them and sharing with their friends. I will post these on their personal blogs this week.

Please check the blog tomorrow afternoon for pictures which will include Sports Day.

We wish you a safe, relaxing and fun holiday!

Deborah & Thu


March 22nd – K1C

Dear parents,

Thank you all once again for joining us for Open Classrooms. It was so wonderful watching the children share their learning and their classroom with you. Thank you also to our mystery reader, Julian’s Dad, who joined us on that day. Please enjoy this link to the pictures from these very special two days. A post will be made soon on their personal blogs.

Last Friday we attended the MRISA soccer tournament opening ceremony. K1 definitely wins the most school spirit contest. The children put on their Phoenix crowns they made and a piece of blue flair. This included a blue capes, skirts, vests and sparkly mermaid costumes. They looked amazing!

For the last two weeks, we have been focusing on the line of inquiry, storytelling in different ways. The children have created sock puppets and hand puppets and have been telling stories with them in our puppet theater. Stay tuned for a post about this on their personal blogs. They are also telling stories through singing and dancing. A couple of children even made an puppet theater out of blocks which has been set up in the classroom all week.

Yesterday we were lucky enough to attend the grade 3 & 4 music concert dress rehearsal. The children were so excited to watch their grade 3 buddies perform and even some brothers and sisters.

Lastly, next Friday March 30th is the ES Sports morning from 9-10:30 on the covered courts in front of the sports center. You are all invited to join us. Please look for additional information on the ES PE blog post sent out today.

Follow this link for more pictures.

Have a lovely weekend!

Deborah & Thu