21 September 2018

Dear Parents,

We enjoyed celebrating Autumn Moon Festival yesterday. Thank you to the parents who contributed to making it a success!

On Monday Flynn’s parents Patrick and Faye, came to K2D to share with us Flynn’s Danish heritage.  We learned about hygge. Hygge is a danish word that means cosy.  We experienced a little bit of hygge by lighting candles and eating Danish biscuits.

On Wednesday Nikhil’s dad Sujoy, came in and taught us about some of India’s many languages. We learned to say hello and count to 10, in Bengali, Marathi, Assamese and Hindi.  We also enjoyed eating Indian sweets called laddu.

On Thursday Lily’s parent’s Jared and Aleks, came to school and taught us about Lily’s Polish and Canadian heritage.  We read a book by a Canadian author and we ate chrusty, a polish treat.

Global Goals Week

Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here

Reminders:

  • Next week swimming starts in K2.  For more information click here.
  • Thursday 27th September – EAL Coffee Morning for new families (returning families are also welcome to attend).
  • Friday 28th September Nude food day.
  • Friday 28th September 8.30am – K2 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth.
  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (no School or ASAs for ES).
  • Monday 8th to Friday 12th October – Autumn Break.
  • Thank you to the families who have sent headphones into  K2D. If you haven’t yet, please could you send a labeled set of headphones for your child to use at school.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Happy Dot Day!

14 September 2018,

Dear Parents,

Today is International Dot Day. It is a day that we celebrate creativity using the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. The catch phrase is  Make your mark and see where it takes you… If you would like to read a digital copy of this book click here.

On Tuesday Lina’s Mum, Mi Young came in to talk to us about Lina’s Korean and Japanese heritage.  She taught us how to make origami squares that we then used to play a game. Reminders:

  • Monday 17th September – Healthy Snack Day.  Please send your child with 20 000 VND so they can can buy 2 healthy snacks.
  • Thursday 20th September – we will be celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival at school.  Students wear Vietnamese Ao Dai.
  • Thursday 27th September – EAL Coffee Morning for new families (returning families are also welcome to attend).
  • Friday 28th September 8.30am – K2 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth.
  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (no School or ASAs for ES).
  • Monday 8th to Friday 12th October – Autumn Break.
  • In the next couple of weeks we will start using headphones in K2D. Please could you send a labeled set of headphones for your child to use at school.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

 

Friday 7th September

Dear Parents,

We have been very busy this week getting to know more of our K2D families.Thank you to all the families that shared this week.

On Tuesday, Joseph’s parent’s Shannon and Christine shared with us information about the USA.  We learned about California, Joseph’s home state, and the sports and foods that are popular in America.  We even tried the most popular candy bar and cookies from America.

On Thursday, Jenna’s mum, Esther, came to K2D and talked with us about Uganda.  We learned about Ugandan food, music, dancing and national dress.  We especially enjoyed learning about the meaning behind the Ugandan flag.

Seo Jun’s mum, Jeein, came in this morning and taught us how to count in Korean.  She also taught us how to bow to our elders as part of Korean New Year celebrations.  After children have bowed, they receive bags with money in them for the New Year. After we bowed today we received bags of cookies. Lucky us!

Also today, Hoang Linh’s mum, Nhung, taught us about Vietnam’s Autumn Moon festival. We really enjoyed listening to the Vietnamese music.

Please enjoy a clip of some work we did this week. 

Today we also celebrated Lina’s birthday with cake and singing.  We hope Lina has a lovely day celebrating tomorrow with her family.

Reminders:

  • I will be away from the classroom next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as I will be attending an Advantage Math course. Ms Renate will be covering me. Please email Ms Diep if you have messages on those days.
  • Thursday 20th September – we will be celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival at school.  Students wear Vietnamese Ao Dai.
  • Tuesday 11th September 8am – Parent Community Morning with Head of School.
  • ES Snack Sale on Monday 17 September.
  • Thursday 27th September – EAL Coffee Morning for new families (returning families are also welcome to attend).
  • Friday 28th September 8.30am – K2 Coffee Morning with Ms Beth.
  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (no School or ASAs for ES).
  • Monday 8th to Friday 12th October – Autumn Break.

Thank you to the parents who attended the information night.  Here is a link to the slides.

Have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Friday 31 August

Dear Parents,

We have enjoyed another busy week full of fun and learning.  We have spent a lot of time inquiring into Who We Are as a K2D community.  We have focused on finding out more information about our classmates families, nationalities and likes and dislikes.

If your family has not yet signed up for a 10 minutes sharing time with the class please could you click on the below link and make a time.

Who We Are Family Sign up

This week we have enjoyed learning about Nikhil’s, Thomas’s, Claire’s and Ruben’s families.

Nikhil’s mum (also our ECC Principal) Mrs C, taught us how to count in Hindi and showed us some beautiful Indian kurtas and saris.

Thomas’s mum Geralda taught us about the food in Belgium.  We tasted white, brown and dark chocolate, and ate pieces of apple and pear dipped in melted chocolate. Yum!

Claire’s parents Anthony and Ngoc, came to school this morning and shared with us Claire’s Australian and Vietnamese heritage.  Claire wore a beautiful Ao Dai and taught us to play the Australian didgeridoo.

This afternoon Ruben’s parents, Daniel and Nina, came in and taught us about Germany and Ireland.  We learned how to count in German and Irish, and a German song that we used our thumbs to act out.

This week K2D also enjoyed meeting our Grade 4 buddies for the first time. We had fun playing ‘Just Like Me’ in the ECC gym and them moving to our classroom for some shared choice time.  We are looking forward to our next buddy session in a fortnight.

Reminder’s for Next Week

  • Sign up for family sharing
  • Sign up for Seesaw so you can see your child’s digital learning journal                      Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/690-903-278
  • Don’t forget Parent information night on Thursday 6th September

Have a lovely relaxing long weekend.  I look forward to seeing your children back at school on Tuesday 4 September.

Emily

 

Friday 24th August 2018

Dear Parents,

K2D have enjoyed another lovely week at school.  The main focuses for this week have been getting to know classmates names and nationalities, and understanding the routines within the classroom and school.

Each child in K2D has completed a beautiful beginning of the year self portrait. When you are at school, please come in and have a look at the display.

On Wednesday Ms Kris (Kris Bezzerides, our school counselor), came into K2D and shared with us the Zones of Regulation.

The Zones of Regulation is an approach to self regulation for children. It is designed to help give young children language to articulate their feelings. Categorizing moods into colour zones helps children classify their feelings and seek help quickly with an easy, shared language.

The Zones of Regulation are:

Blue Zone

This could be described as feeling a bit flat.  A child may be in the blue zone if they are feeling sick, bored, tired, missing parents, etc.

Green Zone

The green zone is the optimal zone for learning and where we strive to be.  Words to describe this zone could be be happy calm, content, okay, ready to learn.

Yellow Zone

In this zone a child is in a sightly heightened state. Feelings in this zone can be positive and negative.  Words such as anxious, excited, scared, confused belong in this category.

Red Zone

The red zone is described as the zone in which a child is unable to cope. We teach children that in this zone they need to stop.  Words to describe feelings in this zone would be angry, terrified, frustrated.

The purpose of the program is to help child to identify and articulate how they are feeling and build strategies to bring themselves back to positive space.

If you would like to find out more about this program please contact me or Ms. Kris at  kbezzerides@unishanoi.org

Here is a video book of shared choice time with K2C

Reminders for this week:

  • Please ensure your child always has a drink bottle at school.
  • Keep the family photos coming in, we are slowly building our display.
  • Don’t forget our Parent Information Evening on September 6th. More details to come soon.

Have a wonderful weekend.

First week of K2D

                                                                                                                Friday 17th August

Dear Families,

K2D have had a wonderful first week getting to know each other.  The children have enjoyed exploring a new classroom and meeting new friends.  Here are some of their highlights.

  • I like drawing Claire
  • Playing with my friends, PE and lego Chun An 
  • I like playing lego Nikhil
  • Dressing up Lena
  • I like playing lego too Ruben
  • PE Benjamin
  • PE Joseph
  • Playing on the bikes in outside play Lily
  • Drawing Jenna
  • Making new friends Coco
  • Playing games in PE Thomas
  • Drawing Bao Yen
  • All the toys Seo Jun
  • I like to draw and play play dough Hoang Linh
  • Climb in the loft Inbar
  • Play dough and drawing Katie

Click here to see K2D and K2C in action.

Reminders

  • Thank you to the parents who have completed the parent questionnaire and emergency contact card. It is great to find out a little more information about your family and your child’s life at home.  If you haven’t yet completed the questionnaire please could you do so as soon as possible.
  • If your child is unwell or there are changes to bus routines please could you email me and Ms Diep ltdiep@unishanoi.org  Ms. Diep organises the children onto their buses and takes the attendance each day.
  • Please send a small healthy snack in your child’s school bag each day. This snack is eaten in the afternoon break.
  • Don’t forget to help your child to select a family photo to share with the class.  We will use this in our Who We Are unit of inquiry.

Once again, thank you for your input in creating a great first week of K2 for our children.

Emily