Parent workshop with Visiting Literacy Expert, Stephen Graham

In the Elementary School, we will be hosting a literacy expert and consultant, Stephen Graham February 28-March 1. This will be Stephen’s third visit to UNIS working with the Elementary staff and supporting our professional growth in literacy, specifically in the area of writing. A link to Stephen’s biography can be found here.

Join us Thursday, March 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the classroom of 5A, Elementary school, building B6 room G16 for an interactive parent workshop where Stephen will share details about the writing program we use within the elementary, Explicitly Teaching Writing. 

This is Stephen’s first time leading a parent workshop at UNIS, and we hope to see many of you there!

PYP Exhibition parent coffee morning – Friday, March 2nd

Please join us the entire Grade 5 team for an informative session all about the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition.

When: Friday 2nd March
Time: 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Location: ECC gym
Your children will begin tuning in to the Exhibition upon returning from Tet holidays. Please mark your calendars now for the important event – April 24th and 26th. On both days students will be sharing their learning during the school day in the foyer of the Centre for the Arts. On the evening of April 26th at 6 p.m. students will be sharing their work with families and the learning community within Hanoi.
If you would like to learn more or discover different strategies to support your child throughout the Exhibition, then we look forward to seeing you at this meeting!

Looking for a Good Read to share with your child?

Please scroll down and click on the below link to find recommended reads for students from Discovery to Grade 5.  These titles are available in the UNIS Library. 

A reminder that the Library is currently open Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM and we encourage parents to borrow books to share (up to 6 items) with their children as well as for yourself!  Please visit us and come in to check out a good read!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DOcWkrX8AmiIR8mfieG_08fGd2YsCxV178Y2qh60cCE/edit

Community Presentation

We are extremely excited to announce that one of the world’s foremost math education experts, Dr. James Tanton, will be coming to UNIS for two days: March 5 & 6, 2018. James will work with UNIS students & teachers on making math joyful and fun. James works with many top-tier international school around the world, and UNIS is very fortunate to have James visit us!

We would like to invite all members of the UNIS community to come hear James present on March 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the UNIS Theatre. We promise that after hearing James speak, you will look at math in a different & wonderful way!

Who is James Tanton?

James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an author, a consultant, and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions. James is absolutely committed to promoting effective and joyful mathematics thinking, learning, and doing at all levels of the education spectrum.

James has written a number of books, including THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MATHEMATICS (Facts on File, 2005) and two wordless puzzle books WITHOUT WORDS and MORE WITHOUT WORDS (Tarquin, 2015) — which have each been translated in Serbian! — and developed two DVD Great Courses (The Teaching Company, 2013 and 2016). He advises on curriculum, consults with teachers, and gives demonstration classes and professional development across the globe.

James also leads the MAA’s Curriculum Inspirations project www.maa.org/ci and is a founder of The Global Math Project www.theglobalmathproject.org, an initiative transform the entire world’s perception of what mathematics can and should be. During the inaugural Global Math Week in October 2017, over 1.7 million students across the globe took part in a common joyous piece of mathematics and saw how classroom mathematics can serve as a portal for human joy, wonder, and delight.

Also see James’ sites www.jamestanton.com and www.gdaymath.com.

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PYP Exhibition parent coffee morning

Please join us the entire Grade 5 team for an informative session all about the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition.

When: Friday 2nd March
Time: 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Location: ECC gym
Your children will begin tuning in to the Exhibition upon returning from Tet holidays. Please mark your calendars now for the important event – April 24th and 26th. On both days students will be sharing their learning during the school day in the foyer of the Centre for the Arts. On the evening of April 26th at 6 p.m. students will be sharing their work with families and the learning community within Hanoi.
If you would like to learn more or discover different strategies to support your child throughout the Exhibition, then we look forward to seeing you at this meeting!

Join us for a Parent Workshop with Visiting Literacy Consultant: Stephen Graham

In the Elementary School, we will be hosting a literacy expert and consultant, Stephen Graham February 28-March 1. This will be Stephen’s third visit to UNIS working with the Elementary staff and supporting our professional growth in literacy, specifically in the area of writing.

Join us Thursday, March 1 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the classroom of 5A, Building B6 room G16 for an interactive parent workshop where Stephen will share details about the writing program we use within the elementary, Explicitly Teaching Writing. 

This is Stephen’s first time leading a parent workshop at UNIS, and we hope to see many of you there!

What can one book spark?

IMAGINATION! CREATIVITY! TEAMWORK!

K-2 students have discovered the Titanic!

Fascinated by the story of this infamous ship, students have not only borrowed every book the ES Library has on the Titanic, they spontaneously created this amazing replica in Ms. Andrea’s classroom.
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Celebrating our Students in the Elementary School

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At UNIS Hanoi we are committed to developing our students as caring, responsible and knowledgeable global citizens. We believe it is important to recognize the positive actions of our students and celebrate when they enjoy successes that go ‘above and beyond’ their regular excellent leaning experiences.

To further this goal, the Elementary School has enabled a special feature in our Veracross Community Portal that enables faculty to send a special Applause notification that communicates student success. The Applause system provides us with an opportunity to recognize students for demonstrating positive attitudes, behavior and learning. Simply put, this is a way for us to share positive feedback about the great things we see from our students in a timely, relevant manner.

Parents will automatically receive the Applause notification, as will the team of teachers, Counsellors and Administrators who know and work with your child. This gives us all an opportunity to congratulate and further reinforce positive actions. Students themselves will receive the Applause notification through their UNIS email account, a feature that will be particularly impactful for children in Grades 2-5.

We look forward to celebrating your child’s successes with you in the coming months!

Warmly,
Dylan Meikle

Connecting to our ES community!

At UNIS Hanoi, two of our three core values are learning and community. As a learning community in the Elementary School, we believe in the vital partnership with parents to support the success of our students by promoting understanding of our Primary Years Programme (PYP). To ensure there is deep understanding, delivering workshops in languages other than English is a commitment we hold. Recently, we hosted An Introduction to the PYP for the Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese community groups with a fully translated slideshow and live translation during the event. Additional resources such as the programme of inquiry, home learning policy and more were also translated for each event.

Multilingualism and the promotion of a mother tongue is a non-negotiable aspect of all IB programmes. Students must take an additional language and teachers must provide opportunities within classes for the consideration of mother tongue. In collaboration with the Advancement office, cultural liaisons, and the PYP coordinator, workshops were developed to support all members of our UNIS Hanoi community in understanding integral elements of their child’s experience at an IB school.

If you were unable to attend or would like access to the resources from the recent workshops, they are available below. Thoughts and feedback are being sought by all community groups as to next steps in continuing to strengthen our parent workshop series within the Elementary School.

How can I find out more about the IB and PYP in resources translated into Vietnamese, Korean or Japanese?

Vietnamese

Korean

Japanese

Speak with your school’s PYP coordinator, pypcoordinator@unishanoi.org

Visit the IB website at www.ibo.org