ES Snack Sale

Snack Sale Wednesday May 16!

The contributing classes are:

  • K1C , K1B, Homeroom 2D and Grade 4 Homerooms

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in each snack saleplease send him/her to school with money on all four snack sale days (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

What to bring if you are in a contributing class?

As a Nut and Allergy Aware campus we require all snacks to include a list of ingredients.When it is your turn to be a contributing class, we encourage that each family supports the ES Snack Sale by providing:

  • 10 individually wrapped homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND)
  • A labeled container/dish with your child’s class and name
  • On the morning of the snack sale, please deliver the snacks BEFORE 8.10am to the designated tables in the ECC or ES Courtyard

Healthy Snacks are Important Everyday!

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Check out these yummy websites:

Jamie Oliver – Healthy Snacks
Lolly Jane – Healthy Fun Kids Snacks
Parenting.com – 32 Healthy Kids Snacks
Super Healthy Kids
BBC Good Food – Kids Snacks
Kidspot.com

Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies or chocolate bars.

Witness the best part of it all…

The kids faces light up when they see all the snacks available for purchase, but they love it even more when they see their parents at school! So if you’re free for 1.5 hours on the morning of an ES Snack Sale come by, hang around and help sell the snack to the kids and be part of the action!

If you have any questions, please contact the ES Snack Sale Coordinators: Seung Shin Lee, Aya Kuroda and Akiko Nakano at snacksale@unishanoi.org .

Grade 5 Instruments

May 4th 2018

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

As we approach the end of this 2017/18 School Year, the time has come for all students to return the instrument that they have been borrowing from UNIS.

We will be doing a check of all instruments before the summer holiday to replace broken or missing strings, accessories and small repairs. These costs will be covered by UNIS. Hopefully, we won’t have any larger breakages or missing instruments which will require your attention. These costs might be extra under the loan agreement form.

This letter is to let you know of the days that students must hand in their instrument and have it checked off by Ms Sally and Ms Mai. Prior to this day, students have a responsibility to thoroughly clean their band instrument at home. We will be watching some you tube links on how to do this. Here is a link to get started.

BAND INSTRUMENTS – RETURNED FRIDAY MAY 11th 2018

STRINGED INSTRUMENTS – RETURNED WEDNESDAY May 23rd

After this day, all instruments will be kept at school to practice during classes for the last few weeks of this school year.

Thank you for your support at home with your child’s instrumental learning. It is great to hear of their enthusiasm to continue learning an instrument next year in Middle School. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this particular group of young musicians and watching their confidence grow in their learning and performing.

It has been a great year of music making!

Sincerely,

Sally Oxenberry

ES Music

 

Class Placement Survey – 2018/19

9th May 2018

Dear Elementary Parents,

Over the next 6 weeks, teams of teachers will be working on class placements for students for the 2018-2019 school year.

Here at UNIS Hanoi, we mix the children’s groupings every year as they pass from one grade level to the next. In such a transient population, this enables us to continuously ensure each class is a well-balanced group with a mix of gender, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, learning styles and differences. The mixing of class groups also helps establish a grade level identity and community as well as individual homeroom communities. Children are able to develop and maintain a broader range of friendships across the whole age group. It also helps new children integrate more quickly as the class they enter is newly formed rather than being a group that has been together for several years.

Because we value parent input about your child, you are invited to provide information to the school that might help us with the class placement process.

Final decisions about class placement of students are the responsibility of UNIS Hanoi. Changes are not permitted.

Please note that UNIS Hanoi employs only highly qualified and experienced teachers, therefore requests for students to be placed with specific teachers will not considered.

Please complete the survey by clicking HERE.

With kind thanks,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Meet Incoming Head of School – Jane McGee

Parents are invited to an informal coffee talk with incoming Head of School Jane McGee during her visit to UNIS Hanoi as she prepares for her transition into her new school and new home!

Date: April 19
Time: 8.30 – 9.30am
Location: Community Room

Want to know more about Jane? Read our article published in UNiquely UNIS (pp.32-33, Summer 2017) https://goo.gl/HHo9tr

Grade 4 Market Day

Thursday 22nd March

12:30—1:30

“Blink and you’ll miss it!!”

 WHEN AGAIN??   O​n ​Thursday, March 22 

 WHAT DO WE DO?​ Grade 4 students are asking that on that day your child will bring in a maximum of 100,000 Vnd ​to spend at the Grade 4 Market Day.

WHAT IS ALL OF THIS FOR? ​Each class have 6 Social Enterprise businesses that they will be running on the day who will attempt to sell their goods and services to an excited band of consumers, namely the students of Grade 1,2, 3 and 5. All of the money that they raise from this event will go a service learning project. This action could be as a monetary donation or supplies to go towards helping less fortunate Vietnamese children access their rights (such as education and healthy food).

On behalf of all of Grade 4, thank you for helping support our chosen causes?

I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS…​ Please feel free to email mtaylor@unishanoi.org

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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ES Snack Sale – This coming Wednesday!



What is the Snack Sale?

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 20 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacksfrom all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of healthy snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in each snack saleplease send him/her to school with money on all four snack sale days (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

The 2017-2018 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Class lists:

  • Wednesday February 7
    • K1C , Discovery Homerooms , Homeroom 2C and Grade 1 Homerooms
  • Wednesday May 16
    • K1C , K1B, Homeroom 2D and Grade 4 Homerooms

What to Bring?

As a Nut and Allergy Aware campus we require all snacks to include a list of ingredients.When it is your turn to be a contributing class, we encourage that each family supports the ES Snack Sale by providing:

  • 10 individually wrapped homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND)
  • A labeled container/dish with your child’s class and name
  • On the morning of the snack sale, please deliver the snacks BEFORE 8.10am to the designated tables in the ECC or ES Courtyard

Healthy Snacks are Important Everyday!

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Check out these yummy websites:

Jamie Oliver – Healthy Snacks
Lolly Jane – Healthy Fun Kids Snacks
Parenting.com – 32 Healthy Kids Snacks
Super Healthy Kids
BBC Good Food – Kids Snacks
Kidspot.com

Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies or chocolate bars.

Witness the best part of it all…

The kids faces light up when they see all the snacks available for purchase, but they love it even more when they see their parents at school! So if you’re free for 1.5 hours on the morning of an ES Snack Sale come by, hang around and help sell the snack to the kids and be part of the action!

If you have any questions, please contact the ES Snack Sale Coordinators: Seung Shin Lee, Aya Kuroda and Akiko Nakano at snacksale@unishanoi.org .

ES Book Sale

USED BOOK SALE  – We want your books!

  • Leaving Hanoi?   Don’t want to ship all of your books to your next posting?

The much anticipated Used Book Sale will be held on Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th, 2018.  The book Sale is an opportunity for kids and adults to purchase used books in English and/or in their native tongues.

It’s still a long way off till May, but you can safely put aside your unwanted books, or we are also happy to take your books starting NOW!  You can bring your books to the Book Sale Drop Box outside the UNIS Hanoi Library today! When you drop off your books please indicate your donation on the tally sheet next to the Box.

Kids’ books, adults’ books, fact or fiction, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, German, Swedish, French…. We are interested in books on any subject, in any language spoken within the UNIS Hanoi community. If it’s a book that someone else might enjoy, please donate it (No out-dated travel guides, class readers or inappropriate books please!).

We’ll be back with more details in the coming months. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us for any questions!

Kanako Lacson and Pavla Jarkulischová, Used Book Sale Co-ordinators at: booksale@unishanoi.org

Teaching Students about Personal Safety – our commitment to Child Protection

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:  “By 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.

Lesson 3: (Grades 3 and above):  “Safe People” – students have been understanding how to keep themselves safe when they feel uncomfortable, and will have learned strategies for maximizing personal safety.  

Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – an excellent site with many resources and ideas for parents.

Parents should also know that we have a wide range of books in our Social/Emotional Learning collection (SEL) in the school library. Subjects include stranger awareness, personal safety, safe touch /unsafe touch, puberty and reproduction, and personal hygiene. Please come visit our Library to browse and borrow, ask the library staff or counsellors to show you this section of resources.  

As always, we thank you for your continued support as we create strong parent-school partnerships to educate our children.

Warmly,

Anissa and Dylan

Note: In Grade 3 and below the scientific names for body parts are not explicitly taught within the planned structure of the lessons. If, during discussion, students ask questions or begin to speak about private body parts the instructor will use only the correct terminology for the body parts being discussed. We encourage parents to use correct terminology with their children from a young age, because experts have determined that this helps de-stigmatize these parts of the body and help children to communicate accurately and with clarity about themselves. This contributes to the protection of children because they are more likely to be able to enact the protective behaviors taught during the Being Body Smart lessons with confidence, or speak clearly and precisely to trusted adults about any issues that may occur.

Relevant articles:
Body Smart, Body Safe Talking with Young Children about their Bodies
and
Are You Saying the Right Things? How to Talk to Your Child About Sexual Abuse

 

Tin Tuc Blue Dragon – Walkathon

Recently, in preparation for the Blue Dragon-Walkathon, happening on the 8th of November, the kids who are helping organise it – the “Blue Dragon Ambassadors” – got to interview the Blue Dragon Schools and Sponsorships Officer, Chris Humphrey.                                                                             IMG_20171026_091514.jpg

Can you tell us some of the things Blue Dragon does?
We rescue children who have been living on the streets or have been trafficked, we reunite them with their families and sometimes we give them accommodation. We also provide food, education, sport, swimming lessons and sometimes we help them find jobs as well.

When was Blue Dragon founded and why?
The story began in 2002 by a man coming to Vietnam to teach English and then meeting some people living on the streets, and deciding to help them. However, the actual organisation was founded in 2004. Since then, Blue Dragon has helped about 1500 kids a year.

Why is Blue Dragon called Blue Dragon?
Blue is usually associated with the sea and sky, both symbols of freedom, and the Dragon is a Vietnamese symbol of strength. However, the logo was drawn by one of the kids there.

How can UNIS help Blue Dragon?
UNS kids can help by taking part in the Walkathon, though UNIS is the school that helps most in Hanoi. The money that UNIS raises goes mainly to education and the learning centre at Blue Dragon.