Lost Books – Please help!!!!

Last week the following library books were mistakenly returned to the library drop-off box and sold at the book sale! Now we need your help to rescue the following ‘lost’ books and return them back home to the library:
1. The Top Ten Leaders that Changed the World
2. Barack Obama (Barcode: 109656)
3. The Politics Book
4. Lincoln: A Photobiography
5. Mr. President: A Book of U.S. Presidents
6. How Governments Work: The Inside Guide to the Politics of the World
7. The Jelly Donut Difference: Sharing Kindness with the World
8. The Body Book for Boys
9. Presidents
10. Potty Politics
11. Barack Obama (Barcode: 105116)
12. Barack Obama (Barcode: 101409)
13. What’s Happening to Me?
14. Giang Sinh Dau Tien Cua Chuot Tip/”First Christmas of Tip Mouse”
15. Where are your Manners
16. Germination
If you are the lucky person who selected these library books at the book sale, we kindly ask that you returned them to Ms. Ronke’s classroom (B9/G11) for a full refund.
Thank you!

Teaching Students to be Body Smart: 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.

This week Grade Three have commenced this important programme.

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.

Kindest regards,

Anissa and Dylan

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

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.

Parent invite to G2&3 Concert

Dear Parents of Grades 2 and 3,

The Grade 2 and 3 Music Concert will be held on Thursday, March 22nd at 9am. The students are excited to share with their parents and the UNIS community some of the wonderful music that they have been creating in their classes.

On the morning of the concert, please take your child to their homeroom class as normal wearing their concert clothes (please bring a change of clothes for after the concert). Following student drop off, parents may proceed to the Center for the Arts foyer where tea and coffee will be provided. Doors will open for seating in the theater at 8:50am.

Concert Attire:

Students should wear black pants or skirt and a white shirt. Here are some ideas:

  • Formal black dress pants or below-the-knee skirt
  • Formal white shirt (this should be a blouse or button up collared shirt, no T-shirts please)
  • Formal black shoes (no sneakers please)
  • ‘A touch of color’ (optional) – for example, a blue scarf, red tie, green belt

Dress Rehearsal

 We will be have a full Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday, March 21st. We request that your child comes to school wearing their concert clothes and brings a change of clothes to change into following the dress rehearsal. Concert clothes will be sent back home on Wednesday and should be worn to school again on Thursday, March 22nd for the Parent Concert.

Concert Duration:  9am-10.15am

We look forward to seeing you at the concert. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Kind regards,

The Music Team

2017 Winterfest Celebration

Come and join us for some festive fun at the 2017 Winterfest Celebration next Friday after school!
When? Friday 8th December from 5pm-7pm
Where? UNIS B5 Forecourt
What? Student music performances on the stage and UNIS Service Learning Groups running games, selling snacks, crafts and drinks.
Entrance is free with stalls all raising funds for their Service Learning partners and projects. Hope to see you there for this UNIS community event.
Best,
Colin and HS Ambassadors

Open Seating for the Grade 1 – 3 Musical, How To Eat Like a Child

Open Seating for the musical, How To Eat Like a Child
Please be aware that each performance of How To Eat Like A Child is open seating. Tickets are general admission and seating is available on a first come, first served basis. We kindly ask that you do not leave open seats in the middle of rows between yourself and others as we expect both performances to sell out. Doors will open to ticket holders 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance (at 4:45pm). Thank you.
Tickets are going fast – Friday is SOLD OUT and there are less than 100 tickets left for Saturday night.
Thank you kindly,
Alexis Ramsey and Noor Sandhu.

ES music visit to Systems Little House

Do only grown-ups play music?

UNIS Grade 4 and 5 band and orchestra students led by Elementary School Music Teacher Ms. Sally Oxenberry went on a field trip to perform for our friends at Systems Little House (SLH) International Kindergarten in Tay Ho on Thursday morning. ES Beginning band members (Benjamin Price Thomas 5D, Yuyao Ma 5D, Yuyang Ma 5B, Jonathan Katen 5B, Jonatan Jarkulisch 5C, Amaya Sevilla Manso de Zuniga 4B) and ES Advanced Strings players (Lily McCullough 5B, Soo A Lee 3B, Stella Chagas 5C, Eulalia Recca 5B) played ensemble and solo performances for an audience of over 50 pre-school and kindergartens (who listened with unusually rapt attention!), teachers and around 30 of their parents. SLH students were delighted to be introduced to the clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, violin and cello.

According to SLH Director Michelle Dinh-Jones (who is also a UNIS parent), SLH Sunshines (K1) class provided the inspiration for the visit: after a performance by an adult musician, the students wondered how old someone had to be before they could play music. The answer of course, is that you’re never too young! Research shows that playing a musical instrument – not just listening to music – can improve academic performance and has a scientifically proven impact on neurological development (read “This is How Music Can Change Your Brain”). Playing music uses almost very part of the brain at once and in a different way than other activities (watch “How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain”). UNIS Music Department puts this evidence into action: students from our earliest years, Discovery (three years old) and up start by playing instruments like xylophone and banjo, helping to develop motor and cognitive skills, as well as improving social skills, cooperation, teamwork and leadership.

Ms Sally said after the field trip “Our band and advanced strings players benefited from setting a performance goal for themselves to work towards. They delighted in sharing their musical knowledge and skills with such a young audience. We hope we have inspired some young children to ask their mums and dads for music lessons on an instrument of their choice.” Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything (Plato).

Liana Bianchi
Senior Manager – Marketing & Enrolment Management

ES Snack Sale

What is the Snack Sale?

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

  • Wednesday November 22
    • Contributing classes: K2C , K2D , Homeroom 2B and Grade 3 Homerooms
  • Wednesday February 7
    • K1C , Discovery Homerooms , Homeroom 2C and Grade 1 Homerooms
  • Wednesday May 16
    • K1A , K1B, Homeroom 2D and Grade 4 Homerooms

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 snacks from 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).

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 .

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 snacks from 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 the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

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

  • Wednesday September 20
    • K2A , K2B, Homeroom 2A and Grade 5 Homerooms
  • Wednesday November 22
    • K2C , K2D , Homeroom 2B and Grade 3 Homerooms
  • 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 .