ES Leavers’ Assembly – Join us!

Dear Elementary Families,

This coming Tuesday, June 12th, our entire Elementary School from Discovery – Grade 5 will gather in the Sports Centre to close out the school year. We will use this time to farewell students and faculty members who are leaving our UNIS Hanoi community.

The assembly starts at 1.15pm and will run for approximately 30 minutes – there will be seats in the back for parents and visitors.

You are warmly welcome to join us.

Warm regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

ES Coffee Morning: Supporting Students in Transition

Dear Parents,

We look forward to welcoming you to our final Elementary School Coffee Morning of the year on supporting students in transition, tomorrow, May 25th.

Transitions happen at the end of every year.  We are all somewhere in the cycle of arriving, leaving or being left behind. Our Elementary Counselors will help you to understand more about the transition cycle and how best to support your child, regardless of what stage of the cycle they are in.

This session is relevant for parents of all elementary school students – those who are arriving, leaving, or being left behind.  We look forward to seeing you in the Community Room, B7, at 8.30am.

Warm regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

ES Fun Sports Morning!

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow, March 30th, all of the Elementary School will participate in our annual Fun Sports morning.  Parents are warmly invited to attend as spectators and supporters.

Times for the event are as follows:

D-K1- 9-10:30
K2 – 8:20-10:30
G1-G5 – 8:20-11:20

Please remember to send your child in their HOUSE t-shirt, and with a hat and water bottle.  It promises to be great fun as always.

Yours in health,

The ES Physical Education Team

Parent Coffee Morning: Supporting your child in their musical journey

Dear Parents,

Please join us for a special coffee morning/learning event on Friday April 20th where music teacher, Sally Oxenberry, will lead an informative and interactive session on music education.  Sally’s professional research over the past couple of years has focused on the impact of music on the brain and learning.

We hope you’ll be able to join us for a morning of research, fun and music making.

Warmly,
Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Supporting Your Child’s Literacy Development – ES Parent Coffee Morning

Dear Parents,

You are warmly invited to this month’s ES Parent Coffee Morning, hosted by English Language Coordinator, Angela Brienza, who will be sharing information on the topic, “Supporting your child’s literacy development at home.”  The session is suitable for parents of Elementary students of all ages and grade levels.

We are currently gathering data on the reading habits of families in our Elementary School and hope to share the results with you soon.  Please take a couple of minutes to complete the following reading survey.

Venue:  We look forward to seeing you in the Library “Nook” this Friday March 23rd, at 8.30am.

Warmly,


Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds!

Dear Elementary Families,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday 15th March (8.15am – 3.20pm) and Friday 16th March (8.15am – 11.30am).  Please note that there will be no open classrooms on Friday after 11.30am.

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.    

 

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

 

How does it work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday 15th November and for the first half of Friday 16th March 2018. Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.  
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.  Be sure to check your child’s blog to know which lessons are designated as “OPEN”.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate). Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking research problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.  
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.  Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so.  Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.  
  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th March.  

 

Sincerely,


Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Tết is coming!


Tết or VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR marks the biggest and most significant festival in Vietnamese culture. It is an occasion for the Vietnamese people to show their respect to their parents, ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with the entire family members.
According to the Lunar Calendar, 2018 New Year’s Day falls on Friday February 16th. This year is the year of the Dog.
At UNIS, the Elementary students will have Tết assemblies on Wednesday, February 14th in the theatre. The assemblies are hosted by the grade 1, 3 and 5 Vietnamese language students.  All students are encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on the day.
There are 2 performances scheduled as bellows:
Performance 1 for Grade 2,3,4,5: From 8.25 – 9.05 am
Performance 2 for Grade 1, ECC and parents: From 9.10am – 9.50 am
Parents are warmly invited to join us in the theatre for the second assembly (9.10am) in celebrating this special event.

CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI!

During this week, all students from ECC up to grade 5 in Vietnamese class have been so busy making Banh Chung – Vietnamese sticky rice for Tet. It is a wonderful learning experience for our UNIS students to explore the tradition of the host country.
Bánh chưng is a traditional Vietnamese sticky rice cake which is made from sticky rice, green beans, pork and dong leaves. Its origin came from the story of Lang Liêu, a prince of Hùng King, who became the next King because of his thoughtful creation of bánh chưng and bánh dày, which symbolized the Earth and the Sky. It is considered as an essential food that every Vietnamese family must have on their altar at Tet time. The making and eating of Bánh Chưng during this time is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people.

We look forward to celebrating Tết with your children.

Sincerely,
Vietnamese Teachers
Elementary School World Language Department

A parent’s guide to blogs and e-portfolios

Dear Elementary Families,

Please join us this Friday November 24th as our Tech Coordinator, Michelle Mathias, facilitates an interactive session with parents on understanding the blogs and digital portfolios that are used throughout the Elementary school as  key student learning and communication tools.

We’ll get started in the Community Room at 8.30am. We look forward to seeing you there.

Warmly,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

Open Classrooms: Nov 30th & Dec 1st

Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds!

Dear Elementary Families,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December .

What are Open Classrooms?
Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.

Purpose of Open Classrooms
Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS. By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How does it work?
Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2017. Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.
Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?
All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:
* Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
* A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate).
* Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
* Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking research problem solving, social and self-management skills)
* Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?
* Silence and put away all mobile devices.
* Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
* Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.
* Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so. Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.
* Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
* All parents must wear their UNIS Parent ID badge.
* Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday November 30th and Friday December 1st.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal