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

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

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