Music Concert Information

Dear Grade Two and Grade Three Parents,

The Grade Two and Grade Three Music Concert will be held on Tuesday, May 30th at 9 am. We are excited to bring all the wonderful work the students have been doing in Music, Choir and Ukelele to the stage and perform for the UNIS Community!

Please note the following information about the performance.

  • Students will come to school at the regular time on Tuesday, May 30th, and will be brought to the Center for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.

  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Center for the Arts Foyer at 8:30 am and the music concert will begin promptly at 9 am.

Concert Attire for Grade Two – Grade Three Students:

Students should wear black pants or skirt and a white shirt. Please send these clothes to school for the dress rehearsal on Monday, May 29th.

Concert Duration:  9am-10am

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday morning. Thank you so much for your support.

Kind regards,

The Arts Team

The Final Countdown

Hello Parents,

We are on the final stretch towards the end of the year and only weeks away from having third graders on our hands. The time has flown by however there is still lots of learning to be done. Here is a snapshot of the upcoming learning taking place in the whole of grade two.

Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves- Cultures express creativity in many ways- is our central idea. 

Our teacher questions include:

  • How is culture the same or different to a community? (May 15- 22)

  • How do cultures express themselves? What forms do they use? (May 22- 29)

  • How do we know what influences our creative choices?

  • What forms can we choose to express our cultures?

Save the Date! Thursday, June 8 we will have an Expression Extravaganza from 2:10-3:20- we hope you can join. 

In Mathematics: We are investigating fractions (1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/3), 2D and 3D shapes, Length and Area with informal measurements, Flips, Slides, Half and Quarter turns, and becoming fluent with:

  • talking about math,
  • finding shortcuts,
  • checking our work,
  • modeling math in many different ways,
  • looking for patterns,
  • thinking about math,
  • keep trying,
  • Using math tools.

In Literacy and Writing:

We are returning to narrative writing and reading through poetry and storytelling. We are looking at using: 

  •  A range of nouns and noun groups (common and proper) are used to describe people and places.
  • Descriptive words and sentences are used, relating to: size, colour, shape, number, texture, position, and action, to describe a noun and noun groups.
  • Understanding of noun/pronoun relationship.
  • Action verbs and relating verbs (e.g. is, was).
  • Predominate use of simple sentences and compound sentences using simple conjunctions.
  • Student demonstrates some use of complex sentences.

Thank You Parents!

A huge thank you to all of our parents for supporting our very first Explorer Fair this afternoon. We weren’t sure how successful it was going to be or how the students would enjoy the experience, but from the huge smiles from everyone, we think we have a hit on our hands. It was so wonderful to see the parents listening to all the children present, asking questions and supporting all of our little learners.

We aim to have some pictures up tomorrow of the proud smiles of all, including teachers. It truly was an amazing event. If you have any feedback for us about your experience, please pass it on.

Please remember that Monday at 5 pm is the Elementary Art Opening for grades 2-5 in the Center for the Arts. And we are beginning a new PE unit next week.

Grade 2’s will be starting their trampoline unit in PE next week. It will be a chance for students to create sequences using shapes and movement whilst in the air. They will also work on being safe and being caring towards others.

Please, can they bring –
long sleeved t-shirt
long track-pants
to use as the bed of the trampoline can be abrasive. They do not need to wear these clothes to school and they can keep them in their classroom just for PE.

Yours in Health
PE dept


Thank you!

Thursday, May 4th is a BIG Day!

Dear Grade 2 Families,

We hope you’re having a fantastic and restful long weekend. Thursday, May 4 is a big day for us in the Elementary School. Grades Two and Three are having their swim gala in the afternoon. Click on this link for detailed information: UNIS ES 2-3 SWIM MEET 2017 – Meet Flyer-1wsc4by The swimming gala starts at 12:40 pm. Please have your child bring their swim kit to school on Thursday.

We also have our Book Week Favorite Character Dress Up and Parade first thing in the morning on Thursday. 


Coming soon we will be starting our new Unit of Inquiry which is from the transdisciplinary theme of How We Express Ourselves.

Our central idea is ‘Cultures express creativity in many ways’ We will be inquiring into types of art forms from different cultures and WE NEED YOU!

Examples could be:

Traditional dance, architecture/design, engineer, musician, storytelling, visual arts, puppeteer, drama, ceramics, bookmaking, sculpture, photography, printmaking, jewelry, textiles, film, collage, graphic design, papermaking, painting, quilter, illustrator…….Sign up here. Please sign up by May 3 so we can start organizing. Your children will appreciate it.


Book Week Is Next Week

ES Book Week is Coming! MAY 3 – 5, 2017

Celebrate your love of literature!

Each day of Book Week has a special event:

Wednesday— Read with your Buddy Day

Thursday– Book Character Dress-up Day AND Parade

Friday— Share a quote or line from a favorite book and ask a participant (noted by wearing a badge)  to try to guess what book it’s from!


Week long events:

Multilingual (your home language) Story Bites during

ECC and ES lunch recess times.

Parents-  We need you!   

Please sign up below to share a story.


Come Check it out in the Library!

Questions?  Please contact ES Librarian, Julie Conroy, at

Following Book Week, May 8-12, will be Read-A-Thon

where we will invite students to Read Around Vietnam.

A special celebration will be provided by the class that ‘tours’ the most

More information to come.