Week 30 – April 17 – 21

Work Day Open Day
The Grade 5 PYPX Open Day was a success! Thank you for dropping in to work and learn alongside your fifth grader. Follow-up discussions with students and their reflections indicated the experience was a very positive one. The PYPX learning journey is revealing the development and cementing of IB PYP essential elements: attitudes, skills, knowledge, concepts, and action. At the Exhibition, next week, you can expect to see independent learners, thinking and analyzing in deeper ways about their passions combined with issues, through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, are driving significant actions!



ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Annual ES Maker Day
Friday, Apr 28, 2017

Week 29 – April 10 -14

PYPX

We are speeding toward our PYPX deadline. This week entailed field trips, surveys, interviews and planning for action.  It is amazing to see how far the students have come. You can see this progress for yourself at the PYPX Open Day on Wednesday April 19. Please drop in throughout the day to talk and work alongside with your child to experience PYPX elementsThis is in preparation for the Exhibition which will take place on April 25 and 26. The parent evening will be held on April 26 at 6:20pm with doors opening to the theatre at 6pm.

Here is the notice about Open Day from Ms Megan:

Grade 5 Open Day

(IN PLACE OF STUDENT LED CONFERENCES FOR GRADE 5)

As has been previously shared with you at the Exhibition meeting and on the Grade 5 blog, please note that Wednesday 19th of April is a PYP Exhibition work day for your Grade 5 student.

On April 19th, in place of Student Led Conferences, Grade 5 would instead like to invite you to an open day to view your child in action as they prepare for their PYP Exhibition.

This is a PYP Exhibition work day/open day for Grade 5 Students only (8:10am – 2.30pm).  

As this is an Open Day, you will not have to sign up. Simply turn up to your child’s Exhibition class and join in. Your child will take time away from their PYPX preparations to answer questions, explore other areas of their learning and share what they have accomplished.

We look forward to seeing you on this day.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil

on behalf of the Grade 5 Team

Transitions

You may have heard your son or daughter speaking about Middle School a little bit more this week. This increased excitement or hesitation could be the result of a Grade 5 meeting with Mr Marc Vermeer to discuss Middle School and all its options. At this time no action is required on your part other then to follow up on these conversations. We are planting seeds for the transition process which we will take you through next month.

Art Installation

Have a look at the new artwork outside of of 5D and 5C. It is a collaborative project between the students from Vien Tien School and our Grade 5 students.

A Word from our Exhibition Groups

We’re an exhibition group that works on the SDG goal, quality education, there are five people in our group: Dasha Lysaght, Kiran Nguyen, Isabelle He, Toby Fujii Bennet, and Thanh Giang Tran. We work on quality education, because it’s the SDG we’re the most passion about. We got together for the exhibition because we all had similar reasons to dislike how most people don’t have quality education.

We would like to donate some stationary to help the Dong Ngac school; for example; Vietnamese English dictionary’s, pencils, notebooks, sharpeners etc…  If you have any supplies at home that you could donate please send them in this week.

Many Thanks,

Toby, Kiran, Dasha, Isabelle, Giang.

 

Reminders

Support literacy initiatives by donating your used books!

The much anticipated SCO Used Book Sale will be held on May 5 & 6, 2017 this year!

The active Homeroom Book Donation Competition begins TODAY and ends on April 28! Time to sort through those bookshelves and donate your pre-loved books:

  • Do you have books that you no longer need that someone else would enjoy?
  • Are you leaving Hanoi in June and don’t want to ship all of your books to your next posting?
  • Do you want to donate your books to promote literacy in Vietnam?

The Book Sale will be glad to accept your books. Used Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase some ‘pre-loved’ books, in their native tongue (or another language!), at bargain prices.

Kids’ books, adults’ books, fact or fiction, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, German, Swedish, French – we’re 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, donate it (please no out-dated travel guides, class readers or inappropriate books please!).

Books will be collected in each ECC/ES and MS classroom. HS will have one central collection box in front of Common Room.

Where does all the money go?

The funds raised at the SCO Used Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through the Service Learning Programme. Currently, a Middle School service group is working in collaboration with a Grade 12 design student to develop a library in a school in Pu Bin and more literacy initiatives are in the works!

Volunteers Needed!

A lot of volunteers are needed to help sort/price books and then sell during the book Sale. This year, the SCO has decided that each hard-working volunteer will have the opportunity to pre-purchase 1 book per 1.5 hour shift!

Book Sorting:April 20 and May 3 from 8.00 – 11.00 (Canteen)

Book Sales:May 5 from 8.00 – 16.30 and May 6 from 8.00 – 13.00 (Centre for the Arts)

Sign-up for shift here

If you have questions, or would like to be part of the team, please let us know!

Kelly Kim and Winnie Fano, Book Sale CoordinatorsContact us at: booksale@unishanoi.org

 

 

Behind the Scenes

Often we walk around our environment with our heads full of our own stuff. Sometimes we notice the big changes, like a freshly painted building, creative art displays, new gardens or eco-friendly bike parking. Sometimes we notice when things are damaged or items are missing like water fountains, play equipment, and light fittings. But sometimes we don’t notice.

Today we wanted to celebrate the guys behind the scenes, our operations team. They can repeatedly be seen dragging, wheeling, hauling, lifting and carrying items back and forth for various shows, repairs, celebrations, and functions both big and small.

Today we wanted to say thank you to them. Thank you for making things happen. Thank you for your patience when orders for work to be done are often changed without notice. Thank you for always passing with a smile. Thank you for all the work you do behind the scenes that isn’t noticed and lastly thank you for always trying to accommodate and come up with a solution that works. Today you are not behind the scene, today you are the focus.

Thank you.

 

 

 

Open Day For Grade 5 Parents

Grade 5 Open Day 

(IN PLACE OF STUDENT LED CONFERENCES FOR GRADE 5)

As has been previously shared with you at the Exhibition meeting and here on the Grade 5 blog before Spring break, please note thatWednesday 19th of April is a PYP Exhibition work day for your Grade 5 student.

On April 19th, in place of Student Led Conferences, Grade 5 would instead like to invite you to an open day to view your child in action as they prepare for their PYP Exhibition.

This is a PYP Exhibition work day/open day for Grade 5 Students only (8:10am2.30pm).

As this is an Open Day, you will not have to sign up. Simply turn up to your child’s Exhibition class and join in. Your child will take time away from their PYPX preparations to answer questions, explore other areas of their learning and share what they have accomplished.

We look forward to seeing you on this day.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
on behalf of the Grade 5 Team

Week of March 31

Performing Arts Celebration
Well done to all our Grade 5 students!  It was wonderful to see their music skills performed through singing and playing of instruments.  A big thanks to Ms. Sally and Ms. Noor for all their hard work.

Celebration Video for those of you who would like to see your children’s beautiful faces.

Open Day

As the PYPX takes place the week after the student led conferences, Grade 5 will be holding an open day on the same day. This means students will be attending school as per a normal day (8:10 – 2:30) to work solely on their exhibit. Please drop by and spend some time to chat with your child. They will share their processes and learning with you. You will experience them in their PYPX classroom and be able to contribute to your child’s creative development. We look forward to seeing you there.

PYPX

This week in Exhibition, Grade 5 have been meeting with mentors, making connections with the community, researching and beginning to think about their group’s ACTION.  We also listened to some impressive Grade 10 students share their Personal Projects.  This was an opportunity for our students to hear first-hand about the creative process moving from passion to action.

Thinking ahead, please mark your calendars for the Exhibition evening.

 

Spring Break, April 1 – 10

We wish you all a safe, restful and most enjoyable holiday.

Grade 5 Welcomes Vinh Tien Primary School B

“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people” Theodore Roosevelt

With the belief that building positive and supportive relationships contributes to the achievement of our school’s Mission Statement, ‘Valuing diversity with a programme that reflects the ideal and principles of the United Nations’, Grade 5 students and teachers welcomed their buddy school, Tiểu Học Vĩnh Tiến, Hòa Bình to UNIS on Tuesday 22nd March. Annually, the UNIS fifth grade excursion to the Hòa Bình province includes a day at Tiểu Học Vĩnh Tiến, engaging in enriching cultural service activities such as learning new skills in the arts and physical education. UNIS and Vĩnh Tiến school students shared their knowledge of skills with each other and UNIS students gifted the equipment supplied to Vĩnh Tiến school for continued use.

This weeks visit was a unique opportunity for both schools’ students and teachers to experience multicultural perspectives. The students took part in various activities, strengthening their connections and developing friendly relations. Vĩnh Tiến school participates in one excursion a year and it was a privilege for them to choose to come to UNIS.

Our rationale for the day was:

Developing Relationships with Students and continue from Vinh Tien Primary

Sharing different perspectives

Making connections to our host country, Vietnam

The schedule saw Megan Brazil open the day’s activities by welcoming Vĩnh Tiến students and teachers. Tran Thi Thao Nguyen, who is one of the Grade 5 teaching assistants translated Brazil’s speech which included how UNIS came to be and the relationship between Vietnam and the United Nations. Sharing a day of activities with 83 people whose first language is Vietnamese, saw our Vietnamese speaking students take on the crucial role as translators between English speaking teachers and students, and our Vietnamese guests. As language was the biggest barrier for the majority involved, close connections were made through hands on activities such as creating a communal nursery garden and art display, team sports, dance and the exploration of our new UNIS playground.

The day closed with a thank you speech from the principal of Vĩnh Tiến School and a gift exchange between students. The whole experience was one of connection, sharing and understanding.

Swimming starts next week in Grade 5 PE.  Please go to this UNIS Hanoi ES Aquatics link for more important details.  Students must bring swim gear (cap, goggles, one-piece swim suit and a towel) on PE days.  Each item should be labeled, including their bag.  This way we will be able to track lost and found belongings.

Performing Arts Celebration next Thursday, March 30, 5:30 – 6:30

Sports Day on Friday, March 31, 12:30 – 3:20

Please come a cheer on our children as they put all their efforts into helping their houses achieve their very best. The day promises to be a fun one and is a highlight on the elementary sports calendar.
Please remember to
– pack your child’s house uniform
– provide a full water bottle
– provide an additional afternoon snack
– pack sunscreen
– label everything
We look forward to your supportive smiles and positive cheers.
SPRING BREAK, March 31 – April 10

 

Week beginning the 13th of March

School Visit from Vinh Tien School

G5 students are hosting Vinh Tien School on Tuesday the 21st of March. The normal G5 timetable will be collapsed to allow students to mix and mingle with the students they met during the G5 Excursion. There are four rotations during the day at which students will collaborate, construct, create and communicate with each other. This is a unique opportunity for G5 students to share a day in the life of a student at an international school and demonstrate multicultural perspectives. It is also the first time G4 students will get to meet students from Vinh Tien school before their G5 Excursion in the new academic year.

PYPX

Most students have met with their mentors and their driving questions for research are well on the way to being explored. The coming week will see students continue to develop concept questions from previous research or prior knowledge. Some students have been inspired and started taking action with various inquiries being made about starting up clubs or interest groups. As part of the Exhibition its self, students have been encouraged to create a design concept for the T-shirt students will wear during the Exhibition. The theme is based on the PYPX equation Passion + Issue = Action. Students need to have their design concepts ready for judging by Friday the 24th.

Reminders

Come and celebrate learning by watching your child perform at the Performing Arts Celebration on the 30th of March at 5.30pm

A Sneek Peek into Classrooms this Week

Week beginning the 6th March

PYPX is well underway. Students have been working with their groups for a week now. As they work through the long list of things to do, their inquiries start to move forward at different rates. Remember to check the website to gain an understanding of what your child is doing throughout the exhibition process. Another important place to look is the “For Parents” tab, for helpful hints on how you can help your child during this process.

In mathematics, we are continuing to look at Geometry; shape, space, area, perimeter and angles. Response text (reflection) has been an important element for students over the past few weeks, as students will need to know how to reflect on their learning as they work towards their goal/s during PYPX. The Curriculum Update is a useful place to view what your child is doing in class.

What’s happened this week?

This is the video of grade 5 assembly about PYPX

 

Week of the 27th February

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents that attended the parent information evening for Exhibition. We appreciated your attendance, questions and participation. We have looked at your compass point responses to help as we progress and plan through the Exhibition.

Our blog this week focuses on the Exhibition. 

Here is the website your child will use throughout the exhibition. In particular for parents please look through the “For Parents” tab.

This link is directly to the responses received in the compass point activity and has a copy of the teacher presentation.

Finally enjoy a photo celebration of the first week of the 2017 Exhibition.

Reminders

Tuesday, March 21: Vinh Tien School visits UNIS
We are aiming to create a recycled garden in preferably water bottles. Please help collect and send in water resistant items that we could plant in.
Hygiene
Please remind your child to bring a change of clothes after PE and using a deodorant throughout the school day .