This event is about celebrating your child’s successes as they have transitioned through Elementary School. Moving into Middle School is a milestone for every child and for current and former teachers. We have had the pleasure of getting to see your child develop as a learner, a socializer and as a person who has a greater understanding of the world around them.

Please join us in celebrating this time with certificate ceremony, morning tea (which our class parents are organizing) and then listen to your child’s final assessment of the year, which involves describing how their trans-identity creation displays the elements of identity and transition.

Relay Extravaganza
What a fun way to cool down and enjoy a little bit of competitive and celebratory fun.
G4&5 House Relay Extravaganza Photos and Videos

Dress code for Monday’s Assembly Celebration is tidy-formal wear. Please note it is important that students have a change of clothes for their afternoon activity, ice-skating.

Your child received a field trip notice to attend an ice skating session after the Assembly Celebration, on the 11th of June. Please get the permission slips signed and have him or her return it to school. (Ignore, if you already have.)

If your child is going to be absent from school, please ensure you contact the ES office to let them know.

The last day for your child is the 14th of June @ 12:00 pm. Your child has started to bring home files and displays, please take the time to look through and celebrate the accomplishments.

This week in 5D

Table Talk Time:

Which Grade 5 students are leaving UNIS this year?
Who won the ES Garden Photo Competition from 5B?
What do the ‘Guardians of the SDG’s’ do?
Where are you going to do for your G5 end of year activity?
What clothing might you need for ice skating?

Changes and Adaptations

This week, the fifth graders experienced a whole day in the Middle School. They had a Grade 6 buddy who they shadowed, attended lessons, ate lunch, played, and most of all get to learn much about a day in sixth grade. Gathering from their end-of-day reflection, they are most excited about lunch freedom, having access to all the food bars in the canteen, and being able to use devices at break times. Most students are still worried about homework, getting good grades and their personal projects for Service Learning. The students are looking forward to knowing who is going to be in their advisory class next year. Please, have your child tell you more about his/her Grade 6 Step-Up experience.

In Unit of Inquiry, students have been independently working on visually representing their identity and some of their transitions. It is interesting to see what they choose and how their personalities are showcased. We will share these with you on June 11.

Tomorrow is our ES House Relay Extravaganza, Grades 4&5 2-3:30 pm! Hope to you there!


As we continue to investigate the nature of the self through different forms of transitions, ways people change and how we adopt and adapt to new roles and responsibilities, fifth graders are making many discoveries! They have been learning more about biological changes from our school nurse, Ms. Susan, and the roles and responsibilities that the changes entail. Furthermore, they have been developing their understanding on how transitions work and their purposes. With this development, the fifth graders are reflecting and writing an ‘Advice to self: Personal Hygiene and Responsibility through Transitions.’

The structure of a recount is sometimes not evident for a fifth grader. This week, students identified features, purpose, structure, and grammar applicable to a recount text. There was more emphasis on literary language such as metaphors, similes and personification. With this new knowledge, they strove to enhance their individual recount texts. Reading in groups, the students continued to pinpoint recount aspects from what they are reading. Ask your child to use a metaphor to describe an event such as a meal or an outing.

In math, your fifth grader has been working on constructing and measuring angles, and using a formula to calculate volumes of varied objects. Have your child measure volumes of different objects around the house. Do not forget to ask for an estimation before the actual measure!

We had the traditional Grade 12 “Grand Walk” this afternoon. The entire school, D – 12, formed a “human pathway” starting outside the canteen and leading Grade 12 students through the ES courtyard. Students cheered and congratulated the soon-to-be graduates as they take a “Grand Walk” through campus.

Graduation Day is tomorrow Friday, May 25!


MAP – Measuring What Matters
Students in grades 3 through 5 partook in the MAP Growth assessment this week. This is an important aspect of triangulating the growth that your child is making academically.
“…using MAP Growth data to pinpoint the instructional areas your students are ready to tackle—whether they’re on, above, or below grade level.” ~ NWEA
As we wrap up the year, your child is evaluating and reflecting on skills, knowledge and the understandings acquired through the school year, while engaging in curriculum content explorations.
Ask your child about how well he/she thinks she did on the MAP assessment.

G6 Transition
Fifth graders received letters from their grade 6 buddies today and their eyes sparkled with anticipation. Many of them immediately got to responding to share their excitement. They are impatient to going to spend a whole day with their buddies and attend Grade 6 classes in two weeks time.

Please put the G5 Celebration of Learning on your calendar for June 11. We will use this event as a way for students to showcase their changing identities through artifacts and presentations, as well as a way to say goodbye and provide closure on a wonderful year.

G5 Celebration of Learning
(save the date)

UNIS Center for the Arts
Monday, June 11 at 9:00am

Please join us in celebrating the end of your child’s Primary Years Program.


This week we introduced our last unit of the year on “transitions,” and we began our exploration with a visit to a Kindergarten classroom to help students realize some of the transitions they have already made as learners.

Next, we brainstormed other types of transitions and created a list that included physical, social and emotional changes. And yes, puberty was on the list! The following presentation slides give a brief overview of topics covered during the unit.
Who We Are – Transitions

Now that Exhibition is over – although some groups are continuing their actions – we are back to a more normal schedule of math and literacy. In math this week, students learned about the different strategies of solving multiplication problems and discovered patterns in geometry by finding areas, lengths, and angles to better understand the world around us. In literacy, students learned to provide descriptive details into their “recount” writing.

Next week, students will take the standardized MAP assessment on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Families can help students by ensuring that their children come to school rested with full stomachs.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning, Friday, May 11 at 8:30 a.m., for our Transitions Coffee Morning in the Community Room, B7.

Who’s Your Favorite Book Character?

This week was a short one, filled with many engaging and interactive events such as Book Week, and a trip to the International School of Vietnam. On Wednesday, students had extended reading time and chose a meaningful word to share and we had a “mystery reader” stop by our class. Today, Thursday, students dressed up as favorite book characters and paraded with their buddies. Tomorrow, Friday, there will be a book sale for students to purchase books at discounted prices. Books cost between 10 and 40 thousand VND.

Trip to ISV
Making connections and deepening understanding from peers is always beneficial! Our trip to ISV today was successful. Their Grade 5 students shared their PYPX learning with us. Our fifth graders were an interested audience who had an opportunity to engage in activities presented by other fifth graders, just like them! The students consolidated their understanding about sharing the planet, our responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other living things.

As the year starts to wind down, we are starting our final units for all subjects. Our last unit of inquiry will be about Transitions, physical, social and emotional. The focus of Math will be geometry, and students will investigate the various types of measurement through hands-on activities. In literacy, students will review “recount” writing and take reading assessments.

We hope to see you next week Friday, May 11, at 8:30 for our Grade 5 Transition Coffee Morning.

It was a joy to see fifth graders, after a well-welcomed long weekend, enthusiastic about the last quarter of school!

What’s Up? PYPX and More

It has been a week of hard work and celebration. We look forward to continuing to celebrate our learning with you this evening. Please make your way to the Centre for the Arts to see your informed and action orientated children showcase their learning. We are so proud of all their efforts and the positive change they are creating.

You’re welcome to follow the Exhibition has it happens on this livestream.

Every day of Book Week will offer special activities!

Wednesday, May 2- Wear a Word Day:

Students wear a word on their clothing-
Can be a word they identify with, have fun saying or simply enjoy.

Thursday, May 3-Character costume dress up day + Parade
Students dress up as their favorite BOOK character

Friday, May 4 Pajama dress up day and bring your best buddy soft cuddly toy to school day + SCO Book Sale!

Plus week-long activities including Literary Lunches, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Time, Book Walks, Poetry Pathways and AMAZING Library displays
The Book Week Team

UNIS Primary Years Programme Exhibition 2018

Next week is the long-awaited PYPX. The following is the schedule for the two-day event.

Tuesday 24th of April Schedule

Students arrive at school at the standard time. They will finish setting up for the presentations (which they started the day prior) and attend any specialty classes up until 12:30 pm. This is when the first visiting schools begin to arrive. G5 students are presenting the PYPX process and then station themselves at their exhibits until 3:20 pm. There will be a short 15-minute break between 1:45 and 2:10. Students will travel home as per normal travel arrangements.

Wednesday is a public holiday, so no school

Thursday 26th of April Schedule

Students arrive at school at the standard time and attend the normal school assembly. At 9:10 am students greet the first round of guests. Students continue with their exhibits until 2:55 pm. Normal lunch and break times are observed over the course of the day.

Thursday 26th of April – Parent and Guest Evening Schedule

Students are required to be at school by 5:30 pm to tend to their exhibits and prep for the parent presentation which starts at 6:00 pm. The presentation will take approximately 20 mins. Students will then return to their exhibits and explain their PYPX journey and learning, to parents and a variety of other guests.

At 7:15 pm students will return to the theatre to sing their closing song and listen to the closing statements from their PYP coordinator, Ms. Angela Meikle. The event should be finished by 7:30 pm.

Group Time and Student Agency

We’ve come back after the break to a flexible schedule where students have more group time and agency to select specialists based on their Exhibition projects. In working towards our presentation deadlines, students are writing songs, making models, creating games in PE, baking, building, creating and owning their learning.


As homeroom teachers, we have been supporting the students to form pathways linked to their passions and to highlight their knowledge and understanding. We, like you, are just as excited to see where their creativity takes the groups.

With only nine PYPX days left, all groups are working on finalizing research, working on making an interactive and dynamic presentation space and solidifying action.

We invite you to come and watch the students at work next Wednesday, as they continue this process. The children will be in their PYPX groups and coordinating classrooms all day, so check with your child to ensure you know their location on the day. Please note there are no student-led conferences for grade 5 this Wednesday and an email from Megan Brazil has been sent to confirm this arrangement.

A message from Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leizig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara
The Plastics Oceans Group
G5 UNIS Students

Info, Info, Info!

Can we ever really be done Finding Out? This year through our Units of Inquiry and in this PYPX process we have continually answered that question with the answer no. With the students so engaged in the research process and meeting with primary sources, they are struggling to complete an information report. This struggle is very real as they know there will be more they want to share out. As teachers, we feel so proud that they notice that their learning may never be done and have reminded them that this information report is a baseline from which their action will spring. We are never done learning and growing.

This week the students also thought more deeply about their action. How could this help our community? How could the action be sustained after the exhibition? What resources do we need to take action? and of course, How is our action linked to our SDG?

When we return after spring break we will look more closely at taking action, making our plans a reality.