Learning Harvest Peace

How The World Works – Learning from others
Grade 4C students are provided opportunities to learn from their each other daily. This week’s highlight was learning from a student in our class during our unit of inquiry, How the World Works (Let’s Rock). Hamza brought in a model volcano and all materials to make it erupt. He gave a short introduction and explained what was happening, stating that magma rises and pushes through vents and breaks in the Earth’s surface. He continued by saying, “Magma that is erupting is called lava. Some eruptions are explosive and others are not”
Learning from others has plenty of benefits:
Build self-esteem in students
Develops oral communication skills
Develops higher level thinking skills
Promotes student interaction
Increases student retention
Enhances student satisfaction with the learning experience
Promotes a positive attitude toward the subject matter

We look forward to highlighting and learning from another student soon.

Math Coffee Morning
A big thank you to all parents who attended the Math Coffee Morning on Tuesday! I surely gained a great deal from the presentation and the hands-on, minds-on activities we engaged in!
Below is the link to the padlet shared at the coffee morning:
Math For Parents

Moon Festival
We celebrated Moon Festival in the ECC and ES on Thursday. This festival is mainly for children. Your child enjoyed a wonderful performance put together by students who attend Vietnamese World language classes at our ES assembly. The celebration was followed by toy making activities, students made lanterns, masks, decorated dragonflies, etc. They also enjoyed snacks provided by the Vietnamese and World language department.


International Day of Peace

Today, Friday, September 21st is International Day of Peace. Fourth graders part took in various peace activities. Please, have a chat with your child about what this day signifies. At UNIS, we follow the United Nations principles and observe this day that is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide us with a guideline to attend to and achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere and ensure that our rights are protected to build a peaceful world.

Global Goals Week – September 24 – 28
Next week is global goals week at UNIS. During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and center in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week, we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September. Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here.

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
Thursday 27th September – EAL Coffee Morning 8:30 – 9:30 (Parents of students who are receiving EAL support in the Elementary School. This is mostly relevant to new parents, though all parents for whom English is not their native language, are most welcome to attend.)Turtle Tower and Temple of Literature Rooms (B08b-115 & 116)
Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social (Purchase your ticket at the school shop)
Monday, 1st October – Parent-Teacher Conferences: No school for students (Sign up for a slot on Veracross; 10:00 am – 6:00 pm)

GEO

Your fourth grader should be able to tell you a thing or two about rocks, minerals, or erosion and weathering. This week, the students engaged in the study of the Earth – Geology. The investigation will continue with a focus on the Earth’s surface, and you can help your child take the learning further by researching the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. It would be beneficial to even have a look at the distribution of plants, animals, and people.
Inquiring into the impacts of Earth’s changes would hopefully provide opportunities to develop an understanding of and take action towards achieving the UN SDGs #15, #14, #13, and #11.

How do we make our learning impactful while developing and applying crucial skills such as communication, self-management, and research skills? It’s through inquiry and action at I-Act-Time! As defined earlier, I-Act-Time is a privileged time on our timetable to act on an issue to help the world through innovations, ideas, and hands-on explorations. For that to be meaningful and successful, Grade 4C students worked on the different ways we take action.

On Thursday, our K2 buddies visited us and we spent some time getting to know one another even better through interviewing. Fourth graders helped their buddies apply their communication skills through an oral interview process and visual technology skills.
Buddy Class Photos

WORLD CLEAN UP DAY
Tomorrow, Saturday, September 15 is World Clean Up Day Millions of people in 150 countries will unite to clean up our world, in the biggest civic action in human history.

What: Commit to a 2-hour community action with your child

Where: Hoan Kiem Lake

Meeting Point: Lý Thái Tổ Monument 12 Lê Lai, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm
(The mayor of Hanoi will be there for a ribbon-cutting ceremony so you will see lots setting up and people in green t-shirts.) I will be there too in my UNIS t-shirt

When: Saturday, September 15 Time: 9 AM to 11 AM

Materials:
The Organization Keen Hanoi Clean will have thongs and bin bags for participants

What to bring/wear:
Wear long sleeve t-shirts and long pants
Durable covered shoes
Sun cream
Hat
Water bottle
If you would like to bring your own gloves, please do.

Farewell to Mohau

DATES TO REMEMBER:
Tuesday 18th September – Math Coffee Morning
Thursday 20th September – Moon Festival Assembly
Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social

Take the Lead

Our school core values, learning, community, and responsibility, foster leadership. As the ES prepares for and offers yet another opportunity for students to take the lead, some students in our class put their candidacy forward and gave a speech for why they should be elected as our Grade 4C Student Council Representative. After listening to how each candidate planned to secure accountability, impact the ES positively, and take responsibility, the class cast their votes. The results were very close between all four candidates, Tom, Ayaan, Olivia, and Stella. Our emerging leaders are Ayaan and Stella. Congratulations to them!
Please ask your candidate to show you his or her speech video on Seesaw.

Fourth graders engaged in a thought-provoking activity on Wednesday. They rotated through the four Grade 4 classrooms, engaging in tasks such as viewing some videos and making physical and imagery observations, which they recorded on a ‘See Think Wonder’ chart. The atmosphere was galvanizing as the students applied their thinking skills, solving problems, making decisions, asking questions, organizing the information they were assimilating from the objects and images.

Students making meaning of the Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works

Thank you to all who attended our annual Back-to-School Night. Here is a link to the slides shared last night. Hope you were able to get to learn a few aspects of who we are as a Grade 4C community, what to look forward to learning this school year, and through your engagement in the Gradual Increase activity, how learning takes place.
Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Ha (Tom’s mother) and Mmatlou (Mohau’s mother) for volunteering to be our 4C United Class Parents!

IMPORTANT! Change of clothes to PE next week
Next week for PE, on Wednesday, fourth graders will be on the ‘hunt for water in our mission to Mars’. They will get wet and possibly muddy so they need a change of clothes in order to participate. Please remind your child about that!

DATES TO REMEMBER:
Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

Supporters of Learning

This week we had two special teachers as guests in our classroom. Ms. Beth, the D-5 Extension and Enrichment Coach, enlightened the students about ways to discuss math problems and strategies to share their reasoning and solutions. The conversation and math activity we did with Ms. Beth lead to the class’ understanding of the importance of having Number Talks. Grade 4C students discussed and agreed on these three points:

  1. We gain different perspectives
  2. We can become more knowledgeable
  3. Our brains grow to come up with our own unique ways of solving problems when reasoning with others

It is most important that your child accurately and efficiently solve math problems in ways that make sense to her or him. At home, encourage your child to explain her or his math thinking to you.

We also had a visit from Mr. Dylan. He engaged us all in the practice of individual strengths and capacity to take care of oneself while learning academic skills and social-emotional skills.

With the aim of making meaning of How we express our understanding influences how effectively our messages are communicated, (How We Express Ourselves’ Central Idea) our class set up a Me Museum to express their understanding of who they are as individuals.
Enjoy this short Me Museum video

I-Act Time
This week, students shared ideas of meaningful ways to have our school values of Learning, Community and Responsibility reflect in all that we do and that led us to define what we do in I-Act Time. Here are three statements that sum up our conclusions:

  • Acting on an issue to help the world
  • Making a positive impact in our community
  • Doing a bunch of things that involves action
    Watch this space for your child’s action-driven innovations and passion projects.

Buddy Class
Finally, we met with our buddies on Thursday! There is no doubt we will have an amazing year together. Students are already thinking of all the activities to engage our K2C buddies in community building, taking responsibilities, and learning together! For example, they mentioned going for a walk around the school to identify ways to help, creating a cooperative game, or practicing math and reading skills.

Back-To-School Night
See you in B9 – 116 at either 6:00pm or 6:35pm on Thursday, September 6 to learn about WHO your child’s teachers are, WHAT your child can look forward to learning this year, and HOW the learning will take place.

DATES TO REMEMBER:
Monday 3rd September – NO SCHOOL!
Thursday 6th September – Back to School Night – 6pm
Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

Next Week
UOI: How The World Works provocation
Reading: Guided Reading and Comprehension strategies
Writing: Looking at the structure of Narrative texts-the complication and resolution
Math: Whole Numbers and Data Handling

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This is where you will find regular updates about your child’s learning, check out what we have been up to, and learn about future plans. With the aim to keep you inspired, we look forward to reading many comments from you!

This half-week has been about building a strong Grade 4C community. Your student spent most of the time working together with peers to come up with core values that promote strong and equitable participation of each person in a group.

The start of the school year is when we usually look at the year’s scope and sequence and set goals. This year, we have adopted the notion of a Sports Team to build qualities and strengths that will enable us all to be the best individuals and community members we can be.

Next week, your youngster will have a chance to create a Grade 4C team-values list and write a letter to self, setting future goals for a responsible contribution in making our class the best learning community.

Here is a copy of our class schedule.

Reminders:
Back-to-School Night: Thursday, September 6 /18.00-20.00
Students should have a hat and water bottle every day.
Students should have a pair of headphones to keep at school.

Have a pleasant weekend!