Book Week information

Everyday 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 favourite 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


SLC’s and lots of future events!

I hope you enjoyed the Student Led Conferences. It was lovely to see how engaged and confident students were to share their learning with their guests.

Last week’s iTime saw quite a variety of different self-chosen activities by 3D students. Take a look:

Next Thursday, 26th April, we are fortunate enough to have a very special visitor at UNIS – Super Cycling Man! See here for information.

Things to Remember:

  • BOOKS are needed for the Book Sale – please send in any foreign language books, children’s books or young adult/adult books that you no longer have use for. Thank you!
  • Wednesday 25th April – no school: Hung King Day.
  • 2nd – 4th May – Carry a Book Week – make sure you always have a book with you to read at anytime time allows!
  • Wednesday 2nd May – Wear a Word to School Day – got an interesting, challenging, favourite word you like? Wear it to school!
  • Book Character Parade Day Thursday 3rd May – get planning that costume!
  • Friday 4th May Pyjama & Soft Toy Day – wear your pj’s, bring your favourite soft, cuddly toy, get comfy to read.

Our assembly, an artist’s message, books & poetry.

3C and 3D presented a short piece at assembly today on some of their learning in maths. The script was written by Ayaan in 3C wth help from Amelie (3C), Evie (3C), Hjalte (3C), Kelei (3D), Max (3D) and J.P. (3D). Take a look here. 

This week in uoi, students have begun planning what message they, as artists, want to share. For the next week or so they will be working on a piece of art that shares that message, using a particular form and different techniques. They will be suing the below template to help them with their planning. Please talk to your child about their message. What do they feel strongly about that they want others to know? Help them also to gather any materials they may need for their art project.


  • please send in any books you no longer need for the Book Sale Drive
  • Wednesday 18th is Student Led Conference day (there are no regular classes) – your child is excited to be able to share some of their learning with you!
  • Grades 2-5 Art Exhibition starts today with an Open House style evening from 5-7pm and runs until Friday next week.
  • next week is Poetry week. Why not write a poem with your child at home and have them bring it to school to share? Or read some poetry at bedtime instead of a story?

Below is a message from some G5 students. They have worked very hard to get the screening rights……….

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 Leipzig.
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



Music, Fractions and Art!

For those who missed the G2-3 Music Concert last week, or would simply like to watch it again please follow the Concert Link here.

Here are some photos of a fraction lesson earlier this week. Lots of thinking, justifying and explaining.

There was some art fun in uoi this week with students learning about the different techniques used by Picasso and Van Gogh and how they tried to communicate a message. Students chose either the style of Picasso or Van Gogh, using the “Roll an artist” activity, to create their own art work. This could be one for the holidays – if you need something to do!

I completely left my spelling brain at home one morning this week. 3D had to fix up my Morning Message:

The annual SCO Used Book Sale will be happening in May. See here for details.
Book Drive: April 9 – 27 (collection in homerooms)
Book Sorting / Pricing: May 2 – 3
Book Sale: May 4 – 5

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Music Concert

Wow! What an amazing performance by the students today in their G2/3 Music Concert. They have worked so hard and today it paid off – they were fantastic! If you didn’t manage to make it here are a couple of photos from the Dress Rehearsal on Wednesday.

In maths, we are starting to explore Fractions while continuing to develop our number sense with problems like “18 x 5 = ?”. What ways can be used to solve this?

In English this week we were searching for Time Connectives, again using Roald Dahl stories, to see the variety of ways a writer tells when something is happening. Encourage your child to search for them in their home reading.

We are starting a new uoi: ‘How We Express Ourselves’ with the Central Idea being: Artists choose from a variety of techniques to express their message. We will be inquiring into the messages artists are trying to convey through their work as well as some of the different techniques they use. Students will then be choosing a “message” from one of their previous units (that they feel strongly about) and will choose a particular technique with which to express it.
If you are out and about with your child and come across an artistic piece that seems to be communicating a message, please encourage your child to share it with us.

Next week: Possible field trip on Thursday 29th March, watch for a Trip Letter coming home with your child.
Friday 30th ES Sports Day 8:20-11:20am. Students are to wear their sports clothes and will need a hat and water bottle; parents are invited to attend.

Message from P.E.:
Please come share our celebration of movement, teamwork and school spirit at our UNIS School Sports day, Friday 30th March.
G3 starts at 8:20 and finishes at 11:20 and would love your support.

In English this week, we have begun to use Roald Dahl stories to focus on descriptive writing in narratives. We have been looking for adjectives, verbs and adverbs and seeing which perspectives the author has used. E.g. “The rich scent of tender chicken wafted down in to the foxes hole.” “In one corner Mr Gregg was smashing all three guns into tiny pieces with a huge hammer.”
During Open Door time today, we tried telescoping a very short sentence into a longer one (or even adding another) by adding detail, thinking of who, what, where, when, why and how.
For example, “Barry ate ice cream” became, after a number of re-visions, “Really hungry Barry ate a big ginormous chunky whiz popper ice cream with a shiny silver spoon.”
Be on the look out for great descriptions when reading with your child. Talk about why an author might have chosen a particular word – or not used a more common word.
In maths, we are continuing to work on multiplication, having students consider different representations of the same maths information. Ask your child which of the expressions below match? Are any of them not representations of multiplication expressions? Why or why not?


Give your child a multiplication equation e.g. 2 x 6. Challenge them to give you a word problem for which 2 x 6 =12 is the answer. Have them explain why.
Next week: G3 Music Concert, Thursday 22nd March, 9am in the Theatre. (Dress rehearsal in performance clothes is Wednesday 10:10)Students should wear black pants or skirt and a white shirt. Here are some ideas:

  • Formal black dress pants or below-the-knee skirt
  • Formal white shirt (this should be a blouse or button up collared shirt, no T-shirts please)
  • Formal black shoes (no sneakers please)
  • ‘A touch of color’ (optional) – for example, a blue scarf, red tie, green belt


Dear Parents,
Looking forward to seeing you at Open Classrooms next Thursday, 15th March.
Friday, I will be attending some in-school PD. However, if you are unable to attend any of the Thursday sessions, the classroom door will be open period 2 Friday, with the children working through their usual ‘Maths Workshop’ as well as open doors for PE during period 4. See the timetable below for sessions.
Please note there are no music sessions available as you will see a showcase of the students’ music the following week – on Thursday 22nd – at the Grade 2 & 3 music concert.

For more information on “Open Door Classrooms” go to the Elementary News blog. 

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Happy Year of the Dog to all.
Here are some photos from the last couple of weeks (pre and post Tet holiday)

With our K1 Buddies

and stretching our maths brains:

This week students have been involved in the International Schools’ Assessments for Maths Literacy, reading and Writing. More information about ISA’s can be found here.

Students are well into their ‘space missions’ for this current Unit Of Inquiry. Please talk with your child about what they are interested in within our solar system unit and challenge them to find answers to their questions. This unit has a very large independent inquiry element to it. Our key concepts are causation, change and connection. Hopefully your child can share some things they’ve already learnt about.

Next week:
All members of the UNIS community are invited to come and hear James Tanton, an international school maths expert, present on March 5, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the UNIS Theatre.

Ms. Julia will be attending a Cognitive Coaching Course being held at Hong Kong Academy from Monday 5th through Thursday 8th. Mr. Todd will be covering for her in 3D. Please contact the ES Secretary and Ms. Thuy if needed.

Presentations, Maths and Virtual Reality

After a couple of weeks of researching in a chosen area, our HWOO unit culminated in students presenting to the class what they had learned. Their classmates responded with feedback in the form of “2 Stars and a Wish”. Please ask your child for further information – they may also have chosen to blog about their findings.
A couple of weeks ago, 3D students were grappling in maths with a 3 Act Task, Cover the Floor. Ms. Beth came to help. You might like to work with them at home to attempt Act 4.

We have now started our new unit Where We Are in Place and Time. The central idea is: “Our solar system and our understanding of it is constantly changing.”
In TIG time this week, Ms. Michelle brought us Virtual Reality headsets to try out and take a look at Space close up. 3D were SUPER excited!

Wednesday next week is the Tet Assembly. Some of 3D are helping to present. Parents of those involved are welcome to attend the second sharing at about 9:10am in the Centre for the Arts.
Next week is a 3 day week for students due to the Tet Holiday.
Chuc Mung Nam Moi everyone!

Do you know about the UNIS Hanoi Elementary Youtube Channel? Students are loving the regular episodes of “Reading. What’s up with that?”. You can find them on the link along with lots of other great videos from UNIS ES.

We are working lots in class on inference. Riddles are a great way to build inference skills. Create a riddle for your child and challenge them to answer it. They must say why they think the answer is “X” by using evidence from the words in the riddle and their personal knowledge. Here’s a fun online site you and your child can also use.

Reminder: Thursday is Parent Teacher Conferences so no school for students. Please remember to sign up for an appointment.

Have a great weekend.