Welcome Back!

Welcome back to a new school year! I am thrilled to be your child’s 3rd grade teacher, along with my amazing sidekick/teaching assistant, Ms. Thuy. We’ve had a wonderful first week of school, the first of many. I’ve enjoyed getting to know our room full of curious and enthusiastic young learners and am keen to see where our learning will take us this year.

This is my 8th year at UNIS. With the exception of my childhood home, I’ve never lived anywhere longer than 5 years, so that is a strong testament of how much I love UNIS and Hanoi. Prior to Vietnam, I’ve lived in Florida (USA), Shanghai and Munich. I love traveling, exploring and new experiences in general, whether it is a new city, new nooks within a place, ideas, books, and my own creativity! My husband, Chris, and I are now exploring the new world of parenthood with our amazing 1-year-old daughter, Lorelie. Her big, furry brother, Brody (our Black Labrador) has adjusted well to sharing the attention and particularly enjoys cleaning up after mealtime, although he is a bit disappointed that she is not able to throw a frisbee yet.

We will spend the first few weeks setting up classroom routines and expectations, as well as developing a strong community. Creating a positive and safe learning environment is our number one priority to ensure that children feel ready to learn. We will continue to work on this over the next few weeks, as it is important to take the time at the beginning of the year to lay the foundation for continued excellence.

To ensure that your child is ready to learn and play each day, please ensure that your child has the following: (They are welcome to leave any of these things in their class cubbies or lockers)
  • snack
  • headphones
  • hat
  • water bottle
  • lunch or lunch card

More detailed information will be coming in the next few weeks through this blog, which will be delivered every Friday through Tin Tuc. Please save Thursday, September 6th for our ES Back-to-School Night, where tons of information will be shared directly! Here is a link to the schedule, although there may be minor changes in the following weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend. Please take some time for your child to share some of their learning this week. Some discussion ideas are:

  • New friends they’ve made.
  • How is 3rd grade different from 2nd grade.
  • Four 4’s (math)
  • Books we’ve read (Phileas’s Fortune, The Brand New Kid, First Day Jitters, & The Exceptionally, Extraordinarly Ordinary First Day of School)
  • Community Games (See an example below!)

As you can see, it hasn’t been a been a boring week!