October 5th

Questions to ask your child:

  • What did you enjoy most about this Math Menu?
  • What books have you read this week? What books has Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • What Procedural Text have you been working on? What would you like to write one about? What are the qualities of a good procedural text?
  • How can we use the ideas of ‘thought bubbles’ and ‘speech bubbles’ to self-monitor our involvement and attention in class?
  • How can you use the G3 Learning Space over the break to continue your learning?
  • What makes you comfortable and uncomfortable? Is it the same for everyone?
  • What are some ways we have been working to improve our listening skills?
  • What are you designing for your final project? What might challenge you? Who are you working with? What are the expectations?
  • Where are some interesting places you might read over the break? Let’s take a picture for our reading wall!


  • Autumn Break, October 8-12
    No School!
  • Staff Professional Development Day, November 1-2
    No School! (For kids)
  • ES Open Classrooms, November  15-16
    More details will come later!
  • UN Day, November  30th
    Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!

September 28

Questions to ask your child:

  • What is a Math Menu?
  • How does a pulley work?
  • What is a machine? What ideas do you have for making your own machine?
  • What books have you read this week? What books has Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • What are SDG’s? How can we help to achieve them?
  • What are some of our behavior goals as a class? What ideas do you have to make our classroom a better place to learn for everyone?
  • What are some of your learning goals?
  • How does iMovie work? What was challenging? What do you want to learn more about?
  • What are some different things we measure? How do we measure angles? What have we learned about measuring distance/length, mass, and capacity? What do they have in common?
  • What is a Procedural Text? What Procedural Text might you write about next week?
  • What is empathy? How can we practice it?
  • What is Readworks? How is it similar and different to Newsela?
  • What did you enjoy most about your gymnastics performance? Can we watch it together? (Please read PE blog post for the videos!)


  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, October 1
    Times are quick, so please come on time and prepared with any questions or information you would like me to know about your child. Students are welcome to attend! 
  • Math Coffee Morning,8:30-9:30 Friday, October 5 (Creativity Space)
    Join us for an informal and interactive conversation about the mathematics’ development at your child’s grade level. We will discuss the what and why’s about mathematics instruction and how learning can be supported outside of school.
  • Autumn Break, October 8-12
    No School!

Some photos from this week…ask your child what’s happening! (Sorry, embed link not working…please click the links to the folder.)

Measurement Activities

Reading Buddies

Making Pulleys






September 21

Questions to ask your child:

  • What math games did you play this week?
  • How are you practicing your typing skills? Why is this important?
  • What do you do on Storyline and RAZ Kids?
  • What books have you read this week? What books has Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • What kinds of assessments have you done with Ms. Jenny so she can learn about you as a reader, writer and mathematician?
  • What were some of your choices on your math menu this week?
  • Why do we celebrate Moon Festival? How did we celebrate at school?
  • What have you learned about forces, motions and simple machines? What did you do to learn about these things?
  • What is the Design Cycle?
  • What was challenging about building a catapult? How did you improve your design after testing it?
  • How can you make a wheel and axel?


  • Global Goals Week

    Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of our Who We Are inquiry into values and beliefs, we will focus on Goal #16, which promotes peace.

  • Nude Food Friday, September 28
    As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day. Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, October 1
    You will be contacted soon about setting up an appointment. Times are quick, so please come on time and prepared with any questions or information you would like me to know about your child.
 Some photos from this week…ask your child what’s happening!
Moon Festival

Catapult Challenge using the Design Cycle

Editing Practice with Mr. David & Ms. Jenny

September 14

Questions to ask your child:

  • What did you learn about word families this week? What do words have to share to be in the same family?
  • What is Biblionasium? What is it used for? How will you use it?
  • Can you teach me how to play Salute? What are some ways we can play? (Addition, subtraction, multiplication)
  • How can we use Thinking Blocks to model word problems?
  • What is Dot Day? What is The Dot about? How did we celebrate?
  • What did you enjoy in Literacy this week?
  • What is the RD2W strategy for solving problems in math?
  • What is a MakerSpace? What is in it? What are you hoping to do there?
  • What is Newsela?
  • What is a simple machine?

Snack Sale next Monday, September 17- It’s our turn to BRING SNACKS

Moon Festival Next Thursday
  • We will celebrate in school with a special assembly and a cultural activity. Please have your child were their Ao Dai!
 Some photos from this week…ask your child what’s happening! 


September 7

Greetings! Upon requests from parents, I will try to be succinct as possible. More information will come every week and if you have specific points you would like me to address, please let me know.

Things To Ask Your Child About:

  • What books have they been reading? What books have been read to them?
  • What is a simple machine?
  • What simple machine did they learn about? What challenges did they face upon initially trying to put it together with no guidance?
  • What is a ‘Literacy Menu?”
  • How is a ‘problem-solver’ different from a ‘problem performer?’
  • What do we do in morning meetings?

Upcoming Dates:

  • Thursday, Sep. 20th: Moon Festival (Students encouraged to wear Ao Dai
  • Monday, Sep 27th: EAL Coffee Morning
  • Monday, October 1st: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, October 5th: G3 Maths Coffee Morning

Room Parent Needed! 

Please let me know if you’re interested in volunteering. Working with the SCO is very rewarding and your help would be very appreciated!

UOI Photos:

We introduced our new unit on Forces and Motion this week. For this activity, students were put into 5 different groups with parts to build a different simple machine. There were 3 rounds:

Round 1: Here are the parts. Build a machine. What does it do?

Round 2: Here is the type of a machine that you can build with these parts. (Ex: Wheel and Axel) Here is a video explaining in general what this machine can do. Try to build it.

Round 3: Here are the instructions on how to build your machine. Build it. Read about it. Explain how it works.


Thank you for coming out last night! A lot of information was packed in, so please check it out below and let me know if you have any questions.


You should have received an email asking you to join See Saw, which is our online portfolio. Here are more details:

First Full Week- Total Success!

We’ve had a great week getting to know each other as we are develop expectations and routines that will help the rest of the year run smoothly. It’s very important to take things slow in the beginning as we focus on community building, getting to know each other, behaviors and developing a growth mindset! I’ve also enjoyed getting to know the students as mathematicians, writers, readers and learners.


We do not assign homework in the UNIS Elementary School, but we do expect students to read every night. We will go to the library as a class on Thursdays, but students are invited to go to the library every lunch time if they choose. They should always have a book to read! 

I am still learning about your child as a reader, but they are expected to be able to pick appropriate books. We have talked about using the I-PICK strategy to know if a book is a good choice for them.


Please note their have been a few changes to the schedule. We have also added Here is a link to the updated schedule.

Who We Are: An Inquiry Into Beliefs and Values   

We enjoyed learning about some of the different things that students value today.  We saw some wonderful examples things we value, such as family, learning, play, nature, friendships, sports, religion, travel, etc. Some students are still working on their bags and have promised to bring them by Wednesday, August 29. Here are some photos of today’s presentations! 

Teacher Learning 

I am very fortunate to work at UNIS which values both student and teacher learning. Over the next 2 weeks, I will be in 3 different workshops. While it is unusual to have so much Professional Development at the beginning of the year, it is also very good because I will be able to apply what I’ve learnt for the rest of the year, to the benefit of your child! Please accept my apologies for being out, but I ensure that our learning will continue in my absence! I have included links to the workshop details if you are curious about what I am learning.

We have a wonderful substitute, Ms. Johanna Ponsen, on the following days:

Monday and Tuesday (August 27 & 28) Cognitive Coaching @ UNIS

Thursday and Friday (August 30 & 31) STEM Ingenuity Summit, Bangkok

Thursday and Friday (September 6 & 7) Structured Word Inquiry @ UNIS

Building Community

We’ve had so much fun building a positive community in our classrooms as well as a grade level. Here are some photos of the fun times we’ve had this week and last!



  • Class Photos on Wednesday, August 29th!
  • Back-to-School Night, Thursday, September 6th 
  • Students should have a snack, hat and water bottle every day.
  • Students should have a pair of headphones to keep at school.

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!