3B Updates

Thank you for coming to share in our learning this afternoon. I hope that you got as much out of the experience as your children did. They were certainly very excited to share and I was very happy with the confidence with which they presented their projects. My hope is that these projects will inspire some action on their behalf. I ask that you encourage them to keep researching their animals and look for opportunities to take action to do what they can to help the plight of their animal.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • How they felt about their presentations
  • What they will do know with their new knowledge
  • Your thoughts on the parent conferences

Reading Lists

You may have noticed a new tab just above in the drop down menus for Resources. We have added a school recommended reading list of suggested books for students of all ages. This was put together by our English Subject Coordinator and contains some great recommendations to engage your children in reading.

Guest Speakers

We have been extremely fortunate to have three UNIS parents come in and share their expertise and knowledge with our students to support our unit of inquiry. We had Alison Davis, who visited us from the Environment, Science, Technology & Health Unit at the U.S. Embassy. We also had Blake’s dad, Dr. Ben Rawson who is the Conservation and Program Development Director for WWF Vietnam and then we had Max’s dad, Dr. Scott Roberton who is the Director of Counter Wildlife Trafficking with WCS here in Vietnam. We are very grateful for these members of our community giving up their time to help our students learn more about animal conservation.

Autumn Break

School will be closed next week as we celebrate our Autumn holidays. The students have worked very hard for this first session in the year and are very deserved of the break. I hope that you enjoy some relaxing time with your family. See you all on October 16.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

3B Updates

Dear Parents, Today we make the masks and we do projects on our animal. We look at a show about the moon festival. We learn about symmetry lines. We looked at what letters have symmetry lines and what letters do not have symmetry lines. Some parents explained to us about the ocean and the man explained to us about monkeys. From Alina.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • The difference between diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines of symmetry
  • The Moon Festival
  • How many times they have been to the library this year
  • Their gymnastics performance
  • Making people smile

Parent Teacher Conferences

I’m looking forward to meeting with you all next Tuesday at the Parent Teacher Conferences. if you have not already done so, please use this link: https://portals.veracross.com/unishanoi to log in to reserve a time. Please remember that there will be no school for students on that day.

Celebrating Learning

The students are busy preparing their final projects to share with you for our end of unit celebrations. You’re welcome to join us next Thursday afternoon from 2:15 in our classroom to see the great work that the students have put in to their endangered animals projects. I would also encourage you to visit the other classes to see the great work that the other classes are doing as well.

Tet Trung Thu

 

 

 

 

3B Updates

Dear parents, it was UNIS’s birthday. We went to a special assembly with Dr Barder at the sport center after that we ate cupcakes. 1 for each. 3B also did our gymnastic performance on stage. We did MAP testing 3 times. We also wrote information reports about anything we liked to write about. It was fun. From Duc

Things to discuss with your child

  • What does the UN International Day of Peace mean to them
  • Wasting food in the cafeteria
  • How they felt about MAP testing
  • What they’re writing about

MAP testing

We’ve just completed our first round of MAP testing for the year. The results of the three tests; reading, language use and maths, will be used to guide my practice and give me a better picture of areas for attention for each child in the class.

Student Council

Last week we held student council nominations and an election. I’m very please that we had 6 candidates for these leadership positions. I’m also happy to announce that Tom Prins and Aoife Brown were elected by their classmates to be our class representatives.

Guided Reading

Next week, we will begin guided sessions. In Grade 3 we believe that guided meaning is making meaning by differentiating, role modeling, targeting specific skills, improving comprehension, and supporting multilingualism. Students will receive attention based on their individual needs as a reader and will engage in fun and meaningful activities to build their expression and fluency. Plenty of time will be allocated to developing their comprehension skills to help develop as a strong reader.

Happy International Day of Peace.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

3B Updates

Dear Parents, this week is student council election. Tomorrow is Dot Day! But tomorrow is PE. Just to be warned. So you child gets to choose. From Noah

I shared our class blog with the students today and they decided that they would like to contribute to the blog as well. Periodically, you’ll be reading their interpretations on what important things are happening in our class.

I’ve been adding these topics below and encourage you to discuss these with your child to get a better idea of what we are talking about in class.

Things to discuss with your child

  • Student Council Elections
  • UNIS’s birthday celebrations
  • Dot Day

Map Testing

Map testing begins next week. Grades 3 – 5 participate in these standardised tests twice a year to give teachers data and insight into progress. We will be performing three assessments: reading, language usage and maths. More information about MAP testing will be shared with you next week.

Student Council

3B is to elect 2 representatives tomorrow to be our student council representatives. You can find more information in the presentation below. I encourage you to speak with your child about becoming a nominee. If they would like, they can prepare a short speech and present it to our class tomorrow.

UNIS Birthday Celebrations

UNIS will kick off its 30th birthday celebration on Tuesday (19th) with a whole school photo and birthday party.  All students should wear blue to school on Tuesday – blue PE shirts or other blue clothes are ok.

Sincerely,

joshua smith

3B Updates

This has been a short week but so much has been happening. We are now well and truly settled into our routines and the culture of our class is shaping up nicely.

Things to discuss with your child

  • Reading and Maths assessments
  • Gumboot dancers
  • Elements of an information report
  • Which endangered animal interests them the most

UOI

We are now well into our first unit of inquiry. A large component of this unit involves students gathering information from a variety of places and one area that we need your support with is sharing your expertise.

If you, or someone you know, is involved in conservation work of any kind or has a deep passion for it, will you please contact me. Our students would love to hear from some experts in the field.

 

Back to School Night

Depending on when you read this, Back to School night will be just about to begin, in the process of taking place or recently have happened. You can find the presentation linked below. If you were unable to attend, please refer to the presentation and contact me if you need any further information. I look forward to getting to work with you all to support your children this year.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

3B Updates

A classroom is now a hive of activity. We have been busy establishing our agreements and building the culture that will carry us through the year. We have now experienced almost two full weeks of our schedule and students have become very familiar with routines, schedule and expectations.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • Our buddies program began today.
  • Library book borrowing guidelines
  • The insects in our class
  • School photos tomorrow

Back to school

You are all invited to attend our Back to School Night for this year which will take place next Thursday, September 7th at 6pm. We will meet in our classroom, B9 – 120. There will be two identical sessions in a row which should allow you a chance to attend other classes for your other children if you need to. Specialist teachers will also be available to meet you in the Centre for the arts. I look forward to meeting you all then.

New Unit of Inquiry

We begin a new unit of inquiry this week and the students are already engaged and excited about the potential opportunities for learning and taking action. Our central idea is: The struggle to share the environment impacts living things. I’m aware that many of you are passionate about sustainability issues and some of you work or volunteer in this field. We are looking for guest speakers to share their knowledge and expertise and are therefore putting a call out to any parents who could help. If you’re interested or know of someone who could help, please email me.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please email me.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith

Welcome to Grade 3

It is with great excitement that I write our first blog post for the school year. I’m Mr. Josh and I will be working alongside the students of 3B for the rest of the year. We have almost completed our first full week and we’re already well and truly beginning to establish a culture of learning and fun in our class.

We welcomed new students this week and settled into our new schedule. We had a chance to meet all of our specialist teachers and spent had a lot fun working in teams to solve challenges with the rest of Grade 3.

This blog will serve as a communication tool between school and home and hopefully give you valuable insights into what is happening in our class each week. There’ll be be posts from me, from other specialist teachers and occasionally from the students.

I look forward to meeting you all at the SCO Grade Level Social next Thursday (August 31) at 3:30. We will also have a chance to meet again at our Back To School Night on the following Thursday (September 7).

Please be sure to keep checking back in on this blog. Communication in the Elementary School will look differently this year and we hope that it serves you well as an informal communication connection between school and home.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions please email me.

I look forward to working alongside you this year.

Sincerely,

Joshua Smith