The First Week of October

Dear Parents,

Fall is in the air and we have arrived to the first vacation of the school year. It was a pleasure to meet with all of you on Monday and talk about your hopes and goals for your child this year in grade two. I look forward to a productive and fun year ahead. I’d also like to wish everyone a restful and safe Fall Break whether you are staying locally or traveling abroad.

Reminders

Our library exchange day is Monday, however students can exchange library books any day of the week. They just need to let me know and I can give them a library pass, or exchange during lunch recess.

Fall Break October 8-12. School is back on Monday, October 15.

Math

This week we have continued to learn new math games for addition and subtraction. The game that we played on Thursday is called 10 – Bump. The directions for how to play are on the side. 10 counters could be used in place of the Bead Rack (Rekenrek). Please find it attached below if you would like to play at home. We also continued our data handling by creating our own survey questions, collecting the data, and presenting it with a graph.

Literacy

This week students focused on using descriptive language in their writing using the descriptive bubble. Students read the book, That’s My Monster! and then drew their own monsters to write sentences about. Our class is participating in the Global Read Aloud by reading the book, A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold. Ask us what the book is about!

UOI

This week we continued our inquiry into being a digital citizen by learning about the Common Sense Media’s traffic lights to evaluate websites, video games, and movies. Ask us what the traffic lights and how we use them. We also continued to learn about new forms of digital technology like Padlet and Flipgrid. Lastly, we put pictures of different forms of digital technology in chronological order to see how technology has changed over time. Most of us had no idea what a cassette tape or a boombox were!!

Buddies

Our weekly visit with our K1 buddies was on the big playground, a real treat for the K1 students.

 

This Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

This was a great week for finding out more about how students learn in grade two at UNIS-Hanoi. It was a pleasure to see so many parents at the Wednesday morning Math session with Beth. We had a lot of fun playing math games and learning about our math curriculum. Thursday morning was the EAL Coffee Morning which was for finding out about how students learn academic English at an international school. I hope that you were able to attend. Please find important information below and updates on our learning.

Reminders

  • Monday 1 Oct Parent-Teacher Conferences:   During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend.
    Please note: There will be no school for ES students. Also there are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students.
  • 8-12 October:  Autumn Break – No School
  • Library book exchange every Monday, if students miss a Monday they can bring their books to exchange on another day

Math

This week students continued to explore structuring numbers using multiple math tools. They also completed their first 3 Act Math Task which required them to think like mathematicians by solving a problem with a limited information and representing their thinking in more than one way. Students are also beginning to create graphs to represent information and data. For those that attended the Math Morning with Beth, please find the math games and instructions attached.

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Literacy

This week students wrapped up their recount writing unit and many of them demonstrated that they can use a writing checklist as a resource to improve their writing and self-reflect. Students continued to read fiction stories with themselves or a partner and practiced their retelling skills.

UOI

We continued to dive deeper into our inquiry about digital citizenship by sending our very first email from our school email accounts. I hope that you all received your emails. Please respond back so that we can keep the conversation going. Students also discussed who a digital citizen is and how they are safe, responsible, and respectful when online. We also went on an in-school field trip to “find the internet” at UNIS! We found it! Ask us what we learned.

Buddies

This week our K1 buddies came to visit us and we had a blast showing them around our classroom and creating games and activities together. It is truly amazing to watch them in action.

 

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

We just had the best day celebrating the Moon Festival here at school. Look for some photos of all the fun below.

Reminders;

  • Library is Monday
  • Grade 2 Math Coffee Morning with Math Coach Beth Murray on Wednesday, Sept. 26th from 8:30-9:30 am (location TBD). Topics include
    • Second Grade  Big Ideas
    • What math looks like in grade 2
    • How you can support your student at home
  • EAL Coffee Morning with EAL Laura Berrish on Thursday, September 27th from 8:30-9:30 Turtle Tower & Temple of Literature Rooms, Ly Thai To Centre, B8b
  • Monday 1 Oct Parent-Teacher Conferences:   During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend.
    Please note: There will be no school for ES students. Also there are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students.
  • 8-12 October:  Autumn Break – no school

UOI

Digital Citizenship – An inquiry into “How We Organize Ourselves”.

We will soon be starting a new unit. You can support your child’s language development by discussing the information below in your mother tongue at home.

Central​ ​Idea:

Choices that digital citizens make impact the global community.

Inquiry​ ​into:

Purposes and forms of digital technology

-Online responsibilities

-Ways to evaluate media

Vocabulary:

citizen, computer virus, digital, digital citizen, digital footprint, download, email,

internet, media, message, offline, online, private, technology, URL, website, World

Wide Web (WWW)

Math

This week we explored using the 100 chart to find numbers that were 10 more or 10 less, 11 more or 11 less using what we know about place value. We also used our rekenreks to add up all of the minutes in our reading logs! We found out that the most number of minutes read in the 2D was over 400!

Literacy

This week we got to show how we organize ourselves by planning our own literacy rotations during the week. We could choose from reading to self, reading to a partner, writing a recount, listening to reading, posting a speaking and listening game.

Buddies

We spent some time reading with our buddies.

Moon Festival

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 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

 

 

This Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Please find some information below related to our learning this week and some up coming events. I think most everyone has now connected to their child’s Seesaw account. However, if anyone has not, and needs assistance, email me and I will help.

Reminders

Mondays are our library exchange days.

This Monday, September 17th, is our first Snack Sale of the school year. Students can buy a homemade snack at school. Snacks cost 10,000 VND each, max of two snacks per student. Please send small bills if you can.

Next Thursday is the Elementary School’s celebration of the Moon Festival. There should be more information about this from the Vietnamese Department in this week’s Tin Tuc. Students and teachers are invited to wear their Vietnamese Ao Dai on Thursday.

September 27th at 8:30 is the EAL Coffee Morning in the Turtle Tower Room in the Ly Thai To Building.

September 26th at 8:30 is the Grade 2 Math Information meeting with Beth Murray, in the Creativity Space in the Elementary School B9.

Math

This week students worked on using the rekenreks to solve math addition and subtraction with numbers 0-20. The students are working on increasing their automaticity for adding and subtracting these numbers through visualization and speaking. Students also started to gather data and represent it using a bar graph. I was very happy to see the results of our question, “Would you rather play outside or play video games.”

Literacy

This week students learned how to retell a story using the Five Finger Retell Chart. The five parts are: setting; characters; problem; events; solution. Students also continued to work on their recount writing by learning about compound sentences.

UOI

We have a year long unit of inquiry in grade two this year: How We Express Ourselves, Cultures express their creativity in many ways. This was our first dip into the unit this year by looking at how cultures celebrate festivals around the world. We looked at what values we share and how we see those values using an ice berg model. We research about festivals around the world using non-fiction books and online resources. Ms. Hang made a presentation about the Vietnamese Moon Festival in preparation for next week. We then used a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the Moon Festival with Diwali.

Buddies

This week was Dot Day in celebration of the picture book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The book teaches us an important lesson about keeping a growth mindset. To mark the day, we went to visit our buddies in K1A and made lots of dots!

 

This Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much to all of the parents who came to Back to School Night last night. I enjoyed meeting all of you and having an opportunity to meet you in person. I am looking forward to a fantastic year ahead and working with you towards a successful year for your children. For those who were not able to make it please find the presentation below. Feel free to email me with a questions.

Class Schedule

UOI

This week we are finishing up our unit, Who We Are, Our Values Shape Our Communities. We explored tools and strategies that we can use to navigate our communities. Ask us what tools we would like to use more to solve conflict.

Math

This week we explored measuring time by learning about calendars and dates. We also continued to practice our math skills by adding numbers between 1 and 20 using math tools.

Literacy

In Writer’s Workshop, we learned about choosing a small moment topic to write a recount story and we spent time writing and illustrating those stories. We also practiced our reading stamina and learning that readers thinking while they are reading to improve their understanding.

Buddies

We met with our buddies this week to continue building connections and to improve our skills of speaking, listening, and problem solving.

Brain Breaks

We work hard all day and students in 2D need breaks from time to time to move their bodies and relax. This week we played some team building games and practiced yoga!

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of the parents who have successfully signed up for the Seesaw, your child’s learning journal. I have approved many requests and comments that parents have made on their child’s posts. If you have not signed up yet, please look at last week’s blog post for instructions.

Also, a big thank you for your support getting out home reading off to a solid start. It takes time to establish any new routine, but so far developing the good habit of reading every night has been a success. I appreciate your support and commitment to reading at home. If there are any questions, please bring them with you to Back to School Night.

Helpful Information

  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 7th September at 6pm. Learn more about 2D and the Grade 2 Team.
  • The take-home folder (including the home reading book and reading log)  should live in your child’s backpack.  Please make sure your child brings it every day.
  • Library – Will be every Monday . The library flexible schedule will be explained at the ES Back to School Night. For now please send your child with a library bag to put their books in every Monday.
Math
This week we continued to build our growth mindsets and risk taking in math. We also practiced our numeracy skills by playing games that helped us learn our addition values 1-10 and 1-20. Ms. Beth also came to our class to conduct a Number Talk. It helped us be flexible thinking mathematicians by looking at a problem and finding multiple solutions. Some quotes from the math talk were, “This is awesome!” “It’s like a math video game!”
Literacy
This week we dived into our Readers and Writers Workshops. We are learning how to write recounts this week by focusing on the orientation of the story: the when, who, where, and what. In reading, we talked about taking care of our class library, and building our reading stamina. Ask us what stamina means!
UOI
We started the week by exploring the communities to which we belong. Then we shared the family values activity that students brought home last weekend. We created a class word cloud with the results. We discussed what values we hold and how we demonstrate those values through out actions.
Buddies
We had out first visit with our K1 buddies this week! We demonstrated our responsibility and creativity by playing many fun games and creating interesting art and structures. We will be spending a lot of time with our K1 buddies this year!

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

During our first full week in grade two, students focused on building a strong community of learners and began laying the foundation of solid work habits for our math, reading, and writing workshops.

Students learned about our new portfolio platform, Seesaw, and posted their first entry. Please see below for instructions to access your chid’s portfolio.  Finally the students really enjoyed sharing their personal items in the paper bag activity. What a busy and fun week.

Helpful information

Home Reading starts Monday 27th August – Students have been preparing in class. Here are the expectations and students will bring a book from school to read. Any questions will be answered at ES Back to School Night.

Home Reading Journal

  1.    At least 20 minutes a day or 80 minutes a week of reading.
  2.    Choose a book that is just right for you, not too easy and not too hard.
  3.    Write the title of the book you read, the date on which you read it, and how long you read.

Helpful Information

  • School pictures are Friday, August 31st.
  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 7th September at 6pm. Learn more about 2D and the Grade 2 Team.
  • This weekend, we ask you to discuss the question, “What do we value as a family?” A sheet to record your values will be sent home tomorrow in your child’s take home folder. You or your child can record your answer.
  • The take-home folder (including the home reading book and reading log)  should live in your child’s backpack.  Please make sure your child brings it every day.
  • Library – Will be every Monday starting next week. The library flexible schedule will be explained at the ES Back to School Night. For now please send your child with a library bag to put their books in every Monday.

Sign up for Seesaw to receive important updates from 2D

Dear Families,

This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. I’ll also use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/917-903-619
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

Kenneth Andersen

P.s. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Welcome to 2D!

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous week. I have so much enjoyed getting to know your children. We have been exploring and inquiring into our learning space and becoming a connected community.

Important for Monday as this is helping us to start our first unit of inquiry.

Paper Bag Activity for this weekend. Check your child’s  bag after school on Friday. All instructions are included on the bag. Please place objects that your child wishes to share that tell us about themselves in the bag and return to school by Monday 20th August.

Some helpful information to get the year started.

  • Lunchtime – remember to send ID card with money credited to your child’s account or send a home packed lunch.

  • Buses. If you child is not going home on the bus you need to contact the transport coordinator and cc me into the email.

  • Hats are required during recess breaks and PE.

  • We have a snack time in the morning at around 9.50am inside the classroom. In the afternoon there is no snack time provided in class but children may eat during recess if needed.

  • A class schedule was sent home Wednesday. On it you will find the days and times for specialist lessons. We do not have a library time assigned to us yet, I will let you know as soon as I find out.

  • The UNIS Calendar was sent home on Thursday. Inside the cover you will find instructions to sync your Google Calendar to the school so that you can use it to find all of the upcoming events at UNIS Hanoi. There are a lot throughout the year!

  • If you need to contact me specifically about your child, my email is kandersen@unishanoi.org. During the school day I do not regularly check email; for urgent matters please contact the E.S. office elementary@unishanoi.org.

Please find a few photos from the learning that took place this short week.

Kind regards,

Kenny