Enjoy October Break

Dear Parents,

The students had a great week of inquiry and learning. They are ready for a well earned break. Enjoy your time away from school next week and return healthy and safely on Monday 15th of October.

In social studies, students considered how to be responsible, safe, and respectful in the digital world as they completed a variety of activites.  Grade 2 students collaborated on a friendship Flipgrid as part of our Global Read Aloud.  2B collaborated with 2A to share their favorite book digitally through a Padlet.   During our morning meetings this week, we greeted different people using technology, including a Skype call to 2A and a Twitter reply to 2D.

Students discussed safety in the real world, then applied their understanding to the digital world by creating a digital traffic light.  Please ask your student what types of websites and apps are red, yellow (orange), and green.

We also enjoyed an introduction to our new elementary school maker space.

After the holiday students will have the opportunity to explore and evaluate the technology we have experienced in this unit: Gmail, Seesaw, Padlets and Flipgrids.

In writing, students began an inquiry into word families and word sums.  In reading, students continued to develop strategies to clarify unknown or interesting words and ideas in their books.

In math, students continued to work on data handling in the real world by creating surveys and bar graphs.  Students also conducted surveys of other classes digitally.  We began an inquiry into large numbers and place value, as well as continued to develop strategies and fluency through number talks and games.

Parents have asked for some ideas to use at home. Ms Beth the UNIS Math Coach shared these websites for some ideas.

Math Games and Products 

This website can help with fluency. Many of you may have used this website before as many students know it.

Digital Citizens are safe, responsible, and respectful

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the parents that were able to attend the math morning. I hope you enjoyed yourselves. Next Monday is Parent Teacher Conferences. Please sign up though Veracross. I look forward to meeting all parents who are able to attend. This conference is not for students.

In Social Studies this week, students developed an understanding of what a digital citizen is.  Our focus now has moved to being safe, responsible and respectful digital citizens.

Activities this week have included:

  • Visiting the Technology centre to see and learn about the internet and connections within our school
  • Drawing and labeling a digital citizen
  • Being respectful and responsible when we place a comment on a friends Seesaw account

A glimpse of our visit to the internet:

Math – Data Handling, Place Value

Outcomes

  • Identify a question of interest based on one categorical variable. Gather data relevant to the question.
  • Collect, check and classify
  • Create displays of data using lists, table and picture graphs and interpret them

This week students have created class graphs that are related to our current unit of inquiry and the UN SDGs as this week is Global Goals week. Students also developed their own question, surveyed their class mates and created graphs. Students interpreted the data both in writing and in discussions with friends.  Finally, we watched and discussed this interesting infographic in relation to the Global Goals.

Number Outcomes

  • Group, partition and rearrange collections up to 100 in tens and ones to facilitate more efficient counting
  • Explore the connection between addition and subtraction

Students have been playing games to increase  fluency in addition and subtraction to 20. Through number talks, students develop a variety of strategies to add numbers less than 100. Playing games and creating models allow students to structure numbers to make them easier to see and manipulate.

In writing, students  completed the first genre of writing which was writing a recount. Next week students will focus on developing an understanding of spelling through word inquiry.  Our next genre of study will be the response.

In reading students continue to manage their own schedule of activities. The activities included in the rotation are reading to self or partner, guided reading with a teacher, typing, and listening to stories (Raz-Kids). Ask your child about their favorite activity.

Reminders;

  • The morning bell ring at 8.07am and class starts at 8.10am. Some students are arriving late regularly which interrupts our morning meeting. Please support your child to be punctual.
  • Library is Wednesday
  • Your child needs to change their home reader independently each day during either before school or during snack time. Please check at home to see if they are. I will support by giving time and encouragement at school.
  • 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

How We Organize Ourselves

Students began their inquiry into the theme of how we organize ourselves by brainstorming about different aspects of digital citizenship.

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

Parents, 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)

Thank you,

The Grade 2 Team

We enjoyed celebrating the Moon Festival on Thursday!

 

This Friday is the International Day of Peace and Grade 2 has used our community time this week to learn more about what peace is and answering the question, “How will you make peace?” For our SDG Week action we’ve created a Flipgrid to record our responses and would like to invite other teachers and students to add their pledges for peace. Please follow the link below if you would like to add to our Flipgrid. This also supports our current unit of inquiry, HWOO, by demonstrating the power of digital technology to connect people.

Visit our Peace Flipgrid to see how we are spreading the word digitally about peace!

Students organized their own literacy rotations this week by selecting and scheduling activities, then smoothly and independently moving through the activities.  In math, we continue our exploration of the structure of numbers.

Reminders;

  • Library is Wednesday
  • Grade 2 Math Coffee Morning with Math Coach Beth Murray on Wednesday, 26 September 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, 27 September from 8:30-9:30 Turtle Tower & Temple of Literature Rooms, Ly Thai To Centre, B8b
  • Friday, 28 September:  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 next Friday.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here
  • Monday, 1 October 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

Cultures express creativity in many ways

After creating our 2B Essential Agreement last week, students applied their learning to two cooperative challenges in math.  The first was the marshmellow tower challenge; the second was the Apollo 13 challenge.  After each challenge, students set goals and reflected on how they could improve their teamwork skills.  In addition to these challenges, students planned their week to accomplish and reflect on five different math activities.

In writing, students added descriptive words and emotions to make their recount stories interesting for their reader.  They completed their first story, and will continue to write in this genre next week.  In reading, students developed a protocol for reading with a partner.

In social studies, students inquired into how different cultures around the world express their creativity through festivals.  Students learned more about an important upcoming festival in Vietnam (!)- please ask them about the iceberg they drew representing Vietnamese culture.  We are ready for next week’s Moon Festival!

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Students had a fabulous time celebrating the values of bravery, creativity, self-expression, empathy, and kindness with their buddies as part of International Dot Day.  Please ask your student to tell you about the book, the art and the math they did.  Who knew there was so much you could do with a dot?

As a community, we are still working on how to express ourselves clearly on our Seesaw portfolio.  Please be patient with us as we find ways to work in our space so that our voices are clear!

Reminders;

  • Monday 17 September is ES Healthy Snack sale; please send your child with money if you would like them to purchase a snack.
  • Library is Wednesday
  • Thursday 20 September Moon Festival Assembly – students should wear Ao Dai and bring another set of clothes
  • 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

Establishing our 2B Community Essential Agreement

Dear 2B families,

Thank you for attending Back to School Night.  One way to get involved at UNIS is to be a class parent.  This is a great way to engage with your child’s class and to make connections with other families.  If you are interested in becoming the 2B class parent, please send me an email at kgiller@unishanoi.org.  If you were unable to attend BTS Night, please find the presentation here: 

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Thank you for your support with home reading.  Please check your child’s reading log and celebrate as they work toward their own individual goal.  Developing a love for reading is so important!  Here’s a glimpse of our incredible community of readers:

Our big inquiry this week was writing our 2B Community Essential Agreement.  Students reflected on our community values and how we are unique, both individually and as a community.  They wrote poetry and designed a symbol to express their learning goals, or hopes and dreams, for second grade.  From there students reviewed the long list of rules they wrote in the first weeks of school.  They discussed the rules, sorting them into categories:

Finally, we worked as a group to combine the rules into an essential agreement.  We willl work with this over the next few days, make changes as needed, then sign the agreement.

Reminders;

  • Library is Wednesday
  • 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

Meeting our 5th Grade buddies!

Students enjoyed meeting their fifth grade buddies this week, and look forward to collaborating with them throughout the school year.  Check your child’s Seesaw for their portraits!

In Math students continue to develop a positive attitude towards math through playing number games, exploring skipping counting starting at different numbers forwards and backwards, talking about time in relation to a calendar (days of the week/months) and completing a variety of inquiries from different areas of math.

In English we have establish the guidelines for reading by ourselves, completed a preassessment for our first genre, “recount”, organised our class library and learned about important story elements. Students have been changing books to read at home and improving their ability to record in their home reading journal. Some students have not been changing books throughout this week. Please ask your child to return their books daily at this stage of the year so I can monitor their reading.

In UOI students identified communities they are involved in and the values which are important to them and their families. As a Grade 2 Community we are establishing what we value most and what this looks like and sounds like in our classes and during recess.

Students used our values to complete then reflect on a cooperative challenge

Student Council – Please discuss with your child:

  • Think about whether you want to stand for election. One boy and one girl can be elected.
  • Write a short speech or make a presentation explaining why you would be a good representative for your class.
  • We will have the election Tuesday 4th September so bring your speech after the long weekend.

Helpful Information

  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 6th September from 6-8pm. Learn more about 2B 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 Wednesday.
  • School will be closed on Monday (September 3rd) as we celebrate Vietnam’s National Day.

Our 2B Community is Us, and We Are It

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 celebrated their unique characteristics and interests by designing a mural titled “Our 2B Community is Us, and We Are It”.

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.

Home Reading starts Monday 27th August – Students have been preparing in class. Students will bring a “just right” book from school to read. Any questions about home reading will be answered at ES Back to School Night.  Here are the expectations for grade two:

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 Monday 27 August.
  • ES Back to School Night for Parents  – Thursday 6th September at 6pm. Learn more about 2B 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 Wednesday 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 waterproof library bag.

In appreciation,

Ms. Keri and Ms. Ha

To access your child’s Seesaw Portfolio:

This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. 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/759-730-045
  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!

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.

 

Building our 2B Community

What a fabulous week in 2B. 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 in 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.  Please send water bottles every day.

  • 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 during recess if needed.  Please send a healthy snack that will help your child be focused and ready to learn.

  • A class schedule was sent home Wednesday. Here is a more detailed schedule that includes homeroom subject areas.  I am not sure  when library will be yet. I will keep you notified.

  • The UNIS Calendar was sent home on Thursday.
  • If you need to contact me specifically about your child, my email is kgiller@unishanoi.org. During the school day I do not regularly check email; for urgent matters please contact the E.S. office elementary@unishanoi.org.

Our school year started out with the dazzling Dragon Dance:

Throughout the week, students explored our 2B classroom, identifying the purpose of and then naming different parts of our space:

Becoming familiar with our environment is an important part of building community,  Here are some of the resource areas in 2B:

Students explored our reading, writing, and math areas further as we begin to establish what we would like our workshops to look, sound, and feel like.  Here’s a glimpse of our first reading workshop:

Have a wonderful weekend.