June 7, 2018

Dear Parents,

WOW!! I can’t believe we are heading into the last week of 2017-2018 school year. The time has flown by.

Hello Forever

Today we said “Hello forever” to Dr. Barder. It was also our last ECC assembly of the year and our last assembly with Dr. Barder. The children sang the school song to him and Dr. Barder sang his famous snake song.

Moving Up Morning

Tomorrow, your child will meet their K2 teacher. The children will spend about an hour exploring their new classroom, meeting their new teachers and their new classmates. You will be sent an email with a class list and photo of your child’s class before 3pm. Please talk to you child about this today and tomorrow. It is a very exiting time.

Open Classroom for Swimming

You are invited to attend an open classroom for swimming on Wednesday June 13th from 9:15-9:45. Please go directly to the pool.

End of Year Party

We will be celebrating the end of K1 with a splash party. The party will be from 1-2:20 on Wednesday. You are welcome to join, but I understand if you are unable to make it.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Kristi and Hang

May 31, 2018

Unit of Inquiry

This week we continued our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The children finished researching their animal of choice. The children have made scientific drawings of their animals. They will bring these drawings to art class to begin creating their animal out of clay.

Concert and Art Exhibition

Thank you to everyone who came to watch the concert and see the art exhibition. The children were extremely proud of their performance and to share their art work with you. Thank you to the Arts department for all of their hard work.

K2 Visit and Moving Up Date

Tomorrow the K1 classes will go to visit the K2 classes. Children will meet the teachers, ask questions and explore the classrooms. On June 8th, the children will learn who their new teacher is and their new classmates. It is a very exciting day! Please begin talking to your child about how exciting it will be to go to K2, how they are going to make new friends and reassure them that it is ok to be a nervous.

Save the Date- End of Year party

K1 will have a water splash party on June 13th from 1:00-2:20pm. The children will play with water tables and we will have the hoses to run through. It is always a fun way to end the day. You are welcome to join, if you wish. More details to follow.

Have a great weekend,

Kristi and Hang

May 24th

Unit of Inquiry

This week we continue our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The children began to research an animal they are interested in. They decided to use the internet, books and brainPop to help them learn more about their animal. We went to the library and searched for books to help us with our research. The children have researched the habitat, what the animal eats and the life cycle of the animal.

We have also been talking about wasting and not caring for classroom resources. The children have been watching how resources have been taken away from other classes in K1 because the children aren’t taking care of them. K1A has been working very hard to ensure they don’t lose any resources and are doing extremely well at caring for everything in the classroom. This will later be linked back to how we need to take care of the habitats of animals for them to survive.

Graduation and Early Release Tomorrow

Today, the Elementary School cheered on the graduating class of 2018. We made signs with our buddies and participate in the Grand Walk. Tomorrow, the children will be finished school at 11:30am. There will be no lunch serviced.

Swimming-Change of Dates

Due to the K1 dress rehearsal, K1A will swim on Monday and Thursday for next week only!! Please send in swimming kit on Wednesday and Thursday, NOT Monday.

Here are some photos of the week.

Have a great weekend and stay cool,

Kristi and Hang

May 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, we celebrated UN International Day of the Family. The children drew a family photo and shared about what they like to do with their family.

The children enjoyed their first week of swimming. Please remember to send swimming gear on  Monday and Wednesdays.

Tomorrow, the children will be participating in Outdoor Play Day. The children will play outside for the morning. The children will be getting wet, muddy and dirty. Please make sure your children don’t wear their best clothing and ensure that your child:

-wears sunscreen to school
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
-has a change of clothes in a labelled bag
Reminders:
– your child needs black pants and solid coloured t-shirt for the concert.
– Early release on Friday May 25th @11:30am
– K1 Music Performance May 31st @ 9am

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi and Hang

May 10, 2018

Dear Parents,
Last week, the children enjoyed Book Week. We wore words, come dressed as a favourite book character and ended the week in our pyjamas.
This week, we have been working on patterning. We have been finding patterns in our environment. The children have been copying, extending and creating their own patterns.
Nikhil’s dad, Sujoy, came to share photos of bugs and critters that he and his friends had taken photos of in different areas of India. The children asked questions and were very interested in seeing all the different creatures.
The children have been busy finding cicada skins and collecting bugs in our ECC gardens. They have been observing closely and comparing the different features of the bugs. We have been discussing how we need to be responsible and care for their habitats. Some children have been trying to create safe areas and house for the baby frogs in our back are.
Swimming: NEXT WEEK 
Starting on Monday May 14th  all students in Discovery, K1, K2, and Grade 1 will be swimming during their PE lessons. Swimming will continue until the end of the school year.
Please make sure your child(ren) is ready to swim by sending to school:
  • swimming costume (not bikinis, swim-suits with hoods, rash vests- see this blog post on why rash vests hinder rather than help: Rash Vests 
  • goggles
  • swim cap (if hair is below shoulders)
  • towel
    For more details on Swimming Expectations please read the Aquatics blog.  

If there are any special requirements for, or exclusions from, swimming over the next 5 weeks please inform Martin Hamilton as well as your PE teacher.

SNACK SALE
On Wednesday, please send in 20,000 for Snack Sale 🙂
International Outdoor Classroom Day
On Friday May 18th Discovery, K1, K2 and Grade 1 will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  Weather permitting, the students will be outside from 8:25-10:05.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
-wears sunscreen to school
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
-has a change of clothes in a labelled bag
K2 Market Day

The K2 children have been learning about goods and services as part of their How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry.  As a culminating project, they will be hosting an ECC Market on Tuesday, 15 May.  Children will be selling goods they have made themselves, including crafts, books and beverages.

Please send 20,000 VND to school with your child on Tuesday so s/he can enjoy shopping at the K2 market.

All of the money earned will be donated to LifeStraw, an organization that helps provide access to clean water.  Along with donations from other ES classes, we are hoping to be able to purchase a community water filter for a local school.  This would reduce the number of plastic bottles that community consumes while also providing clean drinking water.

If you have questions, please contact Ms Andrea in K2:  asnyder@unishanoi.org

Here are some photos from the past two weeks in K1A.

Have a great weekend,
Kristi and Hang

April 26, 2018

Unit of Inquiry
This week we continue our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. Each child has decided on a  living thing that they will be researching. They will find children who are interested in the same or similar animal and will do a mini research project.

Thank you to Thomas and his family!

Thomas and his family went to Banana island and found us caterpillars. They were rolled in banana leaves and we were lucky enough to watch them turn into moths. The children believe that it was a moth because it had a furry body and the wings were open when it rested.

STILL NEED YOUR HELP: To help support our unit we are looking for tadpoles and caterpillars to keep in the classroom. If you find any or know where we can get some, can you please bring them to school of let me know. Thank you.
Book Week
From May 2-4, we will have Book Week.
Wednesday May 2– ‘Wear a Word’ day- children will choose their favourite word, write it out and put it somewhere on their body. There will be reading and word conversations all day!
Thursday May 3-Character dress up day- Your child comes dressed up as their favourite book character.
Friday May 4– PJs and cuddly toys – wear your PJs to school and bring a cuddly toy to read to.
If you would like to be a Mystery Reader in our class, please sign up using this link.

Here are a few pictures from the week.

Have a nice long weekend,
Kristi and Hang

April 19, 2018

Unit of Inquiry
This week we continue our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.  The children thought about living things they might find at UNIS. They did paintings and we will continue to explore the local environment to see what we can find. We did a survey about what animals the children have at home. There seem to be a lot of cat owners in K1A. The children continue to engage in creative play in the vet and the bug corners. They are asking many questions and have many wonderings.
STILL NEED YOUR HELP: To help support our unit we are looking for tadpoles and caterpillars to keep in the classroom. If you find any or know where we can get some, can you please bring them to school of let me know. Thank you.
Student Led Conferences
Thank you for supporting your child at their conference yesterday. It was so lovely to see how excited the children were to share their space with you.
Book Week
From May 2-4, we will have Book Week.
Wednesday May 2- ‘Wear a Word’ day- children will choose their favourite word, write it out and put it somewhere on their body. There will be reading and word conversations all day!
Thursday May 3-Character dress up day- Your child comes dressed up as their favourite book character.
Friday May 4- PJs and cuddly toys – wear your PJs to school and bring a cuddly toy to read to.
If you would like to be a Mystery Reader in our class, please sign up using this link.

Reminder: There is no school on Wednesday.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a nice weekend,

Kristi and Hang

 

 

April 12, 2018

Unit of Inquiry
This week we have begun our new unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how the world works with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. This week the children have begun to tune into the unit and engaged in the new areas in the classroom. The children continue to develop the classroom environment. Here are some photos of the “Vet” :
HELP NEEDED: To help support our unit we are looking for tadpoles and caterpillars to keep in the classroom. If you find any or know where we can get some, can you please bring them to school of let me know. Thank you.
I apologize for not sending sports day photos before the break. You will see them in this weeks photos.
Student Led Conference
On Wednesday, your child will led you through their learning and activities that they engage with in the classroom. The children are busy deciding what they would like to show you. Each child will individually plan their conference. Your child is looking forward to sharing their K1 experience with you. I ask that you give your child your full attention and please put your phone on silent 🙂
See you Wednesday,
Kristi and Hang

March 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow is Sports Day. K1 will be joining from 9am to 10:30am.  We will be on the covered courts by the sports centre.

Please ensure your child has a:

  • water bottle
  • hat
  • suncream on
  • house shirt
Unit of Inquiry
This week we finished our unit of inquiry. The children shared their puppets and stories with their friends and the children wrote stories together.
I wish you all a fantastic Spring break. Enjoy your time.
I will send photos tomorrow after sports day.
Happy holidays,
Kristi and Hang

March 22, 2018

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who joined us for open classrooms. The children loved sharing their blogs and what has been going on in K1A.

Unit of Inquiry
This week we continued our unit of inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. The children finished their puppets and are using descriptive language to describe and create stories about their puppets.
Last week, we went to the Spirit Assembly and cheered on our UNIS team and the HIS tigers. The children cheered and welcomed the teams from MRISA.
Yesterday, we were invited to the Grad 2/3 concert dress rehearsal. The children loved seeing their buddies on stage and many saw their sibling.
Sports Day
Please watch the PE blog for information about D-K1 Sports Day.
Have a great weekend,
Kristi and Hang