Last Blog Post for the School Year…

This is our LAST BLOG post for this school year. Wishing you a wonderful and safe summer. We wish safe journeys to Ethan, Harutaka and William to their new homes and we will see the rest of you back at UNIS in August. Happy Summer!

New Classes in Grade 2

On Friday, the students visited their new classrooms and met their new teachers. The students were very excited and a little bit nervous going upstairs. I know that Grade 2 is going to be such a huge success for each child. The new teachers are:

Mr Daniel 2A, Ms Keri 2B, Ms Christy 2C, Mr Kenny 2D

Mystery Reader

Our final Mystery Reader was Quang’s mom. She read us a story in Vietnamese, her mother tongue. We also learned that she speaks English. Thank you for reading to us. In our class, we have had at least 1 parent come and read to us this school year. That is a huge accomplishment and we are very proud of that!!! Thank you for all making a difference in our reading program this school year.

UOI-Thank You Party to the Cleaners

On Wednesday, we had a special Thank You party for the cleaning staff that clean our classroom. As a part of our Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet we learned about trash in our school environment and outside our school. We learned that our school stays extremely clean due to the dedication of the cleaning staff. The ‘Thoughtful Thinkers’ action group created this party. The students made invitations, thank you notes and created a wonderful party to honor the cleaners that clean Grade 1 classrooms. We even sang Tomorrow to them and added their names. We are so proud of their action.

Thank You for our Class Party

Thank you for a wonderful class party. It was so lovely to have time to celebrate all of the student’s accomplishments this school year. They have worked so hard and deserved a special party to honor them. What a fun movie, dance party, afternoon tea and celebration with all of the classes. Thank you for all of your lovely food contributions and for the gift certificate. Ms Lam and I are so appreciative. THANK YOU!

Math Ideas for Summer

If you are interested or near Amazon this summer, here are some suggestions for some math games that would be great for your child. Also here are some apps that you could use to continue your child’s math journey.

Math Games and Products and Math Digital Games and Products


This Week In Grade 1B…

Thank You

This almost the last blog post of the year! And what an amazing year it has been. There are only a few days left together and although we are excited to hand our children up to the next grade level, this time of the year is also tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to all of our wonderful students! We really will miss them! It has been our pleasure working with your amazing children all year long. 


We hope you enjoyed hearing all about Romeo the Rhino at your house? Liza and Olivia came to speak to us about how Rhinos are being killed everyday for their horns. We learnt to check medicines for rhino horn and to be ambassadors for the rhinos by telling everyone we know to ‘Say NO to rhino horn’! Each child received a book written in English and Vietnamese.

Our students have also been Rhino Ambassadors and gone to other classes to tell them all about saying NO to the horn. Way to go, Grade 1 students for taking action!!! Zofia even made a poster at home and hung it on the playground wall.


This week in Math, our 1A friends taught us a Magic 10 card game. It combines magic and math. We LOVED learning it and hope to share it with parents this summer.

We also did some fun math graphs with popcorn this week. We tried 4 different types of popcorn and made a human graph on which one we liked the best. Ask you child which popcorn had the most and least amount of likes. What a fun math activity. We also used wonderful adjectives to describe our popcorn such as: salty, sweet, delicious, spicy, cheesy, buttery and everyone agreed that our room smelled GREAT!


This morning in our assembly, we had a very special Hello, Forever (Dr Barder’s way of saying Goodbye) with Dr Barder and his wife, Ms Lilian. We sang a special UNIS song and read a poem that our class wrote especially for him. They were so touched by our sentiments.

Also, Grade 1 was honored because this is their last ECC assembly. They will be moving to the upper elementary next school year and will attend Grade 2-5 assemblies. Our K2 friends presented flowers to each of them and we sang the song, Tomorrow! It was really special for each of our students. We have kept the flowers in our class to enjoy their beauty. Way to go, Grade 1 Students!!!

Mystery Reader

This week we had the pleasure of having Amanda’s mom come and read to us in Chinese. We learned that she speaks Chinese, English and a little bit of Vietnamese. So many of our students know Mandarin so it was so fun to hear the story. Thank you for coming and sharing your story with us.

K2 Buddies

A few exciting things have been happening lately. We have been the ‘big buddies’ as we help our K2 friends, who will be in Grade 1 next year, get ready for eating in the canteen. It was so good to see how grown up and responsible our Grade 1 kids were. Helping their friends with what to do and keeping them safe in the big playground.


Tomorrow is Moving Up Morning. The children are excited to learn who their new teachers will be and who will be in their class. Expect an email tomorrow with a class list and a note from your child’s new teacher.

Next week on Tuesday at 1:15 there will be a whole school leavers assembly. You are welcome to join us in the Sports Centre. Afterwards we will be having our class party and shared afternoon tea. Please contact Hiromi our class parent if you have any questions about what to bring.

Have a wonderful summer vacation! Thank you for sharing your precious children with Lam and I this year. It really has been a wonderful year full of learning and fun.

This Week in Grade 1B…

Music Concert and Art Exhibition

A big congratulations to all of the Grade 1 students for an amazing Music Concert and Art Exhibition. They each did such a wonderful job of singing, performing, playing the instruments and showing all of their artists talents to all of you. Thank you to all of the parents for coming and supporting your child. Well done Grade 1B!!! Here are a few photos from our big day.

A Special Goodbye to Ethan, Harutaka and William

Ethan, Harutaka and William will be leaving at the end of this school year and moving to new countries and schools. This week, we had a special lesson guided by Ms Anissa where all three students received goodbye books, UNIS t-shirts and a goodbye sign that we hung on our door. We are sad to see them more forward, but we know that they will always be a UNIS PHOENIX!

Mystery Reader

This week Jevindu’s dad came and read us a story in their mother tongue. Jevindu and his family speak Sinhala, English and a little bit of Vietnamese. We loved hearing the story in Sinhala and really liked the way that this language is written. We found it to be so beautiful. Thank you for coming and reading to us. We are excited for our last few Mystery Readers to join us before our year comes to an end.


  • Friday, May 25th, School Closes at 11:30am for UNIS Graduation
  • Library Books-This is the last week to check out library books. Please return all books by June 1st.


This Week in 1B…

Music Concert and Art Exhibition

We are really looking forward to the concert and exhibition that is happening on May 24th. We are so excited for you to see all of the things that the students have been working so hard on in music and art class. We hope to see you there! 

UOI-Sharing the Planet

This week we continued learning about our new Unit of Inquiry. We took a tour of the campus with Mr Duc (UNIS Operations Manager) and he showed us all of the plants and animals that are in UNIS. We learned about what happens to the most vulnerable animals during the rainy season and where they go to survive. We saw frogs, cicadas, birds, butterflies, lizards, dragonflies and many different types and plants, trees and flowers. Thank you to Mr Duc for taking the time to teach us all about our UNIS habitat.

After our tour of the campus, we did a See, Think, Wonder thinking routine. We also talked about what UNIS used to look like before our school was built. We talked about what kinds of animals might have lived there and why they didn’t live there anymore.

Mystery Reader

This week we had Elliot’s mom, Ms Susanne, come in and read us a book in Swedish. We learned that Ms Susanne knows Swedish, French, English and a little bit of Vietnamese. Thank you for reading us a book with a very important message about crying and the acceptance of boys, girls, moms and especially dads crying.

Grade 5 friends teach us how to Take Action!

We owe a big thank you to the three Grade 5 students who came to speak to us about their Exhibition project on reducing and reusing waste in our school community. Their message connected very strongly with our current unit and we were grateful to hear about ways in which we can take action to reduce waste and reuse it in meaningful ways. They even wrote a Food Waste Rap and played it for us. Look out for their posters in the cafeteria which outline food items that can be reused and added to our school composting system.


May 24th 9am Music Concert and Art Exhibition

May 25th UNIS closes early at 11:30am for Grade 12 Graduation



This Week in Grade 1B…

UOI Poetry Cafe

Thank you to all of the parents that attended our Poetry Cafe last Friday. It was a huge success. All of the students did an outstanding job! We are very proud of each of them. Your child’s poems have been uploaded to your child’s blog. Please take a look and pass it on to others that were not able to attend. Here are some photos of our special day.


This week we have started our new Unit of Inquiry: Sharing the Planet concentrating on how human interactions with the environment have an impact on the survival of plants and animals. Here is our unit overview.

UOI New Unit Provocation

To begin to think about how humans interact with the environment we did a small rubbish clean up. We looked around UNIS to see how much trash we could find and then we went just outside UNIS. Ask your child what they noticed. We then sorted the trash and noticed that we only collected a small bag from UNIS and much bigger amount outside of UNIS. We will be asking more questions and finding out why this is later in our unit.


Here are some more photos of our experience. Please enjoy!


  • Swimming starts next week and runs to the end of the year. At every PE lesson your child will need their swimming costumes, towels, goggles (if used) and a swimming cap for long hair.
  • The Snack Sale is Wednesday May 16th. Please bring 20,000 to spend.
  • Friday, May 18th we will take part in a Lower Elementary play morning. Please make sure your child has a hat, water bottle and wears sunblock if they burn easily.
  • Spring Concert and Art Exhibition is May 24th. Please send in your child’s clothes for the concert by the end of next week. See email that was sent out today.
  • 25th May- early dismissal due to graduation. Children need to be picked up at 11:30am

This Week in 1B…

Book Week

This week has been a fun filled week of everything BOOKS!!! On Wednesday, we all created a special word and wore it on our shirt. Some of the words were: Unknown, Silly, Thank You, Cutie, Strawberry, Rock Star, Unicorn, Fun, Please, Brave, Community, Earth and Adventurous. Please enjoy some photos of our fun Word of the Day!

On Thursday, we had Character Dress Up Day. What a fun day for everyone! All of the students dressed up and brought their book to share with our class. We also had a parade in the sports center and heard a story by our Elementary leadership team. All of the Grade 1 teachers dressed up too as Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs (can you spot the Wicked Witch?).

We also had a Mystery Reader. Ms Mel, Grade 4 teacher, came and read to us. We loved her story called Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk. I wonder who we will have tomorrow?

Mystery Reader

This week we had Yewon’s dad come and read to us. We really enjoyed listening to a variation Little Red Riding Hood in Korean. We learned that Yewon’s dad speaks Korean, Japanese, English and a little Vietnamese. Thank you for sharing your story with us.


Tomorrow is wear your pajamas and bring a soft toy . The children have been asked to remember these three things…

  1. Pajamas and soft toy
  2. A change of clothes for the Poetry Cafe (we talked about a nice outfit)
  3. Money to spend at the book fair. The books are priced between 10,000-40,000 vnd. The amount your child brings is totally your decision.

Our poetry Cafe is TOMORROW! Please be outside our classroom just before 2:30. The children are looking forward to sharing their messages.


This Week in Grade 1B…

Student Led Conferences

Thank you parents and special guests who came to last week’s Student Led Conferences. The students did an amazing job of showing you their learning in math, language, blogs, play based learning and all of the specialist. We hope you enjoyed it as much as they did. You will be emailed a quick survey about our Play Based Learning program. Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill it out and share your feedback.

PYPX ((Primary Years Program Exhibition)

This week has been a big week for our Grade 5 buddies. We started the week with two buddies coming and conducting our morning meeting. Il Woo and Boh Yun came and spoke about their SDG #16 and played three games with us: Trust your Group, Pingpong and Circle Partners. We loved starting our morning like this.

On Thursday, we went to the Center for the Arts for the Grade 5 Buddies PYPX (Primary Years Program Exhibition). The PYPX is a culmination of each student’s learning from Discovery through Grade 5 (that is 8 years of schooling in the PYP). Our students were so excited to learn more about all of the SDG’s and what their buddies have been working so hard on over the past few months. Well done to the Grade 5 students and teachers!!!

Cars for Play Based Learning

We are in need of some extra cars for our Play Based Learning space. If you would like to donate some cars, please send them in with your child. These cars will be a donation. Thank you in advance.

Book Week Events May 1-3

Wednesday May 2 Wear a Word Day: Students wear a word on their clothing. The word can be a word they identify with, have fun saying or simply enjoy.

Thursday May 3– Book Character Costume Dress Up Day-please send your child in a book character and please SEND THE BOOK to school too. We will be having a parade at some point that day.

Friday May 4- Pajama dress up day and bring your best buddy soft cuddly toy to school day. You will also need to send a change of clothes for the Poetry Cafe (a nice outfit for your child’s presentation).


  • Poetry Cafe-please send in a change of clothes for your child’s poetry presentation
  • No school on Monday and Tuesday


This Week in Grade 1B…


Congratulations to each of our Grade 1B students. They did an amazing job at our assembly. Each of them spoke with confidence in front of the entire audience (over 150 people). They worked so hard on our mixed up fairy tale. Thank you so much for coming and we hope that you enjoyed it. Here are some photos and the video of the big show. Enjoy!

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. We helped celebrate this month by wearing blue and talking about what people with autism are like. We found out that people with autism:

  • look just like you and me
  • sometimes don’t like loud noises
  • sometimes don’t like a lot of people
  • sometimes can find it hard to communicate/talk
  • have so many talents in the world

Play Based Learning Update

The Grade 6 & 7 UNIS design class is making some very important items to add to our Play Based Learning space. This year long project has been amazing for our students to watch. We visited the design class this week and the older students asked us for some feedback. We asked for different colors, characters and sizes of some of the items. This collaboration has been amazing and we look forward to our items sometime soon.


  • Used Book Drive is still happening this week. Please send in books for the book sale.
  • Please send in used clothes for the Blue Dragon donations.
  • Poetry Cafe, May 4th


This Week in 1B…

Sports Day Fun!

We had such an amazing morning at Sports Day. The students did such a wonderful job of working together, cheering each other on and trying new games. I asked the students the following questions and here are there responses.

What was your favorite part of Sport’s Day? What did you like about Sports Day?

  • Zofia– I like Sports Day because of Temple of Doom and Mac Attack. I like those games.
  • Jevindu– I like Sports Day because there were so many games that I have not played before.
  • William– I like Sports Day because my mommy was watching me.
  • Yago– My favorite part of Sports Day was Monster Ball.
  • Matthew– My favorite part of Sports Day was Mack Attack.
  • Ethan– I like Sports Day because I likes Temple of Doom and I scored 3 treasures.
  • Yewon– My favorite part of Sports Day was Mack Attack.
  • Keita– I like Monster Ball.
  • Harutaka– I like Sports Day because it is fun.
  • Lina– My favorite part of Sports Day that Buffalos came in 2nd
  • Amanda– I like Sports Day because there are a lot of outside games.
  • Julia– I like Sport’s Day because there are funny games like Dress Up Race and lots of running. It’s so much fun.
  • Kai– I like Sport’s Day because new games and all the games I like.
  • Alana– I like Sport’s Day because it was fun.
  • Quang– I like Temple of Doom because it was fun.


During Math this week, we have been learning about 100 charts. The students have been given lots of torn 100 charts and have had to place the numbers in the chart. They are working really hard on justifying their answers to their partner. Their mathematical brains have been working overtime.

Book Drive

Please bring your used books to school. We hope to have the most books in the whole school. Thank you in advance for helping the SCO. A big THANK YOU to Kai for being our first student to donate his books. Who will be the next?


  • Student Led Conferences: Wednesday, April 18th (please sign up on Veracross)
  • Poetry Cafe: May 4th 2:30pm, Please join us for our End of Unit Celebration where each child will read their own poem. 

Special Announcement

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara

The Plastics Oceans Group

G5 UNIS Students

This Week in 1B…


This week we continued our new unit exploration focusing on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. We learned about the following goals: #3 Good Health and Well-Being, #5 Gender Equality, #14 Life Below Water and #15 Life on Land. The students voted on which goal they are going to research and we put them in four groups. After the holiday, the groups will continue to research and learn more about these important goals.

Mystery Readers

This week, we had two Mystery Readers. Our first one was Kai’s dad, Mr Romel, who read us the thought provoking book, The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy. The three questions are: What is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do? Ask your child how they would answer these important life questions.

Our second Mystery Reader was Matthew’s dad, Mr James. We learned that Mr James first language is Fijian. He also has learned German, French, English, Japanese, French, Bahasa Indonesia and Vietnamese. Wow, he knows so many languages! Mr James read us two stories titled I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems.


This week, we continued our reading of familiar and unfamiliar fairy tales. We read the story Little Red Riding Hood and Little Red. We then did a Venn Diagram to compare what was the same and what was different in the stories. The students did an amazing job of writing the similarities and differences with a partner. This tool is an excellent example of how to make compare and contrast stories.


  • Spring Break is next week. We hope you enjoy the week and we will see you back at school on Monday, April 9th.
  • Tomorrow is Sport’s Day. Please have your child wear his/her House T-shirt.