Friday, October 18, 2019

Dear Families of 1C,

What a great week in 1C! W talked about the UN Sustainable Development Goals all week.

We started off our week with a very special lunch inside our classroom. Students served themselves rice, chicken, broccoli, pineapple, cookies and milk. Most of us chose our food carefully and made sure we had a balanced plate.

Check out our SDG Scavenger Hunt in Math. 

Also, we collected and gathered information about everyone’s lunch choices. We graphed what our friends chose to eat and talked about how to make a giant picto-graph together. We even wrote about our food choices during our Literacy centers. We read storybooks with all of our friends and teachers in grade 1 during our morning Read Aloud timing. During Read to Self and Partner Reading time, we read about healthy food and healthy choices in our OUI reading baskets. Students also wrote in their journals about their favorite foods and labeled all of their choices. We looked at the base word “like” at our Word Inquiry Table and added both prefixes and suffixes to it. Students wrote sentences about foods they like and dislike.

Next week, we will examine more prefixes and suffixes you can add to the word “play” and examine how some words can be in a “family”. 

Mystery Reader #4 Quality Education

A BIG Thank You to Mr. Thomas for coming in and reading a spooky and lovely story to us about Halloween. Love Monster by Rachel Bright is an excellent story and put us in the mood for Halloween. Everyone really enjoyed this storybook. We talked about Dress Up Day which will be on Thursday, October 31st.

We celebrated Bella’s Birthday on Wednesday! We ate some very special ice cream and sang Happy Birthday to Bell in Vietnamese, English and Danish. We wish Bella a very Happy Birthday and a wonderful year ahead.

In PE, we went swimming in a plastic ocean. Mr. Martin talked about what it would be like if we were swimming in an ocean filled with plastic. Ask your child about their experience swimming around the the sea of plastic rubbish. Students cleaned up the pool but are still very concerned about how we can help to make our oceans cleaner and safer for humans and animals. We talked about reducing our usage of plastic at home and in school. The students got to experience what it is like for animals to swim in our polluted oceans filled with plastic. We will be talking more about this in the weeks to come. At first the students were laughing and having a great time moving around the plastic and then they reflected on it a bit more. It was hard to swim in and around all the trash. It was so difficult. How do animals do it? What if the animals think the plastic is food? What is happening to the animals? These are some of the questions that we are going to explore.
Celebrating SDG Week with our Grade 5 Buddies
The Elementary School has a special, collaborative project happening to celebrate SDG Week and UN Day. Ask your child about our project and the story we read with our grade 5 friends.
UN DAY Monday October 21, 2019I hope that you are all getting excited for UN Day Monday, October 21st. I wanted to remind you of a few things:
  • Please have your child dress in your home country’s costume/colors or a country that you are attached to.
  • Please sign up for food to bring on the day. Please look out for Esther’s message about food sign up and drop off. We ask that each family send in a dish from their home country.  Thank you to the families that have signed up so far.Please look at Esther’s email for where to drop off food.
  • Please join us in the Sport’s Center.
  • Please do let us know if your child’s transportation changes on UN Day. Some of you might decide to leave together at the early dismissal and some might choose their usual bus route. Please do let us know if you are changing your cild’s transportation on UN Day.
If you have any questions, please let Esther know.
This week, we began our outside Play Based Learning time. The students had a great time collaborating with members of the grade 1 community and exploring new resources. They played with slime, painted, made a cafe, built with giant blocks and took apart machines and electronic at the Maker Table using protective glasses and tools.
We wish you a peaceful and relaxing weekend.
Love, Ms. Phuong and Ms. Kristen




October 4, 2019

We continue to learn bout balance in our lives and how we can support our health and well being. This week during our UOI time, we read stories about being healthy, having good hygienic habits and eating habits. We also continued to discuss germs and bacteria. Students created their own germs in Math and we “Rolled a Germ” making addition combinations up to 12. We have our germs proudly displayed in 1C along with our thoughts regarding the following questions: What do you know about hygiene? How do you take care of your body at home and in school? What do you know about germs? How do your choices make you healthy or unhealthy?

1 C and Our Well Being

Our counselor, Ms. Kris came to talk to us about our thoughts and feelings. We continue to be Social Detectives in 1C and we are always looking at our friends to figure out their thoughts and feelings. We try to determine our friends thoughts and feelings so we can be kind friends to each other and help each other. We also talked about how to keep our bodies calm but also full of energy.  We sang the “Engine Song” and talked about knowing how we can find more energy to help ourselves concentrate and learn. 

Happy Birthday, Freddy! 

Freddy will celebrate his birthday over the vacation but we celebrated his birthday early in 1C. We were so excited to help him ring in another year! Happy Birthday to Freddy!!! Thank you to Freddy’s Mom and Dad for the delicious cupcakes and cake.

Math in 1 C

In Math, we continue to play lots of card games to reinforce number knowledge, math facts to ten and even to twenty and skip counting. We have been playing Go Fish, Flip Ten, Find the Match and High or Low. When we return from break, we will learn how to play “Garbage” and “123 Salute”. If you have playing cards at home, please do practice some games. We continue to discuss balance, shapes and calendar numbers during our center timings.

Word Inquiry

We are investigation words everyday in 1C. Our Word Inquiry table examined prefixes and suffixes this week. Ask your child what a prefix is or where we place suffixes.

SDG WeekIn preparation for our UN Day Celebration we will spend the week after the break investigating the United Nation Sustainable Development. Today, your child chose one goal from the 17 SDG’s that we would like you to translate into your home language. Please translate the title of the goal and discuss the goal with your child at home. Please only translate the title of the goal not the entire text. 

Please look at your child’s SDG and input the translation here is this document. We will be reading lots of books out the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and watching some interesting short films. We will also collaborate with other classrooms in the ES. Our activities will include painting pictures and writing poems. Please remember October 21st is UN Day, and please send your child to school in his/her traditional country costume or dress. We will have an early release day on UN Day.


  • Students need to bring a swimsuit, towel, goggles and a swimming cap for long-haired students every Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays until further notice.
  • Home Readers need to be sent back to school each day. We do not send home readers on weekends. Please also help your child fill in their Reading Log.
  • October 5-13 UNIS School Holiday, No School
  • October 21st UN Day, please send your child to school in his/her traditional country costume or dress.


September 27, 2019

Mystery Reader

Our very first Mystery Reader was Jein’s mom, Ms Yoona. It was wonderful to have her join us and share such a silly, funny story. She read us a wonderful story about Wacky Wednesday and we had a lot of laughs. Thank you Ms Yoona for volunteering to be our first Mystery Reader. We are excited to find out who our next Mystery Reader will be.

Healthy Choices and a Visit from Nurse Jo

Nurse Jo came to talk with us and 1D about making healthy choices.  We played games and had a discussion about having a balanced plate, healthy diet and hygiene. We also got a chance to try out her special bacteria lotion and bacteria detector. The glow in the dark gel and the bacteria detector showed students if they missed some spots when they washed their hands. We used lots of soap to wash the gel off our hands but Nurse Jo had a special light to show us some spots we missed. Please continue to talk with your child about healthy, balanced choices and proper hygiene.

In Math, we explored shapes and balance. We also played some new games and helped Ms. Kristen put her calendar back together. We practiced writing our numbers and talked about putting numbers in order. 

Literacy and Language CentersWe have some amazing authors and  illustrators in grade 1 C. We organized our writing by drawing detailed pictures to tell an interesting story. Ask you child about their storybooks and illustrations. Students prepared a “Two Stars and a Wish” poster to share with you on Monday September 30th at our conferences. Students used the PYP Approaches to Learning skills (ATL) that we feel we can demonstrate really well and ones that we feel we could get better at. During our Learning Conversations on Monday, you and your child will meet with Ms. Kristen to discuss (two ATL skills that your child has identified as a strength) along with 1 wish (one ATL skill that your child would like to improve upon). We are reviewing letter sounds and making dictionaries for our classroom. Grade 1C students know how to spell some pretty tricky words and they help their friends sound out words as well. Our Word Inquiry Table investigated the word “play” and talked about all the suffixes we can add to the base word “play”.

PYP Approaches to Learning skills (ATL)

This Week’s Reminders

  • Please note that there will be no school on Monday, September 30th. However, your child will attend the beginning part of our Learning Conversations and have an independent activity to complete while parents continue to have a discussion with Ms. Kristen.
  • Swimming continues until October 25th during each P.E. lesson. Please ensure that your child brings their swim suit, goggles and cap for these lessons.
  • October Break Dates: 7-11. Classes will resume on Monday October 14.


September 20, 2019

What a week for Grade 1C! We continue to talk about balance in our daily lives and shared our thoughts with each other about how we balance our busy day with play and mindfulness activities. We’ve had some wonderful chats during our snack times about our well being. It’s so lovely to see such healthy snacks and hear knowledgeable friends share their thinking about promoting health and well being in our lives. This week, we learned a lot of new games in our Math Centers. Ask your child about our Tic Tac Toe Tally Tournament, Treasure Hunt, Crocodile Snap and the Domino Flip Challenge. We tried new puzzles and dot-to-dot partner challenges as well. We are learning how to be excellent reading partners and are building stamina as we read independently. Grade 1 students are enjoying their 1C mailbox and continue to write kind words and draw pictures for their friends. We have been creating picture books and sharing them with each other as well.  Our Grade 5 Buddies came to visit us as for a special activity. We talked about International Day of Peace and read stories together. We also wrote poems together about what Peace means to each of us.

We are becoming Social Detectives in 1C! Every morning, we talk about being kind friends and paying attention to our behavior and helping others. We play games to help us think about our feelings and our friend’s feelings. Ask your child about “Reading the Room” and how we help our “Responsibility Buddies” .

Wishing you a peaceful weekend with your family! Love, Ms. Kristen

September 12, 2019

We had such an eventful week in Grade 1C!

Our literacy centers continue to be filled with exciting activities. We are learning with and alongside our friends. This week, we started using some new storybooks to partner read and searched for “Just Right Books”. We also worked on our handwriting using some ipad apps and created a Grade 1C classroom mailbox. We wrote some lovely letters to our friends. Next week, we will share our letters and kind words for each other during our morning meeting. The snack sale was a great success. We talked about balanced snacks and lunches before we chose a treat and a healthy option. Please do talk more with your child about what “balance” means and how we can include balance into so many areas in our lives. 

Our Central Idea: Balance in our lives can promote health and well being.

Grade 1C meets every morning to share their thinking and build a strong community in our classroom. Ask your child about our “Campfire Conversations”. We are talking about our new Unity of Inquiry and Ways We Take Care of Ourselves.  This week, when we talked to our friends and shared our thinking, we “mingled” and sat in triangles where one person spoke confidently and clearly and two friends were “whole body listeners”. We also talked about our balanced lunches and snacks in our campfire conversations.

Check out our balanced snacks?

We looked fantastic for the Moon Festival and enjoyed all the performances at the Moon Festival Assembly.

Enjoy the long weekend with your family!

Warmly, Ms. Kristen

Mystery Reader Sign Up

Please use the link above to sign up and be a Mystery Reader in Grade 1C!

We look forward to learning with parents and family members.



September 6, 2019

We had a wonderful week in Grade 1C!

Happy Birthday Levin! 

Today, we celebrated Levin’s birthday! We sang Happy Birthday in English, Vietnamese and German. In our Math centers,  we used all of our birthday months to create a graph and shared the information we collected. A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Levin!

Dear 1C Families,

It was such a pleasure to meet all of you at Back to School Night. Thank you for coming. I’m so happy you were able to meet each other and talk about how exciting our year together will be. A longer version of the presentation can be found below.  This contains more detailed information on the curricular aims and communication for Grade 1. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We would like to remind you that on September 12th the ES will celebrate the Moon Festival. Many members of staff and students will be wearing an Ao Dai to school. Your child is welcomed to do the same. There are many places in the Old Quarter of Hanoi that sell ready made ones for children. Here are the name of the streets that sell them: Hàng Đào, Lương Văn Can, and Hàng Bông.

Your child brought home the Seesaw introduction letter for you. Please sign up and start to look at the important work that your child has already started. We encourage you to make comments on your child’s blog using the following framework.

Next week, we will send out our Mystery Reader sign up! We encourage you to bring in any book of your choice. We love learning about all of our languages in grade 1C and encourage you to bring in a fun story of your choice!


August 30, 2019

This week, we had the pleasure of having Ms Nitasha, our ECC Deputy Principal, come in and read to us. We loved her book Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal. The students shared with a partner the special meaning of their names. Does your child know where their name came from? You can talk about your child’s name at home during dinner time or bed time.

We also visited with our grade 5C buddy class. Grade 5C read to us with expression and shared their favorite stories with us. We went to the ECC gym to play games with all of our grade 1 friends. We played “Jump in the Middle”, “Dance Freeze” and ate snack together.

Grade 1C continued to learn together in math centers. We discussed our Math Center Agreements and shared our feelings about math. Students enjoyed working together to “cross the river” by using many lego parts and practiced teamwork. We certainly do know how to cooperate in Grade 1C. Students also worked in small groupings with teachers and discussed 10 frames, graphing and estimation. Ask your child about “Math Mystery Bags” and “Roll to the Top”. 

Students sorted and graphed Lego by color and also made some interesting creations with their lego. During the Mystery Bag activity, students estimated the amount of objects in a bag and used ten frames to count the objects. Everyone loved working together at the puzzle center. On Friday, we discussed the benefits and challenges of working in groups during math and literacy.  We worked together to create center agreements. In Grade 1C, we all agree to: 

  • Use kind words
  • Keep a soft voice
  • Help your friends
  • Listen to your friends
  • Use materials appropriately 

.  Hello Grade 1 Families!My name is Jill Landretti. I will be working with the Grade 1 Homeroom teachers this year to support students’ learning of social and academic English in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

I am originally from the United States and have taught in the U.S., Japan, and Ghana as a classroom teacher, EAL teacher, and first grade learning support teacher. I am so excited to join this amazing team of educators at UNIS Hanoi this year!

At UNIS Hanoi, we believe that English Language and Literacy development are integral to learning, therefore, EAL support happens in the classroom and is integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning throughout the school day. As first grade teachers, we recognize that all of our students are language learners who are learning how to read, write, speak, and understand new vocabulary and concepts, therefore, all students receive integrated English language instruction provided by Homeroom Teachers, myself, and Teaching Assistants. Our philosophy is to immerse students in language-rich learning activities and to explicitly teach grammar and vocabulary within context. Students who are at a beginning English level also receive additional targeted support during the World Language lesson times and all students are monitored by the team throughout the year to ensure that they are making positive language progress.

I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back To School’ Parent night next week. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly at

Grade 1 C Reminders:
Family Photo
Thank you to the parents who have emailed or sent it a family photo. If you have not emailed me yet, please do email a photo as soon as possible.
Please pack a big snack for your child (at least 2-3 things). The students will eat two snacks during the day.
Back to School Night
Thursday, September 5th
The first session starts at 6PM and the second session starts at 6:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you at this event. This is a parent only event.

After School Activities 

ASA’s start next Tuesday September 3rd from 15:40-16:40.

Next Week, you will be invited to comment on your child’s Seesaw posts. Here is a helpful infographic for you to use when you make comments about your child’s learning.


Friday August 23rd 2019

Getting to Know You: Who Am I?

We made ‘All About Me’ posters and the students shared with a partner first and then were able to present them to the entire class. We learned about our families, friends, home country flags and favorite things. We shared our thinking in small groups too.The students were amazing risk takers and communicators.

Summer Sunglasses

We also made some Summer Sunglasses filled with lots of summer memories. The students loved making and sharing these too.


This week during math, we learned about math stations. Our focus is on exposing our students to math problems and helping them to find different ways to explain themselves and express what they are thinking. The students really enjoyed working in small groups and practicing how to play games cooperatively as well. We practiced using ten frames, playing UNO, Farkle, dominoes and Tic Tac Toe.

Did you know that a community is a group of people who have something in common? We’ve been continuing to build our 1C and Grade 1 community. We played some community building games with our whole grade one on Monday. The students did such an awesome job of working together as a team. These cooperative games helped us to build on our community and also gave us a chance to meet new friends and “old” friends in other grade 1 classrooms. Ask your child about the spoon game and freeze dance.

First ECC Assembly

This week we went to our first ECC Assembly of the school year. We sang songs, learned about playground safety and at the end of each assembly, we celebrated birthdays and sang to all of our birthday friends.

Photo Day
We will have photo day on Tuesday, August 27th. Please have your child wear a nice outfit in the morning and pack his/her PE uniform in backpacks. The students will change after the photo. Thank you.
Family Photo
Thank you to the parents who have emailed or sent it a family photo. If you have not emailed me yet, please send it to me next week.
Please pack a big snack for your child (at least 2-3 things). The students will eat two snacks during the day.
Library Book Exchange
Each Friday we will have library time to check out books and return books from the week before. Please send your books back on Friday with a library bag (can be a UNIS bag from the UNIS shop). We will start our Library times next Friday.
Brown Paper Take Home Folder
When needed, your child will bring home a brown paper take home folder. Please read the contents and send the folder back to school the next day.
Parent Questionnaire

Please send the G1 Parent Questionnaire back to school after you have had a chance to fill it out. All forms are due on Friday, August 30th. Thank you for taking time to let us know more about your family and child.

Birthdays in Grade 1C
If you would like your child to celebrate his/her birthday in class, please send a special treat along in the morning. We will find a special time during the day to celebrate your child and his/her classmates.
Please send a set of headphones for your child to use at school. We will keep them all year and send them home at the end of the year. They will be using them during our reading times. Thank you for all of the students who have brought them in already.

Welcome to Grade 1C! August 16th

Welcome to Grade 1C

We have had a wonderful time getting to know each other and learning the routines of Grade 1. Here are a few pictures from our week. We started the school year with an opening Assembly with our entire school (D-12). We watched the Dragon Dance and cheered for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Our Grade 1C Class

Back Row: Taeung, Ellie, Celine, Simon, Villa, Levin, Brayden, Ayce, Jayden, Freddy

Front Row: Ms.Phuong, Jenna, AnhMinh,  Ket Ty, Sophia, Hugo, Bella, Jein, Jooeun, Claire, Ms.Nga

Getting to Know You

This week we have had the opportunity to meet new friends and tour the campus. We are all looking forward to such a  wonderful year in Grade 1.

Grade 1C Time Table

This year the Elementary School is on a 10 day schedule. We have a Week A and Week B. The PE days and Library days will remain the same for your child each week.




  • Birthdays-if you would like to have your child celebrate his/her birthday at school, please bring in a sweet treat in the morning and we will celebrate sometime during that school day. Please see Ms Kristen if you have questions.
  • ID cards are kept at school. Students do not take them home. If you need to add money to the card, you can do that online or come to school to add money manually.
  • Please email me one family photo for us to use this school year
  • Send in a snack and water bottle for your child, daily
  • We have a fruit snack provided by the school in the afternoon
  • Please label all items (water bottles, hats, clothing etc)
  • Students must wear hats at playtime

Here are some photos of us getting to know our grade five buddies and our new grade 1C friends. each other.