SDG Week

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October 21: UN Day. Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!  Students are dismissed at 1:00 PM following the lunch. If you wish to take your child earlier than 1:00 PM please inform Ms. Ha or myself directly before leaving. Thank you in advance for all of your support with the food and clean up. We can’t do this without all of you.
  • November 11: no school for students, teacher professional development day.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • October 1 – November 1: Students must wear sport shoes for PE. If a student wears sandals, crocs, or other inappropriate footwear, they will not be able to participate in the skateboarding activities. Students are allowed to bring their own skateboards, helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads for this unit.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What did you learn about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this week?
  • Why are you thankful to go to UNIS? What did you write on the Quality Education Padlet
  •  How can you use benchmark numbers to solve addition and subtraction problems?
  • How did you make your fish unique?
  • What reading strategy are you working on?
  • (Select an object in your household or a food item.)  Can you describe this?

Enjoy Your Break

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone for your time on Monday. I really enjoyed the learning conversations and the students now have many goals to work on for the rest of the semester. I hope you all enjoy your break and look forward to seeing your all soon.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October 7 – 11 October Break: No school. 
  • October 14 – 18 SDG Week: The week after Fall Break is SDG Week at UNIS.  During this week we focus our thinking and learning on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As part of our How We Organize Ourselves inquiry into digital citizenship, in Grade 2 we will explore the goals and share our learning through different websites and apps. 
  • October 21: UN Day. Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is the Book Creator app? What functions does it have? What did Mr. C have you do when you were learning about Book Creator this week?
  • What are different ways you can show the number 14?
  • What is the Internet Traffic Light? How do you use it?
  • What do you know about a Flipgrid?
  • What do you know about a Padlet?
  • What is punctuation and why is it important?
  • How do we tally in math?
  • What is a bar graph?
  • What is a fact family?

 

Monday is student, parent and teacher learning conversations

Dear Parents

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

  • Monday, September 30 (10:00am – 6:00pm): Learning Conversations (no school/ASAs/UMA). There is no school that day, but students will attend the conversation with their parents. This is a meeting for teacher, parent, and student to share strengths and areas for growth, some goals for the year, and ask questions.I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

 

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

October 1 – November 1: All students must wear sport shoes for PE. If a student wears sandals, crocs, or other inappropriate footwear, they will not be able to participate in the skateboarding activities. Students are allowed to bring their own skateboards, helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads for this unit. 

Curriculum

Literacy – This week we completed our final assessment for recount writing, continued to focus on our reading through literacy groups and inquired as word scientists.

Example of some of our word inquiries: I think “ful is a suffix” and “I think a word can have 2 bases”.

Our next genre for writing will be response writing.

Math – We have played math games, completed a 3 Act Math, used math talks and completed equations to display our knowledge of addition strategies.

Our  focus in math in the current unit is addition, subtraction and the relationship to place value.

UOI

We now understand that as digital citizens we have to be safe, responsible and respectful in the digital (online) world. We created digital superheroes and looked at using traffic lights to help us as digital citizens.

 

News from 2A

Dear Parents,

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, September 27EAL Coffee Morning with Mr. David Carter; 8:30 – 9:30 Creativity Space
  • Monday, September 30 (10:00am – 6:00pm): Learning Conversations (no school/ASAs/UMA). Please remember to sign up for your slot. No school that day, however, students will attend the conversation with their parents. This is a meeting for teacher, parent, and student to share strengths and areas for growth, some goals for the year, and ask questions..  
  • Next week is Week A. – Library is Monday
  • Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September Mr Daniel is involved in professional development and will not be in the homeroom. Please contact Ms Ha or the Elementary Office on these days.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What do you do on RAZ Kids?
  • What books have you read this week?
  • What kind of assessment have you done with Mr Daniel so he can learn about you as a mathematician?
  • What recount are you writing this week?
  • How  did we celebrate the International Day of Peace at school?
  • Watch What Does Peace Feel Like? What does peace feel, taste, look, smell or sound like to you?
  • What is our new Unit of Inquiry about?
  • What did you learn on our class field trip to the internet?
  • What is a digital citizen?

For photos from the week check your child’s Seesaw.

Moon Festival

Dear Parents,

This week, we launched our year-long unit into How We Express Ourselves by learning how and why the Vietnamese culture celebrates Tet Trung Thu (Moon Festival).  Next week we start a new unit of inquiry; please see below for information to support your child.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What does it mean to be “open-minded”?
  • What does it mean to be a “risk taker”?
  • What do the people of Vietnam value and how do they show it during Moon Festival?
  • How is Moon Festival similar to a festival from your culture?  How is it different?
  • What activities did you do during reading rotations this week?

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

The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great
assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components
and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make
connections in class.
This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students.
Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to
develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development. Any
extra reading, websites, movies or learning experiences you may give your
child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely
valuable.

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)

Class Parent Needed

We still need a class parent for 2A. If you would like to consider this role please contact Paul Lundsay sco_ues@unishanoi.org and myself for more information.

Typing at home    – Some parents have asked about optimal typing practice at home. Remember there is no expectation students need to be doing extra typing at home.

1. Typing Club, Use you child’s UNIS Google accounts (Your child can write this down in their home reading journal if they cannot remember) to sign in. See the below screenshots. This site will keep track of student progress.
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2. Dance Typing, Flash needs to be downloaded.  No login required, no sign up required.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, September 27EAL Coffee Morning with Mr. David Carter; 8:30 – 9:30 Creativity Space
  • Monday, September 30 (10:00am – 6:00pm): ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school/ASAs/UMA)  
  • Next week is Week B. Library is Tuesday
  • Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September Mr Daniel is involved in professional development and will not be in the homeroom. Please contact Ms Ha or the Elementary Office on these days.

Week 4 – Back to School Night Presentation and 2A Class Parent needed – Week A next week

Thank you to everyone who attended the Back to School evening. As promised here is the slideshow and the extra slides. If you were not able to attend the evening please look through the presentation below.

Also, we need a class parent for 2A. If you would like to consider this role please contact Paul Lundsay sco_ues@unishanoi.org and myself for more information.

REMINDERS

  • Student Council: Congratulations to Aviv and Ippo for becoming our representatives. We are very proud of you.
  • Check the home reading goal for next week and support your child as necessary.
  • Next week is Week A. Library is Monday

Upcoming Events

  • UNIS Moon Festival celebration, September 12: Students are invited to wear the traditional Ao Dai costume of Vietnam
  • Friday, September 13no school for students, teacher professional development day
  • Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September Mr Daniel is involved in professional development and will not be in the homeroom. Please contact Ms Ha or the Elementary Office on these days.
  • Friday, September 27EAL Coffee Morning with Mr. David Carter; 8:30 – 9:30 Creativity Space

Have a great weekend.

Daniel

Week 3 – Week B next week

Dear Parents,

I am proud of all the 2A students who have developed a welcoming community for each other that has been complimented on by teachers as they pass through our room. Well done everyone on being caring children who value each other. I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend.

Regards,

Daniel

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Check the home reading goal for next week and support your child as necessary.
  • Library Exchange in Week B is Tuesday
  • Student Council: 2A students who are interested in becoming part of Student Council will have time to give a short talk to the class on Wednesday, explaining why they would be a good Student Council representative. Please let me know if you have any questions. Parents are able to help your child prepare a short script explaining why they would make a good representative for 2A 
  • Parent Back to School Night – 5th September 2019. 6:00 pm to 7.30 pm. A time to learn more about the Elementary School and 2A.
  • Monday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday
  • Next week is Week B.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is your 5A buddy’s name? Where is he/she from?
  • What are some communities you belong to?
  • What did you do on your chromebook this week?
  • What hand signals do you use in our math community?
  • Who is Mojo Dojo? What can you learn from him?
  • How do you pick “just right” books?
  • What is a “community” and what are “values”?

Week 2 in 2A – Next Week is Week A

Dear Parents:  

Another great week was had building our Grade 2A Community! I am so much enjoying spending time with your children. A big THANK YOU for helping by sending the brown paper bag activity back to school. There is one small task in your child’s home folder this weekend. Please spend some time together to complete this sheet to help us understand your family values.

Grade Two is beginning the 2019-2020 school year with a unit of inquiry into Who We Are.  

The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students. Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development. 

Any extra reading, websites, films or learning experiences you may give your child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable

Central Idea:
Our values shape our communities

 

Inquiry into:
  • What community is (function)
  • How values influence our behaviours (connection)
  • Skills used to thrive in a community (responsibility)
Vocabulary:

Values, community, behaviours, choices, feelings, teamwork, responsibility, to affect, to cooperate, to commit

Learner Profile Traits:  principled and caring

 

In Math, students are developing a community of mathematicians that uses routines and shares their thinking to help their learning.

In Reading, students are exploring what a community of readers does and how the classroom will look and sound during different reading activities.

Reminders

This weekend, we ask you to discuss the question  “what do we value as a family?” A sheet to record your values has been sent home today in  your child’s take home folder. You or your child can record your answer.

Library in Week A is Monday

Home Reading will start next week. Your child will have a home reading folder which comes home everyday. We have been practicing in school how to record our reading. I will explain more at the Back to School Evening. Please check the home reading book for more information.

Parent Back to School Night – 5th September 2019. 6:00pm to 7.30pm. A time to learn more about the Elementary School and 2A.

Photo Day for 2A is Wednesday 28th of August.

Welcome to 2A – Next Week is Week B

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. This year with photos I intend to send them through your child’s Seesaw account. Please see below details for you and your relatives to sign up to your child’s Seesaw account.

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 19th 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.
  • Playdates – Please let me know if your child will not be going home the regular way. An email or handwritten note works best for me. I cannot release a child without parent prior approval to change of usual arrangements.
  • Hats  are required during recess breaks and PE.
  • We have a snack time in the morning inside the classroom before or after recess. In the afternoon there is no snack time provided in class but children may eat during during recess if needed.
  • A class schedule was sent home Wednesday.  Please add Library to the schedule. Week A  – Monday and Week B – Tuesday  2A -2019-2020 Schedule
  • Parent Back to School Night – 5th September 2019. 6:00pm to 7.30pm. A time to learn more about the Elementary School and 2A.
  • Photo Day for 2A is Wednesday 28th of August.
  • If you need to contact me specifically about your child, my email is dlucardie@unishanoi.org. During the school day I do not regularly check email; for urgent matters please contact the E.S. office elementary@unishanoi.org.

Warm regards,

Mr Daniel and Ms Ha

Auditions for Grade 2/3 Musical

Aristocats auditions are coming! Here is a brief summary of the story:
When a retired opera singer leaves her inheritance to her cat, Duchess  and three kittens, the woman’s butler drugs the cats and abandons them in the countryside in order to inherit the fortune himself. Lost in unfamiliar territory, Duchess and the kittens meet Thomas O’Malley, an alley cat willing to help them return to their home in Paris. They meet several kooky characters along the way, including two English geese and an alley cat jazz band.
If you would like to try out, please sign up for an audition time, which will take place on the following days during lunch: August 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 27th. For the audition, you will need to sing a short but dramatic song and act out part of the story. The musical will be performed in December and the rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Fridays after school. 

For more information contact the Grade 2 Music Team.

Signing up to Seesaw

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/125-376-348
  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!

Daniel Lucardie

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.