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 that 1:00 PM please inform Ms. Hoa 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 is “response” writing? When do we use this type of writing? What are the parts of a response text?
  • 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
  • What are benchmark numbers?  How can you use benchmark numbers to solve addition and subtraction problems?
  • Can you make a number riddle for me?
  • 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?

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Have a peaceful Fall Break!

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • October 7 – 11 Fall Break: No school. We wish all families a fun and relaxing time.
  • October 14 – 18 SDG Week: The week after Fall Break is SDG Week at UNIS.  During this week we focus our 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 ideas 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 number bonds?  
  • What is the Internet Traffic Light? How do you use it?
  • What can you tell me about Flipgrid?
  • What can you tell me about Padlet?
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Being a safe, responsible, and respectful digital citizen

UPCOMING EVENT

 

  • Monday, September 30 (10:00am – 6:00pm): Learning Conversations (no school/ASAs/UMA). Please remember to sign up for your slot. 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

  • Weekend of 28-29 September:  2B Parents have homework!  Please check your child’s take home folder.
  • 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.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What does it mean to edit our writing, and how do we use C.O.P.S.?
  • What does it mean to revise our writing, and how do we use A.R.M.S.?
  • Did you enjoy publishing your recount?  Where did you publish your recount?
  • Can you write and say the word sum for “playing”?
  • What suffix did we prove this week?
  • What can you tell me about 3-Act Math?  (hint:  it involved graham crackers)
  • How can you be safe, responsible, and respectful in the real world?
  • How can you be safe, responsible, and respectful in the digital world?
  • How did we connect with our partner school in Indonesia?  What did we learn about our new friends?

Meeting our partner school in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan in the digital world.

 

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Celebrating Peace

Important ReminderLearning Conversations are taking place on September 30th. 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. The day runs from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm. No ASA, UMA. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, September 27 Supporting Student Success:  Join us in the ES Creativity Space on Friday 27th September for an informative session on understanding “Inclusion”.  This session will provide information on all of the support services that are available in the ES that supports students in reaching their full potential.  Come and find out about our philosophy on “Inclusion” the wide range of support services, our methods of service delivery,  and meet the teachers who work in these teams.
  • Monday, September 30 (10:00am – 6:00pm): ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school/ASAs/UMA)  
  • Next week is Week A.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What were some of your choices in math rotations this week?
  • What math practices did you use the most this week?
  • What do you do on RAZ Kids? 
  • What books have you read this week? 
  • What kind of assessment have you done with Ms. Keri so she can learn about you as a mathematician? 
  • What recounts 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 fieldtrip to the internet?
  • What is a digital citizen?
  • How does Go Noodle come into our classroom?
  • How did you celebrate peace in the real world?  How did you celebrate peace in the digital world?

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Cultures express creativity in many ways.

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 is a recount?
  • What are the parts of a recount?
  • What does it mean to be “open-minded”?
  • What does it mean to be “empathetic”?
  • How do you plan to live our values of respect, responsibility, kindness, safety, learning, and fun?
  • 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?

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Friday, September 27EAL Coffee Morning with Mr. David Carter; 8:30 – 9:30 Creativity Space
  • Next week is Week B.

Grade Two is starting a new unit of inquiry next week. Please find some information below to help you participate in your child’s learning.

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)

Back to School Night-Thank you for coming!

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
  • Friday, September 27EAL Coffee Morning with Mr. David Carter; 8:30 – 9:30 Creativity Space
  • Next week is Week A.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Congratulations to Barney and Olivia, our new Student Council Representatives. We know our representatives will do a great job.
  • Thank you to all the parents who could make it to Back to School Night last night. Below is the presentation with the additional information slides. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
  • 2B has a classroom parent: Sarah Haverkort-Speekenbrink. Thank you in advance, Sarah, for all your help this year.

I wish everyone a great weekend!

Back to School Night Presentation:

Week 3 – Week B next week

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Students should be reading for a total of 80 minutes at home every week.  They may read books in the language of their choosing.
  • Library Exchange day for 2B is every Tuesday, week A and B.
  • Student Council: 2B 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.
  • Seesaw instructions were emailed on last week. If you have any questions or did not receive the instructions please let me know.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 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 2B.
  • Monday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is your G5 buddy’s name?  Where is he/she from?
  • What are some communities you belong to?
  • What are our 2B community values?  Why are these values important to us?
  • What tools do you use to help yourself get in the “green zone”, ready to learn?
  • What hand signals do you use in class?
  • How do you pick “dinner” book?
  • What are broccoli books, and when should you read them?
  • What are dessert books, and when should you read them?
  • How can we use the idea of a watermelon when choosing a topic to write?

Our 2B Community is Us, and We Are It

Helpful 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.
  • Please send your child to school every day with a hat, a water bottle, and a healthy snack.
  • Library is Tuesday.
  • 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 log 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 2B.
  • Photo Day for 2B is Wednesday 28th of August.

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”.

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 reflective

Connecting with our central idea:

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.

In Writing, students will consider what they value in their lives to create a heart map of writing ideas for the year.

Thank you for helping your student select three items for their “All About Me” bag. They really enjoyed sharing their personal items and learning how their friends are unique. What a busy and fun week.

 

Welcome to our 2B Community!

What a fabulous week in 2B. Ms. Hoa and 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. 

Most families have already connected with their student’s Seesaw Portfolio which is where we will post pictures and reflections on our work.  Please let me know if you need any assistance connecting with Seesaw.

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 inside the classroom. Please send a healthy snack that will help your child be focused and ready to learn.
  • A class schedule was sent home Wednesday. Library will be on Tuesdays.
  • 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.
  • Parent Back to School Night – 5th September 2019. 6:00pm to 7.30pm. A time to learn more about the Elementary School and 2B.
  • Photo Day for 2B is Wednesday 28th of August.
  • 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.
  • Next Week is Week B on the schedule

Warm regards,

Ms. Keri and Ms. Hoa

From the Music Department:  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. 

Totem Poles as a form of cultural expression

Our final full week of learning was both wonderfully energetic and peacefully reflective.  Students worked both individually and together as a group to develop the tools they plan to use to help with all the upcoming transitions.  Ms. Kris was an integral part of our community as we discussed transitions:

In Social Studies, students learned about how some North American cultures express their creativity and values through totem poles.  Students then used their own cultural iceberg and the inspiration of the animals and birds used on totem poles to create their very own totem pole showing what they value.

At this time of year we are all looking forward to summer break with excitement.  Today was our last Friday morning meeting (ask your students about our special Friday morning meeting greeting and message) which makes me reflect on the wonderful year of learning we have had together.  I will miss our community and each member of our community; however, as a digital citizen, I hope to stay connected with these wonderful children and their families. Thank you to all for your support and involvement this year.

Reminders

  • Monday-your students will bring most of their school books and work home.  We will keep one book to work in.
  • Leavers Assembly – Tuesday 11th June 1.15 – 1.45pm Sports Centre
  • Wednesday last day school finishes at 12.00 noon.  There is no lunch that day, so please send a healthy snack that will keep your student going until they get home.

VERY IMPORTANT:  Read A Million Minutes! – UNIS Hanoi Reads Summer 2019

If everyone reads for just 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week in the long holiday (14 June – 13 August 2019), together we can read for a million minutes!

You can read anything! Listening to an audiobook while you travel counts as “reading” as well.

Students who read the most will be rewarded. The grade that reads for the most minutes will get a unique prize. If we succeed in reaching the million minutes mark for the school.

Click below to input your minutes.

1 Million Minutes of Reading

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