Week of May 11-15

Dear Grade Two Parents,

The entire grade two team was so happy to welcome students back to the campus, and for some, new digital classrooms. The students have handled the transitions skillfully, calmly, and with flexibility. None of this would have happened without your support. Thank you very much. Now we can, fingers crossed, look ahead to an eventful end of year in grade two.

UOI:  This week students chose to take action by preparing a presentation about a resource. Students could choose to make a poster, piece of 2D or 3D art, or write a story, poem, or reader’s theatre. Our Sharing the Planet unit finishes this week. 

Next week we end the year with our last three weeks of How We Express Ourselves. This has been an ongoing unit of inquiry for grade two this year. We have inquired into festivals and learning more about Vietnamese culture and special events. To finish the year we will look at how similar values are expressed uniquely in different cultures. 

Math:  This week students solved word problems using addition and subtraction and mental math. They also completed a 3 Act Math Task, number talks, and played math fluency games. Next week we start our final math unit of the year, Geometry and Shape.

LIteracy:  This week students consolidated their reading and writing skills while recognizing Book Week at UNIS-Hanoi. Students read stories and identified fiction story elements and the author’s message. They also planned a monster themed story using a story map and began to draft a fiction text. 

Best regards,

The Grade Two Team

Introduction to our new 2B community member…and enjoy winter break!

Dear 2B families,

We wish you all a safe and peaceful winter break in Hanoi or wherever in the world you are traveling.  When we return from winter break, we will have a student teacher joining our 2B community.  His name is Minh Le, he is originally from Vietnam but has been studying at the University of South-East Norway.  He is in his fourth year of the International Teacher Education for Primary School (ITEPS) program.  Mr. Minh speaks English, Vietnamese and Norwegian.  During his free time, he enjoys cooking, watching movies, and playing the guitar.  From Mr. Minh “I am really excited to be assigned to UNIS for my seven-weeks teaching practice (from Monday 06.01.2020 to Friday 21.02.2020).  During my time here I hope that I will be a big help to your teacher and teach relevant and interesting lessons to you all!”  We look forward to welcoming Mr. Minh into our 2B community.

As part of our Digital Citizenship unit, our 2B community collaborated with schools in the United States, Pakistan, and Angola to create a story together focused on a SDG.  Check out our published traveling tale, “The Crazy Chase“.

Possible connections to learning for over the break:

  • Where We Are In Place and Time (Exploration)
    For several weeks, students in grade two have been inquiring into the central idea: We explore to discover and understand our world. “Exploration” can take place in another city, another country or even right here in Hanoi. Some areas to think about or talk about over the break are:
    – What did you need to pack?
    Where did you go? What transportation did you take?     
    – What interesting discoveries did you make? (landmarks, natural wonders, sights, food, culture)
    – How has travel and exploration affected your destination? Are there any positive or negative impacts?
     
  • How We Express Ourselves
    In this year-long unit we are exploring how cultures express their creativity. Some things you can discuss with your child over the break areAre you celebrating anything over the break? What do you do that is special? What traditions do you have? What does your family or culture value? 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • 14 January Grade 4 Market Day
  • 20 January Grade 2 Field Trip to the Temple of Literature (part of our year-long unit)
  • 22 January Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 24 January – 2 February Tet (Lunar New Year) Break

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What winter festivals did you learn about this week?
  • What winter festival rotations did you do this week?
  • Which academic choice activities were your favorite and why?
  • What are your reading goals over winter break?
  • How will you be an explorer over winter break?

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.