Friday September 18th (Week A)

This week, we started our ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit. As a pre-assessment, the children answered some questions about the internet on Seesaw. This was a great way to see what they already knew about the topic – we hope to build on this knowledge as the unit progresses.

It was also International Dot Day on Tuesday! Thank you for your help in ensuring your child wore something with dots. They looked amazing!

For parents of EAL children, the EAL Virtual Coffee Morning will be hosted on Zoom next Friday 25th September at 9:15am. The link and details are listed below:

Grade 2 Virtual EAL Coffee Morning

  • Time: Sep 25, 2020 09:15 AM Vietnam
  • Zoom Meeting link
  • Meeting ID: 959 3313 7463
  • Passcode: UNISG2  

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Next week is Week B
  • Next Monday 21st September is International Peace Day – students should wear something white or blue
  • Next Thursday 24th September is the Moon Festival – students are encouraged to come to school in traditional Vietnamese costume (áo dài)
  • Next Friday 25th September is the Virtual EAL Coffee Morning
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (via Zoom) on Thursday October 1st

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

What is something you enjoyed this week?

What is a digital citizen?

What kind of citizen are you?

What things in our home are digital?

How do you play ‘I Spy a Number’?

What Math rotations did you do on Friday?

What are the features of a recount?

What have you written about in your recounts?

Friday September 11th

Friday September 11th (Week B)

In 2C we have come to the end of our unit on Values. Today, we posted work on Seesaw about the things we value. Ask your child about the goals they set themselves.

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)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Next week is Week A
  • Tuesday 15th is ‘International Dot Day’ – we are encouraging everyone to come to school dressed in something with dots! How creative can you be?
  • Next week we will begin our ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit
  • We will be welcoming Eleanor to our class next week on Monday (ask your child how they can welcome her to our class)

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

What did you learn about values?
How are you going to help your community to do well?

What is a citizen?

What is the internet?

How do we use the internet safely?

 

Have a lovely weekend!

 

September 4th, 2020

September 4, 2020 (Week A)

It has been another fun week in 2C. We have been learning about how we can help our communities to thrive by learning about the Zones of Regulation. Next week we will be wrapping up our Unit of Inquiry (‘our values shape our community’) and working as a class to make an ‘Essential Agreement’ that will help our own 2C community to thrive.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Photo Day for 2C is Monday, September 7, 10.50.
  • After School Activities (ASAs) begin next week (pickup time is 4:45pm or 3:45pm on Wednesdays for children who have ASAs)

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Next week is Week B.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is a recount?
  • What “seed” ideas did you think of for your recounts? 
  • What is reading “stamina”? How is your reading stamina?
  • What feelings do people have? Are there “good” and “bad” feelings?
  • What are some ways of dealing with problems in our community? What happened in the video you made on seesaw?
  • What math rotations did you do this week?
  • What does our classroom look and sound like during math rotations? Were you able to do your personal best this week?
  • What Math Practices did you use this week? 

We wish everyone a great weekend!

Second week of Grade 2!

Friday August 28th (Week B)

Thank you 2C families for attending last night’s virtual Back to School Night presentation. It was a pleasure to see you all and get to know you a little better. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year with you and your children.  

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Congratulations to Amin, who is this year’s first 2C Student Council representative. 
  • Students should be reading for a total of 80 minutes at home every week (the reading journal is optional, however it can be used as an incentive to encourage daily reading).
  • Library Exchange day for 2C is Monday, week A and Friday, week B. Please have your child bring a book bag on Tuesdays.
  • Photo Day for 2C is Monday, September 7, 10.50am

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Wednesday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday
  • EAL Coffee Morning — date for this event is being rescheduled (it will NOT be on September 27, as we mentioned at Back to School Night)
  • Next week is Week A.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What are some communities you belong to?
  • What does it mean to be “unique”? In what ways are you unique?
  • What did you do in Maker Space this week?
  • What hand signals do you use in class?
  • What math games did you play this week?
  • How do you pick “just right” books?
  • What things can you write about from your own life?

Welcome to Grade 2!

Dear Parents,

What a fabulous week! We have really enjoyed getting to know your children. We have been exploring and inquiring into our learning space and becoming a connected community.

Some helpful information to get the year started:

  • Lunchtime – remember to either send a lunch or order a lunch from the canteen.
  • Buses. If your child is not going home on the bus you need to contact the transport manager, Mr. Lai, (transportmanager@unishanoi.org) and cc me into the email.
  • Hats are required during recess breaks and PE. Please be sure to send your child to school with a hat.
  • We have a snack time in the morning at around 10:05 a.m. inside the classroom. In the afternoon there is no snack time provided in class, but children may eat during recess if needed.
  • A class schedule was sent home on Monday. The schedule is also included in this post. 
  • Back to School Night (online) Thursday, August 27th 6:00-7:30 PM. Look for a letter from homeroom teachers next week. 
  • Weekend homeworkPlease check your child’s backpack for homework about our unit of inquiry. The work can be completed on the back of the piece of paper.
  • Student Council: eNext Thursday, 2C will be voting for our Student Council representative. Please talk to your child about running for Student Council. Here is a presentation on the role of Student Council representatives in the Elementary School. Successful representatives will be required to attend Student Council meetings after school on Tuesdays.

This week in Grade Two:

In UoI, Grade Two is beginning the 2020-2021 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.

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

 

If you need to contact me specifically about your child, my email is jdienn@unishanoi.org. You can also write Ms. Hue in Vietnamese: ltthue@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. Jay and Ms. Hue

Photos from the first week: