September 20, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, September 27 Supporting Student Success, 8:30 am – 9:30 am Creativity Space
  • Monday, September 30 (10 am – 6 pm): 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.

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What kind of assessment have you done with Ms. Laura so she can learn about you as a mathematician? 
  • What were some of your choices in math rotations 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 your next Unit of Inquiry about?
  • What did you learn about the Internet?
  • What did you write your recounts about?

PHOTOS OF OUR TRIP TO THE IT DEPARTMENT(click on arrow to see whole album)

September 13

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.

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • How We Organize Ourselves: parent letter for new unit
  • Dance Mat Typing: In 2C, the students are using a typing program called Dance Mat Typing. Some parents have asked us for information on how children can use this program at home. This is the link: https://www.dancemattypingguide.com/dance-mat-typing/level1_stage1.html. You may need to install flash in order for the program to work on your computer (or disable the pop-up/ad blocker in Chrome). Also, if you would like to play the levels in full screen mode, make sure you click on the hyperlink (blue text) located towards the bottom of the screen.If you have anymore questions, you can contact our ES Technology & Innovation Coach, Neal Clart at: wclark@unishanoi.org

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is a recount?
  • What are the parts of a recount?
  • What does it mean to be “open-minded”?
  • Why is it important not to turn the volume up too high on headphones?
  • How do you plan to live our values Friendship, Learning,
    Fun, Teamwork, Communication, Trying Hard, and Caring for the Environment in 2C?
  • What do the people of Vietnam value and how do they show it during Moon Festival?
  • What are odd and even numbers? How do you say “odd” and “even” in our home language?
  • What are Number Trains? How can they be the same and how can they be different?

Video of 2C Telling a Recount: click on link

Part of learning about Moon Festival in our How We Express Ourselves unit.

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (click on arrow to see whole album)

September 6

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

  • Thank you to all the parents who could make it to Back to School Night last night. As promised, here is the presentation with the additional information slides. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
  • Congratulations to Ian and Lian, our new Student Council Representatives. All candidates gave fantastic speeches. We know our representatives will do a great job.
  • 2C has a classroom parent: Ms. Laura Davies. Thank you in advance, Laura, for all your help this year.

I wish everyone a great weekend!

August 30

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Students should be reading for a total of 80 minutes at home every week.
  • Library Exchange day for 2C is every Friday, week A and B. Please have your child bring a book bag on Fridays.
  • Student Council: 2C 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 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 2C.
  • Monday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday
  • Next week is Week B.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • What is your K2B buddy’s name? Where is he/she from?
  • What are some communities you belong to?
  • What did you do in Maker Space this week?
  • What hand signals do you use in class?
  • How did people count before then invented numbers? 
  • How do you pick “just right” books?
  • What is the difference between “real” reading and “fake” reading?
  • What kind of writing is a “recount”?
  • What does it mean to “sketch”?
  • What does it mean to be the “best version of yourself”?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (click on arrow to see whole album) (If you have difficulties viewing, here is a link to the album.)

August 23

REMINDERS / INFORMATION

  • Please read the Who We Are parent letter to find out how you can best support your child for the upcoming unit.
  • Check your child’s Take Home Folder for a small family homework this weekend. Please have your child bring in the completed homework by Tuesday, August 27.
  • Library: 2C will go to the Library to exchange books every Friday.
  • Home Reading will start on Monday. At first, students simply need to read 20 minutes each night.

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 2C.
  • Photo Day for 2C is Friday, August 30, 10:40-11:00.
  • Monday, September 2 — no school, Vietnamese National Holiday
  • Next week is Week A.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR CHILD

  • Why is the word “yet” so powerful?
  • Why do people write?
  • Tell me about one story you like in 2C this week.
  • Why is it good to make mistakes?
  • What is a “Just Right Book”?

PHOTOS TO SHARE AND DISCUSS WITH YOUR CHILD (click on arrow to see whole album)

First Week in 2C

Dear 2C Families,

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

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 use to share about themselves in the bag and make sure they bring in the bag on Monday, August 19.

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, please contact the transport coordinator and cc me and Ms. Hue into the email (lberrish@unishanoi.org AND ltthue@unishanoi.org).
  • 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 on Wednesday. I will notify you once we have selected a library day.  
  • Parent Back to School Night – 5th September 2019. 6:00pm to 7.30pm. A time to learn more about the Elementary School and 2C.
  • Photo Day for 2C is Friday, August 30, 10:40-11:00.
  • If you need to contact me specifically about your child, my email is lberrish@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. Laura and Ms. Hue

Photos from this week:

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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, you should 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.