January 17, 2020


Dear Families, 

Market Service Day was a huge success! Thank you for your continued support leading up to the event and on the day. Across Grade 4 our profit was 28,998,000! Next week, we will focus on the action that will be taking place from the profit made. 

On a personal note, I am thrilled to share that in July our family will be expecting our second child! In the words of one student, “well, that’s great! Elizabeth won’t be lonely anymore!” As the baby is due in July, the birth and maternity leave, is not foreseen to impact this school year. 


  • This Monday we will be expecting a new student-Brent Schneckenberger! Students are very excited as we look forward to his arrival
  • Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences are coming on Wednesday January 22 from 8am-4pm. This is just a friendly reminder that students should be in attendance.

Explorations This Week

UOI: How We Organize Ourselves 

After Market Service Day, we have taken time to reflect upon all of our learning throughout both Sharing the Planet and How We Organize Ourselves–specifically, the connections made between the two. Reflections have been done in a blog post and through a mind map which will be shared through a screencast next week.


This week we have begun a new multiplication and division unit. We have been focusing on the mathematical vocabulary relating to multiplication, using varying tools to represent thinking, and begun problem solving using multiplication. Students are being encouraged to use open arrays and see the connection between multiplication facts.


Readers’ Theatre continues to be a highlight this week! Beyond our theatre productions, students have been finding digraphs within words after first feeling the phonemes.

Something to Try at Home

Go on a “digraph hunt” while reading together! While students haven’t memorized them, it might be an opportunity to discuss them with your child and feel the phonemes of a word together. Questions welcome!

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have additional questions. 


Ms. Maggie


January 10, 2010

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! 2020 is off and running with Market Service Day just around the corner. Market Service Day is on Tuesday, January 14th from 10:45-12:00. Students have been working incredibly hard on creating a small service or business for Market Service Day and we greatly appreciate your support. 

Today groups will be coming home with their business loan money. Parents should be expecting students to ask to get together with their business partners over the weekend to shop and make their product so that it is ready for Tuesday. Students are aware that they need to keep any and all receipts for the business office, but your help to remind them would be appreciated.  Also, please be prepared to offer up some supervision if required in the kitchen (heat, knives…..). Should anything come up over the weekend, please feel free to e-mail me as I will be checking my e-mails just in case.

For the next month we are fortunate to have an amazing student-teacher in our classroom. Below is a message from her:

I am Elia Fricano, a student teacher from the United States excited to be joining the UNIS community! I went to the International School in Washington DC while growing up and developed a great appreciation for being in a multicultural environment. After learning Spanish from age 3 I furthered my education at a university in Spain and I am now in Hanoi to have classroom experience.  I will be here till the end of February in Grade 4 but I am looking forward to being involved in as many classes and events throughout the school. 


Ms. Maggie