Welcome to 4C!


4C Families and Friends,

What a fantastic three days we’ve had getting to know each other – it’s already shaping up to be an amazing year of learning together.

Just checking in here with a few notes to open the year. This is our preferred means of communication, so please circle back to this blog on a weekly basis.If you have any other general inquiries, please be sure to contact me at dradu@unishanoi.org.

In 4C This Week:

Building Community

This joyful group of scholars has gotten to know one another through art, dance, and play.


  • watched the traditional opening of the school year, including the Dragon Dance
  • Had a snowball fight to cool off!
  • Took charge of our classroom library and organized our books, just the way we want them
  • Puzzled and inquired into patterns and our world






Your children are currently demonstrating agency by brainstorming and refining our community agreements. Next week we’ll be finalizing a Class Charter around (among other things) being principled, caring, open-minded learners. We learned about a growth mindset by watching a baby learning to walk and considered how it might benefit us as learners. We practiced mindfulness, and expressed gratitude to one another for making our class feel special already.

 Unit of Inquiry: How We Express Ourselves

As part of our first Unit of Inquiry, please help your child bring in 3 small artifacts that express something significant about your home and your family’s culture. A key question informing our inquiry into each other is “What is important to me?” We’ll create a mini museum of our class, so be on the lookout as you swing by 4C. We’ll also be sharing these artifacts with one another during our opening and closing Peace Meetings.


4C Scholars will be digging into some Inspirational Math next week, incorporating a growth mindset and puzzling into our work with numbers large and small. We’ll (continue to) build and refine our lives as readers together, and launch an investigation into imaginative writing.

Readers Workshop: In Readers Workshop, we’ll be talking about the importance of authoring a reading life. Our goal is for students to truly ‘run the show’ as they expand their reading horizons. We’d like kids to aim for a minimum of 75 minutes reading per day between school and home. We’ll periodically send home Reading Logs in order to research and improve our habits as readers.

 Class Wish List: Plants

If you have a small houseplant or two that you are no longer in need of and would be willing to share with us, we’d love to add more green to the room and make use of those ‘natural’ air purifiers.

We’re so grateful to be able to learn together with your children this year. If you have any questions or feedback, please drop us a line. And, our classroom is always open for you to drop by and see what’s happening!

So grateful in advance for all your support,

Mr. Darren and Ms. Thao

fall seven times, get up eight