Week 9 – 14th to the 18th of October

Welcome 5B Community

THE UN DAY ASSEMBLY WILL START AT 11.00 on MONDAY

  • The time change is unavoidable and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the 30 minutes delayed start to our celebrations.
  • The Assembly will finish by 12.00 for lunch as planned.
  • Early Dismissal will remain at 13.00 and Bus Schedule will remain the same as previously communicated.

Hope the break saw you all well-rested, it’s great to see 5B faces back in class. This week we have had some deep and insightful conversations about how peaceful protests have changed our world and how there are two perspectives. Those who speak out and those who don’t.

Our Shout Out this week goes to Stella for her enthusiastic attitude towards books. She is always happy to share her knowledge about great reads with us.

Math 

This week students have been inquiring into how to develop meaning of quality and estimation and use flexibility with operations and their representations by exploring relationships and patterns.

Some of the inquiries they will embark on over the next couple of weeks are

  • Estimation can be developed and used to predict and evaluate reasonableness.
  • Making connections between the relationships of operations can help solve new problems.
  • Representations of operations can help solve problems and can help communicate thinking.
  • Using patterns and relationships of small numbers can help make sense of larger numbers.

Here is an example of a connection we looked at;

  • Write any number and the number that is one more (5 and 6) and (3 and 4)
  • Then multiply and find the products (3×5=15, 4×5= 20, 3×6=18, 4×6=24) 
  • Then find the sums of the two products diagonally (15+24=39 and 20+18=38)
  • What do you notice? I noticed that the difference is 1. (39-38=1)
  • Is this true for all non zero numbers

Literacy

Reading – As we continue with our novel ‘Among the Hidden’ we are uncovering how governments influence the lives of the people who live and work with laws and responsibilities.  

Home Reading – Students have been given the one and only text from me, to begin their home reading responses on Seesaw. They will be required to respond three times a week. Next week they will be selecting their own reading material. They should be encouraged to read a wide variety of genres and spend time reading aloud to develop vocabulary and fluency. I would encourage you to read these and respond to their posts. This gives students a legitimate reason for responding to their home reading. Congratulations to Ruby for being the first to submit a response.

Writing – Students have grasped the first part of a discussion text; titles, macro sentences and hedging statements. Ask your child to explain what these elements of discussion texts are. Next, we will look at how to add data, testimonials and modal language to strengthen the perspectives of arguments for and against.

UOI

Our governing system has been in place for 2 weeks. Yesterday, the citizens of 5B voted in a new Prime Minister and Ministers. The citizens added a Minister of Environment to our governing system to ensure we keep our classroom in order and grow our knowledge about the environment we live in. Many thanks to our previous Prime Minister and Ministers for doing such a great job setting up our governing system.

  • Prime Minister – Emil
  • Minister of Justice – Ethan
  • Justice members – Luke and Rio
  • Minister of Education – Dean (second term in office)
  • Education members – Prakhar and David
  • Minister of Health and Wellbeing – Klaudia
  • Health and Wellbeing members – Aroma and Aiden (second term in office)
  • Minister of Environment – Ruby (second term in office)
  • Environment members – Stella and Miguel

UN Day Celebrations

We are looking forward to seeing all the students in their traditional dress and sharing lunch with you on Monday 21st. By now you should have received an email from our class parents to explain what is needed. A reminder that students are released early that day. Please add to the G5 Food Sign-up document

Birthday Wishes to Ethan – Thank you for the delicious cupcakes!

Some of 5B’s Rock Fish

 

Save the Dates

Monday 21st October – UN Day
Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School
Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No School

 

 

 

 

 

The Week that Was:

Week 8 – 30th September to 4th October

Welcome 5B Community

What a wonderful time away we had. 5B students were fantastic and I couldn’t have been prouder of them. Amongst other things, It was wonderful to share Ye Won’s birthday with her.

5B Excursion Highlights

Math
We continue to look at number knowledge and how our base 10 number system works. We have focused on how to read whole numbers to the millions and decimals to the millionths, and where these fall on a number line. Next, we will look at how to recognise, represent and order numbers to at least tens of millions and how area and volume are related.

The vocabulary students will be exposed to is dimension, area, volume and shape, which you could discuss at home over the break.

Literacy
Reading – We have begun our new novel Among the Hidden. Our first chapter saw us do a word inquiry into words related to government. Our second chapter saw us construct questions to support our comprehension.  

Writing – As we begin to understand the structure of a new text type for students; Discussion, we are practising how to use grammar features such as contrary statements and modal language to support differing perspectives. We have had fun finding reasons for and against topics such as ‘home lunches vs canteen lunches’ and ‘Dance competitions with children aged seven or younger shouldn’t be televised’.  

UOI

Our governing system has been in place for 3 days. Prime Minister Ruby leads our 5B citizens and keeps our three ministers on their toes by ensuring everyone is following their roles and responsibilities and doing this within the limits of our constitution.

I am looking forward to seeing how this plays out over the coming weeks. 

  • Prime Minister – Ruby
  • Minister of Justice – Emil
  • Justice members – Ethan and Jackson
  • Minister of Education – Dean
  • Education members – Rio and Luke
  • Minister of Health and Wellbeing – Ye Won
  • Health and Wellbeing members – Klaudia and Aiden

Our Minister of Health and Well Being – Ms Ye Won has declared that all 5B citizens wear masks for outside play when the AQI is high.

3 way Conferences 

Thank you for coming to this important gathering and for sharing your aspirations for your child and listening to your child’s insights and ideas about their learning and time at school. It was great to finally meet all 5B parents. I hope you have had a chance to discuss the SMART goals your child set for themselves. 5B students will consistently connect back to these goals, making adjustments or writing new goals when needed.

We will return to school in a week’s time, enjoy the coming week as a family; read, relax, reconnect. I Look forward to seeing everyone back safe and sound on Monday, October, 14

Save the Dates

October

  • Monday 7th – 11th – Autumn Break
  • Monday 14th – 18th – SDG week
  • Monday 21st – UN Day

The Week that Was.

Week 6 – 16th to 20th September

Greetings 5B Community

Picture Day Photo forms have been sent home. Order Now!

This Week’s Shout outs

Thank you to Aiden, Klaudia and Prakhar who have agreed to represent 5B next week when escorting visiting teachers on a tour around our campus.

Thank you to Ian and Aoife who will be joining the Food Advisory Committee, along with a selection of students from MSHS. The aim is to ensure student choice and voice is heard, and look at how this area of the school can continue to develop. 

We appreciate each of you for taking action and know that you will do a great job of showing off our fantastic school and representing the students who make up our community.

This Week in UOI

This week has been an exciting week for students as they arrived at school each day wondering how their day would unfold. I’m sure there have been some interesting conversations going on at home about the different governing styles students have been exposed to during this week-long provocation into their next UOI – Governance.

Tuesday was based on Monarchy. 

G5 Kings and Queens were chosen using the French tradition of the Christian holy day of Epiphany (usually celebrated in January). Hidden inside a galette des Rois (a puff pastry pie) was a little figurine called a la fève. The student who found it was crowned the king or queen for the day and as such was afforded all the privileges, duties and responsibilities that came with their status.

Wednesday was based on Anarchy.
G5 students experienced what it was like not have anyone govern their day. From the feedback from students, they enjoyed the morning, but as the day unfolded, students found it frustrating and chaotic as people’s attitudes and behaviours became increasingly unpredictable and worrisome 

Thursday was based on Dictatorship.
A very strict resume of expectations, rules and stern leadership had students quickly understand the importance of having the freedom to make their own decisions and have a voice when they felt the decisions that the governing body was making were unfair or unjust.

Friday was based on Democracy.
Grade 5 students voted for their class Prime Ministers and or Presidents and got to setting up their governing systems, which included Education Ministers, Health and Well-Being Ministers and Justice Ministers.

Next Monday will see the G5 students reflect on the week-long provocation to see if students can make connections to the world as they know it. In the coming weeks, your child will be inquiring into the governing systems of their family, their country of birth and how the UN sets up their governing system for global sustainability.

Assessment
This week students completed their ‘beginning of year’ math and writing assessments. These will be modified and marked to provide baseline data in order to plan for your child’s learning needs. 

Reading
5B has finished the novel ‘Freak the Mighty’ and did some comparison work while watching the film on Friday.
Our next whole class novel is ‘Among the Hidden’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Home Learning reading responses will begin after the G5 overnight excursion. 

Writing
Learning how to write a ‘discussion text’ will begin next week. 

Math
5B will continue to work on number knowledge and strategies over the coming weeks to improve understanding and fluency. 

3 Way Conferences
Continuing with your child’s learning needs and goals, this year we are requesting that students join the conferences with teachers and parents. It will be an opportunity for all of us, students included, to share our hopes and dreams for the year. You can sign up for a 15-minute meeting conference on Veracross between 10am and 6pm on Monday, September 30. (No School or ASAs for ES)

G5 Overnight Excursion
By now you should have completed the permission and health forms on Veracross for the overnight excursion. Your child should have brought home their gear list of items they will need at camp. 

There are a couple of important notes that need to be shared:

  1. If your child takes daily medications, please ensure these are given to our school nurse before 8am on Wednesday 25th. These should be clearly named with instructions on how to and when to administer them. No medication from home will be administered without the above information and medication should not be kept in a students bag during the overnight excursion.
  2. Mobile phones are not permitted. Students will have access to a mobile phone should they need to phone home. In case you need to contact your child whilst they are away, you can call the ES office during school hours and our DP (Stephen Lush) after hours. 
  3. Please label all your child’s belongings. It makes all our lives easier if we can return lost items to their owners.
  4. Parents will receive updates at the end of each day. The platform for this is yet to be decided. Either email or Seesaw. We will let you know as soon as a decision has been made.
  5. An overview of what your child will be doing whilst away is below

5B Class Parents
A huge thank you to Griet De Bosscher, Jessica Chyoweth and Sheri Phillips for sharing the class parent role this year. Welcome aboard and we all look forward to working with you.

Save the Dates:

September
Wednesday 25th – 27th – G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)
Monday 30th –  3 Way Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
October
Monday 7th – 11th – Autumn Break
Monday 21st – UN Day

Dinner Time Talk
Which governing system did you feel was successful and why?
What excites you about the overnight camp and what concerns might you have?
How might you contribute to making UNIS a better school?

The week that was

“Building friendships with people from dissimilar backgrounds and diverse perspectives will make you wiser and more creative” 

Rick Warren

Week 5 – 9th to 13th September

Welcome 5B Community,

5B students were once again working hard to accomplish targets set for this short week. We celebrated the Vietnamese Moon Festival on Friday, with an assembly put on by the Vietnamese Language Teachers and students. You can view a short snippet on the UNIS facebook page if you were unable to attend.

The Week that Was:

 

Week 4 – 2nd to 6th September

Welcome 5B Community

This Week’s Shout out – Goes to Klaudia for her kind spirit towards everyone.

On display at the Brussels Museum, is this week’s masterpiece entitled ‘Kind Klaudia Cares about Kids’

5B’s Essential Agreements – This is what your children value, it’s not quite the finished product. But we will get there.

5B Student Councillors 

Congratulations to Aiden and Stella who will be 5B’s student Councillors for semester one. Semester two will see Abigail and Emil take the lead. I want to extend a mention to Prakhar and Jackson who also put their hats in the running. 5B is indeed gearing up to be a community of people, who want to be responsible change-makers. 

UOI

‘How We Express Ourselves’ – Identity

This week 5B has been looking closely at what factors influence their identity and the identity of others. They ranked what they thought was the most important and the least important for them. What surprised the students, was the fact that most of them had different opinions and when they explored their reasoning, students realised there isn’t a wrong or right answer. It depends on the person and their experiences.

“I think food is the most important because we have special meals for different occasions and it’s a time where all my family come together.” 

“I think physical features are the most important because it shows we are human beings.” 

“I think culture is the most important because the language, clothing and celebrations my culture has, makes us feel part of a bigger community”

Next week students will work towards their summative project on Identity. Some students may create 3D sculptures, whilst others may create something from a  Technology or Arts-based perspective to showcase their identity. One of the most important factors to come from this task will be the understanding of influences on their identity. What makes them, them!

Math – Glimpse
Our 5B Mathematicians have continued to build up their knowledge and understanding of What Mathematicians Do and are starting to exhibit many of the characteristics of successful and efficient practitioners. Questioning; was our focus this week.

What is Place-Value? How might we read digits in specific places? Is there a pattern for whole numbers? Does the same pattern exist for digits to the right of a decimal as it does for numbers to the left of a decimal? What connections to prior knowledge might we make? How might we show our understanding? How might we share our understanding?

Back to School Night

Thank you to the families that attended this information evening. It was a pleasure to share what the year ahead will look like for your child. I have attached the slide show in PDF form, for you to view and access the links. Please consider being our class parent. 5B would be very grateful.

Save the Date

  • Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale
  • Thursday, 12 September – Moon Festival information
  • Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development Day
  • Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

The week that was

“What we call art would seem to be specialist artifacts for enhancing human perception.”

Marshall McLuhan

Week 3 – 26th to 30th September

Welcome 5B Community

Prakhar takes centre stage in Tokyo after successfully presenting at the UNIS assembly.

This week’s shout out goes to Prakhar for his confident presentation at our ES assembly.

Our routines and expectations are now in place. I have witnessed students supporting each other, cheering each other on and having fun, while they learn. I am very proud of the way 5B students have come together as a community. They are a special bunch.

Essential Agreements
With all members of 5B on board this week, we began to develop our ‘Class Agreements’. The purpose of class agreements is to have a guide, that everyone contributes to, so we can use these agreements to support our learning, solve any issues and make our time at school, supported and enjoyable.

Lots of thought, collaborative effort and discussion from all students made this important activity a success. Our final creating will be posted next week.

5B and 2B are Buddies
This Thursday was the first time we met our new buddies. Students spent time getting to know each other as they produced a portrait of each other. We will be meeting with our buddies regularly to develop and support our school values of community, learning and responsibility.

Exploring our Maths Tools
Having spent some time grappling with questions such as What is Maths? and What do Mathematicians do? we started this week contemplating how we as mathematicians can use tools in our classroom effectively. Students embarked on a week-long investigation of a number of different manipulatives and tools that we have in class, playing, building, discovering and being challenged, before capturing their experiences and posting these to their Seesaw platform.
Next week, we will be talking about the importance of engaging in accountable mathematical discussion, using mathematically precise language and practising active listening while stretching our maths brains with some challenging Number Talks and Three Act Maths activities.

UOI
5B has begun to look at how our identities are influenced and how we share and express our identity. On Monday, students engaged in a whole grade task of unpacking the eight key concepts. Students related the concepts to themselves, which were posted to their Seesaw accounts.
Next week we will look at how music, fashion and language has influenced our understanding of identity.

Literacy
Students are enjoying unpacking unknown words and phrases from our read-a-loud, Freak the Mighty. We have had many giggles looking at word choices the author has made. We will continue to develop our vocabulary skills as we read Freak the Mighty in order to support our writing.
Poetry continues to be our main focus. This week we tackled a difficult literary device; Rhythm. Students were exposed to (/) stressed and (u) unstressed syllables that make up the rhythm of a poem. We also practised alliteration; using our knowledge of sound to create our own poetic sentences. Next week we will dive into similes and metaphors.

Back to School Night
I will be sharing what’s new and exciting in grade five, who your child’s teachers are and what ways you can support your child at home? I look forward to meeting you next Thursday and if for any chance you are unable to attend, I will post the slide show I use in next week’s blog.

Class Parents Needed
Calling on ES parents interested in getting more involved as homeroom parents!

  • play a key role in maintaining open and positive communication between families and the school
  • help build a friendly atmosphere in your class/grade
    welcome families into your class who arrive mid-year
  • support teachers with requests (mainly ES)
    Click here for more information

Typing Practice
If your child would like to practice their typing skills at home, they have an account to a site called Typing.Com.

Save the Date
Mon, 2nd September – No school – Vietnamese National Day
Tue, 3rd September – After School Activities and Youth Sports begin
Thurs, 5th September – Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher)
Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale
Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development Day
Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

The Week that Was:

“Nothing of me is original.
I am the combined effort
of everyone I’ve ever known”

Chuck Palahniuk

Week 2 – 19th to 23rd August

Welcome 5B Community

Timmy Takes Top Prize for Biggest Smile

5B have continued to work together to develop a community of thinkers, listeners and supporters. Our week started with presentations about ‘Tool Box Time’ and ‘Maker Space Challenges’ and ended with ‘Grade Five Rotations’ and ‘G5 Community Shoutouts’. 

Our aim, as a G5 cohort, is to learn to work together, celebrate and appreciate differences and support learning for everyone. This was evident with the efforts of our Phoenix Buddies supporting our new students this week and the many shout outs G5 students and teachers shared at our Friday community time.

5B’s Phoenix Buddies and the newbies.

Next week 5B will consolidate their ‘Essential Agreements’, organise their google folders and draft their i-Act proposals. These are important elements that students will work with all year. Look out for our Essential Agreement product next week.

Maker Space

This week Mr Clark showed 5B around the new and improved Maker space. We found out lots of new and interesting things about Mr Clark, such as he has two singing dogs and loves burgers and basketball. We worked together to stack cups and direct electrical currents through our bodies to create sound. Mr.C rocks and 5B are looking forward to spending more time in the Maker Space.

UOI

Next week students will inquire into our new UOI;
Identity

  • Factors that influence identity
  • Sharing and expressing our identity and
  • How our identity connects us with the global community

Students will be inquiring into the ways in which they discover and express ideas, feelings, culture, beliefs and values. 

Math

Math this week was centred on the work of Jo Boaler out of Stanford. The week of Inspirational Math allowed students to explore misconceptions about math and build up a positive growth mindset in relation to themselves as a mathematician. Looking at ‘What is Math’, ‘What do Mathematicians do?’, ‘ The Purpose of Mistakes’ and how to record ‘Mathematical Thinking’.

Ruby and Stella crack the 30 block triangle together.

Literacy

5B have been learning about the literary devices used in poetry. They have crafted a number of poems looking at rhythm, rhyme and alliteration. Students have posted these to their ‘Seesaw’ platform which you can access (if you signed up via the link posted in last week’s blog post). If you haven’t yet signed up, please do so. 

Our class read-aloud is ‘Freak the Mighty’ by Rodman Philbrick. It is about two boys from different backgrounds, who become inseparable, as they grow to know each other.

 Back to School Night 

You will receive an email from our ES Principal, Megan Brazil with important information about our Back to School night. In a nutshell, there are two sessions you can attend. One begins at 6:00 pm and the other at 6:30 pm to meet me so I can go over the year ahead and answer any questions about the G5 program that may arise. Specialist teachers are available to meet from 6:00 pm till 7:30 pm.

Grade Five Overnight Excursion

You may have heard that G5 have a two-night, three-day excursion coming up. We will be sending more information home closer to the date. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get to know each other and develop independence, resilience and respect for the environment. We are looking forward to getting to know all the G5 students during this time.

Save the Date

  • Mon, 26th August –  Fri, 30 August – Individual portraits and class photos
  • Mon, 2nd September – No school – Vietnamese National Day
  • Tue, 3rd September – After School Activities and Youth Sports begin
  • Thurs, 5th September – Back to School Night (Meet the Teacher)
  • Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale
  • Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development
  • Wed, 25th – 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

Dinner Time Talk

  • What rotation activities you did with the other fifth grade teachers this week?
  • Who is known at school as ‘Mr C’ or ‘Mr KFC’? (Mr Clark)
  • What book is Ms Tina reading to the class? (Freak the Mighty)

The Week that Was

Quote

“Identity is something that you are constantly earning. 

It is not just who you are. 

It is a process that you must be active in.

It’s not just parroting your parents or the thoughts of your learned teachers. 

It is now more than ever about understanding yourself 

so you can become yourself.”

Joss Whedon

 

 

Week 1 – 14th to 16th August 2019

Greetings 5B Community,

5B – Our Learner Faces

Welcome to our first blog post of the year. We have had a wonderful time this week getting to know each other by engaging in community building activities and by developing routines that allow us to work safely and productively. I feel very privileged to be working with your children. A special welcome to new families to Vietnam and UNIS this year. We hope you are settling into your new homes and routines with ease.

Class schedules have been sent home. For new families to 5B, the school calendars mark holidays, school events, celebrations and teacher only days that take place throughout the year. It is advisable to look over the months ahead to avoid unexpected surprises. You can access these on the school website.

This blog is the main form of communication between 5B and home. Each week I will post what we have done during the week and preview what to expect the following week. Reminders of important dates to save will be posted and updated. I add dinner time questions which are a great way to engage in conversations with your child about school.

Additionally, I will post photos of 5B students taken throughout the week of them hard at work.

Tin Tuc Weekly News

Every Friday afternoon, you will receive Tin Tuc in your inbox, which contains information that is curated especially for you.  The Tin Tuc weekly news will contain links to news and blogs from the following: 

  • Your child’s homeroom and specialist blogs.  If you have more than one child, you will receive ONE email, with news from each of your child’s teachers. 
  • Your child’s school division (Elementary, Middle or High school)
  • Whole school news 

If you do not receive Tin Tuc this week, please send an email directly to tintuc@unishanoi.org. 

 SeeSaw – The student platform

Again this year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.  It is also a great way for other members of your child’s extended family to share in what they are up to at school.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/171-988-466
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once approved, you can see content from your child and reply to your child’s post

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

P.S. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Housekeeping Hints

The following are a few reminders to ensure your child is able to participate fully in class.

Each day students should bring.  

  1. A hat to enjoy outside play
  2. A reusable water bottle. I can’t stress enough the importance of hydration in this hot humid weather.
  3. Personal headphones (a mic is optional, but important for clear recording, these can be purchased at our school shop). Personal headphones reduce the risk of ear and hair issues being shared amongst students.
  4. Inform the transport office should you need to make changes to your child’s bus travel plans.
  5. A pencil case.
  6. Check your child’s timetable each night to ensure they are prepared for the next day. Some days your child will be required to bring items, such as PE gear or musical instruments to school for particular lessons.

G5 Activities and Physical Education Requirements

Your child is a pre-teen and with this comes the responsibility of organising their needs. As the weather continues to be hot and sticky, all G5 students need to think about their hygiene requirements. Some suggestions are as follows:

  • Use an antiperspirant each day
  • Bring a change of clothes, for after lunch play on the soccer fields
  • Have a change of clothes to change into after PE lessons
  • Air shoes out over the weekends to avoid foot odour

With 22 students in a class, you can imagine the range of smells each person delivers and receives. Please have a discussion with your child to decide on their needs and how they may implement these.

For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, you can read a short brief, in the “About Ms Tina” section of our class blog. Otherwise, I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back-to-School Night’ on the evening of September 5th. You can also drop me an email at the following address tcarew@unishanoi.org.  I do not answer emails while I’m teaching, so if it is important, please contact the ES office if it is urgent.

Save the Date:

September 5th at 6:00PM – Back to School Night

Dinner Time Talk

  1. What are the names of the new students in your class?
  2. What ASA’s and Youth Sport’s activities are happening this semester?
  3. What personal goal did you set for yourself?

5B – Our Fun Faces

The Week that Was

“Without a sense of caring,

There can be no sense of community”

Anthony J. D’Angelo