From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We have had an incredible week of celebrating the achievements of our Grade 12 students and wish them the very best as they leave UNIS Hanoi and transition to the next phase of their lives. A big thank you to our Advancement team, Grade 12 mentors and ceremony participants who worked so hard to make this year’s graduation ceremony memorable and unique for our students. A special thank you to our Grade 12 parents. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with your children. Without your support, guidance and care, your children would not be who they are today. 

2020 – 2021 Calendar

Earlier this week, we met to discuss the 2020 – 2021 School Calendar. Given our experiences this year with a global pandemic and a fixed calendar, our plans for next year’s academic calendar have been made by prioritising flexibility, student learning, and the well-being of our entire community.  

With the uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming year and the importance of ensuring the calendar supports what research indicates about student learning and well-being, we have identified some holidays as “subject to change” to remain as responsive as possible. 

Research indicates that students experience learning “loss” during extended vacation times (longer than three weeks). It also indicates that students learn best in uninterrupted blocks of instructional time (seven – nine weeks) before fatigue sets in and time is needed to rest and rejuvenate. In a perfect world, we would base our calendar solely on educational principles while in reality, we must respect national and international holidays while also remaining flexible and adaptable should we be in a position where we are unable to open campus or, in lockdown. 

We have identified Autumn Break, the third week of Winter Break, Spring Break, May 4 and the last day of School as “subject to change”. We will only consider adjusting these dates should we believe it will have a positive impact on student learning and well-being. Our goal will be to keep the community informed in a timely manner so that families can plan holidays and travel as we know that for many of our families, travel plans for the Winter Break are made very early in the year. 

Please note, we will not be adjusting the first two weeks of our Winter Break, the Tet Holiday or other National holidays. 

Calendar Link

Jane

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Earlier today, the Class of 2020 graduated in true style from UNIS Hanoi. The ceremony, which took place in the Centre for the Arts, featured speeches from the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Kamal Malhotra, our Head of School, Ms Jane McGee and student nominated faculty member, Ms Jennifer Louvet.

Celebrity singer and mother one of our graduates, Diva Mỹ Linh, sang an a cappella rendition of the Vietnamese national anthem while Hye Min Lim and Đào Nguyên delivered a hilarious and poignant speech on behalf of the Class of 2020. Other highlights included music by a High School band and a heartfelt performance by Josh Scott and Mỹ Anh Trương. Graduating students who could not attend in person, joined the event via zoom. The ceremony, from start to finish was live streamed via our High School Youtube channel.

Addressing the students, Ms McGee said, “We are truly privileged to be here today. Around the world many of your peers are unable to physically experience this event that celebrates the achievements of each and every one of you. The opportunity to come together with your friends, classmates, families and teachers is in itself something that will set you apart as a UNIS Hanoi 2020 graduate.

“…We are all acutely aware in these times how significant this moment is; that other people aren’t able to have the same experiences and that this moment many not have happened. You may so easily have been doing this on zoom. But the simple reflection should inspire us to think more broadly about what we have, what we value, and how we will take advantage of our experiences and our gifts.

“…I think that the Class of 2020 is a class that is now especially prepared to embrace the future, to persevere through hardships and to focus on what matters most to you and the world.

“…Today we will give you a Diploma, but what you choose to do with it is up to you… We are proud to have been a part of your journey… On behalf of the faculty and staff at UNIS Hanoi, I wish you the very best as you leave us. Congratulations and Good luck!”

At the end of the Ceremony, each new graduate was presented with a special gift box from the School. Packed with memorabilia such as their invitation card, messages from their teachers, a branded laundry bag and other goodies.

The Grand Walk

The day before the Graduation Ceremony, the Class of 2020 went on their final walk around the campus to cheers of congratulations from all learners, young and old.

A video of the Graduation Ceremony will be shared with the community at a later date.

Get Your Hands On Our New UNIS Masks!

UNIS Hanoi’s school shop has launched a brand new range of reusable, lightweight masks in a variety of sizes. And now they can be pre-ordered! Pre-order 5 pieces or more and you’ll receive a 20% discount. The special offer runs until June 10, 2020.

The fabric used has undergone an antibacterial treatment and are made with a layer of recycled fabric, and a non-woven cellulose microfilter. Made with students in mind, the mask includes a place for names to be written.

Please note these masks are not AQI or medical grade masks. 

Place your orders here

Range of Available Masks

 

Reminder of Re-enrollment/Enrollment Contracts due by June 5

Based on the Board’s decision on April 14 to freeze tuition for the 2020-2021 school year, all contracts must be resigned with the new fee structure.

Please log into Veracross Re-enrollment or Enrollment Portals to reselect the payment option, read the updates to the wording in the contract, and resign the contract (both parents required if applicable).

This process needs to be completed as soon as possible or no later than Friday, June 5, 2020. 

Thank you for your support with this important process.

The Admissions Office 

Important New Check-out Process for Withdrawing Families on June 10

The Admissions Office wants to thank departing families for being part of our amazing UNIS Hanoi community. We will certainly miss you and wish you all the best in your new counties and school communities. 
 
As the end of school is only a weeks away, we are excited to announce our new “paperless” online withdrawal checkout process. In the past, this process entailed students going around the campus with a paper form getting signatures from all of their teachers, school offices, librarians, Music Academy, Tech Office, Operations and the Business Office. In addition, you needed to reach out to counsellors and the Elementary School Office for leaving certificates and documentation to send to the next school.
 
Our new check-out process, which will be communicated directly to you on Tuesday, June 2 will be done on your Veracross Parent Portal where you will find your child/ren’s online withdrawal checkout status.This is where you can follow the online process and access due dates with any notes of outstanding items or fees in order to finalise the end of the school year checkout process by the last day of school.
 
Most importantly, we have centralized the officially withdrawing documentation requests for departing students in the Admissions Office with the Registrar, Ms. Thuy Anh at admissions@unishanoi.org. She will be handling the final check-off to complete the official withdrawal check-out process and supporting you with any documentation for your child/ren for their next schools upon successful completion of the online check-out process.
 
Please be on the look for the email, which includes a pdf document with instructions and a video to support this process. We hope this new and improved process will provide better information directly to parents through the Veracross Portal and through a MobileApp.
The Admissions Office

Financial Assistance Deadline Reminder

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the 19-20 Year
The deadline to submit the Financial Assistance Package for the 19-20 school year is Monday, June 1, 2020. Please contact the School at financialassistance@unishanoi.org with any questions or if you need additional time completing the package.
For the 20-21 Year
The deadline to submit the Financial Assistance Package for the 20-21 school year is Monday, June 15, 2020. Please email financialassistance@unishanoi.org for the application package.
To read the details of the Financial Assistance Programme, click here.

Stop the Spread of Germs

With students returning to school, the past few days the incidences of flu/common cold symptoms has sharply risen on campus. Both illnesses are a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, rhinoviruses and others; most cases are mild but others can become severe.

Here are tips to protect yourself and your family:

1. Stay home if you are experiencing any flu/cold symptoms

  • fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle or body aches
  • headaches
  • fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

It’s important to note that not everyone with the flu/common cold will have a fever. This action alone immediately reduces the risk of transmission to others.

2. Simple actions everyday

  • ​Hand washing is a powerful antidote to illness​. Wash hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.  
  • ​When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with tissue or turn away from people, and cough into the shoulder or crook of the elbow. Throw the tissue in the trash bin after using.​  Put a mask on if you don’t already have it on.
  • ​Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If having flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours or until symptoms have subsided, if your child has a fever they must stay home for 48hrs after the fever has gone. 
  • Limit contact with others to keep from infecting others. ​
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.

3. Take time to get a flu vaccine
​A yearly flu vaccination is the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses. Vaccination can reduce flu illnesses and help avoid doctors’ visits, and missed work and school.

Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older and high-risk persons including young children, elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung diseases. .

Vaccination is important for health care workers  and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading the flu to these vulnerable groups​.

Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.

Help us keep your children healthy and please stay home if unwell!

You should call your doctor if you or your child has one or more of these conditions:

  • symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • symptoms that are severe or unusual
  • if your child is younger than 3 months of age and has a fever or is lethargic

You should also call your doctor right away if you are at high risk for serious flu complications and get flu symptoms such as fever, chills, and muscle or body aches. People at high risk for flu complications include young children (younger than 5 years old), adults 65 years and older, pregnant women, and people with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.

Your doctor can determine if you or your child has a cold or the flu and can recommend treatment to help with symptoms.

School Health Centre

References:
https://www.cdc.gov/features/rhinoviruses/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/symptoms.htm

Students Give Online Music Lessons to Blossom House Girls

When vulnerable girls from Blossom House weren’t able to come to UNIS Hanoi’s campus for their music lessons this year, our students came up with a novel solution – take the classes and the love of music online! 

Since last week, the students who are part of a service learning group called Bamboo Music School, have created three types of videos: introduction to an instrument, playing the instrument, really jamming out on the instrument. And they are all available on Youtube

Before campus closures happened, High School students were providing weekly music lessons to the girls. Knowing the impact it was making to the lives of their new friends, the students vowed to find a way to keep the connection with the Blossom House girls going. 

Bamboo Music Service group reached a larger audience this week, by sharing these music videos with UNIS teachers so that teachers can share and discuss with their home base groups in elementary, middle and high school. The group hopes to share their love of music and raise awareness of the needs of The Blossom House. 

As part of this outreach, The Bamboo Music School made an appeal to source a 300 litre refrigerator for the Blossom House. Within a day, our group leader, Miyuki, Grade 10, worked with the Service Learning office to organize funds raised by service groups so that a refrigerator could be purchased. This will help keep food fresh at Blossom House during the summer months. 

From the Head of School

Dear Families,

What an incredible week on campus. Our students, faculty and staff are excited to be back on campus, spending time with faculty, staff, their peers and friends.

Today, you should have received information about our free month-long summer programme for students in Discovery-Grade 12.

Mentors will be working with MS and HS students to ensure they review the offerings and sign up for the sessions in which they are interested. As we have mentioned in other communications, please ensure your child is aware of any family summer travel plans that will impact their participation in the programme.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Activities Office is you have any questions.

Today marks a very special day for us as a UN Community as we celebrate the International Day of Families. As I reflect on the past three months, I know that for many of us, our families have been our “rock” during this unprecedented time. I also know that for many of us, COVID-19 has kept families apart in a way that has added and will continue to add anxiety and stress. I hope that your families are healthy and safe wherever they may be.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jane

Board of Directors Annual General Meeting – May 19

Parents are warmly invited to attend the Board of Directors Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday May 19 at 19:00 in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre rooms 115 and 116. As meeting limits have now been increased to 50, the meeting will be held on campus only – no Zoom link. However, to comply with Health and Security regulations, to register your interest in attending the on-campus meeting please click HERE. Registration will close at 14:00 on Monday May 18. Confirmation will be sent from the Board Administrator on Monday afternoon. On campus access will only be granted to those confirmed attendees. 

There will be a reception from 18:30; canapés, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available.

The formal meeting will commence at 19:00. 

The agenda for the evening will include an introduction to the Board of Directors, as well as brief updates from our committees and task force on the work they have been doing this year. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty regarding enrollment figures for next year, time will be spent detailing the impact of this on the school finances and planning for next year.                                                               

To maximise time together please send your questions in advance to the Board Chair at boardofdirectors@unishanoi.org.                                                        

We look forward to your company,

Dr Amie Pollack,
Board Chair

Register Now for our Free and Flexible Summer Programme

Parents can now register their child onto the School’s Free Summer Programme. Exclusively for UNIS Hanoi students, this year’s programme is designed to be fun-filled and stimulating. Seventy teachers, together with teaching assistants and student leaders have volunteered to offer sessions for students of all ages. There’s also a bonus trip for the more adventurous Middle Schoolers – a 5-day outdoor educational trip to Ninh Binh!

 

The Summer Programme will run for four weeks, commencing on June 15 to July 10. 

On Offer to Elementary School Students

Families with Elementary School students will have the option of registering their child for one week, two or three weeks, or for the entire four weeks. Students in Grades 1 to 5 will be able to enjoy STEAM classes, movement and games, dance, music, as well as arts and crafts. Math and literacy classes will also be on offer, while children who speak English as a Second Language will be pulled out of class and given specialized instruction throughout the week. Students in Discovery up to Kindergarten 2 will have free reign of the Early Childhood Centre, where they’ll play educational games, cook and socialize with their friends. 

Elementary School sessions will run from Mondays to Fridays, 08:30 to 15:20, however parents also have the option to register for half-days and collect their child straight after lunchtime, once the teacher has been notified ahead of time. 

What’s more, Elementary School students will enjoy lunch and transportation, absolutely free of charge!

On Offer to Middle and High School Students

Middle and High School students are also in for a treat! Their teachers are offering almost 100 phenomenal Passion Pursuits for them to try their hands at. If your child has ever wanted to create a Podcast, learn how to breakdance, do some woodwork or want to get ahead in the SATs and Extended Essay, now’s the chance! And there’s even more flexibility available to our older kids. They can book one two-hour session a week or pack their entire week with activities – the choice is completely theirs. And just like the Elementary School students, they can commit to one week or all four! Students have been sent the full array of offerings by email. Free snacks and transportation to and from school is included. 

Passion Pursuit sessions will run from Mondays to Fridays, 08:30 to 15:30. 

An Outdoor Education Field Trip to Ninh Binh!

For Middle Schoolers who love the great outdoors, four faculty members, including the School nurse, will head to Ninh Binh with them from June 22 to June 26. 

The team is promising a week of ‘wild learning’, during which students are certain to develop new skills such as fishing, fire-building, paddle boarding (SUP), nature sketching, survival first aid, wildlife identification and cooking!

What’s more, there will be opportunities to hike and bike. The group will depart UNIS Hanoi at 08:00 on Monday June 22 and return to the School at 16:00 on Friday June 26. 

Registration Now Open!

To register, please refer to the Summer Programme registration email that was recently sent by the Activities Office. Registration closes on Friday May 22 by 09:00

For queries, please email the Activities Office at: ccamanager@unishanoi.org

Team of Cleaners Help Keep Us Safe

The safe re-opening of our campus this week was a multi-disciplinary effort between the leadership team, faculty and staff. But there’s one group of workers in particular whose work has been critical at a time like this – our cleaners.

UNIS Hanoi has a team of 45 cleaners working everyday to deep clean, mop, vacuum and dust every room, every surface, every pane of glass. They also clean a whopping 33623m2 of ground space and playgrounds. 

Additionally, to help combat COVID-19, all 300 rooms are disinfected four times a day too.

Please join us in thanking them for their continued dedication to keeping our community safe.

Thank You! Over USD12,000 Raised for Charities

On Tuesday, May 5 (Giving Tuesday), the UNIS Hanoi community rallied together to take action and raise much needed funds to help feed and shelter Vietnam’s most vulnerable citizens.

Members of our community, young and old, took part in a virtual walkathon, a sponsored head shave and marathon thank you card project to write to health workers on the front line here in Vietnam.

As a result of collective efforts, almost USD13,000 was raised and money is still pouring in! The funds will be shared with the School’s Learning Service partners – Blue Dragon, KOTO, Blossom House and the Huong La Centre – as part of the School’s Emergency Relief Fund.

There’s still time to make a donation online (click here). Or students can bring in envelopes with their sponsored collections next week and the Advancement team will collect them from the Homerooms.

UNIS Hanoi Supports Kindness is Contagious Campaign

And our philanthropy doesn’t stop here! Viet Nam’s Ministry of Health, together with UNICEF Viet Nam has launched the Kindness is Contagious campaign, which UNIS Hanoi is supporting wholeheartedly.

The media campaign calls on adolescents and young people to be kind, tolerant and optimistic in the fight against COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

Parent Workshop – Summoning Resilience and Finding Your Grace

Furthering our theme of parent connection and parent support, UNIS Hanoi is proud to be partnering with Dr Fran Prolman to develop a webinar focused on helping parents and their children not only survive, but thrive, while staying at home and supporting their children through Distance Learning in the midst a global pandemic.  

“Summoning Resilience and Finding Your Grace”
Join the workshop on Tuesday, April 28 at 8:30 (+7 GMT)

This will be a live session that engages parents directly on issues they are currently facing through the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through the use of Zoom, and audience ‘polling’, webinar participants will have the opportunity to vote on specific topics that Dr Prolman will address, ensuring that she is helping to address the concerns of our parent community.

If you are unable to attend, the session will be recorded and made available to our UNIS Hanoi community.

Dr. Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized consultant specializing in educational leadership, school improvement and instructional strategies as well as communication skills, critical thinking and organizational development.  Fran earned her doctorate in teacher training and international education from George Washington University and a Masters degree in educational administration and curriculum and instruction from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a two-time Fulbright Scholar in both India and Israel, and has presented numerous papers and workshops nationally and internationally.

Dr Prolman has previously worked with educators at UNIS Hanoi as an international consultant on helping to deliver some of our ‘Strategy 2020’ goals around student agency and self-directed learners.  She’s currently consulting remotely and offering considerable expertise and support to schools and families through this period of worldwide school closure. 

Dr. Prolman is President of The Learning Collaborative based in Great Falls, VA, and Vice President for Training for the Center for Arts in Basic Curriculum.  She is also currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education).  

We hope you will take advantage of this exceptional opportunity for some much needed time for our parent community to come together and feel supported. 

Please RSVP here to confirm your place in the webinar and to receive a secure Zoom link or to request a notification to watch the recorded session.

Yearbook Cover – Send Us Your Emojis By Sunday

All students D-12 have been invited to join a collaborative project to help design a special Yearbook cover to commemorate this extraordinary ‘virtual’ year at School.

Thank you to all of the students who have submitted their designs this week. If you haven’t created one, please send us yours at yearbook@unishanoi.org by Midnight Sunday, April 26. We would love to include an emoji designed and created or drawn, coloured or painted by EVERY STUDENT at UNIS Hanoi!

It could be:

  • Your own unique emoji/avatar creation
  • A new positive emoji to promote and support physical distancing
  • An emoji featuring distance learning
  • A Phoenix emoji with a community spirit
  • Or simply artwork of your favourite emoji

This invitation is open to all students from Discovery to Grade 12. You can create your emoji using digital software or as simple as sketching the emojis using pens, pencils, crayons, etc.. on a piece of paper. 

Let your creative juice flow! If you choose to draw on paper, please take a good quality photo of your emoji creation and send it to us.

You can submit multiple emojis, there’s no limit on the number of entries. We have created this short set of slides to help you:

DEADLINE & SUBMISSION: Midnight Sunday, April 26

  • Submit your design(s) by emailing your digital file or photo of your drawing to yearbook@unishanoi.org
  • Make sure to name the file/photo with your Full Name and Homeroom following this format: YB1920_Emoji _Your First Name Last Name_Homeroom 

We hope to receive many fun, colourful, positive and loving emojis from your all!    

Did you know?

  • The emoji was created over 20 years ago 
  • By September 2019, there were 3,019 official unicode emojis used around the world. 
  • Everyday, there are 60 million emojis sent on Facebook, 5 billion emojis sent on Messenger and 50% of comments on Instagram contain an emoji. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact yearbook@unishanoi.org.

The UNIS Hanoi Yearbook Team