Message from the Board of Directors

Officers of the Board for 2020-2021

I am delighted to announce that the following Board officers were approved for the 2020-2021 school year.  Board officers serve in that capacity for one year. 

Board Officers/Executive Committee
Board Chair: Dr. Amie Pollack
Vice Chair: Ms. Ngo Thi Quynh Hoa
Treasurer: Mr. Hieu Nguyen
Secretary: Ms Maria Chung

Over the summer the Board will continue to liaise with the Head of School re the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on enrollments and school finances while monitoring  travel restrictions, quarantines and the anticipated arrival of our new families and staff. A Finance Committee and Board Meeting will be scheduled at the end of July to review enrollment numbers with a view to reforecasting the 2020-2021 school budget if necessary. Details will be shared with the community in early August as soon as school returns. 

A Call for Volunteers for 2020-2021

Before we all break for the summer, I would like to ask you to consider volunteering at the school next year.

The Board of Directors at UNIS are all volunteers and we depend upon other members of the community to volunteer their time and talents for the benefit of the School. There are many ways you can help the school. The following are some examples:

  • Class parent representative
  • School Community Organisation (SCO)
  • Booster Club
  • Spring Fair
  • Volunteering for a Board committee or task force

If you would like to volunteer on a Board committee or task force next year, please send your CV and bio to Board of Directors Administrator, Maeve O’Donovan, at bodadministrator@unishanoi.org

Have a wonderful summer

Thank you to the Board, Committee and Task Force members and everyone who worked so hard during this difficult year to support the school and our children. We hope the summer break will allow much needed rest and recuperation. Safe travels, we look forward to welcoming you back in August. And best of luck to those families leaving Hanoi this summer. We wish you well and encourage you to keep in contact via our Alumni network. 

Have a great summer! 

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

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 countries and school communities. 
 
As the end of school is only a week 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 was communicated directly to you on Tuesday, June 2 is on your Veracross Parent Portal where you could 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.
 
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

Book Returning and Summer Borrowing

It is hard to believe we are into the final days of school. Thank you to everyone for your help and support in returning materials to the library before summer break. All library materials were due back last week and if your family has any overdue items you would have had email reminders this week. A huge thank you to you all for searching the shelves at home for missing books. Once a person has a clear library record (no overdue items from this school year) then borrowing for the summer break can begin.

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SUMMER LIBRARY and BORROWING

The library will be open throughout the summer break. The borrowing period is two weeks and the library will be open for borrowing from 8.00 to 15.30 every day.

In the first four weeks the library will be available to the 800+ students who are enrolled in the summer programme. Due to social distancing, there will not be room to accommodate extra students who wish to do private study in the library during that time. Students who are enrolled in the summer programme will have access to scheduled library visits at many times throughout the weekly programme. Unfortunately, at this stage the parent community are unable to visit the campus but we are hopeful that these restrictions may soon be eased so that everyone has access to the Library resources during the summer months.

If you are looking for reading inspiration, look no further than our Libguide for Summer Reading ideas. You can view it here. There are lots of great links to the best books for kids, audio books, science fiction, graphic novels and reading challenges. If you are travelling around during the summer, download Sora to access all of our fabulous eBooks. The login and password is your usual school login. The books will automatically stay on your device for 2 weeks and then return themselves.

We hope all families have a relaxing summer and enjoy some of the great books we have in the Library at the moment.

Kate and Monica

The Journey of our Bear Project

Did you know that many bears all around Asia are captured and treated unfairly?  Did you know they are kept in tiny cages, and jabbed with a filthy long needle to get the bile out of their stomachs? This needs to stop. We had to help. So that’s exactly what we did.

In Grade Five we have to find an I-Act project and take action. We couldn’t decide between a few topics, but then we found out about bear farming, and we decided we wanted to learn more. We started by doing some research and we learned what bear farming actually is. During the research time, we found out a lot of horrible facts about how terrible bear capture and farming is. Once we had found out quite a bit about bears and their bile, we looked at a couple of bear rescue centers, and decided we wanted to help the Tam Dao Bear Rescue Centre who were doing a wonderful job of saving bears.

After a lot of research, we decided to sign up for the UNIS Winterfest so we could raise some money. This was a big decision because we had a lot of responsibilities to take care of. We decided on a bake sale and games. We had to prepare cookies and cakes, as well as make posters, stickers and games. Lots of people were interested in our stand! At the end of the day we counted our money and we had raised 5.5 million Dong. We were really happy and excited that we had raised such a large amount of money!

And then there was COVID-19, which meant that we weren’t able to visit the bear centre right away. Only after a couple of months, once the lockdown was over, were we able to visit the Tam Dao Bear Rescue Centre and hand over our donation.

Overall we feel like this was an amazing experience because we learned a lot. We also had a super amount of fun, and helped to make the lives of Bears better. But, the bears still need more help. Here’s what you can do. To donate money, please visit https://www.animalsasia.org/. You can also visit the Hanoi bear center by booking a tour to learn more and have fun!

Let’s all take action and do what we can to help stop bear farming.

Samea & Clara, 5D

USD14,787 Raised for Service Learning Partners!

In response to the School’s Giving Tuesday campaign last month, a phenomenal USD14,787 has been raised! The monies will be distributed among our Service Learning partners in the coming weeks.

Emma Silva, UNIS Hanoi’s Director of Advancement thanked the community for their positive response to the appeal. She added, “We are overwhelmed by our community’s generosity and unity during this unprecedented time. The donations to the UNIS Emergency Relief Fund will help provide immediate aid to those most vulnerable in Vietnam through our most trusted Service Learning partners – every dong will make a difference in fighting starvation, child labour and homelessness!”

Thank you!

Clothing drive for ‘H4H Thrift Store’

An Appeal from our Habitat for Humanity Service Learning Leaders…

We are the leaders for the Habitat for Humanity service-learning, in collaboration with the Fashion Revolution group.

In order to raise funds for our projects while simultaneously adhering to UNIS Hanoi’s core value of sustainability, our groups are launching a new project, known as the ‘H4H Thrift Store’. The goal of this project is to bring in clothes from those who no longer use them and redistribute/sell them at a reasonable price to others that are interested. As the end of school year approaches, we urge you to use this as an opportunity to clean out your closets and donate what you can to our project. The funds that we raise will go into our annual house builds. If you are interested in donating, look below for our simple instructions!

  1. Get rid of what you don’t wear – we accept any QUALITY Clothes – shorts, pants, shirts, dresses, accessories…etc.

  2. Bring in the clothes that you would like to donate and leave them in the baskets outside B5-G18

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Please bring in your donations before June 9. Your donations will be uploaded to an Instagram and Facebook page where fellow teachers/students can purchase

Thank you for your cooperation!

Best regards,

Habitat for Humanity & Fashion Revolution.

TA crochets Phelix the Phoenix!

A UNIS Hanoi Teaching Assistant missed her students so much during Vietnam’s lockdown, she decided to keep her spirits up in the most novel of ways. As a passionate crocheter, Binh Nguyen, created mini versions of the school mascot in a bid to feel close to her students and colleagues. Colleagues loved her little Phelixes so much, they’ve started putting orders in!

Protect Yourself from Dengue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dengue occurs year-round in Vietnam, with peak transmission in the warmer rainy season, April through October in the north and June through December in the south.

Elevated risk occurs throughout the Red River Delta and Mekong Delta, and the coastal district and provincial capitals of central Vietnam.

What is Dengue Fever?

  • Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection. 
  • Dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults.
  • These mosquitoes thrive in areas with standing water, including puddles, water tanks, containers and old tires. 

How do I know if I have it?

  • Dengue should be suspected when a high fever (40°C/104°F) is accompanied by 2 of the following symptoms: severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands or rash. Symptoms usually last for 2–7 days, after an incubation period of 4–10 days after the bite from an infected mosquito.
  • Infection can be confirmed by a blood test at a local health centre.
  • Warning signs for severe dengue: occur 3–7 days after the first symptoms in conjunction with a decrease in temperature (below 38°C/100°F) and include: severe abdominal pain, persistent vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, fatigue, restlessness and blood in vomit. The next 24–48 hours of the critical stage can be lethal; proper medical care is needed to avoid complications and risk of death. Go to hospital immediately for evaluation.

What is the treatment?

  • If you have any of the above symptoms you should see a doctor immediately.
  • Use analgesics (pain relievers) with acetaminophen and avoid those containing aspirin.
  • Get lots of rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids

How can I best avoid it? 

Dengue mosquitoes are known to be day biters.

  • Apply  insect repellent daily, DEET is recommended.
  • Wear long sleeves and trousers to protect wrists and ankles.
  • Rid areas around homes of any standing water where mosquitoes may breed.

Sources: http://www.CDC.gov/dengue and http://who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs117/en/ https://www.iamat.org/country/vietnam/risk/dengue

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 countries and school communities. 
 
As the end of school is only a week 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