Student Portrait and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

An email containing the photo access code(s) for your child(ren) was sent to you last Friday, 13 September. The access code will allow you to access and purchase your child’s portraits and class photos which were taken by Picture Day at the end of August. Each child has one access code.

You are able to choose more than one portrait for your child with different photo background options.

You could choose to have your child’s photo delivered to school or directly to your preferred address. Picture Day offers free delivery to school and promotional programmes for all orders placed by 23:55 on September 24, 2019. This order batch will be delivered to school on October 14, 2019 for your child to bring it home.

If you place an order after September 24, the home or school delivery option will be available with a shipping cost.

Picture Day accepts most debit and credit card for both local and international payments, made directly on their website. Alternatively you could also pay by bank transfer or cash at their office at 5th floor, 62a, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.

If you wish to meet Picture Day, they will be at the UNIS Community Connection Fair tomorrow, September 21, for onsite photo order support.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at hello@pictureday.asia

What if my child missed the student photo week?

The second photo day will be scheduled in early April 2020 for all student who missed the photo week on August 26-30, 2019 or students who started school after August 30.

UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

Governance as Leadership Training Institute at UNIS Hanoi

Over the 7-8 September weekend, the Board hosted the sixth Governance as Leadership Training Institute for international school board members and administrators from the South East Asia Region and beyond. 

The Training Workshop is designed to help boards and their school heads work together to improve the level of governance at their schools.The importance of this annual event is reflected in the number of new delegates who choose to travel from as far away as New Delhi and  Oman as well as those schools who continue to return every year for this unique training opportunity.  

Governance as Leadership
Training Institute 2019 @ UNIS Hanoi
New Returning Total
Number of Schools Attending 5 19 24
Board Members 63 26 89
Senior Administrator 11 20 31
Board Chair pre-conference
(Friday afternoon)- second year
6 9 15
Head of School pre-conference
(Friday afternoon) – new this year
16 16

The Conference was again led by William P. Ryan, faculty member from the Executive Education Programme at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Bambi Betts, Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership. Dr Chip Barder (ex-Head of School UNIS Hanoi 2008 – 2018) also rejoined the training workshop this year as a co-facilitator.  

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Head of School and Advancement Office for the extensive planning required to bring such a big group of delegates together. I would also like to extend my appreciation to our dedicated UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors who gave up their Saturday and Sunday to attend this workshop.

Sincerely,

Amie Pollack

Supporting Student Success at UNIS Hanoi

UNIS Hanoi celebrates the talents and diversity of its students and acknowledges the right of every learner to be empowered and successful in his/her learning.

At UNIS Hanoi, inclusion is facilitated through:

  • Collaboration for the success of all students
  • Mutual respect of all stakeholders
  • Support within our defined capacities
  • Solution oriented action for learner variability

Student success is an ongoing process and the responsibility of all to provide personalised pathways and remove barriers to success.

Given what we know about individual learning variability, it is possible for all students to be successful, given a system which supports their talents; this is congruent with our mission as a UN school.

Ways in which we support Student Success include – 

Academic Support

  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Learning Support
  • Enrichment & Extension
  • English as an Additional Language/Language Acquisition
  • School Psychology

Social, Emotional & Behavioural Support

  • Counselling
  • Advisory Programmes

Physical Support

  • School Health Centre
  • Athletics Training 

Parents of students who are receiving additional support services often ask us how they can be the best advocates for their own children.  There are many ways that parents can empower themselves to advocate for their children, and in turn, empower their children to self-advocate.    

  1. Be familiar with the Support Services information on our school website.
  2. Read and understand our Guide to Learning Support at UNIS Hanoi (Learning Support Handbook)
  3. Know the name of your child’s Learning Support Case Manager.  Be sure to meet with them at the beginning of the year to establish a relationship and open up lines of communication.  
  4. Use your child’s Case Manager as your first point of contact for questions and concerns regarding your child’s learning goals

For parents who would like to connect with other parents, the following systems and structures already exist within our school:

  • Regular coffee mornings (please check our divisional calendars) with school administrators and counsellors take place in each school division – Elementary, Middle and High. These are great opportunities to informally meet with your school administrators and have your questions answered.  
  • Our school library has a wonderful “parenting collection”. Parents are welcome to visit the library – bring a coffee, find a comfortable spot to read, and to meet with other parents in an informal, relaxed setting. If there are books you would like our library to purchase for the parenting collection, please chat to one of our amazing librarians who would be most happy to help.   
  • Perhaps you would like to start a book club or meet regularly with other like minded parents?  You are most welcome to use our library facilities.  

We welcome your attendance at our upcoming coffee mornings to learn more about Student Success at UNIS Hanoi.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil (ES Principal)
Marc Vermeire (MS Principal)
Scott Schaffner (HS Principal)

Trip Week – Essential Permissions, Passport/ID Update and Emergency Information

Dear Parents,

We are busy preparing for Trip Week and we hope you will enjoy discussing the upcoming activities with your child/ren.

An important part of our planning is ensuring your child/ren are safe and we need you to complete the following actions to ensure that

  1. we have shared agreements and expectations.
  2. all the medical and emergency contact information is correct for every child.
  3. an updated version of your child’s Passport and Visa or Vietnamese ID card is uploaded to their student’s portal page (for MS/HS students only)

You must complete ALL these essential activities on the Parent Portal in the Update Household Profile section and the Student Portal.

Parent Portal

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PLEASE UPDATE:

A. Update Household Profile

  1. Contact Information: You must provide us with correct telephone numbers. We cannot contact you in a medical emergency if we do not have your correct contact information.
  2. Emergency Contact Information: We must have someone who we can contact if we are not able to contact you. Please check that you have completed or updated this information for this school year.

B. Medical Profile: You must review and update your child/ren’s medical profile. This is where you will record:

  • Allergies or conditions
  • Current, Allowed and Prohibited medications

Please read carefully the list of School approved medications and inform us of any exceptions for your child/ren. The School Health Centre will follow up with you if necessary when you submit your information.

C. School Policies: You will be required to read and agree to Trip Week Permissions in order for your child to attend Trip Week:

  1. Permission to participate
  2. Medical Care Authorization, Consent and Release
  3. Student Information

a. Dietary requirements (NOT allergies)
b. Sleep concerns

D. Passport, Visa or Vietnamese ID card: If your child/ren are are in MS/HS, you will need to be logged on to the student portal page to complete the uploading of the student Passport and Visa OR Vietnamese ID card. Please watch this instructions.

Student portal

Questions about Trips should be directed to respective School Divisions.
Questions about Medical information should be directed to School Health Centre shc@unishanoi.org.
Questions about technical problems should be directed to techsupport@unishanoi.org.

Student Portrait and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

You have received an access code for your child photo order via email. This code will allow you to access and purchase your child’s portraits and class photos which were taken by Picture Day at the end of August. Each child has one access code.

You are able to choose more than one portrait for your child with different photo background options.

You could choose to have your child’s photo delivered to school or directly to your preferred address. Picture Day offers free delivery to school and promotional programmes for all orders placed by 23:55 on September 24, 2019. This order batch will be delivered to school on October 14, 2019 for your child to bring it home.

If you place an order after September 24, the home or school delivery option will be available with a shipping cost.

Picture Day accepts most debit and credit card for both local and international payments, made directly on their website. Alternatively you could also pay by bank transfer or cash at their office at 5th floor, 62a, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.

If you wish to meet Picture Day, they are attending the UNIS Community Connection Fair on September 21, 2019 for onsite photo order support.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at hello@pictureday.asia

What if my child missed the student photo week?

The second photo day will be scheduled in early April 2020 for all student who missed the photo week on August 26-30, 2019 or students who started school after August 30.

UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

The Library Saturday Returns

Tomorrow marks the return of “Saturday in the UNIS Library”. We are open for the school community from 9.00 – 12.00pm. The library will be open every Saturday when school is in session.

All students and parents are welcome to come and enjoy the Library facilities during this time. The choices are limitless – personal reading, browsing with your children, quiet study for some older students and simply borrowing books from our great collection. Feel free to bring your coffee and just relax with a good book or magazine for the morning. If you want to connect digitally with our library services, bring your own devices, iPads and Apple ID information and we can get you started.

Some key points to remember:

  1. UNIS Hanoi students in Grade 5 and below must be accompanied by an adult with a UNIS Hanoi ID card.
  2. Only UNIS Hanoi parents, faculty/staff and students with a UNIS Hanoi ID card are allowed to use the library.
  3. During holidays the campus and library will be closed.

If you have any questions, please email library@unishanoi.org

See you on Saturday!

Monica and Kate

Canteen Campus Card Upgrade

Following a summer of software and hardware testing we are pleased to announce an upgrade to our Campus Card System. Key changes you will notice are a new cash Kiosk in the Canteen and a new online experience. The Kiosk has an updated bill reader which will improve the speed and accuracy of cash top ups. A second new Kiosk is on order and will arrive this fall.

The portal, located at campusonline.unishanoi.org has been updated to a modern web interface that is also compatible with small smart phone screens. Using the same username and password for Veracross, you can top up funds, view spend reports or set spend limits. 

If you have any questions about the new system, please contact us at techsupport@unishanoi.org

Sore Throats…

COUGH……COLDS……ahhhh chooo……….and the dreadful FLU!

This week we have seen many students, teachers and parents with symptoms of sore throats, cough, colds and runny nose. Let us try keep our students in the classroom and not at home by having a look at some health reminders for this time of the year when those little germs are out and about.

Cold, flu and respiratory illness are caused by different viruses. They have similar flu like symptoms and can be difficult to tell the differences. In general, flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and a dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are milder than the flu. People with colds tend to snort, sniffle and sneeze and they don’t result in serious health problems like pneumonia and bacterial infections.

Sore Throats
Sore throats make it painful to swallow and feels dry and scratchy.  A sore throat is a frequent symptom of the common cold or other respiratory tract infection.

Causes
Most sore throats are caused by viruses, like the ones that cause cold or flu.  Other sore throats like strep throat are caused by bacteria; which will require review by a Doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Other causes
Allergies, dry air, pollution (airborne or chemical)

Smoking and exposure to 2nd hand smoke. Contact with other sick people.  NOT WASHING YOUR HANDS, not covering your cough or sneezes.

Signs and Symptoms of a viral infection accompanied by a sore throat
Sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, mild headache, mild body aches, runny nose, low grade fever.

See a Doctor if:

  • Sore throat more than 1 week
  • Difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • Temperature 38 Celsius or 100 F
  • Pus on the back of the throat
  • Rash
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Symptoms of dehydration, like – dry mouth, sleepiness
  • Decrease urination, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness
  • If your child has had contact with someone with strep throat or reoccurring sore throats
  • You as a parent are not sure and need advice

How can you help?

  • Sore throat – ice chips and lozenges (visit; www.cdc.gov to see if over counter lozenges are safe for your child).  Keep up your fluids.
  • Ear Pain – warm cloth over the ear that hurts.
  • Headache – res, oral pain relief
  • Runny nose and Sinus Pain – Warm compress over nose and forehead to relieve nasal congestion. Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water (always supervise your child) or run a warm shower and inhale the steam. Clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer. Consider getting the flu vaccination (FMP and Raffles have this on offer)

No School
If you child has a fever (fever is 37.8 c or above) your child must stay home. Your child must be fever free for at least 24hrs without fever reducing medication.

From the Board of Directors

New UN Board Members for UNIS Hanoi

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr Cristiana Sparacino – an economist with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been appointed to the Board by the United Nations Resident Coordinator. Dr Cristiana Sparacino joins Le Thanh Forsberg and Louis Vigneault Dubois as our UN appointed Board members. 

Please join me in welcoming Dr Cristiana Sparacino to the UNIS Hanoi Board. 

Cristiana Sparacino (UN Appointed) Cristiana was appointed to the Board in August 2019. Cristiana is an economist with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Her work involves the design and delivery of agricultural and rural investment programmes mainly based in West and Central Africa, but also in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.  Projects have included natural resources management, agricultural production, food value chains development, community-driven development, and gender equality. In addition to this work, Cristiana has been coordinating and lecturing in the Rural Development Module of the Master’s in Human Development and Food Security in the Faculty of Economics at the Universita’ di Roma III. Cristiana has a PhD in Institutions, Agriculture and Policies for Economic Development from the Faculty of Economics, University of Rome, La Sapienza, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, as well as a Master’s degree in Economics from La Sapienza.

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

You can make an Impact!

Do you want to…

  • Engage and excite students – Student Impact!
  • Realise our ambitions as educators – Learning Impact!
  • Ensure opportunities for everyone – Community Impact!
  • Further our Mission, driven by our Values and Vision – Strategic Impact!
  • Deliver Agenda 2030 – World Impact!

Join the Impact Fund Committee and have a deciding voice in how the new UNIS Impact Fund is spent to support your child/ren and our UNIS Hanoi Vision for a better world!

A plastics recycling plant on campus? An artist in residence creating sculptures from our waste? Solar panels powering the campus?

These are just a few of the ideas from students, faculty and parents and we haven’t even got started yet! Exciting stuff!

This year our community will have the opportunity to help make an impact both on student learning at UNIS Hanoi and to help change the world!

The UNIS Impact Fund is a new programme which will support both your child’s learning and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as we work together to embrace a future with hope.

This new project fund will be coordinated by a cross-community committee made up of students, parents, teachers, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. And we would like to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.

Please visit the UNIS Impact Fund Committee information on the website and apply today through this Application Form. (Deadline for applications is Wednesday September 10.)

And if being part of a committee is not your thing… Everyone will have the opportunity to submit ideas for projects and of course help us raise the funds for this transformational philanthropy campaign. Watch out for updates in the Tin Tuc in the coming weeks.

But to get started, we need our Impact Fund Committee of volunteers. Is it for you? Check out the website for the committee description, terms of reference and schedule of meetings.

And to get you in the mood for transformation… Watch the UNIS Impact Fund Anthem by UNIS Hanoi Alumnae (Class of 2019) Irma Hogberg.

Evacuation Drill

At UNIS Hanoi, we strive to provide a safe learning environment for our students. The safety of your child and all children in our school as well as the safety of school staff is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our students to learn, it is necessary to practice our emergency plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.

The students and staff currently practice two types of drills each year, evacuation and lockdown. Our evacuation procedures are used for many scenarios including fire. We will be conducting our first evacuation drill of the year on Tuesday, 3 September 2019, at 9:00. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the alarm is sounded. The remainder of evacuation drills will be unannounced. There will also be two announced lockdown drills during the school year. You will be notified of the dates and times closer to the actual drill.

For the safety of everyone involved and to maintain order, we respectfully ask that you would abide by the following during these drills:

  • If you are on campus, please follow the evacuation route located on the evacuation maps by the exit doors of all rooms.
  • Visitors will be asked to quietly stand in the assembly area.
  • All gates will be closed during the drill. Please know that you will not be able to enter or exit campus during the drill

If you have any questions regarding any of the safety drills or other safety concerns, please contact your school office, or our Safety and Security Manger, Mr. Bang at thbang@unishanoi.org.

Warm Regards,
Misty Shipley

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

First Days of School

We have had a fantastic start to the School year. For the past four days we have seen our Values of Learning, Community and Responsibility in action.

On Tuesday, we welcomed over 140 new families and their children to our community. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our parent cultural representatives and volunteers, the SCO, our Middle and High School student ambassadors and of course our UNIS Hanoi faculty and staff. Thank you!

Over the next three days, the energy and enthusiasm to be back at School and focused on learning was palpable throughout the campus. Whether students were learning about their classmates, developing new routines or diving into the curriculum, activities were designed to create a culture that will support a productive learning environment for the year. The commitment and preparation of our teaching staff ensured a very smooth start to the year. Thank you!

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank our support staff – these teams worked diligently over the summer to ensure that we could open on time with a safe, secure and beautiful campus.

Have a lovely weekend. I am looking forward to seeing all of your children on Monday!

Jane McGee
Head of School

Message from UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome all new and returning parents, students, faculty and staff to the 2019-2020 school year. We are delighted to have all of you in our school community this year.

For those new to UNIS Hanoi, the Board has six main tasks:

  1. Hire, nurture and evaluate the Head of School who is responsible for the day to day management of the School
  2. Develop strategic plans, ensure their implementation and monitor progress
  3. Develop and approve school policy
  4. Ensure the financial health of the School
  5. Lead and support the annual Governance as Leadership Training Institute at UNIS Hanoi
  6. Provide leadership to support and drive institutional fundraising

Our specific goals for this year include the following:

  1. Complete the next Strategic Management Plan by May 2020
  2. Continue to provide Financial Oversight of the School
  3. Governance Training and Leadership
  4. Fundraising Leadership 

Regular Board updates are provided throughout the year via the Tin Tuc or direct email.

In the coming weeks I will provide greater detail on Board composition for 2019-2020 and information about our Board community meetings this year.

In the meantime, our best wishes to everyone for a wonderful year!

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

Posing Time

When: August 26 – 30

Where: Community Room (Building 7)

During the last week of August 26-30, UNIS Hanoi will have professional photographers on campus taking individual portraits of each student and class photos. The photos will then be used for the School’s Yearbook and other official school materials and information system.

Watch this space next week to know the photo shooting schedule for your child(ren). If your child is absent on her/his assigned day, all make-up photos will be taken in April 2020.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your child(ren) has PE lesson during the day, please remind her/him to bring an additional shirt for the shoot. We will provide a mirror and hair dryer in the Community Room.

As a parent, you will have the opportunity to purchase different sized photographs of your child’s portrait and his/her class photo. You will be receiving an access code via email in September. This access code allows you to log in an online catalog with all portraits and class photos options for your child(ren).

Any question about photo schedule, please contact communications@unishanoi.org
Any questions about photo orders, please contact hello@pictureday.asia

Tips for a striking photo!