School Health Centre: Fever & Respritory Illness

In recents days the SHC has seen an increase in fever and respiratory related illness. Please help us, help our community by taking the following preventative steps to stop the spread of germs.​

  • ​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 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.​
  • ​Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If having flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is 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.

The School Health Centre team

From the Head of School

Join me on Tuesday February 19 at 8.15 for the Community Meeting. 

In this meeting, we will be sharing some of the results of the Parent Community Survey and involve you in making sense of the data for our school planning. We will also share important updates on a number of areas, including our Air Quality Index monitoring and action plan.

I hope you enjoy reading the annual report for 2017-2018, UNIS UNfolded that I shared with you before the Tet break and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Jane McGee
Head of School

Student Enrolment 2019-2020

Enrolment for students returning in the 2019-2020 school year is underway and should be completed by 29 March 2019.

Parents are required to make payment of the required tuition deposit for each child who will return to school next year and complete enrolment through the Parent Portal. Through this online process, families can review household and emergency contact details, update each child’s medical information, request the school bus service and select payment options for tuition and fees. Kindly note, enrolment contracts require the digital signature of each parent registered with the school. If you have questions or require assistance to navigate through the enrolment portal, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in completing these tasks.

If your family is uncertain about your departure, please proceed to complete re-enrolment prior to the March deadline to ensure that your child/ren will not lose placement in August. Should your family situation change during re-enrolment, please contact us by writing to the Business Office at revenueaccountant@unishanoi.org.

If you are leaving, please complete an Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating your child’s last day of attendance. Only one form is required per family.

For assistance, please drop by the Admissions Office in B7, email admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.

Amazing Arts Auction – WE NEED YOU

Our annual Amazing Arts Auction is just around the corner… and our students are filling the wallspace with beautiful artworks, but we still have many blank spaces for community artists to fill!

  • Are you an expert or budding artist?
  • Do you know an artist who would donate a work of art?
  • Do you have a piece of artwork at home that you would like to donate?

Every year this UNIS Hanoi community fundraising event featuring artwork from students, faculty, parents and alumni raises thousands of dollars for our Service Learning programmes.

Without your art donations, our Service Learning programmes cannot deliver their full potential helping members of our Hanoi community! The Tet Holiday is the perfect time to explore your creative side! Anything creative (large or small) welcome: Painting, sketching, lacquer, embroidery, photograph, ceramics etc

And if you don’t have anything to join the exhibit… please come and join the bidding and take a unique original artwork home (or as a gift!). Save the date in your calendar now!

  • Opening evening: 18:00 on Friday, February 15
  • Exhibition: February 15 – March 1 (12.00 noon last bids!)
  • Location: Foyer – Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple: Visit the exhibition and make your bids in a silent, secret auction to take home an artwork of your choice. We will email all the ‘winners’ on Friday March 1.

Thanks to our amazing community, we have raised more than $10,000 USD from art auctions in the last two years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Monday, February 11 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.

Please complete our Art Auction INFORMATION FORM to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art!

THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh (fundraising@unishanoi.org) in the Advancement Office (room 102 – B7).

Impact Philanthropy – Your donations making a difference!

Calling for interest and needs for Mother Tongue* French Learning

Dear Parents,

In order to continue supporting the community to develop students’ mother tongues, we would like to call for your needs and interest.

As a starting point, we now collect the number of students whose French is at a high proficiency level or native level. Please note that Mother Tongue language programme is organised and sponsored by parents. Parents are responsible for hiring the teacher, and paying language tuition. UNIS Hanoi provides the classrooms and other school supplies to accommodate this need.

If you are interested or would like any other information, please contact Aiqin Li, Mother Tongue Coordinator at ali@unishanoi.org

* Mother Tongue, may denote the language learned first; the language identified with as a “native” speaker; the language known best; the language used most. (Learning in a language other than mother tongue in IB programmes, April 2008). At UNIS Hanoi, Mother Tongue includes all of these meanings.

Help our students to shape their future career journeys on Careers Day

We are looking forward to another fun and enlightening Careers Day for our Grade 10 students, which will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14.

Last year’s Careers Day featured an amazing lineup of professionals working in medicine, energy, marketing, arts and design, sports, technology and industry, education, hospitality and cuisine, research, the UN and the World Bank, Vietnamese government, non-profits, and start-ups who told our students the story of their careers: ups and downs, twists and turns, success and failure. The objective is for our students to learn about different industries and sectors while also understanding that career journeys are rarely in a straight line. This year we will again ask presenters to use the creative Pecha Kucha presentation format and we will also host small-group discussions between students and working professionals.

We are looking both for parents who are willing to deliver Pecha Kucha presentations as well as to talk to students in small groups informally about their careers.

You might learn something about yourself or have a new perspective after telling your story to students!

Please contact Liana Bianchi, lbianchi@unishanoi.org to register your interest.

Student Success through the Lens of Learning Support

On Monday, 3 December, there was a well attended parent coffee morning looking at Student Success through the lens of Learning Support. The Student Success Team (SST) model at UNIS Hanoi is a multidisciplinary team approach to establishing support for a student and providing a coordinated system of care to ensure student success.

Parents as partners are seen as a key part of student success. The composition of each SST was explained and the UNIS Hanoi statement on Inclusion was shared 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.” Support through collaboration, consultation, co-teaching and coaching to support student success was discussed including early intervention and prevention.

Learning Support service provision was explained by the continuum of services outlined in this presentation .

UNIS Hanoi Advisory Council

In 2011, the Board established an Advisory Council to support long-term strategic planning for the school. The aims of the Advisory Council include the following:

  1. Strengthen the organisational relationship to the United Nations (UN), with the UN Resident Coordinator serving as Chair of the Advisory Council.
  2. Establish and mobilize relationships with key stakeholders in the UNIS Hanoi community including the Government of Vietnam, Diplomatic Community, Business Community, International and Local NGO Community, Vietnamese Community and educational leaders.
  3. Enhance and strengthen the visibility and status of the school with influential people providing advice, support, counsel, and ideas for strategy, positioning and advancement towards building a great school in Hanoi, Vietnam and internationally.

Over the years, UNIS Hanoi has worked to engage this influential group with discussions on a range of topics from shifting landscapes in international school competition to UNIS Hanoi’s unique role and contributions to Vietnam. Each meeting is organised around a dinner and discussion topic and we are grateful to the 20+ members who have attended these gatherings over the years.

Last year the Advisory Council met twice – first in April to introduce visiting HOS elect Jane McGee to our Advisory Council key stakeholders and more recently in December 2018 where discussion focused on identifying key 21st century skills for student future success.

Following UNIS Hanoi’ successful 30th anniversary last year, the Board looks forward to the challenges of the next 30 years with the ongoing support and counsel of the Advisory Council.

Student Admissions 2019-2020

Admissions are now open for the next school year. If you have a child that you would like to register, please contact Admissions as soon as possible.

Re-enrolment for next year will commence at the end of January. Parents will be required to complete this process through the parent portal and secure placements with payment of a tuition deposit for each child by 29 March 2019. Details will follow soon.

Families wishing to confirm their departure should complete the Admissions Withdrawal Form indicating the last day of attendance for your child/ren.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance by dropping into the Admissions Office in B7, email admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508 extensions 8217 / 8738 / 8739 / 8732 / 8220.

Thank you

Bronagh Lucardie
Senior Manager Admissions

New Attendance Feature on Veracross Parent Portal

Dear Parents,

As we are getting ready for a new semester, we would like to introduce you to a new Attendance feature on Veracross Parent Portal.

What is it?

The Attendance feature will allow parents to inform school of their child/ren’s daily attendance (absence, late arrival, early leave, etc.) and/or multi-day absences.

A link to the Attendance request has been made available on Veracross Parent Portal starting today, January 18. You will be able to access it using your phones, tablets, or computers.

When to submit Attendance request?

From now on, parents are required to use this Attendance feature on the Parent Portal to notify the Elementary, Middle or High School Offices for all student absences and/or late arrival/early departure. Requests should be submitted for:

  • Daily attendance: Student will be absent, late to school, will be leaving early or will be leaving school and returning before the end of the school day.
  • Multi-day absence: Student will be absent from school for a period of time.

Questions?

Should you have questions, please direct them as follows:

Questions about Attendance should be directed to respective Divisional Secretaries:

Questions about accessing Veracross or technical issues should be directed to techsupport@unishanoi.org

Important Announcements

Please make sure to read the important notice about Early Childhood Centre playground access and cashless payment system at The Shop.

Early Childhood Centre Access Outside School Hours

This is a gentle reminder that the Early Childhood Centre (ECC) is not part of the Community Campus Access areas. The areas to access include:

  1. Outdoor covered courts
  2. B5 outdoor court
  3. Artificial turf field
  4. Grass field
  5. School playground (between Elementary School and the canteen)

If your child has a Saturday activity located in ECC, please wait on the benches outside ECC or at the School playground between Elementary School and the canteen. Thank you for your cooperation.

Moving to a cashless system at The Shop

In an effort to streamline our operations and help make everyday purchases in the spirit shop easier and more convenient, we will be moving to a cashless system.

Starting Monday January 21, students and parents will be able to make purchases with their campus card. Over the next few months we will encourage purchases be made by either campus card or debit/credit card. The Business Office will no longer be billing parents for purchases made. The goal is to completely transition to a cashless system by Spring Break. For large events, we will still be accepting cash.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Amazing Arts Exhibition & Auction – Donate Your Arts Today!

Calling for donations from all artists and art makers for UNIS Hanoi’s upcoming Amazing Arts – Community Exhibition & Auction.

Advancement Office is partnering with Service Learning, Lower and Upper Elementary art students for the 3rd annual Amazing ARTS – Community Exhibition & Auction raising money for Service Learning projects and partners through The Birthday Gift Fund.

Opening evening: 18:00 – 20:00 on Friday, February 15
Exhibition: February 15 – March 1
Location: Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple… students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni donate a piece of art they have created (or collected) for the auction and then for 2 weeks our community will bid in a silent, secret auction to take home the art of their choice! Artwork could be a painting, a sketch, an embroidery, a book, photographs, ceramics… all up to your creative talents!

Thanks to our supportive community, we raised over $10,000 USD in the last 2 years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Friday, February 8 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.
Please complete our Art Auction Information form to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art! THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh (fundraising@unishanoi.org) in the Advancement Office.

Parent Information – Head Lice

Head Lice

Head lice are a parasitic insect found on the head, eyebrows and eyelashes. They feed on human blood several times a day, live close to the scalp. They have 3 forms; egg (also called nit), the nymph, and the adult. Head lice are not known to spread disease. They are not unique to UNIS Hanoi and/or Vietnam.

How do they move/how are they spread?

Head lice move by crawling, they cannot hop or fly. They are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Head to head contact during play at school, home and elsewhere.  It is very uncommon for spread by contact with clothing. Personal hygiene in the home has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Tickling feeling or something moving in the hair.
  • Itching caused by the bites of the head louse.
  • Irritability, difficulties sleeping as the lice are most active at night in the dark.
  • Sores on the head from scratching.

Detection:

Head lice are not preventable but with regular checks, you can ensure early detection. We recommend weekly inspections using the wet combing procedure (same for detection and treatment).

Treatment Options:

  • Chemical options
  • Wet combing

Chemical options contain insecticides and must be treated with caution. They can only be used with live lice – they have no effect on eggs.

Most important – lice and eggs, (nits) must be removed every 3 days to ensure no re infestation.

Wet Combing Procedure:

  • Wash the hair in the normal way with shampoo or wet with water.
  • Rinse shampoo out and put on lots of conditioner
  • Comb hair with normal comb to get rid of tangles
  • Change to the lice comb
  • Divide the hair into sections, work one small section of hair at a time.
  • Place the comb at the base of the hair follicle
  • Draw the comb through the hair to the tip
  • Work around the entire head repeating the above
  • Check the comb for lice after each stroke by wiping on a towel or rinsing the comb in a bowl
  • When completed the entire head –rinse out conditioner
  • Lice are easier to see in bright light

The first combing should remove all hatched eggs but it will not remove the eggs. Picking the nits (eggs) off the hair with fingers may be necessary.  Repeat every 2-3 days for 2-3 weeks or until no lice found.

Weekly combing should be carried out to prevent/ and or detect any re –infestation

Commitment:

Treating and combing for lice is time consuming, however, this must be done frequently. Combing remains the responsibility of the parent.

Exclusion:

There is much debate regarding exclusion from school. At UNIS Hanoi we advise that if your child has head lice, you should inform the School Health Centre so appropriate notifications and support can be provided.

References:
Centre for Disease Control and prevention, CDC online access 5 November 5, 2013 www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head

UNIS Head Lice Brochure for Parents

From the School Health Centre

From the Head of School

Dear Parents,

It has been a pleasure working with your children throughout the first semester. On behalf of the faculty and staff at UNIS Hanoi, I hope you have a restful, safe and happy holiday with friends and family.

Please note that the campus will be closed from December 24 – January 1. We will resume operations on January 2, 2019. During the break, the administrative building will be closed. If you need the below departments, they will be located in the following areas:
  • HOS Office – B8B Activities Conference Room
  • Human Resources – B8B – 117
  • Business Office – B5 – 127
  • Advancement – B8B – Faculty Lounge
  • Admissions – B8B – 115 & 116

We look forward to welcoming everyone back on January 7 and wish you all the best for 2019!

Jane McGee
Head of School

From the Board of Directors

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I write to update you on some of the work the Board has been engaged in during the first half of this year.

Finances

One of the main duties and responsibilities of the Board is the fiscal stability of the School. We are committed to maintaining a secure financial foundation and transparency for our community. We are pleased to note the following;

  1. Audit 2017-18: Ernst and Young have carried out last year’s audit and have declared the school’s financial reports to be in good order. The Annual Report 2017-2018 (UNIS Unfolded)  will provide the summary financial overview – available end semester 1.
  2. Budget planning 2018 -19: Our projected budget for this year was based on an enrollment figure of 1135 students. Current admissions  data anticipates no change to this figure with no budget adjustment required.
  3. Budget 2019 -20: The Board has approved the budget for next year’s annual action plan based on a steady enrollment of 1135. This is a cautious figure as we  budget conservatively to ensure long term stability for the school. UNIS Hanoi remains the number 1 choice of new families relocating to Hanoi.

Tuition Fees Increase of 4%, Capital Fees increase to $3,000 (K2-G12)

The Board bases its budget decision on the School’s Values, Mission and Vision to ensure that the School honours its commitment to you and your children. Key to that commitment is recruiting and retaining highly qualified and experienced teachers and further developing our facilities in support of teaching and learning. Thorough benchmarking analysis of local and regional international schools as well as wider economic scans are used to determine the budget figures each year. Following review, a draft budget with a proposed 4% tuition increase for 2019-2020 was presented at our community meeting in November with  a capital fee increase to $3,000 for grades K2 – 12. These budget figures were subsequently approved at the 20 November Board meeting.

During the first half of this year the Board has also worked in the following areas:

  1. Nurturing and supporting our new Head of School Jane McGee during her first year at UNIS Hanoi.
  2. Establishing a Fundraising Task Force that will work to define the future of Fundraising at UNIS Hanoi.
  3. Preliminary planning for our next strategic planning cycle to follow `Strategy 2020’, which reaches completion at the end of next year.  
  4. Maintaining strong financial oversight as the school works to build reserves for our next phase of campus development.

None of these achievements would be possible without the dedication of Board and Committee volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support and I would like to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year. 

Amie Pollack, PhD.
Board Chair 2018-2019