Make an Impact!

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!

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

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

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.

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.

Please CLICK HERE to view 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 on Wednesday 11 September. This access code allows you to log in an online catalog with all portraits and class photos options for your child(ren). All photo orders between 11-18 September will be delivered to school on 10 October.

Any question about photo schedule, please contact communications@unishanoi.org
Any questions about photo orders, please contact hello@pictureday.asia . Picture Day will be on campus during the Community Connection Fair, 21 September, to help you with any order difficulties.

Tips for a striking photo!

UN Day Date Change – reminder

Our UN Day Celebrations – a highlight of our School calendar – were planned for Friday October 18. But due to an unforeseen conflict, UN Day will now be celebrated on MONDAY OCTOBER 21.

We always like to fix important dates firmly in the calendar as early as possible, however, sometimes there are unavoidable reasons for changes and when this happens we try to let you know as soon as possible.

Apologies for any inconvenience. And we take this opportunity to remind you that as part of our sustainability initiatives this year we are not producing a printed school calendar.

We have been encouraging the move to our online calendar for both accuracy and to support detailed information for our community since last year.

For full details on how to sync for any device, and choose the calendars relevant for your family please visit the Calendar page on the website.

Washing Hands Saves Lives

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats.
  • After touching garbage.

School Health Centre
shc@unishanoi.org

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

UN Day Date Change

Our UN Day Celebrations – a highlight of our School calendar – were planned for Friday October 18. But due to an unforeseen conflict, UN Day will now be celebrated on MONDAY OCTOBER 21.

We always like to fix important dates firmly in the calendar as early as possible, however, sometimes there are unavoidable reasons for changes and when this happens we try to let you know as soon as possible.

Apologies for any inconvenience. And we take this opportunity to remind you that as part of our sustainability initiatives this year we are not producing a printed school calendar.

We have been encouraging the move to our online calendar for both accuracy and to support detailed information for our community since last year.

For full details on how to sync for any device, and choose the calendars relevant for your family please visit the Calendar page on the website.

Impact Fund Needs You!

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!

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

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

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 IFC 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.

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!

A Warm Welcome!

To all new students and parents we hope that you are slowly getting settled into your new school and the kids are returning home with lots of stories!

What a way to start the year with over 80 parent and 60 student volunteers dedicating themselves to on-boarding our newly arrived families last Tuesday, we want to thank you all for your help in welcoming our families and making them feel at home, supporting them with advice and clarifying any questions they had. We hope you were able to make new connections that overtime may develop into lifelong friendships.

The spirit present on campus during Orientation is a reflection of just how wonderful our community is and it is the best way to launch the year ahead!

Calling all new parents…join the Welcome Coffee on Monday, August 19 from 8.00 – 9.00 in the canteen. You will meet some key members of the parent community and find out about our school’s major events lead by the School Community Organisation.

The Welcome Coffee will be followed by Tech Sessions for all divisions from 9.00 – 10.00. Please note: these are repeat sessions in case you were not able to make any on Orientation Day.

To a great year ahead,

Advancement and Admission Teams

Canteen Updates – New lunch options for the new school year

Dear UNIS Hanoi families,

A warm welcome from the Epicure Catering team to all new and returning families, we hope you had a wonderful summer.

Just to let you know some changes to the canteen service this year are as follows; Grade 4 & 5 students can now access the salad bar (small plate option only) and after considering further, this has also been extended to all third (3rd) graders.

Following feedback from HS students last year we have introduced more healthier snack options at break times, such as; homemade granola bars, natural yoghurt with optional fresh fruit or muesli toppings, veggie sticks with hummus and fruit cups.

We have also simplified our daily lunch menus in terms of content, focusing more on the recipes of favourite dishes.

At the Deli counter, Grade 6-12 students can purchase a panini or cooked to order pasta dish (menu changes daily) at lunch times if preferred to the regular lunch menu. This has so far proved to be a popular addition for those who have tried the new dishes.

We will keep you updated with canteen news during the year and look forward to continuing to provide your children with quality lunches.

Best wishes,
Epicure Team 

Welcome to a Healthy School Year!

The School Health Centre would love to welcome everyone to an exciting new school year.  We are located opposite the Elementary Principal’s office B9 – G44.  We are here to support students, parents and faculty.

School Health Centre REMINDERS

1. UNIS Hanoi is a, NUT AND ALLERGY AWARE SCHOOL!
You can read more about Allergies in the school Handbooks (ES Handbook page 15-16, MS Handbook p21, HS Handbook p24).

Please update your child’s medical records with us if there is any changes.

2. Exclusions

If your child/children have the following symptoms, please do not send them to school. If a child presents with these symptoms, we will contact you to come and collect them for the safety of your child and others.

  • fever 38 degrees C or 104.4 F
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • infectious disease
  • signs of pink eye (conjunctivitis)

Students must remain at home for 24 hours following the last unmedicated fever or episode of diarrhea and or vomiting.

There is full exclusion information and useful health information on the portal in the School Health Centre site.

3. Clean Hands Save Lives

Wash hands with soap and clean water and drying with a clean paper towel is our number from protection from infection.

  • before school
  • before and after eating
  • after using the bathroom

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy.

4. Health Alert from the Vietnam Ministry of Health 

There is a current outbreak of DENGUE FEVER in Vietnam.

Precautions involve protecting yourself from mosquitoes. Staying in accommodations with air conditioning and sealed windows can help keep mosquitoes from getting in.

When you are out and about, you should be wearing mosquito repellent, insect repellant with DEET or icaridin.

If you are concerned you have Dengue Fever seek medical help immediately.

5. Stay Hydrated! 

It’s hot outside! Hot weather can cause heat related illness. Talk to your children about:

  • Having a water bottle with them at all times and refilling.
  • Drink 2-4 cups of water every hour while exercising.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Wear sunscreen to prevent sun burn

6. Cover Your Cough 

We encourage students to cover their cough with the inner elbow rather than into the open air or into a hand. This is recognized as a sure way to stop the spread of germs.

School Health Centre
shc@unishanoi.org

Join the Welcome Team!

Join our team of Welcome Volunteers to meet and greet new families during their orientation – TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 
We need as many parent volunteers as we can get to help us welcome over 200 new students and their families! We’re looking for smiling faces at our Welcome Tent, New Family Registration, The Shop and general way finding around campus.
If you are interested in helping out on this important day, simply register (name / email / telephone) on the Orientation Volunteer Registration Form and we will contact you before Orientation with a detailed information plan. 
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will join us!
Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun (clo@unishanoi.org)

UNIS Hanoi Reads Summer 2019 – Million minutes challenge!!

(Phoenix Summer Reading graphic by Noi Kim 5A)

If everyone reads for just 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week in the long holiday (14 June – 13 August 2019), together we can read for a million minutes! Imagine how much you can experience, how many new worlds you can visit, how much you can learn in just a short time each day. Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that reading makes you healthier and smarter … and it’s fun!

You can read anything! Do you like serious mysteries, or romantic humor? Do you enjoy graphic novels and comics, or true crime, or biographies? Do you read magazines or newspapers? Do you read interesting articles or blog posts online? Listening to an audiobook while you travel counts as “reading” as well.

Everyone at UNIS Hanoi is challenged to join in – students of all ages (parents can read to the non-readers), teachers and staff. Students in Grades 2-5 have been introduced to the Library homepage and can navigate their way to recording their minutes of reading every day!

In the Elementary School, there will be PRIZES for the top individual readers and for the top performing grade level. These prizes will involve water. And teachers. And soaking. So, read. And when you’ve finished, read a little more.

Here are some easy steps to enjoy your summer reading and give your family lots of options for reading:

  1. Install the apps Sora and Destiny Read on your family iPad. Sora will give you access to all of the eBooks and audiobooks we have in the library – perfect for travelling. Use your UNIS Hanoi username/password to login (without @unishanoi.org)
  2. Go to Epic and enroll your family for 3 months of reading for $3 using this link: https://www.getepic.com/summer-of-reading – use the code SUMMER19 to access the offer. Then bookmark this page on the iPad so it can be accessed easily.
  3. If you read in another language go to the International Children’s Library using this link: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ – bookmark this page and there are thousands of books appropriate for all ages in many languages.
  4. Go to the Library Home page – http://libguides.unishanoi.org/home – bookmark this page – explore the different suggestions for different grades
  5. LOG YOUR MINUTES EVERY DAY!! And watch the grade graph grow!

Having problems? All students can log in using the same user name and password they use to log into the computers (not their email address). This can be used for Destiny as well. Parents can use their Veracross log in to access all library information.

Something for parents? Over the last year, the Library has tried to put all of the subscription magazines as digital subscriptions. If you add the app RB Digital to your iPad or phone you can access all of our magazines and read them online. You can follow step by step instructions on installing the app here. You will be prompted for a country selection (Vietnam) and then a school selection (UNIS). All UNIS magazines (print and digital) can be seen on this list. There are 94 magazine subscriptions in the Library and there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @unislibrary and forward your “reading in different places” holiday snaps to library@unishanoi.org for uploading to our school account.

Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash

Happy Reading!

Monica Mayer and Deborah Wells-Clinton

A Year in the Life of our New Canteen…

As we wrap up our first year in the new canteen, we would like to share with you some of the changes that have occured during the year, progress that we have made with sustainability efforts and what we can look forward to when we return in August.

As many of you know, we changed our canteen concept this year and  Epicure was brought in to be our service provider. In addition to serving healthy, well-balanced meals and maintaining the highest standards of food hygiene, they were tasked with helping to reduce single use plastic, and catering to our many on-campus School events.

Epicure is keen to be responsive to community feedback and in order to ensure unfiltered user-opinion is being heard we have introduced an in-canteen satisfaction app, encouraging students to rate their experience daily. As the use of the app develops, the data will be used in conjunction with sales and food-waste data to improve menus and customer service training.

In addition we have met with the parent community, student councils and the School Community Organisation (SCO) to both gather feedback and gauge progress on Epicure’s initiatives. There have been regular updates at the Head of School Community Meetings throughout the year and today we summarise a year of canteen development.

A very popular initiative has been Epicure’s commitment to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at UNIS Hanoi; No food was served in single use plastic containers, food waste was reduced from last year and 90% of the food was sourced locally with traceability (which can have cost implications).

In addition, with the input from students and community members, we saw several positive changes in the canteen menus and serving options over the course of the year. In response to feedback, the Cafe increased both its snack and ‘quick lunch’ options, serving times during breaks have been significantly reduced, ES students are now given a set meal to help ensure they have a balanced lunch, ‘Fun Food Days’ were added to the menu for popular favourites, sauces are served separately and the salad bar options have grown both in terms of serving choices and with additional side-orders of  protein offered.

Not only did Epicure cater 270 events during the 2018-2019 school year but we also saw an increase of 2,387 hot meals and salads sold from the 17-18 year as of May 27th. This year, the canteen was available on Saturdays during Saturday Soccer and for select campus events on the weekends, such as last week’s STEAMFest.

We are sharing this information to keep you up-to-date and also to share that more changes will be implemented at the start of the new school year. We believe we have laid a great foundation to build from but we will work to continue to enhance the canteen. Next year, we plan to roll out the following changes:

  1. Further increase in selection and rotation of items available in the Cafe
  2. Salad bar available to Grades 4 and 5
  3. A student advisory committee will assist with food ratings, menu selections, tastings and general feedback
  4. A separate meal (in addition to the fixed hot meal) option will be added during the Middle School and High School  lunch
  5. And improved and more dynamic Canteen website page to keep the community up to date

We value your feedback. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andy Bird, Epicure Director at andy@epicure.co.th.

You are also welcome to speak to me regarding the canteen dfo@unishanoi.org.

Epicure will kick off the 2019-20 school year by catering the Back to School BBQ. We look forward to seeing many of you back next year as we continue to grow and enhance our canteen.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations