Upcoming Events January 18 – February 09, 2020

Saturday, January 18
MSHS Arts S1 Exhibition – January 7 – 23
B10 Art Foyer
MYP Art Semester 1 Exhibition (G6-10)
January 13 – February 6

JV International Basketball Invitational @ UNIS Hanoi
January 17 – 19

Quarter 3 & Semester 2 Start

Monday, January 20
UMA Spring Session Registration
January 20 – 23

New Family Orientation
8:00 – 15:30
B10 Building
New Family Orientation Schedule
8.00 am Elementary School Orientation Registration (B10/Centre for the Arts)
8.30 am Middle School / High School Orientation Registration (B10/Centre for the Arts)
9.00 am Welcome from the Head of School and Divisional Principals, School General Overview (B10/Theatre)
11.00 am Campus Tour by Admissions
12.30 pm Lunch for everyone provided by UNIS Hanoi
15.30 pm End of school day.

Tuesday, January 21
4th Youth Sport Basketball Season Begins

MS Boys Soccer vs SPAS @ UNIS
16:00 – 17:30

Board Meeting January 2020
17:30 – 19:30
B07 104 – Community Room

Varsity Boys Basketball vs TLW U19 @ UNIS
18:15 – 19:45

Wednesday, January 22
ES Student – Parent – Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
8:00 – 16:00

Post High School Research – G11 Parent Session
18:00 – 19:30
B08b 115 & 116

Thursday, January 23
Tet Assembly: Grade 2 – 5 – 8:30 – 9:20
Tet Assembly: Discovery – Grade 1 – 9:25 – 10:15
B10 Auditorium/Theatre

Friday, January 24
Tet (Lunar New Year) Break – School closed
January 24 – February 2

Campus Opening Times During Tet

The School campus will be open to our families on Friday 31st January and Saturday 1st February from 9.00 to 13.00 prompt. Depending on the weather and AQI, the fields, covered courts, tennis courts and playground will be available.

As Tet is a very special occasion for our local staff, we ask families who want to use the facilities during this time to please be respectful by leaving the campus no later than 13.00.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Phở Bò for Lunch?

The Student Food Advisory Group has requested that the School bring in local food vendors a few times a year to show our appreciation towards Vietnamese culture. So, in honor of the Tet Holiday, we are having a Phở Bò (beef noodle) vendor coming to campus on January 23rd. All Middle and High School students will have the opportunity to purchase phở for lunch. The cost is 30K and 35K VND depending on the selection of meat.

We are excited to have this group of students working with our canteen to bring new and exciting food opportunities to UNIS Hanoi.

Our 2018/19 Annual Report – the UNIS Hanoi Story by Numbers

As a School we have a long-standing tradition of publishing an Annual Report, made widely available to our community and key external organisations. This year, we continue with this tradition, but with our SDG commitments firmly in mind. What this means is that we will no longer make a paper version of the Annual Report. From today, we will present our Annual Report to you as ‘Data Drips’. 

Every Friday, we will present a snapshot of our School, including ‘Who We Are’, Student Learning Results (IB Diploma and Standardized Test Results), Co-Curricular Statistics, Financial Overview, and finally, Making an Impact (Service Learning and Sustainability).

Do let me know what you think by emailing me at hosoffice@unishanoi.org


Click this link to learn about Who We Are

We also would like to share with you the 2020-2021 one page calendar. Please note that a new Vietnamese holiday will be scheduled on either September 1 or 3. Once we know the date, we will add an additional holiday to allow for a five day long weekend. 

Jane McGee

 

IMPORTANT: Re-Enrolment Process Notification

Re-enrolment Process for 2020-2021 began on 6 January and ends on
2 March 2020 

Dear UNIS Hanoi Families,

It’s that time of year that we inform you about the re-enrolment timeline for the upcoming school year. As we celebrate you and your family in the re-enrolment process, we also thank you for your ongoing investment in the UNIS Hanoi educational experience. We hope your family plans to return for the 2020-2021 school year; however, if you have plans to depart, please notify us through the online re-enrolment process AND by completing the “Withdrawal Form” on your Parent Portal.

In addition, we are excited to share with you the new features to the online re-enrolment process.

Passport & Visa Update: There is now a link for you to scan and
send the updated valid copies of both legal documents and
update the details and expiration dates for use for the co-
curricular trips, which will be reviewed by the Activities office
and shared with parents prior to the upcoming trip.

Bus Service Annual Registration: There is now a new online form that goes directly to the Transport Office to register annually for your child/ren.

Please note the re-enrolment period dates are earlier and began on 6 January and ends on 2 March 2020. More detailed information with the steps to re-enroll will be sent to you in the coming weeks. However, we wanted to make you aware of the new timeline and updates to the process.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions by coming to the Admissions Office in B7 on the second floor or by email
admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508.

Warm regards,
The Office of Admission

Upcoming Events December 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020

December 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Winter Break

Saturday, December 28, 2019
Alumni Reunion in Hanoi
18:00 – 20:00
Hanoi Garden Restaurant – 36 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem Dis., Hanoi

Monday, January 6, 2020
Back to school

Thursday, January 9, 2020
MS Girls and Boys Soccer vs ISV @ UNIS
16.00-17.30

Friday, January 10, 2020
JV Girls and Boys Basketball vs BVIS @ UNIS
Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball vs WIS @ UNIS
16.00-17.30

Saturday, January 11, 2020
HAC Varsity Basketball Tournament @ UNIS
Science Debate Competition

Happy Holidays!

Air Quality Action Updates

As we head into our December Holiday, I would like to offer an update of various initiatives the School has started to address the elevated AQI levels we have been experiencing. 

  1. Tackling construction site burning: Members of our community have expressed concerns regarding the burning that is occurring on the construction site across the road from the school. UNIS is in close contact with Ciputra regarding the situation. The School has contacted the police and in some cases, this has resulted in a change in practice. As a further preventative measure, Ciputra has sent official letters to three different governmental agencies to seek assistance in stopping the burning with an emphasis on the impact on the health and wellbeing of those who reside, work and are educated in Ciputra..
  2. Planning for improvement: UNIS has contracted with a sustainable design expert. As a school, our goal is to ensure the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in all classrooms is under 50 throughout the day. In order to achieve this goal our buildings will require modifications. The contract is to analyze and test the impact of various classroom modifications on the level of IAQ. The testing is one more step in preparing a comprehensive plan that brings us closer to achieving our goal of maintaining healthy IAQ levels. 
  3. Daily classroom action: The School continues to actively monitor IAQ in the classrooms. This means the School has an employee assigned to watch the levels at all times during the school day. When the level in a classroom reaches 100 or the machine appears offline, an employee is dispatched to review the situation. If all doors and windows are closed and the students have not been outside recently, the employee takes a manual IAQ reading to ensure the microchip is working. If the readings match, further action is taken. The additional steps range from repositioning air purifiers to redirecting traffic flow through specific doors to adding additional air purifiers to the space.
  4. Improving data reliability: The UNIS reading has consistently been higher than the AQI reading throughout Hanoi and our immediate surrounding area. We have been reporting and using the ground reading while waiting for a new pump to be installed for our roof reader. 

We have put several other initiatives in place to support our work in developing a comprehensive response plan to the AQI. Our Health & Safety Committee is discussing the AQI action levels and various monitoring techniques (such as real time monitoring and ground vs roof levels), the divisional Principals have analysed the daily schedule to maximize the use of indoor space for recess, breaks, and lunches, our Activities Department is currently reviewing communication guidelines to support consistent implementation of practices across ASA’s and community programs, the sustainability committee is creating a dashboard to display indoor AQI readings and the School is conducting a facilities assessment that will help determine the feasibility of building modifications. 

And finally, a parent AQI Advisory Committee has been established. This committee has been created to lend a parent perspective to our plan, to learn from those who have been in locations with similar AQI issues and are aware of the response of comparable schools and to ensure ongoing communication and transparency.

We look forward to updating you further after the break.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Happy Holiday from the School Health Centre

Do not be in a daze these holidays. Be aware and be fair to your body. Get to know yourself and find the right balance for you.

 

This is a good time to deepen and clarify your love and family connections. Be a supportive friend, and ask for support if you need it. Take care of one another. Give it a try and your spirit will be calmed and can also fly free of the burdens of time.

Stay open to your creativity. Do new things to improve your health, such as a treatment like massage or trying new, healthy foods or climb Mt Everest.

 

Maintain your cornerstones of health. These include a good diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, and minimal stress, including being able to relate well to family, friends, and co-workers.

 

Exercise. Exercise activity is crucial now as in any season. As the weather cools, stretching is even more important, as is having indoor exercises you can do. Yoga and other flexibility-enhancing exercises are helpful at keeping us feeling youthful. “We are as young as our spine is flexible.” A vital body gets sick less often. Also, meditate and explore your inner world and dreams in your restful and recharging sleep.

Use nutritional supplements. They can be used to support your health as well. Immune supportive nutrients may help you prevent common illnesses. Taking some echinacea now can be helpful. Taking vitamins C and E along with selenium and zinc daily can also offer some immune support and help clear your body of certain toxins.

Enjoy safe travels. Avoid dehydration and eat well, which may involve bringing water and appropriate food/snacks with you on the plane or in your car.  Plan your trip, be prepared. Good sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and feelings of love and appreciation can also help support your immune system.

Take a rest. It is important to rest when you can because the holiday season can be demanding. Do not run down your batteries before December 31. Kindle your inner flame and firepower, which is protective from the invasion of harsh climates and germs. The winter blues comes partly from a loss of this fire energy. Shifting and balancing with the Seasons is vital to Staying Healthy.

HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAYS FROM THE SCHOOL HEALTH CENTRE

Jo, Tess, and Lan Anh

Upcoming Events – December 7-15

December 2-12
Amazing Arts Auction @B10 Arts Centre
View the Art pieces: Artist Statements for Art Auction
Bid online here

Saturday, December 7
American College Test (ACT) for High School

SAT I & II for High School
B6 classrooms

ES Grades 2-3 Musical Production
15:00 – 16:00
Theatre, Centre for the Arts

Monday, December 9
JV Boys and Girls Basketball vs SPAS @ UNIS
16:00 – 17:30

MS Winter Concert
18:00 – 19:00
UNIS Theatre

Tuesday, December 10
MS Boys Soccer @ HIS
15:35 – 17:35
Xuan La Pitch

HS Winter Concert
18:00 – 19:30
UNIS Theatre

Wednesday, December 11
SCO Movie Night – Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Britain, 1979)
19:30 – 21:30
B07-104 – Community Room

Thursday, December 12
Winter Service Fair
17:00 – 19:00

FINAL BIDS – Amazing Art Auction Closes
19:00

Friday, December 13
Amazing Art Pick Up Day

MS Charity Fun Run
13:00 – 15:30

Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball @ CISH
15:35 – 17:35

Saturday, December 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Winter Break

Important Re-enrolment Process Notification

Re-enrolment Process for 2020-2021 begins on 6 January and ends on
2 March 2020 

Dear UNIS Hanoi Families,

It’s that time of year that we inform you about the re-enrolment
timeline for the upcoming school year. As we celebrate you and your family in the re-enrolment process, we also thank you for your ongoing investment in the UNIS Hanoi educational experience. We hope your family plans to return for the 2020-2021 school year; however, if you have plans to depart, please notify us through the online re-enrolment process AND by completing the “Withdrawal Form” on your Parent Portal.

In addition, we are excited to share with you the new features to the online re-enrolment process.

Passport & Visa Update: There is now a link for you to scan and
send the updated valid copies of both legal documents and
update the details and expiration dates for use for the co-
curricular trips, which will be reviewed by the Activities office
and shared with parents prior to the upcoming trip.

Bus Service Annual Registration: There is now a new online form that goes directly to the Transport Office to register annually for your child/ren.

Please note the re-enrolment period dates are earlier and begin on 6 January and ends on 2 March 2020. More detailed information with the steps to re-enroll will be sent to you in the coming weeks. However, we wanted to make you aware of the new timeline and updates to the process.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions by coming to the Admissions Office in B7 on the second floor or by email
admissions@unishanoi.org or telephone 0247 300 4508.

Warm regards,
The Office of Admission

Make an Impact – make a gift!

We want our students to wake up every day knowing we can change the world! Together.

The UNIS Impact Fund is designed to support community inspired projects which will help our students do exactly that!
We have two goals this year, created by and voted for by our students and UNIS community with more than 1200 votes!

  1. UNIS Botanical Garden – Greening our campus with a living, learning experience!
  2. UNIS Solar Power – Prototyping renewable energy on campus!

These Big Ideas came from students, teachers and parents. They will become reality with your help! Find out more on the UNIS Impact Fund Big Ideas website pages.

We plan to raise $100,000 USD through community fundraising and it started this week. If you prefer, you can make a cash gift directly to the UNIS Impact Fund with one of our easy gift options. Find out more about our giving options.

Or maybe you prefer to plan a fundraiser with your friends and family? Contact impact@unishanoi.org if you would like to organise a fundraising event for the UNIS Impact Fund – we will be happy to help you!

Every Gift Counts… and counts up!

The UNIS Impact Fund is designed to make Big Ideas happen by everyone joining in together! Of the 1200 votes cast by our community, 78% were from students, passionate about making these projects a reality with your help.
Let’s work together to show our students that we believe in their ideas and prove together the power of community commitment to these goals!

100% of your gift – whether it is 100,000 VND or 100M VND – will go directly to these student projects to benefit our community.

THANK YOU!

Winter Service Fair – December 12

UNIS Hanoi is organising the Winter Service Fair after school from 17.00-19.00 on December 12. This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together listening to music, celebrating the season and supporting our student service learning groups. The students will be selling snacks, running games and raising awareness for their various causes. This year the event will also include the final chance to bid in the Operation Healthy Heart Art Auction. 

From the Library

Don’t forget to come and borrow books for the three week holiday break.

This is the perfect time to return or renew any overdue items. You must have returned all overdue items in order to borrow.

If you have lost an item, please come and talk to the library staff.

Happy reading!

Snowman from https://www.clipartwiki.com/iclip/ibhRRi_snowman-clipart-reading-winter-book-sale/

Operation Healthy Heart Auction – Bid today!

Only one more week to bid for your favourite artwork and bring it home!

The Operation Healthy Heart service group is organising an art auction consisting of ECC to High school student’s artworks. All proceeds raised from the art auction will go to funding the heart surgeries of local Vietnamese children.

Check out all the beautiful artworks below created by our talented students and teachers for the Art Auction.

Artist Statements and art pieces for Art Auction

This is a silent auction held in the UNIS Hanoi art foyer from now until December 12, opened for biding during school hours. You could also choose to bid online HERE.

Come and support OHH!