STEAMfest – 18 May

You are invited to…

Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Students, staff, and parents are invited to share an activity or demonstration on STEAMfest. Email Sarah Schneider at sschneider@unishanoi.org by 18 April 2019 to sign up!

Who: UNIS Hanoi community
What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas including:

  • Local STEAM celebrity guest speakers
    1. Trang Tran: CEO & Founder of organic & sustainable agricultural company Fargreen
    2. Luong Trung Tien: Founder of creative science/ STEM channel called Táy Máy Tò Mò
  • Variety of demonstration booths and challenges
  • Underwater robot obstacle course
  • Lunch options provided for purchase

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)
When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email sschneider@unishanoi.org

Lockdown Drill

 

Dear Parents,

Health and Safety is one of our highest priorities at UNIS Hanoi. On Tuesday, 23 April at 13:20, the school will be conducting a lockdown drill on campus. This is an announced drill and all staff and students have been informed and trained on what to expect during a lockdown drill. A lockdown drill is one of the emergency preparedness standards required for our Council of International School (CIS) accreditation. The drill will be conducted in the same manner as our regular evacuation drills. Our hope is that we never have an actual need to go into lockdown mode. However, if this unlikely event occurs, please be assured that UNIS Hanoi is prepared to deal with it appropriately. Your child may come home with questions or concerns about this drill.

Some key messages that you may wish to reinforce with your child are:

  • That we should always listen to an authority figure for safety information
  • Practice means being prepared – knowing what to do keeps us as safe as possible
  • This is a ‘just-in-case’ plan – it’s like wearing a helmet when we ride our bikes. We wear helmets and knee pads when we skateboard. We don’t expect to fall, but if we do, we’ll be protected. Then we don’t have to worry. We can just ride our bikes and boards and not even think about falling, because we have the situation covered.

All guests on campus will be required to participate in the drill. If you are visiting that day, please be prepared to follow instructions or move to an area where you are inside and out of view. The gates to the campus will be closed so we ask for your understanding if you arrive during the drill and are asked to wait outside.

Warm Regards,

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

Grade 5 PYP Exhibition

The Primary Years Program Exhibition (PYPx) is a showcase of the concepts and skills that Grade 5 students have learned throughout our Elementary School years in the PYP. It began with students taking our passions and connecting them to an issue. From there, the teachers sorted everyone into small groups of two to five students. This year the groups include social media and screen time, global warming, animal welfare, endangered animals, deforestation, animal cruelty, gender education, education resources, quality education, water quality, LGBTQ, plastic ocean, human impact on the ocean, hunger, clean energy, plastic pollution and reuse, animal trafficking and poaching, waste and cooking, war and weapons, domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness, girls in sports, gender equality and transport.

For the first few weeks, the students worked on developing our lines of inquiries to have an idea of what we were going to research. After researching, we took the information and wrote informational reports. Then we revised, edited and published our reports, which can now be found in the library.

We spent the last two weeks taking action and preparing our presentations.

All our hard work will be exhibited on 24 April and 25 April in the UNIS Centre for the Arts at the following times:

Wednesday, 24 April

  • 10:00am – 11:00am
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Thursday, 25 April

  • 9:30am – 11:00am
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm
  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm (special presentation for families and friends)

We hope to see you at the PYPx!

The G5 Student Publicity Committee (Hannah, Ivy, SungJoon, Zoe)

STEAMfest – Save The Date!

You are invited to…

Join us for a day full of exciting activities! Come connect, share ideas and learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math come together to form STEAM!!

Students, staff, and parents are invited to share an activity or demonstration on STEAMfest. Email Sarah Schneider at sschneider@unishanoi.org by 18 April 2019 to sign up!

Who: UNIS Hanoi community
What: Showcase of STEAM-related work and ideas including:

  • Local STEAM celebrity guest speakers
    1. Trang Tran: CEO & Founder of organic & sustainable agricultural company Fargreen
    2. Luong Trung Tien: Founder of creative science/ STEM channel called Táy Máy Tò Mò
  • Variety of demonstration booths and challenges
  • Underwater robot obstacle course
  • Lunch options provided for purchase

Where: UNIS Hanoi (B8B & pool)
When: 18 May, 9 AM – 1 PM

Questions, comments, or concerns? Email sschneider@unishanoi.org

Library Saturday Opening – Find out more…

Hello UNIS Hanoi parents –

The SCO and the UNIS Hanoi librarians, Monica and Deborah, are pleased to announce the opening of the main library on Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 12:00pm. There has been great interest from all sectors of the UNIS Hanoi community to have a library that is accessible at times when families are on campus for weekend activities. The hard work of many people in our community has enabled this vision to become a reality and we’re very excited to finally be getting it off the ground.
Mark your calendars for our opening date on SATURDAY, APRIL 13!
In this initial phase, the library will be staffed by one UNIS staff and with the help of 1-2  parent volunteers. Sign up is now open for parent volunteers here. Sign up is for one-hour slots, but signing up for more than one hour is very much encouraged.
All parent volunteers will undergo a training with our wonderful librarians. The first training is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 8 at 9:00am in the library. If you cannot make the training, please contact ES librarian, Monica Mayer, to arrange a suitable time.
Even if you don’t have an exact date, but are interested in volunteering at some point, please plan to join the training. To get an idea of the number of parents who will attend the training, please RSVP here.
Thank you for supporting the UNIS Saturday library!

Canteen Update

Dear Parents,

You may have seen news reports of the outbreak of African swine fever in Vietnam.
While there is no potential harm to humans, the issue currently faced in Hanoi, surrounding provinces and across Vietnam is supply and demand of pork due to containment procedures, culling and bans on distribution issued by agriculture and health authorities to local farms.

Our supplier informed us last Friday that they will not be able to supply us during this week, but we were able to source an alternative supplier that is providing us with certified imported pork only.

Food safety is of paramount importance to Epicure and in turn for our clients and school communities, therefore I want to assure you that Epicure only source product from suppliers that meet food safety certification, standards and health requirements.

We are in constant contact with our suppliers for daily updates and should there be any necessary changes to menus due to supply issues, I will notify the schools’ administration ASAP.

I had discussed a contingency plan for this week’s menu with our UNIS Hanoi kitchen team and will continue to monitor and plan ahead should the need arise to change menus.

Yours sincerely,

Andy Bird
Managing Director
Epicure Catering Indochina

No School on Monday 11th March

Dear Parents,

This is a gentle reminder that Monday, 11th March is a Professional Development Day for UNIS Hanoi faculty and staff. There will be no classes or activities for student.

The campus will be closed during school hours unless you are attending a previously scheduled event. Energize morning and evening access and sports practice will still take place.

Thank you for your understanding.

Misty Shipley
Director of Finance and Operations

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 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.

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.

New Attendance Feature on Veracross Parent Portal

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to introduce you to a new Attendance feature on Veracross Parent Portal.

What is it?

The Attendance feature allows 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 have been made available on Veracross Parent Portal. You are be able to access it using your phones, tablets, or computers.

When to submit Attendance request?

Starting January 18, 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 accessing Veracross or technical issues should be directed to techsupport@unishanoi.org

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