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