Are you leaving UNIS Hanoi in 2nd Semester?

In the Admissions Office, we offer a rolling admissions policy with the majority of our potential families looking to start their children at UNIS Hanoi at the beginning of each semester. We currently have families waiting to join our community in 2nd semester in grades that are presently at capacity. We do hope your family is staying with us; however, if you are planning to depart Hanoi in the 2nd semester, please submit a student withdrawal form as early as possible.

For your convenience, the student withdrawal form is now located on the Parent Portal which you can access from the Veracross homepage. Upon confirmation of your departure, the Admissions Office will guide you through the withdrawal process.

The Admissions Office is available to assist you if needed at admissions@unishanoi.org or call us on 024 7300 4508.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Info Session

Dear Parents,

Greetings from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth! As part of the Johns Hopkins University, CTY conducts the oldest and most extensive university-based Talent Search worldwide by offering above-grade level testing to students in grades 2 through 12. For qualified advanced students, CTY offers challenging summer and online courses as well as family academic programmes.

CTY is hosting an upcoming information session at UNIS Hanoi. The schedule is below:
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Venue: B7 Community Room, UNIS Hanoi Campus
RSVP: https://centerfortalentedyouth.formstack.com/forms/2019_20_info_session_unis_rsvp

During the session, we will provide information about CTY summer and online programmes, including their benefits to students and admission requirements. We look forward to seeing you!

Best regards,
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

In The Arms of Angels

On November 7, 8 and 9 High School students will be performing the play In The Arms of Angels, by Kate Rice. Performances are at 6.30pm on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 and 4pm on Saturday 9 and will take place in the Centre for the Arts Theatre.

Tickets are on sale now from in front of the Canteen at lunch or from the Arts office at other times for 100,000vnd/Seating

‘She’s as elegant as an eagle, as soft as a feather on the wind, and as fast as a messenger of God. Come fly with the Zeppelin company, and discover the true heights of German luxury.’

May 1937, Friedrichshafen, Germany. The elite passengers of the luxury  Zeppelin Hindenburg begin their two-day trip across the Atlantic. As they settle in, travelling socialite and poetess Margaret Mather discovers that God is a female dog, she’s in the freight hold, and she says that the whole ship is going to burn.

A plot to blow up the ship is uncovered, the bomb is found and defused, but destiny won’t be thwarted. Mortality is inevitable: the passengers each have 34 seconds to look death in the eye and take their chances.

Come join the cast and crew of the High School play on this fateful journey where relationships are changed forever. One in three will not survive, who will it be?

‘Flight on the Hindenburg. It’s so smooth, you’ll feel as though you are carried In The Arms of Angels.’

Helping Hands Needed – Rice and Clothes Drives

Among the regions in Vietnam, poverty incidence is higher and deeper in the Northern Mountain and Central Highlands. Lao Cai Province, in the far North of Vietnam, is one of the poorest regions in the country. Most adults are subsistence farmers, but the mountainous terrain is very labour-intensive and families struggle to make ends meet.

Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination in Vietnam and famous for its scenery and ethnic minority groups remains one of the poorest districts of Lao Cai province. The district’s remote mountainous areas make the delivery of educational service more difficult. Other factors that keep Lao Cai’s enrolment rates the lowest in Viet Nam include language barriers, poor and outdated teaching methods used in many schools and dilapidated classrooms. Many of the Primary and Secondary schools in the area suffer from an inordinate lack of even the most basic resources and facilities. Most schools have insufficient classrooms, sanitary facilities, desks, chairs, and textbooks. Classrooms often have poor quality blackboards and some chalk, but that is the extent of their teaching resources.

This year we will be organising rice and clothes drives to support children in Sapa. Please donate any used children’s clothes or a small sum of money for the rice to B5 G18 (Mr Campbell’s office).

HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar – Tickets on sale at UNIS Hanoi!

Looking for a place to shop for Christmas, or experience international cuisines and have a fun family outing day?

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) Annual Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 17. The HIWC Bazaar is a major fundraising event in Hanoi, contributing nearly $ 1.25US million to vulnerable women, youth and children in Vietnam since 2005. This year’s theme is “Color the Future” Tickets are on sale now online here.

For your convenience, members of UNIS Hanoi community (with ID for campus access) can also purchase them on campus at the reception desk in the Administration Building (B7). Please see Ms. Linh from 8.00-12:15 and 13:45-16.30 on weekdays to pay for your tickets.

The Bazaar is still looking for performers (music, dance, and other talents!) and volunteers to support the event. If you have a talent to share, sign up HERE.

You can also support by volunteering at the bazaar, sign up HERE  to support this amazing event!

 

HIWC Annual Charity Bazaar – Tickets on sale at UNIS Hanoi!

Looking for a place to shop for Christmas, or experience international cuisines and have a fun family outing day?

UNIS Hanoi is proud to once again sponsor the Hanoi International Women’s Club (HIWC) Annual Charity Bazaar on Sunday, November 17. The HIWC Bazaar is a major fundraising event in Hanoi, contributing nearly $ 1.25US million to vulnerable women, youth and children in Vietnam since 2005. This year’s theme is “Color the Future” Tickets are on sale now online here.

For your convenience, members of UNIS Hanoi community (with ID for campus access) can also purchase them on campus at the reception desk in the Administration Building (B7). Please see Ms. Linh from 8.00-12:15 and 13:45-16.30 on weekdays to pay for your tickets.

The Bazaar is still looking for performers (music, dance, and other talents!) and volunteers to support the event. If you have a talent to share, sign up HERE.

You can also support by volunteering at the bazaar, sign up HERE  to support this amazing event!

 

Tap Water Contamination in Hanoi

Many of you have read articles or heard reports regarding the contaminated water in Hanoi. This water supply does not affect the UNIS Hanoi campus. The contaminated water is from the Song Da Water Investment Joint Stock Company (supplied from the Da River) and services the districts of Thanh Xuân, Hà Đông and a part of Nam Từ Liêm, Hoàng Mai, Cầu Giấy, Thanh Trì, Hoài Đức, Thanh Oai, Đan Phượng and Ứng Hòa. See the map blow:

At UNIS Hanoi, our water supply comes from the Cáo Đỉnh Water Plant (supplied from the Red River). The school owns a water filtration system and once the water makes its way to the campus, we once again filter the water. The final precaution we take is having individual filters on all water fountains on campus. UNIS Hanoi then conducts monthly water testing to ensure the quality of our water.

If you live in the contaminated areas, it is advised that you:

  • Do not consume tap water, or water that smells or tastes unusual.
  • Continue to monitor the situation from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment website (in Vietnamese)
  • Seek urgent medical attention if you feel unwell.

For further information about the contamination, please read this article.

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Information Session at UNIS Hanoi

Dear Parents,

Greetings from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth! As part of the Johns Hopkins University, CTY conducts the oldest and most extensive university-based Talent Search worldwide by offering above-grade level testing to students in grades 2 through 12. For qualified advanced students, CTY offers challenging summer and online courses as well as family academic programmes.

CTY is hosting an upcoming information session at UNIS Hanoi. The schedule is below:
Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Venue: B7 Community Room, UNIS Hanoi Campus
RSVP: https://centerfortalentedyouth.formstack.com/forms/2019_20_info_session_unis_rsvp

During the session, we will provide information about CTY summer and online programmes, including their benefits to students and admission requirements. We look forward to seeing you!

Best regards,
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Save A Life – Give Your Blood

Dear UNIS Hanoi Family,

Giving blood can save up to three lives and the need is constant.

UNIS Hanoi is organising it’s annual community blood drive in collaboration with the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) on Thursday, October 24 from 8.30 – 12.00 / 13.15 – 17.30 in the B7 Community Room. This event is open to the wider Hanoi community to join.

We hope to make this event as convenient as possible, it only takes about 45 minutes to give blood and is an easy 3-step process:

  1. Bring ID and Register
  2. Take a blood test
  3. Donate blood

Preparation for the Blood Donation:

  • Please read the Basic Donation Information
  • Fill out THIS FORM (a schedule will be sent to you).
  • Bring ID to register
  • Eat a light healthy meal 2 hours before donating blood
  • Drink as much water as possible

 

Steps of the Blood Donation:

  • Arrive between 8.30 – 11.15 or 13.15 – 17.30
  • Complete registration form from NIHBT
  • Medical examination (pulse, blood pressure, blood test)
  • Wait 10-15 minutes for test results
  • Donate blood 10 -15 minutes (250ml female, 350-450ml male)
  • Refreshments, gifts and transportation allowance collection

 What do you gain by donating blood?

  • You save lives!
  • Vietnamese donors are put on a donor database and are prioritized if a blood transfusion is needed
  • 45,000VND transportation allowance (option to donate to Service Learning)
  • Gift (option to donate to Service Learning)

 Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to ask!

School Health Centre (SHC@unishanoi.org)
Nurse Joanne Connolly (jconnolly@unishanoi.org)
Vietnamese Nurse Lan Anh (lvlanh@unishanoi.org)

 

Make an IMPACT today!

  • We believe that great ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, anytime!
  • We believe that education transforms lives and society!
  • We believe that together we can change the world!

And that is why our community created the UNIS Impact Fund which is designed to support both ‘Big Ideas’ through its annual GOALS and smaller ‘Project Ideas’ through its GRANTS programme.

But be it a ‘Big Idea’ or a smaller grant proposal, they will all have this in common: IMPACT on learning, IMPACT on our community and IMPACT on changing the world!

The UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund, new this year, supports projects and initiatives proposed by the School community to support the School’s Mission, Vision and Values and the UN’s SDGs. The Fund is designed to:

  • Engage and excite students – Student Impact!
  • Realise our ambitions as educators – Learning Impact!
  • Ensure opportunities for everyone – Community Impact!
  • Further our Mission, driven by our Values and Vision – Strategic Impact!
  • Deliver Agenda 2030 – World Impact!

Today we have opened the UNIS Impact Fund Ideas Application Form! And we want to hear from you! What is your idea?

It can be for either a ‘Big Idea’ which might be adopted by the School for our Impact Fund’raising campaign, or for a smaller grant award which can be put into action in the next weeks or months!

Your idea should create IMPACT, support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and support the School in one of the following areas:

  • Sustainability initiatives
  • Service Learning
  • Learning Excellence: Academics, Arts, Athletics 
  • Facilities improvements
  • Professional Development

Read all the details on the UNIS Impact Fund website including the detailed guidelines for submission of your ideas.

For a Big Idea GOAL proposal – Deadline is October 21 at 18:00. The UNIS Impact Fund Committee will review all the Big Ideas and after a student vote, one or two will be chosen to be our community goal for fundraising – a GOAL we can all achieve by working together!

Some of the early ideas that we have heard about for GOALS include: Solar panels for electricity, an animation studio, a languages academy and a plastic recycling plant.

For an application for a GRANT – you can apply anytime and the Impact Fund Grants Sub-Committee will review them as they come in. Thanks to the School Community Organisation who are partners for the UNIS Impact Fund, we have funds ready to award for the GRANTS Programme. Grant applications are designed for individuals or small groups to pilot, experiment or prototype ideas and will not exceed 2,500 USD.

We want our students to wake up every day knowing we can all make a difference, explore a passion for change and empower others to build their dreams. Together.

UNIS Hanoi seeks to unleash potential and empower creativity to change the world. The UNIS Hanoi Impact Fund is designed to support community inspired projects which will help do exactly that!

UNIS Hanoi is one of only two international UN schools in the world and is committed to the delivery of Agenda 2030 through both curriculum and service. As a not-for-profit organisation, institutional fundraising empowers UNIS Hanoi to extend the impact of its programmes beyond what is possible within a school budget.

By working together the UNIS Hanoi community can transform lives and society!

Find out more on the UNIS Impact Fund website

Questions? Ask our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva: doa@unishanoi.org

Student Portrait and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

An email containing the photo access code(s) for your child(ren) was sent to you last Friday, 13 September. The access code will allow you to access and purchase your child’s portraits and class photos which were taken by Picture Day at the end of August. Each child has one access code.

You are able to choose more than one portrait for your child with different photo background options.

You could choose to have your child’s photo delivered to school or directly to your preferred address. Picture Day offers free delivery to school and promotional programmes for all orders placed by 23:55 on September 24, 2019. This order batch will be delivered to school on October 14, 2019 for your child to bring it home.

If you place an order after September 24, the home or school delivery option will be available with a shipping cost.

Picture Day accepts most debit and credit card for both local and international payments, made directly on their website. Alternatively you could also pay by bank transfer or cash at their office at 5th floor, 62a, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.

If you wish to meet Picture Day, they will be at the UNIS Community Connection Fair tomorrow, September 21, for onsite photo order support.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at hello@pictureday.asia

What if my child missed the student photo week?

The second photo day will be scheduled in early April 2020 for all student who missed the photo week on August 26-30, 2019 or students who started school after August 30.

UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

Supporting Student Success at UNIS Hanoi

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.

At UNIS Hanoi, inclusion is facilitated through:

  • Collaboration for the success of all students
  • Mutual respect of all stakeholders
  • Support within our defined capacities
  • Solution oriented action for learner variability

Student success is an ongoing process and the responsibility of all to provide personalised pathways and remove barriers to success.

Given what we know about individual learning variability, it is possible for all students to be successful, given a system which supports their talents; this is congruent with our mission as a UN school.

Ways in which we support Student Success include – 

Academic Support

  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Learning Support
  • Enrichment & Extension
  • English as an Additional Language/Language Acquisition
  • School Psychology

Social, Emotional & Behavioural Support

  • Counselling
  • Advisory Programmes

Physical Support

  • School Health Centre
  • Athletics Training 

Parents of students who are receiving additional support services often ask us how they can be the best advocates for their own children.  There are many ways that parents can empower themselves to advocate for their children, and in turn, empower their children to self-advocate.    

  1. Be familiar with the Support Services information on our school website.
  2. Read and understand our Guide to Learning Support at UNIS Hanoi (Learning Support Handbook)
  3. Know the name of your child’s Learning Support Case Manager.  Be sure to meet with them at the beginning of the year to establish a relationship and open up lines of communication.  
  4. Use your child’s Case Manager as your first point of contact for questions and concerns regarding your child’s learning goals

For parents who would like to connect with other parents, the following systems and structures already exist within our school:

  • Regular coffee mornings (please check our divisional calendars) with school administrators and counsellors take place in each school division – Elementary, Middle and High. These are great opportunities to informally meet with your school administrators and have your questions answered.  
  • Our school library has a wonderful “parenting collection”. Parents are welcome to visit the library – bring a coffee, find a comfortable spot to read, and to meet with other parents in an informal, relaxed setting. If there are books you would like our library to purchase for the parenting collection, please chat to one of our amazing librarians who would be most happy to help.   
  • Perhaps you would like to start a book club or meet regularly with other like minded parents?  You are most welcome to use our library facilities.  

We welcome your attendance at our upcoming coffee mornings to learn more about Student Success at UNIS Hanoi.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil (ES Principal)
Marc Vermeire (MS Principal)
Scott Schaffner (HS Principal)

Trip Week – Essential Permissions, Passport/ID Update and Emergency Information

Dear Parents,

We are busy preparing for Trip Week and we hope you will enjoy discussing the upcoming activities with your child/ren.

An important part of our planning is ensuring your child/ren are safe and we need you to complete the following actions to ensure that

  1. we have shared agreements and expectations.
  2. all the medical and emergency contact information is correct for every child.
  3. an updated version of your child’s Passport and Visa or Vietnamese ID card is uploaded to their student’s portal page (for MS/HS students only)

You must complete ALL these essential activities on the Parent Portal in the Update Household Profile section and the Student Portal.

Parent Portal

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PLEASE UPDATE:

A. Update Household Profile

  1. Contact Information: You must provide us with correct telephone numbers. We cannot contact you in a medical emergency if we do not have your correct contact information.
  2. Emergency Contact Information: We must have someone who we can contact if we are not able to contact you. Please check that you have completed or updated this information for this school year.

B. Medical Profile: You must review and update your child/ren’s medical profile. This is where you will record:

  • Allergies or conditions
  • Current, Allowed and Prohibited medications

Please read carefully the list of School approved medications and inform us of any exceptions for your child/ren. The School Health Centre will follow up with you if necessary when you submit your information.

C. School Policies: You will be required to read and agree to Trip Week Permissions in order for your child to attend Trip Week:

  1. Permission to participate
  2. Medical Care Authorization, Consent and Release
  3. Student Information

a. Dietary requirements (NOT allergies)
b. Sleep concerns

D. Passport, Visa or Vietnamese ID card: If your child/ren are are in MS/HS, you will need to be logged on to the student portal page to complete the uploading of the student Passport and Visa OR Vietnamese ID card. Please watch this instructions.

Student portal

Questions about Trips should be directed to respective School Divisions.
Questions about Medical information should be directed to School Health Centre shc@unishanoi.org.
Questions about technical problems should be directed to techsupport@unishanoi.org.

Student Portrait and Class Photo Order

Dear Parents,

You have received an access code for your child photo order via email. This code will allow you to access and purchase your child’s portraits and class photos which were taken by Picture Day at the end of August. Each child has one access code.

You are able to choose more than one portrait for your child with different photo background options.

You could choose to have your child’s photo delivered to school or directly to your preferred address. Picture Day offers free delivery to school and promotional programmes for all orders placed by 23:55 on September 24, 2019. This order batch will be delivered to school on October 14, 2019 for your child to bring it home.

If you place an order after September 24, the home or school delivery option will be available with a shipping cost.

Picture Day accepts most debit and credit card for both local and international payments, made directly on their website. Alternatively you could also pay by bank transfer or cash at their office at 5th floor, 62a, Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Ha Noi.

If you wish to meet Picture Day, they are attending the UNIS Community Connection Fair on September 21, 2019 for onsite photo order support.

If you have any trouble viewing or accessing your child’s photos next Wednesday, please do not hesitate to contact Picture Day team at hello@pictureday.asia

What if my child missed the student photo week?

The second photo day will be scheduled in early April 2020 for all student who missed the photo week on August 26-30, 2019 or students who started school after August 30.

UNIS Hanoi Advancement Office

Head of School Update

Dear Families,

In the International School World, recruitment for teachers and leaders happens on an annual cycle in the upcoming months, and so although it is only the beginning of the year, it is at this time that many of our community plan for next year!

Our High School Principal, Mr Scott Schaffner has decided with his family that this will be their last year in Hanoi and that he will not be returning for the 2020-2021 School year.

Mr Schaffner joined our team three years ago and has been responsible for developing the High School division as the School transitioned from two divisions (Elementary and Secondary) to three divisions (Elementary, Middle and High).

His leadership in this area has been outstanding and has led to a strong High School culture with a focus on programme development appropriate for this age group. The implementation of online learning opportunities for students, the STEAM programme, online grading and reporting, “bring your own device” programme and a deep focus on pedagogy and curriculum are just some of his many achievements.

Mr Schaffner’s leadership, dedication to the mission and open personality will be missed.

We look forward to his ongoing leadership throughout the year and will find the time to say thank you and good-bye later in the year. I know you will all join me in wishing him and his family all the very best.

Next week, I will send out more information regarding the search process for his replacement which will seek to engage members of our community.

Sincerely,
Jane McGee