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

The Library Saturday Returns

Tomorrow marks the return of “Saturday in the UNIS Library”. We are open for the school community from 9.00 – 12.00pm. The library will be open every Saturday when school is in session.

All students and parents are welcome to come and enjoy the Library facilities during this time. The choices are limitless – personal reading, browsing with your children, quiet study for some older students and simply borrowing books from our great collection. Feel free to bring your coffee and just relax with a good book or magazine for the morning. If you want to connect digitally with our library services, bring your own devices, iPads and Apple ID information and we can get you started.

Some key points to remember:

  1. UNIS Hanoi students in Grade 5 and below must be accompanied by an adult with a UNIS Hanoi ID card.
  2. Only UNIS Hanoi parents, faculty/staff and students with a UNIS Hanoi ID card are allowed to use the library.
  3. During holidays the campus and library will be closed.

If you have any questions, please email library@unishanoi.org

See you on Saturday!

Monica and Kate

Canteen Campus Card Upgrade

Following a summer of software and hardware testing we are pleased to announce an upgrade to our Campus Card System. Key changes you will notice are a new cash Kiosk in the Canteen and a new online experience. The Kiosk has an updated bill reader which will improve the speed and accuracy of cash top ups. A second new Kiosk is on order and will arrive this fall.

The portal, located at campusonline.unishanoi.org has been updated to a modern web interface that is also compatible with small smart phone screens. Using the same username and password for Veracross, you can top up funds, view spend reports or set spend limits. 

If you have any questions about the new system, please contact us at techsupport@unishanoi.org

Sore Throats…

COUGH……COLDS……ahhhh chooo……….and the dreadful FLU!

This week we have seen many students, teachers and parents with symptoms of sore throats, cough, colds and runny nose. Let us try keep our students in the classroom and not at home by having a look at some health reminders for this time of the year when those little germs are out and about.

Cold, flu and respiratory illness are caused by different viruses. They have similar flu like symptoms and can be difficult to tell the differences. In general, flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness and a dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are milder than the flu. People with colds tend to snort, sniffle and sneeze and they don’t result in serious health problems like pneumonia and bacterial infections.

Sore Throats
Sore throats make it painful to swallow and feels dry and scratchy.  A sore throat is a frequent symptom of the common cold or other respiratory tract infection.

Causes
Most sore throats are caused by viruses, like the ones that cause cold or flu.  Other sore throats like strep throat are caused by bacteria; which will require review by a Doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Other causes
Allergies, dry air, pollution (airborne or chemical)

Smoking and exposure to 2nd hand smoke. Contact with other sick people.  NOT WASHING YOUR HANDS, not covering your cough or sneezes.

Signs and Symptoms of a viral infection accompanied by a sore throat
Sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, mild headache, mild body aches, runny nose, low grade fever.

See a Doctor if:

  • Sore throat more than 1 week
  • Difficulty in swallowing or breathing
  • Temperature 38 Celsius or 100 F
  • Pus on the back of the throat
  • Rash
  • Blood in saliva or phlegm
  • Symptoms of dehydration, like – dry mouth, sleepiness
  • Decrease urination, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness
  • If your child has had contact with someone with strep throat or reoccurring sore throats
  • You as a parent are not sure and need advice

How can you help?

  • Sore throat – ice chips and lozenges (visit; www.cdc.gov to see if over counter lozenges are safe for your child).  Keep up your fluids.
  • Ear Pain – warm cloth over the ear that hurts.
  • Headache – res, oral pain relief
  • Runny nose and Sinus Pain – Warm compress over nose and forehead to relieve nasal congestion. Breathe in steam from a bowl of hot water (always supervise your child) or run a warm shower and inhale the steam. Clean humidifier or cool mist vaporizer. Consider getting the flu vaccination (FMP and Raffles have this on offer)

No School
If you child has a fever (fever is 37.8 c or above) your child must stay home. Your child must be fever free for at least 24hrs without fever reducing medication.

From the Board of Directors

New UN Board Members for UNIS Hanoi

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr Cristiana Sparacino – an economist with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been appointed to the Board by the United Nations Resident Coordinator. Dr Cristiana Sparacino joins Le Thanh Forsberg and Louis Vigneault Dubois as our UN appointed Board members. 

Please join me in welcoming Dr Cristiana Sparacino to the UNIS Hanoi Board. 

Cristiana Sparacino (UN Appointed) Cristiana was appointed to the Board in August 2019. Cristiana is an economist with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Her work involves the design and delivery of agricultural and rural investment programmes mainly based in West and Central Africa, but also in Eastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.  Projects have included natural resources management, agricultural production, food value chains development, community-driven development, and gender equality. In addition to this work, Cristiana has been coordinating and lecturing in the Rural Development Module of the Master’s in Human Development and Food Security in the Faculty of Economics at the Universita’ di Roma III. Cristiana has a PhD in Institutions, Agriculture and Policies for Economic Development from the Faculty of Economics, University of Rome, La Sapienza, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, as well as a Master’s degree in Economics from La Sapienza.

Amie Pollack
Board Chair

Evacuation Drill

At UNIS Hanoi, we strive to provide a safe learning environment for our students. The safety of your child and all children in our school as well as the safety of school staff is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our students to learn, it is necessary to practice our emergency plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.

The students and staff currently practice two types of drills each year, evacuation and lockdown. Our evacuation procedures are used for many scenarios including fire. We will be conducting our first evacuation drill of the year on Tuesday, 3 September 2019, at 9:00. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the alarm is sounded. The remainder of evacuation drills will be unannounced. There will also be two announced lockdown drills during the school year. You will be notified of the dates and times closer to the actual drill.

For the safety of everyone involved and to maintain order, we respectfully ask that you would abide by the following during these drills:

  • If you are on campus, please follow the evacuation route located on the evacuation maps by the exit doors of all rooms.
  • Visitors will be asked to quietly stand in the assembly area.
  • All gates will be closed during the drill. Please know that you will not be able to enter or exit campus during the drill

If you have any questions regarding any of the safety drills or other safety concerns, please contact your school office, or our Safety and Security Manger, Mr. Bang at thbang@unishanoi.org.

Warm Regards,
Misty Shipley

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.

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!

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 

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