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

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@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

Flagging up UN Day!

UN Day will be celebrated at UNIS Hanoi on Monday October 21 and we are busy with our preparations!

The traditional assembly on the Monday morning will be the culminating event of our Discovery-Grade 12 SDG Week (October 14-18) when all our students will take part in projects supporting the UN’s Agenda 2030 and towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Assembly will open with our traditional Parade of Nations to celebrate the 195 Members States and Observer States of the United Nations with more than 250 student flag bearers.

Next week we will be sending out invitations to students to participate in the Parade of Nations and we want to take this opportunity to share with you the process we follow to send out these invitations.

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Advancement, Emma Silva: doa@unishanoi.org 

Parade of Nations Flag Bearer Selection Guidelines

The following guidelines have been developed with the goal of ensuring the most equitable process for all students to have an opportunity to carry their nation’s flag during the UN Day School Assembly.

  1. We include all the flags of the 195 United Nations member states in the UN Day Flag Parade. (193 full member states and 2 observer states: Palestine and Holy See)
  2. The flags from the 64 member states represented in our community in 2019-2020 will be paraded downstairs in the Sports Centre carried by students from those countries. The 131 other flags will be upstairs in the balcony parade and can be carried by students from any nation. 
  3. National flags for countries not included in the UN Members States or Observer States will not be included in the Parade of Nations. Students from those countries will be entered into the lottery to carry national flags not represented within the UNIS Hanoi student community (the upstairs parade), or may chaperone younger students downstairs. They are permitted to wear their national dress.
  4. Students in Grades 1-12 are eligible to carry flags. We will invite one ES (G1-G5) and one MSHS (G6-12) student from each national group to carry their national flag (2 bearers per flag). Exceptions to this general rule as follows: 
    1. Students in the roster for the UNIS Hanoi Symphonic Orchestra can not carry a flag. 
    2. If the only student from a country is in Grade D-K2, they may carry their flag assisted by an appointed MSHS student chaperone.
    3. Students in Grades 1-11 may not be selected to carry their nation’s flag downstairs for two consecutive years in any national group with more than two students represented. They can still be selected to represent a member state in the balcony parade.
    4. In recognition of our graduating class’s final year, we will invite the oldest of our G12 students to carry the flag of their nationality. There are 21 nationalities represented in this year’s graduating class. If the oldest G12 student from that nationality chooses not to carry the flag (or is in the UNIS Symphonia) the opportunity will be offered to the second eldest and so on.
    5. In the case that there are only students from a country in one division, two students will be selected from that division. Please note for Elementary School one flag bearer would be selected from G1-3 and one from G4-5 in order for the older student to support the younger flag bearer.
  5. We determine a student’s nationality based on the country/ies of citizenship (passport/s) registered in the UNIS Hanoi school information system. Individual affinity, heritage, family history or past place of residence is not taken into consideration.
  6. All invitations will be issued by lottery (random selection based on individual Veracross Student ID) within national groups. The goal is to provide every eligible student with equal opportunity.
  7. If any student invited does not want to carry their country’s flag, the replacement bearer is then drawn by lottery from the national group in their division. Flag bearers do not have the option to transfer their invitation to a family member or friend.
  8. The 131 flags from the other UN member states will be carried by students selected by lottery from G4-G11 (one bearer per flag). Again, replacements will also be selected by lottery from this group.
  9. Invitation and confirmation process as follows. Please note that invitations for all flag bearers go out at the same time. This year invitations will be sent on September 5:
    1. The initial invitation is sent to parent 1 email, CC parent 2 email and student email (for students from G4 and above) with clear instructions to confirm before the deadline of Thursday September 12 at 18:00. 
    2. If we do not receive a response to advancement@unishanoi.org before the deadline the invitation will be re-assigned to another student.
    3. A reminder will be sent before the deadline on Tuesday September 10.
    4. Confirmation will be sent from UNIS Hanoi when we receive a response to accept or refuse the invitation by parent or student and cc’d to the original recipients.
    5. A second round of ‘lottery’ generated invitations will go out on Monday September 16 with a deadline of Friday September 20 at 18.00. There will be no reminder for second round invitations.
    6. If a third round is necessary (in excess of 20 flags are still without bearers),  it will be sent out on September 23 with a deadline of September 26.
    7. If following three rounds of invitations, there are still flags which do not have bearers, Division Principals will be engaged to find flag bearers on September 30.

You can make an Impact!

Do you want 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!

Join the Impact Fund Committee and have a deciding voice in how the new UNIS Impact Fund is spent to support your child/ren and our UNIS Hanoi Vision for a better world!

A plastics recycling plant on campus? An artist in residence creating sculptures from our waste? Solar panels powering the campus?

These are just a few of the ideas from students, faculty and parents and we haven’t even got started yet! Exciting stuff!

This year our community will have the opportunity to help make an impact both on student learning at UNIS Hanoi and to help change the world!

The UNIS Impact Fund is a new programme which will support both your child’s learning and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as we work together to embrace a future with hope.

This new project fund will be coordinated by a cross-community committee made up of students, parents, teachers, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. And we would like to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.

Please visit the UNIS Impact Fund Committee information on the website and apply today through this Application Form. (Deadline for applications is Wednesday September 10.)

And if being part of a committee is not your thing… Everyone will have the opportunity to submit ideas for projects and of course help us raise the funds for this transformational philanthropy campaign. Watch out for updates in the Tin Tuc in the coming weeks.

But to get started, we need our Impact Fund Committee of volunteers. Is it for you? Check out the website for the committee description, terms of reference and schedule of meetings.

And to get you in the mood for transformation… Watch the UNIS Impact Fund Anthem by UNIS Hanoi Alumnae (Class of 2019) Irma Hogberg.

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

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

Make an Impact!

This year our community will have the opportunity to help make an impact both on student learning at UNIS Hanoi and to help change the world!

A plastics recycling plant on campus? An artist in residence creating sculptures from our waste? Solar panels powering the pool?

These are just a few of the ideas from students, faculty and parents and we haven’t even got started yet!

The UNIS Impact Fund is a new programme which will support both your child’s learning and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as we work together to embrace a future with hope.

This new project fund will be coordinated by a cross-community committee made up of students, parents, teachers, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. And we would like to hear from you if you are interested in being involved.

Please visit the UNIS Impact Fund Committee information on the website and apply today through this Application Form. (Deadline for applications is Wednesday September 10.)

And if being part of a committee is not your thing… Everyone will have the opportunity to submit ideas for projects and of course help us raise the funds for this transformational philanthropy campaign. Watch out for updates in the Tin Tuc in the coming weeks.

But to get started, we need our Impact Fund Committee of volunteers. Is it for you? Check out the website for the committee description, terms of reference and schedule of meetings.

And to get you in the mood for transformation… Watch the UNIS Impact Fund Anthem by UNIS Hanoi Alumnae (Class of 2019) Irma Hogberg.

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.

Please CLICK HERE to view 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 on Friday 13 September. This access code allows you to log in an online catalog with all portraits and class photos options for your child(ren). All photo orders between 13-25 September will be delivered to school on 15 October.

Any question about photo schedule, please contact communications@unishanoi.org
Any questions about photo orders, please contact hello@pictureday.asia . Picture Day will be on campus during the Community Connection Fair, 21 September, to help you with any order difficulties.

Tips for a striking photo!

UN Day Date Change – reminder

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.

Washing Hands Saves Lives

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

Follow these five steps every time.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Wash Your Hands Often to Stay Healthy

You can help yourself and your loved ones stay healthy by washing your hands often, especially during these key times when you are likely to get and spread germs:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats.
  • After touching garbage.

School Health Centre
shc@unishanoi.org

Community Connections Fair – Find out what Hanoi has to offer!

With the ever-changing landscape of services opening in Hanoi, the Community Connections Fair is a great way to find out about what is trending and locally available!

  • Dance studios to fitness centres

  • Acupuncturists to physiotherapists

  • Travel agencies to cultural shows

  • Medical practices to dentists

  • Healthy living to veterinary services

  • Kids activities to cultural groups. . .we’ve got everything covered!

#SustainableUNISHanoi

In addition to the popular services and organisations, a diverse range of sustainable vendors have been invited to promote their products which are eco-friendly, ethical, fair-trade or designed to minimize single-use plastics to our conscious consumers. You can find suppliers for some of the following items:

  • Bamboo toothbrushes

  • Refillable shampoo / conditioner / body wash stations

  • Coffee from traceable origins

  • Organic fruits and vegetables

  • All-natural insect repellent

  • Plant derived soap/shampoo bars

  • Locally-made natural laundry detergent

Whether you just arrived in Hanoi or you are a local, the Community Connections Fair is the best way to discover what Hanoi has to offer, gather contacts and try new things!

Community Connections Fair

Date: Saturday 21 September

Time: 9.00 – 12.00

Location: UNIS Hanoi Canteen

Please bring ID to enter campus.

Questions? Contact Nathalie Grun at clo@unishanoi.org

First Days of School

We have had a fantastic start to the School year. For the past four days we have seen our Values of Learning, Community and Responsibility in action.

On Tuesday, we welcomed over 140 new families and their children to our community. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our parent cultural representatives and volunteers, the SCO, our Middle and High School student ambassadors and of course our UNIS Hanoi faculty and staff. Thank you!

Over the next three days, the energy and enthusiasm to be back at School and focused on learning was palpable throughout the campus. Whether students were learning about their classmates, developing new routines or diving into the curriculum, activities were designed to create a culture that will support a productive learning environment for the year. The commitment and preparation of our teaching staff ensured a very smooth start to the year. Thank you!

I would like to also take this opportunity to thank our support staff – these teams worked diligently over the summer to ensure that we could open on time with a safe, secure and beautiful campus.

Have a lovely weekend. I am looking forward to seeing all of your children on Monday!

Jane McGee
Head of School

Message from UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to welcome all new and returning parents, students, faculty and staff to the 2019-2020 school year. We are delighted to have all of you in our school community this year.

For those new to UNIS Hanoi, the Board has six main tasks:

  1. Hire, nurture and evaluate the Head of School who is responsible for the day to day management of the School
  2. Develop strategic plans, ensure their implementation and monitor progress
  3. Develop and approve school policy
  4. Ensure the financial health of the School
  5. Lead and support the annual Governance as Leadership Training Institute at UNIS Hanoi
  6. Provide leadership to support and drive institutional fundraising

Our specific goals for this year include the following:

  1. Complete the next Strategic Management Plan by May 2020
  2. Continue to provide Financial Oversight of the School
  3. Governance Training and Leadership
  4. Fundraising Leadership 

Regular Board updates are provided throughout the year via the Tin Tuc or direct email.

In the coming weeks I will provide greater detail on Board composition for 2019-2020 and information about our Board community meetings this year.

In the meantime, our best wishes to everyone for a wonderful year!

Amie Pollack
Board Chair