A final farewell

CLASS PARTY

Despite the crazy weather this week we snuck out for a bit of a splash on Monday. Thank you all for your food contributions and for joining the fun. I am still overwhelmed by the video, it was really so special to me.  Photos of the class party HERE

OUR LAST WEEK

As we observed the children this week, Hien, Nhung and I were full of memories of the start of the year and how far your children have come. We are so proud of each of them and especially proud of the way they relate and communicate with one another. They have become such a connected group. They seek support from peers before teachers, solve problems with words and share the space and resources. Here are a few pictures of the last few days together including the final assembly.

FAREWELL AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

To JJ, Naomi, Marlene, Isabel and their families – thank you so much for being a part of our Discovery A community. It has been such a pleasure to work with you all. Best of luck on your new adventures near and far, I wish you the smoothest of transitions!

To my fabulous friends who will be moving on to K1 at UNIS, I have loved my time with you. It’s hard to imagine not being able to follow your progress from across the playground as I have had the privilege to do with my previous classes here at UNIS. Your teachers are lucky to have you and you will love it!

To you all, thank you for your support over the year and have a fantastic break with your families…maybe see you all one day in the future!

Amy

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Moving up, Gratitude and Summer birthdays

CLASS PARTY

Our Discovery class party is on Monday at 2pm. It will be a splash party on the small playground. Please ensure your child has swimmers/sunsuit, a hat that can get wet and a towel. Please remember to put suncream on your child in the morning or you can put it on when you come if you are joining us. Your child may like to wear goggles so they can splash!

GRATITUDE

At this reflective time of year we are helping the children recognise and appreciate the people that help them every day. We talked about the people we see around school such as cleaners, gardeners, the operations team and the things they do for us. This week we had an D-G1 assembly to thank some of these people. Discovery was invited to be in charge of thanking the security guards. When I asked them what the guards do, the answers were things like, “They stand at the door.” So we went on an adventure to see what we could learn about them. We talked to the guards we found about their job and they even invited us to look inside the front guard house. There, the children saw walkie-talkies, torches, cctv camera screens and even a ‘light sabre’! Back in the classroom some children chose to draw pictures of the guards and the things in the guard house. We put them into a card which JJ presented to the guards during assembly. Guards and gratitude Assembly PHOTOS HERE

MONOPRINTING

The children love mark making and exploring different textures and materials. This week they experimented with a simple way to create monoprints. It could be a fun thing to do in the holiday! Monoprinting PHOTOS HERE.

TRANSITIONS

We are all in a period of transition, some moving classes, some moving schools or countries. At UNIS we aim to support students and families through these changes. Today was moving up day, the children found out who their new teacher is and where their new classroom is. They played for a while in their new space with the peers they know from DA and DB that will be with them. Your child will bring home a picture they made during this time and you should receive an email from the school about your child’s new class. The leaving students joined all the other leavers in the ES to complete some art projects that help them to feel that they will always be a part of UNIS. They decorated rocks and hid them in the ECC playground for their friends to one day find. They drew on ribbons to hang in the ECC and they decorated a large ‘Goodbye UNIS’ banner.  Their final task will be to choose a book in the library that they have enjoyed, they will put a sticker inside the front that says, ‘This book has been enjoyed by JJ/Marlene/Isabel/Naomi’. Leavers leaving their mark PHOTOS HERE

SUMMER BIRTHDAYS

This week we celebrated with our students who will turn four over the summer break. Giang, Minh An, Naomi, Faas and Isabel will all be having their special day in the holiday so we wanted to take a moment to wish them ‘Happy Birthday’ while we could. The children baked and decorated cupcakes for the occasion! Summer birthdays PHOTOS HERE

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

10th June 2pm – Discovery End of year party (including thank yous and farewells), parents welcome to attend. Please click here to let Bruna know what snacks you will bring or send in. They will play with water outside, so please send in swimmers/beachwear, a towel and a hat that can get wet.

11th June – ES Farewell Assembly 1pm-1.30pm Parents invited.

12th June – Last day of school, pick up 12pm

 

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Music Concert

MUSIC CONCERT

Thank you for coming to enjoy the concert on Thursday. The children were so excited to see you here and share their musical learning with you. Here are some PHOTOS AND VIDEOS of the concert

BUDDY READING

This week, Ms Cathie’s K2 class came over to read with Discovery children. It was great to see them interacting with these young readers. Here are some photos of the READERS IN ACTION.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Thursday 6th June – Swimming

7th June – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and classes by email at the end of the school day.

10th June 2pm – Discovery End of year party (including thank yous and farewells), parents welcome to attend. Please click here to let Bruna know what snacks you will bring or send in. They will play with water outside, so please send in swimmers/beachwear, a towel and a hat that can get wet.

11th June – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

12th June – Last day of school, pick up 12pm

 

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Outdoor Play and More Important Dates

OUTDOOR PLAY DAY

Today, the children enjoyed some time in our outdoor environment along with students from across the lower elementary. Spending time outdoors is as important for children’s development as learning to read and write and also supports their academic success. Learning outside of the classroom engages and excites children in spectacular ways. Outdoor play is the key to improving children’s health, wellbeing and happiness and is essential for children’s development. Outdoor Play Day PHOTOS HERE

D/K1 MUSIC CONCERT – Thursday 30th May

We look forward to seeing you at the music concert on Thursday at 9am in the theatre.

PLEASE SEND IN CONCERT CLOTHES – Either a blue performing arts polo shirt or any solid colour T-shirt (no stripes, no pictures/words on the front). If you do not have one without a picture on, they can wear it inside out with the tag cut out. For the bottom half, they should wear long black trousers, leggings or tracksuit pants. Send in the clothes next week in a bag labelled with your child’s name. Thank you for your support.

WEAVING

We had another local artisan come to work with us this week, he showed the children how to weave bamboo strips and make a basket!  Basket weaving PHOTOS HERE.

And here are a few MORE PHOTOS taken over the last two weeks.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Tuesday 28th May – Swimming

30th May 9am-10am Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. Please see Ms Alexis blog (via your Tin Tuc email) for details on what they should wear and more.

30th May – D/K1 Art exhibition in the Centre for Arts

Friday 31st May – Grade 12 Graduation EARLY DISMISSAL FOR ALL ES STUDENTS, pick up 11.30am

Thursday 6th June – Swimming

7th June – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and classes by email at the end of the school day.

10th June 2pm – Discovery End of year party (including thank yous and farewells), parents welcome to attend. Please let Bruna know what snacks you will bring or send in. They will play with water outside, so please send in swimmers/beachwear, a towel and a hat that can get wet.

11th June – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

12th June – Last day of school, pick up 12pm

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Discovery Assembly and Important Dates

 

DISCOVERY ASSEMBLY

Thank you so much for coming to see the Discovery assembly this week. In case you couldn’t make it or want to see it again, the video we showed is below. Here are a few PHOTOS OF ASSEMBLY. 

MYSTERY READER

Cyrus’ sister Celine who is in K2 asked to visit our class to be a mystery reader. It was a great bit of action from her and a wonderful experience for DA to see someone, not too much older than them, reading! Thanks Celine.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

This week we celebrated with Lukas. Hope you had a great 4th birthday Lukas – thanks for the cupcakes!

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

23rd May – Swimming

24th May –  International Outdoor Classroom Day (not for parents).  Please make sure that your child, wears sunscreen to school, has a full change of clothes, has a hat and has a full water bottle.

28th May – Swimming

30th May 9am-10am Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. Please see Ms Alexis blog (via your Tin Tuc email) for details on what they should wear and more.

30th May – D/K1 Art exhibition in the Centre for Arts

6th June – Swimming

7th June – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

10th June 2pm – Discovery End of year party (including thank yous and farewells), parents welcome to attend. Details later.

11th June – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

12th June – Last day of school, pick up 12pm

 

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Pots and more seeds!

SEEDS

Over the course of the year we have been observing seeds in different contexts. This week the children looked at seeds found in and around Hanoi. They were able to make connections to seeds they have explored before and noticed the similarity between the pod of seeds from a tree and the peas we grew earlier in the year. This enabled us to talk about plants and seeds that are edible and not edible. We compared seeds by size and shape, noticing the difference between the tiny flower seeds and the larger tree seeds. The seeds quickly sprouted and we took some time to observe the beauty of the tiny trees growing out of the seeds. They are now planted outside and we will continue to watch them. K2D have been busy planting seeds too so some children from DA went to show them our young seedlings and gave them some small trees to plant near their classroom. Seed PHOTOS HERE

POTTERY

The items that the children created on the pottery wheel came back from the kiln this week. The children painted them and they will be coming home today! Pottery PHOTOS HERE

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

14th May – Swimming

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will share their learning. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

23rd May – Swimming

28th May – Swimming

30th May 9am-10am Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.  NO SWIMMING 

6th June – Swimming

7th June – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

11th June – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

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Book Week

MINI BOOK WEEK

It’s been a super short week, but we’ve packed it in! The children started Thursday with a costume parade with the whole elementary school. We met up with our Grade 2 buddies and walked/danced around the sports hall with them before settling down to read some books together. Thank you again for your support and participation, the children looked fantastic. Today we visited the book sale and found some wonderful bargain books. I hope you enjoy reading them over the weekend. Book Week PHOTOS HERE

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

From the week of May 6th SWIMMING CHANGES TO EVERY THURSDAY – Please note swimming will start first thing in the morning each Thursday, if you are late, you can bring them directly to swimming. Feel free to send them wearing their swimmers if that is comfortable for them and doesn’t cause them any toileting issues!

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5 minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

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PYPX

BASKET CREATIONS

Throughout the year, the children have been exploring and working with many different materials and tools. This week they were invited to be creative with materials and embellish a basket. They thought about their ideas and gathered the materials they needed. The children chose to use paint, pens, wool, fabric and glue. They used the skills they have developed in sewing, colour mixing and pattern making. It was wonderful to see how confidently they planned and executed their ideas and requested materials from teachers as needed. Basket Creation PHOTOS HERE

Primary Years Programme Exhibition (aka PYPX)

Discovery children are at the beginning of their PYP years and this week we got to visit the students who are rounding up their time with the PYP. At the end of the programme, Grade five students work in groups for eight weeks on a global issue of their choice. This week they presented their learning at the exhibition. On our visit, Grade five did a great job of explaining and demonstrating their big ideas to our young learners. Discovery Visit the Exhibition PHOTOS HERE

MINI BOOK WEEK – RIGHT AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND

Please send your child dressed as a book character when they come to school next Thursday 2nd May. We encourage creativity – no need for perfection or anything elaborate so choose a book character and get out your cardboard boxes/yogurt pots/sheets…etc. and see what you can put together! Or get inspired online.

Have a great break!

Amy

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Important dates coming up – Your action needed please!

VISITING POTTER

On Tuesday we had a local potter come to show us how to use a pottery wheel. The children had the opportunity to explore and manipulate this familiar material in a new way. They will continue to experiment with clay on our new wheel. Pottery PHOTOS HERE

STUDENT LED CONFERENCES

Thank you so much for joining the Student Led Conferences today. It is such a pleasure to take a back seat and see the children share their school environment with you and talk about what they love doing here. I am so proud of each and every one of them.  Student Led Conference PHOTOS HERE


CELEBRATING BOOKS!

We need your used books – please take a look at home and clear out any adult or children’s books you have, all languages welcome!

2nd May – BOOK CHARACTER DRESS UP DAY

EARTH DAY

Earth Day is an opportunity to reflect on our habits and acitons and consider what more we can do! Please send your children wearing GREEN on April 22nd.

UPCOMING LESSONS – BEING BODY SMART

Dear Parents of Discovery Students,

Over the next few weeks our D-Grade 2 School Counselor, Kris Bezzerides, will begin a series of lessons about Being Body Smart. One of the main goals for these lessons is to provide our children with knowledge and teach protective behaviors in regards to their bodies and their right to be safe.

These lessons are age-appropriate and non-threatening. They are designed to teach knowledge and skills on how to remain safe.

A typical series of lessons will include:

  • Safe and Unsafe – how to keep safe in general
  • “My Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body
  • “Safe Touch”/”Comfortable and Uncomfortable feelings” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself safe

Please see Ms. Bezzerides (kbezzerides@unishanoi.org)  if you have any questions about these lessons or how to talk with your children about this topic at home.

Additional resources for parents can be found at

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Swimming and Phoenix Pride

CUBBIE ART

The children made their cubbies their own at the start of the year by creating a picture to put inside it. Their skills have developed so much since then, we decided it was time for an update. The original pictures have been sent home. Please take a peek in their cubbies and check them out when you are in school. Cubbie art PHOTOS HERE

PHOENIX PRIDE

This week UNIS welcomed soccer teams from outside Vietnam for the APAC Soccer Tournament. The job of the elementary students is to create a great atmosphere, supporting our UNIS team and welcoming all the incoming students. Our class was selected to be UNIS supporters. They made flags to wave and prepared their chants! Phoenix Pride PHOTOS HERE

SWIMMING

The children are loving swimming and are so confident in the water. Thank you for supporting the swimming program by sending all their swimming kit every Monday. Swimming PHOTOS HERE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

It was Marlene’s birthday during the holiday so we had a belated celebration with her this week. We hope you had a great day Marlene and thank you for the lovely cup cakes!

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

15th April – Hung King Day – No School

19th April – Student Led Conferences – Students come for their 1-2 hour appointment with their parents. Not a normal school day. All parents please attend.

29th April – 1st May inclusive – Labour day/Victory day – No school

2nd & 3rd May – Book week – This will include a day to dress up as a favourite book character, feel free to start making costumes early! We love homemade costumes.

3rd May – Used Book Sale – Children bring money and a bag in order to buy books if they wish. Parents may buy books at the end of the school day and on Saturday 4th May.

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5 minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

 

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