Hello forever…

Dear Parents,

I give you back your child.  The same child you confidently entrusted to my care last August. I give them back heavier, taller, wiser, more responsible and more mature then they were then. Although they would have attained this growth in spite of me, it has been my deepest pleasure and privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day and marvel at this splendid miracle of development. I give your child back reluctantly, for having spent ten months together in the confines of a classroom, we have grown close, have become a part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other. We have lived, loved, laughed, hugged, played, grown, learned, and enriched our lives together this year. I wish it could go on indefinitely, but I must step aside and allow them to move on. Take care of them, for they are precious, each and everyone of them. Know that I will always care and hold a special place in my heart for them. Thank you for your trust and confidence.

Ms. Ania

It’s so hard to say goodbye…

Hi Parents and loved ones,

This will be my penultimate blog post for this school year.  I will not get emotional, I will leave that to next week’s final blog post.  Instead, I want to highlight all the special events that have happened in the past week.

On Monday, we started the week with a ‘Gratitude Assembly’.  We took the opportunity to thank all those whom make our school life even better…the cleaners, the security guards, and the maintenance crew.  We could not do it without them!

On Tuesday, we took part in a special practice.  Our kids have been asked to join the final Assembly for the ES.  Together with second grade ukulele players, fifth grade singers, and a third grader piano player, our class with do sign language to accompany the song of the year.  This Assembly will take place next Tuesday.  We are so proud to be chosen and be part of this special event.

On Thursday, we had our last Buddy class with Grade 3A students. They taught us origami art and together we made beautiful collages together.  The third graders were great buddies and took care of our students well this year.

On Friday, all K2 classes and their parents took part in a ‘Festive lunch’. Thank you all for joining us and volunteering your time for set up, food preparation, and clean up.  We hope you left with a full belly and a smile.

When parents left, K2 had a Pool Party.  Lots of fun and laughter.  We all had some wet fun!

REMINDERS:

Wednesday, June 12th: Last day of school. Dismissal at 12 noon.

Music Assembly and Art Exhibition

Hello Parents,

This week, we celebrated the year long accomplishments of our little ones.  After learning and growing in Kindergarten, students are now preparing for Grade 1.  Earlier this week, K2 students visited Grade 1 classrooms again and then went on a ‘lunch date’. Grade 1 buddies took our kids to experience lunch in the canteen. Kids learned how to get food, where to sit, how to clean up and where to play afterwards.  This was another way to prepare the children for their transition to Grade 1 and help make the transition as smooth as possible.

On Thursday, as many of you witnessed, the kids put on an amazing performance at the K2 & Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition.  Thank you all for joining on this special day.  The Arts department never cease to amaze me…as do your children!

REMINDERS:

  • Early dismissal: Friday, May 31st at 11:30
  • K2 End of Year ‘Celebration Lunch’: Friday, June 7th (11 am- 12 noon). Parents are invited to join K2 in the ECC Gym for a shared celebratory lunch.  K2 End of Year Party 2019 Put Lunch Sign up
  •  Last day of school for students: Wednesday, June 12th. Early dismissal at 12 noon

Transitions

Hello Parents,

As the end of the year approaches, we need to start thinking about the changes ahead for all of us.  Some of us are moving on to new adventures and others are moving on to Grade 1 at UNIS.  To prepare for the transition from K2 to Grade 1, we brought the students to visit the Grade 1 classes and meet their potential teachers.  We do this in order to make the transition less overwhelming and to give them a chance to get excited and ready for their big move. Other events are scheduled in the next coming days to help with the transition.  Children will soon be visiting the cafeteria and again visiting the Grade 1 classes.

REMINDERS:

  • K2 & Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition: Thursday, May 23rd. Music concert from 9 – 10 am and the Art Exhibition runs til 10:30 am. Please remember to bring in concert attire to school.  More info here
  • K2 End of Year ‘Celebration Lunch’: Friday, June 7th (11 am- 12 noon). Parents are invited to join K2 in the ECC Gym for a shared celebratory lunch. More details soon.
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Artists and Mathematicians

Hi Parents,

This week we focused on Math and our new Unit of Inquiry. This new unit focuses on artistic expression, specifically how artists express ideas and emotions for different purposes. Children are able to choose from many different creative activities and are encouraged to try new things, like book making, dancing, still life drawing, painting, puppet shows, and much more.

Not only are our students artists but they are also mathematicians.  This week we focused on measurement. Children measured classroom objects, themselves and used art to measure as well.

REMINDERS:

  • Monday, May 13th:  ES Snack Sale
  • Ms. Vu birthday, Monday, May 13th: Please send your well wishes if you like ntbvu@unishanoi.org 
  • Music Concert: Thursday, May 23rd.  Click here for more information Grade 1 and K2 Music concert letter to parents Make sure to bring in their concert clothing by next Friday.
  • Friday June 7th– K2 End of Year ‘celebration’. 11am – 12 noon: Parents invited to join K2 in the ECC Gym for shared ‘party lunch: (More details soon).

 

Amazing Accomplishments

Greeting parents and loved ones,

First of all, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to take part in the Student Led Conferences last Friday.  As you saw, your children are extremely capable, proud, and have learned so much in the past eight months.  They have grown to be independent and responsible of their own learning. We hope you walked away amazed and proud of your child’s accomplishments.

Speaking of accomplishments….WOW! What a performance on Thursday’s K2A Assembly.  Through sign language, children gained a new perspective, gained empathy, and learned a new form of communication….and put on quite the show. So very proud! Moments like these you forget how young they are.

To see the full video of Thursday’s Assembly performance.  I have made a copy and added it to every child’s Seesaw blog.  Enjoy watching with pride.

REMINDERS:

  • No school: Monday, April 29th-Wednesday, May 1st. School begins again on Thursday, May 2nd.
  • Character Parade for Book Week: Thursday, May 2nd. Send your child to school dressed as his/her favorite book character.
  • K2-Grade 1 Music Concert: Thursday, May 23rd. More info to come.

 

Preparations….

Hi parents,

K2A has been preparing for two special events: the Student-Led Conferences and the upcoming K2A Assembly. It was important for us to prepare the students, so that they feel confident in themselves and their abilities.

Friday’s Student-Led Conference photos will be shared next week.  We hope you walked away proud of your son/daughter.  They have learned and grown so much this year.

We not only got ready for Student Led Conferences, we have also been preparing for a special upcoming event….the K2A Assembly.

Please join us on Thursday, April 25th from 9:25-10:05 in the Theatre.  Students will perform a song in sign language.

REMINDERS:

  • K2A Assembly: Thursday, April 25th (9:25-10:05) in the theatre
  • No school: Monday, April 29, Tuesday, April 30, and Wednesday, May 1

School Spirit…Go Unis!

This Year, Unis Hanoi is hosting the 2019 Asia Division APAC Boys Soccer Tournament. To show our school spirit, pride, and camaraderie, we went out to the soccer field to cheer on Unis.  The kids, themselves, volunteered to make signs, banners, and flags.  As you can see from the photos below, we were all very excited.

K2A has been hard at work preparing for their upcoming Student-Led Conference which is held on Friday, April 19th.  They are excited to share their learning and growth with you. An email has been sent to all families and further information will be posted on Tin Tuc.  Make sure to sign up on Veracross.

Students have also been practicing for their upcoming Assembly on Thursday, April 25th.  The kids have been learning sign language and will sign a lovely song on that day. Next week a tutorial will be shared so that kids can practice at home.

REMINDERS:

  •   Please support by donating books
  • ES Maker Day for Families: April 13th. For more information click here
  • No school: Monday, April 15th
  • Home reading: Thank you for your continuous support with your child’s reading.  Be sure to return their Contact Folders by Friday so they can choose three new books to share with you.

Spreading joy through our K2 Market Day

Wow…what a success! Students have been preparing for Market Day for weeks.  They thought of ideas, surveyed the kids in the ECC to see if they liked their ideas, created goods and practiced offering their services.  After all that hard work, it is easy to say that the K2 Market Day was an absolute success….smiles, laughter and good cheer all around.  We are so proud of how they took on the responsibility to collect ‘payment’ through stickers, how engaging they were to the customers, and how they themselves created lasting memories for all.

Watch the video below!

Market Day Video

REMINDERS:

No school (Spring Break): April 1-April 7.  School begins again on Monday, April 8th

No school: Monday, April 15th

Student-Led Conferences: Friday, April 19th. More info to come

K2A Assembly: Thursday, April 25th

We are Preparing….

Hi Parents,

This week, children have been busy preparing for the K2 Market Day.  As part of their How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry, K2 children have been learning about goods and services.  As a culminating project, they will be hosting an ECC Market on Tuesday, 26 March.  Children will be selling goods they have made themselves and offering special services.

Please send 20,000 VND to school with your child on Tuesday so s/he can enjoy shopping at the K2 market.  

All of the money earned will be donated to a good cause.

Next week swimming begins.  K2A will swim on Tuesday and Fridays.  On Fridays, children will be dismissed from the pool.  Normal PE class will be on Thursday.

ES Swimming information

ES Swimming Schedule

Sports Day will be held next Friday.  Please click below for further details.
REMINDERS:
Spring Break: April 1-7.  Classes begin again on Monday, April 8th
– Student-led Conferences: Friday, April 19th.  More info at a later date
Special K2A Assembly: Thursday, April 25th. Please come to the Theatre for an a special assembly and performance by K2A