April 19th

Dear Parents,

Thank you for coming in for Student Led Conferences today . I’m so proud of all 13 of our little teachers and I’m sure you are, too.  Thank you for being great students!

This week we continued to our new inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.  The children have been caring for our garden and fish.  We started to read a story called Butterfly Park and became very interested in butterflies.  What do butterflies need?  The children drew and explained their ideas about butterflies and what they need.  We will continue to inquire into the characteristics, life cycle and needs of butterflies over the next few weeks.  If you see any caterpillars or caterpillar eggs please send them to school!

We worked with a local social enterprise called Zo Project to learn about traditional paper-making.  The children all learned about and experienced the whole process and made some beautiful papers of their own.  We were happy to support the important work of this group.  www.zoproject.com

In math we continued to explore patterns.  What patterns do you notice at home and in the world around you?

Monday is Mother Earth Day and May 2 & 3 we will celebrate Book Week.  Please see details about special events below.

Please consider donating books to the UNIS Used Book Sale.  You can send in any books, in any languages. Please check the Tin Tuc for more information.  Thank you for your support!

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell next week. Please help your child bring in something related to animals, insects, or gardening.  It may be a book, a tool, a toy, a photo….

Coming up:

  • Monday April 22nd:  International Mother Earth Day
    • Please wear green and bring a litterless snack
  • April 29th – May 1st: No school due to Public Holidays
  • Thursday May 2nd:  Book Day
    • Please come to school in costume – dress up as a character from a favourite book
    • Please send in a favourite book to read and a stuffed toy that you like to snuggle up with.  The books and toys will be sent home on Friday.
  • Friday May 3rd: Book Sale, Book Day & Sports Assembly
    • Used Book Sale – see the Tin Tuc for more details
    • Sports Assembly – please wear blue and UNIS clothes to show our school spirit and support our volleyball teams
  • Tuesday May 7th: K1B swimming day switches to Tuesdays.  No PE on Mondays.

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April 22

Dear Parents,

This week we began to explore our new inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.  The children showed a lot of interest in gardening over the past few months and we decided to grow our own gardens.  We planted flowers and started an upcycling project – taking old milk cartons and turning them into individual garden boxes.  The children are learning to safely use tools such as rulers, saws, hammers, screw drivers, clamps, glue guns and pliers in 1:1 sessions with the teacher as they create their planters.  Stay tuned to watch our garden grow!  We also have some new class members in our room – fish!  Check out our K1B fish tank!

In math we are exploring patterns.  What patterns do you notice at home and in the world around you?

This week we helped cheer on the UNIS high school boys as they played in a soccer/football tournament.  We cheered for them at the tournament’s opening ceremony and then again at their first game on Friday.  We saw them score two goals! 

Please consider donating books to the UNIS Used Book Sale.  You can send in any books, in any languages. Please check the Tin Tuc for more information.  Thank you for your support!

There are lots of photos from this week!  Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell is cancelled next week due to the short week. However, if you didn’t send in a photo from the holidays for show and tell this week, please do so as we will use them for a writing activity.

Coming up:

  • Monday April 15th:  No school due to public holiday
  • Friday April 19th:  Student-Led Conferences (students only come for scheduled time and to visit Specialists before or after)
  • Monday April 22nd:  International Mother Earth Day
  • April 29th – May 1st: No school due to Public Holidays
  • K1B has swimming on Mondays until May 6th, then we switch to Tuesdays
 
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ES Student-Led Conferences

Dear Parents,


It is with great pleasure that I write to you with more detail about our ES Student-Led Conferences that take place on Friday 19th April, 2019
(10:00-18:00).

There will be no regular school for Discovery – Grade 4 students on Friday 19th April while conferences are in process (as advertised in the UNIS Calendar).  Regular classes will resume on Monday 22nd April.
We invite you to sign up for a conference with your child via Veracross – from Wednesday 10th April – Tuesday 16th April. You will be asked to sign up for a 30-40 minute session in your child’s homeroom. Please allow another 30-40 minutes to visit specialist classrooms with your child. Visits to specialists will be on a drop-in basis and can be done either before or after the homeroom time. This is not a time for a parent-teacher conference, which you are welcome to schedule with your child’s teacher at any other time.Available conference times are:

10.00am – 10.40am
11.00am – 11.40am
12.00pm – 12.40pm
1.30pm – 2.10pm
2.30pm – 3.10pm
3.30pm – 4.10pm
4.30pm – 5.10pm
5.20pm – 6.00pm
Student Led Conferences have been used for many decades and their efficacy for promoting optimal student outcomes has been well documented over time.  At UNIS Hanoi, we believe that children are in charge of their learning and we give them many opportunities to know that they are capable and that they can influence what happens to them.If you have never participated in a Student Led Conference you might be asking, “What is this all about?” Or “Why are children being included in conferences?” You might even be wondering when you are going to get a chance to “really talk” with the teacher about your child. We, too, have asked these questions and have spent a great deal of time researching and discussing the benefits to ensure that our teaching and learning is at the forefront of current educational theory and practice.

Conference structure:

  • Homeroom class (30-40 minutes) – Students will bring you into the classroom, give you a tour, involve you in a demonstration/ practical activity and will show you through their portfolio and/or a range of work samples.
  • Specialist classes (30-40 minutes) – students will have the opportunity to share work samples and demonstrate their skills in a variety of specialist areas.

Students’ digital portfolios are not intended to be collections of ‘perfect’ work – they are a record of a student’s learning journey – and might include first drafts, final drafts and personal reflections which aid the learning process.

During each conference time slot there will be up to 4 families in the classroom, creating a relaxed environment and giving you time to engage in some activities with your child. Each child and his/her parents will have conversations going on around them, but will still have enough privacy to conduct a personal conference.  Conferences may be conducted in English or in the child’s home language – whichever is best for both students and parents.

During conferences children and parents discuss all aspects of the learning together with openness and transparency so that children continue to feel empowered and responsible for their behavior and learning.

Your child will greatly appreciate your full attention and support during this conference.  For this reason, please do not bring younger siblings to conferences. We ask that school aged siblings wait in designated areas outside the classrooms, and that your own child care arrangements are made for young children and infants.

We look forward to your participation in these conferences with your child.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal
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March 29

Dear Parents,

The children enjoyed Sports Day today!  We had a lot of fun together.  Thank you to the parents who could join in today – we hope you had fun, too!

 

I hope that the children have a wonderful holiday.  School resumes on Monday April 8th.

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • We will have Show & Tell when we return: please help your child choose a photo from the holiday to share.  You can send in a printed copy or email it to Ms. Charla cmarshall@unishanoi.org 
  • Tuesdays:  Alex, Aya, Hugh, Kylie
  • Thursdays: Dohyeon, Kiara, Long, Teddy
  • Fridays: Mio, Soham, Sanwook, Yuna, So Yulj

Don’t forget swimming on Monday.  K1B has swimming on Mondays until May 6th, then we switch to Tuesdays.

ES Swimming Expectations (including what to bring)

ES Swimming information

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March 22

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences.  The children shared the stories of how they got their names and what their names mean.  They continue to enjoy exploring their own names and the names of their friends.  

In math we are continuing to review regular dot patterns (the patterns on dice) and numeral recognition. We are also introducing irregular (random) dot patterns.

On Wednesday we celebrated International Day of Happiness!  We had music, bubbles, face paint, sidewalk chalk, trampolines, special stories and even special guests. Ms. McGee, our Head of School, came and read a funny story called Mabel Murple to all of K1 and we loved it!  What makes you happy?  What makes your family happy?

***There are many special events next week – please carefully read the details below.

Please follow this link to see photos from this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • We will have Show & Tell next week: please help your child choose something that can be used to tell a story.  For example, a puppet, or anything else that you can think of together. 
  • Tuesdays:  Alex, Aya, Hugh, Kylie
  • Thursdays: Dohyeon, Kiara, Long, Teddy
  • Fridays: Mio, Soham, Sanwook, Yuna, So Yulj

Swimming starts next week.  K1B has swimming on Mondays until May 6th, then we switch to Tuesdays.

ES Swimming Expectations (including what to bring)

ES Swimming information

K2 Market Day on Tuesday:
K2 invite you to their Market Day. Its on next Tuesday morning, 26th March.
Please help K2 celebrate their learning about goods and services by bringing 20,000 VND to spend. Everything on sale has been made for children by children.
Sports Day on Friday:
Spring Break April 1st – April 5th:  No school
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March 15

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences.  We read some new kinds of stories to further explore story structure and the roles of authors and illustrators – We Are In a Book, Do Not Open This Book, The Book With No Pictures, and Help! We Need at Title! We are also continuing our inquiry into our names.  What information and stories are contained in our names?  What do our names tell us about our communities?

In math we are reviewing regular dot patterns (like the patterns on dice) and numeral recognition.

Thank you to all of the parents and nannies who came in for Open Classrooms this week.    The children and I love having you join the learning in our classroom.  We know that it is important for the children to feel like their home life is included in their school setting and that their class community is part of their wider world, inclusive of their families, languages and cultures.  Similarly, we hope that your as parents feel a sense of belonging.

Next Wednesday is International Day of Happiness.  We have some special things planned for the children, and show and tell will connect with this day (see below).

Please follow this link to see photos from last week and this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • We will have Show & Tell next week: please help your child choose something that makes him/her happy.  This could be a photo, a book, a special toy, a special food, a game, or anything else that you can think of together. 
  • Tuesdays:  Alex, Aya, Hugh, Kylie
  • Thursdays: Dohyeon, Kiara, Long, Teddy
  • Fridays: Mio, Soham, Sanwook, Yuna, So Yul

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March 8

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences.  We have been exploring shadow puppetry and shadow performances, and thinking of all of the different ways we can share stories.  Mio suggested that we could make a movie to tell a story.  Some of Ms. Charla’s K1B students from last year came to show the students a movie they made.  The children are enjoying sharing their Show & Tell items and describing them to their friends.

Ms. Beth, our ES Math Coach, joined K1 on Friday to teach the children some new math games.

We have been inquiring into our names.  The children noticed many things about the names in our class – length, uppercase and lowercase letters, letters that are at the beginning middle and end of names, how many children in the class have the same letters, as well as what the names can represent.  We also read several stories about names.  Please talk to your children about their names. How did you choose his/her name?  Does the name have a meaning? What is the difference between given names and family names? How long are the names in your family?

Today was international Women’s Day. Teddy brought in flowers for each girl in K1B.  This prompted many questions:  “Where are the flowers for the boys?”  “Do girls like flowers and boys don’t?”  We talked about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of “Gender Equality” and learned about some women who have changed the world.  The children offered that women can help to change the world in many ways: “Be astronauts and build rocket ships,” “Do science,” “Mommies,” “Write books,” and that men have equal opportunities as well, “Boys are ballerinas.”  Thank you to Teddy and his family for the lovely gesture and the thinking that it inspired in K1B.

Please join us at Open Classrooms next week – the schedule is below.  During Open Classrooms you are invited to join in your child’s learning.

Please follow this link to see photos from last week and this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • We will have Show & Tell next week: please help your child bring in a favourite stuffed toy again.
  • Tuesdays:  Alex, Aya, Hugh, Kylie
  • Thursdays: Dohyeon, Kiara, Long, Teddy
  • Fridays: Mio, Soham, Sanwook, Yuna, So Yul

Please note:

  • Monday March 11th:  Staff Professional Development (no school for students)
  • Thursday March 14th:  Open Classrooms for K1B
    • Homeroom 12:50-1:30
    • Library 1:45-2:25
    • Vietnamese 2:30-3:10
    • Please note there is no lunch available for parents in the canteen.  Coffee and snacks are available for purchase.
  • Friday March 15th: Open Classrooms for K1B
    • Homeroom 8:10-8:50
    • Please note there is no lunch available for parents in the canteen.  Coffee and snacks are available for purchase.

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March 1

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences.  We wrote and drew about our favourite Robert Munsch stories.  We set up a shadow puppet theatre under our loft.  This week we began Show & Tell.  The children were confident communicators.  They described their favourite books/characters to the whole class and then shared their stories in small groups.

We have been counting to 10 and back from different starting points, and using our fingers to show amounts.  Ask your child to teach you how to play “Beep” at home.

 

Please follow this link to see photos from last week and this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • We will have Show & Tell next week: please help your child bring in a favourite stuffed toy
  • Tuesdays:  Alex, Aya, Hugh, Kylie
  • Thursdays: Dohyeon, Kiara, Long, Teddy
  • Fridays: Mio, Soham, Sanwook, Yuna, So Yul

Please note:

  • School begins at 8:10am.  Please drop off your children before 8:10.
  • School ends at 3:20, and at 2:20 on Wednesdays.  Please pick up your children at 3:20/2:20.
  • Home snacks.  At UNIS we ask parents to please send in healthy snacks for your children.  Fruit, cut vegetables, cheese, nuts, small sandwiches, yogurt, hummus and other natural, low sugar foods are best.  While the occasional treat is nice, please do not send in candy for snack.  Cake, cookies, candy, and sugar cereals do not provide the kind of nutrients to help the children get through the school day. Thank you for your support!
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February 22

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme How we express ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences.   The teachers noticed that the children are creating imaginative stories in their play in the classrooms and during outdoor play.  We continued reading Robert Munsch and other stories.  When you read stories at home, please ask your children “what do you think ABOUT the story?”  Next week we will begin Show & Tell.  Please see details below.

Thursday was International Mother Language Day.  Mio and Kiara were risk-takers and said “konichiwa” and “namaste” on stage during the Lower Elementary School Assembly.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Art Auction in the foyer of the Centre for the Arts.  You should have received an email with a photo of K1B’s beautiful art piece and bidding instructions. All proceeds go towards a charity started by a UNIS student – Operation Healthy Heart.

Ms. Kris introduced “safe” and “unsafe” on Tuesday as part of the Being Body Smart lesson series.

Please follow this link to see photos from last week and this week: K1B Media

Show and Tell

  • We will have Show & Tell every week unless otherwise noted in the Tin Tuc
  • Please help your child choose 1 item only.  Each week I will post a note in the Tin Tuc about what the children should bring for Show & Tell the following week. Next week, please help your child bring in a favourite book from home (it does not need to be in English)
  • Please do not let your child bring toys or other valuable items to school that are not for Show & Tell
  • Tuesdays:  Alex, Aya, Hugh, Kylie
  • Thursdays: Dohyeon, Kiara, Long, Teddy
  • Fridays: Long, Mio, Soham, Sanwook, Yuna

Please note:

  • School begins at 8:10am.  Please drop off your children before 8:10.
  • School ends at 3:20, and at 2:20 on Wednesdays.  Please pick up your children at 3:20/2:20.
  • Home snacks.  At UNIS we ask parents to please send in healthy snacks for your children.  Fruit, cut vegetables, cheese, nuts, small sandwiches, yogurt, hummus and other natural, low sugar foods are best.  While the occasional treat is nice, please do not send in candy for snack.  Cake, cookies, candy, and sugar cereals do not provide the kind of nutrients to help the children get through the school day. Thank you for your support!

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K1 Guidance Lessons

Dear Parents of K1 Students,

In the weeks following the Tet break our D-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 designed to empower students.

A typical series of lessons will include:

  • “My Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body

  • “Safe Touch” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself safe

  • “Comfortable and Uncomfortable feelings” – understanding how safe and unsafe touches make us feel and what to do if you feel uncomfortable

  • Learning the correct names for body parts

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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