June 7th

Dear Parents,

This morning the children who are staying visited their K2 classrooms with their new classmates.  They had a wonderful time meeting their new teachers and playing with the K1 friends moving up with them to K2.  The children who are leaving had a special time together with the counselors and some of their specialist teachers. Everyone came back to K1 happy and excited.  We know that we are sending the children on to K2 and new adventures as caring, confident, inquirers.

Thank you for joining us at the K1 year end party on Wednesday.  The water play was a lot of fun on a hot day! Thank you also for the lovely teacher gifts.  We really appreciate the donations to Blue Dragon and the other thoughtful gifts.  We will miss all of the K1 families next year.

On Wednesday Ms. Nitasha read a story to all of the K1 children.

On Thursday we enjoyed a special performance by a High School performance group from California. The children had a lot of fun singing and dancing along with the performers.

As we head into the final days of the school year we will be sending home the children’s work, extra clothing, etc.  Please be sure to empty your child’s backpack each day.

Coming up:

  • Wednesday June 12th: Last day of school, early dismissal at noon.  No lunch.  Please send in a home snack for your child in the morning.

Thank you to Long’s mom for the wonderful K1 celebration photo!

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May 24

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.  We wonder why we aren’t finding many cicada exoskeletons any more.  The children have been drawing amazing, detailed, scientific drawings of living things in our environment.

On Thursday we had a concert rehearsal with the rest of K1. We can’t wait to see you at the concert and art exhibition next week!

Outdoor Classroom Day was a lovely time for the students to play together with students from Discovery to Grade 5, and enjoy the natural environment and fresh air.

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

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell cancelled next week. We will be busy with concert rehearsals and many special events.

Coming up:

  • K1B swimming day is Tuesdays for the rest of the school year.  No PE on Mondays.
  • Thursday May 30th: Discovery & K1 Music Concert at 9am
  • Friday May 31st:  Early Dismissal for High School Graduation.  Students leave at 11:30
  • Wednesday June 12th: Last day of school, early dismissal at noon

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May 17

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.  The cicadas, beetles, frogs, butterflies, moths, spiders, fish, snails and other living things in the ECC are inspiring our inquiries.  Some of the children created an insect hospital to care for a sick beetle.  What does it need to get better?  The children are incorporating specific vocabulary into their play – “exoskeleton,” “antennae,” “thorax,” “abdomen,” “responsibility,” “insect,” “veterinarian,” etc.

Show and Tell was a big hit this week. The children described their baby photos, and then another friend described them now at 5 years old.  We talked about what is the same and different as we grow and change.  We also compared our development to the life cycle of other things, such as butterflies, which grow and change very differently to humans.

Thank you for contributing to and helping with the final snack sale of the school year!

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

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell cancelled for next 2 weeks. We will be busy with concert rehearsals and many special events in the next 2 weeks.  Today’s show and tell students will share on Monday instead.

Coming up:

  • K1B swimming day is Tuesdays for the rest of the school year.  No PE on Mondays.
  • Friday May 24th: Outdoor Classroom day.  Please ensure your child is wearing sunscreen to school on this day.  Please make sure s/he has a full change of clothes, a hat and a water bottle.
  • Thursday May 30th: Discovery & K1 Music Concert at 9am
  • Friday May 31st:  Early Dismissal for High School Graduation.  Students leave at 11:30
  • Wednesday June 12th: Last day of school, early dismissal at noon

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May 10th

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.  The cicadas on campus sparked the children’s interest. We have many questions about the cicada exoskeletons (skins) that we have been finding and collecting: Why are they different sizes?  Are they alive or dead?  Why do they stick to things?  How do they stick to things?  We have been observing the cicadas carefully and trying to find answers to our questions. We have been learning about the characteristics of insects and the life cycles of different living things.  Ask your child about insect body parts and legs, and the life cycle of butterflies.  We’ve been working hard on carefully drawing what we see, just like scientists do.

In math we are learning to represent numbers to 10 in different ways. For example, ask your child to show you 6 on his/her fingers, then ask him/her to show you a different way.

At this week’s assembly K1C shared their learning.  We were happy to support our K1 peers!  We also saw a sneak preview of the Grade 4/5 production of Seussical the Musical. Don’t forget to get tickets – see the Tin Tuc for more details.

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

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell next week. Please email me a baby photo of your child! cmarshall@unishanoi.org

Coming up:

  • K1B swimming day is Tuesdays for the rest of the school year.  No PE on Mondays.
  • Monday May 13th: Snack sale!  Please send in 20 000 VND.  It is our turn to contribute to the snack sale.  Please see your email from the SCO and the Tin Tuc for more details
  • Thursday May 30th: Discovery & K1 Music Concert at 9am
  • Friday May 31st:  Early Dismissal for High School Graduation.  Students leave at 11:30
  • Wednesday June 12th: Last day of school, early dismissal at noon

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May 3rd

Dear Parents,

We had so much fun celebrating Book Week at UNIS these past two days.  The children had a lot of fun at the parade, the used book sale, and listening to a variety of ‘Mystery Readers.’  K1B students LOVE reading. Thank your for supporting our love of reading at home.

We have been finding lots of living things in the ECC.  What do they need to survive? How do we share our environment?

Today we supported our HS Volleyballs teams.  We made posters for them and thought they might enjoy some playdough to play with in their rest time.  The boys team came by at recess to thank us!

I hope that you enjoyed the extra long weekend with your families!

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

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell next week. Student choice!

Coming up:

  • Tuesday May 7th: K1B swimming day switches to Tuesdays.  No PE on Mondays.
  • Thursday May 30th:  Discovery & K1 Music Concert

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April 26

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources.  The children continue to be interested in butterflies – wonderful timing as the ECC trees are in bloom and there are butterflies all around us!  We learned that butterflies drink nectar from flowers, not honey, and that they taste with their feet!  We are learning to represent the life cycle of butterflies.  The children have been transforming our classroom loft into a “butterfly park.”  If you see any caterpillars or caterpillar eggs please send them to school!  Please be on the lookout for tadpoles or frog spawn as well.

On Wednesday we visited the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition.  Exhibition is a chance for students to plan and conduct their own inquiry, showing all that they have learned during their time in the PYP.  At UNIS the students connect their learning to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

May 2 & 3 we will celebrate Book Week.  Please see details about special events below and be sure to read about all of the special events in the Tin Tuc.

Enjoy the long weekend!

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

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell next week. Cancelled as it is a short week.

Coming up:

  • 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.  You may want to send in a change of clothes in case your child wants to change out of his/her costume later in the day.
    • 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 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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