December 14

Dear Parents,

This week we concluded our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How the world works with the central idea: water is a natural resource that can be explored. We visited the “water cave” at UNIS to learn about where our water comes from at school and how it is cleaned and distributed.  Mr. Carl, our Senior Manager of Operations, led the tour for us and answered some questions.  On our way back to class we visited the UNIS shop to see the recycled and plastic free items that are available.  Please see See Saw for your child’s final assessment for this unit.  Looking at all of the students’ responses, it is clear that the students connected most with the idea of responsibility in this unit. I’m very proud of the children’s grasp of this concept and the action that they have taken to reduce waste at UNIS.

Ms. Kris, our counsellor, helped us to learn more about the Zones of Regulation.  The children are thinking about what it means to them to be in the “green zone.”

On Thursday all of the classes from Discovery to Grade 1 performed a short piece from The Nutcracker.  The music department was responsible for these wonderful performances.  Please enjoy K1B’s dance performance on your child’s See Saw account and in this week’s media folder.

Thursday was Luqman’s last day at UNIS.  He is moving to Brunei.  We will miss Luqman very much.  We marked this occasion with a special story, some gifts from the class, and cupcakes from his mom.

I hope that you enjoy the winter holidays with your family.  Please help your child choose one item from the holidays (a photo, a souvenir, a drawing, an article of clothing, a story…) to share with the class in the first week back.  This will help us to reconnect as a community and to launch our next unit of inquiry – How we express ourselves!

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

Please note:

  • Mon Jan 7: First day back to school

Dec 7

Dear Parents,

This week we continued  inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How the world works with the central idea: water is a natural resource that can be explored. We did a “water walk” around the school and collected water samples from different sources on campus . What water is safe to drink?  How do we know?  How is water cleaned to become drinking water?  We also had a very exciting trip to the Middle School science labs to learn more about water with Ms. Faye, one of the MS science teachers.  She set up some very exciting demonstrations and experiments for us.  We learned that water is very powerful, that water droplets like to cling together, and that water is good at distributing heat.  We loved being scientists!

We visited K2 to learn about composting and have started our own K1 composting bin for fruit and vegetable waste.  The students are proud of the snacks that have been coming in without any single use plastic wrapping or straws.  Fruit, vegetables, cheese and small sandwiches are great afternoon snacks!

With our Grade 3 buddies we learned a little bit about the Jewish celebration, Chanukah.  Afterwards we read stories together and played in the Grade 3 classroom.

Thank you for helping the UNIS community celebrate UN Week. Thank you to the parents who came in to help us learn more about the home countries and cultures in our class, to the parents who supported the children at the assembly last Thursday, to the parents who contributed food to the community lunch, and to the parents who attended the UN Day assembly & lunch.  You can see photos from UN Day in the K1B Media folder.

Last Friday was Ms. Nhung’s last day.  She is now resting on maternity leave, preparing for the arrival of her baby girl.  Ms. Nhung will rejoin us at the end of the school year. We are happy to welcome Ms. Hoa in K1B for the next few months.  Please do stop by to meet Ms. Hoa if you haven’t done so already.

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

Please note:

  • Fri Dec 14: Last day of school before the Winter Break
  • Mon Jan 7: First day back to school

Nov 23

Dear Parents,

This week we continued  inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How the world works with the central idea: water is a natural resource that can be explored. How does water behave?  What skills can we use to investigate water? What is our responsibility towards water as a shared resource? We have been collecting our lunch and snack garbage for a special project next week.  It looks like we had less garbage this week in K1B.  We’ve seen many more “nude” snacks this week and even a bamboo straw instead of a plastic straw!  On Tuesday the school will be screening “A Plastic Ocean” for free. The film is in English with Vietnamese subtitles, thanks to the hard work and action of some of our upper elementary students last year.  Please see the Tin Tuc for more information.

We also continued to inquire into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are  with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We have been hard at work preparing to share our learning with you and the Lower Elementary School in an assembly on Thursday November 29th at 9:25 am.  Please look for an email from me about sending in clothing for Thursday’s assembly.

Please sign up on this document K1B UN Week 2018 if you are able to come in to share a story, do a craft, sing a song, teach a dance, cook …. during UN Week.  We welcome you in to do anything you’d like to help us learn about your family, your home country or your home culture.  We still have a few spots left if you’re interested.

Thank you so much for all of the lovely Teacher Day gifts and cards on Tuesday.  I felt very appreciated!  I also very much appreciate all of your children and the opportunity to be with them every day.  As well as Vietnam’s Teacher Day, Tuesday was the UN’s International Day of the Child.  K1 celebrated with music on the playground, a trip to the Grade 9 music class for a mini concert, face painting by some Grade 8 students, extra PE on the obstacle course with Ms. Nikki and lots more fun!  Please see the UNICEF page about “going blue” to raise awareness for children’s rights.  Go Blue

Ms. Joan, our Speech Pathologist at UNIS, taught us about using the “sssss” sound to the end of words when there is more that one.

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

Please note:

  • November 26-30: UN & SDG Week
  • Thursday November 29th: K1B shares learning at the Lower Elementary School Assembly, 9:25am in the theatre
  • Friday November 30th: UN Day Parade, Community Lunch & Early Dismiss

Nov 16

Dear Parents,

This week we continued  inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How the world works with the central idea: water is a natural resource that can be explored. How does water behave?  What skills can we use to investigate water? What is our responsibility towards water as a shared resource? The students are investigating and experimenting with water in many different ways.  Our snack garbage ended up in the ‘ocean animals water table’ in the classroom.  What happens to our trash? What impact might it have on our environment and other living things?

We also continued to inquire into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are  with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We are examining and representing the cultural dress of our home cultures/countries.  The students noticed the details on their outfits as well as the colours and shapes.  Your child may have a post on SeeSaw asking some questions about his/her clothing.  Please respond if you get a chance – you can write a message or leave a voice message in English and/or your home language.   We will share our learning with you and the Lower Elementary School in an assembly on Thursday November 29th at 9:25 am.

Please sign up on this document K1B UN Week 2018 if you are able to come in to share a story, do a craft, sing a song, teach a dance, cook …. during UN Week.  We welcome you in to do anything you’d like to help us learn about your family, your home country or your home culture.

Thank you for joining us at Open Classrooms on Thursday and Friday.  The children are still talking about having their families at school!

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

Please note:

  • November 26-30: UN & SDG Week
  • Thursday November 29th: K1B shares learning at the Lower Elementary School Assembly, 9:25am in the theatre
  • Friday November 30th: UN Day Parade, Community Lunch & Early Dismissal

Nov 9

Dear Parents,

In the past two weeks we started a new inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How the world works with the central idea: water is a natural resource that can be explored. How does water behave?  What skills can we use to investigate water? What is our responsibility towards water as a shared resource?  The students have been busy engaging in new materials and areas in our classroom.  Many questions, observations and theories have emerged through the children’s play and this will help to guide our inquiry.  We have been collecting the garbage from our snacks and lunches.  “So much rubbish!” was one observation.  What happens to our trash? What impact might it have on our environment?

We also continue to inquire into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are  with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We have begun an inquiry into the cultural backgrounds and dress of our class members.  Thank you for sending in photos of your children in cultural dress.  We are embarking on a project that we plan to share with you in an assembly on Thursday November 29th at 9:25 am.  Please save the date! On Tuesday Kiara’s mom came in to help us learn about and celebrate Diwali.

UN Week is an important time for the UNIS Community.  We would love to have K1 families visit our classes throughout the week to share traditions, stories and information about your home countries and cultures.  We will share a sign up sheet next week, but for now, please mark your calendars for the week of November 26th – 30th.   

Thank you to the parents who joined us for the Mathematics coffee morning on Wednesday.  Please follow this link to view the video that Beth shared about speaking to young children about mathematics: Parent Math Video

Thursday morning we participated in International Outdoor Classroom Day!  The children had a wonderful time playing with their Grade 3 buddies, and spent almost the entire day learning outside.

On Friday we returned to the Maker Space to continue work on our projects.  We are learning about the design cycle – planning, building, revising.  We will return next week to finish our projects.

Next week you are invited to Open Classrooms.  Please see more information in the Tin Tuc and join us to learn with your child on Thursday and/or Friday.  The K1B schedule is below.

Please follow this link to see photos from last week (week 10) and this week (week 11): K1B Media

Please note:

  • Thursday November 15:  Open classrooms for K1 12:50-3:10 (Homeroom, Library, Vietnamese)
  • Friday November 16:  Open classrooms for K1 8:10-9:20 (Homeroom)
  • November 26-30: UN & SDG Week
  • Thursday November 29th: K1B shares learning at the Lower Elementary School Assembly, 9:25am
  • Friday November 30th: UN Day Parade, Community Lunch & Early Dismissal

 

Oct 26

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community. What does peace look like, sound like, feel like, smell like and taste like in K1B?  Together we developed a list of ideas and each child made drawings to express the ideas.  Together these are our “K1B Community Agreements.”  Please see a photo of the agreements below and in this week’s photos. Please discuss the agreements with your child at home – how do the agreements connect to home?

K1A presented at the Lower Elementary Assembly on Thursday.  They shared what they learn with their Grade 2 Buddies. K1A is an important part of our community and we were happy to support them by being respectful audience members.  We supported our own buddies at their Maker Fair on Monday.  They made creations using simple machines.

On Tuesday we returned to the Maker Space.  We planned a small project in pairs and then spent the rest of the time making our creation.  We learned how to safely use a hot glue gun. We will return next week to continue work on our projects.

Do you have a photo of your child or your family in traditional/cultural clothes?  If yes, please send me a photo by email or send in a copy to class.  We will use the photos as part of an inquiry for our current unit of inquiry and to prepare for UN day.

We will soon start a new unit of inquiry.  To help us, please send in:

  • extra sets of spare clothes for your child as there will be a lot of water exploration
  • old towels that we can use in the classroom
  • clean, clear jars with the labels removed

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

Please note:

  • Monday Oct 29th: Snack sale, please send in 20, 000.  Please send home snacks in as usual.
  • Wednesday Oct 31st: Dress up day. Please see details/ guidelines in the ES Tin Tuc
  • Nov 1st & 2nd: Professional Development for teachers, no school for students
  • Nov 7th: Parent Math Coffee Morning for Discovery & K1 Parents, watch for details in the ES Tin Tuc

Oct 19

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community. We are focussing on peace in our classroom community.  What does peace look like, sound like, feel like and even smell and taste like?  We are working towards creating agreements for how we would like our class to be this year.  The children are communicating their ideas through discussions and drawings and by exploring symbols of peace.  On Thursday our Grade 3 buddies helped us to discuss all of our ideas about peace in our home languages.  When our agreements are ready they will be shared with you at home.  Our inquiry into peace is also connected to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #16: Peace, justice and strong institutions.

Do you have a photo of your child or your family in traditional/cultural clothes?  If yes, please send me a photo by email or send in a copy to class.  We will use the photos as part of an inquiry for our current unit of inquiry and to prepare for UN day.

Next week we will have a teacher from Viet Trieu Kindergarten join us in K1B . Each year UNIS early years teachers are paired with teachers from local schools as we work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #4, Quality education.  Ms. Hang will join our class 3 times this year and I also visit her classroom to exchange ideas and offer feedback.

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

Please note:

  • Monday Oct 29th: Snack sale, please send in 20, 000
  • Nov 1st & 2nd: Professional Development for teachers, no school for students
  • Nov 7th: Parent Math Coffee Morning for Discovery & K1 Parents, watch for details in the ES Tin Tuc

October 5

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We discussed ways to be caring, safe and responsible on the playground and Ms. Kris, our counsellor, shared our ideas at the assembly on Thursday.

Thank you for coming in to meet with me about how your children are settling into K1.  It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your children so far this year.  Please enjoy time together over the October Break.

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

Please note:

 -Saturday October 6th to Sunday October 14th: October break, no school

Sept 28

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We focussed on working together as a community to be caring, safe and responsible both in our classroom and on the playground.  We practiced breathing to be calm, and we collaborated to make a class dove – a symbol of peace.  Ms. Kris, our counsellor, came to talk to us about feelings and how to give and respond to invitations to play.  We learned a cooperative board game and we enjoyed time with our Grade 3 buddies on Thursday.  Ms. Nhung and Ms. Renate (a regular ECC supply teacher) took good care of the children in Ms. Charla’s absence.

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

Please note:

-Monday October 1st:  No school for students due to Parent Teacher Conferences

 -Thursday October 4th, PM: K1B Parent Teacher Conferences.  This will be a normal school day for the children.  Please sign up here if you haven’t already.  K1B Conference Sign Up
 -Saturday October 6th to Sunday October 14th: October break, no school

 

 

September 21

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We had a lovely week preparing for the Moon Festival.  We finished our lantern dragon, made paper lanterns, made mooncake decorations, read stories about the Moon Festival and Vietnam, and made fresh spring rolls. On Thursday we celebrated as an elementary school with an assembly in the theatre. We enjoyed performances by the Vietnamese language classes and some local performers. Afterwards we enjoyed some Moon Festival snacks and painted paper masks.  The children looked lovely in their ao dai!  Today is the UN’s International Day of Peace.  We read many books about peace, watched a video that last year’s K1B students made, and started working on a “peaceful hands” art project.  We met with K1A to discuss what peace means to us.

Please continue to discuss “community,” “together,” “gentle” and “peace” at home in your home languages.   What do the words mean?  What do they mean to your family and in your home cultures? What might they mean at school and here in Hanoi?  At school we are learning to be caring and safe – with ourselves, our friends and our resources/environment.

On Tuesday we had 2 special guests – Ms. Kristen, the K2 EAL teacher, joined us to play some language games.  Ms. Charla’s daughter Loewen visited us from Grade 1 to read a story called “We are in a book!”

On Friday we had a special visit from 5 very special guests – 5 little ducklings came for a swim in the ECC!  These ducklings hatched in the MS science room earlier this month.

Please be reminded that I will be away from Wednesday afternoon as I am leading a workshop for the IB in Japan. This is a 3 day workshop for experienced PYP teachers from around the Asia-Pacific region.  The workshop is called “Literacy, mathematics and symbolic learning in the early years.” I will be back with the students on Tuesday. Ms. Nhung and Ms. Renate (a regular ECC supply teacher) will take good care of the children in my absence. Please send any important communication about absences and pick up changes to the Ms.  Phuong, ECC Secretary: eccsecretary@unishanoi.org

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

Please note:

-Wednesday September 26th:  Ms. Charla will leave in the afternoon to deliver a workshop for the IB in Japan.  She will be back at school Tuesday October 2nd.

-Friday September 28th:

Global Goals Week
Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here

-Monday October 1st:  No school for students due to Parent Teacher Conferences

-Thursday October 4th, PM: K1B Parent Teacher Conferences.  This will be a normal school day for the children.  More information to follow via email.

-Saturday October 6th to Sunday October 14th: October break, no school