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Dear K2C families,

Ms Mi , Toby Bear and  I say a big thank you for your generous gift. Thank you for your support throughout the year and thank you for joining us for the  K2 Pot Luck Lunch today. I’m feeling quite emotional to think it is almost time to say goodbye to you all! It has been a pleasure teaching your children and they are now more than ready for Grade One!


  • Tuesday, June 111:15 – 1:45pm Farewell assembly for Discovery – Grade 5 students leaving UNIS.  Our K2C ‘leavers’ are : Lily, Oscar, Johanna, Lena, Sebastian, Ms Cathie and Toby Bear!
  • Wednesday, June 12 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal  12:00 noon

 

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May 31

K2C can share and take turns using the iPad. Lots of creative storytelling using an app called Toontastic

Thinking about our Approaches to Learning (ATL’s)

This week K2C were thinking more about their social skills, self management skills, thinking skills and communication skills. In ‘PYP’ speak- these skills are known as the ATL’s. (Approaches to learning). After working in teams to do these puzzles, we noticed how much our cooperation skill shave improved since the beginning of the year.

Sadly, we had to say farewell to Oscar yesterday. We wish him and his family all the best in South Korea.


Looking ahead

  • Friday, June 7thES Moving Up Morning⋅ 8:40 – 10:05am. Students spend time in their new classrooms with their new classmates.

  • Friday, June 7th: K2 End of Year celebration Parents invited to join K2 in the ECC Gym for shared ‘party Lunch: You should have already received an email from Juliette.
    11.00 – 11:30 Potluck Lunch – Please sign up to bring food to share on the day.  You can sign up HERE. All K2 children and their parents will eat lunch together in the ECC gym.
    11.30 – 12:00 Recess – Outside play time for children. Parents are welcome to stay till 12:00 pm. Parent volunteers help to clean up the ECC gym.
    12:30 – 1:30 Pool Party for students and teachers only. 

  • Tuesday, June 111:15 – 1:45pm Farewell assembly for Discovery – Grade 5 students leaving UNIS.  Our K2C ‘leavers’ are : Lily, Oscar, Johanna, Lena, Sebastian, Ms Cathie and Toby Bear!
  • Wednesday, June 12 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal  12:00 noon

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24 May

How We Express Ourselves

A very BIG thank you to three families who were risk-takers this week and shared an example of “How They Express Themselves”! We had a Gummy Bear Zumba dance, an instrumental music performance Die Forelle by Schubert, Jurassic Park, with Vietnamese flute and Trung (Vietnamese bamboo instrument) and an origami demonstration.

If you and your child would like to express yourself in a creative, special 2-3 minute performance.. Please sign up here.. 

How many days do we have left in K2C? How can we find out?

This wondering led K2C to learn about ways we can measure time using calendars.

At home you might like to use a calendar and practise using it to count   days, and talk about upcoming special events!

This week’s Mystery Reader was Hans’ grandmother and K2C enjoyed listening to her funny French tale about a duck!

Of course the highlight this week was the K2 and Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition. I imagine you are very proud parents.

Did you know today UNIS celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day !

  • spending time outdoors is as important for children’s development as learning to read and write.
  • 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.
  • outdoor play is not a ‘nice to have’, it is essential for children’s development

When teachers take learning outdoors they report some powerful impacts: Children’s behaviour improves, whole classes are excited to learn, and individuals who feel inhibited by the curriculum often thrive in an outdoor environment. When adults think back to their own happiest memories of childhood, they frequently recall the joy of playing outdoors. Play is not only central to children’s enjoyment of childhood, but teaches critical life skills such as problem-solving, teamwork and creativity.


Looking ahead:
  • Friday, May 31: Early Dismissal  11:30am ( Due the Graduation Ceremony)


  • Friday, June 7thES Moving Up Morning⋅ 8:40 – 10:05am. Students spend time in their new classrooms with their new classmates.

  • Friday, June 7th: K2 End of Year celebration Parents invited to join K2 in the ECC Gym for shared ‘party Lunch: You should have already received an email from Juliette.
    11.00 – 11:30 Potluck Lunch – Please sign up to bring food to share on the day.  You can sign up HERE. All K2 children and their parents will eat lunch together in the ECC gym.
    11.30 – 12:00 Recess – Outside play time for children. Parents are welcome to stay till 12:00 pm. Parent volunteers help to clean up the ECC gym.
    12:30 – 1:30 Pool Party for students and teachers only. 

  • Tuesday, June 111:15 – 1:45pm Farewell assembly for Discovery – Grade 5 students leaving UNIS.  Our K2C ‘leavers’ are : Lily, Oscar, Johanna, Lena, Sebastian, Ms Cathie and Toby Bear!
  • Wednesday, June 12 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal  12:00 noon

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17 May

This week K2C have been busy artists, researchers, readers, poets, story writers and film makers! Please have a look at our sunflower paintings on our classroom windows!

It might look like we are just having a lot of fun, however, as you can see our Inquiry into How We Express Ourselves involves a lot of transdisciplinary learning!

Thank you to the two ‘risk-taking’ families who have already signed up to perform: How We Express Ourselves in K2

If you and your child enjoy singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, storytelling, puppet shows or have any other creative, artistic special ‘talent’ you would like to perform as a special 2-3 minute performance.. Please sign up here.. On any of these days/times that suits.This is optional and a fun way for parents to be role-models of how to be risk-takers too !

We say a big thank you to Ms Michelle for coming to teach us how to be creative using the iPad apps.

To ensure a smooth transition from K2 to Grade 1, K2 went to explore the Grade 1 classrooms yesterday.Ask your child to describe what he/she saw.

 

Next Tuesday your children will  buddy up with a Grade 1 student and learn about how to eat lunch in the school canteen and play in the big playground.

Thank you to Lena and her Mum, Sakiko for being this week’s mystery reader. K2C listened well to their Japanese story.

 

Looking ahead:

 

 

  • Thursday, May 23rd at 9am.

    K2 and Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition 

  • Every Friday ( K2C Swimming)
  • Friday, May 31: Early Dismissal Grades D-8 11:30 – 11:30am ( Due the Graduation Ceremony)
  • Friday, June 7thES Moving Up Morning⋅ 8:40 – 10:05am. Students spend time in their new classrooms with their new classmates.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, June 111:15 – 1:45pm Farewell assembly for Discovery – Grade 5 students leaving UNIS.
  • Wednesday, June 12 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal  12:00 noon

    Below is from an enthusiastic group of Grade 4 kiddos!

 

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10 May

 

It is so hard to believe that it is May already and we have just one more month left of the school year. At the moment, I am busy assessing student learning in reading, writing and mathematics, and it makes me feel so proud to see evidence of each child’s amazing progress. Each child has improved SO MUCH ! They are all definitely ready for Grade 1.
Eric Carle has written so many wonderful children’s books. Ask your child to retell the story of The Grouchy Ladybug and I See A Song.

Thank you to Eimar’s Mum, Colette, for being this week’s mystery reader. Your children were wonderful listeners considering it was in Gaelic, an Irish language!

Sadly, it’s time for us to start thinking about the end of the year and and the people who will be leaving UNIS. In order to leave well we must communicate our thoughts to the people that we connected with here in Hanoi. With the help of our kind and caring counselor, our “leavers’ have commenced Student Transition Counseling Programme. ( After 33 years of teaching,Toby Bear and I, have decided to take a ‘Gap Year’ next year and will spend time at home  in Australia with family.)

How We Express Ourselves in K2

If you and your child enjoy singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, storytelling, puppet shows or have any other creative, artistic special ‘talent’ you would like to perform as a special 2-3 minute performance.. Please sign up here.. On any of these days/times that suits. 

This is optional and a fun way for parents to be role-models of how to be risk-takers too !


A note from Ms Alexis:

The K2 and Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 9am. The students are excited to showcase their work in the Arts for the UNIS Community! The Art Exhibition will begin immediately following the concert. 

Please note the following information regarding the performance.

  • Students will come to school at the regular time on Thursday, May 23rd, and will be brought to the Center for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.
  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Center for the Arts Foyer at 8:30am and the music concert will begin promptly at 9am.

Please click here to find out more about the Concert Attire for K2 and Grade 1 students Please label your child’s clothes and send them in a labeled bag to school by Friday, May 17th as they will be used in dress rehearsals and at the concert.

Grade level Shirt Pants
Grades K2 & G1 UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirt – royal blue Long black trousers, leggings or tracksuit pants.

Looking ahead:

  • Weekly on Saturdays: Library Open for Community  until Jun 8, 2019 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Monday, May 13: ES Snack Sale 8:10 – 10:05am In order for your child to purchase a snack, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).
  • Thursday, May 16, Friday May 17, Saturday May 18 
    Seussical Jr. – ES Musical Production
    Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy our talented ES students in the Grade 4-5 Musical Production! Tickets for Seussical Jr. (our Grades 4-5 Musical) are on sale in the Arts Office (G29) – in the foyer of the Arts Center. Tickets cost 80,000 VND
  • Friday, May 31: Early Dismissal Grades D-8 11:30 – 11:30am ( Due the Graduation Ceremony)
  • Friday, June 7th: ES Moving Up Morning8:40 – 10:05am. Students spend time in their new classrooms with their new classmates.
  • 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.
  • Tuesday, June 111:15 – 1:45pm Farewell assembly for Discovery – Grade 5 students leaving UNIS.
  • Wednesday, June 12 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal  12:00 noon

 

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3rd May

Thank you for supporting Book Week!

The Used Book Sale continues and opens to the public tomorrow where we have thousands of books that have been donated and must all go! Bring your friends and family all are welcome – Just be sure to bring ID to register at the main gate.



Look on your child’s Seesaw to see a video of Bookweek.

We say a big thank you to the ‘Mystery Readers who came in to read to us


Looking ahead-Changes to SWIMMING

K2C will now have swimming only on Fridays. Swimming changes information can be found here.


K2C mathematicians can measure and compare length, height and weight.


How We Express Ourselves in K2

If you and your child enjoy singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, storytelling, puppet shows or have any other creative, artistic special ‘talent’ you would like to perform as a special 2-3 minute performance. Please sign up here.. On any of these days/times that suits.

This is optional and a fun way for parents to be role-models of how to be risk-takers too !


Saturday of Service
Saturday, May 410:00am – 4:30pm

Saturday of Service Community Day

This Service Learning community event is for UNIS Hanoi students, parents, faculty, staff, our service partners and the wider Hanoi community to connect with each other through fun and meaningful service activities and we hope that you will join in.

Activities include:

  • A visit with Grade 6 students to the Tam Dao Moon Bear Sanctuary
  • Keep Hanoi Clean (KHC) clean-up morning
  • Games afternoon with blind students
  • Games and Art activities with children from Thuy An Village and the Huong La Centre

SIGN-UP HERE to join your favourite activity


ES Snack Sale
  • Monday, May 138:10 – 10:05am

ES Musical Production Seussical
  • Thursday, May 16,6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Friday May 17th 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Saturday May 18th 3:00-4:30 pm

    K2 & Grade 1 Music Concert & Art Exhibition
    Thursday, May 239:00 – 10:00am ( more details soon)
    Discovery to Grade 1 Art Exhibition
    May 20 – June 1, 2019

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26 April

Earth Day was April 22nd ! Perhaps your family would like to continue taking EarthDay action at home by trying some of these ideas.I hope you enjoyed watching and listening to K2C’s Earth day messages on Seesaw on Monday.

This week, Ms Michelle introduced K2C to the art of film making, using the Green Screen and an app on the iPad! 

At home you might like to discuss the meaning of these concepts: Perspective, Inspiration, and Inspired K2C listened carefully  to the story of Camille and the sunflowers and were curious to know more about Vincent Van Gough. Now Ms Cathie is ‘inspired’ to paint the flowers she sees in the environment! ‘To support our learning about ways we express our thoughts and emotions through The Arts, K2C parents are invited to perform withe their child !

 During the month of May- K2C and their families will be expressing themselves through THE ARTS. Do you and your child enjoy singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, storytelling, puppet shows or have any other creative, artistic special ‘talent’ you would like to perform as a special 2-3 minute performance.. if so, 

Please sign up here. 
This is optional and a fun way for parents to be role-models ( with their children) of how to be courageous, risk-takers !

Thank you to Flora ( Lily’s Mum) for being this week’s Mystery reader and for teaching us how to speak some Chinese! ( Ask your child to teach you how to say: ‘baby’, mother’ and ‘hug’)

This week we started doing some assessment of learning. Its wonderful to see just how much progress each child has made in letter and sound recognition ! At home you might like to help your child practice forming letters, using vocabulary of starting on the ‘sky line, plane line and going down to the grass line or worm line.


Our Math learning today was focussed on the 
ACARA Outcome: Use direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is longer, heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language. K2C made a family of worms. Each worm is a different length and shape. Some worms are long and some are short. ( You should have seen/heard your child comparing length of snakes on their seesaw. Here are some photos of the snake making in action!

At home, your child might like to find objects ( e.g. pencils, string, shoes, people)

  • compare them by length.
  • describe using vocabulary: longest and longer than, shortest and shorter than

K2C also enjoyed being creative in the maker space and used paper bags to make puppets!


Looking ahead.

We have a 5 day weekend..( I’m off to Luang Prabang)

Don’t forget it’s BOOK WEEK when we return. ES students are asked to come to school on Thursday 2nd May dressed as a book character and if you can, send along the book too.  

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19th April

Thank you for attending your child’s Student Led Conference today. I am wondering what you are thinking and feeling about your child’s learning in K2C. If you would like to have a follow up conversation with me about your child’s progress this year, just let me know and we can arrange a time either before or after school. ( Also, I appreciate an email with your feedback.)



Ask your child to tell you who our Mystery Reader was this week and what was the title of the book? If you haven’t already done so and would like to be a Mystery Reader, please sign up here.

  • April 22nd
    It’s Earth Day on Monday!
    A suggestion from our lovely ES Principal, Megan, is to WEAR GREEN to raise even more awareness about the importance of protecting our planet. 
  • April 29 – May 1, 2019: Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day & International Labour Day – School Closed

  •  Thursday the 2nd of May Book week Character Parade!! Students come to school dressed as a Book Character.  

  • Friday May 3 – 4, 2019: Used Book Sale
  • Friday May 3- Wear BLUE UNIS Tshirt to support our MRISA Volleyball team.
  • Monday, May 138:10 – 10:05am: ES Snack Sale
  • Thursday, May 239:00 – 10:00am :K2 & Grade 1 Music Concert & Art Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 12: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal 12:00pm
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12th April

Welcome back after Spring Break. This week your children have been enthusiastic puppeteers, mindful mathematicians, confident communicators, creative illustrators and writers, reflective thinkers and courageous risk-takers.

We are thinking about Who We Are as Learners : What can we do now in April, that we couldn’t do at the beginning of the year? K2C were very surprised to know that teachers and parents are learners too!

We are ‘reflective’. What is the IB Learner Profile? What are the Approaches to Learning? How can the Learner Profile and ATL’s help us find out about strengths and challenges? 

We started a new Unit of Inquiry ! What does ‘creativity’ mean?

In  We enjoyed learning a new math game called Beetle (This is one Ms Cathie remembers fondly from her childhood) Ask your child to teach you how to play.

Thanks for sending your child to school wearing blue yesterday! Ask your child to tell you about the soccer! You can watch 2019 APAC Soccer teams playing live at

UNIS play ⚽️ 10.30 and 15.30 on Friday, and 12 April 10.00 on Sat. 13 April.

15th April- NO SCHOOL (Monday is a Public Holiday)

K2C are busy preparing for next Friday’s STUDENT LED CONFERENCES . Your child will be your ‘tour guide’. Please note: 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.  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. Below you will see some of the things your child will show/explain to you. 


Where does the money go? How can students access funds for literacy initiatives?

Funds raised from the SCO Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through our Service Learning Programme.

Questions? Contact us at: booksale@unishanoi.org

 

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29th March

The highlight of this week ( perhaps, even the year so far) was definitely our Market Day. As you watch the video below of your consumers and producers in action, look at the amazing social skills, self-management skills and thinking skills every K2 child is displaying!

This kind of transdisciplinary learning, where the children are given lots of ‘choice, voice and ownership’ to organize themselves, is an example of how children learn best.

 


After the Break, K2 will start a new Unit of Inquiry  – How We Express Ourselves.

The Central idea is: Artists express ideas and emotions for different purposes. We will be exploring the concepts of ‘perspective’ and creativity as we inquire into:

  • Inspiration of artists
  • Different art mediums for expression
  • Experiencing and appreciating a variety of art forms

WANTED in June : Risk-taking families for K2C’s Got Talent

I aim to have a fun sharing ‘Family talent show’ in our K2C classroom, and hope to have child and parent acts. I previous years this has been a great success..and lots of fun. More details later, but you might like to start thinking of what “talent” you would like to perform WITH your child on the K2C stage!!! ( Ideas: Singing duet, family ‘rock band’, musical instruments, magic show, puppet play, poem from your home country, a traditional dance, tell a joke…anything creative!)


Thank you to Kassie’s Mum Lilly, for being this week’s Mystery Reader. If you haven’t yet had a turn and would like to, please sign up here


BIG thanks to Flora ( Lily’s Mum) and Shasha (Olivia’s Mum) for teaching K2C how to make noodles! As well as being inspired to become bakers and chefs, K2C have also learned a lot about ‘procedures’ and verbs !


We are mathematicians. We are also having some fun building and playing games with a double decker bus!  ( Ask your child to tell you more.)

K2C are also learning about number sentences and starting to recognize the difference between  =, + and – symbols. This week Ms Beth helped K2C think more deeply about the concept of ‘equal’ and the = symbol. What does ‘equal’ mean? How do you know?


What a fun Sports Morning!

Many thanks for your continued support. Enjoy your spring break !


Looking ahead

  • March 30 – April 7, 2019 : Spring Break – Offices Open Weekdays/ No Classes
  • K2 Swimming continues- Mondays/Wednesdays ( Regular PE on Fridays)
  • Saturday, April 138:45 – 10:45am: ES Maker Day
  • Monday, April 15: Celebration of Hung King Day – School Closed
  • Friday, April 1910:00am – 6:00pm: ES Student – Led Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
  • Friday, April 268:30 – 9:30am: ES Parents & Administrators Coffee Morning
  • April 29 – May 1, 2019: Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day & International Labour Day – School Closed
  • May 3 – 4, 2019: Used Book Sale
  • Monday, May 138:10 – 10:05am: ES Snack Sale
  • Thursday, May 239:00 – 10:00am :K2 & Grade 1 Music Concert & Art Exhibition
  • Wednesday, June 12: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL Early Dismissal 12:00pm
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