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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22nd March

On Tuesday K2C learned the procedure for making mayonnaise. A big thank you to Hans and his dad, Mr Louis for teaching us!

A lot of time this week in K2C was spent on preparing ‘goods and services’ for next Tuesday’s K2 Market Day ! This is the summative task for our ‘How We Organize Ourselves’ unit of inquiry! Here’s a video of behind the scenes, as K2C organize themselves for market day.

Did you know, K2C is a part of ‘the Tribe of Travelling Tales‘. This involves writing around the world in the classroom without walls. Travelling Tales connects classrooms so they can collaborate to create a tale. K2C  ( and three other International Schools) helped to create this tale about  Crab and Snail. Listen carefully- can you recognize any K2C friends’ voices? Travelling Tales encourages us all to think more about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to help transform our world.

In Math this week, we read the ‘counting by feet’ story One is a Snail, Ten is a CrabThis is what inspired the students in Thailand who wrote the beginning of this travelling tale.  K2C also had some fun exploring and creating new games using Tiny Polka Dots cards.

Our literacy learning continues to focus on concepts of print. When looking at books at home, parents can consolidate their child’s understanding of print concepts by talking about:

  • Directional rules “I want to point to the words as I read. Show me how my finger should move on the page as I read. Where do I go after that?”
  • Voice print pairing (First modeled by the adult): “Now you point to the words as I read them.”
  • Punctuation Point to all available forms of punctuation. “What is this for? Do you know what is called?”
  • Capital and lower-case letters Using the text of a book say, “Show me a capital letter. Show me a lower-case letter.”
  • Letter concepts “Show me just one letter. Do you know the name of that letter? Show me another letter. What sound does that letter make? What are vowels?”
  • Word Concepts “Show me just one word. Show me two words.How many sight words can you find in this book?”
  • Sentences– What is a sentence? How do you know?How many sentences are on this page?
  • Verbs- A verb is an action word. ( run, hop, jump, run, mix etc.) How many verbs can you find in the book?

Everyday we have a morning message and I am so amazed at how clever K2C are now at decoding, finding the missing vowels and reading the message.

PE March Madness…

Wow! So much fun things are happening in PE during the month of March!

1- ECC and ES Swimming

All ECC and ES swimming will start on Monday March 25th. Our swimming model has changed from previous years so for more info check out the Aquatics Blog or email Mr. Hamilton. Swimming starts next week. K2C will need to bring their swimming gear on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The ECC and ES Swimming Schedule can be found here: ECC/ES Swimming Schedule


Friday March 29th will be our Elementary Sports Morning so make sure to come cheer your child on! All students from Discovery to Grade 5 will be participating in various games and sporting activities.

K2: Fun Sports Morning
Time: 8:10- 10:45 am
Location: Large field behind the Sports Centre


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15th March

This week was a short but busy one!

First of all we must say a big thank you to Chef Mimi and Chef Cyp ( the chefs from Cousins restaurant and Cugini Restaurant) for coming to school on Tuesday and Wednesday to teach K2C how to make yogurt cake. You probably have already heard your child explaining the procedure on SeeSaw. Whilst half the class were in the kitchen with the chefs, the others were in the classroom learning how to make Stone Soup with Ms Cathie! 

During this ‘Stone Soup’ reading lesson, K2C were learning to identify verbs, sight words, rhyming words as well as the concept of ‘procedure writing’.

In Math lessons, it might look like your children are ‘just playing games’, however there is a lot of learning going on!  I wonder if you noticed any of the following learning intentions during today’s Math time.

As well as the academics, in the PYP, we focus on teaching children skills. ((Also known as ATL‘s) Which of these Approaches To Learning do you feel are becoming strengths and challenges for your child? 

A big thank you for joining Open Classrooms. Here’s a video of the action!
At UNIS, we value parent feedback. If you have time, I would like to know your thoughts.
Please email me: What did you see-think-wonder about the learning you observed in K2C? 

Dear Parents,

Health and Safety is one of our highest priorities at UNIS Hanoi. On Tuesday, March 19th at 2:30 pm, the school will be conducting a lockdown drill on campus. This is an announced drill and all staff and students have been informed and trained on what to expect during a lockdown drill. ( K2C and K2D students had a little practice on Wednesday.) A lockdown drill is one of the emergency preparedness standards required for our CIS accreditation. The drill will be conducted in the same manner as our regular evacuation drills. Our hope is that we never have an actual need to go into lockdown mode but in the rare instance, as a school, be assured UNIS Hanoi is prepared to deal appropriately.

Your child may come home with questions or concerns about this drill.  Some key messages that you may wish to reinforce to with your child are –

  • That we should always listen to an authority figure for safety information
  • Practice means being prepared – knowing what to do keeps us as safe as possible
  • This is a ‘just-in-case’ plan – it’s like wearing a helmet when we ride our bikes. We wear helmets and knee pads when we skateboard. We don’t expect to fall, but if we do, we’ll be protected. Then we don’t have to worry. We can just ride our bikes and boards and not even think about falling, because we have the situation covered.

All guests on campus will be required to participate in the drill. If you are visiting that day, please be prepared to follow instructions or move to an area where you are inside and out of view. The gates to the campus will be closed so we ask for your understanding if you arrive during the drill and are asked to wait outside.

Looking ahead

  • Spring Fair   Sunday, March 1711:00am – 3:00pm
    The UNIS Spring Fair is the largest event organized by the School Community Organisation. It’s about the UNIS Hanoi community getting together with our kids and having fun while sharing our cultures.
    K2 Market Day Tuesday, March 26
    K2 will organize themselves to sell their hand made Goods and Services to Discovery and K1 and K2 customers! Children asked to bring 20,000 VND.
    Spring Break – Offices Open Weekdays/ No Classes or Activities
    March 30 – April 7, 2019
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8th March

K2C are learning about procedures. The purpose of a procedure is to instruct someone. In Math this week K2C have been learning how to instruct others ‘How to play these games’. 

Next week, we will be looking closely at other forms of procedural writing and reading/writing recipes!

We love reading !   Home reading– You may have noticed this week your child brought home 3 books! (These books have been ‘self selected’ by your child.) You will also find a list of the reading strategies we teach children to use, when they attempt to decode new words. If you notice your child using any of these strategies, please give lots of praise! )

A big thank you to Mr Daniel ( Johanna’s dad for teaching us the procedure of how to use a bread maker to make bread.

K2C are enjoying opportunities for role-play. This week, as part of our Unit of Inquiry, your children chose to take on different roles and had fun as they explored a range of community ‘services’.

Today K2C learned how to play a new team coding game, called BeeBot addition. Can your child tell you the procedure of how to play?

Next week:

Monday 11th March –No School for students ( Staff Professional Development day)

Thursday 14th /Friday 15th – I hope to see you in K2C during Open Classrooms.  Please see below for the times our K2C classroom is ‘Open’ for parents! Your children will be your teachers!


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