30th November

Firstly, a big thank you for supporting the Ninja Warrior Challenge.

Birthday celebrations. K2C wish Carmen ( Basti’s Mum) a very special Happy Birthday and say a big thank you too, for being such wonderful K2C class parent. This week we also celebrated Johanna and Brayden’s 6th birthday. ( A request- when sending in cakes, please consider the packaging and not send in any single-use plastic. We have reusable plates here at school.)

It’s SDG week.

I am amazed at the amount of enthusiasm, focus and the many connections our young learners have made to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Ask your child to describe the characters: The Green Ninja, Michael Recycle and Litterbug Doug!

Click here to listen to each child explain why we need to make good choices about our waste. Also, you might like to your child to tell you about the tale they are  creating on iPads with their Grade 4 Buddy.

Thankyou for supporting our Nude Food focus this week. We all enjoyed the K2 Nude Food picnic.

I love to know when children are taking ACTION at home ! Thank you Hans and his family for sharing this message: “With regards to SDG we still have a loooong way to go to reduce our ecological footprint.We also believe small steps are better than no steps at all. Here are two modest routines that we started recently both to be even better than recycling: not making waste at all or making less waste. And they come out of being confronted about recycling and waste by Hans. You are doing a great job integrating the SDGs into the learning!

1) switching from liquid soap and shower gels to “traditional” soap in our bathrooms

2) Making yoghurt at home photo  

Parents, when you look/listen to your child’s thinking on SeeSaw too, please take a moment to record a comment about any connection you make to the SDG’s. What did you notice? What do you wonder? How you feel about your child’s learning? We all love feedback!

I look forward to hearing more ways your family makes a difference and works together to achieve the SDG’s!

UN Day –


Please continue to think about the SDG’s !

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23rd November

Dear K2C families,

I start this blogpost by saying a very big THANK YOU ! I felt the ‘love’ on teachers day. So many beautiful smiles, child made cards, kind words, flowers, and generous gifts ‘filled my bucket’! This week we talked about the concept of KINDNESS through a story about how our invisible buckets follow us everywhere. We are thinking about the many different ways of giving, sharing, and caring. (This guide to daily happiness, though, is not just for kids.) At home you might like to have a family conversation: What is the difference between bucket filling and bucket dipping? ” How have you filled a bucket today?“. We all need reminders of the benefits of positive thinking and positive behavior. K2C have also learned a news song. ‘A smile is something if you give it away…hold on tight and you wont get any (This is one I remember from my own childhood.) Can your child sing it to you? (You can substitute the word smile..with kindness, happiness, listening, etc.)


Do you know K2C has a class postbox? Your children are becoming keen letter writers and each day students choose to  post their hand written letters/notes in the  box. Over the next few weeks, I encourage parents to also write surprise handwritten notes/messages/compliments to your child, (hide them inside their folder and then Ms. Mi will put them in our postbox.) Imagine your child’s excitement when the K2C postman( or postperson) hand delivers that letter! Also, we will greatly appreciate donations of note paper, greeting cards, stamps, postcards, envelopes for our classroom writing centre.

Lots of great thinking like an engineer was had this week ! Ask your child to retell the story of Rosie Reveer and to describe some of the gadgets or gizmos we made in our classroom and in the makerspace. ( You’ve probably seen your own child’s ‘engineering work already on SeeSaw )

Last week we had some fun with The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Here’s another video link of K2C storytellers and bridges builders!

In Math, K2C are showing increased confidence to attempt to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. It is pleasing to see/hear children showing a positive growth mindset .Next week ……SDG Week and UN Day 

In the lead up to UN day  K2 will be focusing on waste in our classroom.  We will be GREEN NINJAs talking about school lunch and food packaging in snack boxes as well as teaching other classes in about repairing, rethinking, reducing and reusing before throwing things away. ( If you have any photos or examples of the action your family takes at home to support our SDG learning, please let me know.) How does my family reduce waste? What good choices does my family make that show we care about our environment? What is MY responsibility?

Nude Food K2 Picnic- 29 Nov

We continue to encourage students to bring snacks without wrapping to reduce waste at school but also to build the students’ understanding of waste in our society.  We will be having a nude food  snack time picnic on Thursday 29th with our K2 friends.  Please could you help your child bring food without packaging to eat on that day.  I am attaching again a parent information sheet about nude food.

UN Day Shared Lunch

Continuing on this SDG theme we will be talking to the students about not wasting food at the shared picnic and being mindful of waste. You should have already received the following message from Carmen,(our wonderful K2C class parent) for details and logistics of the shared lunch.

Dear Parents, 

As you had been informed through the email from Nathalie Grun and the tin tuc article last week the sign up for UN Day Lunch is already open. Thank you very much to those who already signed up for our joint lunch after the UN Ceremony. 

For those who just missed the message you can find the link again here K2 Food Sign-up. All four K2 classes will have the lunch together. The lunch will be held in the K2A and K2B, outside will be picnic tables where you can sit all together. The four class parents of K2 will be in charge for the set up, so no help needed – it would be just great if everybody can help a bit clearing after the lunch.
Please remember the most important things:
  • 1) One national dish per child, serving size approx. 10 portions 
  • 2) List the food ingredients, name of food and country of origin (Food Label attached -your child can help you with decorating the food label, for example flag colors)
  • 3) Food should not require refrigeration/heating.
  • 4) Food should be easily served —no soupy dishes.
  • 5) Please avoid single use plastic container, we encourage to use your own plastic box and label your dish/tray with your child’s full name & homeroom. If you forget to take it home after the event, it will be cleaned and brought back to the homeroom of your child – if it is labeled clearly! 

Come early on that day to save your seat and please drop off the food to K2A/K2B room before you go to the ceremony. 

As usual, if there are any questions that come up regards UN Day and the lunch – do not hesitate to contact me. It is now the 4th time for me to join that great day and I am each time fascinated and proud of the students and the whole school.

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we will be hosting a free community screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm.  The movie is in English, with Vietnamese subtitles.

Movie Trailer:  A Plastic Ocean 
What:  “A Plastic Ocean” documentary – FREE community screening
When:  Tuesday 27th November, 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)
Who:  UNIS Hanoi students, families, teachers – 7 years +
Where:  Theatre, Centre for Arts, B10
Why:  To raise awareness of the issue of pollution being created by single use plastics and what we can do to help
Please see the ES TinTuc for more details.

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16th November

It has been another busy week of learning in K2C. It was wonderful to see parents and children learning together during Open Classroom sessions. 


Looking ahead : Next Friday Ms Nikki is inviting K2 parents to come try our Ninja warrior course next Friday. Parents are welcome to come check it out from 2:30-3:00pm.

Please click on this link to Ms Nikki’s invitation to see K2 Ninja Warriors in action . (Here’s a video of behind the scenes)

At home, your child might like to use this ‘recount’ framework to help retell stories after you read aloud.

Next week we will continue to learn more about ‘Who We Are” via ‘Family Skype’ show and tell . (Hoping technology is on our side)


  • Tues November 20th:Teacher Appreciation Day
  • November 26 – 30, 2018

Description:This SDG Week has two elements:

  1. A celebration of the SDG related work that we do across the school.
  2. An opportunity for our students to work on Goals that are of interest to them in cross grade collaborative groupings dedicating their time to trying to achieve one of the outcomes of the goals. The idea is that this would happen during the days leading up to UN Day, with our final UN Day event celebrating the work that has gone before.
  • Friday, November 30th :UN day (Please read the ES TinTuc news for more information)



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9th November

Dear K2C families,

Some Highlights from this week in K2C:Introducing Skype to connect with family members who cannot come into our classroom. Here’s the link if you want to sign up

    • Being Green Ninja’s and sorting junk in our ‘recycling factory’
    • Going to the new ES Maker space with Ms Michelle and Ms Ngan
    • Learning about concepts of print via Toby Bear’s messages
    • Listening to stories and making connections to our ‘Structures’ Unit of Inquiry
    • Reflecting on ourselves as Mathematicians and Communicators
    • Learning about recounts- and making a map to recount our Field trip
    • Listening to Raz Kids stories and reading on iPads
    • Discovering the happy ending to the Five Global Ducks tale
    • Thinking about pronouns ( her/his, she/he)
    • Outdoor learning on Thursday morning with our Grade 4 buddies

  • Learning when to say ‘NO MEANS NO’ (please see the message below)
    Dear Parents of K2 Students,
    Over the past few weeks our D-2 School Counselor, Kris Bezzerides, has delivered 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 non-threatening. They are designed to empower students. In this series of lessons students were taught:
    • How to judge a safe and unsafe experience
    • Warning signs our bodies use to tell us if a situation is unsafe
    • No Means No – we are the boss of our own bodies and have a right to say no if someone is making us uncomfortable
    • Creating a list of trusted adults we can talk with
    • Learning the correct names for our ‘private 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.
  • Looking ahead

    An Invitation to Open Classrooms Thursday 15th/Friday 16th November

    What are Open Classrooms? Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.    

    Purpose of Open Classrooms Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

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2nd November

Dear K2C families,

It is a short week for students and a short blog post this week too! However, we the teachers, are very busy at school ( and I will be here all weekend learning more about ways to embed the Sustainable Development Goals into the curriculum, and attending a  3 days PYP workshop.)

Thanks again to our K2C parents for such wonderful support. Especially to the parents who have joined in with Math Minds Monday morning fun, who contributed to the ES Snack Sale and who came on our Ethnology Museum field trip. Click here to see the album of google photos

Do you know K2C created the beginning of this Five Global Ducks tale (the first five pages). I wonder if you can recognise any voices? This video was published just yesterday. Please share with your child to discover what happened to the whale that was caught in a net!

  • This Travelling Tale was created by 5 schools from around the world.
    Thanks to the schools who made it possible:
    UNIS Hanoi, Vietnam
    Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies, USA
    Pensmith STEM International, Thailand
    Oakridge Elementary School, USA
    International School Zug and Luzern, Switzerland
    For more information about Travelling Tales please visit our website: – http://bevansjoel.wixsite.com/travell…

And this photo is for the families who celebrated Halloween and enjoyed dressing up on Wednesday. See you on Monday!  

Looking ahead

Thursday and Friday 15th/16th November – Open Classrooms:  By invitation parents are invited to observe their child at work in classroom lessons. Come and find out about how inquiry based learning works in the PYP. Teachers will advise which lessons are open. A detailed schedule will be available soon.

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