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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1st March

Welcome to March !

This week K2 visited our UNIS canteen. (Hopefully you have already seen/heard your child’s recount of this ‘mini field trip’ on her/his SeeSaw!) This was a good opportunity for children to ask authentic questions. For example:

  • Why are you making food? ( Raffi)
  • Why do you make these foods? ( Eimar)
  • Where does the food come from? ( Hans)
  • How do they make our food? ( Johanna)
  • Do the people in the canteen have their own lunch? ( Brayden)
Many children are now very keen to be chefs and want to cook! At home, you might like to give your child some experiences with preparing the food they eat. And while doing so, can they tell you the steps/recipe/instructions of ‘How to make it’ using verbs/action words. (cut, slice, mix, pour, knead, put, etc.) In class over the next few weeks, we are focussing on writing procedures.
Over the next few weeks, I would like to invite parents who can cook to come to our K2C classroom and work with small groups of children to follow simple recipes and prepare healthy snacks at school. If interested please email me!
    • K2C are becoming very confident readers! Thank you for supporting home reading. You may have noticed in your child’s reading folder this week, the questions on bookmarks that will help your child to develop comprehension skills.
      Lots of learning through play was had by all this week as we continued to role-play being bakers, chefs, postal workers, bankers, construction workers, shopkeepers, librarians and veterinarians. K2C are showing increased understanding of the concepts of ‘producers/consumers buying/selling goods and services. Yesterday our Grade 4 buddies had some fun with us too.

Towards the end of March- K2 students will work in small groups and will organize their very own market day! They are currently brainstorming ideas and researching which goods and services 3-6 year old customers need and want to buy!

Today was ‘Fun Friday’…Can you guess who these characters are? We had some more role-play fun wearing masks,  and creating characters and performing original stories. This afternoon, Villa taught K2C how to make paper fortune tellers! It has certainly been a ‘Fun Friday’!

Looking ahead:

  • Faculty/ Staff Professional Development – No Classes or Activities for Students. Monday, March 11
  •  Open Classrooms (Classes & ASAs etc as normal)
    Thursday, March 14 and Friday March 158:00am – 3:30pm
    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. Detailed Schedule available soon
  • Spring Fair
    Sunday, March 1711:00am – 3:00pm
  • International Day of Happiness
    Wednesday, March 20
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22nd Feb

Math Minds Monday- Mathematicians are readers!

K2C enjoyed acting out and singing this song: 5 currant buns in the Bakers shop !

Talking Tuesday- Show and Tell 

Thanks for supporting your child’s Home reading- Books are changed on Tuesdays. As well as listening to your child read, please continue to read aloud daily to your child, especially books in your home language. Also, you might to encourage your child to find ‘high frequency’ sight words in these books.  Maybe your child can teach you how to play sight words B-I-N-G-O!

The field trip to Donkey Bakery on Wednesday morning was a definite highlight this week. Look on Seesaw to hear/see your child’s recount of this field trip. As Donkey Bakery is a social enterprise we were also fortunate to see a business that employs people with disabilities. We learned some sign language and could communicate our hellos and thank you with the staff.

K2C also have a bakery! Today they enjoyed role play being producers and consumers. Chefs, bakers  waiters, delivery people and customers.

Thank you to Hans’ Grandparents for being this week’s Mystery Reader. Click Here to sign up if you haven’t done so already.

Thursday was UN Mother Tongue Language Day – How many ways different can you say good morning / hello?

  • Looking ahead
  • SCO FUNd Run (and Walk!)
    Tomorrow- Saturday, February 232:30 – 5:30pm
  • Faculty/ Staff Professional Development – No Classes or Activities for Students
    Monday, March 11
  •  Open Classrooms (Classes & ASAs etc as normal)
    Thursday, March 14 and Friday March 158:00am – 3:30pm
    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. Detailed Schedule available soon
  • Spring Fair
    Sunday, March 1711:00am – 3:00pm
  • International Day of Happiness
    Wednesday, March 20
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15th February

We are writers! Thank you for sending in a photo from your child’s Tet holiday. 

We are mathematicians. We can count to 100 !

We are readers. Home Reading has started! The books coming home have been self-selected by your child, so please do not think about ‘the level’. My aim is to help children find their own’ just -right’ reading books, to feel confident as a reader and to ensure she/he has strong understanding of the concepts of print.

When reading with your child, you might like to ask : Can you show me:

  • a letter?
  • a word?
  • a sentence?
  • the end of a sentence (punctuation mark)?
  • the front of the book?
  • the back of the book?
  • where I should start reading the story?
  • spaces between words?
  • the title of the book?
  • how many words are in this sentence?

(We are trying to reduce the amount of plastic we use at school, so if your child has misplaced the green folder given at the beginning of the year, instead of giving a new one, you are welcome to use a folder from home or use the library bag. )

Raffie’s Mum Lori was our very first Mystery Reader. Thank you to the families who have already signed up to be a Mystery Reader

Handwriting: K2C are also thinking more carefully about letter formation. If your child chooses to write at home, you might like to talk about the starting points ( sky line or plane line) and correct direction when forming letters.

Did you know next week is Random Acts of Kindness week – Let’s help our children understand the concept of ‘community service’ and discover ways to be kind and help others at school, at home and in the local community. If you notice your child independently chooses to ‘take action’, please let me know! 

Looking ahead: 

K2C and K2D will be walking to Donkey Bakery next Wednesday morning. Thank you for returning the permission slip.

  • February 15 – March 1: Amazing Arts – Community Exhibition & Auction
  • Monday, February 18: ES Snack Sale students bring 10,000 to 20,000VND to school purchase snacks 
  • Tuesday, February 19: Community Meeting with the Head of School: 8:15 – 9:15am
  • Saturday, February 232:30 – 5:30pm  SCO FUNd Run (and Walk!)
  • Thursday, March 14: ES Open Classrooms (Classes & ASAs etc as normal)
  • Monday, March 11 Faculty/ Staff Professional Development – No Classes
  • Sunday, March 17Spring Fair 11:00am – 3:00pm
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1st February

Dear K2C families,

A highlight for me this week were the Parent Teacher conferences. I hope you found them informative. I am very proud of the progress each child has made in just 98 days of school ! Thank you so much for your time. If you have any further questions, or any feedback feel free to arrange another meeting time or send me an email.

This week we celebrated a birthday!  Happy 6th birthday Hans.

To help us learn about good and services and community helpers we had a Visit to the UNIS shop

We also had a visit to the Maker-space. Its wonderful to watch children’s creativity in action!

Children are enjoying our ‘Show and Tell’ routine on Talking Tuesday! (Its important to remember  eye contact when being a ‘ whole body’ respectful listener and a clear, confident speaker.)

At the conferences yesterday, we discussed the amount of sleep young children need.Thank you for ensuring your child has enough sleep each night.

Here’s the link to the full article Sleep for newsletters 1-2nvm1r9
Please contact Kris Bezzerides (D-G2 Counselor) with any questions kbezzerides@unishanoi.org.

Chuc Mung Nam Moi – What a wonderful Tet assembly! 

Yesterday’s Grade 4 Market Day was lots of fun ! K2C are becoming very good at spending money! Thank you for supporting the Walk-a-thon today.

Did you know today was “World Read aloud day“? A big Thank you to our Grade 4 buddies for reading to us.

K2C Mystery Reader will start after Tet. Please pick one day to come in as our Mystery Reader.  It will be scheduled for 2:55 to 3:10 on Thursday afternoons. On your chosen day, come to school with one of your child’s favorite books (in any language).  Please DO NOT tell your child you will be coming.  Surprises are fun! We’ll be playing a guessing game to try to figure out who the reader is each day.  You can wait near the ECC Staff Room (so we don’t see you) and we’ll come get you when it’s time for you to read.  Here’s a link to Mystery Reader sign up

Home reading will start after TET.. ( Your child will need to bring her/his GREEN FOLDER to school) Our primary goal is for your child to enjoy reading ! The purpose for reading at home is reading for pleasure. We want the children to read books of interest to them and they need you, the parents, to be  a role model and share in their excitement of reading. ( More details will be given after Tet)

I wish you and your family a very happy and safe Tet holiday and hope the Year of the Pig brings you health, wealth and lots of joy!

Looking ahead:

  • Mon 11th February- Back to school ( Can you please email me ONE holiday photo, so when we return to school on 11th February, your child can talk and write about one holiday moment!)
  • Tues 12th February: 100th Day of school
  • Wed 20th February ( Walking Field trip to Donkey Bakery) details after Tet.



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25 January

K2C have had lots of hands on fun this week, as they tried to find out  answers to teacher questions:

  • What is the difference between goods/services? 














  • What does community service mean?
  • Who helps us at UNIS? How? 


  • How might K2C help the UNIS community?

    • What is a production line?

  • Ask your child to explain how K2C worked together in a ‘production’ line to make play dough!
  • If you want to make playdough at home, here is the recipe we used!

Looking ahead

  • Wednesday, January 3010:00am – 6:00pm: ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
  • Thursday, January 319:25 – 10:05am
    Tet Assembly: Discovery – Grade 1 TET is one of the most important celebrations in Vietnam. All parents are invited to come and watch this exciting assembly.  ( Children encouraged to wear Vietnamese Ao dai)
    Thursday, January 319:25 – 10:05am – Please send 60,000VND for your child to make purchases
  • Friday, Ist February9:25 – 10:05am ES Walk-a-thon Annual Service Learning Event
      K2C Parent Helpers are needed from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We will need at least 4 helpers, but more would be wonderful! Please let me know if you can help take a group of children to the field, join in with the warm-up exercises on the field, mark each child’s arm with a water-based marker each time they complete a lap and ensure all the children in their group return to our classroom at the end of the afternoon.

    UNIS Hanoi Blue Dragon WALKATHON

    We hope you are getting excited to come together and support the Blue Dragon Foundation.
    Blue Dragon is an organization that supports young people in crisis throughout Vietnam. This organization works to help children living on the streets of Hanoi, children with disabilities, children from very poor families, and victims of human trafficking. Blue Dragon’s dedicated staff aid over 1,500 of the most vulnerable girls and boys in Vietnam. You now have the sponsorship form to support your child as they walk to raise money to help other children in Vietnam. Please use the sponsorship form and send in your donations after the Walkathon. Cash donations can be submitted to your homeroom teacher OR donations can be made directly to Blue Dragon via their website. Students are welcome to invite friends and family abroad to support this worthy organization.

    Donate to Blue Dragon

    If donations are made directly on the Blue Dragon website, please write “UNIS Walkathon” in the message section (so donations can be tracked). 

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18th January

Click here to see a video of K2C learning about letters, sounds and words.

Unit of Inquiry :This week K2C did a ‘See-Think -Wonder”, using the slideshow below. to start building the vocabulary needed for our new Unit of Inquiry.. We also talked about how we organize ourselves at school and at home? I wonder, how many of these words does your child already know the meaning of? 

To see a video of K2 Cooperating in teams and  ‘organizing themselves’ to cut, unjumble, glue and read the central idea of our Unit of Inquiry Click Here 

As part of tour inquiry into Goods and Services, next week I plan to set up some role play/dress up areas for children to explore different community helper roles/jobs/services . If you have any props or dress up clothing that might help children have fun role-playing services people provide our community, we’d love to borrow them for a few weeks. Thanks.

As you know Basti’s Mum, Carmen was our K2C class parent, and as they have moved to Switzerland, I want to say a BIG thank you to Han’s Mum, Juliette for volunteering to be our new class parent. Her email is j.vigneault.dubois@gmail.com.

At least 4 K2C Parent Helpers are needed for the Walk-a-thon

Parent Volunteers will:

  • go to their child’s class for 1:00 pm
  • take a small group of children (assigned to them by the teacher) to the field
  • join in with the warm-up exercises on the field
  • take their group to a marker on the track
  • mark each child’s arm with a water-based marker each time they complete a lap
  • encourage the children in their group to stop and drink water as needed
  • ensure all the children in their group return to the classroom at the end of the afternoon

If you are available to help on Friday, 1st February 2019 . 1:00 -3:00 pm please contact our class parent Juliette, or myself 

Show and Tell in K2C will start next Tuesday. (This new routine will help develop your child’s Oral language skills of listening, asking questions and speaking clearly in full sentences.)

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11th January 2019

Welcome to 2019! I am very pleased with how well K2C have settled back into the routines of school after their 3 week break. I enjoyed listening to your children recount their holiday stories: where they went, what they did etc. I wonder if your child remembers what their classmates said? Who went to Ireland? Who went skiing? Who went to the beach? Who went to Japan? Who stayed in Hanoi?

As you know, K2 are counting the number of days we come to school. Today is only the 84th day of school. (Almost half way through the school year) We are looking forward to celebrating our 100th day!

It was Ms Mi’s birthday on Tuesday ! 

For our Math learning this week we learned a new game called Get The Gold. K2C then taught K2D how to play ! I sent this game home for you and your child to have some Math fun at home too! (You are welcome to borrow this game for one week.) We also had some fun learning this pirate songOur new ‘Fruit and Candy’ shop, was a great way for children to explore addition concepts, solve simple number problems and use mathematical language, as well as make connections to our new unit of inquiry.

This week we started ‘tuning in’ to our How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry with the central idea:’People organize themselves through a process to create goods and services for the community’  

Two of the lines of inquiry for this unit are:

    • The needs and wants of a community
    • Our responsibilities as producers and consumers

At home, you might like to continue having a discussion about the difference between what we need and what we want! Can your child retell this Charlie and Lola story?Today K2C learned how to play a game called ‘Sight Word BINGO’. 

Looking ahead

      • Jan 30: Parent-Teacher Conferences ( NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)
      • Jan 28: Reports go home
  • Feb 1 :ES Walk-a-thon Annual Service Learning Event This is the annual ES Walk-A-Thon event which raises money for the Blue Dragon Foundation to support local street children in Hanoi. All parents and encouraged to come and support the children during the Walk-A-Thon. Parents can meet children on the field at 12.50 and cheer on the students as they walk their many rounds. Students will be collecting pledges from family members and friends.
  • Feb 2-10: Tet holiday (SCHOOL CLOSED)
      • Feb 12: 100th day of school 


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