15 February 2019

Tuesday was our 100th day of school. K2 started the day with 100 exercises and continued with more 100th day activities spread out across the four K2 classes.


We are readers. Home Reading has started!

Two books will be sent home on Fridays in your child’s communication folders. Please make sure to return those books by the following Friday in order to get two new books.

The books coming home have been self-selected by your child, so please do not think about ‘the level’. Our 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 to 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 communication 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)


Raz-Kids! If your child would like to do Raz-Kids at home, you will find the login information on your child’s home reading folder (www.kidsa-z.com)



Mystery Reader! Please pick one day to come in as our Mystery Reader. It will be scheduled for Tuesday mornings (8:10-8:25) OR afternoons (2:55 to 3:10). On your chosen day, come to school with one of your child’s favourite 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. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE!


We would like to welcome Taeung and his family to K2B! His first day was on Tuesday.

Happy Birthday, Isis!!! Isis turned 6 on February 1st. We hope you had a lovely day!

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1 February 2019

Another action-packed week in K2B…

We visited the UNIS shop to learn more about goods and services, as well as how UNIS reuse and up-cycle clothes and banners to help protect our environment.

The Grade 4 Market Day was so much fun! Following up from the market, K2B will start to consider what goods and services our ECC community might want or need.

Sung Ah and Ms. Corlia share the same birthday!

Sung Ah will turn 6 on the 7th of February. We had fun celebrating her birthday on Thursday.

K2B surprised Ms. Corlia with cake, flowers and singing on Friday 🙂

Our Grade 4 buddies came over to read with us for World Read Aloud Day.

Walk-a-thon was a great success!! Thank you to all the parent volunteers!

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Have a wonderful Tet holiday! Travel safe and see you all back at school on the 11th of February.

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25 January 2019

Last week in K2B, we started thinking about Needs vs. Wants as part of our ‘Production’ unit. As a provocation, we took away all the paper in our class. K2B quickly discovered alternative ways to create their crafts and drawings, for example using whiteboards and/or the recycled materials from our recycle station. Do we really NEED paper in our class?

We also left a cash register out to see how the children will use it. They very quickly created a shop, and money to pay for their goods.

We opened a toy shop on Monday. In groups, the children took turns to be the shop keeper and customers. Each customer got 5 coins and they had to find out how many different ways they could spend their 5 coins.

Sorting pictures and watching ‘BrainPOP Jr.’ have helped develop K2B’s understanding of Needs vs. Wants.

Our Grade 4 buddies helped us to gain some understanding of ‘Goods and Services’.

We have a new friend in our class…

We would like to welcome Hugh and his parents, Laura and Ashley, to K2B! They are from Australia and have only been in Hanoi for a couple of weeks.

Davies family, we look forward to getting to know you better!

It has been a big birthday week in K2B.

Happy birthday to Elena, Hugo and Quang Tung!!

Elena turned 6 on Thursday, 24th January.

Hugo is turning 6 today, 25th January.

Quang Tung is turning 6 on Sunday, 27th January.


  • 28 January – Reports will go home to families
  • 30 January – Parent teacher conferences all day (No school for students) 
  • 31 January – Grade 4 Market Day (Please send your child to school with 60 000 VND to spend at the Market Day Stalls)
  • Tet Assembly – If your child has an ao dai, it would be lovely for them to wear it on Thursday for the Tet assembly
  • 1 February – Blue Dragon walkathon
  • 1 February – Tet holiday commences
  • 11 February – School returns after Tet break

Other notices:




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11 January 2019


Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a great start to 2019!






In K2B this week, we have been solving a lot of addition problems. The children are learning to use a variety of strategies like drawing pictures, using their fingers and/or manipulates to show their thinking.

Our ‘Kindness Garden’ is starting to grow. Please ask your child at home to tell you more…

Happy Birthday Katie!! Katie turned 6 today (January 11th) and we enjoyed celebrating it with her!

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14 December

K2B visited the Maker space to finish their Sniffles houses. You will see your child’s structure on Seesaw.

Happy Birthday to Andy!! He turned 6 on Monday, 10th of December.

Also, Suria will be turning 6 on the 18th of December. We were lucky to be able to celebrate with her today.

We are VERY sad to say goodbye to Marha! She is moving back to Brunei. We wish her and her family all the best!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday! We look forward to seeing you in the new year! Safe travels!


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7 December 2018

We have had a very busy week in K2B!

On Monday, Isis’ mum came to talk to us about being an architect. She showed us different ways to draw the design of structures. Then K2B designed their own mouse houses.

After listening to the story Snuffles’ House and being inspired by our expert visit, we designed and built houses for Snuffles using recycled materials. Snuffles is a hedgehog who lost his house in a fire. Ask your child at home to tell you the story of Snuffles 🙂

How tall are you? We have been wondering how tall we are. The children spent the morning exploring different ways to measure each other.

Thank you to Yaara and her parents for sharing with us about Chanukah today!

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23 November 2018

This week we started our ‘K2B Kindness Garden’. We talked about things that happen in our class that make us feel sad/unsafe and drew it on paper bricks. We then put all of these pictures up to create a wall. Every day we take a brick or two down and discuss how we can change our behaviour to make everybody in our class feel happy and safe. It is our responsibility to break down this wall by changing our behaviour so that our kindness garden can start to grow.

We have been focusing on solving math problems and making our thinking visible. We are learning from each other to use different strategies like using our fingers, using unifix cubes, drawing pictures, etc.

K2B looking for shapes in our environment…

SDG Week and UN Day

In the lead up to UN day we are once again putting the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. K2 will be focusing on waste in our classroom. We will be talking about school lunch and food packaging in snack boxes as well as teaching other classes in the ECC about composting. Our primary focus will be SDG #12 Responsible Consumption and Production. However through our action next week we will also be touching on:

  • SDG #3 Good health and well being.
  • SDG #11 Sustainable cities and communities.
  • SDG #13 Climate action.
  • SDG #14 Life below water.
  • SDG #15 Life on land.

Nude Food K2 Picnic

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 with our K2 friends on Thursday, 29 November. 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 theme we will be talking to the students about not wasting food at the shared lunch and being mindful of waste. Please refer to the emails from Lindsey (our class rep) for details and logistics of the shared lunch.

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16 November 2018

Happy Birthday to Simon!! Simon turned 6 on Monday, 12 November.

This week, we revisited the central idea of our ‘Structures’ unit to see how much we have learned so far. K2B already have such a good understanding of these concepts.

We have also been exploring different environments and the available resources.

Thank you all for joining us for Open Classrooms on Thursday and Friday. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you, and we hope you enjoyed it too!

Family Show and Tell – Ms. Corlia’s family came to visit on Thursday 🙂 This is their first visit to Vietnam and UNIS. They were so excited to meet K2B!


  • K2 Ninja Warriors: Friday, 23 November from 2:30-3:00 parents are welcome to compete in a K2 created Ninja Warrior Course. More info here.
  • UN Day: Friday, 30 November. For more info click here.
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9 November 2018

On Thursday we celebrated International Outdoor Classroom Day. International Outdoor Classroom Day is a “global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play.” Last school year the Lower Elementary School participated in International Outdoor Learning Day in May – this year the entire ES took part. Click HERE if you want to find out more.

We started the day with our morning meeting outside. Then K2B paired up with their Grade 4 buddies for a morning of fun.


Open Classrooms: Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16.


A message from Ms. Kris…
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’
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