Sept. 27th – Disco A

Dear parents,

It was nice to be back with the children after my being gone at the beginning of this week. Thank you for your understanding!

This week our swimming unit began. The children loved the water! It was a great chance for them to practice our agreements of Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Responsible.

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday for Learning Conversations. This is a new process for us to have your child involved. Please know that there are no expectations for your child to participate. They have prepared something to share with you though.

Please enjoy these pictures of the week!

Have a great weekend and we will see you Monday!

Deborah

Sept. 20th – Disco A

Dear parents,

Our week began with a field trip along with Discovery B to the grassy area in front of the library for a shared picnic. Connecting with the natural environment and the outdoors is an important part of our curriculum. Some of the children were a bit nervous about grass, but eventually embraced sitting down in a soft space and enjoying their snack.

This week we have been continuing our discussion about being kind. We have also been discussing the importance of being respectful to our friends and teachers and making good choices. These will be a few of many key words the children will be introduced to and practice throughout the year.

Let’s talk about lunch! Wow, it is amazing how quickly Discovery has learned to wash their hands, set the table, and serve themselves lunch. They are learning to pass food, take only the amount they need and focus on eating while talking to their friends. They clear their plate when they have had enough and tidy up after themselves. If you can, please help them contribute at home and let them show you how independent they are becoming!

This week we also took a field trip to the music classroom for lessons. Music has been held in our classroom up until this week. But the children had a chance to visit Ms. Liz in her environment which provides a large space for movement and music and it was a huge success.

Olivia’s mom was our first mystery reader today! It was very exciting having the children try to guess who it was going to be. They were such good listeners! Thank you Maria!

Finally, we celebrated the International Day of Peace today. We read two of my favorite peace books pictured below and then brainstormed what peace means to us. Peaceful will be another key word we will begin using throughout the year.

Please enjoy these pictures of the week which include a special shaving cream sensory activity, a fun math provocation, cooking apple muffins and a visit with our grade 3 buddies.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

  • Swimming starts this Monday, September 23rd. Please look at the classroom schedule carefully. On days when we have swimming period 1, please send your child to school with their swimming suit already on underneath their PE kit. The reason I ask this is because we do not have time to change and then get all the way to the pool once the bell rings. Thank you for understanding. And if you have any questions or concerns please email our aquatics director Mr. Martin. aquaticsmanager@unishanoi.org
  • At the beginning of next week I will be on personal leave for a couple of days. I will still be available via email but if you have anything urgent, please send a message to the ECC secretary Ms. Phuong. She can then get a message to Ms. Hang or Ms. Nhung. Thank you for understanding.

Have a lovely and relaxing weekend,

Deborah

Sept. 13th – Disco A

Dear parents,

We had a busy week in Discovery even though we only were here for 4 days! The Moon Festival yesterday was a treat. It is so fun seeing all of the children dressed up in their colorful Ao Dai’s and feeling so proud. The assembly was fantastic and I was so pleased that so many parents attended. You are always welcome to come back to the classroom after attending special school events like that. It makes it easier to say goodbye to your child when you are ready to leave. We also had a traditional shared lunch with mooncakes and fruit afterwards.

The snack sale was a success this week. So many healthy foods for sale that the children had to choose from. They were also very excited to use money.

One of the books we read this week is titled “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle. It’s all about animals and what they do and then we see if we can do it. This inspired the children to share what their favorite animals are (the list is below). Being that Ms. Laura from Disco B has been to Antarctica to see the penguins and to the Arctic Circle to see the Polar Bears, we asked if she could share some pictures and videos. We also took a look at the globe to see where we are in the world compared to the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. Where will we go next with this?

Discovery have also been learning about our three important playground rules.

*Be Kind

*Be Safe

*Be responsible

We are going to unpack these one at a time and are starting to brainstorm what it means to be kind to others.

We also had a lesson this week to specifically talk about how to properly cough, sneeze, blow our noses and wash our hands in order for us to stay as healthy as possible. Please allow your child to independently blow their nose and wash their hands at home to help with this important skill.

Lastly, as I mentioned on back to school night, I would love to start Mystery Readers! Please send me an email if you are interested and we can pick a time. We are very flexible with our schedule, but mornings are usually best for the kiddos.

Here are the pictures of the week. Enjoy!

Happy Friday!

Deborah

Sept. 6th – Disco A

Dear parents,

Thanks to all of you who joined us last night for Back to School Night! It was so nice to see you all. It’s great to connect with parents inside the classroom. Here is the link to the presentation in case you couldn’t make it or would like some of the information. Discovery A slideshow

As we continue to talk about who we are and where we are from, the children have enjoyed looking at their family pictures and country flags. We introduced world globes and home language books for them to browse as well. The photos have also been put into a “Discovery A Family Book” so the children can take a closer look.

We celebrated our first birthday on Tuesday. Teddy turned 4! Congratulations!

Please enjoy these pictures of the week which include the children making lemon cake during cooking and dying rice for sensory play.

REMINDERS FOR NEXT WEEK:

Wednesday: Snack sale (Please send your child with 20,000vnd to buy a healthy snack)

Thursday: Moon Festival Celebration (Please send your child in an au dai)

Friday: No school

Have a lovely weekend,

Deborah