Friday 25th September

Dear Discovery B Parents

What a fabulous and fun-filled week in Discovery.  We celebrated Peace and the Moon Festival all the while continuing our investigation on families.  We also went swimming for the first time this school year and became authors.  Wow, what amazing students we have in Discovery.

Painting Moon Cakes
Last week during cooking, we made salt dough moon cakes. This week, we painted our moon cakes. The students loved making them and painting them. They were so excited to bring them home to share with you. We also put them in our kitchen area at school.

International Day of Peace
On Monday, we had a wonderful day celebrating the International Day of Peace. All of the students from Discovery and K1 went into the Center for the Arts foyer and met as a big group. We talked about what it means to be peaceful and all of the teachers took turns reading the book I am Peace by Peter Reynolds. Ms Kris, our elementary counsellor, came and did some mindfulness yoga with us and we ended with a big silent cheer. The students loved being together and celebrating our special day. Thank you for helping your child wear blue and white.

Moon Festival & Assembly
The Moon festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival or Têt Trung Thu, is an annual holiday in Vietnam and many Asian countries. Children eat moon cakes, celebrate the fall harvest and take part in lion dance parades. At school, we made lanterns, made and painted salt dough moon cakes and made all of the shapes of the moon from a sliver to a full moon. We were able to watch the Vietnamese students in Grade 2 and 4 perform in a special Moon Festival assembly while dressed in our beautiful Ao Dais. The assembly was followed by Grade 5 students performing the lion dance for us. We ended the day by eating a special moon cake…yummy!

Swimming
What a successful first week of swimming. The students were so brave getting into the water and trying different swim techniques by our amazing PE staff, led by Ms Clare. The loved splashing in the water, attempting to put their heads underwater and playing some games with all of the teachers. Well done, Discovery!!!

Book Making
This week we started book making in our classes. The students love listening to stories and have started becoming authors themselves with their very own books. After they make a book, the students present it to the class and we celebrate their writings and drawings. We look forward to sharing more details of the books and our student authors with you on Seesaw.

Behaviour in Discovery
Here are some details regarding expected behaviour in Discovery. As we know, our students are developing their personal, social and emotional skills. At times, our students will have conflict or not want to follow classroom directions. Occasionally, a student will exhibit a behaviour that breaks our classroom agreements, such as ‘gentle hands’, ‘being kind’, ‘being responsible’ or ‘being safe’. When this happens, we offer a child three opportunities to make a ‘good choice’. If the student refuses to apologise or follow directions it is sometimes necessary to use another option in order for the student to reflect on his/her behaviour. We want to be consistent in Discovery and will be using the ‘thinking chair’ to reinforce positive behaviour.  This is by no means a new concept and we are sure some of you have a ‘thinking step’ or ‘take a break chair’ at home. If you have any questions regarding the ‘thinking chair’ please let me know.

Reminders
October 1 Learning Conferences, No School
October 12-18 October Break, No School

Here is the link for the school calendar if you need it.  You can download the latest version of the calendar here.

Please enjoy these photographs of our week in Discovery with your child over the weekend. You will be amazed by what they can tell you.

Enjoy the weekend!

M

Friday 18th September

Dear Discovery B Parents

This week the children enjoyed ‘Dot Day’ by making dots, finding dots, cutting dots, listening to stories and songs all about dots and eating a few dots too.  It was truly dot-tastic!  Thank you for sending the children into school wearing dots this added to the excitement in Discovery.  We also continued to talk about our families and investigated our friends’ families too.  We welcomed our new friend Seohyun to the class on Monday.  We are now 7 boys and 7 girls and just waiting for one more arrival. 

Seesaw

If you have not yet joined our class Seesaw account please let me know so that I can send you another invitation.  Seesaw is a great way for you to connect with our class activities and also to communicate directly with your child about their learning. 

Highlights 

  • Being dot detectives and searching for dots in the playground
  • Working on fine motor skills, cutting dots and threading beads that looked like dots
  • Exploring a dot provocation
  • Fruit printing – making dots
  • Sharing our first 4th Birthday, thanks for the yummy cakes!
  • Continuing to explore our families
  • Making salt dough mooncakes

Important Dates 

September 21st  Swimming starts, children need the following:-

  • towel 
  • goggles 
  • flip-flops/slides to walk to pool
  • swimmers 
  • Cap (if your child has long hair)
  • Please send these items in a labelled swim bag 

Please see the swimming blog for detailed information about our swimming programme and expectations.  If you need to order any swimwear from our school shop.  A list of products sold at the shop is found here. Please email Phuong: shop@unishanoi.org for the items you would like.  PLESE NOTE:  Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday so you have a very fast turnaround on your washing!  

September 21st (International Day of Peace) – children to please wear white or blue for school.  We shall be having a special event on Monday to celebrate this day.

September 24th Moon Festival-all students wear Ao Dai to school

October 1st Learning Conferences (via Zoom) No School

Please enjoy these photographs of our week in Discovery B with your child over the weekend.  You will be amazed by what they can tell you.

With kindest regards.

M

 

Friday 11th September

 

Dear Discovery B Parents

The five days always disappears so quickly, just like grains of sand.  It is hard to believe we are already in September.  This week we continued working on our UOI and have also started to expand our learning on being safe, kind and responsible.  We have been looking especially at being kind this week.

Our block families have been a huge hit.  The initial provocation created so much excitement for the children, finding mummy and daddy, brothers and sisters, counting and putting everybody together to make a family.  Today I hid all the families around the classroom and was surprised to hear children saying, “that’s your Mummy” when they found a block that was part of a friends family.  These connections are so important for our young learners and I value the community that Discovery B is already forming.

Highlights

    • Climbing and balancing in PE
    • Making fruit kebabs in cooking class
    • Playing with our family blocks and making homes with blocks and legos
    • A germs experiment
    • Photo Day – you will receive an email regarding photographs in about one month and also visiting the art exhibition

International Dot Day

Dot Video for parents to watch at home

On Tuesday 15th September we will be celebrating International Dot Day.  We encourage all students to wear clothes with dots or polka dots on them.  We will be doing lots of activities centred around dots.

Seesaw

The students are coming home with a Seesaw invitation for you and your family please follow the instructions on the invitation.  Your child already has a post on Seesaw for you to see.  You are welcome to comment on your child’s post (using the voice recorder comment or by writing a comment.  Please be sure to record comments in your mother tongue.  Use the microphone to voice-record of simply click comment to write your own comment.

Moon Festival at UNIS

On Thursday 24th September we will be celebrating the Moon Festival at UNIS.  We will start our day with an assembly and continue celebrating our home and host country of Vietnam with various arts and craft activities.  We encourage all students to wear an Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese costume) to school.  We will take lots of photographs on this day with the children in special clothes.  This was my class last year all dressed up!

Ribbons

Please return your ribbon if you have not already done so for our hopes and dream wheel.  Email me if you need a new ribbon.

Reminders

Seesaw notice in bag – please check your bag for this important information as to how to sign up to Seesaw.

September 15th International Dot Day – wear dotty clothes to school

September 21st Swimming starts

September 24th Moon Festival – all students to wear Ao Dai to school

October 1st Learning Conferences (via Zoom) No School

On Monday we shall be welcoming a new friend to Discovery B – Seohyun. We are all excited about that!

Please enjoy these photographs over the weekend with your child.

Have a super weekend.

With kind regards.

M

 

Friday 4th September

Dear Discovery B Parents

The shorter week flew by.  We have been continuing to build relationships within the class and also talking about our classroom agreements which include ‘gentle hands’ and ‘walking feet’.

This week we concentrated on building and painting houses, alongside talking about families.  Here are some photographs of the week, it would be great if you could look at these with your child.

Seesaw

We now have your unique codes and will send them out early next week.  In addition to the code we shall share a video on how to access the site.

Highlights

  • Visiting the family of ducklings at the science lab.
  • Making mango smoothies during cookery.
  • Selecting seeds and natural materials to decorate our family frames.
  • Drawing and painting our homes. 
  • Using scooter boards in PE.  

Reminders

Ribbons – Please can you return your ribbon for our hopes and dream wheel.  If you need a new ribbon please do not hesitate to ask for one.  It would be great to have the children weaving these next week into our bicycle wheel.

Photo DayWednesday 9th September.  Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing their PE kit and that you have a change of clothing for the photograph in their bag.  We shall change the children after PE so that they look super duper for their photograph. 

Swimming – will start the week beginning Monday 21st September.  It will be for a period of 3 weeks.  More details to follow. 

Finally, we would like to welcome Adaline to Discovery B.  Adaline is loving school and Discovery B friends have welcomed her to the class with open arms.  Please welcome her parents Hannah and Daniel if you get a chance. 

With kindest regards, enjoy the weekend.

M

 

Friday 28th August

Dear Discovery B Parents

We had another wonderful week in Discovery. The students are really getting to know each other and are starting to learn each other’s names. They have continued to explore the many provocations in our classroom and on the playground. Here are some photographs of our week. 

Back to School Night

Thank you to so many parents who attended our Back to School Night. It was so nice meeting you again and talking about your children. It is my pleasure and honour to be a part of your child’s growth and development this school year. As mentioned, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  We now have two Class Parents – Haruko (Eddie’s Mum) and Christine (Juliette’s Mum), thank you for volunteering.

UOI: Who We Are

During our first Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are, we have been learning about our families. During our morning meeting, the students had the opportunity to introduce us to his/her family. The students showed us their family photo and told us who is in their family. Some of the students also shared what they were doing in their photo. The students practised their communication and presentation skills. We will be learning more about each of our families by creating graphs of our family members, looking at similarities and differences and also drawing family and self-portraits.

Classroom Agreements

As an Elementary school, we believe teaching all students to be kind, safe and responsible with each other, with teachers and with our materials.  This week we introduced some classroom agreements with our students. We talked about how it is important to use walking feet in our classroom, to be kind and caring to each other (gentle hands), to listen to our teachers and friends, to share with our friends and to take turns. We will continue to learn more about these agreements in the next few weeks.

Cooking

This week we continued our cooking class and made fresh fruit ice lollies. The students loved making the lollies and worked hard together, chopping fruit for themselves and squeezing fresh orange juice to hold the fruit together. We think that they loved eating them most of all. 

Reminders

  • September 1 ES New Family Virtual Welcome Coffee 9-10am
  • September 2 No School Vietnamese Independence Day
  • If you have a nanny or housekeeper or driver that will consistently pick up your child, please register him/her with UNIS at operations@unishanoi.org to create a UNIS ID badge
  • Please remember to return your ribbon, with your ‘hopes and dreams’ for your child written on it.  Please add your child’s name to the ribbon too.  Thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend.

With kindest regards. 

M

21st August 2020

Dear Discovery B Parents 

It has been a super week in Discovery.  So many firsts for your children.  Our little friends waved goodbye at the bus and school gate and embraced new routines and challenges daily as they began their thinking and learning journey at UNIS.  

The children have settled remarkably quickly and it is hard to imagine that day 1 was only 5 days ago.  The children are getting to know each other, their teachers and exploring new environments with great enthusiasm.  Here are some photographs of the week, please take time to look at these pictures with your child over the weekend.  You will be amazed by what they can tell you!

Our first Unit of Inquiry is ‘Who We Are’.   If you have not already done so please could you email a family photograph so that we can display it in our classroom?  We will be asking the children to share who lives at their house and tell us more about themselves over the next weeks.

REMINDERS:-

  1. Please remember to pack healthy snacks for your child this might include veggies/fruit pieces, crackers, yoghurt, cheese, popcorn, pretzels for example. 
  2. Please remember to order lunch for your child online.  This cost is included in your Discovery fees. 
  3. Changes of clothes will be kept at school until your child needs them (wet or soiled clothes). If dirty clothes come home, please send in a new set of clean clothes. Thank you. 
  4. Please remember to return your parent questionnaires. 
  5. We will be sending blankets and pillows home every Friday starting from next week.  
  6. Back To School Night – via zoom – Thursday 27th August.  More details to follow. 
  7. Wednesday 2nd September – school will be closed due to the Vietnamese public holiday. 

Today we would like to introduce our specialist and support teachers that your children will come into contact with over the year. 

Please remember to contact me if you have any questions.  We are in the settling in period and I understand that you might still have questions. 

Have a great weekend.

With kindest regards.

M

Lhscxnqttqqjptrzbe6pMs Kris – School Counselor 

Hello families! This is my third year at UNIS where I work with students, teachers and families in Discovery to Grade 3. I love coming into the classroom to teach lessons about feelings, getting along, calmness and solving problems. I am always here to help children and their families as they navigate growing up. I look forward to seeing all students in person or on Zoom throughout the year.

NizymesipdeypscuzikeMs Emma – Art ehamilton@unishanoi.org

Greetings. This is my 5th year here at UNIS where I teach art from Discovery to Grade 2. Ms. Trang is our art teaching assistant and your children will also meet her during art lessons.

Art is my passion both at school and at home, where I will often be found in my studio (well garage) creating and making. I am originally from the UK where I taught for several years before teaching in Malawi, Dubai and now Vietnam. The UNIS ECC’s art curriculum is structured to deepen your child’s interest and passion for making and creating as well as develop their artistic skills and knowledge. I am very excited about the year ahead and am really looking forward to seeing the new and innovative creations I know your children will be making.

I am always available for any questions or queries and I look forward to reconnecting with my students from last year as well as meeting all the new students and families.

Bn9k6nv6fupxzw7vgzkhMs Liz – Music ewolden@unishanoi.org

I am originally from the United States and have worked in schools in Egypt, Myanmar, India, UAE and now am in my second year at UNIS working in the ECC. Music is a language that all children can access and enjoy and I look forward to singing, saying, moving and playing with your children this year! In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and spending time with my beautiful cat, Chipsy.

Zfbyqpmdfmz6upehbbmhMs. Dung- Vietnamese  tkdung@unishanoi.org

Xin chào. My name is Dung and I come from Vietnam. UNIS has held a very special place in my heart as I have been teaching Vietnamese at UNIS for quite a long time (over 25 years). The Vietnamese program at ECC is designed to help students to explore different aspects of Vietnamese culture and to build up appreciation and respect for the host country culture and language.  In my free time I enjoy reading books and spending time with my family and friends.  I am very excited about the year ahead and I am looking forward to meeting all the new and returning students and families.

Ehyeoemt05ifm2juyyw5Ms Clare – PE calbertson@unishanoi.org

Kia Ora everyone! I am Clare Albertson and this is my 6th year teaching PE at UNIS Hanoi. I started my teaching career in my home country, New Zealand as a Kindergarten homeroom teacher, then moved to PE when I joined the International School of London before coming to UNIS. In my spare time I love exploring and hanging out with my 2 boys, reading, cooking and of course playing Sport! The ECC PE program is based around the philosophy of a Love for Movement. Myself and Mr Quang have a lot of exciting things in store for this year and we are really looking forward to moving through it together! Please reach out if you have any questions now, or throughout the year. 

Bwdfvi85d2plgut1phesMs Monica – Librarian eslibrarian@unishanoi.org

I am Monica Mayer and this is my third year at UNIS, Hanoi. I have been involved in Education for more than 30 years mainly in the fields of Literacy and Boys’ Education. I have worked previously in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore before coming to Vietnam.

In my spare time I love to go bushwalking along as many tracks as I can find, usually with my youngest son, Will who loves the outdoors as much as me. I also really enjoy yoga and of course exploring Vietnamese culture whenever I get a chance. I have two grown up sons – Michael and Will and my husband teaches Grade 4 at UNIS. 

At UNIS, I look after the Library and thoroughly enjoy our elementary students and families visiting and borrowing each week. The Library always seems to me to be the heart of any school. There is always something for everyone!

S2qqqpftibmkj03wdkmxMr Brian – Speech and Language Teacher  bwalker@unishanoi.org

I am Brian Walker, and this is my second year at UNIS. I have been a speech-language pathologist for 25 years.  Vietnam is the fifth country I have lived and worked in outside of my home country of the United States. 

 I had a great summer traveling through Vietnam and gaining a greater appreciation for the Vietnamese people, their diverse culture and language.

It is fun seeing everyone back on campus this week!