PE next week important reminders and Sports day

PE until the end of term for Grade 2

A message from the PE Department
Trampolining  – Monday & Wednesday
Students need to wear long sleeved tops (covering elbows), socks and tights/track pants (cover their knees) for trampolining. In the past the students bring this change of clothes in a bag and leave it at school, getting changed before and after lessons.
Swimming – Thursday
Swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel as per normal.
Just a reminder about our ES Fun Sports Morning which will take place next Friday 29th March.

Thank you for attending the Science Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who came to the Open Classrooms this week. The students were very proud to share with you their learning from our unit of inquiry, informational writing and math. They worked very hard on preparing their experiments and presenting them like a scientist. Your feedback and presence is much appreciated.

Reminders:

  • Spring Fair Sunday March 17th
  • Grade 2-3 Music Concert March 21, 2019 in the Fine Arts Centre, doors open at 8:50; concert time is 9:00-10:30
  • Grade 2-5 Art Exhibition March 12-22 in the Fine Arts Centre
 Images form the Science Expo and a visit from Ms Fiona a specialist at teaching word inquiry. 

Open Classroom next week – Science Afternoon

Dear Parents,

March 11th No School for students. Teacher Professional Development.

Spring Fair Sunday March 17th

Grade 2-3 Music Concert March 21, 2019 in the Fine Arts Centre

Grade 2-5 Art Exhibition March 12-22 in the Fine Arts Centre

Open Classrooms next week

You are invited to share your child’s learning during open classrooms on Thursday March 14. Unfortunately Mr Daniel will be involved in Professional Development on Friday 15th March so there will be no open classroom on this date.

12.50 PE –  Sports Centre

We have made a slight change to the time posted last week to allow  students time to get organised after assembly.

14.00 – 15.00 Unit of Inquiry – 2A Homeroom Room 146

How the World Works – Matter/Science

Your child will present their learning through an experiment and the scientific method.

The session will be broken into two parts.

During one part your child will present their learning through a demonstration and discussion.

During the other part your child will be an inquiry  and observe and learn through observing and discussing other experiments.

If you are attending this session please shadow your child in both parts of the session.

We look forward to your participation.

Science Experiments from this week

Another Great Week in 2A

Dear Parents,

Here are some questions you could ask your student about their learning this week:

  • What questions did you ask in science this week?
  • What are the states of matter?
  • What are the properties of solids?  liquids?  gases?
  • Can matter change from one state to another?  how?
  • Write a three-digit number for your child.  Ask them to name each place, tell you the value of each digit, then read the number.
  • Write a four-digit number for your child.  Ask the same questions!
  • What  books have you been reading this week?
  • Tell me about the new class read aloud, Twenty Six Story Treehouse?
  • Tell me about your visits to Scientist Fleming and Scientist Faye.
  • Tell me about the experiments you have been doing in class? blowing up the bag? celery experiment? and others?

 

Images of our scientists this week

Open Classrooms put  the date in your diary

You are invited to share your child’s learning during open classrooms on Thursday March 14. Unfortunately Mr Daniel will be involved in Professional Development on Friday 15th March so there will be no open classroom on this date.0

12.50 PE –  Sports Centre

13.45 – 14.30 Unit of Inquiry – 2A Homeroom Room 146

How the World Works – Matter/Science

Your child will present their learning through an experiment and the scientific method.

The session will be broken into two parts.

During one part your child will present their learning through a demonstration and discussion.

During the other part your child will be an inquiry  and observe and learn through observing and discussing other experiments.

If you are attending this session please shadow your child in both parts of the session.

We look forward to your participation.

REMINDERS

March 11th No School for students. Teacher Professional Development.

YEARBOOK  2018-2019 COVER COMPETITION – UNIS Hanoi in your eyes

Dear Students,

You are invited to join this year’s Yearbook Cover Design Competition!
Inspired by the Google Doodles, we would like you to create the UNIS Hanoi Doodles for the Yearbook cover this year. Let us know what UNIS Hanoi means to you by creating your own doodle from the UNIS Hanoi logo.
This invitation is open to all students from Grade 1 to Grade 12. We are happy to accept designs created in any formats: drawing, painting, digital (high definition file), scrapbooked collage… let your imagination go wild!
Students can submit multiple designs, there’s no limit to the number of entries. You can also team up with your friends, just be sure to list full names of all those involved and homerooms number if it is a team effort.
DEADLINE & SUBMISSION 
16:00 on Wednesday, April 10
  • Submit your design(s) at Advancement Office (Room 102, Admin Building) or share your digital file with yearbook@unishanoi.org.
  • If your creation is a drawing or painting, please clearly mark the envelope with your artwork with your FULL NAME & HOMEROOM
  • Please use the following naming convention for digital files: YB1819_Cover Contest_Your First Name Last Name_Homeroom (i.e. YB1819_Cover Contest_John Smith_5D)
The UNIS Hanoi logo is attached in this email. Click here to learn more about the Google doodles if you want some inspiration to start with.
We hope to receive many fun and colourful UNIS Hanoi doodles in your eyes.
Any questions? Contact yearbook@unishanoi.org

Science in the Middle School

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all your children for such a lovely week. This weeks I am sharing some photos to prompt some discussions between you and your child.

Reminders

Wednesdays are library day for our class. Please send in any finished books so students can check out some new titles.

Have a great weekend.

Mr. Daniel

UOI

Ms Kate’s Experiments – Ask your child about what happened and what they understood?

Vinegar Egg – Ask your child what happened?

Math

What have you been doing in math?

What can we see in the picture?

Welcome Travis

Dear All,

This week we welcome Travis and his family to our 2A and UNIS communities.

We have had a great week catching up after Tet and and getting to know Travis.

UOI

We have had a interesting week thinking like scientists. We have made ice cream and explored characteristics of materials. Next week we will clarify our understanding of the characteristics of the different states of matter, complete some experiments in the Middle School and do whole class experiments. Exciting!

Images from our week

Math

We continued to learn about fractions and the different ways we can represent them. We showed our knowledge in an end of unit activity.

Next week the focus will be on representing place value of our base 10 system. In particular we will be exploring numbers up to 1000.

3 ACT MATH 

Look here for more detail. Start at Act 1.


For your interest this video explains the Why’s behind the changes in teaching and learning of mathematics. Video

English

Over the last few weeks we planned, wrote and published an information report on a topic  that we are knowledgeable about. We will share these on seesaw soon.

Reminders

Please send in all walkathon money.

The aquathlon is coming soon. Here is a video of last years if you would like to sign up.  2018 AQUATHLON

3 March – Sunday – Aquathon –SIGN UP CLOSES 17 FEBRUARY 2019 SIGN UP CLOSES 17 FEBRUARY 2019

 

Chuc Mung Nam Moi and Goodbye Matthew

Dear Parents,

Enjoy your week celebrating the new year and I greatly enjoyed the time and conversations we had at the conferences last Wednesday. Thank you for giving up your time to discuss your children.

Goodbye Matthew and Family

For Matthew this will be his last Friday at UNIS. We are so sad to say goodbye and we wish you a wonderful future! Friends forever 2A!

Kind regards,

Daniel

Happy New Year from 2A

Tet, Walkathon, Parent Teacher Conferences and more!

Dear Parent,

Math

Fractions

We have continued to inquire into fractions of an area, length and at the end of this week a set. We are becoming more knowledgeable about numerators, denominators, drawing, measuring and creating fractions. As you talk with your child mention fractions when you cook, share meals and tell time.

We continue to develop our use of place value and addition with larger numbers during math game time.

Next week we will continue to inquire into the above topics with a focus and connection to place value and larger numbers.

English

In English our reading focus has been to collect key words and create sentences from these words.

Our writing this week has been to complete our second information report (as a draft) using the information we collected from a book related to maps. The students have shown a great deal of knowledge. Next week we will look into our own topic to write an information report.

In word inquiries some of the students have inquired into the prefix “un” and the word “island”.

Some students have continued to develop their understanding of the 100 magic words.

UOI 

Students have inquired into forms of cultural expression during Tet through our field trip and a variety of activities such as creating Li Xi, Cao Doi, and masks as well as dancing Mua Sap.  Through these experiences, students were able to appreciate how these forms of expression show the values of our beautiful host country of Vietnam.  Did you know that Monday is the Kitchen God Day?  Ask your student about how Vietnamese people prepare for Tet on this day.

New unit

In Science, Grade Two will start a new unit of inquiry into How the World Works the week of January 29. The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students. Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development.

Any extra reading, websites, films or learning experiences you may give your child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

Central Idea:  Materials can be changed and used for different purposes.

Inquiry into:

  • How materials behave (form)
  • How materials can change (change)
  • Why materials are manipulated to suit a certain purpose (causation)
Vocabulary:
  • prediction, materials, experiment, procedure, property, method, matter, hypothesis, conclusion, observation, diagram, solid, liquid, gas, evidence, state, temperature, reversible, irreversible
  • to change, to heat, to cool, to freeze, to melt, to observe

 

Reminders

  • Parent-teacher conferences on the 30th Jan: Please sign up when Veracross opens.
  • Thursday, 31 Jan:  4th Grade Market Day – 2nd grade can bring money in to purchase food, beverages, and handmade items as well as play games…all for great causes selected by fourth grade students. Items will sell from 20,000 or more.
  • Friday, 1 Feb 1:15-3:00:  Blue Dragon Walkathon (see below) – parent volunteers needed
  • 2-10 Feb:  Tet Holiday – Happy Lunar New Year!
  • 3 March – Sunday – Aquathon
  • SIGN UP CLOSES 17 FEBRUARY 2019SIGN UP CLOSES 17 FEBRUARY 2019 – Youngest age group Under 9
    HTTPS://BLOGS.UNISHANOI.ORG/PHOENIXSWIMCLUB/AQUATHLON-2019/
    Contact : MARTIN – AQUATICSCOORDINATOR@UNISHANOI.ORG

Walkathon and Tet

Dear Parents and Students,

Reminders

  • Monday, 21 8:40-11:00:  Walking Field Trip (please bring a hat a suitable walking shoes)
  • Tuesday, 22 Jan:  Field Trip to Temple of Literature (please bring a hat, suitable walking shoes, a snack and a water bottle)
  • Parent-teacher conferences on the 30th Jan: Please sign up when Veracross opens.
  • Thursday, 31 Jan:  4th Grade Market Day – 2nd grade can bring money in to purchase food, beverages, and handmade items as well as play games…all for great causes selected by fourth grade students. Items will sell from 20,000 or more.
  • Friday, 1 Feb 1:15-3:00:  Blue Dragon Walkathon (see below) – parent volunteers needed
  • 2-10 Feb:  Tet Holiday – Happy Lunar New Year!

Our learning this week through images!

Morning meeting playing a challenge game.

Structured Word Inquiry and eating snack just prior to recess.

 

Inquiring into fractions of an area

Using non fiction texts to collect information for an information report.

Sharing our holiday explorer presentations in the real world and receiving feedback from a class mate.

Solving word problems using our strategy. Find key key words, number equation, solve with 2 strategies and answer in a sentence.

Playing a math game to build up our fluency with number and structure.

 

ES Walk-a-thon

Friday, 1st February 2019

The Walk-a-thon is an annual Elementary School fundraising event, at UNIS, in support of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.
The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is a charity that works with children in crisis in Vietnam. Blue Dragon kids are street kids, children with disabilities, children from rural families living in extreme poverty, and victims of human trafficking and slavery. Blue Dragon’s aim is to rescue kids from danger, reunite them with their families when they can, and provide all the services needed for recovery and growth.

For more information go to: http://www.bluedragon.org/

The Walk-a-thon is an afternoon when all of the ES joins in a walk/run of laps around the sports field. Students are encouraged to collect sponsorship for their participation.
Last year the UNIS Elementary School raised close to $20,000!

There are two methods of sponsorship.

Flat Donation

  • Sponsors can donate a specific amount of money regardless of the number of laps you complete (e.g. $10 or 200,000 VND)
Amount per lap

  • Sponsors can pledge a certain amount of money for each lap (e.g. 10,000 VND per lap or $2 per lap)
    Please note that students will probably complete between 7 and 15 laps.

Your child bring home the Walk-a-thon Sponsorship Pledge form this week

  • Return the sponsorship form to your child’s class teacher by January 24.

 

  • The teacher will write the number of laps completed at the end of the day.
  • Donations can be brought to school after the Walkathon.
  • Donations can be collected in US Dollars or in Vietnamese Dong.
  • The final due date for donations is Friday, 22nd February.

Many thanks,

Kristen McAuliffe                                                   Ronke Bearzi on behalf of the Blue Dragon Walk-a-Champions

kmcauliffe@unishanoi.org                                       ibearzi@unishanoi.org

Help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children!

Welcome Back

Dear Parents,

Welcome back from the winter break. I hope you and your families are well and ready for the final weeks of Semester 1 and are looking forward to the special time of TET in Vietnam

This week.

UOI

We are finishing off our explorer unit by reflecting on our holidays through the eyes of an explorer. The students have created some fantastic google slides and next week we will share them through their SEESAW journals. I have been impressed in their ability to use all their knowledge and technology skills to create these presentations. Our work on this will go into next week so if you have any pictures at home from the break to use please email them to your child’s UNIS gmail account.

For our final week of the unit we will do a mini mapping inquiry.

The week 21-25 January we will dip back into the How We Express Ourselves Unit to inquire into the TET celebration. We will be organising some field trips for this week. The permission form will be sent home soon.

Math – Word Problems and Fractions

In math we continue to investigate answering word problems.

We use this strategy.

  1. Identify the key words.
  2. Identify the type of equation.
  3. Solve it using more than one strategy to make sure we are correct.
  4. Write the answer in a sentence.

We have also introduced fractions and this week we looked at what is a fraction, vocabulary of fractions and fraction of an area. Next week we will continue to use the fraction vocabulary and inquire into how fractions can be identified in areas, length and sets.

English.

The focus currently is on information reports and non fiction books.

We have been identifying facts and learning how to paraphrase them in our writing. This has been an excellent opportunity to focus on spelling strategies and conventions of writing (capital letters, fullstops/periods and commas). We also have shared some of our personal writing in class and continued to focus on developing our spelling strategies in word inquiry time.

We also reflected on our learning in Semester 1 and have written a self evaluation which will be inserted in our Semester 1 report.

Reminders

Make sure your child is reading for 20 minutes each night and changing their reader as required.

Wednesday Library Day

January 30th, Parent Teacher Conferences (No school for students)

January 31st, TET Assembly

February 1st, Blue Dragon Walkathon

February 4-8 TET Holiday, no school