Market Day Preparations

Market Day Preparations

As the culminating project for the How We Organise Ourselves inquiry, K2 is organising a Market Day.  The children will produce and sell goods and services to other children in the ECC.  The market will be on Tuesday 26 March. Please ask your child about what they are planning to sell. Please also send your child with 20,000 VND to spend on the day.

K2D Swimming Starts Next Week

Swimming in PE time starts again next week. K2D will be swimming on Monday and Wednesday and have regular PE on Friday.  Please ensure your child has their swimming costume, swimming cap, goggles and a towel on swimming days. More information can be found in the links below. Please also see the link for details about next Friday’s Sports Day.

Mystery Reader

Thank you to Lily’s dad, Jarad, for being this week’s mystery reader.  The class really enjoyed  listening to Where’s My Darling Daughter? by Mij Kelly

Reminders:

  • Monday 25 March school swimming starts
  • Tuesday 26 March is K2’s market day. Please send your child to school with 20,000 VND to spend at the market
  • Thursday 28 March is K2D’s Assembly performance. Please join us in the auditorium at 9.25 to watch our performance
  • Friday 29 March is the Elementary School sports carnival. The carnival will start at 8.10

Have a nice weekend,

Emily

Thank you!

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all the parents who were able to come to the open classrooms today and yesterday.  The children were very excited and proud to share their learning with you.

Lock down drill

On Tuesday afternoon UNIS will have a lockdown drill.  K2D children are prepared for this drill. We have discussed and practised for what will happen in class.  Please see the message from our Head of School, Jane McGee, below.

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. 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. However, if this unlikely event occurs, please be assured that UNIS Hanoi is prepared to deal with it appropriately.

Your child may come home with questions or concerns about this drill.  Some key messages that you may wish to reinforce 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.

Mystery Readers

Thank you to Huyen, Katie’s mum, for being this week’s mystery reader.  The class enjoyed listening to her read a story in Vietnamese about a clever frog.  We had some very clever translators to help the non-Vietnamese speaking class members understand the story.

K2D children enjoying some choice time at the end of a busy day.

Reminders:

  • Thursday 28 March is K2D’s Assembly performance. As mentioned in previous blogs, it will focus on Teaspoons of Change. If you have examples of ways your family is caring for the environment at home, I would love you to share them with me via email. I would especially love short videos. Thank you to the families who have already shared videos.
  • Spring Break begins on Friday 29 March.  Children return to school on Monday 8 April.

I look forward to seeing you at this weekend’s Spring Fair.

Emily

March 8 2019

Procedures

As part of our How We Organise Ourselves inquiry we are learning about procedure writing. On Monday, the class successfully followed a procedure to construct sock puppets.

Mystery Reader

This week we were very lucky to have two mystery readers.  On Thursday afternoon Seo Jun’s mum, Jeein, came in and read to us a Korean book that featured optical illusions. On Friday morning Benjamin’s sister Kachi read us Hide and Seek Pig and Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson.  If you haven’t signed up yet please click here.

Open Classrooms

This Thursday 14 March and Friday 15 March are open classrooms days in our UNIS Elementary School.  Please see the schedule below for classes that will be open for K2D parents.

Reminders:

  • This Monday 11 March is a professional learning day for teachers. This means there is no school for children.
  • Thursday 14, Friday 15 March, are UNIS open classroom days.
  • Thursday 28 March is K2D’s Assembly performance. As mentioned in previous blogs, it will focus on Teaspoons of Change. If you have examples of ways your family is caring for the environment at home, I would love you to share them with me in this Google photo album or email them directly to me. I would especially love short videos. Thank you to the families who have already shared videos.

 

K2D Ask Great Questions!

School Canteen Field Trip

K2D have spent a lot of time this week formulating and asking questions.  On Tuesday we visited the school canteen to find out about how our school lunches are produced.  We asked lots of questions and learned about all the people and effort that goes into making our lunch.  We also took action at the end of our visit by starting a survey of the foods we like and don’t like.  We will give this information to the canteen so that less food can be wasted.

Math

In math this week we have been exploring open-ended math problems.

Learning about Antarctica

On Monday Ms Laura from Discovery came and talked with us about her trip to Antarctica over Winter break.  We learned so much and asked lots of questions. Some of them we are still trying to find answers to. Here is a sample of our questions:

Where do people live in Antarctica? Katie

How do penguins get into the water? Sophia

Why do penguins have red eyes? Claire

Why do baby penguins look different to grown up penguins? Sophia

Are seals shy? Chun An

What happens if boats hit icebergs? Jenna

Thank you to this week’s Mystery Readers. We enjoyed listening to Nikhil’s dad read Tidy by Emily Gravett and Ruben’s sister Liv read Bonting by Shirley Hughes. If you haven’t signed up yet please click here.

Reminders:

  • Monday 11 March is a professional learning day for teachers. This means there is no school for children.
  • Thursday 14, Friday 15 March, are UNIS open classroom days. More details will come closer to the dates.
  • Thursday 28 March is K2D’s Assembly performance. As mentioned in last week’s week blog, it will focus on Teaspoons of Change. If you have examples of ways your family is caring for the environment at home, I would love you to share them with me in the this Google photo album.  I would especially love short videos.

Thank you, have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Donkey Bakery Field Trip

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Donkey Bakery Field Trip

On Wednesday we had a wonderful time visiting the Donkey Bakery.  We visited the kitchen and saw cakes and biscuits being made. We went upstairs and saw bags, clothes and toys being made from recycled materials.  We went to the cafe and bought muffins and drinks and ate them with our friends.  Through this field trip we saw goods being produced, people providing services, and producers and consumers playing their roles.

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 thanks with the staff.

Mystery Readers

Due to illness in our class this week, we were unable to have our scheduled Mystery reader. Lucky for us we had two UNIS readers come and share books with us.  Thank you to Coach Hamilton who read us One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and my daughter Lily, who read us Knuffle Bunny Free.  If you would like to sign up please click here.

Home Reading

I have had lots of positive feedback from children about home reading. Please continue to send the folder and books back on Monday so that the children can exchange their books.  If you have any questions about home reading, please email me.

Walkathon

Congratulations to our K2D families. Together we have raised over 10 million VND for Blue Dragon charity.  Well done!

Teaspoons of Change 

Back in December I wrote to you about a visit we had from Teaspoons of Change activist, Darcy Lunn.  Darcy spoke with the children about the top five things we could work on to care for the world and each other.  In K2D we have spent a lot of time thinking and talking about these five teaspoons of change and have decided to make them the focus of our assembly on March 28th.  Just as a reminder, the five teaspoons of change we are thinking about are:

Now comes the part I need your help with.  If you have examples of ways your families are working on these teaspoons of change at home I would love you to share them with me in the this Google photo album.  I would especially love short videos. This can be as simple as your child describing something you do to use less plastic at your house. Thank you. 🙂

Reminders:

  • Monday 11 March is a professional learning day for teachers. This means there is no school for children.
  • Thursday 14, Friday 15 March, are UNIS open classroom days. More details will come closer to the dates.

Have a lovely weekend.

Emily

 

100 Days of School!

100 Days of School!

We  had a wonderful day on Tuesday celebrating 100 days of school.  We had a range of math activities revolving around our 100 theme in all four K2 classrooms.  The children moved  between the classrooms, joining in with activities.  In our classroom, Ms Diep and I, along with many children, made over 100 pancakes.  Luckily, we had lots of K2 friends to share them with.

Mystery Reader 

Today, K2D enjoyed listening to our first mystery reader.  Thank you to Flynn’s Dad, Patrick, who read Did You Know Pippi Longstocking?

Please click here to sign up for you turn to be our mystery reader. If your child has older siblings or grandparents that would like to read we would love them to have them read too.

A Message from the Walkathon Organisers

Our Blue Dragon Walkathon was such a wonderful experience for everyone in our community! It certainly turned out to be a memorable and inspiring occasion AND a gorgeous afternoon. All elementary students raced or walked with pride, enthusiasm and spirit! Donations to Blue Dragon are currently being calculated and it looks like we may have raised more money than last year. Please remember to send in pledge forms and indicate how many laps your child walked/ran. Please also put the total amount you are donating on the form. Pledge forms are due to homeroom teachers by February 22, 2019.

Reminders 

  • Snack sale this Monday 18 February.  Please send your child with 20,000 VND to buy 2 healthy snacks at the snack sale.
  • Please ensure your child has a hat at school every day.
  • A lot of children are enjoying playing in the mud kitchen or with the water at breaktime. This can result in very wet children. A spare set of clothes in the school bag is very helpful if your child becomes wet or muddy when they are playing.
  • Donkey Bakery field trip Wednesday 20 February. Thank you to Karen, Esther and Sujoy for volunteering to join us for the morning.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Emily

Chuc Mung Nam Moi!

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to meet with so many of you on Wednesday at the Parent Teacher interviews and also see you at the Walkathon today. One of the things that makes our UNIS community so special is the fantastic participation, support and commitment from parents. Thank you!

Home readers 

On the first Monday after Tet break home reading will commence.  You child will bring home three reading books to read with you each day for the week.  On the following Monday the books will be returned to school and your child will choose three new books to read.  More information will come inside the home reading folder with the books on Monday.  please

Mystery Reader

Please sign up to read a story book with our class here.

Reminders 

  • School returns on Monday 11 February
  • Home reading starts on Monday 11 February
  • Sign up for Mystery reader
  • Donkey Bakery field trip Wednesday 20 February. We need 3 parents helpers for the morning. More information to come.

Have a wonderful Tet Holiday.

Emily

Welcome Sophia, Seo Hyeon and Ga Yun!

We are very excited to welcome three delightful additions to our K2D family: Sophia, Ga Yun and Seo Hyeon.  Seo Hyeon and Ga Yun come to us from other schools in Hanoi. Sophia and her family have just moved here from Hong Kong. Please join me in welcoming these girls and their families to UNIS.

Inquiry 

This week we built on our understanding of needs and wants to explore goods and services and producers and consumers.  We continue to play buying and selling in our class shop. With our Grade 4 buddies we talked about consumers and producers in preparation for Grade 4’s Market Day next Thursday.

                                                           Walkathon

Next Friday is the Elementary School’s Walkathon.  This is the ES’s biggest fundraiser for the year.  You will have now received a sponsorship form in your child’s school bag.  For more information click here.

Reminders

  • 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

Have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Goodbye Inbar and Hoang Linh!

Today is a sad day for K2D.  Today we say goodbye to Inbar and Hoang Linh. Inbar and her family are moving home to Israel and Hoang Linh and her family are moving to Japan.  We hope both girls have a wonderful time in their new schools and countries.  We will miss them very much here at UNIS.

Walk-a-thon

Birthdays 

This week we celebrated, Claire, Katie and Inbar’s birthdays. We wish them all a Happy Birthday and hope they all enjoy being 6!

Reminders

  • 28 January – Reports will go home to families
  • 30 January – Parent teacher conference all day (no school for students) 
  • 1 February – Blue Dragon walkathon
  • 1 February – Tet holiday commences

Have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Happy New Year!

 

Welcome back to school!

I hope all K2D families had a happy and relaxing Winter break.  I had my first trip back to Australia since moving to Hanoi.  I had a lovely time with my friends and family but I was also very happy to return to my new home in Hanoi and to rejoin our lovely K2D community.


This a photo of my family celebrating my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary.

New Inquiry Unit

This week we have commenced our How We Organise Ourselves unit of inquiry with the central idea:

People organise themselves through a process to create goods and services for the community’  

This will be our inquiry from now until Spring Break.

The lines of inquiry for this unit are:

  • The needs and wants of a community
  • Parts to make a whole
  • Processes to create a good or service
  • Our responsibilities as producers and consumers

This week we explored the concepts of needs and wants. The children drew their current understanding of needs and wants.

Math

In Math we have been shopping!

Happy Birthday Thomas

January is a month of many birthdays in K2D.  On Wednesday we celebrated Thomas’s 6th Birthday!

Reminders

Here are some dates to put in your calendars.  More information will come in the weeks ahead.

  • 28 January – Reports will go home to families
  • 30 January – Parent teacher conference all day (no school for students) 
  • 1 February – Blue Dragon walkathon
  • 1 February – Tet holiday commences

Have a lovely weekend.

Emily