Elementary School Parent-Teacher Conferences – Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Dear Elementary Families,

You are warmly invited to attend our second Parent Teacher Conferences of the year, being held on Wednesday, 30 January, 2019.

Please note that there will be no school on this day for your children as teachers will be conducting individual parent conferences all day. Families starting school in January 2019 do not need to sign up for the conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences are a time for teachers to share information on your child’s progress during the first semester and what goals your child and his/her teacher(s) have set for their learning.

As we know, the importance of a strong home-school relationship is a strong factor in students’ academic success. Our intention is to establish a strong partnership with all families and for us to better understand the unique gifts, talents, and needs of each of our students. Please make it your priority to attend as we firmly believe these conversations will benefit each and every child.

Parents may schedule appointments of 15 minutes for homeroom teachers, EAL and Learning Support teachers; and 5 minutes for other specialist teachers – PE, Visual Arts, Music, World Languages and Library (this is due to the high numbers of students that they teach).

In the case of Counseling, no appointments are necessary.  Our Counseling offices are open all day for drop in appointments.

Should you not be available for an appointment on conference day, parents are most welcome  to make an alternative arrangement before or after school on another day.

The following teachers will not be available for conferences due to absence:

  • Nikki Carey (P.E)
  • Nicole Moodie (Grade 4 – EAL)

Appointment scheduling will be done through Veracross, our student information management system. The bookings will open on Tuesday 22 January at 8.00am and close on Monday 28 January at 9.00am.  Please be sure to print or save a copy of your interview schedule for your convenience. Link to sign up: https://portals.veracross.com/unishanoi

We look forward to seeing you at our Parent Teacher Conferences as we work together to make this year as successful as possible for your child.

Warmly,
Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

ES Walk-a-thon, Friday, 1 February 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

The Walk-a-thon is an annual Elementary School fundraising event, at UNIS Hanoi, 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.
  • A sponsorship form will be sent home with your child.
  • 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, 22 February.

Many thanks,

Kristen McAuliffe                                   Ronke Bearzi
kmcauliffe@unishanoi.org                       ibearzi@unishanoi.org

on behalf of the Blue Dragon Walk-a-Champions                                                     

Help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children!

Elementary School Movie Night (Grade 3 – 5)

December 06th, 2018

Dear Parents,

The UNIS High School Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group are planning an Elementary School Movie Night on December 13th, 2018. The Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group raises money through fundraising events for the Habitat for Humanity organization. This money is used to build and repair homes in sustainable communities around Vietnam.

As part of fundraising, a movie night has been planned for students in Grades 3- 5. The students will be able to watch CoCo, a family-friendly Disney movie. Students will be asked to bring 100,000 VND for the movie and a bag of popcorn each to enjoy the movie.

Students also have the option to buy other snacks and drinks during the intermission. The price of a pizza slice will be 50,000 VND and drinks will be 20,000 VND. All profits will go directly to funding an upcoming house build.

Please note that there will be no buses available after the movie. Parents are required to indicate how the students are going back home afterwards.

Date of Movie Night:     December 13th, 2018
Name and Location: UNIS Theatre
Start Time:  4:00 pm Finish Time: 6:30  pm

Your child needs to bring with them:  

  • 100,000 VND for the popcorn and movie
  • Extra money according to snacks that they want

Students are asked to bring the completed permission slips and money on the day of the movie – December 13th, 2018.

Note: Students won’t be allowed to enter the theatre without the permission slip.

_____________________________________________________________________

Please check all boxes below to show your agreement

I give permission for (name)____________________________________to attend the event listed above.

  • I will be picking him/her/them up after the movie
  • Family support will pick up my child

Students won’t be allowed to leave after the movie without an adult.

My child is allergic to ………………./ not allergic to any food.

Parent/Guardian Name and signature:  
Contact phone number:   Date:  

 

The Zones of Regulation

Maybe you’ve heard your child talking about being in the red, blue,
yellow or green zone at home and you are wondering what it’s all
about. It’s time to learn about the ZONES of regulation and how you
can help your child at home.

Parents of students in Discovery to Grade 2 are invited to join the D-2 counselor, Kris Bezzerides on Friday, December 7 at 8.30am (B7 Community Room) to learn more.

A Plastic Ocean – Community Screening – Phim tài liệu “Đại Dương Nhựa” – buổi chiếu miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng

**Vui lòng xem bản Tiếng Việt bên dưới!

Dear Parents,

Next week in our school is “SDG Week” –  focusing on connecting our student’s learning on the UN Sustainable Development Goals,  in the lead up to our school’s UN Day celebration.  Around the dinner table, ask your child about the SDG’s and what they are learning about them.

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we will be hosting a free community screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm.  The movie is in English, with Vietnamese subtitles.

Movie Trailer:  A Plastic Ocean 

What:  “A Plastic Ocean” documentary – FREE community screening
When:  Tuesday 27th November, 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)
Who:  UNIS Hanoi students, families, teachers – 7 years +
Where:  Theatre, Centre for Arts, B10
Why:  To raise awareness of the issue of pollution being created by single use plastics and what we can do to help

Theatre will open at 4.50pm – free seating.

Elementary students will NOT be allowed to attend unless accompanied by an adult.

The UNIS Hanoi school store will host a ‘pop up’ shop showcasing and selling all of our recycled and environmentally sustainable products for families who wish to take immediate action to reduce their use of plastics.

Please join with us in taking action for the children who will be attending UNIS and living on our planet many generations from now….. this local and global problem needs us all to act urgently.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil

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Kính gửi Phụ huynh,

Tuần tới được gọi là “Tuần lễ hành động vì các Mục tiêu Phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc” tại trường UNIS. Trong suốt thời gian này, các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc sẽ được lồng ghép vào nội dung học tập ở trường. Đây cũng là bước chuẩn bị cho lễ kỷ niệm Ngày Liên hiệp quốc sắp tới. Phụ huynh có thể hỏi các con, trong khi ăn tối, về Các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững này và các con đã học được những gì về các mục tiêu này.

Cũng là một phần trong Cam kết thực hiện các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Nhà trường, Nhà trường sẽ tổ chức buổi chiếu phim miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng vào ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều; bộ phim có tiêu đề là “Đại Dương Nhựa”, phim Tiếng Anh, có phụ đề Tiếng Việt.

Phụ huynh có thể xem bản giới thiệu phim tại đây

Tên phim: Phim tài liệu “Đại Dương Nhựa” – buổi chiếu miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng
Thời gian: Ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều (độ dài phim: 1 tiếng 42 phút)
Đối tượng: Học sinh, phụ huynh, giáo viên UNIS (phim dành cho đối tượng trên 7 tuổi)
Địa điểm: Rạp hát, Trung tâm Nghệ thuật, B10, UNIS
Lý do chiếu phim: Nhằm nâng cao nhận thức của cộng đồng về vấn đề ô nhiễm do việc sử dụng các sản phẩm nhựa dùng một lần gây ra và khuyến khích hành động của cá nhân để giúp giảm thiểu vấn đề này.

Rạp hát sẽ mở cửa lúc 4:50 chiều, phụ huynh có thể tùy chọn ghế ngồi.

Học sinh Tiểu học chỉ có thể tham dự nếu có người lớn đi kèm.

Cửa hàng của Trường UNIS sẽ có gian hàng tạm thời ngay tại buổi chiếu phim để trưng bày và bán các sản phẩm tái chế và các sản phẩm bền vững cho môi trường. Phụ huynh có thể mua các sản phẩm này để giảm thiểu ngay việc sử dụng sản phẩm nhựa.

Hãy cùng chung tay với Nhà trường để cùng hành động vì trẻ em UNIS tương lai và trẻ em sống trên hành tinh của chúng ta và nhiều thế hệ mai sau ngay từ bây giờ. Chúng ta cần hành động ngay từ hôm nay để giải quyết vấn đề vừa mang tính địa phương và toàn cầu này.

Nhà trường mong Phụ huynh có thể sắp xếp thời gian để tham dự buổi chiếu phim.

Trân trọng,

Megan Brazil

Hiệu trưởng trường Tiểu học UNIS.

Open Classrooms – Tell us what you think!

Dear Elementary Families,

Our school has been additionally busy and buzzing with excitement these last two days as we have hosted Open Classrooms – an ‘open house’ style event aimed at strengthening our home-school partnership and giving parents the opportunity to observe our students’ learning in action.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the experience.  We’d love to hear from you – tell us what you loved, what you learned, and how we can improve this process for next time.

Please take a moment to complete our very short Open Classrooms survey – we’ll be happy to share the results back with you in our next Tin Tuc.

Thank you for your enthusiastic attendance and participation.

Gratefully,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds!

Dear Parents,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday and Friday, 15-16 November .

Your child’s open classroom schedule indicating which lessons are open for you to enter and observe has now been shared with you on the homeroom’s blog.

 

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS Hanoi. By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How does it work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday and Friday, 15-16 November, 2018.
  • All specialist lessons will be designated as ‘open’ on Thursday 15 November (all day) and on Friday 16 November (until 11.10am).
  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate).
  • Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking, research,problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

Which classrooms are NOT open?

Due to the following teachers being involved in other professional development activities, their classes will not be open:

  • Maria Abella (music, strings, choir)
  • Noor Sandhu (music, choir)

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.
  • Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so. Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.
  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Hanoi Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday November 15 and Friday November 16.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

 

Outdoor Classroom Day

Dear Parents,

On Thursday November 8, the Elementary School will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  Weather permitting, the students will be outside from 8:10-10:25. To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
  • wears sunscreen to school
  • has a hat
  • has a full water bottle
  • has a change of clothes in a reusable, labelled bag

Thank you for your support!
ES Teachers

D-K1 and Grade 1 Math Coffee Mornings

Parents, have you ever wondered what math class looks and feels like at UNIS Hanoi or how to support your students at home?

 

Join us for an informal and interactive conversation about the mathematics’ development at your child’s grade level. We will discuss the what and why’s about mathematics instruction and how learning can be supported outside of school.

Special Maths Coffee Mornings for D/K1 and Grade 1 are on the dates below. Both sessions will last from 8:30-9:30 in the Creativity Space across from the Grade 4 classrooms. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.

D/K1                 Wednesday, November 7

Grade 1             Wednesday, October 31

 


Beth Murray
D-5 Extension and Enrichment Coach

ES Snack Sale – Monday October 29

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 25 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacks from all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of healthy snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

The 2018-2019 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Classes:

  • October 29 (All Grade 5 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d)
  • February 18 (All Grade 4 homerooms + Grade 2c + K1c + Discovery a +Discovery b)
  • May 13 (All Grade 1 + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b)

What to Bring?

As a Nut and Allergy Aware campus we require all snacks to include a list of ingredients. When it is your turn to be a contributing class, we encourage that each family supports the ES Snack Sale by providing:

  • 10 individually wrapped homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND)
  • A labeled container/dish with your child’s class and name
  • On the morning of the snack sale, please deliver the snacks BEFORE 8.10am to the designated tables in the ECC or ES Courtyard

Healthy Snacks are Important Everyday!

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Check out these yummy websites:

Jamie Oliver – Healthy Snacks
Lolly Jane – Healthy Fun Kids Snacks
Parenting.com – 32 Healthy Kids Snacks
Super Healthy Kids
BBC Good Food – Kids Snacks
Kidspot.com

Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies or chocolate bars.

Witness the best part of it all…

The kids faces light up when they see all the snacks available for purchase, but they love it even more when they see their parents at school! So if you’re free for 1.5 hours on the morning of an ES Snack Sale come by, hang around and help sell the snack to the kids and be part of the action!

If you have any questions, please contact the ES Snack Sale Coordinators: Seung Shin Lee, Yuju Moon, Hiromi Ogura and Naoko Murakami at snacksale@unishanoi.org .