Supporting Student Success in the ES

Dear Parents,

Join us in the ES Creativity Space on Friday 27th September for an informative session on understanding “Inclusion”.  This session will provide information on all of the support services that are available in the ES that supports students in reaching their full potential.

Come and find out about our philosophy on “Inclusion” the wide range of support services, our methods of service delivery,  and meet the teachers who work in these teams.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

Elementary School Maths

Does ES maths look different today than when you went to school?
Do you want to know more about how maths is taught at UNIS Hanoi and why?

Come join our Parent Book Club.

This fall we will meet regularly to read and discuss the new book,

Use this QR code

Or this link: https://tinyurl.com/yyjcm3hr to join our club.

The Club will start in October. A morning and afternoon session will be available.

Arriving and Departing School Safely

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that we do not offer any adult supervision at school until 7.55am daily, and that children are not permitted to be at school before this time.

Students in the ES may not be unaccompanied on campus after school hours. If students are remaining on campus for a later activity (eg. music lessons, tennis etc), then they must wait under adult supervision in the ES Office or UMA Office.

Your child’s homeroom teacher should know how students are getting home from school each day.

Students in Grades 2 and below whose parents wish for them to walk or cycle home from school, must have written permission which will be filed in the ES Office.  Please notify your child’s teacher and the ES Office if your child has permission to walk or cycle home from school.

As per our Elementary Handbook, please notify the school no later 11.00am if there are changes to your child’s regular departure routine, so that we can be sure that the message is received.

With kind thanks for your cooperation as we work together to keep our students safe.

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Moon Festival – Tết Trung Thu

“TẾT TRUNG THU” is one of the most important festivals in Vietnam. It is a traditional celebration for children and is celebrated on August 15, according to the lunar calendar.

The celebration of “Tết Trung Thu” is a highlight of the Vietnamese programme which helps students and the school community to learn more about the host country culture.

At UNIS Hanoi, our grade 2, grade 4 and grade 5 students who attend the Vietnamese class are going to host two assemblies in the school theater as bellow:

  • Assembly 1: On Thursday, September 12 at 8.30-9.20 for G2-5 students
  • Assembly 2: On Thursday, September 12 at 9.25-10.15 for ECC-G1 students and parents.

After the assemblies, the students are going to join different Moon Festival toy workshops. There will be “Tết Trung Thu” party at snack time.

Teachers and students are encouraged to wear “Áo Dài” – The Vietnamese traditional dress on the day. You can buy a readymade “Áo Dài” in many shops around the old quarter of Hanoi such as Hàng Gai, Hàng Đào and Lương Văn Can streets.

Greetings from the ES Student Success Team!

Student Success Team (SST) 

The SST is committed to ensuring students are included, appropriately challenged and experience success at UNIS Hanoi. Various support systems and structures are in place to provide success for all UNIS Hanoi students and the SST uniquely contribute to the growth and development of all students in the Elementary School.

We work closely with students, teachers, and parents in order to assist students who need additional academic, emotional or social support. 

WE BELIEVE

  • In supporting access to inclusive, authentic, and challenging learning experiences;
  • Neuro diversity enriches our wider school community 
  • Students have and can learn through their strengths 
  • Equitable learning opportunities generate success 

WHO WE ARE

ES Learning Support Team

Lindsey Tate
Lindsey Tate is the Learning Support teacher for grades Discovery to Grade 1. She is from the USA and has two children also attending UNIS. She enjoys being a lifelong learner and helping students find and utilize their strengths in and out of the school setting. Her email is: ltate@unishanoi.org

Jennifer Szwarc
Jenn is the Learning Support  teacher for Grades 2 and 3. She is from San Diego, California and accompanied by her husband Micah Smith who is helping with Discovery to Grade 1 P.E. Jenn is already enjoying getting to know her students, their families and acclimating to the hot, humid weather in Hanoi. Her email is: sjszwarc@unishanoi.org 

Claire Harrison-Poole
Claire is from the UK, and she loves reading and getting together with friends to enjoy a crafternoon. She is inspired by nature and likes exploring the highlands and lowlands of her local environment. Claire Harrison-Poole is the Learning Support teacher for grade 4 and 5. Her email is: charrison-poole@unishanoi.org

Brian Walker
D-12 Speech Language Pathologist
Brian has been a speech-language pathologist for more than 20 years. Brian is originally from the United States. He enjoys cycling, hiking and traveling. Brian is happy to join UNIS Hanoi. His Email is: bwalker@unishanoi.org

Lee Cassidy
D-12 School Psychologist
Lee has been a school psychologist working with students ages 3-21 in various settings around the world for over 25 years. This is her third year at UNIS. She collaborates  with teachers, counselors and parents to support students’ academic and social-emotional health. Her email is: ecassidy@unishanoi.org

Hoa Dang
Hoa has happily gained experience and connected with her students at UNIS Hanoi for over ten years. Enjoying the children’s smiles makes her content to come to work every day. Hoa also enjoys shopping and cooking for her family of 3 children.

Tra Dinh Thi
Tra comes from Vietnam. She’s now living happily with her husband and a five-year-old son in a peaceful town called Me Linh. She loves working and chatting with her students.

ES Counsellors

The UNIS Hanoi counselling team works with the community to promote and enhance the personal development, learning, and well-being of all students. We connect with practitioners in both local and global networks to comply with best practices and remain current in supporting the needs of the UNIS Hanoi community.

Counsellors deliver a developmentally appropriate guidance curriculum to all students. This proactive D-12 counselling curriculum follows the ISCA (International School Counseling Association) model, standards and competencies benchmarks.

As members of the Support Services Team, we collaborate with each Grade Level to facilitate student advocacy and pastoral care.

Counsellors endeavour to support families with transitions as they enter and exit our school community.   

In the Elementary School we:

  • Respond to and support students experiencing social, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns
  • Conduct individual or small group counselling to address identified social and emotional issues
  • Partner with parents and teachers, to foster developmentally-appropriate teaching and parenting practices
  • Develop and deploy supportive programmes tailored to our population (e.g. parent workshops)
  • Teach age-appropriate counselling lessons that address topics such as staying safe (child safeguarding), self-regulation, conflict resolution, and identity

Kris Bezzerides
D-Grade 2 School Counselling
Kris has been working with Elementary students for 20 years in various locations around the globe. This is her second year at UNIS Hanoi. She is here to support, students, families and teachers.

Dylan Meikle
Grades 3-5 School Counselling
Dylan is an experienced international educator and school counsellor from Australia. This is his fourth year at UNIS Hanoi. His areas of professional interest include wellness, physical learning environments and supporting all students to achieve their very best. 

Calling for ES Class Parents!

 

 

 

Dear Elementary School,

Calling on ES parents interested in getting more involved as homeroom parents!

  • play a key role in maintaining open and positive communication between families and the school
  • help build a friendly atmosphere in your class/grade
  • welcome families into your class who arrive mid-year
  • support teachers with requests (mainly ES)

Click here for more information

This is Walaa and Poul and we are your School Community Organisation Representatives – nice to meet you!

Walaa Hassan – Lower Elementary School Parent Representative (Discovery – Grade 1)

Email: sco_les@unishanoi.org

Hello, this is Walaa, I have two daughters in UNIS, Karma in Grade 2 and Kenda in Discovery. We come from Egypt; my husband works for the Egyptian Embassy in Hanoi. We have joined UNIS last year. 

It’s a pleasure to be part of UNIS school community, which encompasses a wide spectrum of languages, cultures, lifestyles and experiences. This year I am volunteering to join SCO executives, inspired by various fun activities, and events organized by SCO last year, which complements the school’s efforts to ease new families transition and integration into school life. Also, boosting the spirit of volunteerism to continuously enhance the well-being of our small community, and beyond to the bigger community of Hanoi.

Please feel free to share your ideas, thoughts, and if you have time consider volunteering in the various school activities and events that promote a Happy learning experience for our kids.

Poul Lundsby – Upper Elementary School Parent Representative (Grades 2-5)

Email: sco_ues@unishanoi.org

Hi, I am Poul Lundsby. This is my second year in Hanoi as a UNIS parent. We are here as a family because my wife is working at the Danish Embassy. 

We live in T-Block in Ciputra and consists of parents and four children in Grade 1, Grade 5, Grade 7 & Grade 11 respectively. 

As a parent with children in all divisions I am in touch with almost every corner of the “UNIS-machinery” so after my first year as a newcomer has passed I look forward to playing an active role in the UNIS community this year.

Questions? Feel free to contact us anytime!

Meet Our New Elementary Teachers

ECC Teacher: Jacqui Stransky

Jacqui has been teaching in early childhood settings both internationally and in the USA since 2007. She has taught at GEMS schools in Dubai and in Universal Prek programmes in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and has a CACHE early years teaching qualification from the UK. She last lived in New York and will be joined by her husband later in the year. They have two adult children.

ECC Teacher: Marianne Neel

Marianne has been teaching in Early Years education for the past 7 years.  She previously worked at a Reggio Emilia inspired school in Hanoi and prior to that The British School of Guangzhou in China. Marianne began her career in Dublin, Ireland working in Montessori schools and also Special Education.  Marianne has a BA in Montessori Education, is British and has 2 children attending UNIS Hanoi. 

ES Teacher: Michelle Currey

Michelle is Australian and has been teaching since 2006.  She graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Education in early childhood and began her teaching career in North Sydney Australia. She has spent the past 8 years teaching grades K1-G2  in international schools in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Michelle has a passion for inquiry, play based learning. 

ES Teacher: Jenny-Lee Moore

Jenny-Lee is British and lived in Belgium from 2009 until coming to Hanoi. She is a graduate of European languages, which led her to a career in EU policy, starting in the European Parliament and taking her through human rights, healthcare, environmental law and education. She taught 2nd Grade at the International School of Brussels for 7 years, where she was also Data Privacy Officer as a certified Data Protection Specialist. She has a UK PGCE and a Masters in Education specialising in smart technology. Jenny-Lee is married to Charlie (ES Teacher), and has two children at the school. 

ES Teacher: Charlie Moore

Charlie taught 5th Grade at the International School of Brussels for 10 years where he also coached cross-country and coordinated the school’s mentoring program. Previously, he worked as a political assistant to a British MEP and on Government Affairs and on Branding for GlaxoSmithKline. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies, a UK PGCE and is a graduate of the PTC. Charlie is British, a keen runner, triathlete and musician. Charlie is married to Jenny-Lee (ES Teacher) and is the father of two children. 

ES Teacher: Harry Dalzell

Harry is from the UK and has been teaching elementary students for over ten years. Before completing a postgraduate certificate in education(PGCE) , Harry studied Psychology in Liverpool. 

He began his teaching career in London, gaining experience in a range of classroom and leadership positions. Interested in more inquiry-based approaches, he moved to the International School of Basel in Switzerland with his partner, Barbara (MS Math teacher) in 2014. He is teaching third grade and so far is loving life at UNIS and Hanoi. 

ES Teacher: Margaret J. Magowan

Margaret (Maggie) Magowan is originally from San Francisco. This is her 8th year teaching and living overseas. Maggie has taught in Bucharest, Romania and most recently at Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. Last year she took a year off to be with her daughter, Elizabeth, born in May 2018. Currently she is working on her Masters of Education in Evidence Based Teaching through the University of Melbourne. This past summer, she married Matt Magowan (Elementary PE teacher).

ES Teacher: Darren Radu

Darren has been co-conspiring with 4th and 5th graders for the past 18 years, initially in Seattle (USA), and for the past three years in Accra, Ghana. He holds an M.Ed (Admin) and is National Board certified. Originally from the Canadian Prairies, he met his wife Jill (ES EAL) in Japan. He has two children at the school.  

ES EAL Teacher: Agnieszka Schaffner

Aga has been teaching English as an Additional Language since 2000 in both Poland and the United Arab Emirates. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English as a Foreign Language, a Master’s in International Relations, and a Master’s in International Education with English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialisation. Aga is from Poland and has two children at UNIS Hanoi. She is married to Scott Schaffner, the High School Principal.

ES EAL Teacher: Jill Landretti

Jill spent the past three years as an elementary EAL/Learning Support teacher in Ghana. Prior to that, she was a classroom teacher for many years in the U.S, before starting her international career as an English instructor in Japan. She has a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and is currently in a master’s programme in International Education (ESL). Born in Hawaii, she grew up in the Marshall Islands. Jill is at UNIS Hanoi with her partner, Darren  (ES Grade 4 Teacher) and two children.

ES Learning Support: Jennifer Szwarc

Jenn Szwarc came to UNIS Hanoi from Bucharest, Romania, where she was the ES learning support teacher.  She spent three years in Romania and prior to that,  taught in Thailand and San Diego, California.  Jenn was born and raised in southern California and received degrees in Psychology and an MA in Teaching with an emphasis in mild/ moderate special education.  Her husband Micah (ES Physical Education) will join her in Hanoi. She enjoys traveling, hiking and meeting new people.

ES Learning Support: Claire Harrison-Poole

Claire has been teaching a range of complex learners for the past 7 years in a Special School in the South West of England.  She has been supporting staff in her wider role as an advisory teacher for learners with Multi Sensory Impairment. She has an Environmental Science Degree from Plymouth University and previously taught in mainstream Secondary Science, specialising in Chemistry. Claire was the Science Coordinator in her previous role. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma, the Mandatory Qualification for teaching Multi Sensory Impaired Learners from Birmingham University.  Claire is from London and has moved to Hanoi with her husband and son.

ES Music (ECC focus): Elizabeth Wolden

Liz received her BM in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory and her MM in Music Education and Piano Performance from Boston University. She has previously taught in schools in Massachusetts, Cairo, Yangon, Delhi and Abu Dhabi and has joined the ECC team at UNIS Hanoi.

 

ES Physical Education: Shannon Marie Schultz

Shannon is from the USA and has been teaching Physical Education and Health for 8 years internationally. She has a Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Moorhead and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a K-12 PE and Health Certification. Shannon has worked in India and China before moving to Vietnam with her husband, Anwer (MS Counsellor).

ES Technology & Innovation Coach: William Neal Clark

Originally from the United States, William joins UNIS Hanoi following  10 years at GEMS, UAE. He began his journey with GEMS as a Grade 4 and Grade 5 homeroom teacher and for the next 6 years occupied the role of Technology and Innovation Coach.  Collaborating with teachers to meaningfully and successfully integrate technology and innovation in their classrooms is a big part of that job, one that he is wholeheartedly committed to. William holds a Masters Degree in Elementary Education.  He is joined in Hanoi by his wife, Stephanie.

ES French (60%): Milène Magre

Milène has experience teaching French and Spanish from grade 3 to grade 12. She earned her PGCE in French and Spanish in the UK. After a few years teaching in Birmingham, Milène decided to take on a new challenge and to move to China. In Shanghai she developed her knowledge of Mandarin and taught French and Spanish from grade 2 to grade 12. Milene arrived at UNIS Hanoi last year and worked as  an MYP French Teacher. Milene is passionate about languages and she takes every opportunity to learn new phrases in Vietnamese.

ECC Physical Education: Micah David Liu Smith (Maternity Cover)

Micah is from Palo Alto, California and previously worked as a Foreign ESL Teacher in Thailand and Romania. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a TEFL certification.  He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Teaching. His wife, Jennifer Szwarc, is an ES Learning Support at UNIS Hanoi. They both enjoy hiking, travelling, and meeting new people. 

Director of Enrolment and Marketing Management: Teri K. Ostrom 

T.K. began her career in the corporate industries advancing the mission and helping these organisations understand customer service including telling a story about their vision. Since leaving the corporate sector, she has spent 15 years in Admission/Advancement with schools in the United States, China, and Guatemala. She has also provided her expertise as a consultant with international schools throughout the world. T.K. has a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and is from the United States.

D-12 Speech and Language Pathologist: Brian Walker

Brian has been a speech-language pathologist, providing therapy to children and adults, for more than 20 years.  Before becoming a SLP, he taught English in Papua New Guinea and China.  Most recently, Brian was the SLP at the American School in Japan. He has spent the last year traveling and working in Europe.  Brian and his wife are originally from the United States. 

School Health Centre Coordinator: Joanne Connolly (Jo)

Jo has been working as a Registered Nurse for 14 years in New Zealand and Australia and for the past 4 years as part of the clinical education team within the private healthcare sector in Australia. Jo has a Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing from New Zealand. During the 90’s Jo was an expat child in Hanoi for 7 years, which is where her passion for nursing was born. Jo has 2 children. Jo and her husband are originally from New Zealand.

Athletic Trainer: Marc Voicechovski

Marc is a Certified Athletic Trainer, dealing with the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Previously, Marc worked at the Delbarton School for 8 years and also worked for a physical therapy clinic, while serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for Mamaroneck High School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Sciences. Marc, and his wife Cydny, are from New Jersey, USA.

ES Back to School Night – Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Dear Elementary Families from Discovery to Grade 5, 

Given our shared commitment to successful partnerships between parents and our school, we warmly invite you to attend your child’s Back To School Night presentations on Thursday, September 5th, 2019, where you will have the opportunity to hear from homeroom and specialist teachers about the year ahead. All Back To School Night presentations from Discovery to Grade 5, will be shared on one evening only

The programme will run as follows:

Time Activity Location
6.00 – 6.30pm Homeroom Presentation  (Session 1) Your child’s homeroom class
6.35 – 7.05pm Homeroom Presentation (Session 1  repeated) Your child’s homeroom class
Ongoing from 6.00pm – 7.30pm  Specialist Teacher Information Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B08b) (above new canteen)
7.30pm All Back to School presentations end

You are invited to attend an information session hosted by your child’s homeroom teacher, as well as to visit your child’s specialist teachers. All homeroom presentations will be available via the homeroom blog after the evening has concluded. A bell will ring at the end of each session to ensure that everyone has enough time to get to the next presentation of the evening.  

At our Back To School evening, you can expect that your child’s teachers will share with you a range of information including:

  • Important members of your child’s educational team, and their contact details
  • Methods of communication between school and home (Blogs, email, ES Tin Tuc, etc)
  • What’s different to the previous grade & highlights for this year
  • Key areas of focus in Language, Mathematics and Units of Inquiry
  • Important aspects of your child’s schedule
  • Home learning as it relates to your child’s grade level 
  • How to best support your child’s learning this year in partnership with the school

Our specialist teachers look forward to meeting you in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Building 8B –  above the school canteen). Here you will find teachers from representing the Library, Technology, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, World Languages and our Student Success Team, as well as representatives from our Co-Curricular office, school store and Primary Years Programme coordinator.

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night and speaking further about what this year holds in store for your child.  

Warm regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

 

Elementary Parents Coffee Morning

Dear Elementary Parents,

What a wonderfully joyful first week back at school we have had. It is so nice to have filled our classrooms with children once again, after a long summer break.

You are warmly invited to join us on Friday, 30 August, 8.30am in the ES Creativity Space for coffee and introductions to some important people in our Elementary school. Come get your questions answered and get to know our team.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

Grades 2-3 Musical: Disney “Aristocats Kids”

Grade 2 and 3 students –  “The Aristocats” auditions are coming!
Here is a brief summary of the story:
When a retired opera singer leaves her inheritance to her cat, Duchess  and three kittens, the woman’s butler drugs the cats and abandons them in the countryside in order to inherit the fortune himself. Lost in unfamiliar territory, Duchess and the kittens meet Thomas O’Malley, an alley cat willing to help them return to their home in Paris. They meet several kooky characters along the way, including two English geese and an alley cat jazz band.
If you would like to try out, please sign up for an audition time, which will take place on the following days during lunch: August 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 27th. Sign up sheets will be posted outside your classrooms.
For the audition, you will need to sing a short but dramatic song and act out part of the story. The musical will be performed in December and the rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Fridays (and possibly a few Wednesdays) after school. There will also be three Saturday morning rehearsals in November.

Summer Math for Families

Dear UNIS Families,

Summer is a great time continue thinking mathematically. Here are two great blog posts with activities you can do over the summer Summer Activities for Kids and Math Apps. In addition, here is a free online summer course for students entering grades 2-6. Please follow the instructions on the flyer below to register.

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Murray
D-5 Extension and Enrichment Coach

Elementary School Schedule 2019/20

Creating the most balanced day for our students is a priority each and every school year. Following parent and teacher feedback this school year, we have made some adjustments and improvements to the schedule for the 19/20 school year. We also want to ensure that the day is structured so as to minimize transitions for all students if possible and to allow us to keep our continued commitment to World Languages, PE, and the Visual and Performing Arts.

Ensuring that we are able to create a schedule that kept all those priorities in mind, you will notice the following changes to the school day next year:

  1. Lunch in the ES will start from 12.20 pm. This means that students will have the ability to engage in a morning of learning, have their lunch and then have a shorter afternoon of learning. We are committed to providing students with regular outdoor recess so we will continue with both morning and afternoon recesses.
  2. In order to minimise transitions for students the schedule is designed so that students have no more than 2 specialist lessons a day. We are moving from the current model of 40 minute lessons to 50 minute lessons. This will allow teachers to create learning experiences for students where they get to be engaged for longer blocks and also support students walking across our campus without losing out on instructional time.
  3. Given that lessons will be longer, students will still avail of the same or more amount of instructional time across the curriculum though the number of lessons in some disciplines may be fewer. For example, in the current schedule, students have 6 x 40 minute PE lessons every two weeks, which works out to 240 minutes. Next school year, students in the upper grades will have 5 x 50 minutes of PE, which will have them experiencing  250 minutes of PE in two weeks.
  4. In order to accomplish all that we are striving for in our schedule next year we are putting in place a Week A and Week B schedule. Elementary School parents will not need to worry about keeping track of Week A and B as PE and (where applicable) Library days will be the same each week.
  5. In keeping with the other divisions of the school, school will start at 8.10 am and finish at 3.30 pm. ASA’s will finish as usual at 4.30 pm

Detailed schedules will be sent out by your child’s homeroom teacher at the start of the new school year. We remain committed to ensuring that our students have rich and fulfilling days at school where they can learn in ways that will help them grow and thrive. We have worked hard to try and create a schedule that will let us do just that. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Warmly,

Nitasha 

Nitasha Crishna Chaudhuri

ES Lower Elementary Deputy Principal

 

Elementary School Moving Up Morning

June 7th, 2019

Dear Elementary Families,

Today we celebrated Moving Up Morning in the Elementary School!  Your children found out their new class groupings for next year and spent time bonding with their new classmates with their new teacher in their new classroom. For students who will be having a new, incoming teacher next year, introductions were made by new faculty members via slideshow presentations, videos and Skype calls and special visits that were organised especially for today’s Moving Up Morning.  Everyone got to meet their new teacher!

Class groupings for next year have now been set – our teachers, administrators and counselors have spent a great deal of time over the last month carefully considering groupings for next year.  Here at UNIS Hanoi, we mix the children’s groupings every year as they pass from one grade level to the next. In such a transient population, this enables us to continuously ensure each class is a well-balanced group with a mix of gender, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, learning styles and differences.  The mixing of class groups also helps establish a grade level identity and community as well as individual homeroom communities. Children are able to develop and maintain a broader range of friendships across the whole age group. It also helps new children integrate more quickly as the class they enter is newly formed rather than being a group that has been together for several years.

Today you will have received an email from our Elementary Secretaries, containing the class list for your child and a letter from the teacher who worked with your child’s class during the transition session – in most cases their new teacher for next year, or in the case of incoming teachers, an experienced UNIS teacher who led the class through the same activities as the other classes and told them all about what it will be like to be in the next grade level to build excitement and anticipation for a great year to come. Your children will be able to share some information about them, with you.

As parents, we ask that you join with us in helping your child deal successfully with the upcoming changes of classes, teachers and grade levels.  Here are a few suggestions of things that you can do to support your child with the transition:

  • Recall the excitement of today’s Moving Up Morning – what was the best part of the Moving Up Experience? What is your child most looking forward to in the next year?  
  • Get your children excited about the changes that the next year will bring – changes in play areas, new classroom, new routines, will they finally get their own school laptop to use, what exciting field trips are on offer in their new grade?  Share your own stories about things that you loved about new school beginnings.
  • Facilitate your child’s positive relationship with their new teacher.  Connections are important! Speak about your child’s new teacher and class with excitement and enthusiasm.  Encourage your child to write a letter or make a card for their new teacher for the first day of school, or to share a favourite book that the teacher might be able to read to the class.  
  • Keep your new child’s class list somewhere visible in your home so that they become familiar with the names of their new classmates.  
  • If your child is anxious about all of the changes, calm them by emphasising all of the elements of school life that will stay the same – cafeteria, library, play areas, seeing friends at recess, staying connected to old friends with play dates etc.  Not everything about the new year is new!

Thank you for helping to make the end of this year, and the beginning of the next, a smooth and happy transition for your child.   

Warmly,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

Invitation to the Elementary School Final Assembly

Dear Elementary Parents,

On Tuesday 11th June, our Elementary School students and faculty will gather together for our annual Farewell Assembly, an important event on our calendar.

You are most welcome to join us in the Sports Centre from 1.00 – 1.30pm as we celebrate and close out this academic year, and say farewell to our friends and teachers.  

If your child is leaving UNIS Hanoi at the close of the academic year they have received an Alumni t-shirt as part of our transition programme. If your child would like to wear this t-shirt to the Farewell Assembly they are warmly invited to do so (although we understand that some families may have already packed or shipped their shirts). During the assembly, leaving students will stand to be recognised and will be invited to participate in the singing of an end-of-year song from the front of the main stage.

With warm regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Safeguarding

During the 2018/2019 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Kris Bezzerides and Mr Dylan Meikle, have taught a series of lessons on body safety to all students from Discovery to Grade 5.

The series of lessons is entitled Being Body Smart, and a central goal of these sessions is to provide our children with knowledge and protective behaviours in regards to their body and their right to be safe. All Being Body Smart education is age-appropriate and non-threatening. Such education is designed to empower students and not to frighten them.

A typical series of lessons might look like:

  • “My Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body

  • “Safe Touch” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself safe.  These lessons have also focused on having ‘trusted adults’ – a list of known and agreed upon adults who are trusted to keep your child safe.

  • “Safe People” – students have been understanding how to keep themselves safe when they feel uncomfortable, and will have learned strategies for maximizing personal safety.

A key message to all students is: If you feel uncomfortable with a touch you say NO, you GO and you TELL a trusted adult.

Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – an excellent site with many resources and ideas for parents.

Parents should also know that we have a wide range of books in our Social/Emotional Learning collection (SEL) in the school library. Subjects include stranger awareness, personal safety, safe touch /unsafe touch, puberty, reproduction and personal hygiene. Please come visit our Library to browse and borrow, ask the library staff or counsellors to show you this section of resources.

As always, we thank you for your continued support as we create strong parent-school partnerships to educate our children.

Warmly,

Kris and Dylan

Note: In the UNIS Hanoi Elementary School the scientific names for body parts are explicitly taught within the planned structure of the lessons. We encourage parents to use correct terminology with their children from a young age, because experts have determined that this helps de-stigmatize these parts of the body and help children to communicate accurately and with clarity about themselves. This contributes to the protection of children because they are more likely to be able to enact the protective behaviors taught during the Being Body Smart lessons with confidence, or speak clearly and precisely to trusted adults about any issues that may occur.