Seussical Jr. Photo Special

Our Grades 4-5 Musical production of Seussical Jr. was a huge success! Students delighted audiences last week with their singing, dancing and superb acting skills.

Students have worked on this production for five straight months and their hard work clearly paid off. It was a fabulous production. Bravo to a mega-talented cast and backstage crew.

Thank you to all who made this production possible!

Enjoy the photos special from the show!

Teachers Leaving 2019

Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.

~ Loris Malaguzzi

This is the time of year when our entire community is in transition.  Members of our school community are either leaving, entering a new place, or being left behind. Transition impacts us all.  As a school, our teachers and counselors engage our students in conversations about managing transitions with resilience and positivity.

Many of our teachers are also in transition.  We are grateful to the following educators who have put their hearts and souls into creating meaningful learning experiences for our students, while contributing actively to our school values of Learning, Community and Responsibility.  We know that they have touched the lives of many students and their families during their time at UNIS Hanoi.

Michelle Matias (12 years of service) – Moving to South Africa
Amy Pitcairn (11 years of service) – Moving to Cambodia
Mindy Slaughter (11 years of service) – Travelling round the world
Cathie Matthews (8 years of service) – Moving to Australia
Jenny Hedrick (8 years of service) – Moving to Peru
Alexis Ramsey (8 years of service) – Moving to UNIS Hanoi Middle School Math
Corlia Kaunhoven (7 years of service) – Moving to Serbia
Melanie Taylor (6 years of service) – Moving to Thailand
Kristi McEwen (5 years of service) – Moving to Singapore
Sue Freeman (5 years of service) – Moving to Morocco
Deirbhile Ni Scolai (4 years of service) – Moving to Ireland
Ronke Bearzi (4 years of service) – Moving to France
Ania Russo (3 years of service) – Staying in Hanoi
Sara Larrington (2 years of service) – Moving to Germany
Christophe Denizot (2 years of service) – Moving to UNIS Hanoi Middle School French
Joan Hargrave (3 years of service) – RETIRING after 42 years in education! Moving to Malaysia

These teachers have all helped our students to ‘climb their own mountains’ and for that, we are incredibly grateful.  Please join me in wishing them well for their new adventures ahead as they continue to make a difference in the lives of children in other parts of the world.

Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition

Dear Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Parents,

The Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Music Concert and Art open morning will be held on Thursday, 30 May 30 at 9am. The students are excited to showcase their work in the Arts for the UNIS Hanoi Community! The Art open morning will begin immediately following the concert.

Please note the following information regarding the performance:

  • Students will come to school at the regular time on Thursday, May 30th, and will be brought to the Center for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.
  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Center for the Arts Foyer at 8:30am and the music concert will begin promptly at 9am.

Concert Attire for Discovery and Kindergarten 1 students:

In response to parent feedback over the last few years, we have created a UNIS Hanoi performing arts polo shirt – available in the school store. This is a polo shirt that will have our students looking smart and uniform on stage and saves families having to look for formal concert wear which has previously been challenging for parents to find in Hanoi.

In addition to concerts, these shirts may be worn to school on any day that the students have music classes – in the same way that PE kit is worn on PE days. It was felt that a UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirt would be easier to procure than formal concert wear and students would be able to wear it for other school events and purposes. These shirts can be worn by students for multiple purposes, and over multiple school years.

Grade level Shirt Pants
Grades D & K1 UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirt – royal blue Long black trousers, leggings or tracksuit pants.

Please label your child’s clothes and send them in a labeled bag to school by Wednesday, May 22nd as they will be used in dress rehearsals and at the concert.

To have our students looking fabulous on stage, we ask that all students dress in appropriate performance attire. Parents are strongly encouraged to purchase UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirts from the school store.  In the case that this is not possible, students may perform in a blue shirt (preferably with a collar).

Concert Duration:  9am-10am

Please note that following this event, the art exhibition will take place in the Center for the Arts Foyer. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy and discuss your child’s artwork as well as create art together.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning. Thank you so much for your support.

Kind regards,

The Arts Team

Supervision of Elementary School Students

Parents, please be reminded that all elementary school students(D-Gr5) must be supervised by an adult at all times on campus. UNIS Hanoi does not provide any adult supervision before 07:55 each day. Students who arrive before this time should report to the ES or ECC Office. At the end of the school day or at the end of the After School Activities (ASA) programme, your child must leave the campus, unless they are under the supervision of a teacher or parent. Please help us by not allowing your child to arrive too early and ensuring there are arrangements for his or her transportation or supervision immediately at dismissal times. This will help keep all our students safe and minimize any possible issues.

When you speak to your children, please also remind them they are not to purchase baked items, snacks and drinks at the canteen deli. These foods may be bought with adult supervision before and after school only.

Thank you for your assistance.

Seussical Jr. – Tickets on Sale!

Dear ES Families,

We are incredibly excited to present “Seussical Jr”, our Grades 4 & 5 production, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 16th – 18th May.  Enjoy seeing all of your favourite Dr Seuss characters come to life in a hilarious musical adventure.

Tickets are on sale in the Centre for Arts, and are selling fast.  Our Elementary productions showcase our commitment to developing a high quality performing arts programme here at UNIS Hanoi.

A preview performance of “Seussical Jr.” was performed on our ES assemblies yesterday – ask your children to tell you about it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support our young performers and enjoy a great theatre experience with your family.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

Welcome to Middle School Info Session for Grade 5 Parents

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

You are invited to come hear about our Middle School Transition Programme and the student experience at UNIS Hanoi Middle School.

 

By the end of this evening, parents will:

Understand:

  • Grade 6 Daily Schedule & 10 Day Cycle
  • Middle School Homebase & Service Programmes
  • Key components of the Middle School Programme

Be able to:

  • Communicate with their child about Middle School challenges & excitement
  • Connect with our Grade 6 Team and Each Other for MS support
  • Find information about Grade 6 through online resources and email contacts

Feel:

  • Confident in supporting their children through the ES-MS transition
  • A sense of belonging to the Middle School Community
For any questions please contact MS Principal Marc Vermeire and the MS Office at mspsecretary@unishanoi.org
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Travelling to space with Phạm Tuân

The Grade 3 students had a very special surprise visitor on Friday, 3 May: Retired Lieutenant General, Phạm Tuân, the first ever Vietnamese citizen and Asian in space. Mr. Tuân flew aboard the Soyuz 37 mission as an Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut. Mr. Tuân has received numerous distinctions for his service, including the Ho Chi Minh Order. He was also awarded the Order of Lenin and the rare honor of being one of the few foreigners to receive the title “Hero of the Soviet Union“. 

Mr. Tuân spent almost an hour with the Grade 3 students sharing his experiences as a cosmonaut. He answered a plethora of questions from the students ranging from, “How do you eat and drink in space?” to “What did the lift off feel like?” and “How long does it take to get into the space suit?”. Ms. Tran Kim Dung translated for us.

This was an incredible experience for our students and we are very grateful to those who helped arrange the visit, but most especially to Mr. Pham Tuan for his time and enthusiasm.

Seussical Jr. – Get your ticket now!

UNIS Hanoi Grades 4 and 5 is proud to present Musical Production of Seussical Jr.

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Tickets are on sale in the Centre for the Arts Office at 80,000 VND in advance and 100,000 VND at the door.

K2-G1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition – May 23

Dear Kindergarten 2 and Grade 1 Parents,

The K2 and Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday, 23 May at 9:00. The students are excited to showcase their work in the Arts for the UNIS Hanoi Community! The Art Exhibition will begin immediately following the concert.

Please note the following information regarding the performance.

  • Students will come to school at the regular time on Thursday, 23 May 23, and will be brought to the Centre for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.
  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Centre for the Arts Foyer at 8.30 and the music concert will begin promptly at 9.00.

Concert Attire for K2 and Grade 1 students:

In response to parent feedback over the last few years, we have created a UNIS Hanoi performing arts polo shirt – available in the school store.  This is a polo shirt that will have our students looking smart and uniform on stage and saves families having to look for formal concert wear which has previously been challenging for parents to find in Hanoi.

In addition to concerts, these shirts may be worn to school on any day that the students have music classes – in the same way that PE kit is worn on PE days. It was felt that a UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirt would be easier to procure than formal concert wear and students would be able to wear it for other school events and purposes. These shirts can be worn by students for multiple purposes, and over multiple school years.

Grade level Shirt Pants
Grades K2 & G1 UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirt – royal blue Long black trousers, leggings or tracksuit pants.

Please label your child’s clothes and send them in a labeled bag to school by Friday, 17 May as they will be used in dress rehearsals and at the concert.

To have our students looking fabulous on stage, we ask that all students dress in appropriate performance attire. Parents are strongly encouraged to purchase UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirts from the school store.  In the case that this is not possible, students may perform in a blue shirt (preferably with a collar).

Concert Duration: 9.00-10.00

Please note that following this event, the art exhibition will take place in the Centre for the Arts Foyer. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy and discuss your child’s artwork as well as create art together.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning. Thank you so much for your support.

Kind regards,

The Arts Team

Snack Sale Monday!

On Monday 13 May we will be having the Elementary School Snack Sale.
Please remember to send 10,000 to 20,000VND to school with your child purchase snacks.
 

Contributing classes are all Grade 1 homerooms + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b …THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SNACK CONTRIBUTIONS.

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 individual homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND)
  • Try your very best to minimize single-use plastics
  • 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

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

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!

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

Your Snack Sale Committee!

Seung Shin, Yuju, Hiromi and Naoko

Measures of Academic Progress Tests

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will take place from Tuesday 7 May until Friday 10 May 2019 for students in grades three through eight.

The MAP tests are designed to determine a child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and mathematics. The MAP test is administered on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for a child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Over the testing period, students in grades three through eight will take three separate tests on three different days: Reading, Mathematics and Language.  This year UNIS Hanoi will administer MAP tests once in May 2019.

The MAP tests are based on a curriculum adapted for international schools.  The reading, mathematics and language assessments will measure students’ skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding in these areas.

MAP tests provide very useful information about student achievement and growth, as well as feedback for teachers in order to promote every child’s learning. Please remember that the school’s own assessment data, based on learning outcomes and IB assessment criteria, give a broad picture of what students know, understand and can do as a result of their learning.

There is no special preparation that needs to be done for the MAP tests. We hope that students will arrive for their tests well-rested and relaxed, with a positive mindset and ready to show what they know.

Results will be made available as soon as possible following the testing period.

If you have any questions about MAP tests, there is an useful article to visit for common information about MAP. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher or to get in touch with the divisional Principals.

Megan Brazil,
ES Principal esprincipal@unishanoi.org

Measures of Academic Progress Tests

The fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will take place from Tuesday 7 May until Friday 10 May 2019 for students in grades three through eight.

The MAP tests are designed to determine a child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and mathematics. The MAP test is administered on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for a child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Over the testing period, students in grades three through eight will take three separate tests on three different days: Reading, Mathematics and Language. This year UNIS Hanoi will administer MAP tests once in May 2019.

The MAP tests are based on a curriculum adapted for international schools. The reading, mathematics and language assessments will measure students’ skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding in these areas.

MAP tests provide very useful information about student achievement and growth, as well as feedback for teachers in order to promote every child’s learning. Please remember that the school’s own assessment data, based on learning outcomes and IB assessment criteria, give a broad picture of what students know, understand and can do as a result of their learning.

There is no special preparation that needs to be done for the MAP tests. We hope that students will arrive for their tests well-rested and relaxed, with a positive mindset and ready to show what they know.

Results will be made available as soon as possible following the testing period.

If you have any questions about MAP tests, there is an useful article to visit for common information about MAP. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher or to get in touch with me.

Megan Brazil,
ES Principal esprincipal@unishanoi.org

ES Class Placement Survey 2019/20

Dear Elementary Parents,

Over the next 4 weeks, teams of teachers will be working on class placements for students for the 2019-2020 school 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.

Because we value parent input about your child, you are invited to provide information to the school that might help us with the class placement process.

Final decisions about class placement of students are the responsibility of UNIS Hanoi. Changes are not permitted.

Please note that UNIS Hanoi employs only highly qualified and experienced teachers, therefore requests for students to be placed with specific teachers will not considered.

Please complete the survey by clicking HERE.

With kind thanks,

Megan Brazil
ES Principal

ES Fun Sports Morning Photo Special

Our Discovery – Grade 5 students completed their 2019 Fun Sports Morning on the Friday before Spring break. For just over two hours, our students cooperated and cheered each other on as they competed in relays, sports skills and games. The day was a culmination of our PE units throughout our programme and it gave our students a fun way to show their understandings and skills attained through their PE units over the course of their year and PE career at UNIS Hanoi.

After the morning downpour, we were treated perfect conditions, having a wonderfully cool morning in Hanoi. The atmosphere of the day was fun, cooperative and entertaining. Our students showed amazing effort and support throughout the day and the enjoyment was contagious.

The ES PE staff would like to thank all parents that came out to support their kids as well as a huge thanks to all ES staff who happily played the role of PE teachers for the day to help ensure the students were in the right places and each station was running smoothly.

At the end of it all, we would like to congratulate the Tigers House for winning the competition with 3543 points. Second place went to the Eagles House with 3373 points. Third place went to the Lions House with 3229 points and forth to the Buffalos House with 3224 points.

Enjoy the photos from the event : https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157707856719675