From the Elementary School Principal

Dear Families,

Together we have made it! Since Monday February 3, you have partnered with us to transform our school programme into a School of Distance Learning.  You have upskilled yourself in all kinds of technology and ensured that your children have remained connected with us, with one another, and have continued learning. We are in awe of your collective courage, tenacity, creativity and commitment, and the way that you have constantly shown up for each other, for us and your children. You have lived our core VALUE of COMMUNITY, every single day.

Take a bow, please, this has been no easy feat.

Also, thank you so much to the more than 100 families who responded to our survey. We are reviewing every comment, suggestion and criticism. Please know that your feedback will ensure we are well equipped to continue providing distance learning for your children.

We would like to share with you some of the wonderful comments we have received and thank all of you who have taken the time today to thank our teachers.

  • We are very grateful for the amazing efforts of the whole ES team in making this work.
  • I highly appreciate all the efforts the school and the teachers are making. This is hard for everyone. Hopefully it will be over soon.
  • We are just very appreciative of the care, humor, kindness, attention to detail, responsive support and smiles that our kids teachers have demonstrated over the past 8 weeks. They are superstars that deserve commendations for their dedication to our children and their learning and wellness.
  • We are so grateful for this great distance learning program!
  • All in all the school is doing a phenomenal job with this and everything is deeply appreciated. Sending thanks to you all.
  • It is admirable how the faculty transformed the PYP into a high quality distance learning program. I am aware that the IB has strong foundations in interpersonal learning, so this challenge was obviously embraced to the largest extent possible. During the past two months, this program has provided us some sort of normalcy and above all a healthy rhythm to get through the days and weeks. My children lost their motivation for DL not once, and for this we cannot thank UNIS enough.

Thank you! Please do unplug and take advantage of this coming week to enjoy a family holiday.

Yours sincerely
Megan Brazil

Art Lessons Become a Family Affair!

Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters are no longer sitting on the sidelines watching their Elementary family members have all the fun in Art lessons! Now families are joining in on the lessons and producing art for the teacher to see and grade too!

Elementary School Art Teachers, Emma Hamilton and Vicki Wilson-Jiwatram have received a number of art pieces, created not only by their students, but parents and siblings as well!

Emma says it’s been ‘so beautiful’ to see the family engagement. She added, “I regularly receive emails from families telling me they’ve really enjoyed the tasks set for their child.

I do think one of the major benefits of this distance learning experience is that the whole family gets involved in the curriculum more practically” commented one Grade 1 parent. “I thoroughly enjoy the slides alongside my children.

One student expressed his delight at being able to draw with his ‘big sis’, even though he missed sitting in the classroom with his teachers and friends. Another big sister revealed how helping her little sister complete her work has improved her skills as an artist. 

A large collection of artwork made by families has been amassed. Here’s a snapshot…

K2 Online Market

Throughout the last 8 weeks in their Unit of Inquiry, K2 has been learning about how we organize ourselves and provide goods and services to our communities. The unit ended with  a K2 Market Day…. which this year was created virtually on the UNIS Hanoi K2 Market Website. 

Across the course of the unit students surveyed their community to evaluate their wants and needs and worked with specialist teachers, homeroom teachers and their parents to create goods to meet the needs of their community.  

The K2 students let their creativity shine through creating ribbon wands, shakers, cards, bookmarks and more which were showcased and sold on the UNIS Hanoi K2 Market Website. All proceeds from our goods will be donated to Blossom House here in Vietnam.

A big thank you to Ms Nikki and Mr Neal who got the website together and the K2 teachers and specialist teachers and of course parents who supported the K2 children throughout the designing and making process. 

ES Distance Learning Survey

Dear UNIS Elementary Families,

Your Elementary School student has been engaged with our Distance Learning programme now for almost 8 weeks.

At this time, we would like to gather feedback from our community to find out what the experience has been like for parents and students. This data will help us as we strive to provide a high quality Distance Learning programme for your child/ren for the foreseeable future, until we are able to return to campus.

In order for us to interpret the data effectively, please complete one survey for each child you have in our Elementary School. The survey will close next Monday, 30 March.

ES Distance Learning Survey

Thank you.

Kind regards
Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

 

Distance Learning at UNIS Hanoi – Our Blended Approach

Dear Elementary School Families,

As we conclude Week 6 of our Distance Learning programme, we have noticed higher levels of engagement and participation by our Elementary Students.

We have been very careful to ensure that the concept of “Distance Learning” has not been confused with “Online Learning” and to emphasise that we do not want our students to be in front of screens all day every day.

Distance Learning in our Elementary School can most aptly be described as a blended approach of on-screen, off-screen, live lessons and independent learning time.  The graphic presented here provides an overview of each of the key components of our Distance Learning programme.

Over the next two weeks as we head towards Spring Break we hope to maintain high levels of engagement as we look to gather as much evidence of student learning as we can.  Teachers have been providing feedback on students’ work each week, in order to help improve students’ learning and to help our students know what their next steps are.  Please continue to encourage your children to participate in as much of the Distance Learning as possible, and to share their work with their teachers.

Sincerely,
Megan Brazil

Elementary School Prinicipal

Library Book Check-out System Continues to be popular

Students are still getting the chance to get their hands on their favourite reads thanks to a creative delivery service implemented by the School’s library department. 

Since the beginning of distance learning, our librarians have been giving students the chance to select books virtually and collect them from the School gate or have them delivered straight to their front door!

“It’s been crazy busy here” revealed Monica Mayer, the ES librarian. “We pack up at least 50 books a day for students in Elementary School and Middle School. We’re delighted our families love the service.”

Together with her colleague, Kate Hodgson, the librarians continue to work closely with home base teachers and English teachers to recommend great reads for children of all ages and abilities. What’s more, the duo keep the online library full with the latest releases, including free art books from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. 

One happy parent said of the service, “Our boys were so happy and excited to receive books at the gate. It really helps to add this into their routine and get them excited to read new books.”

Library Borrowing During School Closure

Instructions for Students: 

  • Return your books to the library book return box located just inside Gate 1. 
  • Return your books Monday to Friday between 8am – 4pm.
  • Books must be returned in a named bag. 
  • Browse DESTINY, our online library catalogue, to look for great books to read.
  • Fill in the Book Borrowing form for your Division. You can download the form for ECC, Elementary and MS/HS  and print it out. There will be additional forms available at the table near the return box. You can also check our catalogue online to see specific titles and if they are currently ‘in’. Link to our online catalogue is https://tinyurl.com/vbh67rb
  • Place the form inside your bag with the books you are returning.
  • Place your book bag inside the return box at Gate 1.

Librarians will collect those books and process all new book requests. New books will then be ready for students/parents to collect from Gate 1 between 9:00am – 11:00am on the following day. A delivery service is also available on request. 

All books can then be returned during normal library times when we all return to school. Students should not be concerned if they have books in lockers at school. They can return them when school returns to normal. 

For further information please email either eslibrarian@unishanoi.org or mshslibrarian@unishanoi.org

 

Grades 4 and 5 Music Concert – March 12

Dear Grades 4 and 5 Parents, 

The Grades 4 and 5 Music Concert is on Thursday, March 12th at 9:00. The students are excited to share with their parents and the UNIS Hanoi community some of the wonderful music that they have been creating in their classes. 

On the morning of the concert, please send your child to their homeroom class as normal wearing their concert clothes (please bring a change of clothes for after the concert). Following student drop off, parents may proceed to the Centre for the Arts foyer where tea and coffee will be provided. Doors will open for seating in the theatre at 8:50. 

Concert Attire for Grade 5 Students:

  • Formal black dress pants or black leggings 
  • No skirts please (students will be playing instruments sitting on the ground cross-legged) 
  • White UNIS concert shirts (that can be purchased at the school shop in the Sports Centre) 
  • Black shoes (no markings, please)
  • Black socks

Concert Attire for Grade 4 Students:

  • Formal black dress pants or black leggings 
  • No skirts please (students will be playing instruments sitting on the ground cross-legged) 
  • Blue UNIS concert shirts (that can be purchased at the school shop in the Sports Centre) 
  • Black shoes (no markings, please)
  • Black socks

Concert Duration:  9:00 – 10:30

Dress Rehearsal: 

We will have a full Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday, March 10th. We request that your child comes to school wearing their concert clothes and brings a change of clothes to change into following the dress rehearsal. Concert clothes will be sent back home on Tuesday and should be worn to school again on Thursday, March 12th for the Parent Concert.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much for your support.

Warm regards, 

The ES Music Team

Tết is just around the corner!

Tết or VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR marks the biggest and most significant festival in Vietnamese culture. It is an occasion for the Vietnamese people to show their respect to their parents, ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with the entire family members. According to the Lunar Calendar, 2020 New Year’s Day falls on Saturday, January 25th. This year is the year of the RAT.

During this week, all students from ECC up to Grade 5 in Vietnamese class have been so busy making Banh Chung – Vietnamese sticky rice cake for Tet. It is a wonderful learning experience for our UNIS Hanoi students to explore the tradition of the host country.

At UNIS Hanoi, the Elementary students will have Tết assemblies on Thursday, January 23rd in the theatre. The assemblies are hosted by Grades 1, 3 and 5 students who attend Vietnamese classes.

Two performances are scheduled as bellows:

  • Performance 1 for Grade 2,3,4,5: From 8.30 – 9.20
  • Performance 2 for Grade 1,  ECC and parents: From 9.25a – 10.15

Parents are kindly invited to the second assembly to join us for this special event. Everybody is encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on the day to welcome TET. 

CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI!

Grade 3 – Grade 9 International Schools Assessment (ISA)

Dear Parent,

Your child will be participating in the International Schools Assessment (ISA), a product of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), on February 13th and 14th, 2020. ISA is based on the reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA).

UNIS Hanoi has been using the paper form of the test for more than 10 years. Students from Grade 3 to Grade 9 will be tested in Reading, Mathematics, Narrative Writing and Expository Writing.

The school has chosen ISA because it is specifically designed for students in international schools of which instructional language is English. As ISA is not specific to a single curriculum, it provides non-cultural-bias questions that ensure the content is appropriate for students in international schools. Another advantage of ISA compared to other standardised tests is that ISA includes open-ended questions and writing tasks which better showcase students’ thinking process.

Regarding data analysis, the school uses ISA reports as a piece of data to inform students learning. Individual student results are input in the school’s Learning Analytics Collaborative (LAC), a platform for data management. Together with professional judgements and classroom records, standardised testing data is used in grade level meetings, department meetings, learning retreats and is frequently revisited for instructional adjustment and personalised learning purposes. ISA results provide breakdowns in specific knowledge areas as well as learning skills and allow the school to track progress over time. Moreover, ISA is a tool for the school to measure where they are on international benchmarks.

Being an Australian company, ACER is compliant with privacy and data law. Therefore, any school participating in ISA is required to inform parents about the privacy statement which was sent to your email address together with this letter on Wednesday, 14 January.

Should you not hesitate to contact the school for further information.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

Grade 4 Market Day

Date: Tuesday 14 January
Time: 10:45-12:00

Grade 4 students are inquiring into “How We Organise Ourselves” by learning how much market forces can affect the value of goods and services. They have discovered that determining the price of a product is a complicated matter. To make this a realistic experience the Grade 4 students have created businesses.

 All the profits earned will be used for taking action towards Children’s Rights! 

On Tuesday 14 January they will sell their products and services to an excited band of consumers, namely the students of Grades K2, 1, 2, 3 and 5. 

The Grade 4 business owners are asking students to bring in a maximum of 100,000 VND to spend at the Grade 4 Market Day. The prices range from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND. 

The Grade 4 team of teachers and students would like to thank you in advance for your kind support in. It is one of the highlights of the year for all involved. 

Any concerns or questions please feel free to contact: Christy Heitmiller (cheitmiller@unishanoi.org) OR any of the Grade 4 Teachers.

Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Safeguarding

During the 2019/2020 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Kris Bezzerides and Mr Dylan Meikle, will teach 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. 

In Grade 5, counselling lessons have included important topics such as:

  • Peer pressure
  • Effective interpersonal communication styles 
  • Understanding the concept of consent
  • Relational aggression

In the coming weeks we will be using the well-regarded Second Step Programme (https://www.secondstep.org) to introduce personal safety and child protection content. 

Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – a site with many resources and ideas for parents. The counsellors use some of the books on this site as read-alouds to help anchor class conversations and learning. 

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,

Dylan Meikle

ES Counsellor Grade 3-5


Note: In the UNIS Elementary School the scientific names for body parts are taught or used within the planned structure of some lessons. We encourage parents to use correct body 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 should any issues occur.

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Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Safeguarding

During the 2019/2020 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Kris Bezzerides and Mr Dylan Meikle, will teach 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. 

In Grade 4, counselling lessons have included important topics such as:

  • Interpersonal conflict resolution
  • Being a harmonious and empathetic team and community member
  • Relational aggression
  • Defining and understanding bullying

In the coming weeks we will be using the well-regarded Second Step Programme (https://www.secondstep.org) to introduce personal safety and child protection content, before moving onto lessons supporting an inclusive understanding of identity and stereotypes. 

Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – a site with many resources and ideas for parents. The counsellors use some of the books on this site as read-alouds to help anchor class conversations and learning. 

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,

Dylan Meikle

ES Counsellor Grade 3-5


Note: In the UNIS Elementary School the scientific names for body parts are taught or used within the planned structure of some lessons. We encourage parents to use correct body 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 should any issues occur.

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Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Safeguarding

During the 2019/2020 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Kris Bezzerides and Mr Dylan Meikle, will teach 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. 

In Grade 3, counselling lessons have included important topics such as:

  • Being a harmonious and empathetic team and community member
  • Understanding how to be a successful student
  • Interpersonal conflict resolution and putting problems in perspective
  • Identity and stereotypes

In the coming weeks we will be using the well-regarded Second Step Programme (https://www.secondstep.org) to introduce personal safety and child protection content, before moving onto lessons supporting bullying prevention. 

Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – a site with many resources and ideas for parents. The counsellors use some of the books on this site as read-alouds to help anchor class conversations and learning. 

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,

Dylan Meikle

ES Counsellor Grade 3-5

Note: In the UNIS Elementary School the scientific names for body parts are  taught or used within the planned structure of some lessons. We encourage parents to use correct body 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 should any issues occur.

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PYP Workshops for Parents

It is widely recognised that schools partnering with parents benefit our students and adds richness to the community and our programme. The partnerships between home and school provide the foundation to support students’ learning, growth, health and well-being and agency. As an elementary school we continually seek opportunities to develop these partnerships.

Over the last few weeks we invited parents to join us at school to learn more about how and what we teach in the Primary Years Programme. We were happy to see so many of you accept our invitation to open classrooms and join in the learning alongside your children. We were also very excited to welcome a number of you to our PYP workshops where we learnt more about the research, practices and system that guides learning and teaching each day at our school.

We held three parent session last week in English, Vietnamese and Korean. These sessions generated deep conversations about our programme and how we teach and learn in the PYP. These links below will take you to the presentations in each of the three languages presented. If you have any further wonderings about the PYP, please email me at pypcoordinator@unishanoi.org and I would be happy to help answer your questions.

Kind regards,
Joshua Smith
PYP Coordinator

“The Aristocats”

There is a big show called “The Aristocats”.
It will be at the UNIS Theatre.
The dates are going to be December 6th and 7th.
You can buy tickets in the Centre for the Arts, B10, for 100,000VND

It will be about three kittens and one mother cat called Duchess, and a bunch of alley cats and mice.
The butler tries to kidnap the three kittens and Duchess.  

It will be an exciting and crazy adventure!
Don’t forget to buy your tickets soon before all the seats run out! 

Written by “The Aristocats Kids” Publicity Team:  Lexie, Brooklyn, Leo, Lucy, Jacob, Ruoyi, Aadi and Camille