Grade 5 PYP Exhibition Information Session

Parents and community members are invited to join us on Friday, March 1 from 8:15 – 9:30am in the ES Creativity Space for an information session on PYPx where we will share the Exhibition schedule, objectives and expectations.

What are you passionate about?
What issues exist in this world that need your attention?
What are you going to do about it?

Our Grade 5 students are about to launch into the culminating event of their time in the Primary Years  Programme with the aim of answering all of these questions. Students and teachers have been busily preparing for this event all year. It is with great excitement that we are now ready to begin our G5 Exhibition otherwise known as PYPx.

PYPx is an opportunity for our oldest elementary school students to reflect on their time in the PYP and use the skills, knowledge and understandings that they have developed over the years to take action in an authentic and meaningful way.

This is very much a community project where we will involve students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community to support the G5 students work towards achieving their goals.

 

When? Friday, March 1 from 8:15 – 9:30
Where? In the ES Creativity Space.
What?  Parent Information session on PYPx
Who?  All interested community members with a passion, skill or area of expertise to share with our students

Joshua Smith
PYP Coordinator

Writing Workshop with Award Winning YA Author, Eliza Baker

For the last two months, a committed group of Grade 3 students has been coming to the Library every lunchtime to write. Their goal was to write a book and have it published as UNIS Hanoi authors. The students – Milly, Mirabel, Ebba, Liv, Costanza, Thao and Mona have written away in a corner of the Library showing complete and utter determination to finish their story.

Imagine their good fortune in having Eliza Baker visit Hanoi this week and offer to work with them on developing their story writing! Eighteen-year-old Eliza, from Melbourne, Australia won her first writing competition when she was just 11 and now, as she embarks on her university studies, has journalism clearly at the forefront of her plans. She has written numerous stories and won many competitions so her youthful excitement and engagement with the writing process was a very unique opportunity for our young writers.

The students spent a morning working with Eliza, developing their narrative technique and understanding the importance of planning their writing using story arcs. They worked on developing their characters and understanding the importance of backfill before reaching the climax of the story. It was a unique experience for these enthusiastic young writers and one that will stay with them for a very long time as they continue to develop their own confidence and style as writers. The Elementary School students and teachers are all very excited to see the book produced by this enthusiastic and creative group.

Monica Mayer
Elementary Library

Blue Dragon Walkathon

Dear Families,

Our Blue Dragon Walkathon was such a wonderful experience for everyone in our community! It certainly turned out to be a memorable and inspiring occasion AND a gorgeous afternoon. All Elementary Students raced or walked with pride, enthusiasm and spirit!

Please remember to send in pledge forms and indicate how many laps your child walked/ran. Please also put the total amount you are donating on the form. Pledge forms and donations are due to homeroom teachers by February 25, 2019.

Donations can also be made directly via the Blue Dragon website. Please write “UNIS Walkathon” in the message section (so donations can be tracked). Example:

G5 PYP Exhibition

What are you passionate about?
What issues exist in this world that need your attention?
What are you going to do about it?

Our grade 5 students are about to launch into the culminating event of their time in the Primary Years  Programme with the aim of answering all of these questions. Students and teachers have been busily preparing for this event all year. It is with great excitement that we are now ready to begin our G5 Exhibition otherwise known as PYPx.

PYPx is an opportunity for our oldest elementary school students to reflect on their time in the PYP and use the skills, knowledge and understandings that they have developed over the years to take action in an authentic and meaningful way.

This is very much a community project where we will involve students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community to support the G5 students work towards achieving their goals.

Parents and other community members are invited to join us for an information session on PYPx where we will share the Exhibition schedule, objectives and expectations.

Please join us on Friday, March 1 from 8:15 – 9:30am in the ES Creativity Space.

When? Friday, March 1st from 8:15 – 9:30am in the ES Creativity Space.
What?  Parent Information session on PYPx
Who?  All interested community members with a passion, skill or area of expertise to share with our students

Joshua Smith
PYP Coordinator

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Walkathon 2019 Photo Special

Dear Families,

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

Donations can also be made directly via the Blue Dragon website. Please write “UNIS Walkathon” in the message section (so donations can be tracked). Example:

Blue Dragon is a worthy organisation that supports young people in crisis throughout Vietnam. This organisation works to help children living on the streets of Hanoi, children with disabilities, children from very poor families, and victims of human trafficking. Blue Dragon’s dedicated staff aid over 1,500 of the most vulnerable girls and boys in Vietnam. Again, your donations will greatly support and care for these children throughout Vietnam.

Enjoy the photos from the event:

The Walkathon Team

Snack Sale on Monday!

Dear ES Parents,

You are receiving this email reminder because next Monday (Feb 18) we are having the ES Snack SalePlease send your child to school with 10,000 to 20,000VND to purchase snacks!

The 2018-2019 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Classes:

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

Contributing class parents in all grades 4 homerooms, 2C, K1C, Discovery A & Discovery B – 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

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

Tết is coming!

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, 2019 New Year’s Day falls on Tuesday  February 3rd. This year is the year of the Pig.

At UNIS, the Elementary students will have Tết assemblies on Wednesday, January 31st in the theater. The assemblies are hosted by the grade 1, 3 and 5 students attending Vietnamese classes.

There are 2 performances scheduled as bellows:

Performance 1 for Grade 2,3,4,5: From 8.40 – 9.20 am

Performance 2 for Grade 1,  ECC and parents: From 9.25am – 10.05 am

There will be a dragon dance performance after the second Assembly in front of Centre for The Arts.

Parents are kindly invited to the second assembly to join us for this special event. All the students are encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on the day.

Right after Tet, on February 11th , the students in Elementary Vietnamese classes are going to take part in calligraphy writing activity during their World Language Time. It’s in front of the library and parents are all welcome to attend .

During this week, all students from ECC up to grade 5 in Vietnamese class have been so busy making Banh Chung – Vietnamese sticky rice for Tet.  It is a wonderful learning experience for our UNIS students to explore the tradition of the host country. Bánh chưng is a traditional Vietnamese sticky rice cake which is made from sticky rice, green beans, pork and dong leaves. Its origin came from the story of Lang Liêu, a prince of Hùng King, who became the next King because of his thoughtful creation of bánh chưng and bánh dày, which symbolized the Earth and the Sky. It is considered as an essential food that every Vietnamese family must have on their altar at Tet time. The making and eating of Bánh Chưng during this time is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people.

CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI!

 

Grade 4 Annual Market Day!

Market Day soon approaches…Thursday 31st January 12:30—1:30

Within the Transdisciplinary Theme of “How We Organise Ourselves” Grade 4 students are investigating just how much market forces can affect the value of goods or services. They have discovered that determining the price of a product is a complicated matter. To make this as realistic an experience as possible the Grade 4 students have become Social Enterprise entrepreneurs.

All the money they raise will go towards taking action towards an SDG of their choice!

On Thursday 31st January they will attempt to sell their products or services to an excited band of consumers, namely the students of Grade K2, 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Grade 4 students are asking that on that day your child will bring in a maximum of 60,000 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 this. It is one of the highlights of the year for all involved.

Any concerns or questions please feel free to contact: Mindy Slaughter (mslaughter@unishanoi.org) OR any of the Grade 4 Homeroom Teachers.

Blue Dragon Walkathon…Ready, Set, PLEDGE!

UNIS Hanoi Blue Dragon WALKATHON

We hope you are getting excited to come together and support the Blue Dragon Foundation on Friday, February 1st at 1:15 pm!

Blue Dragon is an organization that supports young people in crisis throughout Vietnam. This organization works to help children living on the streets of Hanoi, children with disabilities, children from very poor families, and victims of human trafficking. Blue Dragon’s dedicated staff aid over 1,500 of the most vulnerable girls and boys in Vietnam.

You now have the sponsorship form to support your child as they walk to raise money to help other children in Vietnam. Please use the sponsorship form and send in your donations after the Walkathon. Cash donations can be submitted to your homeroom teacher OR donations can be made directly to Blue Dragon via their website. Students are welcome to invite friends and family abroad to support this worthy organization.

Donate to Blue Dragon

If donations are made directly on the Blue Dragon website, please write “UNIS Walkathon” in the message section (so donations can be tracked). Example:

Parents are welcome to attend, please notify your homeroom teacher as they are looking for parent volunteers to help count laps. For more information, contact your teacher.

See you next Friday!

Ronke Bearzi and Kristen McAuliffe

Something Fun from Grade 1!

This week our the Grade 1 students went to see some significant people in a wax museum!

Our wonderful Admin Team dressed up as their favourite significant person and the children learnt about the amazing things that person had done during their time on earth. Some of the ‘interactive wax figurines’ the students were able to meet included: Mother Theresa, Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, JK Rowling, David Hill and more!

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