Homemade Snack Sale

Dear ES Parents,

REMINDER – Our next ES Snack Sale is November 13. All parents – please send your child/ren to school with 10,000 – 20,000VND.
#SustainableUNISHanoi – In effort of reducing plastic use on campus, all students are encouraged to bring an empty container to the snack sale.

Contributing Classes – All Grade 1 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d  (it’s your turn to bring a snack!)

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 plastic-free  homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND) – We are encouraging yummy homemade snacks this year!
  • Bring your snack in 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 Courtyards.
  • Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, bagged chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies, chocolate bars or sugary drinks.  

Keep UNIS Plastic-Free!

In effort to reduce plastic-use in Vietnam we encourage all families to come up with creative ways to pack snacks for the snack sale!

  • Popcorn in paper bags
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Bring your own containers to take snacks back to class!

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

Posted in K2

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear Elementary Families,

You are warmly invited to attend our first Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences of the year, being held on Monday 30th September, 2019, from 10.00 – 18.00.

The structure this year, is different to previous years, as we bring the most important voices into the Learning Conversations – the students. Please make sure you bring your child to the conference. 

Please note that there will be no regular ES classes on this day for your children as teachers will be conducting individual student-parent-teacher conferences all day.  They will return home with you after the conference.

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences (Learning Conversations) are a time for:

  • Sharing information regarding how your child has settled into the new school year
  • Finding out about the goals your child and his/her teacher(s) have set for their learning.
  • Sharing your hopes for the year ahead (please think about these ahead of time)

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

Appointments with Homeroom and Learning Support teachers will be 15 minutes in duration. Appointments with specialist teachers (PE, Art, Music, World Languages etc) will be 5 minutes in duration (due to the high numbers of students that they teach).

If your child is receiving support from a Counselor and/or EAL teacher, you may be contacted by those teachers for additional appointments.

Appointments were scheduled through Veracross, our student information management system from Monday 23rd September at 08:00 and closes on Friday 27th September at 17.00.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Learning Conversations.


Megan Brazil

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!

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

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.



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!

Posted in G01

The Zones of Regulation

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

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