Open Doors – Open Classrooms – Open Minds!

Dear Parents,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday and Friday, 15-16 November .

Your child’s open classroom schedule indicating which lessons are open for you to enter and observe has now been shared with you on the homeroom’s blog.

 

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at selected times, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms is for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS Hanoi. By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How does it work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday and Friday, 15-16 November, 2018.
  • All specialist lessons will be designated as ‘open’ on Thursday 15 November (all day) and on Friday 16 November (until 11.10am).
  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate).
  • Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking, research,problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

Which classrooms are NOT open?

Due to the following teachers being involved in other professional development activities, their classes will not be open:

  • Maria Abella (music, strings, choir)
  • Noor Sandhu (music, choir)

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.
  • Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so. Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.
  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Hanoi Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday November 15 and Friday November 16.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

 

Outdoor Classroom Day

Dear Parents,

On Thursday November 8, the Elementary School will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  Weather permitting, the students will be outside from 8:10-10:25. To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
  • wears sunscreen to school
  • has a hat
  • has a full water bottle
  • has a change of clothes in a reusable, labelled bag

Thank you for your support!
ES Teachers

D-K1 and Grade 1 Math Coffee Mornings

Parents, have you ever wondered what math class looks and feels like at UNIS Hanoi or how to support your students at home?

 

Join us for an informal and interactive conversation about the mathematics’ development at your child’s grade level. We will discuss the what and why’s about mathematics instruction and how learning can be supported outside of school.

Special Maths Coffee Mornings for D/K1 and Grade 1 are on the dates below. Both sessions will last from 8:30-9:30 in the Creativity Space across from the Grade 4 classrooms. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.

D/K1                 Wednesday, November 7

Grade 1             Wednesday, October 31

 


Beth Murray
D-5 Extension and Enrichment Coach

ES Snack Sale – Monday October 29

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 25 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacks from all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of healthy snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

The 2018-2019 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Classes:

  • October 29 (All Grade 5 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d)
  • February 18 (All Grade 4 homerooms + Grade 2c + K1c + Discovery a +Discovery b)
  • May 13 (All Grade 1 + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b)

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

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

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

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!

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

ES Snack Sale – Coming Soon!

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 25 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacks from all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of healthy snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

The 2018-2019 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Classes:

  • October 29 (All Grade 5 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d)
  • February 18 (All Grade 4 homerooms + Grade 2c + K1c + Discovery a +Discovery b)
  • May 13 (All Grade 1 + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b)

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

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

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

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!

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

Upcoming Parent Session with the Counsellors – Save the Date!

The Elementary School Counsellors hope that all students and families have been enjoying a successful start to the 2018-2019 school year. We especially acknowledge our new families, and hope that your settling process has been kind to you!

It’s hard to believe that we are heading into October break having completed eight weeks of school. In these first few weeks the Elementary Counsellors have been supporting new students in small groups, delivering whole class guidance lessons, as well as consulting with teachers and meeting with parents to ensure a smooth start to the year.

We are excited to announce that we will be offering several parent workshops this school year. Our proposed topics have been identified with the help of UNIS Hanoi parents, so we know that they will be of interest to our community. Upcoming topics include: transitions, parenting skills, negotiating screen time in your home, and fostering childhood independence, to name a few.

We will offer our next session:

Please let us know if you have any questions about our counseling programme or our roles in the elementary school. Please don’t hesitate to contact Kris Bezzerides D-G2 (kbezzerides@unishanoi.org) or Dylan Meikle 3-5 (dmeikle@unishanoi.org).

Elementary School Healthy Snack Sale

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 25 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacks from all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of healthy snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

The 2018-2019 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Classes:

  • September 17 (All Grade 3 Homerooms + Grade 2a + K2a + K2b)
  • October 29 (All Grade 5 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d)
  • February 18 (All Grade 4 homerooms + Grade 2c + K1c + Discovery a +Discovery b)
  • May 13 (All Grade 1 + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b)

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

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

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

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!

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

ES Maths Coffee Mornings

Parents, have you ever wondered what math class looks and feels like at UNIS Hanoi or how to support your students at home?

Join us for an informal and interactive conversation about the mathematics’ development at your child’s grade level. We will discuss the what and why’s about mathematics instruction and how learning can be supported outside of school.

We will have a special Maths Coffee Morning for each grade level on the dates below. All sessions will last from 8:30-9:30 in the Creativity Space across from the Grade 4 classrooms. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.

D/K1                 Wednesday, November 7

K2                    Friday, September 28

Grade 1             Wednesday, October 31

Grade 2             Wednesday, September 26

Grade 3             Friday, October 5

Grade 4             Tuesday, September 18

Grade 5             Wednesday, September 19


Beth Murray
D-5 Extension and Enrichment Coach

Tết Trung Thu – Moon Festival

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

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

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

  • Assembly 1: On Thursday, September 20 at 8.40-9.20 for G2-5 students
  • Assembly 2: On Thursday, September 20 at 9.30-10.10 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 – “Nice Silk” shop at  74 Hang Gai street, Hàng Đào and Lương Văn Can streets or you can go to this website for ordering Áo dài for kids.

“TẾT TRUNG THU THẬT VUI!” – MOON FESTIVAL IS FUN

ES Snack Sale – September 17

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 25 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacks from all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of healthy snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per academic year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

 

The 2018-2019 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Classes:

  • September 17 (All Grade 3 Homerooms + Grade 2a + K2a + K2b)
  • October 29 (All Grade 5 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d)
  • February 18 (All Grade 4 homerooms + Grade 2c + K1c + Discovery a +Discovery b)
  • May 13 (All Grade 1 + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b)

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

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

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

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!

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