Elementary School Semester 1 Academic Reports Available on Veracross next Tuesday, 29 January

Dear Elementary Families
We are pleased to inform you that from Tuesday 29th January, Semester 1 Reports will be ready for viewing and downloading from Veracross, our school’s information management system at 3.30pm.  Please use your regular Veracross login information to access your child’s report.
As a Primary Years Programme (PYP) school, our goal is to provide parents with comprehensive feedback on the learning process across all subject areas.  At UNIS Hanoi, our teachers use a wide variety of assessment tools and observations to collect data on students’ knowledge, conceptual understanding, skills and attitudes in order to create a holistic picture of a students’ performance over time.  
As always, a written report is one component of a larger system of reporting student progress to parents, which also includes Parent-Teacher Conferences, Open Classrooms, Student-led Conferences and portfolios. 
For students who receive language instruction in their Home Language (Mother-tongue), these reports will be sent to you as a separate document via email from the Elementary Office.  
We look forward to seeing you in school on Wednesday 30 January for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  
With kind thanks,
Megan Brazil,
Elementary School Principal

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:

Elementary School Parent-Teacher Conferences – Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Dear Elementary Families,

You are warmly invited to attend our second Parent Teacher Conferences of the year, being held on Wednesday, 30 January, 2019.

Please note that there will be no school on this day for your children as teachers will be conducting individual parent conferences all day. Families starting school in January 2019 do not need to sign up for the conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences are a time for teachers to share information on your child’s progress during the first semester and what goals your child and his/her teacher(s) have set for their learning.

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 as we firmly believe these conversations will benefit each and every child.

Parents may schedule appointments of 15 minutes for homeroom teachers, EAL and Learning Support teachers; and 5 minutes for other specialist teachers – PE, Visual Arts, Music, World Languages and Library (this is due to the high numbers of students that they teach).

In the case of Counseling, no appointments are necessary.  Our Counseling offices are open all day for drop in appointments.

Should you not be available for an appointment on conference day, parents are most welcome  to make an alternative arrangement before or after school on another day.

The following teachers will not be available for conferences due to absence:

  • Nikki Carey (P.E)
  • Nicole Moodie (Grade 4 – EAL)

Appointment scheduling will be done through Veracross, our student information management system. The bookings will open on Tuesday 22 January at 8.00am and close on Monday 28 January at 9.00am.  Please be sure to print or save a copy of your interview schedule for your convenience. Link to sign up: https://portals.veracross.com/unishanoi

We look forward to seeing you at our Parent Teacher Conferences as we work together to make this year as successful as possible for your child.

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

ES Walk-a-thon, Friday, 1 February 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

The Walk-a-thon is an annual Elementary School fundraising event, at UNIS Hanoi, in support of the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation.

The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is a charity that works with children in crisis in Vietnam. Blue Dragon kids are street kids, children with disabilities, children from rural families living in extreme poverty, and victims of human trafficking and slavery. Blue Dragon’s aim is to rescue kids from danger, reunite them with their families when they can, and provide all the services needed for recovery and growth.

For more information go to: http://www.bluedragon.org/

The Walk-a-thon is an afternoon when all of the ES joins in a walk/run of laps around the sports field. Students are encouraged to collect sponsorship for their participation.
Last year the UNIS Elementary School raised close to $20,000!

There are two methods of sponsorship.

Flat Donation

  • Sponsors can donate a specific amount of money regardless of the number of laps you complete (e.g. $10 or 200,000 VND)
Amount per lap

  • Sponsors can pledge a certain amount of money for each lap (e.g. 10,000 VND per lap or $2 per lap)
    Please note that students will probably complete between 7 and 15 laps.
  • A sponsorship form will be sent home with your child.
  • Return the sponsorship form to your child’s class teacher by January 24.
  • The teacher will write the number of laps completed at the end of the day.
  • Donations can be brought to school after the Walkathon.
  • Donations can be collected in US Dollars or in Vietnamese Dong.
  • The final due date for donations is Friday, 22 February.

Many thanks,

Kristen McAuliffe                                   Ronke Bearzi
kmcauliffe@unishanoi.org                       ibearzi@unishanoi.org

on behalf of the Blue Dragon Walk-a-Champions                                                     

Help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged children!

Elementary School Movie Night (Grade 3 – 5)

December 06th, 2018

Dear Parents,

The UNIS High School Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group are planning an Elementary School Movie Night on December 13th, 2018. The Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group raises money through fundraising events for the Habitat for Humanity organization. This money is used to build and repair homes in sustainable communities around Vietnam.

As part of fundraising, a movie night has been planned for students in Grades 3- 5. The students will be able to watch CoCo, a family-friendly Disney movie. Students will be asked to bring 100,000 VND for the movie and a bag of popcorn each to enjoy the movie.

Students also have the option to buy other snacks and drinks during the intermission. The price of a pizza slice will be 50,000 VND and drinks will be 20,000 VND. All profits will go directly to funding an upcoming house build.

Please note that there will be no buses available after the movie. Parents are required to indicate how the students are going back home afterwards.

Date of Movie Night:     December 13th, 2018
Name and Location: UNIS Theatre
Start Time:  4:00 pm Finish Time: 6:30  pm

Your child needs to bring with them:  

  • 100,000 VND for the popcorn and movie
  • Extra money according to snacks that they want

Students are asked to bring the completed permission slips and money on the day of the movie – December 13th, 2018.

Note: Students won’t be allowed to enter the theatre without the permission slip.


Please check all boxes below to show your agreement

I give permission for (name)____________________________________to attend the event listed above.

  • I will be picking him/her/them up after the movie
  • Family support will pick up my child

Students won’t be allowed to leave after the movie without an adult.

My child is allergic to ………………./ not allergic to any food.

Parent/Guardian Name and signature:  
Contact phone number:   Date:  


Dress Up Day – Wednesday, October 31 

Dear Parents,

Our Elementary Student Council has decided to support the Middle School and High School Spirit Week by participating in a fun dress up day next Wednesday October 31st.

In an effort to enjoy the dress up day at UNIS Hanoi appropriately, respectfully and in accordance with school rules, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

  1. Costumes should not completely obscure a student’s identity. Staff members must be able to identify students.  Eg.  Full face masks should not be worn.

  2. Students are encouraged to be creative in their choice of costume.  Costumes should not be frightening or gory. Remember that UNIS student ages range from 3-18. Costumes should be appropriate for the full school community.

  3. Fake weapons are not allowed. No military-style costumes.

  4. Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.

  5. Costumes should not hinder a student’s ability to participate in their classes, including P.E. Costumes may not disrupt learning or present issues of safety.

Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire. A change of clothing for all students is required.

Talking points for parents to assist in this teachable moment…  

  • Remind students of their audience in the school (students, teachers, parents, community members,).

  • This is a school—what may be appropriate in pop culture or the media may not be appropriate for a place of learning.

  • We are a community, and we want students to think about how their costume choice may impact others within this community.

Thank you for taking the time to help our students understand these guidelines.

Stephen Lush
Deputy Principal – Upper Elementary School.

Event Changes in the ES Calendar

Dear ES Parents,

Please kindly note the following events have been changed in the the ES Calendar.

  • October 26 ES Parent Coffee Morning (CANCELLED)
  • November 8 Walkathon (postponed until the start of 2019).

More information about the Walkathon to follow.

We apologies for any inconveniences. Should you have any questions please contact us at elementary@unishanoi.org.

A Message for G4 and 5 Girls

Dear Grade 4 and 5 Parents,

I would like to make contact with you regarding the Youth Sport Soccer season which commences on Tuesday October 16. I would like to remind you and your child the soccer season is structured differently than all other seasons as in the boys and girls do not participate together. This change was made at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and was effective with the rise in girl participants. Therefore, if your daughter is interested in playing soccer with other girls, this is a wonderful opportunity for them.

Although the registration period for Youth Sport has finished through CHQ, if your daughter would like to participate, please inform us via email before 16:00 on Thursday October 4 at cocurricular@unishanoi.org.

If you have any questions about the soccer season please do not hesitate contacting me: ccamanager@unishanoi.org.

Warm wishes,

Adrian Hubbard
Co-Curricular Activities Manager

A Welcome Message about Mathematics in the Elementary School from Beth Murray, ES Mathematics Coach

Students are settling into their classes and are off to a fantastic start as they develop their classroom and grade level communities. The routines and expectations being put into place now will set up students for success throughout the entire year. Positive attitudes and beliefs about learning mathematics are the key to a creating a healthy learning environment that will help all learners develop a deep understanding of the mathematical concepts being taught at each year level.

Here is some information and resources you can use to help us support students in their mathematical development:

6 Ways to Support your Child’s Mathematical Development