Supporting Student Success in the ES

Dear Parents,

Join us in the ES Creativity Space on Friday 27th September for an informative session on understanding “Inclusion”.  This session will provide information on all of the support services that are available in the ES that supports students in reaching their full potential.

Come and find out about our philosophy on “Inclusion” the wide range of support services, our methods of service delivery,  and meet the teachers who work in these teams.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

Arriving and Departing School Safely

Dear Parents,

Please be reminded that we do not offer any adult supervision at school until 7.55am daily, and that children are not permitted to be at school before this time.

Students in the ES may not be unaccompanied on campus after school hours. If students are remaining on campus for a later activity (eg. music lessons, tennis etc), then they must wait under adult supervision in the ES Office or UMA Office.

Your child’s homeroom teacher should know how students are getting home from school each day.

Students in Grades 2 and below whose parents wish for them to walk or cycle home from school, must have written permission which will be filed in the ES Office.  Please notify your child’s teacher and the ES Office if your child has permission to walk or cycle home from school.

As per our Elementary Handbook, please notify the school no later 11.00am if there are changes to your child’s regular departure routine, so that we can be sure that the message is received.

With kind thanks for your cooperation as we work together to keep our students safe.

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Elementary Parents Coffee Morning

Dear Elementary Parents,

What a wonderfully joyful first week back at school we have had. It is so nice to have filled our classrooms with children once again, after a long summer break.

You are warmly invited to join us on Friday, 30 August, 8.30am in the ES Creativity Space for coffee and introductions to some important people in our Elementary school. Come get your questions answered and get to know our team.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Warm regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

Grades 2-3 Musical: Disney “Aristocats Kids”

Grade 2 and 3 students –  “The Aristocats” auditions are coming!
Here is a brief summary of the story:
When a retired opera singer leaves her inheritance to her cat, Duchess  and three kittens, the woman’s butler drugs the cats and abandons them in the countryside in order to inherit the fortune himself. Lost in unfamiliar territory, Duchess and the kittens meet Thomas O’Malley, an alley cat willing to help them return to their home in Paris. They meet several kooky characters along the way, including two English geese and an alley cat jazz band.
If you would like to try out, please sign up for an audition time, which will take place on the following days during lunch: August 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 26th and 27th. Sign up sheets will be posted outside your classrooms.
For the audition, you will need to sing a short but dramatic song and act out part of the story. The musical will be performed in December and the rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Fridays (and possibly a few Wednesdays) after school. There will also be three Saturday morning rehearsals in November.

Seussical Jr. – Tickets on Sale!

Dear ES Families,

We are incredibly excited to present “Seussical Jr”, our Grades 4 & 5 production, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 16th – 18th May.  Enjoy seeing all of your favourite Dr Seuss characters come to life in a hilarious musical adventure.

Tickets are on sale in the Centre for Arts, and are selling fast.  Our Elementary productions showcase our commitment to developing a high quality performing arts programme here at UNIS Hanoi.

A preview performance of “Seussical Jr.” was performed on our ES assemblies yesterday – ask your children to tell you about it.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support our young performers and enjoy a great theatre experience with your family.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

 

Open Classrooms – March 14 & 15, 2019

Open Doors – Open ClassroomsOpen Minds!

Dear Elementary Families,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March.

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 select times only, 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 are for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  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 do Open Classrooms work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday and Friday, 14th & 15th March, 2019.
  • Specialist classes will be designated as ‘open’ on Thursday 14th March (all day) and on Friday 15th March (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 areas of the school are NOT open?

The canteen is not open for parents to purchase lunch.  We will not be preparing additional food on these days.  However, the coffee shop is open for parents who wish to purchase coffee, tea and snacks.

Due to the following teachers being involved in concert preparation, their classes will not be open:

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

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

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices. If access to a mobile phone is essential, please step out of the classroom while using.
  • 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 March 14th and Friday March 15th.    Please look for information from your child’s class teacher regarding which lessons will be available to visit.

Sincerely,


Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

A Plastic Ocean – Community Screening – Phim tài liệu “Đại Dương Nhựa” – buổi chiếu miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng

**Vui lòng xem bản Tiếng Việt bên dưới!

Dear Parents,

Next week in our school is “SDG Week” –  focusing on connecting our student’s learning on the UN Sustainable Development Goals,  in the lead up to our school’s UN Day celebration.  Around the dinner table, ask your child about the SDG’s and what they are learning about them.

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we will be hosting a free community screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm.  The movie is in English, with Vietnamese subtitles.

Movie Trailer:  A Plastic Ocean 

What:  “A Plastic Ocean” documentary – FREE community screening
When:  Tuesday 27th November, 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)
Who:  UNIS Hanoi students, families, teachers – 7 years +
Where:  Theatre, Centre for Arts, B10
Why:  To raise awareness of the issue of pollution being created by single use plastics and what we can do to help

Theatre will open at 4.50pm – free seating.

Elementary students will NOT be allowed to attend unless accompanied by an adult.

The UNIS Hanoi school store will host a ‘pop up’ shop showcasing and selling all of our recycled and environmentally sustainable products for families who wish to take immediate action to reduce their use of plastics.

Please join with us in taking action for the children who will be attending UNIS and living on our planet many generations from now….. this local and global problem needs us all to act urgently.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil

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Kính gửi Phụ huynh,

Tuần tới được gọi là “Tuần lễ hành động vì các Mục tiêu Phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc” tại trường UNIS. Trong suốt thời gian này, các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc sẽ được lồng ghép vào nội dung học tập ở trường. Đây cũng là bước chuẩn bị cho lễ kỷ niệm Ngày Liên hiệp quốc sắp tới. Phụ huynh có thể hỏi các con, trong khi ăn tối, về Các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững này và các con đã học được những gì về các mục tiêu này.

Cũng là một phần trong Cam kết thực hiện các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Nhà trường, Nhà trường sẽ tổ chức buổi chiếu phim miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng vào ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều; bộ phim có tiêu đề là “Đại Dương Nhựa”, phim Tiếng Anh, có phụ đề Tiếng Việt.

Phụ huynh có thể xem bản giới thiệu phim tại đây

Tên phim: Phim tài liệu “Đại Dương Nhựa” – buổi chiếu miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng
Thời gian: Ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều (độ dài phim: 1 tiếng 42 phút)
Đối tượng: Học sinh, phụ huynh, giáo viên UNIS (phim dành cho đối tượng trên 7 tuổi)
Địa điểm: Rạp hát, Trung tâm Nghệ thuật, B10, UNIS
Lý do chiếu phim: Nhằm nâng cao nhận thức của cộng đồng về vấn đề ô nhiễm do việc sử dụng các sản phẩm nhựa dùng một lần gây ra và khuyến khích hành động của cá nhân để giúp giảm thiểu vấn đề này.

Rạp hát sẽ mở cửa lúc 4:50 chiều, phụ huynh có thể tùy chọn ghế ngồi.

Học sinh Tiểu học chỉ có thể tham dự nếu có người lớn đi kèm.

Cửa hàng của Trường UNIS sẽ có gian hàng tạm thời ngay tại buổi chiếu phim để trưng bày và bán các sản phẩm tái chế và các sản phẩm bền vững cho môi trường. Phụ huynh có thể mua các sản phẩm này để giảm thiểu ngay việc sử dụng sản phẩm nhựa.

Hãy cùng chung tay với Nhà trường để cùng hành động vì trẻ em UNIS tương lai và trẻ em sống trên hành tinh của chúng ta và nhiều thế hệ mai sau ngay từ bây giờ. Chúng ta cần hành động ngay từ hôm nay để giải quyết vấn đề vừa mang tính địa phương và toàn cầu này.

Nhà trường mong Phụ huynh có thể sắp xếp thời gian để tham dự buổi chiếu phim.

Trân trọng,

Megan Brazil

Hiệu trưởng trường Tiểu học UNIS.

Open Classrooms – Tell us what you think!

Dear Elementary Families,

Our school has been additionally busy and buzzing with excitement these last two days as we have hosted Open Classrooms – an ‘open house’ style event aimed at strengthening our home-school partnership and giving parents the opportunity to observe our students’ learning in action.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the experience.  We’d love to hear from you – tell us what you loved, what you learned, and how we can improve this process for next time.

Please take a moment to complete our very short Open Classrooms survey – we’ll be happy to share the results back with you in our next Tin Tuc.

Thank you for your enthusiastic attendance and participation.

Gratefully,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Parent Teacher Conferences October 1st

Dear Elementary Families,

You are warmly invited to attend our first Parent Teacher Conferences of the year, being held next Monday 1st October, 2018.

Please note that there will be no school on this day for your children as teachers will be conducting individual parent conferences all day.

Parent Teacher Conferences are a time for teachers to share information regarding how your child has settled into classes during these first weeks of school and what goals your child and his/her teacher(s) have set for their learning. Teachers would also like hear from you about your hopes and goals for your child this year and for us all to learn how we can work together to make this the best possible school year for your child.

Information on how to schedule appointments will be sent by email early next week.

Warmly,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Elementary “Back to School” Night

August 28th, 2018

Dear Elementary Families from Discovery to Grade 5,

Given our shared commitment to successful partnerships between parents and our school, we warmly invite you to attend your child’s Back To School Night presentations on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 where you will have the opportunity to hear from homeroom and specialist teachers about the year ahead. All Back To School Night presentations from Discovery to Grade 5, will be shared on one evening only.

The programme for the evening will run as follows:

Time Activity Location
6.00 – 6.30pm Homeroom Presentation  (session 1) Your child’s homeroom class
6.35 – 7.05pm Homeroom Presentation (session 1  repeated) Your child’s homeroom class
Ongoing from 6.00pm – 7.30pm Specialist Teacher Information

Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B08b)

(above new canteen)

7.30pm All Back to School presentations end

You are invited to attend an information session hosted by your child’s homeroom teacher, as well as to visit your child’s specialist teachers. All homeroom presentations will be available via the homeroom blog after the evening has concluded. A bell will ring at the end of each session to ensure that everyone has enough time to get to the next presentation of the evening.

At our Back To School evening, you can expect that your child’s teachers will share with you a range of information including:

  • Important members of your child’s educational team, and their contact details
  • Methods of communication between school and home (Blogs, email, ES Tin Tuc, etc)
  • What’s different to the previous grade & highlights for this year
  • Key areas of focus in Language, Mathematics and Units of Inquiry
  • Important aspects of your child’s schedule
  • Home learning as it relates to your child’s grade level
  • How to best support your child’s learning this year in partnership with the school

Our specialist teachers look forward to meeting you in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Building 8B – above the new canteen). Here you will find teachers from EAL (English as an Additional Language), Library, Technology, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, World Languages and our Student Support Services Team (Learning Support, Counseling & Speech-Language Pathology) as well as representatives from our Co-Curricular office, school store and Primary Years Programme coordinator.

We look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night and speaking further about what this year holds in store for your child.

Warm regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

Safely entering and exiting our Elementary School

Dear ES Families,

Your children are supervised by our faculty at all times between 7.55am – 3.20pm (2.20pm on Wednesdays) in the Elementary School.

Please note that there is NO ADULT SUPERVISION offered before 7.55am and after 3.20pm, unless your child is participating in a UNIS Hanoi sponsored activity.

Elementary students are not permitted to be on the UNIS Hanoi campus unless they are being actively supervised by an adult.  Our campus is open until 6.00pm each day, including Saturdays (from September 1st). If your child wishes to enjoy our playground and sports facilities after hours, they must always be accompanied by an adult.

It is important for us to know HOW your child is leaving our campus each day – either after school, or after ASAs.  Please take a moment to complete this survey for each child that you have in the Elementary School.

Elementary School TRANSPORTATION SURVEY.

Thank you for working in partnership with us, to keep your children safe.

Warmly,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

ES Junior Musical – Pirates Past Noon

Dear Parents,

UNIS Hanoi Elementary School is pleased to announce our second ES Junior Musical Production. The musical will be Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS. This is open to Grades 2 and 3 students ONLY and the Cast and Chorus will be selected on an audition basis. We will be taking a maximum of 50 students. We will be holding auditions the week of Wednesday, August 29th – Friday, August 31st and again on Tuesday, September 4th – Thursday, September 6th. All auditions will be held during lunch recess, not after school. Students will need to sign up for an audition slot outside Ms. Noor’s room (B10-106). Sign ups will begin on Tuesday, August 21st and the sign ups will be closed on Friday, August 24th at 4pm. There will be no sign ups allowed after that day.

  • Grade 2 students will need to sign up for an audition slot between 11:15am – 11:35am
  • Grades 3 students will need sign up for an audition slot between 11:35am – 12:00pm

The production dates will be: 

Saturday, December 8th & Sunday, December 9th, 2018

For the auditions, students will be required to sing a song of their choice (without any background music) that preferably shows their dramatic side. We may also ask them to read a couple of lines from the script of Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS. The audition will take approximately 5 minutes.

Auditions will be held during lunch time, from Wednesday, August 29th – Friday, August 31st and again on Tuesday, September 4th – Thursday, September 6th. Students wishing to participate in this year’s production will need to sign up on the audition sign up sheets posted outside Ms. Noor’s classroom (B10-106) starting Tuesday, August 21st.  Please tell your child to think carefully about which day is best to sign up for, as sign ups will end on August 24th at 4pm (and will be on a first come, first serve basis) and auditions will end on September 6th. Students are expected to be on time and ready to go for their selected audition slot. Should they miss their audition without prior notification, there will not be an opportunity to reschedule. The cast list will be emailed to all parents of children who audition on the evening of Thursday, September 6th so that those students selected know to come to the first rehearsal on Friday, September 7th.

Rehearsals will be every Monday and Friday afternoon from 3:30-4:30pm starting Friday, September 7th until Friday, December 7th. There will also be three Saturday rehearsals on Saturday, November 17th from 12-4pm, Saturday, November 24th from 12-4pm and Saturday, December 1st from 12-4pm. Students participating in the production are expected to attend all rehearsals every Monday and Friday afternoons, and on those Saturday’s. Students involved in this production MUST be present on both production dates – no exceptions.  Please be aware that involvement in this production is a huge commitment, and therefore students selected in this production will not be able to participate in any other ASA or Co-Curricular activity on those rehearsal days.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are really looking forward to this year’s exciting production!

Warm regards,

Noor Sandhu & Alexis Ramsey

Welcome, ES Parents!

Dear Elementary School Families,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to UNIS for the 2018/19 school year! Whether you are returning, or joining us for the first time, we are so glad that you have made the choice to be a part of this extraordinary community.

We warmly invite you to our first ES Coffee Morning for the new year, hosted by our Elementary School Leadership Team and Elementary Counselors.  We’ll be introducing new members of our team, and sharing our goals for the year ahead in the ES.  We’ll also be wanting to hear from YOU, about how we can best support you, as active and engaged participants in the Elementary School. All ideas are welcome!

When?  Friday August 24th, 2018, 8.30am

Where?  The “Creativity Space” – B9-112 (upstairs by Grade 4, overlooking the playground)

We’d love for you to join us.

Warm regards,


Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal