From the Elementary School Principal

Dear Families,

Together we have made it! Since Monday February 3, you have partnered with us to transform our school programme into a School of Distance Learning.  You have upskilled yourself in all kinds of technology and ensured that your children have remained connected with us, with one another, and have continued learning. We are in awe of your collective courage, tenacity, creativity and commitment, and the way that you have constantly shown up for each other, for us and your children. You have lived our core VALUE of COMMUNITY, every single day.

Take a bow, please, this has been no easy feat.

Also, thank you so much to the more than 100 families who responded to our survey. We are reviewing every comment, suggestion and criticism. Please know that your feedback will ensure we are well equipped to continue providing distance learning for your children.

We would like to share with you some of the wonderful comments we have received and thank all of you who have taken the time today to thank our teachers.

  • We are very grateful for the amazing efforts of the whole ES team in making this work.
  • I highly appreciate all the efforts the school and the teachers are making. This is hard for everyone. Hopefully it will be over soon.
  • We are just very appreciative of the care, humor, kindness, attention to detail, responsive support and smiles that our kids teachers have demonstrated over the past 8 weeks. They are superstars that deserve commendations for their dedication to our children and their learning and wellness.
  • We are so grateful for this great distance learning program!
  • All in all the school is doing a phenomenal job with this and everything is deeply appreciated. Sending thanks to you all.
  • It is admirable how the faculty transformed the PYP into a high quality distance learning program. I am aware that the IB has strong foundations in interpersonal learning, so this challenge was obviously embraced to the largest extent possible. During the past two months, this program has provided us some sort of normalcy and above all a healthy rhythm to get through the days and weeks. My children lost their motivation for DL not once, and for this we cannot thank UNIS enough.

Thank you! Please do unplug and take advantage of this coming week to enjoy a family holiday.

Yours sincerely
Megan Brazil

Art Lessons Become a Family Affair!

Moms and Dads, brothers and sisters are no longer sitting on the sidelines watching their Elementary family members have all the fun in Art lessons! Now families are joining in on the lessons and producing art for the teacher to see and grade too!

Elementary School Art Teachers, Emma Hamilton and Vicki Wilson-Jiwatram have received a number of art pieces, created not only by their students, but parents and siblings as well!

Emma says it’s been ‘so beautiful’ to see the family engagement. She added, “I regularly receive emails from families telling me they’ve really enjoyed the tasks set for their child.

I do think one of the major benefits of this distance learning experience is that the whole family gets involved in the curriculum more practically” commented one Grade 1 parent. “I thoroughly enjoy the slides alongside my children.

One student expressed his delight at being able to draw with his ‘big sis’, even though he missed sitting in the classroom with his teachers and friends. Another big sister revealed how helping her little sister complete her work has improved her skills as an artist. 

A large collection of artwork made by families has been amassed. Here’s a snapshot…

K2 Online Market

Throughout the last 8 weeks in their Unit of Inquiry, K2 has been learning about how we organize ourselves and provide goods and services to our communities. The unit ended with  a K2 Market Day…. which this year was created virtually on the UNIS Hanoi K2 Market Website. 

Across the course of the unit students surveyed their community to evaluate their wants and needs and worked with specialist teachers, homeroom teachers and their parents to create goods to meet the needs of their community.  

The K2 students let their creativity shine through creating ribbon wands, shakers, cards, bookmarks and more which were showcased and sold on the UNIS Hanoi K2 Market Website. All proceeds from our goods will be donated to Blossom House here in Vietnam.

A big thank you to Ms Nikki and Mr Neal who got the website together and the K2 teachers and specialist teachers and of course parents who supported the K2 children throughout the designing and making process. 

ES Distance Learning Survey

Dear UNIS Elementary Families,

Your Elementary School student has been engaged with our Distance Learning programme now for almost 8 weeks.

At this time, we would like to gather feedback from our community to find out what the experience has been like for parents and students. This data will help us as we strive to provide a high quality Distance Learning programme for your child/ren for the foreseeable future, until we are able to return to campus.

In order for us to interpret the data effectively, please complete one survey for each child you have in our Elementary School. The survey will close next Monday, 30 March.

ES Distance Learning Survey

Thank you.

Kind regards
Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

 

Distance Learning at UNIS Hanoi – Our Blended Approach

Dear Elementary School Families,

As we conclude Week 6 of our Distance Learning programme, we have noticed higher levels of engagement and participation by our Elementary Students.

We have been very careful to ensure that the concept of “Distance Learning” has not been confused with “Online Learning” and to emphasise that we do not want our students to be in front of screens all day every day.

Distance Learning in our Elementary School can most aptly be described as a blended approach of on-screen, off-screen, live lessons and independent learning time.  The graphic presented here provides an overview of each of the key components of our Distance Learning programme.

Over the next two weeks as we head towards Spring Break we hope to maintain high levels of engagement as we look to gather as much evidence of student learning as we can.  Teachers have been providing feedback on students’ work each week, in order to help improve students’ learning and to help our students know what their next steps are.  Please continue to encourage your children to participate in as much of the Distance Learning as possible, and to share their work with their teachers.

Sincerely,
Megan Brazil

Elementary School Prinicipal

Library Book Check-out System Continues to be popular

Students are still getting the chance to get their hands on their favourite reads thanks to a creative delivery service implemented by the School’s library department. 

Since the beginning of distance learning, our librarians have been giving students the chance to select books virtually and collect them from the School gate or have them delivered straight to their front door!

“It’s been crazy busy here” revealed Monica Mayer, the ES librarian. “We pack up at least 50 books a day for students in Elementary School and Middle School. We’re delighted our families love the service.”

Together with her colleague, Kate Hodgson, the librarians continue to work closely with home base teachers and English teachers to recommend great reads for children of all ages and abilities. What’s more, the duo keep the online library full with the latest releases, including free art books from the Guggenheim Museum in New York. 

One happy parent said of the service, “Our boys were so happy and excited to receive books at the gate. It really helps to add this into their routine and get them excited to read new books.”

Library Borrowing During School Closure

Instructions for Students: 

  • Return your books to the library book return box located just inside Gate 1. 
  • Return your books Monday to Friday between 8am – 4pm.
  • Books must be returned in a named bag. 
  • Browse DESTINY, our online library catalogue, to look for great books to read.
  • Fill in the Book Borrowing form for your Division. You can download the form for ECC, Elementary and MS/HS  and print it out. There will be additional forms available at the table near the return box. You can also check our catalogue online to see specific titles and if they are currently ‘in’. Link to our online catalogue is https://tinyurl.com/vbh67rb
  • Place the form inside your bag with the books you are returning.
  • Place your book bag inside the return box at Gate 1.

Librarians will collect those books and process all new book requests. New books will then be ready for students/parents to collect from Gate 1 between 9:00am – 11:00am on the following day. A delivery service is also available on request. 

All books can then be returned during normal library times when we all return to school. Students should not be concerned if they have books in lockers at school. They can return them when school returns to normal. 

For further information please email either eslibrarian@unishanoi.org or mshslibrarian@unishanoi.org

 

Tết is just around the corner!

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, 2020 New Year’s Day falls on Saturday, January 25th. This year is the year of the RAT.

During this week, all students from ECC up to Grade 5 in Vietnamese class have been so busy making Banh Chung – Vietnamese sticky rice cake for Tet. It is a wonderful learning experience for our UNIS Hanoi students to explore the tradition of the host country.

At UNIS Hanoi, the Elementary students will have Tết assemblies on Thursday, January 23rd in the theatre. The assemblies are hosted by Grades 1, 3 and 5 students who attend Vietnamese classes.

Two performances are scheduled as bellows:

  • Performance 1 for Grade 2,3,4,5: From 8.30 – 9.20
  • Performance 2 for Grade 1,  ECC and parents: From 9.25a – 10.15

Parents are kindly invited to the second assembly to join us for this special event. Everybody is encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on the day to welcome TET. 

CHÚC MỪNG NĂM MỚI!

Grade 4 Market Day

Date: Tuesday 14 January
Time: 10:45-12:00

Grade 4 students are inquiring into “How We Organise Ourselves” by learning how much market forces can affect the value of goods and services. They have discovered that determining the price of a product is a complicated matter. To make this a realistic experience the Grade 4 students have created businesses.

 All the profits earned will be used for taking action towards Children’s Rights! 

On Tuesday 14 January they will sell their products and services to an excited band of consumers, namely the students of Grades K2, 1, 2, 3 and 5. 

The Grade 4 business owners are asking students to bring in a maximum of 100,000 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. It is one of the highlights of the year for all involved. 

Any concerns or questions please feel free to contact: Christy Heitmiller (cheitmiller@unishanoi.org) OR any of the Grade 4 Teachers.

PYP Workshops for Parents

It is widely recognised that schools partnering with parents benefit our students and adds richness to the community and our programme. The partnerships between home and school provide the foundation to support students’ learning, growth, health and well-being and agency. As an elementary school we continually seek opportunities to develop these partnerships.

Over the last few weeks we invited parents to join us at school to learn more about how and what we teach in the Primary Years Programme. We were happy to see so many of you accept our invitation to open classrooms and join in the learning alongside your children. We were also very excited to welcome a number of you to our PYP workshops where we learnt more about the research, practices and system that guides learning and teaching each day at our school.

We held three parent session last week in English, Vietnamese and Korean. These sessions generated deep conversations about our programme and how we teach and learn in the PYP. These links below will take you to the presentations in each of the three languages presented. If you have any further wonderings about the PYP, please email me at pypcoordinator@unishanoi.org and I would be happy to help answer your questions.

Kind regards,
Joshua Smith
PYP Coordinator

“The Aristocats”

There is a big show called “The Aristocats”.
It will be at the UNIS Theatre.
The dates are going to be December 6th and 7th.
You can buy tickets in the Centre for the Arts, B10, for 100,000VND

It will be about three kittens and one mother cat called Duchess, and a bunch of alley cats and mice.
The butler tries to kidnap the three kittens and Duchess.  

It will be an exciting and crazy adventure!
Don’t forget to buy your tickets soon before all the seats run out! 

Written by “The Aristocats Kids” Publicity Team:  Lexie, Brooklyn, Leo, Lucy, Jacob, Ruoyi, Aadi and Camille

Grade 2 – 3 Musical Production

An exciting performance is coming to UNIS Hanoi on December 6 and 7.

Don’t miss out on your chance to see the Junior Elementary School Musical!  

The show is called The Aristocats and tells the story of a family of cats living in Paris who will inherit lots of money when their owner dies and leaves her fortune to them.  The evil butler tries to kidnap the cats so he can have their money. What will happen? You’ll need to buy your tickets if you want to find out!

Tickets will be on sale from Thursday, November 28.  Buy them in the Centre for the Arts Office from Ms Lien.  

Tickets cost 100,000 VND.  Buy them quickly before all of the seats are sold.  

This production is full of cute cats and dogs, lots of great singing, and a good dose of adventure.  Great fun for all the family. So, everyone – please remember to tell your parents all about it and make sure you get your tickets.  We’ll see you there!

From the Aristocats Publicity Team:  Lexie, Brooklyn, Leo, Lucy, Jacob, Ruoyi, Aadi and Camille

Number Talks and Structured Word Inquiry

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to offer some additional opportunities during Open Classrooms this year, Tuesday, 19 November. Parents will have the opportunity to take part in Number Talks and Structured Word Inquiry, two of the approaches we use at UNIS in Math and Word Study/Spelling.

Sessions are available from 7:50 – 8:10am, 8:10 – 8:30am and 3:00 – 3:20pm. Both Number Talks and Word Inquiry will be offered at the same time in B08B Rooms 115 and 116 and the same information will be provided at all three sessions offered that day.

We look forward to inquiring with you.

Kind regards,

Beth Murray     Angela Brienza
Math Coach     Literacy Coach

ES Administrators Coffee Morning with Parents – Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Dear Parents,

An essential element that is crucial to our success in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the partnerships we have with the parents in our community. There is research that indicates that strong links between home and school enhance a child’s experience and chance of success in learning. We would like to share our programme with you to help you develop a greater understanding of the general philosophy and elements that make up the PYP. We would like to invite you to join us for a series of PYP workshops for parents that will be held in November. These workshops will focus on what we learn about in the Elementary School and how we learn it. You will find out more about inquiry based learning which focuses on the development of conceptual understandings and the skills needed to be successful in our programme. To deepen understanding and enhance communication and engagement around these topics, we will be offering sessions in three languages: Vietnamese, Korean and English. Please join us at any of these sessions to start a conversation around the programme that your child learns through every day. Details as follows:

  • Topic: ES Administrators Coffee Morning with ES Parents – Primary Years Programme (PYP)
  • Time: 08:30 – 09:30am,
  • Date: Monday, 18 November with translation in Vietnamese;
    Wednesday, 20 November;
    Friday, 22 November with translation in Korean
  • Venue: B9-112/ES Creativity Space

 

Quý Phụ huynh kính mến!

Một yếu tố quan trọng quyết định thành công của Chương trình Tú tài Quốc tế Bậc Tiểu học (PYP) là sự hợp tác mà nhà trường nhận được từ phía cộng đồng phụ huynh của trường. Kết quả nghiên cứu cũng cho thấy khi có sự kết nối chặt chẽ giữa gia đình và nhà trường thì kinh nghiệm và cơ hội thành công trong học tập của học sinh cũng được nâng cao hơn. Nhà trường mong muốn được chia sẻ chương trình Tú tài Quốc tế Bậc Tiểu học với phụ huynh để Quý vị hiểu rõ hơn về triết lý chung của chương trình và các yếu tố cấu thành của chương trình. Trong tháng 11 này, nhà trường sẽ tổ chức các buổi hội thảo giới thiệu về Chương Trình này nhằm giúp phụ huynh hiểu về chương trình học của con tại trường và cách thức các con được học. Phụ huynh cũng sẽ được tìm hiểu về cách học tập trung vào đặt câu hỏi (Inquiry based learning) để phát triển việc hiểu lý thuyết của học sinh và các kỹ năng cần thiết để học sinh có thể hoàn thành tốt chương trình học này. Nhằm giúp phụ huynh có thể hiểu rõ hơn và có thể tham gia thảo luận tốt hơn, nhà trường sẽ tổ chức ba buổi hội thảo với ba ngôn ngữ khác nhau là Tiếng Việt, Tiếng Hàn Quốc và Tiếng Anh. Nhà trường rất mong phụ huynh có thể sắp xếp thời gian để đến tham dự các buổi hội thảo này. Chi tiết của buổi hội thảo bằng Tiếng Việt như sau:

  • Nội dung: Buổi hội thảo giữa Phụ huynh Việt Nam và Ban giám hiệu nhà trường về Chương trình Giáo dục Tiểu học (Primary Years Programme – PYP)
  • Thời gian: 08:30-09:30 sáng Thứ Hai, ngày 18 tháng 11 năm 2019
  • Địa điểm: Phòng B9-112 (Phòng Sáng tạo của Trường Tiểu học)

 

학부모님께,

PYP(Primary Years Programme) 성공의 결정적인 필수 요인은 우리 공동체내에서 학부모와 학교의 동반자적 관계입니다가정과 학교의 긴밀한 연결이 학습에 있어서 아이들의 경험과 성공의 기회를 더 높인다는 연구 결과가 있습니다학교는 PYP를 구성하는 보편적인 철학과 요소들을 더 잘 이해하실 수 있도록 프로그램을 공유하고자 합니다. 11월에 있을 일련의 PYP 워크숍에 학부모님들을 초청하고자 합니다이 워크숍은 초등학교에서 무엇을 학습하고 우리가 그것을 어떻게 학습하는지에 초점을 맞출 것입니다학부모님들은 PYP 프로그램에서 성공적으로 성취하기 위해 필요한 개념 이해력과 기술의 발달에 초점을 맞춘 조사에 기반을 둔 학습에 대해 좀 더 알게 될 것입니다이 주제들에 대해 좀 더 심층적으로 이해하고 의사소통과 관심을 높이기 위해학교는 한국어베트남어영어로 진행하는 시간을 가지려고 합니다부디 참석하시어 여러분의 자녀들이 매일 학습하고 있는 PYP 프로그램 대해 의견을 교환해주시기 바랍니다.

한국 학부모들을 위한 시간은 다음과 같습니다.

•주제: ES Administrators Coffee Morning with Korean Parents – Primary Years Programme (PYP)

•날짜 및 시간: 08:30 – 09:30am, Friday, 22 November 2019

•장소: B9-112/ES Creativity Space

Kind regards,
Joshua Smith
PYP Coordinator

ES Administrators Coffee Morning with ES Parents – Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Dear Parents,

An essential element that is crucial to our success in the Primary Years Programme (PYP) is the partnerships we have with the parents in our community. There is research that indicates that strong links between home and school enhance a child’s experience and chance of success in learning. We would like to share our programme with you to help you develop a greater understanding of the general philosophy and elements that make up the PYP. We would like to invite you to join us for a series of PYP workshops for parents that will be held in November. These workshops will focus on what we learn about in the Elementary School and how we learn it. You will find out more about inquiry based learning which focuses on the development of conceptual understandings and the skills needed to be successful in our programme. To deepen understanding and enhance communication and engagement around these topics, we will be offering sessions in three languages: Vietnamese, Korean and English. Please join us at any of these sessions to start a conversation around the programme that your child learns through every day. Details as follows:

  • Topic: ES Administrators Coffee Morning with ES Parents – Primary Years Programme (PYP)
  • Time: 08:30 – 09:30am,
  • Date: Monday, 18 November with translation in Vietnamese;
    Wednesday, 20 November;
    Friday, 22 November with translation in Korean
  • Venue: B9-112/ES Creativity Space

학부모님께,

PYP(Primary Years Programme) 성공의 결정적인 필수 요인은 우리 공동체내에서 학부모와 학교의 동반자적 관계입니다가정과 학교의 긴밀한 연결이 학습에 있어서 아이들의 경험과 성공의 기회를 더 높인다는 연구 결과가 있습니다학교는 PYP를 구성하는 보편적인 철학과 요소들을 더 잘 이해하실 수 있도록 프로그램을 공유하고자 합니다. 11월에 있을 일련의 PYP 워크숍에 학부모님들을 초청하고자 합니다이 워크숍은 초등학교에서 무엇을 학습하고 우리가 그것을 어떻게 학습하는지에 초점을 맞출 것입니다학부모님들은 PYP 프로그램에서 성공적으로 성취하기 위해 필요한 개념 이해력과 기술의 발달에 초점을 맞춘 조사에 기반을 둔 학습에 대해 좀 더 알게 될 것입니다이 주제들에 대해 좀 더 심층적으로 이해하고 의사소통과 관심을 높이기 위해학교는 한국어베트남어영어로 진행하는 시간을 가지려고 합니다부디 참석하시어 여러분의 자녀들이 매일 학습하고 있는 PYP 프로그램 대해 의견을 교환해주시기 바랍니다.

한국 학부모들을 위한 시간은 다음과 같습니다.

•주제: ES Administrators Coffee Morning with Korean Parents – Primary Years Programme (PYP)

•날짜 및 시간: 08:30 – 09:30am, Friday, 22 November 2019

•장소: B9-112/ES Creativity Space

Kind regards,
Joshua Smith
PYP Coordinator

Elementary Open Classrooms – November 19

Dear Elementary Families,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms –  Tuesday November 19.

Your child’s homeroom teacher will soon be sharing a schedule with you, indicating which lessons are open for you to enter and observe.  

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. On the day, 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.  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 across all subject areas in the ES will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons – November 19, 2019.
  • A minimum of two lessons will be designated as ‘open’ in your child’s homeroom class
  • All specialist lessons will be designated as ‘open’ 
  • All ‘open’ lessons will be detailed on your child’s blog – communicated by their homeroom teacher
  • 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.
  • Please be aware that not all lessons are designated as ‘open’.  Be sure to check the schedule on your child’s blog

What might I see?

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

  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme.  What you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.  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 may showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons may 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). 

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.  

Other important reminders:  

  • 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 Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.
  • Parents must wear their Parent ID lanyards at all times.
  • Parents may purchase food from the CAFE only, but may not purchase lunches from the canteen (we are unable to cater for unknown numbers).  

We look forward to welcoming you on Tuesday, November 19th.    

Sincerely,
Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

 

 

 

HOMEROOM TEACHERS WILL SHARE OWN SCHEDULES & POST INVITE TO OPEN CLASSROOMS ON OWN BLOGS 

Here’s how a sample schedule looks like:

Class 04B Homeroom                                                                       Teacher – Mr David

November 19 Location
Period 1
8.30 – 9.20
Period 2
9.25 – 10.15

English

B9 G104
Period 3
10.35 – 11.25

World Languages:  

French

Mandarin

Vietnamese

 

B9 G104

B8 135

B9 114

Period 4
11.30 – 12.20

Physical Education

Sports Field
Period 5
13.10 – 14.00
Period 6
14.20 – 15.10
Art B10-115