Elementary School Schedule 2019/20

Creating the most balanced day for our students is a priority each and every school year. Following parent and teacher feedback this school year, we have made some adjustments and improvements to the schedule for the 19/20 school year. We also want to ensure that the day is structured so as to minimize transitions for all students if possible and to allow us to keep our continued commitment to World Languages, PE, and the Visual and Performing Arts.

Ensuring that we are able to create a schedule that kept all those priorities in mind, you will notice the following changes to the school day next year:

  1. Lunch in the ES will start from 12.20 pm. This means that students will have the ability to engage in a morning of learning, have their lunch and then have a shorter afternoon of learning. We are committed to providing students with regular outdoor recess so we will continue with both morning and afternoon recesses.
  2. In order to minimise transitions for students the schedule is designed so that students have no more than 2 specialist lessons a day. We are moving from the current model of 40 minute lessons to 50 minute lessons. This will allow teachers to create learning experiences for students where they get to be engaged for longer blocks and also support students walking across our campus without losing out on instructional time.
  3. Given that lessons will be longer, students will still avail of the same or more amount of instructional time across the curriculum though the number of lessons in some disciplines may be fewer. For example, in the current schedule, students have 6 x 40 minute PE lessons every two weeks, which works out to 240 minutes. Next school year, students in the upper grades will have 5 x 50 minutes of PE, which will have them experiencing  250 minutes of PE in two weeks.
  4. In order to accomplish all that we are striving for in our schedule next year we are putting in place a Week A and Week B schedule. Elementary School parents will not need to worry about keeping track of Week A and B as PE and (where applicable) Library days will be the same each week.
  5. In keeping with the other divisions of the school, school will start at 8.10 am and finish at 3.30 pm. ASA’s will finish as usual at 4.30 pm

Detailed schedules will be sent out by your child’s homeroom teacher at the start of the new school year. We remain committed to ensuring that our students have rich and fulfilling days at school where they can learn in ways that will help them grow and thrive. We have worked hard to try and create a schedule that will let us do just that. We look forward to sharing it with you.

Warmly,

Nitasha 

Nitasha Crishna Chaudhuri

ES Lower Elementary Deputy Principal

 

K2-G1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition – May 23

Dear Kindergarten 2 and Grade 1 Parents,

The K2 and Grade 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition will be held on Thursday, 23 May at 9:00. The students are excited to showcase their work in the Arts for the UNIS Hanoi Community! The Art Exhibition will begin immediately following the concert.

Please note the following information regarding the performance.

  • Students will come to school at the regular time on Thursday, 23 May 23, and will be brought to the Centre for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.
  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Centre for the Arts Foyer at 8.30 and the music concert will begin promptly at 9.00.

Concert Attire for K2 and Grade 1 students:

In response to parent feedback over the last few years, we have created a UNIS Hanoi performing arts polo shirt – available in the school store.  This is a polo shirt that will have our students looking smart and uniform on stage and saves families having to look for formal concert wear which has previously been challenging for parents to find in Hanoi.

In addition to concerts, these shirts may be worn to school on any day that the students have music classes – in the same way that PE kit is worn on PE days. It was felt that a UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirt would be easier to procure than formal concert wear and students would be able to wear it for other school events and purposes. These shirts can be worn by students for multiple purposes, and over multiple school years.

Grade level Shirt Pants
Grades K2 & G1 UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirt – royal blue Long black trousers, leggings or tracksuit pants.

Please label your child’s clothes and send them in a labeled bag to school by Friday, 17 May as they will be used in dress rehearsals and at the concert.

To have our students looking fabulous on stage, we ask that all students dress in appropriate performance attire. Parents are strongly encouraged to purchase UNIS Hanoi performing arts shirts from the school store.  In the case that this is not possible, students may perform in a blue shirt (preferably with a collar).

Concert Duration: 9.00-10.00

Please note that following this event, the art exhibition will take place in the Centre for the Arts Foyer. This is an opportunity for you to enjoy and discuss your child’s artwork as well as create art together.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday morning. Thank you so much for your support.

Kind regards,

The Arts Team

ES Student-led Conferences for Grades Discovery – Grade 4, Friday, April 19

Dear Parents,

It is with great pleasure that I write to you with more detail about our ES Student-Led Conferences that take place on Friday 19th April, 2019.

There will be no regular school for Discovery – Grade 4 students on Friday 19th April while conferences are in process (as advertised in the UNIS Calendar).  Regular classes will resume on Monday 22nd April.

We invite you to sign up for a conference with your child via Veracross – from Wednesday 10th April – Tuesday 16th April. You will be asked to sign up for a 30-40 minute session in your child’s homeroom. Please allow another 30-40 minutes to visit specialist classrooms with your child. Visits to specialists will be on a drop-in basis and can be done either before or after the homeroom time. This is not a time for a parent-teacher conference, which you are welcome to schedule with your child’s teacher at any other time.

Available conference times for Grade 1 classes are:

08:00am – 08:40am
09:00am – 09:40am
10.00am – 10.40am
11.00am – 11.40am
12.00pm – 12.40pm

1.20pm – 2.00pm
2.20pm – 3.00pm
3.20pm – 4.00pm

Student Led Conferences have been used for many decades and their efficacy for promoting optimal student outcomes has been well documented over time.  At UNIS Hanoi, we believe that children are in charge of their learning and we give them many opportunities to know that they are capable and that they can influence what happens to them.If you have never participated in a Student Led Conference you might be asking, “What is this all about?” Or “Why are children being included in conferences?” You might even be wondering when you are going to get a chance to “really talk” with the teacher about your child. We, too, have asked these questions and have spent a great deal of time researching and discussing the benefits to ensure that our teaching and learning is at the forefront of current educational theory and practice.

Conference structure:

  • Homeroom class (30-40 minutes) – Students will bring you into the classroom, give you a tour, involve you in a demonstration/ practical activity and will show you through their portfolio and/or a range of work samples.
  • Specialist classes (30-40 minutes) – students will have the opportunity to share work samples and demonstrate their skills in a variety of specialist areas.

Students’ digital portfolios are not intended to be collections of ‘perfect’ work – they are a record of a student’s learning journey – and might include first drafts, final drafts and personal reflections which aid the learning process.

During each conference time slot there will be up to 4 families in the classroom, creating a relaxed environment and giving you time to engage in some activities with your child. Each child and his/her parents will have conversations going on around them, but will still have enough privacy to conduct a personal conference.  Conferences may be conducted in English or in the child’s home language – whichever is best for both students and parents.

During conferences children and parents discuss all aspects of the learning together with openness and transparency so that children continue to feel empowered and responsible for their behavior and learning.

Your child will greatly appreciate your full attention and support during this conference.  For this reason, please do not bring younger siblings to conferences. We ask that school aged siblings wait in designated areas outside the classrooms, and that your own child care arrangements are made for young children and infants.

We look forward to your participation in these conferences with your child.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal
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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.

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!

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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.

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

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 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