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 (10:00-18:00).

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 are:

10.00am – 10.40am
11.00am – 11.40am
12.00pm – 12.40pm
1.30pm – 2.10pm
2.30pm – 3.10pm
3.30pm – 4.10pm
4.30pm – 5.10pm
5.20pm – 6.00pm

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

Hard Work and Passion On Display at the Grades 2 & 3 Music Concert

Last Thursday, Grades 2 & 3 students delighted an audience of their peers, teachers and parents with their extremely well-presented Music Concert. Students showcased their skills in the choral, Orff and instrumental ukulele strands of their Music curriculum. It is hard to believe that these mega-talented performers are only 7, 8 and 9-years old.

The concert began with the Grade 2 General Music Orff arrangements that incorporated xylophones, metallophones, percussion, ukuleles, and voice.  These pieces had as many as 5-part harmonies and complex transitions with 88 students moving seamlessly around the stage. Next, the Grade 3 students performed their own arrangements of popular songs using ukulele, Orff instruments and voice.  Each grade performed choral pieces showcasing increasing complexity in their vocal harmony, pitch, tempo and dramatic flair. Both grades also showcased their developing instrumental skills. The students’ hard work on the ukulele when learning to read and play chord shapes, strumming patterns and even finger pick melodies was clearly in evidence during the performance.  All of the students should feel proud of their accomplishments.

In the Elementary School we know how important it is for students to have ample experiences in both the performing and visual arts. Music is a fundamental form of personal and cultural expression. It allows students to express their feelings and ideas about themselves and their place in the world. Through music, students can appreciate aspects of their own culture as well as the culture of others.

Any performance of this calibre takes months of planning and preparation. Our team of teachers and teaching assistants, Ms. Noor, Ms. Alexis, Ms. Abella and Ms. Mai, carefully weave core principles of music instruction together with their passion and love for the discipline. The UNIS operations team, Mr. Ngoc on lights and sound, Ms. Lien for her invaluable assistance, and all the homeroom teachers together helped make this a performance to remember and a highlight of the Grade 2 and 3 year. Bravo to all!

Enjoy for photo special from the concert: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157679609279308

You can watch the concert again here:

Grades 2-5 Art Exhibition

Friday concludes the Grade 2 to Grade 5 Art exhibition. It has been a wonderful opportunity to showcase the artworks created by our Upper Elementary artists. There was a wide range of media explored, clay pots and bobble heads, collage, weaving, batik, textured paintings, wire Têt trees, to mention just a few. One of the highlight of the exhibition was an Artventure Scavenger hunt where students and parents searched through the Arts Foyer looking for various artworks.

We’d like to thank all the artists who worked so hard and demonstrated much creativity and skill. Many thanks also to all of you who came to look at the work on display, we hope you left feeling inspired.

View more photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157707714292514

Ms. Vicki and Ms. Emma

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.

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.

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

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