Grades 4 and 5 Music Concert – March 12

Dear Grades 4 and 5 Parents, 

The Grades 4 and 5 Music Concert is on Thursday, March 12th at 9:00. The students are excited to share with their parents and the UNIS Hanoi community some of the wonderful music that they have been creating in their classes. 

On the morning of the concert, please send your child to their homeroom class as normal wearing their concert clothes (please bring a change of clothes for after the concert). Following student drop off, parents may proceed to the Centre for the Arts foyer where tea and coffee will be provided. Doors will open for seating in the theatre at 8:50. 

Concert Attire for Grade 5 Students:

  • Formal black dress pants or black leggings 
  • No skirts please (students will be playing instruments sitting on the ground cross-legged) 
  • White UNIS concert shirts (that can be purchased at the school shop in the Sports Centre) 
  • Black shoes (no markings, please)
  • Black socks

Concert Attire for Grade 4 Students:

  • Formal black dress pants or black leggings 
  • No skirts please (students will be playing instruments sitting on the ground cross-legged) 
  • Blue UNIS concert shirts (that can be purchased at the school shop in the Sports Centre) 
  • Black shoes (no markings, please)
  • Black socks

Concert Duration:  9:00 – 10:30

Dress Rehearsal: 

We will have a full Dress Rehearsal on Tuesday, March 10th. We request that your child comes to school wearing their concert clothes and brings a change of clothes to change into following the dress rehearsal. Concert clothes will be sent back home on Tuesday and should be worn to school again on Thursday, March 12th for the Parent Concert.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much for your support.

Warm regards, 

The ES Music Team

Grade 3 – Grade 9 International Schools Assessment (ISA)

Dear Parent,

Your child will be participating in the International Schools Assessment (ISA), a product of the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER), on February 13th and 14th, 2020. ISA is based on the reading, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy frameworks of the OECD’s Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA).

UNIS Hanoi has been using the paper form of the test for more than 10 years. Students from Grade 3 to Grade 9 will be tested in Reading, Mathematics, Narrative Writing and Expository Writing.

The school has chosen ISA because it is specifically designed for students in international schools of which instructional language is English. As ISA is not specific to a single curriculum, it provides non-cultural-bias questions that ensure the content is appropriate for students in international schools. Another advantage of ISA compared to other standardised tests is that ISA includes open-ended questions and writing tasks which better showcase students’ thinking process.

Regarding data analysis, the school uses ISA reports as a piece of data to inform students learning. Individual student results are input in the school’s Learning Analytics Collaborative (LAC), a platform for data management. Together with professional judgements and classroom records, standardised testing data is used in grade level meetings, department meetings, learning retreats and is frequently revisited for instructional adjustment and personalised learning purposes. ISA results provide breakdowns in specific knowledge areas as well as learning skills and allow the school to track progress over time. Moreover, ISA is a tool for the school to measure where they are on international benchmarks.

Being an Australian company, ACER is compliant with privacy and data law. Therefore, any school participating in ISA is required to inform parents about the privacy statement which was sent to your email address together with this letter on Wednesday, 14 January.

Should you not hesitate to contact the school for further information.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary Principal

Teaching Students about Personal Safety – Our Commitment to Child Safeguarding

During the 2019/2020 school year our ES Counselling Team, Ms Kris Bezzerides and Mr Dylan Meikle, will teach a series of lessons on body safety to all students from Discovery to Grade 5. 

The series of lessons is entitled Being Body Smart, and a central goal of these sessions is to provide our children with knowledge and protective behaviours in regards to their body and their right to be safe. All Being Body Smart education is age-appropriate and non-threatening. Such education is designed to empower students and not to frighten them. 

In Grade 4, counselling lessons have included important topics such as:

  • Interpersonal conflict resolution
  • Being a harmonious and empathetic team and community member
  • Relational aggression
  • Defining and understanding bullying

In the coming weeks we will be using the well-regarded Second Step Programme (https://www.secondstep.org) to introduce personal safety and child protection content, before moving onto lessons supporting an inclusive understanding of identity and stereotypes. 

Additional resources for parents and children can be found at http://e2epublishing.info/ – a site with many resources and ideas for parents. The counsellors use some of the books on this site as read-alouds to help anchor class conversations and learning. 

Parents should also know that we have a wide range of books in our Social/Emotional Learning collection (SEL) in the school library. Subjects include stranger awareness, personal safety, safe touch /unsafe touch, puberty, reproduction and personal hygiene. Please come visit our Library to browse and borrow, ask the library staff or counsellors to show you this section of resources.  

As always, we thank you for your continued support as we create strong parent-school partnerships to educate our children.

Warmly,

Dylan Meikle

ES Counsellor Grade 3-5


Note: In the UNIS Elementary School the scientific names for body parts are taught or used within the planned structure of some lessons. We encourage parents to use correct body terminology with their children from a young age, because experts have determined that this helps de-stigmatize these parts of the body and help children to communicate accurately and with clarity about themselves. This contributes to the protection of children because they are more likely to be able to enact the protective behaviors taught during the Being Body Smart lessons with confidence, or speak clearly and precisely to trusted adults should any issues occur.

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Grades 4-5 Musical: Audition Information

This year, the Grades 4-5 musical will be Annie Jr., open to Grades 4 and 5 students only. Auditions will be from November 20-28 at lunch time in Mr. Brewster’s classroom (B9-G18). The production dates for Annie Jr. will be:

Friday, May 22 at 18.00

Saturday, May 23 at 18.00

Sunday, May 24 at 15.00

Sign up lists will be posted on the front door of the ES Office starting Wednesday, November 13. An email to request an audition time will not be accepted; students must sign up for a time on the sign up sheet itself. The last day to sign up for an audition slot will be Tuesday, November 19. Students will not be able to sign up for an audition time after Tuesday, November 19 at 4pm.

For the auditions, students will be required to sing a song of their choice (without background music) that preferably shows their dramatic side. We may also ask them to read a couple of lines from the script of Annie Jr. The audition should take around 5 minutes and the students will perform in small groups of 3-4 students at a time in front of Ms. Noor (who will be Skyped in) and Mr. Brewster. Students will be asked to sing on their own, but will line-read in groups of 3-4. Please encourage your child to come well-prepared for the auditions, knowing what they will sing. A paper copy of a specific scene from the Annie Jr. script will be available with the sign up sheet for students to practice reading the lines before hand.

Auditions will be during the 12:20-1:10 lunch block (November 20-22, and then again from the November 25-27). If your child wishes to audition, please tell them to think carefully on which day they can audition; then they must sign up and arrive on time on their particular day. They can eat their lunch either after or before their audition time.

All students who are interested in auditioning for Annie Jr. MUST attend a mandatory dance audition from 12:25-13:10 on Thursday, November 28 (in the theatre), which will be led by our choreographer, Molly Moore. Students will be divided into two groups for this audition. The first group will dance, while the other group eats lunch and then the students will switch. Students who miss this audition will automatically not be cast in the production.

Rehearsals for Annie Jr. will be a big commitment. They will be every Monday from 15:40-16:40 (singing and blocking), Wednesday from 14:40-15:40 (choreography) and Friday from 15:40-16:40 (singing and blocking) starting from January 6 to May 22 while school is in session. There will also be some weekend rehearsals (on either Saturday or Sunday depending on theater availability) as we approach the production. Students must be able to make all rehearsals after school when committing to the production. Our first rehearsal will be Monday, January 6, 2020 (the first day back after Winter Break).

Please note: we will be accepting a maximum of 50 students in this production. Therefore, it is likely that not all students who audition will be accepted into the production. Please remind your child to come to their audition well-prepared, knowing what they want to sing. We understand that they will be nervous, and this is a natural part of the audition process, but please tell them just to try their best.

We look forward to the upcoming auditions!!

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

 

Measures of Academic Progress Tests

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will take place from Tuesday 7 May until Friday 10 May 2019 for students in grades three through eight.

The MAP tests are designed to determine a child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and mathematics. The MAP test is administered on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for a child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Over the testing period, students in grades three through eight will take three separate tests on three different days: Reading, Mathematics and Language.  This year UNIS Hanoi will administer MAP tests once in May 2019.

The MAP tests are based on a curriculum adapted for international schools.  The reading, mathematics and language assessments will measure students’ skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding in these areas.

MAP tests provide very useful information about student achievement and growth, as well as feedback for teachers in order to promote every child’s learning. Please remember that the school’s own assessment data, based on learning outcomes and IB assessment criteria, give a broad picture of what students know, understand and can do as a result of their learning.

There is no special preparation that needs to be done for the MAP tests. We hope that students will arrive for their tests well-rested and relaxed, with a positive mindset and ready to show what they know.

Results will be made available as soon as possible following the testing period.

If you have any questions about MAP tests, there is an useful article to visit for common information about MAP. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher or to get in touch with the divisional Principals.

Megan Brazil,
ES Principal esprincipal@unishanoi.org

Measures of Academic Progress Tests

The fall Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests will take place from Tuesday 7 May until Friday 10 May 2019 for students in grades three through eight.

The MAP tests are designed to determine a child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and mathematics. The MAP test is administered on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for a child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. Over the testing period, students in grades three through eight will take three separate tests on three different days: Reading, Mathematics and Language. This year UNIS Hanoi will administer MAP tests once in May 2019.

The MAP tests are based on a curriculum adapted for international schools. The reading, mathematics and language assessments will measure students’ skills, knowledge and conceptual understanding in these areas.

MAP tests provide very useful information about student achievement and growth, as well as feedback for teachers in order to promote every child’s learning. Please remember that the school’s own assessment data, based on learning outcomes and IB assessment criteria, give a broad picture of what students know, understand and can do as a result of their learning.

There is no special preparation that needs to be done for the MAP tests. We hope that students will arrive for their tests well-rested and relaxed, with a positive mindset and ready to show what they know.

Results will be made available as soon as possible following the testing period.

If you have any questions about MAP tests, there is an useful article to visit for common information about MAP. Otherwise, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s homeroom teacher or to get in touch with me.

Megan Brazil,
ES Principal esprincipal@unishanoi.org

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 4&5 Music Concert

Last week saw our Grade 4 and 5 students thrill a captive audience of their parents, teachers and friends with their beautifully presented Spring Music Concert. The children showcased their developing skills in the instrumental strings, choral and general music aspects of their curriculum by performing in a range of different ensembles. To watch our 9,10 and 11-year-old students perform with passion and to feel their pride at the fruition of all their hard work was a real treat.

The concert began with the Grade 4 and Grade 5 General Music Orff arrangements that incorporated xylophones, metallophones, percussion, ukuleles, strings and voice.  These pieces had as many as 6-part harmonies and complex transitions with 88 students moving around the stage. Next, the Grade 5 students performed a synchronized, basketball rhythm dance. Each grade also performed choral pieces showcasing increasing complexity in their harmony, pitch and tempo. Both grades also showcased their developing strings instrument skills. The students’ hard work of learning to read notes on both the treble and bass clef, developing proper posture and learning fingering and bowing technique 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. Abella, Ms. Noor, Ms. Alexis and Ms. Mai, carefully weave core principles of music instruction together with their passion and love for the discipline. The UNIS Hanoi 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 4 and 5 year. Bravo to all!

Enjoy the photo special: https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157690506942853

And you could watch the performance 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.

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: