Transition to Middle School Meeting for Grade 5 Parents

Next Friday, May 22, the Middle School office will host a virtual ‘Transitions’ meeting for parents whose children are moving from Grade 5 to Grade 6. 

All parents of Grade 5 students are welcome to attend. By the end of the meeting, parents will:

Understand; 

  • The Grade 6 Daily Schedule and 10 Day Cycle
  • Middle School Homebase & Service Programmes
  • Key components of the Middle School Programme 

Be able to;

  • Communicate with their child about Middle School challenges & excitement
  • Connect with our Grade 6 Team and each other for support 
  • Find information about Grade 6 through online resources and email contacts 

Feel;

  • Confident in supporting their children through the ES-MS transition 
  • A sense of belonging to the Middle School Community. 

The Middle School Office will share a zoom link with parents soon. 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office at mssecretary@unishanoi.org.

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Grade 5 Transitions

Dear Parents and Caregivers of Grade 5 students,

This is an exciting and nerve-wracking time for many of your children as they embrace a multitude of physical, emotional and academic changes. To support you and your children through these transitions, we would like to invite you to a virtual coffee morning on zoom at 9:30 am, on Friday May 15. The Grade 5 team including counsellors and our school nurse, will be sharing information regarding the final unit of inquiry for this year – Transitions.
The Transitions unit has been designed to support students in their final stage of Elementary school and the content will focus on physical, social and emotional transitions. Included in this unit of inquiry are topics such as child protection, cyberbullying, choices and changes, puberty and adolescence. The unit also focuses on successfully transitioning to middle school, which will require adaptation and understanding of how a different part of our school operates.
We will share resources you can use should your child begin to ask questions about any of the changes mentioned above.
We look forward to sharing with you on Zoom on Friday morning. If you are a grade 5 parent and would like to join this session, please RSVP by completing this survey.
Sincerely,
The Grade 5 team
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Course Request in Middle School

Hello Middle School Parents of G6 and G7 students and welcome G5 Parents!!- 

As we continue this fourth quarter with our Distance Learning Programme, we also look forward to next year. Part of that planning is completing our master schedule and gathering student course requests for next school year, 2020/21.

On Monday April 13th, we will be sending out our Middle School course request form to students currently in G6 and G7 and to our incoming students, currently in G5!

Please review our Middle School schedule using these slides and Screencasts:

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out. Feel free to contact myself, msprincipal@unishanoi.org or Mr. Akin, msdprincipal@unishanoi.org

In addition, we will be hosting a MSHS Parent Let’s Chat Webinar on Wednesday April 15th at 10:00AM. This is another chance to be able to hear about Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, End of Year Reporting, and to engage in a Q&A from MS and HS parents.

Also, remember that the course request form will go to your student’s UNIS Hanoi email address and must be completed on their computer login in order to correctly collect the information.

Again, we will send out the Middle School course request forms directly to students on Monday April 13th. We ask that these course requests are made by Friday April 17th.

Thank you for assisting your student in making these course requests.

As always, thank you for your support – 

Marc Vermeire and JJ Akin

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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 5, counselling lessons have included important topics such as:

  • Peer pressure
  • Effective interpersonal communication styles 
  • Understanding the concept of consent
  • Relational aggression

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. 

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

 

Welcome to Middle School Info Session for Grade 5 Parents

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

You are invited to come hear about our Middle School Transition Programme and the student experience at UNIS Hanoi Middle School.

 

By the end of this evening, parents will:

Understand:

  • Grade 6 Daily Schedule & 10 Day Cycle
  • Middle School Homebase & Service Programmes
  • Key components of the Middle School Programme

Be able to:

  • Communicate with their child about Middle School challenges & excitement
  • Connect with our Grade 6 Team and Each Other for MS support
  • Find information about Grade 6 through online resources and email contacts

Feel:

  • Confident in supporting their children through the ES-MS transition
  • A sense of belonging to the Middle School Community
For any questions please contact MS Principal Marc Vermeire and the MS Office at mspsecretary@unishanoi.org
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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

PYP Exhibition (PYPX) work day for your Grade 5 student, Friday, 19 April

Dear Grade 5 Parents,

As a friendly and important reminder, please note that Friday 19th of April is a PYP Exhibition (PYPX) work day for your Grade 5 student.

On April 19th, in place of Student Led Conferences, Grade 5 would instead like to invite you to an open day to view your child in action as they prepare for their PYP Exhibition.

This is a PYP Exhibition work day/open day for Grade 5 Students only (8:10am – 3.20pm).  Transportation, snack and lunch will be as per normal school day.

As this is an Open Day, you will not sign up for a conference time. You are invited to engage with your child’s Exhibition group and join in. Your child will take time away from their PYPX preparations to answer any questions you may have related to their process, explore other areas of their learning and share what they have accomplished.

We look forward to seeing you on this day.

Sincerely,

Megan Brazil
on behalf of the Grade 5 Team

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