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

 

Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition

Dear Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Parents,

The Discovery and Kindergarten 1 Music Concert and Art open morning will be held on Thursday, 30 May 30 at 9am. The students are excited to showcase their work in the Arts for the UNIS Hanoi Community! The Art open morning 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, May 30th, and will be brought to the Center for the Arts by their homeroom teacher.
  • Coffee and tea will be served for parents in the Center for the Arts Foyer at 8:30am and the music concert will begin promptly at 9am.

Concert Attire for Discovery and Kindergarten 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 D & K1 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 Wednesday, May 22nd 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:  9am-10am

Please note that following this event, the art exhibition will take place in the Center 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

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