Travelling to space with Phạm Tuân

The Grade 3 students had a very special surprise visitor on Friday, 3 May: Retired Lieutenant General, Phạm Tuân, the first ever Vietnamese citizen and Asian in space. Mr. Tuân flew aboard the Soyuz 37 mission as an Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut. Mr. Tuân has received numerous distinctions for his service, including the Ho Chi Minh Order. He was also awarded the Order of Lenin and the rare honor of being one of the few foreigners to receive the title “Hero of the Soviet Union“. 

Mr. Tuân spent almost an hour with the Grade 3 students sharing his experiences as a cosmonaut. He answered a plethora of questions from the students ranging from, “How do you eat and drink in space?” to “What did the lift off feel like?” and “How long does it take to get into the space suit?”. Ms. Tran Kim Dung translated for us.

This was an incredible experience for our students and we are very grateful to those who helped arrange the visit, but most especially to Mr. Pham Tuan for his time and enthusiasm.

Seussical Jr. – Get your ticket now!

UNIS Hanoi Grades 4 and 5 is proud to present Musical Production of Seussical Jr.

Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Horton the Elephant, who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos. Horton must protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, and he must also guard an abandoned egg that’s been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!

Tickets are on sale in the Centre for the Arts Office at 80,000 VND in advance and 100,000 VND at the door.

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

Snack Sale Monday!

On Monday 13 May we will be having the Elementary School Snack Sale.
Please remember to send 10,000 to 20,000VND to school with your child purchase snacks.
 

Contributing classes are all Grade 1 homerooms + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b …THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SNACK CONTRIBUTIONS.

What to Bring?

As a Nut and Allergy Aware campus we require all snacks to include a list of ingredients. When it is your turn to be a contributing class, we encourage that each family supports the ES Snack Sale by providing:

  • 10 individual homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND)
  • Try your very best to minimize single-use plastics
  • A labeled container/dish with your child’s class and name
  • On the morning of the snack sale, please deliver the snacks BEFORE 8.10am to the designated tables in the ECC or ES Courtyard

Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies or chocolate bars. Drinks are not encouraged as snacks.

Witness the best part of it all…

The kids faces light up when they see all the snacks available for purchase, but they love it even more when they see their parents at school! So if you’re free for 1.5 hours on the morning of an ES Snack Sale come by, hang around and help sell the snack to the kids and be part of the action!

Healthy Snacks are Important Everyday!

Need Healthy Snack Ideas? Check out these yummy websites:

Jamie Oliver – Healthy Snacks
Lolly Jane – Healthy Fun Kids Snacks
Parenting.com – 32 Healthy Kids Snacks
Super Healthy Kids
BBC Good Food – Kids Snacks
Kidspot.com

Your Snack Sale Committee!

Seung Shin, Yuju, Hiromi and Naoko

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 Class Placement Survey 2019/20

Dear Elementary Parents,

Over the next 4 weeks, teams of teachers will be working on class placements for students for the 2019-2020 school year.

Here at UNIS Hanoi, we mix the children’s groupings every year as they pass from one grade level to the next. In such a transient population, this enables us to continuously ensure each class is a well-balanced group with a mix of gender, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, learning styles and differences. The mixing of class groups also helps establish a grade level identity and community as well as individual homeroom communities. Children are able to develop and maintain a broader range of friendships across the whole age group. It also helps new children integrate more quickly as the class they enter is newly formed rather than being a group that has been together for several years.

Because we value parent input about your child, you are invited to provide information to the school that might help us with the class placement process.

Final decisions about class placement of students are the responsibility of UNIS Hanoi. Changes are not permitted.

Please note that UNIS Hanoi employs only highly qualified and experienced teachers, therefore requests for students to be placed with specific teachers will not considered.

Please complete the survey by clicking HERE.

With kind thanks,

Megan Brazil
ES Principal

ES Fun Sports Morning Photo Special

Our Discovery – Grade 5 students completed their 2019 Fun Sports Morning on the Friday before Spring break. For just over two hours, our students cooperated and cheered each other on as they competed in relays, sports skills and games. The day was a culmination of our PE units throughout our programme and it gave our students a fun way to show their understandings and skills attained through their PE units over the course of their year and PE career at UNIS Hanoi.

After the morning downpour, we were treated perfect conditions, having a wonderfully cool morning in Hanoi. The atmosphere of the day was fun, cooperative and entertaining. Our students showed amazing effort and support throughout the day and the enjoyment was contagious.

The ES PE staff would like to thank all parents that came out to support their kids as well as a huge thanks to all ES staff who happily played the role of PE teachers for the day to help ensure the students were in the right places and each station was running smoothly.

At the end of it all, we would like to congratulate the Tigers House for winning the competition with 3543 points. Second place went to the Eagles House with 3373 points. Third place went to the Lions House with 3229 points and forth to the Buffalos House with 3224 points.

Enjoy the photos from the event : https://www.flickr.com/photos/unis-hanoi/albums/72157707856719675

Grade 5 PYP Exhibtion – Save the dates

Grade 5 students are working hard preparing for their special Unit of Inquiry, the Primary Years Programme Exhibition (PYPx) happening on April 24 and 25. Mark your calendar now with the Community Sharing evening on 25 April at 18.00 in the Centre for the Arts.

The PYPx is an extremely rich opportunity for the students to develop important life long learning skills such as: problem solving, collaboration, thinking outside of the box, research, resilience and more. Meet the 26 student groups and learn more about the PYPx at https://pypx.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

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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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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