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

How to Transition out of UNIS Well with the ES Counsellors

If you are leaving Hanoi, please join our ES Counsellors at the up coming Transition workshop on Friday, March 22 at 8.30. Parents will have a better understanding of transitioning out of their current home and school and how to help themselves and their families transition well.
The counsellors will be discussing:
  • Transition cycle
  • Transition programme for children
  • Healthy Goodbyes
  • Creating a Goodbye plan
Kris Bezzerides and Dylan Meikle
ES Counsellors

New Record at the Blue Dragon Walkathon

The Elementary School did an amazing job at the Blue Dragon Walkathon 2019.

Everyone in our ES community came together for the Walkathon this year on February 1st and successfully raised 20,326 USD to support Blue Dragon Foundation. Prior to the event, the students aimed to raised 20,000 USD and they now beat last year’s record by 4,000 USD.

During last week’s assemblies, the grade 4 Walkachampions presented this giant check to Mr. Tom from Blue Dragon. They then had a chance to discuss with him in person to understand more about the all the hard work that Blue Dragon does to find street kids, help and protect them from human trafficking.

Blue Dragon and UNIS Hanoi have a long standing relationship and foremost a mutual desire to improve the lives of thousands of children. Michael Brosowski, Blue Dragon founder, once said “All children have the right to be children, to be safe, to attend school, to play, to be treated with respect, to be heard, to be understood and to be loved.” We truly believe in this too and thank you Blue Dragon for all the great work that they have been doing

A big THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to everyone in the ES community who ran, walked and supported Blue Dragon at this event. Thank you to 5B who raised the most, over 5,000 USD. Listen to some of Grade 5B students sharing about what inspire them to support Blue Dragon.

Click here for more photos from the Walkathon

Parent Workshop: Spelling and Vocabulary Development

A Workshop, focused on spelling and vocabulary development, led by Fiona Hamilton and sponsored by the SCO, Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Community Room (B7-104)

Would you like tips on ways you can help support your children’s spelling skills at home? Would you also like ideas about practical ways you can boost their vocabulary?

Join Fiona Hamilton as she shares strategies and suggestions you can immediately put into practice at home.

In this interactive session, we will explore the following concepts:

Writing:

  • Spelling: What do you do when your child asks “How do I spell…?”

Reading:

  • Decoding; What do you do when your child can’t read a word.
  • Comprehension: How to guide them in understanding the meaning of an unknown word they might be able to read

Vocabulary:

  • Boosting your child’s growing vocabulary skills

Critical thinking and developing learner agency:

  • Involving your child in the process – not just telling them.

Questions? Contact Angela Brienza at abrienza@unishanoi.org

About Fiona Hamilton…

Fiona Hamilton has worked internationally for 26 years after beginning her career in Australia. In addition to 13 years of administrative experience, she has also had the opportunity to teach Grades 1 through 5, write some children’s books, be a learning support specialist, and coach teachers in literacy strategies. Fiona holds an MEd (administration) and an MEd (literacy) as well as Literacy Coaching certification. She has studied with Real Spelling and regularly co-presents with Pete Bowers of WordWorks. Her broad experience in a number of roles allows her the perspective of the classroom teacher, support specialist and administrator when collaborating to make decisions about the best approaches to assist all students to be successful. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, Fiona has been working with a group of UNIS teachers to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning of English orthography.

Open Classrooms: 14-15 March

Open Doors – Open ClassroomsOpen Minds!

Dear Elementary Families,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March.

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at select times only, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms are for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How do Open Classrooms work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday and Friday, 14th & 15th March, 2019.
  • Specialist classes will be designated as ‘open’ on Thursday 14th March (all day) and on Friday 15th March (until 11.10am).
  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate).
  • Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking, research, problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

Which areas of the school are NOT open?

The canteen is not open for parents to purchase lunch.  We will not be preparing additional food on these days.  However, the coffee shop is open for parents who wish to purchase coffee, tea and snacks.

Due to the following teachers being involved in concert preparation, their classes will not be open:

  • Maria Abella (music, strings, choir)
  • Noor Sandhu (music, choir)
  • Alexis Ramsey (music)

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices. If access to a mobile phone is essential, please step out of the classroom while using.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.
  • Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so.  Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.
  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Hanoi Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday March 14th and Friday March 15th.    Please look for information from your child’s class teacher regarding which lessons will be available to visit.

Sincerely,


Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Open Classrooms – March 14 & 15, 2019

Open Doors – Open ClassroomsOpen Minds!

Dear Elementary Families,

We warmly invite you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – Thursday 14th & Friday 15th March.

What are Open Classrooms?

Have you ever wondered what inquiry-based learning is like for your child? Here is your chance! Open Classrooms showcase learning in action. For two days, at select times only, our classrooms are open for you to observe lessons that put the philosophy and pedagogy of the Primary Years Programme into practice.

Purpose of Open Classrooms

Open Classrooms are for parents to get an insider’s view of what life is like inside the classrooms at UNIS.  By opening up our classroom doors we would like to give parents a glimpse of student-centered, constructivist teaching and learning in action. We aim to demonstrate our inquiry based teaching philosophy which is central to our identity as an IB school.

How do Open Classrooms work?

  • Classrooms will be designated as ‘open house’ events for certain lessons on Thursday and Friday, 14th & 15th March, 2019.
  • Specialist classes will be designated as ‘open’ on Thursday 14th March (all day) and on Friday 15th March (until 11.10am).
  • Classes will be a reflection of our PYP programme: what you will see will be a snapshot of our regular lessons, routines and activities.
  • Parents may attend any of their child’s open lessons – both homeroom classes and specialist lessons.
  • Parents may only visit open lessons in classes that their child attends.

What might I see?

All lessons are different, though you may expect to see:

  • Lessons that have a clear learning objective which has been explained to the students
  • A variety of lessons and subject areas open for parents to observe (and in some cases, you may be invited to participate).
  • Lessons that showcase students demonstrating the Learner Profile
  • Lessons that involve students using a variety of transdisciplinary skills (thinking, research, problem solving, social and self-management skills)
  • Lessons that are based on students’ understanding of broad concepts, in addition to specific content (e.g. the concept of “form” in addition to the content of balanced gymnastics movements in PE).

Which areas of the school are NOT open?

The canteen is not open for parents to purchase lunch.  We will not be preparing additional food on these days.  However, the coffee shop is open for parents who wish to purchase coffee, tea and snacks.

Due to the following teachers being involved in concert preparation, their classes will not be open:

  • Maria Abella (music, strings, choir)
  • Noor Sandhu (music, choir)
  • Alexis Ramsey (music)

What is my responsibility as a visitor to an active learning environment?

  • Silence and put away all mobile devices. If access to a mobile phone is essential, please step out of the classroom while using.
  • Please enter classrooms quietly and be on time. We recommend you stay for at least 20 minutes to see the flow of the lesson.
  • Please be aware of not interrupting the flow of a lesson/your child’s learning.
  • Interact with your children only when/if invited to do so.  Some classes will be ‘observe only’ while others may be more interactive.
  • Please leave younger siblings at home with a caregiver, so that you may give you full attention to your child’s class.
  • All parents must wear their UNIS Hanoi Parent ID badge.
  • Photographing students is not permitted.

We look forward to welcoming you on Thursday March 14th and Friday March 15th.    Please look for information from your child’s class teacher regarding which lessons will be available to visit.

Sincerely,


Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

Parent Workshop: Spelling and Vocabulary Development

A Workshop, focused on spelling and vocabulary development, led by Fiona Hamilton and sponsored by the SCO, Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Community Room (B7-104)

Would you like tips on ways you can help support your children’s spelling skills at home? Would you also like ideas about practical ways you can boost their vocabulary?

Join Fiona Hamilton as she shares strategies and suggestions you can immediately put into practice at home.

In this interactive session, we will explore the following concepts:

Writing:

  • Spelling: What do you do when your child asks “How do I spell…?”

Reading:

  • Decoding; What do you do when your child can’t read a word.
  • Comprehension: How to guide them in understanding the meaning of an unknown word they might be able to read

Vocabulary:

  • Boosting your child’s growing vocabulary skills

Critical thinking and developing learner agency:

  • Involving your child in the process – not just telling them.

Questions? Contact Angela Brienza at abrienza@unishanoi.org

About Fiona Hamilton…

Fiona Hamilton has worked internationally for 26 years after beginning her career in Australia. In addition to 13 years of administrative experience, she has also had the opportunity to teach Grades 1 through 5, write some children’s books, be a learning support specialist, and coach teachers in literacy strategies. Fiona holds an MEd (administration) and an MEd (literacy) as well as Literacy Coaching certification. She has studied with Real Spelling and regularly co-presents with Pete Bowers of WordWorks. Her broad experience in a number of roles allows her the perspective of the classroom teacher, support specialist and administrator when collaborating to make decisions about the best approaches to assist all students to be successful. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, Fiona has been working with a group of UNIS teachers to deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning of English orthography.