‘UNIS Hanoi Talent Show’ by Grades 3-4 Students

Grade 3 and 4 students have been working hard in PE over the last few weeks in preparation for their final “UNIS Hanoi Talent Show” performance, which happened on Monday, September 28.

Jungmin, Grade 4 student, shared with us:

“Grades 3 and 4 students gave an outstanding performance for the UNIS Hanoi Talent Show. The students worked in groups to make an outstanding performance. They tried their best and worked hard to make their moves awesome. They used their gymnastic skills to help them create the moves. They made connections and shared their ideas. Some of the team’s moves matched the music.”

We are so proud of the effort put in by all 3rd and 4th graders!

Supporting Your ES Child in Developing More Independence

The COVID-19 pandemic created significant challenges this past school year. As the school year is off to a good start on campus, here are practical ideas to help your child be successful both in and out of school. Independence is a key attribute that we at UNIS Hanoi strive to help our students develop. This month focus on more independence at home to support students growth in this area in school. Have a read of the articles below, try some new things with your child. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Kris Bezzerides ( students in D – G3) or Frank Becvar (students in G4 and 5) for support. 


Whether it’s keeping track of assignments or taking care of school property, responsible behavior is a must for school success. And the best way to teach your child responsibility is to give her responsibilities.

Sit down with your child and make a list of tasks she’s ready to handle on her own. Then make a checklist of everything you expect her to do. Agree on small rewards for a job well done, and consequences for times your child shirks responsibility.

Here is a starter checklist of responsibilities you can adapt:

  • Going to bed on time.
  • Getting up on time.
  • Fixing breakfast.
  • Packing and carrying their own bag.
  • Getting along with siblings.
  • Keeping room clean.
  • Completing assigned chores.
  • Reading at least 15 minutes a day.
  • Taking care of personal hygiene.
  • Feeding/caring for pets.
  • Limiting recreational screen time.

Reprinted with permission from the October 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


When children are born, it’s the job of their parents to protect them in every way they can. Once kids reach elementary school, however, they become more capable and are able to do lots of things for themselves.

Unfortunately, many parents still try to protect their children from everything. And all of that well-intended “protection” can smother their children’s budding independence.

Overprotective parenting makes it difficult for children to learn essential skills—such as communication, negotiation, perseverance, responsibility and decision making.

To avoid the many pitfalls of overprotective parenting:

  • Don’t do everything for your child. Let him do things for himself. Will he make mistakes? Probably. But he will learn from those mistakes.
  • Don’t rescue your child when he forgets things. 
  • Don’t call the parent of a child your child is complaining about. Give your child a chance to work it out. However, if it is a serious problem, such as bullying, contact the school immediately.

Reprinted with permission from the October 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Elementary School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc.


As your preschooler explores and tries new things, it’s only natural that he will experience some failures. Learning how to bounce back in these situations will serve him well in school and in life.

To help your child recover:

  • Be empathetic. “I can see how sad you are that you didn’t make it across the monkey bars. It’s disappointing when you try to do something and it doesn’t work out.”
  • Offer encouragement. “Sometimes kids must grow before their arms are strong enough to make it across the monkey bars. You’re growing fast and I think you’ll be ready soon. Let’s try again and see how far across you can get!”
  • Be a good role model. Your child notices how you react to your own disappointments, so handle them with grace. For example, if a new recipe doesn’t turn out well, say “I tried something new and gave it my best shot—that’s what matters most. I’ll try again.”

Reprinted with permission from the October 2020 issue of Parents make the difference!® (Early Childhood Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2020 The Parent Institute®, a division of PaperClip Media, Inc. Source: J. Lahey, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Harper.

ES Counsellors Closely Monitor the Transition of New Students

Entering a new school can be one of the most stressful and intimidating childhood experiences. It is a transition that must be handled carefully as new students are adapting to a new campus, unfamiliar academic demands, new friendships, and often in international schools, a new culture. The unpredictable environment caused by COVID-19 has added another level of complexity to the process.

The ES Counsellors work very hard to ensure that the transition of new students is as smooth as possible. They meet with all new students by grade level groups multiple times early in their tenure at UNIS Hanoi for a general status check and to ensure that their assigned Phoenix Buddy is properly supporting them in their adjustment. When meeting in these groups, new students often find it cathartic to realize that they are not alone in experiencing this key transition and this often helps alleviate some of that “new student anxiety.” Counsellors then work individually with any new students who are experiencing a bumpier transition.

The counsellors will continue to monitor the progress of our new students through personal contact, homeroom teachers, and of course, parent feedback. Please don´t hesitate to contact one of the ES Counsellors if you feel your child is experiencing transition difficulties or if other issues arise.

New ES Students at the “New Student Check-In with the Counsellor.

Kris Bezzerides
ECC – Grade 2 Counsellor

Frank J. Becvar
4th and 5th Grade Counsellor

Students Made Their Marks on International Dot Day

Last week the ES Visual Art department celebrated International Dot Day, celebrating courage creativity and collaboration. Students from Discovery to Grade 5 created their own dots, in a range of media and with personal designs. These were then cut into quarters and re-arranged as a group artwork with their class, to create a collaborative quilt of dots.

Please come to visit the students’ Dot Day installation, in the Centre for the Arts corridor, outside rooms 111 and 108 on the first floor, to see how your children “made their mark” in the spirit of Peter H. Reynolds’ wonderful book “The Dot.”

International Dot Day

The Elementary School Visual Arts department will once again celebrate International Dot Day in art classes starting from 9 September. This is a global event founded by author and artist Peter H. Reynolds, aimed at celebrating “Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!”

Look out for a new Dot-inspired collaborative art installation somewhere in the Centre for the Arts (Building B10) … coming soon!

For more information about this event, visit http://www.peterhreynolds.com/dot/