Collaborative Learning with 2B

Today we planned our own towns with 2B. We had to plan our town’s buildings and streets. Then we had to design our town on a big piece of paper. We had to be good communicators to share our ideas and listen to others. We had to think about directions on a compass rose and how we might describe how to get from one point to another on a map.

Support literacy initiatives by donating your used books!

The much anticipated SCO Used Book Sale will be held on May 5 & 6, 2017 this year!

The active Homeroom Book Donation Competition begins TODAY and ends on April 28! Time to sort through those bookshelves and donate your pre-loved books:

  • Do you have books that you no longer need that someone else would enjoy?
  • Are you leaving Hanoi in June and don’t want to ship all of your books to your next posting?
  • Do you want to donate your books to promote literacy in Vietnam?

The Book Sale will be glad to accept your books. Used Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase some ‘pre-loved’ books, in their native tongue (or another language!), at bargain prices.

Kids’ books, adults’ books, fact or fiction, English, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, German, Swedish, French – we’re interested in books on any subject, in any language spoken within the UNIS Hanoi community. If it’s a book that someone else might enjoy, donate it (please no out-dated travel guides, class readers or inappropriate books please!).

Books will be collected in each ECC/ES and MS classroom. HS will have one central collection box in front of Common Room.

Where does all the money go?

The funds raised at the SCO Used Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through the Service Learning Programme. Currently, a Middle School service group is working in collaboration with a Grade 12 design student to develop a library in a school in Pu Bin and more literacy initiatives are in the works!

Volunteers Needed!

A lot of volunteers are needed to help sort/price books and then sell during the book Sale. This year, the SCO has decided that each hard-working volunteer will have the opportunity to pre-purchase 1 book per 1.5 hour shift!

Book Sorting: April 20 and May 3 from 8.00 – 11.00 (Canteen)

Book Sales: May 5 from 8.00 – 16.30 and May 6 from 8.00 – 13.00 (Centre for the Arts)

Sign-up for shift here

If you have questions, or would like to be part of the team, please let us know!

Kelly Kim and Winnie Fano, Book Sale CoordinatorsContact us at:

Please come a cheer on our children as they put all their efforts into helping their houses achieve their very best. The day promises to be a fun one and is a highlight on the elementary sports calendar.
Please remember to
– pack your child’s house uniform
– provide a full water bottle
– provide an additional afternoon snack
– pack sunscreen
– label everything
We look forward to your supportive smiles and positive cheers.

How to support your child at home

Now that we have started our new units, there are words and vocabulary that the children will encounter. While we will learn these new words and discuss their meaning in class, you can also support your child’s learning by introducing them at home either in English and/or your home language.

How we Organise Ourselves:

technology, password, email, network, digital, citizen, interaction, online, internet, blog, digital footprint, app, device, reliability (of information), global


information, data, collect, gather, display, objects, symbol, tally mark, picture, row, line plot, graph

Thank you for your support,

Grade Two Team

What is coming up…?


Grade Two team would like to request that all students bring a set of earphones to use with iPads and Chrome books. A single jack connection is perfect, just like these…


Please label with your child’s name and class. Eg. Andrew 2A


Next Friday November 4th we are celebrating ‘School Spirit Day’ at UNIS. All children are invited to wear BLUE to support UNIS at our MRISA assembly.





Our focus this week…

This week our focus will be on the term conflict. Please have a conversation at home about what this word means, where we have heard it and what some examples might be.


If you have a picture or story to tell that shows what conflict is or will help us understand what it means…..please share!

Back to School Grade 2

Thank you for coming to our Back to School evening last night. It was wonderful to see so many of our families here to support us.

Here is our presentation and some questions you could use to foster some dinner time conversations!

25 Questions to ask at the end of the school day…..

#1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

#2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.

#3. If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class?

(Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)

#4. Where is the coolest place at the school?

#5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)

#6. If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?

#7. How did you help somebody today?

#8. How did somebody help you today?

#9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.

#10. When were you the happiest today?

#11. When were you bored today?

#12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?

#13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

#14. Tell me something good that happened today.

#15. What word did your teacher say most today?

#16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

#17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

#18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

#19. Where do you play the most at recess?

#20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?

#21. What was your favorite part of lunch?

#22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?

#23. Is there anyone in your class that needs a time-out?

#24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with? Why?

#25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.