Farewell 3B

What a fantastic year we’ve had. I sat down with the other Grade 3 Teachers yesterday and we mapped our year going through the units, field trips, events, highs and lows. We had a very busy and energetic year full of great learning, close relationships and fun dance parties. I have really enjoyed getting to know each of your children with their unique personalities and learning styles. Collectively they have built 3B to become a fantastic team of agentic and enthusiastic learners. I will miss each of them for different reasons and consider it a privilege to have shared a classroom with them. I would like to thank you for trusting me to teach your child and know that I have grown from the experience.

A few final things to discuss with your child to reflect on their year in Grade 3:

  • My best memory of the year
  • A new friend I made this year
  • What I am most grateful for this year
  • The nicest thing someone did for me this year
  • The nicest thing I did for someone else this year
  • A really cool thing I created this year
  • The think that made me laugh the hardest this year
  • A goal that I achieved this year
  • A goal that I am still working on for next year


J. Smith

3B Updates

Things to discuss with your child:

  • The Peter Dance
  • The difference between right, acute and obtuse angles
  • Our Buddy class’s concert
  • The similarities between a Confucian temple and a Taoist Temple
  • How many angles there are in their name
  • Their poem/book turned play performance

Who We Are Field Trip

Our highlight of the week has our field trip into the Old Quarter earlier this week. We were fortunate to visit 3 places of worship; The famous Temple Of Literature, A Taoist Temple near Truc Bach lake and a Catholic Church. It was fascinating to observe the symbols, rituals and imagery in each of these places. Students were asked to consider similarities and differences between each place of worship. Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post on their blogs with their thinking. The next phase of our inquiry is into how being knowledgeable about other people helps us to become better global citizens.

Swimming Gala – Relay Extravaganza

Tomorrow all upper elementary students will be participating in our annual swimming carnival. Each student will be representing their house in a series of swimming and pool relays. More information can be found here:


Please send your child with all the necessary swimming gear to compete for their house in a fun aqua afternoon.



J. Smith




3B Updates

Things to discuss with your child:

  • What working with their buddy has taught them
  • The Grade 12 Grand Walk
  • Properties of 3D shapes
  • What one of the pillars of Islam is
  • Chocolate bar maths

Our current UOI

We were lucky enough today to have Mr. Tarique Al-Iesa come and speak to us about Islam. As we inquire into the beliefs of various religions and groups of people, hearing from knowledgable people certainly helps us to develop new understandings. Our students asked great questions and took plenty of notes to help them with their research. If you would like to come and share with our class about any religions of belief systems that you are familiar with, we would love to hear from you.

Early Release tomorrow

Grade 12 will graduate tomorrow afternoon in a special ceremony in the sports centre. This means that all Elementary and Middle school students will be finishing school at 11:50 tomorrow. If you pick up your child, please be at school to collect your child by this time. School buses will leave just after 12pm for our early release.

Maths Focus

We continue to investigate fractions and are now inquiring into fractions of 3D shapes and their properties. Please ask your child to identify and explain any 3D shapes around the house. We also developed a really good understanding of fractions using some chocolate bars this week. It was very interesting to see the level of engagement increase when their is chocolate on the table.


J. Smith

3B Updates

Things to discuss with your child:

  • The connection between 2/3 and 4/6 or 3/4 and 6/8
  • What is a global citizen?
  • How they feel their MAP Testing went

Our Unit of Inquiry –  Who We Are

We are having some great discussions as part of our new unit of inquiry. We are deep into inquiring into what values we have and how they compare with our families and our school.

Our central idea is: Appreciating what people believe can enable us to become global citizens.

Our lines of inquiry are:

  • Characteristics of a global citizen

  • Experiences that shape our beliefs

  • Similarities and differences among belief systems

We have done word inquiries into key words and ideas from our unit and continue to inquire into what we believe a global citizen sounds like, looks like and acts like. As we head deeper into our unit we would love to hear from any parents or experts who would be interested in sharing their beliefs and values. If you’re interested, please let me know. We would love to hear from you.


Our buddies program

We are still enjoying the company of our buddies from K1. We have been practicing our patience and leadership skills. We always like the opportunity to have fun and engage in a variety of activities.



J. Smith

3B Updates

Dear parents, We just finished our unit about How We Express Ourselves. We choose a project that we are really mad that it is happening like fish dying from plastic in the ocean. Some people did pollution. Now we are reflecting about how we express ourselves. Mr. josh Taught us about a cinquain poem. And fractions like 1/4 and 1/2. From Duong.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • Our pizza party
  • The similarities and differences between 1/2 and 1/4
  • Our new unit Who We Are
  • Our TIG lesson with Mr. Dylan on tolerance
  • How to write a cinquain poem

Book Drive Success

We recently were awarded the prize and honour of being the class that brought in the most books for the Book Drive. Our prize was a pizza party sponsored by the SCO. It was a huge effort by our class. I am very grateful for your support of this project.

End of unit Gallery Walk

Thank you to all the parents who came and supported the gallery walk to conclude our unit on How We Express Ourselves. It was a great representation of the unit and gave students an opportunity to showcase their learning. Please keep an eye out for the end of unit reflections which will be posted soon.

End of year Assessments

We are in the process of conducting some end of year assessments in maths, reading, writing and spelling. The results of these assessments partially inform the reports that we will prepare soon as well as demonstrate growth over the course of the year. Beginning on Monday next week, our students will participate in the second round of MAP testing. The results will be shared with you and will indicate progress from the first round of testing.

Art Class Party

Please see the invitation from Ms. Andrea for art class.


J. Smiith

3B Updates

Special Invitation

We would love for you to join us tomorrow afternoon in our class for a gallery walk around Grade 3 to see the artworks that represent the culmination of our unit of inquiry into how we express ourselves. Please join us at 2:15 tomorrow (Friday 4th)

Things to discuss with your child:

  • Their art project message
  • Their favourite book character costume from our parade
  • What is special about the date today
  • Who they want and don’t want in their Grade 4 class

The Book Drive and Book Sale

3B has done exceptionally well this year in our efforts to support the Book drive. Our class brought more books than any other class in the school and as such have won a Pizza Party sponsored by the SCO. Please continue to support this project by coming to school tomorrow or on Saturday to buy books. All money raised goes to supporting Service Learning Projects in our school.



3B Updates

Dear parents, Next week is Book Week so we encourage all children to read. Also next week is the Grade 3 presentation. 3B is inviting you to come and see your kid’s art. This week we are working on making the projects. Also we had Super Cycling Man come in and talk about his cycling trip all around the world. Thanks, Aoife.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • The Grade 5 exhibition 
  • Deadly Reading Assessments
  • Prefixes
  • The Book Drive

Gallery Walk

Book Drive

Tomorrow is the last day to send in books for the annual Book Drive. This is held in conjunction with the Book Sale. It looks like 3B will be the class that brings in the most books. I want to thank you all for your support of this project. It says a lot about the commitment and generosity of our families.

Day of Service

Our school will be celebrating it’s 30th anniversary next Weekend with a Day of Service. Our whole school community is encouraged to join in by joining a local service project. It is hoped that families will sign up and take part in some meaningful action that supports the work of one of our school service learning groups. More information can be found here.


3B Updates

Things to discuss with your child:

  • Student Led Conferences
  • The art plan to share their message
  • What they think of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition
  • Radial Symmetry
  • The design process


Thank you to all of those parents that came to the Student Led Conferences yesterday. After speaking with the students today, they were very happy with their effort and really appreciated you coming to share in their learning. It is a great opportunity to strengthen the partnership between home and school.


We have begun a maths unit of inquiry into fractions. I really encourage you to watch this video on the from leading Maths teacher and researcher, Graham Fletcher. he explains what we will be covering in Grade 3 in our unit on fractions and how it leads into the learning they will be doing in Grade4. I also encourage you to chat with your child about their understanding of the parts of a fraction and common fractions of objects around the house.


J. Smith

Special Announcement from Grade 5 students

Dear Parents,

We are one of the Grade 5 PYP Exhibition groups called ‘Plastic Ocean’s’. We are screening a documentary called, ‘A Plastic Ocean’, directed by Craig Leeson and Produced by Jo Ruxton and Adam Leipzig.

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particles that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Plastic pollution isn’t new. But awareness of just how catastrophic it is for the environment has grown in recent years – especially its impact on the oceans. It may be second only to global warming as a threat to the health of the seas.

Here in Vietnam, we’ve seen very little action. And that’s despite the fact that Vietnam has been identified as one of five countries responsible for more than 60% of the world’s plastic pollution.

We want to invite you to attend the screening at UNIS, on the 17th of April, at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, to learn and explore ways you can make a difference. A ticket costs 50,000 VND, Feel free to watch this short video to show you why you should attend this screening.

The ticket proceeds will go towards covering the costs of the screening fee, advertising and 100% of the remainder will go towards the ‘Plastic Pollution Coalition’, which is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization, organized and existing under the laws of California (Federal Tax ID #94-2889684), located at: 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460, Berkeley, CA 94704.

With many thanks from us, a group of 10 & 11 year olds trying to make a difference.

Olivia, Lily, Rei and Amara

The Plastics Oceans Group

G5 UNIS Students

3B Updates

Welcome Back!

I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing time with your children. We’re hearing some stories of great adventures over the break. This next term of school takes us into the end of Grade 3 and our summer holidays. We only have a couple of months left but still plenty of learning to get through.

Things to discuss with your child:

  • The message behind their art project
  • Why we are having a book drive
  • The sculpture ‘Non-Violence’ located outside the UN headquarters in New York
  • Their feelings about student led conferences

Art Exhibition

On behalf of all of the students in grades 2-5, we would like to formally invite you to come to our elementary art show TONIGHT.  Come out and support our young and inspiring artists and enjoy an evening of art!  We will have a gallery walk, scavenger hunt, photo booth, family art activity, and more!  The evening will run like an open house format.  Please come and go as your schedule needs from 5:00-7:00 PM.


Student Led Conferences

Next Thursday will be a chance for your child to share their learning from this year. You are invited to come into our homeroom and specialist classes for period of time and learn about what your child has been learning about. This is a student designed and led process. More information and the sign up form can be found in an email sent to parents from the school earlier this week. Your child will only come to school for their scheduled conference time.

Grade 2/3 Concert

The music concert that was presented before the Spring break was recorded and can be seen online here. Please share with friends and family.

Our current Units Of Inquiry

We are half way through a number of units with some exciting learning experiences coming about. We are looking into how artists use various techniques to express their message. More details will be coming shortly about how we plan on sharing our artworks. We are also engaged in a writing unit on narratives and a maths unit on fractions.

I look forward to seeing you all next Wednesday at our student led conferences.


J. Smith