December 6th

Dear Parents,

This week we continued to focus on creativity.  We also explored what it means to be a scientist.  We enjoyed a book called “It Might be an Apple” and got creative afterwards exploring our ideas about what else apples “might” be.  We worked on observations – looking slowly and carefully at something and drawing exactly what we see.  On Thursday we had a great time in the MS Science Lab with Ms. Kate.  Continuing our learning about the right to clean water, we collected water samples from a few different places in the school and examined them under a microscope.  What did we observe? How do scientists learn? Mr. C, our Technology & Innovation Coach, helped us to start a project making a collection of boxes to use in the classroom.

At the assembly on Thursday we got a sneak peak at this weekend’s Grade 2/3 performance of Artistocats.  We also enjoyed a small concert of Christmas music performed by the Grade 5s.

Please see this link for photos: K1A Media

Thank you for a wonderful first term in K1A.  I hope you all have lovely holidays with your children and I wish you all health and happiness in the new year.  I look forward to seeing you in January.  School resumes on Monday January 6th.

Show and Tell:

Next week is free choice!

Reminder – Ms. Charla’s absence:

I had some unexpected news from home and, unfortunately, I need to go to Canada this weekend. This means that I will be absent the week of December 9th-13th. The children will be well taken care of by Ms. Nhung, the rest of the Discovery and K1 Teaching Team, and a supply teacher. Please contact the office with any important information or changes to your child’s routine.  eccsecretary@unishanoi.org  Thank you for your understanding.

Nov 29

Dear Parents,

This week we focussed on what it means to be a ‘thinker.’ We are exploring materials using our senses, working on being creative, and solving problems.  Mr. C, our Technology & Innovation Coach, has been helping us to learn new techniques for construction and we have been busy making different creations in our classroom maker space.

This week Ms. Loan joined us again. Ms. Loan is a teacher at a local pre-school in Hanoi called 20/10 and is one of 12 teachers paired with UNIS ECC teachers this year.  We are working together to learn more about quality education and exploring ways to make some changes in local schools.  Ms. Loan and I paired up students in her class with K1A students, and today the children drew pictures for their buddies to tell them about UNIS.  We hope to have Ms. Loan’s class visit us later in the year, and for us to visit her school as well.

Please see this link for photos: K1A Media

Show and Tell:

Next week we will choose items from the children’s “treasure bags” for show and tell. Please send in the bag if you haven’t already.  Thank you!

Important – Ms. Charla’s absence:

I had some unexpected news from home and, unfortunately, I need to go to Canada next weekend. This means that I will be absent the week of December 9th-13th. The children will be well taken care of by Ms. Nhung, the rest of the Discovery and K1 Teaching Team, and a supply teacher. Please contact the office with any important information or changes to your child’s routine.  eccsecretary@unishanoi.org  Thank you for your understanding.

Nov 22

Dear Parents,

We enjoyed a visit from many of you on Tuesday’s  ‘Open Classroom Day’.  It was wonderful to have you into K1A to experience learning beside your child.  It was lovely to see you all engaging in our play-based approach.  As you can see, the children are very comfortable with their learning environment, and they enjoy challenging themselves in different ways with the materials and provocations in our space.  As your child posts on his/her SeeSaw account about Open Classrooms, please do take the time to post a response to the questions.  Thank you for your time and support.

This was a big week for K1A as we finally shared our thoughts, learning, and work about children’s rights. Please help our class to further spread their ideas by sharing the assembly video with relatives, talking at home about rights, and letting your child wear his/her special t-shirt.  The shirts were made using special fabric markers and have been heat sealed, so they should be fine to be washed and worn again and again.

After our assembly, the Grade 4 students came down to spend some time with us to learn about our ideas about children’s rights for their new unit of inquiry. It was wonderful to see our K1 children teaching Grade 4s.

Finally – thank you so very much for all of the fabulous Teachers’ Days gifts.  Ms. Nhung and I have never been so spoiled!  We love working with you and especially your children every day.

Please see this link for photos: K1A Media

Please look in your child’s backpack for a ‘Treasure Bag’ – please try to fill the very small treasure bag with interesting items over the weekend and send them in next week.  There are further instructions with the bags.

Show and Tell:

  • Please help your child choose 1 item only.
  • Next week, please help your child bring in SOMETHING WE CAN USE IN OUR MAKER SPACE – a tool, a material, anything you can use to make and create….
  • Please do not let your child bring toys or other valuable items to school that are not for Show & Tell
  • Please do not send toys and other objects to school on other days of the week
  • Tuesdays:  Anu, Ella, Eunjae, Faas
  • Wednesdays: Fula, Kairi, Max, Mayra
  • Thursdays: Mici, Mina, Nimo, Noah K.
  • Fridays: Noah T., Shao-ting, Thomas, Zayn

Nov 15

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiries into ‘Who we are,” and ‘How the world works.’  We have been working on something special to share at the Lower Elementary Assembly on Thursday November 21st.  You are welcome to join us in the theatre at 9:25 am if you’d like (please sit on the sides – the middle section is assigned to the Discovery to Grade 1 classes).  We will not be doing a performance, but sharing some of our learning in photos, videos, and art work.  A copy of our assembly will be shared on SeeSaw.

We have been inquiring into the central idea, “we are thinkers, problem solvers and explorers.” We have a new science lab in our classroom and have been working on creating a maker space. We are working on being creative and investigating materials and ideas together.

Please see this link for photos: K1A Media

Open Classrooms:

K1A parents are welcome to join in the learning on Tuesday November 19th at the following times:

8:30-9:20am: Vietnamese culture class with Ms. Dhung

9:25-10:15: Music class with Ms. Liz

10:35-12:00: Snack & Homeroom

*Please note there will not be canteen lunch available for parents to purchase.  You may wish to purchase a snack or sandwich from the cafe if you are staying at school over the lunch hour.

Show and Tell:

  • Please help your child choose 1 item only.
  • Next week, please help your child bring in a natural resource or something you find in the natural environment.
  • Please do not let your child bring toys or other valuable items to school that are not for Show & Tell
  • Please do not send toys and other objects to school on other days of the week
  • Tuesdays:  Anu, Ella, Eunjae, Faas
  • Wednesdays: Fula, Kairi, Max, Mayra
  • Thursdays: Mici, Mina, Nimo, Noah K.
  • Fridays: Noah T., Shao-ting, Thomas, Zayn

Nov 8

Dear Parents,

Here are some important notes:

New Unit of Inquiry:

As we move into our new unit of inquiry ‘How the world works’ we will be creating a K1A Maker Space.  “A ‘Makerspace’ is a metaphor for a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all,” Laura Fleming, author of Worlds of Making.  Please send in any clean materials that would be useful for the children to build with.  Examples include yoghurt pots, tubes, cereal boxes….  It would also be useful for the children to have old keyboards, broken calculators or other bits of technology that you no longer require that do not hold electricity.

The children will be bringing home “found treasure bags” to fill and return to class.  Please see the note that comes with the bag for further information.

K1A at Assembly:

K1A will share our learning at an assembly on Thursday November 21st at 9:25am in the Centre for the Arts auditorium.  Parents are welcome to attend.

Open Classrooms:

K1A parents are welcome to join in the learning on Tuesday November 19th at the following times:

8:30-9:20am: Vietnamese culture class with Ms. Dhung

9:25-10:15: Music class with Ms. Liz

10:35-12:00: Homeroom

*Please note there will not be canteen lunch available for parents to purchase.  You may wish to purchase a snack or sandwich from the cafe if you are staying at school over the lunch hour.

Show and Tell:

  • Please help your child choose 1 item only.
  • Next week, please help your child bring in a favourite storybook from home. It does not need to be in English.
  • Please do not let your child bring toys or other valuable items to school that are not for Show & Tell
  • Please do not send toys and other objects to school on other days of the week
  • Tuesdays:  Anu, Ella, Eunjae, Faas
  • Wednesdays: Fula, Kairi, Max, Mayra
  • Thursdays: Mici, Mina, Nimo, Noah K.
  • Fridays: Noah T., Shao-ting, Thomas, Zayn

*Monday November 11th: Professional Development Day – no school for students

*Please note I will include photos from this week in next week’s post.

November 1

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘We know we belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The children shared their country flags and their connections to their home countries.  We worked on designing our own, unique flags that represent who we are and our connections to each other in Discovery and K1.

This week we started Show and Tell.  The children did a wonderful job sharing their items from home with each other.  This was a favourite time of day for most students.  Please see details about next week’s Show and Tell below.

In math we are exploring numerals and practicing finger patterns – different ways to use our fingers to represent numbers.

On Thursday we enjoyed our dress up day.  We also attended a school spirit assembly to welcome visiting High School basketball teams.

Please note that I will be away from school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week. I will be in Singapore helping a new school work towards becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) school.  This is something that I do as an IB Consultant – a role that I hold with the IB, as well as teacher trainer and school evaluator.  Please contact Ms. Nhung and/or the ECC office if you have any important information to communicate, such as changes in pick up.

Ms. Nhung: hhnhung@unishanoi.org

ECC office: eccsecretary@unishanoi.org

As we move into our new unit of inquiry ‘How the world works’ we will be creating a K1A Maker Space.  “A ‘Makerspace’ is a metaphor for a unique learning environment that encourages tinkering, play and open-ended exploration for all,” Laura Fleming, author of Worlds of Making.  Please send in any clean materials that would be useful for the children to build with.  Examples include yoghurt pots, tubes, cereal boxes….  It would also be useful for the children to have old keyboards, broken calculators or other bits of technology that you no longer require that do not hold electricity.

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Reminders:

  • Show and Tell continues next week – see below for details
  • Thursday November 7th: Outdoor Classroom day – see below for details
  • Monday November 11th: Professional Development Day – no school for students

Show and Tell

  • We will have Show & Tell every week unless otherwise noted in the Tin Tuc
  • Your child will have the same Show & Tell day every week
  • Please help your child choose 1 item only.  Each week I will post a note in the Tin Tuc about what the children should bring for Show & Tell the following week. Next week, please help your child bring in another favourite object from home (toy, book, photo….)
  • Please do not let your child bring toys or other valuable items to school that are not for Show & Tell
  • Please do not send toys and other objects to school on other days of the week
  • Tuesdays:  Anu, Ella, Eunjae, Faas
  • Wednesdays: Fula, Kairi, Max, Mayra
  • Thursdays: Mici, Mina, Nimo, Noah K.
  • Fridays: Noah T., Shao-ting, Thomas, Zayn

Outdoor Classroom Day:

Dear Parents,

On Thursday November 7th, the Elementary School will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
-wears sunscreen to school
-is dressed appropriately for the weather
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
Thank you for your support!
ES Teachers

Oct 25

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘We know we belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The children continued to explore the colours and symbols of the SDGs as well as flags from our home countries.  We started to learn and share ideas about the rights of children around the world.  What do you think all children in the world SHOULD have?  Please help at home by talking to your child about the meaning of “rights and responsibilities” in your home language/s.

On Thursday we had a Lower Elementary School Assembly. We watched K2A & K2B share their learning about identity.

In math we are beginning to learn about the days of the week, and exploring how to make numbers in different ways.

Thank you for helping us celebrate UN Day at UNIS.  It was wonderful to see all of our families eating together at the community lunch.

Show and Tell starts next week.  Please see the details below about how Show & Tell works in K1.

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Reminders:

  • No more swimming next week
  • Show and Tell starts next week – see below for details
  • Thursday October 31st: Dress up day – see Tin Tuc for more details
  • Monday November 11th: Professional Development Day – no school for students

Show and Tell

Show and Tell starts next week.  Show & Tell helps to build community, make connections between home and school, and boost language skills such as using descriptive language, public speaking, asking questions, and attentive listening.

  • We will have Show & Tell every week unless otherwise noted in the Tin Tuc
  • Your child will have the same Show & Tell day every week
  • Please help your child choose 1 item only.  Each week I will post a note in the Tin Tuc about what the children should bring for Show & Tell the following week. Next week, please help your child bring in a favourite object from home (toy, book, photo….)
  • Please do not let your child bring toys or other valuable items to school that are not for Show & Tell
  • Please do not send toys and other objects to school on other days of the week 
  • Tuesdays:  Anu, Ella, Eunjae, Faas
  • Wednesdays: Fula, Kairi, Max, Mayra
  • Thursdays: Mici, Mina, Nimo, Noah K. 
  • Fridays: Noah T., Shao-ting, Thomas, Zayn

Thank you for your support!

October 18

Dear Parents,

This was an important week for UNIS as we focussed on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for SDG Week.  On Tuesday all of the children in Discovery and K1 visited all of the D/K1 classrooms to learn about different SDGs – Quality Education, Gender Equality, Life Below Water, and Responsible Consumption.  We investigated the colours and symbols of all 17 SDGs and shared our thinking about what the symbols might mean. We also read a series of books related to the SDGs, and shared ideas about how we can work together to make our world a better place.  We continued to work together to create our class Essential Agreements.  The students have finished drawing and writing about their ideas and our agreements are displayed in the class.  The agreements will be shared on the students’ SeeSaw accounts.

Please see important information about UN Day Celebrations on Monday below, as well as in the school’s Tin Tuc entries.

K1A will have a final swimming session next Friday.  After October 25th we return to our regular PE sessions.

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

UN Day Monday – important information for K1

  • children should come to school already wearing their national dress
  • drop off your community lunch contributions in the ECC gym before the assembly
  • be seated in the Sports Centre by 11am
  • after the assembly, meet your child back at our classroom for lunch and dismissal – please do not take your children from the Sports Centre, nor pull them out of the class line walking back to the ECC
  • each child will be marked off as they are picked up from the classroom. Let Ms. Charla know if you are taking your child home, or if s/he is taking the bus.
  • once you collect your child from the classroom s/he is under your care -please help your child with lunch and supervise on the playground
  • dismissal is at 1pm.  Children going home on the bus should be brought back to the classroom at 12:50.  Thank you!

Reminders:

  • Friday October 25th: Final swimming session
  • Thursday October 31st: Dress up day – more details will be shared in the Tin Tuc
  • Show and tell will start the last week of October.  Please see details in next week’s blog

October 4

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘We know we belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The children continued inquiring into different family structures and have been particularly interested in families that have 2 mothers.  The children have also been building houses in the block and Lego areas and adding in their family photos. An important part of this unit of inquiry is working together to create our class Essential Agreements.  The students have been proposing and refining their ideas about what we “need” to have a great year in K1 since the first week of school.  This week they have been writing and drawing about our ideas to refer to in the classroom.

On Thursday we had a Lower Elementary School Assembly. We watched the Grade 3s perform dances from their PE unit and practiced the song that everyone will sing together at the UN Day Assembly on Monday October 21st.

On Friday Ms. Charla’s parents from Canada read a story to the class. They brought a special treat from Canada for all of the students – a small candy made of 100% pure maple syrup.  Please check your child’s bag for this small treat.

When we return from the break we will kick of “SDG Week” as a school. This week will highlight the work we do at UNIS Hanoi to make the world a better place by working towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Please help your child by sending in “Nude Food” this week – food that is not in single use wrapping.  How does your family work towards establishing sustainable development on this planet?

Swimming continues after the break.  The children have been having a wonderful time in the pool.

Show and Tell will start in the last week of October.  Stay tuned for details! In the meantime, please support our inquiry by sending the following:

  • photos from around Vietnam if you are staying in Vietnam this October Break
  • Maps that we can keep
  • a photo of your child/family in cultural/national dress

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Have a wonderful week with your families!

Reminders:

  • Friday October 4th: Last day of school before the October Break
  • Monday October 14th: First day back to school
  • October 14th – 18th: SDG Week @ UNIS.  Please send litterless snacks.
  • Monday October 21st: UN Day @ UNIS.  Please see the Tin Tuc for details about the whole school assembly and parade, community potluck, and early dismissal.

September 27

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘We know we belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The children have been inquiring into their own families, as we all as other types of family structures.  We read a story called ‘A family is a family is a family’ by Sara O’Leary, and ‘Tango Makes Three’ by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell- a true story about two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo that created a family together.  When our buddies came on Thursday we drew pictures of our families and compared them.  What is the same? What is different? We are also comparing the idea of a family to a community.  We belong together in K1, but are we a family? We also continued to work on our Moon Festival symbols this week. Our class dragon is complete and flying in our room.  The dragon is the work of our inquiry into the colours and symbols of the Vietnamese Moon Festival.

Swimming continues next week.  The children have been having a wonderful time in the pool.

Please see this link for photos from this week: K1A Media Folder

Reminders:

  • Monday September 30th: Learning Conversations with Students, Parents and Teachers (no school for students except for during your booked time).
  • Swimming continues on our PE Days – Monday and Friday.
  • Friday October 4th: Last day of school before the October Break