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

September 20th

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ We are learning about the meaning of “together,” “belonging,” and “peace.” Where do we belong? In what ways are we connected to each other and to the environment?  How can we be peaceful and promote peace? After playing with the other K1 classes on Friday we used colours to represent the people we played with.  Even though we played in the 3 different classrooms, we mostly played with our friends from K1A.  Will we be happier if we have more friends? On Thursday we visited our Grade 3 buddies in their classroom!  We decorated “dots” with our buddies to celebrate Dot Day – a book by Peter Reynolds.

We also continued to work on our Moon Festival symbols this week. Our class dragon is taking shape and the children made salt dough mooncakes to keep use in our role play area. We also painted animal masks from the Vietnamese department.

Swimming starts next week.  Please check the Tin Tuc and your email for important information.  Any questions about the swimming programme can be directed to our school Aquatics Academy Manager, Martin Hamilton, at aquaticsmanager@unishanoi.org

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

Reminders:

  • Swimming starts this Monday. Children will swim on our PE Days – Monday and Friday.  Please see the Tin Tuc for more information.
  • please note that Ms. Charla will be out of the classroom Monday, as well as Tuesday morning, for professional development. Please contact the ECC office with any important updates or information if necessary
  • Monday September 30th: Learning Conversations with Students, Parents and Teachers (no school for students except for during your booked time). Please see the Tin Tuc for more information about how to sign up.
  • Friday October 4th: Last day of school before the October Break
  • Many children in K1 have been falling ill.  Please do keep your children home if they are unwell. Additionally, it is school policy that children are fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.  Thank you!
  • please ensure your children arrive to school before 8:10, and say goodbye when the bell rings
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break

September 13

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The focus this week was on exploring the symbols, colours, stories and traditions of the Vietnamese moon festival.  The children were particularly interested in dragons.  Thomas suggested that we make small dragons to take home and a big dragon to leave at school.  The students drew about and explained their ideas for a big dragon, and then we made a plan altogether.  We made our plan using a descriptive writing framework that focuses on ‘colour,’ ‘counting,’ ‘size,’ ‘action,’ ‘texture,’ and position. We started constructing our big dragon this week and will continue the project next week.  On Thursday some of the children noticed they had the same symbols on their ao dai, which led to a discussion about the colours and symbols on all of our ao dai.  We will use pictures from Thursday to collect data and find out more next week. Thank you to Ella’s mom for sending in some photos and videos for us to learn about the Korean festival.

The children are very interested in building tall structures and comparing height.  They also continue to enjoy exploring feelings and facial expressions.

The children enjoyed snack sale on Wednesday.  What a treat!

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

Reminders:

  • Monday September 30th: Parent-Teacher Conferences (no school for students). See the Tin Tuc for more information
  • please ensure your children arrive to school before 8:10, and say goodbye when the bell rings
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break

September 6

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ The students shared what they are excited about in K1, what we need, what they are worried about, and what they would like to learn this year.  This will help us to create our class essential agreements together.  The children finished their wonderful self-portraits this week and are excited to see them and talk about them.  On Friday we explored our whole K1 environment and made connections with others during our first ‘Open Classrooms’ time.  The children played together with all of the K1 teachers and students.  We asked the children how it felt during Open Classrooms.  Most students felt happy because they had time to play with friends from Discovery, played with new friends, and enjoyed some new play spaces and materials.

We look forward to celebrating the Moon Festival next week.  On Thursday we will have a Moon Festival assembly at the school.  Please send your children to school wearing an Ao Dai on Thursday.  Does your family celebrate the Moon Festival or another Mid Autumn Festival?  Please let me know if you have any photos, stories, crafts, songs or other information to share.

Thank you to everyone who came to Back to School Night Thursday evening.  Please see the K1A Back to School Slideshow here.  The children absolutely loved finding your artistic creations this morning. Please see the linked document from our Guidance Counsellor for more information about how much sleep your child needs each night.

If you haven’t signed up for your child’s own SeeSaw account, please do so by following this link:  SeeSaw Invitation

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

Reminders:

  • Wednesday September 11th – Snack Sale. Please send 20, 000 VND with your child.  See the Tin Tuc for more information.
  • Thursday September 12th – Moon Festival – please wear Ao Dai to school.  Please see the Tin Tuc for more information.
  • Friday September 13th no school for students (faculty PD day)
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break

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August 30th

Dear Parents,

This week we focussed on our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme ‘Who we are,‘ with the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘ We are exploring facial features, emotions, and families through drawing, loose parts, stories, discussions, and role play.  The students are learning to take responsibility for their own belongings and for shared classroom resources in order to be ‘safe,’ ‘kind’ and ‘responsible.’

As part of our inquiry into ‘Who we are,’ we are building a strong sense of community in the Early Childhood Centre (ECC).  As part of our learning we will join the other K1 and Discovery classes in common outdoor play time in the mornings, starting at 8:10.  This is instructional time and an important part of the day for strengthening relationships, helping students transition from home to school for the day, and learning through play. We ask your help to ensure that all students arrive by 8:10 in the morning.  Parents who drop off, please give your children a positive but definitive goodbye when the bell rings at 8:10.  Please explain to your children that the bell is a signal for you to say goodbye, and we will reinforce this idea with the children as well. Thank you so much for your support.

In English we are working on drawing with detail, correct pencil grip, writing our names, and listening attentively to stories. In math we collected data on who likes to play inside and outside. On Wednesday we had our individual and class photos.  Thursday we met our Grade 3 buddy class for the first time. We had a great time playing together in our K1 spaces and some nice relationships are already starting to develop.  On Friday we went on a trip to the MS science lab to visit 8, 6 day old ducklings!

I hope to see everyone at Back to School Night next Thursday evening.  Please see the Tin Tuc for more details.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the long weekend with your families!

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

Reminders:

  • September 2nd no school (public holiday)
  • September 5th is Back to School Night. Please see the Tin Tuc for more information)
  • Thursday September 12th – Moon Festival – please wear Ao Dai to school
  • Friday September 13th no school for students (faculty PD day
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break
  • please send in or email a family photo if you haven’t

August 23

Dear Parents,

We have experienced one full week in K1!  The students are feeling comfortable in their environment and are making connections with their surroundings and with each other.  We are also getting to know the other friends and teachers in our Discovery and K1 community during outdoor play. The students shared some things they are excited about in K1 – “playing inside and outside,” “eating together,” and “building,” were some things they shared.  When asked what we need in K1, “make new friends,” “everyone tidy up together,” and “feel happy” were some of the students’ ideas.

We have been exploring feelings and facial expressions through stories and loose part creations.  For example, students made faces using beads, twigs, lentils, shells and other loose parts.  We are learning about facial features and expressions, and how they connect to emotions.  We are also beginning to explore the concept of peace. What does peace mean?  What do you do in your family to feel peaceful? These are ideas you can talk about at home, ideally in your home languages.  The students are showing interest in sharing about their own families and learning about each other’s families. Thank you for emailing or sending in your family photos.  Earlier in the week we had a lot of fun playing in the puddles and exploring what it is like in the ECC playground after a big storm!

On Thursday we had our first Lower Elementary Assembly (Discovery to Grade One).  We also visited the library for the first time.  Please return the borrowed library books on Thursday and send in book bags if you have them.

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

Reminders:

  • photo day for K1A is Wednesday August 28th
  • September 2nd no school (public holiday)
  • September 5th is Back to School Night. Please see the Tin Tuc for more information
  • please do not send in toys, electronics, and valuable items such as watches and jewelry to school.  In K1 we will begin Show & Tell after the October Break
  • please send in or email a family photo if you haven’t already done so

August 16

Dear K1A Parents,

We had a really lovely start to the K1 year!  It has been such a pleasure getting to know your children this week.  The children seemed to feel very comfortable at school and enjoyed playing with each other.  The block, puzzle, kitchen and playdough areas were particularly busy this week.  We had plenty of outdoor play as well, especially once the heat went down.  The children are learning to get themselves ready for snack, outdoor play and lunch.  Washing hands, helping to set the lunch table and serve food, and getting hats and water bottles for outdoor play are all the students’ responsibilities and they have taken on these tasks very quickly.  We are also learning to greet each other with smiles and a pleasant “good morning” to start the day. Today the children had a wonderful time at PE with Mr. Micah and art with Ms. Emma.  This week the children also met Ms. Liz the music teacher, Ms. Kris the guidance counsellor, and Mr. C the digital technology coach.  On Thursday Ms. Nitasha, our Vice Principal, read the class a story.

Please help your children prepare for the school day by ensuring they have hats, full water bottles, and a morning snack each day.  Just a reminder that PE uniforms and sports shoes should be worn to school on Mondays and Fridays.

Please enjoy photos from this week:  K1A Weekly Media.  You may want to download favourite photos of your child at school, and/or to look at and discuss the photos as a family.  Your child will also have his/her own, private digital learning journal this year. We will be using a platform called See Saw. The school will share more information about this in the coming weeks. If your child was in Discovery last year, s/he will have the same See Saw account.

Reminders:

-hats must be worn during outdoor play

-afternoon snack (fruit) is provided by the school. Please continue to send a healthy morning snack

please send in or email family photos if you haven’t done so already cmarshall@unishanoi.org

Have a wonderful weekend with your wonderful children!

Charla & Nhung