Our Week

Dear Parents in K1A,

This week week has flown by and we have done a lot of learning and growing.

We dipped back into our “How the World Works” central idea this week as the class opened the JAFA store. This was complete with items handmade from play dough wrapped in bamboo to homemade money. They negotiated and worked as a team to create a splendid store.

We enjoyed Arts Week and creating alongside our distance learning friends and continued with some stand alone inquiries into water and clay. Working with clay is a good way to support fine motor development, a skill that supports writing and drawing.

Highlights:

  • The Grand Walk – celebrating our grade 12 students as they finish their schooling at UNIS
  • Opening the JAFA store in K1A
  • Singing, dancing and laughing
  • Creating art using line, empty space, shape and color
  • Crossing the midline and practicing hand clapping games
  • Discovering some consonant and vowel letter sounds
  • Practicing how to write our names with correct pencil grip and directionality

Reminders:

  • All library books are due back today May 29th
  • Next Friday is Moving Up Day where your child will visit K2 to see what they can see – individual teachers will not be assigned until August
  • Wednesday June 10th is the final day of school for students. The day finishes at 12:00. There will be no lunch on this day.

Show and Tell

Next week we will have a final week of show and tell. Please help your child choose 1 item to bring to school on their day. This is not mandatory.

Schedule:

Monday – Eunjae, Thomas, Anu

Tuesday – Faas, Mina, Ella

Wednesday – Noah K, Shao Ting, Mici

Thursday – Mayra, Fula, Nimo

Friday – Max and Noah T

We look forward to 8 more great days in K1A.

Please enjoy some photos from this week.

K1A Team

Settling In

Dear Families in K1A,

Seems funny to write that we are settling in, but it’s true. The children in K1A have done a great job this week of solidifying the new routines that we’ve established for the remainder of the year. With a few short weeks left until summer break they have rallied to the challenge of change. They have also done well with needing to spend hours inside as the heat index has risen.

This week we returned to our ‘How We Express Ourselves’ unit of inquiry. The children have created a story about a dragon called Sparky. This story will come to life in different ways next week in music and art class. Be on the look out for the original K1A story on Seesaw.

Highlights From The Week:

  • A short play on the small playground
  • Discovering tadpoles in the water and building on our knowledge of the life cycle of frogs
  • Painting our dragon head
  • Learning a few new songs: Fish Heads, There Was A Tree, Watermelon
  • Playing games to help develop our self regulation skills – see this article for more information
  • Laughing, playing and enjoying
  • Wellness Week – the PE Department has inspired us everyday

Reminders:

If you have chosen the school lunch option for your child please look through the menu with them as most of the children only want to eat the dessert and not the other options. We encourage healthy choices in K1 and are trying to help them eat balanced meals.

Enjoy some photos from our week here.

Enjoy a restful weekend.

Our Week Back on Campus!

Dear Families,

It’s been a busy week back in K1A. Your children have been resilient as they have adjusted to wearing masks, new routines, a changed classroom, not being able to mix with other classes  and having a new homeroom teacher. They have reconnected with friends and are fostering new friendships.

We have shared smiles (beneath the masks), stories, writing letters to our friends who are not here and a great deal of play. Please see some photos from the week here.

More highlights:

  • Resuming our specialist classes, Art, PE, Music and Vietnamese.
  • Pajama Day, Mr Josh coming in to read ‘My Dad’ and enjoying a cookie during our afternoon story session.
  • Designing our own viruses and monsters.
  • A zoom Assembly for friends far and near across our Elementary School.
  • Keeping track of how many books we have read using our read-o-meter.
  • Exploring new play spaces as we continue to remain separate from other classes

Thank you for sending in healthy snacks as the children are very hungry throughout the day. We are staying hydrated and washing hands often. Thank you for all of the practicing you have done at home.

As is to be expected many of the children are tired towards the end of the day. This is just a friendly reminder of the importance of getting your child to bed early. The recommended hours of sleep for a child aged 4 -5 is 10 – 11 hours of sleep. See this article for additional information.

We are looking forward to next week when the focus will be on Wellness supported with activities from the PE department.

 

Jan 17

Dear Parents,

We continued to learn about Tet and Vietnamese culture this week.  We have been decorating our classroom, learning about the symbols and colours of Tet.  On Tuesday we had a visitor from Bat Trang pottery village come to share her family’s craft.  Each child had the opportunity to create something with her on a traditional pottery wheel.  The children also made cards for our 20/10 school buddies who we will visit on Monday.

In English we started something called “Story Workshop.”  The children are using different loose parts, such as beads, blocks and toys, to create their own stories. We are excited to share these stories with you at conferences next week.  We will continue to develop our story workshop skills in the next few months of K1.

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

Reminders & Updates:

Show and Tell – cancelled next week

Mon Jan 20th: DA and K1A will visit our sister school, 20/10, to celebrate Tet. A permission form was sent home earlier this week. Children should wear ao dai to school.

Tues Jan 21st: Reports cards will be shared on Veracross

Weds Jan 22nd: Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences. Students will only come to school during their conference time. Please see the Tin Tuc for details about the conferences and how to register. I will email home more details closer to the date.

Jan 23: Tet assembly. Please wear ao dai to school.

Jan 24-31: Tet holiday. No school.

Jan 10

Dear Parents,

It was so wonderful to see the children again this week and to hear all about the holidays. It was a week of transition as the children settled back into school routines and reconnected with friends.  Luckily the nice weather and generally clean air meant we could play outside with the rest of our Discovery and K1 community as well.

As part of our “Who we are” unit of inquiry, we will be celebrating Tet over the next few weeks.  Please see information below for details about some special dates and events.

This week the children met Ms. Clare who has returned from her maternity leave to teach PE for the rest of the school year.

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

Reminders:

Show and Tell continues next week – see below for details

  • Tues Jan 14th: Grade 4 Market Service Day.  Please send in up to 100,000 VND with your child. Please see the Tin Tuc for more details.
  • Mon Jan 20th: DA and K1A will visit our sister school, 20/10, to celebrate Tet.  A permission form with more details will be sent home next week. Children should wear their ao dai to school.
  • Tues Jan 21st: Reports cards will be shared on Veracross
  • Weds Jan 22nd: Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Students will only come to school during their conference time.  Please see the Tin Tuc for details about the conferences and how to register.  I will email home more details closer to the date.
  • Jan 23: Tet assembly. Please wear ao dai to school.
  • Jan 24-31: Tet holiday.  No school.

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.
  • 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

Next week, please help your child bring in another favourite object from home (toy, book, photo….)

Tuesdays: Anu, Ella, Eunjae, Faas
Wednesdays: Fula, Kairi, Max, Mayra
Thursdays: Mici, Mina, Nimo, Noah K.
Fridays: Noah T., Shao-ting, Thomas, Zayn

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.