Friday 29th May

Dear K1B Parents

It has been a super week in K1B.  I am so enjoying these last few weeks with your children.  It is wonderful to have been able to get back into the classroom and wrap up the year together in K1B.  They are and will be forevermore my ‘Corona Kids’ and I shall always remember their flexibility, resilience and spirit.

Highlights of the week:

  • Making ‘Thunder’ the dragon using a range of recycled and natural materials
  • Completing our dragon eggs
  • Finding connections in our names
  • Having a picnic snack outside whilst enjoying the cooler weather
  • Making fireworks using crayons and a hairdryer
  • Making a dragon cave and mark making on the walls inside
  • Taking a survey about our favourite dragon books
  • Zooming with friends far and near
  • Cheering on the Class of 2020 on their Grand Walk
  • Arts Week

Reminders:

  • Please return any library books that have not yet been returned to school.  These will be charged for if they are not returned before the summer break.
  • Move up day –  FRIDAY 5TH JUNE.  This will give children on campus an opportunity to experience physically moving up.  This year class groupings and teachers will not be confirmed until much later in the year.

Last day of school is WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE with an early finish of 1200 which means that lunch will not be served.  It is a tradition in my classroom to celebrate with leaving ice-creams and the children are already looking forward to an ice-cream party at school from my favourite gelato bar.

Please enjoy the  with your child over the weekend.

With kind regards.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

  

 

Friday 22nd May

Dear K1B Parents

I hope this message finds you all well and now adapted to the children being back at school.  I imagine that last week was tough for many of you, your homes would have been very quiet.

It is amazing how normal life becomes wearing masks.  K1B are doing a great job of keeping the masks on and also keeping distance at lunchtimes.  We have had some super hot days and despite not always being allowed out to play because the heat index was too high the children have enjoyed being in the classroom and exploring new imaginings with each other.

This week we returned to our ‘How We Express Ourselves’ unit of inquiry.  We have created a story and have started work on a dragon ‘Thunder’ who features in our story.  K1B have shared some amazing ideas and worked collaboratively which has been a pleasure to observe.

Highlights of the week:

  • Experimenting with Light and Shadow, creating our own shadow puppets
  • Using foil and clay to make dragon eggs
  • Printing paper to cover our dragon head
  • Using our idea jar to come up with our dragon story
  • Watching Zog, a favourite book of ours in its movie form
  • Riding bikes outside when it has been cool enough
  • Wellness week – different forms of exercise each day completed with our PE team
  • Meeting Soma and Anderson on zoom this week

Reminders:

  • Please make sure your child has a HAT EVERY DAY!
  • Please return all LIBRARY BOOKS by Friday latest, thank you

Lunchboxes from the canteen have been a success but some children are still hungry at afternoon snack.  Please ask your child if they would like an additional snack for later in the day.

Here are some photographs of this week.  Enjoy!

Have a great weekend.

With kindest regards.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

Friday 15th May

Dear K1B Parents

It has been wonderful to have K1B back in the classroom.  We also welcomed a new student Isabel to K1B.

The first day was very quiet, some of the children were a little unsure about their new environment, wearing masks and they were also missing home and family members.  The rest of the week flew by in the blink of an eye.  After our very quiet first day, the children relaxed and adapted to their new routines and each other quickly.  It was almost as if they had not been away.  We had decided to focus on ‘Who We Are’ in the first week because we wanted the children to connect with the environment and each other, this has been important in allowing the children to transition back to school life.  It has been a pleasure to observe old friendships being renewed with such ease in K1B.  As a teacher, I am so proud of the independence, kindness and flexibility of our community.

Highlights of the week:

  • Resuming our specialist classes, Art, PE, Music and Vietnamese.
  • Enjoying our new play spaces and playing ‘Stuck in the Mud’ and ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’.
  • Creating connections with our Distant Learners including 1100 Storytime and also Lego and making viruses with Soma.  Meeting Anderson too via zoom for a building session.
  • Pyjama Day.  Mr Josh visited and read ‘My Dad’ and we enjoyed mint tea and 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.

Reminders:

  • Please ensure your child has sufficient snack for the entire day.
  • Please make sure your child has a SPARE FACE MASK and a HAT at all times.

An additional thought that I have had is regarding ‘Mystery Reader’.  It has always been such a success, I wondered if anyone would like to sign up for a ‘Mystery Reader’ slot on zoom?  We can still count down, have clues and then ‘SURPRISE’ reveal you up on the big screen!  I am flexible on the time and day of the week.  Do let me know if you would like to offer your services.  As in the past reading in your mother tongue is greatly appreciated and beneficial for our entire class.  So don’t be shy!

Here are some photographs from the week, it would be great if you are able to spend some time with your child looking at them over the weekend.

With kindest regards.

M

Thursday 23rd January 2020

Dear K1B Parents

Firstly, thank you for finding the time to attend our Learning Conversations yesterday.  It was a great opportunity for the children to show you what they have been doing and for us to reconnect.  Please do remember that if you have any questions regarding the report, or any other matter, do not hesitate to contact me.

Highlights of the week:-

  • Monday 20th January – Visiting the UNIS well.  Thank you to Mr Duc for allowing us to find out all about the well at school.
  • Tuesday 21st January – Despite a bad AQI day we had great fun talking about the well, working in our “Maker Space’ and enjoyed some time connecting to our K1 friends.
  • Thursday 23rd January – Tet Assembly, Ms. Nitasha reading to us, our ‘Mystery Reader’  Ms Angela and our red envelope treasure hunt.

Reminders:-

School commences on Monday 3rd February.

I have added photographs from this week and the Tet Assembly to Seesaw.  The children all looked fab and really enjoyed the assembly.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with some peaceful moments.  Safe travels.

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With kindest regards.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

 

Friday 17th January

Dear K1B Parents

Hope this blog finds you all well.  It is strange to think that another holiday is nearly upon us when we are only just back!

Highlights of the week:-

  • Linking to ‘How The World Works’ a potter came to visit on Tuesday and the children had fun spinning the wheel.
  • Visit to Market Day.
  • We visited Big C in the ‘Maker Space’ and tried to finish our boxes.  As a bonus, some children got to make a new box using the make-do equipment.  Big C also turned us into various animals!
  • Liam, Suzu’s brother came to be our ‘Mystery Reader’.  Great job Liam, thank you!
  • Buddies came to visit and we made rat hats to celebrate the year of the rat.
  • We ate our green beans fresh from the garden.
  • We made our cloud experiments individually and recapped on water and where it comes from.  On Monday we shall visit the UNIS well – now that’s pretty exciting.  I have asked the children to research what a well is over the weekend, so be ready for some questions.
  • We made Banh Chung in Vietnamese.  I hope you all enjoyed it.

Dates for your diary:-

  • Tuesday 21st January – Report cards will be shared on Veracross.
  • Wednesday 22nd January – Parent Teacher Student Conferences.                    0800-1600.  If you have not already done so please sign up.  If you are unable to make this day please contact me and make an appointment for after the holidays.  I am flexible.
  • Thursday 23rd January – Last Day of School before Tet Holiday – don’t forget to let your child wear Vietnamese dress to school.  Please join our Tet Assembly at 0925 in the theatre.
  • Friday 24th January – Friday 31st January – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Monday 3rd February – School re-opens.

Here are the photographs to share with your children over the weekend.

Enjoy your weekend.

With kind regards.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

 

Friday 10th January 2020

Dear K1B Parents

Happy New Year!  I hope that you are all well and enjoyed your winter break.

It was great to have the children back in school this week.  K1B were delighted to see each other and renew old friendships.  K1B shared stories of their holidays with each other which was fun.  We visited our garden and noticed how our beans had grown over the holiday.  A pleasant surprise.  We also added carrots and eggplants to our vegetable patch.

We have continued to explore water and ice and hopefully, next week will try something new with dirty water.

Teo’s Mum popped into the class for ‘Mystery Reader’ and also to celebrate Teo’s birthday.  Sadly the celebration was a little muted given that poor Teo had a nasty bump.  Teo was super brave and soldiered on despite the swelling.  We plan to hold another birthday party for him later in the month as a surprise so that next time he can actually enjoy himself.

I will kick-start ‘Show and Tell’ next week so please remember to send your child into school with something to show.  This can be a favourite book, toy or keepsake.

Reminders

  • Please remember to send a hat to school each day.  This is a requirement at UNIS.
  • Tuesday 14th January – Grade 4 Market Service Day.  We will visit this special market organised by Grade 4 to raise funds for various charities that the school supports.  Children will be able to purchase food, drinks, and other items.  It would be great if each child could come to school with 100,000 vnd to support these charities.
  • Tuesday 21st January – Report cards will be shared on Veracross. 
  • Wednesday 22nd January – Parent Teacher Student Conferences.           0800-1600.  There will be no school on this day but instead please sign up for a conference with your child and I.  Look out for this in Tin Tuc.  I look forward to seeing you.
  • Thursday 23rd January – Last Day of School before Tet Holiday – don’t forget to wear your special Vietnamese dress. 
  • Friday 24th January – Friday 31st January – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • Monday 3rd February – School re-opens.

Please enjoy some photographs from this week with your child over the weekend.

With best wishes.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

 

Friday 13th December

Dear K1B Parents

Wow!  What an amazing week we have had.  Despite the high AQI we have managed to still have fun within the walls of our classroom.  Credit should go to the children for managing to deal with our purple days.  It is something we have been talking about quite often.

We moved away from water somewhat this week and worked on some personal, social and emotional development issues.  K1B are caring individuals but sometimes need gentle reminders about this.

We had ‘Mystery Reader’ with Teo’s Dad James on Wednesday.  He read a Clifford book about a fire.  The children enjoyed the story which was read in both English and Korean.  Teo was very happy to see his Daddy and this event continues to be a highlight of our week.  Thank you, James, for taking the time to come in.

Gingerella visited us on her bike.  Gingerella (Geralda De Vos) is a Belgian artist who has collected single shoes from around Hanoi, created ceramics, artworks and also written a story about a lost shoe.  The children were super excited to see our visitor arriving by bicycle with her strange array of odd shoes.  The story was a lot of fun and the children were talking about Gingerella afterward.  So if you spot any lost shoes over the holiday don’t forget to mention Gingerella.

On Thursday we invited children from Middle School over to demonstrate the skills they have been learning in ‘The Babysitters Club’.  The ‘Babysitters Club’ is an i-Block, an exploratory unit that allows students to investigate a new area of learning.  The Middle Schoolers organised a traffic safety class, a slime making class and also a teddy bear clinic.  K1B had the greatest time and enjoyed all of the activities hugely.  The slime was a BIG hit.  I apologise for any slime that may have appeared on clothes.  It was super stretchy!

We also had our ‘Buddies’ from 3C visit.  They came over and enjoyed a last meet with K1B before the holidays.  The children are developing relationships and it was great to hear conversations between the young friends at play.

On Friday we had our ‘free flow’ session.  To complete the last day of school before the break we organised a small party to say farewell with a few party games.  It was a great last day.

Here are just a few photographs of the week.

Please have a safe break.  Enjoy these special moments with your little people they disappear way too quickly.  Today when we were painting snowflakes with wax crayons and painting over the top, I asked Giang why she thought the paint was not appearing on the waxed part of the paper?  Quite simply she said, “because they aren’t friends Ms. M”.  These magical quotes disappear too fast, so enjoy them and why not write them down?

Something has been lost – Udam has a t-shirt and shorts (grey) that have vanished from his cubby outside.  Please, can you check that you do not have them in error?  Thank you.

Have a happy holiday and do send me one photograph of your break so that we can talk about our holidays when we return to school on Monday 6th January.

Do remember if ever you are worried about something please do not hesitate to contact me.

With kind regards and best wishes for 2020.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

Friday 6th December

Dear K1B Parents

As we move into the last week of school it is hard to believe that our journey together only began in August.  K1B is a caring community that is learning to problem-solve independently.  This week a child was very tired in the morning and we talked about why he might be tired.  Afterward, I asked the children what we could do in order to solve this problem – two friends recommended an earlier night!  Please do not underestimate your very own K1 problem solver they are capable of great things.

This week we ventured deeper into our unit of inquiry ‘How The World Works’.  Water has been a recurrent theme and I introduced a few new books and provocations to spark interest a little more.  Transferring water using syringes, funnels, bottles, and jars has been a special favourite.  We have read ‘A Cool Drink of Water’ by Barbara Kerley.  The children were especially interested in one photograph and found it strange that a person would drink dirty water.  With this in mind, we organised a trip to the science laboratory so that we could become scientists.  We watched an experiment involving water and also looked at different samples of water that we had collected.  The mud kitchen, the pond in the ECC and a special sample collected from ‘West Lake’.  Looking at these samples under the microscope proved to be very interesting – we could see a worm in the pond water and West Lake had lots of creatures to spot too.

We have sorted our treasure bags and are working on naming the materials that each item is made of.  If you still have a treasure bag at home or have not yet collected treasure for us please find time over the weekend to do this.

‘Mystery Reader’.  We had a last-minute change so thank you to Sheri for stepping in.  The children loved the pigeon book that she read and Anderson was of course delighted and also very surprised to see his Mum.  Please lookout for a google doc soon which has dates for next year on it.  Please go ahead and add your name to the document so that you might surprise us too.  Don’t be shy the children would love it.

Fire Drill – during our accreditation week the children responded well to this fire drill.  We left the building calmly and quietly and the children all waited patiently for the all-clear.  I was very proud of our K1B class who were not at all phased by this experience.  A few months ago this could create anxiety in a couple of the children, not anymore.

Reminders

Friday 13th December will the last day of school this year.  The school will restart on Monday 6th January.

Please remember to change your spare clothes – it is slightly cooler now.

Show & Tell – objects made of metal or plastic.

Enjoy the photographs with your child over the weekend.

With kind regards.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

 

Friday 29th November

Dear K1B Parents

This week the children had lots to do as we explored, water, colour and pattern.  ‘How The World Works’ is a unit in which we encourage the children to be curious and to recognise change first-hand.  This has certainly been happening whilst watching our seeds sprout, flowers change colour and how water behaves in different environments.  The idea of water is something that the children seem particularly interested in.  From Udam in September feeling in the blue zone because he watched a friend wasting water at the sandpit to the children being mesmerised by how coloured water behaves when mixed with oil.

We made ice-packs and considered the outcomes that might occur when different materials and liquids were frozen.  These worked out surprisingly well so if you need a new ice-pack for bumps ask your child what’s the best way to make one.  Just water seemed the most popular although washing up liquid because it smelled like vanilla ice cream came a close second.

Our buddies visited on Thursday and we played ‘This is not a stick’ this time encouraging the children in small groups to come up with an idea for their stick and using maker-space materials to change it.  A great opportunity for conversations between K1B and 3C and evidence of confidence and team-building skills.  3C pushed the ideas of K1B to another dimension and it will be interesting to observe if any of the skills or ideas are embraced by ‘The Brilliant B’s’.

‘Mystery Reader’ this week was Heejung, Udam’s Mum.  He was super happy to see his Mum arrive.  Heejung read “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle a super book with actions.  The children were lucky enough to listen to it in Korean and English.  Thank you Heejung for coming in.

I want to personally thank you all for your kindness whilst I have been away.  Ms. Thu has been super.  I looked at all of the photographs and wished I had been around because it looked a lot of fun.  I also received a beautiful bunch of flowers which was so generous of you all.  Thank you!

Reminders

Treasure Bags – thank you for returning these.  If you still have one at home please return it by Tuesday so that we can sort the objects into different materials.

Show and Tell – could you ask your children to hunt around the home for something that is wooden.

It’s Getting Cooler – please check your spare clothes, as the weather becomes a little cooler your child may need long sleeves/cardigan/jumper in their spare clothes bag too.

Please enjoy these photographs with your child.  Have a super weekend.

With kindest regards.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu

 

Friday 22nd November

Dear K1B Parents

The weeks are rocketing by in K1B.  It is difficult to believe that the winter break is only 3 weeks away.

This week has been a great week in K1B as we not only grow as a community but grow some seeds too.  The children have had fun watching their beans sprout, it has been a race to see who has the tallest bean.  Our strawberries and mint are growing well outside too.  I asked the children to think about how we might grow seeds without soil and am waiting for their answers on Monday.

We enjoyed a visit from many of you on Tuesday,  ‘Open Classroom Day’.  It was super to have you into K1B to experience learning beside your child.  As you know we offer a play-based approach at UNIS and the children are very comfortable within this environment, challenging themselves in different ways with the materials and provocations.  I hope you all enjoyed watching ‘my brilliant b’s’ and please if you do have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.  Here is a separate link for the photographs from ‘Open Classroom‘.

On Wednesday we finally made it to the ‘Maker Space’ with Big C.  The children loved it and are becoming accustomed to the process of working without using glue.  The work produced here will not be sent home but dismantled so that we can re-use the make-do screws and cardboard.  The beebots were also a big hit;  playing with the beebots is in actual fact the beginning of coding.

Thank you to Priya who was our ‘Mystery Reader’ this week.  The children love guessing who it might be and Rishabh was quick to spot that it could not be his Mum because she did it a couple of weeks ago.  Thank you Priya for joining us we appreciate you giving up your precious time.

We celebrated birthdays too;  Kwazii and Harriet both turn 5 in the coming days.  Baking a cake and sharing it together builds our community and I especially appreciate the fact that all children have the same cake.  The children enjoy the routine of selecting which flavour cake to make and which icing we shall have.  K1B are now responsible for making the birthday crowns too, their stencilling skills have improved hugely.  The next step will be to create our cake recipe and method so that the children can complete this task unsupervised!

Thank you once again from Ms. Thu and I for all the fabulous gifts on Teachers’ Day, your generosity was so very thoughtful.  We were totally spoilt.

Reminders:-

  1.  For ‘Show and Tell’ – please bring an item that we can add to the maker space.  Following on from ‘This is not a stick’ we would like to encourage the children to think imaginatively about how to re-purpose materials and where the items came from/what they started life as.
  2. Treasure Bags – please try to fill the very small treasure bag with interesting items over the weekend and send them in on Monday.

Please enjoy some additional photographs from the week with your child.

With kindest regards.

Ms. M and Ms. Thu