Friday, September 25th

UOI 

In our UOI we have been talking about our likes and dislikes.  We have shared these with our friends and found connections to different foods we like, favourite games and even favourite things to play with in the classroom.

Ask your child what their favourite thing to play with in the classroom is?  Who else likes to play with these toys?

English

Adding more detail to our illustrations has been our focus in writing this week.  We have been thinking carefully about the colours that we use and making our illustrations more realistic by adding background details to show if your story is set inside or outside. 

Math

This week in maths we have continued to look at patterns and created our own mandalas.

We flexed our brain muscles and practised our growth mindset with our friends Dojo and Mojo.  Check out the video below to see Dojo and Mojo talk about how you can learn from your mistakes.

Moon Festival

On Thursday we celebrated the Moon festival with loads of fun Vietnamese traditions.  We wore our Áo dài and shared a delicious Vietnamese breakfast with our K2 community. 

We also painted plaster animals form the TET story.

Pokemon Cards at school

Pokemon cards are very popular in K2 at the moment.  There have been children trading and swapping cards, which causes some confusion around who the cards belong to.  For this reason, we have decided that Pokemon cards may come to school but can not be traded.  Pokemon cards can be used on the playground and only come into the classroom if the teachers says so. If your child does bring cards to school can you please talk to them about our trading rules.  As always, if you choose to bring things from home, you do so at your own risk. We cannot take responsibility for them if they get lost. 

Upcoming Events

  • Next week is week A
  • Thursday 1st October Parent Conferences
  • Saturday 10th October Start of October Break

Reminders

  • Please remember to return Poetry books back on a Monday.
  • If you haven’t already, please send in a set of headphones to leave at school for the year. Thanks!

18th September

Dot Day

Dot Day was a wonderful celebration in K2 this year! We talked about how it connected with our learning about having a growth mindset and we created all sorts of awesome dots to display on our doors! We are all artists, readers, writers and mathematicians if we just make a mark and have a go!   

Ask your child what they have learnt about having a growth mindset. Can they tell you about what happened to Vashti in the story, The Dot? 

Math

This week we are looking at patterns. How to copy them, continue them, make them and talk about them.  

Ask your child what patterns they notice at your house? Can they continue the pattern that they see? 

English

We continue to be authors and illustrators when we create books! Again we talked about having a growth mindset. Some of us said that we couldn’t write yet but when sat down to create our books we surprised ourselves! 

Ask your child what they chose to write their book about. Ask them if they know about the word ‘illustration’ and what it means. 

Phonics

Our letters this week have been P and I.  We’ve talked about the letter names and the sounds that these letters make. If you’re reading books together this weekend, see if your child can find any P’s or I’s in the text.

Next week our letters will be Nn, Cc and Kk.  Can you find any small objects at home that begin with these letters? Bring them into school to add to our phonics table.  

Reminders

Swimming starts on Monday. Your child will swim for every PE lesson. Please help them to pack their swimming bag, but try to do it together. It’s helpful when they know what’s in their bag so that if things go missing they recognise it belongs to them when we are trying to find it’s home.  

 

On Thursday the 24th we will celebrate the Moon Festival. We will all be coming to school in our Ao Dai. If your child doesn’t have one you can pick one up very easily on Silk Street Hang Gai in the Old Quarter. 

 

If you haven’t already, please send in a set of headphones to leave at school for the year. Thanks!

11th September

Inquiry 

This week as part of the unit of inquiry the students have been exploring families with their classmates.  The students have proudly shown the class their family photos and discussed the similarities and differences between families.

Some questions you might like to ask your child about this:

 

What did you tell your class about our family?

Are there other children in the class that have the same number of people in them as us?

What did you learn about some of your classmates’ families?

 

English

This week we have started a new unit exploring illustrations in picture books.  We have been thinking about the different techniques illustrators use to tell a story.

When reading picture books at home with your child you could ask them:

What do you notice about these illustrations?

How do the illustrations help to tell the story?

Do you notice differences or similarities between the illustrations in different books you have read?

On our phonics table we explored the letters and sounds Aa, Tt and Ss.

Next week we will be focusing on the letters Ii and Pp.  Do you have any small objects at home beginning with the letters Ii or Pp that you could bring to school to put on our phonics table?

Maths

This week we continue exploring what it means to be a mathematician and the maths materials we use to solve problems.

You could ask your child:

What is a Rekenrek?

What maths materials did you explore in the classroom this week?

 

Swimming in PE

From Monday 21st September to October break. K2 will be swimming in their PE sessions.  On PE days students will need to bring a swimming costume, goggles and  a towel. More information about swimming will come next week from Ms Claire, our PE teacher.

Reminders

  • Next week is Week A
  • Please ensure your child comes to school each day with a hat, water bottle and face mask
  • Our PE teacher has asked that children wear appropriate clothing for PE on PE days. Shorts and t-shirts rather than long dresses.  She has also asked that PE clothes are worn all day and not changed into for PE.  Please can girls with long hair come to school with their hair tied back.
  • Thursday 24th September we will have our Moon Festival Assembly at school. Students are invited to wear Ao dais

4th September

We started our week with a very special visit to the high school to meet the adorable ducklings Grade 6 have been caring for.  We practiced being safe. kind and responsible before meeting our fluffy friends.  We can’t wait to visit them again to see how they have grown.

On Thursday, we had a ,photo with our K2 Community.  Mr C used his drone to take this cool photo of us.  It reminds us that when we work together we are so much stronger and can achieve truly amazing things!

In math, we have been practicing sharing our thinking with a “maths mate”.  We ‘”turn and talk” by sitting knee to knee so we can look our maths mate in the eye while we discuss our ideas.

Poetry Books

We have begun our class weekly poems this week. Your child’s poetry book will be sent home on Friday. Over the weekend you may have your child read and share the actions to the poem. Please make sure to return it to school every Monday.

Healthy Snacks

Food is fuel for learning. Talk to your child about healthy everyday foods. These include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Check out this resource for some fun and simple ideas. Super Easy Healthy School Snack Ideas

Nude Food Challenge

As part of our learning and connections with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we want to minimize single use plastic.  We would like to challenge you and your child to a week of single plastic snacks. Instead, send in snacks in reusable containers, bags and wrapping.

Hats to Play

UNIS has a school wide policy that children must wear hats when playing outside. Please make sure to send a hat every day with your child or they will not be allowed to play.

Reminders

-Photo day is next Tuesday September 8th.

-We are still waiting for family photos to be sent in. These photos will be used throughout our current Unit of Inquiry.

-If you have not yet returned the Parent Questionnaire please do so. If you need another copy please let us know.

28th August

We had another great week of learning in K2.  We have really enjoyed getting to know each other and establishing a sense of belonging and community.  Our morning meetings have been filled with fun and laughter through getting to know you games and sharing family photos.

We particularly like engaging in partner play where we were buddied with a new playmate.  It was a great way to get to know our new friends.

In Literacy we we have been creating stories through story workshops.  It was incredible to hear the ideas that K2A shared. They are really imaginative authors.

In Maths we learned new symbols to share our thinking.

Happy Birthday Noah!!!

 

Healthy Nude food lunch boxes

Food is fuel for learning.  In the below poster we have added some ideas for healthy snacks that you could add to your child’s lunch box.  In an effort to minimize our carbon footprint, please use containers and minimize single use single use plastic wrapping where possible.

Back to School Night

Thank you for making the time to connect on Zoom for K2 Back to School Night.  If you were not able to attend the presentation, please view the slides below.

Unit Overview- Who We Are

Reminders

-If you have not already done so, could you please email a family photo for us to display in our classroom? We have been asking the children to share these photos in morning meetings.

-Please return K2 Parent Questionnaire 

-Tuesday the 8th September is Class Photo day

21st August

What a wonderful week we have had together at school!  Your children have shown bravery as they were risk takers coming back to school, resilience as they adapt to social distancing and masks and cooperation as they make new friends and get to know their classmates and teachers! 

SO awesome!  

Here are a few photos of our first week together.

K2A Class Portraits 

Reminders

-Our first Unit of Inquiry is all about Who We Are. Could you please email a family photo for us to display in our classroom? We will be asking the children to share who lives at their house and tell us a little bit of information about them.

-A gentle reminder to send back  your parent survey if you haven’t already done so. Thanks! 

~Articulation and Language Screenings

UNIS’ speech-language pathologist, Brian Walker, will begin the start of year speech and language screenings next week. This is a very quick look at your child’s ability to say sounds clearly, describe some things with short sentences and follow some simple directions.   If you child has some challenges, Brian will reach out to you in a few weeks.  

If your child is in the distance learning or bridge program, Brian will screen your child when they return to campus.

If Brian worked with your child last year in K1, he/she will also be screened with therapy resuming by the end of September.

Today we would like to introduce our specialist and support teachers that your children will come into contact with over the year. 

Ms Lindsey – Learning Support K2 and G1 ltate@unishanoi.org

I am Lindsey Tate, and this is my third year teaching in the Learning Support department at UNIS. Again this year I will work primarily with students in Discovery – Grade 1.

I have had a great summer traveling throughout Vietnam from hiking in the rice fields of Sapa to discovering the history and food of Hue. In my spare time, I love to move (dance, yoga, bike) with my two children and my husband as well as to snuggle up with a good book.

While I started out as a Special Education teacher in the US, I also have my Master’s Degree in EAL. For the past 11 years, I have worked with students in international schools in Tanzania, Jordan, and now Vietnam. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Ms Kris – School Counselor 

 

Hello families! This is my third year at UNIS where I work with students, teachers and families in Discovery to Grade 3. I love coming into the classroom to teach lessons about feelings, getting along, calmness and solving problems. I am always here to help children and their families as they navigate growing up. I look forward to seeing all students in person or on Zoom throughout the year.

 

Ms Emma – Art ehamilton@unishanoi.org

Greetings. This is my 5th year here at UNIS where I teach art from Discovery to Grade 2. Ms. Trang is our art teaching assistant and your children will also meet her during art lessons.

Art is my passion both at school and at home, where I will often be found in my studio (well garage) creating and making. I am originally from the UK where I taught for several years before teaching in Malawi, Dubai and now Vietnam. The UNIS Early Year’s art curriculum is structured to deepen your child’s interest and passion for making and creating as well as develop their artistic skills and knowledge. I am very excited about the year ahead and am really looking forward to seeing the new and innovative creations I know your children will be making.

I am always available for any questions or queries and I look forward to reconnecting with my students from last year as well as meeting all the new students and families.

 

Ms Liz – Music ewolden@unishanoi.org

 I am originally from the United States and have worked in schools in Egypt, Myanmar, India, UAE and now am in my second year at UNIS working in the ECC. Music is a language that all children can access and enjoy and I look forward to singing, saying, moving and playing with your children this year! In my free time I enjoy playing the piano and spending time with my beautiful cat, Chipsy.

 

 

Ms. Dung- Vietnamese K2B tkdung@unishanoi.org

Xin chào. My name is Dung and I come from Vietnam. UNIS has held a very special place in my heart as I have been teaching Vietnamese at UNIS for quite a long time. The Vietnamese program at ECC is designed to help students to explore different aspects of Vietnamese culture and to build up appreciation and respect for the host country culture and language.  In my free time I enjoy reading books and spending time with my family and friends.  I am very excited about the year ahead and I am looking forward to meeting all the new and returning students and families.

 

Ms Huyen- Vietnamese Teacher of K2 A, C and D ntthuyen@unishanoi.org

I’m Huyen and I come from Vietnam. I have taught in several International schools and UNIS is my second home. I love teaching Vietnamese as it is an opportunity for me to work with many of you from all over the world and share with you our Vietnamese culture and our language.  

In my spare time, I love exploring new places all over Vietnam, listening to music and playing with my puppy- Milo. I am looking forward to meeting you all.

 

Ms Clare – PE calbertson@unishanoi.org

Kia Ora everyone! I am Clare Albertson and this is my 6th year teaching PE at UNIS Hanoi. I started my teaching career in my home country, New Zealand as a Kindergarten homeroom teacher, then moved to PE when I joined the International School of London before coming to UNIS. In my spare time I love exploring and hanging out with my 2 boys, reading, cooking and of course playing Sport! The ECC PE program is based around the philosophy of a Love for Movement. Myself and Mr Quang have a lot of exciting things in store for this year and we are really looking forward to moving through it together! Please reach out if you have any questions now, or throughout the year.

 

Mr C – Information Technology Coach wclark@unishanoi.org

Hi everybody!  Big C here!!  I CANNOT WAIT to get this year started!  We have so many wonderful opportunities to create with technology at UNIS Hanoi! But maybe I should back up a bit…

My name is William Clark (also known as “Big C”).  This is my 2nd year as the ES Technology Coach at UNIS Hanoi, a role I truly love with all my heart!  I have been a technology coach for the last 8 years.  Prior to coming to Hanoi, I worked at an IB school in Dubai, GEMS World Academy.  Before becoming a technology coach, I was a Grade 5 teacher for 3 years and a Grade 4 teacher for 1 year.  I was also an English teacher  in South Korea for 3 years.

My passion is technology, more specifically…what can be created with technology.  Whether we are in the classroom or in our ES Makerspace, creativity with technology is certain at UNIS Hanoi and I feel so lucky and blessed to be a part of it all!

 

Ms Monica – Librarian eslibrarian@unishanoi.org

I am Monica Mayer and this is my third year at UNIS, Hanoi. I have been involved in Education for more than 30 years mainly in the fields of Literacy and Boys’ Education. I have worked previously in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore before coming to Vietnam.

In my spare time I love to go bushwalking along as many tracks as I can find, usually with my youngest son, Will who loves the outdoors as much as me. I also really enjoy yoga and of course exploring Vietnamese culture whenever I get a chance. I have two grown up sons – Michael and Will and my husband teaches Grade 4 at UNIS. 

At UNIS, I look after the Library and thoroughly enjoy our elementary students and families visiting and borrowing each week. The Library always seems to me to be the heart of any school and I welcome every family to come and visit us and browse our beautiful collection of books. There is always something for everyone!

 

Mr Brian – Speech and Language Teacher  bwalker@unishanoi.org

I am Brian Walker, and this is my second year at UNIS. I have been a speech-language pathologist for 25 years.  Vietnam is the fifth country I have lived and worked in outside of my home country of the United States. 

 I had a great summer traveling through Vietnam and gaining a greater appreciation forthe Vietnamese people, their diverse culture and language.

Returning students will already know me from being in their classrooms and seeing me on the playground during recess.  I had fun seeing everyone back on campus this week!

 

30th August

Our 3rd week of school was quite eventful.  We met so many new people and some sweet little ducklings too.
After we had our photos taken on Tuesday, we walked all the way over to the middle school to see the ducklings the G6’s students are looking after. They were only 2 days old and were so cute and fluffy.  We look forward to visiting them again soon to see how they’ve grown.
Ask your child:
What did the ducklings look like/ sound like/ feel like?  How are they different to grown ducks? How did they move?
Ms Nitasha read us the story “Alma, and how she got her name.”
Ask you child:
What was the story about?  Talk about the meaning behind your child’s name.
On Wednesday we met Ms Kris, our councilor.  She read us a story about feelings and taught us a new song.
Ask your child:
What was the story about?  Can you make a happy/ sad/ angry/ afraid / silly face?
On Thursday we meet out Grade 2 buddies.  We showed them our favourite things to do in the classroom and the wonderful things on our playground.  They were so friendly and kind.  We will continue to get to know each other and share in our learning across the school year.
Ask your child:
What is your buddies name?  What did you do together? What did you show them in the classroom and on the playground?  What country do they come from?
A message from Ms Francesca
Dear Parents,
I am fortunate to be working with your children this year to support English Langauge and Literacy development in K2. As the EAL Coach, I have an International EAL Certification in addition to my teaching qualifications and in October will graduate with a Masters in Educational Inclusion from New Zealand. I have been working internationally with young language learners for the past 7 years and believe our classrooms are enriched by the diversity of students that are your children.
English Language and Literacy development, both social and academic are integral to our K2 programme, therefore, EAL support happens in the classroom and is integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning throughout the school day. Our philosophy is not to withdraw children for English language lessons but to immerse them within the language-rich learning environment of the classroom.
In K2 we recognize that all students are language learners in the early years of their schooling, therefore, all students receive daily, targeted, English language instruction. All teaching and learning is differentiated to meet the needs of each student and ensure positive English language progression. EAL support is provided in collaboration with the Homeroom Teachers, EAL Coach, and Teaching Assistants.
In K2 all students attend Vietnamese Culture and Language. These are important lessons not only for Vietnamese students to continue to progress their mother tongue but also for non-Vietnamese students to appreciate and value our host country.
I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back To School’ Parent night next week. Should you have any further questions you can contact me directly at fbiros@unishanoi.org.
Kind regards,
Francesca
Unit of Inquiry
Up Coming Events:
  • School will be closed on September 2nd for a public holiday and on September 13th for a professional development day for the teacher
  • We will have a fire drill next week on Tuesday 3rd at 9am. There is nothing you need to do for this, just know that your child might come home talking about it.
  • Back To School Night -Thursday 5th Sept, 6-7:30.
  • Moon Festival Assembly– Thursday 12th Sept. We will celebrate this Vietnamese festival together.  For our new families, please be aware that all children wear traditional dress on this day. You can purchase Ao Dai in the Old Quarter on Silk Street.
  • Sparkly Social reminder. Don’t miss this fun event! September 14th (Adults only).

Reminders:

  • As we move into our new Unit Of Inquiry, we ask that you please either email or send in a family photograph. My email is mcurrey@unishanoi.org
  • During this wet weather season, we would love for you to send in wet weather gear so the children can play out in the rain. Splashing in puddles is so much fun! If the children are wearing gumboots and a raincoat- they can be out in the playground enjoying the weather.  Please note- children will not be allowed out during thunder and lightning.
  • Please send in a set of named headphones for your child to use in the classroom. We will use them for our literacy program.

23rd August 2019

Our second week of school has been amazing! I can not believe how well the children have settled into school and are moving through our daily routines. They are confident, organised and independent learners! What a great grounding for the year of learning to come!

This week we had our first ECC assembly in the auditorium.  Can you spot the birthday children on stage from the K2A class?

 

We also were visited by our Maths coach Ms Beth and Literacy coach Ms Angela. We really enjoyed sharing our learning with them.

Ms Beth lead us through a number talk on “The same and different.”

Ask your child:

What mathematicians do?  Can you find something the same and something different from these 2 pictures?  How do we show we have something to say. How do we show we were thinking the same as someone else?

 

Ms Angela read us the story “Don’t Eat Your Classmates.”  It was hilarious.

Ask your child:

What was your favourite part of the story? What made you laugh in the story? What did you learn about how to treat your classmates from the story?

In Literacy, we have been learning the Poem “Incy Wincy Spider.”  We had such fun sequencing, finding rhyming words from within the poem and outside the poem.

Check out Seesaw to see a choral reading of “Incy Wincy Spider” from K2A.

Poetry Book:
Today your child took home their Poetry book. It will be sent home every Friday for your child to share with you. Please see the inside cover for further details. Please return the poetry book on Monday.

 

Upcoming events:

  • We will have a fire drill next week on Thursday the 29th at 9am. There is nothing you need to do for this, just know that your child might come home talking about it.
  • Photo day. K2A will have their photos taken on Tuesday the 27th of August at 8:55am.
  • School will be closed on September 2nd for a public holiday and on September 13th for a professional development day for the teachers
  • Back To School Night -Thursday 5th Sept, 6-7:30- put it in your calendar! More information will be emailed out.
  • Moon Festival Assembly– Thursday 12th Sept. We will celebrate this Vietnamese festival together.  For our new families, please be aware that all children wear traditional dress on this day. You can purchase Ao Dai in the Old Quarter on Silk Street
  • Sparkly Social reminder. Don’t miss this fun event! September 14th (Adults only)
  • As we move into our new Unit Of Inquiry, we ask that you please either email or send in a family photograph. My email is mcurrey@unishanoi.org
  • During this wet weather season, we would love for you to send in wet weather gear so the children can play out in the rain. Splashing in puddles is so much fun! If the children are wearing gumboots and a raincoat- they can be out in the playground enjoying the weather.  Please note- children will not be allowed out during thunder and lightning.
  • Please send in a set of named headphones for your child to use in the classroom. We will use them for our literacy program.

16th August 2019

Good Afternoon K2A Community,

We have had a wonderful start to the new school year!  The children have transitioned smoothly into Kindergarten 2 and are enjoying getting to know their classroom and classmates.

On our first day of school the whole school meet for an Assembly in the gym to welcome a new year of learning at UNIS Hanoi.  It was quite the spectacle!

Ask your child about:

The Dragon Dance:

What did you see?  What did you hear?  Why is the dragon important in Vietnamese culture?

The Drum.

Who beat the drum?  What did the drum look like?  What did the drum sound like?

In the classroom, we met loads of new friends while exploring our learning through play.

Ask you child about:  What is your favourite thing to do/ play with in the classroom?  Who did you meet this week?  Did you learn any new names?  Who do you like to play with?

 

Reminders:

Please note the events up coming events:

Next week beginning Monday 9th August is week B (see attached schedule).

School Photos Tuesday 27th August at 8:55 (make sure you are at school on time).

Fire Dill Evacuation Thursday 29th August.

Public Holiday for Independence day Monday 2nd September.

 

Seesaw

This year we are using Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. I’ll also use Seesaw to send you messages and reminders. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/636-287-876
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!