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!
Here are a few photos of our first week together.
K2A Class Portraits
-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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 – firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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!