18th October

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) week was full of fantastic learning and fun!

On Tuesday we tried a variety of activities based on our SDG’s.  We tried composting, helped to garden, played with loose parts and recyclable materials, practiced yoga and mindfulness, and wrote messages of peace on the playground with chalk.

Ask your child:  What was your favorite activity?  Did you play with any different children?  What can you put in the compost? Can you show me a yoga pose?

We also watched “Only One You” and painted our own fish on rocks to add to a whole school mural.

This week we also had our first Mystery Reader visit the classroom.  The children were so delighted to have SanWooks Mum read a story in Korean.  Even though most of us could not understand the words, we could make sense of the story by reading the pictures.  Thank you for reading to us YooJin.

Ask your child:  What was the story about?  How did you know what the story was about without understanding the words?

Thank you to the parents who joined us for our reading morning.  Reading books go home next week. How exciting!  Have fun sharing in the joy of reading together!

 

UpComing Events

Next week in Week B.  We will have swimming on Wednesday and Friday.

Monday 21st October:  UN Day– Please check emails for further details.

Thursday 17th October:  K2A and K2B Assembly.  At 9:20 we will be presenting at assembly.  You are welcome to come and watch and cheers us on.

 

 

 

 

4th October

We have made it to our well-deserved Autumn break.   I am so proud of K2A!  Their curiosity, imagination, and independence is really shining through.  What an exciting learning journey we have ahead!

This week we have been focusing on applying a growth mindset to our learning.  We listened to meditations, read stories and danced to the motivational music all centered around positive thinking.

Ask me:  How can you stop the “I can’t monster?”. What is good about making mistakes? What is the power of yet? Listen to: “The Power of Yet” and “Don’t Give Up.”

To find out more about our similarities and interests we surveyed our friends to see who liked the same things that we did.  We found that a lot of kids liked to play with the magnatiles and in the mud kitchen.

Ask your child:  What question did you ask your friends?  Who liked the same thing as you?  What can you do with this information?

Upcoming Events

It will be week A after the break. Swimming will be on Monday and Wednesday.

Sat 5th Oct- Autumn break

Mon 14th Oct- Back to school and Sustainable Development Goals Week.

Fri 18th of Oct- K2 Reading coffee morning. The K2 team will be hosting a coffee morning about ‘Engaging and Supporting Kindergarten Readers’. We will begin in our classrooms where you can come and enjoy reading together with your child. Then they will move to their specialist subjects and we will move to the gym for the presentation. If you plan on attending, please be at school by 8:10. We will be done by 9/9:15. We hope you can join us to learn about the reading expectations in K2.

Mon 21st Oct- UN day

K2 Cultural Day Activities Volunteers 

As a K2 team, we have been celebrating our identities by looking closely at individuality and cultural differences. We are looking for some wonderful parents to help us run some cultural activities on the morning of UN Day. Some examples might be origami, teaching a song from your country, a cultural dance, musical instrument or something else of your choice. Please be aware that our children will be in their cultural outfits so we need to avoid any paint or messy play. Your activity will run for between 20 to 30 minutes and will be for a group of 10 to 15 children. We can help with any resources that you may need. Can you help?

 

 

 

27th September

This week we continued our exploration of “Who We Are” by taking a closer look at the culture of our host country Vietnam through tasting some local cuisine.

On Tuesday, we shared a picnic, Vietnamese breakfast as a K2 community.  We were great risk takers and tried a variety of foods including sticky rice, banh mi, and Vietnamese pork rolls.

This experience sparked loads of learning and investigation.  We inquired into K2A’s favourite breakfast foods and became authors when we wrote a class book about breakfast.

Ask your child:

What was served at the Vietnamese breakfast? What did you like best?  How did it taste?  How did it feel?  What did your friends like?

Upcoming Events

Next week is week B. Swimming will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Mon 30th Sept- Learning Conversations.  This will be a discussion with your teacher about what your child enjoys learning and goals to the year.  Don’t forget to bring your child.

Sat 5th Oct- Autumn break

Mon 14th Oct- Back to school

Fri 18th of Oct- K2 Reading coffee morning. Save the date! We will be holding a coffee morning for our K2 families on Friday the 18th of October. Our topic will be ‘Reading in K2’.  We invite you all to come and read with your child from 8:10-8:30 and then join us for a 30 min presentation about reading with your kindergartener. What to expect and how you can help at home. More information to come next week.

Don’t forget to sign up as a mystery reader: Please click on this link to view and add your name to the mystery reader signup form.

 

 

 

 

Friday 20th September

This week in UOI we have been looking at the flags of the countries we identify with and come from.  Our favourite game has been “guess the flag.”

Ask your child: What colours and shapes can you see on your flag.  Where do other students in your class come from?  What are the colours and shapes you can see on their flag?

Happy Birthday, Jeongin.  We had a wonderful time celebrating with you!

 

UpComing Events

Mystery Reader

Mystery Reader is an important and loved part of the K2 program. It involves parents and family members coming to school to read a story to the class.  As our students are at the beginning of their reading journey, it is lovely for them to see a variety of different people reading books they enjoy. It is especially wonderful for children to experience books in a variety of languages.  Please click on this link to view and add your name to the mystery reader signup form. If Wednesday does not work for you, email me and we will organise another time.

  • Swimming- Monday 23rd September- 25th October

Swimming will start next week during regular PE times. Our first swimming day will be Monday September 23th. Please make sure to send your child to school with their swimming gear. More information about swimming can be found on the PE and Aquatics Blog.

  • Vietnamese Breakfast– Tuesday 24th September

To continue our learning about identity we will be looking at the different foods that we eat in different cultures. On Tuesday we will have a Vietnamese breakfast together to celebrate the food of our host country, Vietnam.  The children will have the opportunity to try Vietnamese sandwiches with bread, pork, cucumber and herbs. Sticky rice with green bean or black bean or peanuts. And rice rolls with vegetables and pork. We hope all the children will be risk takers and try something new. If you are interested in sharing food from your culture with the children in your child’s classroom, please contact your child’s teacher to organise a time that suits.

  • Learning Conversations– Monday 30th September.

This will be a pupil free day.  You and your child will visit the classroom at your appointed time to discuss learning goals for the coming year.  Please make sure you have made an appointment for your learning conversations on veracross.

  • Library open every Saturday from 9-12

13th September

This week I was out of the classroom for 4 days on Add+Vantage Maths training.  The PD was incredibly insightful and I look forward to sharing my new knowledge with the K2A mathematicians soon.
Thank you to the incredible Ms Vu who taught K2A while I was out of the classroom.  With 17 years of teaching experience and your bright and bubbly approach to everything, I knew the kids were in great hands.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the bake sale.  We enjoyed the tasty treats and raised money for the school.
Moon Festival celebrations were a cultural delight.  We dressed in our Ao dai, tried delicious Vietnamese foods and even painted a dragon’s head.
Ask your child:
What did you wear?  What did you see at the Moon Festival Assembly? What did you paint?  Why is the Moon Festival so important to Vietnam?
Upcoming Events:
  • Saturday 14th Sept- Sparkly Social (Adults Only)
  • Mon 30th Sept– Parent-teacher-student conferences.
  • Sat 5th Oct- Autumn break
  • Mon 14th Oct- Back to school.
  • Mon 21st Oct- UN Day- early finish

Reminders:

  • Next week is week A.

6th September

This week we began our literacy and maths centre rotations where we explored different resources while cooperating within our group.  It was a lot of fun!

 

Ask your child:  Who was in your group?  What special letters were you learning about? What maths materials did you use?

During our Who We Are Inquiry we talked about the word “Identity”.  Check out our brainstorm to find out what we discussed.

Ask your child:  What does identity mean? What do you like to do? Where are you from?  Who is in our family?

Our specialist teachers and Ms Nitasha visited us in our morning meetings to talk about their identity.

Ask your child: Who came to talk about their identity in your Morning Meeting? What country  did they come from?  What do they like to do/ eat? What they are good at? Do you have anything in common with this teacher?

Next week we will be talking about and comparing our own families.  Please make sure you have sent in your family photo (as a hard copy or via email) as a reference for your child.

Thank you for attending back to school night.  It was a great chance to reconnect and share the wonderful learning we have been doing in the classroom. Please scroll through the attached slideshow for important information about K2A.

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Up Coming Events:
  • Snack Sale 11th September.  Please send 20,000 VD with your child so they can buy a treat form the Snack Sale.
  • School will be closed September 13th for a professional development day for the teachers.
  • 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:

  • Next week is week A.
  • 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
  • If you have not already done so please send in a set of named headphones for your child to use in the classroom. We will use them for our literacy program.

 

 

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.

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