Friday 13th of December

Happy Winter Break!

We had so much fun at Maison Marou on Tuesday. We learnt all about the cacao plants and where they are grown in Vietnam. We saw one in its natural form before the beans had been taken out and then we learnt all about how the beans are dried and roasted and then made into chocolate.

We got to try the raw cacao bean but it didn’t taste so good. It was bitter and crunchy.

Then we learnt that chocolate is made when you grind the cacao beans down and melt them with sugar.  We tried 4 different types of chocolate. Two of them had 70% cacao beans and 30% sugar and were from 2 different cacao plantations in Vietnam, 1 was cacao bean, sugar and coconut milk and the final one was a bonbon that had cacao bean, sugar and cream. This was the one that most people liked best.

Finally we got to try some chocolate by products. A chocolate eclair and a drink of hot chocolate. Best field trip ever!! Here are a few more photos of the trip.

We hope you have a relaxing 3 weeks off! We will see you back at school in the New Year!

Friday 6th December

Another week flies by!

We continued to think like scientists as we followed the scientific method when we did our rainbow M&M experiment. Here’s a video of what happened when we did it all together.

We had to make a hypothesis and draw our observations. Here are two examples.


After this, the children got to do the experiment again in pairs and continue to ask further questions and wonder things like, “What happens when you flip the M&Ms over?” and “Why did the water turn brown?”

We are really excited about our trip to the Chocolate factory, Maison Marou, next week. We are hoping they can help to answer some of our questions about chocolate!

On Thursday we had a mystery reader from Grade 5!  Phong’s older brother came to read us a Dr Seuss book called, ‘I can read with my eyes shut’. Thanks, Lam! We loved having you to visit!

Don’t forget that Winterfest is on next week. Thursday the 12th of December from 5-7. There will be entertainment, goodies to eat and things for sale. Come along and feel some Christmas cheer!




Friday the 29th of November

What a fun and busy week!

We have really been thinking like scientists this week! We learnt that scientists use all of their senses to do their work. Ask your child what senses scientists use and how they use them.

We decided to use our senses like scientists as we did our first experiment. Here’s what we were wondering…

It was such a delicious experiment and we made some great discoveries. It also helped to create some interesting wonderings.

Here we are tasting the different types of chocolate.

And our wonderings so far…

To answer some of our questions we are going to go on a field trip to Maison Marou. Please fill out the permission slip in your child’s reading bag today and send it back to school asap.

We had some friends from Systems Little House join us for part of the day on Tuesday. Their mums and dads came to check out our school and talk to the admissions people. It was fun to meet new friends and some of us even got to see some old friends from when they were at Systems.

On Thursday we went to visit a real scientist in our school! Ms Fay told us that she uses her senses all the time as a scientist. She even set up some experiments so we could be real scientists too! Ask your child what their favourite experiment was and how they used their senses.

Wiktoria’s mum, Justyna, came to be our mystery reader on Thursday. She read a book to us in Polish. It was about the ‘last tree on earth’ – see what your child remembers about the story.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for Aristocats in the Centre for the Arts foyer.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday 22nd of November

Thank you so much for coming to Open Classrooms on Tuesday! We loved sharing what we ‘do’ with you and we hoped you enjoyed seeing how your child learns at UNIS. Here are some photos from the day.

Today your child bought home their new book bag. Inside you will find a letter about it. Please know that this bag will stay with your child for K2 and Grade 1. We will keep it over the summer and then have it ready for their class next year.

Today we were very lucky to meet Wiktoria’s grandma all the way from Belgium! She read to us in French and Wiktoria translated the story so we could understand. Ask your child if they remember the name of the scary fish who tried to eat the tadpole!

Have a relaxing weekend!

Try and do some talking about the senses you use to explore new places!

Friday 15th of November

We had a wonderful provocation on Tuesday to explore our senses. We are starting to gain an understanding of what our senses are and how they help us to explore. Here are some photos from the day. Ask your child which sense they enjoyed exploring the most.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Open Classrooms next week.  Here is the schedule again, incase you missed it last week.

Have a relaxing weekend!


Friday 8th November

This week we started our new unit – How The World Works. Please read over this unit overview to see what we will be covering over the next few weeks.

This week we also started guided reading groups.  Each group will read with me twice a week and bring their book home at the end of the week. For those children just starting their reading journey, please remind them to point to each word. This draws the eyes in the right direction. A catch phrase they hear from me regularly is “Good readers are good lookers”.

If they are not with me of Ms Hang, they are completing their ‘Must Do’s’. Ask your child what our ‘must do’s’ are.

Outdoor play day was so much fun! We played with our buddies for the first part of the morning and then with our K2 community for part of the day as well. Here are some photos from the day.

Open classrooms will take place on November the 19th.  Here is the schedule for the day.

We hope to see you there!

Remember there is no school for students on Monday. We have a day of professional development.

Have a restful weekend!

Friday 1st November

November already?! Wow, time is flying by!

Thank you to those families who are starting to get into the habit of bringing their children’s reading folders to and from school.  They are enjoying choosing books from our classroom to share with you. We hope you are enjoying reading them together.

This week we have enjoyed the beautiful weather and clean air. We have tried to be outside as much as possible. We’ve been working on our counting and numbers before and after. If your child is an English language learner please talk about these words ‘before’ and ‘after’ in your mother tongue. Here we are in the sun playing a counting game.

On Thursday we celebrated Halloween and the MRIISA basketball tournament. Everyone looked awesome in their costumes and we cheered loudly for our UNIS basketball players!

We have had two mystery readers over the last 7 days. My son, Logan from Grade 3, came and shared his favourite Piggy and Gerald stories and McKenna’s grandma, Gail (Gigi) came to read ‘The Tiger Who Came For Tea’. We LOVE having stories read to us and even more we LOVE having visitors. If you, or someone from your family, would like to come and read to us, please send me an email or sign up here.

On Thursday November 7th, the Elementary School will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
-wears sunscreen to school
-is dressed appropriately for the weather
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
Thank you for your support!
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Remember that November 11th is a professional development day for teachers. There is no school for students on this day.

Wed 13th Nov- Snack Sale

Tues 19th Nov- Open Classrooms – more information to come soon.

Have a great weekend!


Friday 25th October

The children did a fantastic job at assembly yesterday! We were so proud of them. They sang their hearts out. Here is our Identity video and a recording of the song.

UN Day was a wonderful celebration of the cultures within our school. All of the children looked great in their national dress. Here are a few photos of the day.


Today was our last swimming lesson. Next week we go back to normal PE.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday 18th October

What a wonderfully busy week it’s been with SDG week, our ECERP teachers visiting, practises for UN Day and preparing for our assembly next week. As well as all of our amazing learning in between! Phew!

On Tuesday we raised our awareness of the SDGs by doing 5 different rotations.

We learnt about composting with Ms Emily

Gardening with Ms Nikki

Writing messages of peace with Ms Francesca

Doing mindful yoga with Ms Michelle

And learning about reusing items with me.

Ask your child what their favourite activity was. What did they learn? Can they remember any of the SDGs?  What does SDG stand for?

On Thursday we had a special treat…our very first Mystery reader! We had to solve the clues to work out who was coming to read with us. Our clues were… I am a grown-up.  After this clue, we thought it might be Mr C our technology coach. But then we got the next clue, I am a lady. So then we changed our minds. Hugh thought it might be his mum, Ms Kris. Clue #3 was, I have grandchildren. We knew that Ms Kris only has children, not grandchildren. So it couldn’t be her. Teddy thought it might be his grandma but when we heard the next clue, I speak English, he changed his mind. His grandma speaks Vietnamese. Finally our second to last clue was, I am from the United States of America. McKenna was thinking that it could be someone from her family and when she heard the last clue, My name starts with a B, she knew it was her grandma, Bebe!  Thanks for sharing your time with us. We loved the story about the animal club.

If you have special visitors in town, they are always welcome to read to us. We love having special people in our classroom. Just email me and we can work out a time for them to visit.

Next week K2 A and K2B will be presenting at our ECC assembly. Please join us if you can to see your child on stage. We will be in the theatre from 9:25-10:15.  We are excited to share our learning about ‘Identity’ with you.

In reading this week, we learnt how to ‘read to someone’. This is an activity that we will become independent in and have as a rotation in our literacy time.

In math, we have been looking at different materials and talking like mathematicians discussing what we notice, wonder and see. We’ve been using dot patterns, tens frames, Cuisenaire rods and teddy bears for counting. We also put the SDG symbols in order and thought about numbers before and numbers after.

Have a great weekend!  We hope to see many of you at UN Day on Monday.


Friday 4th October

We made it to the October break! What a fun-filled time wee have had getting to know each other and settling into our school routines. We hope you have a relaxing family time over the next week and come back on the 14th ready for the next stint at school.

Here are a few important reminders.

On Friday the 18th of November, 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.


We have been working with Ms Kris on our thoughts and feelings over the last few weeks. We are learning that we all have thoughts and feelings about different things and that our feelings are connected to our heart. We can’t see what people are thinking but we can read our friend’s faces and guess what their thoughts are.  Over the week off please talk about your thoughts as a family and how they make you feel.

UN day- please remember to fill out the form for the food that Laura, our class parent, sent out. We hope you have your cultural outfits planned and ready to go. We look forward to a wonderful day together.