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.

 

Friday 27th September

We continued to celebrate our identity this week by looking at our favourite foods from our different home countries. We look forward to tasting food from all over the world on UN day. We had a delicious Vietnamese breakfast together, as a K2 family, on Tuesday to celebrate food from our host country. We had banh mi, 4 different types of sticky rice and some rice noodles with pork sausage. Some of us were already very knowledgeable about the different types of food. Ask your child what they liked the best. Ask them if they were a risk-taker and whether they tried something new.

Next week we will continue to think about our identity through things we love to do and things we are good at.  Please talk at home over the weekend about something that your child feels that they are good at. We want them to recognise that people are good at different things and this is what gives us identity. Over the next few weeks, they will teach another child their skill and they will show a good growth mindset as they learn a new skill from a friend.

We have been thinking about the letters <s> and <a> this week. Did you know that the letter s has two sounds? Ask your child what they are. In our poem, we had to find words with an s and circle them in different colours for the different sounds. It’s a great discussion to continue with at home.

As mathematicians, we have been learning some new math games. Our buddies taught us two new games called Roll and Race and Counters in a Cup. The games helped us practice writing our numbers and our combinations to 5, 10 and even 20, for those who could!

 

Next week is week B so we have swimming on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please help your child to remember their swimming suit.

I am looking forward to meeting you all on Monday at our Learning Conversations. Please remember to bring your child with you. Our conference will have two parts. One part together with your child to share goals and discuss their learning, and another for us to discuss how your child has settled in and to answer any questions you might have.

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.

Mystery Readers. So far we have had four people sign up! If you would like to come and read to our class, we would love to see you! Click here to sign up

UN Day is coming up on the 21st of October. Do you have your child’s cultural outfit ready? There is a signup sheet for food in the UN Day blog post in this Tin Tuc.

Friday 20th September

Happy weekend! It’s been a busy week this week with me being out for professional development for two days. Ms Hang did a wonderful job with our class on her own and the children were very settled.  We haven’t had much chance to take any photos this week but here’s what’s been going on…

As mathematicians, we have continued our work on being good listeners when we turn and talk to others. We continue to practice our forwards and backwards counting and are becoming familiar with our math games that practice skills. If you want to help at home you can also do lots of counting. Count the stairs as you walk up them, count the traffic lights as they count down, count anything you can see! Our K2 end of year goal is forwards to 32 and backwards from 20.

We learnt, and consolidated, the letters i, l and t in our phonics lessons (lowercase). We learnt how to correctly write these letters, the letter names and the sounds they make. Check with your child and see if they could do with some extra consolidation over the weekend.

In UOI, we discussed our flags and our languages. We made comparisons between our own and our classmate’s flags. We talked about similar languages that we spoke and we were all very proud to share where we come from. Ask your child what countries their friends come from. Can they remember the languages spoken in our classroom?

Loads of important messages this week. Please bear with me and read right through!

Have a relaxing weekend and enjoy the cooler weather.

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 our 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 Thursday does not work for you, please email me and we will organise another time.

Swimming will start next week during regular PE times.

Our first swimming day will be this Monday, September 23rd. 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.

Learning Conferences

Vereacross will be open next week for you to sign up for a conference on Monday the 30th of September. As per the email sent from our principal, Megan, please bring your child along so we can all share in their learning and goals together.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Class Parent

K2B does not yet have a class parent. Would you be willing to help us out?

Why ?  

  • A great way to engage with your child’s class
  • Have a connection to the other parents in the class
  • Have a reason to connect with your teacher
  • Have a better idea of what is going on in your class and at school
  • Have fun and be involved.

Here is the Parent Role Description.

If you are keen to take on this role please send me an email. Thanks!

Breakfast on Tuesday

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, 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.

 

Friday September 13th

What a wonderful week full of celebrations, fun and learning!

We started the week by drawing and sharing our families. We had to present to our classmates and look and listen for things that were the same about our family and someone else’s. Ask your child who they had something in common with.

We enjoyed the delicious snacks at the snack sale on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who helped by bringing in the treats for us to buy.

Moon festival was a great celebration! The children all looked wonderful in their Ao Dai. Ms Hang taught us all about the Moon Festival story. Ask your child if they remember what happened to Cuoi and his magical tree.  She also brought us some moon cake to try! Some of us loved it but others weren’t so keen!

At the assembly, we saw the older children doing a performance and we saw some crazy foot puppets! Ask your child what they remember and if they saw anyone they knew on stage.

In the afternoon, we painted dragon masks! What a wonderful day!

Next week we will begin some assessments to help us make goals for the coming months. These will be shared with you at teacher/parent conferences at the end of the month.

We will continue to talk about families and dip into ‘what is different’ about our own families and other families from our class.

Have a relaxing weekend!

 

 

Friday 6th September

Thank you to all those families who were able to make it to Back To School Night yesterday. Please see the slideshow below for all the extra details about K2!

If you did not make it to Back to School night, there is a flyer in your child’s communication folder about a new reading program we are using called Reading Eggs. UNIS has paid for a subscription for the year and this program will be used at school during our reading rotations. You can also use it at home too as it tracks your child’s progress.  The paper gives all the details and it has your child’s login and password. Let me know if you have any trouble accessing it from home.

If you have any further questions or clarifications about the above information, please email me or drop by the classroom.

This week we have begun to work in centers and have been practicing rotating around the different activities. We have been learning about the special letters of the alphabet- the vowels. Ask your child what their favourite activity was. Ask them if they know what letters are the vowels.

In math, we are working on counting forwards to 32 and backward from 20. We have been counting the days at school and tracking them in our room. We are working on being able to recognize and write our numbers correctly. These are all things you can help with at home.

In our Unit of Inquiry, we have been talking a lot about the word ‘identity’. Ask your child what they think identity is. Ask them if they remember something about Ms. Emma, Ms. Penny, Ms. Nitasha or Co Dung’s identity.

Next week we will talk a lot about how our families make up a part of our identity. We will read books about families and the children will get to show their family photos and tell us about the people in it. We will look for things that are the same about our families and a friend’s family. If you have not sent in your family photo yet, please send it over the weekend.

Reminders:

  1. Next week we have our first Healthy Snack Sale! Please send 20,000vnd in on Wednesday for your child to buy two snacks.
  2. Wear Ao Dai on Thursday for the Moon Festival. Please send an extra set of clothes as well so children can change if they want to
  3. Friday is a professional development day for the teachers – there is no school for the children.
  4. Next week is Week A
  5. The library is now open every Saturday from 9-12 for families to come and enjoy some time together reading books.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Friday 30th August

Another week down! Time flies when you’re having fun! Please read through our overview for our first Unit Of Inquiry. It covers what we will be learning about over the next 2 months at school. If you haven’t sent in your family photo yet, please email it to me at psnedden@unishanoi.org

Did you hear about our surprise visit to the ducklings this week? The Grade 6 students had been hatching some eggs and the babies finally arrived! We went to see all 8 of them when they were only 5 days old. The children got to feed them and pet them. They were super cute! 

We started to play with the math materials this week to begin to learn about our math routines and how to care for our equipment.  We read a wonderful story about Albert Einstein and what a thinker he was. We related this back to our maths and made some connections about what math is. Here’s what we came up with.

We met our new Grade 2 buddies on Thursday and had fun playing together. We will see them every two weeks to enjoy each other’s company and do activities together.

About Our EAL Teacher…

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 
Reminders
  • Back to school night Thursday 5th Sept, 6-7:30- see you in our classroom! 
  • Moon Festival 12th of Sept. Assembly- please wear your Ao Dai
  • Sparkly Social September 14th at the Sheraton (Adults only event)
  • Please bring in or email a family photo
  • Headphones – please supply your child with a set of headphones that can stay at school for the year. We will use them for our reading program

As part of our inquiry into ‘Who we are,’ we are building a strong sense of community in the Early Childhood Centre (ECC).  As part of our learning we will join the other K1. K2 and Discovery classes in common outdoor play time in the mornings, starting at 8:10.  This is instructional time and an important part of the day for strengthening relationships, helping students transition from home to school for the day, and learning through play. We ask your help to ensure that all students arrive by 8:10 in the morning.  Parents who drop off, please give your children a positive but definitive goodbye when the bell rings at 8:10.  Please explain to your children that the bell is a signal for you to say goodbye, and we will reinforce this idea with the children as well. Thank you so much for your support.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Friday 23rd August, 2019

Our first full week at school! I bet your children have been sleeping as well at night as I have been!

We have been getting to know the people in our UNIS community this week.

Ms. Angela, our Literacy Coach, came in to read us a story. Ask your child what the character in the book, Penelope, ate!

Ms. Beth, our Math Coach, came in to do a number talk with us. We did a lot of thinking about same and different. Ask your child what they thought was the same and what was different about the picture.

We went to the library to see our friend, Ms. Monica. She read us a lovely story called Stellaluna. Ask your child if they remember what kind of an animal Stellluna was.

And finally, Ms. Kris our school counselor, came to see us. We read a story about feelings and learned some new songs together.

We have worked together on our essential agreements, the rules we will follow to keep everyone safe, and we created drawings to help us remember the rules we decided upon.  We hope you enjoyed our self-portraits that were shared on Seesaw.

We also had our first assembly where we got to see our friends in the other grades at school. McKenna, Huey, and Wiktoria all went up on stage to receive their birthday pencils. -So exciting to be another year older!

Important Notices and Reminders

  • 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.
  • Today your child will bring home their Poetry book for the first time. Please enjoy sharing their poem for the week- Incy Wincy.
  • Photo day. K2B will have their photos taken on Friday the 30th of August.
  • 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 psnedden@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. 

Have a relaxing weekend!

Friday 16th of August, 2019

What a wonderful first few days we have had together as a K2B community. The children have all been really settled and have enjoyed getting to know each other.

Here are a few photos from our week and a few questions you might like to ask your child.

What did you discover in your new classroom? Do you know any of the other children’s names yet?

What did we see in the Sports Centre? What colour was the dragon?

Have you met anyone else from the other K2 classrooms? Who are the other K2 teachers?

We did our very first Seesaw post today. Please see the details below to access your child’s online portfolio.

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, 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/523-707-295
  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!

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Thurs 29th Aug- Evacuation drill practice. We will practice how to stay safe in a fire. You do not need to do anything for this. We just want to keep you informed in case your child comes home and talks about it. 
  • 26-30th – Photo week- K2B will have their photo taken on Friday the 30th of August. I will send another reminder closer to the time.
  • Mon 2nd-Sept No school- Vietnamese National Day

Next week is Week B.   Have a relaxing weekend and stay cool!