Friday 17th January

What fun we had at the Grade 4 Market. The children got to visit the stalls and spend their money. Here are a few photos from the day.

We are finishing up our descriptive writing next week with a post assessment. We have written about some imaginative creatures. Ask your child what their Nogard looked like! We have created TET dragons that we will write about next week. Look out for them on Seesaw.

Today we got to see our buddies again. They shared with us a presentation they had been working on and then we got to play on the big playground together. So much fun!

Yesterday we had tWO mystery readers come to our class! It was Piggy (Mr Daniel Cooper from UNIS) and Gerald (Mr Josh from UNIS)

They read us a very funny story and Phong got to help!

Please remember to sign up for a conference next week on Wednesday. It you have any questions about conference day, send me an email.

Have a happy weekend!

Friday the 10th of January, 2020

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a restful time over the break catching up with family and friends. I had a wonderful time at home in New Zealand with my family. Lots of nature, yummy food and fun family times. It’s been good to hear all the stories from your children about their breaks. They all had a lot of fun!

This week we welcomed Mr Micah into K2B. He will be with us until the end of May as he finishes his teaching degree. Micah will be working closely with Ms Hang and I to plan and teach your children. He has the already added advantage of knowing the children from teaching PE while Ms Clare was away on maternity leave.  How wonderful to have an extra adult in the classroom full time!

We were straight back into thinking like scientists this week as we begin to finish up our How The World Works unit. This week the children got to choose an inquiry that they were interested in. These were the activities they could choose from…

  • Sound and vibration
  • Water and filtration
  • Smells
  • Magnet forces
  • Chemical change when making ice cream
  • Colour
  • Plants
  • Floating and sinking
  • Solids and liquids
  • Blowing balloons with chemical reactions

We worked in groups to follow the scientific method and do some experiments. Ask your child what group they were in and what they learnt. Next week we will begin to answer further questions that came from the initial experiments.

Next week you will be able to sign up for a parent teacher conference. These conferences will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of January from 8-4. There will be no regular school on that day. Your child’s report will available on Veracross on Tuesday the 21st. Please read it before the conference so you can come with any questions.  We will spend the first 10 mins of the conference having an adult to adult conversation about your child’s progress and achievement. In the last 5 mins of the conference your child will share with you something they are proud of and we can all celebrate their success together.  Our specialist teachers will also be available on the day but if you feel the report is enough information, then seeing them is not compulsory.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Market Day G4-  Our Grade 4 friends are having a market! We will visit. If you would like your child to participate, please see the information below. 

What: Grade 4 Market Day

When: TUESDAY 14 January 10:45-12:00

Bring: maximum of 100,000 VND to spend

The products and services being sold will range from 10,000 VND to 50,000 VND. 

All profits will go to organizations that support Children’s’ Rights.

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!