Friday, September 25th


For UOI we have been talking about our likes and dislikes.  We have shared these with our friends and found connections to different foods we like, favourite games and even favourite things to play with in the classroom.

Ask your child what their favourite thing to play with in the classroom is?  Who else likes to play with these toys?


Adding more detail to our illustrations has been our focus in writing this week.  We have been thinking carefully about the colours that we use and making our illustrations more realistic by adding background details to show if your story is set inside or outside. 

We hope you enjoyed seeing your child’s book on Seesaw. They have worked hard on them and love to share!


This week in maths we have continued to work on number recognition, counting and understanding patterns.  We flexed our brain muscles and practised our growth mindset with our friends Dojo and Mojo.  Check out the video below to see Dojo and Mojo talk about how you can learn from your mistakes.


Moon Festival

On Thursday we celebrated the Moon festival with loads of fun Vietnamese traditions.  We wore our Áo dài and shared a delicious Vietnamese breakfast with our K2 community.  We watched assembly together in the ECC Gym and painted plaster animals.  

Ask your child about the animal they painted and why. 

Pokemon Cards at school

Pokemon cards are very popular in K2 at the moment.  There have been children trading and swapping cards, which causes some confusion around who the cards belong to.  For this reason, we have decided that Pokemon cards may come to school but can not be traded.  Pokemon cards can be used on the playground and only come into the classroom if the teachers says so. If your child does bring cards to school can you please talk to them about our trading rules.  As always, if you choose to bring things from home, you do so at your own risk. We cannot take responsibility for them if they get lost. 

Upcoming Events

  • Next week is Week A
  • Thursday 1st October ~ Parent Conferences
  • Saturday 10th October ~ Start of October Break


  • Please remember to return Poetry books back on a Monday 
  • If you haven’t already, please send in a set of headphones to leave at school for the year. Thanks! 


Friday, September 18th

Dot Day

Dot Day was a wonderful celebration in K2 this year! We talked about how it connected with our learning about having a growth mindset and we created all sorts of awesome dots to display on our doors! We are all artists, readers, writers and mathematicians if we just make a mark and have a go!   

Ask your child what they have learnt about having a growth mindset. Can they tell you about what happened to Vashti in the story, The Dot? 


This week we are looking at patterns. How to copy them, continue them, make them and talk about them.   Ask your child what patterns they notice at your house? Can they continue the pattern that they see? 


We continue to be authors and illustrators when we create books! Again we talked about having a growth mindset. Some of us said that we couldn’t write yet but when sat down to create our books we surprised ourselves! 

Ask your child what they chose to write their book about. Ask them if they know about the word ‘illustration’ and what it means. 

Our letters this week have been P and I.  We’ve talked about the letter names and the sounds that these letters make. If you’re reading books together this weekend, see if your child can find any P’s or I’s in the text. 


Swimming starts on Monday. Your child will swim for every PE lesson. Please help them to pack their swimming bag, but try to do it together. It’s helpful when they know what’s in their bag so that if things go missing they recognise it belongs to them when we are trying to find it’s home.  

On Thursday the 24th we will celebrate the Moon Festival. We will all be coming to school in our Ao Dai. If your child doesn’t have one you can pick one up very easily on Silk Street Hang Gai in the Old Quarter. 

If you haven’t already, please send in a set of headphones to leave at school for the year. Thanks!

Friday 11th September


This week as part of the unit of inquiry the students have been exploring families with their classmates.  The students have proudly shown the class their family photos and discussed the similarities and differences between families. 

Some questions you might like to ask your child about this:

What did you tell your class about our family?    Are there other children in the class that have the same number of people in them as us?   What did you learn about some of your classmates’ families?

If you haven’t sent in a family photo yet, please email us one so your child can share.


This week we have started a new unit exploring illustrations in picture books.  We have been thinking about the different techniques illustrators use to convey meaning.  Some of the things we have noticed are; 

When reading picture books at home with your child you could ask them:

What do you notice about these illustrations?  How do the illustrations help to tell the story?  Do you notice differences or similarities between the illustrations in different books you have read?

Our shared reading poem is 1,2,3,4,5, Once I Caught a Fish Alive.  We have circled our letters that we’ve been learning about. When you read your poem over the weekend, please practice the letter name and sound of the letters S, A and T.  We phrase it like this…”The letter is ___ and the sound can be ____.  We use the language ‘can be’ because a lot of letters make more than one sound. We learnt this week that A can make the sound <a> as is c<a>t when it’s a short vowel. When it’s a long vowel sound is makes <a> as in baby.


This week we continue exploring what it means to be a mathematician and the equipment mathematicians use to solve problems. We have begun learning simple math games that help us to recognise numerals.

You could ask your child:  What is a number talk?   What games did you play in math this week?

Swimming in PE

From Monday 21st September to October break. K2 will be swimming in their PE sessions.  On PE days students will need to bring a swimming costume, goggles and  a towel. More information about swimming will come next week from Ms Claire, our PE teacher.


  • Next week is Week A
  • Please ensure your child comes to school each day with a hat, water bottle and face mask
  • Our PE teacher has asked that children wear appropriate clothing for PE on PE days. Shorts and t-shirts rather than long dresses.  She has also asked that PE clothes are worn all day and not changed into for PE.  Please can girls with long hair come to school with their hair tied back.
  • Thursday 24th September we will have our Moon Festival Assembly at school. Students are invited to wear Ao dais 

Friday 4th September

This week we made a start on our new unit of inquiry- Who We Are. Our lines of inquiry are

  • We are all unique
  • Relationships build communities
  • Having a growth mindset helps us learn

We began by looking at some posters that had been made by people in our K2 community. We had to try and guess who the poster belonged to by looking for clues in their pictures and making connections about what we already knew about them.  We are learning that people are unique because we all like different things but that we can make connections with those around us.

We wrote some questions that we wanted to ask these people in our community and will spend some time in their lessons getting to know them a little better.

We have been reading our first shared poem this week, Incy Wincy Spider. We watched the video in lots of different languages and have been practicing reading it everyday. We also looked at the rhyming words. Please take some time to read it together over the weekend and see what your child remembers.

In math, we continue to work on our routines for our number talks. We are learning about what mathematicians do and we’re beginning to show this by sharing our thinking.

Last week we went on an adventure to visit the Grade 6 ducklings that have hatched at school. They were super cute!

Healthy Snacks

Food is fuel for learning. Talk to your child about healthy everyday foods. These include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Check out this resource for some fun and simple ideas. Super Easy Healthy School Snack Ideas

Nude Food Challenge

As part of our learning and connections with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) we want to minimize single use plastic.  We would like to challenge you and your child to a week of single plastic snacks. Instead, send in snacks in reusable containers, bags and wrapping.

Hats to Play

UNIS has a school wide policy that children must wear hats when playing outside. Please make sure to send a hat every day with your child or they have to stay in the shaded areas.


Photo day is next Tuesday September 8th.

We are still waiting for family photos to be sent in. These photos will be used throughout our current Unit of Inquiry.

If you have not yet returned the parent survey please do so. If you need another copy please let us know. 

Friday 28th August, 2020

We have had another great week of learning in K2.  We are really enjoying getting to know each other and are establishing a sense of belonging and community.  Our morning meetings have been filled with fun and laughter through getting to know you games and learning routines.

On Monday we celebrated Suzu’s birthday with these amazing cake pops! Happy birthday, Suzu!

In literacy we have been thinking about authors and where they get their ideas. We discovered that we are all authors as we began to create and share stories that we had imagined.

In math we have been setting up routines, learning how to think like mathematicians and share our thinking with others.  We have learnt to turn and talk and use hand signals to show what’s in our brains. Ask your child if they know what each of these hand signals means.  Eden is showing ‘Me too! I think the same as you! Jihwan is showing ‘I have a different idea.’ Elias is showing ‘I have an idea’. Fula is showing ‘I am thinking’.

Here we are turning and talking about which one doesn’t belong.

Healthy Nude food lunch boxes

Food is fuel for learning.  In the below poster we have added some ideas for healthy snacks that you could add to your child’s lunch box.  In an effort to minimize our carbon footprint, please use containers and minimize single use single use plastic wrapping where possible.   Remember that candy is not allowed at school.

Back to school night.

Thank you for making the time to connect on Zoom for K2 Back to School Night.  If you were not able to attend, please take some time to look over the presentation below.

Unit Overview- Who We Are. Take a look over our unit overview to see what we will be learning about over the next two months.


-If you have not already done so, could you please email a family photo for us to display in our classroom? We will be asking the children to share these photos in our morning meetings

-Please return K2 Parent Questionnaire

~Photo day will be on Tuesday the 8th of September



Welcome Back to School!

~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! 

SO awesome!  

Here are a few photos of our first week together.

~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.

~Please remember to send your child with a hat and a drink bottle every day. 

~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. 

~A gentle reminder to send back  your parent survey if you haven’t already done so. Thanks! 

~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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 for the 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!


Friday 4th June

Our last full week of Kindergarten together! Where has the year gone!?!

In Unit of Inquiry this week we celebrated our talents in our Talent Shows. The children were all such risk takers as they sang, danced, played and performed in front of their classmates and teachers. It was a wonderful way to finish off our How We Express Ourselves unit. 

For Literacy we continue to listen to, write and enjoy stories together.  We have loved performing and using puppets to tell stories. In math we are measuring, counting and working on equals and making equal groups.  We also celebrated GeonHa’s birthday! 

Next week school will finish at 12pm on Wednesday. The children will begin to bring home their books and school work from Monday. Please make sure they have a bag big enough to hold their things. 

This is our last blog post for the year so we want to wish you all a wonderful, relaxing summer. Thank you for sharing your fabulous children with us!   Although it’s been a bit of a crazy year, we feel grateful for the time we got to spend with our wonderful K2 children. We have watched them grow and learn and we feel very proud of how resilient they have been through the ups and the downs.  Thank you for all of your support throughout the year. 

Kind regards, 

Emily, Diep, Nikki, Mi, Penny, Hang, Micah, Michelle, Vu and Francesca

Friday May 29th

This week has been ‘Art Week’ which has meant we have started each day celebrating our creativity and personal expression through art and music. Students have drawn, chosen colours to express emotions, sung songs, and stomped and moved to different music.  We love expressing ourselves in different ways.

In Unit of Inquiry, we continue to explore ways different people and cultures express themselves. This week we have done a ‘world tour’ of dance and watched the ways different groups of people from different countries express themselves through dance, music, and movement. 

During literacy, we are continuing to learn how stories can be told in different ways. We have read stories, written stories, orally told stories through puppets, created visual story maps, read play scripts, and performed plays. We have also continued to revisit letters and sounds and practice recognition of sight words. 

During Maths we have explored and practised making equal groupings with materials. We have continued to show our thinking visually with different math word problems and have revisited measurement (length, weight, capacity, and area). We are also practising our counting forwards and backwards and making sure we know the difference between ‘teen’ and ‘ty’ numbers.

On Thursday afternoon the entire school came together to celebrate our Grade 12’s Graduation Walk.  The kids made colourful banners with personal messages and cheered and waved as our oldest students paraded by. 

May 22nd

Wellness Week

This week was Wellness Week.  We started each day connecting with the UNIS community on Zoom for some wellness fun.  We did aerobics, yoga, and dancing with our wonderful PE teachers.  The challenges were really tricky but made us laugh.  You can try some of the Wellness challenges at home:

Plank that song

Floor to standing challenge

Balance Challenge

Unit of Inquiry

In our Unit of Inquiry this week we have been exploring the elements (earth, wind, water, and fire) through drawing, music, movement and dance. We reflected on how these make us feel.  What is your favourite element and why?  How does it make you feel?


Literacy/ UOI

We have been expressing our creative ideas through the form of a puppet play.  We made our own puppets, puppet theaters, backgrounds and props to help us tell our stories. In small groups, we wrote a story, practiced our story and then shared it with our class.  What a fun and expressive process!  We really loved it and learned so much along the way.  

In Distance Learning Huey made puppets for the Three Little Pigs and retold the story. You can watch it here!

Reading at home

We have really loved reading in class in large groups and small groups.  You can read at home on Raz kids too!  I have assigned 3 books for you to read each week.  Please read these and feel free to read more too:)

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!
Wow what a week! Even though it looks very different and there are many new routines we are happy to be back at UNIS. We definitely miss our friends who are not here but are glad they get to make new friends in other classes and grades! To make this week even more amazing we had our first ever virtual Assembly on Thursday to celebrate Book Week!

Book Week
A huge THANK YOU to Ms. Monica and everyone involved in making this book week so much fun! We loved dressing up as our favourite characters and making new stories about them. We also got into the creepy critters theme this year making our very own Wild Things, inspired by the book Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak. Book week even made it into math, where we solved some Wild Things story problems.

Unit of Inquiry
In our Unit of Inquiry this week we kept learning different ways we could express ourselves. We read the story The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas and talked about how colours can express our emotions and how we feel. Some of us made hearts expressing our different colours and some of us made gardens. Next week we will look at how we can use different elements (like fire, water, earth) to express our ideas and feelings.