School’s Out for Summer!

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

Important Notices:

  • Next week school will finish at 12pm on Wednesday.
  • The children will begin to bring home their books and school work on Monday. Please make sure they have a bag big enough to hold their things.
  • Our small class celebration will take place on Tuesday afternoon- the children do NOT need to bring or do anything this day. 

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. Make sure to check out your child’s Seesaw for a photo (and soon a video) of our Talent Show! 

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. 

 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

Art Week and Expression

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.

Unit of Inquiry

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. We have begun to prepare for our K2C’s Got Talent Show in which the children will choose a way to express themselves. More information on how you can watch this to come!


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, and performed plays. We have also continued to revisit letters and sounds and practice recognition of sight words.


During Maths we have explored and practiced 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 practicing our counting forwards and backwards and making sure we know the difference between ‘teen’ and ‘ty’ numbers.

Happy Birthday Suha!!!

It was awesome to see you on your Birthday! We loved sharing all the things that are happening here and hope you had an awesome day in South Korea!

If you are not in Hanoi, make sure to join our classroom zoom everyday from 2:30-3:00pm Hanoi time for a snack and play with us.

Grand Walk 2020

A uniquely UNIS tradition every year is the Grand Walk. This is when our graduating class of the year walks one last time through the campus on Graduation Day. Once a Phoenix always a Phoenix.

Wellness Week and Puppets!

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?

We have been expressing our creative ideas through the form of a puppet play.  We have started making our own puppets of our favourite characters. Next week we will begin to create settings and story problems for these puppets. We will then practice and share our puppet story with our class. This has been a great way to not only tell stories, but express ourselves as well.

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!  Each week I will assign 3 books for you to read.  Please read these and feel free to read more too:)

What a Week!

Wow what a week! Even though it looks very different and there are many new routines those of us back are happy to be back at UNIS. We definitely miss our friends Suha, Kiara and Marilyn, 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 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 Maruice 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.

Busy Builders and Makers

This week was one busy week in K2C!

Market Day

Tuesday we went to grade 4 market and service day to do research on our next unit (more information coming soon!). While at market and service day we couldn’t help but sample the many things on sale.

Shapes and TET Dragons

In math we have started to investigate shapes and where we see them. We went on shape hunts around the school looking for ovals, rectangles, squares, triangles, hexagons and circles. We then used shapes to create our very own TET dragons, which we will write stories about next week.

K2C visits the Makerspace

On Thursday we met Mr.C in the Makerspace and began learning how we can use Makedo to create with cardboard. This has inspired many of us to continue the making in our classroom. As we at UNIS are committed to living the UN’s SDG’s we would like to be responsible in our consumption. Therefore we would like to ask your help from home. Please send in recycled/used boxes, toilet and tissue paper rolls, cleaned/washed drink containers and empty jars.

Mystery Reader

Huge thank you to Ms. NItasha for being our mystery reader this week. She read Pearl Barley Charlie Parsley, by Aaron Blabey. We really enjoyed talking about how even if we are different we can still be friends.

From the Teacher’s Desk

Tuesday January 21st: Report cards are available. Please read before your child’s conference so we may address any questions or concerns you have.

Wednesday January 22nd: Parent, Teacher, Student conferences from 8:00am-4:00pm. Please sign up if you have not already done so. If you are unable to make it this day please contact me so we can arrange an alternative date and time.

Thursday January 23rd: TET Assembly at 9:25am. Students may wear an Ao Dai on this day if they wish.

Friday January 24th- Sunday February 2nd: TET Holiday

Monday February 3rd: School Resumes.

Next week will be Week B. 

Welcome Back! Happy New Year

We hope everyone had a restful, fun filled holiday. It was lovely to see everyone again this week.

Chocolatier Scientists

On Wednesday we were finally able to go to Maison Marou Chocolate. We spent the morning learning where chocolate comes from, how it is made and how to eat it like a real expert. Ask your child the 5 steps to properly eating a piece of chocolate! (Hint it involves using all 5 of your senses.)

Grade 4 Market Day

Grade 4 Market Day is next Tuesday.
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

From the Teacher’s Desk

Tuesday January 21st: Report cards released to parents. Please read before your conference.

Wednesday January 22nd: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences-more information and sign ups to come.

Thursday January 23rd: TET Assembly @ 9:25pm

Friday January 24th: TET Holiday starts.

Friday January 24th – Sunday February 2nd: TET Holiday

Next week will be Week A.

Happy New Year… See you all in 2020!

Festive Fun!

This week was a festive filled week of fun. We went ice skating in our classroom, had a snowball fight with K2D, made Snowflakes and Sugar Cookies. We even had a Christmas Party with our Buddies and all of the Elementary (Huge thanks to Grade 5 for organizing!)

Mystery Reader

Thank you to Linus’s mom Julia for coming in as our Mystery Reader this week. We loved listening to the story in German, and reading the beautiful illustrations to find out what was happening.

Wherever in the world you may be going for this December break we wish you happiness and time with your loved ones. We look forward to seeing you all in 2020! Safe travels!

From the Teacher’s Desk

Monday January 6th: First day back

Wednesday January 22nd: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday January 23rd: TET Assembly

Friday January 24th: TET Holiday begins.

When we return it will be WEEK B.


Chemical Re-Actions… full of Action!

What a Reaction!

This week in our continuation of learning how our world works we began looking at chemical reactions and the scientific process. We started with some simple chemical experiments, making a volcano and fireworks in a jar. We then went to the Middle School Science lab to see how to make Elephant Toothpaste, and play with fire! (in a very safe controlled manner…). While there we got to see some animal and plant cells and boil water with our hands! The week finished with quite a bang as we conducted a chemical reaction experiment in our mouths. Make sure to ask us all about it!

Upcoming Field Trip- Wednesday December 11th

Next week Wednesday we will be continuing our inquiry into how chocolate is made, why it can look and taste different and what makes it so yummy. We will be leaving at 8:30 am sharp so please make sure your child is to school on time this day. Thank you for your cooperation. We are expected to return to school at 10:30am.

From the Teacher’s Desk

Friday December 6th and Saturday December 7th– Grade 2 & 3 Musical: The Aristocats. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday December 11th: Field trip to Maison Marou

Thursday December 12th: Winterfest from 5:00-7:00pm

Friday December 13th: December break begins

Monday January 6th: First day back to school.

Next week will be Week A.

Scientific Wonderings

Exploring Scientific Wonderings and the Scientific Process

This week we have continued expanding our knowledge of what is a scientist and what a scientist does. We have learned a scientist uses their senses to help them discover and explore. We have begun to look at a scientific process or cycle by looking at chocolate and pizza. What are our chocolate wonderings? Why does chocolate taste so yummy and yucky? How did we learn why people like pizza? Ask us these questions to learn our current thinkings and understandings.

Watch our Garden Grow

We have officially planted seeds and now we play the ever challenging waiting game. Ask your child what we have planted. Stay tuned to see if any of it grows.

Mystery Reader

This week’s Mystery Reader was Kiara’s mum. Thanks so much for reading to us!

From the Teacher’s Desk

Friday December 6th and Saturday December 7th– Grade 2 & 3 Musical: The Aristocats. Tickets are now on sale, make sure to grab yours while they last!

Wednesday December 11th: Field trip to Maison Marou: As a further inquiry into our scientific wonderings about how chocolate tastes so different and yummy we are going to see how it’s made. Please make sure to return your permission forms that were sent home today.

Thursday December 12th: Winterfest from 5:00-7:00pm

Friday December 13th: December break begins

Monday January 6th: First day back to school.

Next week will be Week B.

Scientists at Work

Scientists at Work

In our new unit we have been learning how scientists use their 5 senses to explore and discover the world around them. We have begun to think like scientists and ask questions and wonderings about many different topics. Some of our current wonderings include:

Emma: Why does it (basil leaf) smell so good but taste yucky?

Long: What is inside (musical egg shaker?

Gavin: Why does it (playdough) smell like that (mint)?

Catherine: Can we listen to the flowers with our ears?

Kiara: Could these flowers grow again?

Jake: Why do my feet touch?

Madhavan: Why does it (small drum) have 6 strings?

Open Classrooms

Thank you to everyone who came to Open Classrooms on Tuesday. It was lovely to see you all enjoying a day in the life of your child.

Happy Birthday to Long!

On Friday we celebrated Long’s 6th Birthday. From all of K2C we wish you a Happy Birthday Long!

From the Teacher’s Desk

Friday, Saturday December 6 and 7: Gr. 2 & 3 Musical The Aristocats 
Thursday, 12th December: Winterfest
Friday, 13th December: Winter Break Begins

Next week will be Week A