Happy SDG Week!

SDG Week

We have had a wonderful time celebrating SDG Week.  Thank you to all the families who sent children to school with snacks and lunch boxes without wrapping, box drinks and single use plastic.  It would be wonderful for this to continue throughout the year.  🙂

Below are some photographs of our children participating in SDG Week activities such as: gardening, composting, yoga, building with repurposed materials and skateboarding with our Grade 4 buddies.  What lucky children they are.

Mystery Reader

On Wednesday, Claire, Jay’s Mum, was our Mystery Reader. The class were delighted by a wonderful book called Is that you, Wolf?

Please sign up here so you can be our next Mystery Reader.

Preparations for UN Day

UN Day is this Monday, 23 October.  Please remember to send your child to school in national dress.  Please remember to sign up for the K2 shared lunch on the link sent to you by our class parent Memory. School will finish at 1pm for students.  I look forward to seeing you all at the UN Day celebrations.

Here is a sneak preview from this morning’s rehearsal.

Coffee Morning and Home Reading

Thank you to all the parents who attended this morning’s Reading Coffee Morning. It was wonderful to have such a large turn out.  Take home reading books will start coming home next Tuesday.  Please remember to return the reading folder to school each day and contact me if you have any questions.


  • Next week will be Week B. The children will have swimming on Tuesday and Friday. This will be the last week of swimming in PE until March.  More information about swimming can be found on the PE and Aquatics Blog.
  • Please sign up to be Mystery Reader here
  • UN Day is Monday 21 October. This is a half day for students.
  • The UNIS Library is now open Saturdays from 9-12.
  • There will be no school for children on Monday November 11 as it is a staff development day.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.


Happy Autumn Break!

Thank you for coming to this week’s Learning Conversations. It was a pleasure to talk with you and your child together.  Although some of the children were quite nervous it was wonderful to see them overcome this to share their favourite parts of school and goal with you.

This week in our Unit of Inquiry the children have been thinking about what they like doing and sharing it with their friends.  We made a book entitled The Doing Book by K2D which is already very popular within the class.  We have also been learning the poem 5 Little Speckled Frogs and practicing the formation of the letters, m, n and h.  In math we continue to explore   mathematical thinking.

                              Reading Coffee Morning and Shared Book Time

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.


Happy Birthday to Jane and Lam who both turned 6 this week.


  • The week after the holiday will be Week A. The children will have swimming on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Swimming will continue every PE session until the 25 October More information about swimming can be found on the PE and Aquatics Blog.
  • Please sign up to be Mystery reader here
  • K2 Reading Coffee Morning Friday 18 October
  • UN day is Monday 21 October. This is a half day for students.
  • The UNIS Library is now open Saturdays from 9-12.

Have a wonderful relaxing break. I look forward to see all the children back at school on Monday 16 October ready for a wonderful SDG week.



Friday 27 September 2019

Vietnamese Breakfast 

We have enjoyed another exciting week in K2D.  This week we have explored food as part of our identity.  We have talked about the foods we enjoy and noticed similarities and differences with the foods our friends enjoy.  We had lots of fun sharing a Vietnamese breakfast on Tuesday. Please click on the link below to view the book we made about the morning.

Vietnamese Breakfast book

This week we have worked on the formation of the letter a and the letter s. We have explored some of the sounds these letters make. We have enjoyed learning a poem about the days of the week. Ms Diep and I have been very impressed with how sensible and responsible the whole class has been during swimming sessions. Here are some photos from this week’s lessons.

Reading in K2

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. Then join us for a 30 minute presentation about reading with your kindergartener, what to expect and how you can help at home. More information to come next week.


  • Learning Conversations are on Monday 30 September. Please note there is no school for children on this day. Children will come to school with you for the scheduled conference, then go home with you at the end of the conference.
  • Swimming will continue every PE session until the 25 October More information about swimming can be found on the PE and Aquatics Blog.
  • Please sign up to be Mystery reader here
  • Autumn break begins on Saturday 5th October. Children return to school on Monday 14 October
  • K2 Reading Coffee Morning Friday 18 October
  • UN day is Monday 21 October. This is a half day for students.
  • Library open Saturdays from 9-12.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend,


Friday 20 September 2019

We have enjoyed another busy week in K2D.  In our unit of inquiry we have been exploring the countries we come from and the languages we speak.
Next week we will be exploring food as a part of our identity.  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 or 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 our class, please contact me to organise a time that suits.


Swimming will start next week during regular PE times. Our first swimming day will be Tuesday September 24th. 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.

                                                 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 the 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 Wednesday does not work for you, email me and we will organise another time. 

 This week we had our first mystery reader of the year, Nikhil in Grade 1 (K2D last year).  He read as a book called ‘Oi Frog’ which all the children really enjoyed.


  • Library open Saturdays from 9-12
  • Learning Conversations are on Monday 30 September. Please log on to your parent page on Veracross to sign up for a time.  On Learning Conference day there will no regular classes. Children will come to school with you for the scheduled conference, then go home with you at the end of the conference.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend,


Happy Autumn Moon Festival!

Yesterday we enjoyed celebrating the Autumn Moon Festival. We learned about the traditions of this holiday through a performance from the Upper Elementary.  We tasted some of the traditional foods and painted beautiful dragon heads.  Thank you for sending your child to school in their Ao Dai – they all looked very beautiful.

This week we were very lucky to have another visit from Grade 6’s ducklings. The children were surprised to see how much the ducklings had grown.  They looked at the ducklings very closely, like scientists, and made careful drawings from their observations.  They then helped each other improve their drawings by suggesting ways to make the representation more exact.

Our Families Are Part of Our Identity

This week the children have been sharing information about their families with the class. Please ask your child to tell you about another child in the class who has the same number of people in their family.

Class Parent

I am delighted to announce that Memory Tchale, Dali’s Mum will be our class parent this year. Thank you, Memory.

Have a relaxing weekend,


Friday 6 September 2019

Thank you to the parents who came to last night’s Parent Evening.  As promised, here is the slide show presentation with all the information from the evening.

Parent Evening Slide Show 

Who We Are

This week we started working on the first unit of inquiry for the year, Who We Are.  We started by looking at the word identity and discussing its meaning.  We sang songs about individuality, and what makes each person unique.  Each day, teachers from our ECC community have shared information about themselves during our morning meeting..

Happy Birthday Dali!


I am still waiting on just a few family photos and headphones. Please could you get these to me by Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.


Friday 30 August

This week has been another busy week in K2D. The children have been exploring descriptive language and building stories describing Duncan Duck.  They have been practising our poem One, two, three, four, five, once I caught a fish alive and writing their own and their classmates’ names.  Grade 6 brought their ducklings to visit our classroom and we have continued to think about what mathematicians do.

Ducklings in K2

Grade 4 Buddies

Yesterday we had a lovely time meeting and playing with our Grade 4 buddy class. Our Buddy class is G4D. We will meet with them once a fortnight for the whole of the school year.

Message from Ms Francesca our EAL teacher

Dear Parents,
I am fortunate to be working with your children this year to support English Language 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 program, 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,
First Unit of Inquiry for the year – Who We Are
Classroom Reminders
  • Thank you to all the parents who have already sent in headphones. If you haven’t, please send some next week.
  • Thank you also to the families who have sent in family photos.  These photos will serve as an important starting point in our Who We Are inquiry.  If you have not emailed me a photo, please do so this weekend.
  • 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 enjoy this long weekend celebrating Vietnamese National Day.  I look forward to seeing your children back at school on Tuesday.


Friday 23 August

K2D have had a wonderful week settling into school routines and getting to know each other.  We worked on understanding our classroom agreements – Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Responsible.  With Ms Beth, we explored thinking like a mathematician and did some number talks focusing on same and different.  In English we learned our first poem for the year, Incy Wincy Spider.  Today you will find your child’s poetry book in their school bag.  Please read the poem with your child and return the book to school on Monday.   We will work on a new poem next week and send it home next Friday.

Welcome Dalitso!

K2D Are very excited to welcome our newest class member, Dalitso (Dali). Dali has most recently been in Ghana, however his family are originally from Malawi. Please make him feel welcome!

Visiting teachers 

This week we were very lucky to have visits from Ms Nitasha, Ms Beth, Ms Angela and Mr C.  These are all important people who help in our classrooms.

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.
    • Photo day. K2D will have their photos taken on Wednesday  the 28th 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 to me at egoodrum@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 lovely restful weekend.


Welcome to K2D!

The children have enjoyed a lovely first three days in K2D getting to know each other, the space and their new teachers. Please ask your child to tell you the names of some of their new friends in this photograph.


UNIS will continue using Seesaw to communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning.Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now.

Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/935-976-230
Choose your child from the list
Create your account
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.

If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

K2D Schedule


This week we celebrated 2 birthdays in K2D. Happy Birthday to Misol and Happy Birthday to Jinghao!


  • Next Week is Week B
  • Wednesday 28 August K2D class photograph day
  • Thursday 29 August practice fire drill
  • Monday 2 September Vietnamese National Day (no school)
  • Thursday 5 September Back to school night (more details to come)

I am delighted to be your child’s teacher this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at egoodrum@unishanio.org or Ms Diep ltdiep@unishanoi.org if you have questions or concerns.

Have a lovely weekend.