June 4th

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

Unit of Inquiry

In Unit of Inquiry this week we continued to celebrate our talents. We finished our books and enjoyed exploring different forms of self-expression through our How We Express Ourselves unit. 

Literacy and Math

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. 

End of Year of K2

Next week the 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

May 29

Art Week

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 – How We Express Ourselves

In our 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. 

Literacy

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. 

Math

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.

UNIS Community

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. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend

The K2 Team

 

Friday May 22

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 theatres, backgrounds and props to help us tell our stories. In small groups, we wrote a story, practised 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.  

Reading at home

We have really loved reading in class in large groups and small groups.  Don’t forget to continue reading at home using Raz-kids!

Happy Birthday Yuto!

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

The K2 Team

 

Friday May 15

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.

Have a restful weekend. 

The K2 Team

Friday 17 January

Viet Trieu Kindergarten Tet Party

We have had another busy week in K2D. Yesterday we had a wonderful time celebrating Tet at Viet Trieu Kindergarten.  We came back to school utterly exhausted from all the fun.  Please enjoy the photographs below.

Grade 4 Market Day

On Wednesday we got inspired by Grade 4’s Market Day.  After the Tet holiday K2 will start our How We Organise Ourselves unit of inquiry and this unit will prepare us for our own Market day in March.

Lost Teeth

In recent weeks a few children in K2 have lost their first teeth or experiencing their first wobbly teeth.  We have decided to graph our lost teeth.

Happy Birthday Jiho!

Reminders:

  • Next week will be Week B. PE is on Tuesday and Friday. Library day remains on Monday for the duration of the year.
  • Please return your child’s reading bag and home reading book to school each day
  • Tuesday 21 January Semester 1 reports will become available for parents on Veracross
  • Wednesday 22 January is parent/teacher conferences. No school for students.
  • Thursday 23 January Tet assembly
  • Friday 24th January Tet holiday starts. Children return to school on Monday 3rd February
  • If you would like to sign up to be a Mystery Reader, please add your name to this form. Currently we have no mystery readers signed up.

Have a great weekend.

Emily

Friday 10 January 2020

Welcome back!  I hope all our K2D families had a restful break.

Maison Marou Chocolate Field Trip

On Wednesday we were finally able to attend our chocolate-shop field trip.  We had a fabulous time learning about chocolate as scientists. We used all our senses to explore many kinds of chocolate made from cocoa fruit from different regions of Vietnam.  We were able to see chocolate in all its different stages of production.

Happy Birthday Duc Canh!

Please join us in wishing

Grade 4 Market Day

This is a message from Grade 4 advertising their Market day next Tuesday.  Please send your child with money on Tuesday to buy food or services from Grade 4.

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.
 
Thank You!
Sincerely,
Grade 4 Team

 Tet Party at Viet Trieu Kindergarten

Today you will find a permission note in your child’s bag regarding a Tet party our class has been invited to at Viet Trieu Kindergarten. This field trip will take place next Thursday and will involve no cost to parents.  Please complete the permission form and return it to school by next Tuesday.

Parent Teacher Conferences

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.

Reminders:

  • Next week will be Week A. PE is on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Library day remains on Monday for the duration of the year.
  • Please return your child’s reading bag and home reading book to school each day
  • Tuesday 14 January Grade 4 Market day
  • Thursday 16 January K2D field trip to Viet Trieu Kindergarten for Tet celebrations
  • Tuesday 21 January Semester 1 reports will become available for parents on Veracross
  • Wednesday 22 January is parent/teacher conferences.
  • Thursday 23 January Tet assembly
  • Friday 24th January Tet holiday
  • If you would like to sign up to be a Mystery Reader, please add your name to this form. Currently we have no mystery readers signed up.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Happy Winter Break! Friday 13 December 2019

ES Christmas Party

On Thursday, Grade 5 hosted a Christmas party for all of the elementary school. The party was in the cafeteria and included performances from The Grade 5 strings group, Mr Charlie, and some Grade 5 dancers. K2D had a great time.

Chocolate Field Trip

We were scheduled to visit Mason Marou on Wednesday but unfortunately the air quality was poor and we were unable to go. We tried to reschedule for Thursday and today but the AQI prevented us to go on those days too. We will reschedule for early in the new year.

Dohyeon’s Birthday and New Babies

Dohyeon celebrated his 6th birthday on Monday.  We were unable to celebrate with him as right now he is in Korea with his family waiting for the birth of his new baby brother.  The baby was due yesterday, so hopefully we will hear news soon.

Today we also said goodbye to Jay, who is also going to Korea for the birth of his new baby brother. We wish Jay and his family well and we look forward to hearing of the safe arrival of the baby.

Mystery Reader

We were very lucky to have Mel, Grace’s mum, come and be our mystery reader for a second time. The children enjoyed listening to A Perfect Christmas.

Reminders for after winter break

  • Monday 6 January is the first day back at school after Winter break.
  • Wednesday 22 January will be parent/teacher conferences
  • Thursday 23 January Tet assembly
  • Friday 24th January – Tet holiday
  • If you would like to sign up to be a Mystery Reader, please add your name to this form. Currently we have no mystery readers signed up for the new year.

I hope all our K2D families have a wonderful Winter break. I will be traveling to Australia with my family to celebrate Christmas with my parents and siblings.  Ms Diep will be traveling to her home town with her family so she can also spend time with her parents and siblings. We look forward to seeing you and your children happy, healthy and well rested after the holiday.

Merry Christmas.

Emily

Friday 7 December 2019

K2D Scientists

We have enjoyed a lovely week full of wonderful experiments. On Monday we went to the Middle School Science Labs. We had a great time making exploding elephant’s toothpaste; looking at plant and human cells under a microscope; heating and cooling metal to make it expand and contract; heating chemicals to make them change colours; and boiling coloured liquids in our hands.  In our classroom we combined vinegar and baking soda to make a volcano, mixed water, oil and food colouring to produce water fireworks, and explored the effects of salt on ice.  Through all these experiments we have been exploring the scientific process.  We start with a question, then form a hypothesis to attempt to answer our question.  Next we conduct an experiment and record our observations. From this we come to a conclusion about our original question.

Maison Marou Chocolate Field Trip

Next Wednesday we visit Maison Marou and explore our scientific questions about chocolate! We will leave school at 9.30 and return at 11.30.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week A. PE is on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Library is on Monday
  • December 11 Chocolate field trip
  • Thursday December 12 is Winterfest. It runs from 5 to 7pm here at school and is run by the Middle School and High School service learning groups.
  • December 14 – January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a Mystery Reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

 

29 November 2019

It has been another busy week in K2D. We started to explore what it means to be a scientist and what thinking like a scientist really is. We will continue our scientific thinking for the duration of this unit.

Mathematical Word Problems

Each week in K2D we work on a mathematical word problem. Our focus at the moment is Mathematical Practice number 3 – Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.  This put simply means showing your thinking. Here are some examples from this week.

Chocolate Field Trip

Our senses provocation yielded many questions about chocolate. We will investigate these questions further by going on a field trip to Maison Marou Chocolate on 11 December. Please complete the permission form sent home today and return it to school as soon as possible.

Double Mystery Reader Week

We were very lucky to have two mystery reader’s this week.  On Monday Melanie, Grace’s mum read us In my Heart by Jo Witek and Alan, Julia’s dad, read us The Only Penguin by Gemma Cary. The children adore having mystery readers and we would love more family members to sign up.

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week B. The children are working on a Ninja Warrior unit in PE.  Please insure your child comes to school in sports shoes on PE days.
  • December 7 and 8 Aristocats Musical performed by students in Grade 2 and 3.  Please get your tickets from The Performing Arts Centre if you plan to attend.
  • December 11 Chocolate field trip
  • December 12 is Winterfest. Please look out for details from the Middle School in Tin Tuc
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily

Open Classrooms Friday 22 November

Open classrooms

Thank you to all the parents, who were able to come to open classrooms. We hope you enjoyed sharing in your child’s learning.

Exploring our senses. 

This week we have continued exploring the world with attention to the senses we use. We have started asking questions about the things we are exploring and trying to find answers to these questions.  Please talk with your child about the questions they posted on seesaw. We will explore each of these questions as a class.

On Thursday we explored popcorn using all five senses. We described the popcorn with each sense.

Aya’s birthday 

Today we celebrated Aya’s birthday. Aya will turn 6 tomorrow. From all your friends in K2D, Happy Birthday Aya!

Reminders for next week

  • Next week will be Week A. The children are working on a Ninja Warrior unit in PE.  Please insure your child comes to school in sports shoes on PE days.
  • December 7 & 8 ES is Aristocats Musical performed by students in Grade 2 and 3.  Tickets go on sale next Thursday in the Arts Centre
  • December 12 is Winterfest. Please look out for details from the Middle School in Tin Tuc
  • December 14-January 5 Winter Break
  • If you would like to sign up to be a mystery reader, please add your name to this form.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Emily