November 16

Dear Parents,

Thank you for making the time to join our class. The children loved having you in the space. They are so proud of everything they do in K1.

UN Day is fast approaching. If you would like to share about your home country, I would love to have you in!!! Please email me a day and time…and I will make it happen. Thank you to Yohan’s mom, Ye Eun’s mom and Yukyeong’s mom for volunteering to share about Korea.

Here are some photos from the week. 

Have a great weekend,

Kristi and Hang

November 9

Dear Parents,

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How the World Works with the central idea: Water is a natural resource that can be explored. Over the past week, K1A has been exploring water and tuning into our unit. We are linking this unit to SDG # 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation and SDG#14- Life Below Water. The children collected the plastic from their snack boxes for 3 days. It was amazing how much was collected.

We shared our findings with K1C and we shared about how the plastic can hurt the animals in the oceans. The children made the connection to Life Below Water on their own. A simple task of collecting our plastic highlighted how quickly plastic can add up.

Math Morning

Thank you to everyone who came to the math morning. Here is the photo of the 8 Mathematical Habits and the link to the video “How to Talk Math With Your Kids.”

Open Classrooms

Here is the schedule for K1A Open Classrooms.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Yesterday, K1A celebrated Outdoor Classroom Day. The children spent the whole day outside. It was wonderful to watch them engaging with students from different grades and with different activities.

UN Day

As we lead up to UN Day, I am hoping that some parents would like to come in and share about their home culture. If you are would like to share about your home cultures, please send me an email.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a nice weekend,

Hang and Kristi

October 26

Dear Parents,

Assembly

Thank you for coming to listen about our learning at assembly. The children were very proud to share and have their buddy/ies on stage with them. This children are understanding and making more connections to their community.

Glass Jars

If you have empty glass jars, clean and label free, K1 would love to have them. We will let you know when we have collected enough.

Snack Sale

Snack sale will be on Monday. Please send 20,000 VND in for your child to purchase a snack. Please send in a regular snack, too.

Up coming dates:

October 29

November 1-2 : No School for students.

November 7th: K1 Math morning led by Beth Murray (Math Coordinator).

November 15-16: Open Classrooms.  There will be time slots for you to come and explore our K1 classrooms and learn with us. Please watch the blog for more information in coming weeks.

Have a great weekend,

Hang and Kristi

October 19th

Dear Parents,

We continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  The children are working on creating essential agreements for the classroom. We have used the book “What does Peace Feel like? to start the discussions. The children are brainstorming what it feels like, sounds like, smells like, etc…

Assembly

K1A will be sharing at Assembly on Thursday October 25th at 9:25 am. The presentation will last about 5 minutes 🙂 You are welcome to come to the Theatre to watch. They will be sharing about their K1 community.

ECERP

This week, we have had Ms. Hoa in our class with us. She is a teaches at a Vietnamese Kindergarten. Ms. Hoa, Ms. Hang and I will work together throughout the year to share ideas and practices in the Early Years. The children have enjoyed getting to know her and learning with her.

Upcoming dates:

  • October 29th: Snack sale
  • Nov 1st & 2nd:  PD, no school
  • Nov 7th: D/K1 math coffee morning

Have a great weekend,
Hang and Kristi

October 5

Dear Parents,

We continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We brainstormed ways to be kind, safe and responsible on the playground. We shared our ideas with Ms. Kris and she shared our ideas at the assembly on Thursday.

We went and played with our buddies on the big playground. It was so much fun. The children are really connecting with their Grade 2 buddy.

Thank you for making the time to come to Parent Teacher Conferences. It is always nice to share about your child’s school life and for me to learn more about their home life.

Here are a few photos.

Enjoy your break and see you in a week.

Hang and Kristi

September 28

Dear Parents,

We continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  This week was have been focusing on how to be caring, safe and responsible on the playground and in the classroom.

Ms. Kris came to talk to us about ways to enter play situations and what to do if someone doesn’t let you join their play. The children are learning new strategies to deal with conflicts and difficulties in their play.

We went to G2 to visit our buddies this week. The children were very excited to explore the G2 classroom.

Monday: There is no school for students, as there are Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please make sure you are on time for your conference.

Have a great weekend.

One more week until the holiday.

Hang and Kristi

September 21st

Dear Parents,

We have had a busy week connecting with our host country culture and our identity as being the United Nations school. We learnt about the Moon Festival and International Day of Peace.

Moon Festival

The children looked fabulous in their Ao Dais. We had a shared snack with fruit, mooncake and young rice. We went to the Tet Trung Thu assembly. The Vietnamese language students in grade 2, 4 and 5 retold the story of why we celebrate.

Peace Day

We have read many books and have been talking about peace. What does it… feel like? look like? taste like? sound like? smell like? Together we used our hand prints to decorate 2 doves for our classroom.

Unit of Inquiry

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We have been talking about how the Moon Festival and International Day of Peace bring a community together. The children are beginning to understand their role in bringing peace to our K1A classroom.

Parent Teacher Conferences

On October 1st, there will be conferences. This is a time for parents/guardians to meet with your child’s teachers. This is a conference for teachers and parents. I kindly ask that you leave your children at home.

There is NO SCHOOL on October 1st for Elementary School students.

Seesaw

Thank you for signing up for your child’s Seesaw and for all of the wonderful comments you are leaving for your child. You will start to notice less pictures on this blog because they will be put on your child’s Seesaw page with a caption or explanation of the learning your child has been engaging with.

Global Goals Week
Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here

Have a wonderful weekend,

Hang and Kristi

September 14th

Dear Parents,

Unit of Inquiry

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  We have been talking about our community, what makes us a community and making responsible choices in our K1A community. It would be helpful, if you could email how to say community in your home language.

International Day of Peace

Next Friday, is UN International Day of Peace. We have begun reading books about peace. It would be helpful if you would email the word peace in your home language. The children will continue to explore and talk about “what is peace?”

Moon Festival

We are making a connection to our host nation culture by preparing for the Tet Trung Thu . We are making paper lanterns, moon cakes with playdough and we are working together to make a dragon. On Thursday, your child is encouraged to wear an AO DAI to school.

Buddies

We had another great buddy session. The children celebrated dot day by doing crafts and decorated drums for the moon festival. The children love spending time with their buddies.

Reminders:
Monday Sept 17: Snack Sale – Please send in 20,000VND for your child to purchase snacks.

Thursday Sept 20: Moon Festival

Have a great weekend,
Hang and Kristi

 

September 7

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those who came to back to school night. Here is the link to the slide show.

Unit of Inquiry

This week, we have started talking about our community.  The children have drawn pictures of who they believe is in their community. Community is a very difficult word for 4 year olds to understand, so we will continue to unpack the meaning.

Marble Run

We have had so much fun playing and experimenting with our marble run. The children are communicating, compromising, resolving conflict, sharing, cooperating, using mathematical language, and comparative language.

Here are a few photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,
Hang and Kristi

 

August 31st

Dear Parents,

The children have begun to talk about what K1A should “look like, feel like and sound like.” We have started to talk about our responsibilities as a member of K1A. The children have been working together to create, clean up, tell stories and help others. All of this has helped us tune into our first unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Who We Are with the central idea: Personal choices affect ourselves and our community.

Buddies

This week, the children got to meet their grade 2 buddy. Our buddies will be working with us on opposite weeks to assembly. The children were very excited to meet their new ‘big’ friends.

REMINDERS:
Monday September 3th- NO SCHOOL

Thursday September 6th- Back to School Night. You are invited to come to the class to learn about our K1 program. I will be able to answer questions and share about our year. There will be a session from 6:00-6:30 and 6:35-7:05 in our class room (B11-G18). The specialists will be set up in the Center for the Arts foyer (B9).

Have a great long weekend,

Hang and Kristi