May 17th

Dear Parents,

Sharing the Planet

This week we continued to explore our unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The children have been inquiring into the life cycles of cicadas and butterflies. They are using their scientific skills in their play. The children are also  incorporating specific vocabulary into their play – “exoskeleton,” “antennae,” “thorax,” “abdomen,” “responsibility,” “insect,” “veterinarian,” etc.

Show and Tell

  • Show and Tell cancelled for next 2 weeks. We will be busy with concert rehearsals and many special events in the next 2 weeks.

Coming up:

  • K1B swimming day is Tuesdays for the rest of the school year.  No PE on Mondays.
  • Friday May 24th: Outdoor Classroom day.  Please ensure your child is wearing sunscreen to school on this day.  Please make sure s/he has a full change of clothes, a hat and a water bottle.
  • Thursday May 30th: Discovery & K1 Music Concert at 9am
  • Friday May 31st:  Early Dismissal for High School Graduation.  Students leave at 11:30
  • Wednesday June 12th: Last day of school, early dismissal at noon

Have a great weekend.

Hang and Kristi

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May 10th

Dear Parents,

Sharing the Planet

This week we continued to explore our unit of inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. This children have noticed the cicada skins appearing on the trees and have started to collect them to look at closely. The children were able to see a full grown cicada. We will continue to explore the playground to find more. The children also began looking closely at observable features of a butterfly. The children are learning to be scientists and to draw detailed drawings of insects.

Math

We have been working on representing numbers to 10 in different ways. Children are using manipulatives, finger patterns (ie: Show me 4 fingers. Show me 4 a different way.) and number lines. We have also been focussing on counting backwards from 10 and counting backwards starting from different numbers (ie: count backwards from 7 or 9 or 4)

Swimming

K1A continues to swim on Tuesday. Please remember to send in your child’s swimming gear.

Snack Sale

Snack sale is on Monday. K1A is responsible for contributing to snack sale. Please check your email from the SCO .

Please send 20,000 vnd in with your child.

Important Dates:

Monday May 13th- Snack Sale

Thursday May 30th- Performing Arts Celebration at 9am

Friday May 31st- Early Dismissal. Students go home at 11:30.

Wednesday June 12th- LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. Dismissal at 12:00

Have a great weekend,
Hang and Kristi

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May 3rd

Dear Parents,

It has been a busy 2 days of school.

The children participated in the Book Character Parade with their buddies. Everyone had so much fun. The children also spent 20 minutes reading with their buddy.

Today, the children went to the Used Book Sale. They are very excited about the books they purchased.

K1 Music Performance and Art Show

Please mark your calendars for May 30th- 9am to 10am. This will be the day of the K1 Art and Music show.

Show and Tell

Next week, your child may choose what they bring for Show and Tell.

Here are a few photos from the week.

Have a nice weekend,
Hang and Kristi

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April 19th

This week we began to explore our new inquiry under the transdisciplinary theme Sharing the planet with the central idea: Understanding living things helps us share our environment and resources. The children have planted a vegetable garden outside of our classroom. We have been tuning into the unit by exploring the gardens and campus to find living things. The children have been finding many interesting bugs, animals and flowers.

Zo Project

This week we had Zo Project come to share about traditional Vietnamese paper making. Zo Project is a social enterprise to help preserve the traditions of Zo paper. The children learnt  about the process and created many different pieces of paper, as you saw at the student led conference.

Book Week (2 days)

On May 2nd and 3rd, we will celebrate a short book week. On Thursday the children can come to school dressed as their favourite book character.

Please send in a favourite book and a cuddly toy to read with on Monday May 2nd. We will send it all home on Friday.

Friday will be the Used Book Sale. Please see the TIn Tuc for more information.

Show and Tell

Please bring something in related to bugs or insects. It can be a photo, a book, a tool, etc.

Reminders:

Monday April 22- Wear green to support UN Mother Earth Day.

Thursday May 2- Book Character Dress Up

Friday May 3- Wear Blue to support UNIS at MRISA Volleyball

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,
Hang and Kristi

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April 12

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a lovely week off. The children have been enjoying sharing about their holiday.

Welcome to Marilyn!

K1A has welcomed a new member of our class: Marilyn Miller. Marilyn has moved here from the UK. She comes from the UK and Thailand.

                   

Sharing the Planet

This week we began tuning into our new unit under the transdisciplinary theme : Sharing the Planet. K1A has a new fish tank. Students have been carefully observing the fish and learning how to care for them. We have also started to bring our outdoor space to life. The children have been busy gardening and watering the garden.

APAC Soccer

K1 students went to an all school assembly to welcome schools from the Asia Pacific Region. K1 made head bands with patterns on them to support UNIS. Today, we went to cheer on UNIS. You can can see more in the photos

Show and Tell

Please do not send anything in for Show and Tell. We will continue to use the photos for the students to share.

Book Drive

Please consider donating books to the UNIS: Used Book Sale. You can send in any books in any languages. Thank you for your support! Please check the Tin Tun for more information.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a lovely weekend,
Hang and Kristi

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ES STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES, FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Dear Parents,

It is with great pleasure that I write to you with more detail about our ES Student-Led Conferences that take place on Friday 19th April, 2019 (10:00-18:00).

There will be no regular school for Discovery – Grade 4 students on Friday 19th April while conferences are in process (as advertised in the UNIS Calendar). Regular classes will resume on Monday 22nd April.
We invite you to sign up for a conference with your child via Veracross – from Wednesday 10th April – Tuesday 16th April. You will be asked to sign up for a 30-40 minute session in your child’s homeroom. Please allow another 30-40 minutes to visit specialist classrooms with your child. Visits to specialists will be on a drop-in basis and can be done either before or after the homeroom time. This is not a time for a parent-teacher conference, which you are welcome to schedule with your child’s teacher at any other time.

Available conference times are:

10.00am – 10.40am
11.00am – 11.40am
12.00pm – 12.40pm
1.30pm – 2.10pm
2.30pm – 3.10pm
3.30pm – 4.10pm
4.30pm – 5.10pm
5.20pm – 6.00pm

Student Led Conferences have been used for many decades and their efficacy for promoting optimal student outcomes has been well documented over time. At UNIS Hanoi, we believe that children are in charge of their learning and we give them many opportunities to know that they are capable and that they can influence what happens to them.

If you have never participated in a Student Led Conference you might be asking, “What is this all about?” Or “Why are children being included in conferences?” You might even be wondering when you are going to get a chance to “really talk” with the teacher about your child. We, too, have asked these questions and have spent a great deal of time researching and discussing the benefits to ensure that our teaching and learning is at the forefront of current educational theory and practice.

Conference structure:
Homeroom class (30-40 minutes) – Students will bring you into the classroom, give you a tour, involve you in a demonstration/ practical activity and will show you through their portfolio and/or a range of work samples.
Specialist classes (30-40 minutes) – students will have the opportunity to share work samples and demonstrate their skills in a variety of specialist areas.
Students’ digital portfolios are not intended to be collections of ‘perfect’ work – they are a record of a student’s learning journey – and might include first drafts, final drafts and personal reflections which aid the learning process.

During each conference time slot there will be up to 4 families in the classroom, creating a relaxed environment and giving you time to engage in some activities with your child. Each child and his/her parents will have conversations going on around them, but will still have enough privacy to conduct a personal conference. Conferences may be conducted in English or in the child’s home language – whichever is best for both students and parents.

During conferences children and parents discuss all aspects of the learning together with openness and transparency so that children continue to feel empowered and responsible for their behavior and learning.

Your child will greatly appreciate your full attention and support during this conference. For this reason, please do not bring younger siblings to conferences. We ask that school aged siblings wait in designated areas outside the classrooms, and that your own child care arrangements are made for young children and infants.

We look forward to your participation in these conferences with your child.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil
Elementary School Principal

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March 29

Dear Parents,

We have had a VERY busy week….finishing our names, swimming, K2 market day, sports day and saying good bye to Ivan.

I would like to wish Ivan and his family ALL THE BEST in Kuala Lumpur. It has been an absolute pleasure to have Ivan learn with us in K1A. We will miss you, Ivan!

Have a fabulous break and see you in April.

Here are MANY photos from the week.

Hang and Kristi

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March 22, 2019

Dear K1A Parents,

SWIMMING

Swimming for K1 begins next week. K1A will have swimming on Tuesday until the end of the year. Your child will need an 1 piece bathing suit (no bikinis), towel and bathing cap (for long hair). The children will have PE in the gym on Thursday. More information can be found in the Tin Tuc from last week.

International Day of Happiness

On Wednesday, K1 celebrated International Day of Happiness. The students shared about what makes them happy, how they can make others happy and how they will share happiness with everyone. Jane McGee came and read “Maple Murple.” The story made us laugh and wonder about what it would be like to live in a purple world.

K2 Market Day

K2 invite you to their Market Day. Its on next Tuesday morning, 26th March.
Please help K2 celebrate their learning about goods and services by bringing 20,000 VND to spend. Everything on sale has been made for children by children.

Sports Day

Please join us for Sports Day, under the cover courts, on Friday March 29th.  Sports Day will be from 8:40 – 10:45.

Show and Tell

Please help your child choose something that can be used to tell a story.  For example, a puppet, or anything else that you can think of together.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a nice weekend.

Hang and Kristi

 

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March 15th

Unit of Inquiry

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. Over the past week, K1A has inquiring into their names.  We are linking to the line of inquiry: Communicating personal stories. Students are learning more about each classmates name and why they like their name. We continue to look at the number of letters in our names, building our names, and comparing our names.

In math, we are reviewing regular dot patterns to 6 and beginning to compare them to irregular dot patterns. We have also introduced numerals for students to engage with.

Show and Tell

Next week is the International Day of Happiness, I am asking that ALL children bring in something that makes them happy. Ideas: a book, a picture, a toy, etc…

Open Classrooms

Thank you! Thank you to all the moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas who were able to join us at open classrooms. The children loved to share their learning with you and their classroom.

Here are some photos from the week.

Hang and Kristi

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March 6th, 2019

Dear K1A Parents,

Unit of Inquiry

This week we continued our inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme How We Express Ourselves with the central idea: Storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. Over the past week, K1A has been reading stories with no words. We are learning to use pictures to talk about stories using descriptive language. Also, we read The Book With No Pictures. Some children had strong opinions about not wanting to read the book because their were no pictures. All children really loved the book and laughed a lot. We have been focusing on students names in class. The children have been organising names by number of letters, how many children’s names begin with M?, How many more/less letters does your name have?

Show and Tell

Next week, I am asking that ALL children bring in another favourite stuffed toy. These show and tell items are supporting our development of descriptive language.

Open Classrooms

On Thursday March 14th and Friday March 15th, you are invited to our K1A classroom to participate in our classroom activities. You are also welcome to attend at the following times:

Thursday: 

12:50-1:30  – K1A Homeroom

1:45-2:25  – PE

2:30-3:10 – Art

Friday:

8:10-8:50 – K1A Homeroom

IMPORTANT DATES

March11th- No school for students.

Have a great weekend,
Hang and Kristi

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