February 15, 2019

Dear K1A Parents,

I hope you had a relaxing Tet holiday. The children were excited to come back and share about their holiday.

Snack Sale

Monday is snack sale. Please send 20,000 in for your child to buy 2 small snacks. Thank you.

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 talking at their Tet holiday and telling stories through drawing and acting on the stage.

We have enjoyed the low AQI and sunshine. The children have spent a lot of time outside being with their D and K1 friends.

Have a great weekend,
Hang and Kristi

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February 1

Dear Parents,

From Ms. Kris- ECC Counselor

Dear Parents of K1 Students,

In the weeks following the Tet break our D-2 School Counselor, Kris Bezzerides, will begin a series of lessons about Being Body Smart. One of the main goals for these lessons is to provide our children with knowledge and teach protective behaviors in regards to their bodies and their right to be safe.

These lessons are age – appropriate and designed to empower students.

A typical series of lessons will include:

  • “My Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body

  • “Safe Touch” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself safe

  • “Comfortable and Uncomfortable feelings” – understanding how safe and unsafe touches make us feel and what to do if you feel uncomfortable

  • Learning the correct names for body parts

Please see Ms. Bezzerides (kbezzerides@unishanoi.org)  if you have any questions about these lessons or how to talk with your children about this topic at home.

Additional resources for parents can be found at

Have a great Tet holiday.
Hang and Kristi
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January 25th

Dear Parents,

Our Trip to the Water Puppets

We had a wonderful trip to the water puppets. The children enjoyed going on the bus with their buddies and watching the show with their buddies. The children were very excited to have water puppets in the class. They are beginning to retell parts of the show that they liked best.

Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

On Wednesday, we will have Parent-Teacher Conferences. This is for parents and teachers. Please make sure you prepare by reading your child’s report card. This is your time to ask questions about your child.

TET Assembly

On Thursday, K1 will watch the TET assembly and learn more about the Vietnamese New Year. We ask that all children wear their Ao Dai on Thursday to help celebrate.

Walk-a-Thon

On Friday February 1st, K1 will take part in the Walk-a-Thon to raise money for Blue Dragon. Please make sure that you fill in your child’s pledge from and return the form and money after the TET holiday. Thank you to Jinhee, Virginia and Marika for volunteering to help.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a great weekend.

Hang and Kristi

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January 18th

Dear Parents,

New Unit

This week K1 began their new unit under the theme: How we express ourselves. The children have been tuning into the unit and have created a stage. K1A has many ideas and plans to create shows, dances and concerts in our classroom.

Holiday Photo

I have only received 3 holiday photos. Please email me a photo from your holiday. We will be creating a book and using descriptive language to talk about our photos.

Water Puppet Field Trip

On Thursday February 24th, K1 and their buddies will go to the Water Puppet Theatre by Hoan Kiem Lake. Your child will have a permission form in their bag on Monday. Please sign and return the form. We will leave promptly at 8:30am and will return for lunch.

Blue Dragon

On Friday February 1st all children will be participating in the Blue Dragon Walk-A-Thon to raise money for children in need. We will be sending the pledge sheets home on Monday. Also, I will need 3-4 parent volunteers to help on the afternoon of the Walk-A-Thon. Please let me know, if you would be interested in helping. Thank you!

Cold Weather

K1 spends a lot of time outside exploring, inquiring and playing. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather (coat, sweater, long pants, socks and shoes).

Have a lovely weekend,

Hang and Kristi

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January 11th

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday. Only 3 more weeks until we celebrate Tet (Lunar New Year).

We will begin to talk about Tet in class and Ms. Hang will be sharing about her home culture. The children will be participating in many activities related to Tet and the Year of the Pig.

This week, we have been focusing on our Who We Are unit. This unit runs full year and we have been inquiring into people in our community and our responsibility with in our community. It is amazing how each child’s thinking has changed and their understanding has grown.

It was lovely to see our buddies after such a long break. The children did puzzles, built with lego and blocks, drew, read and engaged in role play.

Could you please send in a photo from your winter break? This can be of anything. Please have your child help you choose it, as they will need to be able to share with the class. You can email me the photo. kmcewen@unishanoi.org

After Tet, we will begin Show and Tell. Please watch the blog for the schedule.

Have a lovely weekend,
Hang and Kristi

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December 14

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. The children visited the UNIS water treatment plant. It was very interesting to learn about the different water sources at the school and how the water is cleaned.

On Thursday, the children performed a short dance of the Nutcracker.  I will be posting it on their Seesaw blog.

To start the year off, we would like your child to bring in an artifact from their winter holiday. We will use this artifact to start our focus on descriptive language.

I wish you all a relaxing break.

Hang and Kristi

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December 7th

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed UN Day. The children loved having lunch with you and were so proud to share about their home culture.

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. The children collected water samples from around campus. They are now exploring and inquiring into the SDG # 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation. We have been wondering: Is this water safe to drink? Is this water clean? How do we know the water is safe? How do we clean water to make it safe?

The students in K1A are taking action. Since starting this unit, the children have become VERY aware of single use plastic. We have noticed that snack boxes contain less plastic and the children are sharing the knowledge with other students. Great job, K1A!

This week, K2D thought us about composting. K1 is now collecting our food waste for composting.

Only 5 more days until the winter break.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Hang and Kristi

 

 

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November 23

Dear Parents,

This week, we tuned back into  the transdisciplinary theme Who we are with the central idea: personal choices affect ourselves and the community.  The children have been talking about their countries and how our countries need to work together to make the world a better place. The children are preparing for UN Day and we have been sharing different words in our home languages.

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 using water in different ways and using language to talk about how the water is moving.

I am still hoping that more parents would like to come and share about their home culture. It can be a short book, showing artifacts or photos. If you have time next week, please email me. We would love to have you in.

Pirates Past Noon

The tickets for the Grade 2-3 musical, Pirates Past Noon, will go on sale next Wednesday. Be quick! Last year, the tickets sold out quickly.

Here are some photos from the week.

Have a great weekend,

Kristi and Hang

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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

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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

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