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

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

 

 

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

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