Outside Play Day and Basket Weaver

D/K1 MUSIC CONCERT – Thursday 30th May

We look forward to seeing you at the music concert on Thursday at 9am in the theatre.

PLEASE SEND IN CONCERT CLOTHES – Either a blue performing arts polo shirt or any solid colour T-shirt (no stripes, no pictures/words on the front). If you do not have one without a picture on, they can wear it inside out with the tag cut out. For the bottom half, they should wear long black trousers, leggings or tracksuit pants. Send in the clothes next week in a bag labeled with your child’s name. Thank you for your support.

Outdoor Classroom Day

On Friday it was outside classroom day across the world. Outdoor play is an essential part of our curriculum in Discovery and this week we also spent time in the elementary playground with our grade 2 buddies as well. Here are some pictures of the outdoor classroom day.

Basketmaker

To conclude our materials unit a basket weaver came into the classroom and showed the children how different types of baskets are created. The children were each able to plait bamboo stipes over and under each other to create each basket. The children have loved having Vietnamese experts come into the classroom to show them the many exciting and different crafts of Vietnam. Here are some photos

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

30th May 9am-10am Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. Please see Ms Alexis blog (via your Tin Tuc email) for details on what they should wear and more.

30th May – D/K1 Art exhibition in the Centre for Arts

Friday 31st May – Grade 12 Graduation EARLY DISMISSAL FOR ALL ES STUDENTS, pick up 11.30am

Thursday 6th June – Swimming

7th June – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and classes by email at the end of the school day.

10th June 2pm – Discovery End of year party (including thank yous and farewells), parents welcome to attend. Please let Fiona know what snacks you will bring or send in. They will play with water outside, so please send in swimmers/beachwear, a towel and a hat that can get wet.

11th June – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

12th June – Last day of school, pick up 12pm

Have a great weekend

Ms L

Assembly, Painting, Norway

Thanks, everyone for coming to see the assembly this week. It was all developed by the children and they chose what they wanted to show you. Here is the video for you to watch at home.

And here are a few photos

This week the children were also involved in abstract painting. Each child chose their own colors and were asked to discuss and think about different shapes in their work. Here are some pictures.

On Friday afternoon we had a small celebration to celebrate Norway’s independence day. Eden and her mum brought us a few sweets and some yummy ice cream to celebrate. Thanks so much, it was great to have some ice cream on a hot sunny afternoon!!!! Here are some photos.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

24th May –  International Outdoor Classroom Day (not for parents).  Please make sure that your child, wears sunscreen to school, has a full change of clothes, has a hat and has a full water bottle.

30th May 9am-10am Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. Please see Ms Alexis blog (via your Tin Tuc email) for details on what they should wear and more.

30th May – D/K1 Art exhibition in the Centre for Arts

7th June – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counselors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

10th June 2pm – Discovery End of year party (including thank yous and farewells), parents welcome to attend. Details later.

11th June – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

12th June – Last day of school, pick up 12pm

 

Have a great and cool weekend

Ms L

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Small world and Embroidery

SMALL WORLD

This week the children have been involved in making their own small world areas out of old tires. The children were put into small groups and were asked to plan their own areas. This involved a lot of planning skills, researching and working with and alongside others to achieve their goals. it was great to see how the children compromised with each other, listened to each other and talked through their own ideas. Here are some photos of the children at work.

WEAVING

Over the past couple of weeks, the children have been making their own weaving. Each child has a weaving that will be displayed in the classroom. This experience has related to our unit of inquiry of how the world works-Materials can be manipulated to suit a range of purposes. Here are some photos of proud children involved in their work.

NEXT WEEK’S ASSEMBLY

Next week the children will be displaying their learning on stage in front of the ECC. This year the children have taken complete control over the assembly piece and they have chosen what they would like to show you. The assembly starts at 9.25 next Thursday morning in the theater and the performance will be about  5 to 10 minutes long but you are of course welcome to stay to watch the whole assembly.

Some important dates

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5-minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

Have a great weekend

Ms L

Book Week

 

Welcome back everyone, I hope you had a great holiday. This week was book week. The children were involved in a lot of different book week experiences. It was great to see everyone dressed up for the parade, with some really original ideas. At the parade, we met our buddies and read stories with them and then we paraded around showing off our wonderful costumes. Here are some pictures of our parade.

We all attended a book sale. I was so proud of the children as they chose their own books and paid for them at the front counter. Here are some pictures of the sale.

Mr. Josh also came into our class and read the story If you give a mouse a cookie. The children were very excited about having a special guest come into read. I was so impressed with all the questions that the children had for him. Here is a photo.

Some important dates

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5 minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

Have a great weekend

Ms L

PYP X and BOOK WEEK

Primary Years Programme Exhibition (aka PYPX)

Discovery children are at the beginning of their PYP years and this week we got to visit the students who are rounding up their time with the PYP. At the end of the programme, Grade five students work in groups for eight weeks on a global issue of their choice. This week they presented their learning at the exhibition. On our visit, Grade five did a great job of explaining and demonstrating their big ideas to our young learners. Discovery visiting the exhibition photos here

MINI BOOK WEEK – RIGHT AFTER THE LONG WEEKEND

Please send your child dressed as a book character when they come to school next Thursday 2nd May. We encourage creativity – no need for perfection or anything elaborate so choose a book character and get out your cardboard boxes/yogurt pots/sheets…etc. and see what you can put together! Or get inspired online.

MPORTANT DATES

29th April – 1st May inclusive – Labour day/Victory day – No school

2nd & 3rd May – Book week – This will include a day to dress up as a favourite book character, feel free to start making costumes early! We love homemade costumes.

3rd May – Used Book Sale – Children bring money and a bag in order to buy books if they wish. Parents may buy books at the end of the school day and on Saturday 4th May.

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5 minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

Have a great break and see you on Thursday!!!

Ms L

Potter, Easter Eggs and Student Lead conferences!!!

POTTERY

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This week we had a potter to come into the class to visit us. She brought with her a clay wheel and demonstrated how to make bowls, cups, and vases. Then it was our turn and we all got to have a turn spinning the wheel and making a piece of pottery This incursion relates to our PYP unit How the world works: Materials can be manipulated to suit a range of purposes. The children were able to explore the feeling of the clay and were encouraged to discuss what they were feeling and thinking. Here are some pictures of the children at work.

MESSAGE FROM MS KRIS

Dear Parents of Discovery Students,

Over the next few weeks 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 non-threatening. They are designed to teach knowledge and skills on how to remain safe.

A typical series of lessons will include:

  • Safe and Unsafe – how to keep safe in general
  • “My Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body
  • “Safe Touch”/ “Comfortable and Uncomfortable feelings” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself safe

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.

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This week we were very lucky to have Mimi’s mum Fiona come and read a story about the Easter bunny and made some colorful Easter eggs with the children. The children picked a hard boiled egg and then got to dye it any color they wanted, by dipping it into a cupful of color with a spoon. This experience was a great success and the children ate the eggs for a snack as soon as they could. Here are some pictures of the egg experience.

Thanks for coming  Fiona!!!!! If you are interested in coming into the class to share with the group, the time has not run out. Drop me an email and we can work out a time for this to happen.

STUDENT LEAD CONFERENCES

Thanks to all who came to student-led conferences on Friday. You all should be so proud of your children. I certainly was and feel very lucky to have been their teacher this year.  Here are some snaps of the day!!

Please also consider donating books to the UNIS Used Book Sale. You can send in any books in any language. Thank you for your support. Please check the Tin Tuc for more information

IMPORTANT DATES

29th April – 1st May inclusive – Labour day/Victory day – No school

2nd & 3rd May – Book week – This will include a day to dress up as a favourite book character, feel free to start making costumes early! We love homemade costumes.

3rd May – Used Book Sale – Children bring money and a bag in order to buy books if they wish. Parents may buy books at the end of the school day and on Saturday 4th May.

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5 minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

Have a great weekend

Ms L

Swimming

Phoenix Pride

This week was the start of our APAC soccer competition. Each grade was given a different soccer team to support and Discovery was so lucky because this time they got to support UNIS. Each child made a flag and then we went down to the sports center to cheer on the blues!! The most exciting part was seeing Felix the phoenix dancing as well as our very own Emily dancing to the drums.  Here are some photos of the event.

Potions 

To continue on with our How the World Works unit of inquiry the children have been involved in making their very own potions. We have been using our own garden with our mint and flowers, which we have added to the table for the children to use in a variety of ways. Different sensory elements have also been added including cinnamon, flour, curry powder, and mixed spices. The children have had a ball making different potions, cakes, and soups. This has encouraged lots of social play including cooperation, turn taking, sharing, and communication. Here are some photos to look at.

SWIMMING

This week was our very first swimming lesson. The children were so excited as they got ready in the morning for swimming. I was so proud of the children and their confidence in the water, they were almost like mermaids!!  Here are some photos and videoes of the session.

READ ALOUD

On Friday we were very lucky to have Edens grandparents come to read us a story. It was all about a crocodile that ate too much and we learned a new Danish word “Hupps” which means to eat something. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us!! Here are some photos.

If you would like to share something with our children please let me know. This has been a great year of parents coming in and sharing with us something about their families or cultures so please feel free to email me  and come on in.

Please also remember that Monday is a public holiday so there will be no school!!!

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

30th March – 7th April inclusive – Spring Break, school closed

15th April – Hung King Day – No School

19th April – Student Led Conferences – Students come for their 1 hour appointment with their parents. Not a normal school day. All parents please attend.

29th April – 1st May inclusive – Labour day/Victory day – No school

2nd & 3rd May – Book week – This will include a day to dress up as a favourite book character, feel free to start making costumes early! We love homemade costumes.

3rd May – Used Book Sale – Children bring money and a bag in order to buy books if they wish. Parents may buy books at the end of the school day and on Saturday 4th May.

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5 minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

Sports Day, The Garden and Market Day

MARKET DAY

Thank you so much for supporting our K2 students by sending 20,000vnd for the children to spend at the Market Day. Discovery had a great time spending their money on goods and services! Here are some pictures of the event.

HARVESTING THE GARDEN

The lettuce in the garden has grown so much that we had to use it this week. The children helped to harvest the lettuce by cutting it and then each child was asked to wash and clean it. We then ate it with each other as roll-ups with noodles and soy sauce. Here are some photos

SPORTS DAY

The children burned off some serious energy freely exploring the sports morning activities. They were risk takers as they tested their bodies, challenged themselves and supported each other. They were even risk takers on their way back to class as they rescued worms from the concrete! Here are some photos

Please take a moment to note the following dates on your calendar. 

I wish Discovery B families a wonderful Spring Break! 

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

30th March – 7th April inclusive – Spring Break, school closed

15th April – Hung King Day – No School

19th April – Student Led Conferences – Students come for their 1 hour appointment with their parents. Not a normal school day. All parents please attend.

29th April – 1st May inclusive – Labour day/Victory day – No school

2nd & 3rd May – Book week – This will include a day to dress up as a favourite book character, feel free to start making costumes early! We love homemade costumes.

3rd May – Used Book Sale – Children bring money and a bag in order to buy books if they wish. Parents may buy books at the end of the school day and on Saturday 4th May.

13th May – Snack Sale – Children bring 20,000vnd

16th May 9.25-10.05am – During the Lower Elementary Assembly, Discovery students will do a 5 minute performance. Parents are invited.

20th-31st May – D-G1 Art Exhibition

30th May 9-10 Discovery/K1 Music Concert – All Parents please attend. You can also see the Art exhibition at this time.

June 7th – Moving Up Morning – Children will find out about their new classes and new teachers and visit their new rooms. Leaving students will have special activities with the counsellors. Parents do not attend. Parents will be informed about teachers and class lists by email at the end of the school day.

June 11th – ES Farewell Assembly 1.15-1.45 Parents invited. Leaving families strongly encouraged to attend.

IMPORTANT DATES!!!

MARKET DAY

K2 has invited us to their market day next Tuesday morning, 26th March.

Please help K2 to 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 MORNING

Friday March 29th will be our Elementary Sports Morning so make sure to come to cheer your child on! All students from Discovery to Grade 5 will be participating in various games and sporting activities.

Discovery and K1: Animal Antics Activities Day
Time: 8:40-10:45 am
Location: Covered courts in front of the Sports Centre

Please make sure your child has a hat and a drink bottle especially for this morning.

 

SWIMMING


Starting Friday the 29th of March Discovery B will have swimming. Please make sure the children have a swimming costume and towel to bring every Friday. The swimming department also has some expectations as detailed below:

ES Swimming Essentials

At UNIS we have a committed and passionate group of swimming instructors keen to get every single elementary pupil to a good technical level of swimming where they can enjoy all the joys of life in water, well after leaving school. Swimming is a life skill with numerous health benefits and obvious safety benefits.

With this in mind, we have a few expectations before lessons even take place and these are vital in ensuring pupils take ownership and responsibility which is part of the learning process. The communication of pupil-teacher-parent is therefore extremely important for the swimmer to succeed.

Swimming Costumes – Girls must wear a one-piece costume during swim lessons and boys can either wear trunks or shorts. Note that baggy shorts can inhibit the swimmer’s progress. UNIS costumes are available from ‘The Shop’, which is situated outside the gymnasium.

Swimming Caps – These are essential for pupils with long hair for both hygiene and clearance purposes. Silicone caps provide a good fit with latex caps often being extremely tight. Cloth caps can also be a good alternative for the younger swimmers.

Goggles – Goggles can be an extremely important part of a swimmer’s experience. Good fitting goggles can promote confidence and exploration whereas ill-fitting goggles, which let water in, can have a negative effect on certain swimmers. Molded nose bridges rather than adjustable nose pieces are recommended. To test, push the goggles on the face without the strap and if they stay put then they fit well. Masks are not allowed during lessons as they effect the natural breathing process. Finally, goggles should be changed regularly as the rubber seal wears out causing leakage.

Changing – During lessons we have a limited time for changing and it would be extremely helpful if all kit was labeled. Younger children should also be encouraged to change themselves at home to promote responsibility, sense of achievement and coordination.

Absence – If a pupil is unable to swim for any reason then parents should provide a doctor’s note. Unless under special circumstances, if a child is too ill to go swimming then they are usually too ill to attend school. Obviously, if they have not been at school the previous days leading up to the lesson then we understand that their immune system may still below, in which case a parent’s note is adequate. It should be noted that the ‘common cold’ is caused by a virus and not from the temperature of the air or water. Interestingly enough, a low immune system can be susceptible to the virus and swimming, in its very nature, builds a strong immune system.

Have a great weekend

Ms L

Exploring different materials

HOW THE WORLD WORKS

   

To continue on with our how the world works unit. We had a traditional embroiderer come into the classroom to show us how she works with her different materials. The children were fascinated by watching this lady sew pictures onto the cloth. Some children were so fascinated that they even asked if they eat their snack on the mat so that they could continue watching her. Lots of verbal language, inquiry, and questioning were occurring during this experience. Children were talking about their mummy’s sewing their clothes and socks. Some children brought up that only mummies do this job and not the daddies (we linked this to gender equality goal number 5 and discussed equal work!!). Some of the group enjoyed feeling the texture of the materials and enjoyed touching the different examples of cloth that she brought with her. Here are some photos of us with the embroiderer.

We then explored made our own embroidery piece. A hessian sack was laid over a trough and the children were invited to make their own patterns with the embroidery materials. Using thick needles allowed the children to have more control over their work and some children were able to rethread the needle if and when required. This experience encouraged hand-eye coordination and fine motor development, skills which are very important for beginning writers.  Here are some photos of us involved in making our own embroidery piece.

Wooden play materials

A few of you have asked about the wooden play structure that we had in the classroom this week. It is a great structure for the children to explore imaginatively and several children have been exploring this structure in a variety of different ways. I had told a few parents that I would give them the contact details of the person who makes them so here it is. It is a facebook post so let me know if you can not open it. Here it is.

Open Classrooms

Thanks to everyone who came to open classrooms this week. I hope you enjoyed seeing how the programme works and how well the children are operating together in our classroom.  It is great to see how much the children have grown up and are great examples of the UNIS community in action. Here are some photos of the two days.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

17th March: Spring Fair – Discovery families wear national dress or costumes and walk up on stage to welcome everyone.

29th March: Fun Sports Day

Beginning 25th March Swimming lessons will begin (More information to follow)

Have an awesome weekend

Ms L