Open House!

Hi Everyone!

Next week is time for our next open house!  Unfortunately, the homerooms will not be available on Thursday because grade 4 teachers will be at an in-school training.  Please see the schedule below for the times that 4A will be open for you to come and visit.  This is a voluntary event. We would love to see you there.

Please see some photos of the last few weeks on Seesaw! I am about to post some for your enjoyment 🙂



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2019…We off to a great start!


I hope you all had a happy and safe break and that 2019 has started well! The students have had a great week and many are growing taller and taller! I have a feeling some will be meeting me eye to eye by the end of the year! Congratulations to Anesu who has a new baby brother! We are looking forward to hearing all about him on her return next week!

How We Organise Ourselves 

Our Social Enterprises are formed! Business names have been created, mission statements have been written and future actions have been proposed! It has been a busy week!













The students are busy preparing for Market Day which will be on January 31 from 12:00-1:30. Market Day is a very exciting and valuable opportunity for the students to learn to work in groups, compromise, be responsible and organize themselves.  It is common that at some point during this process students could become frustrated with their group. We work to guide students through that process so that by the end of the unit they have learned valuable social and organizational skills. Please do keep in contact with any questions or concerns that may arise.

It is also important to note that in a weeks time your child may be receiving a loan from UNIS to purchase supplies for Market Day. This will be dependent on what they are selling.  If you purchase any supplies with your own money please keep the receipt or write a record.  We want to make sure the students are keeping track of all of their costs.  Again if you have any questions feel free to ask.

The students learned about what market forces are, specifically supply and demand and profit and loss. They used this knowledge and understanding to help them start to brainstorm about what product they wish to make for their market day stall. They are using the following rubric to help them…

In line with us focusing on the UN SDG’s, we are asking the students to seriously consider the sustainability and environmental impact their choice of product may have.

Over the weekend the students may be (have been encouraged to):

  • research how much of their proposed product they will need to make
  • source the price of the ingredients in order for them to understand how much they will be needing to spend
  • asking friends, family, and children in their neighbourhood what they believe would be a successful business product/service to sell
  • getting into contact with the other students in their group to arrange times to get together to “produce” their good or service to sell

Please encourage your child as they embark on some of these things and also suggest their record what they have done and their reflections on SeeSaw.


I hope you are enjoying all that the students have been posting on Seesaw! As they become more familiar with the program they are gaining more confidence and independence. I have been so impressed to see the improvements they have made in their reflections and how these are helping them with their goal setting each week!


This week we began to focus on our new multiplication unit. The students were re-introduced to factors and multiples and also how they can use arrays to help them. Check out their Seesaw posts for more details! Next week we will be learning a new game and many students will bring it home. Please encourage your student to teach the game to you and start playing it as part of your nightly routine (they can play it alone or in a group).


Teachers are currently in the middle of report writing and they will be sent out to you before Tet. Please note that the next parent-teacher conference is scheduled for Wednesday, 30th of January. Please keep an eye out for details for the sign-up process for these conferences. They are a lovely way for us to meet and discuss your child’s progress in person and clarify any questions you may have from their reports.

Please also note that conference day is the day before our market day. Please help your students with making arrangements with their business partners to make their products and prepare for their big day on the 31st of January.


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Some market day play for the holidays…

Hi everyone

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday! While you are away please encourage your students to have a go on the websites below.

See you in 2019!

Websites/Games of the Week: 

Lemonade Stand . and the app

Purpose:  Both of these games introduce students to the concept of profit and market forces. They also use addition and subtraction skills.

The students were introduced to lemonade stand this week and will be introduced to pizza shop after the break.  If your children play the game, please ask them questions such as:

Why did you set the price to what you did? What do you think affected your profit?  Did the sunny weather help you sell more lemonade or less? What decisions did you make to help you make more profit?

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What has been happening in 4A?

Monday morning’s in 4A are our time for reflecting on our goals and thinking about our next steps to keep us learning and moving forward. I have been so proud of the progress the students are making as they think about their own progress and set themselves goals that are becoming increasingly more specific and measurable. I hope you have enjoyed seeing their reflections each week as they post them on Seesaw!

This past week the students reflected on their progress in math according to the different learning intentions that we have been focusing on. They used a chart called a “Gradual Increase of Independence Math”. This is a chart that they used at the beginning of the year to communicate what their level of understanding is. It was exciting to watch them realize how much new knowledge they have gained! They used these charts to create their new math goals and I have used them to guide my teaching group focus. 

Math: Our whole class focus in math this week was on being able to describe the chance and probability of an event occurring.

The outcomes for these lessons are:

  • Describe possible everyday events and order their chances of occurring (ACMSP092)
  • Identify everyday events where one occurring cannot happen if the other happens (ACMSP093)
  • Identify events where the chance of one occurring will not be affected by the occurrence of the other (ACMSP094)

The class enjoyed creating a human continuum and showing their thinking for each of the scenarios given. Part of the learning included the students learning how to play the game Farkle. Please have them explain it to you!

Reading and Writing: The students were introduced to report writing this week, focusing on recognising the features, including writing in the third person. In reading the class continued with their read-aloud of “Amal Unbound”, even being able to enjoy Bobby reading them a chapter or two. The book has allowed us to make some links to the SDG’s as well as different Child Right’s. We are eagerly anticipating finishing the book on Monday…look out for some great reflections, reviews, and response next week!


Child Rights: As we continue to investigate the Child Rights and the different circumstances that influence a child’s access to them. We have been lucky to have many visitors to speak to us over the last few weeks, including many of the high school students who represent different service learning projects. On Friday we had Dr. Nary Ly come to speak to us. Dr. Ly is a Khmer Rouge survivor, a Ph.D./scientist (degree from France) and also the first female Olympian marathon runner from Cambodia. Her talk gave the students a fascinating insight into how much you can achieve if you have resilience, persistence and true passion for the goals you wish to achieve. I look forward to hearing how this has influenced their ideas in what SDG and Child Right they wish to inquire further into.

Coming up:

The UNIS High School Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group are planning an Elementary School Movie Night on December 13th, 2018. The Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group raises money through fundraising events for the Habitat for Humanity organization. This money is used to build and repair homes in sustainable communities around Vietnam.

As part of fundraising, a movie night has been planned for students in grades 3- 5. The students will be able to watch CoCo, a family-friendly Disney movie. Students will be asked to bring 100,000 VND for the movie and a bag of popcorn each to enjoy the movie.

Students also have the option to buy other snacks and drinks during the intermission. The price of a pizza slice will be 50,000 VND and drinks will be 20,000 VND. All profits will go directly to funding an upcoming house build.

Please see the file below for further details.


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UN Day 2018

Thank you everyone for your contributions to a great UN Day! Have a happy and safe weekend!

Our Class of MANY Nations:

Our Flag Bearers!

You’re The Voice by John Farnham:

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So much has been going on…

Thank you, everyone, for the generous and thoughtful gifts I received on Teacher Appreciation Day! It was a lovely treat to come back to!

On Tuesday it was International Children’s Day. In honor of that and in line with our unit on Child’s Rights, 4D organized a grade 4 movie to be created about the UN Rights of the Child. We hope you enjoy it!

Our Week in Review:

UOI: We continued to focus on the big ideas of equity and  “what circumstances affect our access to rights”.  We focused on continuing to connect the child rights to the SDG’s as well as looking at the text, “If the World Were A Village of 100 People”.

Literacy: The students are continuing to focus on information reports. They were lucky enough to have Ms Fiona Hamilton in class this week who led them through a number of lessons focusing on Structured Word Inquiries. They were looking specifically at suffixes and prefixes and how they join with a base to create words.

Math: In whole class lessons the students continued to focus on using data and applied their understanding as they worked in small groups to create infographics on data from the book “If the World Were A Village of 100 People”. They then presented these to the whole class.

Important Upcoming Events:

  • Next week is UN SDG week.  We have several exciting events planned such as visiting guest speakers and events with our buddies.
  • November 30th is UN Day. You will be receiving more information about this event via e-mail and the Tin Tuc.


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Let’s Go To The Movies: “A Plastic Ocean”

Dear Parents,

Next week in our school is “SDG Week” –  focusing on connecting our student’s learning on the UN Sustainable Development Goals,  in the lead up to our school’s UN Day celebration.  Around the dinner table, ask your child about the SDG’s and what they are learning about them.

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we will be hosting a free community screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm.  The movie is in English, with Vietnamese subtitles.

Movie Trailer:  A Plastic Ocean 

What:  “A Plastic Ocean” documentary – FREE community screening

When:  Tuesday 27th November, 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)

Who:  UNIS Hanoi students, families, teachers – 7 years +

Where:  Theatre, Centre for Arts, B10

Why:  To raise awareness of the issue of pollution being created by single use plastics and what we can do to help

Theatre will open at 4.50pm – free seating.

Elementary students will NOT be allowed to attend unless accompanied by an adult.

The UNIS Hanoi school store will host a ‘pop up’ shop showcasing and selling all of our recycled and environmentally sustainable products for families who wish to take immediate action to reduce their use of plastics.

Please join with us in taking action for the children who will be attending UNIS and living on our planet many generations from now….. this local and global problem needs us all to act now.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil


Kính gửi Phụ huynh,

Tuần tới được gọi là “Tuần lễ hành động vì các Mục tiêu Phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc” tại trường UNIS. Trong suốt thời gian này, các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc sẽ được lồng ghép vào nội dung học tập ở trường. Đây cũng là bước chuẩn bị cho lễ kỷ niệm Ngày Liên hiệp quốc sắp tới. Phụ huynh có thể hỏi các con, trong khi ăn tối, về Các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững này và các con đã học được những gì về các mục tiêu này.

Cũng là một phần trong Cam kết thực hiện các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Nhà trường, Nhà trường sẽ tổ chức buổi chiếu phim miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng vào ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều; bộ phim có tiêu đề là “Đại Dương Nhựa”, phim Tiếng Anh, có phụ đề Tiếng Việt.

Phụ huynh có thể xem bản giới thiệu phim tại đây.

Tên phim: Phim tài liệu “Đại Dương Nhựa” – buổi chiếu miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng

Thời gian: Ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều (độ dài phim: 1 tiếng 42 phút)

Đối tượng: Học sinh, phụ huynh, giáo viên UNIS (phim dành cho đối tượng trên 7 tuổi)

Địa điểm: Rạp hát, Trung tâm Nghệ thuật, B10, UNIS

Lý do chiếu phim: Nhằm nâng cao nhận thức của cộng đồng về vấn đề ô nhiễm do việc sử dụng các sản phẩm nhựa dùng một lần gây ra và khuyến khích hành động của cá nhân để giúp giảm thiểu vấn đề này.

Rạp hát sẽ mở cửa lúc 4:50 chiều, phụ huynh có thể tùy chọn ghế ngồi.

Học sinh Tiểu học chỉ có thể tham dự nếu có người lớn đi kèm.

Cửa hàng của Trường UNIS sẽ có gian hàng tạm thời ngay tại buổi chiếu phim để trưng bày và bán các sản phẩm tái chế và các sản phẩm bền vững cho môi trường. Phụ huynh có thể mua các sản phẩm này để giảm thiểu ngay việc sử dụng sản phẩm nhựa.

Hãy cùng chung tay với Nhà trường để cùng hành động vì trẻ em UNIS tương lại và trẻ em sống trên hành tinh của chúng ta và nhiều thế hệ mai sau ngay từ bây giờ. Chúng ta cần hành động ngay từ hôm nay để giải quyết vấn đề vừa mang tính địa phương và toàn cầu này.

Nhà trường Phụ huynh có thể sắp xếp thời gian để tham dự buổi chiếu phim.

Trân trọng,

Megan Brazil

Hiệu trưởng trường Tiểu học UNIS.


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Open House is THIS week!

Literacy: In reading this week the students met with their reading groups and continued to focus on their individualized reading focus. In writing, they are busy working on their Writer’s Workshop where they have been writing a narrative. Many students are on their way to publishing their first stories. We are beginning to learn how to write Information Reports and I am using the pre-assessments they wrote, where they could report on any topic they like, to give them feedback and guide their instruction.

Website of the Week:

Next week the students will be introduced to Microbits. Microbits is a micro computer that allows students to use coding to create a variety of physical projects. The goal is that next week they will begin to design a solution to the Global Goals Microbit Challenge.  The students don’t have Microbits at home but they can practice coding on the microbit website and they can have a look through the website to see what projects are possible.

UOI: Over the last few weeks we began our new UOI.  The central idea is “Children’s rights and responsibilities exist to enable equitable opportunities.”  The lines of Inquiry are:

  • Circumstances that determine a child’s access to opportunities
  • The role of social responsibility and action
  • Children’s rights and equity

Students have been able to gain an understanding of what a social enterprise is as well as how the child rights are connected to the different SDG’s. They have been introduced to UNICEF and the work they do and this week will look at the different circumstances that alter the access children have to their rights.

We continue to come back to the question:

“As students of the UN and IB, what is our responsibility?”

Math: This week the students will be focusing on number and pattern.  The workshops they may attend are.:

  • I can use manipulatives to explain odd and even
  • I can write numbers in decimals and compare the value of different decimals
  • I can find the missing number in a number sentence
  • I can use multiplication in number patterns

Game of the Week: Get to Zero 

Purpose: To practice subtracting with regrouping from 999.

Materials: 3 dice, paper and pencil

Open House Schedule This week:

Please come to our open classrooms this Thursday and Friday. The highlighted times below are when the class is available for you to visit.


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