Meet your SCO Executive Parent Representatives!

The School Community Organisation (SCO) Executive Committee would like to warmly welcome all parents, faculty and staff to the new school year 2019-2020! The SCO Executive Committee is a group of parent volunteers whose mission is to help “enhance and foster partnerships throughout the school community in support of the UNIS Hanoi’s Mission and Vision”. We do this mainly by organising and supporting community-building activities and events and by bridging connections among parents, administration and faculty across different parts of the school.

In addition to your SCO Executive Committee, a number of wonderfully dedicated parents lead specific committees that organise parent volunteers around activities throughout the year. These committees include the Used Book Sale, Spring Fair, Swim Club, Snack Sale, Phoenix Boosters and Grade 12 Parents. We are still looking for volunteers to join these committees so if you are interested, simply let us know here!

Finally, we wanted to encourage you all to join the UNIS Hanoi Parent Facebook groups. These groups were created by UNIS parents and serve as helpful tools for parents to stay connected, share information and parenting resources and stay updated on events. To join you will be asked to answer a few questions. Please make sure that you answer the questions to confirm that you are a UNIS Hanoi parent.

UNIS Hanoi ES Parents (Discovery – Grade 5)

UNIS Hanoi MSHS Parents (Grade 6 – Grade 12)

Please feel free to reach out to us anytime and with any questions. We are here to support you! Email sco@unishanoi.org for general questions.

Build a family within the school!

Calling on parents interested in getting more involved as homeroom /or grade level parents!

  • play a key role in maintaining open and positive communication between families and the school
  • help build a friendly atmosphere in your class/grade
  • welcome families into your class who arrive mid-year
  • support teachers with requests (mainly ES)

Click here for more information

Introducing your SCO Executive Parent Representatives!

Susan ‘Sue’ Perez – Communications Officer

Email: sco@unishanoi.org 

Hello parents! I’m very happy to be serving as Communications Officer for my second year. This is my family’s third year in Hanoi and we have two children – Ashe in Grade 7 and the Shay in Grade 12. My husband teaches Grade 5 at UNIS and I run my own HIV- and health-focused consulting firm. I’ve got lots of energy and have met so many awesome parents through supporting the SCO. My response time on email is really fast and so I assure you that if you send me an email I’ll get back to you very quickly! The SCO is always looking for ways to improve our communication so please don’t hesitate to share any ideas you may have. I hate taking photos of myself – clearly not from the selfie-generation so here’s a proud family moment from last year when our varsity boys won the APAC soccer championship. Go Phoenix!

Walaa Hassan – Lower Elementary School Parent Representative (Discovery – Grade 1)

Email: sco_les@unishanoi.org

Hello, this is Walaa, I have two daughters in UNIS, Karma in Grade 2 and Kenda in Discovery. We come from Egypt; my husband works for the Egyptian Embassy in Hanoi. We have joined UNIS last year. 

It’s a pleasure to be part of UNIS school community, which encompasses a wide spectrum of languages, cultures, lifestyles and experiences. This year I am volunteering to join SCO executives, inspired by various fun activities, and events organized by SCO last year, which complements the school’s efforts to ease new families transition and integration into school life. Also, boosting the spirit of volunteerism to continuously enhance the well-being of our small community, and beyond to the bigger community of Hanoi.

Please feel free to share your ideas, thoughts, and if you have time consider volunteering in the various school activities and events that promote a Happy learning experience for our kids.

Poul Lundsby – Upper Elementary School Parent Representative (Grades 2-5)

Email: sco_ues@unishanoi.org

Hi, I am Poul Lundsby. This is my second year in Hanoi as a UNIS parent. We are here as a family because my wife is working at the Danish Embassy. 

We live in T-Block in Ciputra and consists of parents and four children in Grade 1, Grade 5, Grade 7 & Grade 11 respectively. 

As a parent with children in all divisions I am in touch with almost every corner of the “UNIS-machinery” so after my first year as a newcomer has passed I look forward to playing an active role in the UNIS community this year.

Garry Reichert – Middle School Parent Representative

Email: sco_ms@unishanoi.org

Hello, I am Garry Riechert and I am happy to help with the UNIS SCO Executive this year.

I have 2 children at the school, Caitlin in Grade 9 and Cody in Grade 6. My wife Sharon works for an international NGO. This is our fourth year in Hanoi.

I like to meet people, help people and get people to make the most of their time spent at UNIS Hanoi.

The community we create is the community we and our children live in. I invite you all to participate in some way in your child’s school life.

Pavla Jarkulischová – HS parent representative

Email: sco_hs@unishanoi.org

Hello, high school parents, I’m Pavla. It’s my family´s 8th year in Hanoi.

I have 3 children, Johana who graduated from UNIS in 2018 and is now studying at a University in the Netherlands, Jachym in G11 and Jonatan in G7. My husband David works at the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

I´m looking forward to another great school year at UNIS and I hope I can be a helpful member of the HS community. 

Chris Behr – Treasurer

Email: sco_treasurer@unishanoi.org

Hi parents, I’m Chris. This is my family’s third year in Vietnam, with two boys (Henry and Ben) at UNIS Hanoi in grades 8 and 5. My wife, Diji, works at the World Bank while my part-time day job is an economist for a US based engineering firm. 

I look forward to volunteering as the SCO Treasurer this year and I hope to hear from you about your ideas for making the UNIS Hanoi community even better!

Community events you don’t want to miss…

Hanoi Bus Tour – September 5 (register here)

SCO Kickoff Meeting – September 10

Parent & Faculty Sparkly Social – September 14

Community Connections Fair – September 21

For details about times and locations please visit the UNIS Hanoi calendar.

Sparkly Social Presents: Battle of the Decades

Our parent and faculty party of the year is BACK! This year’s theme is Battle of the Decades…
1) Choose a decade from the 60’s through 2000’s and dress to impress!
2) Purchase tickets at The Shop (350,000VND UNIS / 700,000VND non-UNIS – limited ticket available + processing fee for credit/debit cards)
3) Dance the night away!
  • Live music from each decade
  • In-house DJ’s
  • Two-hour free flow wine, beer and delicious food
  • Spectacular surprise performance and more!!!
You do not want to miss this party of the year! Oh and did we mention, it’s at the Sheraton Deja Vu Bar!
Tickets will be available for purchase starting Monday, August 26 at The Shop using your Campus ID Card or credit/debit card. (Note: 3% processing fee will be added to credit/debit card sales).
Tickets will be sold by parents in the canteen after school starting from August 30 – September 12. (Cash only)
Get into the MOOD! 
To make this party rock, the Sparkly Social Committee is looking for parent support to join the decorations and ticket sales team! Party people sign-up HERE !
Please note: This is an adult-only event. Arrange child care and enjoy the night out.
Questions? Feel free to email Esther van Tuijl at sco_ecc@unishanoi.org!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Join the Hanoi Bus Tour!

All parents new and returning are invited to join this popular bus tour around Tay Ho and the Old Quarter organised by parent volunteers of the School Community Organisation.

This is a great opportunity to meet other parents, learn more about what is available in the city and have a chance to pick up an Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese clothing often worn for cultural celebrations) for your children.

SIGN-UP HERE By September 2 at 8pm. Meet in front of the Administration Building and we’ll take the bus after a short intro to the SCO!

For more questions, contact sco@unishanoi.org

Parent’s Welcome Coffee

Welcome back! For all new and returning parents, join us for coffee on Monday, August 19 and take this opportunity to meet our new parents and other members of the community!

Let’s connect after a long summer and get excited about the year ahead!

Followed by a Tech Orientation Session for new families from 9.00 – 10.00 in B8b rooms 117/118.

For more questions or information, please contact our SCO representatives at sco@unishanoi.org

Sparkly Social Presents: Battle of the Decades

Our parent and faculty party of the year is BACK! This year’s theme is Battle of the Decades…
1) Choose a decade from the 60’s through 2000’s and dress to impress!
2) Purchase tickets (available soon)
3) Dance the night away!
  • Live music from each decade
  • In-house DJ’s
  • Two-hour free flow wine, beer and delicious food
  • Spectacular surprise performance and more!!!
You do not want to miss this party of the year! Oh and did we mention, it’s at the Sheraton Deja Vu Bar! Tickets will be available for purchase shortly, stay tuned for more details and save the date!
Get into the MOOD! 
To make this party rock, the Sparkly Social Committee is looking for parent support to join the decorations and ticket sales team! Party people sign-up HERE !
Please note: This is an adult-only event. Arrange child care and enjoy the night out.
Questions? Feel free to email Esther van Tuijl at sco_ecc@unishanoi.org!
Have a wonderful weekend.

Get involved in the School Community Organisation!

Dear parents,
The School Community Organisation has had an amazing year and we have more to look forward to in 2019/2020!
The SCO is recruiting the following roles for next year. If you are returning, please consider helping out and working with an awesome group of volunteer parents. If you are interested or just want to find out more about any of these roles, please email: sco@unishanoi.org
– Upper Elementary School rep (Grades 2-5) – SCO Executive position
– Grade 6 parent
– Grade 7 parent
– Grade 8 parent
– Grade 10 parent
A separate email will be going out about signing up to be a Class Parent for our lower and upper ES classes.
Have a wonderful summer.
Thank you!
SCO Executive

Highlights from this busy year!

Dear UNIS Parents –

On Tuesday, the SCO held its Year-End Annual General Meeting. Thanks to all the parents who attended. If you missed it, please check out the presentation which includes highlights from SCO Executive and Committee activities throughout the year. It was amazing to hear of all the fun and wonderful activities that parents organized and supported this year for our students and community.
During the meeting, parents voted to unanimously approve the updated Constitution. SCO Executive and Committee Coordinator positions for SY2019-2020 were also voted on and a final list will be shared before the end of the year. The SCO is still looking to confirm ES Representatives for Discovery to Grade 1 and Grades 2 -5, if anyone is interested email Garry at sco_es@unishanoi.org. He is arranging a coffee to meet with interested parents on Tuesday, May 28.
Hope to see you all tonight for Volunteer Appreciation!
With thanks for a very busy but truly rewarding year,
SCO Executive (Chris, Esther, Eun Mee, Garry, Sue)

Annual General Meeting – This Tuesday!

Hello UNIS parents –

The SCO will host its year-end meeting on May 21. During the meeting, you’ll hear about all of the activities the SCO supported throughout the year and the great work of our SCO Committees and SCO Executive.
The year-end meeting is always a special one in that it is the time of the year when the SCO elects members to the SCO Executive and SCO Committees Coordinators. Please check out the SCO page on the UNIS Hanoi website here for a list of all of the SCO Executive and Committee positions. If you are interested in any of the positions or want to learn more, please email the SCO (sco@unishanoi.org) and we will be in touch. We encourage all to contribute to the SCO next year!
Finally, this year, the SCO Executive has been working hard to update the SCO Constitution which guides the work of the SCO. When we first started the year and were introduced to the Constitution, we realized that it was in need of updating. We will be voting on the new Constitution at the Annual General Meeting of the SCO (May 21). Please take a bit of time to review the new changes here. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
The 2015 SCO Constitution is available on the SCO website for reference and comparison.
We hope to see many of you on Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30am in the Community Room in the Admin Building (B7-1-104).
Also be sure to join us on May 24 for Volunteer Appreciation Night! 
Register HERE by May 21
Thank you,
SCO Executive (Chris, Esther, Eun Mee, Garry, Sue)

Constitutional Amendments, Recruitment and the SCO AGM

Hello UNIS parents –

The SCO will host its year-end meeting on May 21. During the meeting, you’ll hear about all of the activities the SCO supported throughout the year and the great work of our SCO Committees and SCO Executive.
The year-end meeting is always a special one in that it is the time of the year when the SCO elects members to the SCO Executive and SCO Committees Coordinators. Please check out the SCO page on the UNIS Hanoi website here for a list of all of the SCO Executive and Committee positions. If you are interested in any of the positions or want to learn more, please email the SCO (sco@unishanoi.org) and we will be in touch. We encourage all to contribute to the SCO next year!
Finally, this year, the SCO Executive has been working hard to update the SCO Constitution which guides the work of the SCO. When we first started the year and were introduced to the Constitution, we realized that it was in need of updating. We will be voting on the new Constitution at the Annual General Meeting of the SCO (May 21). Please take a bit of time to review the new changes here. Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.
The 2015 SCO Constitution is available on the SCO website for reference and comparison.
We hope to see many of you on Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30am in the Community Room in the Admin Building (B7-1-104).
Thank you,
SCO Executive (Chris, Esther, Eun Mee, Garry, Sue)

Restocked on summer reads…

A huge thank you to the entire UNIS Hanoi Community for your fantastic support of the 2019 Book Sale!

With your support, we received more than 10,000 books including more than a thousand of books donated by UNIS library and we raised  109,680,000 VND (4,600 USD)! This fund will be used for literacy projects that will benefit many children in Vietnam that our students can access through Service Learning. Students can apply for literacy funds HERE.

The Book Sales wouldn’t be a success without the help of the community, thank you to those who donate the books, those who priced, sorted and sold books, and also to those who help us spread the word!

Check out the photos from the Book Sale here! 

Finally Congratulations to the classrooms who donated the most books to the 2019 Book Sale.

Lower ES Winner – Grade 1B with 483 books

Upper ES Winner – Grade 4A with 742 books

Middle School Winner – 6.7 + 6.8 Homebase with 267 books

We have a permanent book collection box located in front of the library. Feel free to donate books at any time.

Thank you again for your support of the 2019 UNIS Used Book Sale and see you next year!

Alexis Rodrigue-Lafleur, Used Book Sale Co-ordinator

Thousands of books at bargain prices!

Thank you for all of your donated books!  

Thank you for helping to promote literacy in Vietnam!

We have collected many, many books for children and adults, in English and other languages – all for sale next week!

BOOK SALE – Location B8/ below the library:  

Saturday, May 4 – Book Sale is open to UNIS Hanoi community and to the public from 8:00am – 12:00pm. Bring ID to enter campus.

Book prices range from 10,000 – 40,000 VND

We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help sell books on Saturday May 5th Click here to volunteer!

This Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase some ‘pre-loved’ books, in their native tongue (or another language!), at bargain prices.

  • Funds raised from the SCO Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through our Service Learning Programme.

We look forward to sharing the stories we make happen together!

Questions?   Let us know!

Alexis Rodrigue-Lafleur, Used Book Sale Co-ordinator

Contact us at: booksale@unishanoi.org

Community Flea Market – Great products at unbeatable prices!

Dear Parents,

The SCO is arranging with UNIS Hanoi to create space for a community flea market on May 4, the same day as the Used Book Sale, a MRISA volleyball tournament, and a Saturday of Service. UNIS Hanoi Flea Markets are the best place to shop for thousands of low priced items, come ready to spend! Currently 35 booths are registered the largest flea market ever!

It will be located in front of the library from 8.30am to 12.00pm. Bring used bags/boxes to haul your ‘new’ products away!

This event is open to the wider public. Bring your friends along, just make sure they bring ID to register at the main gate.

Registration is now closed. Registrants will be contacted with details and guidelines.

Questions?

Feel free to contact me via email Chris @ SCO_MS@unishanoi.org.

Join the Volleyball action!

On May 3-5 UNIS Hanoi is hosting the boys and girls MRISA Volleyball Tournament.  Let’s go for three wins! 

The Booster committee will be selling food and drinks during the tournament for the athletes, spectators and guests.  To view the MRISA Volleyball Tournament updates – check the live website

To make this possible we need YOU!  We know your time is valuable so if you are not available to help at our booth during the event, we are taking donations of different food and drinks that can be delivered before or during the event.

MRISA Volunteer Sign-up

ANY AND ALL HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED!

Your Phoenix Booster Committee,

Marieke, Gigi and Doreen

Shop at the Book Sale!

Thank you for all of your donated books!  

Thank you for helping to promote literacy in Vietnam!

We have collected many, many books for children and adults, in English and other languages – all for sale next week!

BOOK SALE – Location B8/ below the library:  

Friday, May 3 – all classes will visit the Book Sale during the school day.  Parents can shop for books from 3:10pm – 5:00pm

Saturday, May 4 – Book Sale is open to UNIS Hanoi community and to the public from 8:00am – 12:00pm. Bring ID to enter campus.

Please send your child to school on Friday, May 3rd with money to spend on books! Book prices range from 10,000 – 40,000 VND

We are still looking for a few more volunteers to help sell books on Friday May 4th and Saturday May 5th.  Click here to volunteer!

This Book Sale is an opportunity for both kids and adults to purchase some ‘pre-loved’ books, in their native tongue (or another language!), at bargain prices.

  • Funds raised from the SCO Book Sale will be used to empower a variety of literacy projects created and led by UNIS Hanoi students through our Service Learning Programme.

We look forward to sharing the stories we make happen together!

Questions?   Let us know!

Alexis Rodrigue-Lafleur, Used Book Sale Co-ordinator

Contact us at: booksale@unishanoi.org

MRISA Volleyball – Let’s do this!

We’ve made history this year!  For the first time in UNIS Hanoi history, UNIS Hanoi Boys won the APAC Volleyball Tournament AND our kids won the APAC Boys Soccer Tournament, recently hosted at UNIS.  Let’s keep the momentum going!   

On May 3-5 UNIS Hanoi is hosting the boys and girls MRISA Volleyball Tournament.  Let’s go for three wins! 

The Booster committee will be selling food and drinks during the tournament for the athletes, spectators and guests.  In addition, we will be giving away different spirit items to create a great atmosphere for our teams and school.  

To make this possible we need YOU!  We know your time is valuable so if you are not available to help at our booth during the event, we are taking donations of different food and drinks that can be delivered before or during the event.

MRISA Volunteer Sign-up

ANY AND ALL HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED!

Your Phoenix Booster Committee,

Marieke, Gigi and Doreen