November 20 -National Teacher Appreciation Day!

Dear UNIS Parents,

As you may know, Teacher Appreciation Day is globally observed in different ways and times. In Vietnam, Teacher Appreciation Day is November 20 and is one of the most important national dates in which students and their families plan extensively to practice and deliver performances, make little presents, buy flowers and even visit teachers’ homes in an expression of thanks for the role that teachers have played in their lives.

At UNIS, the SCO is planning several Teacher Appreciation Events.First, we are organizing a few goodies for teachers on the actual Teacher Appreciation Day. Second, we are coordinating with student councils from all divisions to encourage students to write notes to teachers as a way of showing appreciation. Small notecards will be available on the day for your child to write a short note to their teachers. Your help in encouraging your child to participate would really make this special.

Lastly, we are following up on a successful initiative from last year that involved organizing parent-led events for teachers. In the spirit of community and fun, this would be a direct opportunity for you to thank teachers in a fun way that draws from your talents and interests. Last year, parents volunteered to bring in snacks such as cookies or mango sticky rice on a pre-scheduled day. Other parents led tours of museums, local neighborhoods, street food vendors, and banana tree island – by bike(!). Some parents also taught teachers various types of dance, physical exercises, cooking, foreign language for traveling and home organization. The event could be anything. It need last longer than a couple of hours and could be delivered in any way that is convenient at a time and day that works best.

Last year, over 30 different parent-led events were proposed that more than 200 people participated. Certainly many teachers took advantage of more than one event, which was great. 

To make this happen, we have created a Google sign-up form where you can add information about the activity you are willing to offer. All of the activities will be compiled in a list and then we will create a separate sign-up for teachers. We are asking for parents to complete the Google sign-up form by Friday, November 15. 

Please note that we are not suggesting that this event occur on Teacher Appreciation Day. In fact, your activity could be organized for any day, time or place during this school year.

Since this is our first year celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day in this way, it is likely that given the diverse interests of teachers and busy schedules, there could be activities for which teachers do not sign up. Please know that we appreciate your effort and the teachers do too! By simply offering your thanks in this way can go a long way to strengthening our community.

Any specific questions can be directed to Chris Behr,

Thank you for considering offering your talents, skill, time and effort to this upcoming Teacher Appreciation Day!

From your SCO Executive Committee,

Chris, Garry, Pavla, Poul, Sue, and Walaa


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