Thank You UNIS Community!

Dear UNIS Hanoi Community,

We’d like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all your kind help and support. 

Thank you to all volunteers – ES class parents, MS and HS grade level parents, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese cultural representatives, Sparkly Social committee, Swim Club, Phoenix Booster Club, ES Snack Sale committee, G12 parent committee, Spring Fair committee, and Used Book Sale committee – for giving your time, energy and dedication to making our UNIS community connected and positive. We are lucky to have and work alongside so many wonderfully engaged and committed parents. This year has been nothing short of extraordinary in so many ways. 

The SCO Executive appreciates everything you have contributed to making this year a success. If you are remaining at UNIS next year we hope you will continue to volunteer with us. 

With gratitude,

Your SCO Executive Team SY 2019-2020


Open Letter to the UNIS Board of Directors from the SCO Executive Committee

As we near the end of the school year, the SCO Executive Committee would like to take this opportunity to send our most heartfelt gratitude for your leadership during the year and especially throughout the last several months. We recognize the incredible amount of extra time and effort that you have put forth to guide our school through the difficulties and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. 

The SCO Executive Committee is a group of volunteers, like yourselves. We decided to become involved in the SCO because we believe that a strong, connected community makes strong institutions. We know that you share this value as evidenced by your decision to serve on the Board. We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of the many different factors when making decisions about the school in these ever-changing times. We appreciate your monthly communication to the community explaining your processes and deliberations. We appreciate your clear focus on what is in the best interest of the school’s future not only to ensure financial stability but most importantly to ensure a high quality of education for the students. We appreciate your caring response to families in need. Finally, we appreciate your close, supportive partnership with our Head of School, Jane McGee.

We are aware that the future will bring uncertainties and we know that UNIS is not unique in this. Our community, our families, friends and loved ones in Vietnam and all over the world face uncertainties. We feel immense comfort though knowing that you will continue to lead with competency, positivity, hope and understanding of the needs of our diverse community.

Thank you for all that you do for UNIS Hanoi!

From the UNIS SCO Executive Committee 2019-2020,
Chris Behr, SCO Treasurer
Garry Reichert, SCO MS Representative
Pavla Jarkulischova, SCO HS Representative
Poul Lundsby, SCO Upper ES Representative
Susan Perez, SCO Communications Officer
Walaa Hassan, SCO Lower ES Representative

SCO End of Year Meeting on June 3

The School Community Organisation (SCO) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, June 3 at 4:00pm in the B7 Community Room. In order to enter campus, parents will need to complete this health form

This end of year meeting is an opportunity for all members of the School community to find out more about the SCO and the multiple meaningful activities they carry out throughout the academic year. There will also be highlights from cultural groups and various committees. Additionally, the SCO Treasurer will speak on the budget and financial status of the organisation. 

And that’s not all! Nominations and elections to vote in next year’s SCO Executive will take place too. Everyone and anyone is welcome to step up to join this wonderful and dedicated group of volunteers. 

Specific SCO roles include the following:

  • SCO Communications
  • SCO Treasurer
  • SCO High School Representative
  • SCO Middle School Representative
  • SCO Upper Elementary School Representative
  • SCO Lower Elementary School Representative
  • Committee coordinators for: Grade 12, Swim Club, Boosters (Building Community Spirit), Book Sale, ES Snack Sale, Spring Fair, Sparkly Social
  • Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese cultural representatives
  • Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 parent coordinators
  • UES Class parent coordinators (parent coordinators for each homeroom)
  • LES Class parent coordinators (parent coordinators for each homeroom)

Information about the different roles can be found here.

Please mark your calendars to join the SCO on June 3!

Parents’ Cookie Surprise a Treat for All


The School Community Organisation (SCO) and the Booster Committee surprised students, faculty and staff today (Friday May 15) with scrumptious heart-shaped cookies to welcome everyone back to campus!

Collaborating with Donkey Bakery, a local social enterprise, the team of parents boxed up a jaw-dropping 1,400 cookies over a period of four hours and waited until school closed in order to distribute them to every single classroom and staff room on campus. 

Their efforts were hugely appreciated by all at the School. Enrolment Management Coordinator, Nathalie Grun thanked the volunteers for the thoughtful gesture. She said, “The SCO is made up of parents with an overwhelming passion for the School. They are an integral part of who we are, adding value to our community in a number of ways. We’re thankful to them and the Booster Committee for their continued support and show of love.”

The SCO and Booster Committee is made up of parent volunteers. To learn more about this year’s teams please click here

Book Drive!

Have some books you’ve been wanting to donate?

The SCO is collecting books for our Book Sale to take place next school year (2020-2021). In the past the SCO has organized an annual Book Drive and then a Book Sale for our community at the end of the year. Unfortunately we are unable to host it this year.

Still, we’d like to collect books before families move on and for those who are ready to part with their books. 

WHEN: The book drive starts next Monday, May 18 thru Friday, June 5.

WHERE: Students can bring books to the book donation boxes outside of the library or parents can arrange to drop boxes of books off at the Main Gate by contacting 

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