ES Pop Up Attracts Huge Turnout

Shortly after 7 p.m., Turtle Lake’s courtyard was crowded with around 70 new and returning parents. The pleasant temperatures paired with the beautiful sunflower decorations, party lights and a live musician provided a delightful backdrop for a long awaited social event.

A number of new parents were greeted with the Uniquely UNIS cheer while returning parents seized the opportunity to mingle with old and new friends. It was clear to us that the pop up was date night for many couples too. The event was a true celebration of the UNIS community spirit.

THANK YOU, everyone who “popped up” last night! Many thanks to all Class Parents who helped advertise this Social, to Turtle Lake’s amazing staff – food and drinks were exquisite as always -, and to Kenjah for his multilingual music that just complimented the atmosphere.

With the Sparkly Social being postponed, the SCO is planning more and smaller events like the two recent Pop Up Socials.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any queries or to just say hello;

Haruko Dwyer, Lower Elementary School representative:
sco_les@unishanoi.org

Sheila Schlager, Upper Elementary School representative:
sco_ues@unishanoi.org

 

ES Parent Pop Up Social Coming Soon!

The SCO is hosting another Pop Up Social – this time for all Elementary School parents! Ask your babysitter to stay for the evening and join us to catch up with old friends and meet new parents. It’s the event everyone was waiting for! 

There will be happy hour drinks waiting for you. The SCO will sponsor some delicious canapes, for meat and fish lovers as well as vegetarians.

Mark your calendars for October 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. and POP UP at Turtle Lake Brewery!

MSHS Pop Up Social a Success!

MSHS Parents were treated to a welcoming scene last night, when arriving for the MSHS Pop Up Social at Turtle Lake. Divine Hanoi autumn weather, cheery party lights, a dedicated space decorated with jugs of bright yellow sun flowers, brightly chalked drink menu board and a single statement string of sparkling blue, white and silver round and star balloons set the mood for our friendly ‘meet and greet”. Around seventy returning and new parents met to reconnect, meet others for the first time, and support the initiative. For some, this was their first opportunity to meet other parents – being new to Hanoi and UNIS. Usually by this time in the school year families have mingled at the School Orientation, parents have met at school and SCO Morning teas, Parent/Teacher conference nights and our big SCO Sparkly Social, however all of those were cancelled/postponed or presented in another form – so for quite a few newcomers it was a big step to attend and mix with others after being isolated in some way. Thank you to everyone for taking a risk, planning around the event and making arrangements to attend – it was lovely to hear the sound of happy banter against the easy listening music and many animated happy faces. We aim to host some more smaller events in the future – and, of course, we are ever hopeful that we may be able to host our big social event – as restrictions permit, to continue to help our parents connect and support our community.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to Turtle Lake for hosting our gathering.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any queries – or just to say “hello”:

Pippa Wood, SCO High School Rep, sco_hs@unishanoi.org

Garry Riechhert SCO Middle School Rep  sco_ms@unishanoi.org

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G12 Hoodie Order Deadline Fast Approaching!

Dear G12 students, parents, families, DP faculty,

Just a reminder that the deadline for ordering Commemorative Hoodies/T-Shirts is October 19, 2020. Please order via this form.

The Pagoda design on the back includes the name of every student in G12 this year. Each person can have an individualized name or word with a maximum of 12 characters printed above the Pagoda. Both Hoodies and T-shirts are available in Navy Blue. Pay attention to the size chart when ordering, the sizes are the same as in the UNIS Shop.

 Sincerely yours,
Akofa, Claire, Carla, Ha, Johanna, Jules, Kavita, Lima, Pavla, Sarah

Contact us: grade12parentcommittee@unishanoi.org

Update on SCO Socials and our First Event!

It’s that time of year when we are usually looking forward to our beloved mega-sized SCO event THE SPARKLY SOCIAL with excitement – creating a fabulous themed outfit to wear, and anticipating a great night of drinks and dancing. Our popular event – that draws upwards of 300 parents, teachers, staff, faculty and partners – has not been able to go ahead in the big brassy form we love and on the date we planned. We are not giving up on the idea of hosting our big Sparkly Social however, have allocated funds to hold the function, and hope to host it in the near future. (The details of our entire SCO budget for 20/21 will be outlined in our upcoming general meeting open to all members – the meeting details will be confirmed next week).

We know you will be as disappointed as we are about the delay, but we look forward to seeing you all at some of the divisional socials we are planning.

Our First Event – the MSHS Parent Pop up!
The SCO would like to invite all Secondary School parents/guardians to join us for a casual “Happy Hour” next Thursday night, October 8, from 6.30 p.m.- 8.30 pm. Turtle Lake will offer a selection of drink specials and discounts for guests to purchase, and the SCO will provide nibbles to share. We hope you will POP in to say “hi” and stay for a chat and some fun!

Elementary Pop Up Event Coming Soon!
Sheila (UES) and Haruko (LES) are currently working on Pop Up events for Elementary School Parents so please look out for updates on these!. Later we plan to offer “Mini Socials” (and hopefully allocate more funds to cover the costs of the evening). We know how important it is to be connected and want to find ways to see each other socially while operating with more limited budgets and staying within the Government co-vid guidelines.

We hope you will join us at our events, and hopefully see you soon!

Get Involved, Become a Class Parent!

Are you looking for ways to get involved with the School? Want to help bring families together in diverse ways? Becoming a Class Parent could be for you! We’re looking for Class Parents for: 1A, 1C, 1D, 2C, 2D, 3A, 3C, 4B and 5A.
Still not sure? Here we answer the frequently asked questions:

I’m a new parent – can I be a Class Parent?
Yes! It’s a great way to get to know the school and to be involved.

English is my second language. Will it make this difficult?
The SCO will help. You are not alone. Your engagement is most important.

Is it required to come to school often?
We use email and WhatsApp to stay in touch and to inform. While it’s nice to be social in person, Class Parents can do their thing from a computer or phone.

Still wondering? Just talk to Haruko and Sheila. 

Who knows, they may come talk to you!
Haruko Dwyer sco_les@unishanoi.org
Sheila Schlager sco_ues@unishanoi.org 

  • Also – Have you put your details onto the Veracross website directory? It lets other parents contact you about parties and playdates.

  • Also remember to look for parent details under your Household Directory of Veracross.

Don’t forget to join the facebook group page UNIS Hanoi ES parents.  This is another way to be informed.

Read the Tin Tuc every Friday night – right to the end; that’s where the SCO has its information about what’s going on in the community with events and volunteers.

G12 Parent Committee Introduction

Dear G12 Parents,

We are a group of parent volunteers who hope to make the final year of High School more enjoyable for our Seniors.

Usually the G12 Parents Committee is formed to help coordinate snacks for the seniors during the MOCK exam week (24/02/21- 02/05/21) and to organize a Graduation Dinner on the 29th of May 2021. In order to raise funds for the Graduation dinner, we have two projects in progress. A new UNIS Hanoi Cookbook, and a Hoodie/ T-shirt project for the Class of 2021. 

Cookbook
Thank you to all who shared their recipes with us. We were surprised and very pleased by such a wide variety and amount of recipes. We hope to make the cookbook available to buy on UN Day, and it will be in the School Shop thereafter. It will make a wonderful gift to friends and family, and hopefully be a treasured memento of your family’s time at UNIS Hanoi.

Hoodie/T-Shirt project
We have designed commemorative Hoodies/T- shirts for our Senior Class.The Pagoda design on the back includes the name of every student in G12 this year. Each person can have an individualized name or word with a maximum of 10 characters printed above the Pagoda. Hoodies will be available in Navy Blue, and T- shirts in Grey color. Pay attention to the size chart when ordering, the sizes are the same as in the UNIS Shop. Please order before October 19, 2020 via this form.

Graduation Dinner
Graduation Dinner is an event fully organized by G12 parents; DP teachers and faculty are invited. The purpose is for G12 students, faculty, families and friends to celebrate the end of our children’s HS era.  It usually takes place at a nice hotel (Sheraton, Intercontinental, Pan Pacific). It may seem to be far away, but we want to be ahead of time and ask you if you want to be involved in organizing, designing – tickets, backdrop, decorations, take a part in the Graduation dinner program, musical or a dance performance, become a master of ceremony, be our photographer. We may have a live band, photo booth…any other ideas are welcome. Please let us know if you are interested!

Sincerely yours,
Akofa, Claire, Carla, Ha, Johanna, Jules, Kavita, Lima, Pavla, Sarah

Contact us:
grade12parentcommittee@unishanoi.org, SCO_CookBook@unishanoi.org

Introducing the new SCO UES Rep

The UNIS School Community Organisation (SCO) is extremely happy to announce that Sheila Schlager will join the SCO Executive Committee in the position of Upper Elementary School (UES) Representative. Welcome Sheila!

 About Sheila
“This is our second year at UNIS and in Hanoi. My children are Levin in Grade 2C, Ophelia in Grade 6 and Noah in Grade 9. We are from Germany, and as a family, Vietnam is our fourth country of residence. I am a cross-cultural management consultant and counselor, currently establishing myself as a freelancer. My husband Patric works in climate change adaptation advisory. We enjoy being outdoors, kayaking or hiking, making and listening to music, reading and exploring the culture of each country we settle in.”

To contact Sheila please email sco_ues@unishanoi.org

Stay in Touch via WhatsApp

With the aim of fostering positive connections within our UNIS Hanoi Parent/Guardian Community the SCO would like to encourage parents/guardians to engage with each other via “WhatsApp”. Grade Level and Class Parents have assisted the SCO Executive in establishing WhatsApp groups for each grade in our Secondary School and class in the Elementary School. Of course our e-newsletter, the Tin Tuc, remains the key destination for all updated UNIS Hanoi news, but we hope WhatsApp will be used widely to provide specific reminders, reinforce important dates and information as well as being a conduit to other parents in your child’s class/grade. Most parents should have received an email from the SCO introducing your parent contact, and containing links to join your class/year WhatsApp group (remember to download “WhatsApp” first). We hope that you will decide to join the relevant groups for your children.

If you need to have your link resent please contact your SCO representatives, who will redirect your enquiry :

Lower Elementary School (Discovery- Grade1):  Haruko Dwyer  sco_les@unishanoi.org

Upper Elementary School (Grades 2-5): Sheila Schlager  sco_ues@unishanoi.org

Middle School (Grade 6 -8): Garry Riechert sco_ms@unishanoi.org

High School (Grade 9-12): Pippa Wood sco_hs@unishanoi.org

As our aim is to foster useful and positive interactions we have also created guidelines for the way we hope members will interact as part of the group.  This document is an appendix to our SCO Constitution.

Please take a moment to peruse the WhatsApp Guidelines here

Final Call for Recipes!

The G12 Cookbook committee has received some amazing recipes from around the world, but we still want *YOURS*. Please submit your recipes through this form. The deadline has been extended to September 28. If you cannot send via the google form, please send a scan/photo/email to sco_cookbook@unishanoi.org.  If you can’t send a picture of your food, don’t worry! We will find one.  

Below are the delicious submissions so far. What can your family add?

Australia: ANZAC biscuits, sweet & sour stir fry, vegetable, ricotta and spinach lasagna, carrot cake, Golden Syrup Dumplings, Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding, Sausage Rolls, Impossible Pie, & Aussie Cheese Ball, pavlova, Lammingtons Armenia: Eggplant dip with mint and almonds  Azerbaijan: dolma Belarus: potato pancakes Belgium: Fruity Waffles  Canada:  twisted sun-dried tomato & basil bread, molasses cookies, One Pan Quinoa  China: Chinese Chicken with Ginger & Green onion dip

Czech Republic: sour cabbage soup, lentils sour style, & mixed roasted meat & vegetables, yoghurt & granola, banana breakfast  Denmark: raspberry slides, knaek bread, meatballs  El Salvador: Huevos Rancheros, Chili con Carne Egypt: lentil soup  Germany: fondue & raclette, braided soft cake, kartoffelpuffer Ghana: Jollof Rice India: chicken seekh kabab, samosas, veg gobi manchurian Indonesia: chicken satay Italy: pasta al pesto, pesto gnocchi Japan: matcha butter cookies, Japanese Potato Salad Korea: Soy sauce glazed chicken wing, Song Pyeon, Haemul paJeon, Dakbokkeumtang, Kimchi jun, Tteok-galbi, Jeyuk Bokkeum, Kimchijeon, Kimchi, Gangjeong, Bulgogi Malaysia: Kuih Seri Muka, Teh Tarik Mexico:  buñuelos de viento   Nepal: momos Netherlands: Oliebollen Philippines: chicken adobo, Egg Rolls Senagal: chicken yassa Singapore: Char Kway Teow Spain: Tortilla de patata español Sweden: cinnamon buns, gingerbread, meatballs, salmon salad, vegetarian bolognese, & hash browns Romania: spicy meatballs Russia: borscht Tanzania:  beans and rice Thailand: curried pumpkin soup with red cabbage slaw and toasted pepitas UK: scones, chocolate torte, & shortcake, Shepherd’s Pie USA: bruschetta, chocolate chunk cookies, poblano “crema” enchiladas (vegan), zucchini chocolate cake, dark chocolate tart with espresso cream, chile cheese casserole, Cowboy caviar, lemon bars, Tollhouse pie, Rice Krispie treats, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Cowboy Cookies, Strawberry cookies, devilled eggs, sausage lasagne, grilled chicken kabobs, walnut crusted pork tenderloin, & Buffalo Chicken Dip Vietnam: brownies, French creamy apple tart, shiitake mushroom with soya sauce (vegan), tofu in tomato sauce, caramelized pork in clay pot, iced coconut coffee, pumpkin soup & pho.

Wanted: Upper ES Parent Rep & ES Class Parents


DESPERATELY SEEKING AN UPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (UES) PARENT REPRESENTATIVE & ES CLASS PARENTS (GRADES K1C, 1A-D, 2B-D, 3A-D, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5D)
The SCO (UNIS Hanoi’s parent volunteer organization) is looking for an Upper Elementary School (UES) parent representative for SY2020-2021. The UES rep is a position on the SCO Executive along with the Communications Officer (Susan), Treasurer (Poul), LES rep (Haruko), MS rep (Garry) and HS rep (Pippa). This person will work most closely with Haruko to support and coordinate parents across the Elementary School with the UES rep focusing on Grades 2-5. It’s a great way to get involved in the UNIS community. This position is open to NEW and RETURNING UES parents. No experience necessary, just a positive attitude and a willingness to meet other parents!
ALSO, we need ES Class Parents for the following Grades: K1C, 1A-D, 2B-D, 3A-D, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5D. If you have a child in these classes, we need a few more Class Parents to help coordinate parents for activities that the teachers may need help with – for example, the teacher may ask the Class Parent to help recruit volunteers to accompany kids on a field trip, or organize an end of the year party. Being a class parent is a great and fun way to get involved with the school, support your child’s teacher and connect with other parents in your child’s class.
If you’re interested in any of these roles, have any questions, and want to know more, please email sco@unishanoi.org. Thank you for considering volunteering your time this year!

Submit a Family Recipe for our School Cookbook!

Some Grade 12 parents and students are making a UNIS Hanoi cookbook, and we want it to be full of the community’s favorite recipes!  Our theme for the cookbook is Family Favorites for UN Day. UN Day is one of the most special days at UNIS Hanoi, and a big part of the celebration is the wonderful food that is brought in for the UN Day Lunch by our families.  

 The G12 Cookbook committee has received some amazing recipes from around the world, but we still want *YOURS*. Please submit your recipes through this form. The deadline is

September 25. If you cannot send via the google form, please send a scan/photo/email to sco_cookbook@unishanoi.org

Below are some of the delicious submissions so far. What can your family add?

Australia: ANZAC biscuits, sweet & sour stir fry, vegetable, ricotta and spinach lasagna, & carrot cake Canada:  twisted sun-dried tomato & basil breaCzech Republic: sour cabbage soup, lentils sour style, & mixed roasted meat & vegetables  Denmark: raspberry slides, knaek bread, meatballs  Egypt: lentil soup Germany: fondue & Raclette India: chicken seekh kabab Indonesia: chicken satay Italy: pasta al pesto Japan: matcha butter cookies Mexico:  buñuelos de viento Nepal: momos Philippines: chicken adobo Sweden: cinnamon buns, gingerbread, meatballs, salmon salad, vegetarian bolognese, & hash browns, Romania: spicy meatballs Russia: borscht  Tanzania:  beans and rice UK: scones, chocolate torte, & shortcake USA: bruschetta-Franko Style, chocolate chunk cookies, poblano “crema” enchiladas (vegan), zucchini chocolate cake, dark chocolate tart with espresso cream, chile cheese casserole, Cowboy caviar, lemon bars, & Tollhouse pie, Vietnam: French creamy apple tart, shiitake mushroom with soya sauce (vegan), & pho.

We also have received a few great, easy to make for first year university students, like homemade yoghurt, granola, and banana breakfasts. 

 

Save the Date for the Annual Bus Tour for Parents!

The Hanoi Bus Tour is organized annually by parent volunteers of the School Community Organisation. This is a great opportunity for new and returning parents to get together, learn more about what is available in the city and have a chance to pick up an Ao Dai for your children.

This year, due to Covid-19 and the Government’s rule on social distancing, the SCO will hold different grade level tours to make the most of smaller divisional and class interactions. The provisional dates for the bus tour are as follows:

Lower Elementary School (LES): Tuesday, September 8

Middle and High Schools (MSHS): Wednesday, September 9

Upper Elementary School (UES): Thursday, September 10

All parents new and returning are welcome to participate in this fun and informative event!

SIGN UP HERE by Tuesday, September 1 to ensure a place on our buses!

For more information, please contact sco@unishanoi.org.”

New Parent Virtual Welcome on Tuesday, September 1

The School Community Organisation (SCO) warmly welcomes all new parents to the SY2020-2021 and our UNIS Hanoi community. Please join an informal get-to-know-you virtual welcome with your SCO parent representatives on Tuesday, September 1. During these get-togethers, you’ll have a chance to meet your SCO parent representatives, learn about ways to get involved with the School, hear about upcoming SCO-organized events and have the opportunity to meet other new parents.

Date: Tuesday, 1 September 2020

  • 9:00am: Elementary School (Discovery-Grade 5) – Please check your email for a message sent on Tuesday, August 25 with the link to join.
  • 11:00am: Middle School (Grades 6-8) & High School (Grades 9-12) – Please check your email for a message sent on Tuesday, August 25 with the link to join.
Over 20 new parents have already RSVP’d. If you haven’t yet, please RSVP here.
If you have any trouble finding the links or with the RSVP form, please contact – sco@unishanoi.org.
We look forward to meeting you!
From your SCO Executive Committee:
Susan Perez: Communications
Poul Lundsby: Treasurer
Pippa Wood: High School (HS) representative
Garry Reichert: Middle School (MS) representative
Haruko Dwyer: Lower Elementary School (LES) representative

Introducing the Neurodiverse Families Support Group

In SY2020-2021, the SCO has launched a new parent support group for families with neurodivergent kids. Examples of neurodivergence include: Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism, Dystaxia & Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), sensory processing, executive function, self-regulation and social communication issues.

This support group was envisioned by two UNIS Hanoi parents, Sarah Garner and Hieu Nguyen, who have been connecting with other interested parents over the last two years. The SCO is happy to help promote and facilitate connections among parents. With the support of the school, this group will also be able to take advantage of existing expertise and resources within UNIS.

Any parent of a child with learning or thinking differences is welcome to participate; your child does not need a diagnosis for you to join the group. The plan is that starting in September 2020, the group will hold monthly meetings designed for parents to connect, provide each other with support, exchange ideas, knowledge and stories. If you can’t attend in person, useful information will be available on the Veracross Parent Portal.

Stay tuned for more information about the group and details about the date, time and location for the group’s kick-off meeting in September 2020. For any questions, please contact: SCONeurodiverseFamilies@unishanoi.org.

For parents interested in creating their own support group around a topic, interest or issue, please see these SCO Parent Support Group Guidelines.