National Teacher Appreciation Day – November 20

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, sco_treasurer@unishanoi.org.

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

 

 

 

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 organising a pop-up spa along with some food for teachers to feel pampered 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 note cards 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 excited to try something new this year. In the spirit of community and fun, we are organizing opportunities for you to thank teachers through your many talents and interests. For example, if you are good at baking bread, you could offer to bake a loaf for a teacher, or teach a few teachers your secret recipe. If you know mountain biking trails near Hanoi, lead teachers on a ride during a weekend. If you want to simply bring dinner to a teacher during their crunch weeks at the end of the semester, they would surely appreciate it. And, since many teachers like to travel, consider offering conversation tips in your mother tongue. The event could be anything, from a one hour class to a home cooked meal delivered a way that is convenient.

 We want to inspire you, our parent community, to come up with fun, creative and interesting options for teachersTo inspire your thinking, we have listed a few ideas of potential activities to offer:

  • Ikebana flower arrangement 
  • Offer a Vietnamese culture lesson
  • Steps to organise your house
  • Make-up lessons
  • DIY lamp oil making
  • Beeswax wrapper making
  • Learn to perform a kick-turn in the pool
  • Mountain biking on banana tree island
  • Learn to juggle
  • Participate in a Japanese Tea ceremony
  • Deliver a home-made Indian dinner
  • Deliver snacks to teachers during the school day
  • Vietnamese language refresher – how to bargain at the market
  • Foreign language conversation – as prep for a holiday
  • Learn how to make the perfect Australian hamburger
  • Game Night: Learn to Play “Settlers of Catan”
  • Yoga, Pilates, or Self-defense class
  • Photography lessons around town
  • Secrets to baking
  • Trip to the pottery village
  • Organize a friendly soccer match

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 teachersWe are asking for parents to complete the Google sign-up form by next Sunday, November 18.

 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, sco_ms@unishanoi.org.

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

 From your SCO Executive Committee,

Chris, Esther, Eun Mee, Garry and Sue

Italian Movie : Pane e Tulipani

For our 4th week we are lightening things up a bit with some romance and comedy all bundled up with some Italian flare !

Come join us on Wednesday, 13th November from 7.30pm onwards at the Community Room cinema (B7-114) for this cute and funny movie presented to us by the Italian community at UNIS !

Join our WhatsApp group (QR code in banner or by clicking here) for information on the movie plus other movie stuff happening through-out the school year !

Community Movie Nights : Ida (Poland)

Another week and another amazing movie!

This coming week we are thrilled to be screening ‘Ida‘ by director, Pawel Pawlikowski, (Poland / 2013) this gripping and critically acclaimed, Academy Award winning movie thanks to some of our Polish families.

So…its time once again to bring out your movie blankets and head on over to our cozy little cinema with your beer, wine and snacks !

This week we will be at the Community Room (B7 – 104) from 7.30pm onwards.

If you would like to screen a movie from your home country, check out the guidelines and sign up sheet !

SCO Community Movie Nights : Tmavomodrý svět (Dark BlueWorld)

Tmavomodrý svět (Dark BlueWorld)

We have fighter jets, intrigue, romance and some historical facts all bundled up in our next movie: Tmavomodrý svět (Dark BlueWorld) screened by our Czech families.

Bring your blankets, throw-pillows and hang out with us at our own little cozy private cinema (room 116 – B8b) on Wednesday 30th October, 7.30pm onwards.

Bring your own drinks (beer and wine is acceptable) and snacks for a fun evening!

Please RSVP here and note that the movie nights are for parents/guardians and staff only.

Would you like to screen a movie from your home country? Check out the information and sign-up sheet !

Thank you !

Iraj

SCO’s Community Movie Night presents: The Red Violin

THE RED VIOLIN !!!

Our first movie for the season will be by the Canadian parents at UNIS !

Bring your blankets, throw-pillows and hang out with us at the Community Room (B7-114) on Wednesday 23rd October, 7.30pm onwards.

Bring your own drinks (beer and wine is acceptable) and snacks for a fun evening!

Please RSVP here and note that the movie nights are for parents/guardians and staff only.

Would you like to screen a movie from your home country ? Check out the information and sign-up sheet !

Friends of the Library

Hey Parents,

We are looking to create a group of people interested in supporting the UNIS Library and promote the sense of community around it.

The objective is to create a pool of parents and students who are willing to support the UNIS Library projects when needed;

This group could also create their own activities for the community around the Library.

Project ideas may include:

  • Book clubs ( parents, students, cultural community)
  • Offer a presence on Saturday mornings at the Library to help and welcome visitors
  • Provide help to users with the digital collections
  • Storytelling for kids ( Why not having someone from one of our community come and read a few stories on Saturday mornings)
  • Meet an Author activity
  • Creative Writing shops
  • Board and educative games activities
  • Sleepover at the library for ES classes
  • Read-a-thon competition

And many more…

If any of those subjects interest you, send your name and email to this address.

Sign up here.

When the time comes, we’ll get in touch with you. You are also more than welcome to come up with new ideas and projects. You’re involvement is the key here. We want to spread the joy of reading to our kids and also offer the parents the possibility to be present at the library.

Alexis Rodrigue-Lafleur; co-coordinator of the UNIS Book Sale

Booksale@unishanoi.org

Community Movie Nights

The SCO is excited to provide parents and their respective cultural groups the opportunity to share their movie heritage with the UNIS-Hanoi Community.

If you have any movies from back home that brings back memories of home or your childhood, tells a gripping story or just makes you want to laugh out loud…We want you to share it with us !

The screenings are intended to be for an adult audience and the movies can be of any genre as long as it does not go against UNIS’ core values.

General Guidelines 

Audience:

  • UNIS Parents, Staff and Teachers. Wednesday night screenings are ONLY for adult audiences.
  • Under special circumstances; UNIS Students maybe invited to a separate screening if the school determines that the movie has an academic impact.

Days: Wednesdays 7.30 pm onwards
Location: Community Room (B7-114)
Cost : Free

Movie Selection:

  • Movies should be in its native language and preferably with English subtitles
  • Movies should not go against UNIS-Hanoi’s core values
  • Movies that are banned in Vietnam cannot be accepted
  • Genre of the movie is to be determined by the individuals screening the movie.
  • Movies, preferably, should be in digital format. DVDs can be acceptable provided the regional format settings are compatible with the equipment available at UNIS. If any other medium is to be used for the screening; it will be the responsibility of the individual/group screening the movie to source and setup the specialised equipment.
  • Pirated copies of movies and off of pirated streaming sites and free youtube channels are not acceptable.

Sign-up :

  • Requests/Booking for screening movies are to be made on the provided sign-up sheet (Found HERE)
  • Sign-ups should be done at least 3 weeks prior to the night of the screening.
  • Individuals wishing to screen a movie should liaise with their cultural representatives when signing up. In case of a small community where there is no Cultural Rep (or the Cultural Rep is unknown), the parent is to liaise with the movie night coordinators.
  • Liaise with Cultural Movie Night Coordinator to promote the event to the community (via Tin Tuc and Facebook)
  • Liaise with the movie night coordinators to ensure :
    • Proper licensing rights for a private screenings are available for the movie
    • (if and when SCO purchases a license for a movie; the license/legal-copy of the movie shall remain the property of the SCO)
  • Equipment is setup and tested ahead of time and ready for screening

The Screening:

  • If the cultural group or individual wishes to make a presentation and initiate a dialog with the audience on the artistic merits or cultural significance of the movie; they are more than welcome to do so and is at their own discretion. What is expected at a minimum is a short introduction (not more than 1 minute) before the movie.
  • The audience will be asked to bring their own snacks and drinks for themselves. Wine and beer will be permitted at the adult-only screenings (students not permitted when alcohol is present). If a cultural group (or individual) decides to bring in snacks/comfort food that are from their homeland (for everyone) to complement their movie; it will be at the full discretion of the cultural group and is not mandatory.

You can contact the Movie Night Coordinators Chris Behr and Iraj de Silva or email sco@unishanoi.org

Community Movie Nights

The SCO is excited to provide parents and their respective cultural groups the opportunity to share their movie heritage with the UNIS-Hanoi Community.

If you have any movies from back home that brings back memories of home or your childhood, tells a gripping story or just makes you want to laugh out loud…We want you to share it with us !

The screenings are intended to be for an adult audience and the movies can be of any genre as long as it does not go against UNIS’ core values.

General Guidelines 

Audience:

  • UNIS Parents, Staff and Teachers. Wednesday night screenings are ONLY for adult audiences.
  • Under special circumstances; UNIS Students maybe invited to a separate screening if the school determines that the movie has an academic impact.

Days: Wednesdays 7.30 pm onwards
Location: Community Room (B7-114)
Cost : Free

Movie Selection:

  • Movies should be in its native language and preferably with English subtitles
  • Movies should not go against UNIS-Hanoi’s core values
  • Movies that are banned in Vietnam cannot be accepted
  • Genre of the movie is to be determined by the individuals screening the movie.
  • Movies, preferably, should be in digital format. DVDs can be acceptable provided the regional format settings are compatible with the equipment available at UNIS. If any other medium is to be used for the screening; it will be the responsibility of the individual/group screening the movie to source and setup the specialised equipment.
  • Pirated copies of movies and off of pirated streaming sites and free youtube channels are not acceptable.

Sign-up :

  • Requests/Booking for screening movies are to be made on the provided sign-up sheet (Found HERE)
  • Sign-ups should be done at least 3 weeks prior to the night of the screening.
  • Individuals wishing to screen a movie should liaise with their cultural representatives when signing up. In case of a small community where there is no Cultural Rep (or the Cultural Rep is unknown), the parent is to liaise with the movie night coordinators.
  • Liaise with Cultural Movie Night Coordinator to promote the event to the community (via Tin Tuc and Facebook)
  • Liaise with the movie night coordinators to ensure :
    • Proper licensing rights for a private screenings are available for the movie
    • (if and when SCO purchases a license for a movie; the license/legal-copy of the movie shall remain the property of the SCO)
  • Equipment is setup and tested ahead of time and ready for screening

The Screening:

  • If the cultural group or individual wishes to make a presentation and initiate a dialog with the audience on the artistic merits or cultural significance of the movie; they are more than welcome to do so and is at their own discretion. What is expected at a minimum is a short introduction (not more than 1 minute) before the movie.
  • The audience will be asked to bring their own snacks and drinks for themselves. Wine and beer will be permitted at the adult-only screenings (students not permitted when alcohol is present). If a cultural group (or individual) decides to bring in snacks/comfort food that are from their homeland (for everyone) to complement their movie; it will be at the full discretion of the cultural group and is not mandatory.

You can contact the Movie Night Coordinators Chris Behr and Iraj de Silva or email sco@unishanoi.org

Oh What A Night – Sparkly Social Photo Special!

Link to the Sparkly Social Photo Special!

Oh What A Night! And what a night it was. Last Saturday night, over 200 parents, dressed in outfits from various decades, came out for our annual SCO-organized Sparkly Social. The night kicked off with an energetic and talented band that played cover songs to get us in the mood to shake and dance. The surprise Vietnamese dance group “Hanoi X Girls” wowed everyone with their sexy and powerful hip hop dance moves. The light-up dance floor added a “back-in-the-day” feeling like we were at a club.
Parents sang their hearts out to songs that reminded us of our youth. We mingled, drank and ate and took advantage of the photo booth. Thank you to all who turned up for our annual event. It was truly spectacular. Once again, a huge shout out to Esther van Tuijl and her crew of volunteers for making this such a fun and special event.
Enjoy these PHOTOS that so nicely captured the spirit and vibe of the night.
Happy weekend everyone!

Community Movie Nights

The SCO is excited to provide parents and their respective cultural groups the opportunity to share their movie heritage with the UNIS-Hanoi Community.

If you have any movies from back home that brings back memories of home or your childhood, tells a gripping story or just makes you want to laugh out loud…We want you to share it with us !

The screenings are intended to be for an adult audience and the movies can be of any genre as long as it does not go against UNIS’ core values.

General Guidelines 

Audience:

  • UNIS Parents, Staff and Teachers. Wednesday night screenings are ONLY for adult audiences.
  • Under special circumstances; UNIS Students maybe invited to a separate screening if the school determines that the movie has an academic impact.

Days: Wednesdays 7.30 pm onwards
Location: Community Room (B7-114)
Cost : Free

Movie Selection:

  • Movies should be in its native language and preferably with English subtitles
  • Movies should not go against UNIS-Hanoi’s core values
  • Movies that are banned in Vietnam cannot be accepted
  • Genre of the movie is to be determined by the individuals screening the movie.
  • Movies, preferably, should be in digital format. DVDs can be acceptable provided the regional format settings are compatible with the equipment available at UNIS. If any other medium is to be used for the screening; it will be the responsibility of the individual/group screening the movie to source and setup the specialised equipment.
  • Pirated copies of movies and off of pirated streaming sites and free youtube channels are not acceptable.

Sign-up :

  • Requests/Booking for screening movies are to be made on the provided sign-up sheet (Found HERE)
  • Sign-ups should be done at least 3 weeks prior to the night of the screening.
  • Individuals wishing to screen a movie should liaise with their cultural representatives when signing up. In case of a small community where there is no Cultural Rep (or the Cultural Rep is unknown), the parent is to liaise with the movie night coordinators.
  • Liaise with Cultural Movie Night Coordinator to promote the event to the community (via Tin Tuc and Facebook)
  • Liaise with the movie night coordinators to ensure :
    • Proper licensing rights for a private screenings are available for the movie
    • (if and when SCO purchases a license for a movie; the license/legal-copy of the movie shall remain the property of the SCO)
  • Equipment is setup and tested ahead of time and ready for screening

The Screening:

  • If the cultural group or individual wishes to make a presentation and initiate a dialog with the audience on the artistic merits or cultural significance of the movie; they are more than welcome to do so and is at their own discretion. What is expected at a minimum is a short introduction (not more than 1 minute) before the movie.
  • The audience will be asked to bring their own snacks and drinks for themselves. Wine and beer will be permitted at the adult-only screenings (students not permitted when alcohol is present). If a cultural group (or individual) decides to bring in snacks/comfort food that are from their homeland (for everyone) to complement their movie; it will be at the full discretion of the cultural group and is not mandatory.

You can contact the Movie Night Coordinators Chris Behr and Iraj de Silva or email sco@unishanoi.org

Sparkly Social – Last chance for tickets!

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) Last chance to purchase tickets is Saturday morning:
  • Library 9.00 – 12.00 (look for Garry)
  • UNIS Pool 8.15 – 9.00 (look for Esther).
  • Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
3) Dance the night away!
  • Live music from each decade
  • In-house DJ’s ‘Crockett & Tubbs’!
  • 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!
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
See you tomorrow.

Homemade Snack Sale success!

A huge THANK YOU to the families that have contributed homemade snacks this week. The students had a great selection of snacks to choose from! We had samosas, jiaozi, muffins, energy bars, sandwiches, crepes, fruit skewers, rainbow popcorn and so much more!

The next Snack Sale is scheduled on November 13 and contributing classes include all Grade 1 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d.

Homemade Snack Sale

What is the Snack Sale?

The Elementary School Snack Sale is a long standing tradition at UNIS Hanoi. Over 25 years ago, the “Bake Sale” was created to raise funds for library books while providing students with the opportunity to taste a diverse range of snacks from all around the world! The Snack Sale has evolved into a fun opportunity for children to exercise choice, learn how to handle money and is raising awareness of the value of homemade snacks.

How does the Snack Sale Work?

There are four snack sales per year. All Elementary School classes are divided into four groups of contributing classes, so that each class will contribute to one snack sale. In order for your child to participate in the snack sale, please send him/her to school with money (Cost: 10,000VND per snack/ Limit 2 snacks per child).

The 2019-2020 Snack Sale Dates and Contributing Classes:

  • September 11 (All Grade 3 Homerooms + Grade 2a + K2a + K2b)
  • November 13 (All Grade 1 homerooms + Grade 2 b + K2c + K2d)
  • February 5 (All Grade 4 homerooms + Grade 2c + K1c + Discovery a +Discovery b)
  • April 29 (All Grade 5 + Grade 2d + K1a + K1b)

What to Bring?

As a Nut and Allergy Aware campus we require all snacks to include a list of ingredients. When it is your turn to be a contributing class, we encourage that each family supports the ES Snack Sale by providing:

  • 10 plastic-free wrapped homemade snacks (the value of each treat should be at least 10,000VND) – We are encouraging yummy homemade snacks this year!
  • Bring your snack in a labeled container/dish with your child’s class and name
  • On the morning of the snack sale, please deliver the snacks BEFORE 8.10am to the designated tables in the ECC or ES Courtyards.

Keep UNIS Plastic-Free!

In effort to reduce plastic-use in Vietnam we encourage all families to come up with creative ways to pack/wrap snacks for the snack sale!

  • Popcorn in paper bags
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Bring your own containers to take snacks back to class!
  • Please note, we will not sell any Choco-pies, chips, candies, pre-packaged cookies, chocolate bars or sugary drinks.

Healthy Snacks are Important Everyday!

Need daily Healthy Snack Ideas? Check out these yummy websites:

Jamie Oliver – Healthy Snacks
Lolly Jane – Healthy Fun Kids Snacks
Parenting.com – 32 Healthy Kids Snacks
Super Healthy Kids
BBC Good Food – Kids Snacks
Kidspot.com

Witness the best part of it all…

The kids faces light up when they see all the snacks available for purchase, but they love it even more when they see their parents at school! So if you’re free for 1.5 hours on the morning of an ES Snack Sale come by, hang around and help sell the snacks to the kids and be part of the action!

If you have any questions, please contact the ES Snack Sale Coordinators: Haruko Dwyer, Seung Shin Lee, Yuju Moon and Naoko Murakami at snacksale@unishanoi.org .

Community Kick Off Meeting

Dear Parents –
The SCO warmly (and excitedly) invites you to our Community Kick-Off Meeting next Tuesday, September 10 at 8:30am in the Community Room (upstairs in the Admin building).
We’ll be introducing a core group of parent volunteers who will be leading various SCO activities and events throughout the year, as well as the SCO budget to support our efforts.
Please come out and learn, meet other parents and get involved. It’s a great community to be a part of.
‘Til Tuesday,
SCO Executive Committee (Walaa, Poul, Garry, Pavla, Chris and Sue)

Explore Hanoi by Bus!

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. On the bus tour we will also pinpoint places in Tay Ho, explore a wet market, visit 54 Traditions cultural centre and have lunch!

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