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

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 are now available for purchase 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 front of the library 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.

Meet your High School Parent Support Team!

Dear HS parents,

We would like to introduce ourselves. We are the new “HS parents support team”.

Pavla Jarkulischova: I´m the HS representative. It’s our 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 works at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. You can reach me at: sco_hs@unishanoi.org

Sarah Garner: I’m grade 9 representative. I’m from the USA and my spouse is Dutch.  I have 3 children, Sander in G7, Iris in G9 and Madeleine in G11. We have been part of the UNIS community since 2006 and are looking forward to 2019-2020.  The grade 9 WhatsApp link for parents (to make sharing relevant information and asking questions among parents easy) is https://chat.whatsapp.com/DFn9veJAsgyHIfBzwCtzHa

Sandra Le Courtois: I’m grade 10 parent representative and apparently the newest member of the team. I have 2 children, Eva in G10 and Gaël in G7. We’re from Canada and it’s our second year in Hanoi and in UNIS. I’m very happy to join the team!

Johanna (Joh) Ponsen:  Your grade 11 parent representative. My husband Dale and I are Australian and we have 2 sons, both at UNIS Hanoi: Jeremy in Grade 11 and Adrian in Grade 8. This is our 9th year here at UNIS & in Hanoi (and, no, we never expected to be here that long!) and we have always enjoyed being an active part of the UNIS Hanoi Community. I was the ES Chair on the SCO Executive Committee for 3 years, have been Class/grade level parent many times, am on the ًUNIS Hanoi Sustainability Committee, and you may also find me substitute teaching in the Elementary School classrooms at UNIS. I’m always very happy to help answer questions, share information, point you in the right direction. Looking forward to another great year as part of this amazing community!

Please join the grade 11 WhatsApp Group:

https://chat.whatsapp.com/80TuvpK60TMBLdt4oS13rl

 

Doreen Horsch: Guten Tag, my name is Doreen and together with Hien I am grade 12 representative. I am from Germany and my family and I have been living here for 4 years. My daughter Sophie is in G12 and my son Moritz is in G7. We liked UNIS since the first day. I’m looking forward to support all HS students, especially to make the last year for the 12th graders as easy as possible. I am happy to be a member of a great team!

 

Hien Nguyen: Hi, I am Hien and I´m together with Doreen grade 12 representative as well as Vietnamese Community MSHS representative. I have 2 children. My daughter Chi  graduated from UNIS in 2014. My son Chinh, is in grade 12. We have been with UNIS since 2000. I am very pleased to be a member of the team. Thank you!

 

As you may see, most of us have been living in Vietnam “forever” so it may look like we are super experienced women…..and yes, we would like to make you believe that we are!!! We are here to help, support, pass your suggestions, ideas, desires or complaints …. we really hope  you won´t have any….. to the UNIS leadership, and hopefully help you to have fun in another great school year at UNIS Hanoi at many SCO and school events! Please don’t hesitate to contact us when needed!

 

Other great ways to stay updated and connected in our community include joining the UNIS Hanoi MSHS Parents (Closed Facebook group) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1800301996903622/ (there is also an ES Parents group) and  ‘liking’ the UNIS Hanoi Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/unishanoi/

 

We are still looking for a G12 native English speaking representative, so please, if you have time and energy, don’t hesitate and join us!!! 

 

Best regards, 

Pavla, Sarah, Sandra, Joh, Doreen & Hien.

 

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 front of the library 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