This week in 1D – Friday June 7th, 2019

Thank you all so much for coming to the Poetry Café on Tuesday. It was wonderful to spend the time together in celebration of the children’s learning. I was brimming with pride, as I’m sure you all were, at how well the children presented their poems. Thank you so much for your support all year, and thank you from Noi and myself for your extremely kind gifts.

Here are some photos:

Last week we said farewell to Ayan. We wish him all the very best for his transition to India.

Last week Ms McGee was our last Mystery Reader of the year:

Messages:

  • Please send in a large, reusable bag on Monday June 10th so that we can send home the children’s work. 
  • The ES Leavers’s Assembly is on Tuesday June 11th at 13.00. Parents of leaving children are welcome to attend.
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This week in 1D – Friday May 24th 2019

What a busy week! Here are some photos. Enjoy!

Outdoor play day:
Our Grade 1 Music Concert1D Gymnastics performance:

A message from Grade 4:Coming soon:

  • Poetry Cafe Friday 31st 8:00-9:30
  • Graduation 31st May – early finish at 11:30
  • Grade 1 end-of-year celebration – Tuesday the 4th of June.
  • ES Farewell assembly Tues 11th June – 1:15pm
  • Last day of school. Wed 12th June – Early dismissal @12pm
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This week in 1D – Friday May 17th

This week in Maths Ms Beth has been leading a series of lessons using Cuisenaire rods. The children have been exploring how each rod compares to the others, and seeing equations within the rods.

Happy birthday to Seoeun, who turned 7 on Wednesday!

Many thanks to Charla, Loewen’s mum, for being our Mystery Reader this week. She read a story about paper dolls, and then showed us how to make them.Messages:

    • Gymnastics performance Wednesday 22nd May at 12.05.
    • Music Concert and Art Exhibition – Thursday 23rd May.
      • Coffee and tea will be available for parents in the CfA from 8.30 – 9am
      • The music concert will run from 9 – 10 am followed by a short comment from Megan and information regarding the art exhibition that begins immediately following the concert
      • The art exhibition will run through break and will finish at 10.30am. 
      • Please send your child’s clothes for the concert – the Blue Performing Arts Shirt (which you can buy at the school shop) and a pair of black pants/tights by Friday the 17th of May. Thank you!
    • Poetry Cafe Fri 31st 8:30-9:30
    • Early finish for Graduation 31st May – students leave school at 11:30 before lunch.
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This week in 1D – Friday May 10th, 2019

Thank you so much to Walaa, Karma’s mum, for being our Mystery Reader this week. Karma did a wonderful job of providing a translation from Arabic to English. Walaa then explained to the children a little about Ramadan before sharing some typical sweet treats with the class. If anyone else would like to be a Mystery Reader and/or share about a cultural celebration, please sign up here.

Reminders and up and coming dates…

  • Snack sale – Monday 13th. Please bring 20,000 to spend. Grade 1 are supplying the snacks. See the separate email from school about what to bring.
  • Get your tickets for the ES musical– it will sell out fast!
  • Gymnastics performance in the Sports Centre at 08:15 on Tuesday the 21st of May
  • May 23: 9am-10:30am – K2 and G1 Music Concert and Art Exhibition for the parents
    • Coffee and tea will be available in the CfA from 8.30 – 9am
    • The music concert will run from 9 – 10 am
    • The art exhibition will run from 10-10:30
    • Please send your child’s clothes for the concert – the Blue Performing Arts Shirt (which you can buy at the school shop) and a pair of black pants/tights by Friday the 17th of May. Thank you!
  • Poetry Cafe 8:30-9:30 in 1A on May 31st- more details to come soon
  • Early finish for Graduation on May 31st. 11:30 pick up time.

Please email me if you have any questions about any of these events.

Have a great weekend!
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This week in 1D – May 3rd, 2019

We’ve had a fun couple of days full of books! Yesterday the children looked amazing dressed up as their favourite book character. Thank you for all your help! They paraded during our special assembly and then read with their buddies. Today Ms Binh was our mystery reader. Here are some photos:


Happy birthday to Maisey, Loewen and Amber, who have recently celebrated their 7th birthdays! 

Reminders:

Mon 6th May- Swimming changes to Monday ONLY

Mon 13th May– Snack Sale

And don’t forget to buy your tickets for the ES musical!

Have a great weekend!

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This week in 1D – Friday April 26th, 2019

This week the children have started learning all about “narrative” texts (stories!). They are learning that all good stories should have characters, a setting, a problem and a resolution. We are also learning about the writing process, which all good writers use: planning, drafting, revising, editing and publishing. The children will start sharing their published stories on Seesaw soon.

Thank you so much for coming to the Student-led Conferences last week. It was wonderful to see how confidently the children shared their learning with you. Here are some photos: MESSAGES:

  • We have a 5-day weekend. Students are due back at school on Thursday May 2nd.
  • Book week costume reminder: Thursday 2nd of May. Please support in finding (or making!) a costume of a favourite book character along with a copy of the book.
  • Please encourage your child to wear blue for the MRISA Friday morning assembly.
  • From how on, swimming classes during PE will only be on Mondays.
  • Please save the following dates:
    • Our Poetry Cafe will be on Friday May 31st from 8.30am -9.30am. The children will each present a chosen poem.
    • The children will be doing a gymnastics performance on Tuesday May 21st at 08.40 during the 1D PE time.
    • The K2/G1 music concert is on Thursday May 23rd in the morning.
    • Early finish at 11.30 on Friday May 31st due to the HS Grade 12 Graduation ceremony. No lunch will be served on this day.
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1D – reminders

Here is a photo from our wonderful spirit assembly on Thursday to celebrate the inauguration of the APAC soccer championship. The atmosphere was amazing and our kids did a wonderful job cheering one of the visiting teams (Canadian Academy, Kobe) as well as our own Phoenix squad.

This week’s reminders:

  • There will be no school on Monday due to the Hung King Day public holiday.
  • Student-led conferences will take place on Friday, April 19th (8am-4pm). Please sign up.
  • Book donations – please send in any unwanted books you may have at home. We are collecting for the up-coming book sale and we would love to be the winning class with the most books!
  • On Thursday and Friday 2nd/3rd of May we will be celebrating Book Week. Please support in finding or making (even better!) a costume of a favourite book character along with a copy of the book.
  • Please see a letter from Ms Kris Bezzerides, the ES Counsellor, about upcoming lessons:

Dear Parents of Grade 1 Students,

Over the next few weeks our D-2 School Counselor, Kris Bezzerides, will begin a series of lessons about Body Safety. One of the main goals for these lessons is to provide our children with knowledge and teach protective behaviors in regards to their bodies and their right to be safe.

These lessons are age – appropriate and non-threatening. They are designed to empower students.

A typical series of lessons will include:

  1. “My Body Belongs to Me” – being aware of and taking care of my body
  2. “Safe Touch”/ “Comfortable and Uncomfortable feelings” – understanding personal boundaries and how to keep yourself safe
  3. Identifying trusted adults that you can tell

Please see Ms. Bezzerides (kbezzerides@unishanoi.org)  if you have any questions about these lessons or how to talk with your children about this topic at home.

Additional resources for parents can be found at

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This week in 1D – Friday March 29th, 2019

Have a fabulous Spring Break! I hope you all have a very restful, fun holiday with your family.

On Monday this week Ayan’s mum came to talk to us about Holi, the Hindu festival of colours. If you would like to share one of your home country celebrations with the class, please let me know! We would love you to help us learn!On Tuesday we had a mini “maker day” where the children had the opportunity to have a go at a variety of “light” and “sound” experiences.

First the students had a go at making sound in our homeroom:

Then the children went to Ms Penny’s class where they played with sound and light:

After that, 1D moved to Ms Kristin’s class where they got to take things apart:

Finally, the children went to Ms Anna’s room where they learned how to make circuits:

On Thursday we continued our exploration of sound by visiting a HS Music class. The HS students each show-cased their instrument before treating us to a performance.

Some of our wonderings so far are:

  • Why when you put the light on the mirror does the light comes backward?
  • The water glasses – what happens when you put more water inside?
  • How did the play-dough become a conductor?
  • How does the string work so that we can hear voices in the cup?
  • Why do cymbals vibrate?
  • How do the instruments make sounds?
  • Why are some of the instruments curly?
  • How do the instruments vibrate?
  • Why does the big drum make a low-pitched sound?

We’ll be finding out the answer to some of these questions after the break!

Reminders:

  • School starts back again Monday 8th April
  • Student-led conferences are on April 19th from 8-4 (special timetable for Grade 1). More information to follow after the break.
  • Swimming continues to be on Monday and Wednesday after the break for another 5 weeks.
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This week in 1D – Friday March 22nd, 2019

Thank you so much to our Mystery Readers from the last 2 weeks, Tania and Sarah. The children loved hearing stories in Spanish and Dutch.

Please find here a video of some photos taken at last week’s Wax Museum. Enjoy!

We have started our new Unit of Inquiry under the theme of “How the World Works”. Please see below for more details:

Notices:

  • Save the Date: Student-Led Conferences will take place on Friday, April 19th between 8am-4pm.
  • Swimming starts on Monday. Swimming will be on Mondays and Wednesdays during PE time. Tuesday’s lesson will be a normal PE class.
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This week in 1D – Friday March 15th, 2019

Thank you so much for coming to our open Maths classroom on Thursday. Here are some photos:

Wow! What an amazing afternoon we had in our Wax Museum. I am beyond proud of all the children’s hard work and how well they presented, as I’m sure you are too. If you’d like to see their green-screen presentation, each child has uploaded it to SeeSaw.

Notices:

  • Join us for the Spring Fair on Sunday March 17th.
  • Save the Date: Student-Led Conferences will take place on Friday, April 19th. (8am-4pm Grade 1 Conference Times Only)
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