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United Nations International School Hanoi Lac Long Quan Road, Tay Ho District GPO Box 313, Hanoi, Vietnam Phone (84 4) 3758 1551 Fax (84 4) 3758 1542 Deadline for submission of articles Wednesday 3 pm

UNIS Hanoi Weekly Newsletter 16 September 2011 Volume 18, Number 5

This Week Monday, 19 September ●

Reel Youth Programme continues on campus SCO Boutique Open 08:00– 09:00 Korean Parent Meeting 09:00 - 11:00 Community Room (Admin B7 - upstairs)

Tuesday, 20 September ●

MSHS 3 –Way Conferences (No Classes or ASAs for MSHS students) ES Class Parent Meeting 08:30 Conference Room SCO Boutique Open 08:00– 09:00 & 11:20 - 12:20

Wednesday, 21 September ●

SCO Boutique Open 08:00 - 09:00 ES Parent-Teacher Conferences 15:30

Thursday, 22 September ●

ES Parent-Teacher Conferences (No Classes or ASAs for ES students) Bentley University visit 11:30 Library SCO Boutique Open 15:00 - 16:00 MSHS 3-Way Conferences 15:30 Board Meeting 17:30

Future Dates Monday, 26 September ●

Reel Youth Programme continues on campus SCO Boutique Open 08:00– 09:00

Tuesday, 27 September ●

Guest Author - Ian Billings on campus Grades 3 & 4 Parent Coffee with ES Counselor 08:15 Community Room– Admin Building MSHS Vietnamese Class Field Trip to Co Loa Citadel SCO Boutique Open 08:00– 09:00 & 11:20 - 12:20

Wednesday, 28 September ●

SCO Boutique Open 08:00 - 09:00

Thursday, 29 September ●

Grades 5 Parent Coffee with ES Counselor 08:15 Community Room– Admin Building SCO Boutique Open 15:00 - 16:00 Parent Information Session - MAP Testing 18:00 Library

Friday, 23 September ●

No School for Students; Faculty/Staff Development Day (No ASAs)

Notes from the Head of School It was nice to see so many of you attending the various back to school activities that we hosted over the last few weeks. Participating in these kinds of school events is an important responsibility all parents take on when they put their children in our school. Coming up on 21-22 September are the Elementary School Parent Conferences, and on 20 and 22 September are the MS/HS 3-way conferences. These are equally important to make sure home and school are communicating for the benefit of each student. Teachers put a lot of time and effort into these meetings and we hope you all will be able to attend. While on campus, take the time to walk through our two new buildings, the Centre for the Arts and the Sports Centre. We are very pleased already with the number of outstanding learning opportunities now available to students because of these new facilities. Also coming up is a day for faculty professional development. Our belief is that the best teachers are the ones who also love to learn. So we put a lot of time and resources into making sure that faculty are supported in their own learning in order to better serve students. Another strong belief is the idea of collaboration and cooperation. Faculty need time to meet, plan and create units, lessons and plans together and we do our best to accommodate their ability to have work time together. Finally, we are in full preparation for UN Day, which comes a little earlier this year on Friday, 07 October. Plan now to arrive on campus early, visit our Centre for the Arts, and then proceed to the Sports Centre where we will hold this event, which begins at 1030. As always, our offices are always open so do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question or concern. Respectfully, Dr. Barder

UNIS Hanoi Mission Statement Our mission is to encourage students to be independent, lifelong learners who strive for excellence and become responsible stewards of our global society and natural environment, achieved within a supportive community that values diversity and through a programme reflecting the ideals and principles of the United Nations.

School Community Organization (SCO)

The SCO Executive would like to thank the sponsors for their generous donations to the SCO Parent - Faculty Social held last Friday at J.A.F.A. Thank you to The Movenpick Hotel, and Lancy Spa - your contributions made many lucky draw winners happy. We look forward to meeting more of the community and upcoming events...UN Day and Used Book Sale.

Class parents list 6AJ 6DM. 6HN. 6LM

Matthew Tiedemann Lina Kogan

7BG. 7GW. 7HC. 7PS.

Petra Eichler To Hanh Trinh Laura Ngo Fontaine Malena Akester

8DG. 8DS. 8HG. 8LQ.

Angelica Emblem Orit Ofer Marianne Edelmann Kruger Sumali Ray Ross/Ritu Sharma

9CM. 9GH 9PT

Willi Cohen

10FL. 10 GT 10GW

Philippa Wood

11HH. 11RC. 11WH.

Angelica Emblem Cherenlle Senanayake Chie Kimura

12BP. 12MD.

Tuula Mellin Naoko Inui/ Malena Akester

Disc & Pre-K HS Kylie Nicolson & Tiffany Banner Disc & Pre-K MA Nathan & Thanh Sage & Corinne Javary Disc & Pre-K RT, Aisling Quinn (Coordinator) & Peppi Wilson (Cocoordinator) Disc & Pre-K SS, Lori Fairbairn & Julia Terry KAH, Anji Homer (Coordinator) & Doremieke Oosterom(Co-coordinator) KAP, Emel Oktay (Coordinator) & Kris Killian (Co-Coordinator) KBB, Kylie Aman KCM, Ratih N Woodhouse &Tina Moyale 1JH, Tuongvan Nguyen (Candy) 1JW, Eunice Chin 1KB, Kate Speth (Coordinator) & Aisling Quinn (Co-coordinator) 1TS, Tanya Guthrie 2BMcL, Peppi Wilson (Coordinator) & Kheng The Hollis & (Cocoordinator) 2DL, Tam Le 2JMcH, Ratih N Woodhouse & Christine Mackey 2LN, Jessica Haug 3AL, Clarissa H Andersen & Julia Terry 3BF, Kate Speth 3JC, Veby Bone & Loan Shea 3LB, Kylie Aman 4BM, 4LL, Sandra Liston & Philippa Wood 4MK, Kheng The Hollis 4SN, Sumali Ray-Ross & Shalini Singh 5HK/AB, Nhung Nguyen 5JH, Karinne Van Dijkhulsen 5KW, Eunice Chin 5MS, Tanya Guthrie

There are still homerooms without a class parent, if you could help out and assist with different functions throughout the year, please let the know as soon as possible. Class parents are instrumental in making the upcoming UN Day a success. Your support is appreciated.

Notes from the MSHS Principal Next week, as you will know, we have set aside two time periods (all day Tuesday and Thursday after school) for parents and students to meet their teachers. We believe that it is worth devoting some time to this as the education of the student is a partnership between families and school. Research shows the importance of parent involvement and interest in their child’s education (even up to grade 12!) in helping them reach their potential. More importantly important advice and information can be shared between school and family. I have already emailed to parents some tips for them to help ensure the conferences are useful. I have listed these tips again for your interest. What should you expect? A three way conversation: Like all good conversation, three way conferences are best when all people have a chance to talk and listen. The time is for you to learn about your child’s progress in school and whether your child is meeting school expectations and academic standards. It is also a time for the teacher to learn more about the student outside of school – skills, interests, dreams etc. If your child is present at the meeting, it is important to also get his /her perspective about what the teacher and you are discussing. Emphasis on Learning. Good conferences focus on how well the student is doing at school. They also talk about how the child can do even better. Before the conference, take a look at some of your child’s completed work. Bring a list of questions you may wish to ask the teacher. What could you talk to the teacher about? Progress – Find out how your child is doing by asking questions like – Is my child performing at grade level? What are his/her strengths? How could she or he improve? Make sure you also get your child’s perspective on this in the discussion (assuming they are present at the conference) Assignments and assessments. If you are not clear, ask how the teacher determines the grades. The teacher may also show you some examples of your child’s work. Your thoughts about your child: Tell the teacher what you think your child is good at. Make sure you involve your child in this discussion, if he/she is present at the conference. Both you and the student should explain what extra help may be needed.

In some cases, teachers’ schedules are already full. Please contact us directly if this is the case and we will try and organized alternative times for you. MAP testing MAP testing is now over for all our grade 6 and 7 students. The results of these tests are nearly all returned, so we will be distributing them to parents fairly soon. We will also be holding an information evening to help you interpret the results. Elsewhere in this Tin Tuc are specifics about when this will be happening. University College Fair On Friday, the Council of International Schools Fair, CIS, with 30 American Colleges came to UNIS. This was a great opportunity for our students to find out more about the different colleges and for them to connect with the representatives. During the year, we have a regular stream of US, UK and Australian University representative visiting the school. These are all announced by the High School Counselor Reel Youth Sapa visit This weekend the Reel Youth trainers, a couple of teachers and a group of High School student volunteers have travelled to Sapa to film and document a community service project. This will be shown during UN Day. We look forward to the results of their efforts. Until next week Jon McLeod, Middle School/High School Principal

Computers - Laptops Backpacks Working Environments... How to sit....Where to work… With the UNIS tablet program now in Grade 4 –Grade 12 and new families arriving to UNIS, it would be helpful to review some ergonomic tips for computer and backpack use. Click here to learn more. When Backpacks can Mean Headaches - under school information.

Notes from the ES Principal We were delighted to see so many parents at our Specialist and English as an Additional Language evening on Tuesday and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues who prepared such helpful presentations for this event. If you would like to review the Power Point presentation that was shown during this evening please click here. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all to the Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, September 21st (15:30 – 18:00) and Thursday, September 22nd (08:30 – 16:00). These conferences are immensely important as they will allow you a real opportunity to develop a partnership with your child’s class teacher. He/she knows your child as a learner here at school but you know them from so many other perspectives. During the conference you will create your child’s academic and social goals for the 2011-12 school year. If you have not yet signed up for a conference with your child’s teacher please do so electronically on the ISIS Family Module. Information was sent to you recently by e-mail. We have been delighted to see that there has been so much interest from parents in terms of meeting with their child’s specialist teachers. Having the facility to book online has certainly helped and nearly all of the meeting times available have now been booked. We will continue to review this important aspect of our work in order to ensure that everyone who wants to see a specialist teacher has the facility to do so on the days scheduled for Parent-Teacher Conferences. During the past few weeks, our Grade 2 students have been creating games that they feel other students in the Elementary School will enjoy. They will be sharing their games with our children during the Lunch Break on Monday, September 19 th. As you can imagine we are all very much looking forward to seeing what the students have created and how they will explain the rules to others! All students in Grades 2-5 completed their MAP (Measures of Academic Performance) Assessments this week. We will be reviewing the assessment data over the next couple of weeks and hope to be able to send you the results by the end of this month. Further information on this will be forwarded to you soon. Have a great week-end! Bob Horton, ES Principal

Ian Billings is a children's author, poet and stand-up comic and he is coming to the UNIS Library Tuesday, September 27 for a full day of presentations, workshops and activities in the ES. You can check him out at

Mr. Billings will have several of his books for sale and will be available to sign purchased copies, 250.000 VND per book.

…at UNIS!! General Information Welcome to our Arts General Information! This will give you the main idea of what your children will be covering in their art, music, and drama classes. In addition to the in-class curriculum, students will also participate in a grade level PAC (Performing Arts Celebration). They will have the opportunity to be involved in the performance as well as the creative process of putting a show together. PAC’s will be closely linked to classroom units, drama, art, and music. More detailed information about PACs will be sent home prior to their creation and presentation.

Drama Each class from grade 1-5 attends drama class one period a week in the new Centre for the Arts building. This year the students will explore: Teamwork/teambuilding Voice work (speaking loudly and clearly) Spatial awareness Creative process Improvisation Tableau Mime/Movement Basic theatre history/terminology Voice work (pitch, volume, etc.)

Visual Art Over the year students will explore: Elements of art; line, shape, colour, value, form, texture and space Use of colour; warm/cool, shades/tints Drawing from observation and imagination Processes to make a print 3D artwork Mixing colours with paint and create paintings The use of mixed media to create artwork Creating collaborative artworks Reflections on their own and others artworks Using Art Journals to record the process of creating artworks

Music Pre K- Grade 2 Over the year students will explore: Singing Chanting Rhythm (patterns) Group/individual performance Tone (singing) Music appreciation Choir (ASA: Grade 2/3 Grace Notes) PAC Grade 3-5 UN Day Repertoire and Theme PAC Drumming Music Sharing Choir (2/3 Grace Notes, 4/5 Singers United) Skill Development - Beat, Rhythm, Pitch Recorder (Grade 3) Beginning Band (Grade 4/5) Instrumental Program (Grade 4/5) Jazz with Orff (Grade 4/5) Exhibition (Grade 5)

Art shows this year: *November 1 – 4 Kindergarten, Grade 2, Grade 5 *January 14 – 16 D/PreK, Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 4 Please refer to your grade level curriculum guide or follow the link below for further information relating to the arts at UNIS.

Reel Youth Project Underway! Our visiting consultants from Reel Youth, Erica Cohen and Mark Vonesch, have been on campus for two weeks! In the past two weeks, Erica and Mark have worked with grade 6 and 7 students helping them to create movies about personal cultural identity. In fact, all grade 6’s have completed their films from conception through to editing – ask your 6th grader to show you their creation! Erica and Mark have also been working very closely with 18 High School students in our new Community and Service Leadership program. These students are creating two documentaries while learning all about video production and editing. This weekend, the group is traveling to Sapa to capture footage for their documentary and to connect with the students and teachers in Sapa who will be featured in the documentary. Ben and Adam who worked with CAS students last year and did videos are also back in Hanoi assisting with the project. Over the next three weeks Erica and Mark will continue their work with grade 4 and 5 classes, helping students create digital stories about personal cultural identity. They will also work with grade 9 on a collaborative art theatre program. All students are being encouraged and empowered to deconstruct and create their own media (videos, films and digital stories) with the assistance and guidance of the R eel Youth consultants. The focus of these creations is to explore issues of cultural diversity, in connection with our multi-year UN theme, “Celebrating the Diversity of the World’s Cultures and the Links Uniting Them – Rapprochement of Cultures”.

MAP Testing Information: Grade 2-7 Parents Our autumn MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing window finishes today and it is exciting to let parents know that everything has gone very well. The students’ reaction to the test was very positive – students have been committed and enthusiastic. Obviously the messages that students received from parents and teachers about the test were very supportive – thank you parents for your commitment with this. We are currently in the process of closing out the testing window which involves uploading all test results and creating the reports for teachers and parents. The MAP parent report will be sent home electronically within the next two weeks. A parent information session will be held on Thursday, September 29 from 18:00-19:00 The focus of this session will be to help parents understand what the MAP test is, how the test is scored and how to read the MAP report. This session will not be a time for parents to ask individual questions about their child’s results. As the MAP test is focused on growth and future student learning, we are happy to announce that our spring testing window will be in April 2012. MAP Test Parent Information Session Date: September 29, 2011 Time: 18:00-19:00 Location: Library Main Area

Energize Schedule ENERGIZE HOURS (Monday, September 12 to Sunday, November 13, 2011) MONDAY







Swimming Pool

06:15-07:30 17:40-20:00

06:15-07:30 17:40-20:00

06:15-07:00 17:40-20:00

06:15-07:30 17:40-20:00

06:15-07:00 17:40-20:00



Fitness Room

06:00-08:00 16:30-20:30

06:00-08:00 16:30-20:30

06:00-08:00 16:30-20:30

06:00-08:00 16:30-20:30

06:00-08:00 16:30-20:30

08:00-12:00 13:00-17:00

08:00-12:00 13:00-17:00

Please note the following exceptions to the above schedule: Friday, September 23 – School Closed (Professional Development Day) Pool Hours – 06:15 to 8:00 Fitness Room Hours – 06:00 to 8:00 and 16:00 to 20:30 Autumn Break (October 8-16) – School Closed – hours of operation to be announced later Saturday, October 29 – UNIS Swim Meet – POOL CLOSED

Canteen Menu for the week •If your child has any food allergy or dietary restrictions, please let us know.

Milk Product : Green Color Pork : Red Color Seafood : Blue Color

Parents...please remember to send a lunch ticket or money each day with your Grade 1 and above child so he/she can purchase lunch. FYI: The Canteen does serve a vegetarian option each day.

Western Set Menu 19 Roast Chicken w/Gravy Mash Potatoes Romain Lettuce Salad Apple Cake Fruit / Milk

20 Grilled Pork w/Cream Gravy Steamed Rice Greek Salad Carrot cookie Fruit / Milk

21 Beef Gulash & Spaetzle Steamed Rice (only ES) Lettuce & Tomato Salad Chocochip Cookie Fruit / Milk

22 *** Chicken Quesadilla w/ Salsa Potatoes Wedge Mexican Salad Mini Doughnut Fruit / Milk


22 *** Sweet & Sour Pork Multi Grain Rice Mexican Salad Mini Doughnut Fruit / Milk


22 *** Chicken Quesadilla w/Salsa Potatoes Wedge Mexican Salad Mini Doughnut Fruit / Milk








Asian Set Menu 19 Crispy Pork (VN) Multi Grain Rice Stir Fried Dua Muoi Apple Cake Fruit / Milk

20 Stir Fried Beef (VN) Steamed Rice Stir Fried Bokchoi Carrot Cookie Fruit / Milk

21 *** Grilled Fish w/Egg Steamed Rice Mixed Vegetables Chocochip Cookie Fruit / Milk ECC Set Menu

19 Roast Chicken w/Gravy Mash Potatoes Romain Lettuce Salad Apple Cake Fruit / Milk

20 Stir Fried Beef (VN) Steamed Rice Stir Fried Bokchoi Carrot Cookie Fruit / Milk

21 *** Grilled Fish w/Egg Steamed Rice Mixed Vegetables Chocochip Cookie Fruit / Milk

Tin Tuc Sept 16  

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