Week 11 Done and Dusted! 2.

Hello, all! Week 11 ended with a bang for our class. Students have been working hard to be on their best behavior and achievement. Through the last 8 weeks, they have earned 500 “thumbs up” to be rewarded with a thumbs up party. Yesterday, we were finally able to celebrate with a pizza party. Students were given permission to bring their devices and bring their own snacks.

We started the afternoon with a short lesson on another Halloween-like holiday celebrated in Mexico on November 1st called Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos. Students discussed the symbols used such as flowers, candles, skulls, and bright colors. They compared the altars built to pray for ancestors to those which can be found in many Vietnamese households. Then, we designed our own decorated “calaveras” or skulls to decorate our class. You can see the post below for images of these spooky but beautiful creations.

Also this week, students worked hard to complete their final draft of their personal narratives. It’s been a long road to this, but students got much-needed practice with word processing and have produced some very interesting and memorable stories.

Finally, today, I have been meeting with parents from our class. It’s so wonderful to share the good progress and hear perspectives from home. Thank you to all of the parents and guardians who were able to come! To those who couldn’t make it, always feel free to send me an email or stop by the class in the afternoon to have a chat.

Now….for next week…. we have a lot of activities planned.

  1. HALLOWEEN!! Please see my post below for more information on the goings on in class and at the MSHS. We really encourage all students to have fun dressing up. It’s only one day a year, and we want to make the most of it! One thing that wasn’t mentioned in the letter home is that some of the high school classes are holding a bake sale with spooky treats, so students are allowed to bring a small amount of money to buy something sweet. All profits will be donated to a local boys and girls shelter.
  2. Friday – field trip to Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station – Classes 4A and  4B will be taking a well-deserved trip to the outskirts of the city to learn about adaptations  of some very unique animals. They will also continue their study of local culture by learning about the uses of some of the animals which are rescued and protected at the center. Finally, we will build our teamwork skills by working through a nature-based scavenger hunt. We’re pretty excited to get out of the city and breathe some fresh air!

It’s looking to be a pretty busy but exciting week. As always if you have any questions about the activities planned for week 12, please contact me or Ms. Nhan.

Signing off for now…Ms. Corie


Personal Narratives Are On Their Way!

Sunny and Annie are hard at work typing up the final draft of their personal narrative stories. Although "hunt and peck" is the popular typing style, our students are working on speeding things up and learning valuable formatting skills.

Sunny and Annie are hard at work typing up the final draft of their personal narrative stories. Although “hunt and peck” is the popular typing style, our students are working on speeding things up and learning valuable formatting skills.

We can't wait to read the "published" product of Jeremy and Mads. Parents will be shown their child's finished product at our parent-teacher conferences on Friday. We hope you can make it!

We can’t wait to read the “published” product of Jeremy and Mads. Parents will be shown their child’s finished product at our parent-teacher conferences on Friday. We hope you can make it!

Halloween Announcement

Dear Parents and Students,

Halloween is quickly approaching and The American School (TAS) will be throwing a celebration this year with an event-filled day on Monday, October 31, 2016, Halloween Day! All students are encouraged and allowed to dress-up in their favorite Halloween costumes. The costume dress code is outlined below:

• No full-face masks or anything covering the face

• No weapons

• No excessive blood or gore

The Halloween Carnival will be divided into three parts this year to accommodate our growing student population.

1:00-1:45         Group 1          ECC students

1:45-2:45         Group 2          ES students

3:00-4:00         Group 3          MSHS students

The school buses will run on their regular schedule, so Group 3 students who would normally ride the bus and would like to attend the carnival should arrange other transportation for the afternoon. All Group 1 and Group 2 students should leave campus as they would any other school day.

Middle and High School students will be hosting many unique activity booths that will include Halloween arts and crafts, games, music, and more! TAS will also be continuing our annual Spooky Haunted House tour and Costume Contest with great prizes.

Free treats and sweets sponsored by our TAS PTA for all students and children dressed up in costumes at the door. FREE entrance and open to all TAS parents, students, friends and community members. Mark your calendars and join us for a spooky and exciting evening at TAS this year!

For more information, please visit www.tas.edu.vn  or contact our Marketing Dept. atmarketing@tas.edu.vn.


Kính gửi Quý Phụ huynh,

Lễ hội Halloween đang đến và nhân dịp này, Trường Quốc tế TAS sẽ tổ chức ngày hội với rất nhiều sự kiện vui và thú vị vào thứ Hai, ngày 31/10/2016. Tất cả học sinh đều được khuyến khích hóa trang thành bất kỳ nhân vật hoặc mặc bất kỳ trang phục nào mang chủ đề Halloween mà các em yêu thích, với những quy định sau:

Không đeo mặt nạ hoặc bất kỳ vật dụng nào che toàn bộ khuôn mặt

Không mang theo vũ khí

Không sử dụng nhiều màu máu hoặc tạo hình quá đáng sợ

Vì số lượng học sinh của trường ngày càng tăng nên lễ hội Halloween năm nay chia làm ba nhóm để tất cả các em đều được tham gia.13g – 13g45                Nhóm 1           Học sinh khối Mầm non

13g45 – 14g45            Nhóm 2           Học sinh khối Tiểu học

15g – 16g                    Nhóm 3           Học sinh khối Trung học

Xe đưa đón trường vẫn hoạt đồng theo lịch trình hàng ngày, vì vậy, nếu các em nhóm 3 đi xe đưa đón của trường mà vẫn muốn tham gia lễ hội Halloween, gia đình cần sắp xếp phương tiện đón các em về sau thời gian tham gia lễ hội. Học sinh nhóm 1 và nhóm 2 ra về đúng giờ như các ngày trong tuần.

Học sinh khối Trung học sẽ chuẩn bị các quầy hoạt động thú vị và độc đáo, bao gồm nghệ thuật vẽ & điêu khắc về Halloween, trò chơi, âm nhạc và nhiều hoạt động khác! Năm nay, Trường Quốc tế TAS vẫn sẽ mở cửa Ngôi nhà Ma và Cuộc thi Hóa Trang như hàng năm.

Với sự tài trợ của Hội Phụ huynh TAS, kẹo Halloween sẽ được phát miễn phí cho những học sinh và trẻ em mặc trang phục hóa trang tại cổng trường. Chương trình sẽ mở cửa tự do cho tất cả Quý phụ huynh, học sinh TAS, bạn bè và dân cư khu vực lân cận. Rất mong được đón tiếp Quý vị tại Lễ hội Halloween TAS năm nay!

Để biết thêm chi tiết, xin vui lòng truy cập website www.tas.edu.vn hoặc liên lạc với phòng Marketing qua địa chỉ marketing@tas.edu.vn.



Warm Regards,

Nhan Tran (Ms)
Elementary Administrative Assistant

The American School

177A, 172-180 Nguyen Van Huong St., Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC, Vietnam.

Tel: (+84-8) 3519 2223 | Fax: (+84-8) 3519 2224




Week 10 Has Flown!

Another eventful week at TAS has concluded for our excitable 4a class. This week, I’d like to keep things short and snappy so as not to eat up everyone’s precious time.

Here were some of the highlights and notable points:

  • Cultural Social Studies– This week we began to consider the very broad idea of culture. I’ve been picking students brains to find out that they already know a lot about it. As 4th graders, it’s now time to consider our own culture and how it has been influenced by other cultures. We have begun to categorize the aspects of culture, and also did some research to learn more about another culture. We look forward to digging even deeper into Southeast Asian and Vietnamese culture next week.
  • RAZ kids– Students have been re-assigned RAZ kids accounts to begin more reading practice at home. I have asked students to complete a reading fluency assessment which will require the use of a microphone on their home computer. If there are any issues with logging on or completing this assessment, please let me know.
  • Multiplication Automaticity-  We are currently working on multiplication and division in math. Students are realizing that their ability to divide is directly to related to their multiplication skills. I’ve been encouraging all students to practice their multiples at home in order to gain better fluency in this skill. There are plenty of great sites to play games and practice. I highly recommend the multiplication games found at Topmarks
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – next Friday, TAS will host parent-teacher conferences. I invite all parents and guardians to come along and meet with me and our other specials teachers so you can have a better look at what your child has been doing in school and we can discuss their strengths and needs.
  • Halloween! – One of my favorite times of the year is coming. As part of our Social Studies culture unit, we will be looking at some of the origins of Halloween, and comparing it with similar traditions here and abroad.  Then, on Monday, October 31st, students are invited to come dressed in their favorite costume and compete in our class costume contest. We realize that some parents are cramped for time, but some of the best costumes are homemade. It could be a great opportunity for families to work together on a unique creation. There are some great ideas for homemade costumes here:
  • http://www.parenting.com/gallery/no-sew-halloween-costumes-for-kids?page=2
  • http://www.realsimple.com/holidays-entertaining/holidays/halloween/kids-halloween-costumes

As always…if you have any questions or concerns, please send me a line. In the meantime, I look forward to meeting with you next week for our conferences!

-Ms. Corie

Busy Busy in Week 8

It was another dynamic week at TAS for our 4A students.  The week culminated in a series of special events on Friday including our September assembly to celebrate the school winners for Reading Month, as well as our first Student of the Month award ceremony. Earlier in the week, students wrapped up our Reading Month and were able to visit the Fahasa Book Fair across the street. Our students were able to visit once, and it was fun to learn about all their reading interests. I was also very moved to find that many of the students were more interested in purchasing gifts for their brothers and sisters rather than only thinking about themselves. We truly have a group of altruistic kids in our class.

At our September assembly on Friday morning, our very own Haylie Chong was awarded not only for having read the most minutes in the month, but also for being a model student and recipient of Student of the Month with the theme of “Integrity”. Haylie is a great team player and showed integrity in her submission of homework, classwork, and reading minutes for the month. Each month, we will select a new student of the month based on the theme of tha month. It’s a great way to encourage the best efforts of every student and reinforce the values indicated in our ESLRs : Academics, Altruism, Aesthetics, and Athletics.

Beyond this, our class also was awarded with a movie party for approaching our reading goal. It was hard work to read 60 minutes or more per day, and although we had great participation, we were missing many reading logs. We hope to continue the reading program in the same way next year, so I’m hoping students will better understand the competitive nature and there will be more consistent participation among all students.

Friday also included two more events, including the inaugural Fitness Friday. All students were encouraged to wear comfortable active clothing. Because we had completed our Unit 2 Math Test on Thursday, we used our math block to play some active math games, practice yoga, and dance along with some ever-popular Just Dance Kids videos.

The other event of the day was a practice fire drill, which was very successful. The protocol in case of a fire emergency involves students crossing over and congregating on the soccer pitch at the high school. Our class was orderly and efficient, and we made it safely to our designated meeting point. I know that if there ever is a real emergency, we are well-prepared to stay safe.

On to a summary of curriculum for the week…

ELA – Students have begun to write the first draft of their personal narratives. We spent a lesson figuring out how to “flesh-out” or add more detail to ordinary sentences to make them more interesting. Students have also been considering the author’s perspective and audience to enable them to infer deeper meanings or the true message of the books they read. We also spent some time working with the past continuous form to help us tell stories, and it seems we will need a lot more practice with that grammar point. 🙂

Science- Students have wrapped up learning about animal adaptations, inheritance, and the difference between instinct and learned behaviors. This will segue nicely into the final lessons of our Life Science unit for the year, which will involve them solving three biological mysteries. The first is, “What do blind people see?” We’ve just begun to explore this question, and will hopefully have it solved by next week.

Social Studies – This week, students were quizzed on their knowledge of map skills. They were then asked to put those map skills to use by creating a holiday travel planner using a map of Vietnam and its surrounding countries. They needed to use the map key, scale, indicate directions, and pinpoint geographical locations in the region. Next week, we will answer the question, “What is a region?” We’ll look at the different kinds of regions in Vietnam and Southeast Asia as a whole.


Two noteworthy items….Monday, students have been asked to wear blue to indicate their awareness that October is Anti-Bullying Month.  I’d like to invite parents to talk to your child about bullying. It’s something that every child has experienced in one way or another, and we really want to help them understand the damage it can cause and also give our students the emotional tools to remain resilient in the face of bullying as well as remain aware of their own behavior.

Follow this link for more information on our initiative, fronted by our school counselor Jacqueline Contreras.

Finally, please be reminded that this week is a short one. Students will be dismissed for the Quarter 1 break on Thursday, and teachers will take part in a professional in-service day on Friday, so there will be no classes.

As always, please send me an email or leave a note in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to ask or mention.