Jump Arena!


It’s raining cats and dogs at the moment in Ho Chi Minh, but we had a safe and dry field trip this afternoon to Jump Arena in Thao Dien. This new addition to the neighborhood is housed in a warehouse-style building and includes a large trampoline course, a dodge ball trampoline court, climbing walls, a padded block “swimming pool”, and a large inflatable bag to jump into. The students were so excited to go all week, and Friday couldn’t come soon enough. Before we were clear to go, however, we had a lot of academic ground to cover.

The week started with an assembly on Monday to announce the winner of the Heartbeat Vietnam fundraiser. The winning class was Grade 7, with an average of over 800,000/dong per student. Their prize was the chance to tape Mr. Matt Bailey to the wall. Our students didn’t get to witness this, but they did get to see Ms. Chelsea, Vice Principal of the MSHS, get a pie in the face. This was the prize for another one of the fundraiser events. In total, The American School raised over $7000 USD to fund at least 5 heart surgeries for children in need in Vietnam. We are so proud of our students for the hard work they put into our bubble tea stand and heart face painting.


Academically, students had a very dynamic week.

In ELA, students have wrapped up their opinion writing unit and will continue to read opinion pieces and other literature that ties in with our current science and social studies units. Their writing focused on the use of auxiliary verbs such as must, can, should, will, etc. Presently, we are working on identifying the correct prepositions to use to note time, place, and manner of doing something.

In Math, students were assessed on their ability with fractions, and have moved on to discovering reflections. We did some really fun activities to investigate how reflection works, and we’re excited to move on next week to more geometry.

In Science, students looked at how living things can change their environment, and how living things must compete for resources.  We tied this into our Social Studies unit, which deals with basic economics including the study of scarcity. Next week, we will look closer at renewable and nonrenewable resources in science, and we will tie this into our Social Studies economics unit as well.

We can’t believe that only a few weeks remain of school. It has been a wonderful year, and we plan to learn as much as we can and enjoy every last minute of our remaining time together.

Until next time…

Ms. Corie

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