JS Newsletter May 14, 2018

UNIS Junior School | Monday, May 14

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Dear parents,

UNIS. Friday 4:36 pm. The only sound I hear is the frenetic noise that my fingers produce by typing this letter. The one you are reading at this exact moment.

But this Friday is not like any other.

This quiet atmosphere which usually launches the weekend will not last long. Soon, hundreds of young feet will appear, following the same path they follow every morning of the week, carrying our students to their classroom where they will stand, proudly, sharing their original stories with their audience, brilliant evidence of their talent. Soon our young authors will take over the Junior School. And I will have the privilege of listening to them, side by side with you, learning from them, picking up ideas, getting inspired by their style and imagination. And, I can already sense you thinking "Finally!" And, you are correct that thanks to our young authors, being exposed to their creativity and everything I can learn from them, the Junior School Newsletter can only be better and will never be the same!

Roald Dahl once said: "I don't care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book." I disagree with him. I do hope you like this Newsletter #32. But if you don't, wait for #33 next week, the one, I am sure, you will read until the end!

Pascal Vallet
Junior School Principal
Susan Scullin
Junior School Assistant Principal

Story Book Parade UNIS @2018

Author's Reading UNIS @2018

We have not yet collected enough feedback on the Student Led Conferences to have enough data to reflect the majority of parent opinions. Please make sure to click on the link below - it will take you only a few minutes!

  • Monday, May 14 - Welcome to M1 for J4 Parents 6:00pm MS Lounge (details below)
  • Tuesday, May 15 – J2 Adventure Trip to Bear Mountain
  • Wednesday, May 16 – J3 Adventure Trip to Bear Mountain
  • Monday, May 21 to Wednesday, May 23 – J4 Adventure Camping Trip Ramapo
  • Tuesday, May 22 – JS Parent Coffee 8:30-9:30 Café
  • Friday, May 25 & Monday, May 28 – School Closed – Memorial Day Holiday
  • Friday, June 1 – TH Graduation - 11:45 JS Dismissal before lunch (details below)
  • Monday, June 4 - Final Parent Coffee of the Year (Reflection) 8:30-9:30 Café
  • Tuesday, June 5 – PA General Meeting 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, June 5 – JA Sports Day
  • Wednesday, June 6 – J1 – J4 Sports Day
  • Friday, June 8 - J4 Graduation 8:45am
  • Friday, June 15 – Last Day of JS Classes 11:45 Dismissal

Edith smiling in her mum's arms after sharing her story with her

Food Fair UNIS @2018, thanks to ROEY YOHAI PHOTOGRAPHY for the photos!

The Wild Pencil Makers (WPM) are a group of M3 students who believe that 'every child has a right to an education.' We would like to thank our UNIS community for supporting our Vision to help to educate children around the world.

This year we are sponsoring Tinashe from Zimbabwe through Plan USA. By selling specialty erasers, pencils and our solidarity T shirts at the International Food and Fun Fair, we were able to raise $304.06 cents. We are so very grateful for your generosity. This money will help Tinashe with his daily needs and support his medical and educational wellbeing.

Like our T shirt says, the WPM stand in solidarity with each other and in our vision to shape a better world, one child at a time.

With thanks and appreciation,

The Wild Pencil Makers - Stephan, Ahmed, Pablo, Tys, Aidan, Liam and Sebi

Aidan and Stephan working the first shift

J4 Open Music

  • Wednesday, May 16: 1:25 - 2:05 (J4O) and 2 :05 - 2:45 (J4M)
  • Thursday, May 17: 1:25 - 2:05 (J4Q) and 2:05 - 2:45 (J4C)
  • Friday, May 18: 12:05 - 12:45 (J4F)

J3 Open Music (J3E and J3M Updated)

  • Tuesday, May 22: J3S - 9:35 and J3R - 10:15
  • Wednesday, May 23: J3H - 9:35 and J3E - 10:15
  • Thursday, May 24: J3M - 9:35

J4 Once on this Island Tickets + Availability

For J4 Parents - Potential Ticket Availability to Once on this Island

There is potentially some ticket availability to Once on this Island on Broadway. If you are interested in going on the waitlist, please email Jack Dod (jdod@unis.org).

Only for J4 Parents Who Purchased Tickets to Once on this Island

Tickets are now available for pick-up for those J4 parents who purchased tickets to Once on this Island.

This is to remind you that the last days of - the Spring season - after school activities (for respective days of the week) are:

  • Monday activities: May 14th
  • Tuesday activities: May 8th
  • Wednesday activities: May 16th
  • Thursday activities: May 10th (Exception - class cancellation makeup class MAY 17th for JA-J1 CHESS & M1-M4 WRITOPIA)
  • Friday activities: May 11th (Exception - class cancellation makeup class MAY 18th for J2-J3 YOUNG MATHEMATICIANS)

Please note that the Government sponsored German & Swedish classes will be running according to the schedules submitted by their respective teachers.

We are coordinating the 2018-2019 schedules of activities with the Athletics Department. The new programs will be advertised before the end of the academic year. The parents will be invited to register online.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Keiko Tase ( ktase@unis.org ) if you would like your child to go to the Care Program.

I am at your disposal if you have any questions.

Lidana Jalilvand

What defines the best in World Literature? 6:00-7:30pm on May 16

As part of the 70th anniversary celebration, the library will host Michael Orthofer, UNIS alumnus (Class of '82) and author of The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction. He will present his thoughts on what we consider to be the best in world literature during a panel discussion with Ida Kummer (French), Monica Torres Álvarez (Spanish), and Kazuo Tsuda (Japanese).

Please come to enjoy the discussion on Wednesday, May 16, from 6:00 to 7:30pm . Light refreshments will be served.

JS Dismissal at 11:45 on Friday, June 1

Please note that all JS students will be dismissed at 11:45 on Friday, June 1 so that our full faculty may attend the T4 graduation at the United Nations. Classes will NOT have lunch in school that day. You may want to send a heartier snack for your child.

Yellow buses will depart UNIS right after the 11:45 dismissal.

If your child is picked up at school, please ensure that you or your caregiver plans on being at UNIS by 11:45 that day, and note that After Care and After School will NOT be in session.

All JS students are expected to leave school at 11:45. No student supervision is available after that time.

REMINDER: Welcome to M1 for J4 Parents - Monday, May 14 at 6:00

  • What: Welcome to M1 for J4 parents
  • When: Monday, May 14th
  • Time: 6:00pm for nibbles
  • Begins at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Place: MS Lounge 4th floor
  • Who: M1 Team, counselors and admin, M1 parents panel and M1 student panel

Dear J4 Parents,

As we enter into the final few months of the school year, we will begin the process of orienting you and your children to the UNIS Middle School - the structure, the instructional program, the new opportunities. We are excited to have you and are planning a number of times for you to learn about our division of the school.

We would like to kick off this process by welcoming you to a J4-to-M1 information session on the evening of Monday, May 14th. We will meet in the Middle School Lounge at 6:00pm for a general information session, followed by more extensive presentations and discussions in the M1 classrooms.

We look forward to seeing you at this meeting.

All the best,
MS Administration and M1 Team

JS Attendance

To report your child's absence or lateness, please contact your homeroom teacher by email with a copy to jsattendance@unis.org no later than 8:30am each day that your child will be absent. If email is not available to you, you may leave a phone message at 212-584-3113 to let the JS Office know and a note will be sent to the homeroom teacher.

Early Dismissal of JS Students Requires a Pass

If your child will be picked up from school at any time before the 2:55 JS dismissal, please ensure that you or your caregiver obtains an Early Dismissal Pass from the JS Office or your JA teacher. Security will not permit a student to leave the premises before 2:55 without this pass.

Lost and found

Please take the time to write your child's name in all outer garments, lunch boxes and water bottles. Our staff does their best to return misplaced items to their owner, but without a clearly written name, it may not be possible.

Updating Family Contact Info in the Parent Portal

Please review your family profile and contact information to ensure that your phone numbers and email addresses are up to date. All departments at UNIS, including the Nurse, rely on the information that you provide here to contact you. After logging in to the UNIS Parent Portal, you may review and update all of your family contact information by visiting ->My BackPack -> Settings -> My Profile -> Edit.

Caregiver Access to UNIS

To give permission for a new caregiver to enter UNIS to pick up or drop your child, please log in to the UNIS Parent Portal (->My BackPack -> Settings -> My Profile -> Edit) and enter that caregiver's name as an Additional Contact in "My Profile" section in My Backpack. Click EDIT and scroll down to ADD as many Additional Contacts as you need. After you do that, your caregiver can have a UNIS ID made that will allow him/her access to the school to pick up and drop off.

In the interim, until the ID card is made, please have your caregiver be prepared to present a photo ID to Security at the front gate each day, along with the authorization form below.

If your caregiver is temporary, or a visiting family member will be picking up or dropping off, please follow the same procedure (adding their name to your family profile and giving them the authorization form to present at the security gate with a photo ID). However, in temporary situations, there is no need for a UNIS ID card to be issued.

In either case, in addition to your homeroom teacher, please email jsattendance@unis.org in advance to alert the school that a new or temporary caregiver has permission to pick up your child, providing their full name and all dates and times that they will arrive. If the pick up will be after 2:55 because your child is in an after school activity, please also notify afterschool@unis.org, or gevans@unis.org for athletics.