MS Newsletter May 14, 2018

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Middle School Newsletter
May 14, 2018
Dear Middle School Parents,
Late on Saturday night we welcomed back our M4 students from Costa Rica and France. Like you, we are very grateful to the faculty members who accompanied them, committing their time to our students so that they could have this linguistic and cultural experience. We are excited to have our M4s back at school. Their return marks the end of the MS camp trips for the year and the return to our full complement of students for the remainder of the year.
This week, we welcome parents into our school for information sessions. Tonight, the current J4 parents, who will be M1 parents next year, join us for an information session about Middle School. On Wednesday morning, the Middle School PA representatives are hosting a Parent Coffee that will feature our Curriculum Coordinator, Anne-Mari Pesonen and the Director of Innovation, Jeremy Birk. Anne-Mari and Jeremy will be discussing the English program in Middle School. We are looking forward to these sessions with parents where we will be able to provide more clarity about our programs and systems. We look forward to more opportunities like this in the next school year.

Elaine Kelly
MS Principal
Kevin Toledo
Acting Assistant Principal
In this Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Parent Coffee Topic: English Curriculum
  • Reminder about Withdrawing from UNIS, if applicable
  • Update from the Wild Pencil Makers
  • Snapshots of Learning from Curriculum Coordinator
  • Special Event at the Library, An Evening of World Literature
  • Updated Private Music Lesson Recital Schedule
  • Jazz Night at UNIS

Important Dates

May 14
Welcome to M1 for current J4 families
May 16
MS Parent Coffee, 8:30am, Cafeteria
May 16
An Evening of World Literature, UNIS Library
May 17
M1 Grade-wide trip to the American Museum of Natural History, as part of art program
May 17
UNIS Jazz Night
May 24
M4 Grade-wide trip to Storm King, as part of art program
May 25 and 28
Memorial Day recognized - School closed
June 1
TH Graduation day - half day of school for Middle School students
Classes end at 11:50; No afternoon classes
June 8
Middle School Sports Day
June 13
Last day of school for students in M1, M2 and M3 - Full day of classes
June 14
M4 Commencement Ceremony and Brunch, 9:00am-11:30am
June 15
Report Cards published

Parent Coffee, May 16

On Wednesday, May 16th, we will host a Parent Coffee led by the Director of Innovation and Research, Mr. Jeremy Birk and our Middle School Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Anne-Mari Pesonen. The focus of the coffee will be the English curriculum in the MS, with an emphasis on the transition to newly adopted curriculum standards.

Withdrawal Information, if applicable

If your child is not remaining at UNIS for the next school year, you must officially notify the school in writing in order to withdraw your child from UNIS. An email message will suffice as the written notice. If you need to withdraw your child, you can send the email to or

The Wild Pencil Makers

The Wild Pencil Makers (WPM) are a group of M3 students who believe that 'every child has a right to an education.'
From the WPM:
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. 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.

Snapshots of Learning from the Curriculum Coordinator

ELL students enjoying some time with their books in their reading corner with Mrs. Abdallah.

In the M1 ELL class all were busy writing about their recent trip to Camp Mason. Ms. Abdallah supported with vocabulary and editing. Learners were very reflective about their experience and had many positive recollections to share.

M3 Science learners were busy investigating our planet Earth through internet research.

M2 music students playing selections from "Pirates of the Caribbean"

An Evening of World Literature

Library Event: Author Visit and Panel Discussion
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 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVPhere.

Private Music Lessons Recital Schedule - UPDATED

If your child takes private music lessons at UNIS, please check the schedule for the recital date and time.

Jazz Night at UNIS, including Middle School musicians