A Busy Week Ahead!

Dear Parents,

This week we have a lot of events that are out of our usual routine. Here are some reminders about them:

Tuesday, May 8

Field trip to Fraunces Tavern Museum –  We will be having an early lunch at 11.30 right after our PE session. We will leave the school at 12.00 to make it to the Museum by 12.30. Mr. Kamada (Takaki’s father) and Mr. Giobbi (Valentino’s father) will be accompanying us, as will J4B and a half of J4W. We should be back at school by 2.30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9

J1-J4 Sports Day  – Please make sure the students come prepared with a hat, sneakers and shorts, personal water bottle, sunblock lotion and a snack. They will get the Sports day t-shirts on Tuesday. In case of bad weather conditions, the substitution day for the sports activities is Friday, May 11. Please check the school’s website on Wednesday morning just in case!

Thursday, May 10

Story Book Parade – Have your child come to school dressed as their favorite story book character! We will be taking part in a Parade starting at 9.00 a.m. We will be walking around the school in our costumes and have an Assembly later in the day to celebrate our favorite story books!

Friday, May 11

Possible Sports Day substitution day if the weather doesn’t agree with us on Wednesday. Otherwise, just a normal Friday…

Enjoy the week full of special events!


International Book Fair & Food Festival

Dear Parents,

I’m looking forward to seeing you all this Saturday at the International Book Fair. The students will be reading their pieces of writing for you. J4R Author Readings will take place in Music Room 252  at 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Please make sure your child is ready to come and read at 1.55 p.m.

There will be Author readings throughout the day by the lower grades. There will also be books for sale, arts and crafts, Children’s Market, playground fun and a raffle. You can also enjoy a delicious feast at the International Food Fair. The event starts at UNIS at 10:00 a.m.

See you all there!

PS. It is adviced that you buy your tickets ahead of time to avoid long queues at the entrance on Saturday. Tickets are on sale at school at pick up times every day this week!

End of the Year Dates!

Just a reminder for important dates approaching in May and June:

Saturday May 5 – JS International Book & Craft Fair

Wednesday May 9 – J1 – J4 Sports Day

Thursday May 10 – Storybook Parade

Friday May 11 – Sports Day Rain Date

Wednesday May 23 – Middle School Orientation for J-4 students

Friday May 25 – Memorial Day – No Classes

Monday May 28 – Memorial Day – No Classes

Thursday May 31 – T4 Graduation – half day for students

Friday June 1 – JS/MS/TH Appreciation Brunch @ 11:30 – Garden

Wednesday June  5 – J-4 End-of-Year performance 9:00 theater; followed by brunch in the classroom

Monday June 11 – Care Program Last Day

Monday June 11-  J-4  Math  workshop, 9:00 a.m. – Parents invited

Tuesday June 12 – Last Day of School for Students – Half Day



Moving Up and Moving On

Dear Parents of J4R,

For the past few weeks I have often caught myself saying ‘When you are in M1…”. Moving up to Middle School is very much on our minds now that we approach May and the last 7 weeks of school. These final weeks will be extra special to me as well, as I will be moving on when this academic year is over. After very careful consideration, I have decided not to seek another contract with UNIS. UNIS is a wonderful school with a wonderful student body and extremely supportive parents. However, previously I have worked in schools that run their curriculum according to the PYP; the Primary Years Program that leads up to Middle Years Program (MYP) and eventually to DP (the Diploma Program of the International Baccalaureate). Though I have really enjoyed getting to know the UNIS curriculum, I have really missed PYP and the way learning is approached through that teaching philosophy. Also, I have missed my time in Asia, all my friends there and the lifestyle that the warmth provides, and thus I have decided to return back to my previous school in Thailand.

I was sharing these news with J4R students today, so I wanted to share them with you as well, in case the students talk about it at home or they have questions. I have promised that, instead of coming to visit me in J4 area next year, they can send me emails. I will give my email address to them later at the end of the year. I will want to hear how they are doing in the much expected and anticipated Middle School!

Thank you for your support and help at all times. I know already that I will miss UNIS and the lovely J4R and their parents!

Best, Maija

Ancestor Biographies

What an amazing job the J4R students did in telling the stories of their parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles! The variety of life expriences, war stories, challenges and successes was just astounding. The stories are the life of doctors, actors, teachers, inventors – but above all, of people from we can learn so much! Thank you to the parents of J4R students for helping your child tell these compelling life stories in a captivating manner.

Parents, when you will come to Parent-Teacher Conferences this Wednesday and Thursday, take some time to look at this fabulous work displayed outside our classroom. Take a seat and venture into the history of our loved ones!

J4R Homework for the Week of March 19 – 23


  1. Problem-Solving Strategy: Draw a picture (Reteach 7-5)
  2. Use drawing as a strategy to solve problems (Practice 7-5)


LITERACY – Reading and Writing and HUMANITIES

You should be well on your way in your research of the chosen explorer. Make sure you have made an attempt to find information about each of the topic on the story board. Now it is time to focus on presenting your findings in your chosen format:  it could be an information report (written text just like your biography), a power point presentation, a poster or an interview. Whichever format you choose, please make sure that it includes pictures, maps, and illustrations to further explain your writing.

The project is due this Friday March 23.

J-4 Students Support Nursing Home Residents

The J-4 students are creating a book of personal narratives, stories, poems and artwork for the 100 residents of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Sayville, New York. Ms. Christine Schomberg, Director of Recreation at the Nursing Home, said that she is pleased to accept the book on behalf of the patients. It will be kept in their recreation space so they can enjoy reading it, or have someone read to them.

Mrs. Whitehouse