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13 June 2017

Global CodeaThon

On Saturday, May 6th eight 4th & 5th Grade students represented Concordia at the Annual Global Codeathon, sponsored by UNIS Hanoi. Fifteen schools from around the world participated in this exciting event.

The Global Codeathon is a celebratory event open to anyone interested in coding. The main goal is to foster a love of coding and to collaborate with other young coders. The Codeathon provided an opportunity for young coders to meet and learn from one another. Concordia was also lucky to have two seasoned high school coders help in teaching the younger students about programming in both English and Vietnamese!

During the Codeathon, students were challenged to create video games and animations using Scratch. Other students built and programmed robots. The most exciting part was the Coding Slam, where students from each school shared their final projects in a one-minute presentation. Scott Chen, Grade 5, represented Concordia in the Coding Slam.

It was amazing to see such high levels of creativity and critical thinking from students in countries such as Tanzania, Uzbekistan, India and of course, Vietnam! Mr. Elliott and Mrs. Snider were extremely proud of our Concordia coders - 4th Graders: U-Hyeok Kwon, Mai Anh Pham, Thao Pham, Tim Leummens, Preston Badger, Chris Cho and 5th Graders: Scott Chen and Daniel Kim.

A huge thank you to Concordia middle schoolers Linh Pham and Jack Boone. Well done everyone and we are looking forward to another great coding event next year!


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13 June 2017

Global CodeaThon

On Saturday, May 6th eight 4th & 5th Grade students represented Concordia at the Annual Global Codeathon, sponsored by UNIS Hanoi. Fifteen schools from around the world participated in this exciting event. The Global...

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09 June 2017

Elementary Music Concerts

TEN LITTLE LADYBUGS: PRESCHOOL- GRADE 1
Based on the book, “10 Little Ladybugs” by Melanie Gerth, our Concordia Preschool- Grade 1 students showcased their musical talent in this wonderful ‘ladybug’ themed concert.


GRADE 2-5 CONNECTED SHOWCASE
Music has a way of connecting people. In this case, music also made the jump of  connecting different subjects that the students are currently studying. To make this  performance even more intriguing, the rhythms, lyrics, and movements came about through input from the students themselves. This showcase of true creator talent made for a wonderful concert!


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09 June 2017

Elementary Music Concerts

TEN LITTLE LADYBUGS: PRESCHOOL- GRADE 1Based on the book, “10 Little Ladybugs” by Melanie Gerth, our Concordia Preschool- Grade 1 students showcased their musical talent in this wonderful ‘ladybug’ themed concert. GRADE 2-5 CONNECTED SHOWCASEMusic has a...

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15 May 2017

HOW DOES OUR GARDEN GROW?

What better way to cultivate learning than through actually cultivating crops? Both our elementary and upper school students have  a chance to get their hands dirty in our school community garden.  

Both our preschool classes are  growing a variety of plants including radishes, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, melons, house plants, and herbs.  “Can you guess which is their favorite plant in the whole garden?” asks preschool teacher, Mrs. Elliott. “The weeds- some of the kids think they are the most interesting plants!” 

Next time you are on campus, why not take a peek at just how well our garden is growing?

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15 May 2017

HOW DOES OUR GARDEN GROW?

What better way to cultivate learning than through actually cultivating crops? Both our elementary and upper school students have  a chance to get their hands dirty in our school community garden.   Both our...

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12 May 2017

Elementary Students Program Lego Robots

Who said building ROBOTS is only for grown ups?  The fourth and fifth grade students in the After School Activity Robotics use legos to build real robots.  Those robots were connected to their computers and students employed their coding skills to make the robots come alive.  As a test of their programming skills, students were tasked with testing the robots’ ability to catapult items and were judged on speed, accuracy, and several other factors.  Welcome to 21st century learning, everyone!


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12 May 2017

Elementary Students Program Lego Robots

Who said building ROBOTS is only for grown ups?  The fourth and fifth grade students in the After School Activity Robotics use legos to build real robots.  Those robots were connected to their...

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09 May 2017

Elementary Spirit Week

Elementary spirit week is all about building community and having a little fun.  Take a look at the different themed days below to see how our students spent the week.

Monday Class Color Day: Each class chose a color and everyone came to school in that same color, according to their grade.

Twinsie Tuesday: Pick a friend (or two) and come to school dressed the same way. I think I am seeing double (and triple!)

Wacky Wednesday: Mismatched socks, crazy hair, and anything else you think is a little wacky- that’s what Wacky Wednesday was all about!

Sporty Thursday:  Show off your athletic look or your favorite team jersey.  Students dressed in sports paraphernalia on this day.

I Have a Dream Friday: Dress as what you want to be when you grow up.  We had a great deal of incredible future adults walking around campus on this day.

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09 May 2017

Elementary Spirit Week

Elementary spirit week is all about building community and having a little fun.  Take a look at the different themed days below to see how our students spent the week. Monday Class Color Day: Each class...

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14 April 2017

Economics Field Trip for Grade 2

As part of the Economics unit of study, Grade 2 had a chance to put our learning in action by visiting local businesses. First, we went to Deaf Craft 5 Colors, a social enterprise that employs deaf and hard of hearing persons and trains them to create special crafts. Our students then learned how a business can also make money while building a better community at the same time.  The next community business we visited was Family Medical Practice where students learned the differences between Services and Goods.  To really top off the economics field trip, students took a tour of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on Electric Vehicles to learn what types of goods are sold in Vietnam.  What an educational field trip! 

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14 April 2017

Economics Field Trip for Grade 2

As part of the Economics unit of study, Grade 2 had a chance to put our learning in action by visiting local businesses. First, we went to Deaf Craft 5 Colors, a social...

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23 March 2017

100 Days SMARTER!

Elementary students are 100 days smarter, 100 days wiser, and have 100 days of fun at Concordia behind them with many more to come. This exciting milestone celebration was enhanced by all the parent volunteers in the classroom- THANK YOU PARENTS!


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23 March 2017

100 Days SMARTER!

Elementary students are 100 days smarter, 100 days wiser, and have 100 days of fun at Concordia behind them with many more to come. This exciting milestone celebration was enhanced by all the...

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14 March 2017

One World, Many Stories

We are many people in this one world and we all have a story to tell!  Our elementary students spent the week diving into over 40,000 minutes of at-home reading, which covered a variety of stories in many languages.  This reading marathon did not even count the tremendous amount of books being consumed on campus and in the classroom through mystery readers, Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) time, and much more.  To celebrate our love of each person’s story, we asked students and teachers to pick a favorite book and come to school dressed as that book or a character from that book.  The result was a tremendous parade of literature!

If that wasn’t exciting enough, the week culminated with a day with visiting children’s author and illustrator, Yangsook Choi.  While on campus, Yangsook taught students ways of bringing their own ‘drawings’ to life.  She also led workshops on how students can share their own stories. 

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14 March 2017

One World, Many Stories

We are many people in this one world and we all have a story to tell!  Our elementary students spent the week diving into over 40,000 minutes of at-home reading, which covered a...

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07 March 2017

Art in Nature

Snack-Walk-Explore: Start with snacks then...take a walk near school each week to see what we can see. Sketch, collect, examine parts of nature during the walk. Young artists in our after school activities (ASA) are learning how to draw items they see in nature. To help with inspiration for their art, students walk around the surrounding area of the school campus. Since Concordia is located in the lush area of Van Tri and sits adjacent to the Van Tri 18-hole golf estate, you can imagine that there is some inspiration to be had!

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07 March 2017

Art in Nature

Snack-Walk-Explore: Start with snacks then...take a walk near school each week to see what we can see. Sketch, collect, examine parts of nature during the walk. Young artists in our after school activities (ASA) are...

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03 March 2017

The Science of Design

Grade 3 puts their learning in motion

Mrs. Beard’s Grade 3 students embarked on a very exciting journey as part of their science lesson.  As part of learning about motion, they were challenged to design a cart with the given materials that could roll efficiently and effectively.  Then they had the reshuffle and redesign it to fit different criteria (roll far, carry something, roll down a ramp). They then shared their process...what went well, what didn’t go so well. The students came up with so very inventive designs!

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03 March 2017

The Science of Design

Grade 3 puts their learning in motion Mrs. Beard’s Grade 3 students embarked on a very exciting journey as part of their science lesson.  As part of learning about motion, they were challenged to...

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