New Parent Survival Series


UPDATE: Registration is required for sessions 3 and 4. Please use this link to register:

We couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming so many wonderful new families to our growing SSIS community.

To make the transition easier for our new parents, the PTA has put together a series of survival sessions. Whether you are new to Vietnam, new to Phu My Hung, or maybe just new to SSIS, you will find one or multiple sessions to help your transition. These sessions are also a great way to connect with other new families at the school.

Below, you will find detailed information about the topic of each session.

To sign up, please contact Katie Rigney-Zimmermann at

Session 1 – Surviving PMH: Friday, August 9, 10:00 am to 2:15 pm
This session will start at 10:00 am this Friday, directly following the PTA/HOS Coffee Morning. It is designed for SSIS parents who are new to Phu My Hung. The session will provide parents with information about Phu My Hung area and help familiarize parents with the Phu My Hung neighborhood.

Session 2 – Surviving SSIS: Monday, August 12, 8:15 am to 11:30 am
This session is designed for parents who are new to SSIS. The goals of this session is to help familiarize parents with the SSIS campus, to show parents different SSIS communication channels and teach them how to use the technologies associated, and to taste the food available for SSIS students.

Session 3 – Surviving Saigon: Monday, August 19, 8:15 am to 2:00 pm
This session is designed for SSIS parents who are new to Vietnam. This session will help parents new to Vietnam understand the Vietnamese culture, teach basic survival Vietnamese, visit a wet market to experience local culture and practice basic Vietnamese,
learn about the Vietnamese cuisine and taste 5-8 common Vietnamese dishes.

Session 4 – Surviving HCMC: Monday, August 26, 8:15 am to 2:30 pm
This session is designed for SSIS parents who are new to HCMC. In this session, parents will explore HCMC beyond PMH. We will show parents where to look for craft supplies, party favors, candy, small toys, bake supplies, sewing supplies, storage containers, etc., and where to look for imported groceries and art supplies.