ISY Elementary Blog

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mike Simpson, Elementary School Principal

April 22, 2022

Next Friday, April 29, you will be able to meet with your child’s teachers in a Parent Teacher Conference.

If you have not already done so, please follow the instructions below to book a conference time.

Parent Teacher Conferences are an important opportunity for parents and teachers to come together in partnership to review a child’s progress and plan to meet their needs – academic and social. 

As parents and teachers, we are constantly learning about our children and coming up with ways to encourage and develop in them the attributes, skills, and knowledge that will help them in the future. You know your child better than anyone and we are looking forward to meeting with you to discuss how we will ensure that your child finishes this school year and starts the next school year strongly.

Wellness in Action

Today, students participated in their second Wellness in Action afternoon. This student organized event focused on student wellness and mental health. It also promotes the ISY Learner Attributes. It featured a set of highly interactive activities that students from grades 1 to 12 engaged in.  The ideas for the activities came from ISY students and Secondary School students ran the activities. We will have one more of these events this year. The students loved it!

The Great ISY Quiz

As part of our ISY Spirit Week, students in Grades 2 to 5 participated in The Great ISY Quiz. This fun quiz tested their knowledge of ISY’s history and Mission. Congratulations to our winners!


Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences

Next Friday, April 29th are Parent-Teacher Conferences.  These meetings are important opportunities for you to talk with your child’s teacher about how your child is progressing this school year.  They are also opportunities for you to learn how you might best support your child.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for the conference.

Before the appointment:

  • Talk with your child.  Let them know that these meetings are routine and necessary for you and their teacher to best support their learning.  Ask your child if they have any concerns or questions they would like you to discuss with the teacher.  Find out what your child most and least enjoys about their school day.  This can often be shared with the teacher to help them better understand your child.
  • Review the progress report.  
  • Make a list of any questions or concerns you have about your child’s learning.  Teachers want to help you better understand your child’s learning so take a moment to reflect and determine what areas you are most interested in learning about.

At the conference:

  • Be ready to collaborate.  Teachers often seek parent’s ideas or suggestions.  When teachers share areas of concern, they are typically doing so to help your child be more successful not to place blame.  Teachers want to partner with you to support your child’s growth.
  • Ask for clarification.  When teachers speak about test scores, assessment criteria or other educational jargon, don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

After the conference:

  • Share with your child what you learned and what strategies are in place to help them be successful.
  • Keep in touch.  Parent involvement is a key factor in academic achievement.

If you have any questions or concerns, Ms. Patty is available to support.  She can be reached at

Patty Amundson-Geisel

Pre-K to Grade 6 Counselor

Lanterns for Learning – Thursday 28th April

On Thursday 28th April, our IB Art teacher will be hosting a special crafts evening for parents also as a fundraising event for UWS.  Parents will each complete a beautiful lantern during the evening.  Here is a video with some information about the event.

Care to the Least Center Donation Drive

The student service learning group working with one of our partner organizations, the Care to the Least Center, will be having a donation drive starting from next week.  Baskets will be put out on the front steps for the purpose of collecting new and used school supplies, clothing (including flip flops), toys, games and even bicycles.  If there are any other items you wish to donate, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Davis ( to see if they can be used. More information about the Care to the Least Center can be seen on this great video made by a group of ISY students.

Parent Teacher Conferences – Friday 29th April

There will be no school for students on Friday 29th April due to Parent Teacher conferences.
To schedule a conference please see the link below. The opportunity to sign-up for conferences will close on Wednesday, April 27th at 5:00PM Myanmar time in order to allow time for teachers to organize their conference day. If you would like to cancel, change, or schedule a conference after Wednesday at 5:00PM please contact the Elementary School Office for assistance (
Directions for Scheduling Conferences:
  • Please see this instructions link. Conferences will be booked through PowerSchool.
  • All conferences are 15 minutes in length.

Online Learning

It is important that we prepare students for the end of the hybrid program and with this in mind we are setting a goal to phase out the hybrid program during the remainder of this year.  After the Thingyan break, only students who are residing outside of Myanmar will be able to continue to learn virtually for the remainder of this school year.  Students in Myanmar who wish to continue to attend the hybrid program will only be able to do so with special permission from their principal and only for select periods of time.  If you think your child has a special reason to attend the hybrid program after this time, please email Mr. Simpson on to make an appointment to discuss this.

Moving forward, we are also setting a goal to eliminate the hybrid /virtual program for the 2022-23 school year.  The only exception to this would be interruptions due to directives from the Myanmar authorities, or short term COVID spikes causing class, grade level, or full school return to virtual learning for short periods.

Many thanks in advance for your cooperation.

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