ISY Elementary Blog

A good start!

Mike Simpson, Elementary School Principal

August 20, 2021

Our focus for our first three days was to get to know each other and make sure every student is comfortable and excited about the school year. Judging by the laughs and smiles we have seen online, our students have settled in well. We have 39 new students this year and it has been lovely to welcome them into our community. 

Another focus this week was to make sure all of our students are comfortable with the technology they will be using while we are learning online. Our teachers and our technology specialists have been working with every student to make sure their technology is working well for them. However, if you notice that your child is having problems, please contact your child’s teacher so we can give extra support.

Every Friday, this blog will update you on what is going on in the Elementary School. It will be an important source of information as we adapt throughout the year to meet our students’ needs.

It is wonderful to have you all with us. This will be another year in which our ISY community shines for our students and we are grateful for your support.


Strategies for Successful Online Learning

As we start the year online again, the realities of online learning are not new to most of us.  Over the past year and a half we have become rather skilled at managing and assisting our children’s  learning at home.  Having said that, I thought perhaps it might be helpful to review a few things to help your child as they begin this new year.

  • Set a Routine: Children thrive when they understand what is expected of them.  A regular sleep and meal schedule will provide them the structure they need to feel successful.  Allow your child to voice their opinions when creating the schedule.   Visually displaying the schedule can be helpful.  
  • Work Space: Create an individual learning environment for your child that is away from clutter and other distractions.  If possible outside of their bedroom or playroom.  Keep devices not needed for school out of their view.
  • Encourage self regulation: Help your child identify when they are feeling frustrated, bored or confused.  Talk with them about the connection between the body and the brain.  Explore strategies for how your child can regulate their emotions, allowing them to remain present.  This can also help build online learning stamina and focus.
  • Celebrate their accomplishments: Ask your child about the work they are doing.  Display their work in your home.  Show them that you are proud of their accomplishments.  This will help them value learning.

If you find your child or family is struggling with online learning, please feel free to reach out to me at  I am available to support you with social, emotional or academic issues.

Patty Amundson-Geisel

Elementary Counselor


On Tuesday, August 31 at 7pm (Myanmar Time), we will have our first online gathering of families. This will be a chance for us to share how we will be meeting your children’s needs this year, for you to ask any questions you may have, and for us all to get to know each other. A Zoom link will be sent to you via email closer to the time.

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