Elementary Principal’s Blog

December 1st
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal


Dear all,

We have had another busy week at ISY. The visit from the Poets has been a highlight of the week. 

The next event is the Holiday Bazaar on the 6th of December. This event for parents includes opportunities for parents to purchase holiday items made by our students, as well as to buy from a few outside vendors. There will also be short performances from our elementary school students. We hope to see you all there. If you have not already done so, there will be an opportunity at the Bazaar to sign up for SeeSaw. SeeSaw is our class communication app; see more information below. Come join us for some holiday season fun. 

Enjoy your weekend. 

Ms Sheppard


Next week on the 6th of December will be our annual Holiday Bazaar. This year the event is bigger than ever before. Please come along between 12:30 and 3:00 PM on the 6th of December. At the event, you can buy items from outside vendors, student-made items, popcorn, books, clothing, and games sale. All the money from the student tables goes towards the Chinthe Fund.

There will also be performances from the Elementary School Students. Come join us in the holiday fun; we hope to see you there.

See a link to a video about the Bazaar here from our Chinthe Cubs.


Students are invited to wear colorful festive clothing on Wednesday, for our special festive afternoon with the Holiday Bazaar and performances.  


Our biggest book sale yet will take place next Wednesday from 11:00 AM, bring 5,000 and a bag and fill it up. The book sale will take place in the lunch room on the A Block ground floor.

The books are pre-loved ISY books, proceeds go to the Chinthe Fund. Students can visit the book sale during the day, parents are welcome during the Holiday Bazaar.

See you there!



December Appreciation

Every December at ISY, we come together as a community to show our gratitude towards our custodians, maintenance staff, security team, administrative and instructional staff, and all other staff members who help make our school special. This year, we would like to present our staff with longyis from our ISY community as a sign of appreciation, thanks, and respect.
One longyi will cost 15000 kyats and donations can be made in 3 ways:

  • Online Cashless Donation using these instructions.
  • In person at the Chinthe Zay Store or at the Business Office.
  • Instead of cash, new longyis can also be donated by leaving them on the front steps

The donation deadline is Wednesday, November 6, 2023.
Kind Regards,
High School Student Council (STUCO)


To watch a short video of the celebrations, go to this youtube link

Dates to Remember

6th December – Holiday Bazaar

7th December – No School – National Day

15th December – Last day of school – December Break starts

13th January – Family Sports Day – 8:30 – 10:30 AM


Used Toy and Clothing Sale will be held at the Holiday Bazaar on the 6th of December.  Currently, we are seeking donations of gently used toys and clothing to be sold at this fundraiser for The Chinthe Fund.  


SeeSaw Information

If you have not already signed up for SeeSaw our ISY communication app, here are some instructions. You should begin by downloading the ‘Seesaw Parent & Family’ app from your respective app stores. Upon opening the app, you will be prompted to scan a QR code. To obtain this QR code, you can reach out directly to your child’s teacher or PowerSchool support (powerschool@isyedu.org), where you can be provided with the necessary QR code. Once you have the code, scan it with the app and then enter your email address and password to create your account.
We will also have a SeeSaw sign-up table on December 6th at the Holiday Bazaar at the upper court to support sign-up.


Last month, we were fortunate to have worked with Dr. Bob Garmston, a very influential educator and academic whose work has had a profound impact on teaching and learning around the world.
Dr. Garmston is a co-developer of Adaptive Schools. Adaptive Schools ‘presents a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning.
Adaptive Schools strategies help teachers collaborate effectively in planning to meet the needs of all of our students. Also, and very importantly, these strategies can be used in the classroom with the students to create meaning and facilitate learning. 
Adaptive Schools strategies can be very simple or quite complex, but they are all grounded in research around the science of learning. Adaptive School strategies build upon best practices, creating a consistency in how instruction happens and learning occurs throughout the school.
Click here to read more about the What, Why, and How of Adaptive Schools at ISY.



There is always never-ending fun at ISY. The next big event after the Holiday Bazaar is the Family Sports Day on the 13th of January. 

This event is making a comeback this school year. It is such fun for adults and students alike. Come along, get some exercise, and have some fun; mark your calendars. 




The Pride of the Principal awards for this week, along with more students that have finished the first row of their Monday Math challenge card. Congratulations to all!

Executive Functioning Skill #2: Organization

This week, we continue with our exploration of executive functioning skills and examine organization.  Organization is the skill of creating and managing a system to keep track of your plans and materials.  The skill of organization can take advantage of a wide range of systems, applications or methodologies but the key is designing or selecting the most appropriate tools for an individual’s needs.  So whether your child likes color coded notebooks, electronic apps or pen and paper planners, it really doesn’t matter as long as it’s a system they will and can use regularly.  Proper organization can reduce stress and help us stay focused.  Here are a few items of how you can support your child in developing planning skills by:

  • Have your child regularly clear their own room.  This will demonstrate the value of everything having a specific place.
  • Have a specific place for your child to put their school belongings.  The reliable location will help with morning departure and reduce stress.
  • Use a family calendar to mark the week’s events.  Pick a day of the week to sit with your family and complete the week’s activities.  Children feel a sense of security when they can anticipate the family’s movements.
  • Discuss with your child how you stay organized.  Demonstrate the apps or methods that keep you on track throughout the week.

If you notice your child is struggling to use the skill of organization, feel free to reach out to Ms. Patty for support at escounselor@isyedu.org 



The Chinthe Cubs are finishing up their first round of teacher interviews with this interesting chat with Ms. Sabine, one of ISY’s Grade 5 teachers.  This is Ms. Sabine’s second year in Yangon, and tells of her experience within the ISY community.

The International School Yangon
20 Shwe Taungyar Street
Bahan Township
Yangon, Myanmar

+95 (0) 9 880 441 040



The 5th Annual ISY Fundraising Gala is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the PARKROYAL Hotel Yangon and will be in their Yadanar Ballroom starting from 6:00 pm. The theme will be The Garden of Hope. The Gala supports and links to ISY’s strategic theme of Sustainability. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the event, please see this linked sponsorship document with the sponsorship packages and form. Any questions regarding sponsorship should be directed towards our Advancement Associate, May Su Yadana Bo (mbo@isyedu.org) or +95 9 880 441 040, +95 9 964 210 248. You can also see further details about ticket purchases for the event on our ISY Gala webpage and Facebook Event page.