Elementary Principal’s Blog

February 23rd
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

 Dear all,

Thank you to everyone who attended the Family Fun Fair; it was a great community event.

See the information below about MAP testing that is coming up. 

Take care,

Ms. Sheppard



Over the next two weeks, we will be MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) testing students in Grades 2 to 9. MAP assessments are online adaptive assessments that provide useful data in developing a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic achievement and growth. Students will sit MAP assessments in Math, English, and Language Usage. Students in Grades 4 to 9 will also sit a Science assessment.

To ensure a fair and accurate assessment of a student’s academic growth and achievement, teachers combine MAP assessment data with all other student data that they have collected in the classroom. This combination of data informs teacher instruction in meeting the needs of each child. 

Click here for more details about the what, why, and how of MAP testing at ISY.


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.

Chinthe Cubs

For 2024-25, we will be offering a 3-year-old program. The current 4-year-old program and the new 3-year-old program will be called Chinthe Cubs. Please complete this sign-up form to register your interest in finding out more information about the new Chinthe Cubs classes. As a reminder, admissions for the next academic year, 2024-25, will be accepted from 15th February 2024. The information session has been completed, but you can get information at any time by contacting our ISY Admissions Office.

Dates to Remember

25th March – No School (Tabaung Holiday)

30th March – Annual Gala – 6 PM

Self Control: An Important Executive Functioning Skill for Your Child

As you know, over the past several months, we have been exploring executive functioning skills and ways to support the development of these skills at home.  Thus far, we have looked at planning, organization, task initiation, time management and working memory.  Each of these mental skills assist your child in making and successfully achieving goals.  These skills, addressed in various ways at school can also be developed at home through simple routines and expectations.

This week, we examine the skill of self control.  This is the ability to regulate our thoughts, feelings and actions.  Meaning the ability to stop, reflect and determine the best course of action before proceeding.  It typically involves pausing to reflect upon possible outcomes before acting.  In pausing, one is better able to make thoughtful decisions for now and the future.

Parents can help their children develop this skill when they provide controlled environments in which a child needs to endure some uncomfortable feelings.  These can be simple activities like playing peek-a-boo with a toddler or encouraging your child to order at a restaurant.  Other activities parents can do to support their child’s ability to self regulate are:

  • Mindfulness activities.  Model and breath with your child when you or your child becomes anxious or nervous.
  • Talk out your strong emotions.  Verbalizing to your child that you are frustrated or worried and explaining how you are managing that feeling.
  • Check in with your child daily about their feelings.  Asking how they are feeling or about a strong emotion they had during the day and how they expressed or what actions might have demonstrated their feelings.
  • Play games with your child like Simon Says or Freeze that require your child to show restraint.
  • Provide social stories or “what would you do” stories to talk out difficult situations.  
  • Use pros and con lists to help determine a course of action.

These and many other ideas are available for building your child’s self control skills.  If you have other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Patty at escounselor@isyedu.org for support.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reachout to me at escounselor@isyedu.org.  I am happy to serve the ISY community.