Elementary Principal’s Blog

February 16th
Blog Post

Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal

 Dear all,

Tomorrow is the Family Fun Fair; we look forward to seeing you all there. See below for detailed information on this event.

Thank you to Grade 4 and the Chinthe Fund Service Learning Group in the Elementary School for their work to support our special visitors from Care to the Least and the Kahlitaw School at the Family Fun Fair.

We had a wonderful Grade 5 Chinthe Expedition. It was a very successful trip that was enjoyed by all who attended. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

Take care,

Ms. Sheppard


Grade 5 Chinthe Expedition

Teachers Teaching Teachers

School will end at 11:30 am on Monday, February 19, as ISY will be hosting a Teachers Teaching Teachers conference. The ISY campus will be closed during the afternoon and evening on that day. There will be teachers from several other international schools in the area attending. 

ISY Family Fun Fair

We are delighted to announce that the ISY Family Fun Fair will be held this Saturday, the 17th of February between 4 pm and 7 pm. It is a special day for us to come together as a community to celebrate our unity and enjoy many fun activities. 

We warmly invite each and every one of you to join us, and friends and family are welcome. Please ensure that each guest is accompanied by an ISY community member who will be responsible for them throughout the event.  The entrance fee is 10,000 Kyats per person. 

Activities at the fair include a ferris wheel, bouncy castle, merry-go-round, sumo wrestling, a treasure hunt, caricature drawings, and many other fun activities sponsored by service learning groups. We will also have a pie-in-the-face booth, a dunk tank event, and a talent show that will start at 5:30 pm. 

Coupons for the rides and activities will be available for purchase near the basketball court. Please note that coupons purchased are non-refundable. 

Food and refreshments will be available from our onsite vendors. Payment for food and refreshments must be made using cash only. No coupons will be accepted by vendors.

In alignment with our vision to promote sustainability, we encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle, and water coolers will be available for refills.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Kind regards,



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

19th February – Early Finish – 11:30 AM

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.