ISY Elementary Blog
Elementary Update – June 10th, 2020
Sandy Sheppard, Elementary School Principal
The last day of the school year is here, it certainly has been an interesting few months. I would like to thank you all for your support during virtual learning.
I would like to take this time to recognize our wonderful teaching faculty who have worked so hard to ensure that learning continued for our students. Special recognition to our students who kept working so hard as well. The majority of our students remained engaged and interactive with all the learning that was taking place.
I would also like to take a moment to say goodbye to you all. I would have much preferred to have seen you all in person to say my goodbyes, but hopefully I will be back to visit at some time – ‘Once a Chinthe always a Chinthe’. I am very sad to be leaving ISY an I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to be part of the ISY community. I hand the reins over to Mr. Simpson, who is going to do an awesome job!
I am proud to have been part of such a wonderful place and a wonderful community.
Enjoy your summer breaks, I know everyone is looking forward to being back on campus come August.
Stay happy and safe.
Ms Sandy Sheppard
Message from Mr Simpson
This school year will stick in my mind for a very long time! I might soon forget the fears and frustrations that accompanied this global pandemic but I doubt I will forget the way our school responded to it. The strength of our teachers and the support of our parents really came together so our students remained connected to the ISY community and engaged in learning.
I cannot speak highly enough of the professionalism and commitment of our teachers over the last few months. The effort that our teachers put in to prepare for and guide our students through this crisis was immense.
It will be a privilege to lead these teachers next year as Elementary School Principal. It will also be an honour to follow Ms. Sheppard. I am lucky enough to count Ms. Sheppard as a colleague and as a friend. As New Zealanders, we have known each other for a while (New Zealand is not very big…) and I was very excited to learn that she would start at ISY as Elementary Principal as I started as Director of Curriculum and Learning.
Over the two years we have worked together at ISY, she was always willing to share her experience and ideas and was very supportive of me. We have worked together very closely and, thanks to Ms. Sheppard, I do not think I will ever be as well prepared for a job as I am for this one. Ms. Sheppard was also very supportive of our teachers – encouraging and challenging them to do what they do best. As supportive and encouraging as Ms. Sheppard was with our teachers, our students always came first. Whether it be the new playground, championing student-centered learning, recognising students as the Pride of the Principal, or just chatting away to them in playground, our students all knew that Ms. Sheppard cared about them and wanted the best for them.
Over the last two years, I have met many of you on campus and more recently you might have seen me on ‘Global Learners, Virtual Wednesdays’ being taught how to be a good principal by Ms. Sheppard. Prior to coming to ISY, I have taught in elementary schools in Qatar, Venezuela, and Lesotho where I was Principal. I look forward to meeting many more of you next year and working with all of you and your children for years to come.
Congratulations Pre K and Kindergarten
Well done to our youngest students who have done so well with virtual learning. You have been true superstars and have shown so much resilience in your learning. Thank you also to all the Mums and Dads and families who supported your learning.
Thank you Ms Karen, Ms Hannah, Ms Ruth, Ms Petra, Ms Jordan, Mr Simpson, Ms Alice, Ms Lindy, Ms Htut Htut, Ms Mabel and Ms Waing.
Congratulations Grade 1
What a fantastic year Grade 1 you are all going to make exceptional Grade 2 students. Keep up the good work!
You can see their words of wisdom for students next year who will be joining Grade 1 in SeeSaw. Thank you Ms Davis, Mr Brett, Ms Self, Ms Swe Zin Win, Ms Hser Gay and Ms Me Me Khaing.
Congratulations Grade 2
Grade 2 has had a fabulous year thanks to Ms Neetika, Mr Macheski, Ms Saunders, Ms Snow White, Ms Su Sandy and Ms Ei Ei Mon Aung.
Here are some Grade 2 reflections:
I cannot just say one so I will say a few:
- The first day of grade two
- Meeting Ms Saunders
- Meeting all the teachers and those are the main things:)
Grade 2 was fun like feeding animals on a farm
Mr. Macheski is nice like a penguin
My friends are good like watching a sunset
My brain is big now like an octopus
It was wonderful that our students still engaged with the all important specialist subjects during virtual learning – PE, Languages, Art and thank you to the support of our technology integration specialists – thank you to Ms Hedger, Mr Batty, Ms Kalu, Ms Nathalie, Ms Su Lin, Ms Rostia, Mr Saw John, Ms Bekka, Mr Wyatt, Ms Lisa Johnson, Ms Schubert, Mr Nixon, Ms Simpson, Ms Zarchi, Ms Win May May Khine and Ms Mai Zin.
and thank you to our wonderful support teachers
Ms Darla, Ms Diana and Ms Thet Thet
and Ms Patty
Congratulations Grade 4
Please see this slide celebrating the fantastic Grade 4 students, including messages from their teachers and messages from this year’s current Grade 4 students to the Grade 3 students. Good luck Grade 4 for next year.
Thank you Ms Evans, Ms Lapoujade and Ms Lopez
Congratulations Grade 3
Grade 3 students shared their writing this week during online presentations. Each student wrote and published a story on Book Creator. They did a fantastic job. See photos below.
Well done Grade 3!
Thank you Ms Majors, Ms Judy and Ms Kristi.
Grade 5 Celebration
Congratulations to all our Grade 5 students, we wish you all the best with your move to Grade 6. You have been exceptional students during this year and have shown true resilience during virtual learning. Here are some of your successes:
See photos below from the assembly on Wednesday.
Previous Elementary School Posts
I have been thinking a lot about connection lately and how it important it is for all of us to feel connected to something bigger than themselves – like ISY
At the end of our second week of the academic year, we feel that our students are getting into the swing of things online.
It feels good to have finished our first week online. There is a real positive energy around campus. That energy comes through online from our students and our teachers are building on that as they implement our planning and adapt it to meet our students needs and keep them engaged.
In our compassionate community, children, parents and teachers are able to receive and provide feedback and advice from each other knowing that the feedback and advice is given with the positive intention of helping each other.
Mr. Simpson asks the questions; ‘What do we need to do? Why do we need to do it? How can we do it?
Read about the new Elementary School Principal, Mr. Simpson’s philosophy of education.
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